Archive for December, 2009

Detroit in RUINS!

Posted in FAIL, Global Warming, Hate, politics with tags , , , on December 28, 2009 by spikestl

545 vs. 300,000,000

Posted in FAIL, politics on December 28, 2009 by spikestl

545 PEOPLE
By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.

No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people and they alone, are responsible.

They and they alone, have the power.

They and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

Merry Christmas

Posted in Cool Beans on December 26, 2009 by spikestl

Merry Christmas everyone, enjoy the day with your family and friends.

Posted in Cool Beans with tags , , on December 25, 2009 by spikestl

http://biggovernment.com/2009/12/23/worse-than-scrooge-gladneys-brother-and-public-advocate-fired-hours-before-christmas/

Posted in FAIL, Hate, politics, Racism, Tea Party with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2009 by spikestl

Larry  O'Connor

by Larry O’Connor

As bad as Ebenezer Scrooge was, at least he didn’t fire Bob Cratchit right before Christmas.  I can’t say the same for the St. Louis Dept of Health.  Animal Control Officer, Keith Gladney was fired on December 23rd, less than 48 hours before Christmas Day.

Regular readers of Big Government will recognize the sur name of this unfortunate soul who finds himself unemployed just as the holidays are upon us.  Yes, Keith Gladney is the brother of Kenneth Gladney, the man who was assaulted by leaders of the St. Louis SEIU outside of Rep. Russ Carnahan’s Town Hall for Health Care on August 6, 2009.

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Considering the fact that government work seems to be the only growth industry in this economy Keith probably thought he was in a stable job, serving diligently for the Animal Control agency, a division of the St. Louis Dept. of Health.  And, considering he was just given a positive job performance rating as recently as October, it must have come as a heartbreaking shock to learn of this Dickensian turn of events just he was preparing for his Christmas.

So, what changed between September and today?  What could have been the reason for Mr. Gladney’s termination?

Could it be that Mr. Gladney was outspoken in his support for his brother?

That he called on the County Prosecuting Attorney to bring justice to his family for the assault that had been captured on video and detailed in a 23-page police report?

Is it a coincidence that the same Prosecuting Attorney that Keith called out in his statement is also one of the highest ranking officials in the government structure that Keith worked for?

Kenneth Gladney

Is it surprising to learn that the Department of Health (the department that oversees the operations of Keith’s agency) works very closely with SEIU Local 1 on County Health related issues and policies?

And why now?  Of all times?  If they really wanted to punish Keith for his statements in favor of his brother’s case, why wait until now?

Is it a coincidence that this happens hours after the Senate finally got Pres. Obama’s Health Care Scheme passed through the Senate cloture vote and on its way to final ratification?

Could it be that the power structure in the county was waiting for the cloture vote so as to act from a position of political safety with no potential negative repercussions?

These are questions many of us have been asking each other since we heard this sad and disturbing news.  Rest assured that Big Government is gathering much information regarding the stated reasons for Gladney’s termination and the facts involved with his job performance.  We plan to answer all of these questions in the coming days.

But, for now.  All that matters is that a man is suddenly out of work right before Christmas Day.  Please, now more than ever, keep the Gladney family in your prayers and let us all hope that 2010 shows them real justice and, dare I say… hope?

The ” Start ” of the Tea Party

Posted in Cool Beans, politics, Tea Party with tags , , on December 23, 2009 by spikestl

God Bless Rick Santelli

Chrysler Says It Won’t Pay U.S. (Us) BackSeparation of “Old Chrysler” and “New Chrysler” Leaves Some Unsatisfied

Posted in Global Warming, Hate, politics on December 22, 2009 by spikestl

Reilly Brennan
Editor-in-Chief, AOL Autos
If you’re keeping a list of who’s been naughty or nice, you might want to sharpen your pencil for Chrysler and GM.

In a special message of holiday cheer, Chrysler announced through filings last week that its pre-bankruptcy self doesn’t appear to want to make good on its $3.7 billion loan from U.S. taxpayers. The money went to the old Chrysler (now called, officially, the “OldCar Co”) through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in April of 2009 when the company announced its “fast track” Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Counter that against the letter then-CEO Bob Nardelli wrote to stakeholders before the money came through:

“Our viability plan demonstrates that Chrysler will repay the U.S. government loans in full, with a premium beginning in 2012,” Nardelli wrote. “As we have indicated all along, shared sacrifice is necessary for Chrysler’s survival.”

