The Danger of Old News – Open Thread!

© Miri WTPOTUS January 10, 2012

APOLOGIES TO OUR READERS FOR REPORTING OLD NEWS!  Unfortunately, this story is from 2006.  I (Miri) did not do the “due diligence” to check exactly when “yesterday” was!  My bad. 

But it’s a cautionary tale–for me as well as for those of us who  need to keep on top of this issue.  It seemed SO TRUE at first glance, because of …

well, because of everything. 

So, NEVERMIND!  I’m so sorry for misleading everybody and getting you all “wee wee’ed up!” 

I’ll leave the story here, with a few changes, so y’all know what we WERE mistakenly talking about. 

This story, from the Washington Times, explained it all (some emphasis and editorial snarks added):

The Senate voted yesterday [in 2006!] to allow illegal aliens to collect Social Security benefits based on past illegal employmenteven if the job was obtained through forged or stolen documents. … [This is known as the Uncle Omar Obama Clause. Just kidding!]

“There was a felony they were committing, and now they can’t be prosecuted. That sounds like amnesty to me,” said Sen. John Ensign, the Nevada Republican who offered the amendment yesterday to strip out those provisions of the immigration reform bill. “It just boggles the mind how people could be against this amendment.”

Indeed it does boggle SANE minds:  Those who honor our LAWS and our Constitution.  The Ensign amendment was defeated 50 to 49. 

For kicks, guess who said this:

The Ensign amendment would undermine the work of these people by preventing lawfully present immigrant workers from claiming Social Security benefits that they earned before they were authorized to work in our community. If this amendment were enacted, the nest egg that these immigrants have worked hard for would be taken from them and their families.

RINO John McCain.  Maybe it’s just me, but I think they deserve the penalty of LOSING their so-called “nest egg,” especially given that many of us are going to lose ours, or at least part of ours, because this Congress just will NOT stop spending our “nest eggs.”  Illlegal aliens should lose what they “contributed” as the price of breaking our laws.  What part of illegal alien does McCain not understand?  Then there’s this:

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, said it would be unfair to deny illegals the benefits.

“We should not steal their funds or empty their Social Security accounts,” he said. “That is not fair. It does not reward their hard work or their financial contributions. It violates the trust that underlies the Social Security Trust Fund.” … [No, they violated the LAW. And I doubt that any of the DemocRATS have changed their minds since.]

On Wednesday, senators narrowly approved an amendment to require a foreign worker to have a job lined up in the United States before applying for a green card. The purpose, supporters say, is to ensure that the job market isn’t flooded with foreign workers. Also, it prevents foreign workers from coming to the United States only to wind up unemployed and dependent on public assistance.

But yesterday, the Senate essentially gutted that amendment by allowing foreign workers to apply for permanent residency without having a job lined up.

“What that means is that up to 200,000 unskilled workers a year would become eligible for a green card, regardless of economic conditions, regardless of whether that worker has been actually employed for four years, and most importantly, regardless of whether there are unemployed U.S. workers available to fill those jobs,” said Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican.”

This would be welcome news (NOT) to all the hard-working soon-t0-be CITIZEN retirees who face cuts to their Social Security benefits because Congress has seen fit to STEAL their “nest eggs”, leaving behind IOUs that they cannot or will not honor.  Where will AARP come down on this debate?

191 responses to “The Danger of Old News – Open Thread!

  1. old news is good news. we heard it the first time and they can scrub it til the Taliban come in (in cognito, of course, Amigo)

    its Archival and can never really go away. otal history; full circle we come.

    e.g, who is Soebarkah?

  2. otal – good typo.

    as important as oral, if you have ears to hear.

  3. Video of CBS interview where Michelle O hates being portrayed as an angry black woman. She could have fooled me! Her face speaks. But now, MO says, “I love this job. It has been a privilege from day one.” [I love the benefits: the international travel, weekly parties, meeting all the Hollywood celebrities, having a personal chef, 26 ladies in waiting, my secret liasons, and my garden of arugula.]

    AP) (AP/CBS News) WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she’s forcefully imposed her will on White House aides and says people have inaccurately [accurately] tried to portray her as “some kind of angry black woman.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57356780/michelle-obama-says-people-have-inaccurately-cast-her-as-an-angry-black-woman/

  4. I am so happy the wife of the prez is a happy woman. Because if she was not happy then her hubby would not be happy and most certainly the state of the nation would show the terrible reflection of the first lady’s state of mind. Just consider all those happy folks that call themselves the 99%, AKA OW. They are the mirror image of the state of mind of the couple that is now occupying the White House.

    • harvey, did you see that they plan to “Occupy Congress” now? They were back in that park in NYC again, too.

    • I think they do the Occupy Congress on Jan. 7th – whatever day Congress is set to return to Congress. I guess they didn’t want to look partisan so they took the word of their sponsors – the Soros team who is paying them for their “work.” Remember all the people were saying why are you in New York..you should be in Washington D.C. They’ve gotten no media coverage, so they want to gin it back up. I hope they freeze! Isn’t it snowing in D.C. now? Will they be allowed to build fires to keep warm? Will they have to get a permit?

      Good one Harvey…they mirror the occupants of the W House. Sick, deluded, and let me say they are the extremists who should be on Homeland Security’s list.

      • I hope it’s freezing in DC. I truly do. Spoiled brats.

        Did anybody report this yet? If, so forgive me for repeating: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/buffett-gop-pay-211046623.html

        “Warren Buffett is willing to put his money where his mouth is, if only congressional Republicans would join him.

        The American billionaire investor, in the new issue of Time magazine, says he would donate $1 to paying down the national debt for every dollar donated by a Republican in Congress. The only exception is Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell – for whom Buffett said he would go $3-to-$1.”

        So he’s not on Barry’s payroll, is he? If he really cares about the country and the treasury and the debt and getting THE RICH to pay their “fair share”, then why only challenge Republicans? IT’s the DemocRATS who support the idea of soaking the rich and it’s the Republicans who are against RAISING the debt limit. So the DemocRATS ought not be hypocrites. They’re among the WEALTHIEST in Congress.

        Since Buffett only challenges Republicans, it’s obvious this is only a partisan political stunt on his part. Besides, why does he use tax shelters for his own massive wealth (and lie about how rich he is), if he cares so much about the debt? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203462304577138961587258988.html

        “Mr. Buffett stated in his op-ed that he paid $6,938,744 in total income and payroll taxes in 2010, representing 17.4% of his taxable income, which puts his taxable income just under $40 million. Although certainly a fantastic sum, $40 million actually understates Mr. Buffett’s income in 2010 by more than 250-fold.

        Mr. Buffett’s net worth rose by $10 billion in 2010 to $47 billion, according to Forbes Magazine. That increase, an unrealized capital gain, is part of his total income by any standard definition, including the one used by the Congressional Budget Office. After also including a $1.6 billion gift to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Buffett’s true income in 2010 was much closer to $11.6 billion than the $40 million figure cited in his op-ed. Hence his true effective tax rate was only 6/100ths of 1% as opposed to 17.4%. And these are just the additions to his income that we know about.

