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… Earth to Jay Carney [the World Wonders] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 31st,2013

.. about your comments (many different times) about Benghazi , as to :

[-] Benghazi is a “phony ” scandal , when it is very , very real ,

[-] he refers things to the F.B.I. , when the media well knows who is responsible ,

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing.

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[-] survivors of the attack are being made to sign legally questionable non – disclosure agreements . These NDAs are in vioation of public policy , and are thusly non legal or enforcable . Those forcing them are guilty of conspiracy , and obstruction of justice , to say the least ,

[-] these same survivors are being ordered not to talk to congressional investigators , members of law enforcement , and sitting members of Congress ? See previous ,

[-] What exactly happened with the E.O.P. and the E.O.SecState during the attack ? The World Wonders ?!?!

… to be rather blunt , and honest , LIAR , LIAR , PANTS ON FIRE !!!!

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… CommonSense Comments … from CNN’s Don Lemon ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 31st,2013

.. yes , from CNN ‘ s young gentleman anchor , Don Lemon .

.. No , it does not make him any less liberal . But , when you debate , it takes guts and intellectual heft to concede points to an adversary . Bill O ‘ Reilly is not someone who Don Lemon would normally get along with all that much .

.. Do not be surprised if that starts to change . Lemon will hopefully return serve to O ‘ Reilly , and hopefully will end up as a guest on the “O ‘ Reilly Factor ” …

[h/t — breitbart media (big journalism)]

— the video link is [here]

Lemon ‘ s common sense suggestions :
[-] pull up your pants ,
(proper dress and deportment)
[-] pick up and dispose of trash ,
(take care of your community)
(treat it with respect)
[-] get an education ,
(goes without saying ,
[-] just because you can have a baby , does it mean that you should ?
(lack of male role models , fast track to prison) , and
[-] do not use the “n” word .
(unless it is germaine to a conversation , do not use it at all)

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… Nice Touch , Brit ! [Hume Commens on Capital vs Obama] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 31st,2013

.. Brit Hume has always been a master wordsmith . Even when he was just a working class corresponedent at the White House for ABC Snooze , it was always entertaining to watch him go at it with Wilhelm der Fibmeister [Bill Clinton] . Not many people could pin Mr . Bill down that easily , or , better yet , piss Wilhelm off the way Brit does . But he did .

.. Brit Hume was evidently one of Roger Ailes ‘ first choices to come on board at Fox News when they opened shop in the summer of 1996 . He not only appreciated his conservative philosophy , but his professionalism . Also , Ailes knew that Brit was one of Jack Anderson ‘ s “boys,” and was also a disciple of Bob Novak . It meant that he would be a top – flight professional , an excellent “shoe – leather” beat reporter , and would keep it up , no matter how difficult the target or the issue .

.. Barack Obama is no different . Brit spent 15 years as the anchor of Special Report on FoxNewsChannel , and did a fabulous job , in my opinion . He is even more dangerous , now , as FoxNews ‘ Anchor Emeritus and Senior Commentator . He gets to be a commentator , doing what he does best , and duke it out with other people on the issues .

.. In the case with this video , Brit takes POTUS to school , and gives him a world class spanking . Brit reminds you-know-who that before you can distribute or , even , redistribute capital , you have to create it , first . A large part of that is creating the conditions to encourage capital formation . It includes human capital (people and their educations) , along with physical capital (physical investments) , and financial capital (investment $$) . And Obama is a world – class loser at that .

… Note — h/t for the video — the Daily Caller . The link is [here]

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… Thank You , Chattanooga !! [Free Press , that is !] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 31st,2013

.. It seems in his umteenth pivot to his campaign on jobs , POTUS went on a campaign trip to eastern Tennessee . He went to an Amazon.com distribution center , thinking somehow that his policies and leadership helped create it .

.. Ha!Ha! What a joke . I am reprinting this editorial from the local paper , the Chattanooga Free Press . They went off and ripped

English: Chattanooga Times Free Press editoria...

English: Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial cartoonist Clay Bennett (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

into you – know – who big time . Hell , Obama has it coming ! …

Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough

 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

President Obama,

Welcome to Chattanooga, one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite of your foolish policies that limit job creation, stifle economic growth and suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit.

Forgive us if you are not greeted with the same level of Southern hospitality that our area usually bestows on its distinguished guests. You see, we understand you are in town to share your umpteenth different job creation plan during your time in office. If it works as well as your other job creation programs, then thanks, but no thanks. We’d prefer you keep it to yourself.

That’s because your jobs creation plans so far have included a ridiculous government spending spree and punitive tax increase on job creators that were passed, as well as a minimum wage increase that, thankfully, was not. Economists — and regular folks with a basic understanding of math — understand that these are three of the most damaging policies imaginable when a country is mired in unemployment and starving for job growth.

Even though 64 percent of Chattanooga respondents said they would rather you hadn’t chosen to visit our fair city, according to a survey on the Times Free Press website, it’s probably good that you’re here. It will give you an opportunity to see the failure of your most comprehensive jobs plan to date, the disastrous stimulus scheme, up close and personal.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 helped fund the Gig to Nowhere project, a $552 million socialist-style experiment in government-owned Internet, cable and phone services orchestrated by EPB — Chattanooga’s government-owned electric monopoly.

• • •

The Gig to Nowhere is a Smart Grid, a high tech local electricity infrastructure intended to improve energy efficiency and reduce power outages. After lobbying for, and receiving, $111.6 million in stimulus money from your administration, EPB decided to build a souped-up version of the Smart Grid with fiber optics rather than more cost-effective wireless technology. This decision was supposed to allow EPB to provide the fastest Internet service in the Western Hemisphere, a gigabit-per-second Internet speed that would send tech companies and web entrepreneurs stampeding to Chattanooga in droves.

In reality, though, the gig, like most of the projects funded by your stimulus plan, has been an absolute bust.

While the Smart Grid will cost taxpayers and local electric customers well over a half-billion dollars when all is said and done, there has been little improvement in the quality of EPB’s electric service. Worse, despite being heavily subsidized, EPB’s government-owned Internet, cable and telephone outfit that competes head-to-head against private companies like AT&T and Comcast is barely staying afloat, often relying on loans from electric service reserve funds to afford its business expenses.

Further, there has been no credible evidence to suggest that EPB can even provide a gig of service consistently and reliably. Any companies hoping to utilize the Gig to Nowhere are quoted monthly billing costs that make the service unfeasible. As a result, Chattanooga has remained a relative ghost town for technological innovation. Almost no economic development whatsoever has resulted from the gig.

• • •

What the gig has brought, however, is that shocking price tag. Because of your unwillingness to balance the budget, Mr. President, the $111.6 million federal handout to subsidize the Gig to Nowhere will actually cost federal taxpayers $158.2 million, due to interest. Once EPB received the stimulus infusion to fund the pork project, the electric monopoly took out a $219.8 bond that will balloon to $391.3 million by the time Chattanoogans are done paying it off.

The bond’s first payment comes due this fall and there remain significant questions about how EPB can manage to pay the debt without hiking electric rates on EPB customers.

Building a Smart Grid to get into a telecom sector already well-served by private companies was a bad idea from the start. But getting government involved in places it doesn’t belong is a hallmark of your administration. As a result, you and your policymakers were happy to fund the Gig to Nowhere.

You claimed that the Smart Grid would create jobs for Chattanooga. But in reality, all it did was push America deeper in debt and lure a local government agency into making a terrible financial decision that will weigh on Chattanoogans like a millstone for decades to come.

So excuse us, Mr. President, for our lack of enthusiasm for your new jobs program. Here in Chattanooga we’re still reeling from your old one.

— The Free Press

— Note — Chattanooga is in southeastern Tennessee , just north of Tennessee ‘ s border with Georgia , and not far away from the northeast border of Alabama . It is also within reasonable range of the borders of both Carolinas (North & South) . So , this paper , while with a moderate readership , is in a market that has more of an effect on an area that is out of size for its area …

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… Yea , Ace of Spades , It is How I Read it [Filner] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,July 30th,2013

.. Right now , folks , short of his resignation , the only way to get San Diego Mayor ( and former demoCrap Congresscritter ) Bob Filner is to recall him from office . The only problem : an ally of Filner ‘ s , Stampp Corbin , has taken out the petitions , and has posted the legal notice in the news media . You may wonder , what that means ?

.. Simple . No one else can take out petitions to recall Filner . Unless a judge (who may be a Filner crony) overturns the monkeyshines , the legal clock will run out (for now) on a recall effort .

