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Ludwig von Mises–Videos

Posted on January 31, 2009. Filed under: Books, Economics, Video | Tags: , , |

 
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FOX News: The Life of Ludwig Von Mises – 9/30/2009

 

The Life and Work of Ludwig von Mises

 

Ludwig Von Mises Tribute (1881-1973) : Liberty & Economic (1/4)

Ludwig Von Mises Tribute (1881-1973) : Liberty & Economic (2/4)

Ludwig Von Mises Tribute (1881-1973) : Liberty & Economic (3/4)

Ludwig Von Mises Tribute (1881-1973) : Liberty & Economic (4/4)

The Future of Austrian Economics(4/4)

Murray Rothbard – Mises in One Lesson Part 1/6

Murray Rothbard – Mises in One Lesson Part 2/6

Murray Rothbard – Mises in One Lesson Part 3/6

Murray Rothbard – Mises in One Lesson Part 4/6

Murray Rothbard – Mises in One Lesson Part 5/6

Murray Rothbard – Mises in One Lesson Part 6/6

 

Lew Rockwell New Book On Ludwig Von Mises

Episodes in Mises’s Life

Introduction to the Causal-Realist Approach to Economics by Ludwig von Mises Institute

The Mises Circle: Presentation to Mises University

The Mises Circle: Presentation to Mises University

<h4Mises as Model


 

Background Articles and Videos

Ludwig von Mises

“…Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (pronounced [ˈluːtvɪç fɔn ˈmiːzəs]) (September 29, 1881 – October 10, 1973) was an Austrian Economist, philosopher, and a major influence on the modern libertarian movement. …”

The Ludwig von Mises Institute is named after him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_von_Mises

 

Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973)

by Murray N. Rothbard

“One of the most notable economists and social philosophers of the twentieth century, Ludwig von Mises, in the course of a long and highly productive life, developed an integrated, deduct­ive science of economics based on the fundamental axiom that in­dividual human beings act purposively to achieve desired goals. Even though his economic analysis itself was “value-free” — in the sense of being irrelevant to values held by economists — Mises concluded that the only viable economic policy for the human race was a policy of unrestricted laissez-faire, of free markets and the unhampered exercise of the right of private property, with government strictly limited to the defense of person and property within its territorial area.

For Mises was able to demonstrate (a) that the expansion of free markets, the division of labor, and private capital investment is the only possible path to the prosperity and flourishing of the human race; (b) that socialism would be disastrous for a modern economy because the absence of private ownership of land and capital goods prevents any sort of rational pricing, or estimate of costs, and (c) that government intervention, in addition to hampering and crippling the market, would prove counter-productive and cumulative, leading inevitably to socialism unless the entire tissue of interventions was repealed. …”

http://www.mises.org/about/3248

 

 

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Man-Made Climate Change/Warming in The Obama Oval Office–A Moral Imperative? An Honest Conversation? Nay, It Is Very Cold Outside

Posted on January 31, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Energy, Homes, Investments, Links, People, Politics, Regulations, Video | Tags: , , , , |

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Glenn Beck—The Obama Hypocrisy Continues

 

Obama discusses global warming at the ABC Debate in IA

 

The only reason President Obama brings up global warming is that global warming or climate change is the “story” used to justify more taxes in the form of cap and trade and more government regulation of cars.

The majority of the American people believe that man does not cause global warming.

 

The American people are unwilling to pay higher prices for goods and services should a carbon tax or a cap and trade tax ever be implemented.

Now if the President were serious, he would not only lower the temperature to 72 in the Oval Office but also cut the White House staff to that President Roosevelt had. Better yet President Lincoln had a very small staff, I believe it was 2 and not 1,700 plus.

Chapter II:
Running the White House

“…Early in his term, a new President must make a series of important decisions, including designating his principal aides and determining the structure of his administration that includes the 400 to 500 members of the White House staff as well as 1,200 to 1,300 staff members housed in the Executive Office of the President. …”

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Features/Mandate/keys_chapter2.cfm

 

 

Obama announces pay freeze

 

Cut the staff down from 1,700 to 250 and I might be impressed.

The pay freeze is a joke. 

Big deal. 

 

Background Articles and Videos 

 

The Age of Obama: Heat for me, but not for thee

by Ed Morrissey

“…Last week, Barack Obama caused quite a stir when he allowed himself to be photographed in the Oval Office without wearing a suit jacket, ending the Bush tradition of coat-and-tie for the West Wing.  The New York Times reports on how Obama made that possible during a colder-than-usual Washington winter.  All Obama did was turn up the thermostat to Hawaii hothouse levels:

The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

Thus did a rule of the George W. Bush administration — coat and tie in the Oval Office at all times — fall by the wayside, only the first of many signs that a more informal culture is growing up in the White House under new management. Mr. Obama promised to bring change to Washington and he has — not just in substance, but in presidential style.

And thus did the Times fall down on the job yet again in the Age of Obama …”

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/01/29/the-age-of-obama-heat-for-me-but-not-for-thee/

Obama’s thermostat setting: “He likes it warm;” Prediction: Mrs. Obama will shop for cardigans today

By Michelle Malkin 

 

“…Looks like another case of more “shared sacrifice” for thee, but not for He.

After lecturing us all to turn down our thermostats to “72 degrees at all times” on the campaign trail, The One moves into the White House and promptly cranks up the heat to tropical temperatures! (Hat tip – Ed Morrissey)

Ain’t that special: …”

 

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/29/obamas-thermostat-setting-he-likes-it-warm/ 

 

 Obama’s White House Staff Starts to Take Shape

 

Tech-savvy White House Staff Finding Glitches

 

 

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Bad Government Intervention Requires Bad Government Bank-The Road Map Out Of The World Economic Crisis–Stabilize–Stimulate–Strengthen–Simultaneously!

Posted on January 31, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Education, Employment, Homes, Investments, Law, Links, Quotations, Rants, Raves, Regulations, Taxes, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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If You Think The Problems We Create Are Bad,

Just Wait Until You See Our Solutions.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/posters/af76/zoom/

The Inconvenient Debt – Money Supply Hockey Stick – Dollar Will Collapse, Buy Guns & Gold

 

Glenn Beck Examines the Increased Printing of Money and the Increase in the Monetary Base


 

 

 Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way.

~Henry David Thoreau

Capitalism means free enterprise, sovereignty of the consumers in economic matters, and sovereignty of the voters in political matters.

Socialism means full government control of every sphere of the individuals life and the unrestricted supremacy of the government in its capacity as central board of production management.

~Ludwig von Mises 

 

 

Bad govenment intervention in the economy required more and more government intervention to correct the messes created by government in the first place.

Bad government again results in the need for a “bad government  bank” to buyup bad mortage loans and packages of securities of bad loans owned by commercial and investment banks and other financial institutions.

Let the market work .

Boycott all businesses and banks that accept bailouts.

There are many responsible banks to deposit your hard earned money in.

Is your bank a “good bank” or “bailedout bank”?

 

U.S., European Bank Stocks Rise on ’Bad Bank’ Plan (Update2)

By Andrew MacAskill and Jon Menon

“…The Obama administration’s plan may instead set up a so-called bad bank to absorb the hard-to-value holdings that have prevented many lenders from making new loans.

“The fact that they laid out a good bank/bad bank scenario means the nationalization of Citibank and Bank of America that people are worried about is less of a possibility,” said Warren Koontz, head of large-cap value stocks at Loomis Sayles & Co. in Boston. “The rolling fear that started with Citigroup and spread to Bank of America seems to have stopped for now.”

The KBW Bank Index of 24 U.S. banking companies climbed 14 percent, trimming this year’s decline to 26 percent. …”

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=a2JbHihbAJXw&refer=home

 

Sheila Bair, Chair, Federal Deposit Insurance, on FBN

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

 

Bank Watch List

The FDIC does not publish their watch list of failing banks or troubled institutions. However, private companies do publish ratings on banks. For a complete list of these companies, including contact information and website information.

http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/bank/index.html

 

 

-Is Your Bank At Risk?

 

 

Government is the worst failure of civilized man.

~H.L. Mencken

 

America will never be destroyed from the outside.

If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

~Abraham Lincoln

 

Pagliuca Says Banks Still Hesitant About Buyout Lending

 

n-Depth Look: Banking on a “Bad Bank”

 

Debrief ll Jan 18: Bad British Banks

 

n-Depth Look: “Aggregator Bank” for Toxic Assets

 

Weil Says `Tremendous Deals’ Await LBO Firms With Money

 

Edmund Phelps Says U.S. Needed `More Coherent’ Stimulus

 

Roubini, Shiller Discuss U.S. Banks, Recession, Risks

 

Levene of Lloyd’s Expects Premiums to `Harden’ in 2009

 

Background Articles and Videos

Bailouts, Relativity and Dead Parrots

By Randall Hoven

“…Think about this bailout thing for a moment.  We are told that the problem is a credit crunch – a lack of lendable funds, or a lack of willingness to lend them.  The solution would therefore seem to lie in coaxing money from the relatively asset-rich to the relatively asset-poor.

How would you do that?  Our government is doing it with huge bailouts, an $850 billion bailout under President Bush and an $825 billion or so stimulus under President Obama, on top of all the other bailouts for AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc.  Multiple trillions of dollars.


 

Where does the government get this money?  It doesn’t have it on hand, not by a long shot; it already owed the public over $5 trillion before this all started.  Answer: it borrows it.

That’s right.  When the problem is lack of borrowable money, the federal government steps in and borrows a few trillion more.  Let’s be clear: the government said the problem was lack of supply, so it increases the demand by trillions?


 

This makes zero sense to me.  The government will be borrowing from lender A to give to lender B.  It would be better if we could simply get A to lend to B directly and therefore avoid the middleman.  This also makes me wonder if we’d be better off having lender A provide a loan to himself.  (I’m not so sure that’s not happening.)


 

But not all the bailout money is even going to lenders.  That “stimulus” money will therefore do nothing for a credit crunch, but will simply dish out money to Americans that was borrowed from other Americans, to be paid back by future Americans.  Are we supposed to thank the government for forcing us to borrow money from ourselves?  Doesn’t the idea that this will benefit us defy some law of thermodynamics?

How does borrowing by the government help other borrowers, the supposed intent of fixing a credit crunch?  Talk about “crowding out.”  This is Godzilla “crowding out” Bambi. …”

“…Here is what makes sense to me.

  • Financial markets are strange and complex things.  They have cyclical behavior, bubbles and bursts.  And no one understands them.  No one.
  • Politicians and their appointees know they must be perceived as knowledgeable and in control, or else they’ll have to work for a living like us peons.  Some go so far as to fool even themselves that they are knowledgeable and in control.
  • Since most of us know we are ignorant and powerless in such things as financial markets, we like to believe that at least someone else isn’t.  So when people say they know something, we tend to believe them.  PhD’s from Harvard help.

Didn’t you ever wonder if the witch doctors themselves thought dropping a virgin in the volcano would really bring good crops?  I’m thinking they didn’t.  But it kept them in their witch-doctor jobs and gave them a few final moments in private with the virgins.

And that, boys and girls, is how government works. …”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/01/bailouts_relativity_and_dead_p.html

 

Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973)

by Murray N. Rothbard

“One of the most notable economists and social philosophers of the twentieth century, Ludwig von Mises, in the course of a long and highly productive life, developed an integrated, deduct­ive science of economics based on the fundamental axiom that in­dividual human beings act purposively to achieve desired goals. Even though his economic analysis itself was “value-free” — in the sense of being irrelevant to values held by economists — Mises concluded that the only viable economic policy for the human race was a policy of unrestricted laissez-faire, of free markets and the unhampered exercise of the right of private property, with government strictly limited to the defense of person and property within its territorial area.

For Mises was able to demonstrate (a) that the expansion of free markets, the division of labor, and private capital investment is the only possible path to the prosperity and flourishing of the human race; (b) that socialism would be disastrous for a modern economy because the absence of private ownership of land and capital goods prevents any sort of rational pricing, or estimate of costs, and (c) that government intervention, in addition to hampering and crippling the market, would prove counter-productive and cumulative, leading inevitably to socialism unless the entire tissue of interventions was repealed. …”

http://www.mises.org/about/3248

 

Stimulus slush fund for the housing entitlement mob

By Michelle Malkin  

“…From tiny acorns, mighty government debacles grow. House GOP Leader John Boehner on Monday rightly sounded the alarm over billions in stimulus tax dollars that could potentially go to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. But the Republican leadership has only scratched the surface over what amounts to a bottomless slush fund for a bigger coalition of housing entitlement thugs. ACORN, you may recall, is the Chicago-based left-wing activist group with longtime ties to community organizer-turned-President Obama. The non-profit, which now takes in 40 percent of its revenues from American taxpayers after four decades on the public teat, has a history of engaging in voter fraud, corporate shakedowns, partisan bullying, and pro-illegal immigration lobbying. The Democrats’ stimulus proposals could make the group — and its lesser-known, even more radical ideological allies — eligible for upwards of $5 billion in new public cash. …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/30/stimulus-slush-fund-for-the-housing-entitlement-mob/

 

Soros: ‘Bad Bank’ for Troubled Assets Is Bad Idea

“…Billionaire financier George Soros told CNBC he disagrees with plans to create a new government entity to buy up troubled bank loans and believes former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson mis-managed the first rescue attempt of financial institutions.

 

 

“That (the “bad bank” proposal) will help relieve the situation, but it will not be sufficient to turn it around,” Soros said during a live interview at the Davos economic conference in Switzerland. Instead, Soros said he would create a “good bank” and re-capitalize the good assets.

He admitted his alternative plan is not likely to get support because it too closely approaches nationalization. “The political will to do that is not there,” he said.

As to Paulson’s handling of the first half of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout fund known as TARP, Soros said the money was used “capriciously and haphazardly.” He said half of it has now been wasted, and the rest will need to be used to plug holes. …”

 

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Soros-Bad-Bank-for-Troubled-cnbc-14181833.html

 

 

Billions more needed for financial rescue

 

“…Looming above these is a proposal to set up a federal bank – dubbed a “bad bank” – that would buy troubled assets clogging financial institutions’ balance sheets. This would free the institutions to lend money and would entice wary investors back into the market, proponents say.

But the government will have to commit far more money than policymakers were discussing even a few weeks ago.

“I think we’re talking hundreds of billions of dollars,” said Brian Gardner, an analyst with the research firm Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. “I don’t think there’s anyone who doubts the administration will be going back to the Hill for more than the $350 billion” recently released from this fall’s $700 billion bailout package.

The International Monetary Fund wrote in a report Wednesday that losses from banks in the U.S. and Europe already have topped $1 trillion and could reach $2.2 trillion.

At that rate, the banks will require “at least half a trillion dollars” to remain solvent, the report says.

Congressional Democrats have been seeking advice from economist Mark Zandi, who said he is pushing a three-point plan for banks that includes more capital infusions, guarantees against losses on bad assets and a “bad bank” to buy distressed assets.

“They should use all three of those tools aggressively,” said Zandi, of Moody’s Economy.com. “If they are able to establish a marketplace for those assets, the benefits could be readily apparent.”

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair has mentioned the “bad bank” proposal in a series of interviews as one option the government should consider. …”

 http://www.wral.com/business/story/4421416/

 

Wall Street Voodoo

Paul Krugman

“…A better approach would be to do what the government did with zombie savings and loans at the end of the 1980s: it seized the defunct banks, cleaning out the shareholders. Then it transferred their bad assets to a special institution, the Resolution Trust Corporation; paid off enough of the banks’ debts to make them solvent; and sold the fixed-up banks to new owners.

The current buzz suggests, however, that policy makers aren’t willing to take either of these approaches. Instead, they’re reportedly gravitating toward a compromise approach: moving toxic waste from private banks’ balance sheets to a publicly owned “bad bank” or “aggregator bank” that would resemble the Resolution Trust Corporation, but without seizing the banks first.

Sheila Bair, the chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, recently tried to describe how this would work: “The aggregator bank would buy the assets at fair value.” But what does “fair value” mean?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/19/opinion/19krugman.html?_r=2

 

Davos Annual Meeting 2009 – Opening Plenary with Vladimir Putin

 

Davos Dodges Financial Crisis, Prepares for WEF Meeting

LOL

Pelosi is an Idiot and Obama has No Balls…

 

 

 

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MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY DEBATE–Videos

Posted on January 30, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Climate, Computers, Economics, Education, Employment, Investments, Law, Life, People, Politics, Rants, Raves, Regulations, Science, Strategy, Taxes, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , |

(1 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY DEBATE: INTRO

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(4 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY DEBATE: PETER HUBER

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(7 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY DEBATE: L HUNTER LOVINS

(8 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY DEBATE: Q&A PT 1

(9 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY DEBATE: Q&A PT 2

(10 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY DEBATE: Q&A PT 3

(11 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY DEBATE: Q&A PT 4

(12 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY DEBATE: Q&A PT 5

(13 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY: CLOSING ARGUMENTS PT1

(14 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY: RESULTS

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Al Gore: Truth & Prosperity Denier

Posted on January 30, 2009. Filed under: Climate, Communications, Computers, Cult, Economics, Employment, Energy, Investments, Law, Rants, Raves, Religion, Science, Talk Radio, Uncategorized, Video | Tags: , , , |

Going Green=Going Broke…

(4 of 14) MAJOR REDUCTIONS IN CARBON EMISSIONS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY DEBATE: PETER HUBER

Al Gore is a laughing stock among the majority of the American people.

