Saturday, February 26, 2011

New Study Shows That Offshore Drilling Could Make Alaska the Eighth Largest Oil Producer in the World – Ahead of Libya and Nigeria



What the hell are we waiting for.......................

(CNSNews.com) – A new study says drilling on Alaska’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) could make Alaska the eighth largest oil resource province in the world -- ahead of Nigeria, Libya, Russia and Norway.


The report -- by the consulting firm Northern Economics and the University of Alaska-Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research -- says that developing Alaska’s OCS could produce almost 10 billion barrels of oil and 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, create around 55,000 new jobs and produce $145 billion in new payroll nationally, generating a total of $193 billion in government revenue through the year 2057.


A senior policy advisor with the American Petroleum Institute, the trade group for hundreds of U.S. oil and gas producers, said in a statement about the study that offshore drilling for oil and natural gas can help with the country’s energy and economic needs.


“America will need all forms of energy to get our economy back on track, and that includes oil – we can either produce it here and create more American jobs or import it and create jobs elsewhere,” Richard Ranger said. “The administration and Congress need to adopt an ‘all of the above’ energy approach that leverages our offshore resources in Alaska to create an energy plan for America that boosts, rather than inhibits, our economy.”


About 77 percent of world oil reserves are owned or controlled by national governments and the U.S. currently imports over 60 percent of its crude oil, according to API. The Northern Economics-University of Alaska study estimates that Arctic offshore development could cut U.S. imports by about 9 percent over 35 years.


Crude oil prices in New York broke through the $100-a-barrel threshold on Thursday, with rising prices linked to the unrest in the Middle East, including Libya and its vast oil reserves.


The Washington Post reported on Thursday that U.S. pump prices for regular gasoline jumped 4 cents a gallon overnight to $3.23, an 8-cent-per-gallon increase in the past week and 55 cents more than a year ago.


“Given the current political turmoil in the Middle East and increased demand from a slowly growing economy, it is more essential now than ever before that we develop Alaska’s OCS to increase domestic production,” Ranger said. “Increased OCS production in Alaska would also extend the operating life of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), a critical lifeline of domestic energy for America.”

Bolton: Obama Administration Has No Foreign Policy



The Obama Administration has no experience in Foreign Policy. The Obama foreign policy has been reactive than proactive. The chaos speading throughout the Middle East and North Africa is a prime example that our president is not ready to lead. The fact is that the chaos abroad is unamanageable. In addition, our president Obama has not quell the widespead union uproar in Wisconsin and many other states. Instead, Obama is having a huge gala at the White House celebrating Motown. This party started last Thursday and will conclude Sunday night with Gladis Night and the Pips. Obama thinks being president is an all fun partying and vacationing position.

Bolton: Obama Administration Has No Foreign Policy

Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton says President Obama has shown he has "no foreign policy."

Gas prices surge 17 cents in a week



As the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa escalates, America's dependency for foreign oil must stop. With the weak dollar making the barrel of oil very expensive, it is impossible to hear our politicians gripe about this dilemma. In fact, higher pump price means more tax revenue for Washington, D.C. Since 1974 during the Nixon Administration, politicians want the USA to be less dependent on foreign oil. Ironically, it has been more than 30 years and the same politicians are still talking about it. Currently, alternative energy is decades away. The electric cars currently available are not what the consumers had in mind. America is current sitting on a massive depot of untapped oil, but afraid to touch it. It is time to be more proactive and tap into that resource, and at the same time, we must continue to improve all forms of alternative engergy. Like the old adage, "Why live for tomorrow if we can't live today."

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Gas prices have increased nearly 17 cents a gallon in the past week. And analysts expect prices to continue higher, following a sharp rise in the price of crude oil.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gas rose 4.3 cents to $3.33, motorist group AAA said Saturday. That marks the fourth day in a row that prices have risen, and brings the national average to the highest level since October 2008.

Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, said gas prices' 6-cent jump reported Friday was the largest one-day increase since at least 2008.

Analysts expect prices to continue rising over the next few days, since gas prices typically lag trends in the oil market.

The spike in oil last week could translate to an increase in gas prices of 37 cents per gallon in the coming weeks, according Moody's Analytics economist Chris Lafakis. He estimates that for every $1 increase in the price of oil, retail gas prices typically rise 2.5 cents a gallon.

Economists warn that an energy price shock could hurt the economic recovery in the United States. In general, every $1 increase in the price of oil costs consumers $1 billion over the course of a year.

That's concerning because consumer spending makes up the bulk of U.S. gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic growth.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dont Let Government Scare You To Raise the Debt Ceiling. It is Bogus


Ronald Reagan said, “Government is the problem, not the solution.” That statement speaks volumes and it is share by many Americans, especially the Tea Party Movement. Republicans and Democrats are guilty for not telling the truth. We are one week away till we meet our maximum debt ceiling. The media, Republicans, and the Democrat are claiming an eventual shutdown in the government. That is nonesence. It will mean public employees may see a delay in their paycheck. It will also mean that Congress cannot create any new debt, which is good. With the revenues collected from the tax payers, there is enough money to pay our interest debt obligations, including Social Security.




The Obama Administration says, “Failure to raise debt limit quickly could cripple US.”

but,

(Tucson Citizen) The Reason Foundation, a libertarian, free-market think tank takes a different view:


The statutory debt limit, or debt ceiling, was designed to control congressional spending by limiting the amount of debt the federal government could accumulate. Clearly, it has not fulfilled its legislative purpose. In fact, the government has lost its ability to monitor its own spending. Having to raise the debt ceiling yet again is a sign that Congress has failed to do what is necessary to get the nation’s finances in order. Here are three myths about the debt ceiling, each one rebutted by a fact.

Myth 1: Failure to increase the debt ceiling is insanity. Unless we increase the debt ceiling, the U.S. government will default on its debt.

Fact 1: The federal government has other options. If the debt ceiling is not increased, the Treasury Department can make interest and debt payment its first priority to avoid a default. Then it can essentially put the government on a stringent pay-as-you-go basis.

The Obama administration warns of an economic armageddon if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling. It is called “insanity” not to take the simple step of allowing the government to borrow more money. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has warned that if we don’t increase the debt ceiling the U.S. would default, resulting in a bond market crash with disastrous impacts felt at home and abroad.

Technically, if the debt nears its statutory limit, the Treasury Department cannot issue new debt to manage short-term cash flows or manage the annual deficit—the government may therefore be unable to pay its bills. But in the real world things are different.

First, if the debt ceiling is not increased it doesn’t mean the federal government will have to repay the entire debt at once. The government just won’t be able to increase its borrowing. Americans understand the difference between not being able to borrow more money and defaulting on one’s mortgage.

Also, while Congress has never before refused to raise the debt ceiling, it has frequently taken its time about doing so. In 1985, for example, Congress waited nearly three months after the debt limit was reached before it authorized a permanent increase. In 1995, four and a half months passed between the time that the government hit its statutory limit and the time Congress acted. And in 2002, Congress delayed raising the debt ceiling for three months. It took three months to raise the debt limit back in 1985 as well. In none of those cases did the world end.

More importantly, the Treasury Department has other options. For instance, if the debt ceiling is not increased, the Treasury can prioritize interest and debt payment to avoid a default.

If Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling, the federal government will still have more than enough money to fully service the debt. This year, for instance, about 6.1 percent of all projected federal expenditures will go to interest on the debt, and tax revenue is projected to cover about 60.1 percent of all government expenditures. With roughly 10 times more income than needed to honor its debt obligations, why would the government ever default?

Let’s sum it up: As long as the government continues to pay interest on the debt, then it technically is not in default. With tax revenues expected to be $2.2 trillion, interest payments amount to roughly $300 billion—this would still leave $1.9 trillion in revenues to pay for the government’s most important priorities. For instance, lawmakers could decide to honor the promises made to people benefiting from entitlement spending, such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. In that case, even after paying for all of the entitlement spending, the Treasury would still have $300 billion left.

Would that involve cuts in government spending? Absolutely. But it could, and should, be done.

Would it make the bond market nervous? Yes, it would. Not raising the debt ceiling would probably introduce additional uncertainty. However, market participants (especially foreign creditors who now own a majority of our debt held by the public) may have already changed their expectations due to the increased attention to this issue and because of the alarmist language being used by the Treasury and White House.

With some signs of life—such as increases in consumer spending—we could expect declines in demand for Treasury and fixed-income assets. However, the Federal Reserve is still actively purchasing notes, which will likely increase demand. Ultimately, it makes predictions on the effect of interest rates very tricky.

One thing is certain: not increasing the debt ceiling will make us travel to a new equilibrium, which almost always means a certain level of disruption in the short term. But shouldn’t such change be the easiest way to mitigate short-term concerns while moving to a more sustainable long-term equilibrium?

Those who are worried about default should realize that our ability to remain solvent depends on our continued commitment and ability to pay the interest on our debt, not on our willingness to raise the debt ceiling. As long as we continue to run deficits, our ability to borrow money cheaply, with low interest rates, is the key to avoiding default.

This could change if investors become worried about their chances of getting paid back. In that case, they might find some safer or more profitable place to invest their capital than the United States government. Also, they may demand an increase in the interest rate for the money they lend. Either of these changes could result if the U.S. government’s reputation as a conscientious debtor is called into question by a continued increase in the demand for funds.

The bottom line is that the government must make serious changes to the way it spends and borrows money, it must stop paying the interest on the debt by borrowing additional money, and it must stop making benefit promises it will never be able to deliver.

Both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s have warned that our credit rating will be reduced unless we get a handle on our national debt. We’ve heard a lot recently about the European debt crisis, but, as one senior Chinese banking official recently noted, in some ways the U.S. financial position is more perilous than Europe’s. “We should be clear in our minds that the fiscal situation in the United States is much worse than in Europe,” he recently told reporters. “In one or two years, when the European debt situation stabilizes, [the] attention of financial markets will definitely shift to the United States. At that time, U.S. Treasury bonds and the dollar will experience considerable declines.”

Myth 2: These are extraordinary times. We need to increase the debt ceiling now and will cut spending later.

Fact 2: In the last 10 years, Congress has raised the debt ceiling 10 times, sometimes twice in the same year. Congress has raised the debt ceiling 98 times since 1940. The government has lost its ability to monitor its spending. Having to raise the debt ceiling again is a sign that Congress has failed to do what is necessary to get the nation’s finances in order.

Myth 3: Democrats are the big spenders and are the party of debt. We know this because they now want to increase the debt ceiling while Republicans oppose the increase.

Fact 3: Historically, the party in power always wants to increase spending. As a result, lawmakers in power—regardless of party affiliation—overwhelmingly vote to increase the debt limit.

In conclusion, the data presented above reveals that the debt limit, far from providing fiscal discipline, has in fact served only as a symbolic cap that Congress, regardless of the party in power, will simply push higher and higher as spending increases dictate.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Indiana Restaurant Yanks Billboards Mocking Jonestown Massacre



I was quite surprise many people caught that.........

(The Blaze) SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana restaurant that erected billboards referring to the 1978 Jonestown cult massacre in which more than 900 people died has removed the signs following complaints that the signs were offensive.

Jeff Leslie, vice president of sales and marketing at Hacienda, acknowledged that the billboards were a mistake. He said the South Bend-based company ordered the signs removed less than two weeks into Hacienda’s new advertising campaign.

In November 1978, more than 900 members of Jim Jones‘ People’s Temple drank cyanide-laced, grape-flavored punch in a mass murder and suicide in the group’s compound in Guyana.

Hacienda executives responded in writing, apologizing for offending her and informing her that the billboards would be taken down.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wisconsin GOP Will Force Wisconsin Democrats to Pick Up Their Paycheck



It seems the Wisconsin GOP will get the last laugh afterall. By changing the Senate rule, a senator that miss two consecutive floor days will have to pick up their paychecks in person. It is a brilliant idea and one way to flush these cowardly Democrats back to senate chamber.

(JSOline) Madison -- Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to make Democrats hiding out in Illinois come back to Wisconsin to pick up their paychecks.

The Senate Committee on Organization voted on a 3-2 party line vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against, to change Senate rules so that senators who miss two consecutive floor days can no longer have their paychecks dropped automatically into their bank accounts. The vote was taken by paper ballot, which allowed Democrats to cast their votes from out-of-state.

Democrats who have already missed two consecutive floor sessions will now have to come to get their paychecks directly from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) on the floor of the Senate.

"The majority leader shall provide the checks only to the absent Senator and only on the floor of the Senate during a session day," the new rule reads.

Democrats have been holed up in Illinois to block a Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill.

The Solution for Higher Oil Prices is DRILL BABY DRILL



Since the USA import oil from Europe and export them back as gasoline and desiel, any distruption in the world oil market will affect here on America's soil. Since America is completely at full capacity at the Strategic Petrolium Reserves, the chaos in Libya shouldn't affect us, but we should be more alarmed with the other fragile oil nations in the Middle East. The higher price of oil is also contributed by China hording this commodity. China has purchased over 30 million cars, and because of the demand of oil, the price of a barrel of oil will increase. So, what is the solution? DRILL BABY DRILL!!!!

(ABC) Weekly gas prices skyrocketed, according to the Department of Energy, driven by the popular revolts spreading across the Middle East.

The U.S. weekly average price per gallon is $3.19, up 54 cents from a year ago, and slightly higher than last week's $3.14. This was the highest price posted during the month of February since 1990, when the data became available. The most expensive regions again are New England at $3.23 and California at $3.56.

Oil settled at $93.57 in New York trading, up 8.5 percent since Friday's close, the biggest one day jump in nearly three years.

Even President Reagan and FDR was Against Collective Bargaining and Public Unions



FDR and Ronald Reagan understood the negative impact with public unions. I just can't understand why Obama and the Liberal elitist don't get it? Reagan was right to fire the air traffic controllers in 1981. The government has an obligation to the public. Reagan said it best by stating, "we cannot compare labor-management relations in the private sector with government. Government cannot close down the assembly line. It has to provide without interruption the protective services which are government's reason for being."


In a letter to the President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, FDR said,

The desire of Government employees for fair and adequate pay, reasonable hours of work, safe and suitable working conditions, development of opportunities for advancement, facilities for fair and impartial consideration and review of grievances, and other objectives of a proper employee relations policy, is basically no different from that of employees in private industry. Organization on their part to present their views on such matters is both natural and logical, but meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government.

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It
has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable. It is, therefore, with a feeling of gratification that I have noted in the constitution of the National Federation of Federal Employees the provision that "under no circumstances shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States Government."

Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently



If teachers stop complaining and protesting with unions about salary and benefits, our kids would be less likely to be stupid when they enter high school. It proves my point that many teachers don't know how to teach, but rather, they bide their time till they reach tenure, which make teachers impossible to fire.

(CNSNews.com) Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest.

In the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009—the latest year available—only 32 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned a “proficient” rating while another 2 percent earned an “advanced” rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned ratings below “proficient,” including 44 percent who earned a rating of “basic” and 22 percent who earned a rating of “below basic.”

The $10,791 that Wisconsin spent per pupil in its public elementary and secondary schools in fiscal year 2008 was more than any other state in the Midwest.

Neighboring Illinois spent $10,353 per student in 2008, Minnesota spent $10,048 per student; Iowa spent $9,520 per student. Among Midwest states, Nebraska was second to Wisconsin in per pupil spending in its public schools, spending $10,565 per student.

Nationwide, only 30 percent of public school eighth graders earned a rating of “proficient” or better in reading, and the average reading score on the NAEP test was 262 out of 500.

Psychiatrist Discovered a New Disorder- Sidewalk Rage



Now, psychiatrist have found another new disorder. Don't they have anything better to do? What is wrong with sidewalk rage? It's normal. By the way, sidewalk rage...GUILTY AS CHARGE! LOL

(CBS NEWS) NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — You’re walking to work, making good time, and then… someone steps in front of you, moving at a snail’s pace. Or a tourist blocks your path to snap a picture. Or some knucklehead in front of you is focused on their Blackberry, not where they’re going.

We’ve all been there. If just the thought of any of these scenarios makes you reach the boiling point, though, you may have a problem. Apparently, you don’t have to hit the road to feel the rage.

Researchers say “sidewalk rage” is real.

Aggressive walkers can express their frustration in different forms and intensity levels – ranging from staring down a slow walker to physically bumping into them. Experts say acting out on sidewalk rage may be a sign of a psychiatric condition known as “intermittent explosive disorder.”

A Good Pirate is a Dead Pirate



Four dead Americans are left dead as the final outcome from the hostage siege out in open seas and the only thing the US government can do is say, "we strongly condemned the killing of the Americans as deplorable." That statement came from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Well, what is that going to do, Madam Secretary? Also, Obama instructs the navy to follow the yacht and use force if the hostage is in imminent threat. I guess the last incident in the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama wasn't a wake up call to Obama. Now, Obama is responsible of the deaths of 4 American citizens, who yachted around the world giving away bibles. These pirates are kidnapping Americans without fear. The pirates have become increasingly bold in their attacks despite a flotilla of international warships patrolling the waters off East Africa.

Now the military is in a quandry. Obama's stupid rule of engagement for the military has made us look weak. Military planners aren't sure to go after the pirates harder and attack their bases on Somalia's ungoverned shores? Commonsense will mandate that America don't appease with terrorist and understand a good pirate is a dead pirate.


(Yahoo) NAIROBI, Kenya – A U.S. Navy destroyer was shadowing a hijacked yacht with four Americans aboard when a pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade, followed by bursts of gunfire. U.S. special forces scrambled onto the occupied vessel only to find the four Americans fatally wounded.

The yachting enthusiasts from California and Washington killed off the coast of East Africa on Tuesday were the first Americans slain by Somali pirates since a wave of attacks began six years ago. One of the American couples had been sailing around the world since 2004 handing out Bibles.

The deaths of the four travelers, all in their late 50s or 60s, appeared to underscore an increasingly brutal and aggressive shift by pirates in their treatment of hostages.

Killing hostages "has now become part of our rules," said a pirate who identified himself as Muse Abdi. He referred as a turning point to last week's sentencing of a pirate to 33 years in prison for the 2009 attack on the U.S. cargo vessel the Maersk Alabama — just two days before the hijacking.

"From now on, anyone who tries to rescue the hostages in our hands will only collect dead bodies," Abdi said. "It will never, ever happen that hostages are rescued and we are hauled to prison."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Congressman Allen West Makes a Fool of an CAIR Executive at Townhall Meeting




There is no question national security and the threat of radical Islam is in the mind of Congressman Lt. Col. Allen West. He is probably the only representative in Congress that understands the USA is being attack and taking the seriousness of radical Islam. Allen West has a brilliant mind and quick wit. A person who can think on his feet is a sign of a good leader

(Shark Tank) At a townhall meeting hosted by Congressman Allen West on Monday evening in Pompano Beach, the Q&A segment of the meeting featured a Koran wielding Nezar Hamze, Executive Director of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Hamze confronted Congressman West and asked him to point out where in the Koran does it give marching orders to Muslims “to carry out attacks against Americans and innocent people”. West quickly pointed out that the Koran was written long before America even existed and that it does indeed tell believers to kill infidels, and then proceeded to chronicle a lengthy list of historical Muslim acts of aggression. Congressman West closed his retort by referencing the Fort Hood shootings and 9-11 attacks, saying that his first hand experiences on the battlefield has given him insight into the tactics that Islamists use before telling Hamze not to “try to blow sunshine up my butt” with his criticism of him. West took offense to Hamze’s amateurish criticism of his stance on radical Islam and concluded by telling Mr. Hamze to “put the microphone down and go home.”

If We Reach the Debt Ceiling and Dont Extend, the Government has Enough Money to Cover What We Owe



The rhetoric by Obama and Congress that we must extend the debt ceiling is completely bogus. Since the media enjoys interchanging debt ceiling and default without scrutiny, there is a big difference between the two terms. This confusion is making many Americans antsy. The main thing is that when we reach the debt ceiling, in the next couple weeks, life will continue without the dramatic "the sky is falling." The only changes that we will see is that Congress will not be able to create more debt, and public employees may see a delay in their paychecks. But the more important to note, USA will be able to pay the interest on our debt obligations. Also, the USA will not default. Don't believe the hype from the media and from Washington.

(The New American) At this moment the national debt, according to the U.S. National Debt Clock, is at $14.094 trillion and increasing by $4 billion every day. With the current ceiling on the U.S. National Debt at $14.294 trillion, there are just 49 days left until U.S. government spending hits the ceiling. Expect the noisy chorus of misinformed warnings about the consequences of such an action to rise as well.

The new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, explained on Fox News that the Republicans would push for spending cuts regardless of the imminent coming of the debt ceiling, and he was then pilloried by a Fox News writer. Boehner said:

If the president is going to ask us to increase the debt limit, then he’s going to have to be willing to cut up the credit cards. I think our team has been listening to the American people. They want us to reduce spending, and there is no limit to the amount of spending that we’re willing to cut.


Just because the bank has pulled the credit cards from the government (to expand on Boehner’s analogy) doesn’t mean the government won’t have the money to continue making the minimum payments, as noted by newly elected Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) during an interview with Neil Cavuto:

The debt service, [the] interest on our debt, is about 6 percent of everything the federal government has to pay. So we would be taking in enough revenue to cover more than 10 times all the interest we owe. There is no reason we would have to default on our interest obligations….

Now, there are vendors who would have to wait to be paid. There are probably employees of the federal government who would have to wait to get paid. This [would result in] lots of dislocation. I am not suggesting that this is a desirable path, but I am suggesting that we have to get serious about getting our budget under control.

