Monday, November 29, 2010

Obama's Pay Freeze is a Sham

Here's Rush's comments on Obama's plan to pay free for the federal government. (I wonder if he'd consider dropping the pay of all of his czars, too.)
RUSH: So Obama is now gonna ask for a federal pay freeze for two whole years. He's gonna save $2 billion. I mean, big whoop. (interruption) Twenty-eight billion? Yeah, if it lasts that long, that's my point, $28 billion, big whoop. Twenty-eight billion and he's got a deficit run up of one and a half trillion. Twenty-eight billion, we're supposed to be impressed by this? Sorry, not me. Especially since he's locking in pay raises for people, essentially pay raises for all these new hires. If I were one of these new hires and there's all this attention being paid to how bloated the workforce is getting and all of a sudden the president just announces, in effect, not a pay freeze but a guaranteed salary for whoever knows how many years I'd be celebrating. Obama's just hired all these new people and locked 'em in and now he's out there presenting this as some kind of great economic savings day with a two-year pay freeze.

Here's the article from the Wall Street Journal
Obama Proposes Freeze on Federal-Worker Pay
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a two-year salary freeze for all federal civilian employees, ahead of negotiations with Congress on deficit-cutting that are likely to dominate Washington next year.

The freeze, which would require congressional approval, would affect about two million workers and cover calendar years 2011 and 2012.

President Barack Obama proposes a two-year civilian pay freeze for federal employees, saying getting the deficit under control will require "broad sacrifices."
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.Mr. Obama made it clear his gesture was supposed to kick off negotiations on deficit-cutting that would require political sacrifices on the part of Republicans and Democrats. He called on both parties to "set aside the politics of the moment to make progress for the long term."

"My hope is that starting today we can begin a bipartisan conversation about our future," the president said in comments to reporters. "Everybody's going to have to cooperate."

Though in effect for two years, the proposed freeze would save $28 billion over five years and more than $60 billion over 10 years as the government pockets savings from a lower wage base for its civilian work force, said Jeffrey Zients, deputy White House budget director for management.

Washington Wire
Deficit Panel Cancels Public Meeting
.Workers were due to have a 1.4% pay raise in 2011. Federal wages generally rise each year in step with inflation, though Congress often makes adjustments.

Some conservatives have been attacking the federal work force as overpaid, but Mr. Obama did not join in. He hailed those whose pay he would freeze as the men and women who protect the nation's borders and airports, guard federal prisons, maintain national parks and make sure Social Security checks go out on time.

"Clearly this is a difficult decision," Mr. Zients said, lauding federal workers as dedicated civil servants. "The president is clearly asking them to make a sacrifice."

The White House had to make the announcement ahead of Tuesday's statutory deadline for White House notification to Congress of different pay rates for different localities where federal workers are employed.

Republicans, who will take control of the House next year, have been calling for such a freeze for months. Some also have called for unpaid furloughs, which would effectively cut federal salaries.

Mr. Obama decided to move in advance of a bipartisan meeting Tuesday of the White House and congressional leadership, where both sides hope to make progress on key budget issues. Those include the fate of tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush, which expire at the end of the year. Republicans want all the tax cuts extended. Most Democrats, including the president, want tax cuts for families earning more than $250,000 to expire.

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said the pay freeze had nothing to do with the tax debate. But he added, "Republicans are going to have to make the case on why we can spend $700 billion," the cost of extended those upper-income tax cuts for 10 years.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), the senior Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, called the proposed pay freeze "necessary and, quite frankly, long overdue." He said Republicans had outlined other steps to cut the deficit, among them by taking more steps to eliminate waste and fraud.

What happened to kids being covered under their parents healthcare until they're 26?

Health care in the US is in trouble, but its part of a larger problem. How about parents dont have kids until they can actually afford to pay for their healthcare, instead of just having kids willy nilly, and expecting the government (in the form of taxpayer's dollars) to help them foot the cost for the kids they can't afford to have.

Of course you can't stop women from having kids, they have "reproductive rights" and if you don't give them welfare they'll starve in the streets, which of course shouldn't happen in a civilized society.... so we can't stop paying welfare. So moms who can't afford to have kids will continue to have them. Vicious circle.

Anyway, this is what Rush had to report on the latest news about Obamacare:
RUSH: From the Wall Street Journal, another headline that makes me go, "All right!" Another headline that goes, "Yeah! Give me more of it." "Union Drops Health Coverage for Workers’ Children." (laughing) "Rush, why are you happy about this?" Well, because all this stuff is coming true that I predicted and I knew was gonna happen 'cause of this bogus health care bill, and now who's getting hurt? The unions of all people. It's designed to help the unions, whose skids have been greased by Obama since he took office. I mean, behind every debacle at a business you'll find a union, union Leader. "One of the largest union-administered health-insurance funds in New York is dropping coverage for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants, union officials said." Now, we all thought that you're gonna be able to add your kids to your policy 'til they were 26, right? And we all thought that the poor were gonna get their health care for free. Well, that's what we were told.

"One of the largest union-administered health-insurance funds in New York is dropping coverage for the children."
Who gave us all of this? It's a bunch of libs, who care about what? The children, and us. They're "dropping coverage for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants, union officials said. The union blamed financial problems it said were caused by the state’s health department and new national health-insurance requirements." Well, shazam. Now they tell us. So the poor unions are getting hammered as well. "The fund informed its members late last month that their dependents will no longer be covered as of Jan. 1, 2011. Currently about 6,000 children are covered by the benefit fund, some until age 23," but no more. "In addition, new federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26," but, no, they're all being dropped. "Our limited resources are already stretched as far as possible, and meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible."

So once again, another supposed beneficiary of Obamacare is going to need a waiver from the law in order keep its children covered. Notice the fund informed its members late last month. We didn't hear about it 'til after the elections. Did you notice that? Now, let's be clear about who it is that's getting hammered here. I mean you heard it, right here: low-wage home attendants. First off, do you know what a union home attendant is? Do you? I don't. What is a union home attendant? These are health care workers? Union health care workers, home attendants, sort of like hospice for the living, okay? Hospice for the nonfatal, all right? They're low wage and they're having their coverage dropped for their kids. So there's 30,000 home attendants, i.e., in-home workers who have children. They're low wage -- which means they don't get paid much for those of you in Rio Linda who no doubt know what low wage means than anything else -- and 30,000 of their kids are being axed. But note who's not being axed here.

Note, ladies and gentlemen, union workers, low wage union workers and their kids are being hammered, but not the rich SEIU members and not the rich AFL-CIO members and not the rich United Auto Workers members, not their kids. No, no, no, the Richard Trumkas and the Jimmy Hoffa Jrs., and their kids, they're doing just fine. That Stern guy, SEIU, and whoever his replacement is. But poor old Fred Slobodnik and his kids up the river, too bad out there, Fred. It's because of Obamacare here. " The union said in a statement that the state required the fund to participate in a new program -- the Family Health Plus Buy-In Program -- beginning in 2008. The union said it expected that by joining the program, many of its members would qualify for state assistance --" Ah, here we go. Nobody has to pay for anything themselves. We are all gonna pay for 'em, but now there's no money, especially with the vast cigarette shortage, he-he-he, in New York.

By the way, that's another thing. We're gonna start hamming the Indians; we're gonna get tax revenue there; we're doing everything we can to start collecting tax revenue and outlaw cigarettes at the same time. Somebody tell me again, why are we supposed to legalize marijuana? That's for tax revenue, right? Yeah. Somebody just sent me a note: "If you're having trouble getting your arms around what a home attendant is, just think of a Ukrainian blonde nurse working for Moammar Khadafy." Okay, that kind of like crystallizes it for me. So, anyway, that's the story. Union drops health coverage for workers' children.

29 Nov, 2010, Monday, Rush Limbaugh headlines

--Big Sis Has Her Hands Down Our Pants, But Julian Assange is Free?
He says he's going to leak it. We say, "Don't." He does.
Rush Analyzes the WikiLeaks Waif

--These cables from Hillary's State Dept. are the raw truth.
We're Back in Obama's America, and Once Again Everything Sucks

--The NFL, cigarettes, tax preparers. It was all waiting.
NFL: Steve Johnson Drops Pass, Blames God
Obama: "I Love You, Man. ... Eat the Salad."
FB: Illegal Cigarettes Cost NY $20M a Month
JS: IRS Initiates Regulation for Tax Preparers

--Obama's Pay Freeze is a Sham
It's all for show, folks. They'll still get promotions, etc.
HuffPo: Unions, Liberals Blast Pay Freeze

--Caller: Rush, Obama & Israel
The obstacles to peace, and the Saudis targeting Iran.

--In Flip, World Health Organization Claims Secondhand Smoke Kills
It's the same bunch who suppressed the 1998 study.
UK Telegraph Health Correspondent:
Passive Smoking Doesn't Cause Cancer -- Official

--Medicare Brings British-Canadian Style Horror Stories to Americans
The sad truth is it's all by design, seasoned citizens.
Simpson: Elderly Are Greediest Generation

--Union Drops Health Care for Kids
The sad but delicious fruits of the Obamacare law.
WSJ: Union Denies Sick Children Medicine

--Oregon's Christmas Tree Bomber
Did Bloomberg say the guy's upset about Obamacare?
NYT: Suspect in Bomb Plot Called Confused

--It Costs Big to Convert Your Home to Charge an Electric Bubble Car
But to fuel up the battery it takes a mere eight hours.
ABC: Prep a Home for an Electric Car

--"Moderate Democrats" are a Myth
It's just not possible to be moderate and support them.

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--What I Tell Republicans (Not Conservatives) About Sarah Palin
Oh, yeah, give me four more years of Obama instead.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sharpton Wants FCC to Ban Limbaugh

This was reported on Nov 24, but just in case anyone missed it:

Newsmax: Sharpton Wants FCC to Ban Limbaugh
Liberal firebrand Rev. Al Sharpton is telling audiences that the Federal Communications Commission should take Rush Limbaugh off the airwaves because of perceived offenses toward racial minorities and other groups.

The attack was only the latest in a series of attacks by Democrats, including President Obama, who suggest that America's political discourse is being crippled by talk radio and cable news shows.

Specifically, Sharpton suggested that the FCC should establish "guidelines" or "standards" to regulate speech.

"You've got to remember that those stations that Rush Limbaugh is on and others are regulated by FCC, granted by FCC; they go back to them to get waivers," Sharpton said on his own radio show on Nov. 19th

"They go back to them to get consolidation," Sharpton continued. "They have the right to set standards. That does not impair your right to speak what you believe, but it does say that you are not going to do that to offend groups of Americans based on their race, their gender, their sexual status - none of that."

