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OBAMA Administration invokes GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP -- ANTI-FIRST AMENDMENT

The Obama Administration has taken official steps to curtail insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage from offering information to their customers about the Obamacare legislation proposed in Congress.

A health insurance plans trade group assailed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today after the agency ordered Medicare Advantage providers to suspend what it says are misleading mailings about health care and insurance reform.

America’s Health Insurance Plans decried what it called a “gag order.”

Jonathan Blum, acting director of CMS’ Center for Drug and Health Plan Choices, noted mailings by the Humana group that stated that if health care reform legislation as currently drafted, goes through, the Medicare Advantage program may be eliminated.  <Source>

If any commercial entity made false and misleading statements, then it is the job of the Federal Trade Commission – not the CMS – to investigate misleading statements.

THIS IS A DIRECT ASSAULT ON YOUR FREE SPEECH RIGHTS.

WE NEED TO PUSH BACK NOW OR LOSE MORE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS.

Is this what we believe as a Senate — that this body should debate a trillion-dollar health care bill that affects every American while using the powerful arm of government to shut down speech?

Is this how citizens and companies can expect to be treated if health reform passes? That any health provider that disagrees with a powerful Senator will be subject to an investigation and a gag order?’

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding free speech in the health care debate:

“I rise to call my colleagues’ attention to a disturbing development in the health care debate.

A colleague of ours has called for an investigation into a major health care company because this company informed its customers of its concerns about health care legislation that this colleague of ours introduced.

As a result, the federal government has now told all companies that provide Medicare Advantage to seniors to stop communicating with their clients about the effects of that legislation — even telling them what they can and cannot post on their websites. This gag order, enforced through an agency of the federal government at the request of a Senator, is wrong.

It started when a company based in my hometown of Louisville — Humana — had the temerity, in the eyes of some of our colleagues, to explain to its customers that if Medicare Advantage is cut, as the chairman’s mark requires, it may have to reduce benefits, which, of course, is a common sense conclusion.

Mr. President, this is America: Citizens, either as individuals or grouped together in companies, have a fundamental right to talk about legislation they favor or oppose.

That is the core of the First Amendment’s protections on speech. Unfortunately, this is part of a troubling trend of efforts to dismiss the concerns raised by the American people over the past few months.

Over the summer, we saw American citizens who raised concerns about the health care proposals before Congress dismissed as ‘un-American’ by leaders in Congress. That’s bad enough, but using the full weight of the federal government’s enforcement powers to stifle free speech should trouble all Americans — and all of us — even more.

We cannot allow government officials to target individuals or companies because they do not like what they have to say.

This latest effort to squelch free speech raises several serious questions:

Is this what we have come to as a country — that an individual or company can no longer factually advocate their position on an incredibly important public policy issue?

Shouldn’t customers have a right to know the potential impact of a Congressional action?

Is this what we believe as a Senate — that this body should debate a trillion-dollar health care bill that affects every American while using the powerful arm of government to shut down speech?

Is this how citizens and companies can expect to be treated if health reform passes? That any health provider that disagrees with a powerful Senator will be subject to an investigation and a gag order?

How is this any different than what the Washington Post and New York Times have done in lobbying for a reporter shield law? Would we stand by if the Judiciary Committee asked the FBI to investigate the media for taking positions on pending legislation we don’t agree with? Of course not.

Humana is headquartered in my hometown of Louisville, and yes, I care deeply about its 8,000 employees in Kentucky. But this gag order now applies to all Medicare Advantage providers.

I would remind my colleagues that I have spent my career defending the First Amendment rights of people to criticize their elected officials, including me. I would make the same argument if this were a company based in San Francisco or Helena or Chicago.

The right to free speech is at the core of our democracy. Free citizens have a First Amendment right to petition their government for a redress of grievances. This gag order on companies like Humana and those in all our states, in my view, is a clear violation of that right. It’s wrong.

Employers that warn their customers about the effects of legislation aren’t the ones who should be getting warnings here. Senators who threaten Americans’ First Amendment rights are.

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CONTACT YOUR ELECTED SENATORS AND TELL THEM THAT THIS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND …

This is non-negotiable – it is an assault on our freedom and our ability to know what our government is doing in our name.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Ted Kennedy/John Kerry: democrats steal defense funds from our troops to honor a coward

UPDATE(01) 09-26-09  TO MAKE YOU EVEN MADDER: NOT ENOUGH TO RAID FUNDS DESTINED FOR OUR TROOPS, NOW OBAMA PLANS TO GIVE MONEY TO OUR ENEMY!

CBSNews is reporting ...

"The Obama Administration plans to give $400,000 in funding to a Libyan charity run by the Gadhafi family, and U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) wants the grant withdrawn."
 
"The money would be divided between two foundations run by the family of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi. A $200,000 share is set to go to the Gadhafi Development Foundation, which is run by Gadhafi's son, Saif, and another $200,000 are to go to Wa Attassimou, an organization run by Muammar Gadhafi's daughter, Aisha."

This is part of a $2.5 million grant to Libya -- the OPEC nation that is severely disruptive in the region and who has warmlywelcomed the bastard that bombed the Lockerbie flight that killed 189 Americans. Why is our State Department doing this? Could it be connected to Obama's friends Reverend Wright and Louis Farrakahn who traveled to visit Gadhafi and condemned America.

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The rich liberal democrats see nothing wrong with spending your money that is designated for supporting our soldiers in a time of war – and wasting it on a new liberal, effete institution that will add little or nothing of substance to our nation.

There is no doubt that the Kennedy family is extremely wealthy and said to be extremely generous to charitable causes. Ditto for John Kerry’s wife. So let them fund the project. Let them pay for all of the salaries of the liberals – including Kennedy’s, their supporters and friends – who will work there.

So why is Senator John Kerry asking the already strapped taxpayer to pony up $20 million to honor a man devoid of honor – a man who abandoned a young lady who was fighting for her last breath while cowardly Kennedy contemplated how to spin his story to preserve his political career. By all accounts, the bastard should have be thrown out of the Senate and shunned by decent men everywhere.

The Boston Globe is reporting …  

“Kerry asks $20m for Kennedy institute -- Fiscal groups criticize military bill earmark”

A large military spending bill moving through Congress contains a little-noticed outlay for Boston that has nothing to do with national defense: $20 million for an educational institute honoring late Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.”\

Imagine, the democrats who voted to de-fund many military initiatives and who apparently are willing to provide only enough support to muddle on – but not to win – are putting this crap expenditure into a military defense bill. It would be ironic if it wasn’t so typical of the duplicitous bastards running the democrat party. All championed by a faux hero who defamed Viet Nam era soldiers to push his toxic political agenda.

The earmark, tucked into the defense bill at the request of Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, requires US taxpayers to help the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate realize its goal of building a repository for Kennedy’s papers and an accompanying civic learning center on the University of Massachusetts at Boston campus in Dorchester, next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.”

