10/31/08

Barney Frank calls for 25% reduction in defense budget

Frank calls for 25% reduction in defense budget

NEW BEDFORD — After the November election, Democrats will push for a second economic stimulus package that includes money for the states' stalled infrastructure projects, along with help paying for healthcare expenses, food stamps and extended unemployment benefits, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank said Thursday.

In a meeting with the editorial board of The Standard-Times, Rep. Frank, D-Mass., also called for a 25 percent cut in military spending, saying the Pentagon has to start choosing from its many weapons programs, and that upper-income taxpayers are going to see an increase in what they are asked to pay.

"asked" to pay? The government is going to just take it. "Ask" is not an option.

What does that mean for Colorado?

DOD spending: $7.5 billion (US Census Bureau, “Consolidated Federal Funds Report For Fiscal Year 2007,” September 2008, p.22)

Major military bases: Ft. Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain, Buckley Air Force Base (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/index.html)

The Peterson AFB complex (which includes the Cheyenne Mountain Air Station) employs almost 12,000 individuals and supports more than 5,000 jobs in surrounding communities. Each year, the Peterson AFB complex has a positive impact of more than $1.2 billion on the Colorado economy. (Dept. of the Air Force, “Peterson Complex Economic Impact Statement, FY07 (1 Oct. 06-30 Sep. 07),” 2007)

“The defense sector, including both active military and defense contractors, accounts for as much as 10% of our economic base,” Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp President Mike Kazmierski (Becky Hurley, “$3.6M of Defense Spending Pours Into Colorado,” Colorado Springs Business Journal, 09/15/2006)

Possible consequences for Colorado of Obama / Frank cuts in defense spending:

· Eliminating $1.9 billion in federal spending in Colorado

· Eliminating 4,250 jobs at Peterson Air Force Base and in surrounding communities

· Eliminating more than $260 million in economic activity associated with Peterson Air Force Base alone

· Cutting 25% of the defense workforce at companies like Lockheed Martin, ITT Industries, Northrop Grumman, Honeywell International, Harris Corp, B&M Torix, E&W Systems, Bryan Construction, AMI Industries, Intelligent Software Solutions, T Square Logistics Services Corp, and Janitell Childs Architects

· Closing either Ft. Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, or Cheyenne Mountain

· 25% cut in Colorado National Guard and Air National Guard forces

Two editorials from the Tribune-Democrat

Army brainstorm document causes panic among PCEOC

and

Listen to the ranchers

We're down to $120,000

New Mexico's Governor Bill Richardson just said on KOA that the Obama Tax plan has NOW moved down to $120,000. It started at $250,000, then it was $200,000, then it was $150,000, and Now it is $120,000.

Transcript of Governor Bill Richardson: What Obama wants to do is is he is basically looking at $120 thousand and under among those that are in the middle class and there is a tax cut for those.

Barack $250,000:



Barack Obama: $200,000:



Joe Biden: $150,000:



Bill Richardson: $120,000

YouTube's top video: Dear Mr. Obama



And then, according to Reuters, we have this:

An Internet video posting of an Al Qaeda leader shows the commander calling for President Bush and the Republicans to be "humiliated," Reuters reports.

"O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him," Abu Yahya al-Libi said at the end of a sermon.

The remarks from the commander, believed to be living in Afghanistan or Pakistan, are the first from a top Al Qaeda leader referring to the U.S. presidential election.

Libi called for God's wrath to be brought against Bush and likened him to past tyrants in history, Reuters reported.

In 2004, Usama bin Laden used his first video in more than a year to tell Americans "Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or Al Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands and each state which does not harm our security will remain safe."

Terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group does not expect bin Laden to openly favor a candidate in this year's election. Libi's video message did not endorse a party in the upcoming election.



Libi's tirade sounds like the same kinds of things I have heard from some Democrats the past few years. It's nice to see confirmation that the Democrats are so...in touch...with the global citizenry.

New stealth technology

"Hey! Hey!" shouted DinkyDau Billy as he screeched to a stop in front of the Holy Land Quickee's.

"What's up, dude?" Leece and I asked, in unison.

"Didja hear about the new technology for stealthily examining IT resources?" he asked. Billy is deeply into tech things. This has cost him a bit on one of his Vanguards, which is somewhat unbalanced toward tech stocks. He really likes some of the new optical sighting devices being issued to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"No...what is it?" Leece asked.

"There's this outfit in Mountain View, out on the Left Coast, that is building this new thing called a MASAR. It tracks certain kinds of network traffic much better than other sniffers and snoopers. It's very cool," he revealed.

"Huh. You bought into the company yet?" I asked.

"Naw. I think it's still privately held. I'm researchin' it. Looks like the broker is McNerny Associates," he said.

"Keep us posted, dude."

"Yeah. Yeah."

And with that, he hied off down the street.

New law authorizes military-style hand salute

DinkyDau Billy snorted somewhat disdainfully as he read his latest vets' newsletter.

"What's up, Billy?" asked Leece.

"They's still goin' on about 'authorizing' vets to render the military salute during flag ceremonies," he said, "now they've included that we can salute during the national anthem, in uniform or not."

Leece looked over at me, eyebrow raised.

"Yep. I've been a scofflaw all these years," I confessed,"like many vets I know, I don't need no steenkeeng law to tell me I can salute. I paid for the privilege. This is all a bunch of feel-good nonsense. Another example of Congress getting bogged down on things that don't matter."

"Yeah," chuckled Billy, "What were they going to do? Arrest a bunch of vets for saluting the flag? That's too funny. On one street you've got a bunch of dirtbags like Bill Ayers stomping on the flag and nothing being done about that, while over on the other street you have a bunch of vets rend'rin' a hand salute during a parade. You gonna arrest 'em for violatin' the law? I'd love to see that."

We sat there contemplating the weird thought processes and priorities of our Congresscritters and the right wingnuts who need to jam their viewpoints down everyone else's throats. It's a tossup as to which is worse, the leftwing moonbats or the right wingnuts.

New law allows veterans' salutes during anthem

WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform can now render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the national anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month.

"The military salute is a unique gesture of respect that marks those who have served in our nation's armed forces," said Dr. James B. Peake, secretary of Veterans Affairs. "This provision allows the application of that honor in all events involving our nation's flag."

The new provision improves upon a little known change in federal law last year that authorized veterans to render the military-style hand salute during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag, but it did not address salutes during the national anthem. Last year's provision also applied to servicemembers while not in uniform.

Traditionally, members of the nation's veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag while wearing their organization's official head-gear.

The most recent change, authorizing hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel, was sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, an Army veteran. It was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed Oct. 14.

The earlier provision authorizing hand-salutes for veterans and out-of-uniform servicemembers during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag, was contained in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, which took effect Jan. 28, 2008. (Courtesy of VA News)

10/30/08

Michael Ramirez strikes again

Racists

and

Helga

"...we have nothing to fear but fear itself..."

"...nothing to fear but fear itself..."

"I've heard that before," said DinkyDau Billy, as we sat contemplating the sunrise over the Holy Land.

"You dolt," said Tookie, "it's in Roosevelt's first inaugural address."

"Tookie! Mind your manners!" warned Leece, who doesn't tolerate much smartmouthing from children, no matter how precocious the child might be.

Tookie visibly chilled a bit.

"Sorry, Unca Billy, but I was feeling a bit Froggy there," she said.

"Isn't Froggy your sister?" asked Billy.