        The “Buffett Rule” would not tax the vast majority of his shielded income, including either his unrealized capital gains, which are currently taxed at zero percent, or charitable contributions, which are tax deductible. If the “Buffett Rule” were applied as President Obama proposes, then Mr. Buffett’s federal tax bill would have been $14.4 million, rather than the $6.9 million he actually paid. As a fraction of his true income, his effective tax rate would only have risen from 6/100ths of 1% to 12/100ths of 1%.

        Mr. Buffett’s donation to the Gates Foundation goes to the heart of my critique of his public call for higher tax rates on the rich. Just look at the second contractual condition for his ongoing pledge to the Gates Foundation: “The foundation must continue to satisfy the legal requirements qualifying Warren’s gift as charitable, exempt from gift or other taxes.”

        In other words, if his gift weren’t tax sheltered he wouldn’t give it. So much for “shared sacrifice.”

        Incidentally, I’m not the first to question Mr. Buffett’s commitment to “shared sacrifice” in balancing the federal budget. In a 2007 CNBC interview, when asked why he shelters his money through tax-free strategies rather than writing big checks to Uncle Sam, Mr. Buffett responded: “I think that on balance the Gates Foundation, my daughter’s foundation, my two sons’ foundations will do a better job with lower administrative costs and better selection of beneficiaries than the government.”

        So Mr. Buffett thinks he and his family can put their money to better use than the government can.”

        • I’m on a Rothschild swing, but pardon me, has anyone bothered to read biographies of WARREN Buffet. He wanted into the Jewish money so bad, and he’s been there a long time. They finally let him dance with the big boys at Harvard. I haven’t looked into him lately cause I know what he is. I looked him up when I noticed he had bought into LLOYDS of London insurance , when they were down, buying up their debt for the MEsothelioma lawsuits….He’s got stock in the big boys company…I’m thinking he wants Lloyd’s of London. There pay out is not like other insurance companies, because of how they were set up in the shipping industry. If he’s got ties to London with Lloyd’s counting house, for sure he’s cozy with the Khazarian Jews, the Rothschilds.
          Anytime you see a foundation of his or Gates or any of these fat cats,just remember…..TAX EXempT!

  5. Our favorite former Ambassador Bolton is throwing his support to Mitt. He announced it on Greta’s last night. He has read all Mitt’s speeches and talked and met with him. They discussed America’s exceptionalism and and got his views on foreign policy. He thinks he is the one to beat Obama and turn the country around. He believed the only true, true conservative didn’t get into the race, himself.

    Herman Cain is supposed to reveal his support in North Carolina. I think he will throw it to Newt.

  6. Citizen Wells has a good post about a new function that Google is imposing on its users (of which we are seldom one): http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/google-gets-personal-in-searches-searches-default-to-your-world-facebook-effect-results-most-relevant-to-you-citizen-wells-turns-off-feature/

    It’s eye opener. Be sure to figure out how to turn off the feature, if you ever do use Google. On the same topic, there are multiple stories out there about how the DHS and this government are spying on us or trying to figure out how to spy on us, if allowed to:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/08/report-obama-administration-plans-create-internet-id-americans/
    “President Obama is putting plans in motion to give the Commerce Department authority to create an Internet ID for all Americans, a White House official told CNET.com.

    White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt told the website it is “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet.

    The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is currently being drafted by the Obama administration and will be released by the president in a few months. …
    The move has raised eyebrows about privacy issues.

    “The government cannot create that identity infrastructure,” Jim Dempsey of the Center for Democracy and Technology told the website. “If I tried to, I wouldn’t be trusted.”

    Schmidt stresses that anonymity will remain on the Internet, saying there’s no chance that “a centralized database will emerge.””

    http://rt.com/usa/news/homeland-security-journalists-monitoring-321/
    “Freedom of speech might allow journalists to get away with a lot in America, but the Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping dibs on who is saying what.

    Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

    Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

    According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.

    Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.

    The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.”

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2012/01/homeland-security-monitoring-drudge-report-new-york-times/47300/

    “It’s unclear exactly why, but the Department of Homeland has been operating a “Social Networking/Media Capability” program to monitor the top blogs, forums and social networks online for at least the past 18 months. Based on a privacy compliance review from last November recently obtained by Reuters, the purpose of the project is to “collect information used in providing situational awareness and establishing a common operating picture.” Whatever that means. Either way, the list of sites reported by Reuters reveals in a Wednesday afternoon exclusive is pretty intriguing:

    Social Networks
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Myspace
    Blogs
    The Drudge Report
    The Huffington Post
    The New York Times’s Lede blog
    Wired’s Threat Level
    Wired’s Danger Room
    ABC News’ investigative blog The Blotter
    blogs that cover bird flunews and activity along U.S. borders … drug trafficking and cybercrime”
    Multimedia
    Hulu
    YouTube
    Flickr
    In conclusion, the Department of Homeland Security is just like you. We’ve seen no reports of The Atlantic Wire being on the list. But if we are, hello Department of Homeland Security employees — thanks for reading!”

    And here’s one about news organizations trying to inhibit “fair use” of “their” news: http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1615/396/Mainstream_Media_Seeks_To_Bully_Bloggers_Out_Of_Fair_Use.html

    “The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, along with 28 other news organizations, are launching a company which hopes to further profit on their news reporting, by seeking to make paying customers out of websites or blogs which reproduce their content, either in full or in part.

    The new company will go by the ridiculous name of ‘NewsRight’, to make it better appear to the general public that these mainstream media outlets have some kind of exclusivity over the very flow of human existence of any significance (or as equally likely, insignificance) taking place anywhere in the world.

    With technology available to the media organizations which I have mentioned to clandestinely encode news stories or articles with the writer’s name and date published, NewsRight, will not only know when content under their watchful eye, has been copied and pasted elsewhere on the Internet, but also the privacy infringing details of just who may be viewing it.”

    There’s more to all the stories. Do read all of them in full. h/t to Renee for most of these stories.

    The author of the last article says all this will do is make him rephrase and NOT EVER LINK BACK to his source of the news. Did they NEVER hear of “fair use”? Do they think they can just ignore our laws?

    This story explains more about the Google function “YOUR world.” http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/google-gets-personal-searches-your-world-not-just-the-web.html

    I remember posting something about this before. Seems like it was somehow connected to somebody in Barry’s administration. IT will censor the search results you see, basically. They’re going to “guess” what you’re interested in. Don’t you already see how easy this will be to pervert? They can hide everything interesting from us. They might not even have to scrubadubdub!

    • Glenn made us aware of the danger of Cass Sunstein. A refresher about Cass.

      Obama czar proposed government ‘infiltrate’ social network sites
      Sunstein wants agents to ‘undermine’ talk in chat rooms, message boards

      Jan. 13 – Aaron Klein Snips

      Just prior to his appointment as President Obama’s so-called regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein wrote a lengthy academic paper suggesting the government should “infiltrate” social network websites, chat rooms and message boards.Such “cognitive infiltration,” Sunstein argued, should be used to enforce a U.S. government ban on “conspiracy theorizing.”