Not everyone is happy …

“The item is drawing fire from fiscal watchdog groups, who assert that military funds should not be raided to pay for an institution that has nothing to do with improving military readiness.”

Whatever beneficial value civic education may have, it’s hard to see why the Defense Department should pay for it,’’ said Laura Peterson, a senior policy analyst at the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense in Washington. ‘It would seem the location of this hefty earmark has more to do with the powerful position of its sponsor than [the Defense Department’s] responsibility to educate elementary school children.’’’

Both Kennedy and Kerry know nothing of honor …

“Kerry strongly defended the insertion of the $20 million earmark yesterday. He requested that it be included in the $360 billion defense budget, he said, to recognize Kennedy’s long tenure on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

His legacy is a submerged car at Chappaquiddick … 

“The institute will serve as a focal point for the late Massachusetts senator’s legacy, much as presidential libraries do. It will house Kennedy’s official papers and oral histories from the nearly half-century he served in the Senate. With a museum and exhibit space, it also will be dedicated to educating the general public, students, teachers, new US senators, and Senate staff about the role and importance of the Senate in American political life. The institute plans to host an annual ‘Summer Senate’’ for high school students from across the nation.”

Kennedy was not a President, and he was a g0-along to get-along Senator. I see no reason why “We the People” should spend our hard-earned money to glorify a liberal windbag whose toxic policies did much to bleed the U.S. Treasury, reduce our national security and curtail our personal liberties. A proponent of “elite control” of the masses.

“The $20 million earmark would cover as much as 40 percent of the institute’s initial fund-raising goal.”

democrats, conflict of interests and special interests can be found everywhere …

“Beyond raising questions about the practice of slipping earmarks into bills in Congress, the provision also presents a potential ethical question for Paul Kirk, the longtime Kennedy aide Governor Deval Patrick appointed to fill the late senator’s seat yesterday.”

Kirk, who stepped down yesterday as chairman of the JFK Library Foundation, has also served as a member of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute board and has played a key role in helping plan and raise funds for the new center. If he casts a vote in favor of the defense bill, he also will be voting in favor of an institute to which he has had close personal and professional connections.”

“A spokeswoman for Kirk, Stephanie Cutter, said yesterday that he does not see his roles as conflicting.”

Of course not!

“’Mr. Kirk expects to vote on every issue important to the people of Massachusetts. He resigned from the Edward M. Kennedy Institute board at 8 a.m. this morning, so we don’t expect a conflict to exist, but of course he’ll comply fully with the ethics rules of the Senate,’’ Cutter said in an e-mailed statement. She did not respond to a question about what role, if any, he played in securing the $20 million earmark.”

Feathering his own nest?

“Kirk is not running in the January special election for a new senator to fill out the remainder of Kennedy’s term. He has not yet said whether he intends to return to the JFK Library Foundation once his interim Senate appointment expires.”

“At Kerry’s request, Senator Daniel Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, added the $20 million earmark to the defense bill, congressional aides said. The funding would come on top of $5 million secured with Kerry’s help earlier this year in a Labor Department spending bill, which provided money for the institute’s planning and design.”

“Using the national defense budget for such earmarks is considered a particular affront by those advocating for fiscal discipline in the midst of two wars that are straining Pentagon coffers. Overall, the Senate version of the bill includes 778 earmarks worth $2.65 billion, including a number that have little or nothing to do with military matters.”

“A major concern is what gets cut from the Pentagon budget to make room for things like the Kennedy institute, said Winslow Wheeler, director of the Strauss Military Reform Project at the left-leaning Center for Defense Information in Washington.”

’The committee did not add money to the bill to pay for its billions of dollars in pork,’ Wheeler said.”

“A spokesman for Inouye declined to explain why the Kennedy institute earmark was inserted into the Pentagon budget, rather than into an education bill or other piece of legislation. In a statement released by his office, Inouye said, ‘It is my sincere hope that many of these students will be inspired to seek a life of public service, with the same spirit of patriotism and love of country that I saw each and every day from Senator Kennedy.’’’

I call bullshit …

“While Kerry said using the defense budget to fund Kennedy’s institute was a tribute to his ‘leadership on military technology, weapons systems, and safety equipment for our troops,’’ Wheeler said he believes there is a more practical reason.”

“It’s a natural for Kerry to go to Inouye on this,’’ Wheeler said. “If it’s in the defense bill it must be a good idea. And the defense bill is sure to pass. He wanted a fast vehicle to get it enacted.’’

Bottom line …

Considering the allocation of funds to honor a politician is a conflict of interest for politicians, perhaps “We the People” should have some say on how this money is spent. Especially since the politicians are dishonest brokers and their self-serving actions seem to be antithetical to good governance and the prudent use of public funds.

There is nothing in the Constitution of the United States which provides for self-aggrandizing monuments to politicians and, in the case of Jimmy Carter, political stupidity. And we know that this “coerced public donation” will be only one of many as time goes on.

We know we need more troops in Afghanistan along with more equipment and ammunition. So why are we denying our troops the support and funding they richly deserve to honor a rich coward with multiple millions of the taxpayer’s money buried in a defense bill? Yes, I know that $20 million is a drop in the bucket – but it is still our money, not theirs!

-- steve

Be well, be safe and protect yourself and your family first.

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

Reference Links:

Watchdog groups rap $20m earmark for Kennedy institute - The Boston Globe


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



OBAMANATION: DO AS WE SAY TO FUND THE SOCIALIST WORKERS PARADISE OR YOU GO TO JAIL ...

Politico.com is reporting ...

"Ensign receives handwritten confirmation"

"Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold ...

confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance."

"Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty"

...  Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."

Is that per individual, exposing a family of four to a total fine of $7,600. I wonder if they are going to implement juvenile detention camps or charge the parents with an additional crime for child neglect?

The Congress and the Administration does not have the Constitutional Authority to take actions interfering with an individual's freedoms or the right to mandate healthcare in the absence of a crime.  Oh right! They define what is a crime.

Getting their attention ...

In addition to mustering the forces of good against the evil that is contemplated by the Obama far-left democrats, perhaps we need to mount a campaign against Chicago getting the Olympics based on the unacceptable carbon footprint, impact on our local, state and federal treasuries -- and who would want to expose visitors to a crime-ridden city run by corrupt politicians?

Vote the bastards out of office before

-- steve

Reference Links:

Ensign receives handwritten confirmation - Live Pulse - POLITICO.com


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



THE CALIFORNIA GOP DOESN'T DESERVE YOUR SUPPORT ...

