MoveOn Trashes Sen. Lieberman (Video)
Is this the best George Soros’ funded lefties can do? Well I suppose it is better than them trashing the Capitol trying to change Lieberman’s mind.
Is this the best George Soros’ funded lefties can do? Well I suppose it is better than them trashing the Capitol trying to change Lieberman’s mind.
Want to see true leadership and grace under pressure, and economic hardtimes? You will not be seeing anything like this from the Obamas who must make take separate airplanes, and make double trips to Oslo and Norway.
Your (commuter) carriage awaits! Thrifty Queen catches ordinary passenger train on her journey to Sandringham for Christmas
There was a buzz at King’s Cross this morning as platform 11b began crawling with police.
Could it be a drug bust, the crowd wondered? Or was a rock star about to board a train?
Then a small lady in a headscarf appeared, a handbag on one arm and a posy on the other.
Fellow passengers on the 10.45 First Capital Connect service to King’s Lynn couldn’t quite believe their eyes as the Queen stepped on board a first class carriage.
Asked by a passenger, one security guard confirmed that the Queen – and all her attendants – had bought tickets for the journey.
A first class open return bought on the day costs £86, but the guard joked: ‘It was probably a super saver advance – and she does get a discount as an OAP, remember.’
An advance first class ticket, without the seniors’ discount, costs £44.40.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman added: ‘Members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, frequently use scheduled train services.
‘We have to look at issues such as cost effectiveness and security but do try to when it is appropriate.’
The Queen does, of course, also have use of the Royal Train – but that costs taxpayers £57,142 each time it is taken out of its sidings.
How many millions does it cost us when the dictator-wanna-bes (and human and mechnical entourage) fly to New York for a Broadway show, or Oslo for the Nobel, or Copenhagen for the Olympics and ClimateSham?
UPDATE: Mosque At Ground Zero: “Building Over A Christian Cemetery”
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!!!” (says the spousal unit in code in front of the little boy.)
Only in America where the Constitution protects numerous freedoms, including speech and religion, can a mosque be two freakin’ blocks from Ground Zero. Yep; AYFKM? I cannot wait to hear what Atlas has to say about this…
Islamic mosque built at NYC Ground Zero
Muslim business leader: ‘This has hand of the divine written over it’
A new Islamic mosque will open its doors just steps from Ground Zero where Muslim terrorists murdered 2,751 people in the name of Allah on Sept. 11, 2001 – and its leading imam, who conducts sensitivity training sessions for the FBI, has reportedly blamed Christians for starting mass attacks on civilians.
The five-story building at Park Place, just two blocks north of the former World Trade Center site, was the site of a Burlington Coat Factory. But a plane’s landing-gear assembly crashed through the roof on the day 19 Muslim terrorists hijacked the airliners and flew them into the Twin Towers in 2001.
Now Muslim worshippers currently occupy the building, and they plan to turn it into a major Islamic cultural center.
“The men and women stand up, raise their hands on either side of their head, murmur ‘Allahu akhbar,’ bow and kneel again,” reports Spiegel Online.
“Only in New York City is this possible,” Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, or ASMA, told the magazine. Khan is the wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of ASMA.
They have leased the new prayer space as an overflow building for another mosque, Masjid al-Farah, at 245 West Broadway in TriBeCa, where Rauf is the spiritual leader.
The building – vacant since that fateful day when time stood still as millions of Americans grieved the loss of loved ones, friends, family members, co-workers and strangers – was purchased in July by real-estate company Soho Properties, a business run by Muslims. Rauf was an investor in that transaction.
Just down the street, the Museum of Jewish Heritage honors victims of the Holocaust, and St. Peter’s Church, New York’s oldest Catholic house of worship, is located around the corner.
Rauf has announced his plans to turn the building into a complete Islamic cultural center, with a mosque, a museum, “merchandising options,” and room for seminars to reconcile religions, “to counteract the backlash against Muslims in general, ” Speigel reports. The project may cost as much as $150 million.
Rauf told the New York Times purchasing the building “where a piece of the wreckage fell sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.”
“It was almost obvious that something like this had to arise from the ashes of 9/11,” Khan told Spiegel. “In some way, this has the hand of the divine written over it. It’s almost as if God wanted to be involved.”
