when it comes to this blog business...
It never fails, I just start getting back in the swing of things here - when poof! Another family crisis rears its ugly head.
I give up. (For a little while at least.)
President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging the public to create video advertisements that explain why federal regulations are "important to everyone."
The contest, which ends May 17, will award $2,500 to the makers of the video that best explains why federal regulations are good and how ordinary citizens (Ed. Note: As opposed to the EXTRAORDINARY citizens that are your masters in government?) can become more involved in making regulations. The videos must be posted on YouTube and can be no more than 60-90 seconds in length.
Oh, brother - or should I say 'Oh, big brother'.
“The contest will highlight the significance of federal regulations and help the public understand the rule making process. Federal agencies develop and issue hundreds of rules and regulations every year to implement statutes written by Congress. Almost every aspect of an individual’s life is touched by federal regulations, but many do not understand how rules are made or how they can get involved in the process.”
IF I was to participate in this lefty charade I'd have to call my entry, "Bad government gone wild"
The videos must also remind viewers that regulations are the law and that they actually outnumber laws passed by Congress on the order of 10-1. “Regulations have the power of law. Breaking them can result in fines and even jail time. Regulations outnumber Congressional statutes. For every statute passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, federal agencies create about 10 regulations, each of which have the force of law.”
Out of control...
Update- 4/20/10 12:07pm: Sweet! Hot Air has gotten into the act with it's own video contest extolling the virtues of Big Bro's Federal Regulations. This should be good.
First, we have the SEC's splashy case against Goldman Sachs so conveniently timed to coincide with Dear Leader's push to pass financial reform.
Then we have the almost instantaneous piling on by the Democratic party machine and their lefty handmaidens at the NY Times.
Organizing for America had an email out to millions of Obama supporters soliciting support for financial reform 28 minutes after the NY Times broke the news at 10:38 am on Friday. Almost instantaneously the Times managed to drop a 1200 word story on its website about the case
And it's remarkable how quickly the Obama administration's political arm was able to swing into action, buying Google ads for the search terms "Goldman Sachs SEC", then directing Googlers to the president's campaign website via a sponsored link entitled; "Help Change Wall Street".
It's sure beginning to sound like an orchestrated campaign to throw Goldman under the bus to me!
At this morning's conference call, Goldman Sachs CFO said 'the firm had no real warning of the SEC's case and said they 'were somewhat surprised that this was filed as complaint and no one told us in advance,”. I guess $994,795 doesn't go as far as it used to when it comes to greasing the skids in DC...
Now that health care has been declared a human right here in the US, can bus trips to Branson be far behind? It sure looks like the EU crowd won't have to fight for the right to PARTY anymore.
The European Union has declared traveling a human right, and is launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayers' dollars for those too poor to afford their own trips.
Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, proposed a strategy that could cost European taxpayers hundreds of millions of euros a year, The Times of London reports.
"Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life," Mr. Tajani told a group of ministers at The European Tourism Stakeholders Conference in Madrid on April 15. Mr. Tajani was appointed to his post by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The plan -- just who gets to enjoy the travel package has yet to be determined -- would see taxpayers footing some of the vacation bill for seniors, youths between the ages of 18 and 25, disabled people, and families facing "difficult social, financial or personal" circumstances. The disabled and elderly can also be accompanied by one other person. The EU and its taxpayers are slated to fund 30% of the cost of these tours, which could range from youth exploring abandoned factories and power plants in Manchester to retirees taking discount trips to Madrid, all in the name of cultural appreciation.
"The commission is literally considering paying people to go on holiday," Mats Persson, of pro-reform think-tank Open Europe, told Britain's News of the World. "In this economic climate, it's astonishing that the EU wants to bribe people with cheap holidays."(Ed.Note: Not really.)
Mr. Tajani said the program will be piloted until 2013, and then fully launched.
It's about time. The Obama administration has been trying to stall any inquiries into this SOB since the very beginning. And don't even get me started on that trumped up phony report that Togo West and Vernon Clark put together!
The most transparent administration evah!(Hat tip to Nachum)
Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.) on Monday issued subpoenas to the Obama administration regarding the shootings at Ft. Hood last year.
