31 July 2011

It’s Not Obimbo...

...but it sure sounds a lot like something he’d do!
Outrage of the Week
This week’s outrage comes to us from Baltimore, Maryland, where mayoral candidate Otis Rolley is proposing a $1.00 per bullet tax be levied on all ammunition purchases in the city of Baltimore as part of his "crime plan.
According to a July 19 article appearing on WBALTV.com, Rolley said, "This is not a revenue enhancement tool. It’s a ‘make it difficult for you to buy bullets in the city’ tool." Rolley also stated that the proposed tax would cause a decrease in "random firings that too often happen around holidays."
Hmm. Tax the law-abiding citizens of the city and make it prohibitively expensive for them to purchase ammunition for self-defense, and reduce penalties for illegal drugs. That’s his idea of a crime plan? That’s outrageous.
That’s outrageous?!  That’s pretty STOOPID, too!

Par for the course, though.

I’m Getting Pretty Discouraged.

As much as I diss Oclueless, you’d think I WOULD GET A VISIT from his Gestapo.
Homeland Security surveillance detected on Christian website
Posted: July 30, 2011 10:00 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh © 2011 WND 

 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun watching a blog posted by a Christian who was forced to flee Brazil because of the conflict between that nation’s pro-homosexual “hate crimes” agenda and his advocacy for traditional marriage. 
Exactly why the U.S. government, which several times has linked Christians and conservatives with terrorism, is watching Julio Severo’s unabashedly Christian Last Days Watchman blog isn’t clear. 
A WND request to the DHS for comment did not generate a response. 
The website’s records reveal the DHS visited the site yesterday. A different computer, also at the DHS, was on the site again today. WND reported in 2009, shortly after Obama took office, that a Department of Homeland Security report warned of the possibility of violence by unnamed “right-wing extremists” – people concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty. The report pointed to returning war veterans as particular threats. The visit yesterday was revealed in a website tracking report:
The visit today was documented in another report:
Severo was profiled earlier on WND when as a prominent pro-family activist in Brazil, he was forced into exile because of the “hate crimes” laws in his land. Several prominent Christian leaders in America at the time warned that similar crackdowns could be coming in the U.S. because of the federal “hate crimes” bill signed by Obama shortly after he took office. That law enhances penalties based on the thoughts of the person suspected of committing a crime. 
Pastor Rick Scarborough of Vision America Action and Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel voiced their opposition to the law at the time. While there has not yet been a large-scale crackdown on pastors who preach against homosexuality, there are indicators that such developments could be in the offing. 
Obama’s lifting of the ban on homosexuals in the military, for example, has raised questions about the status of  military chaplains who teach a biblical perspective of homosexuality. 
At the time of his exile, Severo told WND that while Brazil does not criminalize Christianity, it regulates what biblical principles can and cannot be preached, and it bans biblical citations that disapprove of the homosexual lifestyle. 
“Brazil grants freedom to preach Christianity, provided that the sermons avoid negative mentions of state-protected behaviors and cultural trends,” Severo said at the time. “The Brazilian government is establishing more and more categories of protected behaviors, banning negative mentions. So Brazilian preachers need to get updated on the latest political changes and preach a Gospel according to the state interests.” 
He cited an example of Brazil’s restrictions. 
“In Rio, a Pentecostal minister led a criminal to Jesus and convinced him to deliver himself to police. Rev. Isaías da Silva Andrade accompanied the former criminal to police and when they asked how his life had been changed, the minister answered that the former criminal lived under the influence of demons from Afro-Brazilian religions which inspired him to criminal conduct, but now he found salvation in Jesus. Because of this innocent account, Rev. Andrade is now being prosecuted for discrimination against the Afro-Brazilian ‘culture’! If condemned, he will serve between two and five years in jail,” Severo said.
The whole story: Homeland Security surveillance detected on Christian website

I’ve said it a thousand times, and I’ll keep saying it... when it becomes a crime to bash Obozo, they’ll throw me so far back in (and UNDER) prison, they’re gonna have to pipe me daylight!

(I keep checking my Sitemeter, but no luck... so far.)

30 July 2011

The Obimbo Stimulus: Predictions Vs. Reality.

Here's another reality check...
(Note that this video was made in 2009.)

Now -- just like the video in the post, "Obimbo: A Trillion Here... A Trillion There," think about...

awww, just forget it.

