Monthly Archives: April 2010

UN Elevates Iran to UN Women’s Commission

This is nuts! The UN votes Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women today. Iran has a history of punishing by stoning, beating and imprisoning women for violating Shira law.

The Iranian regime was elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women today. Neda will not be attending the ceremonies.
The regime killed her last June.

Protester Neda Killed by Iran's Bahajs

Michigan Representative Thaddeus McCotter released the following statement, via Planet Iran:

“By electing the Tehran butchers to its Commission on the Status of Women, a morally rancid United Nations has salted the wounds of the Iranian freedom movement’s regime-murdered martyrs, such as Neda Soltan and Taraneh Mousavi. From today forth, may no friend of Lady Liberty ever be fool enough to trust this global Tammany Hall with their freedom and security.”

Ironically, Iran is at it again.

The Iranian regime announced this week that suntanned women would be arrested under the Islamic dress code.

Gateway Pundit

President Obama “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money”

Typical Black Politician Remarks. In a speech to supporters in Quincy,IL . President Barack Obama said about wealth at Quincy Community Center on Wednesday.

The president took a victory lap on congresses Financial industry reform regulation after the GOP agree to a cloture vote in the senate. The Republican had blocked the vote three times  to make changes in the proposed law.

Obama was critical of the wealthy including Wall Street which helped collapsed the economy along the Sub-Prime Loans which the Democrats in Congress created in the 1990’s by Clinton Administration.

After saying that Democrats don’t begrudge success that’s “fairly earned,” Obama then ad-libs — and reveals more about himself than he probably wanted:

We’re not, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy.

Compare that to his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Now, we’re not doing this to punish these firms or begrudge success that’s fairly earned. We don’t want to stop them from fulfilling their responsibility to help grow our economy.

Ed Morrissey Hot Air

H/T: Glenn Reynolds Instapundit

Typical pol I seen it too many times. Do enough to keep their constituents voting for you time and time  again and your life and your community rarely improves. Whether South LA, East LA or East San Fernando Valley; South Side or West Side of Chicago. The West Side and South East Side Dallas the same thing over and over poverty and crime  abounds the politicians are making a killing.

Whats Ironic is President Obama is one of the Wealthiest men to occupy the White House. In 2009 Obama earned(based on his tax record earned $5.5 million.) Maybe we should limit all politicians to the congressional salary and no benefits huh?

Well congress is made up millionaires. Talk about a disconnect with the American People. No wonder some see the president as a socialist.

Special Thanks to Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit

Mexico’s Dirty Little Immigration Secret

When Arizona Governor Jan Brewer sign the state immigration law last Friday; Mexican President Felipe Calderon decried the action by Brewer as: “to (foster[word choice is mine]) intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement.”

But Journalist and Author Michele Malkin (” Culture of Corruption”)  show the Republic of Mexico of dirty little secret: Mexico control their border with Guatemala, and US  with an Iron Fist.

– The Mexican government will bar foreigners if they upset “the equilibrium of the national demographics.” How’s that for racial and ethnic profiling?

– If outsiders do not enhance the country’s “economic or national interests” or are “not found to be physically or mentally healthy,” they are not welcome. Neither are those who show “contempt against national sovereignty or security.” They must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories. Those seeking to obtain Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove they can provide their own health care.

– Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years’ imprisonment. Foreigners may be kicked out of the country without due process and the endless bites at the litigation apple that illegal aliens are afforded in our country (see, for example, President Obama’s illegal alien aunt — a fugitive from deportation for eight years who is awaiting a second decision on her previously rejected asylum claim).

– Law enforcement officials at all levels — by national mandate — must cooperate to enforce immigration laws, including illegal alien arrests and deportations. The Mexican military is also required to assist in immigration enforcement operations. Native-born Mexicans are empowered to make citizens’ arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities.

– Ready to show your papers? Mexico’s National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizens’ identity card. Visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest as illegal aliens.

All of these provisions are enshrined in Mexico’s Ley General de Población (General Law of the Population) and were spotlighted in a 2006 research paper published by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy. There’s been no public clamor for “comprehensive immigration reform” in Mexico, however, because pro-illegal alien speech by outsiders is prohibited.

If that’s not enough, here a difference on free speech between the US and Estados Unidos de Mexico is this says Malkin:

Consider: Open-borders protesters marched freely at the Capitol building in Arizona, comparing GOP Gov. Jan Brewer to Hitler, waving Mexican flags, advocating that demonstrators “Smash the State,” and holding signs that proclaimed “No human is illegal” and “We have rights.”

But under the Mexican constitution, such political speech by foreigners is banned. Noncitizens cannot “in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.” In fact, a plethora of Mexican statutes enacted by its congress limit the participation of foreign nationals and companies in everything from investment, education, mining and civil aviation to electric energy and firearms. Foreigners have severely limited private property and employment rights (if any).

