Tuesday, May 31, 2011

GM Admits that Dealerships are Taking Chevy Volt Tax Credits

Ever since General Motors and Obama became a partnership, the American people took ownership of an automobile company. Obama's poor decision cost the American people $11 billion. In fact, the American tax payer bailed out General Motors for billions of dollars and lost. Since many of the GM dealerships are individually owned, they are taking a huge lost. They become extremely desperate to take the tax credit away from the consumer in order to survive. This bad business behavior was fed by Obama's bailout money. The $50 billion bailout to the automaker was a huge mistake.

(NLPC) GM does not deny that Chevy dealerships are selling Chevy Volts to other dealerships, including a KIA dealership, for resale. At the same time, Peterson also touts the high demand for Volts claiming, "we don't sell Volts at the moment - it's almost like we deliver them." By this statement, you wouldn't know that sales for the Volt averaged a dismally low 425 per month for the first four months of the year. GM recently stated that they had the capacity to build at a pace of 17,000 per year. So, here's a question for GM and Mr. Peterson: If demand is so high for the Chevy Volt, why would a Chevy dealership sell the vehicle to other dealerships, particularly when there are supposedly customers lined up to pay full price? The answer seems clear to me. GM is exaggerating the "high demand" for the Volt. And allowing dealerships to take the tax credit intended for consumers is just wrong.

Peterson also claims that no issues exist with dealerships taking the tax subsidies as long as they are honest with customers. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of that being the case. Many customers who buy Chevy Volts may feel that they are entitled to the tax credit, especially if they are paying near MSRP and the vehicles have such low mileage. The IRS form in its current form does not safeguard against double claiming of the tax credit.

More investigation is warranted on the practice of dealerships taking tax credits and reselling Chevy Volts as used cars. Treasury should modify the IRS tax credit form to clearly disallow dealerships from taking the tax credit. Also, I personally don't think businesses like General Electric, headed by Obama friend Jeff Immelt, should be allowed to take millions of tax dollars in credits when they purchase thousands of the vehicles, as planned. An identifier field for the Vehicle Identification Number should be added to the form to prevent double claims of the tax credit. General Motors has a responsibility to ensure that Chevy Volt tax credits are reserved for the consumers that they were designed to benefit. Misguided as tax subsidies for the Chevy Volt may be, the least taxpayers deserve is assurance that abuses are not occurring.

Marines Take Over Ground Zero, Fleet Week NY 2011

NEW YORK - Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit led a run to Ground Zero, May 31. The majority of Marines with the 24th MEU joined the Marine Corps after the attacks of Sept. 11. More than 3,000 Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen in the area participating in community outreach events and equipment demonstrations as part of Fleet Week New York 2011. This is the 27th year New York has hosted the sea services for Fleet Week. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / RELEASED)

NEW YORK - A Marine with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, bows his head and reflects in the shadow of the Ground Zero construction site, May 31. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit led a run to Ground Zero. The majority of Marines with the 24th MEU joined the Marine Corps after the attacks of Sept. 11. More than 3,000 Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen in the area participating in community outreach events and equipment demonstrations as part of Fleet Week New York 2011. This is the 27th year New York has hosted the sea services for Fleet Week. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Karim Delgado / RELEASED)

NEW YORK - A Marine with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, bows his head and reflects in the shadow of the Ground Zero construction site, May 31. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit led a run to Ground Zero. The majority of Marines with the 24th MEU joined the Marine Corps after the attacks of Sept. 11. More than 3,000 Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen in the area participating in community outreach events and equipment demonstrations as part of Fleet Week New York 2011. This is the 27th year New York has hosted the sea services for Fleet Week. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Karim Delgado / RELEASED)

NEW YORK - Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit led a run to Ground Zero, May 31. The majority of Marines with the 24th MEU joined the Marine Corps after the attacks of Sept. 11. More than 3,000 Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen in the area participating in community outreach events and equipment demonstrations as part of Fleet Week New York 2011. This is the 27th year New York has hosted the sea services for Fleet Week. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / RELEASED)

(I would love to see supporters of the ground zero mosque protest and show their anti-American rhetoric to these Marines. It would be priceless! LOL)

Monday, May 30, 2011

U.S. Military and Veterans Give Obama Lower Marks

No kidding...........

(Gallup) PRINCETON, NJ -- U.S. military veterans and those currently on active military duty are less likely to approve of President Obama's job performance than are Americans of comparable ages who are not in the military.

These results are based on an analysis of more than 238,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking from January 2010 through April 2011. Respondents were classified as veterans/active-duty military based on responses to a series of questions probing whether any member of the household had served in the U.S. military, and whether the respondent himself or herself had served and, if so, whether the respondent was currently on active duty. Americans currently serving in the military overseas or on ships at sea would not be included in this national cell and landline telephone sample.

Thirty-seven percent of all active-duty military personnel and veterans surveyed approved of the job Obama is doing during the January 2010 to April 2011 time frame. That compares with 48% of nonveterans interviewed during the same period.

Obama's approval rating varies by age, with younger Americans in general most likely to approve and older Americans least likely. The gap in approval between veterans/active duty military and nonveterans persists across the age spectrum, from 18- to 29-year-olds to those 80 and older.

NATO Ground Troops Verified Fighting Along With Libyan Rebels

Last month, the British military sent officers to aid the rebels strategically. I mentioned that the next logical step is assisting those officers with experienced soldiers. The Guardian reported that there are armed westerners on the front lines with the rebels in actual combat. The report hasn't concluded the final tally of westerners participating on the ground offense. There isn't any confirmed reports if Americans are part of that offensive. Only time will tell. The Libyan war has surpassed the 60 day mark. Gadaffi won't relinquish his power. The rebels are losing the battle. NATO is in disarray. Overall, this war is one big cluster!

(The Guardian) Armed westerners have been filmed on the front line with rebels near Misrata in the first apparent confirmation that foreign special forces are playing an active role in the Libyan conflict.

A group of six westerners are clearly visible in a report by al-Jazeera from Dafniya, described as the westernmost point of the rebel lines west of the town of Misrata. Five of them were armed and wearing sand-coloured clothes, peaked caps, and cotton Arab scarves.

The sixth, apparently the most senior of the group, was carrying no visible weapon and wore a pink, short-sleeve shirt. He may be an intelligence officer. The group is seen talking to rebels and then quickly leaving on being spotted by the television crew.

The westerners were seen by al-Jazeera on rebel lines late last week, days before British and French attack helicopters are due to join the Nato campaign. They are likely to be deployed on the outskirts of Misrata, from where pro-Gaddafi forces continue to shell rebel positions to the east.

There have been numerous reports in the British press that SAS soldiers are acting as spotters in Libya to help Nato warplanes target pro-Gaddafi forces. In March, six special forces soldiers and two MI6 officers were detained by rebel fighters when they landed on an abortive mission to meet rebel leaders in Benghazi, in an embarrassing episode for the SAS.

The subject is sensitive as the UN security council resolution in March authorising the use of force in Libya specifically excludes "a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory".

Despite more than two months of bombing by Nato, rebels have remained unable to advance west of Misrata, or west of Brega, 300 miles to the east. The capital, Tripoli, also remains in the grip of Gaddafi, who has defied all attempts to force him to leave.

There were unconfirmed reports at the time that Britain was planning to send former SAS members and other experienced soldiers to Libya under the cover of private security companies, paid for by Arab states, to train the anti-government forces.

Allen West, We don't want to repeat Bush's economic record

It happens to everybody. Many are willing to forget the prosperity during George W. Bush tenure. The media rammed down our throat about Bush's spending and it became the narrative. Unfortunately, people tend to forget Bush had to handle the recession he inherited from Bill Clinton and the economic devastation of 9/11. Unlike Obama's spending, George W. Bush invested in America's safety and America's economy.