.. It seems that the City of San Diego has rules for the recall of officeholders that are more stringent that those that are spelled out the the State constitution. The number of signatures is greater , the time perioud is lesser , and then there is the set – off perioud . Once an effort has failed , then six months must elapse before another can be mounted .

.. and an ally of Filner ‘ s is controlleing the recall petitions …
[h/t–SanDiegoGay&LesbianNews(sdgln.com)]

SAN DIEGO — LGBT Weekly publisher Stampp Corbin is being accused of filing a fraudulent recall notice in an effort to keep in office San Diego’s embattled Mayor Bob Filner, who faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
Corbin, who has a history of support and close involvement with Filner, surprised the San Diego political world on Thursday, July 25, when he was the first to initiate a recall notice against Filner via a classified ad in the UT San Diego.
According to the UT San Diego:
Publishing a notice starts a 60-day clock for the recall process, though the actual signature-gathering begins three weeks later. From there, 101,597 signatures must gathered within 39 days, with a 30-day extension allowed if needed.
Two days earlier, Corbin had published an opinion piece attacking the credibility of one of Filner’s accusers – his former fiancée Bronwyn Ingram. Some observers questioned Corbin’s motives, considering that Filner had appointed Corbin to a city commission.
By triggering the recall process on July 25, and without much fanfare, Corbin appears to be taking time away from organizers to mount a proper campaign. And it calls into question whether another recall effort led by land-use consultant Michael Pallamary, who has given Filner until today, July 29, to resign or face a recall petition, can now go forward.
In his classified ad, Corbin failed to outline in detail the case against Filner, other than “Accusations of sexual harassment by city worker against Mayor Filner.” To date, six other women outside of city government have come forward and accused Filner of sexual harassment.
Further complicating matters, Corbin has announced that he will not mount a funded campaign with paid campaign staff to collect signatures, and instead will simply make a copy of the petition available to anyone who stops by his office at LGBT Weekly.
Observers say the biggest risk is that Corbin could walk into the City Clerk’s Office any day with a few signatures, and get the petition rejected automatically. Such a rejection by the City would guarantee six extra months in office for Filner, as city rules prohibit filing of recall petitions against a city official if a petition has failed within the past six months.
Evidence against Corbin was circumstantial and speculative until a witness with insider information stepped forward to reveal his true motive, published in Sunday’s UT San Diego.
Susan Jester, head of the Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego County and a longtime political activist, said she had spoken to Corbin several times last week about the recall matter and is convinced that he is playing “Chicago-style politics.”
“He bragged to me that it would be a way to stop the group getting ready to file” their own recall drive, Jester told the UT San Diego. “He said, ‘It occurred to me that it would derail the other group.’”
Corbin denied the accusation when questioned by UT San Diego on Saturday night, but Jester wasn’t buying his explanation. She recalled Corbin telling her this:
“He was expressing a tactic in his mind, how to derail the Filner recall process,” Jester told the newspaper. “I thought at first he was half-joking. But I saw it on his Facebook page. It really infuriates me. We have a right as citizens to file a genuine recall. We have a mayor grossly out of control and ruining our city.”
In a separate piece published on CalWatchdog.com, blogger Chris Reed labels Corbin as a “gay-baiting gay activist” for his efforts to play the gay card against Filner’s opponent in the 2012 election – Carl DeMaio. Reed also labels Corbin’s recall effort as a stunt to thwart a successful recall.
If Corbin is trying to keep Filner in office, he would be doing so in the face of overwhelming opposition to Filner within the LGBT community. On Friday, The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s board of directors went on record demanding Filner’s resignation and the San Diego Democrats for Equality issued the same demand on Thursday, along with the San Diego Democratic Party and the national Democratic Party.
As a matter of full disclosure, SDGLN Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with Carl DeMaio.
LEC here , again — You bet that it is a scam . The city charter ‘ s rules are tigher than the state ‘ s for a reason , to make recall efforts a pain in the [bleep] . Also , the scam effort and the legal notice wre meant to screw any other effort to try to take out Filner . I doubt any other one can be mounted , for now , unless the state courts intervene and slapp down Corbin for his fraud .

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… Incredible ! Filner has been at this for years …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,July 29th,2013

.. and the demoCraps in D.C. (that means Pelosi & Co) and in CA (that ropes in Henry Waxman & Co) knew about it for YEARS !

.. What i did not know is that Bob Filner was only recently elected Mayor of San Diego . He only recently left the House , once he was elected . And the abuse of people and sexual misconduct goes all the way back to the late 1970s…

[h/t — //voiceofsandiego.org]

The local Democratic Party has known for a long time about sexual harassment allegations against Bob Filner, a former Democratic assemblywoman said in a Thursday interview.

“I blew the whistle on this two years ago to the Democratic Party leadership,” former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña said.

Saldaña said that in summer 2011 six prominent women in local politics, business and education told her that Filner had physically or verbally harassed them. Saldaña had been exploring what turned out to be an unsuccessful bid for Congress and the conversations came in the context of the 2012 elections.

Saldaña said she contacted former party Chairman Jess Durfee with the allegations and Durfee was among a group of Democratic leaders who met with Filner to discuss them that summer. She said nothing happened.

“As disgraceful as Bob’s behavior has been, it’s been tolerated by our Democratic Party leadership,” she said.

Saldaña said Filner never personally harassed her and declined to say who alleged to have had run-ins with the mayor. She said former City Councilwoman Donna Frye, who is calling for Filner’s resignation over unspecified sexual harassment allegations, inspired her to talk.

Saldaña has a long history of conflict with Filner, most prominently over a failed border sewage treatment project about a decade ago. She also wound up endorsing him for mayor.

Party leaders, she said, made it clear that if people didn’t support Filner they wouldn’t receive their support again.

Durfee, the former party chairman, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Current party Chairwoman Francine Busby released a statement after the allegations broke Wednesday saying she and the party take sexual harassment claims very seriously and that they’re awaiting the mayor’s response.

Update: Former Democratic Party Chairman Jess Durfee confirmed to U-T San Diego that Saldaña complained to him about Filner’s conduct. “He assured me there was nothing to be concerned about,” Durfee told the U-T. Filner also assured Durfee that no one had filed a sexual harassment complaint against him and that he had many female staffers. Durfee also said that he asked the women who spoke with Saldaña to contact him, but none did.

Update II: Busby responded to tell me that party leaders looked at Filner’s 30-year record of advocating for progressive causes when evaluating him as a candidate for mayor. Discussions involving Filner’s poor treatment of women never rose above rumor, she said.
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… Found another Dandy [Another Judge Jeanine nugget] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,July 29th,2013

¿Rolling Stones? No, gracias

¿Rolling Stones? No, gracias (Photo credit: alvarezperea)

.. wanted to get caught up . Judge Jeanine does , as she usually does , by teeing off on “Rolling Stone” magazine over the cover with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘ s picture on it .

.. How in God ‘ s name could Rolling Stone do such a thing ? It can be understood for a mainstream news publication , such as Time . But Rolling Stone ? It was done only to stir up controversy , which , no doubt , it did . But it was tasteless , and hurtfull to a great many people . And Judge Jeannine goes off (rightly) on those idiots … [the link is (here)]

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… Found a Dandy [Judge Jeanine Pirro] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,July 29th,2013

.. I try to watch Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro whenever I can . However , I have been quite busy the last few weeks .

.. I went back , and took the time to review some of her best and most recent stuff . This one golden nugget I came across is from the post – trial reaction to the George Zimmerman trial . She comes out with both “six shooters” blazing . The YouTube versions are good , but not always dependable , unless one is familiar with the poster . So , I try to go with the real McCoy . The link to her post – Zimmerman trial commentary is not that long , and is worth the time , and is [here]

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… What Could POTUS have been Thinking ?!?! [Ho Chi Minh comments] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,July 29th,2013

.. Of all things , POTUS today hailed hard-core communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh today as a pretty open guy who was actually inspired by the Founders.

.. Obama took a break from his jobs-pivot speeches to meet Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the White House. The pair

Ho Chi Minh statue in front of the City Hall o...

Ho Chi Minh statue in front of the City Hall of Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

held joint remarks in the Oval Office afterward.

.. Obama said their first bilateral meeting “represents the steady progression and strengthening of the relationship between our two countries.”

“Obviously, we all recognize the extraordinarily complex history between the United States and Vietnam. Step by step, what we have been able to establish is a degree of mutual respect and trust that has allowed us now to announce a comprehensive partnership between our two countries that will allow even greater cooperation on a whole range of issues from trade and commerce to military-to-military cooperation, to multilateral work on issues like disaster relief, to scientific and educational exchanges,” he added.

