Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A take on Tea Partiers from across the pond

I understand why Tea Partiers and even conservatives who drink decaf might think the debt ceiling deal isn’t very good, even allowing for the current strength of forces on the political chess board. But judging from the UK papers on offer this morning here at Heathrow airport, Obama has had his head handed to him. The Independent has a big photo of Obama on the front page, with the headline “Obama Humbled.” The cutline describes the debt ceiling deal as “widely seen as a major defeat for the U.S. President.” The full story on page 4 bears the headline “Obama Forced to Swallow Tea Party’s Demands.”

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/08/last-look-from-across-the-pond-was-this-obama%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cread-my-lips%E2%80%9D-moment.php
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Jimmy Obama?

COLLAPSE: “As President Obama’s approval drops to 40 percent and independents are fleeing him in droves, as the economy continues to stagger and comparisons to the failed presidency of Jimmy Carter are increasingly being made by Democrats, it’s worth recalling the almost cult-like reverence Obama inspired after his election.”

He says he is an Atheists, but the Media wants him to be a Christian.

Breivik
Why Does the Left Seem Determined to Call Anders Breivik a ‘Christian Terrorist’?

Our VP

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Joe Biden to Gabby Giffords: ‘We’re Both Members of the Cracked Head Club’
 
He has a way with words.

PC still rules in the Ivy League


Harvard Professor Fired for Attacking Terror?

By C.J. Ciaramella, Daily Caller

A Harvard Summer School economics instructor is under fire and facing calls for his termination after publishing an article calling for strong political action to combat Islamic terrorism in India.

On July 16, Harvard instructor Subramanian Swamy wrote an op-ed in the Indian newspaper Daily News and Analysis, “How to Wipe Out Islamic Terror,” in response to the July 13th Mumbai bombings that killed 23 people.

In the op-ed, Swamy wrote that Muslims in India “are being programmed by a slow reactive process to become radical and thus slide into suicide against Hindus.” The solution, Swamy wrote, is a unified Hindu political front.

...In the wake of the article, more than 200 people have signed a petition demanding the administration “repudiate Swamy’s remarks and terminate his association with the University.”

According to the Harvard Crimson, “Harvard has not explicitly said that it is investigating Swamy or that it has considered such an investigation.”


Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/01/harvard-instructor-under-fire-for-anti-terrorism-op-ed-attacking-muslims/#ixzz1Tv7hMtvn

GW dies under the weight of its lies


Global Warming Theory Faces Sudden Collapse

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By Matt Patterson, N.Y. Post

Every day it seems new evidence emerges that the “evidence” for global warming has been exaggerated, manufactured or just plain wrong.

Take the case of Charles Monnett of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. On July 18, Monnett -- a longtime poster boy for global-warming orthodoxy -- was put on leave pending an investigation into the “integrity” of his work.

The specifics of the investigation are as yet unclear, but the Associated Press reports on indications that the questioning "has centered on observations that Monnett and fellow researcher Jeffrey Gleason made in 2004 . . . of four dead polar bears floating in the water
 


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/warming_not_g34wzp6cJ2ux5FkoFdSlbJ#ixzz1Tv6wKnpN

Islam goes for GW as the theory dies


Islam Goes Green

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By Erin Meyer, Chicago Tribune

As Chicago-area Muslims begin the fast of Ramadan Monday, religious leaders are calling on the faithful to keep two causes in their prayers: the health of the planet and the people of Somalia who have been devastated by environmental crisis.

In partnership with aid organizations and a coalition of groups that provide support for African immigrants and refugees, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago hopes to raise awareness and charitable donations for drought-ridden Somalia during the obligatory fast.

"Everyone is aware and concerned about war and global warming, drought and water shortage," said Zaher Sahloul, chairman of the Islamic council. "But we need to change the behavior of our communities … and link it to the practice of fasting."


Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-muslim-ramadan-0801-20110801,0,2341915.story#ixzz1Tv6EYCcw

O helping the American Worker


EPA Regs to Close 10 Coal Plants in Michigan

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By Nolan Finley, Detriot News

An especially stormy summer gives us a taste of what life would be like if the electric umbilical cord attached to the side of our homes were to run dry.

Silent air conditioners and refrigerators full of spoiling food is the shared experience in countless neighborhoods hit by weather related power outages.

A generous generating reserve in the state kept the power interruptions fewer than they might have been. Despite an unrelenting heat wave, no blackouts occurred because of shortages in electricity supplies, says Steve Kurmas, president and chief operating officer of Detroit Edison, a DTE Energy subsidiary.
DTE has a production capacity that exceeds normal demand by 26 percent, and is more than twice the standard 12 percent reserve, Kurmas says. That's largely because the recession wiped out so many customers in this region. So when demand peaks, DTE can ramp up production to cover the load, even on hottest days.
That's the situation today. Four years from now, who knows?