I do like Allen West, but he is blinded not to believe Bush's economic policy was sound. To suggest that America can't afford to repeat Bush's economic record is very ignorant. I agree in cutting spending, but there is a big difference in spending wastefully, and investing wisely. If tax cuts have proven to work under JFK, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush, I am unable to understand there are people to think otherwise. Since cutting taxes spurred more tax revenues, people forgot that under Bush we experience 52 months of economical growth after 9/11, unemployment was in record lows, the GDP grew on average 2.2% annually, and people were spending more to grow the economy.

Here are some of the important highlights of Bush's economic record:

- Household consumption. The ICP study found that the average per-capita consumption of the U.S. population (citizens and illegal immigrants combined) was second only to Luxembourg's, out of 146 countries covered in 2005. The U.S. average was $32,045. This was well above the levels in the UK ($25,155), Canada ($23,526), France ($23,027) and Germany ($21,742). China stood at $1,751.

- Health services. The U.S. spends easily the highest amount per capita ($6,657 in 2005) on health, more than double that in Britain. But because of private funding (55% of the total) the burden on the U.S. taxpayer (9.1% of GDP) is kept to similar levels as France and Germany. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 84.7% of the U.S. population was covered by health insurance in 2007, an increase of 3.6 million people over 2006. The uninsured can receive treatment in hospitals at the expense of private insurance holders. While life expectancy is influenced by lifestyles and not just access to health services, the World Bank nevertheless reports that average life expectancy in the U.S. rose to 78 years in 2006 (the same as Germany's), from 77in 2000.

- Income and wealth distribution. The latest World Bank estimates show that the richest 20% of U.S. households had a 45.8% share of total income in 2000, similar to the levels in the U.K. (44.0%) and Israel (44.9%). In 65 other countries the richest quintile had a larger share than in the U.S…

- Employment. The U.S. employment rate, measured by the percentage of people of working age (16-65 years) in jobs, has remained high by international standards. The latest OECD figures show a rate of 71.7% in 2006. This was more than five percentage points above the average for the euro area. The U.S. unemployment rate averaged 4.7% from 2001-2007. This compares with a 5.2% average rate during President Clinton's term of office, and is well below the euro zone average of 8.3% since 2000.

Therefore, if Allen West wants a smaller government, I agree with him. If he think ending tax breaks to the American people, he is wrong! If he thinks we should not repeat Bush's economic record, Allen West is not ready for prime time.

(The Hill) Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) criticized the economic record of his party’s last president on Sunday, saying George W. Bush’s administration was not committed enough to limiting government.

“He grew government. And he increased the government’s spending,” the freshman congressman, a Tea Party favorite, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“And, so, you cannot have a cut in taxes and also have a gross enlargement of government. That’s one of the things we don’t want to see happen,” West added.

The tax cuts that Bush signed into law early in his presidency continue to be debated, with Republicans calling for them to be made permanent at all income levels and Democrats wanting to raise rates at the highest income levels.

West and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), his sparring partner on the Sunday show, both said that policymakers should look for ways to eliminate waste within the government.

But they sharply disagreed about whether new tax revenue, possibly from a reform of the tax code, would be used to find a bipartisan agreement on reducing deficits.

“The fact is that you cannot have two wars that are on the books that are unpaid for, tax breaks that are unpaid for for the wealthiest Americans and at the same time say that we’re going to balance our budget off the backs of seniors,” said Edwards, who has been sharply critical of the GOP plan to overhaul Medicare..

For his part, West said he is on record calling for the elimination of tax breaks.

But, he added: “Until we show that we’re willing to be fiscally responsible up here, why should we continue to tax Americans, why should we continue to take away their most precious resource, if we’re not going to do the right things up here?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

John McCain Say Sarah Palin Can Beat Obama in 2012

There were rumors that McCain had issue with Sarah Palin, but that was fabricated by the media. To end the rumors, it is a nice gesture for the Senator of Arizona to throw his support to Sarah Palin. That vote of confidence will help to determine Palin's presidential ambition.

(Newsmax) Arizona Sen. John McCain says even though he does not know if his running mate in 2008 and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will run for president, if she does she could win, Politico reports.

“Of course she can. She can. Now, whether she will, whether she’ll even run or not, I don’t know," McCain said in response to a question from “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “But you know a lot of things happen in campaigns Chris — I was written off a few times and we were able to come back — so it’s going to be a rollercoaster ride for all of them before we arrive at our nominee. But she certainly is a major factor and I believe she can be very competitive."

McCain said he’d never seen someone "as mercilessly attacked as Palin was."

When Wallace asked whether Mitt Romney could be nominated, McCain said Romneycare stands in his way.

"I think it’s a problem," he said. “I think he realizes that and is trying to address it. Whether he will address it successfully or not, I don’t know.”

Kates Middleton Dress $350, Michelle Obamoinette Dress $2000

I would love to see Michelle Obama live within her means. Mrs. Marie Obamantoinette (Michelle Obama) needs to learn humility. It may be a $2000.00 dress Michelle Obama is wearing, but it is one ugly dress. What was Michelle Obama thinking? LOL

(NY Post) — As newly minted princess Kate Middleton greeted Michelle Obama in the ornate surroundings of Buckingham Palace Tuesday, it was hard to believe she was wearing a $340 dress from British retailer Reiss — a frock any commoner could buy.

Middleton’s appearance in the nude-hued “Shola” dress sparked a shopping frenzy, causing the retailer’s Web site to crash and the dress to immediately sell out. And now style watchers are hailing the Duchess of Cambridge as “the pauper’s princess” — the first stylish royal to embrace affordable trends, and the perfect recession-era symbol.

“Kate is a princess of our times,” says Zanna Roberts Rassi, senior fashion editor at Marie Claire. “She’s more of a people’s princess than Diana. Diana was understated, but she liked her labels. Kate’s heralding this almost changing of the guard, from the stuffy royal family to this modern-day princess that we can all relate to.”

While Michelle Obama has also been applauded for wearing clothes from affordable stores such as J.Crew and H&M, she also favors big-name designers such as Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo. The floral Barbara Tfank dress she wore to meet Middleton this week cost at least $2,000.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Palin on the Presidential Campaign Trail to the Northeast

The word Palin brings so many mixed emotion. In fact, the Liberals and the Washington elitists have stereotyped Sarah Palin because they are scared to death of her. They were successful to use that narrative via the media and brainwash many Americans. Washington is extremely sexist because they fear Palin has the capability to break the gender barrier for high political office. Like Obama being the first "black" president, Palin can open doors as the first female president. Also, Palin isn't afraid to attack the establishment. She had to do that throughout her political life. People who are against Palin are sexist, jealous, ignorant, stubborn, prejudice, naive, and too damn old fashion. Instead of the track record of the individual, there are many Republicans and Independents use feeling to decide on the candidate. If that is true, they should be damn Democrats!

While Palin hasn't fully endorsed the idea she is running for president in 2012, I will make that claim for her. Think about it. Unless for political expediency, there isn't a reason to visit the Northeast and give speeches. Since visiting the Northeast won't help Palin win a Senate seat, her visit to the Democrat states is to win voters for the 2012 presidential election.

(Politico) The bus tour that stands to return her to the 2012 spotlight is taking her to the part of the country that’s the least friendly to her — the northeastern U.S.

It’s a part of the country she’s mostly avoided since 2008, conspicuously not setting foot in early presidential state New Hampshire at all during her two book tours and her 2010 tea party campaign swings. Now, however, with her luster dimmed and her national relevance in question, she has chosen to venture into the belly of the beast.

“There’s no doubt in my mind the northeast is the least favorable area of the country to Sarah Palin,” said Terry Madonna, a longtime Pennsylvania pollster and analyst who directs the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College. “But she has to show she can broaden her appeal. She can’t just go to where she’s already won voters.”

