Thursday, 27 May 2010

HOW OUT OF TOUCH IS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION?

Ken Berwitz

Here's your answer, short and sweet, from (of all places) the Los Angeles Times:

About that boycott of Arizona over its new illegal immigrant law? 82% of Americans say, Nah!

May 27, 2010 |  5:44 am

Despite President Obama's claim that he sees no congressional appetite to address immigration reform this midterm election year, there's more convincing evidence this week that Americans want it.

No White House administration wants to admit that it governs by polls. And this one hasn't. For more than a year now polls have shown the top concerns on American minds are....

...jobs and the economy. As a result, this Obama White House and the whopping Democratic congressional majorities lead by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi invested those many months in rancorous intra-party debate to obtain broad healthcare legislation.

But pollsters keep asking the other questions: 

Out Wednesday is a new CNN/Public Opinion poll indicating that even more Americans want:

-- The number of illegal immigrants decreased (76%, up from 73%).

-- Illegal immigrants removed from the country (41%, up from 37%).

-- To halt the influx of illegal immigrants and deport those here (60%).

-- To assign more federal agents to security on the Mexico border (88%).

-- To fine employers of illegal immigrants tens of thousands of dollars (71%).

As you may know, frustrated with federal inaction on border security, Arizona recently passed its own tough new law on illegal immigrants. Asked, "Do you favor or oppose this law?" 57% were in favor of it and 37% were opposed.

Now, how about boycotting Arizona over this new law? Nope -- 82%.

How out of touch is the Obama administration?  If the above data are accurate, the answer is hugely and then some.

The question then becomes whether it cares at all about what most people think?

If actions speak louder than words, the administration's actions are screaming NO at the top of their lungs.


A MODEST PROPOSAL TO CHARLES DJOU

Ken Berwitz

First the story, from thehill.com:

Tongue firmly in cheek, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Tuesday afternoon called on reporters to demand to see the birth certificate of new Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii).

As Djou (pictured here) was being sworn into office, Frank walked the hallway of the Speaker's Lobby off the House floor calling on the media to "do your job" and review Djou's papers. 

It was a small bit of payback for the enormous amount of attention some conservatives (and the media) paid to the is-the-president-really-from-America controversy.

But, unlike the commander-in-chief, as Frank knows, being born outside the U.S. does not preclude you from becoming a member of Congress.

Now my modest proposal:

-Rep. Djou should call a press conference and make sure to invite Barney Frank to it;

-At the press conference Mr. Djou should call Hawaii's Department of Health and order his original birth certificate - the long form that Barack Obama has spent millions hiding from us. 

-Then he should tell the press that how much it cost (all of $10), note how little time it took for him to order it, and inform them that he will be calling another press conference when it arrives, to show them what a real Hawaii birth certificate looks like, as opposed to the "Certification of Live Birth" that Obama and his media toadies have lied about by claiming it is the same thing. 

-Rep. Djou should also note that, if he so chose, the next time he was in Honolulu he could just walk into the Department of Health offices -- Room 103 (1st floor) of the Health Department building, 1250 Punchbowl Street (corner of Beretania and Punchbowl Streets -- between the hours of 7:45AM and 2:30PM Monday through Friday, pay the $10 and literally walk out with the birth certificate.  Just like Barack Obama could if he weren't so desperately trying to prevent us from seeing what is on it.

This would show Barney Frank up as the world class jackass he is.  And it would also demonstrate to everyone just how easy it is to get a real original birth certificate, thus just how suspicious they should be about the fact that Barack Obama has spent all that money to withhold his original birth certificate from us.

Wow.  What a poilitical daily double! 

Do it, Charles!


GERALD WALPIN: IGNORED BY MEDIA, BUT NOT FOR MUCH LONGER

Ken Berwitz

Last year I wrote a lot about Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General Barack Obama illegally fired while (because?) he was conducting a serious investigation into the illegal financial dealings of a big-time Obama supporter; Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Today, as the demands grow louder to find out what Mr. Obama's involvement was in the illegal job offer made to Joe Sestak as a perk to get him out of the senate primary against Arlen Specter, and the demands grow louder to find out whether he did the same with Colorado Democrat Andy Romanoff last September, we have an eminently deserved resurrection of Walpingate.

