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Archive for December, 2008

Bill Ayers continues to rewrite history

Posted by rightwinger on December 28, 2008

Bill Ayers was allowed to submit an op-ed to the New York Times. His explanation for the Weather Underground is a rewrite of history describing the Weather Underground as peaceful protesters that didn’t want to hurt anyone. This is a complete and utter distortion of the facts. His GMA interview was along the same lines. The undercover FBI agent that infiltrated the Weather Underground tried to submit an op-ed in response to Bill Ayers misrepresentation of the facts. Of course his op-ed was not accepted.

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Ayers claimed in his fantasy that:

I never killed or injured anyone. I did join the civil rights movement in the mid-1960s, and later resisted the draft and was arrested in nonviolent demonstrations. I became a full-time antiwar organizer for Students for a Democratic Society. In 1970, I co-founded the Weather Underground, an organization that was created after an accidental explosion that claimed the lives of three of our comrades in Greenwich Village. The Weather Underground went on to take responsibility for placing several small bombs in empty offices — the ones at the Pentagon and the United States Capitol were the most notorious — as an illegal and unpopular war consumed the nation.

The Weather Underground crossed lines of legality, of propriety, and perhaps even of common sense. Our effectiveness can be — and still is being — debated. We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism directed at monuments to war and racism, and the attacks on property, never on people, were meant to respect human life and convey outrage and determination to end the Vietnam war.

Peaceful protests had failed to stop the war. So we issued a screaming response. But it was not terrorism; we were not engaged in a campaign to kill and injure people indiscriminately, spreading fear and suffering for political ends.

Ayers would like to claim he participated in non-violent protests. But he omits the fact he helped organize and participated in the 1969 “Days of Rage,” which left innocents and police officers hospitalized and one man permanently crippled, a maiming his fellow Weathermen mocked with the crude lyrics of “Lay Elrod Lay.” One of the participants in the violence noted that the thugs armed themselves with “steel pipes and slingshots, chains, clubs, mace, and rolls of pennies to add weight to a punch.” The participant quoted was Bill Ayers describing the event he helped create in his own book, Fugitive Days.

The Greenwich Village blast Ayers pathologically claims was the catalyst that led to forming the Weather Underground was actually his group’s third botched attempt at mass murder. Ayers personally ordered mass murder attempts at the Detroit Police Benevolent Association and Detroit Police Precinct 13 in February 1970, using bombs comprised of 44 sticks of dynamite. It was only the Weathermen’s incompetence at constructing fuses that kept these blasts from going off and creating dozens of casualties.

Weeks later the Greenwich Village blast occurred when a terrorist cell of the Weather Underground accidentally detonated anti-personnel bombs they were assembling for an attack against soldiers and their dates at a non-commissioned officers dance at nearby Fort Dix that evening. Had the plot succeeded, the planned attack would likely have been the worst terrorist attack on American soil prior to the Oklahoma City bombing.

Bill Ayers would like to use the fog of time to plead his case that he was just another protester against the Vietnam war, a point that the Times is perhaps willing to let him make considering his longtime association with the president-elect they so nakedly support. No amount of inspired fantasy, however, can omit the simple truth that there is only one significant difference between Bill Ayers and Timothy McVeigh: Competence.

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Back to the 1970’s or 1930’s thanks to Obama

Posted by rightwinger on December 27, 2008

Obama’s quick fix of pumping trillions into the economy won’t work.  It didn’t work during the depression and won’t work now.  In addition, Hoover raised taxes on the wealthy and put protectionist tariffs in place.  These regulations made the worldwide recession worse.  Obama is planning on doing the same which should be of concern to any reasonable thinking American who understands history.

From Thomas Sowell:

With the passing years, it has increasingly been recognized that what FDR did was largely a further extension of what Hoover had done. Where Hoover made things worse, FDR made them much worse.

Herbert Hoover did what Barack Obama is proposing to do. Hoover raised taxes on high-income people and put restrictions on international trade, in order to try to save American jobs. It didn’t work then and it is not likely to work now.