Nevertheless, it’s clear Palin is picking her spots carefully.

Palin’s plans, details of which are still hazy, will also take her to New Hampshire for the first time since she was on the GOP ticket with John McCain.

Madonna, the Pennsylvania pollster, said there’s evidence that putting Palin on the ticket hurt McCain overall in Pennsylvania by turning off the suburban swing voters — particularly women — that are crucial to winning the state.

Her social conservatism and anti-intellectual posture are a poor match for that segment of the electorate, he said.

“The overall style, her manner, her approach, doesn’t sit well with college educated, independent-minded women,” he said. “They’re looking for a different persona in their candidate.”

One northeastern GOPer, Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy, said he welcomes Palin to the neighborhood because of the effect she has on Democrats.

“She annoys the left to the point of apoplexy, and I love it,” he said. “My liberal friends, when I say her name at a barbecue, they completely come off the rails.”

Palin, he said, generates plenty of passion on both sides. But if she were to embark on a presidential campaign, her image would have to change

What the Frack, Texas Struck Oil from Shale

Americans can rejoice again. Like in 2008, when Bush signed an executive order to recinded the ban on off shore drilling, the price of gas and oil dropped. Today, once again, Texas struck oil in the form of shale. Texas is one of the big oil giant of this nation. With the new technology to extract oil from shale, Americans are anticipating another drop in oil and gas prices. This will end to oil speculation in the markets. The only road block is the EPA and Obama trying to shut production down.

(NY Times) CATARINA, Tex. — Until last year, the 17-mile stretch of road between this forsaken South Texas village and the county seat of Carrizo Springs was a patchwork of derelict gasoline stations and rusting warehouses.

Now the region is in the hottest new oil play in the country, with giant oil terminals and sprawling RV parks replacing fields of mesquite. More than a dozen companies plan to drill up to 3,000 wells around here in the next 12 months.

The Texas field, known as the Eagle Ford, is just one of about 20 new onshore oil fields that advocates say could collectively increase the nation’s oil output by 25 percent within a decade — without the dangers of drilling in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico or the delicate coastal areas off Alaska.

There is only one catch: the oil from the Eagle Ford and similar fields of tightly packed rock can be extracted only by using hydraulic fracturing, a method that uses a high-pressure mix of water, sand and hazardous chemicals to blast through the rocks to release the oil inside.

The technique, also called fracking, has been widely used in the last decade to unlock vast new fields of natural gas, but drillers only recently figured out how to release large quantities of oil, which flows less easily through rock than gas. As evidence mounts that fracking poses risks to water supplies, the federal government and regulators in various states are considering tighter regulations on it.

The oil industry says any environmental concerns are far outweighed by the economic benefits of pumping previously inaccessible oil from fields that could collectively hold two or three times as much oil as Prudhoe Bay, the Alaskan field that was the last great onshore discovery.

The oil rush is already transforming this impoverished area of Texas near the Mexican border, doubling real estate values in the last year and filling restaurants and hotels.

The Eagle Ford, where the first well was drilled only three years ago, is already producing more than 100,000 barrels a day and could reach 420,000 by 2015, almost as much as Ecuador, according to Bentek Energy, a consultancy.

The new drilling makes economic sense as long as oil prices remain above $60 a barrel, according to oil companies. At current oil prices of about $100 a barrel, shale wells can typically turn a profit within eight months — three times faster than many traditional wells.

TSA Thug Grabs Crotch of Wounded Vet

It is time to abolish the TSA. They are not above the law.

(Prison Planet) Two injured US military veterans traveling to a ceremony to honor the lives of fallen friends who gave their lives to protect the rights enshrined in the Constitution were harassed by TSA thugs, with one of them having his crotch grabbed, according to David Bellow, an Army National Guardsman and a State Republican Executive Committeeman.

The TSA agents responded to the men having set off metal detectors by interrogating them about what they were hiding in their bodies. “What are you hiding in your face?” screamed one.

“My friend told me that one TSA agent came up to him and asked what he was hiding in his leg, but before my friend could answer he said that the TSA agent grabbed him, without notice, right in the crotch area as if trying to find something hidden,” writes Bellow.

When the TSA goon grabbed his crotch and didn’t let go, the veteran felt inclined to lash out violently but was somehow able to control his fury.

This story is just one of hundreds if not thousands of examples that underscores the fact that low-grade TSA morons who have proven themselves prone to predatory, perverted and criminal behavior have no place in a free society.

Democrats Want to Bring Back Carters 70 percent Tax Rate

When a Democrats says they will cut taxes, just laugh at them. They are also great liars too. Regressing back to the days of Jimmy Carter will not help this economy. America can not endure another Jimmy Carter era.

(WSJ) Media reports in recent weeks say that Senate Democrats are considering a 3% surtax on income over $1 million to raise federal revenues. This would come on top of the higher income tax rates that President Obama has already proposed through the cancellation of the Bush era tax-rate reductions.

If the Democrats' millionaire surtax were to happen—and were added to other tax increases already enacted last year and other leading tax hike ideas on the table this year—this could leave the U.S. with a combined federal and state top tax rate on earnings of 62%. That's more than double the highest federal marginal rate of 28% when President Reagan left office in 1989. Welcome back to the 1970s.

Here's the math behind that depressing calculation. Today's top federal income tax rate is 35%. Almost all Democrats in Washington want to repeal the Bush tax cuts on those who make more than $250,000 and phase out certain deductions, so the effective income tax rate would rise to about 41.5%. The 3% millionaire surtax raises that rate to 44.5%.

But payroll taxes, which are income taxes on wages and salaries, must also be included in the equation. So we have to add about 2.5 percentage points for the payroll tax for Medicare (employee and employer share after business deductions), which was applied to all income without a ceiling in 1993 as part of the Clinton tax hike. I am including in this analysis the employer share of all payroll taxes because it is a direct tax on a worker's salary and most economists agree that though employers are responsible for collecting this tax, it is ultimately borne by the employee. That brings the tax rate to 47%.

Then last year, as part of the down payment for ObamaCare, Congress snuck in an extra 0.9% Medicare surtax on "high-income earners," meaning any individual earning more than $200,000 or couples earning more than $250,000. This brings the total tax rate to 47.9%.

But that's not all. Several weeks ago, Mr. Obama raised the possibility of eliminating the income ceiling on the Social Security tax, now capped at $106,800 of earnings a year. (Never mind that the program was designed to operate as an insurance system, with each individual's payment tied to the benefits paid out at retirement.) Subjecting all wage and salary income to Social Security taxes would add roughly 10.1 percentage points to the top tax rate. This takes the grand total tax rate on each additional dollar earned in America to about 58%.

Then we have to factor in state income taxes, which on average add after the deductions from the federal income tax roughly another four percentage points to the tax burden. So now on average we are at a tax rate of close to 62%.

Democrats have repeatedly stated they only intend to restore the tax rates that existed during the Clinton years. But after all these taxes on the "rich," we're headed back to the taxes that prevailed under Jimmy Carter, when the highest tax rate was 70%.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Palin On Bus Tour Around America, GOP Elitist are Scared

The media, the Washington establishment, Liberals, and the clueless are upset to see Sarah Palin on the cross country tour. If many believe she isn't a threat, these groups are in denial. Sarah Palin is making her move and everybody is on edge. The latest poll has Romney and Palin in a virtual tie. It is ironic how the media portray Palin as dumb and insignificant. At the end, Palin is a force to be reckoned with. To put brush her aside is absolutely foolish. She is the only candidate that everybody is closely watching.

(Washington Post) Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), who has been largely out of the public eye through much of the spring, will reemerge Sunday as she begins a national bus tour that will put her back in the spotlight and no doubt renew speculation about a possible presidential bid.

The tour, the first of what will be a series of such journeys over a period of weeks, will start on Sunday in Washington at the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally and work its way north along the East Coast. She will visit other parts of the country later, stopping at symbolically important sites in the nation’s history.