He is a fanatic and liar and is therefore dangerous to American economy to the extent his policy recommendations are implemented.

Thousands of scientists disagreed with his so-called “consensus” or the “science is settled” lie repeated by him and now President Obama.

Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant and man is not the primary cause of global warming by increasing his carbon emissions.

He will not debate his critics for the simple reason he would lose and he knows it.

Gore will give interviews only to big media that agree with him and usually with interviewers that do not understand even the basics of climate change or global warming.

Climate has and is changing all the time.

Man is not a primary cause of climate change or warming.

To suggest that man can significantly change climate and overcome the primary drivers of climate change is misleading.

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Background Articles and Videos

Scientists Opposing The UN/IPCC On Global Warming 12 Times The Number Of IPCC Scientists

“…There is definitely a reformation going on in the scientific world regarding man-made, CO2 driven global warming theories. It seems the only measurable rising levels of anything having to do with the global climate is the number of dissenting scientists who reject the ’science’ of the UN/IPCC. The ever increasing amounts of data and studies showing the fallacy of The Church of Al Gore/IPCC and its Chicken Little cries of doom has the tide shifting away from the idea the Earth is warming due to man-made CO2.

The UN global warming conference currently underway in Poland is about to face a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore.  Set for release this week, a newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report features the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN. The report has added about 250 scientists (and growing) in 2008 to the over 400 scientists who spoke out in 2007. The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.The U.S. Senate report is the latest evidence of the growing groundswell of scientific opposition rising to challenge the UN and Gore. Scientific meetings are now being dominated by a growing number of skeptical scientists.

One thing good about the current financial crisis is it has forced the delay of expensive and useless caps on CO2 production. In order to reverse the CO2 production of an ever increasingly modern world (modern life styles require energy and produce CO2) would cost trillions of dollars and hamper economic growth for a generation. The only other option is to shrink the world’s population – and that is not going to happen.

And now the data shows it would all be for nothing. The current economic situation has thankfully delayed any talk from the Democrats of such nonsense. …”

http://strata-sphere.com/blog/index.php/archives/7365

Al Gore

Statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

“…Most importantly, as long as we continue to depend on dirty fossil fuels like coal and oil to meet our energy needs, and dump 70 million tons of global warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, we move closer and closer to several dangerous tipping points which scientists have repeatedly warned – again just yesterday – will threaten to make it impossible for us to avoid irretrievable destruction of the conditions that make human civilization possible on this planet.

We’re borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet. Every bit of that’s got to change.

For years our efforts to address the growing climate crisis have been undermined by the idea that we must choose between our planet and our way of life; between our moral duty and our economic well being. These are false choices. In fact, the solutions to the climate crisis are the very same solutions that will address our economic and national security crises as well.

In order to repower our economy, restore American economic and moral leadership in the world and regain control of our destiny, we must take bold action now.

The first step is already before us. I urge this Congress to quickly pass the entirety of President Obama’s Recovery package. The plan’s unprecedented and critical investments in four key areas – energy efficiency, renewables, a unified national energy grid and the move to clean cars – represent an important down payment and are long overdue. These crucial investments will create millions of new jobs and hasten our economic recovery – while strengthening our national security and beginning to solve the climate crisis. …”

http://blog.algore.com

Kerry and Gore give global warming skeptics cold shoulder

By Michelle Malkin

“…The Al Gore global warming hearing is taking place right now in D.C. as a light freezing drizzle falls. John Kerry wagged his waggy finger at global warming skeptics:

Former Vice President Al Gore told lawmakers Wednesday morning that the earth is in “grave danger” and that the nation must break its dependence on oil.

In prepared remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Gore urged quick passage of President Obama’s stimulus package.

“Climate change will be increasingly central to our foreign policy and national security, and it will be a focal point of this committee’s efforts as well,”said Sen. John Kerry, the committee chairman and the Democratic party’s 2004 pick for president.

Mr. Kerry dismissed the icy weather which framed Mr. Gore’s global warming remarks Wednesday morning.

“And to the naysayers and deniers still out there, let me add: A little snow in Washington does nothing to diminish the reality of this crisis,” he said. …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/28/kerry-and-gore-give-global-warming-skeptics-cold-shoulder/

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Memo To Radical Socialists: They Will Not Shutup and We Will Not Stop Listening!

Posted on January 30, 2009. Filed under: Communications, Economics, Law, Links, People, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Raves, Regulations, Strategy, Talk Radio, Technology, Uncategorized, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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“Never get into an argument with a talk radio show  host that has millions of listeners.”

~Pronk Palisades

President Obama made a big mistake when he suggested that Republicans stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.

A very big mistake for many reasons on many levels.

Rush is right. The Republican Party has not been listening to him for several years and they have been losing elections.

Since I listen to several talk shows including Rush, when a President attacks or criticises a talk show host, he is indirectly attacking their loyal listeners.

Most talk show listeners are likely voters that will remember when the next election comes around.

I am on the same page as Bill, Neal, Glen, Rush, Sean, Mark, Laura, Michael, John , and Monica just to name a few, that also hope that President Obama  completely fails in his attempt to implement his socialist agenda.  President Obama is an economy wrecker and job destroyer.

I do not want to get along with Democrats, I want to defeat them!


Rush Limbaugh on Hannity: Does Rush Want Obama to Succeed?

Rush Limbaugh on Hannity Part 2: The Future of Conservatism

Conservatives Dominate Talk Radio – CAP’s Palmieri on FNC

“Fairness Doctrine” — Feinstein Outlawing Talk Radio

Rush Limbaugh: I hope Obama ‘Fails’

Rush Limbaugh and Barack Obama…

Background Articles and Videoes

REZ ZINGS GOP FOE IN A $TIMULATING TALK

“…President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package….”

http://www.nypost.com/seven/01232009/news/politics/prez_zings_gop_foe_in_a_timulating_talk_151572.htm

List of most-listened-to radio programs

“…Show, and weekly listeners in 2008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most-listened-to_radio_programs

Conservatives top talk radio

“…Conservatives and right-leaners still rule the talk-radio universe.

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Michael Savage are the top three “most important” talk radio hosts in the country, according to the annual “Heavy Hundred” list released yesterday by Talkers magazine, an industry publication.

Laura Schlessinger is in fourth place followed by Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Don Imus, Ed Schultz, Mike Gallagher and Neal Boortz.

They are all genuine stars according to Michael Harrison, who edits the magazine. More than 5,000 radio hosts across the country were among the contenders; the judgment criteria included audience numbers, media buzz and more subjective fare — the “total flavor” of a host, according to Mr. Harrison.

“The legends go marching on. These are truly great radio personalities who have proven themselves, who have real history. Rush, Sean, Michael, Dr. Laura — they’re right up there with people like Arthur Godfrey. They really are legends,” Mr. Harrison said.

He rejects the idea that talk radio is strictly conservative territory, though.

“American talk radio is not all right-wing political chatter. There’s a lot of diversity. Sure, we have our conservative stars. We’ve also got liberal talkers, or people like George Noory covering the paranormal and Kim Kommando on computers,” Mr. Harrison said. …”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/feb/14/conservatives-top-talk-radio/

NewsMax Top 25 Radio Hosts

http://w3.newsmax.com/radio_hosts.cfm

TalkStreamLive’s Top 100 Talk Radio Shows 2008

1 Tammy Bruce
2 Laura Ingraham
3 Rush Limbaugh
4 Michael Savage
5 Glenn Beck
6 Sean Hannity
7 Mark Levin
8 Neal Boortz
9 Dennis Miller
10 George Noory
11 Monica Crowley
12 Bill Bennett
13 Michael Medved
14 Bill O’Reilly
15 MANCOW
16 Dennis Prager
17 Hugh Hewitt
18 Dr. Laura
19 Rusty Humphries
20 Mike Gallagher
21 Lan Lamphere – Patriot Brigade Radio
22 The Lion’s Den - Plains Radio Network
23 IMUS
24 Jerry Doyle
25 The Right Perspective
26 Alex Jones
27 Paranormal Radio
28 Larry Elder
29 Roger Hedgecock
30 Quinn & Rose
31 Michael Reagan
32 John Batchelor
33 Phil Hendrie
34 Lou Dobbs
35 Dave Ramsey
36 Art Bell
37 Lars Larson
38 Kim Komando
39 John Gibson
40 Larry Kudlow
41 Bill Cunningham
42 Walton & Johnson
43 Randi Rhodes
44 G. Gordon Liddy
45 Howie Carr
46 Jay Severin
47 Stephanie Miller
48 Ed Schultz
49 Robert Scott Bell
50 Adam Carolla
51 Outlaw Radio
52 Bob Grant
53 Bill Handel
54 Roy Masters
55 Al Rantel
56 Clark Howard
57 Brian and The Judge
58 Bob Brinker
59 Mark Simone
60 Thom Hartmann
61 The Captains AMERICA
62 Bob & Tom
63 Tom Sullivan
64 Steve Malzberg
65 Barbara Simpson
66 Leo Laporte
67 Ian Punnett
68 Alan Colmes
69 Jackie Mason
70 Michael Smerconish
71 Tom Leykis
72 Armstrong & Getty
73 Curtis Sliwa
74 Dr. Joy Browne
75 Mike McConnell
76 BUBBA the love sponge
77 Rachel Maddow
78 Bruce Williams
79 Bill Press
80 Wake Up America
81 Doug McIntyre
82 Midnight Trucking
83 Julie Briggs
84 Mark Belling
85 Pat Gray
86 J.D. Hayworth
87 Frosty, Heidi & Frank
88 Jim Bohannon
89 Joey Reynolds
90 Janet Parshall
91 Rollye James
92 Rob, Arnie & Dawn Show
93 Jon Arthur Live
94 Chuck Harder
95 Phil Valentine
96 John & Ken
97 Michael Graham
98 Content Black Woman
99 GUNNY BOB
100 Michele McPhee

Sample Size: 642,247 Unique Listening Sessions

Source: TalkStreamLive.com

http://talkstreamlive.wordpress.com/2009/01/01/talkstreamlives-top-100-talk-radio-shows-2008/

 Apparently Senator Stabenow did not get my memo to radical socialists.

Fairness Doctrine Watch: Sen. Stabenow makes new pro-gagging noise

By Michelle Malkin

“…You know grass-roots conservatives on talk radio and in New Media are getting under the Democrats’ skin when they publicly renew their Fairness Doctrine agenda again.See.

Loud Folks, keep cranking it up. …” 

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Boycott Bailedout Businesses and Banks

Posted on January 27, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Economics, Employment, Homes, Investments, Law, Links, People, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Regulations, Resources, Security, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Big business depends entirely on the patronage of those who buy its products: the biggest enterprises loses its power and its influence when it loses its customers.

~Ludwig von Mises

 

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Banks Forced to Nationalize

 

 

The Liars’ Poker: Economists Explain Why Hints of the Economic Crisis Eluded Them

 

 

Should U.S. Nationalize Banks?

 

Inhofe Angered by President’s Decision to Spend Second Installment of $350 Billion

 

Floor Speech: Inhofe Angered by President’s Decision to Spend 2nd Half of TARP

 

 

I urge all individuals and businesses to boycott those companies and banks that have accepted billions of dollars of taxpayer money.

Do not do business with them.

View them as lepers.

Shun them and their executives.

Move your business and accounts to a business or bank that have not accepted a bailout.

Why?

The businesses and banks should have either been liquidated, taken into bankruptcy or merged with a financially sound company or bank.

The government is trying to use the current financial crisis and recession to “nationalize” banks.

 

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.

~Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 1966 

Spreading socialism by making loans to mismanaged companies is not the function of limited government under the U.S. constitution.

This is a rip-off of the American people.

Shun the socialists looters and moochers!

The bailout businesses and banks  are no longer capitalist institutions.

They have joined the professional thiefs in Washington D.C.–the socialist of both parties.

Let prudence and not politics determine your action.

Would you do business with a company that needs to beg for billions of dollars from the Federal government  to just stay in business?

I would not and if you value your property and liberties you should not either.

Trust me does not cut it.

Remember what happened to all the investors that trusted Bernard Madoff  and did not exercise due dillengence.

 

 

Financier Bernard Madoff Admits 50 Billion Dollar Fraud

 

Bernie Madoff on the modern stock market

 

 Madoff in 2004: ‘Most Want to Comply With Rules’

 

What caused the financial crisis?–Greed, Arrogance, and Stupidity–the usual suspects. 

The Fascist Democratic Radicals (FDRs) are trying to force the nationalization of industry and banks.

Suggest you study what Hitler did in 1933.

Fight the socialists in Congress and the White House.

Wakeup!

The Federal Government is stealing stockholder equity. This is a rip-off.

 

We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.

~Friederich Hayek

 

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

Tracking the $700 Billion Bailout

“Hundreds of banks and a handful of insurers and automakers have applied for funds from the Treasury Department as part of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. The Treasury Department has transferred capital to the majority of these companies. …” 

http://projects.nytimes.com/creditcrisis/recipients/table 

 

 

Firms That Got Bailout Money Keep Lobbying

“…Citigroup and Bank of America are hardly the only two financial firms to confront the issue. During the last three months of 2008, at least seven other firms receiving bailout funds — American Express, Capital One, Goldman Sachs, KeyCorp, Morgan Stanley, PNC and Bank of New York Mellon — all lobbied the government about the bailout, according to a review of their most recent disclosure reports.

The automakers that received billions under the same program lobbied as well: including General Motors; its financing arm, GMAC; and Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that controls Chrysler. Other recipients of federal financing also lobbied Congress, the Treasury or both about other matters.

The American International Group, taken over by the government during an injection of more than $40 billion last fall to prevent the company’s collapse, has discontinued all its federal lobbying; it is now in effect government-owned. But its former executives continue to lobby.

Its former chief executive, Maurice R. Greenberg, ousted a few years ago amid allegations of securities fraud, is leading a group of shareholders lobbying for a chance to renegotiate the terms of the government takeover or buy back a bigger stake in the company. …” 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/business/24lobby.html

 

The End

From that moment, Whitney became E.F. Hutton: When she spoke, people listened. Her message was clear. If you want to know what these Wall Street firms are really worth, take a hard look at the crappy assets they bought with huge sums of ­borrowed money, and imagine what they’d fetch in a fire sale. The vast assemblages of highly paid people inside the firms were essentially worth nothing. For better than a year now, Whitney has responded to the claims by bankers and brokers that they had put their problems behind them with this write-down or that capital raise with a claim of her own: You’re wrong. You’re still not facing up to how badly you have mismanaged your business.

Rivals accused Whitney of being overrated; bloggers accused her of being lucky. What she was, mainly, was right. But it’s true that she was, in part, guessing. There was no way she could have known what was going to happen to these Wall Street firms. The C.E.O.’s themselves didn’t know.

Now, obviously, Meredith Whitney didn’t sink Wall Street. She just expressed most clearly and loudly a view that was, in retrospect, far more seditious to the financial order than, say, Eliot Spitzer’s campaign against Wall Street corruption. If mere scandal could have destroyed the big Wall Street investment banks, they’d have vanished long ago. This woman wasn’t saying that Wall Street bankers were corrupt. She was saying they were stupid. These people whose job it was to allocate capital apparently didn’t even know how to manage their own. …” 

 

“…No investment bank owned by its employees would have levered itself 35 to 1 or bought and held $50 billion in mezzanine C.D.O.’s. I doubt any partnership would have sought to game the rating agencies or leap into bed with loan sharks or even allow mezzanine C.D.O.’s to be sold to its customers. The hoped-for short-term gain would not have justified the long-term hit.

No partnership, for that matter, would have hired me or anyone remotely like me. Was there ever any correlation between the ability to get in and out of Princeton and a talent for taking financial risk?

Now I asked Gutfreund about his biggest decision. “Yes,” he said. “They—the heads of the other Wall Street firms—all said what an awful thing it was to go public and how could you do such a thing. But when the temptation arose, they all gave in to it.” He agreed that the main effect of turning a partnership into a corporation was to transfer the financial risk to the shareholders. “When things go wrong, it’s their problem,” he said—and obviously not theirs alone. When a Wall Street investment bank screwed up badly enough, its risks became the problem of the U.S. government. “It’s laissez-faire until you get in deep shit,” he said, with a half chuckle. He was out of the game.

It was now all someone else’s fault. …”

http://www.portfolio.com/news-markets/national-news/portfolio/2008/11/11/The-End-of-Wall-Streets-Boom

 

Sen. Inhofe’s first YouTube channel vid: Show your TARP rage!

By Michelle Malkin 

 

“…Stalwart GOP conservative Sen. Jim Inhofe was opposed to the Crap Sandwich from the beginning — and has pushed vigorously for a rollback of the massive bailout. Today, he launched his YouTube channel with a salvo aimed at President Bush for moving to free up the rest of the $350 billion in TARP funds. Inhofe’s S. 64 would impose accountability restrictions on the bailout money.

Watch the vid and leave your feedback. Show your TARP rage! …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/12/sen-inhofes-first-youtube-channel-vid-show-your-tarp-rage/

 

Boycott

“A boycott is a form of consumer activism involving the act of voluntarily abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with someone or some other organization as an expression of protest, usually of political reasons. …”

“…A boycott is normally considered a one-time affair designed to correct an outstanding single wrong. When extended for a long period of time, or as part of an overall program of awareness-raising or reforms to laws or regimes, a boycott is part of moral purchasing, and those economic or political terms are to be preferred.

Most organized consumer boycotts today are focused on long-term change of buying habits, and so fit into part of a larger political program, with many techniques that require a longer structural commitment, e.g. reform to commodity markets, or government commitment to moral purchasing, e.g. the longstanding boycott of South African businesses to protest apartheid already alluded to. These stretch the meaning of a “boycott.”

Boycotts are now much easier to successfully initiate due to the Internet. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boycott 

 

Bailout

“In economics, a bailout is an act of loaning or giving capital to a failing business in order to save it from bankruptcy, insolvency, or total liquidation and ruin. [1] [2]

A bailout is a matter of circumstance, so the possible motives behind one are unlimited, though typically the bail-er demands some influence over the company he bailed out. A bailout could be done for mere profit, as when a predatory investor resurrects a foundering company by buying its shares at fire-sale prices; for social improvement, as when, hypothetically speaking, a wealthy philanthropist reinvents an unprofitable fast food company into a non-profit food distribution network; or the bailout of a company might be seen as a necessity in order to prevent greater, socioeconomic failures: For example, the US government assumes transportation to be the backbone of America’s general economic fluency, which maintains the nation’s geopolitical power. [3] As such, it is the long-held policy of the US government to protect the biggest American companies responsible for transportation–airliners, petrol companies, etc– from failure through subsidies and low-interest loans, or, in other words, through bailing them out. These companies, among others, are deemed “too big to fail” because their goods and services are considered by the government to be constant universal necessities in maintaining the nation’s welfare and often, indirectly, its security.[4] [5]

Emergency-type government bailouts can be controversial. Debates raged in 2008 over if and how to bailout the failing auto industry in the United States. Those against it, like pro-free market radio personality Hugh Hewitt, saw this bailout as an unacceptable passing-of-the-buck to taxpayers. He denounced any bailout for the Big Three, arguing that mismanagement caused the companies to fail, and they now deserve to be dismantled organically by the free-market forces so that entrepreneurs may arise from the ashes; that the bailout signals lower business standards for giant companies by incentivizing risk, creating moral hazard through the assurance of safety nets (that others will pay for) that ought not be, but unfortunately are, considered in business equations; and that a bailout promotes centralized bureaucracy by allowing government powers to choose the terms of the bailout. Others, such as Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, and economist Jeffrey Sachs [6], characterized this particular bailout a necessary evil and argued that the probable incompetence in management of the car companies is insufficient reason to let them fail completely and risk disturbing the (current) delicate economic state of the United States, since up to three million jobs rest on the solvency of the Big Three and things are bleak enough as it is. In any case, the bones of contention here can be generalized to represent the issues at large, namely the virtues of private enterprise versus those of central planning, and the dangers of a free market’s volatility versus the those of socialist bureaucracy.

Furthermore, government bailouts are criticized as corporate welfare.

Governments around the world have bailed out their nations businesses with some frequency since the early 20th century. In general, the needs of the entity/entities bailed out are subordinate to the needs of the state. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailout

 

 

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Banks Nationalisation in Credit Crunch . Future after huge capital injection by governments in exchange for banking shares. Impact on wider economy, global economic crisis and future of banking. Comment by keynote conference speaker Patrick Dixon

 

Personal Guide to Survive Credit Crunch 10 steps in 60 seconds. What to do in economic slowdown or recession keynote conference speaker and Futurist Dr Patrick Dixon

 

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Nancy Pelosi–Brilliant, Ignorant, Stupid, Evil–You Decide?

Posted on January 27, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Immigration, Investments, Law, Links, People, Politics, Rants, Raves, Religion, Taxes, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

 ABC This Week: Nancy Pelosi defends money for Family Planning in Stimulus Bill

 Pelosi Defends Family Planning Spending in Stimulus Package

January 25, 2009

http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2009/01/pelosi-defends.html

 

Pelosi was also asked about some of the more controversial spending in the stimulus package, including hundreds of millions to expand family planning services.

“The family planning services reduce cost,” Pelosi said. “One of the elements of this package is assistance to the states. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those — one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.”

 

Having more babies increases the population and labor force and usually results in more not less economic growth–for example the baby boomers born in the US between 1946 and 1964 resulted in significant wealth creation in the United States.

When you increase the labor force and productivity you usually produce more.

While family planning with contraception or abortion may reduce government spending, it reduces the labor supply and results in less growth.

If you really want to cut state, county, city costs as well as taxes, stop paying for illegal immigrants that are crowding our schools, hospitals, jails, prisons, roads and send them all home to their country of origin.

Build a triple fence across the entire border with Mexico to slow if not stop further illegal immigration.

Start right now.

This would be a two-fer in that it would also cut unemployment rates when those employing illegal immigrants must replace them with unemployed American Citizens.

I dare the elites of both political parties to propose this.

The elites do not give a damn about unemployed Americans.

Every day I pass construction sites that have anywhere between 50% to 75% illegal immigrants employed as construction workers.

All of these jobs used to be done by American citizens including blacks, hispanics and whites.

Wakeup America!

You are being sold down the river by the likes of the above.

I vote evil for her.

The drug wars in Mexico are coming north.

Build the damn fence or face a second American Revolution.

The American people’s patience is running out.

Time to face realitly.

Mexico Drug Wars hit America

 

Mexico On Verge Of Collapse

 

Hayworth Interview: Marines Stay Out of Mexico!


 

How Aging Boomers Will Change the Economy – Walter Shapiro

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

More universal health care art from the kids Pelosi wants to “plan” out of existence

By Michelle Malkin

“…mentioned the universal health care propaganda kiddie art contest in my post earlier today on S-CHIP. They really deserve stand-alone attention — especially when juxtaposed with Nancy Pelosi’s view of these same kiddie human shields as burdens on the economy who need to be, um, preempted with tax-subsidized contraceptive and family planning services. …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/26/more-universal-health-care-art-from-the-kids-pelosi-wants-to-plan-out-of-existence/

Baby Boomer

“Baby boomer is a term used to describe a person who was born during the demographic Post-World War II baby boom. Many analysts now believe that two distinct cultural generations were born during this baby boom; the older generation is often called the Baby Boom Generation and the younger generation is often called Generation Jones.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The term “baby boomer” is sometimes used in a cultural context, and sometimes used to describe someone who was born during the post-WWII baby boom. Therefore, it is impossible to achieve broad consensus of a precise definition, even within a given territory. Different groups, organizations, individuals, and scholars may have widely varying opinions on what constitutes a baby boomer, both technically and culturally. Ascribing universal attributes to a broad generation is difficult, and some observers believe that it is inherently impossible. Nonetheless, many people have attempted to determine the broad cultural similarities and historical impact of the generation, and thus the term has gained widespread popular usage.

In general, baby boomers are associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional values; however, many commentators have disputed the extent of that rejection, noting the widespread continuity of values with older and younger generations. In Europe and North America boomers are widely associated with privilege, as many grew up in a time of affluence.[7] As a group, they were the healthiest, and wealthiest generation to that time, and amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time.[8]

One of the unique features of Boomers was that they tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from those that had come before. In the 1960s, as the relatively large numbers of young people became teenagers and young adults, they, and those around them, created a very specific rhetoric around their cohort, and the change they were bringing about.[9] This rhetoric had an important impact in the self perceptions of the boomers, as well as their tendency to define the world in terms of generations, which was a relatively new phenomenon.

The baby boom has been described variously as a “shockwave”[7] and as “the pig in the python.”[8] By the sheer force of its numbers, the boomers were a demographic bulge which remodeled society as it passed through it. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_boomer

 

“Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is the current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Before being elected Speaker in the 110th Congress, she was the House Minority Leader from 2003 to 2007, holding the post during the 108th, and 109th Congresses.

Since 1987, she has represented the 8th Congressional District of California, which consists of four-fifths of the City and County of San Francisco. The district was numbered as the 5th during Pelosi’s first three terms in the House.

With her election as Speaker, she is the first female Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. She is also the first Italian-American and first Californian to serve as Speaker. She is the second Speaker from a state west of the Rocky Mountains, with the first being Washington‘s Tom Foley, who was the last Democrat to hold the post before Pelosi. As Speaker of the House, Pelosi ranks second in the line of presidential succession, following Vice President Joe Biden, which makes her the highest-ranking female politician in United States history. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Pelosi

 

Family Planning

Family planning is people planning when to have children,[1] and the use of birth control[2][3] and other techniques to implement such plans. Other techniques commonly used include sexuality education[4][3], prevention and management of sexually transmitted infections[3], preconceptional counseling[3] and management, and infertility management[2].

Family planning is sometimes used as a synonym for the use of birth control, though it often includes more.

It is most usually applied to a female-male couple who wish to limit the number of children they have and/or to control the timing of pregnancy (also known as spacing children).

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_planning

 

‘This Week’ Transcript: Nancy Pelosi

Sunday Exclusive: House Speaker on ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’

Boehner : we have to find a package that is the right size

STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?

PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?

PELOSI: No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy. Food stamps, unemployment insurance, some of the initiatives you just mentioned. what the economists have told us from right to left. There is more bang for the buck, a term they use, by investing in food stamps and in unemployment insurance than in any tax cut  …”

 

http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/story?id=6725512&page=1

 

 

Joint Operating Environment (JOE 2008)

http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2008/JOE2008.pdf

 

Mexico, U.S. step up drug-war cooperation

A top operative of Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa cartel was arrested Monday.

“…The growing violence in Mexico is largely attributed to battles between the major drug groups operating in Mexico, including the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels, and the fracturing that has taken place as leaders are arrested and factions have vied to assert control over lucrative smuggling routes.

Violence has even spilled over to the US. This weekend, a US Border Patrol agent was killed by a suspected drug smuggler when he tried to stop their fleeing Hummer.

The US has hailed the Calderón administration’s efforts. In response to the arrest of the alleged Sinaloa cartel leader, Alfredo Beltrán Leyva, US Ambassador Tony Garza said in a statement: “When Mexico takes dangerous criminals like Beltrán Leyva and his crew off the streets, the people of the United States also benefit.”

US Attorney General Mukasey pledged to help stop the flow of US guns into Mexico, which has long been blamed for the spectacular gun wars that often break out across this country.

He said US authorities are giving their Mexican counterparts more access to electronic databases to help trace weapons and plan to introduce a Spanish edition of the database soon.

Not all observers welcome a heavy hand from the north. Mr. Tirado says that cooperation is crucial, but worries that Mexico is reacting to what the US wants. “If you do not have a bilateral perspective, and are only following the north, you are not taking an integral approach,” he says.

 

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0123/p07s03-woam.html

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A Common Honest Mistake: –Give Me A Break

Posted on January 27, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Investments, Law, Links, Philosophy, Politics, Quotations, Regulations, Resources, Talk Radio, Taxes, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

“An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.”

~Orlando A. Battista

Pair of Cheaters--Obama and Geithner--They Got Caught--Reward--A Government Job

Pair of Cheaters--Obama and Geithner--They Got Caught--Reward--A Government Job

 

Mistakes Were Made–we got caught cheating.

Takes one crook to hire another crook.

The ethically challenged administration begins.

Congress should have voted against Geithner appointment as Treasury Secretary.

The American elites will rue the day they allowed this appointment to go through.

Have you no shame?

Apparently not.

Any politician that votes for Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary will not be getting my vote.

 

 

 

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Inhofe Floor Speech Opposing Geithner Confirmation

Geithner Accepted IMF Reimbursement for Taxes He Didn’t Pay
The problem with the treasury secretary-designate’s tax records.

By Byron York

 

“…Documents released by the Senate Finance Committee strongly suggest that Geithner knew, or should have known, what he was doing when he did not pay self-employment taxes in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. After his failure to pay was discovered, first by the IRS and later during the vetting process, Geithner paid the federal government a total of $42,702 in taxes and interest.

The IMF did not withhold state and federal income taxes or self-employment taxes — Social Security and Medicare — from its employees’ paychecks. But the IMF took great care to explain to those employees, in detail and frequently, what their tax responsibilities were. First, each employee was given the IMF Employee Tax Manual. Then, employees were given quarterly wage statements for the specific purpose of calculating taxes. Then, they were given year-end wage statements. And then, each IMF employee was required to file what was known as an Annual Tax Allowance Request. Geithner received all those documents.

The tax allowance has turned out to be a key part of the Geithner situation. This is how it worked. IMF employees were expected to pay their taxes out of their own money. But the IMF then gave them an extra allowance, known as a “gross-up,” to cover those tax payments. This was done in the Annual Tax Allowance Request, in which the employee filled out some basic information — marital status, dependent children, etc. — and the IMF then estimated the amount of taxes the employee would owe and gave the employee a corresponding allowance.

At the end of the tax allowance form were the words, “I hereby certify that all the information contained herein is true to the best of my knowledge and belief and that I will pay the taxes for which I have received tax allowance payments from the Fund.” Geithner signed the form. He accepted the allowance payment. He didn’t pay the tax. For several years in a row. …”

 

 

 

 

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YzJjOGQyODY2ZjhhMWY4Y2U3YmVkMjhlMWQ2MWZiNTA=

 

Top Ten Disturbing Aspects of Obama’s Choice of Treasury Secretary

“…4. Press coverage

The Associated Press and other media outlets relentlessly drone on about tax “discrepancies,” “tax goofs,” and the nomination’s supposed inevitability. Geithner’s partial reimbursements for taxes he didn’t pay and the related false attestations, which York obtained from Senate sources, are being ignored. There is no chance that a GOP president could nominate someone with Geithner’s tax problems for any cabinet position, let alone Treasury secretary, and get such a pass from the press.

3. Possible press conflicts of interest

Cliff Kincaid at Accuracy in Media points out that some press outlets are parts of larger firms with financial stakes in the financial bailout. Example: General Electric, which owns NBC, also owns bailout recipient GE Capital. GE CEO Jeffrey Inmelt is also on the New York Fed’s board.

2. Disparate treatment of previously pulled nominees

Zoe Baird (Clinton, 1993), Kimba Wood (Clinton, 1993), and Linda Chavez (Bush, 2001) all had relatively minor or potential issues with self-employment taxes on household help. Geithner’s unpaid amounts were exponentially larger. Is there a whiff of male chauvinism in the air?

1. Barack Obama’s reaction

No president in my lifetime would have dared to nominate Geithner. But “44″ Obama calls Geithner’s problems a mere “embarrassment.”

It leaves you wondering if anyone in Washington knows or cares about the difference between right and wrong. We’re expected to overlook Geithner’s problems because he is supposedly the only person in a nation of 200 million adults who can do the job. Give me a break.

If he really knows the pertinent facts, Barack Obama’s ringing defense of Geithner should cause the American people to question his fundamental “judgment to lead.” …”

 

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/top-ten-disturbing-aspects-of-obamas-choice-of-treasury-secretary/

Wall Street Rapes America, Edition 9

“…Wall Street is a very tough place, if you don’t know what is going on, your money will be taken from you. I can’t think of a more outrageous rape of the taxpayer, ever, than the TARP program run by GW Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. It should be noted that Paulson’s lieutenant in the rape of the taxpayer was Timothy Geithenr, who came up short paying his own personal taxes, but managed to help dole out $350 billion in taxpayer money through TARP and is likely to be confirmed by the Senate today as the new Treasury Secretary.

If you get the sense today that someone is laughing at you behind your back, you’ll be right. It’s Geithner. …”

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/labels/TimothyGeithner.html

 

 

Giving in to Geithner: The B.O. Republicans bow down

“…he Barack Obama Republicans are Bending Over again.

For weeks, we’ve watched capitulationsist GOP Senators rationalize away Treasury Secretary nominee Tim Geithner’s tax, legal, and bailout failout troubles. Sen. Orrin Hatch insists he’s “very competent.” Sen. Lindsay Graham lectured us not to be “small” about it. Five B.O. Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee supported Geithner, five opposed him.

The final vote is set tonight. And the outcome is preordained (or, as Spike Lee puts it, pre-deortained): Geithner will sail through with token opposition. …”

 

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/26/giving-in-to-geithner-the-bo-republicans-bow-down/

 

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Bot or Human Political Correctness On Youtube?

Posted on January 25, 2009. Filed under: Babies, Communications, Law, Links, People, Politics, Strategy, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , |

While I have been a big fan of Youtube, I recently ran across this video:

OBAMA SUPPORTERS GOT YouTube MANAGEMENT TO THREATEN TO SHUT US DOWN!

 

 

In going back to old blog posts I have noticed a similiar pattern.

I will illustrate a point with one or more videos that have been posted on YouTube that I have embedded on my blog post.

Increasingly when the user clicks on the video to play it, a message is displayed that the video has been deleted by the user or deleted for copyright infringement.

Since almost all the posts were critical of now President Obama, I started to do some checking.

In most cases the video was still on Youtube, but now with a slightly different title.

The user apparently did not delete the video, YouTube did for whatever reason.

Looks like we have either a leftist bot or human playing the political correctness game of censorship.

Keep it up and those posting videos on YouTube will find another place to post their videos.

Did someone call Google or YouTube from either the Obama campaign or from the Democratic Party and request the video be deleted?

Or did the Obama campaign call their friends at the networks and request they call YouTube?

Time for some answers.

We are watching.

 

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YouTube Caught CENSORING Ron Paul

ALEX JONES – YOUTUBE CENSORSHIP

Banned From YouTube?

Conservatives Perceive YouTube Bias, Launch New Video-Sharing Site

 

Banned from YouTube?

Railing against YouTube, two Republican White House veterans have launched QubeTV as a conservative alternative.”The 2008 campaign will be dominated by video and in particular by user-generated video,” says QubeTV founder Charlie Gerow, a former aide in the Ronald Reagan White House.

“There are a vast array of young conservative activists and operatives out there armed with cell phones or hand-helds that are going to capture the next ‘macaca’ moment or John Kerry bad joke and put them on Qube TV,” says Gerow, whose Pennsylvania strategic media firm, Quantum Communications, created the Web site.

Gerow insists YouTube banned a video by conservative blogger Michelle Malkin about radical Islamists.

Responding to that incident, a statement on the Web site reads: “We fly the conservative flag here at QubeTV, and we will not be about banning or deleting conservatives.”

YouTube takes issue with Gerow’s assertion that the site is banning conservative content.

“That’s flat out incorrect,” says a spokesman for YouTube, who asked not to be identified by name.

A statement provided to ABC News by YouTube elaborated: “Our site provides an equal opportunity for both sides of the political spectrum and embraces voter interaction with the candidates with no regard to party affiliation.”

YouTube says its users, not YouTube employees, police the site. However, if users flag inappropriate content, YouTube managers review it and remove the offending video from the site. …”

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Story?id=3137127&page=1

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Ron Paul Censored on YouTube
 

 

EFF Gets Involved in Election Video Takedown Spat

“… The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is going after several television networks for issuing YouTube takedown notices on campaign videos.

EFF on Monday penned a letter to CBS, Fox, NBC Universal, and the Christian Broadcasting Network, and asked that they stop issuing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices on campaign videos posted to YouTube.

“It is our sincere hope that, in the final days of this election season, you will stop sending DMCA takedown notices that target the use of short clips of news footage in election-related videos, whether posted by the presidential campaigns or by individual citizens expressing their views,” wrote Fred von Lohmann, a senior intellectual property attorney at EFF.

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain’s campaign last week sent a letter to YouTube requesting that it give a “full legal review” to all DMCA takedown notices aimed at videos from political candidates and campaign.

YouTube later rejected that request, but EFF said the problem is not with the video hosting site but with the networks that issue the takedown requests in the first place.

The McCain campaign identified CBS, CBN, and Fox as copyright owners who have targeted political videos on YouTube, while NBC has admitted to submitting takedown notices for videos from the Obama campaign, von Lohmann wrote.

“We understand your organizations’ desire to be seen as neutral, but given the extremely short nature of the clips at issue and the context in which these clips appear, it is unlikely that anyone would believe that the use of the clips by a candidate means that your organizations are somehow supporting that candidate,” he said.

Instead, these uses are “paradigmatic examples of fair use,” von Lohmann said.  …”

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2332981,00.asp

 

Activist Groups Push Nets to Keep Political Videos on YouTube

“…Public-interest groups are calling on some TV networks to quit making copyright claims that force YouTube to take down pointed videos from presidential candidates and political activists during the last weeks of the campaign.

In letters today to CBS, Fox, NBC Universal, the Christian Broadcast Network and YouTube, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Knowledge and the Stanford Fair Use Project reiterated their position that use of less than 10 seconds of the candidates’ TV appearances in the videos furthers democracy and should be “fair use” and not subject to copyright claims all the time. The letters also asked the networks at least not to make any requests in the campaign’s closing days.

“As we enter the final days of election season, we call on each of your organizations to stop sending notices. … Not only are such notices contrary to law, but they also threaten to silence an exciting new source of political expression,” said the letter, signed by Fred von Lohmann, senior intellectual property attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Both the public-interest groups and some political campaigns have complained that the four networks have made copyright claims that are too broad, prompting YouTube to remove videos that should remain publicly available.

On Oct. 13, the McCain-Palin campaign complained some of the copyright requests were “overreaching.” The campaign said then the requests have resulted in “the removal of non-infringing campaign videos from YouTube, thus silencing political speech.”

Mr. von Lohmann’s letter today dismissed the networks’ worries that the appearance of their video in clips would make the networks seem partisan.

“We understand your organizations’ desire to be seen as neutral, but given the extremely short nature of the clips at issue and the context in which these clips appear, it is unlikely that anyone would believe the use of the clips by a candidate means that your organizations are somehow supporting the candidate,” said the letter. …”

http://www.dvrepublic.org/story.php?n=1391&x=2

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Daniel Suarez–Daemon–Bots Are Taking Over!

Posted on January 24, 2009. Filed under: Art, Blogroll, Books, Computers, Programming, Security, Strategy, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

 Daniel Suarez, author of Daemon

Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suarez

daemon_book

 If you are looking for a techno thriller to read try Daemon by Daniel Suarez.

The bots are after you!

http://www.amazon.com/Daemon-Daniel-Suarez/dp/0525951113 

Book Review: Daemon by Daniel Suarez

Written by Ted Gioia
Published January 23, 2009

“…The pacing and plot construction in Daemon come straight from the world of traditional thrillers. You can label Daniel Suarez as Tom Clancy for the Grand Theft Auto generation. But his book also has an intriguing philosophical undercurrent that sets it apart from your usual slash-and-burn adventure story. Humans evolved into advanced societies, Suarez suggests, because there lived in widely scattered communities all trying different things. Survival of the fittest assured that a small number of these groups would develop healthy, growing institutions and mechanisms for self-propagation. But the situation has now reversed in our shrinking global village. Instead of many communities trying many different things, almost everybody in the world relies on the same computer operating system, the same web browser, the same search engine, the same types of computer chips. …”

http://blogcritics.org/archives/2009/01/23/122051.php

 

 

The Daemon

“Greatest. Techno-thriller. Period. Experts have long feared the Internet doomsday scenario. Daemon is arguably more terrifying.”
Billy O’Brien, Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy at the White House

The modern world is about to get ‘pwned’

Drawing on over a decade of experience as a corporate IT consultant, Daniel Suarez has written a potentially controversial book – one that targets the public’s uneasiness over a world they no longer fully understand. It will (and should) unsettle those who read it.

More than just a techno-thriller, Daemon is a timely and relevant book that’s receiving high praise from technology experts and everyday readers alike. Quickly expanding beyond its high-concept premise, Daemon is fast-paced, technologically accurate, and terrifying in its scope. It demonstrates what a house of cards the modern world has become, and what may soon rise in its place.

FreedomTM is coming…


Daemon’s sequel, FreedomTM, is coming in 2010. Subscribe to the Daniel Suarez Author News RSS feed (below) for updated news and information on the Daemon series of books.

http://thedaemon.com/

 

 

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“…Daemon is the story of a billionaire computer game designer who plans to take over the world — after his death. As soon as his obituary is posted online, a dormant computer program (a “daemon”) sets in motion a dastardly plot involving identity theft, financial crises and murder.

The action takes place in the world of multi-player online games and incorporates existing technology including laser-beam weapons that deliver lethal electrical charges, unmanned vehicles used as killing machines …”

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/2009-01-05-daemon_N.htm

 

Internet Bot

Internet bots, also known as web robots, WWW robots or simply bots, are software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human alone. The largest use of bots is in web spidering, in which an automated script fetches, analyses and files information from web servers at many times the speed of a human. Each server can have a file called robots.txt, containing rules for the spidering of that server that the bot is supposed to obey.

In addition to their uses outlined above, bots may also be implemented where a response speed faster than that of humans is required (e.g., gaming bots and auction-site robots) or less commonly in situations where the emulation of human activity is required, for example chat bots.

These chatterbots may allow people to ask questions in plain English and then formulate a proper response. These bots can often handle many tasks, including reporting weather, zip-code information, sports scores, converting currency or other units, etc. Others are used for entertainment, such as SmarterChild on AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger and Jabberwacky on Yahoo! Messenger.

An additional role of IRC bots may be to lurk in the background of a conversation channel, commenting on certain phrases uttered by the participants (based on pattern matching). This is sometimes used as a help service for new users, or for censorship of profanity. ..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_bot

 

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http://blog.longnow.org/2008/08/19/daniel-suarez-daemon-bot-mediated-reality/

 

Tech thriller ‘Daemon’ rises from underground

By Carol Memmott - USA Today

"...Early reviews are stellar. A “thrill-a-nanosecond novel,” says “Booklist.” “Publishers Weekly,” in a starred review, calls it “riveting.” Suarez’s technologic acumen and plausible but outrageous story line is drawing comparisons with Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson and Tom Clancy.

The tech world is raving, too. The dust jacket of “Daemon” includes blurbs from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, BuzzFeed’s Eric J. Olson and Google’s Rick Klau.

“Daniel really knows his stuff,” says Klau, who blogged about “Daemon” and shared the book with futurist John Robb and White House cyber security chief Billy O’Brien. ..."

http://www.armytimes.com/entertainment/books/gns_daemon_010709/

 

How the Self-Published Debut Daemon Earned Serious Geek Cred

By Josh McHugh

"...Finally, he and his wife, Michelle Sites, also an IT consultant, decided to take a page from the Daemon playbook and infiltrate the Internet's power grid. In fall 2006, they approached bloggers whose writings on gaming, warfare, AI, and social media Suarez had mined for the book. The couple formed their own publishing firm, Verdugo Press, and began producing copies through the print-on-demand service Lightning Source.

A dozen or so bloggers wrote posts about the book, kindling sales of up to 50 copies a month. Then in April 2007, Rick Klau, head of publisher services at Feedburner, got a copy. Two things happened: Google acquired Feedburner, and Klau, electrified by Daemon's all-too-plausible IT scenario, began pushing the book on anyone who would listen.

"I just felt it would be a travesty if a lot of people didn't read it," Klau says. A new colleague at Google, algorithm wrangler Matt Cutts, gave Daemon a shout-out on his blog. Cyberwar pundit John Robb mentioned it on his site, and Ito wrote that it was "believable and realistic and still mind-blowing." Brand blurbed it on Amazon, saying Suarez was "better than early Tom Clancy." As of March, more than 1,200 copies had been shipped, and Zeraus nee Suarez is planning to release a sequel, Freedom™, later this year. "When I finished the book," Brand says, "my feeling was that the sequel is not only desirable, but necessary."  ..."

http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/16-05/pl_print

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Congratulations–They Are Back On Fox–Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin!

Posted on January 24, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Economics, Links, People, Politics, Talk Radio, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

Sarah Palin on Glenn Beck Debut Show on Fox

foxnews

The American people love them, the American elites cannot stand them.

Live with it!

Keep reading and telling the truth Glenn.

Welcome back to TV and Youtube.

Congratulations again to Glenn and Sarah.

 

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The Beach Boys–Videos

Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: Art, Blogroll, Life, Links, Music, People, Quotations, Video | Tags: , , , |

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We’re somehow confined to our name, the Beach Boys; it confines you to a certain image, but there’s so much there that’s so rich.

~The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys lost concert – Fun, fun, fun

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The Beach Boys with President Ronald  Reagan and First Lady Nancy

The Beach Boys with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy

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The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are an American rock band. Formed in 1961, the group gained popularity for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California youth culture of cars and surfing. Brian Wilson’s growing creative ambitions later transformed them into a more artistically innovative group that earned critical praise and influenced many later musicians.[1]

The group initially comprised singer-musician-composer Brian Wilson, his brothers, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. This core quintet, along with early member David Marks and later bandmate Bruce Johnston, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 1988. The Beach Boys have often been called “America’s Band”[2][3][4], and Allmusic.com has stated that “the band’s unerring ability… made them America’s first, best rock band.”[1] The group has had thirty-six U.S. Top 40 hits (the most of any U.S. rock band) and fifty-six Hot 100 hits, including four number one singles.[1] Rolling Stone magazine listed The Beach Boys as one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[5] According to Billboard, in terms of singles and album sales, The Beach Boys are the No. 1 selling American band of all time.[6]

Many changes in both musical styles and personnel have occurred during their career, notably because of Brian Wilson’s mental illness and drug use (leading to his eventual withdrawal from the group) and the deaths of Dennis and Carl Wilson in 1983 and 1998, respectively. Extensive legal battles between members of the group have also played their part. After the death of Carl Wilson, founding member Al Jardine was ousted by fellow-founding member Mike Love. As of 2008, The Beach Boys continue to tour, with a lineup of Love, Johnston and a backing band of new musicians. Love retained the rights to the Beach Boys name after a legal dispute.[4] Al Jardine and Brian Wilson also continue to tour with their own respective backing bands, as of 2008. All three groups continue to play Beach Boys hits.

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President Obama’s Internet Attack On The American Family, Marriage and Values

Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Employment, Law, Links, People, Philosophy, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Regulations, Religion, Security, Strategy, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

 

History is Made – White House Website Changes to Obama

 

While Barack Obama was taking the oath of office, the radical socialist had his staff put up the new White House web site:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/

Many conservatives commented about how President Obama’s inauguration speech had many ideas that they could applaud and support.

Obama’s speech may be the “Reagan Mask” used to seduce Republicans to provide support for Obama’s proposed legislation.

Time to ripe off the mask and confront reality by pointing out exactly what President Obama stands for.

The next time they call you a racist or play the “race card” for stating his policies, just call him a radical socialist–an accurate description.

 

 
Shelby Steele – “Racial Masking” in American Popular Culture

 

Shelby Steele – Race and the Obama Campaign

 

Before Republicans get carried away, may I suggest they visit the Civil Rights page of the new White House web site:

The majority of the American people, both Democrats and Republicans, do not agree or support his radical socialist Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) agenda including the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), opposition to a Constitutional ban on same sex marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell policy in the military: 

 

“…Support for the LGBT Community

“While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.”– Barack Obama, June 1, 2007

  • Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: In 2004, crimes against LGBT Americans constituted the third-highest category of hate crime reported and made up more than 15 percent of such crimes. President Obama cosponsored legislation that would expand federal jurisdiction to include violent hate crimes perpetrated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability. As a state senator, President Obama passed tough legislation that made hate crimes and conspiracy to commit them against the law.
  • Fight Workplace Discrimination: President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees’ domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy. The President also sponsored legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.
  • Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.
  • Repeal Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell: President Obama agrees with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili and other military experts that we need to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The key test for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve. Discrimination should be prohibited. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars replacing troops kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation. Additionally, more than 300 language experts have been fired under this policy, including more than 50 who are fluent in Arabic. The President will work with military leaders to repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national defense goals.  …”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/civil_rights/

When it comes to President Obama I recommend you ignore what he says and follow what legislation he proposes for Congress to pass.

Go to the energy and the environment page for a real job destroyer and economy killer:

 

“…ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

 

The energy challenges our country faces are severe and have gone unaddressed for far too long. Our addiction to foreign oil doesn’t just undermine our national security and wreak havoc on our environment — it cripples our economy and strains the budgets of working families all across America. President Obama and Vice President Biden have a comprehensive plan to invest in alternative and renewable energy, end our addiction to foreign oil, address the global climate crisis and create millions of new jobs.

The Obama-Biden comprehensive New Energy for America plan will:

  • Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
  • Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.
  • Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars — cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon — on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America.
  • Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
  • Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. …”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/energy_and_environment/

President Obama has drinked the Al Gore “kool aid” of man-made global warming requiring a new cap and trade tax .

If passed such a cap and trade tax  would significantly increase every American’s electrical bill, cost of heating oil and spending on gasoline.

The cost of goods and services would also increase since they too require energy in the form of electricity, heating and transportation.

A command and control economy where the central government picks winners and losers destroyed both the Soviet and Chinese economies.

Seems like the radical socialists in the White House are now trying to destroy the US economy with their new age religion of global warming based on the junk science of computer climate models. Global warming has now changed to climate change, given the recent decline in global temperatures.

Stop using taxpayer’s hard earned money to subsidize with tax credits alternative energy sources such as wind turbines, solar, and geothermal.

Let the American people choose the most affordable source of their electricity and what type of cars and trucks they want to drive.

Mind your own business and stop meddling.

Leave the American people and economy alone.

Lawyers do not know how to run businesses and economies.

Federal government intervention in the home mortage market is primarily responsible for this recession together with years of Federal deficit spending and its impact on the value of the dollar and the cost of gasoline. 

When major cities and urban areas experience brown-outs and black-outs and a prolonged recession, they will dump both the Democrats and Republicans that supported this continuing economic nonsense.

If there is any adult supervision left in Washington D.C., it is long past the time to call a stop to this meddling where the government has no business or expertise. 

President Reagan was right, government is the problem.

Milton Friedman was right, government spending is the problem.

Time to face reality.

 

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

The all-new, improved “humble” White House website

By Michelle Malkin  

“…“Humility” was a big theme of the $150 million inaugural today. With that in mind, behold the all-new, improved “humble” White House website.

Remember, friends, it’s not about him. …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/20/the-all-new-improved-humble-white-house-website/

 

 

 

Rush Limbaugh on Hannity: Does Rush Want Obama to Succeed?

Rush Limbaugh on Hannity Part 2: The Future of Conservatism

The Current State of World Affairs

The Future of Austrian Economics

Socialism and Fascism pt.1

Rothbard’s “Left and Right”: 40 Years Later

Socialism and Fascism pt.2

Socialism and Fascism pt.3

Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian 1

Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian 2

DOMA Watch

“…In 1996, Congress adopted the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Pub. L. 104-199, 100 Stat. 2419 (Sept. 21, 1996). Congress passed DOMA because of a decades-long assault on marriage, and particularly in response to a Hawaii court decision that suggested there is a right to same-sex “marriage” in the Hawaii Constitution. The legislative history reflects a congressional concern about the effect that legalizing same-sex “marriage” in Hawaii would have on other states, federal laws, the institution of marriage, traditional notions of morality, and state sovereignty. H.R. Rep. No. 104-664 at 1-18 (1996), reprinted in 1996 U.S.C.C.A.N. 2905-23.

DOMA has two sections, one defining “marriage” for purposes of federal law, and the other affirming federalism principles under the authority granted by Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution, the Full Faith and Credit Clause. The first section states that for purposes of federal law, marriage means a legal union between a man and a woman:

 

In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word “marriage” means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.

Pub. L. 104-199, sec 1, 100 Stat. 2419 (Sep. 21, 1996), codified at 1 U.S.C. § 7 (1997). The second section reaffirmed the power of the states to make their own decisions about marriage:

 

No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.

Pub. L. 104-199 sec. 2, 100 Stat. 2419 (Sep. 21, 1996), codified at 28 U.S.C. § 1738C (1997).

Legislative History

DOMA was signed by President Clinton on Sept. 21, 1996, becoming Pub.L. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419, codified at 1 USC 7 and 28 USC 1738C.  It passed the Congress as H.R. 3396. 

DOMA passed the U.S. House on July 12, 1996 by a vote of 342-67 (vote no. 316).  Floor statements on the bill will appear in the Congressional Record of that day.  House hearings on DOMA  were held on May 15, 1996 in a subcommittee of the Judiciary, Committee on the Constitution. The leading legislative record is the House Report, No. 104-664. The hearing before the subcommittee can be found here.

DOMA passed the U.S. Senate, unamended, on September 10, 1996, by a vote of 85 to 14 (vote no. 280).  The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on July 11, 1996 (on the bill S. 1740), and they were printed as Senate Hearings 104-533.   

http://www.domawatch.org/about/federaldoma.html

 

Religious Denominations Weigh In on Same-Sex Marriage

“…These actions by the Churches are generally in line with the views of most Americans. Two-thirds of American voters prefer defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Only 29% believe marriage can be defined as the union of any two people. Most also believe it is inappropriate for gay or lesbian church members to serve as pastors or bishops in Christian Churches. That view is especially strong among those who attend Christian Churches.

There is a strong link between belief in Scripture and opposition to same-sex marriage. Polling data from 32 states (see State-by-State Summary) clearly illustrates this correlation.

When it comes to who is responsible for determining the appropriateness of homosexuals in Church leadership roles, 86% of all voters believe decisions about gay and lesbian pastors should be left to churches themselves to resolve.

In the case of same-sex marriage, which has social ramifications beyond the Church, just 12% of Americans believe that judges should have a role in defining marriage, while only 5% think that elected officials should make such decisions. Overwhelmingly, 67% think that voters should make decisions regarding the definition of marriage. When voters are given the chance to weigh in on this issue through ballot initiatives, they routinely support traditional definitions of marriage. …”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/general_current_events/religious_denominations_weigh_in_on_same_sex_marriage

Rasmussen Reports Tracking Surveys

                                500 Interviews per State

Surveys conducted July 1 7 – August 15, 2006.  Click on State for details.

(Question wording below table)                                                          

 http://legacy.rasmussenreports.com/MembersOnly/2006%20issues/082106%20Views%20on%20cultural%20issues.htm

 

LGBT for Obama

 

Obama DOMA

 

Michelle at LGBT Caucus

 

Michelle Obama Speaks to DNC’s Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council

 

Charlie Rose: October 2, 1998–Interview with Shelby Steele

 

Black America Could Have Done Better

By Shelby Steele

Shelby Steele

“… hope this administration does not succeed in dumping vast amounts of printing-press money into the economy, so that taxes must later be raised to withering levels. I hope it fails to universalize health care or to sustain race-based affirmative action. I hope school choice happens in inner cities despite Mr. Obama’s animus toward it.

Barack Obama’s victory was an ideological defeat for modern conservatism and a devastating blow to the Republican Party. It wasn’t just a case of one centrist candidate slipping past another centrist candidate at the finish line. This defeat — helped along by a sinking economy — was on the level of ideas. It points to nothing less than a new and still unfolding Obama “progressivism” in which Keynes replaces Friedman and “trickle-down” gives way to “bottom-up.”

This progressivism sees economic inequality as America’s gravest problem, and blames it on the conservatism of free markets, lower taxes, fewer regulations and smaller government. It wants to engineer equality through redistributive tax policies, the restructuring of markets through increased regulation, an expansion of entitlements, and more governmental activism. …”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123249658994100325.html

 

Shelby Steele: No, Obama’s victory is not a triumph for conservatism

By Michelle Malkin 

“…Glad I’m not the only minority conservative who rejects the increasingly popular notion on the Right that Barack Obama’s ascension should be embraced as a moral victory for our side. The promise of post-racialism is a bogus one.

Shelby Steele, one of the most articulate voices on race matters, weighs in in the WSJ: …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/21/shelby-steele-no-obamas-victory-is-not-a-triumph-for-conservatism/ 

 

Shelby Steele Nails It in WSJ

“…White guilt in the West — especially in Europe and on the American left — confuses all this by seeing Islamic extremism as a response to oppression. The West is so terrified of being charged with its old sins of racism, imperialism and colonialism that it makes oppression an automatic prism on the non-Western world, a politeness. But Islamic extremists don’t hate the West because they are oppressed by it. They hate it precisely because the end of oppression and colonialism — not their continuance — forced the Muslim world to compete with the West. Less oppression, not more, opened this world to the sense of defeat that turned into extremism. * * *

But the international left is in its own contest with American exceptionalism. It keeps charging Israel and America with oppression hoping to mute American power. And this works in today’s world because the oppression script is so familiar and because American power cringes when labeled with sins of the white Western past. Yet whenever the left does this, it makes room for extremism by lending legitimacy to its claim of oppression. And Israel can never use its military fire power without being labeled an oppressor — which brings legitimacy to the enemies she fights. Israel roars; much of Europe supports Hezbollah.

Over and over, white guilt turns the disparity in development between Israel and her neighbors into a case of Western bigotry. This despite the fact that Islamic extremism is the most explicit and dangerous expression of human bigotry since the Nazi era. Israel’s historical contradiction, her torture, is to be a Western nation whose efforts to survive trap her in the moral mazes of white guilt. Its national defense will forever be white aggression.

But white guilt’s most dangerous suppression is to keep from discussion the most conspicuous reality in the Middle East: that the Islamic world long ago fell out of history. Islamic extremism is the saber-rattling of an inferiority complex. America has done a good thing in launching democracy as a new ideal in this region. Here is the possibility — if still quite remote — for the Islamic world to seek power through contribution rather than through menace.

Mr. Steele, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, is the author of “White Guilt” (HarperCollins, 2006). “

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2006/08/shelby_steele_n.html

 

LGBT

LGBT (or GLBT) is an initialism referring collectively to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual people.[1][2] In use since the 1990s, the term “LGBT” is an adaptation of the initialism “LGB” which itself started replacing the phrase “gay community” which many within LGBT communities felt did not represent accurately all those to which it referred.[1][2] In modern usage, the term LGBT relates to the diversity of sexuality and gender identity‐based cultures and is sometimes used to refer to anyone who is non‐heterosexual instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.[1][3] The term has been adopted by the majority of LGBT community centers and LGBT media in most English‐speaking countries.[2] 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT

 

CA Courts Force Same-Sex Marriage on Californians!

 

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – 60 Min. Special (Part 1)

 

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell – 60 Min. Special (Part 2)

44% Say Global Warming Due To Planetary Trends, Not People

 

“…Al Gore’s side may be coming to power in Washington, but they appear to be losing the battle on the idea that humans are to blame for global warming.

Forty-four percent (44%) of U.S. voters now say long-term planetary trends are the cause of global warming, compared to 41% who blame it on human activity.

Seven percent (7%) attribute global warming to some other reason, and nine percent (9%) are unsure in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Democrats blame global warming on human activity, compared to 21% percent of Republicans. Two-thirds of GOP voters (67%) see long-term planetary trends as the cause versus 23% of Democrats. Voters not affiliated with either party by eight points put the blame on planetary trends.

In July 2006, 46% of voters said global warming is caused primarily by human activities, while 35% said it is due to long-term planetary trends.  …”

 

“…Last August, when prices at the gas pump were soaring, 65% of Americans said finding new sources of energy is more important that reducing the amount of energy Americans now consume. Twenty-eight percent (28%) said reducing current usage is more important.

Male voters by two-to-one put the emphasis on finding new energy sources while women are much more narrowly divided. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of investors say new sources of energy are more important, compared to 54% of non-investors.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans favor finding new sources of energy, as do 50% of Democrats and 53% of unaffiliated voters.

One of those new sources of energy is the building of more nuclear power plants. For three decades, nuclear power plants have generally been unpopular and the target of environmental groups, but 55% of voters now say more nuclear power plants should be built in the United States. Just 29% oppose new plants, with 15% undecided.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of GOP voters favor building new nuclear plants, with 22% opposed. The numbers are nearly identical for unaffiliated voters. Among Democrats, though, just 42% support the building of new plants, and 39% are against it.

Investors certainly like the idea of new plants, too. Sixty-three percent (63%) want to see new nuclear plans built, compared to 43% of non-investors.  …”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/issues2/articles/44_say_global_warming_due_to_planetary_trends_not_people

 

Unstoppable Solar Cycles

 

Climate Change – Is CO2 the cause? – Pt 1 of 4

 

Climate Change – Is CO2 the cause? – Pt 2 of 4

 

Climate Change – Is CO2 the cause? – Pt 3 of 4

 

Climate Change – Is CO2 the cause? – Pt 4 of 4

 

LOL

Alternative Energy Sources…

 

The Economic “Stimulus”

By Thomas Sowell

“…New things require long delays before they can get started, especially when they have to be done by politicians. Someone once said that Congress would take 30 days to make instant coffee– and Congress is just the beginning of the delays, as all sorts of competing interests jockey for position at the public trough.

Just putting together an environmental impact report for something new to be built can be a long process, especially if its findings are challenged by environmental extremists, who pay very little price for challenging, even if the delays caused by their challenges cost others millions of dollars.

In short, it can be years before the money that is supposed to stimulate the economy actually gets into the economy. And nobody knows what the economy will be like when that money finally gets into circulation.

A common problem with government economic policies in general is that it is very hard to predict how long it will be before the policy actually affects the economy. An economic stimulus policy created during a contraction in demand can take effect during an inflationary expansion of demand– and fuel still more inflation.

A trillion dollars or so, created out of thin air by a government that already has a huge deficit, can set off another round of inflation that can take some very painful new policies to bring under control– or can have even more painful effects, if it is not brought under control. The new administration may need that get-out-of-jail-free card.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/01/the_economic_stimulus_1.html

 

Lured to Disaster

By Thomas Sowell

“…The difference is that today there is some arbitrary percentage of one’s income that sets the limit to what the government will consider to be affordable housing. It used to be 25 percent but it might be 30 percent or some other proportion.

But, whatever the percentage, it is no longer the individual’s responsibility to choose housing that fits within that limit. It is somehow the taxpayers’ job to make up the difference, when someone chooses housing whose cost exceeds that magic number.

It is certainly no longer considered to be the individual’s own responsibility to acquire the work skills and experience to be able to earn enough to afford better housing as the years passed. Why do that, when the government can simply “spread the wealth around,” to use another political phrase?

The ultimate irony is that increasing government intervention in the housing market over the years has generally made housing less affordable than before, by any standard.

A hundred years ago, Americans spent a smaller percentage of their incomes on housing than they do today. In 1901, housing costs took 23 percent of the average American’s income. By 2003, it took 33 percent of a far larger income.

In particular places where government regulations and restrictions have been especially severe, such as coastal California, rents or monthly mortgage payments have averaged as high as 50 percent of the average person’s income.

Most of our problems are not nearly as severe as political “solutions.” In housing, government policies have lured people into situations that were untenable to them and to the country.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/01/lured_to_disaster.html

 

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Economic Stimulus plan…

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Facing Fundamental Facts

Presidential Election 2008: American Elites Vs. American People

 
  How voters see cultural issues  
     
  Definition of marriage Bible true On topic of abortion  
  Man/woman Any two Yes No Pro-choice Pro-life  
               
AK 60 36 37 50 x x AK
AL 83 14 75 19 38 50 AL
AR 83 14 75 18 38 55 AR
AZ 63 33 46 41 52 39 AZ
CO 62 34 41 50 56 38 CO
FL 63 33 46 43 54 39 FL
GA 74 22 60 29 46 43 GA
HI 51 45 28 57 64 26 HI
IA 66 30 47 39 54 40 IA
IL 58 38 45 39 54 34 IL
KS 72 24 56 28 44 47 KS
MA 47 51 22 63 70 24 MA
MD 54 41 40 50 64 27 MD
ME 53 43 34 51 67 25 ME
MI 69 26 54 33 53 40 MI
MN 60 36 46 40 55 37 MN
MT 65 29 49 39 55 40 MT
NE 76 20 54 35 43 51 NE
NJ 54 42 30 53 66 28 NJ
NV 58 38 33 52 62 32 NV
NY 52 44 36 52 65 29 NY
OH 66 31 51 39 48 43 OH
PA 62 34 43 44 56 37 PA
RI 51 45 31 52 64 31 RI
SC 75 22 62 27 47 42 SC
TN 80 17 68 21 39 51 TN
TX 71 26 60 32 44 48 TX
VA 71 26 53 40 51 40 VA
VT 44 49 22 59 68 24 VT
WA 57 39 39 51 61 30 WA
WI 63 35 43 41 53 40 WI
WV 80 16 70 21 38 55 WV
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Roy Masters–Videos

Posted on January 21, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Books, Communications, Philosophy, Religion, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Roy Masters: How To Become Wise

 

Roy Masters: Being Upset

 

Roy Masters: “Watch Your Resentment”

 

Roy Masters: Patience

 

Roy Masters: Be Still and Know

 

Roy Masters: Distractions

 

Roy Masters: Quit Smoking

 

Roy Masters: Money

 

Roy Masters: Faith and Success

 

Roy Masters: Sex and the Illusion of Love

 

Roy Masters: No Free Moral Choice

 

Roy Masters: The Motive for Hypocrisy

 

Roy Masters: Giving and Getting Taken

 

Roy Masters: Playing God

 

Roy Masters: “It is all very simple.”

 

Roy Masters: Elvis Presley Analogy

 

Roy Masters: Who Has Control?

 

Roy Masters: Are you a good person?

 

Roy Masters: Love/Hate Relationship

 

Roy Masters: How to Deal With Women

 

Roy Masters doesn’t give a tittely toot about stupid feminists.

 

Roy Masters: Your Wife Will Test You

 

Roy Masters: Standing Up To Your Wife

 

Roy Masters: Being a Real Husband

 

Roy Masters: Discerning Is Righteous Judgement

 

Roy Masters: Lip Service To God

 

Roy Masters: The Right Woman

 

Roy Masters: The Demon of Doubt

 

Roy Masters: Little Einstein

 

Roy Masters – Jesus

 

Roy Masters – Not giving a damn

 

Roy Masters – Calm

 

Roy Masters: Hypnotizing People

 

Roy Masters: Hypnotizing People

 

Roy Masters: What Psychologists Don’t Understand

 

Roy Masters: Becoming Perfect

 

Legislation By Emotion

 

Media Subversion

 

Roy Masters: Roy To Earth

 

Your Part In Your Own Enslavement

 

The Hypnotic States Of America

 

You Have Lost Your Country

 

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac & The Stealing Of The Election

 

Obama, Government Duplicity and The Influence Of Rev Wright

 

Defamation And The Takeover Of America

 

ACORN Are Thugs

 

Take Your Kids out Of Public School !!

 

Background Articles and Videos

Roy Masters (commentator)

“Roy Masters (born April 2, 1928) is a radio commentator and author based in southern Oregon, United States. He discusses Christianity, psychology, and philosophy. His commentary is distributed through his Foundation for Human Understanding (FHU), which includes a radio program, books, audio and video recordings, web site, church services, and meetings.

Masters advocates decision-making principles for issues involving relationships, marriage, family life, and upsetting or traumatic experiences. Other topics he discusses include medicine, politics and science. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Masters_(commentator)

 

The Foundation of Human Understanding

“…The Foundation of Human Understanding was founded by Roy Masters in 1963. This worldwide foundation is dedicated to assisting anyone who is interested in perfecting their spiritual natures through the principles of Judeo Christianity.  …”

http://www.fhu.com/

Roy Masters is Not a Cult Leader! (is he?)

 

Roy Masters Calls Steve Hassan a Parasite!

 

Roy Masters as a guest on The Joe Franklin Show 1/2

 

Roy Masters as a guest on The Joe Franklin Show 1/2

 

Be Still & Know Meditation Pt. 1 of 3

 

Be Still & Know Meditation Pt. 2 of 3

 

Be Still & Know Meditation Pt. 3 of 3

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Words of Wisdom From The Loyal Opposition

Posted on January 20, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Economics, Employment, Energy, Immigration, Law, Life, Links, People, Philosophy, Politics, Quotations, Raves, Regulations, Resources, Security, Taxes, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

President Obama Takes The Oath Of Office

 

 ~President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865 

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With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

 

 President Lincoln Second Inaugration Speech

  

 

President Ronald Reagan: First Inaugural Address (1 of 3)

 

President Ronald Reagan: First Inaugural Address (2 of 3)

 

 

President Ronald Reagan: First Inaugural Address (3 of 3)

 

There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.

~ President Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

 

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

 

President Theodore Roosevelt
“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

 

 

Lee Greenwood – God Bless The USA

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Aretha Franklin, My Country Tis Of Thee, Inauguration Of Barack Obama, January 20, 2009

 

 

 

 

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And The Crowd Goes Wild..

Michelle Malkin

“…11:56am Eastern. Ok, Aretha Franklin just melted my heart. Truly transcendent rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/20/and-the-crowd-goes-wild/ 

 

Poll: Obama Should Model Himself After Reagan

“President Barack Obama should model himself after Ronald Reagan, according to Americans of both parties polled about which former president’s example to follow.

Reagan was the top choice among all voters, with 26 percent, followed by Franklin Roosevelt with 18 percent, John F. Kennedy with 17 percent, and Lincoln with 13 percent, according to a survey that Clarus Research Group compiled this past week.

“Reagan was the overwhelming favorite among Republican voters,” said Ron Faucheux, president of the nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based research group. “He received 59 percent as the president GOP voters want Obama to emulate. Nobody else came close.”

On the other hand, Faucheux said, “Democrats scattered their choices more.FDR was their top pick at 27 percent and was closely followed by Kennedy, with 26 percent. Lincoln, a Republican, ranked third among Democrats.”  …”

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Presidential Inauguration Speeches: Look at Past Speeches and Expectations of Barack Obama’s Speech.

 

44th U.S. Presidential Inauguration – Barack Obama speech 1/3

 

44th U.S. Presidential Inauguration – Barack Obama speech 2/3

 

44th U.S. Presidential Inauguration – Barack Obama speech 3/3

 

President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address 1 of 2

 

President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address 2 of 2


 

Full text of President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address

“Senator Hatfield, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. President, Vice President Bush, Vice President Mondale, Senator Baker, Speaker O’Neill, Reverend Moomaw, and my fellow citizens.
To a few of us here today this is a solemn and most momentous occasion, and yet in the history of our nation it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-four-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.
Mr. President, I want our fellow citizens to know how much you did to carry on this tradition. By your gracious cooperation in the transition process, you have shown a watching world that we are a united people pledged to maintaining a political system which guarantees individual liberty to a greater degree than any other, and I thank you and your people for all your help in maintaining the continuity which is the bulwark of our republic. The business of our nation goes forward. These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions. We suffer from the longest and one of the worst sustained inflations in our national history. It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes the struggling young and the fixed-income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of millions of our people.
Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, human misery, and personal indignity. Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity.
But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children’s future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals.
You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we’re not bound by that same limitation? We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. And let there be no misunderstanding: We are going to begin to act, beginning today.
The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we as Americans have the capacity now, as we’ve had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.
We hear much of special interest groups. Well, our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected. It knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we’re sick–professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truck drivers. They are, in short, “we the people,” this breed called Americans.
Well, this administration’s objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunities for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination. Putting America back to work means putting all Americans back to work. Ending inflation means freeing all Americans from the terror of runaway living costs. All must share in the productive work of this “new beginning,” and all must share in the bounty of a revived economy. With the idealism and fair play which are the core of our system and our strength, we can have a strong and prosperous America, at peace with itself and the world.
So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government–not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.
It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.
Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it’s not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work–work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.
If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price.
It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We’re not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope.
We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the world beyond. You meet heroes across a counter, and they’re on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They’re individuals and families whose taxes support the government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is quiet, but deep. Their values sustain our national life.
Now, I have used the words “they” and “their” in speaking of these heroes. I could say “you” and “your,” because I’m addressing the heroes of whom I speak–you, the citizens of this blessed land. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of this administration, so help me God.
We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our country and not love our countrymen; and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they’re sick, and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?
Can we solve the problems confronting us? Well, the answer is an unequivocal and emphatic “yes.” To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I’ve just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world’s strongest economy.
In the days ahead I will propose removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity. Steps will be taken aimed at restoring the balance between the various levels of government. Progress may be slow, measured in inches and feet, not miles, but we will progress. It is time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles there will be no compromise.
On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, president of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, “Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of . . . On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.” Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.
To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale. As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it, now or ever.
Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength. Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors. I’m told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day, and for that I’m deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inaugural Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.
This is the first time in our history that this ceremony has been held, as you’ve been told, on the West Front of the Capitol. Standing here, one faces a magnificent vista, opening up on the city’s special beauty and history. At the end of this open mall are those shrines to the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
Directly in front of me, the monument to a monumental man, George Washington, father of our country. A man of humility who came to greatness reluctantly. He led Americans out of revolutionary victory into infant nationhood. Off to one side, the stately memorial to Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence flames with his eloquence. And then, beyond the Reflecting Pool, the dignified columns of the Lincoln Memorial. Whoever would understand in his heart the meaning of America will find it in the life of Abraham Lincoln.
Beyond those monuments to heroism is the Potomac River, and on the far shore the sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery, with its row upon row of simple white markers bearing crosses of Stars of David. They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom. Each one of those markers is a monument to the kind of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, the Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno, and halfway around the world on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.
Under one such marker lies a young man, Martin Treptow, who left his job in a small town barbershop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.
We’re told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading “My Pledge,” he had written these words: “America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.”
The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds, to believe that together with God’s help we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.
And after all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are Americans.
God bless you, and thank you.”[1][2]
 

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/First-Inaugural-address-of-Ronald-Reagan 

 

Full text of President Barach Obama’s inaugural address 

OBAMA: My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).”

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090120/ap_on_go_pr_wh/inauguration_obama_text

 

Lincoln At Gettysburg

 

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

 

 

Text of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

http://history1800s.about.com/od/abrahamlincoln/a/gettysburgtext.htm 

 

Full text of President Lincoln’s second inaugural address

Fellow Countrymen:

At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement, somewhat in detail, of a course to be pursued, seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention, and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself; and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil-war. All dreaded it — all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war — seeking to dissolve the Union, and divide effects, by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.

One eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was, somehow, the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union, even by war; while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other.

It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”

If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope — fervently do we pray — that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.”

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/abrahamlincolnsecondinauguraladdress.htm

 

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Universal Porta-Potty Gap at President Obama’s Inauguration–Expect Long Lines & Waits!

Posted on January 16, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Comedy, Music, People, Technology, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Bob Dylan Blowin’ In the Wind

 

Parade Positioned Porta-Potty

Parade Positioned Porta-Potty

  

SPC Taylor Smith and friends on Porta Potty Mission

 

Inauguration 2009 is just over a week away


 

 

For Federal Government events the Federal Government requires 1 porta-potty for every 300 estimated attendees.

For Private sector events the Federal government requires 1 porta-potty for every 75 estimated attendees.

Assuming that from 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 people attend the inaugural event in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, January 20, then the inauguration event will require from 3,333 to 6,666 porta-potties using the Federal Government rule for a Federal Government sponsored event.

Using the Federal Government’s rule for Private events, the inauguration would require four times as many port-a-potties or from 13,333 to 26,666 port-a-potties.

Rumor has it that there will be only about 5,000 to 6,000 porta-potties spread around the Washington D.C. area.

With Universal Porta-Potty care, you must wait in line.

With Private Porta-Potty care, you just go when you need arises.

Then there are porta-potty phobias to deal with including:

  • Operation Porta Potty
  • A smell that traumatizes you, maybe even to the point of making it difficult for you to “go”.
  • Inability to go when you know that other people are waiting.
  • The feeling of being unclean after exiting a poo-poo hut.
  • The depression that ensues when you see that thousands of people are using the potties without washing their hands afterwards.
  • Long lines which make you agonize as you have to wait your turn.
  • The fear of having your bicycle stolen while you’re inside.

So what’s a porta-potty shy person to do? Well, since you asked, here are a few tips. …

http://michaelbluejay.com/burningman/

Porta Potty Tips Over While Guys Inside

President Kennedy closed the “missile gap”.

Will President Obama bailout the “porta-potty gap”?

Times are a changing.

Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changing

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’. 

Funniest Porta Potty Prank

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

Inauguration Ceremony & Parade Rehearsal

 

Portable Toilet

“A portable toilet is a modern, portable, self-contained outhouse manufactured of molded plastic in a variety of colors and is often used as a temporary toilet for construction sites and large gatherings and events. Portable toilets are referred to colloquially or sold under such brands as port-a-john, job johnny, port-o-let, port-a-loo, sani-privy, port-a-san, porta-potty, tidy john, John To Go, toi-toi, J-Jon, shit-shack, and porta-kybo.

Portable toilets are large enough for a single occupant – usually about 90 cm (3 ft) on a side by 210 cm (7 ft). While the units are typically free standing structures, their stability is augmented by the weight of the waste tank, which usually contains a liquid disinfectant and deodorizer. Some include both a seated toilet and a urinal. Most include lockable doors, ventilation near the top, and a stovepipe vent for the holding tank. Leaving the toilet lid open will reverse the flow of the venting of the tank.

Some newer models include toilet paper or, occasionally, antibacterial hand gel dispensers. It has become common for portable toilets to be paired with a portable hand washing station. These stations provide a foot pump to dispense water to wash one’s hands after using the toilets. Soap and towels may be provided. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_toilet

 

Glenn Beck: Port-O-Potty

“…The U.S. Park Service says the rule of thumb is one Porta-Potty — and this is going to make you feel really clean — one Porta-Potty for every 300 people, okay? So the way they’re kind of getting around the 5,000 Porta-Potties is their official estimates for the inauguration is 1.5 million. …”

“…If you want to, if you are a corporation or you just want to have a private party in D.C., you go through the department of, I think it’s parks and recreation. And there’s a convenient form online that you can go and fill out and along with your form which I think is $65 per 50 people, you will also have to send them a certificate showing that you have one Porta-Potty for every 75 people that are attending. …”

http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/20215/

 

Missile Gap

“…The missile gap was the term used in the United States for the perceived disparity between the number and power of the weapons in the U.S.S.R. and U.S. ballistic missile arsenals during the Cold War. The gap only existed in exaggerated estimates made by the Gaither Committee in 1957 and United States Air Force (USAF). In the early 1960s, the CIA provided figures that were much lower and gave the US a clear advantage. Like the bomber gap of only a few years earlier, it is believed that the “gap” was known to be illusionary from the start, and was being used solely as a political tool, another example of policy by press release. …

“…Later evidence has emerged that one consequence of Kennedy pushing the false idea that America was behind the Soviets in a missile gap was that Soviet premier Nikita Kruschev and senior Soviet military figures began to believe that Kennedy was a dangerous extremist who, with the American military, was seeking to plant the idea of a Soviet first-strike capability to justify a pre-emptive American attack.[citation needed] This belief about Kennedy as a militarist was reinforced in Soviet minds by the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961 and led to the Soviets placing nuclear missiles in Cuba in 1962. (Kennedy was informed the missile gap was “a fiction” in January 1961.)[4]

Warnings and calls to address imbalances between the fighting capabilities of two forces were not new, a “bomber gap” had exercised political concerns a few years previously. What was different about the missile gap was the fear that a distant country could strike without warning from far away with little damage to themselves. Concerns about missile gaps and similar fears, such as nuclear proliferation, continue, with most recently the aggressive missile testing between India and Pakistan. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missile_gap

 

Obama will eat Abe Lincoln’s food

By Michelle Malkin 

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“…They’re going to party like it’s 1861!

In what will be a Lincoln-themed inauguration from top to bottom, Obama won’t only follow in the footsteps of the former president – he’ll also eat like him, it was announced yesterday.

Obama’s jampacked Abe-apalooza moved into high gear with an announcement from the Congressional Inaugural Committee that it will hold a luncheon next Tuesday following the swearing-in ceremony that’s modeled after foods Lincoln enjoyed.

The lunch menu is only the latest in a slew of references and tributes to Lincoln that will be folded into Obama’s big day.

Part of the meal will even be served on replicas of the china picked out by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln at the beginning of her husband’s first term in office in 1861.

The appetizer will feature a seafood stew in puff pastry – including scallops, shrimp and lobster – in honor of Lincoln’s love of seafood.  …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/13/obama-will-eat-abe-lincolns-food/

 

Inauguration Porta-Potty Shortage? Obama Inauguration Pants to the rescue! 

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Obama Alternative Porta-Potty Pants

Obama Alternative Porta-Potty Pants

 

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/01/inauguration-porta-potty-shortage-obama.html

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Barack Obama’s Socialist Green Commissar Carol Browner

Posted on January 14, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Climate, Economics, Education, Employment, Energy, Investments, Law, Life, Links, People, Philosophy, Politics, Quotations, Raves, Regulations, Security, Taxes, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Commissar Carol Browner

Commissar Carol Browner

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Carol Browner – Embrace a Cap-and-Trade Requirement

National: Obama Introduced Energy Team — nytimes.com/video

Czech President Compares Global Warming Hype to USSR

President Obama is a “science is settled” liar about man causing global warming or climate change.

He repeats the big lie of Al Gore that there is a consensus on climate climate change and man is the cause of global warming.

The only consensus is:

Climate has always changed.

Man has always lied.

Man is not causing climate change.

The main causes or drivers of climate change are many including solar activity variation, cosmic rays, water vapor, clouds, oceans, volcanoes, albedo,  changes in the earth’s orbit, changes in the solar system’s orbit in the galaxy and  many more “causes” or drivers.

By far the primary driver or cause of climate change is the sun.

Unstoppable Solar Cycles

Any one who says that man-made emissions of carbon dioxide is the primary cause or driver of global warming or climate change is either ignorant of the science or a liar with a political and/or economic agenda.