Obimbo: A Trillion Here... A Trillion There...

...after awhile, it starts to add up.
(Note that this video was made in April of 2009.)

Now... think about how bad it's gotten since THEN!

28 July 2011

Not That I’m Really Worried... It’s Just ANOTHER Obimoism.

On second thought... OBIMBOISM!  Maybe I SHOULD BE worried.
Congressman: Only ‘theft’ would detour Social Security checks. 
Did Barack Obama have one of those unwelcome political moments when the harsh reality of truth accidentally spills out when he said he couldn’t assure Social Security recipients that their checks would be mailed in August unless he got the debt ceiling increase he wanted? 
Because, the facts are that although there is a specific Social Security trust fund in which Social Security taxes are tabulated, and the government reports there is a $2.7 trillion balance in that account, the taxes go into and the retirement and disability checks come straight out of the nation’s general fund. 
That circumstance has prompted U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., to propose, along with half a dozen other House members, legislation that would make certain the payments to senior citizens are made in a timely manner. 
The president’s comment came during an appearance recently on CBS. 
“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd,” he warned. “There may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.” 
Posey insisted, however, that if the checks are not mailed, it will only be because Obama wants them withheld. 
“The president is essentially saying he could take incoming Social Security payroll taxes and spend them elsewhere,” Posey said. “That money belongs to the nation’s retired seniors who have spent their entire lives working and paying into the system. 
“The federal government is obligated to make these payments and anything short of doing so should be considered theft,” he said. 
His Social Security Check Guarantee Act, H.R. 2581, removes the payment of Social Security benefits from the debt ceiling limit discussion by requiring that checks be sent to seniors even if the federal government reaches the statutory debt limit. 
“The federal government takes in enough Social Security payroll taxes each month to pay the lion’s share of Social Security benefits,” Posey said. 
His office has posted a chart showing categories of mandatory and discretionary spending: 
The chart shows that in the Fiscal Year 2010 spending plan of $3.5 trillion, Social Security will take up $701 billion, Medicare $519 billion, Medicaid $273 billion, interest on debt $202 billion and other mandatory spending $433 billion. But there are hundreds of billions of dollars in spending that is optional. 
The issue of defense spending, Social Security and interest payments on the nation’s debt have been debated intensely in recent days. Obama has demanded that Congress increase the nation’s debt limit so he can borrow and spend more money. 
But a number of analysts have said it is not necessary to borrow more to meet current obligations. They point out that the nation could not, however, pay for the many programs that Obama proposes. 
Jacob Lew, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said Social Security should be of no impact on the debt ceiling issue, either. 
“Social Security benefits are entirely self-financing,” he said. “They are paid for with payroll taxes collected from workers and their employers throughout their careers. These taxes are placed in a trust fund dedicated to paying benefits owed to current and future beneficiaries.” 
He said the trust fund is in surplus now and growing. He said it would continue to accrue interest and grow until 2025 and will “have adequate resources to pay full benefits for the next 26 years.”
Then we get the opposing view... which is scary. You have to remember, we’re talking about Obimbo and his goons. They’ve run over the Constitution so many times that there ought to be lengthy prison sentences for A LOT of people. So, with Obimbo’s administration, what it should be and what it is, are two different things.
A congressional committee, however, documents that the Social Security trust fund is an accounting procedure. 
“The trust fund neither receives payments from taxpayers nor makes payments to beneficiaries. It is simply an accounting device used to record transactions made on behalf of Social Security by the government,” said the Joint Economic Committee’s explanation. 