Palin advisers declined to provide additional details of the itinerary. They also would not engage questions about whether the tour is a precursor to a presidential campaign. Asked the purpose of the trip, Tim Crawford, the treasurer of Palin’s PAC, said, “Because she wants to see how this nation was built and get fired up about that.”

Up to now, most Republican strategists have assumed that Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, would not seek the presidency in 2012. Many still doubt she will. At a time when the GOP nomination battle has moved into a new phase, Palin has been mostly absent from the scene. She is also weaker politically than she was at the start of the year.

She has made no trips this year to Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina, the three most important early states on the nomination calendar. She also is not said to be reaching out to potential fundraisers or to grass-roots activists.

Still, Palin remains the most notable Republican still on the sidelines and the announcement of her bus tour set off a predictable media frenzy that guarantees her significant coverage as the trip begins.

A Gallup poll released Thursday showed Palin with 15 percent among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents. That put her second, behind former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who was at 17 percent. The organization said she and Romney, who has not officially declared a candidacy, have benefited most from the decision by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee not to run again in 2012.

Palin has long maintained that it is too early to make a decision about running, and those who know her have said she could wait longer than most other Republicans and still have the capacity to raise money more quickly than most of her rivals.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thank Heavens McCain Wont Run in 2012

I almost fell off the seat when McCain pondered to run in 2012. Thank heaven! McCain had a shred of decency. Oi vey!

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, on Tuesday expressed no interest in making another run in 2012.

“There’s no education in the second kick of a mule,” the Arizona Republican said, borrowing a line from Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. McCain was responding to a question posed by a member of a large group of north Alabama business and political leaders visiting the capital.

Nobel Prize Winner in Global Warming Got 'D' in Natural Science

Gore did not major in Meteorology and wasn't the smartest kid in Natural Science in school. It is pure hypocrisy for the former Vice-President of the USA to earn the Nobel Peace Prize and proclaim as an expert in Global Warming. The guy got a "D" in Natural Science.

(CNSNews.com) - In his commencement speech at Hamilton College on Sunday, former Vice President Al Gore told the graduates that global warming is “the most serious challenge our civilization has ever faced.” But as an undergraduate at Harvard University in the late 1960s, Gore--one of the most prominent spokesmen on climate change today--earned a “D” in Natural Sciences.

Gore’s transcript documents that during his sophomore year at Harvard he earned a "D" in Natural Sciences 6 (Man’s Place in Nature). Also, as a senior at Harvard, he earned a C-plus in Natural Sciences 118.

Gore, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on global warming.

Awkward Moment During Obama Toast to Queen

Awkward! Embarrassing! I actually felt sorry for Obama...NOT!


The president and the orchestra at Buckingham Palace this evening were a bit out of synch.
When the president toasted the Queen the orchestra misunderstood a pause and what seemed to be a cue from the president for “God Save the Queen” to begin playing.

“Ladies and gentlemen please stand with me and raise your glasses as I propose a toast,” the president said, putting down his note cards and grabbing his glass. “To her majesty the Queen.”
The president paused, the guests stood, and the orchestra prepared to play.

But the president wasn’t done speaking.

“The vitality –“ the president said before the orchestra began.

Then the familiar tune – you might know it better as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” – started up.
The president kept going: “ -- of the special relationship between our peoples and for the words of Shakespeare to this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,” the president said as the awkward moment played out.

The Queen looked ahead as the UK anthem played.

“To the Queen,” the president finally said.

He lifted his glass to her, she smiled a bit uncomfortably.

But because the song was playing, no one drank from his or her glass, including the president, who put his glass down on the table.

Then once the song was over, everyone raised a glass.

It almost felt like one of those moments at the Academy Awards when the speech from the recipient for Best Original Screenplay goes on too long and the orchestra tries to hustle him or her off the stage.

Kind of weird.

Watch it HERE:

Secret to Pass Thru TSA, Look Muslim and Wear Arabian Garb

Political correctness will kill us one day. If TSA is targeting the non-obvious, old ladies, kids, and wheelchair bound persons, it is safe to say to bypass the TSA invasive pat-downs one needs to look Muslim or wear an Arabian garb. Another alternative is to look crazy.

(The Hill) The Transportation Security Administration is too worried about "political correctness," according to a Republican lawmaker.

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said TSA is too politically correct when it chooses which passengers to search at airport security checkpoints.

During a recent trip, Broun said he saw TSA pat down an elderly person and a child, but not a man he himself deemed suspicious.

"I walked through … right behind me there was a grandmother — little old lady, and she was was patted down," Broun said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal."

"Right behind her was a little kid who was patted down. And then right behind him was a guy in Arabian dress who just walked right through. Why are we patting down grandma and kids?"

Broun said in the interview that the TSA needs to focus "on those people who want to harm us.

"We have to identify those people — we do that through human intelligence, we do that by trying to get into the inner circle," he said. "Focus upon those individuals, not on the general public. Unfortunately, I think the Department of Homeland Security has been focusing on the general public and have been afraid of political correctness.

"We've got to forget political correctness," Broun continued. "We've got to start focusing on those people who want to harm us as a nation."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sarah Palin is Up to Something, 2012 Presidential Candidate

Rumors in Washington D.C. are at full throttle. Sarah Palin will be announcing her political aspirations to the country in June. Whether she decides to run for Senator or as a presidential candidate, every aspired candidate will be at the edge of their seats. In fact, the Republican establishment are adamant that she won't run. The reintroduction of the former Alaskan Governor will dismiss all the doubt and ignorance that swept throughout this land. The media and the Hollywood elitist were successful to portray Sarah Palin negatively. As soon as the Sarah Palin movie is shown in Iowa next month, everybody can be excited once more. Unfortunately, there will be many people in denial. It is expected. These are troubling times. The GOP must beat Obama in 2012. This time it will be for keeps.

(RCP) Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role, the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment: Reach out to conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon with a request. Ask him if he would make a series of videos extolling Palin's governorship and laying to rest lingering questions about her controversial decision to resign from office with a year-and-a-half left in her first term. It was this abdication, Palin knew, that had made her damaged goods in the eyes of some Republicans who once were eager to get behind her potential 2012 presidential campaign.

The response was more positive than Palin could have hoped for. He'd make a feature-length movie, Bannon told Mansour, and he insisted upon taking complete control and financing it himself -- to the tune of $1 million.

The fruits of that initial conversation are now complete. The result is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in Arizona, where Alaska's most famous couple has been rumored to have purchased a new home. When it premieres in Iowa next month, the film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin's prospective presidential campaign -- an unconventional reintroduction to the nation that she and her political team have spent months eagerly anticipating, even as Beltway Republicans have largely concluded that she won't run.

Bannon, a former naval officer and ex-Goldman Sachs banker, sees his documentary as the first step in Palin's effort to rebuild her image in the eyes of voters who may have soured on her, yet might reconsider if old caricatures begin to fade. The film will also appeal to staunch Palin supporters who have long celebrated her biting rhetoric and conservative populism yet know little about her record in Alaska and have perhaps written her off as presidential material.

Bannon originally titled his film "Take a Stand," which was the campaign slogan for Palin's 2006 gubernatorial run when she defeated incumbent Republican Frank Murkowski in the primary before cruising in the general election to become Alaska's youngest -- and first female -- chief executive. But in order to give it a more triumphant punch, the filmmaker changed the title to "The Undefeated."

Bannon intends to premiere the film in Iowa late next month before expanding the release to New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. After the initial rollout in the four early voting states, the filmmaker will eventually release it to somewhere between 50 and 100 markets nationwide.

As she mulls her decision in the coming weeks, the other Republican candidates in the field will be left to prepare for a hibernating grizzly who appears poised to rise up once again.