      Sunstein’s official title is administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

      Sunstein: Ban ‘right wing’ rumors Sunstein’s paper is not the first time he has advocated banning the free flow of information. In his 2009 book “On Rumors,” Sunstein argued websites should be obliged to remove “false rumors” while libel laws should be altered to make it easier to sue for spreading such “rumors.”

      In the book, Sunstein cited as a primary example of “absurd” and “hateful” remarks reports by “right-wing websites” alleging an association between President Obama and Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers. He also singled out radio talker Sean Hannity for “attacking” Obama regarding the president’s “alleged associations.”

      http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/obama-czar-proposed-government-infiltrate-social-network-sites/

      • ALLEGING an association? They were neighbors, co-workers, friends, and if Ayers didn’t write the whole damned book for him, MICHELLE said that Ayers helped him when he couldn’t do it. Ayers had writing workshops in his kitchen for neighborhood aspiring authors, of which Barry was apparently one. They sat on progressive boards together. Of course, Sunstein wrote his book before Barry’s associations were outed, so maybe he’d like to amend that book. Write now about HOW IMPORTANT FREE SPEECH AND FREE PRESS (EVEN BLOGS) ARE TO THE TRUTH, as bulwarks against tyrannical government. But who would expect the likes of Sunstein to understand that, when he plans to be among the beneficent elites who will rule over the masses, for our own good, of course?

  7. http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-report-on-obamas-democratic-party.html

    Did anybody post this yet? It’s about the Democrat ballot thingy in Hawaii and when Barry went there for a meeting with them, way back in 2008. Remember that trip? This isn’t new. I remember reading speculation about him meeting with these people on somebody else’s blog. Whether it was butterdezillion, jbjd, or ladysforest, I don’t remember. Anybody recall?

    • Yes, Doesn’t Obama show what a real scholar he is? He went from this piece of trash to writing his book? I don’t think so. Grade F for a college student. I can’t imagine how he was an editor for a Harvard publication. No wonder he never wrote a piece for them, he couldn’t. Someone else must have been doing his work. He is such a fraud. Smart, intelligent, brilliant? Compared to his drug dealer, perhaps.

    • Yep. We have and talked about it somewhere, but maybe all our new readers are unaware of it. It’s worth reading so people can understand the mindset of this guy and (best of all) his potential for becoming a literary genius. A blockbuster “memoir”, such masterful prose, all without spending any class time studying writing. Ain’t it a wonder? And then only a few years later, suddenly he’s lost his gift and the second book is mediocre in style and prose. Amazing. As if he’s got multiple personalities. (Or a ghost writer.)

  8. DHS steps up Internet monitoring
    January 12, 2012

    
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now “monitoring” a number of popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, WikiLeaks, the HuffPo, Drudge, JihadWatch and Wired Danger Room.

    According to a federal document obtained by Reuters, the DHS has been operating a “Social Networking/Media Capability” since 2010 in an effort to keep tabs on various sites.
    ~
    A DHS official reiterated the document’s message, telling Reuters the surveillance program was specifically geared to help command center officials keep themselves updated about trending global topics to which the department might have to respond. 



    The DHS also confirmed the above-mentioned media list, but declined to offer further comment.

    Of course, none of this comes as a particular shock in our post-Patriot Act United States. So the real questions are: what else is the DHS “monitoring” and what does it plan to do with this information?

    Meaning, can a tweet or Facebook post critical of airport security (offcially) put you on an special travel watch list? Will support for OccupyWallStreet (OWS) or the Tea Party raise a red flag and be held against you? Only time will tell, of course, but we are fast approaching a time when extensive monitoring by Big Brother is the painful norm.

    http://www.tgdaily.com/security-features/60750-dhs-steps-up-internet-monitoring

  9. The Photo op Pres didn’t want his picture taken? Rolling Stone goes after the pres …the last time they had an article it cost a General his job. Yes, let it be.

    Politics New Book Claims Obama Complained About Taking Pictures With Troops During Trip to Baghdad
    January 12, 2012

    Author and Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings’ new book, The Operators, could cause waves for President Obama’s reelection bid — not to mention his already tenuous relationship with U.S. troops — as book excerpts reveal the president was less than enthused to be photographed with troops during a visit to Baghdad. The following excerpt describes Obama’s visit to Baghdad and subsequent irritation at a request to take additional photos with soldiers and embassy staffers:

    After the talk, out of earshot from the soldiers and diplomats, he starts to complain. He [Obama] starts to act very un-Obamalike, according to a U.S. embassy official who helped organize the trip in Baghdad.

    He’s asked to go out to take a few more pictures with soldiers and embassy staffers. He’s asked to sign copies of his book. “He didn’t want to take pictures with any more soldiers; he was complaining about it,” a State Department official tells me. “Look, I was excited to meet him. I wanted to like him. Let’s just say the scales fell from my eyes after I did. These are people over here who’ve been fighting the war, or working every day for the war effort, and he didn’t want to take f*cking pictures with them?”

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/new-book-claims-obama-complained-about-taking-pictures-with-troops-during-trip-to-baghdad/

  10. I am sending this news to my ex..unfortunately he was saddled with the middle name of LeRoy after his uncle, who was named after his grandfather. They are/were considered white ancestry..oh, the secrets. Yikes, I have to tell my kids too.

    SHOCK CLAIM: Newt Gingrich is part black
    Posted January 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm by Eddie Scarry

    James David Manning, a pastor in Harlem and outspoken birther, thinks Newt Gingrich is “erratic” and “unpredictable.” But more importantly, he thinks Gingrich’s dad is black.

    “I have got some inside information about Newt Gingrich,“ Manning said during a recorded podcast for his show ”The Manning Report” in December. “And I have a strange suspicion, the reason why Newt is so erratic and unpredictable is that, I believe that Newt Gingrich’s father was a liberal, educated black man. I do.”

    The proof? “Because Newt’s real name is Newton Leroy Mcpherson… Nobody on the planet names their children Leroy except black people. Just like nobody on the planet names their sons Hector except Hispanic people.”

    Luckily, there’s more. Manning thinks Mitt Romney “has some black blood in him, too.” Yes, he’s serious.

    http://www.theblaze.com/blog/#post-221916

  11. Court unanimously slaps down Obama’s anti-religion doctrine
    Maggie Gallagher – Jan. 12, 2012 Snips

    Lost in the political shuffle in New Hampshire was an epic U.S. Supreme Court decision this week in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    By an astounding, unanimous 9-0 margin, the usually ideologically divided Supreme Court slapped down President Obama’s radical doctrine that the federal government can tell a church who it must employ as a minister if the church violates anti-discrimination employment provisions.

    The Obama administration’s claim that there is no special protection for clergy in our Constitution, the majority ruled, “is hard to square with the text of the First Amendment itself, which gives special solicitude to the rights of religious organizations. We cannot accept the remarkable view that the Religion Clauses have nothing to say about a religious organization’s freedom to select its own ministers.”
    ~
    “This is a huge win for religious liberty,” he said via a press release. “The Court has unanimously confirmed the right of churches to select their own ministers and religious leaders.”

