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PARTISAN MEDIA ATTACKS: SPINNING THE TRUTH OR OUTRIGHT LYING?

Those who follow the media are well aware that the same story can be spun in a multiplicity of ways, but basically it is a tonal scale between accurate reporting and deliberately slanting the story to aid one candidate and disadvantage another.

So how can you tell the media is corrupt and bereft of journalist ethics? Check the headlines and guess.

Example one: calling a candidate a liar …

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It doesn’t matter what the fine print says, those that are skimming the publication and glance at the headline come away with the impression that Romney is a liar. Do we see an equivalent headline when President Obama tells a blatant lie in front of the mainstream media? Of course not, they claim he is in “campaign mode” – their euphemism for lying to the American public.

Example two: judging a candidate by “socialist values” …

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The key words that make me cringe are: “Republican operative” and “genuine conservative” because we have no way of knowing who this unsourced “operative” is, who he might be working for, and why we should believe that he is capable of even rational thought. 

The statement struck me as disingenuous because it attempts to condemn the candidate for believing in his own ambition; a singular mark of the rugged individuals who built America as opposed to the socialist slackers who are rewarded for mediocrity and showing up. How would this person know if Romney were genuine at all.

Contrast that against a disingenuous Obama who refuses to discuss his communist and domestic terrorist associations; reveal how he managed to skirt the law to travel to Muslim Pakistan when ordinary Americans holding an American passport were restricted from Pakistan travel; reveal why his social security number apparently belongs to a long-dead Connecticut resident … and on and on.

Contrast that against an Obama who stands before the public and openly lies.

Bottom line …

This is a dirty campaign – made infinitely dirtier by the media who have chosen to eschew journalistic ethics and take sides with a communist. Time to turn the dial, cancel the subscription and ignore those who ignore the truth in favor of partisan politics. It is remarkably curious that Fox News comes closer to “fair and balanced” with their hard news than any of the other mainstream competitors and that conservative talk radio actually allows the opposition to debate the issues when liberal talk radio hosts shrilly shout down and excoriate their guests. Follow the money – there are highly successful conservative talk show hosts, so where are the liberal success stories?

And remember ambition drives achievement; socialism drives mediocrity, decline and shared pain.

-- steve


“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



IS OBAMA BRINGING SOCIALISM TO THE HOUSING MARKET?

I wonder how many people saw that the United States Department of the Treasury under the direction of Secretary Tim Geithner brought socialism to the housing market. The Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were created to keep growing housing debt off the government’s balance sheet. Over time, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, along with their associated foundations, became the democrat’s piggy bank – allowing them to direct projects into politically sensitive areas, provide employment for spouses, “special” friends and those helpful to democrat causes.

And now, the government has decided to take a decisive stand – to convert the GSEs into either a government agency such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or break up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to be parceled out to their politically-connected friends.

Here is the key announcement that insures that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will never be profitable and will always require government subsidies … 

Treasury Department Announces Further Steps to Expedite Wind Down of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Modifications to Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements Will Make Sure That Every Dollar of Earnings Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Generate Will Benefit Taxpayers
Announcement Will Support the Continued Flow of Mortgage Credit during a Responsible Transition to a Reformed Housing Finance Market
 

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced a set of modifications to the Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements (PSPAs) between the Treasury Department and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Government Sponsored Enterprises or GSEs) that will help expedite the wind down of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, make sure that every dollar of earnings each firm generates is used to benefit taxpayers, and support the continued flow of mortgage credit during a responsible transition to a reformed housing finance market.

Accelerated Wind Down of the Retained Mortgage Investment Portfolios at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

The agreements require an accelerated reduction of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s investment portfolios. Those portfolios will now be wound down at an annual rate of 15 percent – an increase from the 10 percent annual reduction required in the previous agreements. As a result of this change, the GSEs’ investment portfolios must be reduced to the $250 billion target set in the previous agreements four years earlier than previously scheduled.

Does this mean the sell-off of the choices pieces of their portfolios to politically-connected entities?

Full Income Sweep of All Future Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Earnings to Benefit Taxpayers for Their Investment

The agreements will replace the 10 percent dividend payments made to Treasury on its preferred stock investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a quarterly sweep of every dollar of profit that each firm earns going forward.