Sharpton's broadside followed a similar attack last week by Sen. Jay Rockefeller. The West Virginia Democrat went after both right-leaning Fox News and left-leaning MSNBC.

Said Rockefeller during a Senate hearing: "There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to Fox and to MSNBC, 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor to political discourse; to our ability to do our work here in Congress; and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and, more importantly, in their future."

And earlier this year President Obama himself lamented what he described as the sad state of political discourse hampered by iPods and cable TV shows.

"And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations - none of which I know how to work - information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," Obama said during a commencement address at Hampton University in Virginia. "So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it's putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy."

Conservatives and civil libertarians are concerned by what they see as a growing tolerance by liberals to regulate and even censor the airwaves, especially as outlets like Fox News and shows like Limbaugh's grow ever more popular.

Limbaugh is the most listened to radio host in the nation with more than 15 million weekly visitors. Fox News continues to trounce its cable news rivals CNN and MSNBC in ratings.

"This is scary stuff," lamented an editorial in Investors Business Daily. "Strong speech has always been quintessentially American.

With the airwaves and cyberspace replacing soapboxes, it's more vital than ever to protect it against politicians favoring a new 'fairness doctrine' that would keep voters from being armed with the information and analysis that can be used to unseat them."

The question is, exactly what does Rush say that causes offense? He goes after individuals - Sharpton, Jackson, various Democrats. He says blacks will do better under Republicans than Democrats, that the entitlement mentality has got to go...all truthful things...

It's his opinion that gays shouldn't have the right to marry - he's wrong but he's got a right to his opinion...

But Sharpton apparently only wants Democrats to have the right to their own opinion.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Washington Post: Sarah Palin's Mike Huckabee problem

Sarah Palin's Mike Huckabee problem

1. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday that Sarah Palin might well "run away" with the Republican nomination for president.

It's funny Huckabee should say such a thing, because he's got a lot of say over whether she does just that. And it has to do with whether he even runs in the first place.

As potential 2012 candidates weigh their prospects and determine their plans for the next presidential race, one thing is clear: that Huckabee and Palin inhabit largely the same space -- i.e. they each would perform well without the other, but they might undercut each other if they are in the same race.

There is currently a four-candidate top-tier consisting of Palin, Huckabee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. And indeed, a new Quinnipiac University poll on Monday showed the four of them all huddled between 15 and 19 percent of the vote.

But while Romney and Gingrich have pretty broad support, the base of support for Huckabee and Palin is readily apparent, and for both of them, it starts with born-again evangelicals. The two of them combine for 46 percent of that vote, compared to just 26 percent for Gingrich and Romney. Palin and Huckabee are also the top two vote-getters among women and people without college degrees.

So why is that important? Because if any of the four frontrunners seems least likely to run for president, it would be Huckabee. And, if he doesn't take the plunge, where is his 26 percent share of evangelicals going to go? Where is his 18 percent share of women going? Who gets his 17 percent share of those without college degrees?

The obvious answer to all three of those questions is Palin. Gingrich has been married three times and has some baggage to show for it. Romney's ability to connect with rural, Christian voters, meanwhile, remains suspect because of his Mormonism.

It's hard to see Palin having a path to victory that doesn't include Iowa or South Carolina, and both of those early states happened to be Huckabee's strongest in 2008 (he won Iowa and came in second in the Palmetto State).

At a speech Monday in the Hawkeye State, Huckabee went on to joke that, if he does run, "I prefer she not and that she endorse me."

He's only half kidding. They each stand to lose plenty by seeing the other one in the race.

2. Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) has conceded his reelection race to Republican Rep.-elect Blake Farenthold, handing Republicans a net gain of 62 seats this cycle.

The results of a recount were expected to be completed Monday night, and Ortiz doesn't appear to have made up enough ground to overcome his 799-vote deficit.

Farenthold's win goes down as one of the most surprising of the cycle. Ortiz was not considered a top target until the closing days of the campaign, and his district is heavily Hispanic. Farenthold is a former talk radio host.

With that race drawing to a close, four unresolved races remain, with the GOP still hoping for victory in two key New York races.

New York Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop has taken a slim lead in the Empire State's 1st district race, with an edge over Republican Randy Altschuler of 16 votes out of more than 190,000 cast.

The vote tally shifted in Bishop's favor as the absentee ballot count continued Monday. Both camps are also sparring over contested ballots; the count is expected to continue this week, although the status of the challenged ballots may not be known until next week.

Meanwhile, in the state's 25th District, Rep. Dan Maffei (D) trails Republican Ann Marie Buerkle by more than 550 votes. Attorneys for both camps agreed on Monday to postpone their planned court date until Wednesday; the meeting was originally slated to take place this morning.

Pressure appears likely to mount on Maffei to concede given that Buerkle's lead now looks insurmountable. In a statement, Maffei's camp said that it is "reviewing the re-canvass and audit documentation that the counties are providing."

3. Minnesota's Supreme Court justices on Monday denied a petition by state Rep. Tom Emmer (R) that would require election officials to match up ballots with voter rolls in the state's gubernatorial contest.

The announcement came shortly after justices heard oral arguments in the case Monday afternoon. Former Sen. Mark Dayton (D) currently leads Emmer by 8,770 votes.

At issue was the state's process for reconciling the number of ballots cast with the signatures on local voter registration rolls. Emmer's team wanted the state to require that local officials ensure no more ballots were cast on Election Day than there are signatures on the rolls; Dayton's team charged that Emmer's camp was trying to delay the outcome of the race.

The court's justices released their order on Monday afternoon, with the actual opinion to follow.

The State Canvassing Board, which meets today, is expected to call for a statewide hand recount of the more than two million ballots that were cast on Election Day. The recount is set to conclude by Dec. 14.

4. Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller has filed a lawsuit in state court in an attempt to keep his campaign alive.

Miller is seeking a ruling that would force elections officials to only count write-in votes for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) if her name is spelled correctly. Currently, election officials are working under a voter-intent standard, which means slight misspellings could still be counted for Murkowski if the intent of the voter is clear.

The suit comes after a federal judge on Friday ruled that the issue was one for state courts and issued an injunction temporarily delaying certification of Murkowski's victory, provided Miller followed suit in state court on Monday.

Miller did so, meaning the race continues. The Associated Press has already called the race for Murkowski, who leads by more than 10,000 votes. Even if all ballots being challenged by Miller are thrown out by the court, Murkowski would still lead by more than 2,100 votes.

Miller is also requesting a hand recount.

5. Another Republican challenger has announced a bid to challenge Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, who is running for election to a third term in 2012.

Investment adviser Pat Flynn (R), who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP Senate nod in 2008, joins state Attorney General Jon Bruning (R), who announced earlier this month that he is running for the seat.

Flynn took 22 percent in the 2008 Senate primary, with Sen. Mike Johanns (R) winning the GOP nod and, ultimately, the general election.

On his campaign website, Flynn cited "individual freedom and individual responsibility," "economic freedom" and "limited but effective government" as among his principles.

China steps in to defuse Korean war threat

China steps in to defuse Korean war threat

China has been working to keep tensions between North and South Korea from escalating following a Northern artillery attack on the South on Tuesday.

China's foreign minister Yang Jiechi has met North Korea's ambassador and spoken on the phone to his US and South Korean counterparts.

Officials say China's priority is to avoid a recurrence of Tuesday's attack on Yeonpyeong island which killed four people.

Tomorrow the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, with its 75 planes and crew of 6,000, will take part in massive naval war games.

North Korea has warned this will push the region to the brink of war and is threatening to launch fresh attacks if it is sufficiently provoked.

But it is playing a dangerous game. This week it killed four South Koreans in an artillery attack and in March it torpedoed a South Korean naval ship killing 46 sailors.

In what could be a crucial development, state-owned newspapers in China have blamed North Korea for this week's attack; one even editorialised that North Korea could be a country without a future.

The North may have gone too far this time. But if it keeps resorting to military strikes out of the blue it will eventually lead to a more brutal response from Seoul.

Adding nuclear weapons into the mix, the deadly standoff is well short of being resolved.

China has also voiced its displeasure at the participation of a United States aircraft carrier battle group in tomorrow's war games.

But South Korea and its American allies are keen to put on a show of strength.

The North yesterday started firing fresh volleys of artillery two days ahead of the war games, sending South Korean residents who remain on Yeonpyeong Island running to air raid shelters.

The sound of fresh rounds of artillery emanating from North Korea led to fears of a fresh attack.

But the South Korean Government has said that this seemed to be a training exercise and that no shells landed on its territory.

Tensions high

US commander in South Korea, General Walter Sharp, has called on North Korea to stop its attacks.

"What I've seen here is basically North Korea attacked this island, which is a clear violation of the armistice agreement," he said.

"We and the United Nations command will investigate this completely and will call on North Korea to stop any future attacks."

The hope is that Pyongyang's warning is just aggressive rhetoric from the North, but the South is bolstering its troop numbers in border regions just in case.

The South Korean government of Lee Myungbak has been criticised, even by some in its own party, for not responding to this week's artillery attack with enough force.

This is despite the fact that it fired 80 shells back across the border at the time. There has been no information about what damage this caused in the North.

South Korea's former defence minister Kim Yae-yong defended the decision not to call an airstrike on the North's artillery positions that fired on Yeonpyong, saying he did not want to risk starting a full-scale war.

He has now resigned, accepting full responsibility for what has been described as an inadequate response.

No Limbaugh show today

As he took both yesterday and today off.

I'll post a couple of news articles to wile away the time until Monday. (I'd post more bios of new senators but I'm on travel - again - and my laptop doesn't have the "favorites" I need.

Come Monday night, I'll be home again and no more traveling for a while.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

First it was British students, now Italians are getting into the act

Can the US be far behind? Europe is now discovering that it can't afford giving free higher education to students....and you'd think students would realize their country is bankrupt. But no, they are going to have to start paying for things that used to be their right, and their reaction is one of violence.

Now, in the US students are protesting tuition hikes, but I haven't seen the full-scale riots that are happening in Europe.But this is the problem with the entitlement mentality. Workfare was an attempt to replace welfare with people actually doing work for the money they received, and what a to-do there was about that. But we've got to kick people off welfare...or we'll be going the same way as Europe. (And I'm not talking about unemployment insurance. I'm talking about girls who have a gazillion babies because they know they can get free food and housing for the little tykes, because God forbid kids should starve in the US. If the mom can't take care of her kids, of course the state must step in and do so.)

Anyway, here's the report from Europe:
Italian students storm Tower of Pisa, Colosseum
ROME (Reuters) – Italian students stormed the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Rome's Colosseum and blocked roads and railways Thursday in protest against university reform planned by Silvio Berlusconi's struggling government.

The measures, currently before parliament, include spending cuts and time limits on research.

