Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The City: Modern Times


Green acres is the place for me.

Farm livin' is the life for me.

Land spreadin' out so far and wide

Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.

New York is where I'd rather stay.

I get allergic smelling hay.

I just adore a penthouse view.

Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.

...The chores. ...The stores. ...Fresh air. ...Times Square

You are my wife. Good bye, city life.

Green Acres we are there.

From their inception, large sky-scraper-dominated and sprawling cities around the world represent the worst of humanity. Ayn Rand, in her bestselling book, Atlas Shrugged, praised sky-scrapers as humanity’s highest achievement.
But another author Itzhak Bentov wrote Stalking the Wild Pendulum, a book on how modern man, living in cities, cuts himself off from the natural vibrations of life. We humans walk on concrete instead of grass. We live in square, wooden or blocked homes and tiny apartments—totally alien to our animal heritage. We drive cars at 70 miles per hour and gaze through glass windows from steel encased prisons.
The rich may escape for a weekend camping trip to recalibrate their natural vibrations and refresh themselves, but the average city dwellers remain in the endless din, sirens, honking horns, televisions’ ubiquitous blaring and the many negative aspects of city life. http://www.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty597.htm

Uncle Sam and Sigmund Fraud


Many Americans recently lamented the six-month anniversary of ObamaCare, a law that is guaranteed to result in tremendous violations of our gun rights.
How do we know that? We know because of what the feds have already been doing with legislation that George Bush signed two years ago.
With the passage of the Veterans Disarmament Act in 2008, Congress granted the Veterans Administration (VA) the authority to computerize the medical records of veterans and ship them to the FBI. Any diagnosis that could be interpreted as “might be a danger to self or others” results in the vet being denied his right to keep and bear arms. People with concealed carry permits are denied renewals. Customers at gun stores are turned down.
In one recent case, a GOA member visited a VA hospital for a couple of days and soon after returning home, state authorities knocked on the door and confiscated his guns. http://www.newswithviews.com/Pratt/larry110.htm

U.S. activists involved with terrorist groups


Left-wing activists showed up outside the FBI headquarters on Tuesday afternoon to protest FBI raids on what they and the media are calling “anti-war” and “peace” groups. But the evidence that some U.S. activists are involved with terrorist groups in the Middle East and Latin America is substantial.
Medea Benjamin of Code Pink was the most prominent personality to attend the Washington, D.C. “rally,” which featured only about a dozen or so people mostly wandering around and holding signs denouncing the FBI. Eventually, they paraded around in a line in front of the FBI building and used a bullhorn to chant such phrases as, “From Colombia to Palestine, resistance is not a crime.”
It looked like the number of journalists covering the event may have approached the number of people participating in it. However, anti-FBI protests in other cities reportedly generated hundreds of participants.
In the nation’s capital, one Code Pink activist pranced around and posed for the media while wearing pink sunglasses. Others held protest signs from the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) group and the International Action Center. ANSWER is a front of the communist Party for Socialism and Liberation. http://www.newswithviews.com/Kincaid/cliff456.htm

Obama sails the Niagra


Left Turn: Money makes the Congressmen go 'round


If the American people were to vote the GOP into the majority, reads the document produced by congressional Republicans, it would shrink government down to size, bringing "the end of government that is too big, too intrusive, and too easy with the public's money." The claim seems perfectly sincere -- after all, Republicans have always expressed their desire for a smaller government, and if given the opportunity to run Congress, they would certainly put the brakes on out-of-control spending.
The document in question, though, isn't the "Pledge to America" the GOP released last week; it is the "Contract With America" the GOP produced 16 years ago. Republicans got their election victory all right, but reducing the size of government? Not so much. The federal government spent $1.46 trillion in 1994, the year Republicans took over. Spending increased every one of the 12 years they controlled Congress; in 2006, their last year in charge, spending was $2.66 trillion, or more than 80 percent higher than it had been when they started.

The power and glory of FACEBOOK


Facebook has even been given the Hollywood treatment. "The Social Network," starring Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg, dramatizes the creation of the site, casting the social network's pivotal figures as would-be Internet conquerors so polarizing that some speculate whether the film could harm Facebook's business. The fact that the site is a business is readily forgotten by most of its users, myself included. While Facebook's revenue streams range from overt banner ads to virtual stores to more subtle, insidious pay-to-play addictive online games, most of its denizens pay no money (directly, anyway) to use it. They take it for granted, and as they come to rely on it, it insinuates itself into the fabric of their day-to-day lives.
Facebook's influence has seeped into popular culture so pervasively that it figures regularly in both local and national news. In Cicero, New York, 400 students – roughly 20 percent of the student body – stayed home from school when rumors concerning threats of a Columbine-like massacre were spread using Facebook and text messages. In Lumberton, Pa., this week, an angry female friend actually punched a pregnant woman in a curbside brawl that resulted in injuries to both participants. The cause? Nasty comments made on Facebook a month previously. In Illinois, insults on Facebook have allegedly ended in a brutal multiple stabbing, leaving one woman in the hospital. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=209493