With every dollar of profit returned to the Treasury, one hundred percent of all operating expenses will come from Treasury subsidies and the GSEs will not be allowed to retain any earnings that might be used to help the GSEs recover. They will be totally dependent on the government and thus their housing portfolios and operations will be socialized.

Bottom line …

The government has just done to the housing market, what Obamacare did to the medical marketplace – assumed political control to the extent of being able to manipulate the markets with impunity. Either the GSEs will become federalized in a manner similar to Ginnie Mae or the FHA – or be sold off to those who are politically-connected and an skim the cream off the top.

Which brings us to a very important question. Why does the stock continue to trade when there stock has absolutely no value – being under government conservatorship? FNMA (Aug 22nd close: 25-cents) FMCC (Aug 22nd close: 24-cents) What type of shell game are they running since all assets are pledged to the government and both institutions owe billions of dollars to the taxpayers.

Reference Links …

Treasury Department Announces Further Steps to Expedite Wind Down of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac


“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



ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OBAMA IS IN THIS PHOTO!

How Obama got his reputation as a great orator is beyond me. Without his omnipresent TelePrompTer, Obama is an empty suit, mouthing the words written by others with feigned sincerity. This is the man who did absolutely nothing to earn a Nobel Peace Prize – when he is one of the greatest actors of our time and legitimately deserves to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony for his performance as the President of the United States. A role which encompasses the very best of cinéma vérité, reality television and best stage performance.

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A teleprompter obscures U.S. President Barack Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio August 21, 2012. Obama is on a two-day campaign trip to Ohio, Nevada and New York. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

As they say … many a truth is spoken in jest … and in this case, Obama is the worst joke ever played on a nation!


“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



RAMPANT PENSION FRAUD: WHY SHOULD THE TAXPAYERS PAY MORE?

Here is a deeply disturbing story from the Washington Post detailing how a senior official of BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ) was allegedly kept on the BATFE payroll to meet pension requirements while apparently holding a full-time position with J.P. Morgan.

In an unusual arrangement, a senior official of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives involved in the controversial gun operation Fast and Furious is receiving his government salary while working full time for the investment bank J.P. Morgan, according to two Republican lawmakers.

In a letter Tuesday to B. Todd Jones, the acting ATF director, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said that Deputy Assistant ATF Director William McMahon, who oversaw the agency’s Western region during the Fast and Furious operation, has been receiving two salaries simultaneously.

The lawmakers said the ATF apparently approved allowing McMahon to remain on paid leave for four or five months while working for the investment bank in order to reach retirement eligibility.

ATF has essentially facilitated McMahon’s early retirement and ability to double dip for nearly half a year by receiving two full-time paychecks — one from the taxpayer and one from the private sector,” Issa and Grassley wrote.

McMahon is receiving a six-figure salary as an official in the ATF Office of Professional Responsibility and is serving as executive director of global security and investigations for J.P. Morgan in the Philippines, according to Issa and Grassley.

McMahon was one of five ATF officials recently singled out in a congressional report on the botched gun operation. The report alleged that McMahon knew that no safeguards were in place to prevent a large number of guns from getting into Mexico, but he made no effort to stop them. <Source>

Bottom line …

It is bad enough that this man was somehow involved in the illegal release of weapons into Mexico – which have been reliably proven to have killed an American law enforcement officer and possibly unknown numbers of innocent Mexican citizens.

It is bad enough that this man was one of the “watchers” in the Office of Professional Responsibility and was duty bound to curtail and report wrongdoing within the agency.

But let’s not forget that the taxpayers are going to be paying for this man’s retirement benefits for the rest of his life. Inflated by this egregious breach of trust which allows a person to take early retirement and earn a second salary while evading the pension rules and regulations which affect other government workers.

And let’s not forget that there is the possibility that this “arrangement” was designed to get this man out of the Congressional sights as he would no longer be an employee of the government and subject to governmental sanctions for his part in illegal gun running activities.

Time for pension reform at the federal, state and local levels. Time to remove all public employees unions which are a proximate cause of large-scale political corruption. Time to review the pension arrangements of those earning more than $100,000 per year – and who may have had their pensions “artificially enhanced” by manipulations not available to all workers. After the review, pensioners would be required to pay taxes on any overages – and forced to live on a reduced pension that was computed equitably and fairly. As for the first responders, it should be proven that the recipient of any pension enhancement was a “field officer” or worked in the jail before awarding what amounts to “combat pay levels.” Executives and cubicle workers would not be paid at these levels.

