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Entries in Obama (89)

Friday
Jan132012

Comparing life path numbers for Gingrich, Romney and Obama

In January, 2009, the blogosphere was so intoxicated with the Obama victory that a numerologist became a topic of interest. Glynis McCants appeared on a radio show and the celebrity 'Numbers Lady' said Obama’s life path number was a 2.

A website featuring women writers disagreed. It became apparent they hadn’t followed instructions on how to compute a life path number. I wrote a column about President Barack Obama’s Life Path Number in 2009.

Since everyone got all jazzed about Obama’s number, I figured it might be fun to calculate the life path numbers for GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

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Friday
Mar192010

On matters like HR 3590 and other healthcare bills, Eisenhower gave good advice

Most political junkies know about President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warnings about the “military-industrial complex.” But the Republican president’s farewell speech in 1961 was quite visionary. The speech was broader in scope than is popularly realized.

The federal government is mortgaging the future not only for these recent graduates, but also for their children. [Photo by Kay B. Day]Lesser known passages from Eisenhower’s speech speak directly to what we are confronting today. Though he could not know it, his statements go to the core of all that is wrong about HR 3590, the Senate healthcare bill and its spawn, and for that matter, the House healthcare product HR 3200 or for another matter, HR 4872. Not a single bill is framed in a proper perspective and neither bill rests on a vision of what 10 years down the fiscal road will really bring.

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Monday
Jun292009

Honduras stands against new world order; Chavez puts troops on alert

Updated on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 6:54PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

Updated on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 9:54PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

Shoreline view on Utila, the third largest of the Bay Islands (Islas de la Bahia). [Photo from CIA website.]Honduras, apparently following its constitution, decided to oust existing president Jose Manuel Zelaya for defying a Supreme Court decision. Zelaya hoped to follow the example of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez by holding a referendum that if successful, would have allowed Zelaya to seek a second term. The referendum would have enabled a constitutional assembly whereby Zelaya hoped term limits would be altered.

Chavez has already put his troops on alert. Ecuador and other leftist-led countries are in lock step with Chavez. And naturally, Chavez thinks the US had something to do with the peaceful transition of power achieved quickly and, according to various media, legally.

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Thursday
Apr302009

Obama 'Fact Check' shows Democrats spend like former GOP

Congressman John Murtha (D-Penn.) was sworn in by House Majority Leader Tip O’Neill in 1974. Murtha is one of many aging Democrats who’ve been in office for decades. Murtha also has a defense of earmarks on his website, with an argument clearly missing the boat that money spent is money spent no matter what financial pot it comes from. [Photo from US House website]The Associated Press, in my opinion, has schmoozed Democrats like most of pomp media, but finally the most influential wire service in the world has done a fact check on President Barack Obama’s budget deficit claims. The result: guilty as charged, both the president and the Democratic members of Congress. The president and Congress fall back on President George W. Bush and the Republicans every time the budget deficit is mentioned. They’re like a bunch of kids standing in a circle around a broken vase. When Mom says who did it, a chorus arises, “It wasn’t me!”

If you’re a regular visitor to The US Report, you’ve heard me say responsibility for ridiculous levels of spending and lack of oversight of our taxpayer money should be acknowledged by both political parties. It is obvious the GOP members of Congress—dubbed the “Party of No” by the opposition—have learned a valuable lesson about spending. The Dems may never learn. It’s in their political DNA. They are definitely the “Party of Yes” when it comes to irresponsible spending and oversight.

In a story published Thursday, Obama’s 101st day in office, the AP responded to Obama’s claim, “It wasn’t me.”

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Wednesday
Apr292009

HR 1913 will spend millions for an unconstitutional law

Technically, HR 1913 will provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes, and for other purposes. Sounds so simple. But this legislation will not only expand existing assaults on freedom of speech, it will also cost a bundle and further intrude the federal government into local and state jurisdictions. While the law does stipulate federal assistance will be provided “at the request of a State, local, or tribal law enforcement agency,” the language is troublesome and the costs will certainly grow beyond the $10 million estimated by the Congressional Budget Office for 2010.

The bill panders to advocacy groups and community groups with the fiscal tool every politician loves—federal grants. HR 1913 says, “In implementing the grant program under this subsection, the Office of Justice Programs shall work closely with grantees to ensure that the concerns and needs of all affected parties, including community groups and schools, colleges, and universities, are addressed through the local infrastructure developed under the grants.”

And the way the bill is worded, almost any violent crime could fit the provisions of HR 1913 governing “offenses involving actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.”

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Tuesday
Apr282009

CNN's Sanchez to DeMint: 'What the hell does that mean?'

Rick Sanchez, CNN pundit, doesn't understand the concept of freedom.Shortly after Sen. Arlen Specter “thrilled” President Barack Obama by jumping the fence to join the Democratic Party, CNN pundit Rick Sanchez interviewed South Carolina senator Jim DeMint. Sanchez led with predictable comments such as Republicans are making it hard for Republicans to get elected and the GOP is shrinking the electorate. DeMint pointed out the GOP has the “biggest tent of all—the tent of freedom.”

Sanchez erupted. “What the hell does that mean? The biggest tent is freedom?” Then he shrieked. “Freedom? You gotta’ do better than that!” I must mention CNN pundits often ask a subject a question but foam at the mouth before the subject can answer the question.

