Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rep. Stark's Maryland tax break under scrutiny

Los Angeles Times reported Rep. Pete Stark (D-Fremont), dean of the California congressional delegation, has claimed his Maryland home as his principal residence to qualify for a $3,770 tax break, even though it is thousands of miles from the Northern California district he represents -- and where he is registered to vote.

Make him inelligible to run for reelection, and prosecute him for voter fraud.


Obama Uneasy About Tax on Bonuses reported The White House stopped short on Friday of endorsing legislation to severely tax bonuses paid to executives of companies that accepted taxpayer bailout funds.
That is what you get when you pick your position based on polls and new accounts. The proposed law is unconstitutional, but Congress passes many unconstitutional laws. Also this not the serious problem. The serious problem is what they are spending at 1,000 times the level of the bonuses.
Administration officials said instead that President Obama would assess the potential effect of the bill that emerged from Congress on efforts to stabilize the financial system.


Singing the tea party song!

Hat tip to Greta


Friday, March 20, 2009

Democrats’ blame game

TheHill reported Democrats, rocked by public outrage over bonuses, on Thursday began blaming each other over who was responsible for the mess.
The are all to blame, but I would hang Barney Frank and Chris Dodd first.
The House blamed the Senate; the Senate blamed the Obama administration. President Obama, on travel in California, was relatively quiet on the issue.
Go ahead and complete the circle. Blame the House.
But Republicans blamed everyone. The finger-pointing took place even as the House rushed legislation meant to soothe anger over millions of dollars in bonuses paid out by bailed-out insurer AIG. Legislation meant to claw-back those bonuses was approved in a 328-93 vote.
Unfortunately it will never stand up in court.
The blame game surrounded language in the economic stimulus bill that Republicans charge protected bonuses to bailed-out firms. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House had nothing to do with the now-toxic provision,
except voting for it.
authored by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), and pointed reporters pressing her for answers to her colleagues in the Senate.


Bars press from press

Andrew Malcolm wrote in Los Angeles Times reported Barack Obama was elected commander-in-chief promising to run the most transparent presidential administration in American history.
That was to get elected.
This achievement and the overall promise of his historic administration caused the National Newspaper Publishers Assn. to name him "Newsmaker of the Year."
If he had been white would they have given him the award?
The president is to receive the award from the federation of black community newspapers in a White House ceremony this afternoon. The Obama White House has closed the press award ceremony to the press.
That'd transparency for you.
From the president's official schedule:
"Later in the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will attend a reception with the National Newspaper Publisher Association in the State Dining Room, where they will be presented the Newsmaker of the Year award. This event is closed press."
Maybe they'll let the newspaper people pass the award through the fence.
I just hope they don't make them use the servant's entrance.
Warner Todd Huston wrote in Stop The ACLU Well, I guess this is par for the course, at least. After all, Obama had a “bi-partisan” stimulus bill that was closed to one of the parties. So, he’s used to doing things that are closed to one group or another. So much for “transparency,” though.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

"Man-caused" disasters

SPIEGEL reported Janet Napolitano, 51, is President Obama's new Homeland Security Secretary. She spoke with SPIEGEL about immigration, the continued threat of terrorism and the changing tone in Washington.

SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word "terrorism." Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?

Napolitano: Of course it does.
I am glad you are aware of that.
I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word "terrorism," I referred to "man-caused" disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear
to see if they won't kill us if we stop calling them names. Ignoring the fact that we were not calling them names before 9/11.
toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.
If you can't even discuss it with the right words, how can you be prepared.



Telegraph reported The Pope is isolated and fails to adequately consult his advisers, said a Vatican source with 20 years' knowledge of the Holy See.
If I was Pope, he would be a former Vatican insider.
Another Vatican insider described Pope Benedict's four-year-old papacy as "a disaster", recalling the pontiff's previous inflammatory remarks on Islam
Which was absolutely correct
and homosexuality.
Which stated long time Catholic teaching.
"He's out of touch with the real world," the Italian insider said. "On the condom issue, for example, there are priests and bishops in Africa who accept that condoms are a key part of the fight against Aids, and yet the pope adheres to this very conservative line that they encourage promiscuity.
The pope adheres to long time Catholic teaching.
The Vatican is far removed from the reality on the ground."
And the Italian insider thinks Catholic teaching should change depending on what the majority wants to hear.