President-elect Obama, former Vice-President Gore, and Commissar Browner are lying to the American people.

Why?

Politicians need a story or narrative to try to convince the American people to accept a huge tax increase in the form of either a carbon tax or a cap and trade tax. This tax will be used to expand government intervention into the economy.

The majority of the American people know the politicians are lying to them and only want to tax them some more.

Al Gore Debates Global Warming

Global warming or climate change is being use by the socialist left to cripple and destroy free market capitalist economies such as the United States with it abundance of coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear technology.

The green socialists or eco-socialists, aka the “watermellons” –green on the outside and red on the inside–, want the United States to waste valuable resources to limit human carbon dioxide emissions.

The United States has huge supplies of coal, natural gas, and nuclear technology to generate  electrical power as well as oil off our coasts to power cars and trucks and heat homes and businesses.

Carbon dioxide emission are not a pollutant.

Carbon dioxide is required by plant life to grow.

The Myth about Global Warming

I suggest President-elect Obama read the book:

The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud**And those who are too fearful to do so

Statistics needed

The Deniers — Part I

Lawrence Solomon, National Post

“…In the global warming debate, there are essentially two broad camps. One believes that the science is settled, that global warming is serious and man-made, and that urgent action must be taken to mitigate or prevent a future calamity. The other believes that the science is far from settled, that precious little is known about global warming or its likely effects, and that prudence dictates more research and caution before intervening massively in the economy.

The “science is settled” camp, much the larger of the two, includes many eminent scientists with impressive credentials. But just who are the global warming skeptics who question the studies from the great majority of climate scientists and what are their motives? …”

The series

Statistics needed — The Deniers Part I
Warming is real — and has benefits — The Deniers Part II
The hurricane expert who stood up to UN junk science — The Deniers Part III
Polar scientists on thin ice — The Deniers Part IV

The original denier: into the cold — The Deniers Part V
The sun moves climate change — The Deniers Part VI
Will the sun cool us? — The Deniers Part VII
The limits of predictability — The Deniers Part VIII
Look to Mars for the truth on global warming — The Deniers Part IX
Limited role for C02 — the Deniers Part X

http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=22003a0d-37cc-4399-8bcc-39cd20bed2f6&k=0

Lawrence Solomon on Climate Change & IPCC

John Stossel Denying Climate Change

The next time President Obama or his commissars say we need to invest in alternative energy–wind turbines and solar panels–remember that less than 1% of the electricity produce in the United States comes from these sources. The reason is quite simple. Alternative energy is expensive!

The economy of the United States cannot grow and prosper without energy from fossil fuels to provide affordable electrical power, heating and transportation.

Anybody that tells you different is a liar and a con-man or con-woman and a closet socialist.

Roughly 50% of US electricity comes from coal powered plants, 20% from natural gas powered plants, 20% from nuclear power plants, and 7% from hydro electric plants.

Providing more and more tax-payer government subsidies to solar power and wind turbines to double the percentage of electricity produced by alternative energy in the next three years is wasteful and not the role of government.

Listen to Bob:

Alternative Energy Sources…

John McCain wants to LOWER Gas prices…

First Socialism. Now Communism…

Barack Obama can’t STOP lying…

Background Articles and Videoes

Obama climate czar has socialist ties

Group sees ‘global governance’ as solution

Stephen Dinan

“Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for “global governance” and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.

By Thursday, Mrs. Browner’s name and biography had been removed from Socialist International’s Web page, though a photo of her speaking June 30 to the group’s congress in Greece was still available.

Socialist International, an umbrella group for many of the world’s social democratic political parties such as Britain’s Labor Party, says it supports socialism and is harshly critical of U.S. policies.

The group’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, the organization’s action arm on climate change, says the developed world must reduce consumption and commit to binding and punitive limits on greenhouse gas emissions. …”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/12/obama-climate-czar-has-socialist-ties/

Obama Czar Has Socialist Ties

“Incoming Global Warming Czar Carol Browner was — until last week — listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group that advocates what’s called “global governance” and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change. The Washington Times reports Browner’s name and biography were listed on the Web page for Socialist International .

Mr. Obama’s transition team says Browner’s membership in the organization is not a problem and that it brings experience in policymaking to her new role. But House Minority Leader John Boehner’s spokeswoman Antonia Ferrier asks, “Does she agree with the group’s positions on global governance- that the United States should abdicate its international leadership to international organizations? Does she support its position that the international community should be the ultimate arbiter of climate change policy?” …”

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,479664,00.html

Carol Browner

Carol M. Browner (born December 16, 1955) is slated to be Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change in the Obama Administration. Browner served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton Administration in the United States. She was the longest-serving administrator in the history of the agency,[1] staying through both terms of the Clinton presidency. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Browner

Carol Browner: You were warned

By Michelle Malkin

“…Obama made it official this afternoon, announcing Carol Browner as his designated energy czar along with other “green” nominees.

If fiscal conservatives, sound science advocates, and businesses don’t raise a stink about Browner’s crooked background, they deserve everything that’s coming to them. …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2008/12/15/carol-browner-you-were-warned/

Commissar

Commissar is the English transliteration of an official title (комисса́р) used in Russia after the Bolshevik revolution and in the Soviet Union, as well as some other Communist countries. It denotes a political functionary at a military headquarters who holds coequal rank and authority with his military counterpart. No military order might be issued which did not have the prior approval of both men. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commissar

Socialist International

Socialist International is a worldwide organization of democratic socialist, social democratic and labour political parties. It was formed in 1951. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_International

Democratic Socialists of America

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is a social democratic/democratic socialist organization in the United States and the U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International, a federation of social democratic, democratic socialist and labor parties and organizations.

DSA was formed in 1982 by a merger of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM). DSOC was the largest group to emerge from the splintering of the Socialist Party of America in 1973; two other Socialist Party factions went on to form Social Democrats USA and the Socialist Party USA. NAM was a coalition of writers and intellectuals with roots in both the New Left movements of the 1960s and the more traditional parties of the Old Left.

At its founding, DSA consisted of almost 5,000 ex-DSOC members and 1,000 ex-NAM members. By 1983 DSA reached 7,000 members, which it would not surpass until the early 1990s. Recently, membership has increased to more than 10,000.[citation needed] Michael Harrington and socialist-feminist author Barbara Ehrenreich were elected as the organization’s co-chairs.[1] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Socialists_of_America

Eco-socialism

“…Eco-socialism, Green socialism or Socialist ecology is an ideology merging aspects of Marxism, socialism, Green politics, ecology and the anti-globalization movement. Eco-socialists generally believe that the expansion of the capitalist system is the cause of social exclusion, poverty and environmental degradation through globalization and imperialism, under the supervision of repressive states and transstatal structures; they advocate the non-violent dismantling of capitalism and the state, focusing on collective ownership of the means of production by freely associated producers and restoration of the Commons.[1] …”

Eco-socialists are critical of many past and existing forms of both Green politics and socialism. They are often described as Red Greens – adherents to Green politics with clear anti-capitalist views, often inspired by Marxism (Red Greens should be contrasted with Blue Greens). The term Watermelon is commonly applied, often as an insult, to describe professed Greens who seem to put social justice goals above ecological ones, implying they are “green on the outside but red on the inside”; the term is usually attributed to either Petr Beckmann or, more frequently, Warren T. Brookes,[2][3][4] both conservative critics of environmentalism, and is apparently common in Australia,[5][6] New Zealand[7] and the United States[8] (a website in New Zealand, The Watermelon, uses the term as a compliment, stating that it is “green on the outside and liberal on the inside”, using the term ‘liberal’ while also citing “socialist political leanings”, reflecting the use of the term ‘liberal’ to describe the Left-wing in many English-speaking countries[7]). Red Greens are often considered ‘fundies‘ or ‘fundamentalist greens’, a term usually associated with Deep Ecology despite the fact that the German Green Partyfundi‘ faction included eco-socialists, and eco-socialists in other Green Parties, like Derek Wall, have been described in the press as ‘fundies‘.[9][10] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-socialis

Dr. Joel Kovel, “Eco-Socialism” Pt. 1 of 3

Dr. Joel Kovel, “Eco-Socialism” Pt. 2 of 3

Dr. Joel Kovel, “Eco-Socialism” Pt. 3 of 3

Carbon Dioxide is Good for the Environment

by John Carlisle

“…Carbon dioxide is good for the environment.

That simple fact must be restated to counter environmentalists’ baseless allegations that the accumulation of man-made carbon dioxide, produced by cars, power plants and other human activities, is causing dangerous global warming.

Indeed, far from being a poisonous gas that will wreak havoc on the planet’s ecosystem, carbon dioxide is arguably the Earth’s best friend in that trees, wheat, peanuts, flowers, cotton and numerous other plants significantly benefit from increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Dr. Craig Idso of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, one of the nation’s leading carbon dioxide research centers, examined records of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and air temperature over the last 250,000 years. There were three dramatic episodes of global warming that occurred at the end of the last three ice ages. Interestingly, temperatures started to rise during those warming periods well before the atmospheric carbon dioxide started to increase. In fact, the carbon dioxide levels did not begin to rise until 400 to 1,000 years after the planet began to warm. Concludes Dr. Idso, “Clearly, there is no way that these real-world observations can be construed to even hint at the possibility that a significant increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide will necessarily lead to any global warming.”1 …”

http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA334.html

Understanding Atmospheric Oxygen: Global Carbon Dioxide

Climate Change – Bob Carters 5 Tests of CO2 part 1

Climate Change – Bob Carters 5 Tests of CO2 part 2

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OD: (1) Over Dose, (2) Obama Depression–The Economic Consequences of Radical Socialism

Posted on January 10, 2009. Filed under: Economics, Education, Employment, Energy, Immigration, Security, Taxes, Technology, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or long-term growth. But at this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe. Only government can break the cycle that is crippling our economy, where a lack of spending leads to lost jobs, which leads to even less spending, where an inability to lend and borrow stops growth and leads to even less credit.

~President-elect Barack Obama’s speech on the economy, January 8, 2009

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
~Albert Einstein

Obama’s speech 8th January 2009 on economic stimulus recovery plan Part 1.

Obama’s speech 8th January 2009 on economic stimulus recovery plan Part 2.

Citizen Bob’s Response
YOU wanted “change”…

 

the Government causes most of our problems…

 

Wanna Pay an Extra Dollar for Gas???????

 

Doing absolutely nothing to stimulate the economy would be much better than continuing with more and more government deficit spending.

Hiring more government employees union member and encouraging more illegal immigration to fill openning in the construction industry are political payoffs and not a stimulus packgage.

This is not change, it is government corruption and destruction of the US economy.

President Franklin Roosevelt tried it in the 1930s calling it the New Deal and this was the result:

Table 1: Statistics[76]
1929
1931
1933
1937
1938
1940

Real Gross National Product (GNP) (1)
101.4
84.3
68.3
103.9
96.7
113.0

Consumer Price Index (2)
122.5
108.7
92.4
102.7
99.4
100.2

Index of Industrial Production (2)
109
75
69
112
89
126

Money Supply M2 ($ billions)
46.6
42.7
32.2
45.7
49.3
55.2

Exports ($ billions)
5.24
2.42
1.67
3.35
3.18
4.02

Unemployment (% of civilian work force)
3.1
16.1
25.2
13.8
16.5
13.9

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deal

President-elect Obama’s Raw Deal will have the same results as Roosevelt’s New Deal and only extend the recession and eventually result in inflation in two to three years.

Do nothing and the recession will be over by 2010, implement Obama’s proposed “stimulus” package and the recession will last until 2011 followed by inflation–stagflation of the Carter years will return.

Pass the FairTax and let the American people decide how to spend and save their hard earned money.

Yes we can have real change.

The timing for implementing the FairTax could not be better!

American for Fair Taxation–Save The Economy

http://www.fairtax.org/site/PageServer

Mike Huckabee – What is the “Fair Tax?”

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Henri Lepage’s 1978  international best-seller provides a response to the radical socialism of President Obama:

We need a more realistic conception of government and the state. The state is not some sort of sacred body, omipotent, omnipresent, and infallible. There is no reason to regard the political market as necessarily more moral, more just, or more humane than the economic market. On the contrary, since it is a market of power rather than a market of exchange, it is likely to be less just and humane.

The notion of general interest, moreover, is often only an alias for the exploitation of the rest of society by a privileged caste of civil servants, bereaucrats, lobbyists, and professional power brokers. The general interest does not exist; it is only an idea that some people form of what is in their eyes bet for others. The real general interest would result only from a situation in which perfect exchange mechanisms functioned. The general interst can truly be defended only by trying to set up the largest possible number of exchange mechanisms in society while recognizing that perfect exchange–perfect allocation is impossilbe. The one thing we can be sure of is that exchange mechanisms are the only way of really approaching this general interest.

…An attentive and critical examination of government decision-making mechanisms shows that in its manipulation of economic mechanisms and its subsidization of state products and services through taxes, the state is behaving like a monompolist. It is forcing consumers to consume more of what it, the government, thinks is in the consumer’s interest to consume. Much public intervention and regulation, as it is currently conceived, is truly depriving people of freedom, is obliging them to overconsume public goods and services that would not be bought–or wasted–in such quantities if consumers had to recognize, and pay, the real price of them. …”

~Henri Lepage, Tomorrow, Capitalism: The Economics of Economic Freedom, page 207-206

Background Articles and Videos

Text of President-elect Barack Obama’s speech on the economy
January 8, 2009

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-economy-text9-2009jan09,0,4826774.story?page=1&track=rssThe FairTax: NEWS & DEVELOPMENTS

Sowell: U.S. policies in 1930s disastrous

“…If Obama wants political success, following in the footsteps of FDR looks like the way to go. But people who are concerned about the economy need to take a closer look at history. We deserve something better than repeating the 1930s disasters.

There is yet another factor that provides a parallel to what happened during the Great Depression.

No matter how much worse things got after government intervention under Roosevelt’s New Deal policies, the party line was that he had to “do something” to get us out of the disaster created by the failure of the unregulated market and Hoover’s “do nothing” policies.

Today, increasing numbers of scholars recognize that FDR’s own policies were a further extension of interventions begun under Hoover.

Moreover, the temporary rise in unemployment after the stock market crash was nowhere near the massive and long-lasting unemployment after government interventions.

Obama already has his Herbert Hoover to blame for any and all disasters that his policies create: George W. Bush.”

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2009/jan/01/sowell-us-policies-in-1930s-disastrous/
The Economic “Stimulus”
by Thomas Sowell

“…A common problem with government economic policies in general is that it is very hard to predict how long it will be before the policy actually affects the economy. An economic stimulus policy created during a contraction in demand can take effect during an inflationary expansion of demand– and fuel still more inflation.

A trillion dollars or so, created out of thin air by a government that already has a huge deficit, can set off another round of inflation that can take some very painful new policies to bring under control– or can have even more painful effects, if it is not brought under control. The new administration may need that get-out-of-jail-free card. “

http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2009/01/06/the_economic_

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Posted on January 9, 2009. Filed under: Art, Blogroll, Life, Links, Music, People, Quotations, Raves, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

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I believe in the Bible. I believe that all good things come from God. I don’t believe I’d sing the way I do if God hadn’t wanted me to.”

~Elvis Presley

 

Elvis Presley Milton Berle Show 3 Apr 1956: Blue Suede Shoes

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Elvis Presley, Hound Dog

 

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog – Tupelo Goldsuit 1957

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Elvis Presley Sweet Caroline 1970

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Elvis Presley Release Me 1972

Elvis Presley Bridge over Troubled Water 1972

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Elvis Presley: Always On My Mind 

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Elvis – My Way (studio version)

elvis presley – the wonder of you

You only pass through this life once, you don’t come back for an encore.

~Elvis Presley

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 Background Articles and Videos

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley[1][3] (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977; middle name sometimes written Aron)a was an American singer, actor and musician. A cultural icon, he is commonly known simply as “Elvis”, and is also sometimes referred to as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” or “The King”.

In 1954, Presley began his career as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing “black” and “white” sounds, made him popular—and controversial[4][5][6]—as did his uninhibited stage and television performances. He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” later embodying the style. Presley had a versatile voice[7] and had unusually wide success encompassing other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop. To date, he has been inducted into four music halls of fame.