Thousands of students marched in cities around Italy and occupied university buildings. One was injured during clashes with police in Florence, news agencies reported, but demonstrations were largely peaceful.

"We will block this reform," students chanted outside parliament buildings, waving smoke flares and banners.

They breached security at the Tower of Pisa, flying banners from the summit, and jumped over entrance turnstiles at the Colosseum.

The protest was the latest in a wave of demonstrations against austerity measures in Europe. In London, thousands of people rallied Wednesday against a rise in university fees.

The unrest is a further blow for Berlusconi's troubled government, already undermined by a weak economy and a succession of scandals, and facing two confidence votes in parliament on December 14 that could trigger early elections.

Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini says the reforms, which are aimed at saving several billion euros by the end of 2012, will create a more merit-based system.

But opponents say universities already have a funding shortfall of 1.35 billion euros next year and the planned cuts will further weaken Italy's higher education system.

The government was defeated in a parliamentary vote on Thursday on an amendment to the reform. Berlusconi no longer has a built-in majority in the lower house of parliament because of coalition infighting.

Gelmini said the amendment would be of little significance, but said she may withdraw the reform, due for a final vote on November 30, if more substantive modifications are passed.

Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the main center-left opposition Democratic Party called for it to be scrapped immediately.

"Let's start discussing how we can correct the distortions of this law and how we can find resources to support the right to study and research," he said.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rush needs to learn a bit more about atheists

Somewhere in his monologue today (I'm not reading the whole site today because his constant harping on Thanksgiving and God annoy me) Rush said this (foundon his quote page):
The painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti said, 'The worst moment for the atheist is when he's really thankful and has no one to thank.'

He may have said that - Dante's the guy who wrote Dante's inferno - but he is of course wrong.

What's the atheist got to be thankful about? Someone gives him a big commission to make a sculpture? He'd thank the person who gives him the commission.

Someone praises him on his talent? (Or hers). He thanks his parents from whom he inherited those talents.

As I've said a few times in this blog, I'm an atheist and it really stuns me to see so many religious people in the world. You look at the utter misery and despair in which 90% of the world live, and have lived since the dawn of time, and you think, there's a loving god behind all this? I don't think so.

Well, tomorrow will be a "Best of Rush" I have no doubt, so have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone. And remember it wasn't God that gave you what you have, but rather your own industriousness...or if you are out of work, unemployment checks from the government. ; )

May 2011 see an improvement in the job numbers - as that's the only way the newly elected Republicans are going to retain their office.

The True Story of Thanksgiving

Every year, Rush repeats the same monologue about how Thanksgiving was not about giving thanks to the Indians for them helping out during the Starving Time, but rather to God. And George Washington declared the first official Thanksgiving, again giving thanks to God rather than the Indians.

And I don't really care for the monologue. It always annoys me when Sean Hannity says that God "gave" us the best country in the world, the USA, when of course "He" did no such thing. English, Spanish and French explorers arrived in what would become the USA and proceeded to take what they wanted from the native Americans who were already there.

The thing is, just as slavery was a product of its time, so was the destruction of the native inhabitants of the land. Just as the Japanese did it to Ainu, just as African tribes were always killing each other before the white man's just human nature to be warlike and for the strong to take what they want from the weak - race really has nothing to do with it. If the American Indians could have buried the hatchet in their hatred for each other (the various tribes) they might have been able to fight off the encroaching white man much longer than they did.

And how did whites defeat the Indians? Not really by defeating them in battle...but my killing all the buffalo on which the Indians subsisted. Thousands of buffalo killed every day, their carcasses left to rot in the sun...and finally the starving Indians had to surrender and be moved to reservations where OUR govrnment put them on the teat for good.

These days, most Indians on the reservations live in utter poverty. Most of them are alcoholics - because they have an inherent weakness for alcohol - and they continue to drain money from the taxpayer. I find it hard to blame the Indians for this however, as it was our government back then who set them on this path of utter dependence on the government.

There's a book out called American Apartheid, about the reservation system. I haven't read it, but I can get the gist. Reservations need to be done away with. It would be one thing if they were successful and the majority of people on those reservations were fully functional members of society and pulling their own weight, but they're not, and its the reservation system that is holding them down.

24 Nov, 2010, Wednesday, Limbaugh headlines

--The True Story of Thanksgiving
An EIB Classic: Thanks to God, not the Indians.

--White Man v. Native Americans
What if one blamed Indians for tobacco deaths?

--Obama Gives Cliched Proclamation
This reads like a parody of the myth about the holiday.

--George Washington's Proclamation
Another tradition: Our devout, humble first president.

--Indians Scammed Us in Manhattan
The story that you've always heard isn't the truth.

--Kooks Say Global Warming Will End Thanksgiving in the Future
A Turkey expert on this pathetic poultry pandering.

--Pat-Downs Aren't About Security
The media and the regime are exaggerating this.

--Truth of Today's Economic News
Sorry, but this is not some great business boom.

--Rush's Thoughts on the Norks
The ChiComs own North Korea -- and America, too.

--When Did God Become Taboo?
Most of this rot traces back to the '60s counterculture.

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» Thank You, Mark Steyn! (Are You Happy, Elaine?)
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--Hybrids, Electric Cars and Rush
Your host is targeted for doubting the Chevy Volt.
Motor Trend Blogger: Rush to Judgment

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Military Intelligence - An Oxymoron

How in the world could the US have been duped like this?

RUSH: And have you heard about the fake Taliban negotiator? Oh, folks, this is incredible! Again from the New York Times: "For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war [in Afghanistan] appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement. But now, it turns out, Mr. Mansour was apparently not Mr. Mansour at all." He was a fraud. He was an imposter.

"United States and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an imposter, and high-level discussions conducted with the assistance of NATO" -- that means us -- "appeared to have achieved" nothing. "'It's not him,' said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions.' And we gave him a lot of money.' American officials confirmed Monday they had given up hope that the Afghan was Mr. Mansour, or even a member of the Taliban leadership." He was a total fraud!

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the sequel to the movie Catch Me If You Can. Remember that guy who impersonated airline captains and yacht captains and every -- look at this, the sequel! "American officials confirmed Monday they had given up hope that the Afghan was Mr. Mansour... NATO and Afghan officials said they held three meetings with the man, who traveled [from across the border] in Pakistan, where Taliban leaders have taken refuge. The fake Taliban leader even met with president Hamid Karzai, having been flown to Kabul on a NATO aircraft and ushered into the presidential palace, officials said."

The imposter got into the equivalent of the White House in Afghanistan! Did they not ask this guy for some kind of identification? They clearly didn't, they clearly didn't ask this guy for his birth certificate. How in the world could they trust a leader and even give money to somebody who has not been properly vetted? Oh, well, because it happened here in the United States. We have an imposter, for all intents and purposes, serving in the White House.

North Korea Attacks South Korea

This is very disturbing news...what should the US do? What can we do? That's the problem - all our forces are spread thin in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we don't have money for our own infrastructure - what can we do? What should we do?

(I ask questions - I donlt know the answers!)

RUSH: Well, it's time, ladies and gentleman, time for Obama Undeniable Truth of Life Number 24, and that is, "Ours is a world governed by the aggressive use of speeches." Yes, Obama has spoken up about North Korea firing on South Korea, and he has said that they have failed to live up to their obligations. That's really tough. That's right, he said North Korea's failed to live up to its obligations. I wonder if they bothered calling him at three a.m. (interruption) They called him at four a.m., and did he take the call? Did he wake up and say, (imitating Obama) "Okay, oh, okay," and go back to bed, or what did he do? Strongly condemned it. Yeah, that's right. The situation in North and South Korea is about to get out of hand and there's only one thing to do and that's a Cairo-type speech. Ours is a world governed by the aggressive use of words, speeches, except in America, where ours is a world governed by the excessive use of gropes.


RUSH: The Pentagon says it's too soon to say how the United States might deter a North Korean attack. Too soon to say? What have we been doing for the last 50 years in preparing for a potential attack on South Korea from North Korea? I'll tell you what else to keep a sharp eye out for, and that's the ChiComs making a move on Formosa, Taiwan. They want it back. You know, I've asked people, "Why do they care?" It's a tiny little island. There is absolutely no threat posed to the mainland by Taiwan. And ChiCom experts tell me it's a matter of face, saving face. The ChiComs are gonna get that island back regardless. It doesn't matter, it could be inconsequential, it's a matter of saving face, respect or what have you. And I'll tell you something else. My best guess is -- and of course I'm a pretty good best guesser -- my best guess is they're gonna do this, make a move on Formosa before Obama is out of office, and the way things are going Obama is gonna be out of office in a couple of years, hopefully, theoretically.

So here we're gonna do nothing, formulating our plans. Is Obama gonna do anything about it? Do you think Obama would do anything, even though we have a treaty, even though we have promised the Taiwanese, do you think Obama would actually do anything if the ChiComs make a move? Nah. That contrail of a jet, ha. No way. Folks, I'm telling you, I've thought about this, I've looked at all of the things, I've talked to experts, a jet contrail? No, that was a missile, and it was a message.

23 Nov 2010, Tuesday, Rush headlines

--Look for Terrorists, Not Things
Our security measures are reactive, not proactive.

--Who Benefits from All This Authoritarianism in America?
From the airports to health care, it isn't the individual.

--Fake Taliban Duped US, NATO
How does this screw-up happen to our smart leaders?

--Obama Flips; Best Days Aren't Behind Us (at His Auto Plant)
He's the only one who says we'll no longer be #1.

--Next: A State Takeover of Airlines?
Government loves to ruin industries, then step in.

NYT: Taliban Negotiator Was A Phony!

--Obama's World is Governed by the Aggressive use of Speeches
North Korea attacks an ally. Obama writes a letter.

--Franks & Beans Lady Gets Canned
Velma Hart, once "exhausted" by Obama, is laid off.
WP: Woman Who Told Obama Woes is Fired
Rush, 9/20: A Town Hall Meeting in Obamaville
Rush, 9/21: If It Was Staged, How'd It Help?

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--We're Politicizing Thanksgiving?
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--Sharpton to FCC: Shut Down Rush
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Regular schedule resumes Tuesday

Hi, all

Sorry for the dearth of posts over the weekend. Im visting relatives in Rapid City, SD who do not have an internet connection. Now Im at a friends house and using their computer, but don't want to take too long!

As long as we don't get another snow storm, I'll be in Cheyenne by late afternoon tomorrow and will be able to get back on track.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

18 Oct, 2010, Thursday - Guest host Mark Steyn

I was unable to listen to Rush today, and found out only a few minutes ago that Mark Steyn had subbed.