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=48773

    • We know why the conservatives ruled as they did. The progressives were thinking of their muslim friends, who want the right to continue to oppress women, no matter if they’re here or there.

  12. Taxpayers’ tab for failed Olympic bid released
    Report says hundreds of thousands of dollars spent

    Jan 12, 2010 Snips

    The costs paid by taxpayers for Barack and Michelle Obama and their entourage when the launched a failed bid to host the 2016 Olympics in their hometown of Chicago totaled some half a million dollars, plus the significant costs of international flights, according to a new report. The figures were compiled by Judicial Watch, the Washington-based group that investigates and fights government corruption.”

    “Barack and Michelle Obama wasted taxpayer dollars on a junket that seemed designed for one purpose – to take care of their Chicago cronies who stood to gain financially from the Olympics racket,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

    Obama set up an entourage to travel to Copenhagen in 2009 to try to convince the International Olympic Committee to pick Chicago for the 2016 games. Dozens of participants, support staff and others were ferried overseas.

    Among the expenses that were uncovered included $235,659 for the use of hotel space for seven “offices” plus transportation and communications, another $33,044 for one day in the hotel, $129,276 for travel vouchers and related expenses, and $69,196 for flight cots for media. Not included are some of the largest expenses, which were not released by the government – the use of several Boeing 747s and additional Air Force cargo planes.

    Obama had named one of his personal friends, Jarrett, to serve as his “Olympics Czar” – despite what Judicial Watch described as her personal and business ties to Chicago.

    ***
    …the family vacation in Hawaii over Christmas 2011 cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Among some of the categories that made up the estimated more than $4.1 million for the family vacation were: $3.2 million in flight time to carry the Obamas back and forth, a Marine contingent for security at $258,000, $21,600 for each of seven houses rented for 18 days for security officers to be housed, another hotel bill for $72,000, overtime for local police of $250,000 and others.
    http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/taxpayers-tab-for-failed-olympic-bid-released/


  13. Obama takes on big government: `It has to change’

    By BEN FELLER
    Jan 13, 12:14 PM AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking more power to shrink the government, President Barack Obama on Friday suggested smashing six economic agencies into one, an election-year idea intended to halt bureaucratic nightmares and force Republicans to back him on one of their own favorite issues.

    “The government we have is not the government we need,” Obama told business owners he’d gathered at the White House. [Ain’t that the truth!]

    Sounding like a manager of a disorganized company, and looking like one by pointing to slides as he spoke, Obama asked Congress to give him a kind of reorganization power no president has had since Ronald Reagan. It would guarantee Obama a vote, within 90 days, on any idea he offers to consolidate agencies, provided it saves money and cuts the government.

    Indeed, Obama promised more plans to shrink things if given more power, citing inefficiencies all across the government. [The major inefficientcy is Obama!]

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_TRIMMING_GOVERNMENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    • Obama Seeks NEW Extra-Constitutional Power to Bypass Congress, He wants to Merge Agencies! Will they give him more power? Do you believe this latest ploy? If Congress rejects him, he can say, “See, they don’t want real change! They are obstructionists!” Using this for his campaign. No doubt.

      Let’s read between the lines err lies. A democRat calling for smaller government…oh sure, that is believable. Wanting the Power to “reorganize” whatever he wants is what he really wants. Maybe he could reorganize Congress and merge them too!

  14. Judge in Va. rejects GOP primary ballot appeal
    By LARRY O’DELL, Associated Press
    January 13, 2012

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to add Texas Gov. Rick Perry and three other candidates to Virginia’s Republican presidential primary ballot. U.S. District Judge John Gibney ruled Friday that the candidates should have challenged Virginia’s primary qualifying rules earlier. Gibney said they knew the rules months ago.

    Perry sued last month after failing to submit enough signatures to get on the ballot. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman also failed to qualify and later joined Perry’s lawsuit. They asked Gibney to declare Virginia’s law unconstitutional and add their names to the March 6 ballot.

    Only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul qualified for the March 6 primary ballot.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/judge-va-rejects-gop-primary-ballot-appeal

  15. Rep. Issa is saying his people are going through the huge, huge document dump by the Obama occurring late today, Friday. Issa is demanding more documents.

    Emails uncovered so far are showing they [WH] were wanting to coordinate messaging among people dealing with the Energy Department. [So they could get their stories straight.] It appears these new uncovered new deals will make Solyndra look like peanuts in comparison. These are related to extremely risky government “loans.”

    These facts may not be right, but close; I was hearing it on TV. Apparently there are 12 more of these failed green companies coming down the pike! The total cost to taxpayers will be around $6.5 BILLION! One is Blue Mountain Thermal in Nevada and another called Sun Power. Blue Mt. Thermal was backed by Harry Reid. They were given $90 Million and it went to pay off $80 Million in debt. Not one job was created from the money given to that company. The money for that company was given through the Stimulus bill.

    Total incompetence in approving these loans or intentional destruction of our US economy? Helping out democratic cronies once again? Is there any question why we have a downgraded credit rating? And Obama is demanding that the debt limit be increased once again! Isn’t he special! Then to silence this news, he all of a sudden wants to merge 6 agencies in the government. Cover-up the green companies failure (fiascos) with something that Republicans can agree to happening. All of a sudden, Obama wants to help the small businessmen get through all the red tape in government? What a pile. Soros is laughing all the way to the bank at how his orchestration in destroying our economy is working.

  16. Nice to know where our taxpayers money is going…to the Palestinians who so love the US! What’s another measly $750 Million? Let’s pay for their infastructure …we certainly don’t need that in the US.

    USAID Contracts Start Flowing in $750 Million Palestinian Infrastructure Project
    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    The first round of Palestinian infrastucture contracts worth upwards of $750 million were awarded this week by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

    The Infrastructure Needs Project Phase II (Solicitation #RFP294-2010-108), as the USAID endeavor is known, will help the Palestinians build or improve public works initially in the West Bank and, “if conditions permit, in Gaza” at a later time.
    ~
    List of US Contractors

    APCO/ArCon of Dearborn, Michigan (Contract award #AID-294-I-00-12-00005). APCO/ArCon, it should be noted, is a construction firm that likewise received $100 million in task orders during Phase One of the project;
    cont.
    http://www.tradeaidmonitor.com/2012/01/usaid-contracts-750-million-palestinian-project.html

    • None of the 3 owners of the APCO company in Dearborn have American names.
      Hani Hamawi General Manager (West Bank). Hani is a Principal and co-founder of APCO/ArCon. ..He earned a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering from the University of Detroit and a Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI
      http://apcoarcon.com/profile_bios.html

      Company Profile

      They are an independent corporation and not owned by a subsidiary and/or government agency, but affiliated with CDPA Architects. One of the other owners of APCO/ArCon owns CDPA Architects. APCO is a Michigan Corporation established in Oct. 1999 and reorganized in May 2006.

      http://apcoarcon.com/images/buttons/about_button/APCO-ArCon%20Company%20Profile%20-%20SOQ.pdf

      • Hani Hamawi General Manager (West Bank). Hani is a Principal and co-founder of APCO/ArCon.

