Friday, November 30, 2012

YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT … A UTOPIAN DREAM COME TRUE!

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Managing (the dream) expectations is his day-to-day position against people who believe the mayor can solve all of Detroit’s problems is the hardest thing he deals with every day.

That’s according to an interview Detroit Mayor Dave Bing did with CNN where he talked about the community’s deep problems and how he plans to solve them.
“We are in an environment, I think, of entitlement, we’ve got a lot of people who are city workers, who for years and years, 20, 30 years, think they are entitled to a job and all that comes with it,” Bing said.
He added: “Nobody wants to go backwards, but in order for us to move this city forward we’re going to have to take a step or two backwards — and then, I think, all of us have to participate in the pain that’ s upon us right now.”
But the real bombshell may be Bing’s sense of the hardest jobs in the country.
“(My job is) to make the hard decision so this city would have a future, but it’s probably the second most difficult job in this country behind the president,” he said.
As part of managing expectations, he said people have to realize “Detroit’s not going to be what it was,” adding, “We’ve got to look at it differently.”
THE GOVERNMENT PLANTATION IN ALL ITS GLORY … WE GONE A FEW STEPS TOO FAR OVER THE ENTITLEMENT CLIFF
He thinks the downtown will be strong in the future, as will Midtown and the riverfront. But parts of the city will have to disappear from the need for services.
Bing said he wants to convince people in largely abandoned neighborhoods to move to more populated areas so there’s density and a sense of a tight-knit community again, saying, “So we can bring people and families together like it used to be.” on the gov'mint plantation.

THIS AIN'T OUR FIRST RODEO …


Krauthammer On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations: "Republicans Ought To Simply Walk Away"


CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It's not just a bad deal, this is really an insulting deal. What Geithner offered, what you showed on the screen, Robert E. Lee was offered easier terms at Appomattox, and he lost the Civil War. The Democrats won by 3% of the vote and they did not hold the House, Republicans won the house. So this is not exactly unconditional surrender, but that is what the administration is asking of the Republicans. THERE WAS NO CHANCE IN THE BALANCE OF GOVERNMENT BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES … WHAT MAKES "THEM" (REMEMBER THE BIG ANTS) THINK THEY HAVE SOME SORT OF MANDATE FROM THE MASSES OF ASSESS? 

This idea -- there are not only no cuts in this, there's an increase in spending with a new stimulus. I mean, this is almost unheard of. What do they expect? They obviously expect the Republicans will cave on everything. I think the Republicans ought to simply walk away. The president is the president. He's the leader. They are demanding that the Republicans explain all the cuts that they want to make.

We had that movie a year-and-a-half ago where Paul Ryan presented a budget, a serious real budget with real cuts. Obama was supposed to gave speech where he would respond with a counter offer. And what did he do? He gave a speech where he had Ryan sitting in the front row. He called the Ryan proposal un-American, insulted him, offered nothing, and ran on Mediscare in the next 18 months.

And they expect the Republicans are going to do this again? The Republicans are going to walk on this. And I think they have leverage. Yes, for Congressional Democrats it will help them in the future if Republicans absorb the blame because we will have a recession. But Obama is not running again unlike the Congressional Democrats. He's going to have a recession, 9% unemployment, 2 million more unemployed, and a second term that's going to be a ruin. That is not a good proposition if you are Barack Obama.  THEN AGAIN PERHAPS THE ANOINTED ONE BELIEVES HIS OWN PRESS AND THINKS HE WILL BE ELEVATED TO DICTATOR! 






















Thursday, November 29, 2012

VALERIE JARRET, SUSAN RICE AND THE DONKEY

LET'S GET THIS MISCONCEPTION OUT THE WAY IMMEDIATELY.  YES, THIS IS MORE ABOUT THE DONKEY THAN EITHER MS. JARRET OR MS. RICE.  MS. VALERIE JARRET WAS BORN IN IRAN AND IS PRESIDENT OBAMA HIGHEST CONFIDANT AND ADVISOR IN POLITICAL MATTERS BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL.  MS. SUSAN RICE IS THE CURRENT UN AMBASSADOR AND NUMBER ONE CHOICE AS SECRETARY OF STATE REPLACING HILLARY CLINTON.  AND IN THIS SHORT ONE ACT PLAY THE DONKEY IS THE AUDIENCE (I.E., THE AMERICAN PUBLIC), THESE ARE THE MASSES OF ASSES THAT WILL SIT BACK AND WATCH AS THIS TRAVESTY OF AMERICAN POLITICS UNFOLDS.

Susan Rice’s Enrichment Program

The portfolio of embattled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice includes investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in several energy companies known for doing business with Iran, according to financial disclosure forms.