UPDATE: 05-09-10 I ENDORSE CHUCK DEVORE FOR 2010 SENATE RACE TO REPLACE BARBARA BOXER

I have examined all of the facts and have decided to endorse Chuck DeVore for the 2010 Senate Race to replace Barbara Boxer. I believe Carly Fiorina is a RINO who will bring us more Bay-area liberal nonsense (like Feinstein) and that Tom Campbell appears to be a supporter of radical Muslim causes and therefore cannot be trusted with high office.  -- steve

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Hope is not a plan …

According to the Sacramento Bee, California’s “Republicans are hoping opposition to President Barack Obama's health care proposal and continuing concerns over the economy will rev up Republicans in the run-up to the 2010 election.”

"’What's unique and exciting about this convention is the party now has a lot of momentum going into next year,’ Brent Lowder, the California Republican Party's chief operating officer, says in today's story. ‘This convention is going to be a nice focal point to take that momentum out there as seen in town halls on health care and channel it into 2010 in victories for the Republican Party.’"

“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose ‘dying at the box office’ remarks at the fall 2007 conference irked attendees, will kick things off with a speech at Friday's dinner banquet.”

“All three GOP gubernatorial hopefuls are scheduled to speak, with former Rep. Tom Campbell taking the stage today, followed by speeches from former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner on Saturday.”

“Other familiar names on the speakers' schedule include GOP legislative leaders Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee and Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth; state Sens. Jeff Denham and Sam Aanestad, both candidates for lieutenant governor; Assemblyman and U.S. Senate hopeful Chuck DeVore; as well as Rep. Mary Bono Mack, state Sen. George Runner and Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes. “

Who the hell cares about this cowardly lot …

The Republicans in California have proven themselves to be corrupt, complacent and impotent. There seems to be ample evidence that California legislative Republicans conspired with the democrats to give Californians one of the largest tax increases in California history. In fact, they attempted to dupe Californians into believing that only a few traitorous republicans supported the democrats when they voted in the tax increase. Unfortunately, the word slipped out and it appears that the exact number of republicans to pass the toxic tax bill was calculated and that certain GOP members were selected as sacrificial lambs so that the rest of the party might be spared voter retribution. In my book, this is conspiracy and collusion to defraud both Californians and especially republican citizens who hoped that their elected representatives were honest brokers. Boy were we wrong.

Deals were struck with the democrats and the taxpayers got royally screwed. Instead of standing up and refusing to vote, they took their pound of pork and slithered back to their respective offices. To attempt to complete the illusion that some republicans did not know what was going on … the budget negotiations went on behind closed doors – where it was reported that the unions were a party to the negotiations, but not rank and file republicans. How the hell can we trust this lot of dishonest asshats?

Then there is “I vant to be loved” Schwarzenegger …

Here is a man who acts more like a liberal democrat than a principled, conservative Republican. In fact, his behavior turns out to be more outrageous than that of Gray Davis, the notable fundraising political whore whom he replaced in the recall. Schwarzenegger had years to fix the problems of a decaying, decrepit infrastructure that was desperately in need of repair or replacement. And yet he did nothing except go for the applause lines from the liberals as he fought for a climate bill which would kill California’s economy. All of his behavior was conditioned by Hollywood smoke and mirrors – to the extent that he appointed Gray Davis’ long-time liberal democrat lesbian chief of staff as his own. His nanny received a cushy board appointment as did other democrat hacks. Instead of appointing principled republicans, he took the low road and pandered to those who could advance his career – Californians be damned.

None of the incumbent republicans or democrats deserve to be returned to office …

The republicans, the last bulwark against democrat perfidy:  outrageous social engineering for the benefit of the illegal aliens and profligate spending on behalf of the special interests, failed miserably – and should not be returned to office. The State’s republican leadership should also be faulted. There should be no “do overs.”

People need to sweep the incumbent asshats out of office and start draining the cesspool that is California politics.

What is required …

Now is the time for all incumbents to be thrown out of office. They have screwed California into the ground and more of the same will not suffice. I urge all Californians to deny both parties money and political support. To the extent of attacking the special interest companies who normally support this corrupt and complacent lot in return for looting our treasury.

Disregard what the unions are saying. As we can plainly see, many unions are far-left socialist constructs more about enlarging their political power and funding – and nothing about improving California. We are paying for a phantom state payroll that does no work – all brought to you by the corrupt unions.

Bottom line …

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Regardless of any anti-Obama, anti-democrat, anti-socialist sentiments … the bottom line is that these professional political asshats that ruined California do not deserve to remain in California – let alone positions of high political power.

Specifically,  Assemblyman Anthony Adams and Senator Roy Ashburn who sold out California’s republicans and the  taxpayers who made California the “Golden State.”

Courtesy of KFI, here is Anthony Adams discussing the republican’s perfidy …

Here’s Anthony Adams admitting to secret deal shenanigans!”

It is time to take action. Politicians have destroyed the state in their quest for political power. In many cases they act for the benefit of illegal aliens who supposedly do not have the right to vote. In others, they allow the unions to plunder our treasury with impunity.

As as the final proof of political malfeasance, these asshats want to keep cubicle-workers and cut back first responders. Fund the arts, but not the paramedics. The are a corrupt, evil lot of asshats who need to be replaced.

Vote for yourself or your neighbor before returning any of these bastards to power.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

Reference Links …

Sacramento Bee|Capitol Alert


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Comparing President Obama to Netanyahu at the United Nations -- Obama looks foolish!

As a long time admirer of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I have nothing but the utmost respect for Israel’s leader. A man who loves his country. A man of morality, conviction and the courage to speak the truth and take action to backup his words.

If I could only say the same thing about the President of the United States. A man whose love of country seems in doubt – especially as he engages in blaming the United States before foreign nations for exacerbating the ills of this world and failing  to mention that our nation has been the impetus for much of the world’s advancement in modern times. That our nation is generous to others to a fault. Obama, a man who seems devoid of basic morality, conviction and the courage to speak the truth. Everything Obama does is viewed from the prism of either race or the toxic far-left socialist viewpoint. His associations point to those who do not wish America well. His actions seem almost calculated to bring chaos and ruin to the institutions which make America the strongest nation on the face of this Earth. He apparently believes in moral equivalency and that the United States is just another nation-state on the world’s stage. He appears to be a venal man whose Chicago-style calculations require obeisance to the special interests which control political power and funding. A man who needs a TelePrompTer with a canned speech to sound Presidential. A clueless man who has attained noteworthy credentials, then does little or nothing of note with his abilities. A man who appears to believe that his telegenic good looks, combined with an actor’s delivery and feigned sincerity is enough to achieve greatness.

When measured against a man such as Benjamin Netanyahu;  one can clearly see the differences in the humanity, leadership and ability to bring about change. There is no doubt in my mind that Netanyahu will do anything and everything to protect his country against the ravages of barbarians. Can we say the same of Obama as he continues to appease the far left?

Here is Netanyahu’s speech before the United Nations. Compare that to Obama’s sniveling apology tour and his self-centered speech to the United Nations. Netanyahu stands before the world and tells the truth … Obama stands before the world and bends down before thugs, dictators and hypocrites.