        Makes sense for this administration to give a $100 million contract to a guy with the last name Hamawi.

        Remember the last guy we ran across with the last name Hamawi?

        Abu Mahmoud al Hamawi – Associate of Osama bin Laden in the 1980s.

        I’m sure Mr. Hamawi is appreciative to receive our tax dollars for “infrastucture”.

        • Thanks Leza, I recognized the surname but couldn’t place it. I looked into the company, but didn’t get a chance to go further. I looked at the photo of the 3 owners ..none were American.

        • I checked our comments here and in research and we never used this guy’s name Then I don’t know how or why I recognized his name, but I did.

          Exactly Miri. When I saw Dearborn, Michigan my antenna went bonkers.

      • Dearbornistan.

    • Wonder what kind of infulstructure they’re building…and if conditions permit,in Gaza. What conditions , what does that mean? Now surely if this was all to help the Palestinians ,we would be hearing from Israel, but we’re not.

  17. Iran sends rare letter to U.S. over killed scientist
    January 14,2012

    TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday it had evidence Washington was behind the latest killing of one of its nuclear scientists, state television reported, at a time when tensions over the country’s nuclear program have escalated to their highest level ever.

    In the fifth attack of its kind in two years, a magnetic bomb was attached to the door of 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan’s car during the Wednesday morning rush-hour in the capital. His driver was also killed.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton denied responsibility and Israeli President Shimon Peres said Israel had no role in the attack, to the best of his knowledge.

    “We have reliable documents and evidence that this terrorist act was planned, guided and supported by the CIA,” the Iranian foreign ministry said in a letter handed to the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, state TV reported. The Swiss embassy represents U.S. interests in a country where Washington has no diplomatic ties.

    http://news.yahoo.com/iran-sends-rare-letter-u-over-killed-scientist-173011574.html

  18. I don’t like wnd’s new format. headlines are too small. too much going on.looks pretty, but I don’t find it as practical

  19. This is perfect for Old News. I get Google alerts and noticed that there are delays in getting news by up to two weeks if it has anything to do with the Rats or Obama. The one I got today beats the record. It is from March 2011! A record..10 months. On the same page as my alerted message was this one below. Did this ever hit the MSM news? (I went through 10 pages for Mike Morgan, OK on Goggle and found only one article in the Chicago Tribune and several in local papers! Buried the news?) I called on Wiki (page 10) to give me the party designation to make sure I was correct in my assumption that if a party isn’t mentioned, they are a democRat. The article tells you how corruption works and how democrats or others get rich while serving in states legislatures or in Congress. Penalty for each count..20 years! In a case like this, do the bills he passed or sponsored for a bribe get reviewed?

    From Wiki: Mike Morgan (born 1955) is an American lawyer and Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Morgan served as the President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate during the 51st Oklahoma Legislature.

    Former Oklahoma [DEMOCRAT} Senate President Morgan charged with conspiracy, extortion and bribery
    31 March 2011

    Morgan, 56, of Stillwater, Oklahoma was charged along attorney Martin Stringer, 70, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and lobbyist William Andrew Skeith, 52, of Edmond, Oklahoma.

    The 63-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy, extortion, bribery, and mail fraud. According to it, the individuals had businesses pay Senator Morgan for favorable treatment in the legislature and with state officials, disguised as fees for Morgan’s services as an attorney.

    “It is unfortunate when some politicians choose to betray the trust of the very people who expect and deserve their elected officials to represent the constituents’ best interest and not the politicians’ self-serving financial interest,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge James Finch.
    Cont.
    http://channel6newsonline.com/2011/03/former-oklahoma-senate-president-morgan-charged-with-conspiracy-extortion-and-bribery/

  20. Well said! Their actions were wrong, but a war crime? Stuff it Hillary! (Hillary called it a potential war crime! What are those Marines doing over there for the US? I guess she doesn’t remember getting shot at…oh that didn’t happen, did it.)

    Unless You‘ve Been Shot at by the Taliban ’Shut Your Mouth, War Is Hell’: Allen West Weighs in on Urinating Marine Scandal
    January 15, 2012 Snips

    Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a former Army lieutenant colonel, sent The Weekly Standard an email commenting on a recent video depicting what appears to be four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban terrorists. The email reads as follows [emphases added]:

    I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.

    All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?

    The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.

    As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.
    cont.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/unless-you-have-been-shot-at-by-the-taliban-shut-your-mouth-war-is-hell-allen-west-weighs-in-on-urinating-marine-scandal/

    • Well said, indeed. I personally understand what these guys did, 100%. “Have a nice day, buddy.: Isn’t that what one of them said? Keep in mind, these Taliban terrorists try to blow up our troops from a distance via booby traps. So much for the laws of “war”. How courageous these scumbags are!

      I agree with West.

      Let’s put urinating on a corpse next to dragging bodies through the streets or hanging them from bridges. If you’re not a signatory to the Geneva Conventions, then why do you deserve the protection of the rules of war, especially when you’re a corpsssssssssse?

      I say, punish the fool who made the film and posted it on the Web.

      Each and every day, far worse happens to women in those countries. Where’s the outrage over that? Where’s the outrage over honor killings? Or sending women to prison for the “crime” of being raped? Or forcing them to marry their rapists? Or mutilating their genitals?

      HYPOCRITES. I’d pee on them, given a chance. And I’d throw my shoes at them, too.

  21. Now the Left wants to claim Soros as a victim? Oh poor Georgie has gotten a smear job, has he? Hire a PR firm, Gadfly did. Oh, he doesn’t have to …he owns most TV stations along with umpteen Leftist blogs, organizations and agencies! This is a mouthful from Moyers. [This is a public service announcement sponsored by George Soros]

    PBS Commentator Bill Moyers: George Soros Has Been the ‘Victim’ of Glenn Beck and Fox News ‘Assassins’

    January 14, 2012 Snips

    Moyers made his comments in a discussion with Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, during which he praised Soros, whom Moyers also said is “deeply troubled by the Orwellian power of the right-wing in this country today.” [Glup!]

    BILL MOYERS: I’ll tell you somebody you could, you should go for, because he has given more thought to this than almost anyone I know: George Soros, believe it or not. George Soros, whatever you think about his wealth or his politics, George Soros was next to Vaclav Havel I think the most catalytic agent for helping to bring down the Communist government behind the Iron Curtain because he, he gave everybody who wanted one an equivalent of a Xerox machine, and so they could get the message out.

    And he is deeply troubled by the Orwellian power of the right-wing in this country today. He talks about it. I was on his board for a several years, and I’m off now that I’m back on the air, but I was on his board, and he is deeply troubled. He is a great devotee of the open society, the society that does change because it listens to itself, and learns from its experience. [Sure Bill! He is so troubled..as in a mad man troubled!]