Enough with the official corruption which is bankrupting our institutions and reducing our services.

-- steve


“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



PAUL RYAN: IS THE MEDIA PLAYING THE REVERSE-RACISM CARD?

One can openly speculate if the media is trying to quell some of the Southern vote for Paul Ryan by playing up its faux investigation of Paul Ryan’s black girlfriend. In essence, playing the “reverse racism” card by asking the question “Is the fact that Ryan has dated interracially a noteworthy detail to consider when analyzing his politics and policies?” Or, even worse, suggesting that Paul Ryan may still be a racist in spite of his black girlfriend.

According to The Root, a “a daily online magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary on today's news from a variety of black perspectives”  … 

Does Paul Ryan's Black Ex-Girlfriend Matter?

(The Root) -- Shortly after it was announced that Rep. Paul Ryan would join the Romney ticket as this year's Republican vice presidential candidate, I wrote a piece titled,  "What We Know About Paul Ryan and Blacks."

Well, I recently learned of another significant addition to this list.

As reported on Twitter by CNN's Pete Hamby, Ryan said he has a black sister-in-law, but perhaps even more interesting, his "college sweetheart" was African American.

So here is the million-dollar question: Is the fact that Ryan has dated interracially a noteworthy detail to consider when analyzing his politics and policies?

Here's a well-known phrase that has virtually become a punch line: When someone finds himself on the ropes facing an allegation of racism, the go-to reflex defense is usually something along the lines of "But some of my best friends are black!" Translation: "I can't possibly be racist or racially insensitive because there are black people I like and they like me. So there." Many of us are so used to hearing this -- and, frankly, dismissing it (remember George Zimmerman's media-friendly pal Joe Oliver?) -- that we long ago stopped asking, What if it's actually true?

Certainly, having a relationship with someone of a different race does not automatically make someone more racially sensitive and enlightened. Throughout his lifetime, Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina financially and emotionally supported the daughter he fathered with an underage black servant. In addition to paying for her education, he was also known to play the part of proud parent by visiting her college campus and make inquiries to faculty about her educational progress.

Yet at the same time he was doing this in private, he was publicly advancing policies that would have rendered his daughter's education virtually useless. If those policies had succeeded, she and her children, with whom he also maintained a relationship, would have remained second-class citizens. Does this mean that Thurmond's relationship with his daughter was not genuine? From her recollections regarding the lengths he went to in order to remain a part of her life, I doubt it. 

So then, how could he genuinely care for his black daughter and promote policies that would harm African Americans, and therefore harm her? Research has shown that those who hold stereotypes about a particular group of people are unlikely to have those stereotypes altered merely by encountering someone who defies that stereotype. Instead, they are likely to view the individual defying said stereotype as an exception.

In other words, it is possible to have a black friend, Asian friend, Hispanic friend or Muslim friend or wife and still exhibit prejudice toward that group. The friend or wife is simply viewed as the exception who is not like the others.

For the record: No, I am not calling Ryan a racist. I am saying, however, that if you want to know where a politician's heart lies when it comes to a particular community, it may be best to look at that person's policies -- such as his or her record on civil rights --  rather than personal relationships. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Read more of The Root's coverage of Rep. Paul Ryan here.

What does the author claim Ryan’s civil rights record might be?

  1. He thinks electing a black president is "cool."
  2. He has a dismal record on civil rights.
  3. He celebrates the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by honoring community activists.
  4. He doesn't appear to be a fan of the poor.

Bottom line …

Looks like this left-leaning author is trying to warn the Black community to disregard Ryan’s “black associations” and suggest that he can still be a racist. Not to ignore the effect that a pronouncement of Ryan’s black associations may have on suppressing the Southern white vote. Somehow, I cannot bring myself to trust any media and their political viewpoint because the mainstream media and much of the black media appears to be in the bag for Barack Obama. Curious because Obama’s policies have done more to hurt the poor and the blacks disproportionately than the general population. That is, unless you are a black public employee union member whose union votes democrat and funnels millions of dollars into the Obama campaign.

The democrats are desperate to disadvantage the man who revitalized the republican party and Mitt Romney’s candidacy. Overlooking Biden’s comments about “keeping y’all in chains” and the actual effect of Obama’s policies.

