Sunday, October 30, 2011

Finally: A Democrat Who Supports Voter ID


What's more bogus in contemporary politics--made-up stories about Tea Party transgressions or the delusional reasons that the Democrats and the ACLU types use to justify their opposition to reasonable requirements for showing a photo ID before voting?

Former Congressman Artur Davis, a Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for Alabama governor, no longer buys into the left-wing mythology (which is just a smokescreen for voter fraud) about the latter according to this opinion piece in a Montgomery newspaper:
I've changed my mind on voter ID laws -- I think Alabama did the right thing in passing one -- and I wish I had gotten it right when I was in political office.

When I was a congressman, I took the path of least resistance on this subject for an African American politician. Without any evidence to back it up, I lapsed into the rhetoric of various partisans and activists who contend that requiring photo identification to vote is a suppression tactic aimed at thwarting black voter participation.

The truth is that the most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African American community, at least in Alabama, is the wholesale manufacture of ballots, at the polls and absentee, in parts of the Black Belt.

Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights -- that's suppression by any light. If you doubt it exists, I don't; I've heard the peddlers of these ballots brag about it, I've been asked to provide the funds for it, and I am confident it has changed at least a few close local election results.
To his further credit, Davis apparently was the only black Democrat to vote against Obamacare.

Occupy Wall Street Goes to School

Do you think that the Occupy Wall Street (and other cities) protesters have the awareness that Barack Obama received more contributions from Wall Street fat-cats and crony capitalists than any other candidate in history?

In any event, in this video financial guru and former U.S. Senate candidate from Connecticut Peter Schiff provides the protesters with some most-needed continuing economic education (suggestion for Mr. Schiff: lose the jacket and tie; business casual is a better look).



In this video, a man with personal experience of living under socialism schools another protester:



Obama advisor Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Scott Brown's likely opponent for the Senate seat in Massachusetts, claimed that she provided the intellectual foundation for the OWS movement. In today's Boston Herald, Howie Carr asks, "What intellectual foundation? Riots, rapes, robberies, sexual assaults, naked vagrants armed with knives, ugly anti-Semitism, death threats to the Boston cops ..."

Back in October 2008, CBS News aired this report on Obama's corporate fundraising haul (but left unmentioned allegations of online credit-card fraud and illegal foreign contributions).



The Washington Post, which usually worships all things Obama, brings the corporate campaign cash story up to date here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

January Jones' Baby Daddy is....


Could Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore's presumed estranged husband, be headed to family court sometime soon for a paternity test? There is some speculation on the Internet that the actor (who took over for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men) might have to cough up some child support--unless he is being punk'd, that is.

January Jones (Betty Draper on Mad Men) gave birth to a baby boy in September but left the name of the father off the birth certificate. According to Findlaw.com, the dad may or may not be Kutcher.
BlindGossip.com ran a story on October 17 that speculated about a "married actor" who had a "one-night stand with one of his exes." It went on to specify that the actress is on an "acclaimed television show."

The story went on, explaining that the married actor's wife found out about the baby, and both husband and wife tried every tactic including "money, lawyers, threats to ruin her career" to get the ex to terminate her pregnancy. Then an online gossip blogger posted another item that succinctly read: "all signs point to January Jones."
Must be something about TV shows with "Men" in the title.

[image by watchwithkristin]

Juror Names in Casey Anthony Murder Trial Released


Juror identities in high-profile cases are sometimes kept private out of concerns for death threats and other forms of intimidation or privacy violations. After waiting about 90 days for things to cool down, Judge Belvin Perry unsealed the names of the Casey Anthony jury yesterday. As the Tampa-area media reported, "The public outrage over the not guilty verdict sent some into a panic, many became prisoners in their own homes."

Since at least theoretically the judicial system should be about protecting people, why not keep the juror names under wraps permanently? And what business is it of the media (particularly the St. Petersburg Times newspaper which petitioned to have the names released) to force the jurors into the public domain? Judge Perry himself earlier stated that Florida's public record laws might be too broad in this regard.

In related news, another Florida judge will be deciding by the end of the month if Anthony's October 8 deposition in the pending civil defamation case can be released to the public in either transcript and/or video form. Anthony apparently wore some sort of disguise during the proceedings.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Goodbye Mr. Chips

Besides fried chicken, Doritos corn chips (especially the Cool Ranch variety) are a huge guilty pleasure. Arch West, the man credited with inventing the snack, recently passed away. CBS aired this tribute:


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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Defunct ROSAT Satellite Falling to Earth


The ROSAT satellite, which carried a German-built imaging X-ray telescope, is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere sometime tonight or tomorrow. Experts say the 2.4 ton satellite will break up into pieces as it comes down.

