Sep 202010
 

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Sep 202010
 

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Sep 202010
 

~It’s been a long time in the works…

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) has updated its travel advice in the wake of yesterday’s attack on a busload of tourists outside a mosque in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

DFAT says there is a “high risk of a terrorist attack” in New Delhi, as the city prepares for the start of the Commonwealth Games in two weeks’ time.

DFAT says Australians should pay close attention to their personal security at all times.

Pictures from the scene outside the mosque showed shattered bus windows and cartridges retrieved by police and did nothing to quell doubts about security at the start of a week when athletes are due to fly in to New Delhi.

The Press Trust of India said a home-grown Islamist group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen had claimed responsibility for the attack, but Indian police said they suspected the attack was likely the work of a “disgruntled gang of criminals”.

Large security contingent

Federal Sport Minister Mark Arbib is urging people to watch the travel advisories closely.

“At the moment the travel advice urges Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in India including New Delhi,” he said.

“We continue to receive reports of possible terrorist attacks in New Delhi, Mumbai and other cities.”

Mr Arbib says the Government is monitoring the situation and there will be a huge security operation in place in Delhi.

“There has been comments from the Commonwealth Games Federation, Mike Cooper, which talks about the large security contingent that will be provided by the Indian authorities,” he said.

“There is going to be something like 100,000 security personnel on the ground in New Delhi and of course we are talking to, in Australia, the Commonwealth Games Association about their preparation also and my understanding is there will be some pretty strict rules on those teams that are going in terms of travelling in public places.

“So again what we are saying is if you are travelling to Delhi, then show a high degree of caution especially around public places.”

But Mr Arbib has stopped short of telling people not to attend the Games.

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Sep 192010
 
PPS

Some protesters appeared at the Right Nation 2010 event in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago) on Sept. 18, 2010. Andrew Breitbart went out to confront them and discovered that none of them knew exactly why there were there nor could they give examples of the “lies” and “racism” that their signs claimed Glenn Beck and conservatives were responsible for.

And when all was said and done, they all got back in their buses and were driven home by their union masters. These buses had Chicago Public School system tags in the back windows.

Union thugs and astroturf. Some grassrootieness they have, eh? ~-By Warner Todd Huston

See my coverage of Right Nation

Anita MonCrief, known as the ACORN whistlebloer, appeared at the Right Nation 2010 event in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago) on Sept. 18, 2010. She spoke on Democrat voter fraud, her awakening to the right side of the aisle, and minority outreach.

Anita’s new site is www.emergincorruption.com.

This video features her address to the luncheon for Right Nation.

Andrew Breitbart Addresses Right Nation Conference in Chicago

~-By Warner Todd Huston

~Related: Chgo Report via ~JP: (Scathing protest organized by Rev. C.J. Hawking, ex. dir. of Arise )

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Sep 192010
 

One United Bank Received “Less than Satisfactory” Assessment Prior to Bailout. Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Evaluation: OneUnited “Ineffective” “Needs to Improve” “Less than Satisfactory” “Has Done a Poor Job”

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has received new documents from the U.S. Department of Treasury related to the controversial $12 million bailout grant provided to the Boston-based OneUnited Bank. The documents, obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against Treasury, include internal Treasury Department emails describing the substandard condition of OneUnited prior to the taxpayer-funded bailout, which allegedly occurred at the behest of Reps. Maxine Waters and Barney Frank.

For example, a September 15, 2008, email from former Treasury Senior Advisor Michael Scott to Director of the Office of Financial Institutions Mario Ugoletti, includes a Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) evaluation administered by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) noting serious issues with OneUnited’s lending practices:


2004 CRA Public Evaluation: While the institution received a CRA rating of “Low Satisfactory” on an overall basis, OneUnited Bank’s CRA rating for Massachusetts was “Needs to Improve” for both the Lending Test and the Investment Test. Under the Lending Test, the report stated that “OUB has done a poor job of meeting the credit needs of its [Boston, MA] assessment area. A review of the 2002 and 2003 HMDA data revealed a total of one loan. There were no reported Community Development Loans (CDL) and any innovative or flexible lending programs were apparently ineffective.” For the Massachusetts Investment Test, the report stated that “the level and complexity of investments within the Boston assessment area is less than satisfactory there were no equity investments or qualified deposits within the assessment area. The low volume of qualified investments within the assessment area is a concern.”

In Florida, the institution received a CRA rating of “Substantial Noncompliance” which also represented the subordinate rating for the Lending Test…

A subsequent 2007 CRA evaluation noted continued problems with OneUnited’s lending program, particularly in Florida.

