Why do Democrats want tax-payers to buy Viagra and other related drugs for sex offenders?
Democrats killed an amendment by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to prevent the newly created insurance exchanges from using federal money to cover Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs for rapists, pedophiles and other sex offenders. The amendment failed 57-42.
The Dems have 60 votes for Obamacare thanks to the latest of a dozen or so “moderate” Democrats who have sold out their constituents and real moderate values in the face of intimidation and back-room deals, Ben Nelson.
Nelson disclosed his decision as Majority leader Harry Reid unveiled a final series of changes to the measure, including concessions abortion, funding for Nebraska and more.
The Nobel commission awarded Obama the Peace Prize, but
Does the Constitution allow him to accept the award?
It’s the first 9/11 anniversary that America has seen without the commander-in-chief who kept us safe since that horrible day.
Obama has the gall to state that I put an extra burden on the wallets of my fellow Americans by exercising my freedom to choose whether or not to purchase a health insurance plan:
Everyone already knows about the recent economic struggles that the living are facing these days. But what about the Prince of Darkness?
It seems that even Satan is having to lay off a few of his loyal servants in order to make ends meet. Just yesterday Satan had to discharge Ted Kennedy from his duties which included disgracing his Catholic heritage by being one of the most pro-abortion members of the Senate. Kennedy’s soul was also repossessed by Beelzebub in accordance with the contract between him and Senator Kennedy 40 years ago at Chappaquiddick, the terms of which stated that Kennedy shall get away with murder and keep his Senate seat for no less than 40 years and no more than 50 as long as he becomes a champion of abortion while he lives and in death he shall be condemned to the Halls of Hades for no less than an eternity and no longer than an eternity.
This is a high-value soul for Satan, and with the inevitable demise of the corrupt Kennedy clan and their influence on American politics, U.S. citizens will be able to move forward and get the U.S. economy and health care system back on track without an agent of the Devil moiling about in the government, thinking he’s more “progressive” than everyone else because he was born into a family with a superiority complex.
About 100 years ago V.I. Lenin formulated what was to become the Russian Bolshevik party, a Marxist regime that combined massive propaganda campaigns of bogus economic, social and philosophical ideology (Marxism) with violence and terror. Starting in the 1920s, with Joseph Stalin as leader of the Bolsheviks and Communist Russia, citizens were intimidated and, in order to avoid the secret police, reported any “suspicious” behavior of their friends, neighbors and family members. The result would often be the disappearance of the suspect.
Obama must have studied his Stalinist play-book when coming up with this:
The White House raised privacy concerns this week among those who oppose efforts to pass healthcare reform legislation. In a blog post earlier this week the White House asked supporters to report “fishy” information they receive regarding the debate on healthcare reform by forwarding emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The White House says it is enlisting the help of supporters to stay aware of the propaganda and disinformation that is being spread by opponents so they can address concerns and clarify the truth regarding the proposed legislation.
What could top Obama’s homage to Stalin? Why, nothing less than Medvedev following in his master’s footsteps by rewriting history and criminalizing criticism of one of the biggest mass murderers ever:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has announced his plans to criminalize historical “revisionism.”
Specifically, Medvedev wants to make “questioning the Soviet victory in World War II” a criminal offense; he also appointed a commission to work toward “counteracting attempts to falsify history that are to the detriment of the interests of Russia.”
In Newsweek, Stalin’s Children author Owen Matthews explains:
Russia’s schoolchildren are being indoctrinated with the greatness of Stalin and stories of how the Red Army was welcomed as liberators by the peoples of Eastern Europe.
Both Putin and Medvedev seek to create a new, great Russia, and to that end, they believe it needs a great history, unsullied with mass murder and secret alliances with Hitler.
This 21st century Bolshevism is starting to scare me.
Earlier this month:
A Virginia Circuit Court judge dismissed a lawsuit… against George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media.
Thinking about selling your worn-out copy of Guitar Hero: World Tour on eBay?
In America, and most other so-called “Capitalist” societies, private individuals are free to buy and sell products and services in an open market with a short list of general and democratically determined exceptions, some examples include:
- Certain drugs are illegal for individuals under a certain age, others are illegal for everyone
- Certain chemicals are regulated because they may be harmful to the environment
- Architectural structures must meet certain specifications in order to be deemed safe for occupancy
- And of course, transactions involving fraud are illegal.
So why on Earth do people think the U.S. court system should step in and tell companies what they can and can not do?
This is exactly what folks think about Chrysler:
Three Indiana state pension and construction funds want the Supreme Court to block Chrysler’s sale to Fiat so they can pursue an appeal in hopes of getting a better deal.
