Friday, May 28, 2010
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A public-interest law firm has asked the Internal Revenue Service to make sure three large national labor unions comply with tax and disclosure laws in their planned spending of nearly $100 million to save Democrats in the 2010 congressional elections.
The Virginia-based Landmark Legal Foundation sent a letter on Tuesday to Lois G. Lerner, director of the IRS' tax exempt organizations division, asking that the agency monitor ''this unprecedented political activity.''
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) plans to spend in excess of $50 million during the 2010 campaign...
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Two months of paid leave for MTA bus drivers to recover from "assault" by spit?
News that this is routine, thanks to a contract clause, has outraged New Yorkers. But MTA Chairman Jay Walder's drive against such wasteful practices has the unions spitting mad. One of the nicer things transit workers recently called Walder in an online forum is a "tightwad micromanager . . . who manages through fear rather than respect."
Others wish the union had "taken action months ago with rule book slowdowns, mass protests at Walder's house"...
Subject: txt lgl edu crpt - Which side are you on?
In a remarkable display of self-degradation, some New York State judges are considering joining the United Federation of Teachers, a highly politicized, big bucks political donor, in an effort to raise their pay. The New York Post reports:
State judges are trying to join forces with the state's largest teachers union in a campaign to get raises, The Post has learned.When judges become self-interested members of a politicized labor union, America is well along the road to banana republic status.
Maverick Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Arthur Schack is leading a faction of angry jurists talking to the United Federation of Teachers about putting judges under the umbrella of the local union or its Albany County-based parent, New York State United Teachers.
"One option is having judges affiliate with a union for political clout," Schack told The Post. "We're exploring our options."
Schack -- a card-carrying member of the UFT who was once a teacher -- has been joined by another Brooklyn judge, Wayne Saitta, in recruiting colleagues to unionize in recent weeks, court sources said.
This is absolutely the wrong approach to take.
It is one thing for labor unions to destroy General Motors. It is quite another for judges to put self interest above the obligation to remain nonpolitical.
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Unions are meant for one thing and one thing only: to “get” for its members. They have one purpose and that is to take as much from an employer as they can take, to get as much money and benefits as they can get away with.
Unions are not interested in assuring quality workmanship, they are not interested in offering quality to customers, and they most certainly aren’t interested in efficiency and modernization. Unions have but one purpose, to extort as many goodies as possible from an employer regardless of what it does to a business or a profession.
Unfortunately, in the State of New York, judges are looking to “get” from the Empire State’s taxpayers regardless of what it might do to our legal system...
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Voters have an increasingly unfavorable opinion of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan but are more convinced than ever that she will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate...
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[No, it was an unfortunate accident - caused in large part by the government's having forced US exploration more than a mile underwater instead of accessing our vast reserves on land.
But 'never let a crisis go to waste'...]
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Chris Horner has been all over the story of Spain’s unimpressive experience with green energy. Spanish newspapers have finally called out the U.S. President for choosing a failed model for a “Green Economy.” From the other day:
On eight separate occasions, President Barack Obama has referred to the “green economy” policies enacted by Spain as being the model for what he envisioned for America.
Later came the revelation that Obama administration senior Energy Department official Cathy Zoi — someone with serious publicized conflict of interest issues — demanded an urgent U.S. response to the damaging report from the non-governmental Spanish experts so as to protect the Obama administration’s plans…But today’s leaked document reveals that even the socialist Spanish government now acknowledges the ruinous effects of green economic policy.
Now the Spanish press is on to the story. Buried on page 34 of today’s Gaceta is this headline:
Spain admits that the “green economy” it sold to Obama is a bust
Spanish government leaks a report acknowledging the grave economic consequences of betting on renewable energy
The first few lines:
The president of the United States, Barack Obama, does not appear to have chosen well in basing his “green economy” on Spain’s. After the government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero demonized a study by various experts on the economic downsides of renewable energies, it just leaked an internal document from the Spanish cabinet which is even more negative...
Among the findings, paraphrased from the right sidebar:
- Green energy is 120 percent more expensive, simply due to the extra costs of solar and wind, and the evolution of the market is not going to bring down those costs any time soon.
- The clean energy sector is slated to receive 126 billion euros in the next 25 years, but no one knows where the money is going to come from . In 2009, the subsidies were worth 5 billion euros.