.. After meeting with the leader of a country that persecutes and imprisons bloggers and priests, suppresses media and any form of political dissent and uses forced labor, Obama said they “discussed the challenges that all of us face when it comes to issues of human rights.”

“We emphasized how the United States continues to believe that all of us have to respect issues like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly,” the president continued. “And we had a very candid conversation about both the progress that Vietnam is making and the challenges that remain.”

The visit by Sang, he said, “signifies the maturing and the next stage of the development between the United States and Vietnam.”

Obama said Sang concluded the meeting by sharing “a copy of a letter sent by Ho Chi Minh to Harry Truman.”

“And we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson. Ho Chi Minh talks about his interest in cooperation with the United States. And President Sang indicated that even if it’s 67 years later, it’s good that we’re still making progress.”

Sang said the pair “had a very candid, open, useful and constructive discussion.”

“In a candid, open and constructive spirit, we have come to agree on many issues. We will strengthen high-level exchanges between the two countries. We will consider in order to continue our — to upgrade the mechanism of cooperation at the high level, as well as take the best use of the existing mechanism of cooperation. Particularly, we will continue regular dialogue at the highest level as possible,” the Vietnamese leader continued. “I believe that this is the way in order to build a political trust for further development of our cooperation in all areas.”

.. What would you expect , when you are dealing with one communist (Vietman) ? It is even worse when our President is one . May God in Heaven help us all …

… for some background , see an excerpt from a piece from Reader ‘ s Digest , from the wayback machine , in December of 1968 . It will cue you in to how bloodthirsty a butcher Ho Chi Minh was , and the Vietnamese still are …[link]

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… No , You do not Raise the Debt Limit without Conditions …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,July 28th,2013

.. Hey , you foolish jackhole for a Treasury Secretary . You have been Deputy White House Chief of Staff , and White House Chief of Staff . You should know better .

.. The budget is one thing . A Continuing Resolution (or C.R.) should be passed , in order to keep the government running .

GIMME SOME OF THAT GOOD 'OLE OBAMA DOUBLESPEAK

GIMME SOME OF THAT GOOD ‘OLE OBAMA DOUBLESPEAK (Photo credit: SS&SS)

However , it should only be for a limited period of time , in order to give all sides breathing room , as well as motivation . The motivation should be to pass the regular appropriations bills . Ideally , they should be passed on time . If not , then in decent time and order , as soon as possible .

.. However , the debt limit bill is another matter . Raising the debt limit has not come without controversy . The nation ‘ s bill s have been and will be paid . As part of a C.R. , Congress should pass a bill mandating the order in which bills should be paid , in the case of a debt limit controversy . They should stick by it , and force POTUS ‘ hand . The scandal is that the debt limit needs to be raised , and the amount and need for deficit spending . Especially under the ObamaCraps .

.. The ObamaCraps have more than doubled our nation ‘ s debt , to almost $17 trillion . That in and of itself is outrageous . It must stop . Spending must be reduced , and put on a DOWNWARD trend . Ditto taxes . No , not upward , DOWNWARD , thank you very much .

Congress needs to raise the debt limit and take away the “cloud of uncertainty” about the nation’s ability to pay its bills, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

“The fight over the debt limit in 2011 hurt the economy, even though, in the end, we saw an extension of the debt limit. We saw confidence fall, and it hurt the economy. Congress needs to do its job. It needs to finish its work on appropriation bills. It needs to pass a debt limit,” Lew said on NBC’s Meet The Press.

Senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to come up with must-do legislation to keep federal agencies running after Sept. 30 and prevent the possibility of a government shutdown. At issue is what is normally routine: a plug-the-gap measure to fund the government for a few weeks or months until a deal can be worked out on appropriations bills giving agencies their operating budgets for the full 2014 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

However, some Democratic liberals don’t want to vote to continue to fund the government at new, lower levels mandated by the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration. And some conservatives are making a last stand against President Barack Obama’s new health care law. In addition, Senate Democrats are resistant to a $20 billion spending cut wanted by many Republicans.

Lew maintained that the president won’t negotiate over the debt limit but stopped short, however, of saying that Obama would shut down the government.

“Drawing this to brinksmanship is a mistake. It’s bad for the economy for it to be brinksmanship,” he said.

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… No , You Idiot . That Is Their Job …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,July 28th,2013

.. I am amazed at how many POTUSes do not understand what a central bank is , and what their job is . Barack Obama is , unfortunately , no exception .

.. A central bank ‘ s job is very simple , yet , equally complex . One of a central bank ‘s simplest jobs is dealing with inflation . Inflation in any economy is a very bad idea . The total abscence of inflation (or deflation) is also a very bad idea . Maintaining it at a low level , and a stable level , would be the best idea .

The other principal task of a central bank is managing the stability of the markets . Oversight , some regulation , and some

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

intervention come to mind , but they are not exclusively the only things a central bank does .
Another is the stability of the currency . This one is separate from the above .
A modern economy cannnot exist , in reality , without a currency . A modern economy cannot really be successful without a stable currency . Boring with a currency is better than lively .

.. There are some tasks for which a central bank does bear some responsibility . One is government finance . It does not bear the direct burden , as the Treasury Department handles that . Indirectly , it does . If it does not do its other jobs , then the government cannot finance its spending , or its debt . Another is the economy itself . Many millions and tens of millions of actions , each and every second , are the lifeblood of the economy . A central bank can choose to have a great deal of influence over the economy , depending on how it uses the tools that it has at its disposal . The injection of $80 billion a month in cash from the purchase of mortgage – backed securities is a classic example . However , that gravy train is coming to an end . The economy will have to stand on its own two feet .

.. Unfortunately , Barack Obama is clueless about the economy . How it works , what capital is , how it is raised and spend , and a great many things . He has never held a job in the private sector , and has never had to deal with the headaches that government regulations can create , and the expenses that they cause . He is hardly one to champion the cause of “the little guy .”

.. Read thru this moneynews.com piece , and you will understand that we are headed for big trouble in the coming months . The markets will not like whomever POTUS chooses . The markets want and need a hard case . Obama wants a “softie.” …

President Barack Obama says his next Fed chairman should take ordinary people into account when setting monetary policy.

Obama told The New York Times in an interview on the paper’s website Saturday that he wants someone who won’t just work abstractly to keep inflation in check and maintain stability in the markets. He said he wants the next Fed chairman to also promote policies that will help make ordinary people’s lives better.

The president began a series of speeches last week promoting ideas for easing the burdens on the middle class.

Obama is considering replacements for Ben Bernanke, whose term as Fed chairman expires early next year.

Former Obama economic adviser Larry Summers and Janet Yellen, the Fed’s current vice chair, are among the leading candidates for the job.

A senior White House official told The Associated Press on Friday that Obama was not expected to announce a replacement for Bernanke before the fall. The official was not authorized to speak by name about internal White House deliberations over personnel decisions.

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… How Anybody Can Vote for This Guy is Beyond Me ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,July 27th,2013

.. I am referreing to Terry McAuliffe .

.. McAuliffe ‘ s main claim to fame , besides being the chairman of the DemoCrap National Committee , and a lobbyist . He was

McAuliffe

McAuliffe (Photo credit: mou-ikkai)

one of Wilhelm der Fibmeister (Bill Clinton) ‘ s chief friends and fundraisers . And he thinks that , among those things , qualifies him to be Governor of Virginia ?? You have to be kidding .

.. Virginia is for lovers of elections , but it is not clear whether Terry McAuliffe is the kind of Anthony Weiner type candidate that Virginia needs in the Governor ‘ s Mansion . His main claim to public fame was Global Crossing , huh ?

.. In 1997, McAuliffe invested $100,000 in Global Crossing, a telecommunications company providing fiber-optic networking services worldwide. After the company went public in 1998, McAuliffe sold his shares for a large profit. The company later filed for bankruptcy on January 28, 2002. Global Crossing reemerged from bankruptcy in late 2003 and in 2006, the Securities and Exchange Commission, after a four-year investigation, ruled that no wrongdoing occurred at Global Crossing and no enforcement action was necessary.

.. Oh, and then there is his whole GreenTech boondoggle, detailed over at Fairfax Free Citizen. What is it that keeps this zombie fop twitching, then?