    He’s been the victim, of course, of Glenn Beck and the right-wing, the Fox News assassins!
    .
    cont.
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/pbs-commentator-bill-moyers-george-soros-has-been-the-victim-of-glenn-beck-and-fox-news-assassins/

    • Talk aobut Through the Looking Glass. Up is down. Left is right. Wrong is right. Georgie is a victim. His opponents are the potential dictators. Arghhhh. What the hell is Moyers smoking?

  22. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/151739

    Russia: Attack on Tehran is Attack on Moscow

    Russia has given Iran its bear hug and warns Israel and the West that an attack on Tehran would be considered an attack on Moscow.
    By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    1/15/2012, 12:28 PM

    Moscow’s Kremlin
    ITAR-TASS/Russian Federation

    Russia has given Iran its bear hug and warns Israel and the West that an attack on Tehran would be considered an attack on Moscow. The threat heightens the prospect of World War III in the event of a military strike on Iran.

    “Iran is our neighbor,” Russia’s outgoing ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in Brussels. “And if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.”

    Kremlin Security Council head Nikolai Patrushev accused Israel of provoking the United States towards war against Iran, the Russian Interfax news agency reported Friday. “But at the same time, we believe that any country has the right to have what it needs to feel comfortable, including Iran,” he added.

    Rogozin warned on Friday that more attacks on Iran could cause “a scorching Arab Summer.”

    Russia also has come to the defense of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warning Western nations not to intervene in Syria with military forces. Russia is a major arms supplier to Syria and has a heavy investment in Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    Japan also is drifting towards Iran, ;backtracking from its promise last week to back American sanctions aimed at persuading Iran to halt its unsupervised nuclear development.

    Last week’s assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist has aroused more “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” protest rallies in Iran, where the scientist was buried on Friday.

    • Japan? Now that is amazing! Russia is understood that they would back Iran and Syria, but Japan? Again, the Obama regime’s foreign policy is working really, really well!. Another ally bites the dust? I don’t know how Japan fits into this scenario. I wonder what they get or sell to Iran. Will the Japanese people go along with backing Iran? All the tinpot dictators know Obama is a usurper and a weak president. Dismantling and minimizing our armed forces..the enemies are “rattling their swords” in anticipation that one country or the other will bully and incite the US into war. They want to stick together as a sign of force. Then they could rule the world together without interference from Big Satan. They honestly believe they are now stronger than the US militarily. Japan didn’t win the last time when they took on the US, but if they side with Putin, they think it could change. What is Obama up to? Starting another war so he can use Marshall Law to remain in office. Obama’s legacy…did he leave the WH and the US better than he found it ? Resoundingly NO. He’s a fraud, and a Usurping, incompetent, TWAP!

  23. I have an idea..why not keep on promoting losers to positions over their head! Oh, that has already been tried!

    Fed’s image tarnished by newly released documents
    By Zachary A. Goldfarb, Published: January 12

    On Thursday, the Fed released transcripts of its meetings in 2006, offering a new window into what was on the minds of some of the nation’s top economic and financial thinkers just ahead of the financial crisis and subsequent great recession. The transcripts, which are customarily released after five years, show that Fed leaders, armed with the best economic data available, had little idea of what was looming less than two years off.

    Trusted to look toward the future and make decisions to keep the economy strong, they spent some of their time patting their leader on the back and even found time to joke about what turned out to be early-warning signs in the markets. While Fed officials — including several who are in key positions today — were aware that the nation’s rapid increase in housing prices was coming to an end, they significantly underestimated how much damage the popping of the real estate bubble would cause in the rest of the economy. [That’s an understatement!]

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/greenspan-image-tarnished-by-newly-released-documents/2012/01/12/gIQAvh0mtP_print.html

  24. President Obama and the First Family attended a Washington, D.C. church that supports the Occupy Wall Street movement.
    Jan. 15

    The president, who rarely attends church,[except for photo ops trying to prove he’s got religion!] was visiting Zion Baptist Church, a 146-year-old congregation in the nation’s capital. According to the church, their mission is to “enlist sinners, educate students, empower the suffering, encourage the saints, exalt our Savior.”

    The worship program included an appeal to help the Occupy D.C. movement, according to the White House pool report. They pleaded for donations of “new and gently used warm blankets, sleeping bags, hand and feet warmers.” The Occupy D.C. movement includes about 150 protesters encamped in McPherson Square. The Washington Post reported that critics of the occupation zone describe it as a “rat-infested, messy eyesore of any encampment.”

    Prior to President Obama’s arrival at Zion Baptist Church, Rev. Keith Byrd addressed the congregation. They are coming to worship. [!!!] Let the church say amen,” he said according to an account published by the Washington Post. The choir then sang “Lord, You Are Good” as the president entered the sanctuary, according to the White House pool report. For the record, church members were not waving palm branches.

    http://conservativebyte.com/2012/01/obama-worships-at-pro-occupy-church/

    • My son and girlfriend went to Washington lat week. Toured all the historic landmarks,and spent most their time at Smithsonian exibits. Luckily they had a few beautiful days,not extremely cold. On Saturday morning they saw Occupy crowd in their tents. It was early ….they said no one was stirring at the tents at all. Guess they can sleep in late on Saturday. But only about 30 minutes later they were approached by a weird foreign sounding black lady. She acted as though she couldn’t speak English well and ask them directions to something, pointing to some papers she had. They were taken right into her delima and tried to be real helpful, but as they walked along , my son began to get a weird feeling. He kept asking her questions in order to help and his girlfriend was a total sucker offering to walk along with her and trying to understand her. Then things started to click with my son, he realized something wasn’t right. Then suddenly approaching him was a black man walking towards them with his teashirt pulled up around his face with only his eyes showing. MY son said wait a minute I need to tie my shoes and bent down to tie them,but trying to get his girlfriend near him. Both the man and the woman suddenly left the scene as quickly as they had shown up. He thinks he somehow stopped them from robbing him or something.

    • It is rat-infested.

  25. Dedicated their song to Obama! Messaging on target! It’s a smile for the day!

    Video: Hit The Road Barack
    Jan. 16

    A cool end to Mike Huckabee’s “South Carolina Undecided Forum.” Huckabee, on bass, joins Congressman Tim Scott, Chris Holly, John Smith, and Dan Henderson to tell President Barack Obama what we are all thinking.

    Hit the road Jack!

    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/video-hit-the-road-barack/#comments

  26. The Alice-in-Wonderland President
    It’s official: Obama lives on the other side of the Looking Glass.

    Jan. 16, 2012

    Not that there was any doubt based on his performance to date, but it’s nice to know that the White House has acknowledged that fantasy plays a major part of this president’s platform, policy and procedure. To recap for the folks at home: Obama had a creepy, secret Halloween party at the White House produced by Hollywood’s head creepster, Tim Burton, which starred French resident-in-chief, Johnny “America’s a Big Dumb Puppy” Depp.

    Why so secret?

    Well, besides the little problem of having an anti-American expatriate like Depp at the White House, some in the president’s staff thought it might “look” bad to hold such an extravagant affair at a time that many Americans were out of work.
    ~
    Obama? Smaller government? This guy’s no longer president of anything. He’s just a cartoon caricature of Warren G. Harding with a score of Tea Pot Domes: Stimulus, Solyndra, Soros, Fast and Furious.