Obama, like the great majority of those who embrace Marxist Black Liberation Theology, is a Marxist – the polite word for a communist. Time to throw this bum and his fellow travelers out of office. Unless, Barack Obama allows an inspection of his documents regarding his schooling, passport – and even his birth certificate – perhaps he should appear on the ballot as Barack X – the unknown candidate.

-- steve


“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



JUDGING BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S PRESIDENCY A FAILURE

There are those who have read my previous blogs and have taken exception to the manner in which I have characterized President Obama and urged his ouster – along with his democrat fellow travelers -- from office. So I have decided to take another approach. Looking at what he observed in his Inaugural Address and checking our present state of affairs. For those who want to read his words in full context, the link below directs you to the White House copy of his Address.

If a man is to be judged by his words, let us recall  significant passages in Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address …

Acknowledging the state of affairs upon his inauguration … 

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many -- and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

Fail: We are well into the end stages of Obama’s presidency and he has never stopped blaming his predecessor for handing him an untenable position. While this might have been true for the first two years of his presidency, Obama had the privilege of immediately taking corrective actions to improve both our domestic and foreign agendas – controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate – along with the Presidential veto. He appears to have squandered this opportunity for corrective action, preferring to concentrate on achieving his party’s forty year dream – a single payer healthcare system which would insure the party’s perpetual power and the ability to influence the personal life of every American citizen. Where other issues were concerned, Obama continued the Bush-era policies on a bolder scale; thus reaffirming the correctness of many of Bush’s positions which were roundly condemned by the democrats.

Putting forth Obama’s vision for his Administration …

The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift. And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We'll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.

Fail: President Obama used so-called “stimulus” funds, mostly borrowed from foreign sovereign sources, to channel money to government entities to secure the positions, wages and benefits of unionized government workers; enlarging the size of government rather than adapting to a new budgetary reality of downsizing and austerity. Where he pledged to build infrastructure, little or nothing was accomplished as funds were diverted into “shovel ready” projects, mostly involving unionized labor, that the President now admits were not quite shovel ready. Under this President’s watch, we saw the further subversion of science to support questionable public policies. Policies which would raise energy prices, lower the American standard of living and to curtail American’s freedom of choice. As for using technology to raise healthcare’s quality and lower its cost, Obamacare insured that costs would rise and the technological innovation be restricted to benefit cost-cutting schemes.

The use of unreliable, unsustainable green power to replace our traditional power sources has been an unmitigated disaster. Billions have been wasted building solar energy plants that went bankrupt and automotive products that nobody wanted; especially in the West and Southwest where 46 miles on a charge was not impressive or useful.

Education is still a disaster. Tuitions are sky high, backed by the government control of student loans, but yielding little in the way of graduates who could meet the challenges of a growing economy. With eighty percent of all funds directed to union-dominated education, one finds that performance standards and tests had to be dumbed down to meet even mediocre graduation rates. Educational justice was more about generating graduates, qualified or not, than providing a quality education. Clearly we could have fixed the system. But Barack Obama chose to allocate resources poorly and to keep the crumbling unionized system in place.  

Speaking of our national spirit …

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land; a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights.

Fail: With few exceptions, it appears that most people have lost confidence in their government and the honesty and ability of its leaders. We appear to be experiencing the type of malaise suffered under on the the worst presidents in modern history, Jimmy Carter. A malaise which can only be cured by new leadership and those who do what they promise.

Speaking about the lack of cooperation in politics …

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

Fail: Bi-partisanship is a joke. The democrats crafted all major bills without republican input and. exerting their voting advantage, refused to allow republican-sponsored amendments or bring republican legislation to a vote. The polarization is so extreme that legislators need to be bribed to go along with the administration’s legislative proposals. 

Speaking about the entrepreneurial spirit …

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

Fail: Who can forget Barack Obama’s put down of entrepreneurs and small businesses with his comments “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.” While it is true that the government subsidized some of the research, it was individuals and companies that built the Internet. I wonder what Tim Berners-Lee, the man who developed the World Wide Web (the www in web addresses) thought of that statement as he sat in his office at CERN, the European Cooperative Nuclear agency.

Speaking about the size of government and its fiduciary duty owed to its citizens …

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works -- whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Fail: There is no doubt in my mind that government is too big and bloated to be effective. Employing millions as a self-fulfilling political cadre who may, sometime in the future, to vote-in their own leaders and set their own compensation. Under Obama, the government has become big brother, choosing to support socialist-style collectivism over the rugged individualism that build America. There is little or no transparency or accountability as BILLIONS of dollars have gone missing or were inappropriately spent under this administration’s watch. Government officials who should be in prison have skated by – allowed to resign rather than face jail.

