Sunday, April 25, 2010
New from WND Books: ‘The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists’
New from WND Books: ‘The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists’
Many thanks to BQ
NEW YORK, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- Bestselling author and investigative journalist, Aaron Klein has joined historian Brenda J. Elliott. Their latest book, "The Manchurian President: Barack Obama's Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists," by WND Books (May 3, 2010), is the most exhaustive investigation into President Obama's largely concealed personal history ever performed.
Klein began investigating Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, first exposing the politician's association with Weatherman founder Bill Ayers. That story prompted the Nation Magazine, writing at the CBS News website, to lament that "mainstream reporters now call the Obama campaign to ask about Klein's articles."
Klein was among the first reporters to expose President Obama's "green jobs" czar, Van Jones, founded a communist organization and called for "resistance" against the U.S. government. His articles were picked up and expanded upon by Fox News Channel, leading to Jones' resignation this past September.
Aaron Klein is senior reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief for Internet news giant WorldNetDaily.com, host of "Aaron Klein Investigative Radio" on 77-WABC, and he is the author of several acclaimed nonfiction books. He boasts a rolodex that includes world leaders, newsmakers and some of the world's most deadly terrorists.
Brenda J. Elliott
Elliott is an historian, author and investigative researcher who has earned the admiration and endured the scorn of media colleagues for dogged blogging during the 2008 presidential election about Tony Rezko, William Ayers and other criminals in Obama's clique of cronies.
Since 1988 Elliott has been responsible for a number of historical projects, has won an award by Project Censored for her work, and has been named "One of the Intriguing People" in 1990 by Central Florida Magazine.
Contact: M. Sliwa Public Relations, 973-272-2861, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: WND Books
USA v. Rod Blagojevich, No. 08 CR 888. BlagoGate - RezkObama Redux
The Chicago Tribune provides a hint of what delicious entertainment the impending trial of impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich -- and fired Celebrity Apprentice contestant -- may bring. The writer speculates on who may be subpoenaed to testify and what revelations lucky jurors and the public may hear. For example, he/she writes:
- Thursday's defense filing disclosed something the White House never has. A labor official, evidently from the Service Employees International Union, has told the FBI that on Nov. 3, 2008, the day before Obama was elected president, the candidate was on the phone, offering his opinion on the suitability of his friend Valerie Jarrett to fill his Senate seat. That contact isn't illegal or even inappropriate. It does, though, look tacky — and it also exposes Obama calling the controversial SEIU when he wanted to get a message relayed to Blagojevich.
But the disclosure of that Obama outreach serves the purposes of Blagojevich's lawyers: See? Even the president-to-be was working an angle to influence the choice of a new senator — and Obama can testify that the governor didn't ask anything in return. Similarly, showing jurors a deposition in which Obama contradicts what Rezko has told the FBI on other potentially embarrassing topics could discredit any Rezko testimony that he and Blagojevich were scheming to run the state as a criminal racket. Again, advantage Blagojevich.
- Rod Blagojevich was booted from his former position as Illinois Governor for alleged abuse of power. For his case, Blagojevich is seeking to have President Barack Obama to testify in his defense in the trial. The former Governor has subpoenaed the President in order to clear up certain differences between things that the president has said, and things that were said by other witnesses in the case.
- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says defense attorneys have subpoenaed him to testify at the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
WBBM-AM, Chicago, reported Durbin told reporters he had spoken to Blagojevich once about the Senate seat left vacant with Barack Obama's election as president. Durbin, the Senate majority whip, said the call lasted 10 to 15 minutes and he suggested 10 to 20 people to consider for the vacancy.
Looks like it's time for a refresher course on some of the who, what, why and how. RezkoWatch launched January 26, 2008; all the original articles and much more can be found in The RezkObama Reader. When BlagoGate surfaced in late December 2008, RBO kept up with the news, such as it was; articles are compiled at The BlagoGate Reading List.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Health Care Costs Increase: “national health expenditures under the health reform act would increase by a total of $311 billion (0.9 percent) during calendar years 2010-2019.” [Page 4] The actuaries found the law bends the cost curve up by a greater degree than either the House or Senate-passed legislation, despite the Administration's claim that slowing national health spending was the "single most important" reason to overhaul the health system.
- Over One-Half Trillion in Medicare Cuts: The Medicare actuaries found that the new health law cuts “$575 billion” [Page 4] from Medicare.