Obama Hired Team to Quell Anti Obama Bloggers Online

The world wide web is bigger than Obama. There is no team that will be able to quell the dissent for this Administration. The newly created post will coordinate rapid response to any unfavorable blogs, stories, and tweets against Obama. Obama stated that the post will be very aggressive to challenge any story unfavorable to the president. Honestly, Obama needs a reality check. It is difficult to cover up a lie as the economy is in shambles, unemployment still high, gas prices too expensive, the national debt not payable, the dollar worthless, foreign policy matter in chaos, and spending out of control. Obama and his team will have difficulty to make these problems we face look peachy.

(Huffingtonpost) WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has created and staffed a new position tucked inside their communications shop for helping coordinate rapid response to unfavorable stories and fostering and improving relations with the progressive online community.

"This week, Jesse Lee will move from the new media department into a role in the communications department as Director of Progressive Media & Online Response," read an internal memo from Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, provided to The Huffington Post. "For the last two years, Jesse has often worn two hats working in new media and serving as the White House's liaison with the progressive media and online community. Starting this week, Jesse will take on the second role full time working on outreach, strategy and response."

The post is a new one for this White House. Rapid response has been the purview of the Democratic National Committee (and will continue to be). Lee's hire, however, suggests that a portion of it will now be handled from within the administration. It also signals that the White House will be adopting a more aggressive engagement in the online world in the months ahead.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Jews are Stupid to Believe Obama Sides with Israel

The Jews are trying so hard to believe in this president. As Obama bluntly states he wants Israel to return to the original territorial lines before the Arab-Israeli war, many Jews are trying to find a glimmer of hope in Obama's message. The Jews need to wake up and smell the coffee. Obama is set to destroy the nation of Israel. Since the Muslim Brotherhood isn't making progress in radicalizing Egypt, Obama has taken matters in his own hands to finish the job. This should not be the priority of the president. Tornadoes and strong winds are devastating the southeast and the mid-west. We have problems with the economy and the lack of jobs. High gas prices are plaguing motorist. America should be the priority of the president. Foreign policy matters should be handled by the Secretary of State. Obama's lack of experience in foreign policy is jeopardizing the relationship with a true democratic country, Israel.

(Breitbart) Thousands of pro-Israel delegates packed a convention center here Sunday, strongly supportive of vital US-Israel ties but shaken by a public spat between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As the president prepared to speak at the annual policy conference for AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, delegates appeared subdued in the aftermath of Obama's recent address to the broader Middle East in which he raised hackles by calling for use of the 1967 borders as a basis for peace talks.

"Most of us are very disappointed in Obama's comments," Cheryl Rosenbaum, an AIPAC delegate from Glenview, Illinois, a suburb outside of Obama's hometown Chicago, told AFP.

"It's a bit more somber this year," Rosenbaum said.

As for whether Obama stands to lose the Jewish vote -- which he won in 2008 -- in the 2012 election, she admitted it was too early to tell, but revealed that many of her friends voted for McCain. "They are not secure with Obama's talk about Israel," she said.

The rocky ties between Obama and Netanyahu hit a new low this week as the Israeli leader dismissively rejected Obama's Middle East vision and then proceeded to lecture him in the Oval Office.

The comments rattled the Jewish community -- and AIPAC itself, which said it was seeking clarification by Obama on the border issue after he called on Israel to accept a return to territorial lines in place before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, with mutual land swaps with Palestinians, to frame a secure peace.

"He didn't put my mind at rest," Rosenbaum said.

Others too appeared concerned that Obama was showing signs he was willing to embrace some Palestinian positions, to Israel's detriment.

"He didn't put my mind at rest," Rosenbaum said.

Others too appeared concerned that Obama was showing signs he was willing to embrace some Palestinian positions, to Israel's detriment.

There are some 10,000 delegates attending the three-day event. On Tuesday, many of them head to Capitol Hill with some 500 meetings with US lawmakers, according to organizers.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Now Obama is Searching for His Irish Roots, OMG!

For the Love of God, stop it already. Obama is now Irish. He is more Irish than I am 6'0", blond hair, blue eye, muscular Asian. I know Americans love to have an Irish connection, but this is going toward the extreme and the bizarre. How low will this man stoop? Obama goes out of his way to get the Muslim vote, but screws up with the Jewish vote. Now, he's after the Irish vote. What next? Obama will discover a Polish ancestor, and possibly, he will find a German aunt. I am sure the O'Barmy family are well known in all the Irish pubs.

(Sky News HD) Barack_Obama_Moneygall_Visit%3A_US_President_To_Visit_Ireland_Ahead_Of_State_Visit_To_UKThe Queen has just left but now President Barack Obama is visiting Ireland, ahead of his state visit to the UK.

His trip to the Emerald Isle is being seen as a boost to the country amid all its economic woes, but it is also a chance for the US President to look up some family.
As well as undertaking diplomatic engagements in Dublin he is expected to travel to Moneygall in County Offaly, which prides itself as being an ancestral home of the 49-year-old.

The President's great-great-great-grandfather Falmouth Kearney was a shoemaker and lived in the rural village. Records show that Mr Obama's great-great-great grandfather was born in Ireland in 1831 and left for America in 1850.

If Sarah Palin Does Not Run, I Support Herman Cain

I am intrigued by Herman Cain on conservative talk radio. As a syndicated conservative talk show host, Cain has a vast knowledge on current events. His conservative views on politics make him a Tea Party favorite. It doesn't matter if Cain doesn't have a political background. It doesn't take politics to run this country. It takes commonsense to do what is right. Currently, I don't like the political field we have right now. If Sarah Palin doesn't run for the presidency in 2012, I will support Herman Cain. In fact, any conservative talk show host would be perfect to run this country. Besides not afraid to speak up, conservative talk show host has all the answers to the issues that plague America. Honestly, I would love to see Rush Limbaugh run, but Cain is a great alternative. Now, if Congressman West was selected as Cain's Vice-President, Liberals would be tripping all over themselves.

(Desmoines Register) Former pizza CEO and conservative radio host Herman Cain made it official Saturday, joining the small but growing roster of candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

Cain, 65, who lives in suburban Atlanta, made his announcement at Atlanta’s Centennial Park, urging Americans frustrated by the country’s direction to read the Constitution.

He vowed the GOP will retake the U.S. Senate and the presidency, just as it regained control of the House in 2010.

“We will take them back because you and I do not want this nation to become just another mediocre nation,” Cain said. He said the nation needs to refocus on free-market principles.

Cain, a favorite among many tea party activists, boasts a long business resume but has never held elective office.

Cain spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael said Saturday after his announcement that his lack of political experience will be a plus with many voters.

“He is really not indebted to anyone” and has a history of success creating jobs, she said.

The Republican presidential field has been slow to gather, but is beginning to fill out. Cain follows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and Texas Rep. Ron Paul among better-known Republicans formally announcing presidential bids. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce his candidacy in Des Moines Monday.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is seen as an almost certain candidate, and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are expected to join the race.

Cain has received gushing reaction to his speeches before conservative audiences in Iowa and to his performance in a nationally televised Republican debate in South Carolina May 5. He will return in early June to Iowa and frequently after that, Carmichael said.

Goldford said Cain will appeal to the populist portion of the tea party movement. But he faces political history that has seldom been kind to candidates who play the successful-businessman card without having held a state governorship or major national political office, such as the vice presidency, before they ran for president, Goldford said.

Carmichael sees Cain as the right person for a nation that faces high unemployment and unprecedented debt.

He is a relative novice politically. He first gained attention on the national political stage in 1994, when as chairman of the National Restaurant Association he challenged President Bill Clinton at a nationally televised town hall meeting about the impact of proposed health care reform on small businesses. He barnstormed the country opposing the plan.

Cain was a senior adviser in 1996 to the Dole/Kemp presidential campaign and ran for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary in Georgia in 2004.