From Peter Schiff:

By borrowing more than it can ever pay back, the government will guarantee higher inflation for years to come, thereby diminishing the value of all that Americans have saved and acquired. For now the inflationary tide is being held back by the countervailing pressures of bursting asset bubbles in real estate and stocks, forced liquidations in commodities, and troubled retailers slashing prices to unload excess inventory. But when the dust settles, trillions of new dollars will remain, chasing a diminished supply of goods. We will be left with 1970s-style stagflation, only with a much sharper contraction and significantly higher inflation.

The good news is that economics is not all that complicated. The bad news is that our economy is broken and there is nothing the government can do to fix it. However, the free market does have a cure: it’s called a recession, and it’s not fun, easy or quick. But if we put our faith in the power of government to make the pain go away, we will live with the consequences for generations.

By borrowing more than it can ever pay back, the government will guarantee higher inflation for years to come, thereby diminishing the value of all that Americans have saved and acquired. For now the inflationary tide is being held back by the countervailing pressures of bursting asset bubbles in real estate and stocks, forced liquidations in commodities, and troubled retailers slashing prices to unload excess inventory. But when the dust settles, trillions of new dollars will remain, chasing a diminished supply of goods. We will be left with 1970s-style stagflation, only with a much sharper contraction and significantly higher inflation. The good news is that economics is not all that complicated. The bad news is that our economy is broken and there is nothing the government can do to fix it. However, the free market does have a cure: it\”>By borrowing more than it can ever pay back, the government will guarantee higher inflation for years to come, thereby diminishing the value of all that Americans have saved and acquired. For now the inflationary tide is being held back by the countervailing pressures of bursting asset bubbles in real estate and stocks, forced liquidations in commodities, and troubled retailers slashing prices to unload excess inventory. But when the dust settles, trillions of new dollars will remain, chasing a diminished supply of goods. We will be left with 1970s-style stagflation, only with a much sharper contraction and significantly higher inflation. The good news is that economics is not all that complicated. The bad news is that our economy is broken and there is nothing the government can do to fix it. However, the free market does have a cure: it’s called a recession, and it’s not fun, easy or quick.

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UAW Reneges already

Posted by rightwinger on December 27, 2008

The UAW is responsible for the meltdown of the US automakers.  GM sold as many cars as Toyota last year.  Toyota made a profit and GM did not.  Why?  Well because of these ridiculous labor and union costs.  Unreasonable demands were agreed to that cannot be met long term.  The only real solution is for bankruptcy because the UAW refuses to make concessions.  What will happen when the UAW kills the Golden Goose.  They have driven the automakers to the brink of bankruptcy, but refuse to make any concessions.  This is ridiculous!  The new administration will continue to prop them up because Obama is bought and paid for by the UAW.  His history in the Illinois Senate was to always vote with and for the unions.  His presidency will continue this faulty line of reasoning.  Obama’s change.gov web site already says he plans to give the automakers $50 billion.

The government gave the Big Three a $17.3 billion bailout based on the idea that both management and the unions would make concessions. Now the UAW says no thanks. Can we have our money back?

Last week’s deal was supposed to hold both the managers’ and unions’ feet to the fire. In handing out the taxpayer money, the White House insisted the auto union cut worker pay roughly to the levels of their successful competitors, Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

For $17 billion in emergency bailout cash and possibly much more later, it was a reasonable request. As President Bush said, “The time to make the hard decisions to become viable is now — or the only option will be bankruptcy.” He added that a deadline of March 31 for the industry to prove its “viability” and other limits “send a clear signal to everyone involved.”

Well, if so, the United Auto Workers didn’t get it.

Just days before Christmas, the UAW let it be known it’ll fight any concessions on wages and benefits. “An undue tax on the workers” is how union boss Ron Gettelfinger described it as the UAW reneged on the deal almost before the ink was dry.

This will go down as one of the most cynical acts of political manipulation ever. The UAW agreed to one thing with President Bush, knowing full well President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats were big recipients of union largesse and would let them slide. They read the situation correctly.

Democratic Rep. Barney Frank this week called union concessions an “unfair assault on working men and women” — a not-accidental echo of Gettelfinger’s comments.

But the only real assault on “working men and women” here is the enormous cost this bailout will entail — a cost that all working taxpayers will have to bear and which some analysts think will ultimately total $75 billion to $125 billion.