The documents also include a January 3, 2009, email from Brookly McLaughlin, Treasury’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, to former Assistant Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari highlighting Barney Frank’s intervention in the OneUnited Bank bailout and calling attention to significant concerns about the OneUnited transaction:


According to the WSJ [Wall Street Journal] Barney Frank told them that he specifically put section 103-6 in the bill in order to help this particular bank. Apparently this bank also had an issue with a Porsche that the regulators had made them get rid of. The story will run later this week and will highlight three banks that they think raise questions and are not “healthy” banks…

As reported in the January 22, 2009, edition of the Wall Street Journal, the Treasury Department indicated it would only provide bailout funds to healthy banks to jump-start lending.

The Treasury documents also include a memorandum entitled “Regulatory Financial Highlights” that contains detailed financial information related to OneUnited as well as a summary of information collected by Treasury during its investigation of the bank. According to these documents OneUnited sought government assistance in part because the company owned $52 million in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stock which was “irrevocably impaired” when the government seized control of the two GSEs. However, as noted by one Treasury email from Michael Scott, OneUnited “purchased their Fannie/Freddie stock in the first quarter of 2008,” long after the problems cited in the government’s two CRA assessments. The official commented, “Interesting, huh?”

“These emails suggest that without the corrupt intervention of Barney Frank and Maxine Waters OneUnited would not have gotten a $12 million taxpayer bailout,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And these documents show that this so-called community bank wasn’t actually lending much to the ‘community’ that Frank and Waters were purporting to help.”


The Obama administration has thus far produced 639 pages in response to Judicial Watch’s FOIA investigation of the Waters/Frank bailout scandal, but is withholding in full 203 pages.

~Judicial Watch

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Sep 192010
 
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All That’s Right With The World

A note for Keith Olbermann from Kelsey Grammer

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Sep 192010
 

“”You can respect your adversary, WITHOUT Giving In” –Newt Gingrich

America At Risk: The War With No Name – Official Trailer . America At Risk, hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich, vividly demonstrates the dangers facing America, one decade after the attacks on 9/11. Today, Washington refuses to tell the truth about the war we are fighting. According to experts, we are at war with radical Islamists – and it is a war we are losing. By Citizens United Productions.

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Sep 192010
 
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Fresh off a week of stunning Republican primary victories, several thousand exuberant and newly-empowered tea party followers descended on the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday for Right Nation 2010 — a carefully choreographed night of conservative political cheerleading, headlined by radio and TV host Glenn Beck.

“We’ve had enough. We’re going to set things right,” said Beck, arriving to a standing ovation three hours into the event. “The tea party finds itself in the position where it is the beginning of the end of the establishment.”

Seen by some as Republican party crashers, the grassroots movement threw a pretty extravagant shindig of its own, with an eclectic roster of politicians, fringe entertainers and polarizing media figures.

Among those to appear were conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, former House Republican leader Dick Armey and semi-famous rock star Kevin Chalfant, a Streator native who briefly replaced Steve Perry as Journey’s lead singer.

Also making an appearance was Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady, who used the tea party’s mantra to stir up an enthusiastic and suddenly crucial electorate.

“We’re going to take this state, and this country back, after this election,” he said. “We’ll take back the government.”

Notably absent was Illinois Republican senate candidate Mark Kirk, who may have been following the lead of others in the GOP establishment by distancing himself from the upstart movement.

Last month, Beck led a huge and controversial rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the 47th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A leading cable television commentator and best-selling author, he proved an equally powerful draw Saturday night, packing in attendees from across the country, some of whom paid $1,200 to meet Beck, take a photo with him and get an autographed book. Ticket prices started at $77.

~Once again MSM liberal media neglected to mention–(for their benefit, for I know they read JUST Piper) :
THE MONEY WAS DONATED : NOTE: th your support and help we were able to raise more than $5-million dollars for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Sponsored by the United Republican Fund, the event was meant to raise money for various conservative campaigns.

NOTE: This is precisely what Glenn warned MSM would report in their snide, uncouth way:

While some tea party attendees donned their symbolic Revolutionary War costumes, the event felt more like part of a civil war, as the grassroots movement continues to successfully challenge the Republican establishment.

~Friends, I’m about to blow a gasket! And it gets worse…

Tea party-backed candidates have shaken up the Republican party with some key primary victories last week. In Delaware, political novice Christine O’Donnell upset Michael Castle as the Republican Senate nominee. In New York, Carl Paladino topped establishment-backed Rick Lazio as Republican nominee for governor.

Former presidential adviser and Republican strategist Karl Rove said last week that O’Connell’s primary win in Delaware would cost the GOP a senate seat in November.

~AGAIN…

Paul Wheeler, who drove in from Indianapolis wearing a maroon Revolutionary-era outfit, was defiant over establishment concerns that the tea party movement was splintering the Republican party.