You can track the defunct satellite's progress in real time at n2yo.com.

FBI Scrubbing Counter-Terrorism Training Manuals

Former ambassador John Bolton suggests that this politically correct editing job could amount to another kind of "man-caused disaster." Agree or disagree?


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dude, Where's My Teleprompter? (Part 2)

TOTUS has gone missing:



DUI Sting--the Real Housewives of Contra Costa County?

Cruisin' for a brusin': With the help of a private detective and "attractive, flirtatious" women, California lawyers apparently were setting up hapless husbands/ex-husbands for a drunk driving charge to gain leverage in divorce court.
[The whistleblower] told authorities [private detective Christopher] Butler arranged for men to be arrested for drunk driving at the behest of their ex-wives and their divorce lawyers — and that entrapment was only one of many alleged misdeeds.
Federal charges are pending. Read the whole sordid story from the LA Times here.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

More Anti-Semitism Among Occupy Wall Street Cohorts





Florida Governor: Let's Stop Funding Liberal Arts Degrees

Readers of the compelling Inside the Law School Scam blog know that going in hock up to your eyeballs to become a jobless Juris Doctor may be a waste of time in today's dismal economy. But let's face it; there are lots of worthless or semi-worthless degrees issued at the undergraduate level, too, that provide minimal marketable skills.

With that in mind, Florida Governor Rick Scott wants to overhaul public funding priorities in his 2012 legislative agenda:
Leading Scott’s list of changes: Shifting funding to degrees that have the best job prospects, weeding out unproductive professors and rethinking the system that offers faculty job security...

Scott said Monday that he hopes to shift more funding to science, technology, engineering and math departments, the so-called “STEM” disciplines. The big losers: Programs like psychology and anthropology and potentially schools like New College in Sarasota that emphasize a liberal arts curriculum.

“If I’m going to take money from a citizen to put into education then I’m going to take that money to create jobs,” Scott said. “So I want that money to go to degrees where people can get jobs in this state.”
There has been a lot of knee-jerk opposition to Scott's proposal, but the state legislature seems receptive.

Even if you enjoyed your liberal arts education, doesn't Scott's approach when it comes to taxpayer funding make sense given the condition of the economy? In retrospect, and of course knowing what we know now, would you--if you are a liberal arts graduate--have changed majors to math, science, or business? Haven't the Occupy Wall Street protesters found themselves stuck with dead-end liberal arts degrees?

Added: Washington Times columnist Dr. Milton Wolf (President Obama's cousin) expounds on this issue:
Enter the disillusioned “Occupy Wall Street” protesters... If there’s one thing these overcredentialed but undereducated people excel at, it’s taking up space. They occupy university campuses for years without learning skills that can actually contribute to our society’s economy....Another demand: Forgive all student loan debt. Imagine this thought process: A hapless student goes $75,000 into debt pursuing a worthless degree in community organizing appreciation and then blames not the university that swindled him out of his money but instead, the bank that gave him a loan.

Fast-Food Restaurants Becoming America's War Zones?


Having it your way--Maybe. Thinking outside the bun--perhaps.

Lovin' it? Not so much...

More and more, smartphone cameras and surveillance videos show irate customers freaking out at fast-food stores in the U.S. (and elsewhere). Even more disturbingly, the violence often involves females.

Perhaps this trend provides a new or alternative definition for "fast and furious"?

Usually the staff is on the receiving end. But here, a McDonald's cashier in NYC gives a beatdown to two women who allegedly assaulted him. Criminals charges are pending against all three.



Fail: Long-Term Obamacare

CLASS dismissed.

When analysts who weren't blinded by ideology warned that the long-term care provision of Obamacare--which is called the Community Living Assistance Services (CLASS) Act--was fiscally unsustainable, they were just steamrolled in the mad rush to get the dreadful bill passed. A Democrat senator even called it a Bernie Madoff-style "Ponzi scheme" (terminology that later got Rick Perry in hot water in connection with Social Security), yet voted for it anyway.