Between now and then, DTE will have to shutter 10 coal-burning units,


Read more: http://detnews.com/article/20110731/OPINION03/107310303/EPA-raises-risk-of-blackouts#ixzz1Tv5i35DZ

Cable News numbers

CABLE NEWS RACE
MON., AUG 1

FOXNEWS O'REILLY 3,178,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,196,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 2,127,000
FOXNEWS SMITH 2,085,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,817,000
MNSBC O'DONNELL 1,138,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 1,026,000
CNN MORGAN 859,000
CNN COOPER 851,000
MSNBC MADDOW 832,000
MSNBC SHARPTON 699,000
CNNHN GRACE 663,000

Symbolic of much of his admin.



SHAME: DEBT HIKE SIGNED IN SECRET...
THREAT OF DOWNGRADE STILL LOOMS...

What a shocking development from America's most biased network

3 MSNBC hosts predict winner of presidential race

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AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

O's economy.


Fiscal Conservatives Barred from Supercommittee

The debt ceiling deal will pass the Senate early this afternoon. No suspense there. But the vote will be worth watching for another reason: Three Republican Senate sources tell TWS that senators who vote against the deal will be ineligible to serve on the so-called “supercommittee” for deficit reduction that the legislation creates.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/fiscal-conservatives-barred-supercommittee_581921.html

Vice President Gaffe Machine



Count Vice President Biden among those excited to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at the U.S. Capitol yesterday.

Biden, who got advance notice from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that Giffords would show up, said the Arizona Democrat called him "Joe" when she saw him.

"I said, 'Now we're both members of the Cracked Head Club,' " Biden is quoted as saying in The Boston Globe.



Senate approves debt-ceiling increase

...better than a "clean" debt ceiling bill, but still has the feel of putting a Band-Aid on a Great White bite.

Tom Brokaw on the Tea Party

Former news anchor Tom Brokaw on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday:


About the tea party, for example, they played by the rules of American politics. They got angry, they got organized, they got here and they got what they wanted, and they did it with discipline.

Whether or not, in the long haul, it's good for the larger universe is a very open question at this point. If you want to change Washington, that's what you have to do. You have to get organized around your passions and your interests
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The double dip has arrived

Douglas A. McIntyre:

Friday's news on GDP shows the double dip has arrived — an expansion of only 1.3 percent and consumer spending up 0.1 percent in the second quarter. Astonishingly low by any account. The debt ceiling trouble and lack of a longer term resolution to the deficit will make it worse.

The U.S. has entered a second recession. It may not be as bad as the first. Economists say that the Great Recession began in December 2007 and lasted until July 2009. That may be the way that the economy was seen through the eyes of experts, but many Americans do not believe that the 2008-2009 downturn ever ended. A Gallup poll released in April found that 29 percent of those queried thought the economy was in a “depression” and 26 percent said that the original recession had persisted into 2011.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43946055/ns/business-us_business/

Senator Rand Paul on the debt deal:

The deal that is pending before us now:

■Adds at least $7 trillion to our debt over the next 10 years. The deal purports to "cut" $2.1 trillion, but the "cut" is from a baseline that adds $10 trillion to the debt. This deal, even if all targets are met and the Super Committee wields its mandate - results in a BEST case scenario of still adding more than $7 trillion more in debt over the next 10 years. That is sickening.
■Never, ever balances.
■The Super Committee's mandate is to add $7 trillion in new debt. Let's be clear: $2.1 trillion in reductions off a nearly $10 trillion,10-year debt is still more than $7 trillion in debt. The Super Committee limits the constitutional check of the filibuster by expediting passage of bills with a simple majority. The Super Committee is not precluded from any issue, therefore the filibuster could be rendered most. In addition, the plan harms the possible passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment. Since the goal is never to balance, having the BBA as a "trigger" ensures that the committee will simply report its $1.2 trillion deficit reduction plan and never move to a BBA vote.
■It cuts too slowly. Even if you believe cutting $2.1 trillion out of $10 trillion is a good compromise, surely we can start cutting quickly, say $200 billion-$300 billion per year, right? Wrong. This plan so badly backloads the alleged savings that the cuts are simply meaningless. Why do we believe that the goal of $2.5 trillion over 10 years (that's an average of $250 billion per year) will EVER be met if the first two years cuts are $20 billion and $50 billion. There is simply no path in this bill even to the meager savings they are alleging will take place.

http://paul.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=280