    A Do-Nothing Congress? Try a Say-Anything President.
    cont.
    http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/johnransom/2012/01/16/the_aliceinwonderland_president

  27. Crony Socialism: Obama Proposes New Department of Corporate Welfare
    by Gary P | January 16, 2012 · 2:50 pm Snips

    Tad DeHaven at the CATO Institute reports on the latest corporate welfare scheme coming out of the Obama regime, and just how weak the feckless Republican party really is:

    Contrary to what various news outlets are reporting, President Obama is NOT proposing to cut government. The administration is proposing to take four independent federal agencies that specialize in corporate welfare – along with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative – and combine them with corporate welfare programs at the Department of Commerce to form what would I would argue should be called the Department of Corporate Welfare.

    According to reports, this rearranging of the deck chairs would save $300 million a year. That’s peanuts. Worse, those alleged savings will be of no consequence to taxpayers as there is nothing to suggest that the president intends to cut overall spending for the agencies comprising the new bureaucracy. That portends bigger government, not smaller. The president is trying to sell the American taxpayer a false bill of goods.
    ~
    The president’s proposal is also an attempt to counter the perception – an accurate one – that the administration’s policies are detrimental to commerce.

    Of course, no transparent attempt to appear “business friendly” would be complete without a bone toss to the Small Business Administration. The “bone” this time is the president’s intention to elevate the head of the SBA to the Cabinet.

    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/crony-socialism-obama-proposes-new-department-of-corporate-welfare/

    • most our departments are corporate welfare departments already just with different headings and fancy titles. Just the department of Agriculture alone is a total spending department payint out to electrical ,cable infulstructure for wireles homeowners as just one example only because they fall within a rural area having nothing to do with agriculture and the department has grown by leaps and bounds . This new merger would only hide more details of spending and wouldn’t slow down spending or save anything. This is a joke, Right?

  28. North Carolina doesn’t have any fraud cases either! According to Holder it is discriminatory to ask for ID and he doesn’t want NC’s new law requiring Voter ID in NC! Of course, it is directed at minorities according to Holder. So CBS digs up one person to attest that he can’t vote because of the new law.

    Voter ID law issues highlighted in S.C.

    Jan. 15, 2012 Snips

    (CBS News) South Carolina is one of seven states with new laws requiring a government-issued photo-ID to vote. The new laws have come with controversy. The Justice Department has stepped in to block South Carolina’s law, saying it could keep some voters away.

    “Voter fraud in South Carolina is a rare instance. It is not rampant,” said Conway Belangia, director of Elections and Voter Registration in Greenville County, S.C.

    But state Motor Vehicles director Kevin Shwedo point outs 37,000 dead people are still on the state’s voter registration list. That wasn’t all he discovered. “We saw approximately 956 individuals who had a date of voting after they had died,” Shwedo said. Shwedo can’t say where or when the potential voter impersonation may have occurred. He’s passed the information along to state investigators. [It’s a miracle, I tell you, a Miracle ! No problem here!]

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57359490/voter-id-law-issues-highlighted-in-s.c/

    • It was one person in particular in Trenton NC that caused the stink that got the state law passed. He ,(I may not remember this right) appeared to not have a proper ID . At one point people thought they may be required to show their social security # . I don’t know what happened about the law.

  29. Hey, will we have our National Cezar Chavez communist Day on Mar. 31st. Did Obama bring this up yet since he was sworn in? Inquiring minds want to know. http://keywiki.org/index.php/Maya_Soetoro-Ng
    http://keywiki.org/index.php/Cesar_E._Chavez_National_Holiday

  30. Renee, notice wick founder Kat Walsh. Now just a little tidbit…connects heavily to Rockefellers bedfellows and Indonesia. http://articles.sfgate.com/2001-11-19/news/17628722_1_chevron-texaco-mr-long-board
    Notice Mr. Longs wife’s name.

  31. I was sure you had Long, but at some point there are some connections that need to be brought together. This guy for one..Julius Tahija (of Indo.)
    and Ibnu Sutowo (notice the similarity in the last name with you know who).He died in 2001. If Obama’s recent Rolls Royce deals don’t ring a bell perhaps these old Rolls Royce riders will help you.

  32. Got to go. Have a great Day!!!

  33. This looks significant: debka

    Joint US-Israel drill called off by Netanyahu, to Washington’s surprise
    DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2012, 12:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Tags: Israel US war exercise Iran nuclear Binyamin Netanyahu
    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

    debkafile’s sources disclose exclusively that, contrary to recent reports published in Washington, Jerusalem – and this site too – it was Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, not the Obama administration, who decided to call off the biggest ever joint US-Israeli military exercise Austere Challenge 12 scheduled for April 2012.

    Washington was taken aback by the decision. It was perceived as a mark of Israel’s disapproval for the administration’s apparent hesitancy in going through with the only tough sanctions with any chance of working against Iran’s nuclear weapon program: penalizing its central bank and blocking payments for its petroleum exports.

    This was the first time Israel had ever postponed a joint military exercise; it generated a seismic moment in relations between the US and Israel at a time when Iran has never been so close to producing a nuclear weapon.

    This week, Netanyahu further orchestrated a series of uncharacteristically critical statements by senior ministers: Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon called the Obama administration “hesitant” (Jan. 15), after which Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman urged the Americans to “move from words to deeds” (Jan 16). The underlying message was that the Israeli government felt free to attack Iran’s nuclear sites on its own if necessary and at a time of its choosing.
    debkafile’s sources report that Netanyahu decided on this extreme course after careful consideration when he judged the Obama administration’s resolve to preempt a nuclear Iran to be flagging, as indicated by four omissions:

    1. Washington has taken no action against Iran’s capture of the RQ-170 stealth drone on Dec. 4 more than a month after the event, and not even pressed President Obama’s demand of Dec. 12 for the drone’s return. Tehran, for its part, continues to make hay from the event: This week, our Iranian sources report, the Islamic Republic circulated a new computer game called “Down the RQ-170.” Players assemble the drone from the components shown on their screens and then launch it for attacks on America.

    2. Silence from Washington also greeted the start of 20-percent grade uranium enrichment at the underground Fordo facility near Qom when it was announced Jan. 9. Last November, Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned in two US TV interviews (Nov. 17 and 22) that as soon as the Fordo facility went on stream, Iran would start whisking the rest of its nuclear facilities into underground bunkers, out of reach and sight of US and Israeli surveillance.Barak made it clear at the time that Israel could not live with this development; therefore, the Netanyahu government believes Israel’s credibility is now at stake.
    3. Exactly three weeks ago, on Jan. 3 Lt. Gen. Ataollah Salehi, Iran’s Army chief, announced that the aircraft carrier USS Stennis and other “enemy ships” would henceforth be barred from entering the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz. Yet since then, no US carrier has put this threat to the test by attempting a crossing. Tehran has been left to crow.
    4. Even after approving sanctions on Iran’s central bank and energy industry, the White House announced they would be introduced in stages in the course of the year. According to Israeli’s calculus, another six months free of stiff penalties will give Iran respite for bringing its nuclear weapon program to a dangerous and irreversible level.