And the UAW hopes you’ll pony it up and give them a free ride.

U.S. automakers are in trouble for two reasons. One, they have massive legacy costs on their books to take care of retired workers, and two, their labor costs are much higher than their competition.

Recent estimates put average UAW worker compensation at $55 an hour to $73 an hour, vs. $45 for the transplant automakers. So at a minimum, UAW workers are $10 an hour more expensive to hire than the 114,000 workers who toil at transplant auto plants situated mostly in the non-union South.

Simply put, unless the UAW makes concessions, a bailout can’t work. It will be a financial impossibility. The U.S. automakers’ high labor costs, coupled with the 2,000-plus pages of work rules and union requirements under the most recent labor deal, will keep them from achieving the productivity they need to compete.

The U.S. automakers are bleeding $6 billion a month. Better to pull the plug now and force them into bankruptcy, where radical restructuring — including cuts in union pay and benefits — wouldn’t be optional but mandatory. That’s the industry’s only hope.

From Investor’s Business Daily

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Anne Korin’s Oil Solution

Posted by rightwinger on December 26, 2008

We need to rethink oil and our energy solutions.  I’m all for drill here and drill now, but we do need to think differently also.  They are now estimating that the Western US has 10 times the amount of oil of Saudi Arabia.  We definitely need to tap our own supply of oil.  She also describes how OPEC is a cartel controlling the supply of 3/4 of the world’s oil supplies.  I’m tired of the oil companies being made the villains when they are at the mercy of OPEC and Marxist, fascist dictators worldwide.  No one seem to care when Venezuela stole a bunch of Exxon’s property when they nationalized the oil companies.  Anne calls it like it is.  We are in a War against radical Islam.  Being politically correct is not the thing to do.  We need to call it like it is.  Radical Islam wants the destruction of the Western world and  every nation under Islam and Sharia law.

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Peter Schiff silenced on CNN International 11/24/2008

Posted by rightwinger on December 23, 2008

Peter Schiff was right on about the Fannie Mae collapse. Now he is speaking the truth about the current bailouts and proposed stimulus plan that Obama has planned.  All taxes should be cut and the capitalist market should be allowed to work.

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Coming Obama Depression???

Posted by rightwinger on December 23, 2008

I hope not, but Obama’s stimulus and cap and trade plans are all wrong for the US economy. We need to cut ALL taxes now and let the capitalist system work. Bigger government won’t solve this. In fact, it caused it via the Community Reinvestment Act and cooking the books at Fannie Mae.

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More Global Warming Dissenters

Posted by rightwinger on December 22, 2008

More experts agree that global warming and climate change is not due to CO2.  There are changes in climate due to many things.  How did the Egyptians pharoah’s finally fall?  There was a massive drought that caused the Nile river to dry up and there was mass starvation.  Tell me Global Warming fanatics how did that happen if this is all based on the industrial revolution?

Over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe challenged man-made global warming claims made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore. This new 231-page U.S. Senate Minority Report — updated from 2007’s groundbreaking report of over 400 scientists who voiced skepticism about the so-called global warming “consensus” — features the skeptical voices of over 650 prominent international scientists, including many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN IPCC. This updated report includes an additional 250 (and growing) scientists and climate researchers since the initial release in December 2007.  The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media-hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

The chorus of skeptical scientific voices grow louder in 2008 as a steady stream of peer-reviewed studies, analyses, real world data and inconvenient developments challenged the UN’s and former Vice President Al Gore’s claims that the “science is settled” and there is a “consensus.” On a range of issues, 2008 proved to be challenging for the promoters of man-made climate fears.  Promoters of anthropogenic warming fears endured the following: Global temperatures failing to warm; Peer-reviewed studies predicting a continued lack of warming; a failed attempt to revive the discredited “Hockey Stick”; inconvenient developments and studies regarding rising CO2; the Spotless Sun; Clouds; Antarctica; the Arctic; Greenland’s ice; Mount Kilimanjaro; Global sea ice; Causes of Hurricanes; ExtremeStorms; Extinctions; Floods; Droughts; Ocean Acidification; Polar Bears; Extreme weather deaths; Frogs; lack of atmospheric dust; Malaria; the failure of oceans to warmand rise as predicted.