McAuliffe has had a prolific fundraising career within the Democratic Party, and has used his political career to make a personal fortune. McAuliffe has had a long personal and political relationship with Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

.. Ah, the Aristocracy of Pull. While not seeming to be any more effective than, say, President Barack Obama, one can say that McAuliffe has at least done a better job of faking showing up to work, to look at Global Crossing and GreenTech. But what is the point of running for Governor of Virginia, then? Does Terry think that there is enough media artillery available to blow away Ken Cuccinelli? Even if you don’t fancy Ken’s conservative slant on issues, nobody with at leas one good eye would deny that Cuccinelli’s résumé is a full essay, compared to McAuliffe’s sad little tweet to #UniteBlue.

… added links on McAuliffe …

[link] Was Terry McAuliffe’s GreenTech A Proto-Solyndra? And Just Who Is Alejandro Mayorkas?

[link] Investigation targets Homeland official’s relationship to McAuliffe company

[link] If A Conservative Worked The Referee Like Terry McAuliffe, It Would Probably Be A Scandal

.. You have Ken Cuccinelli . An accomplished lawyer , a family man , a father , and two – terms as Attorney General of the state of

English: Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cucc...

English: Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Virginia . Case closed .

.. Cuccinelli for Governor ! ..

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… It makes You Wonder …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,July 27th,2013

.. I am going to highly recommend that you go through , and visit the post at Patrick Frey ‘ s Patterico . com site . Then , let things simmer about the timeline , and then go back to the other post @ theOtherMcCain .

.. It really makes You Wonder . Who tipped off Buzzfeed ? Who tipped off those nutcases ? Did they have anything in common ?

.. Maybe not , but I wonder …

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… Huma Abedin is …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,July 27th,2013

.. of Arabic descent ,

.. very , very good looking (without question) ,

.. has questionable ties to the Arabic world , and to Islamic terrorists , and

.. is a clueless twit , or

.. is power – hungry , or

.. is an enabler of the highest order .

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… Oh , Ye are Ones to Talk …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,July 27th,2013

.. those of the JornOlist . You idiots , who actually do conspire with each other , and with the DemoCrap party , are hardly ones to talk .

.. Incredible how paranoid the Democraps can be . They are oh , so afraid of conservative and message co – ordination . As rare as that is , and it is rare , as best as I understand it . There is no “message of the day.” There are no ” talking points ” from the ministry of propaganda , because there is not one . With the DemoCraps , however , it is a much , much different story .

.. The DemoCraps are paranoid about maintaining their “message discipline . ” They cesslessly co – ordinate their “message of the day” through a central nexus , usually the DNC , or the ObamaCrap White House . They are paranoid that the message and the talking points get into the media , so that they can be as much of an influence on the media product as possible .

.. And , those folks network into what became the “JournOlist , ” a group of like – minded liberals and loons that had burrowed themselves into different organizations . They accuse those of us conservatives of conspiracies ?!?!

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… the Perverted Party …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,July 27th,2013

.. how anyone can tolerate such infantile and immoral behaviour out of candidates for office , or out of sitting office holders , is beyond me ? Yet , the DemoCraptic Party continues to do so . The latest examples are currently on public display .

..Liberal bias is not a matter of unfairness, but rather a matter of dishonesty —  deliberately ignoring some facts, and misrepresenting other facts, in order to misinform the public by portraying to them a politically falsified view of
events and personalities. If there were ever any honest person employed by the  New York Times (one can stipulate the hypothetical), that person would have been obligated to quit Thursday morning, when the banner headline on the front page of the paper should have been: “ANDREW BREITBART WAS RIGHT.” (An appropriate subhead might be, “Anthony Weiner Is a Typically Dishonest Democrat Dirtbag.”)

.. Cheating a great man out of his posthumous vindication is, however, just small change in the vast franchise of journalistic dishonesty of which the New York Times is the flagship enterprise. The fundamental falsehood of the whole Big Lie business is that Democrats are virtuous simply because they are Democrats, which is the only reason any fool ever could have
thought a wretched human stain like Anthony Weiner worthy of admiration. . .

.. Whatever anyone might say about that incident, it certainly was not a coincidence, nor was it coincidental that liberal media organizations were perfectly willing to assist in Weiner’s political rehabilitation. There was a reason, after all, that Weiner’s young cybersex partner told her tale to a gossip blog, rather than to any major newspaper or TV network. If a conspicuously married Democrat politician is engaged in sleazy shenanigans with a 22-year-old, no respectable liberal journalist wants to break that story. In 2011, it was Andrew Breitbart who turned Anthony Weiner’s sordid secrets into a national drama that drove the New York congressmen to resign in disgrace. Breitbart died last year, and so the latest revelations came from Nik Richie at TheDirty.com, because none of the “mainstream” reporters at the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, ABC, CBS or CNN showed the least bit of curiosity about the other young girls who had been objects of Weiner’s perverse attentions. Exactly
how many others there were we probably will never know, because there has been a rigorous journalistic commitment to knowing as little as possible about the online erotic adventures of “Carlos Danger,” as Weiner sometimes styled
himself. If Watergate had been reported in the manner of WeinerGate, Ben Bradlee never would have let Woodward and Bernstein go so far as to mention the name of E. Howard Hunt in the pages of the Washington Post.

.. Did anyone mention that Anthony Weiner is a Democrat? Republican politicians have occasionally survived sex scandals, but only a Democrat could expect to survive after being caught twice . And only a Democrat could, after such a humiliating revelation, hold a press conference and say that his plan was to “move forward,” bringing along the wife he had so deliberately betrayed, expecting her to stand beside him and avow her continued devotion to him. (How smooth, indeed.) Democrats have managed to convince a lot of Americans that there is no real danger to our society from creeps and perverts and rampant promiscuity. No, say the Democrats, the real danger is that those reactionary Republican bigots might “turn back the clock” and deprive America of such glorious pleasures as abortion, sex education, pornography and casual hook-ups arranged on the Internet.

.. It is interesting how Democrats are permitted this double standard: They defend the “right” of people to do what Anthony Weiner did (and do much worse), yet pretend they are not actually in favor of them doing it. Therefore it is best, from the liberal perspective, that no one make too much of the lurid details of Weiner’s antics, nor examine the effort to intimidate Weiner’s critics, nor suggest that Weiner’s persistently abnormal appetites are closely related to his status as a loyal Democrat. Any decent parent would be outraged at the thought of married middle-aged men secretively sending Internet messages to ask if their daughter’s crotch is “smooth,” and no decent parent would ever vote for the Pervert Party.

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… At last , these Women can be at Peace …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,July 26th,2013

.. Amanda Berry . Gina DeJesus . Michelle Knight . these young women have been through what can only be described as the depths of unspeakable hell . Being taken captive is bad enough . Being held captive for 10 years , or more , continual rape , sexual assault , and even murder ? My God , what kind of subhuman creature could perpetrate such a thing ?

.. Angel Castro , that is who . He took these young ladies , and altered their lives , forever . He took them prisoner , tortured them , raped them , assaulted them , and took them on a hellish journey . How could he do such a thing ? Yet , he did .

.. Their families never gave up hope that they were alive . They pampleted their neighbourhoods . They marched . They garnered as much publicity as they humanly could . Yet , nothing . Then , all of a sudden . Bang .

.. All of a sudden , with some help from local people on the west side of Cleveland , these women (now adults) regained their freedom . Yet , it was not just the three of them . It was now 4 . The rapist Castro had fathered a child with Ms. Berry , who is now about 6 or 7 years old .

.. Thankfully , the people of my home community have been extraordinary generous . Much money has been donated towards the futures of all three young women , and the young child . However , the money can only help make up for part of their suffering . The news from the justice system today hopefully can help go a very long way towards giving them a sense of peace of mind that they so richly deserve .

.. Angel Castro will never see the outside of a prison , ever again . He reached a plea bargain , that , takes the possible death penalty off of the table . I am not totally thrilled with the plea bargain , but I do understand it . More important is the peace of mind of the 3 (now 4) victims , so that they can begin the process of going on with their lives .

.. I pray that Amanda , Michelle , Gina , and Amanda ‘ s little girl can find the peace that they so richly deserve . And that they can find a future that is of their choice .

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… Therapy is not Enough , “Fellows” , Leave ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,July 26th,2013

.. It seems that the “Three Musketeers” have not gotten the hint . Eliot Spitzer is still maintaining his campaign for New York City Comptroller . Why anyone would let some so irresponsible anywhere near the public ‘ s purse is crazy , beyond belief . He is not the only lunatic .

