Friday, October 31, 2008

Iraqi vet's video endorsement of McCain gets big audience

An Iraqi vet who hasn't been in politics has made the surprise video endorsement hit of this campaign season with over 11 million views. Check it out.

Obama's aunt living illegally in the US - in public housing

Why isn't this surprising? An illegal alien aunt of Obama living in America at taxpayer expense - and Obama will probably claim he knew as little about this as he knew about Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, etc., etc. No doubt, she's also getting taxpayer supplied medical care. But, according to Obama, taxpayers aren't doing enough.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D945TEE01&show_article=1

Obama's "new politics" includes massive fraudulent campaign contributions

The blogosphere has been reporting for some time now that the Obama money machine is fueled by untraceable contributions facilitated by the deliberate disabling of normal credit card checks by the Obama donation acceptance system. Just as Dems can't imagine that ACORN would fraudulently sign up dead voters, they also can't imagine that encouraging fraudulent contributions would lead to any actual fraud. How convenient.

http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/blog/g/201ba925-88b7-4009-ab98-93a7c796b1d6

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obama's "tax cuts" shifting downward

Obama's campaign is rapidly shifting downward the threshold of earnings subject to his "tax cuts" (after his huge tax increases by reversing the Bush tax cuts). First, his own campaign ads have dropped the threshold to $200k, and now his irrepressible VP candidate Joe Biden has been talking about $150k. That's a 40% reduction in income levels before the campaign is even over. Is anyone surprised?

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/10/who_is_going_to_have_their_tax_2.html

Comparing the Bush economy to Europe

If you think lack of regulation and lower taxes have hurt the US economy, check this comparison of the US with the far more regulated, higher taxed European economies. Of course, you'd never know how well the US has done by listening to the Obamedia.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/exactly_wrong_again.html

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bill Ayers wanted to kill 25 million Americans

During his Weather Underground days, Obama buddy William Ayers said that it would be necessary to kill about 25 million Americans in extermination camps after the revolution. This would have been consistent with the mass killings carried out by Marxists in countries they did manage to control, so it is perhaps not surprising. This interview also reveals that Ayers specifically ordered that bombs they made contain shrapnel to cause maximum casualties. What prior American presidential candidate has had friends like this?

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/eyewitness-to-the-ayers-revolution/

Obama says he chose his friends carefully - Marxists

In this damning admission from his book, Dreams From My Father, Obama says he chose his friends carefully in college, among them, Marxist professors.

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/28/obama-affinity-marxists-dates-college-days/

Monday, October 27, 2008

Christian vices are socialist virtues

Socialism was the first great secular religion to challenge God centered religions beginning in the 19th century. (Environmentalism has become the second such secular religion.) Like previous religions, socialism provides an all encompassing worldview, complete with its own set of goals, virtues, and vices. It's interesting how socialism's virtues are almost the same list as Chritianity's vices.

For example, love of material goods is a vice in Christianity, but the very foundation of socialist theology. The only important way to analyze the human condition, according to socialism, is based on materialism.

Envy is considered a major vice in Christianity, but is elevated to a major virtue in socialism. In socialist theology, you have every right, in fact, an obligation, to be angry about anyone having more material wealth than you do.

Theft is considered a sin in Christianity, but is a virtue in socialism. Taking wealth from people who have more than you do, by force if necessary, is one of the foundation principles of socialism.

Hate is considered one of the worst sins in Christianity, but it is considered a virtue in socialism to hate the "rich", who may be robbed or killed by virtuous socialists to achieve "social justice."

Of course, murder is a fundamental sin in Christianity, but is a virtuous method of redistributing wealth and achieving a new "social order" according to hardcore socialists.

These are not just theoretical differences. Socialists have proven through the blood soaked history of the 20th century that they are willing to rob and kill tens of millions to achieve their paradise on earth.

In America, which supposedly supports separation of church and state, the new secular religions of socialism and environmentalism are exempt from this rule. Only these new religions are allowed to overtly influence and direct state policy. The environmental religion has even acquired a government department, the EPA, to enforce its beliefs. So we now have an official state religion. Socialism, however, has as much, if not more power, as the religion of government.

Both religions are cooperating to tear down our remaining freedom from government control. The process is already well along, and within the lifetime of today's children, we may only have the freedom to do as we are told. Moreover, the new religions will insist that the silly virtues of Christianity be replaced by their new, "improved" virtues.