Also filing emergency papers at the high court Sunday were lawyers representing consumer groups and individuals with product-related lawsuits.
An appeals court in New York approved the sale Friday, but gave objectors until Monday afternoon to try to get the Supreme Court to intervene. Chrysler LLC wants to sell the bulk of its assets to a group led by Italy’s Fiat Group SpA as part of its plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection.
The Indiana State Police Pension Fund, the Indiana Teacher’s Retirement Fund and the state’s Major Moves Construction Fund claim the deal unfairly favors the interests of Chrysler’s unsecured stakeholders ahead of those of secured debtholders such as the funds.
The funds also challenged the constitutionality of the Treasury Department’s use of money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to supply Chrysler’s bankruptcy protection financing. They say the government did so without congressional authority.
Chrysler had hoped to close the sale by the end of this past week.
Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler has maintained that the sale must be completed quickly to save the automaker from complete collapse. If the deal doesn’t close by June 15, Fiat has the option of pulling out. Production at Chrysler’s manufacturing plants remains halted pending the closing of the sale.
So, let me get this straight. Obama and the Dems keep a dying company, Chrysler, alive with tax dollars or borrowed money that will have to be paid back with tax dollars. Obama and the Dems stipulate that the life-support will stay on as long as Chrysler finds a foreign (who knows why?) company to be BFFs with. Chrysler finds FIAT and a deal is in the works, but, Obama and the Dems say that if the deal isn’t done by the ides of June, then they pull the plug and all the tortuous hours that execs at Chrysler put in trying to please Obama and the Dems will have all been in vain. However, since the precedent of Big Government intervention has already been set regarding the operation of Chrysler, people are crawling out of the woodwork trying to get U.S. courts to decide how the company should be run. Basically, Obama has been keeping a company in its death throws alive with tax-payer money when anyone with half of a brain could have predicted the consequences and the inevitable failure of Big Government-run company (Cf. Fannie and Freddie).
Is Obama a Sadist?
But more importantly, since this whole ordeal is basically arbitrarily directed against the way one company (Chrysler) does business, who’s to say that similar meddling won’t soon be in store for other private individuals or companies providing, selling, using, and buying services and products in America? What will prevent these mobs from using the U.S. courts to stop the sale of Guitar Hero to the highest bidder because they hope to negotiate a better deal with the seller?
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford did not want to take the money. After all, it is not at all clear that the “stimulus” is actually working as Big Government has planned. However, Sanford has been issued “a writ of mandamus, which orders the governor to apply for the money” by the South Carolina Supreme Court.
How dare Gov. Sanford defy The One?
LGF has been giving balanced coverage of President Obama’s actions. At times Charles criticizes, at other times he defends Obama and the Democrats. Over at HotAir bloggers are outraged over what seems to be a statement by Obama in which he asserts his intention to silence criticism: White House: We’ll cut off criticism of Porkulus. But LGF is claims that this is nonsense:
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. It’s a responsible move, to prevent abuse of stimulus funds.
Not so fast, Charles.
Cafe Hayek has already posted on the intimidation and thuggish tactics that the Democrats are using to keep criticism levels down. Here’s the text of a letter that the Democrats have sent to a private citizen who just so happens to oppose the way things are being handled in D.C.
Dear Mr. Frey:
We were outraged to read in today’s New York Times that you are actively opposing our efforts to achieve a diminution in foreclosures by voluntary efforts. Your decision is a serious threat to our efforts to respond to the current economic crisis, and we strongly urge you to reverse it. Given the importance of this to the economy and to what it means for future regulatory efforts, we have set a hearing for November 12, and we invite you now to testify. We believe it is essential for our policymaking function for you to appear at such a hearing, and if this cannot be arranged on a voluntary basis, then we will pursue further steps.
For the hedge fund industry, which has flourished for much of the past decade, to take steps so actively in opposition to what is currently in the national economic interest is deeply troubling and will clearly have serious implications for the rules by which we operate in the future if this posture of obstruction of our efforts is maintained. We very much hope you will be able to tell us very soon that you have reversed your position of trying to obstruct the operation of the bill that was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed by the President this summer, and we hope that you will also affirm your presence at the hearing on November 12.
This letter is signed by Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, Luis V. Gutierrez, Paul E. Kanjorski, Caroline Maloney, and Melvin L. Watt.
Here’s the pdf:
Obama seems to be taking a page from Barney Frank’s book of crime under the guise of politics. The President of the United States wants to control the expressed opinions of “anyone else exerting influence on the [stimulus spending] process.”
Charles at LGF misreads the restriction:
This restriction only applies to people who are competing for stimulus money. They’re not allowed to communicate with government representatives responsible for a particular claim unless they put it in writing, after the claim is filed but before the money is awarded. This is obviously intended to prevent corruption, and make sure that any claims for stimulus money are completely above board.