Obama is Wasting a Good Crisis to Boost his Job Approval Rating



The last bump in approval rating was the speech after the Arizona shooting. Personally, Obama needs more tragic events in America in order to give a speech to see any improvement in approval numbers.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -18.

Yesterday and today mark the president’s lowest ratings since mid-December.

Michelle Obama Needs to Set an Example to Obese Kids



Michelle Obama may care about obese kids, but she doesn't seem to follow what she preaches. Michelle Obama's dinner is considered unhealthy. So, she balance a nice salad with a braised acho-chile short ribs, which contains 1575 calories per serving and has 141g of fat! It is like getting a diet coke with a Big Mac and a large order of fries. It is called hypocrisy.

(Vail Daily) VAIL — First lady Michelle Obama enjoyed locally grown fare at a Vail restaurant Saturday night before hitting the slopes of Vail Mountain early Sunday.

Obama and her two daughters, 9-year-old Sasha and 12-year-old Malia — together with some family friends — are spending the Presidents Day holiday weekend in Vail. President Obama did not make the trip.

The first lady went to Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail Village on Saturday night, dining on a pickled pumpkin salad with arugula and a braised ancho-chile short rib with hominy wild mushrooms and sauteed kale.

During her time as first lady, Obama has pushed for healthier eating in an effort to combat childhood obesity. She also planted a vegetable garden on the White House grounds in 2009.

The Democrats are the Real Party of NO




(Fox News) From Washington to Wisconsin, the battles over government spending are clarifying which party is the real Party of No. It's Democrats in a landslide.

They say no to deficit and debt reduction. No to bringing sanity to public-employee costs. And Hell No to voters who want smaller, less-expensive government.

So much for President Obama's plea for an "adult conversation" on entitlements. Maybe he meant "adult" as in XXX.

His was an especially cynical posture because his partymates were helping to whip up a frenzy among teachers and others in Wisconsin. A proposal there for unions to agree to givebacks in their Cadillac benefit plans and lose the right to negotiate future benefits was met with a near-riot.
Obama supported the unions and Dem legislators are hiding in other states to avoid voting. Meanwhile, schools were shut so teachers could march to prove their dedication to themselves, err, children.

Wisconsin's new GOP governor, Scott Walker, invited Obama to butt out. "We're focused on balancing our budget," he told reporters. "It would be wise for the president and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budget, which they are a long way from doing."

Democrats Game Plan is to Blame Republicans for a Government Shutdown



The Democrats game plan is a scare tactic using class warfare as their initial assault. Next will be a cowardly blame game on the Republican party. This is typical of Democrats. It would be wiser to follow the Wisconsin Democrats and leave town. This whole thing is a joke. The Democrats are claiming that cutting $100 billion will affect society adversely. The budget deficit is in the trillions of dollar and the Democrats are complaining $100 billion. Let the shutdown of the government happen. This time around the American people understands the dilemma this country faces. The American people are more educated that Washington is corrupt. It is ironic how the Democrats are trying to find their way to the American people after ignoring them for the past 4 year. Democrats in Washington are a bunch of scumbags.

(The Hill) Democrats headed back to their districts for the Presidents Day recess hope to drive home the message that Republicans should be blamed if the fight over spending cuts ends in a government shutdown.

House Democrats were still deciding Friday on how much advertising to buy during the week, but they had settled on a message of pointing out specific cuts in the House GOP spending bill and portraying them as unreasonable, a Democratic strategist said.

Democrats will tell constituents that the GOP bill will kick 218,000 children out of Head Start, cause 7,000 special education teachers to loose their jobs, devastate cancer and diabetes research and deny assistance to homeless veterans.

Key part of the Democrats’ messaging strategy will be to place the blame on the Republicans if an agreement on the CR can not be reached and the government is forced to shut down.

If Republicans cuts are successfully painted as unreasonable, then it is easier to blame them if a shutdown occurs, a Democratic aide said.

One aspect of the message is that the spending bill “destroys jobs” at a time of economic recovery. It says Democrats will trim spending by “going after tax loopholes and wasteful subsidies, instead of the reckless and indiscriminate cuts in the GOP spending plan.”

Democrats will also point to efforts they were made by their party to save American jobs. They will highlight attempts to pass a Build America Bonds initiative and a bill ending government contracts for companies that offshore jobs, according to the House Democrats “District Work Plan.”

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Obama Tells America to Make Sacrifices While the Michelle and Kids Go on Vacation



This is a blatant hypocrisy. While Obama tells us to "put off a vacation" and make sacrifices, Michelle Obama takes kids to an expensive ski trip. The more important question is "who is watching Barack while the family is out?"

(Daily Mail) — President Obama has been accused of having double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on a costly skiing trip.

First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are on a ‘private family trip’ to Colorado for Presidents’ Day Weekend.

Mrs Obama and Sasha, nine, were pictured waiting in line at the Eagle Bahn gondola to the top of the mountain today.

The First Lady’s cream ski jacket was open, perhaps indicating that temperatures are not as bitter as they are in other parts of the country.

A light snow appeared to be falling on Mrs Obama and her daughter, who herself was clad in fluorescent pink snowboarding pants and a sky blue puff jacket.

Both wore gloves and hats. They were not carrying skis.

The family appear to have flown there on Air Force Two.

They are staying at the upscale Sebastian Hotel on Vail Mountain, where rooms start at $650 a night and range up to more than $2,400 for multi-bedroom suites.

The trip came just days after the President tried to sell his cost-cutting budget to the American people by asking them to stay at home.

‘If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, or you might put off a vacation,’ he said.

While Mr Obama is staying put at the White House, the rest of his family headed to Colorado – rather than visiting slopes closer to Washington in Virginia or Pennsylvania.

Their trip came despite previous criticisms over the family’s extravagant vacations, including a trip last summer to Spain.

Mitt Romney is a Poor Choice to be a Presidential Contender



While Sarah Palin is being excoriated by the liberal media and the GOP establishment, it is rare to hear anything negative from the other potential GOP candidates planning to run for the presidency in 2012. There is a reason behind it. The media and the liberal establishment already have the ammo to attack the GOP contenders. It is only Sarah Palin that the Liberal elitist and the GOP establishment are very scared. Honestly, I'm glad the story of Romney came out. He is a prime example of a poor choice to lead this country. Most people will overlook one fault about the man, but not two. Mitt Romney destroyed Massachusetts by implementing Romneycare. Now, by understanding that Romney is a vicious businessman, his ideas will ruin this country rather than to improve it.

(NY Post) Likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been out on the pre-campaign trail this month saying he is the man to get Americans back to work, despite a spotty jobs record while on Wall Street.

However, the former private equity firm chief's fortune -- which has funded his political ambitions from the Massachusetts statehouse to his unsuccessful run for the White House in 2008 -- was made on the backs of companies that ultimately collapsed, putting thousands of ordinary Americans out on the street. That truth if it becomes widely known could become costly to Romney, who, while making the media rounds recently, told CNN's Piers Morgan that "People in America want to know who can get 15 million people back to work," implying he was that person.

Romney's private equity firm, Bain Capital, bought companies and often increased short-term earnings so those businesses could then borrow enormous amounts of money. That borrowed money was used to pay Bain dividends. Then those businesses needed to maintain that high level of earnings to pay their debts. Majority of those companies end up in bankruptcy.

Romney said:

He was not involved in decisions to take distributions from two Bain Capital businesses that later failed. (New York Times, June 3, 2007)

“People in America want to know who can get 15 million people back to work.”

Romney did:

Owned a controlling interest in Bain Capital when it took payments from five companies that later failed.

Made fortunes by bankrupting five profitable businesses that ended up firing thousands of workers

Obama and Wisconsin Democrats are Fighting for the Wrong Reason



The arguement from the unions are considered ignorant, selfish, and arrogant. The union workers are saying the governor's plan have blindsided them by surprise. Also, they say Gov. Walker's is intentionally targeting public employees while giving tax breaks to businesses worth about $117 million, which provides jobs to many people. The class warfare that Democrats use with proficiency doesn't fly in this turbulent climate. Democrats must understand that giving tax breaks to businesses doesn't equate to owners pocketing the money. These tax breaks give the company room to grow by providing jobs and expansion. Also, the tax breaks will help lower the cost of the product that the companies would pass on to the consumer. The last time I checked public employees don't provide jobs.

(FoxNews) Wisconsin's senate majority leader says the chamber will convene to pass non-spending bills and act on appointments Tuesday even if minority Democrats remain out of state.

Republican Sen. Scott Fitzgerald told The Associated Press on Sunday that he would be reviewing which bills and appointees to schedule for action. He says senators can't wait around "twiddling their thumbs" until the Democrats return.

Protesters and Democratic lawmakers have likened Walker to a dictator, and demonstrators protesting the budget bill have waived signs comparing him to ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and Adolf Hitler.

Walker said he hoped "cooler minds will prevail" and lawmakers will come back to vote.

"Those senate Democrats should realize, if you want to participate in a democracy, you got to be in the arena. And the arena is right here in Madison, Wisconsin. It's not hiding out in Rockford, Illinois, or Chicago, or anywhere else out there. Democracy means you show up and participate.

And they failed to do that. They're walking out on their job," he said.

President Obama, whose group Organizing for America, has bused in some of the nearly 70,000 protesters Saturday, last week called the bill "an assault on unions."

Walker said the president should stay focused on fixing the federal budget, which is $1.5 trillion in deficit this year. The president's plan, rolled out last week, proposes $1.65 trillion in deficits next year.

Under the governor's proposal, unions still could represent workers, but they could not force employees to pay dues and would have to hold annual votes to stay organized. Only wages below the Consumer Price Index would be subject to collective bargaining, anything higher would have to be approved by referendum.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Gallup Poll: Reagan Was Greatest President Ever



It still bothers me that Clinton is #3...........

(NewsMax) Ronald Reagan tops the Gallup Poll's list of the greatest presidents for the third time, reports AOLNews.

Reagan was the choice of 19 percent of those polled, followed by Abraham Lincoln at 14 percent. Bill Clinton was third at 13 percent.Gallup began its "greatest president" poll a dozen years ago, and Reagan has been No. 1 three times: 2001, 2005 and this year.

The rest of the top 10:

4) John F. Kennedy

5) George Washington

6) Franklin Roosevelt

7) Barack Obama

8) Theodore Roosevelt

9) Harry Truman

10) George W. Bush

Middle East Protest Reaches China



History has shown that the Chinese people yearn for a democracy. Under communist rule, the Chinese people are hungry, unemployed, suppressed, and practically living on the streets. The paranoia of the Chinese government is at its tipping point. Anything related toward a hint of a protest, the Chinese government will take no chances and quell the situation. Also, it is convenient for the Chinese government have full control of the Internet and monitor what information can be access by the Chinese people. It is really ironic how China is the second greatest world economy, but the people who reside there are dirt poor. Sooner or later a revolution will break loose in China. It is a matter of time.

(The Blaze) BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities cracked down on activists as a call circulated for people to gather in more than a dozen cities Sunday for a “Jasmine Revolution.”

The source of the call was not known, but authorities moved to halt its spread online. Searches for the word “jasmine” were blocked Saturday on China’s largest Twitter-like microblog, and the website where the request first appeared said it was hit by an attack.

Activists seemed not to know what to make of the call to protest, even as they passed it on. They said they were unaware of any known group being involved in the request for citizens to gather in 13 cities and shout “We want food, we want work, we want housing, we want fairness.”

China has limited reporting on the protests in the Middle East and quickly shuts down most protests at home.

Authorities appeared to be treating the protest call seriously. Families and friends reported the detention or harassment of several activists, and some said they had been warned not to participate Sunday.

Tensions were already high in recent days after a video secretly made under house arrest by one of China’s most well-known activist lawyers, Chen Guangcheng, was made public. Chen and his wife reportedly were beaten in response, and some of Chen’s supporters reported being detained or beaten by authorities after meeting to discuss his case.

The call for a “Jasmine Revolution” came as President Hu Jintao gave a speech to top leaders Saturday, asking them to “solve prominent problems which might harm the harmony and stability of the society.”

The ruling Communist Party is dogged by the threat of social unrest over rising food and housing prices and other issues.

In the latest price increase, the National Development and Reform Commission announced Saturday that gasoline and diesel prices would be raised by 350 yuan ($53) per ton.

Democrat Congressman Christopher Murphy Ended a One Sided Bromance with Justin Bieber




A 37-year old Democrat congressman ended a one-sided bromance with Justin Bieber. The thought is absolutely sick. There is no reason to invoke Justin Bieber with politics because the demographic group that Justin attracts can't vote. So, what is the true intent of Congressman Christopher Murphy having deep feelings over this kid? Hmmm....

(NewsMax) HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For a short time, they seemed so simpatico: the idealistic congressman, the teenage singing sensation, their shared disappointment in the U.S. health care system.

Now, though, Connecticut Democrat Christopher Murphy and Justin Bieber, the famously coiffed Pied Piper of love-struck girls worldwide, have parted ways philosophically over the Biebs' opposition to abortion.

Their split is less puzzling to some observers than the fact that Murphy, 37, a three-term U.S. representative, even invoked the pop star as a voice of authority in the first place.

Like many of today's flare-and-fizzle connections, their one-sided bromance played out electronically with a few Twitter messages and hashtags, or short phrases and words used to categorize posts according to their topics.

Murphy, who authors his own tweets, wrote Thursday morning: "Bieber on health care" and added the hashtag, "(hash)mycaseofbieberfever," plus a link to Bieber's comments in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

The Canadian-born singer called the U.S. health care system "evil" for the medical debt it places on some patients. But in the same interview, Bieber also mentioned his opposition to abortion, which he considers to be "like killing a baby."

Less than an hour after his first tweet about Bieber's health care concerns, Murphy was back on Twitter. His chagrined comment: "Oh wait ... just heard what Biebs said about abortion. Ugh."

Thus ended the brief affinity, though it's unclear whether Bieber even knew about it, between launching a world tour, appearing at the recent Grammy Awards, guest-starring on "CSI" and promoting his new movie. A representative for him did not immediately respond to an e-mail Friday seeking comment.

The Man Who Will Be President One Day



The Answer is U.S. Congressman Lt. Col. Allen West. He will put honor back in the Oval Office, strengthen the military, curb aggression around the world, make conservatism as the norm, and bring patriotism and America's exceptionalism back to where it belongs. I will be looking forward for the day when a true black president can emerge and bring respect back to America. Allen West will have to establish his merits in Congress before pursuing the presidency. Once he understands the politics in Washington, Lt. Col. Allen West can lead this country forward.