In 2010, he spoke at more than 40 tea party events and became popular on Twitter and YouTube.com. In December 2010, he was the readers’ choice for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee on the conservative Internet site, RedState.com.

Sarah Palin Next US Senator of Arizona

If the rumors are true, it is possible that Sarah Palin may be the next Senator of Arizona. While keeping ties with John McCain, she does have a very good chance in replacing the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Senator Jon Kyl. Thus, Palin will gain more experience in Washington and be a vital contender in future presidential race.

(AZ Central) Has Sarah Palin bought a house in north Scottsdale?

For months, rumors have circulated in Arizona political circles that the former Alaska governor and possible 2012 presidential contender either was shopping for homes in Scottsdale or had already bought one.

Safari Investments LLC paid $1.695 million cash for the home in a deal that appears designed to cloak the identity of a high-profile buyer.

Safari Investments is a Delaware limited liability firm formed May 12, the day before the deal for the Scottsdale home closed. No officers are listed on the Delaware filing, and that state doesn't require the names of individual associated with limited liability companies to be disclosed. High-profile people often buy homes through LLCs to maintain their privacy.

Confirmation of a Palin house purchase in Scottsdale likely would rekindle chatter about whether Palin might run a political campaign out of Arizona, the home state of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who plucked her from relative political obscurity in 2008 to be his vice-presidential running mate.

Palin has been rumored to be considering headquartering her 2012 White House campaign, if there is one, in Scottsdale. She also has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

Palin has made multiple visits to Arizona since the night in November 2008 when, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, McCain conceded the presidential election to Democratic rival Barack Obama. Palin's daughter, former "Dancing With the Stars" celebrity finalist Bristol Palin, last year purchased a five-bedroom house in Maricopa.

Palin's name started coming up in Arizona in March, when state Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, repeated a rumor of a possible Palin bid for the U.S. Senate in his weekly newsletter to constituents. Farley told The Republic at the time that he heard the rumor from two Republican lobbyists whom he declined to name. The same week, a Politico blogger quoted an anonymous source as saying Palin might base a potential presidential campaign in Scottsdale.

The Arizona Democratic Party's website asked, "Is Sarah Palin moving to Arizona?" and used the rumors to try to raise money.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

False Alarm to End of the World. No Rapture. No Zombies. WHEW!

I wish this idiot of a preacher told me before I quit my job. I had to barricade the doors of my house. As reported by the CDC, zombies were to be unleashed at 6pm on Judgement Day. LOL. Actually, since the world didn't end, tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999.

(YAHOO) SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – With no sign of Judgment Day arriving as he had forecast, the 89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster and former civil engineer behind the pronouncement seemed to have gone silent on Saturday.

Family Radio, the Christian stations network headed by Harold Camping which had spread his message of an approaching doomsday, was playing recorded church music, devotionals and life advice unrelated to the apocalypse.

Camping previously made a failed prediction Jesus Christ would return to Earth in 1994.

In his latest pronouncement, he had said doomsday would begin in Asia, but with midnight local time come and gone in Tokyo and Beijing and those cities already in the early hours of May 22, there was no indication of an apocalypse.

The Oakland, California, headquarters of the network of 66 U.S. stations was shuttered with a sign in the door that read "This Office is Closed. Sorry we missed you!"

Family Radio officials, with the help of supporters, had posted over 2,000 billboards around the country warning of a May 21 Judgment Day.

The headquarters, which appears to be normally closed on Saturday, was also shuttered on Friday.

Camping, whose deep sonorous voice is frequently heard on his radio network expounding the Bible, could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

The shades were drawn and no one answered the door at his house in Alameda, California.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Obama Defiant Says No Permission Needed to Go to Libya

Can't blame Obama because he hasn't read or understood the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.

(ABC News) In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval.

“Since April 4,” the president wrote, “U.S. participation has consisted of: (1) non-kinetic support to the NATO-led operation, including intelligence, logistical support, and search and rescue assistance; (2) aircraft that have assisted in the suppression and destruction of air defenses in support of the no-fly zone; and (3) since April 23, precision strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against a limited set of clearly defined targets in support of the NATO-led coalition's efforts.”

A senior administration official told ABC News that the letter is intended to describe “a narrow US effort that is intermittent and principally an effort to support to support the ongoing NATO-led and UN-authorized civilian support mission and no fly zone.”

“The US role is one of support,” the official said, “and the kinetic pieces of that are intermittent.”

From the beginning of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, the Obama administration has cited the 1973 War Powers Act as the legal basis of its ability to conduct military activities for 60 days without first seeking a declaration of war from Congress. The military intervention started on March 19; Congress was notified on March 21. Those 60 days expire today.

The president thanked the congressional leaders – House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky --- for the support that they have “demonstrated for this mission and for our brave service members, as well as your strong condemnation of the Qaddafi regime.”

The president voiced support for a bipartisan resolution drafted by Senators John Kerry, D-Mass., John McCain, R-Ariz., Carl Levin, D-Mich., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., stating that Congress “supports the U.S. mission in Libya and that both branches are united in their commitment to supporting the aspirations of the Libyan people for political reform and self-government…Congressional action in support of the mission would underline the U.S. commitment to this remarkable international effort.”

Earlier this month, Kerry – who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – described his resolution as “in limbo.”

Obama praises CIA for bin Laden Kill by Saying 'I' 35 times

At CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia, Obama praised the CIA in killing bin Laden. Obama took all the credit by saying "I" 35 times in his speech. I included the speech for your review. How many "I" can you find?

Remarks by the President, CIA Director Leon Panetta, and DNI Director James Clapper to the Intelligence Community at CIA Headquarters

DIRECTOR CLAPPER: Mr. President, Director Panetta, and members of the intelligence community, both those who are here and those connected electronically: Recently, I received an email from a former student of mine at Georgetown who lost his wife at the World Trade Center. He wanted to thank those responsible for the takedown of Osama bin Laden. It represented closure for him.

And in a sense, this dramatic event represents a measure of closure as well for the intelligence community. It was an historic milestone in a relentless campaign which continues on.

Those heartfelt thanks of my student deservedly go to many. To the men and women in the intelligence community who contributed directly -- notably, from CIA, NSA, NGA, NRO, and NCTC -- and many others from intelligence organizations who contributed indirectly, taken together a magnificent example of teamwork and intelligence integration.

But most assuredly, thanks must go to the President, our Commander-in-Chief -- (applause) -- for making perhaps the most courageous decision I’ve witnessed in almost 48 years in intelligence. He made this decision based on very compelling, but largely circumstantial intelligence.

And, sir, we are all grateful to you for your faith and trust in us. We’re honored by your visit and by your speaking to the intelligence community. And I think it most appropriate that you do so here at the heart of American intelligence, in the presence of the stars on the wall. We remember as well, across the community, those who sacrificed their lives on and since 9/11.
It’s now my great honor and privilege and pleasure to introduce Leon Panetta, who himself played a crucial role in this operation. (Applause.)

Leon, you’ve been a superb Director of CIA, a great partner and a wonderful friend. My thanks to you and the men and women of this magnificent agency.

Leon. (Applause.)

DIRECTOR PANETTA: Thank you. Thank you, Jim. For all of us here at the CIA, it is a privilege and a pleasure to have our intelligence community family here with us, to have all of our military partners with us, and I also want to thank the White House staff, particularly those involved in the national security element, to be with us today. We welcome all of you.

And I think it’s fair to say that we’ve never had a closer, more effective working relationship, both within our community and across the national security sector of our government. We thank all of you -- all of you -- for the team effort that was involved in the operation to go after bin Laden. It would not have happened without your full cooperation.

Jim Clapper deserves a lot of credit for his leadership in bringing the intelligence community together. And I want to thank you, Jim, for everything you’ve done. (Applause.)