Nardelli, long gone, doesn’t have to answer why, but we hope he blushes when he looks at himself in the mirror in the morning. The announcement also appears to fly in the face of TARP’s marching orders, which counted recoupment as a major factor in its passage through Congress. The thinking was that no TARP funds would ever add to the national debt. At least from what we’ve heard from Chrysler, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

When we reached out to Chrysler for comment, spokesperson Shawn Morgan told us: “First, the “Chrysler” you are talking about is now called “OldCar Co” and that company is still in bankruptcy. That company, “OldCar Co” made a filing last week however, you’d need to speak with that company for a comment.” The nuances of the “old Chrysler” and “new Chrysler” as created by the bankruptcy filing are likely to be lost on most in the American public.

To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, $4 billion is $4 billion is $4 billion. Especially when it’s public money.

As commenter “hillsamurai” duly noted in our comments section, “If ‘OldCar Co’ is not going to repay my money that it was given, will “OldCar CO” give me a new car as reimbursement?”

Journalist Chris Woodyard, author of USA Today’s DriveOn blog, describes the awful conditions in which Chrysler is operating as a reason for its inability to pay back the loans made to the “OldCar Co.”

“Chrysler is on track to post the worst sales performance of the 10 largest automakers this year,” Woodyard writes on his site. “Sales tumbled 38% during the first 11 months of the year. In November, sales were still down 25% even as Ford and General Motors had largely swung back to even compared to the same month a year ago, Autodata figures show.

“Not bleak enough? Consider this: Underscoring its lack of product, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep have no press conferences scheduled for the all-important Detroit auto show where new models are typically unveiled amid lots of hoopla. There used to be one press conference for each brand before its bankruptcy reorganization earlier this year. Dealers are stuck selling the same tired models that have gone without updates for years now. Even Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, with a controlling stake in Chrysler, sounds pessimistic about about a turnaround.”

This flies in the face of Chrysler’s last major government bailout, of course. Back in 1979 the company took $1.5 billion in government-backed loans (while only $1 per year went to pay CEO Lee Iacocca’s salary at the time) but was able to repay it ahead of schedule, something that the Heritage Foundation notes as a “favorite example cited by proponents of national industrial policy who call for massive and costly federal efforts to revive what they describe as a deperately ailing American economy.” The foundation was not an advocate of the 1979 bailout (or that of last year, either), citing amongst other things that the current and future laid off Ford and GM workers never understood that their tax dollars were being used to destroy their own jobs in order to save jobs at Chrysler.

GM, on the other hand, is making news from the announcement that it will not only pay back its $52 billion loan, but do so early. Of that $52 billion, a good portion of it went into equity in the company ($45.3 billion in shares, which is why we now say that U.S. taxpayers own about 60 percent of GM) while the rest was a straight cash loan to be repaid over a period of time. The company said it will present the government with a payment of over $1 million by the end of this month, while the remaining $5 billion or so will be paid back by mid next year. This is different from Chrysler’s news, however, because it constitutes the “new GM,” whereas the GM’s version of “OldCar Co” is separate. Confused yet?

Rep. Parker Griffith switches to GOP

Posted in Cool Beans, politics, Tea Party with tags , , , , on December 22, 2009 by spikestl

By JOSH KRAUSHAAR | 12/22/09 10:57 AM EST

POLITICO learns Rep. Parker Griffith will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

According to two senior GOP aides familiar with the decision, the announcement will take place this afternoon in Griffith’s district in northern Alabama.

Griffith’s party switch comes on the eve of a pivotal congressional health care vote and will send a jolt through a Democratic House Caucus that has already been unnerved by the recent retirements of a handful of members who, like Griffith, hail from districts that offer prime pickup opportunities for the GOP in 2010.

The switch represents a coup for the House Republican leadership, which had been courting Griffith since he publicly criticized the Democratic leadership in the wake of raucous town halls during the summer.

Griffith, who captured the seat in a close 2008 open seat contest, will become the first Republican to hold the historically Democratic, Huntsville-based district. A radiation oncologist who founded a cancer treatment center, Griffith plans to blast the Democratic health care bill as a prime reason for his decision to switch parties—and is expected to cite his medical background as his authority on the subject.

While the timing of his announcement was unexpected, Griffith’s party switch will not come as a surprise to those familiar with his voting record, which is one of the most conservative among Democrats.

He has bucked the Democratic leadership on nearly all of its major domestic initiatives, including the stimulus package, health care legislation, the cap-and trade energy bill and financial regulatory reform.

He was one of only 11 House Democrats to vote against the stimulus.