Rice, a possible nominee to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down, has come under criticism for promulgating erroneous information about the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
Rice has the highest net worth of executive branch members, with a fortune estimated between $24 to $44 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Free Beacon analysis of Rice’s portfolio shows thousands of dollars invested in at least three separate companies cited by lawmakers on Capitol Hill for doing business in Iran’s oil and gas sector.
The revelation of these investments could pose a problem for Rice if she is tapped by President Barack Obama to replace Clinton. Among the responsibilities of the next secretary of state will be a showdown with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program.
“That Susan Rice invested in companies doing business in Iran shows either the Obama administration’s lack of seriousness regarding Iran or Rice’s own immorality,” said Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser on Iran and Iraq. “Either way, her actions undercut her ability to demand our allies unity on Iran.”
The companies in question appear to have conducted business with Tehran well after Western governments began to urge divestment from the rogue nation, which has continued to enrich uranium near levels needed to build a nuclear bomb.
Financial disclosures reveal that Rice has had $50,001-$100,000 in Royal Dutch Shell, a longtime purchaser of Iranian crude oil.
Royal Dutch Shell currently owes Iran nearly $1 billion in back payments for crude oil that it purchased before Western economic sanctions crippled Tehran’s ability to process oil payments, Reuters reported.
“A debt of that size would equate to roughly four large tanker loads of Iranian crude or about 8 million barrels,” according to the report.
Rice has additional investments in Norsk Hydro ASA, a Norwegian aluminum firm, and BHP Billiton PLC, an Australian-based natural resources company, financial disclosure show.
Norway’s Norsk Hydro was awarded in 2006 a $107 million exploration and development contract for Iran’s Khorramabad oil block, according to the Wall Street Journal. Rice’s portfolio includes an investment of up to $15,000 in the company.
Norsk acknowledged at the time that it was working in Iran against the wishes of the U.S. government.
America is “not happy that we’re there,” Norsk Hydro spokeswoman Kama Holte Strand told the Journal at the time. Holte admitted that the company was working with Tehran because it is “profitable.”
Rice has up to $50,000 invested with another Iranian partner, BHP Billiton, which was probed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010 for its dealings with Cuba and Iran, according to reports.
The company, which had leased office space in Tehran, admitted to making more than $360 million from the Iranians, according to The Australian.
BHP Billiton sought to build a natural gas pipeline between 2002 and 2005 in conjunction with the National Iranian Oil Company, according the report. The company’s subsidiaries additionally “sold alumina, coking coal, manganese, and copper to state-owned Iranian companies.”
The House of Representatives passed a bill in 2007 that took aim at these companies and other that had done business with Iran. The bill enabled state and local governments to divest from these companies due to their dealings with Iran.
Then-senator Obama proposed and supported a similar bill at the time.
It is unclear how White House press secretary Jay Carney will respond to the latest revelations about Rice. Previous questions from the media about Rice’s investment in the company building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline were dismissed by Carney as information from “Republican opposition researchers.”















GAZAN SHEEPLE, F-TROOP, AND HOGAN'S HERO'S

A LESSON LEARN … NOT A CHANCE … JUST RE-LOAD TIME AS EACH SIDE 

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WHISTLES IN THE DARK PAST THE GRAVEYARD.  IT WAS THE HOLLOW ECHO OF "DON'T TOUCH THE STOVE, ITS HOT!" INCREDIBLE … THERE WERE NO WINNERS OTHER THAN THE FULL EMPLOYMENT IN IRAN MILITARY COMPLEX.  LIFE IN THE BALANCE … WHERE CHANCE FAVORS THE PREPARED.

A week after the ceasefire concluding Israel’s eight day campaign against Hamas, Operation Pillar of Defense, there is some debate as to who came out on top. The way one judges the outcome seems to depend on: one, what you make of the ceasefire agreement; two, what role you think that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi played; and, three, other less tangible factors.

Not surprisingly, Hamas and its allies, especially Iran, say that the Islamic resistance won this latest round. And on the other side, senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and army chief of staff Benny Gantz all believe that Israel won a clear, if perhaps temporary, battle with Hamas, killing its top commanders and degrading its long-range missile arsenal, all without sending in the 30,000 troops that had been poised on the Gaza border. Moreover, with a success rate of shooting down 84 percent of the missiles destined for inhabited or security-sensitive areas, Iron Dome may have tipped the regional balance of power even further in favor of Israel.

Israeli officials appear to put little weight on the actual agreement, which called for cessation of fire and included vague language about relaxing restrictions on the movement of people and goods between Gaza and Israel. As Ehud Barak remarked, “The right to self-defense trumps any piece of paper.” That is, if Hamas doesn’t abide by an agreement that is virtually identical to the one that followed Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in 2009, Jerusalem will decide when to renew its campaign against Palestine’s Islamic Resistance. Therefore, the only question that matters for Jerusalem is whether or not Pillar of Defense will have won Israel quiet on its southern border, a question that will be answered in the weeks and months ahead.