So, I'll spend the next three days sharing bios of new senators, and stuff like that, and get back to Rush's program when he returns on Monday.

I'm assuming he's doing his golf program again.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Aha! - More on Rush's comments on GM and taxpayers

I'd been confused about Rush's comments about GM's announcement today, because the link he'd given didn't have all that bad news. But other news reports, which I've just found, do not paint such a rosy picture:

US Treasury Takes An Initial Public Loss On GM Shares
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--U.S. taxpayers are about $10 billion in the red on their General Motors Co. investment after Wednesday's initial public offering. Whether the Treasury can ultimately break even will depend on how GM shares perform over the next few years.

The Treasury Department agreed Wednesday to sell 358.5 million of its common shares in GM at $33 a share, senior Obama administration officials said.

That sale raised $11.8 billion for U.S. taxpayers. It also valued the Treasury's entire 61% stake in GM--including the shares it sold--at about $30 billion.

The Treasury paid about $40 billion for the 912 million ...[the rest of the article is only for Wall Street Journal subscribers]

No stock exchange for old, new GM shares
General Motors will be issuing new stock, a signal that the company is emerging from the ashes like the mythical phoenix.
Wilson Says GM Bailout May Have Averted Ford Liquidation

There is much to celebrate with this public offering. The corporate giant and employer of 205,000 people worldwide successfully emerged from bankruptcy proceedings in July 2009. It was a hallelujah moment when GM repaid taxpayer-backed loans five years ahead of schedule.

And now the company is planning to sell millions of new shares of common stock for $32 to $33 per share. The initial public offering, or IPO, would allow the U.S. government to begin selling its majority stake in the company.

But investors who are holding the old GM stock are probably not so elated. Their shares are nearly worthless, except for those who sell them to lock in their losses for tax-deduction purposes. If you are still holding GM shares issued before the company filed for Chapter 11 protection in June 2009, so sorry but you lose. You are not entitled to receive the newly issued shares in exchange.

It also won't be good news to naive investors who loaded up on the old GM stock after the bankruptcy filing, thinking they might profit from the company's eventual IPO. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, which regulates securities firms, recently issued a warning about the old GM stock.

"With the news that the IPO was happening, we did some Internet searches and realized there continues to be confusion about the stock of old GM," said Gerri Walsh, FINRA's vice president.

She said she saw posts from investors asking what would happen to their stock after the IPO. Others asked if they would be able to cash in on the new offering.

"The answer is no," Walsh said. "People have to recognize purchasing a stock of a bankrupt company is speculation and you can lose all of your money."

When companies can't meet the listing requirements to trade on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq, they are delisted. However, shares may still be traded on the OTC Bulletin Board or Pink OTC Markets, formerly known as Pink Sheets, the electronic quotation system that provides pricing and financial information for stocks sold over the counter.

Initially, the old stock was listed over the counter under the ticker symbol GMGMQ. To avoid investor confusion, FINRA stopped trading in old GM on July 10, 2009, and gave the old stock a new ticker symbol, MTLQQ. In both cases, the letter Q at the end indicates the company is under bankruptcy protection, which should be viewed as a huge warning sign for investors. The old bankrupt GM is now known as the Motors Liquidation Co. It is separate and distinct from the new General Motors.

One would think that after the well-publicized bankruptcies of Kmart, WorldCom and the fact that the old shares of those companies became worthless, investors would know better than to jump on any Internet, e-mail or fax speculation that the old GM stock would significantly rise again.

Except if you do an Internet search for MTLQQ, you'll find that some sites are pumping the stock. One blog headline said "Hot OTC Pink Sheets Stocks to Watch" and put MTLQQ on the list. On Nov. 16, more than 17 million shares of the penny stock were traded, reaching a high during the day of 29 cents per share. The day before, the penny stock price surged 17 percent. The stock has traded at a 52-week low of 6 cents and as high as 88 cents, according to MarketWatch.

Often in situations like this, people will pump up the stock of well-known bankrupt companies with the hope that less-informed investors will also buy, figuring they can reap the rewards when the company emerges from bankruptcy. In the end, it's only the pumpers who make a profit.

Walsh said FINRA wanted to remind investors of the downside of being a shareholder in a bankrupt company. They are last in line to be paid. GM pointed out to investors on its informational Web site about its bankruptcy filing ( that owners of a company under bankruptcy protection may not receive anything if the secured and unsecured creditors' claims are not fully repaid. GM also noted that none of the publicly owned stocks or bonds issued by the former General Motors Corp. would become securities in the new GM.

So if you're trying to make a quick buck before the new GM stock is issued, consider yourself warned that in the end, your investment could go up in flames.

Ground Breaking Began on Bush Library yesterday

Every President gets a library devoted to his personal papers. Seems to me all these things should be in the Library of Congress. Why go to all the expense - I'm sure its taxpayer expense - to build these things?

But, it's being built, and ex-VP Cheney got a zing in at the Obama regime.
RUSH: I love it. Cheney's at the Bush library ground breaking yesterday in Dallas. He said this.

CHENEY: The George W. Bush presidential center isn't much to look at it just yet, but the workers are ready, construction will move fast after today's groundbreaking. This may be the only shovel-ready project in America. (audience laughter)

RUSH: (laughing) The only shovel-ready project in America. I mean everything that these people stand for they're having it rammed right down their throats, starting with the election. I mean they have staked their happiness, their success, their identity on being able to destroy people like Sarah Palin and her family, and me, and Cheney. And we're surviving and we're laughing. And we are happy. And that bugs 'em, too. That bugs 'em, too. S.E. Cupp, columnist extraordinaire, New York Daily News, has a piece on that very subject today. The left is miserable because Bristol Palin is happy, because Sarah Palin's happy, because they're enjoying life as Americans. Remember, you're not supposed to do that. When there's any misery out there, happiness is unfair. We're all supposed to be miserable.

Democrats Haven't Learned a Lesson

The public has spoken, but do the politicians listen? As Rush said a few days ago, the Democrats don't think the public doesn't like their policies, it's just that they didn't explain their policies well enough, and rather than changing direction, their just going to hire a lot of people who can presumably explain their message in simpler-to-understand terms.
Story #3: Sob Stories Over Losing Democrats Leaving DC

RUSH: Okay, from, another sob fest over the Democrats losing their jobs. "Many House Democrats this week started the painful process of coming to grips with the fact that their majority has vanished. Four years after their jubilant return from the political wilderness, they are back in it. And while reactions varied widely, House Democrats acknowledge that recovering from such a devastating loss will take time." Look at what they had in the palm of their hands, and it's gone! And who did it? Obama. Lincoln Davis, glassy-eyed, said, "'Obviously, folks who lost like me are disappointed; some of our friends are disappointed that I’m not coming back, but that’s just part of politics.' Outgoing House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) called out Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) for his claim that Democrats lost control of the House because they didn’t listen to Poe’s warnings not to pass 'ObamaCare' and spend 'trillions of taxpayer dollars.'"

And from, different story, different writer: "Democrats Vent to Leaders as Losses Set In." This kinda says it all. "House Democrats held a marathon venting session Tuesday as they tried to come to grips with a devastating midterm election that swept their caucus out of power.... The gathering was the first for the entire caucus since the election, and lawmakers described a solemn mood under which defeated members stood up, one by one, and delivered farewell speeches to their colleagues." Yeah, farewell speeches. (laughing) They stood up and pointed fingers. "It's your fault! It's your fault! I didn't do this. It's your fault! Damn that health care bill. Clinton lied to us."

"While many Democrats offered kind words, thanks and support for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), defeated Reps. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), Travis Childers (D-Miss.) and Bill Foster (Ill.) called for new leadership, lawmakers said. Boyd told The Hill that leaving Pelosi as the public face of the caucus would undermine candidate recruitment efforts in 2012," and the Botox industry. "'I don’t know how you recruit for some of these seats,' said Boyd. 'How are you going to recruit somebody to run -- a moderate, Blue Dog Democrat -- to run down there? Can’t do it.'" The thing is that's music to Pelosi's ears. They didn't want the Blue Dogs.

Wall Street Journal: GM Stock Is Priced at $33

Rush had this to say about the GM news today (see below) and I guess I'm missing something because I don't see the problem. It looks like the government is giving control of the company back to the company guys, and the sale of stock is going very well. The government is going to get 60% of the money raised - and I guess the idea is that the government wont' give that money back to the taxpayer or lower anyone's taxes. That's probably what he means....
RUSH: I'm getting e-mail, text messages from people who should know better, who are acting all shocked and outraged over the General Motors IPO and how the taxpayers aren't gonna get paid back, they're never gonna see anything of what they lent General Motors. I read this stuff and I'm incredulous. Did they think otherwise? How many of you thought the taxpayers were gonna get paid back? And, by the way, what does that even mean? The taxpayers being paid back? You gonna get a check? Are we gonna get a check from General Motors paying back what we so-called lent them? I still have a lot of work to do. I know we have a lot of people on our side who are imbued with the personality characteristic of wanting to assign to people the best of intentions. But these are liberals, for crying out loud, it's essentially, you know, the Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise disguised as a political party. We know what the GM bailout, Chrysler bailout was. It's to give the unions ownership to protect their health care benefits. The true investors in Chrysler, for example, got hosed. And Obama told 'em they were being childish.

Taxpayers being paid back, and certain people are not gonna be allowed to get into the IPO, and the IPO share price is false and inflated -- of course it is! It's an insider's game. Sometimes I'm shocked. Sometimes I actually think I'm the only smart guy left. That is not the way to put it. I'm the only guy not susceptible to the fact that they might be doing something right, they might be doing something for the good of the country, they might actually have best intentions. I do feel like a lone wolf, like it's a waste of time to even reply to this stuff. But I do because I, ladies and gentlemen, am a nice guy. All of this, this bipartisanship, this working together, it's all phony. The question should always be, "What do the American people want?" Obama didn't care what the American people want when it comes to health care or anything else, cap and trade, doesn't care about that. This party, this administration, regime, has been governing against the will of the people from the moment it was immaculated. Obama, Emanuel, they didn't care what the American people wanted. In fact, it's in spite of the American people this stuff gets done. I mean you, we, the people, we are obstacles just as much as the Democrats are.

GM Stock Is Priced at $33
General Motors Co. priced its historic initial public offering at $33 per share, raising $20.1 billion in common and preferred stock in one of the largest U.S. stock offerings, according to people familiar with the deal.

..After the market closed Wednesday, Wall Street underwriters set the price on 478 million common shares, with another 71.7 million expected to be sold if bankers exercise an overallotment option known as the green shoe.

The underwriters also boosted the size of a planned preferred stock offering to $4.4 billion, which could also be increased in the green shoe by another $650 million. If the decision is made in the next few days to exercise both overallotments, the deal could raise a total of $23.1 billion.