But it turns out the the administration is abandoning the program:
The Obama administration cut a major planned benefit from the 2010 health-care law on Friday, announcing that a program to offer Americans insurance for long-term care was simply unworkable.

Although the program had been dogged from the start by doubts about its feasibility, its elimination marks the first time the administration has backed away from a key piece of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
Byron York of the Washington Examiner explains:
Democrats structured the program to collect premiums for years before beginning to pay out benefits -- thus, it appeared to reduce the deficit when it would in fact greatly increase the deficit once it began making payments. As a voluntary program, it would become acutely unworkable if, as expected, only those in need of long term care signed up for it.
At National Review Online, Yuval Levin points out that "the the administration’s own [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] actuary said it would never work."

Levin adds that this is just one provision of the overall law that must be replaced by market-based insurance reforms:
This confirmation that Obamacare cannot in fact defy the laws of mathematics and accounting should serve as a warning regarding the implementation of the broader law, most of which would begin in 2014 if it is not repealed by then. The other major provisions of the statute are also grossly ill-designed. If it is permitted to take effect in full, the law will cause premiums to rise rapidly in the individual market and create major dislocation in the employer market, driving people into vastly overregulated exchanges that would push premiums higher still, and then initiate a program of subsidies whose only real answer to the mounting costs of coverage will be to pay them with public dollars and so inflate them further. It aims to spend a trillion dollars on subsidies to large insurance companies and the expansion of an unreformed Medicaid system, to micromanage the insurance industry in ways likely to make it even less efficient, to cut Medicare benefits without using the money to shore up the program or reduce the deficit, and to raise taxes on employment, investment, and medical research. CBO does not expect it to make a real dent in the inflation of health-care costs or to avert the fiscal implosion of Medicare. Instead, it will double down on price controls and centralized administration and make a real reform of our system much more difficult.
Again, can anyone explain why any rational lawmaker operating in good faith could have voted for this bureaucratic monstrosity?

HotAir.com elaborates that the Democrats knew all along that the CLASS Act was a financial disaster but "no one on the Democratic side was willing to halt it before the bill passed because their fiction about 'bending the cost curve' was too precious to ObamaCare salesmanship."

ATF Allowed Grenade Trafficking to Drug Cartels

The Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, orchestrated by the Obama administration agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Justice Department, also involved grenades:



Friday, October 14, 2011

Did President Obama Throw His Attorney General Under the Bus?

That tiresome cliche "throwing [some specific person] under the bus" has spread like a virus. According to Wikipedia, it emerged in sports journalism in 2004 and became even more prevalent during media coverage of the 2008 presidential election cycle. The site also indicates that the expression's origins could date back to the late 1980s or early 1990s.

This CNN snippet seems to suggest that the presidential timeline doesn't match that of Attorney General Eric Holder in regard to the Fast and Furious scandal.



In the following clip, DOJ whistleblower J. Christian Adams discusses the corruption in Holder's radicalized Justice Department concerning Fast and Furious along with its unwillingness to prosecute voter intimidation and vote fraud.



[h/t Breitbart.tv]

Workplace Privacy Protection Recommendations

Privacy non-supporter Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn notwithstanding, most if not all digital demographic groups want to protect their personal information. Unlike our personal belongings at home, however, the courts in general have ruled that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in employer-provided computer equipment and whatnot. With that in mind, this video offers some tips for workplace electronic privacy.



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Underwear Bomber Changes Plea to Guilty

In a surprise move, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the accused underwear bomber who tried to take out a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day 2009, switched to a guilty plea on all counts today in Detroit federal court. He is representing himself (i.e., pro se) in the trial.



Timing of Iran Terror Plot Announcement

Is it a coincidence that the Justice Department released the info about the alleged Iranian plot against the Saudi ambassador right around the time that AG Holder was about to be subpoenaed by Congressman Darrell Issa and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the Fast and Furious investigation? Is it possible that the administration held this indictment for political purposes or are we being too cynical?







Strange New Respect for the Tea Party

Politicians flip flop all the time, and the media seems to be following suit. After initially dismissing the movement and then trying to smear the Tea Party with fake allegations, have you noticed how the media echo chamber is trying to validate the Occupy Wall Street by making comparisons to the Tea Party? Any parallel is particularly inappropriate in that the Tea Party wants less government handouts while OWS demands more.