Well, I can certainly tell you I am DONE with this entire newsgroup! I should have known better! Growing up conservative, being politically active since I was a child & continued as a conservative activist for FORTY years in my hometown, until I moved to the South, were patriotism is welcomed!

“Too bad,” Wheeler said. “In the case of Delaware, even if she does not win in November, we’ve kicked out a RINO,” or a Republican in name only.

“If a Democrat wins, at least we know what they’re about,” he said. “It’s better than having somebody who betrays their principles — who claims to be a conservative but is mostly opposite.”

Not invited to the party, a group of local religious leaders held a rally of their own in the parking lot before the event.

Cordoned off by yellow police tape, hundreds of protestors stood in a dull drizzle, carrying signs and chanting behind a squawking megaphone, urging Beck to leave the state and urging attendees to reconsider their ticket purchase.

“I can’t believe people paid money to come here,” said Kerrie Rosenthal, 50, of Palatine, who came with several friends to protest the event. “Maybe people will stop and think, ‘I’m coming into something hateful.'”

The protest was organized by Rev. C.J. Hawking, executive director of Arise Chicago.

But Listed as President & interestingly enough the Executive director is Fr. Larry Dowling, whom I am familiar with due to my involvement in fighting Chicago being a sanctuary city. PRIEST FOR JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS SISTERS AND BROTHERS OF IMMIGRANTS PRAYING AND FASTING FOR LEGISLATIVE CHANGE

* Their mission statement is:Interfaith Worker Justice was founded in 1996 with the mission of engaging the religious community in low-wage worker campaigns and rebuilding partnerships with the labor movement.

~I am here to tell you, I know this neighborhood like the back of my heinie. It has always been liberal & progressive. I lived blocks from where this Rev. is. I wouldn’t doubt if she got her ministry license via the internet.

Look at the blanket policy, then you’ll know why the US is bending over & hungry for Sharia. website. What type of reverend is like this? Well, the likes of Jeremiah Wright and Rev Michael Pflegerin Chicago. We know how infamous this so-called priest is. Chicago Catholic pastor Dr. Rev. Michael Pfleger, speaking Sunday at Barack Obama’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Flegler has been a noted spiritual advisor for Barack Obama for decades while he has lived in Chicago.

“There are a lot of religious leaders in the Chicago area who are beginning to feel Mr. Beck and others are hijacking Christianity,” she said. “They are being divisive and filling people with fear and paranoia. I think the mainstream of American people don’t want to have hate in the debate.”

Converts were hard to come by as the large crowd filtered into the arena. The biggest reaction came from muckraking blogger Breitbart, who engaged in an emotional, high-decibel debate with the protesters.

“There are 300 of these people and there’s just one person asking questions,” Breitbart said. “I’m challenging these people. They’re the haters.”

~Comments to –Robert Channick encouraged

I left this comment, awaiting approval by this blogger of course. Considering he had but a SINGLE comment, I don’t expect mine to get posted, so here it is:

A leading cable television commentator and best-selling author, he proved an equally powerful draw Saturday night, packing in attendees from across the country, some of whom paid $1,200 to meet Beck, take a photo with him and get an autographed book. Ticket prices started at $77.

~I am SO very tired of the insinuations & innuendos that Beck gained monetarily from 8/28.

No one in the leftist media has the cajones to print the truth, shame on you!

Here is the fact:

With your support and help we were able to raise more than $5-million dollars for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

http://www.glennbeck.com/828/

http://www.specialops.org/news/49088/Glenn-Beck-Rally-Raises-5.8-Million-for-SOWF.htm

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Sep 182010
 

~Are they collectively truly that lame?! Oh, that’s right, they are the party of “You have to PASS the bill so you can see whats in it” ~JP

WASHINGTON – With just six weeks to avoid a possible election catastrophe, Democrats are trying to limit the damage with a closing argument that’s more plea than platform: We know you voters are furious with us, but just let us explain why the Republicans would be worse.

The strategy requires an autumn influx of voters willing to view the election as a choice between two imperfect parties — and imperfect candidates on each ballot line — rather than as a chance to slap the Washington establishment that the public seems to dislike so deeply.

But the Democrats admit the Republicans have a big emotional advantage with voters who are fed up with high unemployment, soaring deficits and what many see as an arrogant Congress and administration that rammed a revolutionary health care plan down their throats.

If voters keep burning with the throw-the-bums-out fever that animated so many primaries, Democrats would be likely to lose more than 40 House seats, costing them the majority and positioning Republicans to block virtually any Obama initiatives in the next two years. Losing the Senate majority, which would require a 10-seat Republican gain, is less likely.