According to Philadelphia Enquirer, white people shouldn't be allowed to vote

Check this incredible column in a major US paper, seriously advocating that white people shouldn't be allowed to vote. The problem with the left is that, just when you think they couldn't get any nastier or more hateful, they do. As Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot proved, there really is no limit to the repression the left will engage in to achieve "social justice."

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20081026_White_people_shouldn_t_be_allowed_to_vote.html

Peaceful Muslims kill Christians

Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul are being gunned down, forcing many to leave.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article5021028.ece

Obama's tax increases for people making under $250k

This is the best analysis I've seen of the effects of Obama's tax plan on people making under the magic $250,000.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/senator_obamas_four_tax_increa.html

A good timeline of the causes of the financial crisis

This is an excellent description of the history of the subprime mortgage crisis.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/what_really_happened_in_the_mo.html

Proof that Obama is a socialist

Here's proof, if any more is needed, that Barack Obama favors socialist "redistribution of wealth". From a 2001 radio interview in Chicago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

William Ayers' was a communist

William Ayers wrote a book calling himself a communist and advocating communist victory in Vietnam. The communist victory that ensued caused the murder of over 2 million Cambodians and Vietnamese, yet Ayers has said repeatedly that he has no regrets and only wishes he could have done more. And this is a man, among other similar people, who Obama chose to develop a close association with. And Obama talks about McCain's judgement. Apparently, Obama thinks association with Ayers reflects good judgement. What do you think?

http://www.zombietime.com/prairie_fire/

The government wins by failing

When businesses fail to satisfy their customers, they produce financial losses, and if they don't improve their performance, they go out of business. The government, on the other hand, acquires more wealth and power by failing to fulfill its responsibilities. That's one of the main differences between government and business.

It is remarkable that the two current crises were both caused by federal government action, yet the government will become far more powerful as a result. Both the critical dependence on foreign oil, and the financial meltdown, were caused by the federal government itself.

In the case of the energy crisis, it was caused by the federal government's suppression of virtually all forms of domestic energy production. New offshore oil drilling? Prohibited. New Alaskan oil production? Prohibited. New nuclear power plants? Prohibited. New coal fired power plants? Prohibited. New oil refineries? Prohibited. Significant oil shale production? Prohibited.

Thirty plus years ago the federal Department of Energy was created to "solve" the energy crisis which began in the 1970's. Tens of billions of dollars have been spent. Have they solved it? The country is much more dependent on foreign oil than it was then. What is the result? Obama is talking about taking more money from the energy industry to give to the government to "solve" the problem.

If the government had allowed the energy industry to produce the ample energy resources we have for the past 30 years, we wouldn't have a shortage today. But because it has utterly failed to solve the problem itself, the government is now spending more and more on ridiculous schemes which have no chance whatever of reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Government has failed, but has gained power as a result.

Government regulation forced Fannie, Freddie, and the banks to make subprime loans which are at the heart of the current financial crisis. Yet, with the help of a compliant media, the government has turned this colossal failure into an opportunity to increase its power over the financial sector.

These are just two examples of a general principle that government wins by failing. Government agencies don't get increased funding when things are going well. They only get increases when there is a problem, usually of their own making. So if you want failure, support government efforts to take over additional areas of the economy.

Health care? If the government takes over, you can expect our 5 year cancer survival rate (for men) to change from the American level of 63% to the British national health care rate of 45%. Just think, 1 out of 3 people who survives cancer here, dies in England. Get ready for this "improvement."

With Obama likely to win the coming election, we can expect more government failure, and more government power as a result.

MSM viewership fades

After dispensing with any pretense of impartiality, it's not surprising that network viewer numbers are in freefall. Why would any Republican watch programs which are just advertisements for Democrats?

http://drudgereport.com/flashnf.htm

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Obama was affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America

This blog entry documents Obama's relationship with the DSA. His socialist ties are getting clearer and clearer, yet his MSM supporters act as if calling him a socialist is just a smear. Facts are apparently smears if they are inconvenient for a Demcratic candidate.

http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/10/07/obama-is-hiding-a-radical-past/

A Democratic newspaper columnist calls on the MSM to report the truth about the subprime mortgage crisis

It's been obvious to Republicans for a long time that most of the MSM has long since abandoned any pretense of objectivity or fairness in reporting the news. Now a Democratic columnist has challenged the MSM to report the truth about the financial meltdown, and questioned the ethics and honesty of their reporting to date.