“When individuals pay Social Security payroll taxes, the money goes into the general fund of the Treasury along with all of the other taxes collected by the government. When individuals receive Social Security benefits, the money comes out of the general fund of the Treasury just like any other government expenditure. 
“The government records these transactions by increasing or decreasing the balance in the trust fund.” 
“The balance is comprised of federal debt, or more precisely, special issue non-marketable U.S. government debt securities. When payroll taxes exceed benefits, Social Security is said to ‘invest’ its surplus in these securities and the balance goes up. Conversely, when benefits exceed payroll taxes, Social Security is said to ‘redeem’ its investments in these securities to cover the deficit and the balance goes down.” 
Commentator Charles Krauthammer wrote in the Washington Post that the reality is the Social Security trust fund contains nothing. 
“Here’s why. When your FICA tax is taken out of your paycheck, it does not get squirreled away in some lockbox in West Virginia where it’s kept until you and your contemporaries retire. Most goes out immediately to pay current retirees, and the rest (say, $100) goes to the U.S. Treasury -- and is spent. On roads, bridges, national defense, public television, whatever -- spent, gone.” 
Then we get the opposing-opposing view:
A spokesman for Posey, George Cecala, said seniors should not feel threatened.  
“You can’t not pay Social Security benefits with Social Security money and pay something else with that money. “That money belongs to the seniors. It’s their money.” 
According to a Social Security Administration snapshot, there are some 60 million receiving benefits from Social Security in retirement and disability income. The average monthly benefit is $1,079. 
The Joint Economic Committee report also confirmed the “arcane” budgetary treatment of Social Security simply includes fallacies. 
“Social Security has its own ‘trust fund;’ Social Security receipts and outlays are labeled ‘off-budget;’ and the Social Security Administration is an ‘Independent Agency.’ Despite all of these special features, Social Security is still a government program. When Social Security has a cash-flow surplus, Social Security taxes are available to pay for other programs. When Social Security has a cash-flow deficit, the government must collect other non-Social Security taxes or borrow from the public to pay for Social Security benefits,” the report said. 
“When people talk about the ‘trillions’ in the trust fund, they are knowingly or unknowingly referring to the balance of unredeemed non-marketable U.S. government debt securities, not a pile of unspent cash.” 
Joseph Farah, CEO of WND and the organizer of the grass-roots “No More Red Ink” campaign, which is lobbying to simply cut off the government’s credit card, said the House Republicans have it within their control to stop the borrowing and force the federal government to reduce spending. 
“The only reason to raise the debt limit is to continue business as usual in Washington,” said Farah. “There is no necessity to do it. The prudent and responsible move would be to run the government with the trillions in revenues it takes in. No individual, no business and no state or local government can just keep borrowing to justify uncontrolled spending. It’s time the federal government starts operating like the rest of us do.” 
In recent weeks, a number of high-profile commentators also have come out in favor of calling a halt to the borrowing -- estimated at some $5 trillion since Obama took office. 
Radio host Michael Savage blasted House Republicans for even considering allowing the Obama administration to pile up more debt. 
“Where did all the ‘fiscal conservatives’ go?” Savage asked in a recent e-mail to WND. “Of course we should not extend the debt limit! What kind of insanity is this? 
“If a family is broke and dependent on loans,” Savage continued, “what bank would extend a new credit line until the family 1) sold assets; 2) worked out a repayment plan for existing loans? We will become a bigger ‘banana republic,’ like Argentina 20 years ago, if we increase our national debt.” 