The Daily Caller noticed another aspect to the coverage:
Mark Meckler, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, struck a similar note, saying that when the tea party protests first began, “we were ignored, mocked, and then attacked by the media” and “called ‘Astroturf,’ ‘fringe,’ ‘racists’ and ‘Nazis.’”

“Yet today, the leftist media seemingly cheers for a group of lawbreaking miscreants who have openly committed a variety of illegal acts,” Meckler said.

Boston Red Sox Like Fried Chicken and Beer


Like a lot of people, we have to admit that fried chicken is one of our guilty pleasures. That doesn't justify professional athletes in the midst of trying to qualify for the playoffs eating fast-food fried chicken, playing video games, and swilling beer during games as the Red Sox starting pitchers apparently did during the team's September collapse. This revealing Boston Globe article also among other things identifies some serious personal problems that may have distracted former manager Terry Francona from coming to grips with disarray in his clubhouse.
The story of Boston’s lost September unfolds in part as an indictment of the three prized starters. But the epic flop of 2011 had many faces: a lame-duck manager, coping with personal issues, whose team partly tuned him out; stars who failed to lead; players who turned lackluster and self-interested; a general manager responsible for fruitless roster decisions; owners who approved unrewarding free agent spending and missed some warning signs that their $161 million club was deteriorating.
Here is CGI studio Next Media Animation's take on the Red Sox September downfall:

Speaking of takeout (or "takeaway," as they call it in Britain) food and related issues, the woman in this U.K. video apparently freaked out over customer service (which can be spotty) in a KFC restaurant because she was denied extra butter.



Monday, October 10, 2011

Congress Likely to Subpoena AG Holder Over Fast and Furious

How long before Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General (whose politicized Justice Department refuses to prosecute voter intimidation and voter fraud), decides to spend more time with his family?





In the meantime, the LA Times reports that "High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF's Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars."

Got Raw Milk? Los Angeles Fights Dairy "Crime Wave"

The state of California is nearly bankrupt. Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States, is dealing with a huge violent crime wave. So where are the prosecutors directing their limited resources? A raw milk private membership club known as Rawesome Foods.

About one thousand pages of documents turned to over to Rawesome's lawyers as part of the legal discovery process indicates, according to NaturalNews.com's Mike Adams, that...
The depth of this evidence reveals that LA County has spent millions of dollars conducting the most aggressive, vindictive and downright abusive surveillance campaign against a food distribution club that has ever been recorded in human history.

The level of resources that has been directed against Rawesome vastly exceeds the resources typically used against murderers, rapists or organized crime mob bosses. Under the excuse of protecting the public from "fresh milk," LA County has spent millions of dollars and countless thousands of hours conducting the kind of surveillance that would sensibly only be reserved for hard-core violent criminals such as serial killers.
According to Adams, the real culprit is prosecutor Kelly Sakir who he describes as a "rabid environmentalist" and a MoveOn.org supporter who threw Rawesome's owner James Stewart in jail:
What's clear from this is that Kelly Sakir is out for blood and is on some sort of bizarre punitive rampage against James Stewart in particular and health freedom in general. And she's using taxpayer resources in LA County to bankroll her personal vendetta against fresh milk and anyone involved in distributing it.
Read Adams' entire article here. More information on the case here.

Surprise: Sarah Palin was Correct about Obamacare Death Panels

Conventional, western medicine tends to rely too much on expensive surgery and pharmaceutical drugs. With that said, in a free society no government bureaucrat should ever interfere with the relationship between doctor and patient, which is the likely outcome of government-run healthcare. Private insurance companies are hard enough to deal with, aren't they?

With that in mind, remember how Sarah Palin was ridiculed for raising the possibility of “death panels” in connection with Obamacare despite that fact that rationing is the likely outcome of socialized medicine.

But as the mainstream media has reported last week, the former Alaska governor has essentially been vindicated:
The National Academy of Sciences said Thursday that the federal government should explicitly consider cost as a factor in deciding what health benefits must be provided by insurance plans under President Obama’s health care overhaul, and it said the cost of any new benefits should be “offset by savings” elsewhere in the health care system.

Moreover, it said, in defining “essential health benefits,” the government should try to guarantee that the average premium would not exceed benchmarks that would be set by the secretary of health and human services. [New York Times]
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An advisory panel of experts on Thursday recommended that the Obama administration emphasize affordability over breadth of coverage when it comes to implementing a key insurance provision of the 2010 health-care law.