Mr. President, on behalf of everyone here at the CIA, we are truly honored and very proud to have you here. I can’t tell you how much it means to all of us to have you here, to mark one of the greatest intelligence operations in our history. And it’s one that had so many of our officers working day and night for so many years.

Throughout that time, some of our officers made the ultimate sacrifice. Last year we lost seven men and women to a terrorist suicide bomber at Khost Base in Afghanistan. Their stars are now on this wall behind me -- along with those who gave their lives in this fight. Their devotion, their skill, and the inspiration that we take from their sacrifice helped make this day possible.

Tracking down the most infamous terrorist of our time required the very best tradecraft and the very best technology. But it also demanded the very best of our people -- the highest level of creativity, dedication, teamwork, analysis, and just sheer, dogged determination to never give up when the trail went cold. Those are basic American qualities and they are reflected in our country’s intelligence officers and in our war fighters -- the team that really carried out this mission.

But it also required one other essential American quality -- the courage to take risks, the kind of risks that you have to take on if you want to succeed. And Mr. President, joining with Jim, all of us in the intelligence community deeply thank you for the gutsy decision you made to follow the intelligence, to conduct this operation, and to bring bin Laden to justice. (Applause.)

We are grateful to have a Commander-in-Chief who was willing to put great trust in our work. And in return, as we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we commit to you that we will continue to do everything in our power to fulfill your mission of defeating al Qaeda and their militant allies. We will do whatever it takes to protect this country and to keep it safe.

This has been a long and tough fight, and it’s not over. But as we have just proven, it’s a fight that we’re going to win -- for you, Mr. President, and for the American people.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor to introduce the President of the United States. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you all. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you very much, everybody. Well, thank you, Leon, and thank you, Jim.

When I chose Leon Panetta as Director of the CIA, I said he was going to be a strong advocate for this agency and would strengthen your capabilities to meet the threats of our time. And when I chose Jim Clapper as Director of National Intelligence, I charged him with making sure that our intelligence community works as one integrated team. That’s exactly what these two leaders have done, along with all of you.

So, Jim and Leon, thank you for your remarkable leadership, not just in recent weeks, but during the entirety of your tenure. You have done a great job. (Applause.)

This is my third visit here to Langley as President, and each of these visits has marked another milestone in our mission to protect the American people and keep our country safe.

On my first visit, just months after taking office, I stood here and I said that this agency and our entire intelligence community is fundamental to America’s national security. I said that I believed that your best days were still to come and I pledged that you would have my full support to carry out your critical work.

Soon after that visit, I called Leon into the Oval Office and I directed him to make the killing or capture of Osama bin Laden the top priority in our war to defeat al Qaeda. And he came back here, and you guys, who had already been working so hard on this issue, redoubled your efforts. And that was true all across the intelligence community.

My second visit, a year later, came under more somber circumstances. We gathered to pay tribute to seven American patriots who gave their lives in this fight at a remote post in Afghanistan. As has already been mentioned, their stars now grace this memorial wall. And through our grief and our tears, we resolved that their sacrifice would be our summons to carry on their work, to complete this mission, to win this war.

Today I’ve returned just to say thank you, on behalf of all Americans and people around the world, because you carried on. You stayed focused on your mission. You honored the memory of your fallen colleagues. And in helping to locate and take down Osama bin Laden, you made it possible for us to achieve the most significant victory yet in our war to defeat al Qaeda.

I just met with some of the outstanding leaders and teams from across the community who worked so long and so hard to make that raid a success. And I’m pleased today that we’re joined by representatives from all of our intelligence agencies, and that folks are watching this live back at all of those agencies, because this truly was a team effort. That’s not always the case in Washington. (Laughter.) But all of you work together every single day.

This is one of the few times when all these leaders and organizations have the occasion to appear together publicly. And so I thank all of you for coming -- because I think it’s so important for the American people to see all of you here today.

Part of the challenge of intelligence work is, by necessity, your work has to remain secret. I know that carries a heavy burden. You’re often the first ones to get the blame when things go wrong, and you’re always the last ones to get the credit when things go right. So when things do go right -- and they do more often than the world will ever know -- we ought to celebrate your success.

That’s why I came here. I wanted every single one of you to know, whether you work at the CIA or across the community, at every step of our effort to take out bin Laden, the work you did and the quality of the intelligence that you provided made the critical difference -- to me, to our team on those helicopters, to our nation.

After I directed that getting bin Laden be the priority, you hunkered down even more, building on years of painstaking work; pulling together, in some cases, the slenderest of intelligence streams, running those threads to ground until you found that courier and you tracked him to that compound. And when I was briefed last summer, you had built the strongest intelligence case against -- in terms of where bin Laden was since Tora Bora.

In the months that followed, including all those meetings in the Situation Room, we did what sound intelligence demands: We pushed for more collection. We pushed for more evidence. We questioned our assumptions. You strengthened your analysis. You didn’t bite your tongue and try to spin the ball, but you gave it to me straight each and every time.

And we did something really remarkable in Washington -- we kept it a secret. (Laughter and applause.) That’s how it should be.

Of course, when the time came to actually make the decision, we didn’t know for sure that bin Laden was there. The evidence was circumstantial and the risks, especially to the lives of our special operations forces, were huge. And I knew that the consequences of failure could be enormous. But I made the decision that I did because I had absolute confidence in the skill of our military personnel and I had confidence in you. I put my bet on you. And now the whole world knows that that faith in you was justified.

So just as impressive as what you did was how you did it. It was a tribute to your perseverance, your relentless focus and determination over many years. For the fight against al Qaeda did not begin on 9/11. Among you are veterans who’ve been pursuing these murderers for many years, even before they attacked our embassies in Africa and struck the Cole in Yemen. Among you are young men and women for whom 9/11 was a call to service. This fight has defined your generation. And on this wall are stars honoring all your colleagues and friends, more than a dozen who have given their lives in the fight against al Qaeda and its violent allies.

As the years wore on, others began to think that this terrorist might never be brought to justice. But you never quit. You never gave up. You pulled together across this agency and across the community.

No one piece of information and no one agency made this possible. You did it together -- CIA, National Security Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, everyone at ODNI and the National Counterterrorism Center. Folks across the country, civilian and military, so many of you here today.

And that’s exactly how our intelligence community is supposed to work, using every capability -- human, technical -- collecting, analyzing, sharing, integrating intelligence, and then acting on it.

That’s what made this one of the greatest intelligence successes in American history, and that’s why intelligence professionals are going to study and be inspired by your achievement for generations to come.

Now, make no mistake -- this is not over. Because we not only took out the symbol and operational leader of al Qaeda, we walked off with his files -- (laughter) -- the largest treasure trove of intelligence ever seized from a terrorist leader. Many of you now are working around the clock; you didn’t have much time to celebrate. We’ve got to analyze and evaluate and exploit this mountain of intelligence.

So today, every terrorist in the al Qaeda network should be watching their back, because we’re going to review every video, we are going to examine every photo, we’re going to read every one of those millions of pages, we’re going to pursue every lead. We are going to go wherever it takes us. We’re going to finish the job. We are going to defeat al Qaeda.

Even as we stay focused on this mission, we need you to stay nimble and flexible to meet the full range of threats to our security, from plots against our homeland to nations seeking weapons of mass destruction to transnational threats such as cyber criminals and narcotraffickers.

So I’m going to keep relying on you -- for your intelligence, the analysis that comes across my desk every single day. And 300-plus Americans are counting on you to stay a step ahead of our adversaries and to keep our country safe.

I have never been more proud or more confident in you than I am today -- not just because this extraordinary success, but because it reminds us of who we are as a people and as a nation. You reminded us that when we Americans set our mind to something, when we are focused and when we are working together, when we’re not worried about who’s getting the credit and when we stay true to our values, even if it takes years, there is nothing we cannot do.