The one thing I do know is, with the Obimbo Mafia in control, we WILL BE a ‘banana republic’ in a VERY SHORT TIME.

And, if it’s ‘theft’ that would detour Social Security checks, that’s exactly what I’m afraid of... look who we’re talking about!

27 July 2011

Obama DOJ Gave Cartel Enough Guns To Arm A Marine Regiment.

“These guns went to ruthless criminals,” Carlos Canino, ATF Acting Attaché to Mexico said in testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday regarding the scandal-plagued Operation Fast and Furious. “It’s alleged that over 2,000 guns were trafficked in this investigation. To put that in context, upon information and belief, the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment has approximately 2,500 rangers. That means that as a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have received almost as many guns that are needed to arm the entire regiment. Out of these 2,000 weapons, 34 were .50-caliber sniper rifles. That is approximately the number of sniper riles a Marine infantry regiment takes into battle.” 
“The Acting Director of the ATF, in a transcribed interview with investigators, has said that the Justice Department is trying to push all of this away from its political appointees. That is not the response this committee, Congress and the public, should expect from the ‘most transparent administration in history,’” Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said during opening statements. “To date, President Obama has been keen to talk about who didn’t know about the program and who didn’t authorize it. These answers will not suffice. The American people have a right to know, once and for all, who did authorize it and who knew about it.” 
A new report released by Issa’s office shows ATF agents working in Mexico were left in the dark about the details of Operation Fast and Furious. The report shows that in late 2009, ATF officials in Mexico began to see increasing amounts of guns traced to the Phoenix ATF Field Division office showing up at violent crime scenes. Former ATF Attaché to Mexico Darren Gil and ATF Acting Attaché to Mexico Carlos Canino expressed their concerns to officials in the Phoenix Field Office and in Washington D.C. but were ignored. 
To make things worse, ATF leadership deliberately lied to agents working in Mexico, telling them Operation Fast and Furious would end in July 2010, but the program didn’t end until December 2010, only after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed by a cartel member in the Arizona desert using a gun issued through Operation Fast and Furious. 
Every time agents working in Mexico asked about the investigation, their “U.S. based ATF counterparts in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. continued to say they were ‘working on it’ and ‘everything was under control,’” according to the report. 
At this point, 48 different recoveries of weapons have occurred in Mexico, and the public has only seen the beginning of the violence as a result of Operation Fast and Furious. 
One suspect was able to purchase and transfer over 600 weapons to cartel members before he was arrested. 
“I recall my first days at the ATF academy, where it was drilled into us as new agents that under no circumstances would any firearms, in any investigation, leave the control of ATF. Instructors stressed that even if a weapon was lost “by accident,” the agent was still subject to termination,” former ATF Attaché to Mexico Darren D. Gil said in testimony. 
This, is the perfect storm of idiocy,” Canino said in an interview issued in the Oversight Committee report. “You don’t lose guns. You don’t walk guns. You don’t let guns get out of your sight.”
Yes, Mr. Canino, I would say “idiocy” pretty well sums it up.

Walmart Moments At The White House.

26 July 2011

Oblahblah REALLY Earned His Name Last Night.

I didn’t even bother watching his latest blah-blah. I went to bed. Jim Treacher of  The DC Morning says it better than anyone. 
Obama bullies pulpit some more -- Here’s yet another law Obama doesn’t care about: the law of diminishing returns. Last night he gave yet another televised address on the debt ceiling, breaking into “MasterChef” and “The Bachelorette” and other shows people actually wanted to watch, saying nothing he hasn’t said countless times before -- corporate jets, “balanced” approach, it’s Bush’s fault, why can’t those stupid Republicans be bipartisan like me, everything’s going to fall apart if I don’t get what I want, yadda yadda yadda -- and clearly getting frustrated that it isn’t working.

There’s more (if you’re even interested) at the link in Treacher’s article. 
P.S. You know why there were no American flags behind Obama? He’s tired of the competition.

22 July 2011

U.N. To Seize Jerusalem From Israel On July 26th.

I was a young Marine in Viet Nam and it was sometime around the 8th or 9th of June of 1967. My company was pulled out of the field, along with several others in the battalion, and we were put on standby to deploy to another country. All that I knew was, it had something to do with the Middle East and Israel. That was cool with me... less than two years in the Corps and I was going have TWO conflicts in my Service Record Book. My Combat History page was going to be looking REAL good!

We were squaring our gear away and getting ready to board ship when we got the word to stand down. Whaaaat?! The war had just started! It’s OVER already?!... The Israelis WON?!... And they didn’t need any help?! That was when we started using the phrase, “Man, you DO NOT wanna mess with the Children of God!”

It wasn’t until later that I learned just how outnumbered and out gunned the Israelis were... and how many countries they defeated to secure their freedom and way of life. That phrase we used has taken on a new and a real meaning for me. They were (and are) a country and people who have my deepest respect and admiration. And, just for the record, I happen to be Protestant.

Jimmy Carter gave us the stink hole that’s Iran. And now -- that nappy-headed, big eared, little nerd -- Obimbo wants Israel to revert back to the borders of 1967?