The two senators had threatened to subpoena the administratio after they made repeated requests for information on records on the shooting, which left 13 dead. (editor's note: One of this Terror Scumbag's victims was pregnant - correct death toll should be 14)
“The purpose of the Committee’s investigation of the Fort Hood attack is to answer questions that are critical to our government’s ability to counter homegrown terrorism,” the senators wrote in a letter accompanying the subpoenas. "In order to answer those questions, we must assess the information that the U.S. government had prior to the attack and the actions it took in response to that information."
The senators have accused the administration of stalling a congressional probe into the shooting. They say the departments of defense and justice have turned down four requests for documents over the course of five months.
Lieberman and Collins want suspected shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's personnel file and records on his efforts to contact radical Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
The senators say in the letter that the administration has until next Monday to reply to the request to "fulfill their legal obligation."
The Pentagon has pushed back against the request for information, saying it does not want to reveal sensitive information about the incident, which is still being investigated.
The subpoenas indicate a major rift between the Obama administration and Lieberman, who caucuses with the Democrats.Democratic leaders have indicated they do not intend to rescind his chairmanship due to the subpoena. (ed. note: Isn't that big of them?)
Hold muh beer and watch this! --->
President Barack Obama has played golf 32 times since he took office, eight times more than his predecessor George W. Bush - who was mocked by the Left for his fondness for the game - did in his entire presidency.
Mr Obama's latest outing on the links came on Sunday, when an opportunity opened up on his schedule after flying bans over most of northern and central Europe forced him to cancel his trip to Krakow to attend the funeral of Lech Kaczynski, the Polish president.
The golfing figures were compiled by Mark Knoller of CBS Radio, the unofficial White House statistician.
Mr Obama's Sunday golf game prompted anger in Poland, where the Warsaw Business Post carried a headline reading: "Obama goes golfing instead of attending Kaczynskis' funeral".
The paper also reports that Mr. Obama hasn't visited the Polish Embassy in Washington yet to give his condolences:
"While U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Vice-President Joe Biden had taken the time to visit the Polish Embassy to sign a book of condolences, President Obama had not yet taken the time out to do so."
Two of the most wanted terrorist figures in Iraq have been killed in a joint Iraqi-U.S. operation, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday.
<--- Abu Ayyub al-Masri, leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq - an umbrella group that includes al Qaeda in Iraq - were killed in a security operation in al-Tharthar, north of Baghdad, al-Maliki said.
There was no immediate word from the U.S. military. The operation involved missile strikes and ground forces, al-Maliki said. The two men were in a house and then hid in a hole (emphasis mine - somehow a fitting end to these two terror scumbags, no?) where their bodies were found by security forces, he said.
It looks like OBL bodyguard and henchman, Nasser al Bahri has just penned a titillating tell all on the boss. He's reformed now, you see and just wanted to cash in on the deal, be on the Oprah show, get a few things off his chest.
Osama Bin Laden requested a satellite TV dish be installed in his Afghanistan hideaway so he could watch the September 11, 2001 terror attacks as they happened, according to his former bodyguard.
But the Al Qaeda leader was unable to get a signal in the mountainous terrain surrounding his base in Kandahar so couldn't watch the two hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center in New York, claimed Nasser Al Bahri. The 37-year-old said: 'He asked for satellite TV to be able to follow the bombing.'
Wait for it - there's more:
According to the book, the world's most wanted man is an extremely useful presence on the volleyball court. "He's so tall that he doesn't need to jump up to do a smash," Britain's 'The Sunday Times quoted author Nasser al-Bahri, one of the al-Qaida leader's former bodyguards, as saying.
Ewwww...bet it's ripe!
"...bin Laden likes playing football, preferably at centre forward, but he never takes off his turban."
"They call me poopyhead..."
Warning! Video NSFW - contains vile language.
Thanks to a tipster we may have identified the "long haired bleeping gnome" featured in Lefty Infiltrator exposes his true colors at Denver Tea Party 4-15-2010.
It now appears that he was NOT a lefty infiltrator and for that I apologize. If you watched the video I'm sure you can all understand how I could have made that honest mistake. Just to clarify - after reading his bio and doing a quickie Google dive on our long haired bleeping gnome - I can make no claim as to the nature of his political persuasion. I can claim finding more red flags than you can shake a stick at.
Read on, pilgrims.
Our anonymous tipster whispers that our long haired bleeping gnome is a local filmmaker named Craig Bodeker. His latest claim to film fame is the documentary "A Conversation About Race" and its sequel, More Of A Conversation About Race.