Make sure to go over and read the whole article!
On August 11th, 2009, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods ignited a firestorm with his opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. His thoughts are as relevant today as they were months ago.
The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare
Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit.
“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out
of other people’s money.”
With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people’s money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us.
While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:
• Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs). The combination of high-deductible health insurance and HSAs is one solution that could solve many of our health-care problems. For example, Whole Foods Market pays 100% of the premiums for all our team members who work 30 hours or more per week (about 89% of all team members) for our high-deductible health-insurance plan. We also provide up to $1,800 per year in additional health-care dollars through deposits into employees’ Personal Wellness Accounts to spend as they choose on their own health and wellness.
Money not spent in one year rolls over to the next and grows over time. Our team members therefore spend their own health-care dollars until the annual deductible is covered (about $2,500) and the insurance plan kicks in. This creates incentives to spend the first $2,500 more carefully. Our plan’s costs are much lower than typical health insurance, while providing a very high degree of worker satisfaction.
• Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. This is unfair.
• Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines. We should all have the legal right to purchase health insurance from any insurance company in any state and we should be able use that insurance wherever we live. Health insurance should be portable.
• Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. These mandates have increased the cost of health insurance by billions of dollars. What is insured and what is not insured should be determined by individual customer preferences and not through special-interest lobbying.
• Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These costs are passed back to us through much higher prices for health care.
• Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost. How many people know the total cost of their last doctor’s visit and how that total breaks down? What other goods or services do we buy without knowing how much they will cost us?
• Enact Medicare reform. We need to face up to the actuarial fact that Medicare is heading towards bankruptcy and enact reforms that create greater patient empowerment, choice and responsibility.
• Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren’t covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care—to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter?
Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That’s because there isn’t any. This “right” has never existed in America.
Today, John Stossell interviewed John Mackey:
You can watch the entire show here.
Is Bob Chapman of the International Forecaster correct when he says that his sources state that there are actually 2,035 banks in trouble and that in 2010, he expects between 2500 and 3000 bank failures? (See below post for audio.) Is he also correct when he states that this will cost the FDIC some $800 Billion to $1 Trillion dollars? What about that $800 Billion that Fannie and Freddie supposedly need? I’m still searching for confirmation of those exact numbers.
Is this what Chapman is talking about?
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in the next year plans to add more than 1,600 staffers, mostly to handle bank failures, and is pushing its budget up 35% as the number of tottering banks climbs.
More than 130 banks have failed this year, and the agency’s inventory of assets in liquidation has more than doubled from the beginning of the year to $36.8 billion through the end of November. The FDIC has also agreed to share future losses on the assets of more than 80 failed banks, representing $108 billion in additional exposure.
In the agency’s 2010 operating budget, released Tuesday, the FDIC would spend $2.5 billion to fund its bank failure operations out of a total budget of $4 billion. The agency’s entire operating budget for 2009 was roughly $2.6 billion.
“It will ensure that we are prepared to handle an even larger number of bank failures next year, if that becomes necessary, and to provide regulatory oversight for an even larger number of troubled institutions,” FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair said in a statement.
In addition to expecting bank failures to increase, the FDIC said it expects the number of banks at risk of failing to rise in 2010. The FDIC has twice this year demanded banks pay billions in additional fees in order to keep its deposit-insurance fund solvent.
Regulators give banks a secret rating of 1 through 5 as a measurement of their health. Banks with a 1 rating are considered the healthiest.
“The number of 3-, 4- and 5-rated institutions has increased by over 80% thus far during 2009 and is expected to continue to increase next year,” the FDIC said. The forecast could mean further increases to the FDIC’s “problem list” of troubled banks, which stood at 552 at the end of the third quarter. (emphasis mine)
Glenn covers the un-Constitutionality of the healthcare bill as it is being discussed behind Harry’s closed doors, and how the framework for european socialism is being set up right now with this bill, and who wins because of it. Don’t believe it? Just check out FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights and how much like the USSR’s Constitution it is.
Glenn has a strong message for all Americans that believe in the Constitution and the parameters for government that were set up with it’s passage.
But wait, we have more….the $800 Billion that Fannie and Freddie need before the end of the year, and how the FDIC is ramping up for something big next year. (Like the rest of the home mortgages that are going to reset in the next 3 years, or the collapse of the commercial real estate bubble and the some 2500 banks that will probably fail when those two events happen?)