Humor and Honor Do Not Mix in Washington


While the GOP members of the committee were not amused with Colbert's appearance, it was the Democrat majority that was left speechless. Colbert, drawing on his vast (less than one-day) experience as a farm worker, said, "It (the work) is really, really hard (revelation). … It turns out … most soil is at ground level. If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we make the earth waist high? Come on! Where is the funding?"
"I'm not a fan of Congress doing anything (the view of the right) but I've got to ask why isn't the government doing anything?" (The left feels they must solve all problems great and small.)
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Colbert continued, "Maybe this ag jobs bill would help, (another revelation) I don't know? Like most members of Congress, I haven't read it." (This was an unwelcome reminder of Speaker Pelosi's embarrassing remark on the health-care overall: "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it.") http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=209541

America to become a sterile, communist collective?


In the meantime, the national press appears to be on the same page as the Obama Justice Department, in that outrage over hate crimes is reserved solely for minority victims. The DOJ has been under fire over the past few months for their (possibly criminal) mishandling of a case of voter intimidation involving the New Black Panther Party.
All of this due to negrophilia, the doctrine detailed in my recent book, "Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal – America's Racial Obsession." In it, I detail the malignant motives and methods whereby the political left has inculcated a perverse perception of race into the American worldview. Among the results of this have been hopelessness and anger on the part of blacks, intimidation and guilt on the part of whites and acquiescence on the part of Americans at large.
As indicated in the book, this racial orthodoxy is but one malevolent devices being used by progressives in their shepherding of us toward communism.
This is also the reason for the veritable barrage of this sort of press with which we have been assailed over the summer. Our communist president, his cronies and this Congress are in a state of high anxiety that goes far beyond polls, deficits, unemployment or the economy. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=209601

Patty Murray: Dumb Cluck and Cover


No liberal has standing to call any Republican stupid as long as Patty Murray remains in the U.S. Senate.
Soon after being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, Murray went on a radio show and said:
"When I was growing up, the big fear in my life was the nuclear war. I remember second- and third-grade teachers giving us skills to deal with it, if that big alarm goes off, which was 'Hide under your desk.' Would that do any good? I don't know. But as a child, that gives you a feeling there's something to do beyond panic. Today the biggest fear our kids live with is whether ... the kid beside them has a gun. We have to give them skills so they feel confident to deal with it."
The woman is not sure if ducking under a school desk would help in a nuclear attack. Not only that, but she wants to do something similarly pointless to help children "deal with" school shootings. Maybe imaginary bullet-proof vests!
With amazing understatement, one of Murray's Democratic colleagues in the state senate told the Seattle Times in 1992: "She just doesn't strike you as somebody who's been reading the New York Times every day for the past five years." I wonder when Katie Couric is going to ask Murray what newspapers she reads. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=209585

Obama blaming Pelosi


I think it's safe to say that Barack Obama's economic town hall last week didn't go exactly as he had planned.
He heard from Americans who once looked to him for "hope" and "change" who are now disillusioned with his administration. They wondered out loud whether the American dream is dead. They asked if they needed to reduce their expectations about the future. They explained how they were "exhausted" after supporting him and defending him.
In admitting the economy was not performing as he had hoped, Obama's optimistic comment that the situation had "stabilized" did not make Americans feel any better about their plight.
It's pretty clear Americans don't want stability now. They want jobs.
Obama also made an interesting comment about the last time the economy was, in his words, "stronger."
And when was that?
He suggested 2006 and 2007.
Critical thinkers might ask themselves what happened in 2006 and 2007 that might have led to the economy tumble.
Let's see. George W. Bush, despite all this numerous faults, was president from 2000 to 2008. So nothing new at the top.
Wasn't there an election in 2006? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=209497

Obama is socializing Jesus and corrupting the Bible


Is President Obama, who once demeaned Jesus' Sermon on the Mount as "radical," actively trying to socialize Jesus and corrupt Christianity?
Rush Limbaugh
The answer is yes, according to conservative radio giant Rush Limbaugh, who is claiming the commander in chief is not only trying to socialize America, but also the Christian religion by twisting Scripture.
The top-rated host made the allegation today during discussion of Obama's profession of faith yesterday in Albuquerque, N.M.
Limbaugh focused in on Obama's statement of "being my brother's and sister's keeper, treating others as they would treat me."
"The reason why this is important is there's an effort by the left to say that Jesus was a socialist," said Limbaugh, "and they are using this to turn many evangelical people into global-warming people. We are the stewards of the planet and so forth. There's an ongoing effort here to corrupt Christianity."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

North Korea Rackets


The very real threat of an unreal president

To use the Presidential bully pulpit as a blunt instrument against a news organization, to label its approach destructive, to label its content destructive, that is -- to coin a phrase -- destructive. Think back to our first clue that Hugo Chavez was an autocrat, bent on subverting those national institutions which did not refract his glory.