Speaking of the free market and regulatory duties …

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched. But this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control. The nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart -- not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

Fail: Not only have the government’s regulatory agencies been politicized and headed with hyper-partisans, the have turned a blind eye on those large financial institutions which have severely disadvantaged the consumer. Few, if any, executives have been criminally charged, prosecuted and sent to prison. Not only are these agencies staffed by personnel who formerly worked for who they regulate, but look forward to returning to these very same firms. Creating a revolving door of crony capitalism without adequate supervision. Many of these agencies boast of “record fines” knowing corporations cannot be imprisoned. And even worse, these agencies accept settlements with the corporation neither admitting nor denying the allegations, insuring that the findings cannot be used in civil lawsuits.

Speaking about our way of life …

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense. And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken -- you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

Fail: This is the saddest section of all because we have seen our President bow before foreign Kings and openly apologize for the past behavior of the United States. Noting that we are just another unexceptional nation among the other nations which make up the international community. He has opened his arms to terrorists, embraced our enemies and shunned our allies. Any credit Obama may take on the terrorism front comes from plans and strategies set forth by former President Bush. Or as the members of SEAL Team Six claim; you get credit for green-lighting the operation, but the credit for the planning and execution lies elsewhere.

Bottom line …

On balance, Barack Obama has not fulfilled his promises. His Administration is neither open nor transparent. His lies have been excused by the mainstream media who claims he is in “campaign mode” rather than point out his falsehoods.

And I believe that we should honor one of his most important thoughts …

President Barack Obama said in February 2009 that his presidency would be "one-term proposition" if the economy did not recover in three years, giving him less than six months from today.

Throw the bum and his fellow travelers out of office. If you wish to comment on what I have said, feel free to do so. If you would like to do a guest blog, send me an e-mail. Our nation can survive this chameleon and begin to repair itself – if and only if there is a significant change of leadership in the House, Senate and the Presidency. Time to excise the communist cancer which has infected the body politic.

-- steve

Reference Links …

President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address | 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



LIBERAL STUPIDITY: BELIEVING IRANIANS CAN BE TRUSTED WHEN IT COMES TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS ...

Let us look at the facts …

  1. Iran’s demographics indicate that there will not be enough young people of military age in twenty years to defend their oil interests.
  2. Iran’s repressive regime is being subverted by those with access to the Internet, particularly the social media.
  3. Iranians in the United States who are thriving and have parents and other relatives in Iran are spreading the word how life in a democracy is wonderful.
  4. Iranians have seen the “respect” accorded an allegedly nuclear North Korea and a nuclear Pakistan and believe this is the equivalent of self-protection.
  5. Unlike other religions, Muslims welcome death as a reward for leading a pious life – and consider fellow Muslims who die as collateral damage as martyrs.
  6. There are those who believe that a world-wide calamity is necessary to bring back the 12th Imam and restore the entire world to Islam.
  7. YOU CANNOT TAKE THE WORD OF A MUSLIM IN WAR: Iranians, being Muslims, find it Allah-approved to lie when it comes to promoting Islam or conquering the infidels (non-believers).
The principle of Al-Takeyya <Source>

The Arabic word, "Takeyya", means "to prevent," or guard against. The principle of Al Takeyya conveys the understanding that Muslims are permitted to lie as a preventive measure against anticipated harm to one's self or fellow Muslims. This principle gives Muslims the liberty to lie under circumstances that they perceive as life threatening. They can even deny the faith, if they do not mean it in their hearts. Al-Takeyya is based on the following Quranic verse:

"Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution (prevention), that ye may Guard yourselves from them (prevent them from harming you.) But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah." Surah 3: 28

According to this verse a Muslim can pretend to befriend infidels (in violation of the teachings of Islam) and display adherence with their unbelief to prevent them from harming him.

Under the concept of Takeyya and short of killing another human being, if under the threat of force, it is legitimate for Muslims to act contrary to their faith. The following actions are acceptable:

  • Drink wine, abandon prayers, and skip fasting during Ramadan.
  • Renounce belief in Allah.
  • Kneel in homage to a deity other than Allah.
  • Utter insincere oaths.