.. Anthony Weiner(snitzel) is still trying to stay in the race for Mayor of New York City . Why he thought that he could run for office in the first place , who knows . His wife ‘ s forgiveness is not enough . A record of responsible behaviour would be helpful . Preferrably in the private sector . Anyone would have to be crazy to let him anywhere near the Mayor ‘ s race , much less the Mayor ‘ s office . Why he decided to stay in the race is anyone ‘ s guess . Humiliating his wife , once again , was not enough .

.. The last musketeer , Bob Filner , a former Congresscritter , and current Mayor of San Diego , just does not seem to get it . He has abused women . He has felt them up . He has kissed them , without their consent . And even worse than that . I am willing to guess that rape or sexual assault is part of his resume . Yet , he will not get the hint , and resign .

.. Guys , it is time to take a loaded hint . Take your flawed charachter , and even more flawed ideas , and even more flawed ambitions , and go . Permanently .

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… Fight , Texas , Fight !! ….

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,July 26th,2013

.. Good ! It seems that Texas is definitely going to fight back . Now that the tools are better there , the state of Texas should be in much better shape . I cannot predict victory , but they will have a much better chance of it .

.. It seems His Imperial Highness , Eric Holder , wants to go on the attack against the states . Any state will do . He wants to do away with several measures , not limited to , or including Voter I.D. . It may not be limited to that , I believe . Any measure related to voting integrity , or the prevention of voting fraud , such as the purging or cleaning of voter registration rolls . How the Department of InJustice intends to do it , good question ?

.. The Department of InJustice is preparing to take fresh legal action in a string of voting rights cases across the nation, U.S. officials said, part of a new attempt to blunt the impact of a Supreme Court ruling that the Obama administration has warned will imperil minority representation.

The decision to challenge state officials marks an aggressive effort to continue policing voting rights issues and follows a ruling by the court last month that invalidated a critical part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The justices threw out a part of the act that determined which states with a history of discrimination had to be granted Justice Department or court approval before making voting law changes.

.. In the coming weeks, Attorney General Holder expected to announce that the Justice Department is using other sections of the Voting Rights Act to bring lawsuits or take other legal action to prevent states from implementing certain laws, including requirements to present certain kinds of identification in order to vote. The department is also expected to try to force certain states to get approval, or “pre-clearance,” before they can change their election laws.

.. “Even as Congress considers updates to the Voting Rights Act in light of the Court’s ruling, we plan, in the meantime, to fully utilize the law’s remaining sections to subject states to pre-clearance as necessary,” Holder said in a speech Thursday morning in Philadelphia. “My colleagues and I are determined to use every tool at our disposal to stand against such discrimination wherever it is found.”

Holder announced that, in a first step, the department will support a lawsuit in Texas that was brought by a coalition of Democratic legislators and civil rights groups against the state’s redistricting plan.

[link] tweets @pjmedia (bpreston) …

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… Our Uniformed Military (enlisted & officers) have as much right to Religious Liberty as Anyone Else …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 25th,2013

.. Since when do outside groups have the right to impose religious censorship on our nation ‘ s military ? This is crazy !

.. Good Lord , they have enough to worry about , as it is . Their first job , Job One , is our nation ‘ s defense . Their efforts are second to none . Their abilities to perform their jobs and their missions are second to none . Our nation ‘ s military , its technology , its strategy , and its ability are second to none .

.. So when it is said that having religious faith , and showing the same , and speaking about it , is against the good order and discipline

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten ame...

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in the military service . When does the civilian leadership have the right to impose anti – religious censorship , impinging on the religious freedom and rights of our fellow citizens in uniform ? Why ?

.. These radicals , such as the “Military Religious Freedom Foundation ” and the ” Freedom from Religion Foundation ” have perverted our Constitution , and its freedoms and rights . Most of all , our religious freedoms , for civilian and military alike , in the First Amendment to the Constitution , in the Bill of Rights . What it stands for is not the prohibition of religion in the public sphere . Not at all . It stand for the free exercise thereof , and the prohibition of a “state church.” Not for the suppresion of religion and faith .

.. Our history , military and otherwise , is clear on those points . First and foremost , is the 1st Amendment ‘ s targeting of religious freedom . Our founders wanted to be absolutely sure and clear that all of us have the free and clear right to practice our faith , or to not practice it , if that is our choice . Also , the provision of chaplains of various faiths . These people (men and women) are priests , pastors , rabbis , and imans , there to minister to the religious needs of our troops & Marines . Most of all , without impignging on the good order and discipline in the ranks , is their rights to make statements of religious and moral issues , that are a part of their job as a religious leader from the pulpit .

.. I post this article from Breitbart Media ‘ s “Big Government” of the insanity that is going on in the current atmosphere . It is time that a thorough cleansing of the anti – religious bigots from the public sphere take place …

A Christian chaplain in the military is being officially censored for engaging in free speech, and anti-Christian activists are demanding he be punished.

Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes is a Christian chaplain currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. As an ordained clergyman whose duties are to provide religious instruction and spiritual counseling, he has a page on the base’s website called “Chaplain’s Corner.”

Reyes recently wrote an essay entitled, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II.” This common saying is attributed to a Catholic priest in World War II, made famous when President Dwight D. Eisenhower said during a 1954 speech: “I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.”

As reported by Fox News’s Todd Starnes, when Reyes referenced this famous line in his essay, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) contacted the base commander, Col. Brian Duffy, demanding he take action on Reyes’s “anti-secular diatribe.”

MRFF’s letter says that by Reyes’s “use of the bigoted, religious supremacist phrase, ‘no atheists in foxholes,’ he defiles the dignity of service members.” They accuse him of violating military regulations.

My legal research on this issue uncovered no regulation prohibiting Reyes’ speech, which looks like expression protected by the free speech and religious freedom provisions of the First Amendment. Military leaders did not respond to Fox’s inquiries asking the Air Force to identify any such rules.

Nonetheless, only five hours after MRFF’s complaint, the essay was removed from the website. Duffy has profusely apologized to MRFF for not stopping this religious leader from sharing religious thoughts.

But this response—which again appears to be a violation of Reyes’s First Amendment rights—is insufficient for MRFF. They said, “Faith based hate, is hate all the same,” and, “Lt. Col. Reyes must be appropriately punished.” (Emphasis added).

So MRFF is saying that the coercive power of government must be used to punish a military officer, who is also an ordained Christian minister, for making ordinary religious references consistent with his faith.

Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council—one of the leaders of a new religious liberty coalition for the military—responded, “A chaplain has been censored for expressing his beliefs about the role of faith in the lives of service members… Why do we have chaplains if they aren’t allowed to fulfill that purpose?”

MRFF is activist Mikey Weinstein’s organization. He called observant Christians “fundamentalist monsters” seeking to impose a “reign of theocratic terror,” and he described sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military as an act of “spiritual rape” that makes believers “enemies of the Constitution” who are committing an act of “sedition and treason” against this nation.

The Obama-Hagel Defense Department and Air Force have met with Weinstein and MRFF over a period of four years and recently told Congress that there are no problems with suppressing religious speech in the military. However, because this growing wave of anti-Christian extremism has been exposed to the public, the U.S. House has inserted new religious liberty protections for military members in pending legislation.

President Obama threatens to veto the legislation. Reyes’s story makes it more likely that Congress will stand its ground and fight to protect the religious liberty of him and countless others in the military, as those service members continue risking their lives to fight for all Americans.

Breitbart News legal columnist Ken Klukowski is senior fellow for religious liberty at the Family Research Council and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.

 

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… What Part of Supreme Court Precedent Do You Not Understand ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 25th,2013

.. Mr. Attorney General ??

.. Well , It seems that Attorney General  Eric Holder has become notoriously thick in the skull , i.e. pig – headed . He wants to haul the

Shelby County Courthouse IMG_4704

Shelby County Courthouse

entire state of Texas back  into court , and  place it under the controls of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 , once again . What he wants is for the state to obtain “preclearance” before changing any of its voting procedures . efore anything , voting – wise .

.. Preclearance basically means that an entity is found guilty . They must then prove themselves innocent ,  before going ahead with any changes  to their voiting prcedures or laws . In other words , the Holder department of InJustice wants Texas to play “Mother May I ” before doing anything voting – wise .

.. Shelby County V Holder and Arizona V ITC changed all of that . Shelby County has basically placed all of the states back on a level playing field . Each state is equal , before the law and the scales of justice . Each state may implement voting changes on its own , with having to get permission  from anyone  . Only if a court case were brought against a state , and a finding were made , in theory , could a state , or another entitity , be put back under Section 5 .