Oh, to have a leader like Benjamin Netanyahu in the United States – or another of his kind, like Ronald Reagan. Anything but the mealy-mouthed Obama who continually appears to be evoking George Orwell as he attempts to convince the American public that up is down, right is left and evil is good.

See for yourself what Netanyahu had to say to the world’s nations …

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nearly 62 years ago, the United Nations recognized the right of the Jews, an ancient people 3,500 years-old, to a state of their own in their ancestral homeland.

I stand here today as the Prime Minister of Israel, the Jewish state, and I speak to you on behalf of my country and my people.

The United Nations was founded after the carnage of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. It was charged with preventing the recurrence of such horrendous events.

Nothing has undermined that central mission more than the systematic assault on the truth. Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.
Last month, I went to a villa in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee. There, on January 20, 1942, after a hearty meal, senior Nazi officials met and decided how to exterminate the Jewish people. The detailed minutes of that meeting have been preserved by successive German governments. Here is a copy of those minutes, in which the Nazis issued precise instructions on how to carry out the extermination of the Jews. Is this a lie?

A day before I was in Wannsee, I was given in Berlin the original construction plans for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Those plans are signed by Hitler’s deputy, Heinrich Himmler himself. Here is a copy of the plans for Auschwitz-Birkenau, where one million Jews were murdered. Is this too a lie?
This June, President Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp. Did President Obama pay tribute to a lie?

And what of the Auschwitz survivors whose arms still bear the tattooed numbers branded on them by the Nazis? Are those tattoos a lie? One-third of all Jews perished in the conflagration. Nearly every Jewish family was affected, including my own. My wife's grandparents, her father’s two sisters and three brothers, and all the aunts, uncles and cousins were all murdered by the Nazis. Is that also a lie?

Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries.

But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency?

A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state.

What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations! Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You're wrong.

History has shown us time and again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many others.

This Iranian regime is fueled by an extreme fundamentalism that burst onto the world scene three decades ago after lying dormant for centuries. In the past thirty years, this fanaticism has swept the globe with a murderous violence and cold-blooded impartiality in its choice of victims. It has callously slaughtered Moslems and Christians, Jews and Hindus, and many others. Though it is comprised of different offshoots, the adherents of this unforgiving creed seek to return humanity to medieval times.
Wherever they can, they impose a backward regimented society where women, minorities, gays or anyone not deemed to be a true believer is brutally subjugated. The struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith against faith nor civilization against civilization.
It pits civilization against barbarism, the 21st century against the 9th century, those who sanctify life against those who glorify death.

The primitivism of the 9th century ought to be no match for the progress of the 21st century. The allure of freedom, the power of technology, the reach of communications should surely win the day. Ultimately, the past cannot triumph over the future. And the future offers all nations magnificent bounties of hope. The pace of progress is growing exponentially.

It took us centuries to get from the printing press to the telephone, decades to get from the telephone to the personal computer, and only a few years to get from the personal computer to the internet.
What seemed impossible a few years ago is already outdated, and we can scarcely fathom the changes that are yet to come. We will crack the genetic code. We will cure the incurable. We will lengthen our lives. We will find a cheap alternative to fossil fuels and clean up the planet.

I am proud that my country Israel is at the forefront of these advances – by leading innovations in science and technology, medicine and biology, agriculture and water, energy and the environment. These innovations the world over offer humanity a sunlit future of unimagined promise.

But if the most primitive fanaticism can acquire the most deadly weapons, the march of history could be reversed for a time. And like the belated victory over the Nazis, the forces of progress and freedom will prevail only after an horrific toll of blood and fortune has been exacted from mankind. That is why the greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction.

The most urgent challenge facing this body is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Are the member states of the United Nations up to that challenge?

Will the international community confront a despotism that terrorizes its own people as they bravely stand up for freedom?

Will it take action against the dictators who stole an election in broad daylight and gunned down Iranian protesters who died in the streets choking in their own blood? Will the international community thwart the world's most pernicious sponsors and practitioners of terrorism?

Above all, will the international community stop the terrorist regime of Iran from developing atomic weapons, thereby endangering the peace of the entire world?

The people of Iran are courageously standing up to this regime. People of goodwill around the world stand with them, as do the thousands who have been protesting outside this hall. Will the United Nations stand by their side?

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The jury is still out on the United Nations, and recent signs are not encouraging. Rather than condemning the terrorists and their Iranian patrons, some here have condemned their victims. That is exactly what a recent UN report on Gaza did, falsely equating the terrorists with those they targeted.

For eight long years, Hamas fired from Gaza thousands of missiles, mortars and rockets on nearby Israeli cities. Year after year, as these missiles were deliberately hurled at our civilians, not a single UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks. We heard nothing – absolutely nothing – from the UN Human Rights Council, a misnamed institution if there ever was one.

In 2005, hoping to advance peace, Israel unilaterally withdrew from every inch of Gaza. It dismantled 21 settlements and uprooted over 8,000 Israelis. We didn't get peace. Instead we got an Iranian backed terror base fifty miles from Tel Aviv. Life in Israeli towns and cities next to Gaza became a nightmare. You see, the Hamas rocket attacks not only continued, they increased tenfold. Again, the UN was silent.

Finally, after eight years of this unremitting assault, Israel was finally forced to respond. But how should we have responded? Well, there is only one example in history of thousands of rockets being fired on a country's civilian population. It happened when the Nazis rocketed British cities during World War II. During that war, the allies leveled German cities, causing hundreds of thousands of casualties. Israel chose to respond differently. Faced with an enemy committing a double war crime of firing on civilians while hiding behind civilians – Israel sought to conduct surgical strikes against the rocket launchers.

That was no easy task because the terrorists were firing missiles from homes and schools, using mosques as weapons depots and ferreting explosives in ambulances. Israel, by contrast, tried to minimize casualties by urging Palestinian civilians to vacate the targeted areas.

We dropped countless flyers over their homes, sent thousands of text messages and called thousands of cell phones asking people to leave. Never has a country gone to such extraordinary lengths to remove the enemy's civilian population from harm's way.

Yet faced with such a clear case of aggressor and victim, who did the UN Human Rights Council decide to condemn? Israel. A democracy legitimately defending itself against terror is morally hanged, drawn and quartered, and given an unfair trial to boot.

By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals. What a perversion of truth. What a perversion of justice.

Delegates of the United Nations,

Will you accept this farce?

Because if you do, the United Nations would revert to its darkest days, when the worst violators of human rights sat in judgment against the law-abiding democracies, when Zionism was equated with racism and when an automatic majority could declare that the earth is flat.

If this body does not reject this report, it would send a message to terrorists everywhere: Terror pays; if you launch your attacks from densely populated areas, you will win immunity. And in condemning Israel, this body would also deal a mortal blow to peace. Here's why.