The deal grew in size over the past few weeks, driven by better-than-expected demand from U.S. mutual funds, according one person familiar with the deal.

Proceeds from the sale largely will go to the U.S. government, which owns 61% of GM after restructuring the car maker last year in bankruptcy court.

The auto maker has returned $9.5 billion of the $49.5 billion the U.S. spent to rescue GM last year. The Obama administration will seek to recoup the rest through the sale of stock over the next couple of years.

Dennis Berman and Simon Constable discuss how GM's underwriters achieved a high opening price for GM's IPO, an effort that will help to return billions of dollars of taxpayer bailout money to the U.S. Treasury.

.The U.S. Treasury, which has kept close tabs GM's operations since bailing out the auto maker last year, will reduce its oversight role after initial public offering on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said.

GM will continue briefings with Obama administration officials but will operate with less involvement with the government now that the U.S. Treasury's key job of executing the IPO has ended.

For more than a year, GM executives, including its CEOs, have briefed administration officials on the company's operations about every other week. Those meetings will continue but take place less frequently after the government's stake is reduced in the IPO, people familiar with the matter said.

Treasury hasn't driven decisions on GM's operations or strategy since the company emerged from bankruptcy, people familiar with the situation say. The Obama administration was more hands on when GM was in the restructuring process, but has vowed to stay out of the company's affairs since it emerged from bankruptcy last summer.

The government's rescue of GM has been a burden for the company in the market place because many consumers dislike the bailout. Some continue to view the company as "government motors." Some investors, meantime, have shied away from owning a company they think could face interference from the government

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GM IPO Offers Banks a Step on the Road to Redemption Access thousands of business sources not available on the free web. Learn More Meantime, Chinese auto maker SAIC Motor Corp. is awaiting Chinese government approval for its plan to buy about $500 million in shares as part of the IPO. That would give the Chinese company close to a 1% stake in GM.

SAIC is GM's main partner in making vehicles in China, which is now the largest market for GM cars and trucks.

The issue of foreign investors buying GM shares in the company's IPO is a thorny one for the U.S. Treasury, which worried about the political reaction if non-U.S. investors were allowed to acquire a significant stake in GM.

Some on Wall Street are concerned that GM and its banks may be overreaching, and that may crimp how much the stock rises in its first day of trading Thursday. Ordinarily, underwriters don't mind if a new stock issue rises 25% or more on its first day of trading, because the potential for such gains encourages money managers to buy shares.

But in the GM IPO, the underwriters are dealing with an unusual client: the U.S. Treasury. The government seeks to maximize how much it raises from the sale as it attempts to be paid back for its bailout.

The underwriters are targeting a first-day price gain of 10% to 20%, people familiar with their thinking said. If GM shares rise more than 20%, taxpayers might view it as a Wall Street giveaway to select investors

17 Nov 2010, Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh headlines

--Desperate Democrats Cry Racism
Outrage over graffiti, Miss Daisy -- and Sgt. Schultz?
RE: Frustrated Left Can't Take Down Rush
Mediaite: Limbaugh Race-Bait du Jour

--A Revolt Over TSA Screenings
Claire McCaskill dismisses searches as "love pats."

--See, I Told You So: Taxpayers Left Holding the Bag on the GM Bailout
Why wasn't this obvious to everyone from the beginning?

--The Democrats in Utter Disarray
They're conflicted on more than just the Bush tax cuts.

--Liberals Thrive on Poverty
Democrats have been taxing the poor for decades.

--Liberals Freak Out Over Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars
The left is miserable, fit to be tied. You just gotta love it!

--Lisa Murkowksi, RINO Run Wild
It's not Senator Murkowski's fault that she's stupid.

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--Algore: It was an Exceptional Year
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Time to Leave Haiti to the Haitians

Let them fix their own problems

Haiti Protesters Blame U.N. for Cholera; Presidential Election at Risk?

By JESSICA DESVARIEUX AND TIM PADGETT / PORT-AU-PRINCE Jessica Desvarieux And Tim Padgett / Port-au-prince – 1 hr 2 mins ago
Epidemics bring out irrational fears anywhere - but especially in Haiti, where people feel especially vulnerable after the massive earthquake that ravaged their country in January. In just a few recent weeks, a cholera outbreak has produced almost 17,000 confirmed cases in Haiti and left more than 1,000 people dead. So it was expected that Haitians would eventually lash out at whomever they suspected of introducing and spreading the disease in Haiti, which despite its relative lack of safe drinking water hadn't seen cholera in half a century.

This week Haitian protesters are targeting the group they feel is most responsible: the U.N. security and stabilization mission known by its French acronym Minustah, whose 12,000 peacekeepers have been a ubiquitous presence in the country since 2004. On Monday, Nov. 15, demonstrators took to the streets in the northern port of Cap Haitien, Haiti's second largest city, burning tires, closing the airport and exchanging gunfire with U.N. soldiers at a Minustah base in nearby Quartier Morin. Six peacekeepers were injured, and one armed Haitian protester was shot dead. (Minustah officials insist that peacekeepers shot the protester in self-defense.) Late Monday, protesters continued threatening to set the base on fire. In the northern city of Pont Neuf, demonstrators did set fire to a police station. "It's chaos here," a Cap Haitien businessman told Reuters. (See how building a hospital in Haiti can be illegal.)

Because health officials, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), say the cholera bacteria now raging through Haiti match strains commonly found in South Asia, Haitian anger is focused mostly on Minustah peacekeepers from Nepal. Though the source of the outbreak has yet to be determined - most clues point to recent flooding of the central Artibonite River - rumors have spread for weeks that latrine discharges at a Nepalese peacekeeper camp are to blame, even though the U.N. says the soldiers there have tested negative for cholera, which is most often transmitted via infected feces in water. On Monday, protesters threw stones at Nepalese peacekeepers in the northern city of Hinche, shouting anti-U.N. slogans and demanding that the Nepalese leave. (See pictures from Haiti's cholera outbreak.)

With a presidential election set for Nov. 28, the U.N. sees more than just health concerns involved. Minustah spokesman Vincenzo Pugliese says the protests were not spontaneous because they all began at around 6 a.m. on Monday, suggesting to him a level of politically motivated coordination by Haitians who oppose the election. "This was a clear message to boycott the election," says Pugliese. "We ensure security, [so] if they weaken Minustah, the election will not happen." Whether or not that's true, demonstrators, including Haitian groups like the anti-U.N. journal Bri Kouri NouvÈl Gaye (The Sound of News in All Directions) say they're planning a mass march on the National Palace in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, Nov. 18, to demand the withdrawal of Minustah forces.

Cholera, which is easily treatable but can produce fatal dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea if not remedied promptly, is rarely transmitted by person-to-person contact. But that fear is palpable on the streets of overcrowded Port-au-Prince, where people now hesitate to shake hands and instead bump elbows to greet one other. In the squalid tent city of Champs de Mars, outside the collapsed Presidential Palace, police on Saturday found a man dead, presumably from cholera, in a portable toilet. And in vulnerable capital slums like CitÉ Soleil, the number of cases began growing exponentially last week, and medical NGOs like MÉdecins San FrontiÈres (MSF, a.k.a. Doctors Without Borders) are struggling to find beds. (See TIME's photo-essay "Haiti's History of Misery.")

Last Monday, MSF put up a makeshift tent clinic in the Sarthe neighborhood, near the airport, to absorb overflow from CitÉ Soleil's Choscal Hospital - where TIME saw patients being carried in like the walking wounded - but its capacity was only 60. "The cases we're receiving seem to be doubling every day," says Virginie Cauderlier, a Belgian MSF nurse who worked amid Zimbabwe's massive cholera epidemic last year. "This could turn into a big disaster like that."

As Cauderlier tended to an infected Haitian boy who had fallen out of his cot and was falling asleep on the floor in his own diarrhea, and as an emaciated man nearby vomited the water he'd just tried to drink, CitÉ Soleil mother Mirade Pierre, 23, watched her 18-month-old son Bouchon nap next to her, too weak to sit up. Both are infected, she said with IV tubes rising from her and her boy's wrists, and three neighbors have already died from cholera. "It's really hit us so hard," says Mirade, whose husband died in the earthquake. "To go through something like this now, we won't have enough strength to live tomorrow."

But while the clinic may have been a godsend for patients like Mirade and Bouchon, it's a threatening intrusion to Sarthe locals like Saidette RenÉ, 39, a mother of four who last week led a raucous protest march on the street outside. Two cholera cases have been confirmed in Sarthe, and RenÉ and her neighbors are certain it's because of the clinic. "We don't want these people here!" says RenÉ, wearing a surgical mask on her hat. "No one consulted us!" People around her loudly agree.

That crowd, however, was likely to grow angrier once it heard that Haitian health officials are building another clinic in Sarthe to house 260 more patients. Despite the protests, says an MSF spokesman, Haiti has no choice but to find areas away from crowded slums to accommodate the exploding toll of cholera victims. "It keeps expanding and expanding - at some point we won't be able to [keep up]," he says. "There's a real feeling of urgency."

Ugly Politicians Get Hit On In Washington

I thought this was an interesting quote from the guy from the Politico. Basically politicians are like small town kids coming to the big city for the first time, and they see the glitz and the glitter..and the prostitutes....and like college students away from parents for the first time, they're going to get drunk and they're going to have themselves a prostitute.

It's real funny - but unfortunately probably true. Although one hopes today's crop of polititians will have learned from the humiliating events of past politicians and not get caught with their pants down!
RUSH: Okay, the freshmen Republicans, the Tea Party people and the freshmen Republicans are soon to descend on Washington. In fact, they're already there going through orientation, some of them. This morning on MSNBC, The Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei appeared, and the host, Joe Scarborough, said, "Jim, what would be your one big, overarching piece of advice to new members of Congress?" Now, as you remember, I once spoke to the freshman class of 1994 during their orientation, and it was in late November of 1993. It was at Camden Yard. And I remember when I told 'em. I said, "The biggest thing you've gotta know is the media in this town does not want you here. The media in this town is not happy you won. The media in this town is not gonna want to take you to lunch, to figure out what you care about, how to advance your agenda. They're gonna figure out how they can ruin you. They're going to get to know you so they can figure out how they can do you harm. They don't like you here." That was my advice. Joe Scarborough today asked The Politico exec editor, Jim VandeHei, "What's your one big overarching piece of advice to new members of Congress?"

VANDEHEI: I've covered the Hill for about 16 years, and amazing the effect that this place has on especially men, men who come to Washington who are away from their families and the behavior that you see at night as a type of behavior you often saw from our friends in college. Especially unattractive members of Congress who have not had women show attention to them maybe since college, they come here, power is an aphrodisiac, suddenly they have women who are interested in them. It's a temptation that some just can't withstand.