Here’s my thoughts on it, Obimbo -- when monkeys fly out my butt! 
Excerpts from the article, 07/22/2011 04:07:07 AM, follow: 
The United Nations Security Council has scheduled July 26th in New York, for open “debate” about whether or not they will seize Israeli land in September, and divide Jerusalem by establishing a Palestinian state, without negotiation or approval from Israel. 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he feared a “surprise” move after the Quartet of the United Nations, EU, USA, and Russia met last Monday in DC, to endorse President Obama’s plan to enforce 1967 borders, and divide Jerusalem and seize Israeli land to form an independent Palestine, on either July 26th or in Sept. at the U.N. 
Haaretz newspaper reported Quartet members “are expected to release a statement endorsing U.S. President Barack Obama’s May 19 speech on the Middle East, which called for...the borders of a future state based on pre-1967 lines...” 
President Obama wrote in his book “I will stand with [Muslims] if the political winds shift in an ugly direction,” so I picture Obama siding with Palestinian President Abbas above, who said last week, “President Obama says he wants to see an independent Palestinian state by September.”
There’s speculation that Obimbo didn’t even write the books that he’s SUPPOSEDLY  written. How about Bill Ayers?! 
Only the U.N. Security Council can vote to recognize new nations, and move borders. It is composed of 15 member nations among which only 5 have veto authority:  USA, Britain, France, China, and Russia. 
The fact any debate will occur on 26 July confirms a big U.N. vote will occur in September, and if President Obama’s U.N. delegation fails to veto, Israel will forfeit half its land and Jerusalem will become the Muslim capitol of the new state of Palestine. 
President Obama has recently signaled that the U.S. may not veto such a land-grab, as Abbas said last week on Lebanese TV, quote: “President Obama says he wants to see an independent Palestinian state by September.”  No wonder Abbas met with PLO leaders and decided to seize the moment, and East Jerusalem with it. 
Israel would likely not recognize such a vote, and refuse to forfeit their land. Palestinians will declare independence and start a war in September, with the whole world against Israel. 
This confirms the likelihood Obama will direct America’s U.N. representatives to NOT VETO the upcoming U.N. vote to seize Israeli land and establish an independent Palestine state, without any concern or negotiation for Israeli sovereignty. 
If Obama does not veto this, it would immediately cause a violent war against Israel. 
Abbas, who claims 116 of the 195 member states of the UN General Assembly are willing to recognize a Palestinian state, has stressed that his government would go through with the declaration if negotiations with Israel remain deadlocked. Israel hopes for 30 nations against, but America is the only among them who could veto the U.N. land grab. 
Haaretz newspaper in Israel reported President Obama had privately given a 30-day ultimatum to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to either forfeit their land and revert to Obama’s 1967 border plan, or face punishment by the United Nations. A U.N. vote to recognize Palestine (and seize Israeli land) is scheduled for September, which could be vetoed by the United States, but Obama’s recent actions cast doubt upon whether the U.S. will veto any U.N. land-grab. 
In other words, Obama issued an implied threat to destroy Israel, by endorsing the U.N. plan to seize her land, unless Netanyahu commits national suicide by returning to the 1967 borders (just nine miles wide in spots) which are militarily indefensible. 
Netanyahu voiced his “vehement objection to starting peace talks on the basis of the 1967 lines, which he called ‘indefensible’ in both the Knesset and the U.S. Congress,” said Haaretz. Netanyahu is conservative, but without American help he stands alone in trying to preserve, not only Israel’s current borders, but their right to exist. 
Bottom line:  Without the USA’s veto of the U.N. plan, Israel will soon cease to exist as a nation.
Netanyahu has said, “Israel is what is right about the Middle East.” Israel is free. Israel is a Democracy. And, Israel is surrounded by tyrants and oppressive governments -- governments and people that can’t even get along with themselves.

Israel is also why America can go to bed and sleep peacefully at night. It’s Israel that’s OUR protector. Israel stands as a thorn in the side of the tyrants and oppressive governments that would chop her head off. Until these tyrants and oppressive governments can annihilate Israel, they know they can’t be perceived, by the rest of the world, as the really “bad boys on the block” when they can’t even bring down one tiny nation that they’ve been fighting for a couple of thousand of years.

It’s pretty telling that, just like in 1967, Israel isn’t asking for our war machines. Netanyahu has said in his speech that he doesn’t need that. Israel can protect itself. All that the Israelis ask for is that America stand strong with them. THEY are our strongest ally.

We need to choose our friends wisely. America SHOULD ALWAYS support Israel. 

And, Obimbo, as far as you’re concerned -- when monkeys fly out my butt!

It's About Time.

20 July 2011

I Woulda’ NEVER Guessed That Obimbo Is Killing The Economy.