When Israel left Gaza, many hoped that the missile attacks would stop. Others believed that at the very least, Israel would have international legitimacy to exercise its right of self-defense. What legitimacy? What self-defense?

The same UN that cheered Israel as it left Gaza and promised to back our right of self-defense now accuses us –my people, my country - of war crimes? And for what? For acting responsibly in self-defense. What a travesty!

Israel justly defended itself against terror. This biased and unjust report is a clear-cut test for all governments. Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists?

We must know the answer to that question now. Now and not later. Because if Israel is again asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow. Only if we have the confidence that we can defend ourselves can we take further risks for peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

All of Israel wants peace. Any time an Arab leader genuinely wanted peace with us, we made peace. We made peace with Egypt led by Anwar Sadat. We made peace with Jordan led by King Hussein. And if the Palestinians truly want peace, I and my government, and the people of Israel, will make peace. But we want a genuine peace, a defensible peace, a permanent peace. In 1947, this body voted to establish two states for two peoples – a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews accepted that resolution. The Arabs rejected it.

We ask the Palestinians to finally do what they have refused to do for 62 years: Say yes to a Jewish state. Just as we are asked to recognize a nation-state for the Palestinian people, the Palestinians must be asked to recognize the nation state of the Jewish people. The Jewish people are not foreign conquerors in the Land of Israel. This is the land of our forefathers.
Inscribed on the walls outside this building is the great Biblical vision of peace: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. They shall learn war no more." These words were spoken by the Jewish prophet Isaiah 2,800 years ago as he walked in my country, in my city, in the hills of Judea and in the streets of Jerusalem.

We are not strangers to this land. It is our homeland. As deeply connected as we are to this land, we recognize that the Palestinians also live there and want a home of their own. We want to live side by side with them, two free peoples living in peace, prosperity and dignity.

But we must have security. The Palestinians should have all the powers to govern themselves except those handful of powers that could endanger Israel.
That is why a Palestinian state must be effectively demilitarized. We don't want another Gaza, another Iranian backed terror base abutting Jerusalem and perched on the hills a few kilometers from Tel Aviv.
We want peace.

I believe such a peace can be achieved. But only if we roll back the forces of terror, led by Iran, that seek to destroy peace, eliminate Israel and overthrow the world order. The question facing the international community is whether it is prepared to confront those forces or accommodate them.

Over seventy years ago, Winston Churchill lamented what he called the "confirmed unteachability of mankind," the unfortunate habit of civilized societies to sleep until danger nearly overtakes them.
Churchill bemoaned what he called the "want of foresight, the unwillingness to act when action will be simple and effective, the lack of clear thinking, the confusion of counsel until emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.”
I speak here today in the hope that Churchill's assessment of the "unteachibility of mankind" is for once proven wrong.

I speak here today in the hope that we can learn from history -- that we can prevent danger in time.
In the spirit of the timeless words spoken to Joshua over 3,000 years ago, let us be strong and of good courage.
Let us confront this peril, secure our future and, God willing, forge an enduring peace for generations to come.

Can you even imagine President Obama pointing out that Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and other socialists have destroyed their countries and all but enslaved their people?

Can you imagine why President Obama would meddle in Honduran affairs – to restore a Socialist dictator-wannabe to power after the nation’s Supreme Court removed him from power for attempting to thwart their Constitution and install himself as a Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez?

Let’s take a moment to consider the fluke of nature and the complicity of the now-disgraced media who allowed an Obama to come to power. And the democrats who have been co-opted by far-left socialists and Marxists. Is it not time to prepare to restore our nation to its rightful owners, We the People, in 2010 and 2o12? Is it not time to toss the democrat and republican bastards which turned the Congress and Administration into corrupt cesspools.

It is time that we take our country back from the likes of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Hopefully to be led by a leader such as Benjamin Netanyahu.

Be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

Reference Links …

Netanyahu’s UN General Assembly speech | Capital J | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

Barack Obama’s UN General Assembly speech|The White House


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Obama supporter suggested we should use force, if necessary, to stop Israel from attacking Iran …

Obama is about talking, talking and talking. It is also becoming apparent that he is an appeaser who may believe that all he has to do is give a speech to solve a real-world problem.

Sound advice or sheer idiocy?

In a mystifying foreign affairs policy, President Obama and his Administration continues to attack our allies and provide aid and comfort to our enemies.

Reaching back to the failed Carter foreign policy advisor …

Harkening back to the failed Carter Administration, we find that one of Obama’s supporters suggesting that the United States should threaten to shoot down Israeli fighters should they decide to prosecute a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

In spite of telling the world that the United States would not meddle in the foreign affairs of other nations, we find Obama telling the democratic state of Israel, our only ally in the Mideast, that they once again have to accept a unilateral solution without guarantees from the Arabs and the Persians.

How stupid do you need to be to recognize that the aggression is coming from the Muslims … and not from the Israelis who continue to seek peace?   The Muslim states cannot even officially recognize Israel and restore normal diplomatic relations, so why would we think they are going to order their people to put aside their bombs and rockets and live in peace?

If Israel did not exist, how could these states explain their repressive regimes – where the leaders live like potentates and those who are not friends of the regime live in abject poverty?

ABC News is reporting …

“Zbig Brzezinski: Obama Administration Should Tell Israel U.S. Will Attack Israeli Jets if They Try to Attack Iran”

“The national security adviser for former President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, gave an interview to The Daily Beast in which he suggested President Obama should make it clear to Israel that if they attempt to attack Iran's nuclear weapons sites the U.S. Air Force will stop them.”

"’We are not exactly impotent little babies,’ Brzezinski said. ‘They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? ... We have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a 'Liberty' in reverse.’"

I was not aware that the United States was  the sovereign power in Iraq and could still subvert the duly elected and constituted civilian authority that our government is so fond of touting.

The Distancing!

Although Brzezinski plays no official role in the Obama administration, I was commenting on our official Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Someone who has been marginalized by Obama and his co-opted Clintonistas. Why isn’t the Obama Administration telling Zbig A-hole to shut up.

I have no respect for Zbigniew Brzezinski

I previously wrote on August 27, 2007…

BARACK OBAMA RECEIVES KISS OF DEATH: FORMER JIMMY CARTER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR ENDORSES OBAMA OVER CLINTON

According to Bloomberg.com...

"Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of the most influential foreign-policy experts in the Democratic Party, threw his support behind Barack Obama's presidential candidacy, saying the Illinois senator has a better global grasp than his chief rival, Hillary Clinton. "

Is this the very same man that served as the National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter, failed President and homebuilder, the man who personally did more to stimulate the rise of global Islamo-fascism than any politician alive?  The very same President who abandoned the men and women serving America in our embassy who were taken hostage by thugs and allegedly masterminded by Iran's current president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?  

"'Obama is clearly more effective and has the upper hand,'' Brzezinski, who was President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, said. 'He has a sense of what is historically relevant, and what is needed from the United States in relationship to the world.'''