Toot Sweet rolled her eyes. Tayler "Froggy" Lee is in fact The Volleyball Queen, who drives Tookie slightly nuts by practicing her serves against the side of the house.

"I meant more recently," continued Billy, "I've heard it more recently. Also that business about the economy being strong."

We were discussing the previous evening's seminar up at OJC, where Mack Myers and Abbas Mirakhor had given an excellent layman's presentation on the current economic fiasco. Mirakhor had opened his remarks with that famous quote from Roosevelt's first inaugural address.

"Yes, you heard it from John McCain, about the economy being fundamentally strong," said Leece, "but the Mainstream Media went nuts and ridiculed him for it."

"You also heard it here back on September 18," Tookie told him.

Fundamentally

"They pretty much shied away from the political aspect of it," Leece observed.

"Yep. Mirakhor said he could name names and assign responsibility - or blame- but that wouldn't do much good at this point," I agreed, "though I think it should be part of the process, if for no other reason than to make sure those people like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and the Eunuch of the Treasury don't get their dirty fingers in the pie again."

We all agreed on that.

OJC President Jim Rizzuto welcomes economists Dr. Mack Myers and Dr. Abbas Mirakhor to the evening's seminar.


Dr. Mack Myers had a folksy style as he spoke about the agricultural component of the economy.


Dr. Abbas Mirakhor used scribble pads to illustrate his points througout his presentation.

Lil Spikers v. Hotchicks

The Hotchicks whupped up on the Lil Spikers Wednesday evening in the last games of the Parks and Recs volleyball season. That was the last regular game. There is still a tournament to play.

The indomitable Tayler Lee slams one across the net. Lee had a run of points with her smokin' serves.


This Lil Spiker seems to be trying to decide whether to grab the ball or smack it. Bernie Archuleta of the city's finance department watches as the net ref.


I'm not sure which of these young ladies actually returned the ball. I am not sure if they are sure. But return it they did.

Ruben Navarette: McCain not getting credit from Latinos

McCain not getting credit from Latinos

This is a commentary by CNN's Ruben Navarette, Jr.

In his commentary, Navarette points out the very little that Obama has done for Latinos and the illegal immigration 'issue':

Maybe Democrats are waiting for a potential President Obama to lead the way. But the issue isn't even on Obama's radar.

He voted for a pointless Senate bill calling for the construction of 700 miles of border fencing (he later said he regretted that vote); proposed a "poison pill" amendment intended to gut the guest worker program; lost the Latino vote to Hillary Clinton in part because he was so enthralled with the politics of black-and-white that he overlooked the Latino electorate; and suggested that he would not get around to comprehensive immigration reform in the first 100 days of his administration.

Navarette then goes on to point out some of the constructive things that McCain and Palin have done, and have spoken about:

Democrats are lucky to have Republican boogeymen like Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-CO, who uses immigration to scare up votes and campaign cash. Tancredo isn't just anti-illegal immigrant. He's anti-immigrant.

This modern day "Know Nothing" tried to limit visas for high-skilled workers from China and India, argued that real Americans speak English, called Miami a "third world country," and proposed a moratorium on all immigration - including the legal kind. And, now that he is retiring from Congress, Tancredo is suggesting that he might run for Colorado governor in 2010.

Tancredo's least favorite Republican is -- guess who? -- John McCain. That's because the Arizona senator knows a nativist when he sees one and hasn't been shy about criticizing Tancredo and other members of his own party when necessary. He did just that in a recent telephone interview with me.


Tancredo is going to take a shot at the governor's office in 2010? Surely not. Surely the Republicans can do better than this. Can't they? Oh, please...say Tancredo ain't so...

As for the Saracuda:

Meanwhile, during a recent interview on Spanish-language television, Gov. Sarah Palin declared her support for comprehensive immigration reform. She said that, while she doesn't favor a "total amnesty" (without conditions), she does support giving illegal immigrants a path to earned legalization.

People have to "follow the rules," she said, but they should also be "treated equally and fairly in this country."

Splendid. We can start by judging political figures on their own merits instead of giving some a free ride while punishing others for sins they didn't commit.


What a concept. Aren't any Latinos other than Ruben Navarette really looking at Obama and the missing plank in the Democrats' platform?

10/29/08

Interpretation of the Constitution

Looking back over the Obamian utterances that have been reported over the last week or so, I have to rate this one way up at the top:


"To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least.."


- Barack Obama, in his radio interview in 2001, the interview that his campaign really did not want us to hear.

The Warren Court wasn't that radical because it didn't break free from the essential constraints placed in the Constitution by those who wrote it, signed it, and ratified it.

If they had "broken free" of those essential Constitutional constraints, would they not have acted unconstitutionally?

Why do we have a Constitution, if not to provide "essential constraints" against the government?

The Brits have a way with words...

You have to pinch yourself – a Marxisant radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshipped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti-white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it’s considered impolite to say so.

- Melanie Philips, The Spectator ( UK ) 10/14/08

She sure nailed it solidly.

The US Navy ain't got no sensa humah

This one has been around about 18 months or so and is making the rounds again. It's probably bogus, though there is nothing readily apparent on Snopes about it. Nonetheless, some of us can certainly appreciate the t-shirt humor.


U.S. Navy Directive 16134 ( Inappropriate T-Shirts )
The following directive was issued by the commanding officer of all naval installations in the Middle East.


To: All Commands Subject: Inappropriate T-Shirts
Ref: ComMidEast For Inst 16134//24 K
All commanders promulgate upon receipt.

The following T-shirts are no longer to be worn on or off base by any military or civilian personnel serving in the Middle East:
1. 'Eat Pork or Die' [both English and Arabic versions]
2. 'Shrine Busters' [Various. Show burning minarets or bomb/artillery shells impacting Islamic shrines. Some with unit logos.]
3. 'Napalm, Sticks Like Crazy' [Both English and Arabic versions]
4. 'Goat - it isn't just for breakfast any more.' [Both English and Arabic versions]
5. 'The road to Paradise begins with me.' [Mostly Arabic versions, but some in English. Some show sniper scope cross-hairs.]
6. 'Guns don't kill people. I kill people.' [Both Arabic and English versions]
7. 'Pork. The other white meat.' [Arabic version]
8. 'Infidel' [English, Arabic and other coalition force languages.]

The above T-shirts are to be removed from Post Exchanges upon receipt of this directive. In addition, the following signs are to be removed upon receipt of this message:

1.. 'Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range at 0800 Daily.
2.. 'Do we really need 'smart bombs' to drop on these dumb bastards?'

All commands are instructed to implement sensitivity training upon receipt.

Today's Republican rally in La Junta

Well...'rally' may be something of an overstatement, what with 18 people being more or less present. Some may have actually been Republicans; some may have been Independents; some may have been Republicans or Independents or even Democrats just there getting something to eat. Hard to say.

Lola has an article up on the T-D site:

McCain supporters rally at Copper Kitchen

Silver Salazar made a good impression on people. One attendee, a Democrat, went so far as to state that if he had heard Salazar speak before voting, he may well have changed that vote.

The outfit driving the so-called 'Hugmobile' around presented a bit of comic relief. Seriously, what kind of act is that, driving all over the state with gas prices the way they are, with a couple of cardboard cutouts of McCain and Dubya in some sort of embrace, while "You got me, babe" and "Close to you" play in the background.

Unfortunately this clown act was disrupted by one of our local residents showing a lack of manners by ripping the heads off the cardboard figures.