Steve Wynn: Obama Is Killing the Economy 
Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 08:38 AM, By Forrest Jones

President Barack Obama is strangling the business climate in the United States with his constant stream of regulations, says hospitality and casino giant Steve Wynn. 
“I’m saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime,” Wynn said in an investor conference call published by Business Insider. 
“I could spend the next three hours giving you examples of all of us in this marketplace that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our healthcare costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right.” 
Don’t think Wynn is acting as some sort of voice box for the Republican party, either. He’s not. 
Any business owner should fear Obama, he says. 
“That’s true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman, and I am a Democratic businessman and I support Harry Reid. I support Democrats and Republicans,” Wynn said.
Okay... Wynn just got left in the dirt with the “I support Harry Reid” remark.
“Until we change the tempo and the conversation from Washington, it’s not going to change. And those of us who have business opportunities and the capital to do it are going to sit in fear of the President. And a lot of people don’t want to say that. They’ll say, God, don’t be attacking Obama. Well, this is Obama’s deal and it’s Obama that’s responsible for this fear in America.” 
Meanwhile, life is good in Communist China, where the business environment isn’t so Communist.
Hmmmm... must be an echo in the house. I made a comment to my own post, similar to that, in “What WERE They Thinking?!” on 15 July 2011 (Label: Military)
China, a U.S. creditor, has said it is concerned with U.S. spending. 
“We hope that the U.S. government adopts responsible policies and measures to guarantee the interests of investors,” says Hong Lei, a foreign-ministry spokesman, according to the New York Times.
So much incompetency... so little time
to write about it all. 

15 July 2011

What WERE They Thinking?!

I’ve grown really tired of all the finger pointing and the “he said -- she said” about the budget crisis (I have a short attention span). I’m taking a break from that pile of doo and, today, I’m taking on the Department of Defense.

I was skimming the latest news articles and part of a title caught my eye: “A missile failure could result from defective products from China.”

Missile failure? Defective Products? China? What tha’...?!

I came up during the time when Communism was more than a dirty word. I enlisted in the Marine Corps when America was just beginning to take an active part in Viet Nam. I enlisted with one intention and that intention was to kill as many Communist as I could. I swore an oath on it, it was my job and I had a license to do it. So far, no one has been able to give me a straight answer as to why I had that license to kill Communist on foreign shores, but I can’t do it on my home shores. That oath I took remains with me today-- to defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC.

I don’t care if you think MY thinking is misguided, obsolete or ignorant. I HATE Communism! Socialism, Marxism, Communism and, now, Islam -- they’re all one of the same to me. In a VA group I used to go to, the counselor asked if anyone in the group could define the difference between Socialism and Communism. No one lifted their hand. I took the question. My reply was, “Socialism is just a pantywaist version of Communism.” I was told that pretty well summed it up and we went on to another topic.