Also , Shelby County undercuts Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act , by ruling Section 4 unconstitutional . In order to find evidence (Section 4) , InJustice could then make a justification (Section 5) for disallowing a change . Now , it cannot do so . Section 5 is  still available . Section 4 , however  ,  is not .  It has been disalloweed , and does not  effectively allow a court casese to go forward .

.. Az v  ITC is a sweeping precedent . It has acted to place a fairly clear line in between the ability of Congress to regulate federal elections , and the states , who can regulate who can vote . You would think that the the liberals would be screaming  “bloody murder ” over this . No , not as of yet , thankfully . Also , two of the coourt ‘ s liberals participated in the ruling , effectiviely neutering , for now , any opposition to the case .

from NewsMax.com : …

 The U.S. Department of Justice plans to ask a federal court  to reinstate its authority over voting laws in Texas, part of a new Obama  administration strategy to challenge state and local election laws it says  discriminate by race, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.

“Based on the evidence of intentional racial discrimination that was  presented last year in the redistricting case, Texas v. Holder … we believe  that the state of Texas should be required to go through a preclearance process  whenever it changes its voting laws and practices,” Holder told the annual  conference of the National Urban League, a civil rights organization, which is  meeting in Philadelphia.

The Obama administration has been searching for new ways to oppose voting  discrimination since the U.S. Supreme Court in June invalidated a key part of  the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

A 5-4 conservative majority on the high court ruled that a formula used to  determine which states and localities were subject to extra federal scrutiny was  outdated.

The ruling freed Texas and select other jurisdictions from having to submit  their voting laws to the Justice Department before they could take effect.

The covered jurisdictions were mostly in the South, a region where officials  had a history of denying minorities the right to vote. Chief Justice John  Roberts wrote in the high court’s ruling that the South had changed  dramatically.

Holder’s Justice Department had used the process known as “preclearance” to  block, among other laws, a new plan for congressional district lines in Texas  drawn after the 2010 U.S. Census. Government lawyers  and civil rights groups convinced a court that the map, if it took effect, would  have too few black and Hispanic districts.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, said after the Supreme  Court ruling that the redistricting plan could then go into effect  immediately.

State lawmakers ultimately approved a map that was deemed friendlier to  minority populations, though state Democrats still criticize it.

As a first step  in its new strategy, the Justice Department plans to make clear it supports a  pending lawsuit that racial minorities brought against the redistricting plan in  federal court in Texas.

If the court agrees the plan was racially discriminatory, then the Justice  Department will ask the court to place Texas back in the preclearance process  for an undetermined period of time, according to Holder’s prepared speech.

“This is the Department’s first action to protect voting rights following the  Shelby County decision, but it will not be our last,” Holder, the first black  U.S. attorney general, told the group.

The Supreme Court in its June ruling left in place the preclearance process  and most other parts of the Voting Rights Act, invalidating only the formula for  states and localities to be subjected automatically to extra scrutiny.

Some members of Congress have discussed passing a new formula that would  comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling, but they have not done so.

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… Can the Castro Regime (in Cuba) survive without Chavez ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 25th,2013

[-] passing of Castros
soon , Fidel and Rauol will be gone . It will likely bring a new generation of leaders to the fore . These folks will not be as wedded to the Communism of the Castros , and will be forced into reforms .
[-] spreading of “special zones”
the need for more internally generated $$ will force the regime to open up . the needs to meet the demands of the surrounding democratic powers (Mexico , Canada , & yes , the U.S.) will force it .

More and more special zones will be created . it will create problems with corruption , but it will also create opportunities . The needs of the zones , plus the needs of the new players , will force the regime to open state firms to competitors . And the state firms will not last long against the competition , unless they reform themselves , and find a way to survive .

[-] economic realities of 21st century economy
Cuba is stuck in a 1950s to early 1960s economy . Eventually , the need for change will force them to join everyone else in the 21st century .

[-] Maduro ‘ s eventual fall
Nicolas Maduro will not last long . The corruption , and an eventual decline in oil prices (in part from fracking in the U.S.) , and the lack of investment $$ in the Orinoco region (which is itself frackable oil) will  bring Maduro down by a coup , and then new and free elections , which will publicize the Chavezcista corruption , and sweep away the socialism , including the support of Cuba & other nations .

[-] both nation ‘ s fear of the Church
Cuba has never been able to fully combat the power of the Catholic Church . If they cannot , do you think that Venezuela can . You have to be nuts to think so .

..Despite the rhetoric of the Chavistas, the Cuba-Venezuela relationship is decidedly lopsided. It is mostly a relationship of convenience that seems decidedly biased toward Cuba. Official Cuba has worried that the post-Chavez era would see the end of this special relationship. Their anxieties were exacerbated by the close margin of victory Chavez acolyte Nicolas Maduro received, and the fact that his challenger Henrique Capriles made the alliance an election issue.  Maduro traveled to Havana to meet with the regime to reassure them of his commitment to Commandante Chavez’s vision of an enduring alliance.  The next Venezuelan presidential election could change this calculation. Since the Cuban public doesn’t enjoy the freedom to choose its leaders, any changes to the alliance will almost certainly happen only as a result of Venezuela’s voters having a change of heart. Until then, two of the most intolerant and repressive regimes in the Americas will maintain their relationship addiction with the citizenry paying the highest price.

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… Do You Idiots (the ObamaCraps) Understand the words “Shut Up” …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. Jeezus Louise , you folks !

.. Can ‘ t y ‘ all manage to keep your gosh darned mouths shut ? The Israelis pull off a military masterpiece , and help up in the same masterstroke . And , you all find out about it . The Israelis have the self – discipline to keep their lips ” zipped . ” But , for you guys and gals — Nooooo !

.. see below , from the Washington Free Beacon (writen by one of my favourite columnist / writers , Bill Gertz) …

Israel Angered by U.S. Leaks of Submarine Missile Attack on Syria

Israeli officials say leak should have been coordinated with Tel Aviv

Bill Gertz // July 24, 2013 5:00 am

Israeli government officials voiced anger at U.S. press leaks traced to the Pentagon following the July 5 Israeli missile attack on the Syrian port of Latakia that destroyed a shipment of Russian-made anti-ship missiles, according to U.S. officials.

Senior Pentagon officials, including Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter who is currently visiting Israel, discussed the leaks during meetings with Israeli officials this week. The Israelis argued in private meetings and other exchanges that the disclosures could lead to Syrian counterattacks against Israel and should have been coordinated first with Tel Aviv.

Pentagon press secretary George Little declined to comment when asked if Carter discussed the leaks in meetings with Israeli officials on Monday.

The Israeli military attack was unusual because it involved a submarine-launched cruise missile strike on the Syrian city of Latakia, a major port.

The covert attack destroyed a stockpile of what was believed to be 50 new Russian-made anti-ship missiles called the Yakhont that U.S.

.. an israeli german - made dolphin - class diesel sub ..

.. an israeli german – made dolphin – class diesel sub ..

officials said could be used against ships that will provide arms in the future to Syrian rebels.

According to U.S. officials, the Israeli government censored domestic press reports about the attack over concerns that any public discussion might prompt Syrian counterattacks against the Jewish state.

Israel also feared the Yakhont missiles would be transferred to Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based Iranian terrorist organization that in the past was supplied by Iran with advanced Chinese anti-ship missiles.

A Hezbollah-fired C-802 anti-ship missile was used to nearly sink an Israeli corvette off the coast of Lebanon during the 2006 summer war. The C-802s were sold to Iran in the 1990s and transferred to Hezbollah to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the unprecedented security cooperation between the United States and Israel, and to discuss a range of issues of mutual importance, including Syria and Iran,” by Tehran.

Carter met with senior Israeli security officials “Little said in a statement issued Monday.

Among those who met with Carter were Defense Minister Moshe “Boogie” Ya’alon, National Security Advisor retired Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, and retired Maj. Gen. Udi Shani, director general of the Defense Ministry.

“They reaffirmed that the U.S.-Israel defense relationship has never been stronger and agreed to continue to consult closely on shared security interests,” Little said.

The reports on the Latakia raid that angered the Israelis first appeared on CNN July 12 and a day later in the New York Times.

The news organizations quoted “multiple U.S. officials,” and “American officials” respectively.

Israel has carried out several foreign military attacks in recent years, most notably the airstrike that destroyed a Syrian-North Korean nuclear facility at Al Kibar, Syria.

Israel’s military has also conducted attacks in Syria in recent months that were aimed at destroying caches of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles and Iranian short-range ballistic missiles believed destined for Hezbollah fighters.

A U.S. official said signs of Israeli anger over the Latakia raid disclosures appeared in several Israel press outlets. One Israeli official was described as “furious” over the leak because the Pentagon did not coordinate its release of information first with Israel.