- Seniors’ Access to Care Jeopardized: As a result of the cuts to Medicare, the actuaries found, “absent legislative intervention, [providers] might end their participation in the program (possibly jeopardizing access to care for beneficiaries).” [Page 10]
- Workers & Seniors Can’t Keep the Health Plan They Have and Like: “We estimate that such actions would collectively reduce the number of people with employer-sponsored health coverage by about 14 million.” [Page 7] Furthermore, 2 million Americans who currently have employer-provided health coverage will be dumped into Medicaid. [Page 3] Additionally, the actuaries predict millions of seniors will lose their Medicare plan because massive cuts to the program will result in, “about 50 percent” of seniors no longer being in a plan. [Page 11].
- Long Wait Lines Resulting From A Shortage of Doctors and Hospitals: “For now, we believe that consideration should be given to the potential consequences of a significant increase in demand for health care meeting a relatively fixed supply of health care providers and services.” In other words, Americans should be prepared for doctor and hospital shortages under the new law. [Page 20]
- False Promise to Those With Pre-Existing Conditions: “By 2011 and 2012 the initial $5 billion in Federal funding for [high risk pools] would be exhausted, resulting in substantial premium increases to sustain the program.” [Page 16]
- Massive & Unworkable Entitlement Expansion: “First, an estimated 18 million would gain primary Medicaid coverage as a result of the expansion.” [Page 3] In addition to burdening both Federal and state budgets, the actuaries caution this expansion will fail to provide meaningful access to health care. “Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that a significant portion of the increased demand for Medicaid would be difficult to meet, particularly over the first few years.” [Page 20]
- Millions Will See Their Health Benefits Taxed for the First Time: “It should be noted, however, that an estimated 12 percent of insured workers in 2019 would be in employer plans with benefit values in excess of the thresholds (before changes to reduce benefits) and that this percentage would increase rapidly thereafter.” [Page 13]
- Budget Gimmicks Revealed: President Obama’s actuaries found that the new government-run long-term care program that Democrats had touted as saving $72 billion dollars over the next ten years, will “face a significant risk of failure.” [Page 15]
- New “Medicare Tax” Doesn’t Go To Medicare: “The Reconciliation Act amendments introduced a new 3.8-percent “unearned income Medicare contribution” on income from interest, dividends, annuities, and other non-earnings sources for individual taxpayers with incomes above $200,000 and couples filing joint returns with incomes above $250,000. Despite the title of this tax, this provision is unrelated to Medicare; in particular, the revenues generated by the tax on unearned income are not allocated to the Medicare trust funds.” [Page 9]
Health care has no intrinsic value at all, none. Health does. Joy does. Peace does. . . The best health care is the very least health care we need to gain the long, full and joyous lives that we really want. The best hospital bed is empty, not full. The best CT scan is the one we don't need to take. The best doctor visit is the one we don't need to have.Yeah, right, but what about when I'm sick? Well it's Joy and Peace brothers and sisters 'cause we don't have a clue what this is going to cause. How about lots?
Friday, April 23, 2010
Just when it seems like there is nothing but bad news coming from Capitol Hill, here's some unexpected good tidings - Rep. Mike Quigley, D-IL, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, are the co-chairmen of the newly formed Congressional Transparency Caucus in the House.So gentleman, lets start with some sunshine on the conversations between the White House, the SEC, and Goldman Sachs, or better yet, let's subpeana that video of President Obama at that dinner for Rashid Khalidi the LA Times has hidden away in a vault (Read Roger Simon)
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Quigley-Issa-head-of-new--91800404.html#ixzz0lv0oiR36
Given the extraordinary sudden turnabout in US policy toward Israel under the Obama Administration, I have become obsessed by the repressed 2003 videotape of Rashid Khalidi and Barack Obama. That tape — or so we are told — is ensconced in a safe at the Los Angeles Times building. In the current situation, its release by the paper is more important and newsworthy than ever.Of course we now have the motion to subpoena Prez Obama in the coming Blagojevich trial. Plenty for Bill Foster to shine some light on, if we could just pull him out from under his rock.
The Khalidi tape could be of tremendous significance in revealing the provenance of Obama’s views on the Middle East and the degree to which the public was misled on those views during the presidential campaign.
I am writing to solicit the help and ideas of Pajamas Media readers for seeking the release of the tape to the public. But first a little background, if your memories are as foggy as mine can be.
Rashid Khalidi — a Palestinian-American historian known for his strong pro-Palestinian opinions — is currently the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia and director of that university’s Middle East Institute. After Khalidi received this Columbia appointment in 2003, a farewell dinner party was held in his honor in Chicago. A videotape was made of that party where many good things were said about the Palestinian cause and many bad things about Israel. Then Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama was in attendance, as were, some say, William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Democrats have already started the "extremist frame 'cause that's all that got going for 'em this Novemeber. Sit down with Bill Brady though and you'll quickly read him as a fundamentally decent guy. Somebody you can trust to make you proud to say you're from Illinois. A guy who wants to build a decent economy where our kids can find jobs. Get Brady out there in the city and burbs and independents and Democrats will see his character. It doesn't take long for him to connect.