Thus endeth The Great Republican Push for Otero County...

"Flush with cash..."

You betcha. Obama is 'flush with cash', and is going to present his 30 minute commercial on 3 major networks tonightat 8 PM ET.

Remember when he said he was going to accept only public financing? If not, Campbell Brown, over on CNN, can refresh your memory:

Obama breaks promise on campaign finance

where she writes:

Without question, Obama has set the bar at new height with a truly staggering sum of cash. And that is why as we approach this November, it is worth reminding ourselves what Barack Obama said last November.

One year ago, he made a promise. He pledged to accept public financing and to work with the Republican nominee to ensure that they both operated within those limits.

Then it became clear to Sen. Obama and his campaign that he was going to be able to raise on his own far more cash than he would get with public financing. So Obama went back on his word.

He broke his promise and he explained it by arguing that the system is broken and that Republicans know how to work the system to their advantage. He argued he would need all that cash to fight the ruthless attacks of 527s, those independent groups like the Swift Boat Veterans. It's funny though, those attacks never really materialized.

The Washington Post pointed out recently that the bad economy has meant a cash shortage among the 527s and that this election year they have been far less influential.

The courageous among Obama's own supporters concede this decision was really made for one reason, simply because it was to Obama's financial advantage.

On this issue today, former Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, an Obama supporter, writes in The New York Post, "a hypocrite is a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue -- who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. And that, it seems to me, is what we are doing now."


This should not be surprising. Obama is a fellow to whom 'friendship' is nothing more than a political expedient. He will embrace you if you have something he thinks he needs but if he thinks you have become a liability, he will 'distance' himself from you.

He sees nothing wrong with illegal voter registration. After all, he said, they haven't actually voted yet.

He sees nothing wrong with untraceable campaign contributions.

His position changes on any issue, depending on the makeup of the crowd he is addressing.

The man is a study in situational ethics, in situational morality.

Obama accepting untraceable donations

From WAPO:

Obama accepting untraceable donations


Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor's identity, campaign officials confirmed.

Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged. Instead, the campaign is scrutinizing its books for improper donations after the money has been deposited.

The Obama organization said its extensive review has ensured that the campaign has refunded any improper contributions, and noted that Federal Election Commission rules do not require front-end screening of donations.

In recent weeks, questionable contributions have created headaches for Obama's accounting team as it has tried to explain why campaign finance filings have included itemized donations from individuals using fake names, such as Es Esh or Doodad Pro. Those revelations prompted conservative bloggers to further test Obama's finance vetting by giving money using the kind of prepaid cards that can be bought at a drugstore and cannot be traced to a donor.


Es Esh? Doodad Pro?

Well...as long as Obama manages to 'distance' himself from Es Esh and Doodad Pro, who are probably voting in Ohio, it should be OK.

Right along with ACORN, the PLO connection, the Bill Ayers connection, the Rezko connection, and all the rest...

Why does this stinketh so?

Sen. John McCain's campaign has also had questionable donations slip through.

Dan Pfeiffer, Obama's communication's director, said that "no organization can fully insulate itself from these problems. The McCain campaign has accepted contributions from fraudulent contributors like 'A for You,' 'Adorable Manabat,' 'The Gun Shop,' and 'Jesus II' and hundreds of anonymous donors."

But R. Rebecca Donatelli, who handles online contributions for the McCain operation and the RNC, said security measures have been standard in the GOP nominee's fundraising efforts throughout the campaign. She said she was "flabbergasted" to learn that the Obama campaign accepts prepaid cards.


Then we have:

Juan Proaño, whose technology firm handled online contributions for John Edwards's presidential primary campaign, and for John F. Kerry's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee in 2004, said it is possible to require donors' names and addresses to match those on their credit card accounts. But, he said, some campaigns are reluctant to impose that extra layer of security.

"Honestly, you want to have the least amount of hurdles in processing contributions quickly," Proaño said.


"Honestly"? Did Proaño mean to crack a funny? But I take his point. Those 'hurdles', like checking up on voter registrations, can be so...hindering...to getting your guy elected.

Why don't we just all stay home, not even bother to vote, and watch The One win by a landslide on non-existent votes?

10/28/08

The second Bill of Rights

Not too long ago, United States Congresscritter Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) warmed up the crowd for Obama in Toledo. Among other things, she called for a Second Bill of Rights guaranteeing all Americans a job, health care, homes, an education, and a fair playing field for business and farmers. It was reported in the Toledo Blade:

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D. Toledo) whipped the crowd up before Mr. Obama took the stage yesterday telling them that America needed a Second Bill of Rights guaranteeing all Americans a job, health care, homes, an education, and a fair playing field for business and farmers.

I have this rather interesting collection of documents. They comprise a pretty good representation of Constitutions and National Charters from various nations around the globe.

From the 1977 Constitution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics:

Part II The State and the Individual, Chapter 7 The Basic Rights, Freedoms, and Duties of Citizens of the USSR:

Article 40. Citizens of the USSR have the right to work (that is, to guaranteed employment and pay in accordance wit the quantity and quality of their work, and not below the state-established minimum), including the right to choose their trade or profession, type of job and work in accordance with their inclinations, abilities, training and education, with due account of the needs of society.

This right is ensured by the socialist economic system, steady growth of the productive forces, free vocational and professional training, improvement of skills, training in new trades or professions, and development of the systems of vocational guidance and job placement.

Article 41. Citizens of the USSR have the right to rest and leisure.

This right is ensured by the establishment of a working week not exceeding 41 hours, for workers and other employees, a shorter working day in a number of trades and industries, and shorter hours for night work; by the provision of paid annual holidays, weekly days of rest, extension of the network of cultural, educational, and health-building institutions, and the development on a mass scale of sport, physical culture, and camping and tourism; by the provision of neighborhood recreational facilities, and of other opportunities for rational use of free time.
The length of collective farmers' working and leisure time is established by their collective farms.

Article 42. Citizens of the USSR have the right to health protection.

This right is ensured by free, qualified medical care provided by state health institutions; by extension of the network of therapeutic and health-building institutions; by the development and improvement of safety and hygiene in industry; by carrying out broad prophylactic measures; by measures to improve the environment; by special care for the health of the rising generation, including prohibition of child labour, excluding the work done by children as part of the school curriculum; and by developing research to prevent and reduce the incidence of disease and ensure citizens a long and active life.

Article 43. Citizens of the USSR have the right to maintenance in old age, in sickness, and in the event of complete or partial disability or loss of the breadwinner.

The right is guaranteed by social insurance of workers and other employees and collective farmers; by allowances for temporary disability; by the provision by the state or by collective farms of retirement pensions, disability pensions, and pensions for loss of the breadwinner; by providing employment for the partially disabled; by care for the elderly and the disabled; and by other forms of social security.

Article 44. Citizens of the USSR have the rights to housing.

This right is ensured by the development and upkeep of state and socially-owned housing; by assistance for co-operative and individual house building; by fair distribution, under public control, of the housing that becomes available through fulfilment of the programme of building well-appointed dwellings, and by low rents and low charges for utility services. Citizens of the USSR shall take good care of the housing allocated to them.

Article 45. Citizens of the USSR have the right to education.

This right is ensured by free provision of all forms of education, by the institution of universal, compulsory secondary education, and broad development of vocational, specialised secondary, and higher education, in which instruction is oriented toward practical activity and production; by the development of extramural, correspondence and evening courses, by the provision of state scholarships and grants and privileges for students; by the free issue of school textbooks; by the opportunity to attend a school where teaching is in the native language; and by the provision of facilities for self-education.