In the 1960s, Presley made the majority of his thirty-one movies—mainly poorly reviewed, but financially successful, musicals.[8] In 1968, he returned to live music in a television special,[9] and performed across the U.S., notably in Las Vegas. Throughout his career, he set records for concert attendance, television ratings and recordings sales.[10] He is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in the history of popular music. Health problems, drug dependency[11] and other factors led to his death at age 42. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley

Discover Elvis

http://www.elvis.com/elvisology/bio/elvis_overview.asp

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

http://www.elvis.com/

Elvis Presley

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000062/

Elvis Presley 1955 – first video

Elvis’ Legendary Performances

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Elvis Presley: Rare Train-Interview from 1960

Elvis Presley Graceland Interview 1960.03.07

Interviews with Elvis

Joe ESPOSITO / Elvis PRESLEY ( Best Interview Ever ) * Part 1 * ( Montreal ) CANADA

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Fascist Democratic Radical (FRD) Party Illegally Bars Black Man From Senate

Posted on January 7, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Law, Links, Politics, Quotations, Raves, Video |

 

Full Roland Burris press conference following his being turned away by Harry Reid and the US Senate

Apparenty the FDR members of the Senate led by Senator Reid found the legally appointed Senator from Illinois, Roland Burris, to be too black for the all white Senate.

Looks like the Democrats are reverting to the 1930s Democratic Party of FDR.

The Senate is about to get a law education.  

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

Senators Harry Reid and Dick Durbin Hold Press Conference to Discuss Roland Burris’s Future in the Senate

Senate Leaders Say Burris May Be Seated

Blago Announces Senate Appointment

 

Roland Burris is Going to be Seated in Obama’s Senate Seat, Pt1

 

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Bobby Rush reiterates support for newly-appointed Illinois junior Senator Roland Burrish4>

Background Articles and Videos

Senate Dems to seat Burris

By Michelle Malkin  

“…Darn. One high drama on the Hill is about to end. It was fun while it lasted. ‘…”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/07/senate-dems-to-seat-burris/

 

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Windows Nuclear: Green Operating Electricity System:

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Nuclear Renaissance – World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lkh_y47XaA

 

 Computers need electricity for power and cooling both on the desktop and in server rooms and data centers.

Larger LCD screens and monitors also need significantly more electricity as will “electric” cars if they become affordable over the next decade.

Nuclear power plants currently supply about 20% of the electrical needs of the United States and 16% world wide.

Nuclear power plants are experiencing a revival both in the United States and abroad especially in China, India, France, and Japan.

One key component of such a plant is its computer operating system or the Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Systems.

Given the challenges of such an operating system, one can only speculate as to whether or not the largest software company in the world, Microsoft, will take an active part in developing–Windows Nuclear–the operating system for nuclear power plants from the micro to large nuclear power plants. 

Will Microsoft partner with General Electric to build the next generation of nuclear power plants in the USA as well as abroad?

Will there be a Windows Nuclear?

Go Nuclear!

 

Background Articles and Videos

Nuclear power plants, world-wide

“…As of end 2007 the total electricity production since 1951 amounts to 59,450 billion kWh. The cumulative operating experience amounted to 12,750 years by the end of 2007.

Country
 

In operation

Under construction

Number

Electr. net output
MW

Number

Electr. net output
MW
Argentina

2

935

1

692

Armenia

1

376

-

-

Belgium

7

5,824

-

-

Brazil

2

1,795

-

-

Bulgaria

2

1,906

2

1,906

Canada

18

12,621

-

-

China

11

8,438

6

5,220

Czech Republic

6

3,619

-

-

Finland

4

2,696

1

1,600

France

59

63,260

1

1,600

Germany

17

20,470

-

-

Hungary

4

1,829

-

-

India

17

3,782

6

2,910

Iran

-

-

1

915

Japan

55

47,587

1

866

Korea, Republic

20

17,451

4

3,840

Lithuinia

1

1,185

-

-

Mexico

2

1,360

-

-

Netherlands

1

482

-

-

Pakistan

2

425

1

300

Romania

2

1,300

-

-

Russian Federation

31

21,743

8

5,809

Slovakian Republic

5

2,034

-

-

Slovenia

1

666

-

-

South Africa

2

1,800

-

-

Spain

8

7,450

-

-

Sweden

10

9,014

-

-

Switzerland

5

3,220

-

-

Taiwan

6

4,921

2

2,600

Ukraine

15

13,107

2

1,900

United Kingdom

19

10,222

-

-

USA

104

100,582

1

1,165

Total

439

372,100

38

32,648

http://www.euronuclear.org/info/encyclopedia/n/nuclear-power-plant-world-wide.htm 

 

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Microsoft Data Centers – getting bigger and better

 

Michael Manos, Microsoft’s data center guru talks about Scry

 

Electricity use and efficiency of servers and data centers: A review of recen…

“…The Internet economy depends on a reliable computing infrastructure. While earlier reports of information technology using vast amounts all electricity were grossly exaggerated, these facilities still use electricity, and this use is growing rapidly. Recent analysis indicates that data center electricity use in both the US and the world roughly doubled from 2000 to 2005, and this growth is expected to slow only modestly over the following five years. Growth of this magnitude represents a substantial business opportunity for technology companies. This talk will describe results of recent work analyzing trends in total data center power use and how this growth varies by major world region. It will also explore the misplaced incentives and institutional failures that impede data center efficiency investments on a large scale. Finally, it will describe business, government, and research efforts to improve efficiency in these mission critical facilities, including recent work by the Energy Star program to promote server and data center efficiency.

Speaker: Jonathan Koomey
Dr. Koomey held the MAP/Ming visiting professorship in energy and environment at Stanford University for the 2003-2004 school year, and is now a Consulting Professor at Stanford. …”

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Chevy Volt extended range electric vehicle

 

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Cloud Computing Part 3: Peak Energy

“…Cloud computing seductively offers the chance for fast efficient centralised computing for the masses reputedly with an eco-friendly footprint. Rather than being environmentally sound, these huge data centre behemoths ─ housing server farms with literally tens of thousands of high performance servers ─ consume vast amounts of energy. An unforeseen consequence of centralising cloud computing is it’s continuously growing electrical load which cannot easily be shed and could even become a tipping point with a peak load that takes the electrical grid past the point of catastrophic failure. …”

 

Massive Electrical Load

“…It is no coincidence that data centres are located near large power sources. The power they consume is staggering. In a recently announced data centre based in California, some 40,000 servers are housed; each draws perhaps 1 amp so that total power used is at least 10 megawatts. Arguably these servers that bring cloud computing to life could be considered more efficient working far harder than those under utilised servers and personal computers based at home or offices. However large the server’s power consumption is, it still represents just a fraction of the total utility bill since the data centre must operate a thermal control system to dump the waste heat generated by the servers as a physical by-product of creating and delivering a virtual world to our desktops. …”

http://sandersresearch.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1380&Itemid=98

 

Nuclear Power

“…Nuclear power is any nuclear technology designed to extract usable energy from atomic nuclei via controlled nuclear reactions. The most common method today is through nuclear fission, though other methods include nuclear fusion and radioactive decay. All utility-scale reactors[1] heat water to produce steam, which is then converted into mechanical work for the purpose of generating electricity or propulsion. In 2007, 14% of the world’s electricity came from nuclear power. More than 150 nuclear-powered naval vessels have been built, and a few radioisotope rockets have been produced. …”

“…As of 2005, nuclear power provided 6.3% of the world’s energy and 15% of the world’s electricity, with the U.S., France, and Japan together accounting for 56.5% of nuclear generated electricity.[2] As of 2007, the IAEA reported there are 439 nuclear power reactors in operation in the world,[3] operating in 31 countries.[4]

In 2007, nuclear´s share of global electricity generation dropped to 14%. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the main reason for this was an earthquake in western Japan on 16 July 2007, which shut down all seven reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant. There were also several other reductions and “unusual outages” experienced in Korea and Germany. Also, increases in the load factor for the current fleet of reactors appear to have plateaued.[5]

The United States produces the most nuclear energy, with nuclear power providing 19%[6] of the electricity it consumes, while France produces the highest percentage of its electrical energy from nuclear reactors—78% as of 2006.[7] In the European Union as a whole, nuclear energy provides 30% of the electricity.[8] Nuclear energy policy differs between European Union countries, and some, such as Austria and Ireland, have no active nuclear power stations. In comparison, France has a large number of these plants, with 16 multi-unit stations in current use. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power

 

Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Systems in Nuclear Power

Plants: A Time of Transition

“…I&C systems are the nervous system of a nuclear power plant. They monitor all aspects of the plant’s health and help respond with the care and adjustments needed.

Progress in electronics and information technology (IT) has created incentives to replace traditional analog instrumentation and control (I&C) systems in nuclear power plants with digital I&C systems, i.e. systems based on computers and microprocessors. Digital systems offer higher reliability, better plant performance and additional diagnostic capabilities. Analog systems will gradually become obsolete in the general IT shift to digital technology. About 40% of the world’s operating reactors have been modernized to include at least some digital I&C systems. Most newer plants also include digital I&C systems.

 

Digital I&C systems have posed new challenges for the industry and regulators, who have had to build up the methods, data and experience to assure themselves that the new systems meet all reliability and performance requirements. In general, countries with more new construction of nuclear reactors have had greater incentives and opportunities to develop the needed capabilities. Other countries are still in the process of doing so. …”

 

http://www.iaea.org/About/Policy/GC/GC52/GC52InfDocuments/English/gc52inf-3-att5_en.pdf

 

Nuclear plant powers up on real-time OS

“…The real-time operating system is used where software failure can lead to catastrophic consequences, even death – from high-speed trains to air traffic control towers to highway toll systems. It’s also used in more than 100 different types of cars on the road.

For Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., which operates nuclear power plants in Canada, China and Slovenia, downtime just isn’t an option. About 15 to 20 years ago, the Mississauga, Ont.-based company turned to QNX’s real-time operating system to keep its plants running. Since then, it’s upgraded to version 4.0 and is now rolling out 6.0 – and that’s it. …”

“We chose QNX initially because of its micro-kernel architecture, its performance and its real-time capabilities,” said Ross Judd, manager of information and control systems development with Atomic Energy. “Our applications are real-time applications – they involve data acquisition through machine interfaces and control rooms.”

“…”Remember the old style of Christmas lights where you had a big long string and if one bulb burned out the whole thing burned out and you had to go through each one and find out which single bulb failed? That’s Microsoft.”

Only a few components that are critical to maintaining the operation of a function are in what’s called the protected kernel. All other elements are in modules that plug into the kernel. That means if one function fails, it won’t bring down the other functions; they’re protected from corrupting each other.

“When you’ve got Microsoft on your desktop and you have a problem with Explorer or Excel, it can hang up your computer where your only option is to shut the entire thing down,” said Shewchuk. “It might be something as silly as a printer driver, but it affects the whole operating system because all the code is in this monolithic structure.”

In a micro-kernel operating system, upgrading software consists of slotting in one module, rather than bringing down the entire system. “If you want to go from having one switch to multiple switches, you can link those together seamlessly without bringing the entire system down and having to reboot an entirely new system up,” he said.

The old-fashioned way of thinking was that when you hard-wired all these applications together, your systems could run faster. That was true 20 years ago when systems were much less complex, said Shewchuk, but nowadays even simple devices connect to the Internet and have a graphical capability, and many of them are networked.

“The amount of code and complexity of coding becomes more and more difficult and the amount of discipline it takes to maintain the operating system in those environments is incredibly complex,” he said. “It’s a more clean, defined process for coding in a micro-kernel.” …”

http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/CDN/News.asp?id=40793

 

Truck-delivered Micro-Nuclear Reactor for Clean Energy Within Five Years

“…Micro-nuclear reactors about the size of a hot tub, prefabricated and delivered by trucks, will begin revolutionizing electric energy supply within five years, according to information gleaned from government scientists and corporate energy sources. If successful, the breakthrough will change the face of global energy supplies.

New nuclear battery technology pioneered by government scientists at Los Alamos—the facility that developed the first atomic bomb—has been licensed to private companies for mass production and distribution. In its initial format, each micro-reactor will produce just 25 megawatts, but enough to provide electricity for 20,000 average American-sized homes or a major industrial project. Daisy-chained, these micro-reactors, each one about twice the size of an average man, can supply enough electricity to power an entire small city or suburb. Initially, the reactors will be placed in isolated industrial and residential areas, such as oilsand enterprises and underdeveloped African nations in need of power. 

The miniature nuclear marvels will be factory-sealed in concrete, and delivered by truck, train or ship for burial under close international nuclear regulatory supervision. The reactors will produce heat which will boil an adjacent water source to create the steam that typically turns turbines that generate electricity. …”

http://www.thecuttingedgenews.com/index.php?article=906&pageid=37 

 

Hyperion Power Generation

“…Hyperion Power Generation, Inc. (HPG) was formed to bring to market the unique Hyperion (formerly Comstar) small, modular, non-weapons grade nuclear power reactor invented by Dr. Otis “Pete” Peterson at the United States’ famed Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. Through the commercialization program at LANL’s Technology Transfer Division, HPG was awarded the exclusive license to utilize the intellectual property and develop a product that will benefit the U.S. economy and global society as a whole.

The next multi-million dollar phase of work on the development of Hyperion, underwritten by private investors, continues, Hyperion will play a key role as a solution for climate change and the energy crisis. …”

http://www.hyperionpowergeneration.com/about.html 

 

Backgrounder on New Nuclear Plant Designs

“…The NRC has long sought standardization of nuclear power plant designs, and the enhanced safety and licensing reform that standardization could make possible. The Commission expects advanced reactors to be safer and use simplified, passive or other innovative means to accomplish their safety functions. The NRC’s regulation (Part 52 to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations) provides a predictable licensing process including certification of new nuclear plant designs. This process reflects decades of experience and research involving reactor design and operation. The design certification process provides for early public participation and resolution of safety issues prior to an application to construct a nuclear power plant. …”

 http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/new-nuc-plant-des-bg.html

 

Nuclear Power May Be in Early Stages of a Revival

“…When the industry first said several years ago that it would resume building plants, deep skepticism greeted the claim. Not since 1973 had anybody in the United States ordered a nuclear plant that was actually built, and the obstacles to a new generation of plants seemed daunting.

But now, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 21 companies say they will seek permission to build 34 power plants, from New York to Texas. Factories are springing up in Indiana and Louisiana to build reactor parts. Workers are clearing a site in Georgia to put in reactors. Starting in January, millions of electric customers in Florida will be billed several dollars a month to finance four new reactors.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/business/24nuke.html  Plants in the World

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IJCT Nuclear Training Center

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http://www.icjt.org/an/tech/jesvet/jesvet.htm

 

Big TVs = Big electric bills

“…According to a recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council it’s because of that ginormous TV set you just bought. We always figured that LCDs and plasmas used less power than CRTs, but apparently digital HDTVs actually suck up more power than analog TVs (see the chart below), and to make matters worse, we’re buying bigger and bigger television sets than we used to. They’re predicting that in four years our TVs will be consuming 50% more power per year than they do today, what worries them is that hardly anyone thinks about how much power their TV is going to use when they’re buying it (we certainly don’t), so they’re trying to get manufacturers to  make their displays more energy efficient and are asking the EPA to establish a single annual energy-consumption number for TVs that’s sort of like the one they already have for air conditioners. …”

http://www.engadget.com/2005/06/16/big-tvs-big-electric-bills/

 

 

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Background Articles and Videos

Tic

“A tic is a sudden, repetitive, nonrhythmic, stereotyped motor movement or vocalization involving discrete muscle groups.[1][2] Tics can be invisible to the observer, such as abdominal tensing or toe crunching. Common motor and vocal tics are, respectively, eye blinking and throat clearing.[3] Movements of other movement disorders (for example, chorea, dystonia, myoclonus) must be distinguished from tics. Other conditions like autism and stereotypic movement disorder also include movements which may be confused with tics. Tics must also be distinguished from compulsions of OCD and seizure activity. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tic

 

Tourette syndrome

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourette_syndrome

 

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Fred Thompson On Borrowing and Spending–Yes We Can!

Posted on January 3, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Employment, Investments, Law, Links, Politics, Quotations, Raves, Regulations, Taxes, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Trying to fix problems caused by excess consumption with more spending is like telling a fat guy that the way to lose weight is to eat more donuts.

~Fred Thompson

 

Fred Thompson on the Economy

 

Great video!

Ask not what your country can spend on you, ask what you can spend for your country. Is that what made American a great country?

~Fred Thompson

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

Postponing Reality

By Thomas Sowell

 

“…While Detroit’s Big Three are laying off thousands of workers, Toyota is hiring thousands of workers right here in America, where a substantial share of all our Toyotas are manufactured.

Will this save Detroit or Michigan? No.

Detroit and Michigan have followed classic liberal policies of treating businesses as prey, rather than as assets. They have helped kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. So have the unions. So have managements that have gone along to get along.

Toyota, Honda and other foreign automakers are not heading for Detroit, even though there are lots of experienced automobile workers there. They are avoiding the rust belts and the policies that have made those places rust belts.

A bailout of Detroit’s Big Three would be only the latest in the postponements of reality. As for automobile dealers, they can probably sell Toyotas just as easily as they sold Chevvies. And Toyotas will require just as many tires per car, as well as other parts from automobile parts suppliers.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/12/postponing_reality.html

 

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