Read the rest of Michelle’s Column it will open your eyes!

Michelle Malkin

May Day Protest on Saturday for Opposition to Arizona Immigration Law and Amnesty

Illegal Immigrant Activists are calling for a series of protest on May Day, Saturday, May 1st across the country. Many are outraged because of Arizona Immigration Law S.B 1070 which require the person to present identification if a person has violated the law to local law enforcement.

Protest organizers said on Wednesday outrage over the Arizona law — which seeks to drive illegal immigrants out of the state bordering Mexico — has galvanized Latinos and would translate into a higher turnout for May Day rallies in more than 70 U.S. cities.

“The marches and demonstrations are going to be far more massive than they otherwise would have been,” said Juan Jose Gutierrez, a Los Angeles rally organizer who runs an immigration assistance company.

The backlash began on Friday after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a measure that requires state and local police to determine a person’s immigration status if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are undocumented. Critics say it is unconstitutional and opens the door to racial profiling.

Supporters of the law say the law needed due to lawlessness in the state:

Republican backers of the law say it is needed to curb crime in the desert state, which is a key corridor for drug and migrant smugglers from Mexico.

The Majority of Americans are in favor of protection for the American people and border.

A Rasmussen Reports poll on Wednesday found that almost two-thirds — 64 percent — of voters in the state favored the measure.

Illegal Immigrant Activists expect massive turnout on Saturday:

The crowds on the streets, from Los Angeles to New York, could be the biggest since 2006, when hundreds of thousands of marchers urged former President George W. Bush to overhaul of federal immigration laws. He tried, but failed in Congress.

“With what’s going on in Arizona we see renewed energy for folks to fight for immigration reform,” said Marissa Graciosa, of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, an organizer of rallies and vigils on Friday and Saturday.

Political leaders in Congress on Wednesday denounced the Arizona Immigration law.

In Washington, a diverse group of more than two dozen lawmakers — Hispanics, blacks, Asians, whites — held a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to denounce the Arizona law as a violation of civil rights.

“What Arizona has done is that it has galvanized, united, fortified, focused our immigration movement,” Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez declared at the news conference.

Read It All.

PS:  Two previous protest in 2006 and 2007 drew the ire of  supporters of border control. Immigration Reform legislation went down to defeat. If Saturday protest mirrors the protest of 2006 and 2007; Immigration Reform is dead on arrival the public will not stand for it.

Reuters

WellPoint and Blue Shield to End Recisions

WellPoint the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California have announce to end the practice of rescission of their members in a press conference on Tuesday. This comes when President Obama chastised Anthem Blue Cross for announcing premium increase of 40% earlier this year.

This year the Congress has eliminated the policy  to cancel health insurance policies of very sick people, when they pass the health care reform law.Recision is normally use when a member commits medical insurance fraud

WellPoint Chief Executive Angela Braly said in a statement that the company’s “goal is to make reform work for our members and for the country.”

Cindy Ehnes, director of the California Department of Managed Health Care and the first regulator to take on the insurers over the practice, said the move would help consumers. “People can have more confidence in their coverage, and that’s very exciting,” she said.

Even before Tuesday’s announcements, however, health insurers in California had all but stopped the number of policy cancellations, state records show.

Times has changed in 2005 1,552 health insurance policies canceled. Last year only four policies were canceled. In 2004, 5000 people had their health insurance polices stopped.

Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Health Net, Kaiser and PacifiCare(engaged in the process). That includes about 3,500 policies regulated by the Department of Managed Health Care and another 1,600 policies regulated by the Department of Insurance.

The decision hailed by critics of the policies of the health insurers.

Rescission is “on life support, and they’re about to pull the plug,” said plaintiffs lawyer William Shernoff.

The lawyer won a $9-million judgment against Health Net in 2008 over its rescission of hairdresser Patsy Bates after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Evidence showed the company paid bonuses to an employee based in part on rescission volume.

LA Times has more

Obama Brings Back Winning Coalition of 2008:Older White Folks Need Not Apply

President Barack Obama is calling for his winning coalition of  2008 and Its raising eyebrows. In a video The President rattles off a list of the groups people he needs for the Democrats to keep up their majorities except Caucasians of Middle age and senior citizenry.

Obama speaks with unusual demographic frankness about his coalition in his appeal to “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again.”

Turning out those so-called “surge” voters — who turned out for the first time to back Obama, but who sat out gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia last year — has become the Democrats’ central pre-occupation for the midterm elections, and the new Democratic effort to nationalize the election around Obama and his agenda mark trying to energize those voters.