So I question the views of the liberal David Ignatius as published in Investor’s Business Daily

On The Left

War Between Israel And Iran Doesn't Have To Be Inevitable

As Israel and Iran entered this summer of confrontation over Tehran's nuclear program, the Iranians were also conducting talks with the U.S. and other leading nations to seek a diplomatic alternative to war. Since then, the rumors of an impending Israeli military strike have grown almost daily, but whatever happened to the negotiations?

The answer is that the "P5+1" talks have been in recess during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but contact is expected to resume soon between the top negotiators. Talking with Iranian and American experts, I don't hear any hint of a breakthrough that would ease the war fever, although some useful new ideas have been floated.

Another month passes without a resolution to a “nuclear Iran” and suddenly everyone claims that they didn’t know the nuclear programs was that advanced when the first bomb explodes.And are we so confident that Iran did not divert some of their petrodollars to simply purchase a working weapon from Pakistan (where most of the rogue nuclear development originated) or North Korea? Or that an upcoming nuclear test in North Korea is not a “proof of concept” demonstration of the Iranian design? With the democratic gutting of our intelligence agencies and an over-reliance on electronic surveillance – there is much we do not know; as demonstrated by recent world events.  

The diplomatic track has been frustrating to U.S. officials, so far. But it remains important because the military alternative is so fraught with dangers — not least for Israel and its long-term goal of preventing the Iranians from having nuclear weapons.

An Israeli military strike might set the Iranian program back several years. But it would probably shatter the international coalition against Iran, galvanize support for the mullahs at home and in the region — and thus might make Iran's eventual acquisition of a bomb even more likely.

Why are liberals always pandering to the International community when it is often in the best interests of the United States to seek solutions unilaterally or in conjunction with our true allies. One need only look at a Obama apology tour and his gutless political reactions to crisis to wonder if our current Administration has the best interests of our nation in mind when they bow before foreign dictators.

Because of such risks, many leaders of Israel's national-security establishment, past and present, appear to oppose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's consideration of a military strike.

Despite this internal Israeli split, Republican candidate Mitt Romney has strongly endorsed Netanyahu and chided President Obama for taking an independent U.S. position, saying at a campaign rally Monday: "The president throwing Bibi Netanyahu under the bus was totally unacceptable. Him negotiating for Israel, our friend, totally unacceptable, in my view."

This is nonsense. There are no Israeli leaders who believe that the security and safety of Israel should be compromised by endlessly discussing matters while Iran goes nuclear. Like listening to Hitler describe what he planned to do, certain Iranian elements led by Ahmadinejad must be taken at their word when they speak of the destruction of Israel. To allow wiggle-room by claiming they were speaking about “Zionists” as opposed to Israeli citizens is disingenuous and dangerous.  

Yada, Yada, Yada …

Here's the situation in the negotiations Romney evidently dislikes: By the end of August, Catherine Ashton, the European diplomat who is chief negotiator for the P5+1, will likely talk by phone about next steps with Saeed Jalili, the representative of Iran's supreme leader. The possibilities include another technical meeting of experts or deputy negotiators, or a full, top-level negotiating session.

Ashton is a leftist … a British labor politician. And when it comes to institutional anti-Semitism, Europeans, especially the French, cannot be trusted. Many Europeans point to the Jews as the source of their troubles. A viewpoint supported by the left to distract from the fact that socialism and the outlandish demands of labor unions are the proximate cause for much of their economic uncertainty.

The P5+1 nations (the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia plus Germany) are still discussing their bargaining position. The consultations quickened last week with a trip to Beijing, Moscow and London by Wendy Sherman, the undersecretary of state who is the top U.S. negotiator. The six countries agreed to continue working together despite some disagreements about tactics: "At the end of the day, we will proceed in unity," said a senior administration official.

This is why endless talk by politicians is worthless unless there is a military option and the will to use it. Lest us not forget, the sole purpose of war (and terrorism) is to produce an acceptable political solution to some problem. What’s to discuss? Iran cannot be allowed to go nuclear; to threaten Israel, Saudi Arabia or any other nation in the region. Especially since the leadership of Iran might be on the verge of being toppled by a populist revolt similar to the Arab Spring uprisings.

There remains a "significant gap between the P5+1 and Iran," according to the U.S. official. The Iranians officially have offered only to suspend enrichment of uranium to the 20% level, in exchange for lifting sanctions. This position is a non-starter for the U.S. and its negotiating partners.