Others, however, argue that the ceasefire agreement represents a win for Hamas. Gaza residents are pleased that “Israel has allowed Palestinian fishermen to fish in Gaza's waters at a distance of 6 miles, up from 3 miles,” but surely the free enterprise of Gazan fishermen was not one of Hamas’s primary war aims. If boatmen believe it will be easier to smuggle arms into Gaza from 6 miles out instead of 3, Israel has already shown it can and will cut off Iran’s weapons supply route in two places, Sudan and Gaza.

Others who believe that Hamas won contend that the latest conflict ended Hamas’s isolation, and won the organization domestic, regional, and international recognition and respect. It’s true that a number of Arab foreign ministers as well as Turkey’s top diplomat Ahmet Davutoglu visited Gaza to show support. But if the presence of Arab foreign ministers is an index of international legitimacy it’s telling that the Arab super power, Saudi Arabia, didn’t send anyone—nor did European governments.

The conviction that the war enhanced Hamas’s prestige seems largely premised on the belief that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi played a major role in sponsoring the ceasefire. The thinking goes something like this, since Morsi is credited with brokering the deal, there must have been a deal for him to broker. Therefore, since it was a deal, and not just a return to the status quo with dead Hamas commanders and a depleted arsenal, there has got to be something in the deal for Hamas.

The Obama administration has overstated Morsi’s part as mediator, but for a very good reason: It wants to give him a stake not only in helping to keep the peace but also in staying under the American security umbrella. (MORSI HAS BEEN GIVEN A PLACE AT THE TABLE) The administration sought to show Morsi that his long-term interests would not be well served by siding with Hamas—whose actions in fact exposed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government to ridicule from rivals like Iran for not standing with Hamas and taking up arms against Israel. So, in order to convince Morsi to do the right thing, to follow the path of Mubarak and Sadat before him and take the American aid package and stay out of war with Israel, the White House threw rose petals at Morsi, telling all the world that he was instrumental in brokering the deal.

However, Morsi had nothing to do with it. In terms of the actual negotiations, they went through intelligence channels, just as they did under Mubarak, when then head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate Omar Suleiman mediated between Hamas and Israel. But much more to the point, there was no message for any Egyptian to convey to Hamas except for Israel’s terms—which was nothing but a return to the status quo, absent significant Hamas assets. In other words, Morsi did not mediate or sponsor the deal, because there was no deal.

It’s true that Israel didn’t get anything out of the deal either, but the war ended with material gains for Israel and material losses—men and arms—for its opponent. Sure, Hamas achieved a sort of symbolic victory by firing rockets into Israel up until the very moment that the ceasefire went into effect. But compare that to the billions of dollars that are likely to pour into Israel’s anti-missile defense industry on account of Iron Dome’s success. Symbolic victories don’t win wars, men and weapons do. (A PYRRHIC VICTORY FOR WHOM?)
And yet even some Israelis think Israel lost. A few Israeli officials are criticizing the operation for what seem like purely political reasons. For instance, Shaul Mofaz appeared to be positioning Kadima, the party he now leads, for Israel’s January elections when he complained that “The goals of his operation were not reached…We should not have stopped at this stage. Hamas got stronger and we did not gain deterrence.”

And yet it’s true that Mofaz seems to speak for a significant segment of Israeli opinion disappointed in the outcome. Among others, there are Israeli reservists, like this group that spelled out “Bibi Loser,” who were apparently frustrated that they were not sent in to Gaza to further weaken or destroy Hamas. As Benjamin Kerstein wrote in the JerusalemPost, “Rather than invade Gaza on the ground, uproot its terrorist infrastructure, and place Israel in an excellent position to dictate terms for its withdrawal, [Netanyahu] relied on air power, just as his predecessors did in the Second Lebanon War, and got the same results.” (ISRAEL ALREADY WITHDREW FROM THE GAZA … WHY CAPTURE WHAT IS ALREADY GAVE UP?)

However, Israel has enjoyed more than six years of quiet on its northern border with Lebanon. If Netanyahu gets the same results on Israel’s southern frontier—in a quarter of the time that Israel spent fighting Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon War and without the mismanaged ground operation that sent dozens of IDF troops to their death days before the 2006 ceasefire—then Operation Pillar of Defense will count as an unqualified success.