It's a very good column.

http://www.ldsmag.com/ideas/081017light.html

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Iran's buddy, Germany

From Powerline blog, "Germany's ambassador to Iran, Herbert Honsowitz, has told the Iranian government not to worry about Berlin's announcement that it will reduce trade with Iran. Honsowitz noted that German companies have utilized the United Arab Emirates as a middleman for more than $4 billion in trade. He added: 'At the present time the Economic Affairs Section of the German Embassy is working on taking the necessary measures to preserve and improve economic relations between the private sector in Germany and Iran.'"

It's incredible that a country with Germany's history is actively helping a government that promises to destroy Israel and wipe out the Jewish people.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2008/10/021825.php

Great Critique of "Global Warming"

This is an open letter to John McCain which presents the arguments against anthropogenic global warming as well as any article I've seen recently. It's long and detailed, but covers most of the issues very well. It's an education and well worth reading.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/an_open_letter_from_the_viscou_1.html

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Did Barack and Ayers share an office for 3 years?

Far from being just "a guy in my neighborhood", William Ayers apparently worked at the same address as Barack Obama for 3 years, and Obama funded Ayers' activities to the tune of nearly $2,000,000.

As usual, blogs are doing the investigative work while the MSM is busy worshipping at The Messiah's feet.

http://www.verumserum.com/?p=2907

An article tying ACORN and Obama to the subprime mortgage meltdown

This New York Post article recounts ACORN's use of violent tactics to defend and expand the practice of subprime lending that is at the core of the current financial meltdown. It describes links between the ACORN thugs and prominent Democrats, including Obama, who worked for and channeled money to ACORN. So when a Democrat starts bleating about "the failure of capitalism", please remind him that, as usual, government regulation itself caused these massive losses, and that The Messiah is deeply involved with an organization that is one of the primary instigators of this regulatory failure.

http://www.nypost.com/php/pfriendly/print.php?url=http://www.nypost.com/seven/10132008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/spreading_the_virus_133375.htm

Thanks to Bill Tudor for forwarding this one.

Some great pics of the sun

Unless you're an astronomer, these might be the most spectacular images of the sun you've ever seen. They're stunning.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/10/the_sun.html

Video of John McCain's speech at the Al Smith dinner

Apparently the Al Smith memorial dinner in New York is a major tradition because both John and Barack showed up, along with Hillary, Michael Bloomberg, etc. Both McCain and Obama gave humorous speeches. In my humble opinion, McCain's was funnier - in fact, it was surprisingly good, considering his usual communications skills. If you haven't checked it out, part 1 is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bhvIvYrsQo

And part 2 is here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ-XOVmNia0

It's worth watching.

Did Bill Ayers help Obama write "Dreams From My Father"?

This article compares Obama's writing and history to Bill Ayers' and finds interesting parallels. It's worth reading.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/evidence_mounts_ayers_cowrote.html

Hawaii dropping child universal healthcare

The first state universal child healthcare plan is being dropped because of soaring expenses. In a preview of what's to come with Obama's healthcare plan, children were dropping out of private healthcare plans to join the state program. Incredibly, the state apparently hadn't anticipated this, so expenses began to skyrocket.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D93SBEUG0&show_article=1

A national list of ACORN vote fraud activities

This link comes from a gay conservative blog, in case you didn’t know there were any. It provides a nationwide list of reports on fraudulent voter registration activities by ACORN, Obama’s former employer, and the organization his campaign paid $800,000+ to “get out the vote”. If you’ll recall, Obama was asked about his association with ACORN in the last debate, and simply lied about it.

http://www.gaypatriot.net/2008/10/14/state-by-state-fraud-by-electoral-fraud/

Feds blocking more American oil production

It's been clear for quite a while that the only reason America is dependent on foreign oil is suppression of domestic production by agencies of the federal government. In this case, the liberal 9th circuit court of appeals is preventing Shell Oil from exploring leases it has paid for off the north coast of Alaska by the simple expedient of failing to rule on a lawsuit filed by the usual environmental organizations to block the exploration.