Unofficially, Iranians have signaled that they would be ready to export their stockpile of 20% uranium and cap future enrichment at 5%. This comes closer to meeting U.S. concerns, but it still leaves Iran with a big stockpile of about 6,000 kilograms of low-enriched uranium that could fuel a breakout. It's this ability to "dash" toward a bomb that most worries Israel.

An interesting bridging proposal comes from Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former Iranian negotiator who's now a visiting fellow at Princeton. He told me this week that in addition to capping enrichment at 5%, Iran might agree to a "zero stockpile" of this low-enriched fuel.

The time for talk has past. It is now time for action. Let Iran allow IAEA inspectors into nuclear sites NOW. No more staged visits. No more phony IAEA reports. No more corrupt IAEA personnel. And no more hidden facilities. Let the world know – in particular the Iranian people – that if there is a single nuclear attack, Tehran will cease to exist. 

Here's a final thought, based on the all-too-real possibility that negotiations will remain deadlocked and Israel will decide to take unilateral military action. In the resulting fog of war, there will be a need for reliable communications in the Gulf and a hotline with Tehran. Establishing these communications links is an urgent priority, as the rumors of war continue.

Bottom line …

In the final analysis, it is up to the Israeli government to decide what is best for Israel as they appear to be facing an existential threat from a nation and religion that demands their destruction. That the international community does not affirm their right to self-defense or wants to curtail their actions, is unacceptable.

When it comes to supporting a war-like religion with no separation of church and state, whose stated goal is conquest, a religion that does not promote tolerance for any other religious viewpoint, and a system of laws that is oppressive and barbaric – I side with Israel. To the extent other nations do not have a similar viewpoint, makes them complicit in setting the stage for the next holocaust. One likely to involve the death of millions of innocent people on both sides of the issue. Some may claim they were martyred … but DEAD IS DEAD!

-- steve


“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



Are publications that demand the use of Facebook authentication limiting free speech?

Are the publications that demand their readers use facebook to authenticate their “comments,” forcing their users to compromise personal security in order to comment? Most publications used to maintain their own registration and tracking systems for those wishing to comment on articles or submit letters to the editor. Unfortunately, many publications have now adopted the use of facebook or some other social media credentialing program that demands that the user adhere to the social media’s terms of service and give up certain rights to privacy when it comes to tracking their web activities.

In the case of facebook, does a commenter want their internet habits tracked, cataloged and sold to anonymous third-parties, namely the government and advertisers, before they comment? Or are they willing to remain silent? Thus chilling free speech.

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Bottom line …

We live in times when electronic privacy issues are paramount to our personal safety and professional careers. To force a publication’s readers into conveying unspecified privileges to private social media companies in return for the right to comment is one of the more important unasked questions of the day.

How do you feel about this practice? Don’t tell me, tell your favorite publication. For those who are curious, the above example comes from the Orange County Register – once home of conservative thought in California’s Orange County.

-- steve


“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



Madeleine Albright: another "diversionary" democrat ...

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is about as disingenuous as they come when it comes to partisan politics. Appointed by former President Bill Clinton, Albright is complicit in ignoring the warnings that North Korea was cheating on their arms control agreement and kept touting the Administration’s success for years. This is the same Clinton Administration that was complicit in transferring missile guidance technology (Loral Scandal) to China which greatly improved their military targeting capability.

A 1999 congressional study determined that Pyongyang was cheating on the agreement, but Albright disregarded the warning and continued to claim that the Agreed Framework was a success.

In a February 2003 interview, Albright boasted to NBC, "When we had the Agreed Framework, we did freeze those fuel rods, and had we not, in the last years, we would have somewhere, people calculate, 50 to 100 nuclear weapons."

Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004 …

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright admitted for the first time on Sunday that under the Clinton administration's Agreed Framework arms control treaty with Kim Jong-il, North Korea "cheated."

Asked point-blank if North Korea developed nuclear weapons during the Clinton administration, Albright told NBC's "Meet the Press," "No, what they were doing, as it turns out, they were cheating."

"The worst part that has happened under the Agreed Framework," Albright said, was that "there [were] these fuel rods, and the nuclear program was frozen."

But because of North Korea's cheating, she explained, "those fuel rods have now been reprocessed, as far as we know, and North Korea has a capability, which at one time might have been two potential nuclear weapons, up to six to eight now, we're not really clear."