And yet strangely, it seems not to register with many people that Israel won in 2006, even if Hezbollah general secretary Hassan Nasrallah underlined this fact just last week. Nasrallah threatened that the Lebanese militia could hit targets throughout Israel, “from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat,” but the most relevant point is that Nasrallah did not fire a single missile in support of his Iranian-backed ally Hamas. Why, aside from idle boasts, did he keep his head down when Israel came knocking at the door of his comrades in resistance? Because he is concerned that the Israelis might repeat their 2006 performance that killed several hundred Hezbollah fighters and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. Nasrallah has spent much of the last six years in fear of an Israeli assassination attempt. If your leader is bunkered for more than half a decade, you have not won the engagement that sent him underground. Hezbollah lost in 2006, just like Hamas lost last week. (YOUR LEADER IS MERELY GETTING USE TO LIVING UNDERGROUND THEIR FINALLY RESTING PLACE)

So why do Israel’s wars, and especially its most recent conflicts with terrorist groups, seem so impervious to rational understanding? In part that’s because of pre-existing narratives that need to be redeemed after the fact, in spite of the facts. Among others, there’s the idea that violence doesn’t work. Israel can’t defeat Hamas militarily, so it didn’t. Or, because Israel’s military actions will only embolden the resistance, Israel can’t win and it didn’t.

Perhaps it is also because many people hold unrealistic, or ahistorical, ideas of war and peace. The reality is that few wars are conclusive, especially in the Middle East. If Hamas and Israel’s other enemies seek to do away with the Jewish state once and for all, Israelis would like to put an end to terror attacks permanently, live forever free from missile fire—and many of them would prefer to co-exist in comity with their neighbors. Neither prospect seems very likely at present. But in a sense Israel already has its own peace—a state, which it must defend periodically with war.

























Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ITS FOR THE HOMELAND … WHAT IN THE HELL ARE "THEY" EXPECTING?

A QUESTION DID THESE FEMA CORPS SWEAR ALLEGIANCE TO UP HOLD THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Homeland Youth

October 7, 2012. Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country.




On September 13, 2012, the Dept of Homeland Security graduated its first class of FEMA Corps youth, aka the Homeland Youth. Image courtesy of DHS.gov.

On September 13, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security graduated its first class of FEMA Corps first-responders. While the idea of having a volunteer force of tens of thousands of volunteers scattered across the country to aid in times of natural disasters sounds great, the details and timing of this new government army is somewhat curious, if not disturbing.
DHS raising an armed army

The first problem one finds with this ‘new army’ is the fact that they are mere children. Yes, 18 is generally the legal age a person can sign a contract, join the military or be tried as an adult. But ask any parent - an 18, 20 or even a 24 year-old is still a na├»ve, readily-influenced kid.

The second problem with this announcement and program is its timing. Over the past two years, President Obama has signed a number of Executive Orders suspending all civil and Constitutional rights and turning over management of an America under Martial Law to FEMA. Also in that time, domestic federal agencies under DHS, including FEMA, have ordered billions of rounds of ammunition as well as the corresponding firearms. Admittedly, these new weapons and ammunition aren’t to be used in some far-off war or to fight forest fires in California, but right here on the streets of America.

Strange Armored Fighting Vehicles

Individuals around the US have begun reporting the site of strange, new, heavily-armed FEMA fighting vehicles. What would a disaster relief agency like FEMA need with 2,500 brand new GLS armored fighting vehicles? According to the agency’s own mandate, as well as President Obama’s recent Executive Order, the answer is ‘population control’ during a time of Martial Law.

One set of images made available by Rense.com shows trailer after trailer carrying these new DHS and FEMA armored fighting vehicles, complete with machine gun slots. They’re labeled with the usual backward American flag and the title, ‘Homeland Security’. Below that and the DHS logo, it also reads, ‘Immigration & Customs Enforcement’. Joining those markings, the black vehicles with white lettering also display ‘POLICE/RESCUE’ on one side and ‘Special Response Team’ on the other.






DHS & FEMA armed fighting vehicles. Images courtesy of Rense.com.

FEMA Corps

FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino gave the keynote address at the ‘Induction Ceremony’ for the inaugural class of FEMA Corps members. According to the DHS website, ‘Corps members assist with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities, providing support in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to supporting disaster recovering centers to sharing valuable disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public.’

Serino describes what the first FEMA Corps class has accomplished so far, as well as where they’ll be going next: ‘Yesterday, we welcomed 231 energetic members into the first ever FEMA Corps class. The members just finished off their first month of training with our partners at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and are one step closer to working in the field on disaster response and recovery. They will now head to FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness to spend the next two weeks training in their FEMA position-specific roles. Once they complete both the CNCS and FEMA training, these 231 dedicated FEMA Corps members will be qualified to work in one of a variety of disaster related roles, ranging from Community Relations to Disaster Recovery Center support.’

A standing army

Unlike most local disaster response teams who are volunteers, training periodically and only showing up when there’s a disaster, the FEMA Corps will be a paid, full time, standing army of government youth. FEMA Deputy Administrator Sarino goes on to explain, ‘The new members, who range in age from 18-24 years old, will contribute to a dedicated, trained, and reliable disaster workforce by working full-time for ten months on federal disaster response and recovery efforts.’

In closing his announcement of the first graduating class of FEMA Corps Youth, Sarino describes his and the agency’s vision of the future, one where ‘FEMA Corps sets the foundation for a new generation of emergency managers’.