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Monday
Apr202009

Human rights dilemma: let US be a beacon for shining light on other countries

Human Rights Watch booklet on torture in Uganda.Media outlets are plump with coverage of alleged detainee abuses during the prosecution of America’s War on Terror sparked by an attack by global thugs who killed more than 3,000 innocents. High profile intelligence experts have criticized the release of sensitive documents by President Barack Obama without parallel because no other country permits the freedom of expression and press that America does. But while we focus myopically on what the CIA did or did not do, it’s useful to point out in the realm of human rights there are abundant issues for discussion and perhaps redress.

Human Rights Watch lists a number of infractions in many other countries. And Reporters without Borders analyzed China’s imprisonment of bloggers, journalists and activists before and during the Olympics, for example. Ironically little attention appears to be given Russia, Iran or China by this group.

There’s the matter of Hamas, a group that habitually shoots people in the legs. HRW reported, “Hamas security forces or masked gunmen believed to be with Hamas extra-judicially executed 18 people, mainly those accused of collaborating with Israel. Masked gunmen also beat and maimed by shooting dozens of Hamas’s political opponents, especially members and supporters of its main political rival, Fatah. The internal violence in Gaza has continued since Israel withdrew its forces. Palestinian human rights groups in Gaza have reported 14 more killings between January 18 and March 31, 2009.”

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Friday
Apr172009

Rightwing extremism report spurs no apology from Obama or administration

Updated on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 10:11AM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

Ed. note: DHS has removed the reports from the Web. (4/17/13)

The Dept. of Homeland Security report on rightwing extremism, despite an outpouring of criticism from the public, has elicited no apology from President Barack Obama or members of his administration. ‘Big Sis’, aka DHS secretary Janet Napolitano, did say if she could rewrite the report, she’d rewrite this footnote: “Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.”

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Thursday
Apr162009

Tea Party patriot volunteers her proposal to help America

Pomp media and bloggers claim conservatives don’t have any answers. We’re the “Party of No.” I’d say right now ‘no’ isn’t in the federal government dictionary where it really needs to be. But I have quite a few ideas about dealing with government spending. Here are selected suggestions from a patriot and blogger in Jacksonville, Florida who is more than likely tucked away somewhere on a government security list because I’m a conservative!

Drum roll:

•President Barack Obama and Congress should require all federal agencies except Defense, Homeland Security and others tied to national security or law enforcement, to immediately cut budgets across the board by 10 percent. Agency heads will balk, so asking for 10 percent means we might actually get 5 percent which is a good start. We taxpayers have cut our own budgets by more, so asking for 10 as a starting point is fair to the second power.

•Ask Congress to freeze earmarks for the next 5 years. Zero tolerance policy. Earmarks not only usurp taxpayer dollars for questionable projects, they also contribute to corruption.

•Begin the process of dismantling the Dept. of Education. Establish a council for oversight of the states.

•Let open positions at all non-vital agencies go unfilled and set goals for gradual de-funding.

•Dismantle the National Endowment for the Arts. True art is not compatible with government.

This Jacksonville patriot invites you to our fair city where you can take a water taxi to the Jacksonville Landing. Frankly, we need your tourist dollars and it would be patriotic of you to come here and spend some. [photo by Kay B. Day]•On healthcare, redirect entitlement programs to the truly needy. Give those above the needy quintile a tax credit for funds expended on insurance coverage and healthcare and do not tie that credit to income.

•On healthcare, set a zero goal for in-hospital infections.

•On healthcare, set a zero goal for patient deaths due to prescription and other errors.

•On healthcare, permit companies to compete for customers and permit customers to craft their own agreements either as trade, professional or even religious groups to increase purchase power leverage.

•On healthcare cut out the middle man in Medicaid. Processing organizations often simply create problems for hospitals and they obviously cannot control fraud which is at record levels anyway.

•On undocumented foreigners in the country, there are several common-sense approaches. For one, establish a migrant worker program that satisfies unfilled jobs without costing American laborers jobs. Set a rule that if a child is born on American soil, his parents must have documentation in order to obtain welfare and medical services. Deport any foreigner in the country illegally if he or she has a criminal record.

•Secure the borders with a military presence. Nothing else has worked or will work. At present the federal government assumes everyone coming across the border is a well-meaning migrant worker. You’d really have to be delusional to believe that.

•Enact the Fair Tax. This is the only proposal that will capture income that at present is either under the table or otherwise off the books.

•Review every federal agency. Those that are not directly related to vital areas should begin the process of dismantling.

•Get a grip on GSEs like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and on Medicaid fraud. These actions would produce remarkable savings as well.

•Respect the sovereignty of each state. Bow out of social issues and anything else the states have the right to decide and administer for themselves.

•Ask church and spiritual leaders from all faiths to tell followers two things before asking for donations/offerings: (1) Stop killing each other and (2) Take personal responsibility for your choices and your actions.

So there are my patriotic tea party suggestions for Congress and the president. I could write a book of suggestions for the court, but I don’t think there’s any point in spending time trying to reel in that branch of government. And if you’re an elected official, I’ll be glad to volunteer to help you get some of these proposals going—be glad to buy you a cup of tea too.

Oh, and one other thing: have IRS audit returns of every member of Congress and the cabinet. We'll have a small windfall for the federal coffers. I guarantee it.

Tea Party patriot volunteers her proposal to help America by Kay B. Day