RUSH: The executive editor of Politico, Jim VandeHei, is warning ugly Republicans: be on the lookout because women will still hit on you, doesn't matter if you're ugly or not. Men come to Washington, away from their families, the behavior you see at night, they act like it's Animal House, especially unattractive members of Congress, especially the ugly guys. They've not had women show attention to them maybe since college, but they come here, and power is an aphrodisiac. And suddenly they have women who are interested in them. It's a temptation that some just can't withstand. Now, can I ask you, when is the last time we ever heard any reference to any of this kind of activity going on in Washington, DC? Did they ever tell us about the Chris Dodd, Ted Kennedy waitress sandwiches? What is this? What about great looking conservative women, what happens to them when they show up? Are men gonna start paying attention to them when they're away from their families, what do they do? Does this mean that Politico is gonna be on the lookout, particularly for ugly Republican freshmen, and if you get hit on by women and if you make time with them, is Politico gonna rat you out? Especially you ugly Republicans? It's what he said.

Why Lisa Murckowski Needed to Go

She's a Democrat in Republican's clothing...
RUSH: Lisa Murkowski said that Sarah Palin does not have the intellectual curiosity to be president. Last night on the CBS Evening News with the perky Katie Couric, the question, "The message you're hearing loud and clear from voters is compromise? Is that right?"

MURKOWSKI: I will tell you, I am not one of those who wants Obama to fail. If he does well that means the country is doing well. We don't have time as a nation to spend all of what we do blocking. We have got to figure out how we get to a point where we can be sitting around a table and talking about these difficult problems and advancing some solutions.

RUSH: There you have it. Lisa Murkowski ran as a write-in candidate in Alaska with an absolute insane comment. Insane is not even the word. I would trade Lisa Murkowski to the Democrats for Heath Shuler in a moment, and we'd be gaining a couple IQ points. It's hard to believe, but we would be gaining a couple IQ points in that trade. I'd give the Democrats Lisa Murkowski today for Heath Shuler, and I don't even want a draft choice in the next draft, straight-up deal. What a ludicrous thing to say. "I will tell you, I am not one of those who wants Obama to fail. If he does well that means the country is doing well." Lisa, he is doing well. He is succeeding at what he wanted to do. He got his Obamacare. This is silly to keep reliving. We are surrounded by -- I don't know what this is, a lack of knowledge? Is this ignorance? Is it pipe dream Miss America type hopeful -- what is this? It certainly isn't intellectual curiosity. This isn't even intellectual. Lisa Murkowski, "We can't spend our time as a nation blocking"? We damn well better or there won't be a nation. What the hell was this election, Ms. Murkowski, if it wasn't blocking? Holy smokes.

More people "food insecure" in the United States

And as Rush points out in his monologue, it's the single parent households (as opposed to the DIVORCED parent households - to me a single parent is a woman who got pregnant (perhaps several times) after a one-night stand, whereas a divorced parent is a woman who actually was married before she had kids, and then got divorced for whatever reason. That distinction should continue to be made, as far as I'm concerned. Not that I'm against women having sex out of wedlock - just take precautions so you don't get pregnant! - unless of course you can actually afford to have a child on your own. 90% of single women can't afford to have the children they have, and most (but not all) go on welfare for the rest of their lives.
"Households headed by single parents were more likely to struggle with food insecurity than those with two parents at home." I wonder why that is. "Hunger-related issues were more prevalent among African-American and Hispanic households than white ones." Well, of course, food is racist. We know that. "Most of those classified as 'food insecure' reported getting benefits from the federal government's three main anti-hunger initiatives," which apparently are utter failures. If we have three main anti-hunger initiatives to deal with food insecurity, and there's still 45 million households or people not feeding their members because of food insecurity, you'd have to say that the three government programs are failures, much like the Obama administration. Do you realize, folks, if Obama had just listened to me, he would not be a failure? If he had just taken me up on my op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on my way to stimulate the economy, if he had just listened to me none of what we're going through now would we be going through.

Of course there are some single parents who took precautions but had defective birth control devices and so got pregnant anyway, and a percentage of single parents do climb the ladder to success.
RUSH: My whole point is the more the government does this stuff, the more the government takes over the role of a parent or parents then the less self-sufficiency, the less self-reliability that there is and there's no reason for parents to be parents. And the problem with this is it's dehumanizing, and this is an objective of the Democrat Party. This situation exists precisely because this is how the Democrat Party derives its power, creating this kind of dependency, creating this kind of dumbed-down irresponsibility. "The government will take care of it, the government will do this. I got my benefits coming. I know what I'm entitled to," this kind of thing. It really bums me out. If I see the wrong thing at the right time I'll hit a tipping point, it could ruin my whole day.

This stuff really, really bugs me, this whole notion of an entitlement society, the benefits here, because it is destroying people. You know, we conservatives love everybody, we love people. We want the best for everybody. And one of the reasons we're so opposed to big government is that government deprives people of their humanity and their dreams and their opportunities under the guise of taking care of them. It's one of the biggest swindles to come down the pike, liberalism, Democrat Party and all this. So I can understand you want to stand up for yourself as a single parent, you don't want to identify with the others. I'm frankly happy that you wanted to call here and differentiate yourself from that bunch. Keep it up. You're sadly, somewhat unique. But don't change. I'm glad you called.

16 Nov 2010, Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh headlines

--Our President Flees to Europe as "Food Insecurity" Hits Obamaville
If only he'd accepted our bipartisan stimulus proposal.
CNN: US Hunger at Highest Levels in 15 Years
Reuters: Europe is Next Test for Obama
WSJ Op-Ed 2009: My Bipartisan Stimulus

--What Will Airport Scans Reveal?
Many questions, and a caller's interesting answers.

--Lisa Murkowski is an Idiot
Trade her straight up to the Dems for Heath Shuler.
Murkowski: Obama Fails, Country Fails
CNN: Murkowski Attacks Palin
Ratings: Palin's Show Breaks TLC Record

--The Democrat Party in Turmoil
It's Democrats, not the GOP, at each other's throats.

--A Great Night for Michael Vick
Vick outshines McNabb with a scintillating performance.

--Lunatic Left Will Never Be Happy
Obama's base thinks he hasn't been liberal enough!

--What a Treat! General Powell Defines "Moderate Republican"
He opines on the Tea Party and the GOP.

--Reporter Warns Uglo-Republicans
Politico's VandeHei threatens freshman congressmen.

George Soros and Glen Beck

I see Glen Beck is in trouble with the Jewish leadership over his comments on George Soros. They are calling him an anti-Semite.

To me, this is just like calling someone a racist because they don't like Obama's policies. Or racist because you want illegal aliens to return home. Or anti-Swemite because you want Israel to stop building settlements in Jerusealeum.

Beck didn't say Soros was responsible for the Holocaust. And of course what can a 14-ear-old trying to save his life do in Germany when if you reveal yourself as a Jew you'll be hauled off to the death camps. But his experiences must have affected him as a human being....

What is interesting is that by getting Beck into trouble over this Holocaust remark, the news media are avoiding the larger issue of whether George Soros went around destabilizing small country's governments! That's the issue they should be focusing on!

Anyway, here's what AOL News had to say:
Beck Slammed for 'Horrific' Holocaust RemarksU

AOL News (Nov. 12) -- Jewish leaders have condemned Glenn Beck for comments he made on Fox News accusing billionaire philanthropist George Soros -- a Jew -- of being complicit with the Holocaust as a child in Nazi-occupied Hungary.

On three TV programs this past week, the conservative commentator has focused on Soros, a Hungarian-born financier and democracy advocate, calling him a "puppet master" who is "notorious for collapsing economies and regimes all around the world."

Soros' pro-democracy Open Society Institute played a role in the collapse of communist regimes in Hungary and Georgia, and has funded projects to support freedom of expression, democracy, public health and human rights around the world. He is famous for donating to liberal causes, including a 2004 push to derail President George W. Bush's re-election.

The Anti-Defamation League has described Glenn Beck's recent comments as "completely inappropriate, offensive and over the top."

When Soros was a child in Nazi-occupied Hungary, his father bribed an agriculture official to pretend the boy was his Christian godson, The Daily Beast reported. Under the ruse -- which may have saved Soros' life -- the 14-year-old had to accompany the official on an inspection of a confiscated Jewish estate.

On his Fox TV show Tuesday, Beck said the 14-year-old Soros "used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off."

"I am certainly not saying that George Soros enjoyed that, even had a choice. I mean, he's 14 years old. He was surviving. So I'm not making a judgment. That's between him and God," Beck continued, according to The New York Times. He added that "many people" would call Soros "an anti-Semite," but that he would not.

On a previous Oct. 10 radio show, Beck accused Soros of actively participating in the Holocaust. "George Soros was part of it. He would help confiscate the stuff. It was frightening. Here's a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps," Beck said, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The Anti-Defamation League, a leading Jewish advocacy group, issued a statement Thursday calling Beck's statements "horrific" and "offensive."

"Glenn Beck's description of George Soros' actions during the Holocaust is completely inappropriate, offensive and over the top. For a political commentator or entertainer to have the audacity to say -- inaccurately -- that there's a Jewish boy sending Jews to death camps, as part of a broader assault on Mr. Soros, that's horrific," the statement said, according to The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.

"To hold a young boy responsible for what was going on around him during the Holocaust as part of a larger effort to denigrate the man is repugnant," ADL national director Abraham Foxman, who is a Holocaust survivor himself, told the Times.

Fox News, which draws an estimated 2.8 million viewers to Beck's TV program, said it stood by the host's comments. "Information regarding Mr. Soros' experiences growing up were taken directly from his writings and from interviews given by him to the media, and no negative opinion was offered as to his actions as a child," Joel Cheatwood, a senior vice president at Fox News, said in a statement excerpted by TV Guide.

Beck, a Mormon convert, has frequently come under fire for controversial comments about the Holocaust and Jews.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Greenhouse Effect is not all bad

As you can see from the transcript below, Rush mixes up carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Also, he doesn't really understand the greenhouse effect. We need the greenhouse effect, it's what makes life on earth possible. I can't explain it properly, I'll need to find some writing by Isaac Asimov that explains it all. Anyway, I share about half of what he had to say about it. [And then I have to go watch the rest of the football game!
RUSH: AP story: "Invoking the spirit of 'Star Trek' in a scholarly article entitled 'To Boldly Go,' two scientists contend human travel to Mars could happen much more quickly and cheaply if the missions are made one-way. They argue that it would be little different from early settlers to North America, who left Europe with little expectation of return. 'The main point is to get Mars exploration moving,' said Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, who wrote the article in the latest 'Journal of Cosmology' with Paul Davies of Arizona State University. The colleagues state -- in one of 55 articles in the issue devoted to exploring Mars -- that humans must begin colonizing another planet as a hedge against a catastrophe on Earth."