That’s why I still believe in what I said my first visit here two years ago: Your greatest days are still to come. And if any of you doubt what this means, I wish I could have taken some of you on the trip I made to New York City, where we laid a wreath at Ground Zero, and I had a chance to meet firefighters who had lost an entire shift; police officers who had lost their comrades; a young woman, 14 years old, who had written to me because her last memory of her father was talking to him on the phone while her mother wept beside her, right before they watched the tower go down.

And she and other members of families of 9/11 victims talked about what this meant. It meant that their suffering had not been forgotten, and that the American community stands with them, that we stand with each other.

So most of you will never get headlines for the work that you do. You won’t get ticker-tape parades. But as you go about your work with incredible diligence and dedication every single day, I hope all of you understand how important it is, how grateful I am, and that you have the thanks of a grateful nation.

God bless you. And God bless the United States of America. Thank you. (Applause.)

60 Days in Libya and Impeachment Looms for Obama

IMPEACHMENT!!! Hey Liberals, how you like that?

(CNN) Washington– As the U.S. military campaign in Libya approaches the 60-day mark this Friday, six Republican senators wrote President Obama asking if he will comply with the War Powers Act, which says Congress must authorize action that lasts more than 60 days.

"Friday is the final day of the statutory sixty-day period for you to terminate the use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya under the War Powers Resolution. Last week some in your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continue indefinitely, while others said you would act in a manner consistent with the War Powers Resolution. Therefore, we are writing to ask whether you intend to comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. We await your response," wrote the GOP senators Wednesday.

The letter was signed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

The GOP senators said they believe the president already violated part of the War Powers Act – which says the president's constitutional powers allow him to only deploy troops into "hostilities" with a declaration of war, specific authorization from Congress or a national emergency caused by an attack on the U.S.

But the president did follow the provision in the 1973 law requiring him to provide information to Congress about committing U.S. forces. Now the question is whether he will abide by the part of the War Powers Act which says he must get Congressional permission within 60 days.

The End of the World 5.21.2011 at 6pm, Be There

The End of the World will show these following events:

The rapture will occur on May 21, 2011 with approximately 3% of the world's population being called to heaven.

Earthquakes will begin on May 21 on Kiritimati Island (Christmas Island), Kiribati at 6 p.m. LINT (0400 UTC).

Citing Jeremiah 25:32, earthquakes will continue "as the sun advances" with New York, United States to be affected at approximately 6 p.m. EDT (2200 UTC).

The earthquakes will finally strike Samoa, American Samoa and Niue at 6 p.m. UTC-11 (0500 UTC).

The end of the world will take place five months later on October 21, 2011.

I won't be surprise that I will shoot a round of 59 playing golf tomorrow. Just my luck! LOL

(DailyMail) The world will end at 6pm tomorrow according to the followers of an evangelical Christian minister, who claims he calculated the date and time of 'The Rapture' by adding up numbers in the Bible.

Harold Camping, 89, is the leader of Family Radio, an independent ministry which spreads its word via a network on 66 radio stations and online broadcasts.

The Rapture is supposedly the time when God's chosen people ascend to heaven and the rest are left behind to face apocalyptic scenes of earthquakes and fire.

A period of 'trial' on earth for non-believers is forecast to follow and could last six months, but by October 21 all those who have not been saved will be dead, goes the prophecy.

The concept of Judgment Day is a long-standing one, but the idea of the Rapture is more modern, having first appeared in Christian teaching in the 19th century.

However, this predicted date is entirely the work of Camping and his followers, who have spent decades studying the bible for coded messages.

So certain is he of his revised date, following on from his 1994 embarrassment, that he and his followers have spent millions of dollars on billboards across America that have been warning for weeks: 'Judgment Day is coming May 21st, 2011 – The Bible guarantees it!'

Thursday, May 19, 2011

DC Teachers Help Students Cheat Standardized Tests...

This is an epidemic to the education system. The problem is not the kids or the exam. The problem points to incompetent teachers. Bush's No Child Left Behind didn't bring up the standard of education. It exposes the teachers who can't teach.

(Washington Examiner) D.C. school officials are investigating 14 security breaches by students and teachers during last month's standardized testing, after throwing out last year's scores from three classrooms with "evidence or a strong suspicion of a test security violation."

Amid heightened scrutiny of the chronically troubled school system's large testing gains, the Office of the State Superintendent ordered an investigation into 18 classrooms with a suspicious number of incorrect answers erased and corrected in the 2010 testing.

While eight schools were charters, 10 belonged to D.C. Public Schools -- as did all three of the tossed-out testing rooms.

"Two classrooms had possible testing irregularities and one classroom had a confirmed case of testing impropriety," said Safiya Simmons, a spokeswoman for acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

School officials declined to say what transpired in the classrooms.

Two teachers were forbidden from participating in the 2011 administration of the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System exams, while a third left the school system before the investigation was completed.

DCPS spokesman Fred Lewis said the departure was unrelated to the tests. There was "no student wrongdoing of which I'm aware."

State Superintendent Hosanna Mahaley said the findings, which clear 15 schools, "confirm our belief in and support for the overwhelming number of students, teachers and staff that work hard and play by the rules."

Investigators found evidence of cheating at Noyes Elementary and “possible irregularities” at C.W. Harris and Leckie elementary schools.

Throwing out those classrooms’ scores, OSSE will recalculate whether the three elementary schools made “annual yearly progress,” federal benchmarks schools must meet to show improvements in student learning.

D.C. Public Schools officials can choose to appeal the decision by May 27.

Safiya Simmons, a spokeswoman for Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson, said the school system “will continue to move aggressively to take appropriate action, up to and including termination, in cases where any cheating has been confirmed and a teacher acted inappropriately.”

A USA Today investigation put a microscope on Noyes, where in just two years, the number of students passing math on the standardized tests increased from 10 percent to 58 percent.

The school’s dramatic improvement earned it a National Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education. It’s an honor that was given to only 264 public schools nationwide.

But in the 2010 testing round, 80 percent of Noyes classrooms were flagged for having a suspicious number of incorrect answers erased and corrected.

On the 2009 reading test, seventh-grade students in one classroom averaged 12.7 wrong-to-right erasures — odds better than winning the Powerball, USA Today reported.

OSSE tightened security for the 2011 tests, requiring school staffers to report any irregularities, "no matter how minor."

Schools reported 31 incidents between April 4 and April 11 as nearly 40,000 students in 3,800 classrooms took the tests. District officials "deemed adequate" the manner in which 17 incidents were handled by schools.

Reports describe an "inappropriate level of support given to students" during testing, "possible assistance to student," and a test administrator who "mixed up answer documents of two students."

When one student finished his exam in just 20 minutes, he explained that he was "familiar" with the reading passage and questions.

Mahaley declined to say how that was possible.

Mayor Vincent Gray said the investigations do nothing to tarnish former Chancellor Michelle Rhee, who "did a great deal."

"We're not looking to continue or detract from her legacy," Gray said. "The results speak for themselves."

Obama says Palestine must be based in 1967 borders

I wonder if the Jewish-American communities understand the implications of creating a Palestinian state. I wonder if the Jewish-American community actually cared if Israel no longer exist. I wonder if the Jews want to forget their heritage and traditions. I am a Christian and I support Israel because there is a strong history with the Christian Bible and the Hebrew Bible. If the Jews remain in denial and continue to side with Obama base on a stupid ideological view, they deserve to be extinct.

(YAHOO) WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians' demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.

In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama on Thursday sided with the Palestinians' opening position a day ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is vehemently opposed to referring to the 1967 borders.

Until Thursday, the U.S. position had been that the Palestinian goal of a state based on the 1967 borders, with agreed land swaps, should be reconciled with Israel's desire for a secure Jewish state through negotiations.