It's already been written up for us. All we have to do is blow off the dust left by the Berlin Wall crumbling, and it's ready for use! Like, wowsers!

Joltin' Joe the theologian

Using Religion to Attract Catholic Voters While Denying Church Teachings Is Insulting

That's a short article by Cal Thomas. Here is a comment from that article:

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke about his views on abortion in an interview with The News Journal of Delaware earlier this month. He told his home state’s newspaper “I know that my church has wrestled with this for 2,000 years.”

That's a really odd thing to say. I don't remember any wrestling at all over the abortion 'issue' when I was a kid, in the Catholic church. The Church was quite straightforward about its opposition to abortion. So I was thinking of sending Joe an email telling him that he'd stuck his foot in his mouth again, but the bishop commanding the Diocese of Wilmington (Delaware)beat me to it:

Catholic Church has made no exception regarding abortion since ancient times

Bishop W. Francis Malooly wrote:

This Sunday, all the parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington will pray the Litany of St. Thomas More, martyr and patron saint of statesmen, politicians and lawyers. We will ask St. Thomas More to intercede so all statesmen and politicians may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life. We hope Sen. Biden will carefully listen to the Church’s 2,000 years of testimony on abortion and that he will join in the defense and promotion of the sanctity of life.

Nope, Not a lot of 'wrestling' going on with that one. One can only wonder if Joe will show up for the exercise.

Remember not too long ago when Nancy Pelosi made similar comments and got her butt snapped by a couple of heavy hitters in the Church?

More of that Obamian 'distancing'

LA Times Refuses to Release Tape of Obama Praising Controversial Activist

Some excerpts:

According an LA Times article written by Peter Wallsten in April, Obama was a "friend and frequent dinner companion" of Rashid Khalidi, who from 1976 to 1982 was reportedly a director of the official Palestinian press agency, WAFA, which was operating in exile from Beirut with the PLO.
(there is a link to that original story in this one)

and

Obama addressed an audience during a 2003 farewell dinner for Khalidi, who was Obama's colleague at the University of Chicago, before his departure for Columbia University in New York. Obama said his many talks with Khalidi and his wife Mona stood as "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases."


and

...Obama said in his toast that he hoped his relationship with Khalidi would continue even after the professor left Chicago. "It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation -- a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table ... [but around] this entire world."

yet we have this:

In recent months Obama has distanced himself from the man the Times says he once called a friend. "He is not one of my advisers. He's not one of my foreign policy people," Obama said at a campaign event in May. "He is a respected scholar, although he vehemently disagrees with a lot of Israel's policy."


Friendship sure is a matter of convenience and politics with Obama, isn't it? He seems to be 'distancing' himself from just about everybody he ever associated with back in the day.

Former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn reportedly attended the dinner as well. They too have been 'distanced'.

Why is the Los Angeles Times refusing to release the video tape?

Well...this might have something to do with that:

The Los Angeles Times endorsed Obama for president on October 19.

Hispanics for McCain come to La Junta

WASHINGTON – Colorado Victory today announced that former Colorado state Senator Larry Trujillo; California state Senator Abel Maldonado; Silver Salazar of Democrats for McCain; Frank Gamboa, John McCain’s friend and former roommate at the Naval Academy; and Silver Jaramillo, veteran, rancher and a Democrat for McCain will participate in the “Hispanics for Victory” bus tour on Wednesday, October 29.

The tour will make five stops in southern Colorado to rally support for John McCain and Sarah Palin, and participants will address grassroots volunteers and answer questions.

WHO:

Former Colorado State Senator Larry Trujillo

California State Senator Abel Maldonado

Silver Salazar, Democrat for McCain

Frank Gamboa, friend and former Naval Academy roommate of John McCain

Silver Jaramillo, veteran, rancher and Democrat for McCain

WHAT:

“Hispanics for Victory” Bus Tour Stop

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 10:45 a.m. MDT

WHERE:

Copper Kitchen Cafe
116 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO

More on the tax break downsizing

On Saturday, The Obama Campaign Released A New Ad Bringing The Threshold For The Obama Tax Plan Down To $200,000 From $250,000 (that was before Joltin' Joe dropped it to $150,000).

In New Obama Ad – "Defining Moment" – The Threshold For The Obama Tax Plan For Families Seeing A Tax Cut Is Lowered From $250,000 To $200,000.

OBAMA AD: "The Obama Plan: Families Making Less Than $200,000 Get Tax Cut." (Obama Ad, "Defining Moment," 10/25/08)

But Barack Obama Has Long Said That Families Making $250,000 A Year Or Less Would See A Tax Cut

In July 2008, Barack Obama Said: "If You Make $250,000 A Year Or Less, We Will Not Raise Your Taxes. We Will Cut Your Taxes." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Powder Springs, GA, 7/8/08)

In August 2008, Obama Economic Policy Adviser Jason Furman Said That Barack Obama "Would Cut Taxes For Almost All Of The Families Making Less Than [$250,000]." FURMAN: "Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the op-ed today makes a very important point that, while Barack Obama would not raise taxes for any family making below $250,000 -- in fact, it would cut taxes for almost all of the families making less than that -- Senator McCain cannot make a similar promise for his tax plan because, for the first time in history, he would make families pay taxes on the health insurance that they get from their employers." (Obama For American, Press Conference Call, 8/14/08)

In October 2008, Governor Ted Strickland (D-OH) Delivered The Democrat Radio Response Saying That Those Making Less Than $250,000 Would See Lower Taxes. "He'll restore the middle class by cutting taxes for small businesses, and for 95 percent of workers and their families, including 5.7 million in Ohio. If you make less than $250,000, you won't see your taxes go up one single dime. In fact, your tax rates will be lower than they were under Ronald Reagan." (Governor Ted Strickland, Democratic Radio Response, 10/4/08)

Joltin' Joe does some 'break' dancing

Or, Joltin' Joe is dancing around the tax break.

Yesterday, Joltin' Joe foot-in-mouthed again: During a satellite interview in Scranton, PA, Joltin' Joe now says the Obama campaign will only look to cut taxes on those making less than $150,000.

Joe Biden: “Spreading the wealth was not--he was talking about is all of the tax breaks have gone to the very, very wealthy. For example you have right now, this year, under the old tax policy that was just – that was put in by George Bush, people making an average 1.4 million a year, good people, decent people, patriotic – they’re going to get an $87 billion tax break. What we’re saying is that $87 billion tax break doesn’t need to go to people making an average of 1.4 million, it should go like it used to. It should go to middle class people -- people making under $150,000 a year.” (Joe Biden, Interview With WNEP Scranton, 10/27/08)

Here it is:



Well, it used to be that it was $250,000 made you wealthy enough to be one of the money-grubbing capitalist oppressors, one of the bourgeoisie. Then the Obamians dropped it to $200,000.

Now, all it takes to be one of those unpatriotic money-grubbing capitalist oppressors of the common man is $150,000.

I gotta wonder...when are we going to get it down to where I am not only a co-conspirator with FoxNews but also one of those money-grubbing capitalists? They still have quite a ways to go, but dropping it in $50,000 chunks might get me into Club Bourgeoisie just before Election Day.

Wayda go, Joltin' Joe.

The term, bourgeoisie, is widely used in many non-English speaking countries as an approximate equivalent of upper class (found in the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels).

In common usage the term has pejorative connotations suggesting either undeserved wealth, or lifestyles, tastes, and opinions that lack the sophistication of the rich or the authenticity of the intellectual or the poor. It is rare for people in the English speaking world to identify themselves as members of the bourgeoisie, although many self-identify as middle class. On the other hand some would self-identify as proletarians. In reality many members of this class are transitory as Marx had originally argued. In the United States, where social class affiliation lacks some of the structure and rules of many other nations, "bourgeoisie" is sometimes used to refer to those seen as being either upper class or upper middle class.

Obama Affinity to Marxists Dates Back to College Days

Here's another one from our co-conspirators over on FoxNews:

Obama Affinity to Marxists Dates Back to College Days

Some excerpts:

Barack Obama laughs off charges of socialism. Joe Biden scoffs at references to Marxism. Both men shrug off accusations of liberalism.

But Obama himself acknowledges that he was drawn to socialists and even Marxists as a college student. He continued to associate with Marxists later in life, even choosing to launch his political career in the living room of a self-described Marxist, William Ayers, in 1995, when Obama was 34.

Obama's affinity for Marxists began when he attended Occidental College in Los Angeles.

"To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully," the Democratic presidential candidate wrote in his memoir, "Dreams From My Father." "The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists."


To avoid being mistaken for a sellout? What does that mean? Did he just hang around these guys to provide an impression? How honest is that? What does he mean? "I'm really a closet Republican but I chose my friends carefully so no one would know." Is that what that statement means?

The whole world wonders...

Then we have this:

Obama supporters point out that plenty of Americans flirt with radical ideologies in college, only to join the political mainstream later in life. But Obama, who made a point of noting how "carefully" he chose his friends in college, also chose to launch his political career in the Chicago living room of Ayers, a domestic terrorist who in 2002 proclaimed: "I am a Marxist."

Boy howdy, but he had Ayers fooled, hey wot?

and then:

Also present at that meeting was Ayers' wife, fellow terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, who once gave a speech extolling socialism, communism and "Marxism-Leninism."

and one last one:

National Journal magazine ranked Obama as the most liberal member of the Senate. The publication is far from conservative, employing such journalists as Linda Douglass, who resigned in May to become Obama's traveling press secretary.

Is Obama a duck?

You know.

If it quacks and walks like a duck, it must be a duck.

Redistribution of wealth: land ownership, or the vast right wing conspiracy

"Pretty good article in the Chieftain this morning, hey wot?" DinkyDau Billy asked, as we sat munching Grandma's cookies and washing them down with convenience store cappies. We were all warming the bench in front of the Food Market.

"You mean the one by Pete Roper, the spokesperson for the PCEOC?" asked Leece.

"Yep. That one," answered Billy.

"I think he missed a few things," she told him, "something he is wont to do when he is in his ombudsman role."

"Got somethin' cookin'?" he asked.

"Why don't you adopt one of those 'wait and see' postures," Leece suggested.

"If the FM were to install a coffee bar or even a convenience store cappie machine they'd make a killing from the downtown crowd. Shoot, the fishwrapper staff would keep 'em in business," I observed.

"You aren't supposed to call it 'the fishwrapper' since you take pictures and write stuff for 'em," argued Tookie, somewhat sensibly.

"I do it in the most fraternal sort of way," I kicked back, "you know, kind of like the fraternal order of socialism."

"Huh. Socialism. Hey. Hey. Back ta that artikel, boy howdy, but that's a redistribution of wealth if ever I saw one," Billy tossed in.

"Yep. Land ownership has always been one of the main bases of personal wealth in humankind's long history of private property rights," Leece noted.

"There's really no need for any one person to own all that land," Tookie said, humming L'Internationale, "they need to give it to the government. All that land just breeds radical thought processes. Pretty soon people start thinking like capitalists."

"What's that you'se hummin'?" Billy asked.

"The new anthem of the Democratic Party," she replied.

"Oh. Hey. Hey. Ain't that chairperson a the local Dems on that coalition board?" Billy asked.

"Last time I heard, yes," I told him.

"Huh. Wunner how all this socialistic redistribution a wealth sits with them sons a the soil, what with all that rugged independence and individualism an all?"

That was a good question. The easy answer was easy, of course.

"Well, there is not socialistic bent here, Billy, all you have to do is ask the Democrats. Just like there is no real problem with voter registration fraud or anything else," Tookie pointed out, in a fraternal manner, "it's all a figment of the fevered imaginations of the vast collection of right wing conspirators."

"Aha. So it's just like Billy Burton says. It's a conspiracy involving John McCain, FOXNews, and people like you?" Billy asked.

"Yep. And you," she said to him, "and you and you," she said to Leece and to me.

"I'm gonna send Billy Burton one a my AFDB's," Billy announced, "cuz he really needs one."

We sat there sipping our cappies and conspiring.

Note:

Here is a good background piece on AFDB's:

Aluminum Foil Deflection Beanies

and L'Internationale:

L'Internationale

The Audacity of Socialism

The audacity of socialism, from Investor's Business Daily:

Barack Obama has styled himself a centrist, but does his record support that claim?

In this series, we examine Senator Obama's past, his voting record and the people who've served as his advisers and mentors over the years. We'll show how the facts of Obama's actions and associations reveal a far more left-leaning tilt to his background — and to his politics.

10/27/08

Bill Burton snaps his shower cap?

Obama Camp Lashes Out at FOX News Over Coverage of 2001 Radio Interview

Bill Burton, one of Obama's spokesmen, has apparently snapped his shower cap over the audio tape story. Some excerpts:

Barack Obama's campaign is firing back against criticism over a seven-year-old radio interview in which Obama discussed wealth redistribution, specifically blaming FOX News for drawing attention to the issue.

Oho! More of that business of asking questions the Obamians don't like, and reporting things they don't want anyone to hear. Aren't reporters supposed to 'draw attention' to the issue? Or if/when Obama is elected, are we going to revamp the First Amendment to read "you may exercise free speech so long as you do not disagree with the Obama administration?"

Burton has really lost it, too:

Obama spokesman Bill Burton on Monday accused FOX News of pushing a "fake news controversy" to further an agenda. Though FOX News played the audio tape for its viewers and did not just recap Republican criticism, Burton suggested FOX News was conspiring with the McCain campaign and the Drudge Report, which posted the material on its Web site.

A conspiracy! And I'm part of it, too, because I also posted the material right here! I am a co-conspirator!

Hey...I'm going to send a link to this, the truth behind the Kennedy assassination, to Bill Burton:

Proof of the JFK conspiracy

But wait! There's more!

"This is a fake news controversy drummed up by the all too common alliance of FOX News, the Drudge Report and John McCain, who apparently decided to close out his campaign with the same false, desperate attacks that have failed for months," Burton said in a written statement Monday. "In this seven-year-old interview, Senator Obama did not say that the courts should get into the business of redistributing wealth at all."

He didn't?

Then what is this:

But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical, it didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and the Warren Court interpreted it in the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf and that hasn’t shifted.

And one of the I think the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement was because the Civil Rights movement became so court focused I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change and in some ways we still suffer from that."


And then more from Burton:

In a heated interview later on FOX News, Burton accused the channel of giving McCain advertising "for free every single day," and trying to "continually trump up these fake controversies and have folks on to talk about things that don't have anything to do with the issues that are important to the American people."

Taking my money away from me and giving to someone else, that 'redistribution of wealth' is not important?

Talk about being detached from reality.

More on 'redistribution'

Another one from Red Planet Cartoons:



which includes this commentary by Scott Johnson:

When Barack Obama responded to the Ohio plumber who didn’t want his taxes raised by saying that he wanted to “spread the wealth around,” I wanted to tell the Illinois senator to spread his own wealth around.

Senator Obama, in a rare moment of candor, all but told “Joe the plumber” that his wealth should be seized in the name of equity. Their personal encounter this past Sunday played out one of the old themes of democratic politics: the appeal to the many to take from the few. It’s traditionally an easy sell in democratic regimes.

Despite Obama’s implication to the contrary, however, it doesn’t represent much in the way of change.

The personal income tax, the federal government’s main source of revenue, is collected overwhelmingly from a relative handful of Americans. Indeed, the most recent IRS data shows that the top 1 percent of filers paid nearly 40 percent of all income taxes. That means the top 1 percent paid about the same as the bottom 95 percent, according to the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research group. The bottom 50 percent paid just 3 percent.

Given that poorer citizens always outnumber the rich, political philosophers have long worried that government based on majority rule could lead to organized theft from the wealthy by the democratic masses. “If the majority distributes among itself the things of a minority, it is evident that it will destroy the city,” Aristotle warned.

The Founders of the United States shared Aristotle’s worry. Up through their time, history had shown all known democracies to be, as James Madison put it, “incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” Madison and others therefore made it a “first object of government” to protect personal property from unjust confiscation.

Check that last line.

Is that not the foundational premise of the Pinon Canyon Expansion Opposition coalitions?

Don't the Dems have their fingers deeply into that pie?

So whose property and wealth is 'redistributed', and how? How much is all that land worth? Why should it not be 'redistributed' according to the Obamessiah's Gospel?

If you can get the local Democratic Party's power hitters -such as they may be - to vouch for your 'Democratic-ness', will you be exempted from round up by the Property Police?

Barack Obama on the redistribution of wealth

From the preceding radio interview in the "Spread the wealth" post:


"You know if you look at the victories and the failures of the Civil Rights movement and its litigation strategy in the Court, I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples so that I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I would be okay.


But the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society. And to that extent as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical, it didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and the Warren Court interpreted it in the same way that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf and that hasn’t shifted.

And one of the I think the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement was because the Civil Rights movement became so court focused I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change and in some ways we still suffer from that."

– Barack Obama

I wasn't aware that the government must do anything for me. I thought the whole point of the Constitution was not - as Obama himself notes - to grant anything to me, but to keep the government as out of our lives as much possible and still allow us to function as a nation.

I thought the point of the Civil Rights movement was to correct the corruption of that concept; to make sure that the government did not exceed those constraints designed by the Founders; to correct the abuses of government against citizens of this nation.

I didn't realize that it is the purpose of government to redistribute wealth...property...goods...to ensure that someone's subjective sense of 'fairness' was achieved.

Joltin' Joe can throw all the hissy fits he wants; what Obama describes in the above quote is nothing more and nothing less than Marxist socialism.

Economists to speak at OJC about current financial crisis

October 30 – 7 p.m. – OJC Student Center

Otero Junior College will be sponsoring a free seminar on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. to help the public and agriculture producers better understand the current financial crisis that is affecting Wall Street, financial institutions, and agriculture commodity prices. The public seminar will be held in OJC's Student Center Banquet room and is free of charge.

Two local economists, Dr. Abbas Mirakhor, recently retired Dean of the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund, and Dr. Walter "Mack" Myers, OJC Agri-Business faculty member, will present their insight into the current issues and answer questions from the audience about the economic future for the financial and agriculture markets.

Dr. Walter "Mack" Myers graduated from Bent County High School and holds a PhD in agriculture economics from Oklahoma State University. Prior to coming to OJC in 2003 as an Agri-Business Management faculty member, he was Vice President for Connell Commodities, an agricultural commodity think tank in New Jersey, and Vice President of Purchasing and Procurement for Swift & Company in Chicago. Myers has been an independent trader on the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Dr. Myers will provide a visual illustration of how the U.S. financial systems work, starting with the Executive and Legislative branches of government on down to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and commercial banks. Myers will also be speaking about the impact the financial markets have had on the agriculture commodities markets and what needs to be done to solve the problems for both the financial and agriculture markets.

Dr. Abbas Mirakhor is a 1963 graduate of Otero Junior College. He went on to Kansas State University where he received a bachelors, masters, and PhD degrees in economics. For the first 16 years of his career he worked as a professor of economics at the University of Alabama, Alabama A&M, and the Florida Institute of Technology. In 1984 he joined the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC as an economist. He has spent the past 24 years with the International Monetary Fund, serving as the organization's Executive Director representing the Iranian government at the IMF and Dean of the Executive Board, retiring in January of this year. Dr. Mirakhor has served as an economist in the Research Department of the IMF and was formerly Professor of Economics at the Florida Institute of Technology. He has published in a variety of areas, including microeconomic theory, mathematical economics, and Islamic economics. He is the co-author of a book called Theoretical Studies in Islamic Banking and Finance published by Islamic Publications International on September 15, 2005. He received the Islamic Development Bank's (IDB) 2003 prize in Islamic economics together with Dr. Mohsin Khan, Director of the IMF Institute. Here are some of Dr. Mirakor's publications: Mirakhor

Dr. Mirakhor will be giving an overview of the current economic situation. He will share his insight on how national and international economies work, and what caused the current financial system to become unstable.

At the conclusion of their presentations, Dr. Mirakhor and Dr. Myers will be available to answer questions from the audience.

The informational seminar will begin at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Banquet Room on the Otero Junior College campus. There is no admission charge.

Spreading the wealth...

Here is an interesting audio segment of Barack Obama discussing the best way to implement a 'redistribution of wealth':



and here is an article about the audio track:

Obama, in 2001 Interview, Lamented Failure of Civil Rights Movement to Redistribute Wealth

For some odd reason we are not seeing this on CNN, and certainly not on MSNBC, not yet, anyway.

Meanwhile, on the continuing ACORN saga, Democratic 'strategist' Donna Brazile pooh-poohs the ACORN voter registration fraud:

ACORN issue not vote fraud, but vote suppression

Brazile says:

# With all the big issues we face, ACORN is a distraction
# ACORN is a public spirited organization that pointed out the problems
# No fraudulent votes cast, only fraudulent voter registrations, Brazile says
# Republicans hyping ACORN story to discourage people from voting

She also says:

"Let them sputter and fret. A swelling of the voter rolls strengthens our democracy. The more eligible voters we have participating in the process, the stronger we are as a nation -- and the more accurately the results on November 4 will reflect our nation's choice for president."

Well, I would agree with her on the 'swelling of the voter rolls strengthens our democracy' only insofar as it attends to 'eligible voters'.

Is an Obama campaign worker temporarily in Ohio an 'eligible voter'?

Are a couple of dozen fictional voters who will receive mail-in ballots at one apartment building 'eligible voters'? What about those ballots. Shoot, you don't even have to dumpster dive for them; the post office will deliver them right to your door and all you have to do is fill them out.

That is what Brazile means by 'swelling the voter rolls'.

If that's OK with the Democrats, perhaps we should do a little 'Vote from Home' voter registation for the next Smile Hi City mayoral race.