DHS arms itself


As we detailed in the August 28 Whiteout Press article ‘History of DHS Ammunition Purchases’, federal emergency management agencies are looking more and more like a military army every day.

The federal government’s procurement website actually lists DHS’ requests for bids to supply it with ammunition and military weaponry. All of the orders listed in the above article, including the orders for hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition, are publicly available at http://www.fbo.gov/.

One look at a chart of DHS ammunition purchases over the past decade reveals a drastic spike in orders of bullets recently, totaling in the billions of rounds. Other charts available online show a similar drastic spike in the purchases of accompanying weaponry by the Department of Homeland Security.

What is the US federal government preparing for? And why does it feel it needs an army of brainwashed youth, millions of guns, thousands of armored fighting vehicles and literally billions of rounds of ammunition, just to provide relief to the American people during a natural disaster? Any historian will tell you it sounds more like the arming of the Hitler Youth than an army of first responders fighting forest fires and hurricanes.

http://www.whiteoutpress.com/articles/q42012/homeland-security-graduates-first-corps-of-homeland-youth/?goback=.gde_127164_member_172748539








































Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ROSE COLORED GLASSES … OR PERHAPS JUST POLITICALLY BLIND

RAHM EMANUEL TO AMERICA: DO IT THE CHICAGO WAY … GET OVER IT!

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff in President Barack Obama's White House, has written an op-ed in the Washington Post advising America, and Democrats in particular, to follow Chicago's example in designing their policies, arguing that doing so will help the economy and keep Republicans out of office.

Emanuel advocates heavy investment in public infrastructure, funds for competition among public schools, spending more money for skills training at the collegiate level, and pushing for "comprehensive immigration reform." He also cites Democrat successes from Bill Clinton's second term, such as balancing the federal budget.
Yet there are a few features of Emanuel's tenure in Chicago that the nation would be wise not to emulate.

Murder. One is a massive violent crime wave, resulting in more than 400 murders by October 1. The city has already passed last year's total of 435 murders, and the murder rate is rising in Chicago despite drops in other major American cities and in spite of the nation's most restrictive gun control laws outside of Washington, DC. (MORE HOMICIDES THAN AFGHANISTAN)

2 shot at gang funeral: 'This is crazy' - chicagotribune.com

Shots rang out, causing panic and chaos as hundreds of mourners were leaving a Catholic church on the South Side following funeral services Monday for a slain reputed gang member.

Gangs alone make up more than a quarter of the city’s approximately 470 homicide victims. About 60 percent of this year’s homicide victims were gang members, according to department statistics.
There were five fewer homicides during the first 25 days of November compared to the same period in 2011, according to department statistics. But shootings during the first 25 days of this month have risen sharply by 45 percent.

From November 1 through Sunday there were 161 shootings compared to 111 during the same period in 2011, department statistics show.

Taxes. Another is the enormous tax burden Chicago imposes on its residents. The city has the highest sales tax in the nation, at 9.5%. That is partly why in his own budget for 2013, Emanuel refused to raise taxes--and, in fact, cut certain taxes. Instead, heproposed raising revenues from other sources, and cutting spending in several areas to balance the city's budget. (Curiously, Emanuel does not offer that same advice to President Obama.)

Debt. One way in which the nation already reflects Chicago's policies is massive, unfunded liabilities. Chicago faces unfunded pension liabilities of at least $26.8 billion--far higher, according to some estimates--and will need to cut spending dramatically or raise taxes to astronomically-high levels in the near future. Emanuel has not yet done much to reform Chicago's entitlements; Obama merely campaigned on demagoguing his rival's plans.

Unemployment. Emanuel cites job growth in Chicago. But Chicago's unemployment rate, at 8.4%, is still higher than the national average. And while the city was once a hub of entrepreneurship, the top four employers today are all government agencies, in order: the federal government, the public school system, the City of Chicago, and Cook County. Chicago has essentially become a government with an economy, rather than the other way around. That is a model that President Obama and his Democrats have already been following for the nation.

Emigration. As for comprehensive immigration reform, a large influx of immigrants could not prevent Chicago from suffering a population decline over the past decade. People are voting with their feet, and those with the means to do so are leaving Chicago--and leaving the debt-laden, Democrat-owned state of Illinois as well.

Corruption. Finally, as Emanuel well knows, there is one "Chicago way" for which the city has become famous--or infamous--and which he himself implemented at the highest levels of the Obama administration. That is the practice of paying back political favors with lucrative government business. The evidence suggests that Emanuel was involved in pushing the failed Solyndra deal, for example, in which hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars were shoveled to a failing solar-cell company with ties to Obama donors as part of a "green jobs" agenda. Chicago today remains the city of big favors, of pay-to-play politics and crony capitalism.