Part 3, The differences in the polls from Fox to CNN, and the lefts’ reaction to this healthcare bill:
Part 4, Don’t Piss Off The Left Mr. President:
Part 5, $800 Billion to Fannie and Freddie, the FDIC boosting their budget for next year, and the REVOLVING $700 Billion TARP Program:
Part 6, John Fund continued:
I am very, very, very, cranky today, and I’m know I am going take a lot of heat for some of the statements included in this post, but I am saying things that I believe more people than just myself believe.
I do not support Hillary Clinton’s progressive, socialist, global one-governmentness, and ever since I did the research on her and found her to be more ‘red’ than Barry, I just find that everything she says and does is 100% suspect. I also find that because of Hillary Clinton, I no longer trust any politician or voice in the spot-light, including Sarah Palin. Sorry Sarah; I love ya to death, but I am still waiting for the other shoe to drop on you too. (You know you are thinking the same thing about numerous leaders right now.)
Hillary has thrown $100 Billion of our cash up against the UN wall in hopes of making the whole climate change argument stick, to get the sham back on track, and to help the third world with the climate change that is right now continuing to be proven to be based on false data. Hillary Clinton and the Dems are skipping down the yellow brick road as though nothing is happening around them, and are hell bent on their only way of fixing real or imagined crises; the U.S. Government giving away the compensation for our life energy and time away from our loved ones to other people. Hoorah for guilt and social justice at it’s best.
The “people in charge” just do not get it. The average American salary is around $40K, not $150K or $1 Million, but they keep spending our money on causes that we do not espouse like we are all millionaires. If I still had my 42K job, and was “allowed” to keep most of what I earned, then I would be able to meet my financial obligations, afford healthcare, and still give to charities. Not then…not now…because of the tax burden due to stupidity like Copenhagen, the stupidity of the Bush administration that sunk us into two wars, the stupidity of administrations and congresses in the past who believed in entitlements for all, and the stupidity of this congress that thought giving away trillions was the best idea for saving the economy and our jobs. I am sick to death of all of them, and the time for a reset is coming.
Meanwhile, we are still staring at this, which was caused by those previous administrations and congresses, and I for one, am trying to figure out how one balances that clock against reality; and then just throw in the dems’ willy-nilly perchant for wasting our money hither and yon with what appears to be bribes and pay-offs. This government is pledging to give the UN $100 Billion for a farce, it gave $300 Million to Mary Landrieu for her healthcare vote, and $38 Billion to Citibank for god knows what, (and let’s not forget the $1.1 Trillion Spending Increase.)
Exactly how much money is there in the world, and where is Lee Ioccoca when ya need him?
(Okay – I feel better. Tell me what you think.)
One has to wonder what is going on inside the Democratic Party when Howard Dean is allowed to spend 15 minutes on Morning Joe bashing the senate’s healthcare bill. What may be of even more interest than Howard “not vigorously” supporting Obama’s re-election is the fact that the Tea Party movement now has 41% of the support in this country vs. 35% for the dems, and 28% for the republicans. Howard seems to think that we are not being painted accurately though, because nothing was mentioned in the question about “bringing guns to the legislature”. Just goes to show that Howard appears to believe everything he is reading in the biased medias’ pages and not attending any of the rallies.
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The entire 15 minute segment can be found here, and it was actually rather interesting and informative.
As for the Wall Street Journal poll, I found one paragraph to be a wake up call for the democratic leadership (which I am sure they will ignore – thank you very much!):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Democrats “fully intend to be in the majority” after November 2010, and she was now shifting to “campaign mode” to help candidates. Party officials are leaning on a number of longtime colleagues to fight for their seats rather than retire.
The Journal/NBC survey found Ms. Pelosi’s presence on the campaign trail could do more harm than good. Fifty-two percent said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who agreed with the speaker almost all the time, compared with 42% who felt that way about candidates siding with Republican leaders.
It would appear it might be time to stuff Nancy in a closet to keep the sheeples from being reminded. Oh, Too Late! The Tea Party Patriots are going to make sure everybody who will listen will know the voting records of every single congressman and senator that is coming up for re-election!
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