Obama officials charged with stipulating what “essential benefits” many health plans will have to cover should make it a priority to keep premiums reasonable, even if that means allowing plans to be less comprehensive, counseled the committee of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM). [Washington Post]
Socialized medicine is in effect in the U.K. in the form of the failing, near-bankrupt National Health Service. Readers of the British press know that the equivalent of death panels have already been implemented there. This is what we have to look forward to if the Supreme Court and/or Congress allows Obamacare to fully become implemented.

Added: British physician Lesley Kirkpatrick describes in the Daily Mail the lengths to which she had to fight through the NHS bureaucracy to obtain treatment options after she herself was diagnosed with cancer.
I’d worked in the NHS all my life — and yes, I felt guilty. But being a patient made me see things differently. I felt alone, uncared for, and forced to make things happen myself....

I should be dead, but here I am still running 40 miles a week. and it’s all because I fought every step of the way. But I’m struck by the thought — what happens to patients who don’t have my medical training and determination?

NHS rationing is hurting the patients who need it, and the wrong areas are being cut. We have management and ethnicity surveys, while patients are denied proper scanning and fast responses.
And according to the London Telegraph, "The number of patients who waited longer than the recommended 18 weeks for NHS hospital treatment has risen by almost 50 per cent over the past year."

LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman Plays the Age Card

About 13 minutes into this (otherwise boring) video from last year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman makes the incredibly dismissive and simplistic claim that Internet privacy concerns are merely "old people issues."

And apart from his disagreeable attitude about personal privacy, is Hoffman aware that age discrimination in employment is illegal?



TheLadders.com CEO Marc Cenedella, who flagged this video on his blog, sums it up:
...privacy issues aren't old people issues, they're normal people issues.

So I suppose I find it offensive that a billionaire founder, speaking at Davos — the world's most discriminative "old boys' network" event, held each year in the Swiss Alps — ridicules your concerns in such a condescending way.
Cendella also says that contrary to Hoffman's assertions, most Internet executives take individual privacy protections very seriously.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Bigot Picket at Occupy Wall Street

There are reports emerging that some of the clueless Occupy Wall Street protesters (and at similar events in other cities) are actually rent-a-mobs paid by billionaire George Soros and/or organized labor. In any event, imagine the national headlines if any Tea Party person was caught on film engaged in this kind of loathsome anti-Semitic behavior.





Most people across the ideological spectrum oppose Wall Street bailouts. What these hippies and wannabe-hippies don't get is that socialism provides no solution to our economic woes.

In today's Boston Herald, Howie Carr draws the distinction between this group and the Tea Party:
The Tea Party and Occupy Boston do have one thing in common — money.

The people in the Tea Party want to keep theirs and the panhandlers camping out on the Greenway want to steal it from them.

Maybe you’ve seen the rabble as you’ve driven by. They claim to be interested in “Corporate Greed,” but they’d settle for some corporate weed.

The fact that the national Democrats are trying to throw in with these layabouts tells you all you need to know about both groups....

The Tea Party wants a balanced budget, and the media say they’re the extremists. These leeching losers in Dewey Square need 90 days observation at Bridgewater, and they’re the proud face of democracy.

They say they’ve been devastated by the recession, yet approximately 100 percent of them still worship Barack Obama, the architect of the fiasco.

Occupy Boston? They ought to go back to occupying their mothers’ basements
Moreover Tea Party people are respectful and never trash the venues where they assemble, either.

Gloria Allred Has Her Own TV Show—Why?

One of the flat screens in the healthclub cardio area was tuned to a new judge show called We the People with none other than grandstanding ambulance chaser Gloria Allred wearing the robes. Is there anyone—at least someone who sadly appears on TV regularly—who has done more to undermine the rule of law than Allred?

Fortunately the sound was turned down.

In a quick search on the Internet, it turns out that the show presents fake cases--entirely appropriate given Allred’s creepy, self-promoting legal track record. Prediction: the show won’t last beyond one season, if that. So take the under on the over-under.

As an aside, has the illegal alien that Allred and organized labor pushed into the spotlight to sabotage Meg Whitman’s campaign for California governor been deported yet?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Top Chef: Death Row?


On September 21, a condemned man on Texas death row requested the equivalent of an all-you-can-eat buffet for his last meal, but didn't even take one bite prior to his execution. This gave state prison authorities and lawmakers heartburn, and they abolished the traditional practice. A former prison chef has since volunteered to cook the last meals on his own--rather than the taxpayer's--dime, but apparently authorities have declined the offer.