Democratic candidates want to convince these voters that no matter how much they hate the status quo, they would be worse off under a Republican Party that hasn’t learned from its mistakes and is lurching ever harder to the right.

“This needs to be a choice, not a referendum” on the Democratic-led Congress and Obama administration, said Erik Smith, a Democratic campaign adviser.

President Barack Obama, campaigning for a Senate contender in Connecticut on Thursday, said of Republicans: “All they are going to be feeding us is anger and resentment and not a lot of new ideas. But that’s a potent force when people are scared and they’re hurting.”

~I must end with this snippet though for I feel it is important for you to see:

Matt Bennett, vice president of the Democratic-leaning group Third Way, cites polls finding that most voters, despite an overall anger with the establishment, support Democrats on many specific issues, such as tax cuts for the wealthy. Democratic House and Senate candidates, he said, should constantly tell voters “there’s only two choices, there’s no other.”

Specific issues will hardly matter, however, if Democrats can’t persuade middle-of-the-road voters to calmly weigh the ramifications of lashing out at the party in power.

“The most important thing Democrats can do is unnationalize the election,” said Democratic strategist David DiMartino. “In every state and every district, it has to be a choice between them and us. Our policies are more popular than theirs.”

You must read the rest here, as I can no longer read the article…They get me sick!

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Sep 182010
 
impeach

The new Congress elected in November will surprise everyone. They will seriously consider impeaching Barack Obama.

Growing under the radar of the mainstream media is a movement that is gathering momentum.

Over one million citizens have signed petitions calling on the US Congress to impeach Barack Hussein Obama. Some of the soon to be elected new members of Congress are amongst those who have signed up, and they are not about to be cowered by establishment Republicans scared silly of the issue.

Ultimately it comes down to a commonly shared belief amongst Tea Party activists that Barack Obama is systematically trying to hurt America. Obama, the argument goes, is not an incompetent boob in over his head. Nor is he is not some well-meaning community organizer who has seen his plans go astray.


Barack Obama is a dishonest, manipulative liar who actually is pursuing an agenda that he hopes will take America off the international leadership stage. He wants America to fail so that the vision of Internationalist socialists can be realized. America is hated by the elite intellectuals of the world because we have been the single biggest roadblock to their plans to establish a one world governing system with them in charge.

Americans has consistently rejected socialism. Whether it is Hillarycare or Obamacare, Americans are speaking with a loud clear voice against socialism.

The left hates America because of our belief in God, our belief in rugged individualism, our belief in private property and our belief in the right to Keep and Bear Arms.

It is only through impeachment that the new Congress can send Barack Obama a clear and unambiguous message that he does not have carte blanche to run roughshod over America.

Impeachment is the political tool given by the founders to correct abuse by a President. Impeachment is often misunderstood because of confusion about what exactly constitutes an impeachable offense.

Former-President Gerald Ford, while serving in the House of Representatives, said an impeachable offense was, “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”


Article I, Section 4 of the Constitution reads: “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The key phrase here is “high crimes and misdemeanors,” a concept in English Common Law that was well-known to our Founding Fathers but is grossly misunderstood in this day and age.

“High crimes and misdemeanors” essentially means bad behavior.

Here’s a passage from C-Span.org which succinctly and beautifully summarizes the historical significance surrounding the inclusion of the term “high crimes and misdemeanors” in the Constitution:


“’High crimes and misdemeanors’ entered the text of the Constitution due to George Mason and James Madison. Mason had argued that the reasons given for impeachment – treason and bribery – were not enough. He worried that other “great and dangerous offenses” might not be covered… so Mason then proposed ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ a phrase well-known in English common law. In 18th century language, a ‘misdemeanor’ meant ‘mis-demeanor,’ or bad behavior.”

In other words, “high crimes and misdemeanors” does not refer to a criminal act (as some would lead you to believe) and our Founding Fathers fully intended to allow for the removal of the President for actions which are: gross incompetence, gross negligence or outright distasteful.

And for those who mistakenly hold the illusion that impeaching Barack Obama would be a simple matter of “playing politics,” the Founders fully intended that the impeachment of a sitting President be a political act.

The Founding Fathers deliberately put impeachment into the hands of the legislative branch rather than the judicial branch, thus transforming it from strictly a matter of legal definition to a matter of political judgment.

The Obama Administration qualifies as the poster-child for bad behavior.


Obama and those around him are ravaging this great country and adding a sorry chapter to a noble history.


Impeachment, as written in the Constitution, was tailor-made for Barack Hussein Obama and our Founders placed it in our Constitution for such a time as this.

~Patriot Update: Floyd and Mary Beth Brown. The Browns are bestselling authors and speakers. Together they write a national weekly column distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Floyd is also president of the Western Center for Journalism.

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