If President Obama were to adopt Emanuel's conservative approach to balancing the budget--and if he were to confront union special interests more aggressively than Emanuel did this fall in the Chicago teachers' strike--then America would indeed be better off, and the public would be sure to return Democrats to office. But that is not what Obama intends to do, and not what Emanuel recommends, which is little more than a re-hash of Obama's first-term promises.

Decades of Democratic one-party rule in Chicago have created a nationwide fan base for the Chicago Bears, as people who would have loved to stay in town have chosen, reluctantly, to try their luck elsewhere. The truth is that the nation could use a little less Chicago, and a lot more Wisconsin or Indiana--two Republican-governed neighboring states to which Chicago businesses and residents have been relocating.

STICK A FORK IN, ARE WE DONE YET?

Monday, November 26, 2012

PEBBLE, STONE, ROCK … MARK-UP, GOUGE, ROBBERY

THE BANKING INDUSTRY ARE PIKERS COMPARED TO THE CORNER DRUG STORE … DOES OBAMA CARE? 
The following was sent to me as if it was a single person doing a report. As verified in Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/medical/drugs/generic.asp); it is a composite of true items on the subject. It is definitely food for thought. The raw costs shown have no real relevance except to make a point. The raw costs shown do not account for all the factors that make up the final cost of a drug such as: the research and development of the drug (winners and losers), the overhead of manufacturing, marketing and distribution and that a pharmacy must cover their costs also. However, this is a case for comparison shopping for your drugs. Costco may or may not be your answer but it is a good case in point.
From the original mailing:
“Make sure you read all the way past the list of the drugs. The woman that signed below is a Budget Analyst out of federal Washington , DC offices.
Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active ingredient in prescription medications? Some people think it must cost a lot, since many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per tablet. We did a search of offshore chemical synthesizers that supply the active ingredients found in drugs approved by the FDA. As we have revealed in past issues of Life Extension a significant percentage of drugs sold in the United States contain active ingredients made in other countries. In our independent investigation of how much profit drug companies really make, we obtained the actual price of active ingredients used in some of the most popular drugs sold in America.
Drug       100      Consumer     Cost of Active     Markup
           Tablet   Price        Ingredient

Celebrex:  100 mg    $130.27        $0.60           21,712%
Claritin:   10 mg    $215.17        $0.71           30,306%
Keflex:    250 mg    $157.39        $1.88            8,372%
Lipitor:    20 mg    $272.37        $5.80            4,696%
Norvasc:    10 mg    $188.29        $0.14          134,493%
Paxil:      20 mg    $220.27        $7.60            2,898%
Prevacid:   30 mg     $44.77        $1.01           34,136%
Prilosec:   20 mg    $360.97        $0.52           69,417%
Prozac:     20 mg    $247.47        $0.11          224,973%
Tenormin:   50 mg    $104.47        $0.13           80,362%
Vasotec:    10 mg    $102.37        $0.20           51,185%
Xanax:       1 mg    $136.79        $0.024         569,958%
Zestril:    20 mg     $89.89        $3.20            2,809%
Zithromax: 600 mg  $1,482.19       $18.78            7,892%
Zocor:      40 mg    $350.27        $8.63            4,059%
Zoloft:     50 mg    $206.87        $1.75           11,821%

Since the cost of prescription drugs is so outrageous, I thought everyone should know about this. It pays to shop around! This helps to solve the mystery as to why they can afford to put a Walgreen's on every corner. On Monday night, Steve Wilson, an investigative reporter for Channel 7 News in Detroit, did a story on generic drug prices gouging by pharmacies. He found in his investigation that some of these generic drugs were marked up as much as 3,000% or more. So often we blame the drug companies for the high cost of drugs, and usually rightfully so. But in this case, the fault clearly lies with the pharmacies themselves. For example if you had to buy a prescription drug, and bought the name brand, you might pay $100 for 100 pills. The pharmacist might tell you that if you get the generic equivalent, they would only cost $80, making you think you are saving $20. What the pharmacist is not telling you is that those 100 generic pills may have only cost him $10!
At the end of the report, one of the anchors asked Mr. Wilson whether or not there were any pharmacies that did not adhere to this practice, and he said that Costco consistently charged little over their cost for the generic drugs.
I went to the Costco site, where you can look up any drug, and get its online price. It says that the in-store prices are consistent with the online prices. I was appalled. Just to give you one example from my own experience I had to use the drug Compazine which helps prevent nausea in chemo patients.
I used the generic equivalent, which cost $54.99 for 60 pills at CVS. I checked the price at Costco, and I could have bought 100 pills for $19.89. For 145 of my pain pills, I paid $72.57. I could have got 150 at Costco for $28.08.
I would like to mention, that although Costco is a 'membership' type store, you do NOT have to be a member to buy prescriptions there as it is a federally regulated substance. You just tell them at the door that you wish to use the pharmacy, and they will let you in.
I am asking each of you to please help me by copying this letter, and passing it into your own e-mail, and send it to everyone you know with an e-mail address.
Sharon L. Davis
Budget Analyst
U.S. Department of Commerce
Room 6839
Office Ph: 202-482-4458
Office Fax: 202-482-5480
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THE B&O EXPRESS … LIKE SHIT THROUGH A GOOSE … YUP, WE'RE THE GOOSE

KING POST TURTLES IN AN ILLITERATE SOCIETY
As congressional leaders return to Washington this week, a new CNN/ORC poll shows that two-thirds of Americans (actually 52% of the illiterate) think the country (beyond their ignorance) would face a crisis or major problems if Congress fails to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.

