AYFKM? Obama Closes Parts Of Arizona Instead of Repelling The Invasion?

The border of Arizona is being breached by criminals with guns, and our federal government has responded by closing parts of Arizona instead of sending troops to repel the invasion?  Congressmen?  Senators?  Are you ready for a whole lotta ugly if you don’t do something about the Anointed One?

A massive stretch of Arizona is now off limits to…Americans.  Critics say the administration is, in effect, giving a major strip of the southwest back to Mexico.  US Fish and Wildlife have closed a portion of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge all along the border, warning visitors to beware of heavily armed drug smugglers and human traffickers.

(H/T KG and Gateway Pundit)

Live Streaming: House Grills Big Oil CEOs

For live streaming coverage of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee hearings on the Gulf Oil Leak from Big Oil CEOs can be found here on C-Span 3.

In related news, Barry is going to give us another czar to oversee the gulf oil leak.

From Real Clear Politics (video):

Gibbs: Obama Will Name “Czar” To Oversee Oil Disaster

Robert Gibbs: “We are going to outline tonight groups of people and somebody that will be in charge of putting a recovery plan together, and ready to have once we get past the cleanup and response phase of this disaster”

Who Is Directing Obama’s Response To The Gulf Oil Leak

No surprise here. More on Center For American Progress, here; John Podesta, here.

Robert Dreyfuss reports in the March 1, 2004 edition of The Nation: “The idea for the Center began with discussions in 2002 between [Morton] Halperin and George Soros, the billionaire investor. … Halperin, who heads the office of Soros’ Open Society Institute, brought [former Clinton chief of staff John] Podesta into the discussion, and beginning in late 2002 Halperin and Podesta circulated a series of papers to funders.”

From WSJ and Jonathan Weisman.

WH Takes Cues from Liberal Think Tank on Spill

If you want to see where President Barack Obama’s response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster is heading, try following the urgings of the Center for American Progress.

The liberal think tank with close White House ties appears to have more influence on spill policy than the president’s in-house advisers. On May 4, for instance, the CAP’s energy and environment expert, Daniel Weiss, called on the president to name an independent commission to look at the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. On May 22, he did just that.

On May 21, CAP president, John Podesta, privately implored White House officials to name someone to be the public point person for the spill response. A week later, the White House announced that Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen would hold daily briefings on the spill, wherever he would be on any given day.

On May 26, Weiss said the White House needed to demand that BP immediately set up an escrow account with billions of dollars from which claims for Gulf state residents would be paid out.

Monday’s headlines proclaimed the president’s latest get-tough stand: BP needs to set up a billion-dollar escrow account.

Fannie And Freddie; The Bottomless Pit

Whatever the fix, the money spent will not be recovered, said Alex Pollock, a former president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago who is now a fellow at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute. “It doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do, Fannie and Freddie will cost a lot of money,” Pollock said. “The money is already lost. There’s an attempt to try to avert your eyes.”

Quoting Sen. Gregg, here is the herd of elephants in the room, (no mention of these two in the Dodd financial reform bill):

Fannie-Freddie Fix at $160 Billion With $1 Trillion Worst Case

June 14 (Bloomberg) — The cost of fixing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage companies that last year bought or guaranteed three-quarters of all U.S. home loans, will be at least $160 billion and could grow to as much as $1 trillion after the biggest bailout in American history.

Fannie and Freddie, now 80 percent owned by U.S. taxpayers, already have drawn $145 billion from an unlimited line of government credit granted to ensure that home buyers can get loans while the private housing-finance industry is moribund. That surpasses the amount spent on rescues of American International Group Inc., General Motors Co. or Citigroup Inc., which have begun repaying their debts.

“It is the mother of all bailouts,” said Edward Pinto, a former chief credit officer at Fannie Mae, who is now a consultant to the mortgage-finance industry.

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The Health Police Are Here (And You Thought There Wasn’t A Public Option)

The Health Police Are Here (And You Thought There Wasn’t A Public Option)

On the day that Obama announced $400 million in aid to Gaza, he also signed an executive order under cover of the freedom flotilla dustup and those worthless UN sanctions against Iran (June 10,2010).  (H/T to reader “G” for sending this article my way.)

A new council has been formed which will be handing a report to Obama by July 1st, 2010 (some 16 days from now) to:

(a) describes the activities and efforts on prevention, health promotion, and public health and activities to develop the national strategy conducted by the Council during the period for which the report is prepared;

for this purpose:

(a) provide coordination and leadership at the Federal level, and among all executive departments and agencies, with respect to prevention, wellness, and health promotion practices, the public health system, and integrative health care in the United States;

and is meant to:

(c) contains a list of national priorities on health promotion and disease prevention to address lifestyle behavior modification (including smoking cessation, proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, mental health, behavioral health, substance-use disorder, and domestic violence screenings) and the prevention measures for the five leading disease killers in the United States;

I find the inclusion of the Department of Homeland Security as part of a council on health issues to be very interesting.  I also find the fact that the reports are to be submitted annually until January 1, 2015 to be very curious.  What happens then?

Warning: the link below goes straight to WhiteHouse.gov.  All emphasis is completely mine and meant to help skimmers.

Executive Order– Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
June 10, 2010

THE WHITE HOUSE,
June 10, 2010

Executive Order– Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council

EXECUTIVE ORDER

ESTABLISHING THE NATIONAL PREVENTION, HEALTH PROMOTION, AND PUBLIC HEALTH COUNCIL

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 4001 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment. There is established within the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (Council).

Sec. 2. Membership.

(a) The Surgeon General shall serve as the Chair of the Council, which shall be composed of:

(1) the Secretary of Agriculture;
(2) the Secretary of Labor;
(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services;
(4) the Secretary of Transportation;
(5) the Secretary of Education;
(6) the Secretary of Homeland Security;
(7) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;
(8) the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission;
(9) the Director of National Drug Control Policy;
(10) the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council;
(11) the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs;
(12) the Chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and
(13) the head of any other executive department or agency that the Chair may, from time to time, determine is appropriate.

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