Well, after watching that performance yesterday Dinah would sure like to have a conversation with him about manners!Take a gander at Mr. Bodeker's (short haired) bio:
Below is a more recent photo from July 2009 courtesy of Mr. Bodeker's Facebook Page. You will see his hair's a little longer but not as long as in the video.
In this more recent review by John Ingram of the National Policy Institute Mr. Bodeker is described as:
" a first-time filmmaker from Colorado with musician-cool shoulder-length hair..."
Funny, he didn't seem all that COOL at Thursday's rally and it wasn't Mr. Bodeker's first Tea Party rodeo, either. His cinematic sequel, "More of a Conversation About Race" appears to prominently feature footage from last year's Denver Tea Party. (Possums, I'd shell out the fifteen clams to purchase the dvd to make sure, but I saw enough of his bleeping show on Thursday to last me a lifetime. I don't think I could sit through 38 minutes more.)
Interesting that the DVD contains the following disclaimer, isn't it?
This DVD contains adult language and may not be suitable for children.
Odd. Mr. Bodeker sure wasn't bleeping concerned about the handful of children standing within bleeping earshot of his bleeping tirade the other day!
And about that "working for the WALL STREET JOURNAL" thing? Well, given the heat of the moment, I'm sure it was all just a misunderstanding - or something. Maybe he said he was 'reviewed' by the WSJ not that he bleeping worked there. It must have been something like that. Right? Because the only connection I can determine between Mr. Bodeker and the WSJ is this article by James Taranto which addresses the film, the filmmaker and the controversy surrounding them.
It is this controversy that makes me think my fellow Tea Partiers should be giving this guy a wide berth...
In an Oct. 9 Hatewatch entry Scherr makes a case against the filmmaker. A reader discovered Bodeker's comments on various YouTube pages, which, Scherr writes, "expose him for the bigot he is":
He repeatedly refers to blacks, including President Barack Obama, as "monkeys." In one post, he uses the anti-gay slur "fag"; in another, he suggests that Van Jones, the black White House advisor who resigned last month, should be lynched.
The same WSJ article provides Mr. Bodeker's rebuttal (in part) from the website of the National Policy Institute:
"(The National Policy Institute...which describes itself as "the right's answer to the Southern Poverty Law Center" and is described by the SPLC as "a racist think tank" and by the Associated Press as "a white-advocacy group"):" (Editor's note: Consider all sources here, possums.)
[Scherr] relied upon an anonymous cyber-stalker to gather "quotes" attributed to me from the comments section of unrelated political videos from Youtube. She called this piece of journalism "A Peek Behind the Curtain: Views of a Racist Filmmaker . . ,"Some pretty strong statements were quoted--as well as MIS-quoted, surgically and deceptively edited,, taken out of context, and even made up! And once again, these "quotes" that represent proof of my "racism," were found on the comments section of Youtube.Have any readers ever been to the comments section on Youtube? Does anyone NOT KNOW what a mosh-pitt of "free expression" it is? There are, sometimes, actual screaming matches (emphasis Dinah's), even though they're conducted in written form. Sometimes people say harsh, mean things there, in that last remaining refuge of Free Speech. Am I to assume that the SPLS's Sonia Scherr has never made a sarcastic comment? Or even a distasteful one? Or that anyone who EVER has should be stereotyped, marginalized and disenfranchised? This seems to be what the SPLC suggests.
Bodeker does not disavow any specific quotes, and he acknowledges that some of them were accurate.
So, Mr. Bodeker is NOT a "lefty infiltrator" but instead IS some kind of closeted racist, bigot, white supremacist, right wing nut with apparent anger management issues who stirs up trouble at the tea parties?
Man, oh man.
To tell you the truth, I have no idea what Mr. Bodeker is - I do know that his behavior at Thursday's tea party was beyond the pale and that the statements attributed to him in Sonia Scherr's Hatewatch article are downright vile.
In my opinion, there's no room for either kind of Mr. Bodeker's BS nonsense at the Tea Parties. (Or anywhere else, for that matter.)
And to borrow a few of the words contained in Mr. Bodeker's rebuttal to the charges raised by the WSJ. (The complete text of which can be found here):
"...So instead they call me a poopyhead."
You sure acted like a poopyhead at the Denver Tea Party, Mr. Bodeker.
P.S. Stay tuned. I may also have a line on the poor guy that Mr. Bodeker went off on...