Now we start thinking who to send, right? If it's one way? (laughing) It's one way, who do we send? At the top of the list, George Soros, 'cause they say later in the story we are gonna need a billionaire to fund this because the private sector is probably gonna have the best opportunity to fund it. So send Soros, send every environmentalist wacko. Get hold of Stephen Hawking and let him lead the way because he thinks that this has to happen. Now, get this: "Mars is a six-month flight away, possesses surface gravity, an atmosphere, abundant water, carbon dioxide and essential minerals." Now, wait just a second. Carbon monoxide, we thought that was the most dangerous substance on earth. Carbon monoxide trapped greenhouse gas is leading to the destruction of planet Earth. Now these guys are happy that there's carbon dioxide on Mars.

Rush Criticized For HIs Driving Nancy Pelosi Comment

I'll just share this real quick, as its interesting how the news media latch on to everything Rush says. I blogged about this the day it happened.
Last week I was minding my own business. It might have been the week before that, but within the last ten days, clearly, minding my own business I played an audio sound bite. Martin Frost, a former Democrat member of Congress, now a lobbyist and commentator, went on MSNBC to explain the controversy between Steny Hoyer, the rich white guy, and Jim Clyburn, the Democrat majority whip, both wanting the same leadership post after the election. The obvious contest here: rich white guy versus the black guy. And it was not smooth. The campaign had its rough spots out there and of course we've been told to believe that what happens in situations like this, Democrats just lay down, if the black guy wants the job he should get it because they've authored such legislation, affirmative action, it's only fair, they've been denied all these opportunities by rich white guys. But when the rich white guy's a Democrat somehow that all goes out the window.

So Martin Frost goes on and says why this is important. He said it's important because the leader gets a car and gets a driver. That's apparently a big deal to have a chauffeur. You don't have to drive yourself. You don't have to take the subway, the bus or a cab. It's a big perk. And if Clyburn didn't get the leadership job he wasn't gonna get the car, he wasn't gonna get the chauffeur. So I proposed a compromise. Let him drive Pelosi around. He could be in the front of a car rather than the back of the car, be driving the car, Driving Miss Nancy. Well, they flipped over this Driving Miss Nancy business. I was minding my own business listening to Martin Frost explain what this all was about. So I'll take a break. When we come back from the break we'll play the sound bites of MSNBC going batty last Friday over Driving Miss Nancy.


RUSH: Now, before playing you these sound bites, the end result here is that Pelosi has essentially made up a new job for James Clyburn. It's a position that didn't exist. 'Cause they weren't gonna deny Steny Hoyer this gig. There was no way Steny Hoyer was gonna be denied this, and they couldn't, when the controversy arose, then slight Clyburn. From their perspective he had done a good job as whip and he used to head the Congressional Black Caucus, so they had to create another leadership position with a new car and a new driver 'cause Steny Hoyer was not gonna lose this, and because of the inherent controversy Clyburn was not going to, either. So they just created a new position for Clyburn that he didn't have to win, was just appointed to. That's how it's all ended up. But how did it get there? Well, starting Friday night we have a montage of various, ahem, personalities at MSNBC weighing in on the dastardly villain Rush Limbaugh.

SCHULTZ: Rush Limbaugh ought to be fired for what he just said after labeling Democratic leadership a bunch of white racists.

MATTHEWS: Road kill. Rush Limbaugh has committed another hit-and-run.

RATIGAN: Rush Limbaugh accusing Democratic leaders of being racist.

RUSH: Well, I was just sitting here listening to what they were doing. See, at what take it. They call us racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes just for getting out of bed, and here they were trying to figure out how to ace out the black guy so that the white guy kept the leadership gig. Now, what's that? They're supposed to lay down and let the black guy have it. That's what they teach us, that's what they teach affirmative action is. So Sergeant Schultz is not happy about the way we presented this at

SCHULTZ: Rush Limbaugh is proving once again he's nothing but a flat-out racist. This time he's attacking the highest ranking African-American in Congress. Limbaugh felt the need to make the leadership contest between Congressman Steny Hoyer and Congressman Jim Clyburn, make it about race. Any fair-minded American knows that this is no slip of the tongue. Limbaugh posted this Driving Miss Nancy image of Clyburn and Pelosi on his website hours after he called the Democrats racist.

RUSH: (laughing) We did. We had a graphic up there. (laughing) Well, hey, we didn't create the movie. We didn't cast the movie Driving Miss Daisy, Driving Miss Nancy. The way this was all presented it was a race between a black guy and a white guy. I didn't make this up. And that's the way The Politico and everybody else was covering this. Sheila Jackson Lee was on Sergeant Schultz's show, Sergeant Schultz said, "Leave it to the right-wing talkers of America to have a competition between Jim Clyburn and Steny Hoyer enter into the arena of race. There's only one group of people that's done that and that's the conservative talkers of America. How do you feel about that?"

LEE: They're abusing the First Amendment. They are the crowd that calls fire in a crowded theater. It is shameful, absolutely shameful for the laxity and the misuse of words to compare or to equate Mr. Clyburn's stellar service to Driving Miss Daisy, to equate the first woman speakers to Driving Miss Daisy. It is insulting. Mr. Limbaugh is entertainment, but it's entertainment in which he will ultimately eat his own words.

RUSH: That's the first time, folks, I have been accused of misusing words. It was a misuse of words. Now, correct me if I'm wrong. Driving Miss Daisy, Miss Daisy, she was a fine old lady, right? There's nothing wrong with Miss Daisy. Nice little lady. I wonder what Sheila Jackson Lee thinks happened in that movie. At any rate, it didn't stop. Sergeant Schultz said, "I don't want to say, should there be a law against this? But where's the decency here in the misuse of words?"

LEE: As you well know, the Fairness Doctrine exists no more. It was interpreted that that was stifling the First Amendment. It might be worthy of a debate again because, without the Fairness Doctrine, of course, there is a wide latitude of the use of language that is provoking, provocative, and insulting.

RUSH: And leave it to the Democrats to decide what it is. Leave it to the Democrats to determine where the misuse of words takes place and who does the misusing of words. And then, still with Sergeant Schultz, they went out and dragged in the Reverend Sharpton. Sergeant Schultz: "I've come to the conclusion in this business that Limbaugh's so big, his company so jaded, he can say anything any time, any way, get away with it, he's too big. What are your thoughts on this, Rev?"

SHARPTON: For him to be the keynoter at all of these mainstream Republican events, when he's talking about somebody Driving Miss Nancy, clearly the race card inferring on Driving Miss Daisy, why do people in mainstream Republican America have him keynoting their events? People can say whatever they want, but not on the air, not on federally regulated airwaves, and not when those licenses are very difficult to get and should be upholding a standard that they mock the standard, they mock the licenses that this government gives rather than a privilege to express yourself to the American public.

RUSH: That's wandering in vain in search of a thought. They mocked the standard. They, not me. They. He said they mocked the standard. It's gone beyond me. Now it's not just me mocking the standard and misusing the words, it's "dey" mocking the standard. Who dat? Who dat dey say mocking the standard? Al Sharpton say dey mocking the standard. That's wandering in vain in search of a cogent thought. That's just the playbook wasn't handy, they had to ad-lib it. What mainstream Republican event have I keynoted recently? Well, which one is this? Anyway, that's not the point. Driving Miss Nancy just sent them into orbit! (laughing) Miss Daisy is an anti-racist. Miss Daisy's a fine woman! Miss Daisy realizes in several circumstances that her driver's race affects how others treat him. Her eyes are furthered opened to the social aspects of racial prejudice. She sees it and she's about the same age as Pelosi. I mean the comparison is apt. Now, Sergeant Schultz went out there and got hold of a Republican to talk about this named Ron Christie, and Sergeant Schultz said, "He gets away with it. Ron Christie, your thoughts?"

CHRISTIE: The segment actually referred to a segment not on a network that we don't know. It was on MSNBC where they were talking to former Congressman Martin Frost, and Frost said that the leadership battle that's going on in the House of Representatives right now frankly has been reduced to perks and whether or not Clyburn, if he is forced from his leadership position, will have to give up his driver, his security detail, and of course the car. And Limbaugh is --

SCHULTZ: He referred to her as Miss Nancy, Ron. Come on.

CHRISTIE: Hang on just a second.

SCHULTZ: And the back of the bus.

CHRISTIE: I will not let you guys try to denigrate him here. I am --

SCHULTZ: Nobody's denigrating you, and you're not calling the rules on this show.

CHRISTIE: I'm not calling the rules. I actually listened to the entire segment, Ed. I dare say you didn't listen to the whole thing --

SCHULTZ: How do you know I didn't?

CHRISTIE: -- I did.

RUSH: (laughing) So Ron Christie, Ed -- (laughing) -- "Ed, I don't think you listened to the whole show," and Schultz says, "How do you know I didn't?" Because of the way you're treating it. I should point out that Morgan Freeman, who drove Miss Daisy, won the NAACP image award for Driving Miss Daisy. Look what was in Clyburn's future. I mean, he, too, could have won an NAACP image award because Morgan Freeman won one for the character he portrayed in the movie Driving Miss Daisy. NAACP image award for outstanding actor in a motion picture went to -- dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut -- Morgan Freeman, Driving Miss Daisy. It could just as easily have been James Clyburn for Driving Miss Nancy. These people, folks, does this not illustrate the balsa wood on which their whole foundation is built? (laughing) You know, you live by the race card, you're gonna die by the race card. They just can't have it thrown back at them

15 Nov, 2010, Monday, Rush Limbaugh headlines

--Who Should We Send to Mars?
If liberals want a mission to Mars, let them go.

--Krugman Lets Cat Out of Bag: Palin Was Right on Death Panels
Telling admission from the ferret-like Paul Krugman.

--Reframe the Bush Tax Cut Debate
Either Obama will raise taxes, or they'll stay the same.

--Big Sis Defends TSA Junk Touch
Traveler rebels over groping at San Diego airport.

--The Offended Lose, Kid's Flag Flies
National outcry: His bicycle patriotism prevails.

--What Makes RFK Jr. an Expert?
Last name of Kennedy and a liberal-approved cause.

--Obama's Administration is Graffiti on the Walls of American History
All his policies are oriented toward harming America.

--Democrats Poison Our Politics
We've never been united. Liberals make sure of that.

--It's Not Time to Panic Yet, Folks
Stockpiling food to combat Soros-inspired inflation?