Is this more of the same crap he told Carter while the hostages remained rotting for 444 days and until Ronald Reagan resolved the issue a few minutes after being sworn-in as Carter's successor?<Source>

Bottom line …

More and more we are dissing our allies and praising our enemies, both foreign and domestic. We are adopting policies which give aid, comfort and support to our enemies – while demonstrating to our allies that the United States may be a fickle and unreliable ally. Perhaps this is part of the far-left strategy to tear down a strong America. Attacking from within and using our own laws against us. Until there is nothing left but a socialist shell governed by a corrupt democratic elite.

Let’s vote out all the corruption and complacency in the nation.

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Be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

Reference Links …

Zbig Brzezinski: Obama Administration Should Tell Israel U.S. Will Attack Israeli Jets if They Try to Attack Iran - Political Punch


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Global Warming: You are not "SMART" enough to do the right thing ...

Once again, the federal government intrudes into an area of your life without any constitutional authority … 

Treating you as “unruly” children …

The Wall Street Journal is reporting …

“When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.”

Not only is the insulting to adults, but actually points to the fact that the Obama Administration believes that they know best and should be instructing American citizens on how best to conduct their lives and daily activities.

Unfortunately, Dr. Chu is a political ideologue whose intellectual honesty should be severely questioned and whose motives point to a far-left political agenda bent on controlling the economy of the Untied States.

If Dr. Chu was intellectually honest, he would be calling for a thorough airing of the subject of global warming. He would be able to explain how carbon dioxide which lags temperature rise can be a causal factor in global warming. He would be able to explain why local polluters would be given an indulgence to continue polluting the air, water and ground by buying “carbon and pollution credits” from foreign countries (can you say wealth transfer) and packaged and sold by Wall Street Wizards. And why the polluter’s ratepayers and customers have to pay the freight to allow polluters to continue polluting.

If Dr. Chu were intellectually honest, he would explain that the output of computer models is not equivalent to scientific fact. He would point out that the science is not settled, but many of the reported results are actually a product of billions of dollars being funneled into global warming research and that this funding artificially biases the reported results. He would explain that the peer review process only includes a few people and that the actual datasets used for the research are often not available for examination by other researchers seeking to replicate the results of the original research.\

The “average folks” … how condescending!

“Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.”

Speaking of a “smart grid …”

How many people understand that a fundamental component of the smart grid is the “smart metering initiative” which imposes the requirement of communicating, computer-controlled systems on electrical, heating and cooling equipment belonging to American citizens? That’s right, your individual liberties are eroded once again as the government will control your electrical usage and the temperatures within your house. The unwarranted and intrusive control of individual’s lives is not constitutionally mandated and appears to violate human rights. 

They can’t educate our children and now they want to educate adults, by government force using the threat of penalties for “bad behavior” …

“’The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,’ Dr. Chu said. ‘The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.’ (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)”

Focusing on those whose critical thinking skills are not well developed, with little or no life experience and – of course – no ability to “push back” against their teachers without the dire consequences of bad grades or disciplinary action …

“The administration aims to teach them—literally. The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on real children. Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency.”

The fact that representatives of the government can claim man’s influence on climate is greater than the Sun’s output, our orbital path around the Sun, the Earth’s rotational dynamics and the effects of ocean currents is absolutely ludicrous and mind-boggling.

Some information is worthwhile …

’We’re showing people across the country how energy efficiency can be part of what they do every day,’ said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. ‘Confronting climate change, saving money on our utility bills, and reducing our use of heavily-polluting energy can be as easy as making a few small changes.’”

I have no problem with the teaching of conservation, stewardship of natural resource and other life-skills. But to link this with faux science and impose further government controls over individuals is abominable.

Global warming is as big a hoax on the American public as Obama’s healthcare initiative which proposes we destroy our existing healthcare system which serves 85% of Americans to add an additional 12-20 million people to the system ...

“Still, Secretary Chu said he didn’t think that the public would throw the same political temper tantrum over climate legislation has has happened with the healthcare debate.”

Since when did a citizen’s defense of their personal freedoms and liberties and against exponentially-expanding government control equate to throwing a “temper tantrum?”

“Asked if he expected a town-hall style pushback, Dr. Chu said he was optimistic the public would buy the administration’s arguments that energy efficiency and caps on greenhouse-gas emissions will spark an economic rebound.”

Another example of Dr. Chu’s intellectual dishonesty. One, the non-partisan government agencies charged with assessing financial impacts on bills have all indicated that this program would be a financial disaster – raising prices, taxes and reducing individual choices and freedoms.

“’I don’t think so…maybe I’m optimistic, but there’s very little debate’ that a new green energy economy will bring economic prosperity, Mr. Chu told reporters.”

Optimistic is not the right word. You are dreaming! There is absolutely no proof that Obama’s cap and trade scheme would do little more than damage the United States economy for the purposes of appeasing dishonest far-left environmentalists, the special interests such as General Electric which would benefit from the government’s rule, and of course Wall Street who is anticipating a new round of mega-million dollar bonuses as energy credits are created and traded as the same type of derivatives that almost caused our economy to implode. As for “very little debate,” Chu is outright lying. Not misstating or mischaracterizing – outright lying. 

Chu is totally clueless … 

Don’t look now, but there’s actually quite a lot of debate as to the economic merits of the new green-energy economy. Whether that will spell a healthcare-style revolt against the energy and climate bill stewing in the Senate is another question.”

What? Wasn’t Chu just quoted as having said “there’s very little debate’ that a new green energy economy will bring economic prosperity?” Is he as unsure of what he is saying or is he just confused about what lie he may be telling?

If the Obama Administration were honest brokers …

Let us assume, just for the sake of argument, that man can influence climate to the extent that Obama claims. And let us further assume that our national economy continues to be in danger with the spectre of inflation and the upside-down balance of payments caused by the transfer of great sums of money to less than friendly energy-producing nations.

Why is Obama not declaring a national emergency and formulating an energy policy that demands that we produce 90% of our electric power with clean, sustainable, renewable and cost-effective nuclear energy. Something that doesn’t quit when we have a drought, the winds stops or the sun goes down? This single effort would do more to stimulate our economy than any other action that could be taken by the government. The same or greater employment would be maintained.

Last minute apology from the Chu minions …

An update: Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow added: ‘Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.’”

At the risk of another terrible pun, we seem to find Chu twisting and spinning in the wind.

Bottom line …

The facts are simple:

  • Nature is a magnificent self-regulating mechanism.
  • The output of computer models is not equivalent to scientific fact – especially when based on assumptions and tweaks that are used to advance nothing more than a scientific hypothesis.
  • The science is unsettled and there are significant divergent opinions from the government-promoted position.
  • There are alternative explanations for the rise in CO2 levels that are simple and are most likely to be proven to be true. Think of dissolved CO2 being given off by warming oceans like a warming beer giving up CO2 to the atmosphere.
  • The greatest thing for the American economy and foreign policy would be a comprehensive energy policy based on nuclear energy. Something good for the United States which is opposed by our enemies, both foreign and domestic, who want to see the United States go through a transformational change to a more socialistic, government-controlled society.