Hicks from the Sticks

Contrary to what appeared in the Pueblo Chieftain back on 22 October, the Republican 'bench' is sitting there on the sidelines, empty.

This is from the article which may be found here:

Former Gov. Roy Romer will be back in Pueblo today with Biden. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson have campaigned here for Obama, not to mention repeated visits by Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar and a visit from Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

While Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain surprised conventional thinkers by staging a Pueblo rally on Oct. 3, there haven't been high-profile Colorado or even national Republicans coming to Southern Colorado to boost McCain's campaign.

So where is the Republican "bench" in a state that both Democrats and Republicans repeatedly claim is pivotal? Dave Dill, Pueblo County GOP chairman, declined to comment Tuesday on whether the Colorado GOP was using its best-known leaders effectively, particularly in Southern Colorado. "That's a question for the campaign strategists," Dill said, being diplomatic.

The McCain campaign dismissed the question, saying well-known Colorado Republicans already are working for their candidate
.

That last sentence is, as I have said in posts to the McCain campaign, one of the dumbest, most complacent, most ignorant statements to come out of either campaign. When has anyone seen a 'well-known' Colorado Republican' in Otero County? Bob Shaffer? Does he really count? He's got his back to the wall as a candidate, and it looks like Udall is going to mop up the floor with him anyway. It is clear that the Republicans are unaware than anyone lives in Colorado east of I-25 or south of Pueblo.

This morning the Republican campaign mailbag announced that the 'Fight for America' tour is stopping in five different locations here in Colorado, to do some rah-rah for McCain/Palin.

Where are they stopping? Well, you can bet your last buck...no...actually, you can't, since George Bush, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and that Eunuch of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, are all busy giving it away to Wall Street bankers - in a completely non-partisan way, of course - where were we...ah...where is the 'Fight for America' tour stopping?

Nowhere that there are Hicks from the Sticks, that's for sure. Nowhere east of I-25, that vast political wasteland where there are apparently no McCain/Palin votes worth the time and effort. Well...that's not entirely true, Fort Morgan is on the list...but of course, Fort Morgan is easy; it's right on I-76 so it's probably a good place to take a bathroom stop, too.

Southeast Colorado...the Republican's "Forbidden Zone"?

Voter suppression

First we had ACORN running around getting just about anybody and anything registered to vote. Homeless wretches being offered cigarettes to register, and 'early vote' for Obama. Then we had Obama campaign workers in Ohio, people who came in only for the campaign, registering as Ohio residents and voting in Ohio. They used their host family addresses as 'place of residence'. That's kind of like foreign exchange students living with a host family here in La Junta registering to vote.

Now we have what they call 'voter suppression'. That's where there is some kind of a 'mismatch' in voter information, so the voter is 'purged' from the voter rolls. Here is a story on that:

Some voters purged from rolls

A couple of elections back I had occasion to extract information from the Otero County voter rolls, into a smaller database for the city. The point of doing that was so that a local candidate could determine who was living in her ward. So that candidate obtained a copy of the voter registration rolls - you can do that; it's a public document - and I imported that data into an Access database constructed for that purpose. Access is that nifty little desktop database from Microsoft. Very nice little application with a lot of juice, all things considered. From there, we ran a filtering query to parse out the data by precinct.

We found quite a few people on the rolls who were dead, no longer living at a given address, and so on.

So the question is, how do you tell who is really who? Or whom? How can you really tell who is a valid resident and who is not?

In these days of mail-in ballots, how can you tell that the returned ballot is really that of the addressee? For example, if I moved in to an apartment a couple of months ago, from another address on other side of the Smile Hi city...and I received a mail ballot for the former resident, what is to keep me from voting that ballot, and mine as well when it is forwarded over by the post office? Who would know? What? The signature on the back? First, who really checks those, and against what? Second, doesn't signing your ballot sort of ruin that 'secret ballot' thing?

Then in the last election we had an accounting of our how pal DinkyDau Billy, a notorious dumpster diver, had scrounged up a couple of dozen mail-in ballots from trash cans around town and was filling them out, down on his favorite bench. The only way to tell they were 'bad' was the WondeRoast grease on them. Sure, that story was a product of Blogger Central's fevered imagination, but do you really think that is all that far-fetched? How would you know?

But in these days of close elections, it would seem to be of paramount importance that the voter rolls be accurate.

Just how valid is the voter registration and accounting system? I'm really not interested in assurances from our government officials, local or otherwise, that all is well. Obviously, it is not. Look at the news from Florida, already, about the problems they are having - again. Look at Ohio, and at least a dozen other states where ACORN is running amok.

More on the pigs of Wall Street at the public trough

From CNN this morning:

Regulators have stressed that there is plenty of money to go around for those banks that need capital, but it remains unclear just which banks and thrifts would be eligible.

In exchange for capital, banks must give up a stake to the U.S. government, but they also have to agree to pay a dividend on those shares and keep pay packages of their top executives in check.


"Plenty of money to go around"?

That's good. I'm glad somebody has "plenty of money to go around". "...keep pay packages of their top executives in check..." is another good one. Who is going to track that? The same people who were tracking Fannie and Freddie? Barney Frank and Chris Dodd? Perhaps we could put Frank Raines in charge of that? No...how about Jim Johnson, if we can tear him away from the Obama campaign.

Wouldn't it be a hoot if one of those guys were to end up Secretary of the Treasury in an Obama administration?

10/26/08

Craft shows

There was a lot going on with craft shows in the lower valley this weekend. There was a good one at the Smile Hi City's United Methodist church, and another one, a big one, over in Fowler. One vendor reported that sales were pretty good, despite misgivings she had had over the economy. For more details and photos, see next week's T-D.







From United Methodist:


10/25/08

Obama campaign has a hissy fit

Joltin' Joe Biden was taking questions on Thursday, obviously expecting the usual softballs the MainStreamMedia has been tossing the Obama campaign since the beginning.

But a reporter from WFTV in Orlando apparently had not read the script, and asked Biden a couple of questions that caused the Veep candidate to vapor-lock and the Obama campaign to choke its chicken, in a manner of speaking.

Reporter Barbara West tossed out a quote by Karl Marx, that darling of the socialist set, and then asked Joltin' Joe how the Obamessiah's statement to Joe the Plumber about 'spreading the wealth' wasn't Marxist. Or socialist.

Biden got the wind up and asked West if she were joking. You see, Biden and Obama are so accustomed to meaningless pablum being tossed out as questions that a real question from a real journalist floored him. Not to mention the byes Joltin' Joe has been getting for his downright idiotic gaffes and 'misremembrances' about historical fact. Little details, like FDR's presidential announcement in 1929 on television, or who supported Clinton over Bosnia, or what branch of the government is defined in Article 1 of the Constitution, or a host of other similar 'misconstruals'.

Nope, Joe vapor-locked. Of course, Biden already had the wind up over West's questions to him about the Obama connection with ACORN. You're not supposed to ask these kinds of questions.

Then the insensitive West asked His Gaffeness about the statement last week, about Obama being tested very soon after being elected, and that Obama's handling of the matter might not appear to be proper or correct or effective...West asked Joltin' Joe if he wasn't implying that the United States is no longer the world's leading power.

Hooodoggie.

This is what came out of the Obama campaign: first, an interview with Biden's wife was cancelled:

"This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election," wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign.

Here's the video:



You know, if the Obamessiah is elected, watching his press secretary deal with the White House press corps is going to be a down home hoot. That is, if they actually ask any questions. Betcha Barbara West isn't invited to the party.