(NewsMax) Allen West tells Democrats to "Grow-Up!"

“Over this past week I have watched and listened to members of the House of Representatives from across the aisle.

“I am appalled at their ignorance, belligerence, and dishonest rhetoric filled with empty emotional platitudes. Have they no shame in realizing that their inept, incompetent failures are the reason why we are debating this continuing resolution. They failed to pass a budget during the 111th Congress.

“Have they no honor in realizing that their fiscal irresponsibility over the past four years has resulted in our standing on the precipice of a fiscal canyon from which we may not recover.

“Also troubling are the events in the state of Wisconsin which mirror those that happened in Greece several months ago. We are witnessing the abject hostility of a unionized entitlement class that is being lauded by the liberal left, seemingly to include our President.

“It is such a critical time for our Republic, yet there seems no visionary leadership — it is as if America stopped producing adults. I have never seen a greater assembly of petulance and sophomoric behavior as what I have witnessed this week on the floor of the House of Representatives.

“To those across the aisle, please explain to the American people how your economic policies have created a better environment for long-term sustainable growth.

“This debate is about jobs and the economy.

“It begins with remedying the spending problem on Capitol Hill. It includes tackling the burdensome taxation and regulation policies strangling our country. It is the understanding that Keynesian tax and spend policies did not grow America’s economy, but the indomitable, entrepreneurial spirit of the American people.

“Government sets the conditions for job and economic growth, it does not create jobs.

“I am pleased that we are having open debate in the peoples’ house. However, there is clearly something lacking in this discourse — the recognition of the failure of the bureaucratic nanny-state liberal policies.

“Rest assured that I will do everything in my ability to stand firm and lead on the principles that make America exceptional.”

New CBO Report Claim Repealing Obamacare Would Save $1.4 Trillion



It doesn't take rocket science to figure this no-brainer..............

(American Spectator) — Repealing the new national
health care law would result in gross savings of $1.4 trillion, a new report by the Congressional Budget Office finds.

During the health care debate, Democrats were hard pressed to keep up
with President Obama’s promise that the legislation would cost “around $900 billion.” So they employed the gimmick of delaying the major spending provisions until 2014 to make the legislation appear cheaper within the CBO’s ten-year budget window, then 2010 through 2019. At the time, I calculated that this tactic deferred 98 percent of the spending to the last six years of that period.

Well, now two years have passed, and the CBO’s budget window has shifted to 2012 through 2021 — and volià — the estimate that was $940 billion at the time of passage has suddenly gone up to $1.4 trillion. Keep in mind that this estimate still includes two years (2012 and 2013) prior to full implementation.

Clearly, the actual 10-year cost of the major coverage provisions is going to be even higher — likely something closer to $1.8 trillion.

Palin tells Wisconsin Protesters that Real Solidarity Means Everyone Being Willing to Sacrifice



This is why Liberals and the GOP establishment are so scared of her. Strong leaders are so hard to find! Palin 2012!!!

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sarah Palin says union members protesting Wisconsin Republicans’ plan to help balance the state’s budget by cutting collective bargaining rights are taking up “the wrong fight at the wrong time.”

Palin weighed in on the debate in a Friday night posting on her Facebook page but didn’t indicate whether she would join weekend conservative counter-protests organized by groups including the Tea Party Patriots and Americans for Prosperity.

In the posting addressed to “union brothers and sisters,” Palin says Wisconsin taxpayers shouldn’t be asked to pay for benefits “that are not sustainable.”

She says “real solidarity means everyone being willing to sacrifice.”

Friday, February 18, 2011

Wisconsin Teachers are Damn Greedy



With the total package these Wisconsin teachers are getting, they shouldn't be complaining. The prepared protest erupting around Madison, Wisconsin is all about greedy teachers and corrupt unions. Instead of thinking about the education of the children, the unions and the teachers are only thinking about themselves.

(Maciver Institute) Average MPS Teacher Compensation Tops $100k/year

[Milwaukee, Wisconsin] MacIver News Service – For the first time in history, the average annual compensation for a teacher in the Milwaukee Public School system will exceed $100,000.

That staggering figure was revealed last night at a meeting of the MPS School Board.

The average salary for an MPS teacher is $56,500. When fringe benefits are factored in, the annual compensation will be $100,005 in 2011.

Obama is Deliberately Dividing this Country by Supporting Wisconsin Unions



If Reagan was around, he would have fired these teachers just like the air traffic controllers. As I said before, Obama is no Reagan. Obama will never be known as the great communicator but the great divider.

(Washington Post) MADISON, WIS. - President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin's broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits and planning similar protests in other state capitals.

Obama accused Scott Walker, the state's new Republican governor, of unleashing an "assault" on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.

Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights.

By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were organizing additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, where an effort is underway to trim benefits for public workers. Some union activists predicted similar protests in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Under Walker's plan, most public workers - excluding police, firefighters and state troopers - would have to pay half of their pension costs and at least 12 percent of their health-care costs. They would lose bargaining rights for anything other than pay. Walker, who took office last month, says the emergency measure would save $300 million over the next two years to help close a $3.6 billion budget gap.

Gov’t Has Borrowed an Additional $29,660 Per Household Since Obama Signed Stimulus



This is absolutely obscene...............

(CNSNews.com) - The federal government has borrowed an additional $29,660 per household in the United States since President Barack Obama signed his economic stimulus law two years ago.

That brings the total national debt to $125,475.18 per household.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

House Votes to Overthrow Obama Czars



(Politico) Republicans successfully added an amendment to the continuing resolution that would leave President Barack Obama’s senior advisers on policy issues including health care, energy and others out of a job.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) offered the amendment that blocks funding for various policy advisers to combat what he called “a very disturbing proliferation of czars” under Obama.

The jobs on the chopping block: White House-appointed advisers on health care, energy and climate, green jobs, urban affairs, the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, oversight of TARP executive compensation, diversity at the Federal Communications Commission and the auto industry manufacturing policy.

GOP lawmakers assailed Browner’s office after a recent report showed that the White House rewrote crucial sections of an Interior Department report to suggest an independent group of scientists and engineers supported a six-month ban on offshore oil drilling.

“It was found out that it was the climate czar that actually doctored the president’s own scientific study to try to say that scientists that the president appointed recommended a moratorium on drilling,” Scalise said. “It turned out the scientists didn’t say that at all.”

A federal investigation found no wrongdoing by Browner.

But Scalise had harsh words to go around for the other “czars,” too. “There’s actually a czar out there trying to still impose a cap-and-trade regime,” he said of the special envoy for climate change, Todd Stern, who works at the State Department.

The amendment would defund the White House “green jobs czar” slot that has been vacant since Van Jones resigned in 2009 after reports surfaced that he signed a petition seeking an investigation into whether the U.S. government was behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Wisconsin Democrats Are a Bunch of Cowards



The Egypt revolution finally landed on American soil. Wisconsin is the new battle ground between Conservates and the Unions. The Democrat Legislators are bunch of cowards not wanting to vote on a bill. Instead, they got on a bus and cross states lines to a nice resort. It seems the Democrats didnt want to vote on a bill to eliminate union ollective bargaining rights, and making public workers pay half the costs of their pensions and at least 12.6 percent of their health care coverage, which is comparable with those in the private sector. The benefit is win-win situation to all Wisconsin resident because the savings the bill would achieve -- $30million by July 1 and $300 million over the next two years and it will balance the budget by fixing a $3.6 billion budget shortfall.