Other Israeli officials were quoted as saying that in the aftermath of the Yakhont missile strikes that ties between Israel and Syria had reached a new peak and that there are worries that tying Israel to the attack will prompt Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to retaliate soon or against a future Israeli attack.

Israel has said that it would take action to prevent chemical weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists in Syria. But it has not commented on its lesser actions against Syrian arms sent to the Damascus regime by Russia or Iran, Assad’s main backers.

Israeli press commentary on the Latakia raid disclosures suggested the U.S. news reported risked the lives of Israeli and may have been part of Obama administration debate over U.S. military intervention in Syria’s civil war.

Another commentator, Dan Margalit, stated in the daily newspaper Yisrael Hayom that the leak was part of a U.S. ploy to force Israel into the Syrian conflict as a way to pressure Assad into stepping down and leaving the country, as a way to avoid U.S. military intervention.

Another journalist, Ron Ben-Yishay, wrote on the news website Ynetnews that the Pentagon leaked the information to show that airstrikes in Syria are possible.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this week outlined U.S. military options for Syria in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.).

The Obama administration recently agreed to supply Syrian rebels with small arms but is considering larger military intervention, including the imposition of an air exclusive zone over Syria.

An Israeli government spokesman referred questions about the leaks to a comment made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that was published July 21 in the German news outlet Welt am Sonntag.

Asked if it bothered him that sensitive information was leaked on the Latakia raid and other past operations by Israel’s American friends, Netanyahu said: “I am not responsible for what people say we do or don’t do. I am responsible for our policy which is to prevent the transfer of dangerous weapons to Hezbollah and I am also responsible for what we say and if I have anything to say, I’ll say it.”

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… Earth to ” Three Musketeers ” … [bad boy politicians]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. Get Out of here .

.. Especially you , Anthony Weiner .

.. Bob Filner & Elliot Spitzer are bad enough . Both of them should get out of politics . Filner is a current office holder , being the current Mayor of San Diego . It goes without saying that he should resign his job . He is a serial sexual harasser , fondler , and likely , a sexual assaulter and rapist . He needs to go . Spitzer should withdraw from the Comptroller ‘ s race , today .

.. However , Anthony Weiner is in a class (below) of his own , by himself . The New York Times editorial board declared Tuesday evening that amid more sex scandal accusations, former congressman Anthony Weiner should withdraw from the race for New York mayor.

The board suggested that “the serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City.”

Accusations against Weiner surfaced Tuesday from nightlife website “The Dirty.” The site claims Weiner sexted with a young woman both before and after his resignation from Congress in 2011; screenshots of their alleged online conversations were also posted.

As The Times points out, it is the timing of this newest revelation that matters, “as it would for any politician who violates the public’s trust and then asks to have it back.”

During a press conference on Tuesday, Weiner acknowledged that some of the reports were accurate, and though his problem continued into 2012, “the behavior is behind me.” He plans to continue with his campaign.

The board declared Weiner’s statement “ridiculous.”

LEC again —  anyone suffering from the overexposure like that below (these pictures) should have the decency , dignity , and sanity to withdraw . I rarely quote from the Slimes , much less want to use their material . Today , I do .  Take your dirty laundry , Anthony , and  GO  ! …

weiner press gaggle

... how disgusting is this ...

… how disgusting is this …

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… This Guy just might be For Real …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. he is the Reverend E. W. Jackson . He is a well – known figure in Virginia ‘ s Black community . The reason many may not have heard of him ? He is a Republican , and a very conservative one at that . Listen to the audio of an appearance at a radio station , and follow the campaign , and judge for yourself …

.. EW Jackson is running for Lt. Governor of Virginia and as an African-American Republican, he has a unique insight and message for President Obama with regard to his recent comments about the George Zimmerman murder trial.  Jackson appeared on “Mornings on the Mall” on WMAL in Washington DC this morning with me and co-host Brian Wilson.

The host pointed out the president’s remarks from Friday and asked him, “The president says he could have been Trayvon, Rev. Jackson, could you have been Trayvon?”

“The president racialized it, making it about a black man, making it about being African-American, making it about a racial confrontation.  I don’t think it was racial at all.  I prefer to think of it this way – any young American could have been in the same situation.  You know, young people have a lot of swagger – they’re part of this whole pop culture, and they don’t like being challenged.  Any young person.”

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… A New Member of the Loonies Club …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. and that person ‘ s name ???

.. Ed Schultz , @ pMSNBC , who else . Some of the best words to describe him … lazy , insane , assinine , radical …

.. put them together , and what do you get — L I A R !!

.. The important background facts you should know about Ed Schultz: He was a sportscaster until he was 38 and began his talk-radio career attempting to be a conservative Rush Limbaugh imitator, failed at that and then re-invented himself as a “progressive” host, which provided the platform by which Ed got an MSNBC show in 2009.

.. Ed’s basic problem is that he’s not very bright, nor is he well-educated, and he is essentially phony. His father was an aeronautical engineer and his mother was an English teacher, which means that Ed grew up in middle-class comfort, and his whole “populist” blue-collar shtick is just that, a shtick. Anyone who has ever watched or listened to Ed Schultz understands that he is a very angry man — he reminds you of every angry drunk you ever knew — and this is basically the selling point of the shtick. If you are the type of person who hates Republicans and rich people and “Corporate America,” then Ed Schultz will give voice to your anger.

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… Was George Zimmerman profiling Trayvon Martin ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. I would argue , No . And I have good company .

.. The simple facts of the situation were this: Black teenage boys were committing burglaries at the townhouse community, Zimmerman had been appointed captain of the neighborhood watch . This appointment , and this resulted in him making a number of 911 calls reporting suspicious activity by black teenage boys.

.. As with so much else in this story, the truth was actually known — or at least, it was knowable, if anyone cared to look it up — because the press reported it. Reuters, April 25, 2012:

[O]ne black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.

“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”

.. This may or may not change anyone’s basic opinion of the situation, but there is no excuse for accusations based on ignorance. If black teenagers are committing crimes in your neighborhood, and you report suspected crimes to the cops, this is not “racial profiling.”

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… Yes , Joe , Trayvon was Armed … with his fists , his superior position , and concrete …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. GZ and being the Aggressor ..

.. Of course , that is not what happened. We know for a fact that the verbal confrontation became a physical confrontation at some trayvon martinpoint .

.. George Zimmerman asserts that Trayvon sucker – punched him , and that the initial strike broke his nose . We only have George ‘ s word for that . Fortunately for George , we also have the witness , John Good . Frankly, even this carries little weight in relation to the self-defense law of this case. Nothing up until this point carries much weight , because nothing either man had done up until this point remotely approaches deadly force .

.. Self-defense law isn’t relevant through the scramble for position that takes the men away from the “T” intersection, and to the eventual positioning of Trayvon Martin mounted upon George Zimmerman. Up until this point, Trayvon Martin was possibly guilty of felony battery, but he had not done anything justifying a lethal-force response . The felonly battery charge comes from the sucker punch .

.. A punch may well be considered deadly force to a reasonable jury . The first punch does not constituate deadly force . Only after Trayvon Martin had firmly established a mounted position of control dominating George Zimmerman did it become deadly force . Then , and only then , the actions of Trayvon Martin against George Zimmerman start building a legal justification for the use of deadly force.

.. When Trayvon first bounced Zimmerman’s head off the concrete by either punching his head and driving it into the concrete, or by

... george zimmerman  ...

… george zimmerman …

more intentionally grabbing his head and smashing it against the concrete, the very first blow — no matter how hard the strike — was the legal justification for the use of deadly force. Self-defense law is not predicated upon sustaining injuries. In another circumstance, you would not have to wait for someone wielding a knife to finally stab you, or allow a man with a gun to keep shooting at you until he finally makes a hit before you respond. Trayvon Martin’s first attempt to slam George Zimmerman’s head into the concrete was assault with a deadly weapon, whether he successfully connected or not.

We know from the testimony of eyewitness John Good and George Zimmerman and the botched identification of Jane Surdyka that Trayvon Martin was the “final aggressor” in this conflict. He had established a powerful dominant position that left George Zimmerman nearly defenseless. Trayvon Martin was able to deliver punishment at will, and chose to use concrete, a deadly weapon.

.. He refused to stop , as George Zimmerman offered no effective resistance  . He refused to stop as George Zimmerman screamed for help. He refused to stop when  John Good told him to stop .