Roughly 24 percent said the country would face a crisis and 44 percent said the country would face major problems if the tax increases and spending cuts set to enact early next year are allowed to take hold. Just 24 percent think it would cause minor problems. (THAT LEAST 52% VOTED FOR OBAMA)
Fully 77 percent said it would impact their personal finances, and more than 70 percent called for (Post Turtles) Republicans and President Obama to compromise to find a solution. If talks fail, however, the poll suggests Republicans would receive greater blame. And respondents apparently don't have much confidence in the outcome. 
When asked if “elected officials in Washington will behave mostly like responsible adults or mostly like spoiled children,” 67 percent chose the latter. (IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE MAJORITY OF THESE VOTED FOR SPOILED CHILDREN TO RUN THEIR AFFAIRS IN WASHINGTON?)
When asked about solutions, 67 percent said they want to see a budget plan with a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, while just 29 percent want spending cuts only. Fifty-six percent said taxes on the wealthy should be kept high, while 36 percent think taxes for the wealthy should be kept low. (52% THESE ARE THE POST TURTLES IN AN ILLITERATE SOCIETY, "YOU KNOW THEY DIDN'T GET THERE BY THEMSELVES, THEY DON'T BELONG THERE, THEY CAN'T GET ANYTHING DONE WHILE THEIR UP THERE, AND YOU JUST WANT TO HELP THE POOR DUMB BASTARDS GET DOWN." BUT THAT'S A DISCUSSION FOR ANOTHER DAY!)
Obama has called for an increase in the tax rates on the wealthiest Americans, while extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the lower- and middle-class citizens. Republicans have said recently that they would consider additional revenues, though they want to generate them by closing loopholes in the tax code rather than raising tax rates.
The poll was conducted with 1,023 beyond their ignorance American Post Turtles between Nov. 16 and 18, with a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

IS THAT A TURKEY BONE IN YOUR THROAT?

INTEREST ON THE FEDERAL GROSS PUBLIC DEBT OF 14,764.2 TRILLION IN 2011 WAS $454 BILLION DOLLARS!  WHAT IS THE PERCENT OF  INTEREST ON THE TOTAL DIRECT REVENUE OF $2,303.5 TRILLION?  THE PERCENTAGE IS 20%.

THE INTEREST AS A PERCENTAGE OF INCOME TAXES IN 2011 WAS 42%.  SO, 42 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR RAISED IN INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAXES WAS PAID IN INTEREST!

OF SOME CONCERN IS THAT THE CORPORATE TAX REVENUES ARE ONLY $181 BILLION OR JUST 7.9% OF THE DIRECT REVENUE.  

SO LET'S THINK THIS THROUGH … WHERE WILL THE DIRECT REVENUE (TAXES) COME FROM … CORPORATIONS OR INDIVIDUALS … ?

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THE MOST VICIOUS PREDATOR TO WALK THE EARTH … A DEMOCRAT

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THE BIGGEST BAIT AND SWITCH IN HISTORY


THE GIFT OF LIFE IS PRECIOUS … 

The rate of abortions in the United States fell by 5%, the largest single-year decrease in a decade, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The decline is outlined in the annual abortion surveillance data for the year 2009, the latest available. It was published on Wednesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

About 18% of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, the CDC noted. Factors from the availability of abortion providers, state laws, the general economy and access to health services including contraception, can all influence the abortion rate, according to the CDC. An important way to reduce abortions is to eliminate unwanted pregnancies.

“Despite these multiple influences, given that unintended pregnancy precedes nearly all abortions, efforts to reduce the incidence of abortion need to focus on helping women avoid pregnancies that they do not desire,” the survey states. “Providing women and men with the knowledge and resources necessary to make decisions about their sexual behavior and use of contraception can help them avoid unintended pregnancies.”

The CDC has been reporting annually on the number and rate of abortions since 1969. The annual numbers are based on voluntary reports from states and some other municipalities. A few states, such as California, which is the most populous, do not report. That explains why the CDC said there were about 785,000 abortions in 2009, while other estimates put the number at more than 1 million.

To make comparisons possible, the CDC said it used the data from 43 states and two cities that have been reporting the numbers each year for 10 years. Those areas account for 772,630 abortions in 2009, or about 98.5% of the total reported to the federal agency.