We live in a surreal time. The Presidency we are experiencing does not merely bend the rules of civility, it alters the outlines of reality. The danger posed by someone filling the vessels of our national institutions with bad content is limited. The next custodian of the vessels can refill them more healthily. The greatest danger occurs when the vessels are smashed or vitiated by misuse. There is no guarantee that a successor will be able to effectuate repair.
I want to say that I am shocked by the President's latest utterance about FOX News, but I fear that we have moved past shock into numbness. Mister Obama, in a chatty colloquy with the publisher of Rolling Stone, while being treated with deference befitting a royal, thought it sporting to hound FOX. That network is destructive to America, he said, hawking a clearly discernible viewpoint like the Hearst papers of yore. It has been a successful strategy in fiscal terms, he noted: "wildly successful as an economic enterprise." Good for Rupert Murdoch, bad for America. (Well, shiver me timbers, our fearless President has managed to unmask yet another profiteer!) http://spectator.org/archives/2010/09/29/close-chavez

The non-Führer


During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama said that his favorite movie was "The Godfather" with Marlon Brando. He liked it so much he enjoys doing an imitation of "Don Corleone" for his friends. For his enemies, he's about as close to being the real thing as you can be without being a Sicilian. Like a Sicilian don, Obama—like those who preceded him (constitutionally) to 1600 Pennsylvania—has become one of the three most powerful politicians in the world. I hesitate to refer to Obama as a "leader" since he has none of the characteristics that world leaders must possess for their nations to be economically and militarily secure. But, that's what happens when you put an inept, totally inexperienced community organizer in a job that requires an experienced leader. (His predecessors were all the single most powerful men in the world.) That may be why the Russians now refer to him as "the Godfather." http://www.newswithviews.com/Ryter/jon326.htm

Getting Pumped Up


Unless you dismantle the gynocracy, by refusing to elect gynocrats — politicians with female-centric agendas — you’re part of the problem and likely to walk a mile, even a lifetime, in her ruse. How pumped up are you now?
Remember when getting “pumped up” was the result of lifting weights? Now, it has a new, pernicious connotation, thanks to radical feminists and wimpy males.
Perhaps you noticed recently in your hometown the pathetic sight of men and boys — perhaps your sons, husbands, boyfriends, brothers, or friends — walking about in women’s pumps. Yes, women’s pumps. It’s true.
These blokes aren’t transvestites. No, they’re gullible participants in a worldwide ruse called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, brainwashed into believing that men unilaterally cause domestic violence and are, therefore, solely responsible for ending it.
If you haven’t yet witnessed this emasculating sight and wish to view the Sissy Schedule, click on the high-heeled boy, modeling for Heartly House of Frederick, MD. Sue Hecht is, currently, a state legislator and CEO of this place, duplicitously funneling state and federal tax dollars into its coffers. Example: all marriage licenses in Frederick fund Heartly House, to the tune of $100K annually. http://www.newswithviews.com/Rudov/marc144.htm

Mirror, mirror...


Left Turn: Phony war



The Washington security community's latest hot topic. Warnings are sounding about the growing menace to the U.S. homeland from "homegrown terrorism." A recent Congressional Research Service purporting to quantify that increased risk has created a stir. All this angst needs to be placed in dispassionate perspective. America stills lives in an acutely anxious post-9/11 state. That trauma has cut so deeply into the national psyche as to leave open wounds as well as scars. They keep alive feelings of dread and cast a heavy shadow over our thinking about all matters that touch on terrorism.
Let's try a mind experiment. If 9/11 had not occurred, all other factors being the same -- including our wars in the Greater Middle East, would we be so worried over the threat of home grown terrorism? Highly unlikely. In those circumstances, it probably would not figure in the top ten perceived threats to American well-being. Most surely, we would not have created, lavishly funded and maintained a terrorism industry that has come to dominate thinking about security at home and abroad. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-brenner/a-phony-war_b_741871.html

The man with rotten balls


Some people have a lot of nerve. Particularly the president of Iran, Mahmound Ahmadinejad.
Many of us know what a creep this guy is to say the least, but his recent comment about 9/11 was just disgusting.
While addressing the U.N. he said, "Some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East, in order also to save the Zionist regime."
His smug speech continued, "The majority of the American people, as well as other nations and politicians, agree with this view."
Congratulations Michael Moore, the only person who saw your pathetic excuse for a "documentary" was Ahmadinejad, and guess what … he loved it!
Guess who didn't love it: Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand … and the United States. All of these countries walked out on Ahmadinejad's speech once he started rambling. Israel had the right attitude; they refused to be in the room while he spoke, even before the speech began. They knew what to expect from this hater. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=209181