  34. We the People pay for an unprecedented Secret Service detail for Valerie Jarrett! Well, she is the woman behind the throne, isn’t she? The real potus?
    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/01/17/valerie-jarrett-secret-service-detail/

    She bashed Republicans in CHURCH (no doubt tax exempt) while supposedly honoring MLK.

  35. I just heard this on the radio and thought, no way….ya, way! so now will Sean Penn hold a seat on the UN? SCARY!

    Sean Penn named “ambassador at large to Haiti”

    Beverly Hills fundraiser brings in $5 million for Sean Penn’s Haiti relief group

    Sunday, 15 January 2012 16:37 The Associated Press

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A publicist says $5 million was raised in Los Angeles for actor Sean Penn’s humanitarian group based in Haiti.

    The money will go toward Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which he set up a few months after the 2010 earthquake to oversee a settlement camp where thousands of people displaced by the disaster lived.

    Penn was also named “ambassador at large to Haiti” by Haiti’s foreign affairs minister, Laurent Lamothe, at the Saturday event in Beverly Hills, which was attended by celebrities and chief-of-staff to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills.

    Haiti marked the two-year anniversary of the massive earthquake last week with a string of quiet services and news conferences.

    The announcement was made Sunday.

    http://www.medicinehatnews.com/entertainment/beverly-hills-fundraiser-brings-in-$5-million-for-sean-penns-haiti-relief-group-20120115.html

    ~~

    Ambassador-at-Large

    An ambassador-at-large is a diplomat of the highest rank or a minister who is accredited to represent his country internationally.

    Unlike an ambassador-in-residence who is usually limited to a country or embassy, the ambassador-at-large is entrusted to operate in several usually neighboring countries, a region or sometimes hold a seat in an international organization like the United Nations and the European Union. In some cases an ambassador-at-large may even be specifically assigned a role to advise and assist the state or a government in particular issues. Historically, presidents or prime ministers have designated special diplomatic envoys for specific assignments, primarily overseas but sometimes also within the country as an ambassador-at-large.

    https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Ambassador-at-Large

    • I wonder if the Clinton fundraiser for Haiti monies were finally found? I remember Bill O’Reilly talking about it and that the money disappeared and they were looking into it. So was all the money for the Haitians lost? Lots of cash seems to get lost these days. Madoff, MF GLobal, Haiti, Solyndra, Bank of Kenya, ACORN, etc. I wonder where all of the money went that was “given” to Shorebank? Will Timothy look into any of those? It does look like the Democrats have figured out how to make money disappear and they have the formula down pat.

      • I don’t know where the money goes, but Clinton’s library looks really good these days, doesn’t it.

        • Can’t imagine an O library…what documents to put in it? Several tables stacked with each of his passed bills – all 2,000 pages: Obamacare, Stimulus and Omibus. Perhaps, cups, mugs, T shirts, hand-painted plates, Christmas balls from their Commie tree, wooden autographed Easter eggs that they gave to kids, arugula seeds, MO’s jump rope, and key chains! There should be multiple souvenir shops with WH goods that were sold at the WH including that model helicopter that he gave to PM Brown. And the photos, oh the photos that lined the halls of himself at the WH…those will be from floor to ceiling. Can you visualize it as I am seeing it? Pure class all the way!

          Still am wondering which of MO’s ensembles will make it to the Smithsonian for the First Ladies section. There has to be one of her pea green outfits, and one with the belts to hold up her bust. The commie red and black dress – the one she wore in Grant Park is sure to be included.

          • That’s so good, I’m laughing. At least it will be a laughable place. Perhaps they can have that Gates fellow greet people at the Door and the white house lawn table where his most memorable negotiations went on over a beer.Course this place is sounding more like a shrine than a library but this is change you can believe in.

          • How hard will that be ,,,,in an O. library to put OFFICIAL documents of anything, I mean REAL documents in an O. library? I’m just kidding , not one would dream of that…. like his Law review articles or his speeches on campus or maybe an old college exam paper.

          • No , I think forget a library for Bo, maybe just name a Bridge after him or a Toll Booth .

          • The library of horror! you couldn’t pay me enough to visit it.

      • I wonder if the Clinton fundraiser for Haiti monies were finally found?

        I haven’t heard about that. Wow, somehow I’m not surprised!

    • Penn is a perfect fit for the UN! But to represent the Haitians? Sean fits right in with the WH group doesn’t he? Nice that he is giving his money away or redistributing his earnings that he was able to earn in a capitalist system. Hillary was there too. Perhaps she gave the check to the Haitians from her husband’s Haitian’s charity drive (thanks to the American taxpayers)?

    • So which country is he representing?

  36. The Golden Gal, Betty White, turned 90 years old!

    President Obama Asks To See Betty White’s Birth Certificate VIDEO
    January 17th, 2012

    During Betty White‘s birthday celebration Monday night on NBC, the 90-year old actress received a special surprise video message from President Barack Obama. The President, seated at his desk, read aloud a letter he was composing to the Golden Girls star:

    Dear Betty,

    You look so fantastic and full of energy, I can’t believe you’re 90 years old. In fact, I don’t believe it.
    That’s why I’m writing to ask if you will produce a copy of your long-form birth certificate.
    Thanks, and happy birthday, no matter how old you are.

    He then placed a framed picture of White behind his desk in the Oval Office, and popped in headphones, bobbing his head to the Golden Girls theme song, “Thank You For Being A Friend.”

    Watch the clip of moment below, courtesy of NBC:
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/president-obama-asks-to-see-betty-whites-birth-certificate/

    • Can you believe all the obots commenting at that site? they’d follow their master down the master hole of a septic tank if he asked them too.

      Ha! that maybe a good thing!

    • More to this joke then meets the eye…..

      • Man, his ears really stood out in that video. I also took the time to study his ring a little more. I’ve been curious about that for a long time. It’s not your ordinary wedding band. Something signifigant. It was a cute video, just wish Betty and O’s roles were reversed.
        This vid also tells me Obama’s clan is still trying to categorize the silly birther issue. Pretty brazen if you ask me.

        • http://www.newsfollowup.com/obama_cia_business_international_corporation_dunham_soetoro_bisexual_ford.htm
          Now check out this page for two reasons. I don’t even remember the content or why I went here, but it’s those photos again. Now I want you to enlarge your page slowly from 100%, then up to 400%. First the photo of Ann D and her mother. My look at those ears on Ms. Dunham!
          But mainly ,do the same thing and look at the photo on the bottom of O. in his baggy red shirt again and what appears at first to be him maybe with a cig. getting ready to light up. Watch what happens to this picture when you blow it up. What’s with those hands. Do you know O. has six fingers on his lower hand. Look closely. The top hand is incredibly weird. His who shirt , arm, hand is just too weird. The other guy doesn’t look that weird.

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