- Photovoltaic solar power accounts for 53 percent of the extra cost of renewables, whereas it produces only 11 percent of Spain’s renewable energy.
- Each “green job” comes at the expense of 2.2 traditional jobs.
Subject: txt hots 2010 libs -
I Have A Challenge For Every Liberal Politician In America
Whatever else you want to say about the Democrats during this cycle, you can't say they haven't gotten a lot done. Moreover, Barack Obama may be a pathological liar, but he wasn't lying about the change. That promise, ambiguous though it may be, he kept.
Yet, what do we hear? The Democrats seem to want to campaign on everything BUT what they've actually done. They're talking about Bush, attacking Republicans, and running from the policies they've implemented.
So, here's my challenge: run on your record...
Run on the stimulus bill, cash for clunkers, higher taxes, and cap and trade (which has passed the House). Run on the job Obama has done on the oil spill. Look people in the eye and tell the truth: You think Democrats have done a good job of cleaning up corruption, of creating jobs, getting the deficit under control, handling the bailouts, and running the war on terror. Don't forget to advocate closing Gitmo either. Of course, most importantly, talk non-stop about how wonderful Obamacare is for America.
So, don't vote with Nancy Pelosi all year long and then campaign like you're a moderate Republican when election time comes around. Have the guts to be honest: tell people that you agree with Nancy Pelosi, you think Barack Obama is another FDR, and you're looking forward to voting for cap and trade, comprehensive immigration reform, and more bailouts if you're reelected.
The Democratic Party has a record this time around, an extremely liberal record: You liberals should pretend like you have a pair and run on it.
Subject: txt hots cali 2010 -
Democratic State Attorney General Jerry Brown's post-convention bounce appears to be over, and he now posts narrow leads over both his Republican challengers in California's gubernatorial race.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Brown picking up 43% support, while Steve Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner earns 42%. Seven percent (7%) would vote for some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
A month ago, just after the California Democratic Convention, Brown led Poizner 50% to 32%. Poizner earned just 27% support in March. Brown's support now matches findings in February and March. Brown now earns 45% support over Whitman's 41%. Eight percent (8%) would vote for some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided.
Is Steve Poizner pulling off the improbable? - Press-Telegram
May 18, 2010 ... Steve Poizner, the guy who was supposed to get chopped into tiny pieces, has shredded billionaire Meg Whitman ...
The turnaround seemed all but impossible back on March 24 when the Public Policy Institute of California issued a poll showing that Whitman led Poizner by 50 percentage points....
Poizner has all but closed the gap between himself and the one-time front-runner, and Californians are still forming their opinion, with three weeks before the June 8 primary...
[Ignore the polls. Don't game the system. Vote your conscious by voting for the person who most closely matches your positions on issues, period.]
Subject: txt hots lbrty 2010 sclm bbro bdd libs -
Just when you thought it was safe to start expressing your right to free speech, Democrats in Congress are gearing up for a vote on a new piece of legislation to blatantly undermine the First Amendment.
Known as the DISCLOSE Act (HR 5175), this bill – written by the head of the Democrats’ congressional campaign committee – is their response to the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In short, the Supreme Court found that the government could not restrict the free speech rights of individuals or other entities wishing to participate in the political dialogue.
It is hard to see how establishing a level playing field for free speech – as our Founding Fathers did by making it a right under the Constitution and which the Supreme Court upheld – is a threat to our democracy.
Nevertheless, the White House and their allies on Capitol Hill see honest criticism as a threat to forcing their big government, liberal agenda through Congress. So, there is no time like the present – namely five months before an election – to start putting the muzzle on those individuals and organizations not sticking to the Democrats’ talking points.
Under the DISCLOSE Act, certain incorporated entities would be restricted in how they can exercise their free speech rights. There is an exemption for some in the media sphere like newspapers, TV news, and the like. However, there is one driving force in today’s public debate that is NOT exempt.
Bloggers will not have the same exemption provided to other media sources. Never mind that the Supreme Court’s opinion in the Citizens United case stated, “Differential treatment of media corporations and other corporations cannot be squared with the First Amendment.”
Democrats should not be allowed to give themselves carte blanche to shut down the ability of those in the blogosphere or elsewhere to participate in our nation’s collective dialogue. That flies in the face of our most sacred rights as American citizens.