I thought that too …


Random thoughts on the passing scene:
Before becoming a perfectionist, you might think about the fact that the human race has survived for thousands of years without being anywhere close to perfection.
I would vote against anyone who plays the race card. Race and politics have been an explosive mixture in countries around the world.
If you were to make a lineup of the all-time best New York Yankees at each position, three of the four infield positions would be filled by those currently playing – Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. Mark Teixeira would be in the running at first base, except for the great Lou Gehrig.
If polygamists were not allowed to redefine marriage to suit themselves, why should homosexuals be allowed to?
Although Tiger Woods' behavior that led to his divorce does him no credit, it is a credit to him that he cared enough about his family that losing them ruined his performance in golf. If he gets married again, I suspect that he will not repeat what he did.
In a sense, politicians don't know what they are talking about. But, in another sense, they know exactly what they are talking about. They may not have a clue about the issue they are discussing and yet be experts on how to get you to think they know. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=209137

Gross stupidity, double standard


Christine O'Donnell, U.S. Senate candidate from Delaware, has faced considerable criticism and news media attention about her youthful association with witchcraft. Have we seen similar news media attention given to other politicians who have made bizarre remarks that border on gross stupidity – possibly lunacy?
During a congressional Armed Services hearing in March, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., expressed concern that stationing 8,000 Marines and their equipment on Guam, our Pacific territory, could cause the island "to become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize." Such a remark is grossly stupid, but the liberal press didn't give it anywhere near the amount of attention and derision that they gave Christine O'Donnell.
On the campaign trail in March 2008, then-presidential candidate Obama told his Beaverton, Ore., audience, "Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go."
Whether Obama misspoke or not, that's a grossly stupid remark, but white liberals among the intellectual elite and the liberal news media all but ignored it. Of course, when former Vice President Dan Quayle misspelled "potatoe," they pounced upon it and had a field day. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=209113

The Obamahood Syndrome


Progressives want to raise taxes on individuals who make more than $200,000 a year because they say it's wrong for the rich to be "given" more money. Sunday's New York Times carries a cartoon showing Uncle Sam handing money to a fat cat. They just don't get it.
As I've said before, a tax cut is not a handout. It simply means government steals less. What progressives want to do is take money from some – by force – and spend it on others. It sounds less noble when plainly stated.
That's the moral side of the matter. There's a practical side, too. Taxes discourage wealth creation. That hurts everyone, the lower end of the income scale most of all. An economy that, through freedom, encourages the production of wealth raises the living standards of lower-income people as well as everyone else.
A free society is not a zero-sum game in which every gain is offset by someone's loss. As long as government keeps its thumb off the scales, the "makers" who get rich do so by making others better off. When the government allocates capital or creates barriers to competition, however, all bets are off.
Of course, this is not the prevailing view among the intelligentsia.
Columbia University Professor Marc Lamont Hill tells me, "Those who have more should pay more."
But is there a point where they stop producing wealth or leave altogether?
"The rich have always cried wolf like that," Hill says.
But the wolf is here. Maryland created a special tax on rich people that was supposed to bring in $106 million. Instead, the state lost $257 million.

Sex and consequences


Homosexual and AIDS activists heckled President Obama during a Democrat fundraiser in New York on Sept. 22, complaining about the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and inadequate AIDS funding.
Obama responded that his administration had increased AIDS funding and offensively added, "The people [who] will potentially take over if we don't focus on the election, I promise you, will cut AIDS funding," as if that really would happen, as if Republicans want those afflicted with AIDS to die.

In fact, worldwide AIDS funding increased dramatically under President Bush, who created the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which committed $15 billion over 5 years – with a focus on prevention. And Obama flatlined that funding.
But I digress. The point is that we know the most prevalent cause of AIDS in the U.S. is men having sex with men. The Centers for Disease Control has just released tragic new statistics:
"Gay and bisexual men … men who have sex with men [or MSM] of all races continue to be the risk group most severely affected by HIV," the report states. "Additionally, this is the only risk group in the U.S. in which the annual number of new HIV infections is increasing." http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=209125

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Double Speak


Aliens have deactivated nukes in the past


Rendlesham Forest UFO Cover-Up—Britain's Roswell Incident

Aliens have deactivated nukes in the past


The beings have repeated their efforts in the US and have been active since 1948, the men said, and accused the respective governments of trying to keep the information secret.
The unlikely claims were compiled by six former US airmen and another member of the military who interviewed or researched the evidence of 120 ex-military personnel.
The information they have collected suggests that aliens could have landed on Earth as recently as seven years ago.
The men's aim is to press the two governments to recognise the long-standing extra-terrestrial visits as fact.
They are to be presented on Monday 27 September at a meeting in Washington.
One of the men, Capt Robert Salas, said: "The US Air Force is lying about the national security implications of unidentified aerial objects at nuclear bases and we can prove it." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/ufo/8026971/Aliens-have-deactivated-British-and-US-nuclear-missiles-say-US-military-pilots.html