The abortion rate for 2009 was 15.1 abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing years, defined as 15 to 44 years old. The abortion ratio was 227 abortions per 1,000 live births. Those numbers represent a 5% decrease in the total number and rate of abortions from 2008 and  the largest single-year drop during the decade that began in 2000. There was a 2% drop in one year in the abortion ratio, the CDC said.

From 2000 to 2009, the total number, rate, and ratio of reported abortions decreased 6%, 7%, and 8%, respectively, to the lowest levels at the end of the decade, it said.

Mississippi had the lowest abortion rate, at 4 per 1,000 women of child-bearing age. The state also had only a couple of abortion providers and has the nation's highest teen birthrate. New York, second to California in number of abortion providers, had the highest abortion rate, about eight times that of Mississippi.

White women had the lowest abortion rate, at about 8.5 per 1,000 women of child-bearing age, while the rate for African American women was four times larger. Latinas’ abortion rate was about 19 per 1,000 women of child-bearing years.




























OBAMACARE AND THE CYBER-DOCTOR … DIY

TAKE TWO ASPIRINS AND SKYPE ME IN THE MORNING 

End of the doctors surgery? GP visits to be replaced by Skype consultations in bid to save NHS £3bn

  • Many face-to-face appointments would be replaced by phone or weblink treatment
  • Online forms would be completed via iPads and negative test results delivered by text message
  • Doctors would use a mobile app to access patient records
  • Ministers say the plans will save the NHS £3bn 'immediately'
  • But campaigners say lives could be put at risk
PUBLISHED: 06:18 EST, 25 November 2012 | UPDATED:07:47 EST, 25 November 2012

Technological revolution: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (left) believes plans to conduct doctor's appointments via Skype or over the phone will save the NHS £3bn
Technological revolution: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (left) believes plans to conduct doctor's appointments via Skype or over the phone will save the NHS £3bn
Plans to replace face-to-face doctor's surgery appointments with treatment over the phone or via computer weblink will put lives at risk, ministers and campaigners have warned.
The new system of 'virtual clinics' favoured by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt could spell the end of traditional doctor's surgeries with appointments conducted on iPads and Skype, and test results delivered by text message.
The Sunday Express reported that NHS bosses are importing the idea from India and believe the changes would cut £2.9bn almost immediately, a good chunk of the £20bn the NHS must save to fill its funding gap.
However, critics say the plans would create a two-tier health service, where those who are less technologically able - particularly the elderly - would be left behind, and the trust between doctor and patient eroded.
The ideas were outlined by health minister Dan Poulter last week and are contained in a Department of Health report called 'Digital First.'
It proposes supplying community nurses with iPads in rural areas and making more use of Skype video calling between GPs and patients. Health assessments would be completed online and 'augmented' with video calls.
Mobile phone 'apps' would be used by doctors to access lab reports and health records, while negative test results would be sent to patients by text message rather than delivered in person.
Health chiefs believe the new system would reduce 'needless' appointments that take up too much staff time.
The report says that every one per cent reduction in face-to-face appointments will save the health service £200m. 

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham labelled the plans 'dangerous', while charities and campaign groups expressed concerns.
The Labour shadow minister said: 'Older people who don't have access to the internet will lose out.'
Backing the change: Conservative MP Dr Dan Poulter unveiled the plans for a digital future in parliament this week
Backing the change: Conservative MP Dr Dan Poulter unveiled the plans for a digital future in parliament this week
'Dangerous': Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham branded the reforms 'dangerous' and said older patients would miss out on the care they needed
'Dangerous': Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham branded the reforms 'dangerous' and said older patients would miss out on the care they needed
'It also gives the medical professional the chance to recognise health issues that may not be obvious from a distance.' 
Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: 'The telehealth agenda must be driven by a desire to improve clinical outcomes and patient care, not the government's plans to save £20bn.'
Speaking in a Westminster debate last week, Dr Poulter argued that treating patients with modern technology in their own homes would help to free up in-patient beds and reduce waiting times.
'We have to harness and better utilise more modern types of technology such as telehealth and mobile technology to support people better in their own homes and to drive down the cost of care,' he said.
Age UK charity director Michelle Mitchell said: 'Many people of all ages still prefer human contact. 
Dr Poulter told the Mail Online: 'We want to make life easier for patients. By allowing people to access the NHS online, we will help put an end to things like the 8am rush to phone your GP to try and book a medical appointment, and we are using the internet and medical technology to better support people with long term health conditions like diabetes, dementia and heart disease to be better looked after and supported in their own homes and communities.
'However, it is important to stress that patients who are unwell and need to see their GP will still always have quality face-to-face time with them. 
'The Government also recognises that not everyone, particularly frail older people, will have easy access to the internet, which is why the momentum for these improvements in care will be locally-led and will involve working closely with charities like Age UK in order to support people and their carers in better accessing medical technology and the internet.'