Will the voter turn out? Not likely, Jobs, the economy; The voter unsatisfied with the health care bill and government spending may keep his voter base at home. Generally Speaking Mid term elections favors the political party out of power.  In addition, the anger of the Tea Party movement; this election is nationalized. The possibility of the GOP take over the House and Senate is very likely.

Good Luck Mr. President You’re going need it.

Politico

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Republican Senators with Ben Nelson and Harry Reid Defeat Senate Financial Reform Cloture Vote

Senate Republican defeated a cloture vote Monday on the Financial Industry Reform bill. Democrats did necessary 60 votes to block a filibuster by the GOP.

All 41 Republican voted against the bill. Among the Democrats Sen. Ben Nelson-NE. Senate Majority Leader  Harry Reid originally voted in favor of the bill. Then he switch is his vote which allowed Reid to schedule a another cloture vote as early as Tuesday.

The Senate, in a 57-41 vote, failed to get the 60 supporters needed to proceed on the regulatory overhaul. One Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, joined with the Republicans.

But the evening vote was just part of a legislative ballet keeping bipartisan talks alive. At the end, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid switched his vote to “no,” too, but that was just a maneuver that will enable him to call for a new tally as early as Tuesday. If that failed, Reid planned another vote Wednesday.

Republicans say they want a bipartisan bill that they can vote on.

Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the Banking Committee, said Monday  before the vote, “Most Republicans want a bill, but they want a substantive bill.”

Democrats seizing the opportunity on the public anger about Wall Street banks as a way to pass the bill.  President Obama disappointed with the vote:

The financial overhaul bill is a priority of President Barack Obama and, after health care, its passage would build on his legislative successes — an important political consideration in an election year. The House has already passed its version of new bank regulations.

Following the vote, the president said he was “deeply disappointed” and urged Senators to put the interests of the country ahead of party.

“Some of these senators may believe that this obstruction is a good political strategy, and others may see delay as an opportunity to take this debate behind closed doors, where financial industry lobbyists can water down reform or kill it altogether,” Obama said in a statement. “But the American people can’t afford that.”

Senator Ben Nelson  opposed the legislation based a portion dealing with derivatives a form of financial hedge on prices of products.

n a statement, Nelson, a conservative Nebraska Democrat, said his vote reflected concerns about the bill raised by Nebraska businessmen. Nelson and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., the chairman of the Banking Committee, huddled before the vote discussing the elimination of a provision supported by Nebraska billionaire investor Warren Buffett to exempt existing derivatives from new regulations.

The legislation would require derivatives, previously unregulated exotic securities, to be traded in open exchanges and cleared through a third party that would guarantee the instruments. A legislative agreement struck Monday would exempt existing derivatives from the clearing requirements but would still demand collateral for those trades.

“I was prepared to grandfather existing derivatives that have not been cleared, but I can’t say you can’t have margin requirements,” Dodd said, explaining his discussion with Nelson.

AP  via My Way News

AP via Yahoo News


A Parade of Tornadoes Smashes Across the Country; killing 10 in Mississippi Alone

A series of Tornadoes smash to the Midwest and Lower Mississippi Valley Killing 10 people in Western Mississippi on Saturday.  The hardest hit community Yazoo County. Yazoo County a rural county 6o miles northwest Jackson, Mississippi’s state capital. Yazoo City is   Governor Haley Barbour(R) was born and raised.

Aftermath of Mississippi Tornado Outbreak

AP – Brothers Jonathan Mitchell, left, and Adam Mitchell sift through debris Sunday afternoon April 25, 2010, …

“This tornado was enormous,” said Gov. Haley Barbour, who grew up in Yazoo County, a county of about 28,000 people known for blues, catfish and cotton. The twister wreaked “utter obliteration” among the picturesque hills rising from the flat Mississippi Delta, the governor said.

A tale of survival  was a the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Yazoo City.

A deacon Dale Thrasher, 60, had been alone in Hillcrest Baptist Church when the tornado hit Saturday, ripping away wood and metal until all that was left was rubble, Thrasher and the table he had climbed under as he prayed for protection.

“The whole building caved in,” he said. “But me and that table were still there.”

There are many other survival:

Another was on the phone with a meteorologist when the tornado threw him against a cinderblock wall that held just long enough to save his life. A coroner nearly became a victim himself when the twister flipped his truck four times; later he went out in his hospital gown to help identify bodies.

More than a homes in the southeast destroyed:

Hundreds of homes also damaged in the storm, which carved a path of devastation from the Louisiana line to east-central Mississippi, and at least three dozen people were hurt. Rescuers spread out Sunday to find anyone who might be trapped, while survivors returned to demolished homes to salvage what they could and bulldoze the rubble.