Albright's comments came less than 24 hours after reports surfaced that Pyongyang detonated what some said was its first above-ground nuclear test – though experts later said the mushroom-cloud explosion witnessed by tens of thousands was a non-nuclear event. <Source>

 

So when Albright suggests “blaming Bush forever” she should also be including Clinton … as he did more to enhance the nuclear capabilities of North Korea and military capabilities of China than any other President. An administration where corrupt crony capitalism and hyper-partisanship was the operative principle. Another self-proclaimed “ethical, transparent and accountable” administration that was as corrupt and partisan as they come. Even measured against “Chicago-style” politics. 

Madeleine Albright: In her own words …

Bottom line …

The democrats are always looking to blame someone else for their failed policies because they cannot point to their own achievements and provide a credible plan for the future. It should also be noted that Condoleezza Rice’s mentor was Joseph Korbel – Madeleine Albright’s father.

-- steve


“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 REAL MEDI-SCARE: WHAT OBAMA AND THE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS DID TO MEDICARE!

For decades the democrats have engaged in “Medi-Scare” tactics telling senior citizens that the evil republicans are going to cut Medicare and put them out on the street.

But one look at what Obamacare does and the average senior citizen should be scared enough to vote the evil democrats out of office. To fund Obamacare without appearing to go over budget dollars, the democrats appear to be reducing Medicare benefits by $500 BILLION dollars, mostly from the Medicare Advantage program.

The Obama administration got slapped by the Government Accountability Office for using an $8.3 billion slush fund to temporarily cushion the blow from cuts that ObamaCare requires to a program called Medicare Advantage. Millions of seniors could be at risk of losing ‘the coverage they have now’ if these spending cuts take place.” <Source: Forbes>

The Affordable Care Act will save approximately $500 billion over the next ten years through reduction in extra subsidies paid to Medicare Advantage plans, reductions in the rate of growth in provider payments, and efforts to make the Medicare program more efficient and to reduce waste, fraud and abuse. These reductions will lead to corresponding savings for beneficiaries through lower copayments and premiums. <Source: Healthcare.gov>

Hear Barack Obama in his own words …

Obama In November 2009: Right, One-Third Of ObamaCare Funding Comes From Cuts To Medicare

ABC REPORTER JAKE TAPPER: “One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it — one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare.”

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “Right.”

But that’s not even the scariest part …

Your healthcare will be regulated by an appointed panel of 15 people who are not subject to Senate confirmation or any form of Congressional oversight. They are not subject to lawsuits or judicial review. And these 15 people, known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board are going to regulate healthcare by telling physicians, facilities and device-makers exactly what the government will reimburse and what is not covered. Fifteen people will determine which seniors live or die – unless they are independently wealthy or able to seek medical attention outside of the system, perhaps outside of the country. Or, in Sarah Palin’s words: a death panel.

Can it be more scary than this?

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Medicine will be practiced by economics, Medicare will pay for the most common treatments which show results. For those that deviate slightly from the norm, reimbursement will be tricky. Those who might receive treatment modalities deemed “experimental” by the panel will see their procedures and drugs become non-reimbursable.

Bottom line …

Obamacare, which guts Medicare as we know it, is a clear and present danger to every senior citizen. Panels, not physicians will determine what treatment you will receive – and according to Obamacare, there will be an emphasis on “end-of-life” counseling for those beyond economical treatment means.

The democrats are busy trying to tell you that Obamacare enhances Medicare – and they are lying through their teeth. The are showing commercials of a republican, reportedly Paul Ryan, throwing granny over the cliff. But truth-be-told, the last thing they want any voter discovering is what is actually in the 2000+ page bill that no legislator read nor understood before voting. In the famous words of democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It."

You cannot trust the democrats to tell you the truth about their power-grab disguised as healthcare insurance reform. Obamacare, which leaves much of its implementation to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, is a disaster for senior citizens.

Enough with the lying. Throw the democrats out and give Paul Ryan a chance to cut the waste, fraud and abuse in the system – something that has been tolerated by both parties for decades. It’s a crap shoot for seniors, but the democrats are all about saying or doing anything to gain or remain in power. At least the republicans are the odds-on favorite to preserve the existing system and reforming the system than incentivizes insurance companies for delaying or denying coverage until you die.

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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