America's corporate whores

It's a tossup as to which is the worst: America's legislative whores or America's corporate whores. There really isn't much difference.

McCain and Obama both voted for the corporate bailout. That's where they are taking $700 billion of our money and giving it to the bastards on Wall Street and in the corporate offices of America. The thinking here is that this will be 'easier' on We the People in the long run.

I don't think so.

I've been bailing these bastards out for a long time. Every time some over-educated piece of human excrement in a three-piece suit gets himself in over his head, We the Taxpayers are expected to bail him out. We carry the load, and our elected whores in the Congress tell us how it is for our own good. Corporate America gets away with it, and continues living that good life, wining and dining, jetting about from one fine restaurant and five-star hotel to another, golfing on the world's finest courses - which, despite the subsidies we have been paying to the Chariamontes so the elite of La Junta and Otero County can enjoy themselves at our expense, does not seem to include the La Junta Golf Club - enjoying the best the world has to offer. Meanwhile We the People get to listen to the politicians like the Salazars, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and all the rest, who are pretty much bought and paid for by corporate America, tell us how hard they have been 'fighting' for us.

Check this article:

Businesses scramble for bailout cash

The article describes that scramble as 'the hottest lobbying game in town'.

Then look at this one:

Uses for $700 billion bailout keep changing

The same bastards who lobbied for Freddie and Fannie, Lehman Bros, Bear Stearns, etc etc etc ad nauseam and ad infinitum, are now busy getting their hooks into the people who are controlling that bailout money.

The Eunuch of the Treasury must surely like that. I can just see all those Congresscritters and Senators lined up at the trough like so many hogs waiting for the slops and swill.

But they are 'fighting' for us.

Meanwhile, we have our own brand of that going on. We have the same morality, the same mindset, hard at work right here in The Smile Hi City with the subsidizing of the private business run by the Chariamontes, so that the golfing elite can afford those $400 Callaway drivers and putters, and enjoy a nice beer with their tax-payer subsidized dinners out at the club restaurant.

Remember that next time you go down to pay your own light bill at the city building, that your tax money is paying most of the utilities for the golfers.

Remember that when you have to make that next mortgage payment, or rent payment, the Chariamontes are busy collecting rent for that city-owned apartment, the one that is included in that crushing $1 a year rent from the city, and stuffing that rent into their own pockets.

Remember all that when those golfers stand up there and tell you, with a straight face, that it's all for you, as part of the Economic Development Big Picture.

Remember that when you're wondering how you can scrape up a few more bux to pay the increased pool fees and kids' sports fees.

America's corporate whores. They come in all shapes and sizes.

Local CEO shenanigans

We were walking along County Road 24.5 near The Holy Land Bridge over the Arkansas. Some people might think it was a Bridge to Nowhere, but it actually went to The Holy Land to the south, and to Holbrook Lake and other points within the county to the north.

"So didja hear about all them layoffs out at the Boys' Ranch?" DinkyDau Billy asked.

"I heard they laid off about 20 people," replied Tookie, "including a couple of guys that have been out there a quarter century or so." Tookie was pushing her Hot Rock along. She had had a blowout, and did not have a spare tube. She was the reason we were all walking our bikes.

"Yep. They laid off a secretary, 4 from the education section, 4 from maintenance, 4 from administration, 2 in housekeeping, and then dropped 2-3 from full-time to part-time," Billy told us, "and there's a couple of more, too, I think."

"Why?" Leece asked.

"They wasn't makin' no munny," Billy confided, "they gots 41 kids out there now, which I guess is up some, but still not enough to pay for the prez's salary and the apartment up in Denver and the CEO commutes and the office up there in The Mile Hi City."

"So they dump nearly 20 employees just before Thanksgiving?" I asked, "did any of the biggies take any pay cuts first?"

There was a round of horselaughs and other comments, most of which are not printable in polite society.

"They's takin' their cues from Wall Street," Billy told us, "which means everyone else in the company is gonna take a screwin' first, then if'n it goes belly up, the executives are going to come out smellin' like roses."

"They could probably get jobs with Ken Salazar," I suggested.

More horselaughs.

"He could use some help with his press releases on the Farm Bill," I added.

Tookie had to stop and sit down by the side of the road. "Stop it!" she exclaimed, "you're gonna make me pee my pants!"

"Well, no one is gonna ask any questions," Billy said, "because the Ranch is another one a them sacred cows, like the golf course and the Kiva. You can siphon off piles of tax munny to let the great and the near-great have their golfing fun unhindered by price increases while the kids get to pay the increases for their activities; and you can tolerate bullying and turn a blind eye to it, because 'they bring in jobs' or 'bring people in to spend money'."

"I wonder how much the CEO out there is paid every year," Leece wondered.

"They ain't gonna tell you squat," Billy said,"they is gonna sit on that info like it's the secrets of the Manhattan Project."

"They receive Federal funding. They receive Federal funding through Medicare and Tricare and other programs and they receive funding through state and local governments," Leece pointed out, "and that isn't protected info under HIPAA, either."

"We could ask for information from the Feds and the states, like California, where some of those kids are from, citing FOIA and various state sunshine laws," I suggested.

"Yep. We can. The Freedom of Information Act is very useful when rooting out scams and questionable activities and answering questions involving Federal funds," Leece agreed.

"What about the 'sacred cow' aspect of it?" Billy asked.

"What about it? There are nearly 20 people, 20 families, in complete turmoil over this. Why shouldn't someone be asking questions? If they are laying off why are they still advertising job openings?"

Those were pretty good questions.

More on "How to Steal an Election"

Here is some video from Palestra, followed by clips from FoxNews and Greta VanSustern:

"Vote from Home" scandal

See the Obama campaign worker - who is a law student from Stanford - explain how it's 'all an honest mistake' and how he didn't understand the legal requirements.

You may have to select the clip from the right sidebar.

10/24/08

Cartoons

Here is another one of Michael Ramirez' great 'toons:

10.23.2008

and then there is this:



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How to steal an election: Part IV...or is it Part V...

In Ohio, where ACORN has been very busy with its fraudulent registration of voters for Obama, we have this:

Palestra: The College Network

It was also on Greta this evening, as good ol' Greta interviewed the young ladies who have broken the story.

What's happening is that Obama campaign workers have been coming into the state, and in the course of working the campaign, have been in the state 30 days or more. So they have registered to vote, and in fact have voted.

The problem is this: They are there as temporary workers, with no intent to remain in Ohio.

These are illegal actions on the part of the Obama campaign workers.

So far approximately 18 have 'withdrawn' their votes, which they may do through tomorrow.

But there are 700 Obama campaign workers in the state. How many have registered to vote and have voted as Ohio 'residents' when in fact they are not?

Is the Ohio Attorney General going to investigate? Prosecute?

Is the Ohio Secretary of State going to waffle again over voter fraud?

This looks like it is going to be a very close election, much more so than the polls would have us believe.

In 1960, John Kennedy won the popular vote by just over 100,000 votes nationwide. That's less than .1 percent of the popular vote in 1960. There was then and still is considerable discussion about Daddy Kennedy buying the vote back then. It's entirely possible. It's entirely probable. Do some research. It's not at all in the same fantasy league as all the assassination conspiracies.

What's going to happen in 2008?

Will ACORN and the Obama campaign steal the election? At least Dubya had the Supreme Court back up his rise to the Oval Office.