Techno-Dimensional Spiritual Warfare, Part 10


[NOTE: Following this entry, the basics of Spiritual Warfare 101 will have been covered and this investigative series will turn its focus upon GRIN technologies (genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology) to uncover how human enhancement and a near future transhuman vision by departments of the US government and other global agencies will change everything we have ever known about supernatural conflict.]

Wherever God erects a house of prayer, The Devil always builds a chapel there; And ’t will be found, upon examination, The latter has the largest congregation. —Daniel Defoe

Given the content of the previous chapter and the inevitability during the study of spiritual warfare that the thorny (if not polarizing) question will arise concerning whether true Christians can become demon possessed, we need to point out at this juncture that although daimonizomai (“to be demonized”) and echon daimonion (“having a demon”) are manifested within institutionalized Christianity, most scholars believe that those who are truly born again can never actually be possessed—as in inhabited—by demons. These say there are no instances of “possession” of believers in the Bible, not a single verse in the Scripture even warning of the possibility, and zero examples of Jesus Christ or the early church illustrate casting demons out of Christians. http://www.newswithviews.com/Horn/thomas146.htm

The truth about American Commies


Christopher G. Kennedy, chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, led the effort to deny Bill Ayers the title of professor emeritus because Ayers had written a book dedicated in part to the killer of his father, Robert F. Kennedy. But this “book,” titled, Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism, had been written back in 1974. Let’s hope that Christopher Kennedy’s expression of disgust can not only lead to a review of what Ayers said but what he did—in the form of eyewitness testimony that Ayers had knowledge of a bombing plot that took the life of San Francisco Police Officer Brian V. McDonnell back in 1970. The case is still open and will be the subject of an October 21 conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
One of the speakers will be Larry Grathwohl, a former FBI informant in the Weather Underground who has talked in detail about how Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn specialized in making bombs deliberately designed to kill people with deadly shrapnel. Ayers told Grathwohl that Dohrn planted the bomb that killed McDonnell. And yet Ayers claims they never hurt anybody and didn’t intend to. This is the claim that gets prominent media attention, while Grathwohl’s testimony to the contrary, delivered under oath before grand juries and before a congressional committee, gets mostly ignored or dismissed. http://www.newswithviews.com/Kincaid/cliff455.htm

Politics as rocket science


'Fire!' in the theatre and all that


Earlier this year, after Comedy Central altered an episode of "South Park" that had prompted threats because of the way it depicted Islam's prophet Muhammad, Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris proposed an "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day." The idea was, as she put it, to stand up for the 1st Amendment and "water down the pool of targets" for extremists.The proposal got Norris targeted for assassination by radical Yemeni American cleric Anwar Awlaki, who has been linked to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight and also to several of the 9/11 hijackers. This month, after warnings from the FBI, Norris went into hiding. The Seattle Weekly said that Norris was "moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity." http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ali-threats-20100927,0,2267434.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fopinion%2Fcommentary+

Reverse racism at Obama


During his presidential campaign, promises of what he would do if elected rolled off Obama's lips with greater ease than waste flows to sewer when toilets are flushed. That being said, he has kept one – that is his pledge to "fundamentally change America."
But with each passing week it becomes increasingly "transparent" that there is no lie he will not tell to get what he wants, that the rumors regarding his mental stability may not be rumors at all and that in his justice department, if you are a violently extreme black radical you can commit the most egregious and unambiguous criminal acts with no fear of facing justice.
On Dec. 4, 2008 in my official capacity as Chairman of Project 21, I called upon Obama to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208897

ArU Stupid?


One of the many slick tricks of the Obama administration was to insert a provision in the massive Obamacare legislation regulating people who sell gold. This had nothing to do with medical care but everything to do with sneaking in an extension of the government's power over gold, in a bill too big for most people to read.
Gold has long been a source of frustration for politicians who want to extend their power over the economy. First of all, the gold standard cramped their style because there is only so much money you can print when every dollar bill can be turned in to the government, to be exchanged for the equivalent amount of gold.
When the amount of money the government can print is limited by how much gold the government has, politicians cannot pay off a massive national debt by just printing more money and repaying the owners of government bonds with dollars that are cheaper than the dollars with which the bonds were bought. In other words, politicians cannot cheat people as easily. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208601