“Look at his voting record – he’s had substantial differences philosophically with the Democratic agenda here in Congress,” said an Alabama ally who is familiar with Griffith’s decision. “It’s something that’s been discussed for the last several months… talking to people in his family. And it genuinely is a reflection of where he feels. It’s his own personal conviction.”

Read more here
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1209/30896.html

Schiff For Senate – Who Is Peter Schiff? A True Patriot

Posted in politics on December 22, 2009 by spikestl

The muscle car world will have a moment of silence…..

Posted in Global Warming, Hate, My E-mail, politics, terrorism on December 22, 2009 by spikestl
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — General Motors on Friday marked the end of the line for a class of V-8 engine that’s been in production for 51 years.The auto maker’s western New York plant stopped production of the latest variation of the “big block” V-8 engines. Plant manager Steve Finch called it “the end of a remarkable era.”The big engine was developed in 1958 to keep up with the growing size and weight of American automobiles. Over the years it’s been redesigned, with the latest version, the L18, going into production in 1999. Made only in Tonawanda, it powers full-size trucks like the Chevrolet Avalanche and some boats.
Its end puts about 150 employees on indefinite layoff.“Although it bears older technology by today’s standards, the reliability, ease of maintenance and the overall quality of this engine have made it a steady performer for many years,” Finch said before the last engine rolled off the line at GM’s suburban Buffalo complex.It was the second time in a year the western New York plant has stopped work on an engine. Over the summer it wrapped up production of a “high value” V-6 engine, which accounted for about 43 percent of the site’s total production volume last year. The company will continue manufacturing smaller-displacement “small block” V-8s at other plants.The large V-8 was the plant’s longest-running engine line, but has accounted for only about 3 percent of total volume lately as emphasis has shifted to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.The phaseout of both engines was announced in June as part of the auto maker’s bankruptcy restructuring, which spared the plant from closing but not from the loss of 25 to 30 percent of its work force.The Tonawanda engine plant — which 20 years ago employed 4,350 people — currently has about 663 hourly and 140 salaried workers, spokeswoman Nina Price said.
The facility’s main engine line now is the L850, a four-cylinder, 2.2-liter engine found in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Malibu.

Raw Video: Copenhagen – Unarmed Protesters Beaten By Police P2

Posted in Global Warming, Hate on December 20, 2009 by spikestl

Khallid Muhammad – Kill the White Man

Posted in Hate, Racism on December 20, 2009 by spikestl

This is truly frightning.

Code Red Tea Party–Liberal Stereotype Attacked, Reality Revealed

Posted in Cool Beans, politics, Tea Party on December 20, 2009 by spikestl

What Does “The Tea Party Street” Have to Say? Code Red Rally

Posted in Cool Beans, politics, Tea Party on December 20, 2009 by spikestl

Lord Monckton Assaulted to the point of unconsciousness by EuroThug Police at Copenhagen

Posted in Global Warming, politics, Sovereignty with tags , on December 19, 2009 by spikestl

monckton-viscount

“Outside, in the real world, it was snowing, and a foretaste of the Brave New World being cooked up by “world leaders” in their fantasy-land was already evident. Some 20,000 observers from non-governmental organizations – nearly all of them true-believing Green groups funded by taxpayers – had been accredited to the conference.

However, without warning the UN had capriciously decided that all but 300 of them were to be excluded from the conference today, and all but 90 would be excluded on the final day.

Of course, this being the inept UN, no one had bothered to notify those of the NGOs that were not true-believers in the UN’s camp. So Senator Steve Fielding of Australia and I turned up with a few dozen other delegates, to be left standing in the cold for a couple of hours while the UN laboriously worked out what to do with us.

In the end, they decided to turn us away, which they did with an ill grace and in a bad-tempered manner. As soon as the decision was final, the Danish police moved in. One of them began the now familiar technique of manhandling me, in the same fashion as one of his colleagues had done the previous day.

Once again, conscious that a police helicopter with a high-resolution camera was hovering overhead, I thrust my hands into my pockets in accordance with the St. John Ambulance crowd-control training, looked my assailant in the eye and told him, quietly but firmly, to take his hands off me.

He complied, but then decided to have another go. I told him a second time, and he let go a second time. I turned to go and, after I had turned my back, he gave me a mighty shove that flung me to the ground and knocked me out.

I came to some time later (not sure exactly how long), to find my head being cradled by my friends, some of whom were doing their best to keep the police thugs at bay while the volunteer ambulance-men attended to me.”

Read the whole story here.

http://sonoranweeklyreview.com/?p=1590