Gov. Barbour estimated at least 100 houses in Yazoo County alone had severe damage but said his estimate could rise later. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said Sunday that at least three dozen people were hurt and nearly 200 homes damaged in Attala, Holmes, Monroe and Warren Counties. Officials were still working to assess the total damage in Choctaw and Yazoo counties.

Our thoughts and prayers for those who lost everything in The southeast US.

AP via Yahoo News has the rest of the story.

Recovery is Revving Up

According to Peter S. Goodman of the New York Times says the Recovery is Roaring; US Economy back to life after 2 and one half years bad times. Companies are hiring, imports and exports are growing and people are shopping again.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The docks are humming again at this sprawling Pacific port, with clouds of golden dust billowing off the piles of grain spilling into the bellies of giant tankers.

“Things are looking up,” said Dan Broadie, a longshoreman. No longer killing time at the union hall while waiting for work, instead he is guiding a mechanized spout pouring 44,000 tons of wheat into the Arion SB, bound for the Philippines.

At malls from New Jersey to California, shoppers are snapping up electronics and furniture, as fears of joblessness yield to exuberance over rising stock prices. Tractor trailers and railroad cars haul swelling quantities of goods through transportation corridors, generating paychecks for truckers and repair crews.

On the factory floor, production is expanding, a point underscored by government data released Friday showing a hefty increase in March for orders of long-lasting manufactured items. In apartment towers and on cul-de-sacs, sales of new homes surged in March, climbing by 27 percent, amplifying hopes that a wrenching real estate disaster may finally be releasing its grip on the national economy.

Goodman point out:

After the worst downturn since the Great Depression, signs of recovery are mounting — albeit tinged with ambiguity. Despite worries that American consumers might hunker down for years — spooked by debt, lost savings and unemployment — thriftiness has given way to the outlines of a new shopping spree: households are replacing cars, upgrading home furnishings and amassing gadgets.

Many economists estimate that consumer spending — which makes up some 70 percent of American economic activity — swelled by 4 percent during the first three months of the year, more than the double the pace once anticipated. Some have nudged upward their estimates for economic growth to more than 3 percent this year.

“Consumers are showing extraordinary resilience,” said Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist at the Economic Outlook Group. “There’s a lot of pent-up demand out there that is now being unleashed. The whole supply chain system is now being revitalized.”

While few dispute signs of recovery across much of the economy, significant debate remains on how robust and sustained it will be. The lingering effects of the financial crisis have some economists envisioning a long stretch of sluggish growth.

Here a laughable line from Goodman which attributes the economic to stimulus package:

Still, much of the improvement appears the result of the nearly $800 billion government stimulus program. As that package is largely exhausted late this year, further expansion may hinge on whether consumers keep spending. That probably depends on the job market, which remains weak.

“The recovery is under way, and it’s better than expected, but it hasn’t become self-sustaining because the job market hasn’t developed yet,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. “I don’t think we’re there yet.”

There are concerns that the recovery maybe short-lived:

In a sign of the anxieties still gnawing at households, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index this month plunged to a preliminary level of 69.5 compared with 73.6 in March.

Still, even that number represented a substantial gain over the record low of 55.3 reached in November 2008. And many economists dismiss such surveys as indicative of what people think, as opposed to what they do.

Read it All.

New York Times

Illinois and Federal Regulators Close 6 Banks After Seizeing Obama’s Friend Alexi Giannoulias’Broadway Bank in Chicago

On Friday, Federal and Illinois regulators closed and taken over six banks in addition to  seizing Chicago’s Broadway Bank. Broadway Bank owned by the family of Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. Giannoulias is running to  replace US Senator Rolland Burris  who was selected by Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich(D-IL) to replace Senator Barack Obama(D-IL) who was elected to the Presidency in 2008.

The Six other Illinois bank are New Century Bank with $485.6 million in assets and Citizens Bank and Trust with$77.3million in assets; Lincoln Park Savings Bank with $199.9 million in assets; these banks are based in Chicago.

The FDIC also took over Amcore Bank of Rockford which $3.8 billion in assets; Peotone Bank and Trust Company in Peotone with $130.2 million in assets Wheatland Bank of Naperville with$437.2 million in assets.

MB Financial Bank agreed to acquire the deposits of both Broadway bank and  New Century Bank. Republic Bank of Chicago agreed to assume Citizens Deposits, while Chicago Harris National Association agreed to acquire Amcore Bank’s Deposits.

Northbrook Bank and Trust Company of Northbrook agreed to the deposits of Lincoln Park Savings Bank. First Midwest Bank of Itsaca agreed to assume Peotone Bank and Trust’s deposits. Wheaton Bank and Trust will acquire the deposits of Wheatland Bank.

AP via My Way News has the rest of the story.