The sport of smearing O'Donnell


Delaware's newly nominated for U.S. Senate Christine O'Donnell, who decisively defeated long-time Republican Rep. Mike Castle, who was heavily favored, told a Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.:
"Will they attack us? Yes."
"Will they smear our backgrounds and distort our records? Undoubtedly."
"Will they lie about us, harass our families, name-call and try to intimidate us? They will."
That prediction/diagnosis came at the end of a Washington Post profile in which writers Sandra Somashekhar and Perry Bacon did just about that, in a Page 1 story.
Among other morsels they chewed upon was what these two reporters described as "a dribble of unearthed video footage of her comments on Christian morality." For example, in one widely circulated clip from a 1996 MTV documentary, she decried "masturbation on religious grounds."
How interesting that Page 1 of the Washington Post decries the decrying of masturbation! Does the Post believe that masturbation should be encouraged – or merely that no one should suggest that there's anything wrong with weekly, or even daily, masturbation? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208553

Obama's self-love


With news of President Obama's plan to swarm the heartland this week to reenergize his base, one wonders whether he's finally heard the message that mainstream America is repulsed by his agenda. Is his direct appeal to "the young and minority voters" an admission that he's beyond electoral redemption with the rest?
Well, a new George Washington University Battleground poll indicates that only 38 percent of Americans believe he deserves to be reelected. His personal approval rating is higher – mystifyingly – but that is doubtlessly small comfort to Democratic congressmen, whose political fortunes are on the line in just five weeks.
Unfortunately for Democrats, the midterm elections will be nationalized like never before (including 1994), and the primary issue at play in these so-called "local" elections will be the president's agenda, just as it was with the U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts. The Republicans were smart to introduce their "pledge" – notwithstanding its flaws – but even without it, the congressional elections would have been nationalized.
The Washington Post reports that Obama is focusing his efforts on his "surge" voters – "the roughly 15 million Americans who voted for the first time in 2008" – because the polls are "showing independent voters swinging toward Republicans in Wisconsin and the nation's other battlegrounds."
But even Obama's 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, acknowledges that though many of these voters still strongly approve of the president, "a lot of them aren't showing enough predilection to vote." http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208889

China's new found power


Hubris will do it every time.
The Chinese have just made a serious strategic blunder.
They dropped the mask and showed their scowling face to Asia, exposing how the Middle Kingdom intends to deal with smaller powers, now that she is the largest military and economic force in Asia and second largest on earth.
A fortnight ago, a Chinese trawler rammed a Japanese patrol boat in the Senkaku Islands administered by Japan but also claimed by China. Tokyo released the ship and crew, but held the captain.
His immediate return was demanded by Beijing.
Japan refused. China instantly escalated the minor incident into a major confrontation, threatening a cut off of Japan's supply of "rare-earth" materials, essential to the production of missiles, batteries and computers.
Through predatory trading, China had killed its U.S. competitor in rare-earth materials, establishing almost a global monopoly.
The world depends on China.
Japan capitulated and released the captain.
Now Beijing has decided to rub Japan's nose in her humiliation by demanding a full apology and compensation. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208589

Monday, September 27, 2010

Double your money at the Post Office


You know what they say about government work...

"It appears unethical to hire back former executives at nearly twice their former pay to advise new executives who were placed in their position based on their expertise and years of Postal Service experience," the report said. "There is also employee morale and public image issues management must consider when the Postal Service is closing post offices and seeking a reduced delivery schedule."
Who says you can't go back? Apparently you can at the U.S. Postal Service. Dozens of former top executives and hundreds of former employees have returned to the agency in recent years as private contractors, sometimes making double the salaries they made as full-time workers, according to one of three watchdog audits released late last week. The reports said the cash-strapped Postal Service is doing a poor job tracking its use of no-bid contracts, contributes more to worker health and life insurance benefits than other federal agencies and should consider closing more of its regional offices http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/26/AR2010092603359.html?hpid=moreheadlines

The trashing of America


One thing really bothered me during my grand journey across America: within 150 years, we’ve turned this once pristine continent with all its inherent beauty, wildlife and treasures—into a giant garbage dump. At 15 miles per hour, a person really ‘sees’ what happened to this country. Black, brown, red and white Americans toss their trash EVERYWHERE! They toss it into rivers, lakes, streams and along every road. They leave vehicles, trailers, couches and cans of oil by the hundreds of thousands if not millions EVERYWHERE in the woods, on abandoned lots and without rhyme or reason. They toss gallons of plastic containers of urine along the Interstate! They toss cans, plastic containers and bottles, and soiled baby diapers into the prettiest mountain streams and along hiking paths. Not just a little, but into the millions!
We Americans kill a vertebrate animal, known as road-kill, every 11.1 seconds. Deer, fox, eagles, hawks, mice, road runners, bear, elk, mountain lions, dogs, cats, song birds, geese and others suffer abrupt deaths because of our roadway systems. That means we kill over 1.0 million daily that equals 365 million North American animals suffer death annually just trying to scamper across our highways to feed their young or live their lives. http://www.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty596.htm