(WTMJ News) MADISON - Democratic State Senators who protested the budget repair bill by leaving the state have been found.

The lawmakers are in the Best Western Clock Tower Resort in Rockford Illinois.

Law enforcement officials have been looking for at least one Democratic senator to bring in for a quorum required for a fiscal measure, but Democratic Senator Jon Erpenbach confirmed to Newsradio 620 WTMJ that he and all of his Democratic colleagues boarded a bus and left the state.

"We're not in Wisconsin right now," Erpenbach said. "The reason why we're doing this is because there are some jurisdictional issues that we'd be dealing with."

The Senate's Sergeant at Arms cannot compel Senators' attendance in an open session if they are outside of state lines.

With the Democrats gone, not enough Senators are available for a quorum to vote on the bill.

The wait could happen for as long as hours, or even days, until a Democratic senator comes in.

TSA Employee Caught Stealing $160,000 from Checked Bags




TSA has lost its usefulness. Airports needs to adopt privatization of airport security..........

(New York Post) Two TSA agents were busted today at Kennedy Airport for stealing $160,000 in cash from bags, authorities said.

Davon Webb, 30, and Couman Perad, who turned 36 today, were arrested after admitting they had regularly stolen from checked bags, sources said.

In one instance, Perad, who joined the Transportation Security Administration in 2002, and Webb, who has been an agent since 2004, stole $39,000 on Jan. 30 from a bag at Terminal 8, sources said.

The passenger whose money was stolen was on his way to Argentina, sources said.

The $39,000 was later found in their homes after TSA notified Port Authority police, sources said.

Also today, the TSA confirmed that a string of security lapses took place at Newark Airport within the past month, the Newark Star-Ledger reported

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the two incidents were among a string of five security lapses at Newark within the last 30 days.

Another incident reported by the officials involved a dead dog that was brought to the airport by its owner and loaded onto a Continental Airlines jet without ever being screened.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Obama Drops "S-Bomb" At Presser On Budget



That's our president. Our very own Gaffe-in-Chief

Obama Drops "S-Bomb" At Presser On Budget

President Obama flubs "lowest sh**" when he meant to say "lowest share."

OBAMA: ".. bring annual domestic spending to its lowest sh** -- lowest share to the economy since Dwight Eisenhower."

Monday, February 14, 2011

DEBT NOW EQUALS ENTIRE ECONOMY



In other words, we are now broke thanks to Obama..........................

(Washington Times)President Obama‘s budget, released Monday, was conceived as a blueprint for future spending, but it also paints the bleakest picture yet of the current fiscal year, which is on track for a record federal deficit and will see the government’s overall debt surpass the size of the total U.S. economy.

Mr. Obama‘s budget projects that 2011 will see the biggest one-year debt jump in history, or nearly $2 trillion, to reach $15.476 trillion by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. That would be 102.6 percent of GDP - the first time since World War II that dubious figure has been reached.

And the budget projects the government will run a deficit of $1.645 trillion this year, topping 2009’s previous record by more than $230 billion. By contrast, 2007’s deficit was just $160 billion altogether.

Still, amid the other staggering numbers in the budget Mr. Obama sent to Congress on Monday, the debt stands out because Congress will need to vote to raise the debt limit later this year, and because the numbers are so large.

Republicans argued Monday that the Obama administration‘s new budget fails to appreciate the depth of the country’s fiscal plight.

Iranians Starting an Uprising and Many Wonder if Obama Will Help




In 2009, Iranians held massive protest after Ahmadinejad was re-elected as president. The Iranian people are saying that the hardliner was re-elected due to massive vote rigging in June 2009. At that time, Obama didn't do anything about it. Obama allowed Ahadinejad to imprison and punish the dissidents on the streets. Since Egyptian leader Mubarak was ousted from power, Obama gave full support and incited the Egyptian people to not back down. After the aftermath, there has been a domino effect throughout the Middle East with a revolution for democracy or "mob rule." In Iran, there are thousands of protester congregating in Tehran mimicking an Egyptian protest. Many are wondering if Obama will support the Iranian people as he did with the Egyptian people. Also, many Iranian are frightened that Obama will turn a blind eye and allow Ahmadinejad to commit a human right's atrocity by imprisoning and killing dissidents like the Iranian president did in 2009.

(Breitbart) Riot police on Monday fired tear gas and shot paintballs at protesters who turned what they said was a Tehran rally in support of Arab uprisings into an anti-government demonstration, witnesses said.

The clashes broke out at Tehran's prominent Azadi (Freedom) Square when crowds of opposition supporters began chanting "Death to Dictator!" -- a slogan used by protesters against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the disputed 2009 presidential election.

Witnesses said police fired tear gas and also shot paintballs at protesters who had gathered despite a ban by authorities.

Websites and witnesses said thousands of opposition supporters had taken to the streets of the capital in support of Arab revolts despite a heavy police deployment.

While Iran has backed the Arab uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, the interior ministry in Tehran banned the Monday rally which Mousavi and fellow opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi had sought to hold.

Witnesses and websites said the opposition supporters had walked in scattered crowds silently to Azadi Square from several parts of the capital as policemen kept a sharp watch and tried dispersing them.

Riot police on motorbikes armed with shotguns, tear gas, batons, paintball guns and fire extinguishers were deployed in key squares in the capital to prevent the gatherings

Now, the Egyptian People Wonder how the Egyptian Military Will Govern



Not surprisingly, after the overthrow of the Mubarak government, the Egyptian people are starting to wonder the full intent how the military will govern. In the old adage, "you break it, you buy it." The Egyptian people have no idea what they stirred up. They removed Mubarak from power and allowed Mubarak's general and best friend to take over. The likelihood for a nice transition will be innocuous at first, but let's wait and see six months from now. Throughout history, military leaders having absolute power will eventually lead to absolute corruption.

(The Independent) Two days after millions of Egyptians won their revolution against the regime of Hosni Mubarak, the country's army – led by Mubarak's lifelong friend, General Mohamed el-Tantawi – further consolidated its power over Egypt yesterday, dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution. As they did so, the prime minister appointed by Mubarak, ex-General Ahmed Shafiq, told Egyptians that his first priorities were "peace and security" to prevent "chaos and disorder" – the very slogan uttered so often by the despised ex-president. Plus ça change?

In their desperation to honour the 'military council's' promise of Cairo-back-to-normal, hundreds of Egyptian troops – many unarmed – appeared in Tahrir Square to urge the remaining protesters to leave the encampment they had occupied for 20 days. At first the crowd greeted them as friends, offering them food and water. Military policemen in red berets, again without weapons, emerged to control traffic. But then a young officer began lashing demonstrators with a cane – old habits die hard in young men wearing uniforms – and for a moment there was a miniature replay of the fury visited upon the state security police here on 28 January.

It reflected a growing concern among those who overthrew Mubarak that the fruits of their victory may be gobbled up by an army largely composed of generals who achieved their power and privilege under Mubarak himself. No-one objects to the dissolution of parliament since Mubarak's assembly elections last year – and all other years -- were so transparently fraudulent. But the 'military council' gave no indication of the date for the free and fair elections which Egyptians believed they had been promised.