Here are excerpts from the Washington Times' editorial on what happened to Mr. Walpin:

Republican senators ought to place an open and immediate hold upon the nomination of Jon A. Hatfield as inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The legislative hold is necessary not to question Mr. Hatfield's fitness for the job, but to insist that the job itself should not yet be deemed open. The former inspector general (IG), the improperly dismissed Gerald Walpin, filed a motion in court May 20 to force a judge to stop ignoring his lawsuit for reinstatement. Until he receives his day in court, no replacement should be confirmed.

 

President Obama dismissed the widely respected Mr. Walpin on June 11, 2009, shortly after Mr. Walpin issued two reports highly embarrassing to political allies of the president. Despite a legal requirement that presidents provide 30 days' notice to remove any IG and provide an explanation for the dismissal, Mr. Obama originally did neither. When the White House belatedly offered some reasons, they were rife with errors, inconsistencies and a few outright falsehoods.

 

On July 17, Mr. Walpin filed a federal lawsuit demanding reinstatement. Since then, Judge Richard W. Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has sat on motion after motion, countermotion after countermotion, without lifting a finger to move the case along. In so doing, he has ignored specific time limits contained in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He also has played into the hands of the Obama administration, which has used every possible stalling tactic to keep the case buried and its merits unexamined.

 

Mr. Walpin's latest motion seeks a writ of mandamus, an order from a superior court to force a lower court to do its job. In this case, Mr. Walpin is trying to have the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issue an order for Judge Roberts to rule on all pending motions or else transfer the case to another judge who will actually do his job.

 

In an administration increasingly known for outlandish stonewalling of Congress and the press and for its Justice Department's refusal to investigate any purported administration wrongdoing, IGs are essential. Yes, it is important to fill the IG slot at CNCS. It is even more important to ensure, through Mr. Walpin's suit, that IGs throughout government have enough protections to know they can keep government honest without fear of retaliation.

I don't know what the biggest disgrace is here:  The Obama administration's absolute ignoring of the law or, with precious few exceptions (the Washington Times among them, obviously) our wonderful "neutral" media's absolute ignoring of the fact that the Obama administration is doing it.

Ethically, this administration is a sewer. 

Shame on the media venues that continue to facilitate its actions.

How dare they call themselves professional journalists?

bob or Dorothy Butler I live in sacramento,ca. Where kevin Johnson is mayor. He is a power grabbing man that does not seem to care who he hurts. I'm hoping walpin get re-instated and Johnson and Obama are connected to dirty deeds. (06/12/10)

Zeke .... Kindly do not call Judge Richard W. Roberts "play[ing] into the hands of the Obama administration" for not ruling on motions and letting the Walpin suit languish. ... ... I'm sure that is not accurate. ... ... Call da judge "venial, bribed, knuckling under pressure, self-seeking, spineless" and you'll be closer to the truth. (05/28/10)


PILAR RAHOLA SPEAKS ABOUT ISRAEL

Ken Berwitz

My cousin Shelly sent me this today. 

It is not the first time Ms. Rahola has spoken on this subject; not by a long shot.  You can see her commentaries at www.pilarrahola.com, and I strongly urge that you do.

But this particular statement is so worthwhile that I want it on my blog.  So here it is.

Pilar Rahola is a Spanish politician, journalist and activist and member of the far left. Her articles are published in  Spain and throughout some of the most important newspapers in  Latin America.  Here she addresses that pro-Palestinian demonstrations:

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Why don't we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in  LondonParisBarcelona

Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship? 

Why aren't there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live without any legal protection? 

Why aren't there demonstrations against the use of children as human bombs where there is conflict with Islam? 