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Steven Chu – Big Mistake as Energy Director

Posted by rightwinger on December 17, 2008

Hold on to your wallets people because you will be taxed for breathing.  Oh yes CO2 will be made a pollutant under Obama.  So that vapor tax cut you are getting from Obama which is actually just that you get to keep your Bush tax cut will not come close to the high energy, food, and goods prices you are about to encounter.  I wonder how Obama is going to blame Bush for his own stupidity on this Global Warming fiasco.  Its snowing in Houston and New Orleans and they continue to claim the planet is warming!   I guess Obama’s team had better tell Mother Nature its suppose to be getting hotter not colder, so your Global Warming junk science would at least appear to be correct.

Barack Obama’s apparent choice for Energy secretary is physicist Steven Chu. While there’s no question about Chu’s brilliance, his political activism is not what the country needs….

He has criticized “free market forces” for not cutting carbon dioxide emissions and supports “a combination of fiscal policies and downright regulations” for controlling CO2.

He claims coal — which today fuels hundreds of power plants — is an “obstacle to progress,” and has said “coal is my worst nightmare.” And he shows an alarmist’s fear of global warming.

Chu is also a zealous advocate of alternative energy, using his position as director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California to push policymakers to remake the facility into a center for researching biofuels and solar energy.

An opponent of coal who happens to be a global warming reactionary is not suitable to be in charge of the nation’s energy policy.

Our economy, our culture — our very lives — depend on a steady flow of conventional energy, at least until economically viable alternatives can be developed. The energy secretary should do little more than ensure that America has a plentiful and uninterrupted supply of fossil fuels and electricity.

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Listen to how green tariffs will depress your standard of living. Interviewee: Sebastian Mallaby , Director, Center for Geoeconomic studies, Council of Foreign Relations

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More Oil Companies Leaving US

Posted by rightwinger on December 17, 2008

I wrote about this before the election.  An Obama Administration is hostile to corporations especially the oil companies.  Congress refusing to open up drilling further exacerbates the situation.  American Companies are leaving the US.  Wow this is real change we can believe in!   I hope you are happy Obamabots.

From Investor’s Business Daily:

Energy: Another day, another oil company fleeing the country. No, this isn’t Ecuador, the banana republic that just defaulted on its debt after chasing out investors. It’s the United States, and what we’re seeing is self-defense.

Much political hay has been made in Congress about “unpatriotic” corporations that move operations abroad. Weatherford International is the latest, taking its headquarters from Houston to Switzerland. The oil services company said that it wants to be closer to its markets. But what it really meant was that it no longer saw the future in the U.S.

In a political atmosphere of blaming corporations, it’s no wonder. Halliburton fled to Dubai in 2007. Tyco International, Foster Wheeler and Transocean International all went to Switzerland. As a pattern emerges, America’s global standing diminishes, in part because it’s based on the willingness of companies to invest. It’s an especially bad sign when domestic companies flee.

“The U.S. is an important market,” Weatherford CEO Bernard J. Duroc-Danner told the Houston Chronicle Thursday. But, “it’s just a market. It’s not the primary market.”

How does that sound for a loss of global leadership? If that’s not clear enough, try this: “In the hierarchical pecking order, (Houston’s) not going to be Rome anymore.”

What accounts for this vote of no confidence in the U.S.?

Start with the demonization of oil companies. Executives have been hauled before Congressional star chambers, held up to abuse and ridicule, and then blamed for high oil prices as if they wanted to kill their markets. Rising global demand, nationalizations and Congress’ failure to open the country to drilling go ignored.

Huge companies such as Exxon Mobil, whose market cap exceeds the GDP of most countries, create $100 billion in earnings in quarters when oil prices soar. It looks high, but over the years, the industry’s average returns, at 9%, are less than other industries.

Nevertheless, Exxon’s profits are evidence of its success at extracting oil from miles below the earth’s surface, even underwater, and from unbelievably hostile environments, such as the Arctic. Instead of being objects of national pride for their productivity and efficiency, and subjects of heroic Hollywood movies, their success is considered to be dishonest.