Well, no. The restriction applies to “anyone else exerting influence on the process,” as is stated in the White House blog post. An editorial in a newspaper would certainly count as an exertion of influence, would it not?
I would honestly like to believe that this is being done in the interest of full disclosure and transparency, so that the American people can read what would have gone on behind closed doors, but, given the the fact that Democrats like Barney Frank have already written letters of intimidation to private citizens in order to “urge” folks “to reverse their opinions,” it’s doubtful if the Obama Adm. is acting in good-faith here.
Alec Baldwin made “an apology” to those who took offense at his making light of sex trafficking. Since the issue of sex trafficking, apparently, does not merit its own post on HuffPo, Baldwin tacks on a bit about “U.S. autoworkers.” It seems that Alec does not want them to lose their jobs. However, he does make the following statement:
But giving more money to Detroit means giving more money to GM, Chrysler and Ford, and that is a horrible idea.
Ford has consistently told Obama that they do not need bailout money. I’m sure Obama is disappointed. After all, his justification for the bailouts has been “we can not let the American auto-industry die.” Since Ford is an American auto company that doesn’t need a bailout, I wonder what Obama’s really up too. He’s already (ab)used his position to force the resignation of GM’s CEO, Rick Wagoner. I guess he thinks he can run the company better.
Before election-day if this photo had appeared on blogs or on FOXNews Democrats would have been calling it “a smear,” or “guilt by association.”
First he bows to Saudi royalty, now he’s shaking hands with a friend of Sean Penn.
This is sad:
The entertainment industry won round one Friday in a legal battle against file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay, with guilty verdicts and one-year prison sentences handed down to four men accused of running and financing the popular site.
The defendants vowed to appeal, setting the stage for a lengthy copyright dispute between music and movie corporations and an online swap shop they say has deprived them of billions of dollars in lost revenue.
In its landmark ruling, the Stockholm district court convicted Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom of helping millions of users illegally download music, movies and computer games.
All four received one-year terms and were ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor ($3.6 million) to entertainment companies, including Warner Bros, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Columbia Pictures.
But the fellas aren’t losing their resolve:
“We can’t pay and we won’t pay,” Sunde said in a defiant video clip posted on the Internet. Mockingly, he held up a hand-scribbled “I owe U” note to the camera. “This is as close as you will get to having money from us,” Sunde said.
Here’s a video statement that was posted on TPB earlier today:
Godspeed, TPB, Godspeed.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) looks like he may be facing a fresh political firestorm.
Dodd just admitted on CNN that he inserted a loophole in the stimulus legislation that allowed million-dollar bonuses to insurance giant AIG to go forward – after previously denying any involvement in writing the controversial provision. .
“We wrote the language in the bill, the deal with bonuses, golden parachutes, excessive executive compensation that was adopted unanimously by the United States Senate in the stimulus bill,” Dodd told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer this afternoon.
Gee. Maybe shenanigans like this are the reason so many people are against government intervention in the first place.
Reading today’s Wednesday, March 18, 2009 The Washington Post (Home Edition), I see on the front page the following:
Senior White House officials said last night that President Obama did not learn that bonuses worth $165 million were to paid to executives of American International Group until Thursday, one day before the4y were issued and two days after his Treasury secretary was informed that the payments were going forward.
In a letter to congressional leaders last night, Geithner said that in addition to pressing the company on compensation issues, the Treasury Department will deduct an amount equal to the total bonuses paid from a pledged $39 billion commitment to the troubled insurance company… In what they acknowledged would be an extraordinary move, leading Democrats proposed using the tax code to punish executives at the firm, in which the federal government controls an 80 percent stake, unless those payouts are surrendered voluntarily.
Yet another example of hypocrisy among Obama’s crew, the Democrats might abuse their authority to “punish” executives who don’t “voluntarily” return money that they are under no obligation to return. When the government shows itself unable to honor a simple contract, the people will lose even more faith in government and business. If the Democrats do use the tax code to go after individuals (as opposed to making codes general enough to apply to all Americans equally), a dangerous precedent will be set.
When revenge roused radicals, spiteful socialists seeking Schadenfreude, malice motivated Marxists, and acrimonious anarchists cause chaos and act eccentrically, eventually one of those “talking truth to power,” persistently irritating “imperialists,” will wish he hadn’t abandoned Athens’ safe, suburban Palio Psychiko.
Usually hanging effigies are reserved for politicians who are already in office.