Today, America buys from China, owes a national debt to China and our military is using Communist Chinese parts in our defense weapons? Where is the logical thinking in this?!
U.S. military could be shut down by secret ‘back door’.
A missile failure could result from defective products from China. 
Sources have confirmed that the U.S. Department of Defense over recent months purchased 59,000 microchips to use in Navy equipment that control everything from missiles to transponders, according to report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. 
But all of the chips turned out to be cheap knock-offs from China, and they ultimately were not installed, according to sources. 
Besides being subject to failure, the chips also were designed with a “back door” which would have allowed the chip, and the device it controlled, to be shut down remotely at any time, sources report. Had the flaw not been detected, the chips could have shut down U.S. warships, aircraft, advanced weapons systems and encoded transponders that distinguish friendly aircraft from hostile attackers.
 The revelation is only the latest in a series of incidents that have sent off alarm bells in the Pentagon. China previously was found to have been actively pursuing placing back doors in computer equipment. Several cases have been uncovered in which Internet-capable devices have had Chinese chips in them which also provided a back door into the networks the devices were supposed to protect. 
The devices were attached not only to industrial and commercial networks but also to networks that were defined as part of the nation’s “critical infrastructure.” 
The problem is not unique to the U.S. A Feb. 3, 2010, G2 Bulletin article outlined how Britain’s MI5 accused cyber intelligence agents in China of attacking U.K. businesses with the goal of gaining commercial intelligence. 
A leaked MI5 document said undercover intelligence officers from the People’s Liberation Army and the Ministry of Public Security approached U.K. businessmen at trade fairs and exhibitions with the offers of cameras and memory sticks. 
But the “gifts” were found to contain back doors that provide the Chinese with remote access to the business computers. 
In February 2005 the U.S. Department of Defense issued a report titled, “High Performance Microchip Supply.” There, the Defense Science Board Task Force stated: “It is clear from recent trends in the microelectronics industry that a significant migration of critical microelectronics manufacturing from the United States to other foreign countries has and will continue to occur. 
The rate of this technology migration is alarming because of the strategic significance this technology has on the U.S. economy and the ability of the United States to maintain a technological advantage in the Department of Defense (DoD), government, commercial and industrial sectors. Our greatest concern lies in microelectronics supplies for defense, national infrastructure and intelligence applications.” 
The report goes on to state that there is increasing pressure on microchip or “integrated circuit” (IC) suppliers to outsource their manufacturing operations offshore to lower cost. The report concludes that this move is “contrary to the best interests of the Department of Defense.” The report states that these foreign chips open the possibility for backdoors or “Trojan horses” to be embedded into the microchips used for military applications. 
From a security standpoint, it would be much safer for the military to use commercial off the shelf components for their applications, since the supplier would not know the ultimate purchaser. 
But this is not practical because of the requirements the military places on the purchasing process. The requirements are so stringent that the microchips have very few commercial applications. 
Many times a supplier can look at the purchase order and determine that the chips will be used for military applications.
Okay... so, with all this in mind, it’s still better to buy from Communist China than a U.S. commercial supplier? FLASH TO THE DoD: Change the wording and/or the “stringent requirements” and take the MYSTERY out of it. But, then, you wouldn’t be doing your job, would you? Without tons of paperwork and countless man-hours of shuffling paper and taking a simple job and making a monument to yourselves, you wouldn’t be doing your job... and YOU might be standing in the unemployment line.
The Defense Department report concludes that their suppliers face a major microchip supply problem that “threatens the security and integrity of classified and sensitive circuit design information … and the correct functioning of electronic systems.”
So much incompetency... so little time
to write about it all.

14 July 2011

If This Wasn't So Funny, It'd Be Sad (Treacher's Article, That Is.)

Or, maybe, it should be the other way around.
POTUS pouts 
Jim Treacher, Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:59 AM 
Being president is hard, you guys! Sometimes, bad people won't do what you say just because you say so. And the best way to show how presidential you are is to take your ball and go home. Be the adult in the room by stomping out of it.
TheDC's Amanda Carey reports: "President Barack Obama walked out of debt limit negotiations Wednesday. One Republican aide said the president quickly ended what was described as a 'tense' meeting with congressional leaders about a deal to raise the debt ceiling. 
Wednesday's meeting came to a quick halt when Speaker of the House John Boehner responded negatively to spending cuts offered by the White House and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor offered to support two separate debt ceiling votes... 'The Speaker challenged the President to offer real spending cuts,' said the aide. 'He said the gimmicks and accounting tricks that Washington has used for decades are not applicable here. When White House officials attempted to justify budgetary gimmicks, the speaker said pointedly, 'We're not doing that anymore.'" 
So Obama stormed out. He's gone from "first-class temperament" to first-class temper tantrums.
From another source:
“He shoved back and said ‘I’ll see you tomorrow’ and walked out,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters in the Capitol after the meeting.
Back to Treacher's article:
According to The Hill, Obama told Cantor, "Don't call my bluff." Which tells us two things: One, Obama's bluffing. Two, he stinks at it. Note to President Genius: If you're bluffing, try not to let on that you're bluffing. That's why it's called bluffing. 
Hope that helps, champ!

So much incompetency... so little time
to write about it all.

13 July 2011

Obimbo Tells Us We Need To “Eat Our Peas.”

Yeah, and I’m telling Obimbo that he can eat... Okay, you catch my drift.

Since Obimbo’s so enchanted with the wreckage of our nation and the widespread unemployment that we have, he should join the unemployed. And that goes for everyone that we sent up to DC to end this madness -- the ones that are now playing the “DC Game”. They were all big talkers until they got up there. Now, all I hear is, “Well, it’s politics and you have to play the game.” I’m saying that, NO, we DON’T have to play the "game”.

“Politics” is EXACTLY why we tried cleaning house (and did a pretty good job of it.) We told them, “NO COMPROMISE.” 

Now, we’ve got Boehner saying, essentially, that we need to pass a law so that we can find out what’s in it -- where have I heard THAT before? -- and McConnell coming up with a COMPROMISE that will give it all back to Obimbo. Every time we’ve done it, the DemocRATS renege and raise taxes as soon as they get what they want. 