Stack of Stuff Quick Hits Page
» Charlie Rangel Walks Out of His Ethics Hearing
» Salon Begs the Messiah to "Make Us Believe Again"
» That was Not a Football Game at Ketchup Field
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» California Preserves In-State Tuition for Illegals
» Mitch McConnell Has Heard You on Earmarks

--MSNBC Pans Driving Miss Nancy
An entire cable network went bonkers on Friday night.

15 Nov 2010, Monday, The Stupidity of the Washington Redskins

I'm a bit late getting my blog entries for today in - I missed Rush's show and have to go read the transcripts from his website.

But I was trying to watch the Redskins/Philly game, and I wanted McNabb to do well, but he and the Redskins are being humiliated on national TV. And of course McNabb - a week after being benched - just signed a contract today with $40 million in guaranteed money. How stupoid is that on the part of the Redskins? Of course, it's their defense that is being shredded, but McNabb doens't look any good, either.

Just sad.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday senate bios: North Carolina - Richard Burr

From Wikipedia:
Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is the senior United States Senator from North Carolina. A Republican, Burr represented North Carolina's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for five terms, and was elected to represent North Carolina as a U.S. Senator in the 2004 election. He defeated the Democratic Party nominee, former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, in the open seat contest. With the 2008 election of Kay Hagan (D), Burr became North Carolina's senior senator. He easily defeated NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D) in 2010.

Burr was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, the son of Martha (née Gillum) and Rev. David Horace Burr, a minister. He graduated from Richard J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1974 and earned a B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1978. Burr was on the football team at both Reynolds High School and Wake Forest. Burr lettered for the Demon Deacons during the 1974 and 1975 seasons; however, the team went winless in ACC play during his tenure. He is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Prior to running for Congress, Burr worked for 17 years as a sales manager for Carswell Distributing Company, a distributor of lawn equipment. Burr is currently a board member of Brenner Children's Hospital, as well as of the group Idealliance - a group of local, academic, and government officials working to expand North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad Research Park.

In 1984, Burr married Brooke Fauth; the couple has two sons.

Burr's father claims he is a 12th cousin of Aaron Burr, the former Vice-President who killed Founding Father Alexander Hamilton in an 1804 duel. He is the first Burr in the Senate—and only the second person with his last name to win election to Congress (the first being the presumably unrelated Albert G. Burr)—since Aaron.

House career
In 1992, Burr ran against incumbent Democratic Representative Stephen L. Neal and lost. He ran again in 1994 after Neal chose not to seek re-election, and was elected to Congress during a landslide year for Republicans. He ran on a platform that advocated accountability for the federal government, lower health care costs, economic development, and strong school systems. Burr was elected to the legislature by increasingly large margins during his term in the House, especially because of growing Republican trends within his district.

Senate career
In July 2004, Burr won the Republican primary to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat John Edwards, who launched a presidential campaign. He faced Democratic party nominee Erskine Bowles and Libertarian Tom Bailey.

Burr won the election by five percentage points. His and Bowles' combined campaign expenditures totaled over $26 million, making it one of the most expensive Senate races in the country. Burr raised more money from political action committees, $2.8 million, than any other Senate candidate in 2004, primarily from the business community.

In 2007, Burr ran for the leadership post of Republican Conference chairman but lost to Sen. Lamar Alexander by a vote of 31 to 16.

Committee assignments
Committee on Armed Services
Subcommittee on Airland
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support (Ranking Member)
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Energy
Subcommittee on National Parks (Ranking Member)
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging (Ranking Member)
Committee on Veterans' Affairs (Ranking Member)
Select Committee on Intelligence
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

2008 banking crisis
In the fall of 2008, Burr described his response to problems in the U.S. financial system:

On Friday night, I called my wife and I said, "Brooke, I am not coming home this weekend. I will call you on Monday. Tonight, I want you to go to the ATM machine, and I want you to draw out everything it will let you take. And I want you to go tomorrow, and I want you to go Sunday." I was convinced on Friday night that if you put a plastic card in an ATM machine [sic] the last thing you were going to get was cash.

This statement attracted considerable attention from the national press when an April 2009 story in the News and Observer made it more widely known. In late April, Burr told WFAE, a public radio station in North Carolina, "Absolutely I'd do it [again]." He said that "The exact situation we were faced with was a freeze bank to bank. And as I stated, my attempt was to make sure my wife had enough cash at home to make it through the next week." Burr also said that "It was not an attempt to run a bank," and "Nor was it a bank that was even considered then or now to be in trouble."

In a campaign debate on June 26, 2010, Burr responded to a question asking if "the government should take a more active role or a lesser role in regulating large corporations" in light of "the Wall Street meltdown and now the BP oil spill". His response focused on the banking and credit crisis:

Whatever we craft to stop people from cheating, we're just not smart enough to stop cheaters. When Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson...brought us the bad news, he talked about something 90% of congress didn't know what it was, a credit default swap. And when he talked about the exposure he talked about it from a standpoint of hundreds of trillions of dollars and nobody knew where they were. We should have regulated that product...

Burr voted against the financial reform bill Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, which regulates credit default swaps and other derivatives (Senate vote 162 on May 20, 2010). In the June 26 debate he stated:

"I fear we're headed down a path that will be too overburdensome, too duplicative, it will raise the cost of credit....The balance that we've got to have is more focus on the products that we didn't regulate....more so than government playing a bigger role with a stronger hand".

Political positions
Gun rights, marriage and human-animal hybrids

Burr is pro-life, supports second amendment gun rights and the death penalty, and favors a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. He also co-sponsored a bill prohibiting the creation of human-animal hybrids.

Iraq War and Congressional pay raise
In May 2007, Burr was one of 14 Senators to vote against an Iraq War funding bill despite his strong support of the war, due to his opposition to the clauses of the bill that provided for an increase in domestic spending. In February 2009, he added an amendment to the proposed economic stimulus package that would end the automatic pay increases of Congress. Burr wrote on his Senate blog: "As the law is currently written, Congress has to hold a vote to disapprove an automatic pay raise. As you can guess, these votes don't happen too often."

Burr is a member of the Subcommittee on Energy, which has responsibility to oversee regulators of the petroleum industry, and he is one of the top US Senate recipients of campaign contributions from that industry in 2010. In a Senate campaign debate on June 26, 2010, he defended deepwater oil and gas drilling following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and suggested that oil companies are forced into risky deepwater drilling by excessive regulation:

Thirty percent of the oil we use in this country comes from the Gulf of Mexico....Why are they drilling in deepwater? Because we chased them off of the shore. We chased them off the land, we put them in shallow water, we chased them out of shallow water, now they're in deep water. It comes with a greater risk.

Burr's statement conflicts with official statistics maintained by the US Energy Information Administration: in 2009, oil extraction from US offshore wells in the Gulf of Mexico was 8.4% of oil consumed in the US; more than twice as much oil was extracted from US wells on land.

Burr has generally received low ratings from environmental-protection organizations. In 2007-2008, for example, he received a rating of 0% from Environment America, 12% from the League of Conservation Voters, and 29% from Republicans for Environmental Protection.

Burr was one of 21 senators who voted against the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Supporters of this measure did so to protect millions of acres of wild land, stating that its provisions enjoyed bipartisan backing in Congress and strong local support in the areas affected. Opponents said that it was laden with expensive earmarks, and noted that it precluded oil and gas production on large tracts of federal land, and said that it would harm rural economies.

The American Land Rights Association, a property-rights group generally opposed to the expansion of national parks and in favor of less restrictions on public lands, gave him a rating of 70 in 2007.

On June 26, 2007, Burr voted in favor of cloture for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. Two days later, he voted against cloture.

Burr opposes the regulation of the tobacco industry by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). During the 108th Congress, Burr proposed the National Uniformity for Food Act, which would have banned states from forcing manufacturers to include labels other than those that are required by the Food and Drug Administration on consumables and health and beauty products. The Consumers Union opposed the bill, since it would have lowered safety regulations that are more stringent in certain states. A similar bill passed the House, but it died in the more politically balanced Senate.

Biodefence and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development
Burr was the sponsor of Senate bill 1873, the Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005, nicknamed "Bioshield Two", which he says will give the Department of Health and Human Services "additional authority and resources to partner with the private sector to rapidly develop drugs and vaccines." Portions of Senate Bill 1873 were eventually included in Senate Bill 3678 (the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act), which was signed into law in December 2006.

Opposition to Health Care Overhaul
Senator Burr is a vocal opponent of President Obama's Healthcare Reform bill, claiming that the President's health care proposal ignores demands of the American people and will result in a Government takeover of your healthcare decisions, raise your taxes, and lead to rationed care. Critics note that he was ranked second for senators to receive contributions to their campaign committees and leadership PACs between January and September from health and accident insurers and ranked first for funding from pharmaceuticals companies. According to the server, Burr was the top recipient of money from the Big Pharma in 2009–2010. During that period, Burr has received $227,119.

Uranium Enrichment and MDS Nordian

As a representative, Burr co-sponsored, with Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) an amendment to the Energy Policy Act of 2003 relaxing restrictions on the exports of specific types of enriched uranium, first enacted in the Schumer Amendment to the Energy Policy Act of 1992. The original Schumer amendment placed increased controls on U.S. civilian exports of weapons grade highly-enriched uranium (HEU) to encourage foreign users to switch to reactor grade low-enriched uranium (LEU) for isotope production. HEU is attractive to terrorists because it can be used to create a simple nuclear weapon, while LEU cannot be used directly to make nuclear weapons.

The primary agent in the weakening of the Schumer amendment was a Canadian company MDS Nordian, which lobbied Burr to relax the previous restrictions on enrichment of HEU, due to the additional costs conversion to LEU would levy on their medical isotope production. In general, Burr received $66,500 in campaign contributions for his previous congressional campaign from the nuclear industry, “making him the 7th highest recipient from the industry among all 435 members of the House of Representatives”.

2010 Senate campaign
Burr has been listed as one of the Senate incumbents most likely to face a difficult re-election race in 2010. No incumbent has won re-election to North Carolina's Class 3 Senate seat since 1968. A poll in June 2009 found that only 29 percent of North Carolina voters supported Burr for another term, while 49 percent preferred that he be replaced. A May 2010 Public Policy Polling report showed Burr in a statistical dead heat with Elaine Marshall, with 43 percent compared with 42 percent for North Carolina's Secretary of State. Polling in June and early July was more favorable to Burr, who had a lead of 10.6 percent in the RCP average of polls.

Burr easily defeated North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D) on November 2nd, 2010 with 55% of the vote. He is the first Republican since Jesse Helms to be re-elected to the United States Senate from North Carolina and garnered the largest percentage of votes than any other Republican candidate for US Senate in North Carolina history. He also broke "the curse" that his seat held, being the first person re-elected since 1968.