Why has there been no leadership in support of the victims of Islamic dictatorship in Sudan ?

Why is there never any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed against Israel

Why is there no outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism? 

Why don't they defend  Israel 's right to exist? 

Why confuse support of the Palestinian cause with the defense of Palestinian terrorism? 

And finally, the million dollar question: Why is the left in Europe and around the world obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the United States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the planet? The two most solid democracies, who have suffered the bloodiest attacks of terrorism, and the left doesn't care. 


And then, to the concept of freedom. In every pro Palestinian European forum I hear the left yelling with fervor: "We want freedom for the people!" 

Not true. They are never concerned with freedom for the people of  Syria or  Yemen  or  Iran  or  Sudan , or other such nations.  And they are never preoccupied when Hammas destroys freedom for the Palestinians. They are only concerned with using the concept of Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Israeli freedom. The resulting consequence of these ideological pathologies is the manipulation of the press. 

The international press does major damage when reporting on the question of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they don't inform, they propagandize. 

When reporting about Israel, the majority of journalists forget the reporter code of ethics. And so, any Israeli act of self-defense becomes a massacre, and any confrontation, genocide. So many stupid things have been written about  Israel , that there aren't any accusations left to level against her. 

At the same time, this press never discusses Syrian and Iranian interference in propagating violence against  Israel ; the indoctrination of children and the corruption of the Palestinians. And when reporting about victims, every Palestinian casualty is reported as tragedy and every Israeli victim is camouflaged, hidden or reported about with disdain. 

And let me add on the topic of the Spanish left. Many are the examples that illustrate the anti-Americanism and anti-Israeli sentiments that define the Spanish left. For example, one of the leftist parties in  Spain has just expelled one of its members for creating a pro-Israel website. I quote from the expulsion document: "Our friends are the people of Iran, Libya and Venezuela, oppressed by imperialism, and not a Nazi state like  Israel ." 

In another example, the socialist mayor of Campozuelos changed Shoah Day, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, with Palestinian Nabka Day, which mourns the establishment of the State of Israel, thus showing contempt for the six million European Jews murdered in the Holocaust. 

Or in my native city of Barcelona, the city council decided to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel , by having a week of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Thus, they invited Leila Khaled, a noted terrorist from the 70's and current leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization so described by the European Union, which promotes the use of bombs against  Israel

This politically correct way of thinking has even polluted the speeches of president Zapatero. His foreign policy falls within the lunatic left, and on issues of the  Middle East, he is unequivocally pro Arab. I can assure you that in private, Zapatero places on  Israel  the blame for the conflict in the  Middle East , and the policies of foreign minister Moratinos reflect this. The fact that Zapatero chose to wear a kafiah in the midst of the  Lebanon  conflict is no coincidence; it's a symbol. 

Spain has suffered the worst terrorist attack in  Europe  and it is in the crosshairs of every Islamic terrorist organization. As I wrote before, they kill us with cell phones hooked to satellites connected to the Middle Ages. And yet the Spanish left is the most anti Israeli in the world. 

And then it says it is anti Israeli because of solidarity. This is the madness I want to denounce in this conference. 

Conclusion: 

I am not Jewish. Ideologically I am left and by profession a journalist. Why am I not anti Israeli like my colleagues? Because as a non-Jew I have the historical responsibility to fight against Jewish hatred and currently against the hatred for their historic homeland,  Israel . To fight against anti-Semitism is not the duty of the Jews, it is the duty of the non-Jews. 

As a journalist it is my duty to search for the truth beyond prejudice, lies and manipulations. The truth about Israel is not told. As a person from the left who loves progress, I am obligated to defend liberty, culture, civic education for children, coexistence and the laws that the Tablets of the Covenant made into universal principles. 

Principles that Islamic fundamentalism systematically destroys. That is to say, that as a non-Jew, journalist and lefty, I have a triple moral duty with Israel, because if Israel is destroyed, liberty, modernity and culture will be destroyed too. 