Prove me wrong or at least debate the issue. Tell me what you think. Use the comment area below or send me a comment using the e-mail link under my picture.

Until then, be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

Reference Links:

Steven Chu: Americans Are Like ‘Teenage Kids’ When It Comes to Energy - Environmental Capital - WSJ


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Meg Whitman declares she's running for Governor -- but does she get it?

We may have only one more chance to get it right before California becomes a third-world city known as Alta California …

Before Californians, once again, fall victim to a tough-talking charismatic “white knight” who turns into a spendthrift RINO (Republican In Name Only), perhaps we should more look closely at those who are pretenders to California’s gubernatorial throne.

First up is Meg Whitman, a mega-wealthy woman with an  extremely impressive background in big business and, as her ultimate achievement, assisting in the build-out of eBay from an entrepreneurial dream to a billion-dollar business. At first glance, we must take caution lest we elect another “Bay Area” liberal masquerading as the fiscal and social conservative that California will need to restore our status as the “Golden State.”

The polished look of big-money politics and political consultants …

To Californians who may be unfamiliar with big-money politics, Meg Whitman’s declaratory statement reads like a spin-tested speech, crafted by skilled and expensive political consultants. It reeks of the same old platitudes and promises we see with each politician seeking office. Often promising much and overlooking the little obstacles standing in the way of the execution of the candidate’s plans. 

Little things, …

  • like the need to deal with a potentially hostile legislature governed by the opposition party used to their petty perks and corruptions;
  • like dealing with California’s powerful unions which hold the legislature’s balls in their armored fist – promising to deny campaign funding and voter support to those who do not cooperate with the union’s agenda. And even more importantly, running vicious attack ads against those who oppose the union’s dream of controlling California’s legislature and Administration;
  • like realizing that the governor neither creates legislation nor allocates major funding to legislative programs and initiatives;
  • like realizing that the governor’s previous business experience is practically useless as the power of a CEO is severely eroded by the need to build coalitions of the hostile and the unwilling, by the passive-aggressive nature of the bureacracy who can drag its feet while you drown in a paperwork quagmire;
  • like realizing that California’s credit rating and readily-available capital is either locked-up behind restrictive covenants or only exists on paper;
  • like realizing that much of our State’s aging infrastructure must be repaired or replaced;
  • like realizing we are facing almost insurmountable utility problems involving water, gas and electricity;
  • like realizing we are suffering the debilitating effects of illegal aliens and playing host to approximately 30% of the nation’s welfare load;  and
  • like realizing that the special interests will be using their federal connections to impose restrictions on state activities though the mechanism of denial of critical funding; and

Other than direct control over the Administration’s multitude of Agencies, there is very little power that the governor can exert without going to the legislature or to the people for assistance in urging their elected legislators to do the right thing or suffer the consequences – something that does not seem to affect most legislators as they believe that not only does the public have a short memory span, but that their memory can be conditioned with the right type of media campaign.

As for “strength of character and will,” we have all seen strong-man “I’m to rich to be bought by the special interests” Schwarzenegger buckle under a union assault on his initiatives – forced to retreat into a weak liberal presence who found solace in out-fundraising Gray Davis whom he replaced.  Jet-setting around the world making pronouncements worthy of a liberal and seeking the movie-star like adoration of the crowds. The very essence of a RINO.

Personally, I would want the meanest bastard I know to run California – a man who would single-mindedly pursue his legislative goals with laser-like focus and strength. Too bad Larry Ellison is not available for the Governorship of California.

So what is it that Meg Whitman seems to be promising and what are her priorities …

Notice, I use the words “seems to be promising.” As we have learned during the past California political seasons and especially during the current Obama Administration; when a politician is on the campaign trail, they are likely to say or do anything to get elected. Which includes shading the truth about various issues and lying when absolutely necessary.

She has a storied background in both big business and building an entrepreneurial enterprise. But her own words either point to an arrogance or a lack of understanding of exactly how much power the governor has relative to the state’s legislature. Let’s examine some of what she says in her declaratory statement …

My number one goal as governor will be to help the private sector create at least 2 million jobs for Californians by 2015. This is the amount we need if we’re going to replace the jobs our economy has stopped producing or is losing to neighboring states. It’s the target we need to hit if we’re going to restore prosperity.”

While this may play well with the public, it should not be the number one priority of the governor. The number one priority of the government is to stop the hemorrhaging of taxpayer’s funds into the black hole governed not by the laws of physics, but the purchased laws of the unions and various other special interests. Without cash and a credit facility, nothing of note may be accomplished.

And what will really mark the difference is for a candidate to clearly indicate up front that this means downsizing an out-of-control bureaucracy and drastically reducing the headcount. Prioritizing public safety or arts projects and freeway sound walls.

So already, at least to me, Whitman has demonstrated that her candidacy is playing to the public rather than providing an insight into real solutions.

The governor serves as a visible cheerleader and ambassador to the business community at large. The Agencies that are directly managed by the governor serve to implement laws created by the legislature. The funding, with the exception of some departmental budgets and discretionary funds, need to be appropriated through the legislature. So when the governor says they will help create at least two million jobs, one must ask for more details. And when a governor uses dates that are five or more years in the future, their detailed plans should be regarded with great suspicion.

Priority two is right-sizing the budget and dealing with the issues of an ineffective educational system which demands more and more money to produce poorer and poorer results. If you need special emergency legislation, so be it. But we cannot continue to pour a fixed amount of money into the union-controlled educational system which is run for the unions and not the students.

The way you create jobs is by lowering taxes and eliminating redundant and ill-conceived regulations that stifle job growth. You have to create an environment where businesses can afford to stay in California and create more jobs.”

This is priority three – and is supported by eliminating, in phase one and two, those meaningless bureaucratic fiefdoms which exist only to create rules, regulations and paper. Unfortunately, the Governor does not have the power to reduce taxes – that is a legislative function for which the cooperation of a two-thirds majority of the legislature is necessary. Why California did not merge the Franchise Tax Board and the State Board of Equalization years ago is beyond me. The savings are projected to be in the billions.

“As governor, I’ll cut taxes to create jobs. … Specifically, I’ll cut taxes on job-creating businesses of every size and implement targeted tax relief to rebuild manufacturing in California. I’ll expand research and development tax credits. I’ll establish tax incentives and credits for companies that train and hire displaced workers.”

Again, Whitman confuses the constitutional duties of the legislature and the governor. Sounds great, but in reality, means absolutely nothing. 

“And I’ll establish a cabinet-level position in my administration dedicated to private sector job growth.”