To rebel is to say no


The countdown clock and the last chance for “The Founder’s Legacy” of patriotic Americans willing to lay it all on the line for a new Republic, has hit 0:00. Rebellion is no longer an option, a late night “what if” discussion around a bottle of good wine and snacks. It is now the mandated response of oath keeping citizens and Constitutional defending men and women who have heard Paul Revere in 2010. That “watchman,” who made the most famous call to prepare for rebellion in the history of the world, has come again, through all of us who have been riding across our land for several years and warned of the arrival of this most critical moment. It did not materialize lightly or without a desperate realization that it was on the way, and when it did appear at the horizon, life has not and will not ever be the same. Whether you accept this assessment or not, you will be involved in its reality, prepared or not, on board with the need to reclaim this country for freedom’s sake or not, courageous enough to muster with the band of the free and brave or not, you WILL still be counted among those who stood and fought with your countrymen, or posterity will judge you as cowards unworthy to live free.
If you need a “Manifesto” to justify your opposition to “traitors” in communistic, statist Washington D.C., and a supremely evil Presidential cabal headed by Obama, then here is one. http://www.newswithviews.com/Evensen/greg157.htm

Pot calling the caldron black


Print journalism has failed in the USA


As noted at Politico yesterday: “The aggregators fill their websites with news, opinion, features, photographs and video that they continuously collect – some would say steal – from other national and local news sites, along with mostly unpaid postings by bloggers who settle for exposure in lieu of money,” Downie said. “Though they purport to be a new form of journalism, these aggregators are primarily parasites living off journalism produced by others. They attract audiences by aggregating journalism about special interests and opinions reflecting a predictable point of view on the left or right of the political spectrum, along with titillating gossip and sex. Revealing photo of and stories about entertainment and celecrities account for much of the highly touted web traffic to the Huffington Post site, for example.” http://oklahoma.watchdog.org/1261/old-media-raises-a-fuss-over-web-aggregators/

Clinton stoked al-Qaida


For the life of me I cannot understand why liberals still get away with their baseless, nonsensical assertions that over time prove false. But they do. And the far left continues to follow, like mindless robots, an ideology that is harming America and placing us in greater danger every day.
When the screams from the left called for the closing of Gitmo, Barack Obama and other lefties heard them loud and clear. They committed to closing a well-operated detention facility because it was dubbed by the left as al-Qaida's strongest tool of recruitment for young jihadists.
In their minds, the "torture" meted out by the CIA was spurring growth among the ranks of suicide bombers. Therefore, the enhanced interrogation methods, proven highly effective in preventing future attacks, must be stopped. The reason? It would provide Osama bin Laden a "recruiting tool."
What a joke!

The single most effective recruiting tool al-Qaida possesses springs eternal from Democrats. It is the misguided appeasers who subscribe to the foolish notion that if we are nice to the enemy they will love us. It started under Bill Clinton. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208405

High times for advertising


"We cannot wait," said Howard Bashford. "Delay destroys, and if we aren't ready before Nov. 2, some other agency will beat us to the punch."
"I totally agree," said Amy Handleman.
"Me too," said Jill Poke.
And so the three principals of Bashford, Handleman and Poke, Advertising and Public Relations, sat down to brainstorm ad campaigns for retail marijuana.
The partners anticipated passage of Proposition 19, the cannabis legalization measure on the California ballot. BH&P knew every other ad agency in the country would be trying, if not to corner the business, at least to reap a portion of the bonanza of a market filled with competing producers.
Bashford, as senior partner, took the lead.
"Clearly, our model ought to be taken from another dangerous drug," he said. "The tobacco companies have been showing us the way for decades. For example, when it comes to marijuana, it's going to be tough to improve on Chesterfields' "Blow some my way.'" http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208201

Flower Bed


Pledge of Irrelevance


Sensing victory this fall, the Republicans have released a Pledge to America in imitation of the Contract With America that helped trigger the 1994 congressional landslide. Although Obama's unpopularity is such that a blind and flatulent wombat with a criminal record could probably win election so long as it was running as a Republican, the Republican leadership clearly wants to set the stage for claiming some sort of mandate should they take control of both the House and Senate, as appears likely.
But the mandate they are seeking is not exactly the one that the nation is demanding. Consider what they claim to be their first and most urgent domestic priority, which presumably is not their most urgent priority or it would not require the disclaimer. Is it addressing the staggering amount of public debt owed by the U.S. government? Is it dealing with the crippling $40 trillion in private debt that has millions of homes underwater on their mortgages? Is it combating the mass invasion of Central and South Americans that has altered the very socio-political structure of the nation? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208213

3 heroes



I know they'll deny they're heroes, but they'd be wrong.
I'm talking about the three Arizona sheriffs who have fearlessly put themselves on the line by speaking out against the federal government's failure to secure our southern border and stop the invasion of illegal aliens, street criminals and drug cartel gangs into sovereign U.S. territory.
You've seen them on television and read about them, too. They're tough on crime, criminals and illegal aliens. They believe in following the law and living up to the oaths they take. That's why they're called lawmen.
Somebody has to do it, but in Arizona it gets more and more difficult.
It's not easy going against your own government – especially publically – but when your own government takes legal action against sworn officers of the law who are doing their job to defend citizens and control rising criminal activity in their jurisdictions, clearly something is wrong.
In that case, speaking out against such travesty does take courage, and courage is the hallmark of heroism. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208217

Doomed: Congressional Democrats


Congressional Democrats entered the final month of campaigning, vowing to "run on our record."
On "Morning Joe" last week former President Bill Clinton advised Democrats to counter the Republicans' Pledge to America with a short list of goals to be accomplished if voters stick with them. "Give us two more years," Clinton said, reminding Democrats of the 1994 loss of power when "Gingrich proved with that Contract With America that you can nationalize the midterm elections." Clinton said Democrats "should do this as an opportunity, as an obligation, to say 'this is our national plan.' It's not too late to do this."
Democrat leaders in Congress rejected Clinton's advice, deciding instead to run on their accomplishments over the last two years, especially health-care "reform" and the job-creating "stimulus" bill, and slamming the 'Pledge To America' as a "pledge to special interests."
Clinton's advice is wrong. The very last thing Democrat candidates want is "to nationalize" the election. The only way most House Democrat incumbents get re-elected this year is by personal popularity, local issues and/or a weak challenger. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208205

Double-dip recession, with mayo on it!


Just in case you missed the news, it's official: The recession is over. Or so says the Obama administration media machine, according to the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, or NBER. Actually, it's been over since June 2009. Yes, you read that right: June 2009!
Is it just me, or did anyone else miss the recovery, too?
What President Obama and his administration are expecting us to believe now is that the recession ended in June 2009, only 18 months after it began in December 2007, according to the NBER report. Granted, don't wince that the NBER committee of eight (which was actually seven last weekend) made that conclusion on a quick conference call the day before the president's town hall-type CNBC meeting last week, during which he was defending his failing economic plan. What convenient and coincidental timing! http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208209

Tea Energizer


That's what I feel today after returning from nearly two weeks of meetings in Florida and throughout WND's "Tea Party at Sea" Caribbean cruise.
I must admit feeling somewhat isolated lately in my recognition that the conservative movement was failing America at the most critical moment in history, as the country awakens once again to the failure of a mixture of socialism and cultural anarchy.
Before attending WND's "Taking America Back National Conference" in Miami, I was also starting to think few recognized the challenge to the tea-party movement posed by so-called "economic conservatives" who are trying to constrain this dynamic grass-roots uprising to a strictly materialistic agenda.
But after listening to speaker after insightful speaker and meetings hundreds of like-minded Americans from all over the country, I realize I am not alone. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208417

Obamanation in free fall


In less than two years, this presidency has produced an unprecedented turnover rate of top administration advisers, a failed stimulus spending bill, failed economic policies that have left the economy stalled, much higher than expected unemployment, a hugely unpopular health-care bill, a financial regulatory deform bill, a list of expensive and poorly executed populist programs that flopped, out-of-control federal spending, uncertainty about success with the war in Afghanistan and increased tensions with Iran, North Korea and China.
Millions of voters have come to realize that this presidency lacks leadership, direction, decisiveness, economic urgency and, most of all, solutions. This combination of deficiencies has produced a more than uninspired citizenry, except for the most loyal and misled supporters of the president.
And just like the Obama supporter who confronted the president at a supposedly friendly town-hall meeting last week, people are exhausted from listening to all of the failed attempts to spin failures into successes with speeches and media sound bites.
A disheartened Obama supporter called my radio show last week and asked if I could name one thing that Obama had done right, since it seemed to him that all I talk about are the things that have not worked. I honestly tried to think of something significantly positive, but I could not. There have been too many disappointments and broken campaign promises. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=208429

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What's the matter?


Autumn

Autumn, time to count the leaves


UN: Aliens are knocking at the door


Mazlan Binti Othman
She will tell delegates that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before - and that means the UN must be ready to co-ordinate humanity's response to any “first contact”.

When aliens arrive on Earth, they will no longer have to worry about who will greet them. The United Nations, tackling head-on the problem of what to do if an alien says “take me to your leader”, is poised to designate a specific individual for the task. Some would argue that the job should fall to the US president, the leaders of Russia or the European Union. Others might suggest the Pope. One thing is certain: humanity's lack of a leader would not make a good impression. Original Article