The struggle of Israel , even if the world doesn't want to accept it, is the struggle of the world.


"ACCEPTABLE" CHILD ABUSE: PC GONE WILD

Ken Berwitz

What happens if you bring up your child with religious beliefs, she incorporates those beliefs into what she tallks about with other students on her school bus - not preaching them, but in general conversation - and the bus driver then viciously and personally insults her in front of the other children, tries to get at least one other child to incriminate her as a racist (unsuccessfully, as it turns out) and....

Tell you what:  a video will explain the story far better than I can.  So CLICK HERE to see it:

Just one question:  Would the school have retained, and tried to protect, this bus driver if she had harangued a child for being, say, pro Obama and in favor of gay marriage? 

Just curious.......... 


DIGGING OUR ECONOMIC HOLE DEEPER

Ken Berwitz

"If you're digging yourself into a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging".

No truer words were ever spoken.

But the Obama administration, fresh from digging us a crushing $800 billion dollar "stimulus package" hole that resulted in unemployment rising by 25% (from 8% to 10%), is now thinking about another $200 billion "stimulus package" to add to it. 

Excerpted from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's piece in today's London Daily Telegraph.  The bold print is mine:

US money supply plunges at 1930s pace as Obama eyes fresh stimulus

 

The M3 money supply in the United States is contracting at an accelerating rate that now matches the average decline seen from 1929 to 1933, despite near zero interest rates and the biggest fiscal blitz in history.

 

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Published: 9:40PM BST 26 May 2010

 

The M3 figures - which include broad range of bank accounts and are tracked by British and European monetarists for warning signals about the direction of the US economy a year or so in advance - began shrinking last summer. The pace has since quickened.

 

The stock of money fell from $14.2 trillion to $13.9 trillion in the three months to April, amounting to an annual rate of contraction of 9.6pc. The assets of insitutional money market funds fell at a 37pc rate, the sharpest drop ever.

 

"Its frightening," said Professor Tim Congdon from International Monetary Research. "The plunge in M3 has no precedent since the Great Depression. The dominant reason for this is that regulators across the world are pressing banks to raise capital asset ratios and to shrink their risk assets. This is why the US is not recovering properly," he said.

 

The US authorities have an entirely different explanation for the failure of stimulus measures to gain full traction. They are opting instead for yet further doses of Keynesian spending, despite warnings from the IMF that the gross public debt of the US will reach 97pc of GDP next year and 110pc by 2015.

 

Larry Summers, President Barack Obamas top economic adviser, has asked Congress to "grit its teeth" and approve a fresh fiscal boost of $200bn to keep growth on track. "We are nearly 8m jobs short of normal employment. For millions of Americans the economic emergency grinds on," he said.

There you go. Barack Obama and his Democratic congress passed the initial "stimulus package", which put us, our children, our grandchildren, etc. almost a trillion dollars in the hole.  The premise of doing so was that it would cap unemployment at 8%. 

 

Instead, unemployment jumped to 10%. 

 

So instead of doing something else, they are now considering another $200 billion to pour down that same hole.

And as long as Democrats own and operate congress by the margins they do, there is little reason to believe it won't happen.

Dig that hole deeper guys.  Make sure there is plenty of room for all the money being poured into it.  What the hell, you can always blame it on George Bush, can't you?

The 2010 elections cannot come fast enough.

And that goes double for 2012.

Zeke .... ..... Keynesian economics opines that Gub'mint investment in the economy will result in growth. ... ... ... $800 Billion is quite an 'investment'. ... .... ... However, John Maynard Keynes had NOTHING to say about GIVING 800 really big ones to friends, supporters, sycophants and lackeys. .... ... .... Did any of this Stimulation Package go to build factories, infrastructure, agriculture ? ... Not much .... ..... ..... .... .... It was a payoff, pure and simple... .... and now they want MORE ? ? ? ... .... No, Sir .... you have already bankrupted future generations sufficiently for no gain in the present. (05/27/10)


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