Just what we need: a California Jobs czar with unspecified duties. This is not the Obama Administration.

“I want to take a different approach. I’m a big believer in focus. And I believe the next governor has to focus on three things to save our state. She must create jobs, cut spending, and fix our broken education system.”

Different than what? Every politician that came or is coming down the road promises exactly these three things. Nothing new here. We all know that the devil is in the details, so platitudes just don’t mean that much anymore. As Whitman should know, the idea is only 10% of the program, the remaining 90% is profitable execution.

“California is at a tipping point. Our finances are bankrupt. Much of our society’s infrastructure – the roads, the ports, the water delivery systems – is at the breaking point. Our schools don’t teach our kids. Our taxes force people and businesses to leave the state.  And our politics and government are so broken that people wonder whether Californians are even capable of governing themselves.”

What a remarkable ability to notice and cite the obvious. I am truly impressed with the rhetoric. NOT! 

“I am running for governor because California simply cannot continue on the path it’s on. And I want your support because I believe I’m uniquely qualified to help turn our state around.”

Yada. Yada. Yada. So says every other candidate. 

“If you elect me, I’ll stop the insanity. On my first day in office, I’ll issue a moratorium on all new regulations until our economy has begun to recover. I’ll initiate a complete review of the state’s existing regulations to root out and eliminate the rules that don’t make sense or are outdated. I’ll appoint people who share my view on regulations.”

Another review? Why not just use the one that Schwarzenegger did. Nothing has much changed except things have gotten worse. The same plan will work – if it is properly executed and you can overcome the unions, special interests and the corrupt and complacent legislators. No need to waste time, effort and money on another survey. The plan exists. Want some fiscal advice, go ask Tom McClintock, he has an unprecedented handle on California’s finances.  

“And if I’m elected, I’ll take a careful, thoughtful approach to environmental regulation.”

Just tell me what you thing about global warming and the science that is currently driving the agenda. This will tell me everything I have to know about your environmental programs. Remember, our nation’s enemies, both foreign and domestic, have spent years and billions of dollars building a formidable opposition to capitalism, energy independence and economic growth. Give me a clue as to how you are going to deal with the far-left and all of their minions embedded in the legislature and government bureaucracy. 

“As I committed to in February, if elected I will identify and implement at least $15 billion in permanent spending cuts from the state budget. I’ll eliminate redundant and underperforming government agencies and commissions. And I will reduce the state workforce by at least 40,000 employees. That’s a 17 percent reduction that would reset the workforce to 2004-2005 levels and save the state a projected $3.3 billion annually.”

As glorious as this sounds, it is simply a promise and subject to further revision. Seeing how the current crop of politicians manipulated 30-40 billion budget dollars, it might be far simpler than it seems. The question is: will the legislature, unions and special interests go along with the plan?

Bottom line …

It is not that I dislike or distrust Meg Whitman as a candidate, it is that I have had it with politicians and their bullshit promises and projections. I will need more than a glowing declaratory speech to believe that the real power brokers in this state – the special interests and the unions – along with their bought-and-paid for legislators – will go along with the plan. Other considerations include an independent Lieutenant Governor who may be from another party as well as other elected state officials with dreams of further political ascension that might get in the way of the Governor’s plan.

The one thing about Meg Whitman is that she is not an incumbent nor a professional politician. To be sure, she is surrounded by paid professional political advisers and will be hip-deep in the Pete Wilson wing of the Republican party. But she is worth a cautious look.

Remember what I said about rich Bay Area women politicians.

Be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



CARLY FIORINA: NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME!

You would think that Carly Fiorina, coming from a technological company such as Hewlett-Packard would launch her campaign web site with more than a pathetic flash graphic and no major content.

The bare-bones site reeks of amateurism and this is what we Californians expect to defeat Barbara Boxer?

If the site is not launched in a “ready for prime time” mode, what can be said of the candidate?

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Pathetic to say the least! Portent of things to come?

Be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



ACORN: Darryl Issa: We won, the fight continues, send money!

Darryl Issa attempts to spin the current ACORN issue into a fundraising attempt; claiming that taxpayers won a major victory through his efforts …

WE WON NOTHING … motions and even the legislation itself mean little or nothing until it is passed by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States. And, if the President chooses, he can issue a signing order telling various federal agencies to ignore the will of Congress.

Here we have Darrel Issa (R-CA) crowing about a non-existing victory and attempting to turn it in to a fundraising issue …

House strips ACORN funds -- Join the fight

Taxpayers won a major victory yesterday.  A motion I offered on the floor of the House of Representatives to completely strip ACORN of ALL federal funding passed overwhelmingly. 
The only bad news is that 75 Democrats (and not a single Republican) voted to CONTINUE to fund ACORN in spite of mounting evidence of criminal activity by the organization.

ACORN is just one corporate entity. There are literally thousands of entities that are similar to ACORN.

While we won a major victory today, we cannot celebrate for long. The 75 Democrats who voted to continue funding ACORN will continue to fight to move the 8.5 Billion dollars that was available to ACORN to new and existing organizations like it.

Like the snake that grows a new head or the whack-a-mole game, ACORN will disappear and its organizers will appear again tomorrow at a new organization seeking federal funding.

The ultimate battle is for control of Congress, and today's battle was a major blow to Democrats in that war. The American people are starting to see who the Democrats are handing our tax dollars out to, and they don't like it.

You can make a difference today by helping me defeat the Democrats who look the other way when a motivated interest group in Congress repeatedly spends your tax dollars to fund criminal and fraud ridden entities like ACORN. 

By contributing to my campaign, you’ll be supporting Republican challenger candidates who will not only fight against ACORN, but will fight to prevent any organization like ACORN from ever receiving your tax dollars again. Please, make a contribution today.  (Click here to donate)

And who is contributing to Darrel Issa?

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Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) on Wednesday agreed to pay the U.S. Air Force $2.5 million to settle allegations that it defrauded the government.  <Source>

AT&T Communications-East: Between 1998 and 2001, AT&T Communications-East allegedly passed on to government customers fees that long-distance telephone companies pay to local carriers for providing facilities that link customers to the network. The U.S. Department of Justice claimed that passing on the fees violated the terms of AT&T's contract with the government. A lawsuit was filed by a whistle-blower who would also be eligible for part of the settlement. (Jun-28-06) [CNET NEWS] <Source>

Raytheon Co.: “Raytheon Aerospace Company has paid the government more than $400,000 to settle claims that it overcharged the government under a settlement reached on January 8…The government claimed that a Raytheon subsidiary, Beech Aerospace Systems, Inc., double-billed the Department of Defense for certain parts under a 1991 aircraft maintenance contract”, violating the False Claims Act. <Source>

Want to really make a difference ?

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You can’t trust either party – both contain complacent and corrupt politicians that pander to the special interests. It is important to reset the equation by reminding all politicians that they work for “We the People” and not the other way around.

Be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS