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Sipsey Street: “Lindsey Graham leads the charge to use the military against American citizens.”

From Sipsey Street Irregulars:

Sipsey Street links to an article from the ACLU. It’s titled, “Senators Demand the Military Lock Up of American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window and dated November 23.

While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.

The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is offering the Udall Amendment that will delete the harmful provisions and replace them with a requirement for an orderly Congressional review of detention power. The Udall Amendment will make sure that the bill matches up with American values.

Update: The Senate rejected the Udall amendment 38-60.”

So, the amendment proposed by Udall to weaken the bill was voted down. That means the bill is being scheduled without it – in its full form. The ACLU asks its readers to contact their Senators, demanding that the bill be defeated. Here is a link to your Senator’s contact information.

Update Rand Paul has a few words of warning about this Defense Authorization Bill. Please watch.


Revisiting “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” Robert Kiyosaki

I posted this about a year ago, I think, but it is worth seeing again.

BQI posted it and made up a list of the recommendations contained in the video. Here they are:

The following are 11 of the best Kiyosaki “sound bites” from the video below….

#1 ”when the economy crashes as we predict”

#2 ”the crowds come rushing in to buy gold and silver”

#3 ”we could either go into a depression or we go to hyperinflation”

#4 ”or we could also go to war”

#5 ”buy a gun”

#6 ”I’m preparing”

#7 ”I’m prepared for the worst”

#8 ”so come to my house and I’m armed and dangerous and I’ll welcome you”

#9 ”we have food, we have water, we have guns, gold and silver, and cash”

#10 ”the credit card system shuts down, the world shuts down”

#11 ”the supermarkets have less than 3 days supply”

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Boeing, Machinist Union Strike A Deal. Will NLRB Back Off?

From the WaPo:

A contentious labor dispute between the government and Boeing Co. that spawned a national political fight likely will be settled after the company and the Machinists union announced Wednesday they’d reached a tentative deal on a new four-year collective bargaining agreement.

If the deal is finalized, it would appear to leave in place the work at a new $750 million Boeing plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state where the company opened a new production line for its 787 airplane.

Wroblewski said that if union members vote to approve the deal in the coming weeks, the union would inform the NLRB that it has no further grievances with Boeing.”

Tom Wroblewski, President of Boeing Machinists Union, Lodge 751


I Didn’t Know That U.S. Marines Were At Fukushima

I found this today on Ricochet:

Semper Fi

MMPadre · 3 hours ago

I received a nice Christmas letter today from a young wife and mother. It contained this interesting news of her husband: “D sent word that they had stabilized the nuclear plant and that he was safely back in Okinawa.” D is a member of the USMC. And that would be the Fukushima nuclear plant –wiped out by a tsunami, and spewing radiation. The marines have a funny habit of running toward the thing everybody else is running away from. God bless them every one.”

Semper Fi indeed.

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Ulsterman: WH Insider Says Holder On The Way Out

From The Ulsterman Report:

WH Insider: Pay attention. In a week or so. The hearing. That – we are reaching the-the moment of truth on Holder. What do we got now…almost 60 members – members of Congress calling for his resignation? And that’s just publicly. There are Democrats voicing the same uh…the same suggestion. I’ll say it to you again – you keep asking me about it, every time we talk so one more time for you…Eric Holder will no longer be Attorney General of the United States. That-that is – you’ll see that happen soon now. Very soon.

And let me say something else on this. Might seem to be stating the obvious to you here but I want to say it anyways. Eric Holder is about the most corrupt and…sinister – he’s the most sinister Attorney General this country has seen. Dangerous. He’s gone off the reservation all on his own from time to time. I used to believe everything came through certain people, or a certain person. But Holder has been running his own game on a lot of this stuff. He’ll be forced out and then…the-the…and then the American people are gonna start to hear what was going on at Justice.”

This is only the beginning of this interview. It’s worth a read. The title of the post is, “There Is A Very Uneasy Peace Between President Obama And The American Military.” He hints that Valerie Jarrett may be leaving and he goes into Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff criticizing the President.

Worth a read.

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Disinfecting Obama’s Occupy LA squatter’s camp

Sanitation workers are forced to wear hazmat suits. Why? Among other reasons, this…

Lieutenant Andy Neiman said before the operation that some protesters had been reported to be storing human waste at the site for unknown reasons. He later said police entering the camp had encountered “a horrible stench.”


The reek of urine and unwashed bodies hung over the former Occupy Los Angeles camp Wednesday as masked sanitation workers hauled away 25 tons of debris from the barren lawns around City Hall.

I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Elton Atkins, a city refuse collection supervisor.

“Pretty disgusting,” said Pamela Thompson, a legal analyst who works nearby and saw the camp almost daily.

“This should have been taken care of a long time ago,” she said.


NYT: A banker expresses regret

He issues a mea culpa for the subprime crisis.

As a regional vice president for Chase Home Finance in southern Florida, Theckston shoveled money at home borrowers. In 2007, his team wrote $2 billion in mortgages, he says. Sometimes those were “no documentation” mortgages.

“On the application, you don’t put down a job; you don’t show income; you don’t show assets,” he said. “But you still got a nod.”

“If you had some old bag lady walking down the street and she had a decent credit score, she got a loan,” he added.

Theckston says that borrowers made harebrained decisions and exaggerated their resources but that bankers were far more culpable — and that all this was driven by pressure from the top.

Banks were certainly share some culpability in the crisis, but the NYT article is propaganda. Let me explain.

Say I go downtown early in the day and purposefully and consciously take out a $100 bill and put it conspicuously on the sidewalk. In the afternoon, I come back and it is, of course, gone. I complain bitterly about the the person who picked it up rather than leaving it there for me to recover.

Will you join me in complaining about the person who picked it up or are you going to blame me for stupidly attempting to store my money on the sidewalk in the first place? I suspect you will say something like, “Well, fool, what the hell did you expect to happen?”

The bankers couldn’t have done what they did without the collusion of the government. The government offered to buy up the bag lady loans. Indeed the government insisted the bag lady be made eligible for loans. Banks didn’t mind “discriminating” against bag ladies. It was the government that demanded that she be given an “equal opportunity” for home ownership.

The banks played the same role as the pedestrian who picked up the bill. No, it wasn’t nice to take the money left laying about but it was to be expected. The government engaged in the boneheaded act of putting the money on the sidewalk in the first place. The banker quoted in the article may feel sorry for picking up the money, but he isn’t to blame for the the subprime crisis.

The huge banks of Wall Street engaged in subprime lending in a process driven by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Billions of taxpayer dollars, as a result, was spent in efforts at remediation of all these institutions. Congressman Barney Frank, Senator Christopher Dodd and a host of other enabled this giant scam and drove the economy off of the cliff.


The “Everybody Gets a Trophy Generation”

Adam Carolla nails the Occutards to the floor in this highly lucid rant. We are now seeing what happens when children who got trophies for sitting on the bench become adults. The highest “virtue” in modern America seems to be envy. The greatest struggle is to find ways to blame others for your plight. Carolla tears them up.

The language is definitely NSFW.

The Smurf Generation wasn’t taught how to win, it was taught how to whine.


Obama’s revolutionaries are unreliable

Once you open Pandora’s box, it is hard to get recapture what flies out, huh?

More than 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched to a Midtown hotel on Wednesday night to protest a fund-raising event for President Obama.

Escorted by police vehicles as they helped snarl traffic across the Times Square area, beginning at Bryant Park, the group settled in front of barricades on the southwest corner of 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue, in view of the Sheraton hotel at which Mr. Obama was expected to appear by 9 p.m.

Demonstrators held signs that leveled some of the Occupy protest’s most pointed criticism to date of the president. “Obama is a corporate puppet,” one said. “War crimes must be stopped, no matter who does them,” read another,

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Most Awesome Homework Ever: Find China’s Secret Nuclear Arsenal

We often read about how lousy the education system in the U.S. is, how liberal the teaching establishment is, and how rarely the average student is challenged with real-life scenarios. But on occasion there a news story comes out that makes me believe that there are still a few good teachers and mentors out there. This is one of them.

Professor Phillip A. Karber spent the Cold War doing intelligence analysis for the Defense Department and working with people like Henry Kissinger. He was one of those folks that kept an eye on little details like just how many nuclear warheads the bad old Soviet Union had, whether or not they were going to nuke the planet and little stuff like that. In 2008, while a teacher at Georgetown University, he was on the Pentagon’s volunteer committee for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He noticed that after a major earthquake hit China’s Sichuan province, lots of radiation technicians were rushing to the area. Karber turned to his students a Georgetown and established a group of two dozen or so students to gather information and find out just what the hell was going on.

More below the fold…

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The Leviathan Moves To Stop Talk About ‘Jury Nullification’

Wikipedia describes Jury Nullification as:

Jury nullification occurs in a trial when a jury reaches a verdict contrary to the judge’s instructions as to the law.

A jury verdict contrary to the letter of the law pertains only to the particular case before it; however, if a pattern of acquittals develops in response to repeated attempts to prosecute a statutory offence, it can have the de facto effect of invalidating the statute.”

The New York Times reports that 79-year-old retired chemistry professor, Julian P. Heicklen has been indicted on a charge of jury tampering by federal prosecutors.

Julian P. Heicklen, a 79-year-old retired chemistry professor, has often stood on a plaza outside the United States Courthouse in Manhattan, holding a “Jury Info” sign and handing out brochures that advocate jury nullification, the controversial view that if jurors disagree with a law, they may ignore their oaths to follow it and may acquit a defendant who violated it.”

But now prosecutors are offering their first detailed explanation for why they charged Mr. Heicklen, arguing in a brief that his “advocacy of jury nullification, directed as it is to jurors, would be both criminal and without Constitutional protections no matter where it occurred.”

“His speech is not protected by the First Amendment,” prosecutors wrote.

“No legal system could long survive,” they added, “if it gave every individual the option of disregarding with impunity any law which by his personal standard was judged morally untenable.”

So, federal prosecutors believe that the First Amendment only applies when they want it to? Is this the new normal? George Orwell predicted this. Who cares whether it’s the First Amendment or the Second – or the Tenth?


How Can This Be? She Gets A Million Dollar Buyout And Files For Unemployment.

CBS Philly:

Former Philadelphia schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who was given a nearly $1-million buyout earlier this year, has applied for unemployment.

School District spokesman Fernando Gallard today confirmed that Ackerman wants to collect state unemployment benefits.

“The former superintendent did apply for unemployment,” Gallard told KYW Newsradio today.

This comes after taxpayers funded a $905,000 buyout when she was shown the door in August.”

This is ridiculous.


“Obama Administration Seals Court Records of Agent Brian Terry’s Murder”

From Gateway Pundit:

The Obama Administration has abruptly sealed court records containing alarming details of how Mexican drug smugglers murdered a U.S. Border patrol agent with a gun connected to a failed federal experiment that allowed firearms to be smuggled into Mexico.

This means information will now be kept from the public as well as the media. Could this be a cover-up on the part of the “most transparent” administration in history? After all, the rifle used to kill the federal agent (Brian Terry) last December in Arizona’s Peck Canyon was part of the now infamous Operation Fast and Furious. Conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the disastrous scheme allowed guns to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels.”

Just a reminder of Agent Brian Terry’s death:

The Gateway article links to Judicial Watch’s site.

You can see why the administration wants to keep this information from the public and the media, considering the smugglers were essentially armed by the U.S. government. Truth is, no one will know the reason for the confiscation of public court records in this case because the judge’s decision to seal it was also sealed, according to the news story. That means the public or media won’t have access to any new or old evidence, filings, rulings or arguments.”

For some reason the interest in this story seems to be waning since Holder testified to Congress. I believe the cover-up is coming from the White House but it will not be watertight. More is coming.


“Obama Legalizes Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption”

From Technorati comes an article written by Madeline Bernstein. Technorati describes her thus:

Madeline Bernstein is the President/CEO of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA). She is a highly accomplished, articulate and respected attorney who is one of America’s preeminent leaders and advocates promoting animal welfare. …”

Of course she opposes the new law:

During these trying times, is the only thing that Democrats and Republicans can agree on is that Americans need to eat horses?”

For many years horse meat was sold in meat markets and was used to make pet food. It still is in many countries. But, animal rights fanciers successfully lobbied Congress to outlaw the slaughter of any horse in the United States. This caused the packing plants to be closed down. It also caused the populations of wild horses on public and Indian lands to grow to the point that they are terribly overgrazed and the animals are dying from malnutrition.

From the Yakima, WA Herald

Since the wild horses have no natural predators and their numbers have far exceeded their natural habitat’s ability to support them, the situation is only going to get worse, especially when factoring in the annual foal crop that raises the population by 20 percent a year.

A bill in 2007 that cleared the House would have banned the sale or slaughter of the wild horses. It was one page long and would have cost $500,000 a year. The measure never made it out of the Senate.

What a difference two years make. With its potential $700 million cost, the new legislation goes far beyond the limited ban on the commercial slaughter of horses. We join Hastings and urge lawmakers to just say “Whoa!”

Indeed, herds of wild horses require more prudent management, but this is not the way to go. Proper culling of the ever-burgeoning populations of wild horses may be a necessary requirement. Tribal officials are considering that approach. However, with the closure of the nation’s last three slaughterhouses two years ago, that remedy may be difficult to attain in the near future.

What we don’t need is to acquire more land to accommodate more wild horses that no one seems to want — not even Mother Nature.”

So now the discussion has come down to the soft-hearted horse lovers who will do anything to save the lives of wild horses – except properly manage the herds, and the groups whose lands have been decimated by the overcrowding and over grazing. It does the wild horses no favor to allow them to starve.


Gingrich/Rubio 2012?

“He’s on every Republican’s short list.”


Lazy Americans

The bizarre thing is that he thinks that AKM is a job creator.


Brits show Iranians the door…

…and invite them to avoid having it strike them on the butts on the way out.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told the British parliament Wednesday that he has ordered the Iranian Embassy in London to close. He added that Iranian diplomats will be given 48 hours to leave the country.

Earlier Wednesday the UK said it had withdrawn some diplomatic staff from Tehran after protesters stormed and ransacked its embassy in the Iranian capital.

The events came in response to Iran’s decision to expel the UK ambassador in response to economic sanctions imposed by Britain on Tehran.

I doubt this will amount to any kind of positive change in the situation, however. It’s obvious that Iran is impervious to threats, intimidation and sanctions.

More here.

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The European debt crisis is compliated

This looks like a job for Taiwanese animation!

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The light bulb ban is about to begin

Time to stock up.

Within four weeks, it will be a crime to manufacture a 100-watt version of Thomas A. Edison’s brilliant invention. Thanks to a Democratic Congress and the signature of President George W. Bush in 2007, anti-industrial zealots at the Energy Department received authority to blot out one of the greatest achievements of the industrial age. They’re coming for our light bulbs.

Know-it-all bureaucrats insist that foisting millions of mercury-laden fluorescent tubes on the public is going to be good for the planet. The public obviously does not agree. Voting with their wallets, people have overwhelming favored warm, nontoxic lighting options over their pale curlicue imitators. Beginning Jan. 1, Obama administration extremists will impose massive financial penalties on any company daring to produce a lighting product that fully satisfies ordinary Americans.

Of course 75 watt bulbs will still be available and so will these…

That’s 300 watts in one socket.


Midweek Moonbattery

Lot’s of violence in occupy squatter camps but the police are the real problem. Fascinating.

In related news: Occupy LA disinfected.


“English” embassy?

The man who thinks Hawaii is in Asia, America has 57 states and “Austrian” is a language now evidently thinks “England” has an embassy in Iran.

I would love to let this sort of thing slide. Of course the MSM would never let it slide if Palin or Cain said it. Therefore the balance of justice compels me to point at the jackass and laugh.

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Ronald McDonald outsmarts San Francisco

​On Thursday, Dec. 1, the San Francisco’s ban of the Happy Meal with toy begins. It pretty much ends then too.

It turns out San Francisco has not entirely vanquished the Happy Meal as we know it. Come Dec. 1, you can still buy the Happy Meal. But it doesn’t come with a toy. For that, you’ll have to pay an extra 10 cents.

Huh. That hardly seems to have solved the problem (though adults and children purchasing unhealthy food can at least take solace that the 10 cents is going to Ronald McDonald House charities).

No doubt the busy bodies in SF are trying to figure out how to steal Christmas too.


Ode To The Welfare State: A Liberal Manifesto

I received this email the other day.  Apparently is was written in 1949.  It’s author was described only as “a prominent democrat of the State of Georgia.  Things haven’t changed much in 60 years.


A Mystery at the White House

It’s hard to be pissed off at people who act like morons but are well known AS morons. Then again it may be more accurate to say; they think WE are morons. So now I’m back to being pissed off. The issue that is on the docket at the Supreme Court may be THE issue, if ruled upon in an activist manner, that will determine whether or not there will be open Rebellion and Revolution here at the worst, or Thousands of citizens going to Federal Prison in the best case scenario.

I really don\'t appreciate the tone and line of bullshit this moron is trying to sell – Read it and be disgusted HERE

I’ve already determined my course of action if my Rights are violated by the Supreme Court. It is a subject that is no longer open for debate with me. It is very clear to me that as a Christian, I cannot serve two masters.