.. Zimmerman felt he was about to potentially lose consciousness with the next strike of his head against concrete . He had no neighbors around him refusing to offer any assistance at all, George Zimmerman must have felt something like Kitty Genovese, who was stabbed to death over a period of time in Queens, New York, in 1964 as her neighbors ignored her cries for help.

.. Fortunately for him, George Zimmerman had one advantage over Kitty Genovese. He had a pistol tucked into a black nylon holster inside the waistband of his pants, just behind his right hip. He either twisted to his left a small amount or raised his hips in a maneuver known as a “bridge” just long enough to slip his hand into his holster and to draw his pistol. Forensic pathologist Vincent Di Maio — who wrote the book Gunshot Wounds used by pathologists and medical examiners — says the evidence shows Trayvon Martin was still in an attacking position when George Zimmerman tucked his elbow against his body and fired his gun one time as it touched Trayvon Martin’s shirt.

.. So , Joe Scarborough , Trayvon  Martin was the aggressor , not George Zimmerman . He had established the dominant position . Martin was using his advantages (his fists , his physical position , and the concrete) to his advantage . He hada to change the situation . he had the legitimate reason to use  deadly force — and he did .

[here] is Joe Scarborough ‘ s video commentary [h/t  — RealClearPolitics] , and

[here] is Sean Hannity ‘ s response [h/t –RCP]

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… Gee , You would think “mr. Bill” would get the Point ??? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. speaaking of loonies , Bill Schmailfeldt strikes again . He ended up getting himself banned again from the the DailyKos (er Kooks) for his usual brand of bull[bleep] . He registered under another alias , and cyberstalked the Kooks . However , to give them credit , they caught him …

… from theOtherMcCain …

Let us agree that a troll must cross a high threshold of obnoxiousness to be deemed Too Disgusting for Daily Kos, yet Schmalfeldt cleared the mark with surprising ease, thanks to his extraordinarily perverse discourse about butt sex. (C’mon, click this link. Double-dog dare ya.)

Banned from DKos in May 2012 as “Bill Schmalfeldt,” he attempted to return to DKos as “Patriot Ombudsman,” reposting something

... mr Bill , aka Penishead ...

… mr Bill , aka Penishead …

tedious he had published elsewhere about his legal battle with John Hoge. Schmalfeldt prefaced this weird tale (referring to himself in third-person) by describing it as a “story of a reputation ruined beyond repair by right wing nut jobs for no reason other than they wanted to.” Schmalfeldt claimed to be the victim of “a coordinated smear attack by the blowflies that buzz around the dessicated corpse of Andrew Breitbart.” And he included a screen-cap of my July 12 post, “Deranged Cyberstalker Bill Schmalfeldt Inspires Epic ‘Downfall’ Parody Video.”

What he was attempting to do, as any psychologist would recognize, is blame-shifting: Bill is not responsible for the bad thing that happened; Bill is a helpless victim of what they did to him. (For those not familiar with mental health problems, it may help to read about “Locus of Control,” and also to understand that a disturbance in the sense of agency is typical of schizophrenia.)

Only examination by a trained clinical specialist, of course, could determine if Bill Schmalfeldt is suffering from mental illness, but you don’t need a Ph.D. to conclude that he is nuts, wacko, berserk, demented, zany, bonkers, batshit crazy and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

Insofar as Bill Schmalfeldt had his “reputation ruined,” it was he who ruined it, not any “right wing nut jobs.” There were no “coordinated smear attacks,” but merely a series of responses to Schmalfeldt’s own obnoxious actions. If Schmalfeldt imagined that he could insult, disparage and harass others without the targets of these attacks ever reacting to defend themselves, well, he’s crazy.

But I think we’ve already established that, eh?

The origins and history of this episode are easily determined. On June 3, 2012, four days after Brett Kimberlin had Aaron Walker briefly arrested at a hearing in Maryland, Bill Schmalfeldt popped up on Twitter trying to bait Walker into commenting on Kimberlin. This coincidence — the judge on May 29, 2012, ordered Walker not to write about Kimberlin — escaped my notice until Walker pointed it out.

Was this “coordinated”? Had someone acting at Kimberlin’s behest urged Schmalfeldt to interrogate Walker, in an attempt to get Walker to violate the judge’s order, so as to provide Kimberlin with a new pretext for legal action against Walker? I have never claimed that this was the case, although Walker himself is certainly suspicious.

Let others speculate about motives, I merely describe what happened. Over the course of several months, Bill Schmalfeldt’s online harassment escalated, and always directed at antagonists of Kimberlin.

At one point (during Thanksgiving weekend), Schmalfeldt sent me more than 200 hostile Twitter messages in the span of 48 hours. But certainly the worst was Schmalfeldt’s maniacal online attacks against Lee Stranahan, a hateful spree that included shockingly vile writings about Stranahan’s wife and children. Stranahan eventually filed charges of harassment against Schmalfeldt, but the charges were dismissed. However, because John Hoge had given Stranahan a ride from the airport (Stranahan flew from Texas to Baltimore to file charges), Schmalfeldt then turned his obsessive rage against Hoge, which led eventually to Hoge getting a peace order against Schmalfeldt.

Schmalfeldt initiated the conflict, Schmalfeldt escalated the conflict, and at any time Schmalfeldt could have ended the conflict simply by ceasing his relentless attacks against Kimberlin’s enemies. For Schmalfeldt then to use Daily Kos to claim that he was victimized “by right wing nut jobs for no reason other than they wanted to” expresses a belief so far from reality that it can only be called delusional.

And what do we call people with delusional beliefs? Crazy.

Schmalfeldt has now been banned again at Daily Kos, and some of the comments by the DKos regulars are enlightening :

Anyone wondering why this troll was banned the first time should read [Schmalfeldt’s May 2012 post about anal sex].
He posts stupid attempts at humor, often offensive, and gets pissy when he is not heralded as a comedic genius.
When Tree Climbers objected to the language of the POS excerpted above, merely asking for a trigger warning, he mocked them and tried to “out” their charity.
Cried about it in another diary as well.

He was horrible in the comments and deserves no mercy this go round.

i recall he wanted to do a story on a fellow kossack (something about exposing things at her place of work). he harassed and pressured her, and clearly ‘stalked’ her. demeaned her…because she wouldn’t give him the story that would likely elevate him to the levels of woodward/bernstein…or something.
creepy.

Oh shit! Did anyone’s creepy meter go off? Mine sure did. Writing about yourself in third person should automatically come with a warning label.

These are comments from stalwart progressives, not “right wing nut jobs,” not by anyone with any political sympathy for Aaron Walker or Lee Stranahan or any of Schmalfeldt’s other targets. The fact is that Schmalfeldt’s online behavior has been atrocious enough that he has made himself persona non grata even among his own ideological allies. No “coordinated smear” was involved. Bill Schmalfeldt is just crazy.

But I’m pretty sure I mentioned that earlier . . .

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… More from the “Three Musketeers??” [Weiner,Filner,Spitzer] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. or , is it that Anthony Weiner is playing “catchup…” [joke intended]

.. I am amazed that this arrogant and boorish [bleep] is even thinking of staying in the New York City mayor ‘ s race . I have to wonder

English: Anthony Weiner at the LGBT Pride para...

English: Anthony Weiner at the LGBT Pride parade, New York City, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

about the public opinion polls , though . Even though it is still many weeks to election day , Weiner is still leader (as is Spitzer , for NYC comptroller) . What is it in the water these days in the Big Apple ?

.. Also , what is it with Huma Abedin , Weiner ‘ s wife . She is actually talking in public , and staying with Sluggo through all of this . Why ? She should wheel , turn , slap him , kick him in the balls , and walk out (with their child) , and then file for divorce .

.. Was Anthony Weiner set up? I don’t usually go in for conspiracy theories; besides, the whole spectacle of Weiner-Spitzer-Filner makes a conspiracy implausible even for the most implacable Grassy Knollers. It’s not just that all three of these less-than-gentle-men have names that coincidentally end in “-er,” but the fact that they all sound like bad porn star pseudonyms. Though now that you mention it, “Carlos Danger” is a pretty good porn pseudonym, too.

.. The indirect claim in the documentary “Client 9” about Spitzer’s fall that the nefarious Roger Stone was somehow behind it all sounds more than farfetched–until you take in the bizarre fact that Stone has a prominent tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back. What’s up with that? Anyone with a Nixon tattoo on their upper back has to be a little . . . bent.

weiner sexting

Take in that last sentence: “Specifically your health care rants were a huge turn on“!!!

Are there really liberals out there who are turned on by Weiner’s panting about health care ?

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