This is one of many examples of environmental groups teaming up with sympathetic judges to block energy production. So we can look forward to much higher energy prices and dependence on our enemies for energy supplies, thanks to our own government, acting in concert with members of The Green Religion.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122428292829946089.html

Left wing justice department lawyers target GOP activist for legal activity

Many have expressed concern that an Obama administration would misuse the Justice Department and other federal agencies to suppress conservative political speech. Apparently, liberal lawyers in the Justice Department aren't waiting for the Messiah to begin the suppression. They have indicted a former Republican congressional candidate in California for supposedly "misleading investigators" about sending a factual letter to Latino voters reminding them that only citizens are allowed to vote. This is a clear effort to encourage vote fraud by illegal aliens. As usual, Bush Justice Department management is asleep at the switch.

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/justice-dept-targets-gop-activists-warning-of-illegal-voting/

Thursday, October 16, 2008

State mandating cuts in electricity usage

A preview of what an Obama administration might do to reduce American energy usage has been made into law in Pennsylvania. There, electric utilities are required to cut their customers' electricity consumption in the next several years or face big fines. There is no way this can be done without raising electricity prices - just what struggling families and businesses need.

This is part of the Democrats' overall strategy to reduce American wealth by strangling our energy supply. Why would they do this? Because they're believers in The Green Religion, into which many socialists have morphed.

These kinds of programs - and there are more and more lurking under the media radar - make a mockery of the left's ostentatious concern for the poor. Raising energy prices hurts the poor the most.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081016/ap_on_re_us/pennsylvania_electricity

The best current poll

This IBD/TIPP poll was the closest to the actual vote in 2004, and this version shows the internals.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/docs/2008-IBD-TIPP-DAY3.html

24,000 Ineligible Felons Given Ballots in Washington

What's even more interesting is that the state computer system set up to catch illegal voters was explicitly programmed not to catch these illegal voters. The state's excuse? "It was too difficult to verify their status." Want another reason? Most felons are Democrats.

http://www.kirotv.com/news/17714516/detail.html

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

An example of absentee ballot vote fraud in Ohio

The indefatigable Michelle Malkin has the story of a group of leftist activists who don't live in Ohio receiving absentee ballots at the same phony address. Multiply this example by thousands in states around the country to see the result of lax registration standards and expanded vote by mail practices. Our democracy may soon achieve the same legitimacy as democratic paragons like Robert Mugabe and Hugo Chavez.

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/10/15/voter-fraud-alert-houseful-of-out-of-state-obama-activists-registered-as-ohio-voters-received-absentee-ballots/

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

More Euro Green Insanity

Just when you thought devotees of The Green Religion couldn't get more ridiculous, they come up with something even wackier. Now, before doing plant research in Switzerland, researchers must do a study on whether the research harms the plant's "dignity". They have to show that the research won't "disturb the vital functions or lifestyle" of the plants.

This would be hilarious if it weren't for the fact that similarly vacuous Green concerns have already led to the deaths of millions of people.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122359549477921201.html

Democratic vote fraud ramping up in Ohio

There really isn't much reason to believe that national elections are honestly conducted any more. Blatant vote fraud schemes are proliferating like weeds after a spring rain. None are more flagrant than the scheme hatched by the Ohio Democratic Secretary of State to allow same day registration and voting without checking any ID or proof of residency.

The Obama campaign plans to bus thousands of people to register and vote without anyone knowing who they are or where they live. The writer of this article spoke to one "homeless" man who had been bussed in to vote, who was taking a bus back to Chicago.

This same day voting scheme was approved even though the Ohio state constitution explicitly requires a 30 day period between registration and voting. Her rationale? Thirty days would elapse before the votes were counted. So if the Democrats win, we won't know whether they really won, or whether they just stole the election. If it's close, you can bet on the latter.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/how_to_steal_ohio.html

Another reason to homeschool

Public schools are getting less and less subtle in their left wing indoctrination efforts. A Wisconsin 8th grade English "Literature" book has a 15 page advertisement for Barak Obama, and nothing on his campaign opponents.

http://realdebatewisconsin.blogspot.com/2008/10/racine-schools-hand-out-textbook-with.html