The American National Socialist Workers’ Party’s “Commander,” Bill White, has been arrested in south-western Virginia on charges stemming from an incident in 2004:
William “Bill” White, the leader of the neo-Nazi American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP), was arrested last Friday in Roanoke, VA on a Chicago warrant that accuses him of threatening the jury foreman of the 2004 Matthew Hale trial. Matt Hale, the former leader of the white supremacist group World Church of the Creator, is currently serving a 40-year prison term for soliciting the murder of a federal court judge.
White is scheduled to appear in federal court in Roanoke today (October 23). A court date in Chicago has not yet been determined.
I don’t know if closing down the ANSWP website was justified. It’s my view that, as long as no violence or criminal acts are advocated, freedom of speech should be defended even if we find that speech disgusting and ignorant (e.g. 9/11 Troofers). However, I don’t know the extent of the doubtlessly racist and hateful writing on the ANSWP site, so closing it may have been the best thing to do.
Barack Obama is a liar.
Here’s the proof:
I recently read a disturbing post (here) that suggests that people should be encouraging criminals and gang members to take a more active role in politics. The author asks:
Call them what you want – ex-felons, gangbangers, dope dealers, drop-outs, welfare recipients, homeless – but I call them unlikely voters. …
But are we registering folks to vote in front of the liquor store, at the swapmeet, and in front of the fried chicken shack? Don’t laugh because you know that’s real. …
When was the last time you asked your local gangbanger to put down the bullets and to pick up a ballot on November 4?
In Virginia “ex”-felons are, thankfully, not allowed to vote. But elsewhere that is not the case. Unfortunately left-wing activist groups like the ACLU are trying to get more delinquents, criminals and anti-social individuals to vote. I see nothing wrong with letting small-time criminals (not felons) vote, if they have served their time and paid their debt to society. However, some states let convicts vote from prison!
according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Brennan Center for Justice…:
De facto disenfranchisement has devastating long-term effects in communities across the country. Once a single local election official misinforms a citizen that he is not eligible to vote because of a past conviction, it is unlikely that citizen will ever follow up or make a second inquiry. Without further public education or outreach, the citizen will mistakenly believe that he is ineligible to vote for years, decades, or maybe the rest of his life. And that same citizen may pass along that same inaccurate information to his peers, family members and neighbors, creating a lasting ripple of de facto disenfranchisement across his community.
Another ACLU report released Wednesday found that voter registration forms across the country inadequately explain the voting eligibility of ex-convicts.
prisoners may vote in Maine and Vermont, while Kentucky and Virginia permanently revoke felons’ voting rights. Elsewhere, the ACLU-Brennan Center report noted, “varied state laws form a patchwork across the country.” The ACLU’s Voting Rights Project is active in securing voting rights for ex-felons. In July, the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging a provision of the Alabama Constitution that prevents felons convicted of “crimes of moral turpitude” from voting. In February, the ACLU filed suit in federal court challenging a Tennessee law that requires convicted felons to pay “all outstanding legal financial obligations” before their voting rights are restored.
Let’s think about the implications that a push to give convicted felons and incarcerated criminals full voting rights might have for our country. First of all, why do we have laws in the first place? To ensure that America is a safe, free and just place to live. Criminals, especially felons, have broken those laws, i.e. they have committed acts that jeopardize the safety, freedom and/or justice for other Americans. The role of government is to serve the people by creating, enforcing and reviewing the laws that keep America safe, free and just. It is plainly contrary to common sense to bestow voting rights to individuals who have acted in opposition to a safe, free and just society.
Furthermore, the ACLU finds that citizens with convictions are told that they are not eligible to vote and that they are unlikely to make further inquiries at a later date when they might be eligible. Okay. Fine. The responsibility lies with the individual, not election officials. Perhaps the ACLU would have government babysitters assigned to ex-cons reminding them to eat their greens and tie their shoes?
No, that’s not a typo. Apparently some drug dealers thought that it would be cool to package their heroin in baggies with “Obama” stamped on the front. This way the dope-fiends can remember who to vote for… I guess.
“I’ve never seen a stamp like that before,” said Frank Noonan, an official with the state Bureau of Narcotics, Investigation and Drug Control department.
…Police said the group sold about $10,000 worth of “Obama” heroin a week from the home on Ross Street.
Hmm… I wonder if this is where all those $200 and under donations came from. Kidding.
This is odd. I wouldn’t think a crook would bother to steal books. The library has bi-annual sales of paperbacks for 25¢ and hardcovers starting at a dollar.
The books range in value from about $6 to $40 each. The titles cover a variety of subjects such as finance, fashion and parenting.
Well, at least he or she or they didn’t get anything good. I am happy to say that books on “fashion” won’t be missed by this Fairfax Co. Public Library patron.