Archive for June, 2010

Thoughts on the Elena Kagan’s Confirmation Hearings

Posted by courage On June - 29 - 2010

Am I the only one hearing sound bites from the Kagan Supreme Court nomination shaking my head?  I have heard quotes and found myself questioning  the reality of what I just heard.  Wait, I scream in my head.. what did she say?  Oh no she didn’t.  But I find that, oh yes she did.

When asked whether the federal government has the power to dictate through legislation what the American people eat ever day, Kagan never answers.  What sense does this make?  The only logical reason Kagan cannot answer this simple question is because as a progressive, she believes in an all-powerful, tyrannical government disguised as the  benevolent mother.

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Daily Kos Admits Fraudulent Polling Data

Posted by courage On June - 29 - 2010


Gee, who would have thought the polls used on the liberal blog DailyKos were bogus?   A minor indicator may have been that their polls consistently showed stronger support for all the left/progressive agenda than any other polling agencies on the same subject matter.

I have just published a report by three statistics wizards showing, quite convincingly, that the weekly Research 2000 State of the Nation poll we ran the past year and a half was likely bunk. (emphasis mine)

Kos continually used the polling research they commissioned to validate the positions they advocated, which allowed their readers the false satisfaction they were within the ideological mainstream. I do give Daily Kos credit for being forthright with their discovery; yet for a year and half, while these polls deviated greatly from other respected polling agencies, didn’t they think it odd?  Such is the case though for many progressive types, even when faced with stark bare truths, if they do not fit neatly in to their ideological schema they debase the facts as fabrications of some right wing conspiracy.  Of course it did serve their cause, at least for the last year and a half.  Whimsically fabricated data eventually will be challenged and such was the case.  This places in to doubt any “information” gained from the blog, what reputable information gatherer would have “bunk” statistical data presented a fact for a year and half?

I prefer polling done by Rasmussen, they solely canvas registered voters for their polls.  Registered voters are at least somewhat connected to the political process.  On particular surveys done by Rasmussen they only use “likely” voters and have shown the most reliable predictions during elections.

From a recent survey performed by Rasmussen:

Even as oil washes up on their shores from the still-spewing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, 79% of Louisiana voters believe offshore oil drilling should be allowed, and nearly as many support deepwater drilling.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Louisiana finds that just 15% do not believe offshore oil drilling should be allowed.

Chicago On the Potomic.. Border Security

Posted by courage On June - 20 - 2010

You can’t make up the corruption and dereliction of duty coming from this administration…

From Red State:

On June 18, 2010, Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl told the audience at a North Tempe Tea Party town hall meeting that during a private, one-on-one meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, the President told him, regarding securing the southern border with Mexico, “The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’” [Audible gasps were heard throughout the audience.] Sen. Kyl continued, “In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’”

Sen. Kyl also said he reminded President Obama that the President and the Congress has an obligation, a duty, to secure the border.

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The pResident is  ignoring  the security and well-being of Americans.  Is willful neglect  impeachable ?

Senate Passes “Doctor Fix” … But We Passed Heath Care?

Posted by courage On June - 20 - 2010

Didn’t we just go through a year plus of health care reform?  You remember.. hearings broadcast daily on C-Span, television cameras filming every closed door meeting, Congress critters putting the interests of their constituents first.  What, you don’t remember this hoopla?  <snapping fingers> That’s right, I was thinking of an episode of the Twilight Zone.

During a town hall forum, I asked my non-representative Pete Visclosky why Dr. Fix was not included in the health care legislation?  Shouldn’t the payment to doctors for medical services provided under Medicare be a basic consideration in any health care “reform?”  Well, payment to doctors was not included in the “reform” law, imagine that.  In order to keep the final tally under $1 trillion, payment to doctors was conveniently forgotten.  But have no fear, on Friday the Senate passed “Dr. Fix.”

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Oval Office Address… A Push for Cap and Trade

Posted by courage On June - 15 - 2010

Tonight the pResident will address the American people from the Oval office.  The official stated reason for this address is to update the people on the BP Gulf catastrophe, with the hidden agenda a prime time lecture to US citizens about the dire need for Congress to pass a comprehensive  energy program otherwise known as Cap and Trade.  Never waste a CRISIS to implement policy which has stalled in the Senate after barely passing the House last year.  Cap and Trade legislation will destroy the economy and place further hardship on households across the country as prices for every commodity we purchase jumps in price.

I don’t expect the pResident to deal with the ineptness of his administration in dealing with the clean-up and protection of the shores of Gulf.  I would hope to hear explanations and solutions offered on the fiasco of the government response.  These are a couple of items I would like to see addressed:

~  Why has the Jones Act which prevents foreign ships to operate in our sovereign waters not been suspended?  The Danes who are considered the experts in oil spill containment offered on day two of the spill to send specialized ships and gear to the region to help and were told .. NO.  In fact 13 countries have offered their assistance and have been told NO.