"OPPOSE DISCLOSE Act (HR 5175)"
YOUR Congressman: https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
or: Speed Message them with your personal distribution list...
"Our military is currently engaged in two wars and we need to have a true assessment of the impact of repealing ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ on battlefield effectiveness prior to taking any legislative action."
Senator John McCain's office just released letters from the chiefs of the armed services, as well as a statement from the senator urging Congress to let the military complete its study before taking legislative action...
Majority of Americans Believe Future of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Should be Left Up to Military Commanders, Zogby Poll Finds
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Fifty-nine (59) percent of Americans think military leaders, rather than Congress, should be making the decision about the military policy on homosexuality, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Family Research Center. The Zogby International telephone survey, which was conducted May 17, asked 2,063 people:
"As pertains to homosexuals openly serving in the military, do you believe this decision is best made by military leaders or Congress?"
Only 21 percent said Congress should make the decision --
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The governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency next month are to discuss nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, the target perversely being the one country in the region whose atomic threat is zero.
That is, of course, not Iran, which has been defiantly enriching weapons-grade uranium.
It's Israel, which may or may not possess the bomb as a last-ditch deterrent against being overrun by a ring of [routinely threatening] enemies.
For almost half a century, the U.S. has backed Israel in cloaking its nuclear capabilities in doubt. This strategic ambiguity has enhanced its defensive posture.
Now, though, in one more break with the principles that have undergirded American-Israeli relations, the Obama administration has fed momentum at the IAEA and at the United Nations for pressuring Israel to reveal its nuclear secrets on the way to forced disarmament...
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It is not entirely clear what possessed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to disclose his peculiar suspicions that a yet-to-be-apprehended terrorist could very well turn out to be a right-wing enthusiast driven to violence because of his strong disagreement with President Obama's health care plan. What the consequences would have been had his suspicions proved accurate we cannot now predict, since said miscreant has already confessed.
We'll therefore be spared the ceaseless media 'investigations', as it turns out that he is, after all, merely another SUV-driving, stand-by Islamic jihadist commissioned to bring the war on terror to our shores...
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Masked gunmen from an Islamist group torched a UN-run summer camp for [their] children and teens in Gaza on Sunday, Army Radio reported, the top UN aid official in Gaza said.
John Ging says the assailants tied up the guard early Sunday, burned tents and vandalized bathrooms. UN officials say the attackers left behind three bullets and a note threatening to kill Ging and others unless the UN cancels its activities for some 250,000 Gaza children. ..
[Israel's 'partner in peace'.]
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Governor Deval Patrick told more than 1,100 Muslims at a Roxbury mosque yesterday that he knew many have encountered discrimination and racial profiling since Sept. 11 and that he would do everything in his power to combat those problems.
The audience, which comprised Muslims from across the state, including many women who wore hijab head coverings and men who wore kufi caps, frequently interrupted Patrick with cheers and chants of “Allahu Akbar!’’ which means “God is great!’’
By 2030, as many as 31 states may not have the money to pay the pensions of retired teachers, university employees, state workers, judges and politicians...
The stories coming out of last week's White House state dinner honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderon focused chiefly on who wasn't there. The guest list signaled not only that Los Angeles continues to be the de facto capital of the Latino United States, but also that the city's labor-Latino alliance remains a dominant force (if not the dominant force) in L.A. and California politics...
“They are afflicted with the nation’s highest sales and gasoline taxes, and a particularly punishing income tax. And still “progressives” both inside the state claim that California’s budget crisis — a looming deficit of $18 billion — is the result of too little tax revenue.
(This deficit figure doesn’t include the state’s pension liabilities totaling a stunning half-trillion dollars.)
As if devoid of economic rationality, state legislators have introduced more than a dozen proposals this year to hike taxes even higher — on top of the $12.5 billion tax increase imposed last year...”
A California Congressman on Thursday strongly criticized Mexican President Felipe Calderon for his comments about Arizona's new anti-illegal immigration law while also excoriating "the left wing of the White House" and "many Democrats in this Congress" who cheered his remarks.
This elicited a standing ovation from many Democrats present including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Attorney General Eric Holder, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (video right).
Just a few hours later, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) took to the House floor to express his view of this disgraceful day in American history (video follows with full transcript):
Tom McClintock: a good man too few of us voted for instead of the hollywood-rino we were stuck with, and current endorser of Chuck DeVore for US Senate against Boxer...