Another example of ACORN vote fraud

Via Powerline blog, a CNN news report that the Obama affiliated organization ACORN turned in 5,000 voter registrations in Indiana, of which the first 2,100 examined turned out to be 100% fraudulent. This is only one of many examples of this kind of thing with ACORN. As this organization is linked with the Obama campaign and the Democratic party, this is simply the organization the Dems use to engage in massive vote fraud, while preserving plausible deniability that it's an inherent part of their strategy to win elections.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/10/021768.php

John Bolton on the North Korean Nuclear Talks

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton sees a lot not to like about the Bush administration's decision to take North Korea off the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122385733887027383.html

Monday, October 13, 2008

A subprime mortgage crisis timeline

Presented below is an excerpt of an email received from Cindy Carter:

The following is a condensation of a series from the Investor's Business Daily explaining "What Caused the Loan Crisis":

1977: Pres. Jimmy Carter signs the Community Reinvestment Act into Law. The law pressured financial institutions to extend home loans to those who would otherwise not qualify.

The Premise: Home ownership would improve poor and crime-ridden communities and neighborhoods in terms of crime, investment, jobs, etc. Results: Statistics bear out that it did not help.

How did the government get so deeply involved in the housing market? Answer: Bill Clinton wanted it that way. 1992: Republican representative Jim Leach (IO) warned of the danger that Fannie and Freddie were changing from being agencies of the public at large to money machines for the principals and the stockholding few.

1993: Clinton extensively rewrote Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's rules turning the quasi-private mortgage-funding firms into semi-nationalized monopoies dispensing cash and loans to large Democratic voting blocks and handing favors, jobs and contributions to political allies. This potent mix led inevitably to corruption and now the collapse of Freddie and Fannie.

1994: Despite warnings, Clinton unveiled his National Home-Ownership Strategy which broadened the CRA in ways Congress never intended.

1995: Congress was about to change from a Democrat majority to Republican, so Clinton ordered Robert Rubin's Treasury Dept to rewrite the rules. Under Rubin, Treasury reworked rules forcing banks to satisfy quotas for sub-prime and minority loans to get a satisfactory CRA rating. The rating was key to expansion or mergers for banks.

1997 - 1999: Clinton, bypassing Republicans, enlisted Andrew Cuomo, then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, allowing Freddie and Fannie to get into the sub-prime market in a BIG way. Led by Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd, Congress doubled down on the risk by easing capital limits and allowing them to hold just 2.5% of capital to back their investments vs. 10% for banks. Since they could borrow at lower rates than banks their enterprises boomed.

With incentives in place, banks poured billions in loans into poor communities, often "no doc", "no income", requiring no money down and no verification of income. Worse still was the cronyism: Fannie and Freddie became home to out-of work-politicians, mostly Clinton Democrats. 384 politicians got big campaign donations from Fannie and Freddie. Over $200 million had been spent on lobbying and political activities.

During the 1990's Fannie and Freddie enjoyed a subsidy of as much as $182 billion, most of it going to principals and shareholders, not poor borrowers as claimed. Did it work? Minorities made up 49% of the 12.5 million new homeowners but many of those loans have gone bad and the minority homeownership rates are shrinking fast.

1999: The new Treasury Secretary, Lawrence Summers, became alarmed at Fannie and Freddie's excesses. Congress held hearings the ensuing year but nothing was done because Fannie and Freddie had donated millions to key congressmen and radical groups, ensuring no meaningful changes would take place. "We manage our political risk with the same intensity that we manage our credit and interest rate risks," Fannie CEO Franklin Raines, a former Clinton official and current Barack Obama advisor, bragged to investors in 1999.

2000: Secretary Summers sent Undersecretary Gary Gensler to Congress seeking an end to the "special status". Democrats raised a ruckus as did Fannie and Freddie, headed by politically connected CEO's who knew how to reward and punish. "We think that the statements evidence a contempt for the nation's housing and mortgage markets" Freddie spokesperson Sharon McHale said. It was the last chance during the Clinton era for reform.

2001: Republicans try repeatedly to bring fiscal sanity to Fannie and Freddie but Democrats blocked any attempt at reform; especially Rep. Barney Frank and Sen.Chris Dodd who now run key banking committees and were huge beneficiaries of campaign contributions from the mortgage giants.

2003: Bush proposes what the NY Times called "the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago". Even after discovering a scheme by Fannie and Freddie to overstate earnings by $10.6 billion to boost their bonuses, the Democrats killed reform.