But a clear divergence is emerging between the demands of the young men and women who brought down the Mubarak regime and the concessions – if that is what they are – that the army appears willing to grant them. A small rally at the side of Tahrir Square yesterday held up a series of demands which included the suspension of Mubarak's old emergency law and freedom for political prisoners. The army has promised to drop the emergency legislation "at the right opportunity", but as long as it remains in force, it gives the military as much power to ban all protests and demonstrations as Mubarak possessed; which is one reason why those little battles broke out between the army and the people in the square yesterday.

The suspension of the constitution – a document which the millions of demonstrators anyway regarded as a laissez-passer for presidential dictatorship – left most Egyptians unmoved. And the army, having received the fulsome thanks of Israel for promising to honour the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, announced that it would hold power for only six months; no word, though, on whether they could renew their military rule after that date.

As Expected, Egyptian Military Suspended Egypt Constitution



As expected, the Egyptian military suspended Egypt's constitution and begun quelling the dissidents on the streets. Preventing another uprising, the military is showing what every coup d'etat leader in history has demonstrated. As the old adage goes, "those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." It is unlikely that the Egyptian military general, who is a lifelong friend of Mubarak, will relinquish military hold on the country any time soon.

(Reuters) - Egypt's military delivered an ultimatum on Monday to dozens of committed protesters in Tahrir Square, nerve centre of a movement that toppled Hosni Mubarak, to leave and let life return to normal or face arrest.

Soldiers had scuffled with demonstrators the day before as they reopened the central Cairo square to traffic. Some protesters insisted on staying, determined to see through their demands for civilian rule and a free, democratic system.

Protest leaders say Egyptians will demonstrate again if their demands for radical change are not met. They plan a huge "Victory March" on Friday to celebrate the revolution, and perhaps to remind the military of the power of the street.

Egypt's generals, who played an important role in the anti-Mubarak revolt by making no effort to crush it, are asserting their control following Mubarak's overthrow.

Having suspended the constitution and dissolved parliament on Sunday, moves welcomed by those who saw both institutions as geared to serve Mubarak's personal ends, the military council was planning to issue orders intended to stifle disruption and get the country back to work, a military source said.

Free and fair elections will be held under a revised constitution, the military said, but it gave no timetable beyond saying it would be in charge "for a temporary period of six months or until the end of elections to the upper and lower houses of parliament, and presidential elections".

Political analysts were beginning to ask how long the whole process of amending the constitution, having a referendum on it and then holding elections would all take.

Egypt's army said it wowuld lift the hated state of emergency, implemented after the assassination of Mubarak's predecessor Anwar Sadat by Islamist soldiers and kept in place by Mubarak to stifle dissent, but has not specified a timetable which has troubled protesters.

The army said at the weekend it would uphold Egypt's international obligations. These include its peace treaty with Israel, whose defence minister has been in touch with his Egyptian counterpart, who heads the military council.

The army source said military authorities were expected to issue an order soon that would ban meetings by labour unions or professional syndicates, effectively forbidding strikes, and would tell all Egyptians to get back to work.

There would also be a warning from the military against those who created "chaos and disorder", the source said, adding the army would, however, acknowledge the right to protest.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Like Afghanistan, Obama Now Owns the Crisis in Egypt as Well



Like the "good war" in Afghanistan, Obama now owns the crisis in Egypt as well. So far, Obama owns a horrid economy, a deflating dollar, the Gulf Oil Spill, high unemployment, wasteful spending, national debt, radical Islam uprising, and now civil unrest around the world. I think he is doing a "bang-up" good job. Don't you think? (Sarcasm)

(Yahoo) WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday welcomed the peaceful transition of power in Egypt with the resignation of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. "The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard. And Egypt will never be the same," he declared.

In brief remarks in the Grand Foyer of the White House, the president noted that it was "not the end of Egypt's transition, it's a beginning." He said that many important questions remain to be resolved and difficult times lie ahead.

"I'm confident the people of Egypt can find the answers," Obama said. He spoke hours after Mubarak stepped aside, turning authority over to the military. It was a turnaround from the night before, when the Egyptian leader defiantly refused to give up his title.

Obama began his remarks by noting that "President Mubarak responded to the Egyptian people's hunger for change." That was the only time he mentioned the resigned president.

Obama said he is confident that a democratic Egypt can assert its role as an influential player in the Mideast and beyond.

Democracy protests bring down Egypt's Mubarak



Since no one has confirmed who will lead the new republic, the turmoil of Egypt isn't over. This vacuum created will open doors to radicalism. Whether the military will honor the voice of the Egyptian people remains to be seen.

(Yahoo) CAIRO – Fireworks burst over Tahrir Square and Egypt exploded with joy and tears of relief after pro-democracy protesters brought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resigned Friday and handed power to the military.

"The people ousted the regime," rang out chants from crowds of hundreds of thousands massed in Cairo's central Tahrir, or Liberation, Square and outside Mubarak's main palace several miles away in a northern district of the capital.

The crowds in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and other cities around the country erupted into a pandemonium of cheers and waving flags. They danced, hugged and raised their hands in prayer after Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV just after nightfall. Some fell to kiss the ground, and others chanted, "Goodbye, goodbye" and "put your heads up high, you're Egyptian."

The question now turned to what happens next after effectively a military coup, albeit one prompted by overwhelming popular pressure. Protesters on Friday had overtly pleaded for the army to oust Mubarak. The country is now ruled by the Armed Forces Supreme Council, the military's top body consisting of its highest ranking generals and headed by Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

After Mubarak's resignation, a military spokesman appeared on state TV and promised the army would not act as a substitute for a government based on the "legitimacy of the people."

President Mubarak and Family Leave Cairo but Unknown if He Relinquish Power



Mubarak give powers to his 2nd in command and the military has taken over to quell the violence, riots, and protest. This scenario sound so familiar to many coup d'etat takeover. If the Egyptian people think they won, wait till they see what is in store for them.

(YAHOO) (Reuters) – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family have left Cairo for the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, proving he is giving up his presidential powers, a ruling party official said on Friday.

Protesters seeking Mubarak's overthrow moved overnight to the Ittihadiya presidential palace in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis for the first time since demonstrations began on January 25.

"President Mubarak has begun carrying out the transfer of his authorities to his deputy Omar Suleiman by heading to Sharm el-Sheikh," Mohammed Abdillah, head of media with the National Democratic Party, told Reuters. "President Mubarak is intent on carrying out his vows to himself."

Sharm el-Sheikh is a popular tourist destination in the Sinai peninsula which Egypt got back from Israel after a peace treaty in 1979. Sharm el-Sheikh is a world away from the pollution, congestion and poverty of Cairo.

Al Arabiya television station reported that it had confirmed the arrival of the president, who said on Thursday he was handing powers to Vice President Suleiman, and his family in the tourist town.

Oprah Pleads to America to Show Obama Some Respect





Oprah is desperate for attention and TV rating, which is going downhill as fast as Obama's popularity............

(Politico) Oprah called on President Obama's critics on Friday to “show some level of respect.”

"I feel that everybody has a learning curve, and I feel that the reason why I was willing to step out for him was because I believed in his integrity and I believed in his heart," the influential TV host said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in Chicago.

Of the negative mood of the country, Oprah added, “I think everybody complaining ought to try it for once.”

She said the presidency is a position that “holds a sense of authority and governance over us all,” and that “even if you’re not in support of his policies, there needs to be a certain level of respect.”