Season 9 of Bravo TV's hit show Top Chef premieres on November 2, with Texas coincidentally enough as the culinary location.

Most likely the filming is already completed, but how about this idea of an elimination challenges?

The cheftestants cook a last meal for an inmate who serves as the guest judge along with Padma and Tom. The chef preparing the worst meal is ushered off the show as usual, along with the inmate himself, who has other fish to fry so to speak.

In other words, anyone up for a "double elimination" challenge?

Disclaimer: We're only kidding!

Boston Red Sox Like Beer

Who is more lazy--those Boston Red Sox players responsible for the team's historic implosion or the sports "reporters" who only got around to writing about clubhouse dysfunction (including in-game boozing) after the season ended?

Given what transpired in the month of September in general and on the last day of the season in particular, this idiotic country & western music video which includes cameos by Red Sox pitchers Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester, and Clay Buchholz seems extremely dumb.



Update: Red Sox executives say the filming took place without the club's permission.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Drone Attack on al Qaeda leader

Those who accused President Bush of assaulting civil liberties and shredding the Constitution have been pretty quiet about the drone attack on U.S.-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki.

In other words, crickets.

CNN provided some good coverage, including the legal aspects:







Steyn on Hope and Change: "Soft Choices Have Hard Consequences"

As we have written several times, private-sector employers economy can often be unfair, unethical, arbitrary, corrupt, and even illegal. Nonetheless, socialism, crony capitalism, centralized government planning, an entrenched regulatory-litigation bureaucratic system, whatever you want to call it, has never worked in any nation it has been tried. It's even worse when the architects of such failed polices never themselves ever held a real job. You may have noticed that this general state of affairs has recently caused some of President Obama's most devoted media groupies to have second thoughts about all that hope and change stuff.

The president recently commented in a television interview that the country has gotten "a little soft." In a superb column, Mark Steyn agreed, observing that "This is a great, great country that got so soft that 53% of electors voted for a ludicrously unqualified chief executive who would be regarded as a joke candidate in any serious nation."

Steyn notes that remorseful buyers in the elite or mainstream media helped hand over "a multitrillion-dollar economy to a community organizer and you're surprised that it led to more taxes, more bureaucracy, more regulation, more barnacles on an already rusting hulk?"

Steyn adds: "To a fool such as your average talk-radio host, His Majesty appears to be a man of minimal accomplishments other than self-promotion marinated in a radical faculty-lounge view of the world and the role of government. But, to a wise man such as your average presidential historian or New York Times columnist, he is the smartest guy ever to become president."

Read the entire column here.

Vaccination Police Just a Phone Call Away


The federal government, specifically the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is about to launch a National Immunization Survey that could compromise your family's privacy and health freedom.

Yours may have been one of the households that received a letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an HHS agency, stating that your phone number was randomly chosen by computer for this vaccination survey.

According to the letter, interviewers from the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center will be calling in the next few weeks to "ask about your vaccinations and about children's health." The letter also says that in the case of toddlers, it would be "helpful" to "have your child's immunization records handy when answering our questions." While the CDC claims that privacy protections are in place, apparently the interviewers will also request permission to access your child's immunization records from your family doctor.

Holistic health advocates such as Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com argue that this initiative is just a way to bully parents into compliance with a "vaccine-pushing police state" for the benefit of drug company profits:
"Public health" has been so perverted and distorted under the government / pharmaceutical collusion regime that instead of teaching people how to prevent disease with nutritious foods, vitamin D and low-cost natural cures, the government is all about injecting infants with vaccines, irradiating women's breasts with mammograms, and outlawing dietary supplements while claiming to be working under the label of "public health."

...The government is now admittedly using weapons technology companies, phone surveillance techniques, immunization tracking and statistical analysis to find out who is not being vaccinated. These are police state tactics now being used by the vaccine industry -- in collusion with dangerous government mandates and rogue CPS agents -- to attack your freedom of choice and your right to make parental decisions about the health of your child.
The CDC letter suggests that the survey is voluntary, so thank goodness for caller ID.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Casey Anthony Surveillance Video

Prosecutors failed to get this jailhouse footage into evidence during the Casey Anthony murder trial. The judge unsealed the video yesterday, and it is now in the public domain.