2005: Then Fed chairman Alan Greenspan warns Congress: "We are placing the total financial system at substantial risk". Sen. McCain, with two others, sponsored a Fannie/Freddie reform bill and said, "If congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system and the economy as a whole". Sen. Harry Reid accused the GOP of trying to "cripple the ability of Fannie and Freddie to carry out their mission of expanding home ownership" The bill went nowhere.

2007: By now Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee over HALF of the $12 trillion US mortgage market. The mortgage giants, whose executive suites were top-heavy with former Democratic officials, had been working with Wall St. to repackage the bad loans and sell them to investors. As the housing market fell in '07, subprime mortgage portfolios suffered major losses. The crisis was on, though it was 15 years in the making.

2008: McCain has repeatedly called for reforming the behemoths, Bush urged reform 17 times. Still the media have repeated Democrats' talking points about this being a "Republican" disaster. A few Republicans are complicit but Fannie and Freddie were created by Democrats, regulated by Democrats, largely run by Democrats and protected by Democrats.

That's why taxpayers are now being told to pony up $700 billion.

Postscript: ACORN is one of the principle beneficiaries of Fannie/Freddie's slush funds. They are currently under indictment or investigation in many states. Barack Obama once served as one of their legal counsel.

Obama's welfare plan

Barak Obama has cleverly disguised a massive new welfare program as a "tax cut" plan by using refundable tax credits as welfare payments to millions of Americans who are not currently on welfare. Presumably, once hooked on these payments, recipients are likely to vote for whoever promises to increase these payments, ie, Democrats. The media, of course, is providing cover for this income redistribution scheme. This article lays out the ugly facts.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122385651698727257.html

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Evidence of McCain's effort to reform Fannie and Freddie

Via the excellent Powerline blog, this blog entry includes a copy of the letter McCain and 19 other Republican senators wrote in May of 2006 urging reform of Fannie and Freddie and warning of the danger posed by the lending practices of these institutions.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/10/021750.php

The two story outhouse





This was forwarded by Brian Hillam of the UK. There's nothing more to say.

Healthcare benefits exploding at the UN

One of the major unreported government ripoffs is the lavish pension and healthcare benefits which government employees have given themselves at the expense of the rest of us. It seems the UN has a slight problem getting member governments to pony up the billions needed to fund them. It has resolutely squeezed down on benefit levels to the point that employees now have to work a full 10 years - up from 5 years - to qualify for lifetime healthcare benefits. It makes one weep to think of the deprivation that UN bureaucrats must endure.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,434545,00.html

Another study linking red wine to reduced lung cancer risk

A number of studies have been published during the past few years suggesting that red wine consumption reduces the risk of developing some types of cancers. This one reports a 60% reduction in risk of lung cancer from red wine consumption. Finally, a vice thats good for you!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081009/hl_nm/us_red_wine

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Barack Obama's citizenship in question

There have been a number of articles written questioning whether Obama is actually an American citizen qualified to run for President. The issue has been fueled by the apparent refusal of the Obama campaign to make available a certified copy of his birth certificate. The closest they have come is to post a supposed copy on the web, which authenticity has been disputed by document experts and at least one employee of the Hawaii hospital records department where he claims to have been born.

This may or may not amount to something, but the MSM, of course, won't do any serious investigative work. A Pennsylvania Democratic Party affiliated attorney has filed suit to try to compel Obama to release his birth certificate, which he is resisting. This link to a YouTube video provides some information regarding the issues.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/this_could_be_the_game_changer.html

Anniversary of Che's Death

In another example of the appalling job the media have done of informing people about what's really going on, the anniversary of Che Guevara’s death reminds us that to many people, Che was some kind of hero, not the vicious murderer he actually was. This article paints a picture of the real Che.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/che_guevaras_rendevouz_with_ju.html

A completely dysfunctional mainstream media

One has to conclude that the system by which people get and process political information is completely dysfunctional. We’re in the midst of a financial panic caused by clear, identifiable actions at specific points in time by specific people. Yet the same people who caused the problem are trusted more by the American public on economic matters than other people who didn’t cause the problem, who predicted the problem, and who tried to fix the problem before the explosion.

We also know that the people who caused the problem have provided no solutions which make any economic sense, yet the American people are likely to give them the power to implement their make believe “solutions”.