As far as I’m concerned, Boehner, McConnell, Kyl, Cantor, McCarthy and Hensarling -- just for starters-- have sold us down the river. We sent them up there to cut $100 BILLION from the federal budget and DE FUND Obamacare THIS YEAR. What we got was a revised figure of $61 BILLION -- and it was astounding at how quickly THAT figure was arrived at. Then they COMPROMISED with Obimbo and his snake, the snarky little Reid, and came back to us, all proud and chest puffing, telling us they SUCCEEDED in getting something like $38 BILLION in cuts.

Then, for the REST of the story, Obamacare is STILL funded (and that’s according to the Congressional Budget Office,) and the “cuts”WEREN'T $38 BILLION. The “cuts” come back as $352 MILLION. That was YESTERDAY (not literally.) There’s no telling what’s happening TODAY.

The only saving grace to all this is, Nancy Pelosi isn't still Speaker of the House.

Obimo’s got a list of items that are not up for discussion on how to cut the spending. EVERY ONE OF THEM is EXACTLY WHERE the spending needs to be cut. If he doesn’t want to sign off on what WE send to him... fine. We can play the game for the next 18 months.

I’m getting really disenchanted with the Republicans. They’re starting to sound a lot like DemocRATS. I guess that’s why they’re called RINOs

I want real cuts (that could start in the White House and work itself down) and a path to a balanced budget. No more gimmicks and politics-as-usual.


11 July 2011

Stimulus Scam: $7 Million Per Home For Broadband.

Again, when I started out this morning, I was going to do a piece on Eric Holder and the calls for his removal. Then, I got caught up in the broadband Internet stimulus thing. 

I do want to put this in about Holder, though. In case you missed my comment in the "Obama Administration to Implement More Gun Control Without Congress" post -- he dodged the bullet again (no pun intended.)

...Holder was also involved in Clinton’s decision (see Career -- Deputy Attorney General) to reduce the criminal sentences of 16 members of the Boricua Popular Army, an organization that has been categorized by the FBI as a terrorist organization. The clemency request was initially opposed in 1996 by U.S. Pardons Attorney Margaret Love. 
When Holder was elevated to Deputy Attorney General in 1997, he was asked to reexamine the issue by three members of Congress. In July 1999, Holder recommended clemency to Clinton with a report from then U.S. Pardons Attorney Roger Adams that neither supported nor opposed clemency. A month later, Clinton granted clemency. 
According to The Hartford Courant, the grant of clemency was unusual because it was opposed by the FBI, the federal prosecutor and the victims. According to the newspaper, it was also unusual because before the commutations, the Boricua Popular Army members were not required to repudiate their actions and were not asked to provide any information concerning the whereabouts of Victor Manuel Gerena, a co-conspirator and one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, or the millions of dollars stolen by the group in a 1983 robbery of Wells Fargo in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Taking into account that Holder has worked for crooks most of his career, what would you expect?

Okay. So, moving along, the broadband scam ties right in there with the job stimulus farce.

Stimulus Scam: $7 Million per Home for Broadband 
First came the report that President Obama’s stimulus package had cost taxpayers $278,000 for each job it created. Now comes the disclosure that the stimulus shelled out $7 million per home to bring broadband access to rural areas. 
“President Obama campaigned on expanding access to broadband Internet, and the stimulus afforded him an occasion for doling out federal dollars to that end,” Forbes.com columnist Nick Schulz observes. 
He cites a report by Jeffrey Eisenach and Kevin Caves of Navigant Economics, a consulting firm, which examined the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s subsidizing of rural broadband, designed to bring broadband access to homes without it. 
The two authors looked at three areas that received direct grants or loans from the stimulus package: southwestern Montana, northwestern Kansas, and northeastern Minnesota. 
They calculated that it cost $349,234 to bring broadband to each previously unserved household! 
But “it’s actually much worse than that,” according to Schulz, DeWitt Wallace fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. 
The Montana area included in the stimulus funding has as many as seven broadband providers, including wireless, and “there were only seven households in the Montana region that could be considered without access,” Schulz writes. 
“So the cost of extending access in the Montana case comes to about $7 million for each additional household served.”
So much incompetency... so little time.