Congressional hostility affects oil companies’ operations abroad, too: Exxon, remember, noted that Congress’ animus toward oil profits directly encouraged Hugo Chavez’s uncompensated expropriations of $1 billion of Exxon’s assets in Venezuela, which drove oil prices higher.

With an expanded Democratic Congress and an incoming Democratic president determined to create “patriot corporations,” it’s no surprise to see companies try to get out while they can. Make no mistake — it’s investment fleeing the country. As this goes, foreign capital could flee next.

Congress’ abuse sets the political tone for the worst to come.

First, oil companies, like all corporations, endure the second-highest taxation in the developed world (39.25% of their income), which dampens their competitiveness. The 2007 OECD average is 27.6% and falling. Worse still, U.S. firms are taxed on operations around the world, unlike the global standard, making a move of headquarters a defensive move.

Meanwhile, politicians openly say they want to hike taxes on oil firms. President-elect Obama seems to have backed off, but questions remain as to whether he can stand up to a rapacious and economically ignorant Congress that hasn’t.

Second, Big Labor is feeling its oats, swaggering confidently with newfound political power. United Steelworkers approved a “national oil bargaining policy” for higher wages and beefed up its “strike defense fund,” both of which point to plans to squeeze oil companies, if not launch strikes.

“You have to prepare your membership for 2009,” according to USW International Vice President Gary Beevers on a union Web site. “The oil companies are ready for us; we have to be ready for them.” With Congress at their back, oil companies are unlikely to lose.

None of this portends well for the U.S. business environment. That’s why top-performing firms, such as Weatherford, are exiting. Until Congress learns to appreciate and value oil firms, this will continue, leading to less U.S. investment and influence as more competitive climes beckon.

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Associated “Obama” Press – Warns of Global Warming

Posted by rightwinger on December 17, 2008

Its ridiculous the Associate Press continues to propagate the myth of global warming while it snowed in New Orleans and Houston recently.  Don’t worry Obama keeps propagating the myth also.  Why?  Well of course because they want to levy high cap and trade taxes on us.   They even want to make CO2 a pollutant.  Essentially you will be taxed for breathing.  I wonder how Obama is going to spin all of these unnecessary taxes.  Well he definitely won’t be able to blame Bush.  He’ll have to take responsibility for decreasing every American’s standard of living for himself.

The temperature at Denver International Airport dropped to 18 below zero on Sunday, breaking the previous record of 14 below set in 1901. White Sulphur Springs, Mont., reported 29 below to the National Weather Service, breaking the record of 17 below set in 1922. Meanwhile, ice storms ravage the Northeast and the upper Midwest.

This is not a local phenomenon. Hong Kong had the second-longest cold spell since 1885. Cold in northern Vietnam destroyed 40% of the rice crop and killed 33,000 head of livestock. The British Parliament debated climate change as London experienced the first October snow since 1934.

Presumably this has all been reported by the Associated Press. But according to a weekend AP report, this is all an illusion and “2008 is on a pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line.” Rather than being “evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming.” Oh.

The report, which includes no comments from any skeptic, says global warming “is a ticking time-bomb that President-elect Obama can’t avoid.” It warns “warming is accelerating. Time is running out, and Obama knows it.” Especially if he relies on AP wire reports.

Problem is, nature didn’t get the memo. Geophysicist David Deming found that for the first time since the 18th century, in the days before SUVs, Alaskan glaciers grew this year instead of retreating. Fairbanks had its fourth coldest October in 104 years of records.

U.S. Geological Survey glaciologist Bruce Molnia reported: “On the Juneau Icefield, there was still 20 feet of new snow on the surface of the Taku Glacier in late July.” It was the worst summer he’d seen in two decades.

As the Anchorage Daily News reports, “Never before in the history of a research project dating back to 1946 had the Juneau Ice Field witnessed the kind if snow buildup that came this year. It was similar on a lot of other glaciers too.”

The consequence of melting glaciers and sea ice is supposed to be rising sea levels. The poster children for this phenomenon are low-lying coral islands such as the Maldives and Tuvalu. Again, the facts are ignored in the quest for headlines.

The satellite record shows the sea level has actually fallen four inches around Tuvalu since 1993, when the $100 million international TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite project record began.

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