We see the traditional nostrums of socialism trotted out once more – higher taxes and more regulation. Yet misguided regulation based on socialist ideology is the very source of the problem to be solved, and higher taxes on business have been proven to depress economic activity time and time again. We’ve been there and done that – more than once.

So what we face is an administration determined to administer Keynesian “pump priming” snake oil. Massive government spending increases, excuse me, “targeted investments”, will lead inevitably to a return of 1970’s style “stagflation,” that wonderful world which took 20% interest rates to break out of.

Populist “economics”, if one can call it that, has been tried so many times in so many countries that only a person with absolutely no understanding of the subject, or who calculates his personal benefits will exceed the general decline, could be taken in by it again. Yet that is where most people are.

Economic populism is more than just a slightly pernicious set of theories. Countries which have been in its clutches for long periods of time have experienced huge relative declines compared to more enlightened neighbors. It looks as if America is in for one of its periodic economic bleedings – an apt description paralleling the old medical “cure”, which was long a populist medical solution.

One would have hoped that economic knowledge would have reached the point by now where such obviously detrimental practices would be historical relics, but while socialists continue to worship false economic idols, they know exactly how to instill their brand of idol worship into each new generation of gullible students. They may not know anything about economics, but they know a lot about propaganda. And while the airheads in the MSM couldn’t rub two economic facts together to save their lives, they are experts in at least one thing – transmitting propaganda.

American CEOs fear Obama

74% of American CEOs say an Obama presidency would be disastrous for the country, according to Chief Executive Magazine.

“The stakes for this presidential election are higher than they’ve ever been in recent memory,” said Edward M. Kopko, CEO and Publisher of Chief Executive magazine. “We’ve been experiencing consecutive job losses for nine months now. There’s no doubt that reviving the job market will be a top priority for the incoming president. And job creating CEOs repeatedly tell us that McCain’s policies are far more conducive to a more positive employment environment than Obama’s.”

But, hey, what do they know?

http://www.chiefexecutive.net/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=67E20819CD7646C3B380AD60BB17EFAA

Friday, October 10, 2008

Obama in his own words

Here, Obama speaks for himself.

http://rightwingnews.com/mt331/2008/10/barack_obama_in_quotes_version_2.php

Insanity in Britain

To understand where the left wants to take America, one only has to look at Europe. The insanity there is truly unbelievable.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1075809/No-barbed-wire--hurt-thieves-allotment-holders-told.html

Why Obama's leftism isn't a political problem

Most young people today haven't learned much, if anything, about the grotesque history of leftism, which is why Obama's leftist ties don't bother them, according to this author.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/why_obamas_communist_connectio.html

The last successful Democratic nominee to promise a "middle class tax cut"

As this article points out, Bill Clinton also promised to only raise taxes on "the rich", then raised them on almost everyone. But those who don't remember the left's history of reneging on promises not to raise your taxes continue to be fooled by the latest promises. As has been said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time - and those are pretty good odds!"

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122333585431009523.html

Thanks to Elizabeth Mattson for forwarding this.

Obama was member of socialist New Party

Among Obama's many radical associations over the years, it appears he was a member of a splinter socialist political group called the New Party. Elements of the MSM, which might be termed The Obama Campaign Propaganda Auxiliary, have obsessed about false rumors that Sarah Palin was once a member of an Alaskan Indepence party, but will, of course, show no interest in Obama's membership in an avowedly socialist political party.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=26913#continueA

Obama hires vote fraud specialist ACORN

Obama himself once worked for ACORN, which has been involved in numerous vote fraud schemes around the country, and as this article points out, no previous presidential candidate has chosen to associate his campaign with this far left, dishonest organization.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=26913#continueA

There have been a number of articles recently about Obama's association with ACORN. Thanks to Kathleen Tudor for referring this one.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Michael Reagan says his dad has been reborn

This was written after Palin's convention speech by Ronald Reagan's son Michael Reagan. It's not brand new, but worth reading. When I saw her speech, it reminded me of Reagan's '64 speech at the Republican convention. Michael Reagan makes the same comparison.

http://www.jeremiahfilms.com/released/news/091208.html

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Obama - Ayers Connection

Here's a good piece reviewing and correcting a NYT article purporting to analyze the Obama - Ayers relationship. It's a wonder anyone reads the NYT anymore. It has really sunk to the bottom in terms of credibility.