We've become so cynical about politics in Illinois, Brady's decency seems jarring at first, but it won't take Brady long to convince a lot of Democrats it's time to rally around a guy with Illinois's best interests at heart. I think Brady can do that if some of those power-that-be in the Illinois GOP can line up behind him with the bucks that it's going to take to put Brady out there for all to see up close.
Fran's take over at Illinois Review
I thought this on the Democrats funding $10 million on food deserts while keeping Walmart out of the city good.
"It’s just shocking the way they’re willing to sacrifice the quality of life for others to hold onto their political power. I think you can make no mistake about it, that’s what they’re doing by preventing major retailers from going in to a lot of these underdeveloped communities in the city of Chicago.
Roupas said Bill Brady’s been the only candidate to consistently bring that touchy topic up throughout the primary. Brady continued, building off Roupas' theme.
“It helps us with minority communities, it’s truth, it’s real,” Brady said. “It points to the dynamic differences between the political fiefdoms and the continuation of power for a few against the people they represent,” Brady said. “It really bothered me when – to counteract this -- they actually put $10 million into last year’s budget to help alleviate the “food desert” problem. We could have made hundreds of millions in tax revenue by letting the private sector alleviate the food desert problem.”
I asked Brady on how we go about growing Illinois when we have nine shot dead and another eighteen wounded within 12 hours. He responded with schools and economy on the fundamental solution to reducing violence but also mentioned the need for collective police work among city, suburbs, and State. Also letting violent offenders out early doesn't help much.
Lee Roupas stuck around afterwords to talk with us. He's an impressive guy with a grasp of the issues and an effective, convincing presenter. Watch him. He'll shake up Cook County; especially if the folks in the GOP with the check books come through and finance this campaign the way it should be.
We are still seven months until the midterm elections, so there is at least some possibility that the landscape could shift or that Democratic attacks on the GOP could keep Republican gains down to a minimum....and one of the 44 is the 14th.
Substantial Republican gains are inevitable, with net Democratic losses now looking to be at least two dozen. At this point, GOP gains of 25-30 seats seem likely, though considerably larger gains in excess of 40 seats certainly seem possible.
We've moved 44 seats toward the Republicans and only 4 toward the Democrats
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
NEW YORK, April 6 (Reuters) - The United States should consider raising taxes to help bring deficits under control and may need to consider a European-style value-added tax, White House adviser Paul Volcker said on Tuesday.
Volcker, answering a question from the audience at a New York Historical Society event, said the value-added tax "was not as toxic an idea" as it has been in the past and also said a carbon or other energy-related tax may become necessary.
Though he acknowledged that both were still unpopular ideas, he said getting entitlement costs and the U.S. budget deficit under control may require such moves. "If at the end of the day we need to raise taxes, we should raise taxes," he said. (Reporting by Steven C. Johnson and Leah Schnurr; editing by Carol Bishopric)
Monday, April 05, 2010
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Forgive the constitution lapse, but feigned concern for sick kids a bit much. Your concerned about the tone of debate Congressman Hare, start with yourself and some honesty.
SCOTT LEE COHEN WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER at Reform Chicago NOW's first non-partisan monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 14th at Erie Cafe (click for map). Everybody is welcome: Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, all are invited to discuss their issues about the City of Chicago. Anyone who attends... will have an opportunity to speak. Open bar from 6:00 - 7:00 PM - Speakers begin at 7:00 PM.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Emil Jones needs to call Obama and give him some advice on how real politicians handle crowds. As old man Daley once told Eugene Sawyer, you never have to take back things you don't say. Obama's boring an angry electorate and just setting himself up for parody and flubs.
Toward the end of a question-and-answer session with workers at an advanced battery technology manufacturer, a woman named Doris stood to ask the president whether it was a "wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care" package.
"We are over-taxed as it is," Doris said bluntly.
Obama started out feisty. "Well, let's talk about that, because this is an area where there's been just a whole lot of misinformation, and I'm going to have to work hard over the next several months to clean up a lot of the misapprehensions that people have," the president said.
He then spent the next 17 minutes and 12 seconds lulling the crowd into a daze. His discursive answer - more than 2,500 words long -- wandered from topic to topic, including commentary on the deficit, pay-as-you-go rules passed by Congress, Congressional Budget Office reports on Medicare waste, COBRA coverage, the Recovery Act and Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (he referred to this last item by its inside-the-Beltway name, "F-Map"). He talked about the notion of eliminating foreign aid (not worth it, he said). He invoked Warren Buffett, earmarks and the payroll tax that funds Medicare (referring to it, in fluent Washington lingo, as "FICA").