~  Governor Jindal   requested permission to erect shoal barriers within days of the spill to assist in protecting the delicate marsh areas, after considerable delay and much frustration Jindal finally told the federal government to f$%^ off and made the decision to begin creating the barriers, but only after the oil had already begun to taint the shores.

~  Why has a no-fly zone been instituted over the spill, which prevents reporters from first hand reporting of the devastation?

~  Why is the the military being used for a tight security lockdown on  Grand Isle, Louisiana ?

~  And what of the reports that the leak is actually below the ocean seabed, which brings an entirely new worst case scenario into the picture?  For additional information on this potentially eco-destroying possibility, check out Oil Drum, take time to read the comment section below.

My prediction the pResident won’t address any of these issues, rather staying true to form we will see him attempting to coherse the American public in embracing cap and trade. NEVER waste a CRISIS.

What questions would you like to see the pResident address?

Will any of these valid questions be answered?

It is amazing.. each week this administration must bear a new “crisis” of epic proportions, emergencies seem to define this White House.  Every policy initiative is framed in catastrophe with subtle threats that if the legislation is not passed the United States will collapse.  “Never waste a good crisis” or a manufactured one for that matter and this is what the White House under Obama does with unparalleled excellence; weekly Americans are hoisted directly in front of crisis with calls from the admin to act NOW !  The call for immediate action is stressed with vague ominousness foreboding because the result of what ever catastrophe about to occur is unimaginable.  In some circles this type of behavior would be considered psychological drama, the overreaching to create chaos for the purpose of attention or personal gain.

The latest psychological drama created by this pResident is for $50 billion in emergency aid to states and local governments.  Yesterday Obama urged in a letter to congressional leaders:

…the money is needed to avoid “massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters” and to support the still-fragile economic recovery.

…Obama defended last year’s huge economic stimulus package, saying it helped break the economy’s free fall, but argued that more spending is urgent and unavoidable. “We must take these emergency measures,” he wrote in an appeal aimed primarily at members of his own party. (emphasis mine)

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Obama Pledges $400 Million to Gaza and Palestinians

Posted by courage On June - 10 - 2010

The United States Gulf is experiencing a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions, the spewing BP oil now extends to the Florida Keys.  We as a nation are experiencing day 52 of the Gulf coast held hostage and Obama has yet to speak with the CEO of British Petroleum, he’d rather huddle with the theorists now occupying the White House and play games of “what if.”

Oh but wait, never mind the ecological disaster which may not be cleaned in our lifetime, lets meet with Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas and promise to give the Gaza people and Palestine $400 million dollars for humanitarian purposes.

President Obama pledged an infusion of $400 million in aid for housing, school construction and business development in the Palestinian territories Wednesday, saying after a one-on-one meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas that the situation in Gaza is “inherently unstable.”

“We agree that Israelis have the right to prevent arms from entering into Gaza that can be used to launch attacks into Israeli territory,” Obama told reporters after his meeting with Abbas in the White House. “But we also think that it is important for us to explore new mechanisms so that we can have goods and services, and economic development, and the ability of people to start their own businesses, and to grow the economy and provide opportunity within Gaza.”

And although I have seen reports questioning the “hardship” being experienced in Gaza, the primary question remains who is responsible for any dismal conditions currently in Gaza?  The cold hard fact is the terrorist organization Hamas is the party responsible for any chaos  in the region.  Even the administration admits that Hamas controls Gaza.  As long as the Palestinian government is complacent in allowing Hamas to terrorize any organization or individual citizen who does not adhere to Sharia law under the Koran, there will be continual hardship for the Gaza people.  In fact a summer camp built by the United Nations in a Gaza neighborhood was recently destroyed.  Some Hamas organizations were outspokenly against the camp days before the destruction.  While a high ranking leader of Hamas condemned the incident, it falls in line with other acts of terror used by Hamas or groups who adhere to Sharia law.

While the pResident states the money supplied will be allocated by organizations performing relief work, there is no guarantee that the money will make one bit of difference in the quality of life for the people in the area controlled by Hamas.  Oh, the Hamas terrorists may be able to eat, buy a home or start a business with the money but for the people outside the Hamas terror loop.. life will be the same.

As Representative Pence asks the pResident on the floor of the House, “Whose side are you on?”

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I can only assume his question was asked in rhetorical manner, because from where I am sitting the pResident is not on the side of the American people nor does he show support to long standing allies.

American citizens of the Gulf, indeed of the entire country, the State Department assures you..

“the projects “a down payment” on the U.S. commitment to improving life in Gaza.”

Now doesn’t that make you feel good?

Are We A Nation of Laws?

Posted by courage On June - 9 - 2010


Bob Basso as Thomas Paine discussing illegal immigration, asking the question whether we are a nation of laws?

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