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZWI0MjY3NzMyODgxZGM2ZjUwNTE1MmEzOGRiZmFkNWE=

Correlating state growth rates with spending and taxes

This shows that higher state taxes and spending correlate with higher unemployment and slower growth - just what Obama has planned for us.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122126282034130461.html?mod=opinion_main_commentaries

The smoking gun on responsibility for the financial mess

Here's a 1999 NYT article on Fannie Mae's move to increase subprime lending, and the pressure from the Clinton administration to make these loans. And from the New York Times, no less.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE7DB153EF933A0575AC0A96F958260&sec=&spon=&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

Sowell on causes of the financial mess

The always excellent Thomas Sowell asks whether facts matter at all as the MSM helps the Dems avoid responsibility for the financial meltdown.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/10/do_facts_matter.html

Biden contradicts himself on supporting "clean coal"

Among his many factually false statements during the debate, Slow Joe claimed he has always supported "clean coal". Here's a video showing him stating that he is opposed to building any coal power plants in America.

via Hot Air blog

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/10/03/video-biden-says-no-coal-plants-in-america/

Senator Biden gets role of VP in Senate wrong

After having been in the Senate for 30 odd years, you might think Slow Joe would understand the constitutional role of the Vice President in that body. You'd be wrong. So here we have Slow Joe "correcting" Vice President Cheney incorrectly during the debate. A good description of the issue is in Powerline blog.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/10/021676.php

Comparison of Palin's and Biden's charitable contributions

Here's a piece at The Hill comparing Biden's and Palin's charitable giving. Since the left supports its favorite charities by giving away other people's money, it's not surprising that the Palins made less and gave more than Slow Joe.

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/palin-gives-more-to-charity-than-biden-despite-less-income-2008-10-03.html

via Powerline blog

A catalogue of Biden's misstatements during the debate

There are a number of summaries of Joe Biden's numerous factually challenged statements during the debate, and this is as good as any I've seen so far.

http://www.investors.com/editorial/editorialcontent.asp?secid=1501&status=article&id=307927962885677

Global Cooling

This blog article has a good summary of the current cooling trend with a nice graph of temps back to the beginning of satellite coverage. Be sure to click to get the larger image of the trend info.

This was linked by the blog Greenie Watch, http://antigreen.blogspot.com/
which does a great job finding good articles on the environment.

http://icecap.us/index.php/go/joes-blog/is_this_the_beginning_of_global_cooling/

Video on Causes of Financial Meltdown

This video is obviously pro-McCain, but has good information in video form on the causes of the meltdown.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxgSubmiGt8

Friday, October 3, 2008

Biden's Alternate Universe at the Debate

Joe Biden is known for his gaffes and misstatements of fact, but this example during the debate was more bizarre than most. If the MSM were really interested in fact-checking both candidates (I know - why would anyone think the MSM would fact-check a Dem), this makes anything Sarah Palin has said pale by comparison. This article is by Michael Totten, who is one of a new breed of citizen reporters who reports from combat zones instead of holing up in Baghdad's Green Zone like much of the MSM.

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/totten/35261

Senate Majority Leader Reid Causes Run on Insurance Stocks

The irrepressible Harry Reid first claimed that "a major insurance company -- one with a name that everyone knows -- that's on the verge of going bankrupt," according to Dow Jones Newswires.

After causing a major drop in insurance company stocks, "Today, the Nevada Democrat backtracked. A statement from his office said that Reid was 'not personally aware of any particular company being on the verge of bankruptcy' and that 'he has no special knowledge about nor has he talked to any insurance company officials,' Dow Jones reported."

Another day, another legislator causing major economic damage.

Read the whole article at

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2008/10/new-york-sen-ch.html

On Sarah Palin's Experience

It's interesting that the Obama campaign and their allies in the MSM are focusing on Palin's supposed lack of experience, when she has more executive experience than all the other candidates combined - and far more than Obama, who has never run anything larger than his office. Here's a good summary of the comparison.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/sarah_palin_and_the_experience.html

Another good article on what caused the subprime mortgage mess

By now the causes of the subprime mortgage meltdown are fairly clear - to anyone who reads the right articles. Here's one from the WSJ.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122298982558700341.html