Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Observations From the Back Row

By Rich Kozlovich

Nothing is ever as it seems. Today I have chosen those stories that fit the theme that all the news that is fit to print isn't at the New York Times. When news outlets print opinions and are listed as such I have absolutely no objection to that, no matter which side they come down on an issue. What distrubs me is their unwillingness to print opposing views.

Just like the Warmers claiming that the science is settled, they believe their views are the only views that should be read by the public, and therefore there is no need to publish articles and views in opposition to their own. These news outlets publish articles and "news" stories (not to mention the fact that they leave out anything that demonstrates that they are wrong) that are so biased that their work is no better than the propaganda of Tass or Pravda. Look them up! Here are my picks of the day.

Deadly ‘Diversity’
The neighborhood of Grønland in Oslo, Norway, is not terribly large. It’s on the east side of town, adjacent to central Oslo, and has traditionally been a place of working-class flats and unpretentious pubs. Ever since Norway began to be the destination of immigrants from the Muslim world, however, Grønland has been home to an increasing number of Muslim families and businesses. In recent years, furthermore, it has become an attractive residential area for young Norwegian singles and families, for many of whom part of the lure of living in this part of town was that they wanted to be part of a “multicultural” community. As a result of the influx of these these young people – including no small number of gays – a number of hip restaurants and cafes have sprung up in the area….

“But Grønland is more Muslim than Morocco,” she told Aftenposten. “I had never seen a burka before I came here. And I had never experienced nasty looks if I ate or drank a cup of coffee during Ramadan.”

Tetouani’s son had been scheduled to attend a school where over 95 percent of the students were non-Norwegian speakers. She said no. “All the girls were covered. I felt like I was in a mosque. My son will not be bullied because he has a father who eats pork and is not circumcised.” Tetouani had worked at a local day-care center, where she heard an Algerian mother chastize her son for playing with Norwegian children: “You know they eat pork and are going to hell!” Tetouani’s verdict was blunt: “they are trying to take over this neighborhood.”

A response to Oregon's governor on capital punishment
The governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, announced last week that he would not allow any more executions in his state during his time in office.

My Take I have always believed that it is impossible to maintain a civilized society without two things; moral values and punishment for those who ignore those values. What should be the most appropriate punishment for the most serious crimes? For most of humanities existence it has been execution. I have come to worry about that. I have no moral objection to executions for serious crimes, but I have come to think that perhaps we can’t trust officials with that kind of power. Why have I had a change of heart in this matter? The case of the Duke lacrosse team who were falsely accused of rape and a prosecutor who didn’t care if they did it or not because he was running for re-election and wanted to assure himself of black votes. He would have willing destroyed these kids lives for personal gain.  Would he have executed them also? I have no doubt that is exactly what he would have done. If these young men's parents weren't rich they would have never escaped this man's clutches.  His punishment was by no means adequate either. It is my contention that he should be sentenced to whatever sentences these young men would have had to serve ….. and he should have to serve them consecutively.

'Weekend at Bernanke's'
…..I can't say with any certainty that the game is up yet. The Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund have managed to play "Weekend at Bernanke's" with the global financial system, and the global economy, for longer than I ever imagined possible. They have instituted extra-democratic regime change in Greece and Italy already, and will probably not hesitate to do so in France, Germany and the United States if it is necessary to maintain the illusion of a functional status quo.   But eventually, the corpse of the global economy is going to start stinking strongly enough that its morbid state can no longer be denied. We already have been witness to economic growth that is not economic growth, foreclosures that are not foreclosures, sovereign defaults that are not defaults and democracies that are not democracies. It would appear to be only a matter of time before we learn that our money is no longer money.

What's this? China going bankrupt faster than U.S.?
China is going broke faster than the U.S., according to economic planner Kirk Elliott – who is making this point the lynchpin of a live webinar he's conducting for WND viewers today at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Here are some shocking facts Elliott discusses in a WND column today on which he will expound during the webinar
• China's debt is about $36 trillion yuan (or $5.68 trillion USD).
• China's officially published interest rate of 6.2 percent is fabricated.
• Excess capacity in the economy and private consumption is only 30 percent of economic activity.
• China's officially published GDP growth of 9 percent is fabricated.
• China's taxes are too high.
(Please go to the article to get his explanations for these bullet points. RK)

Elliott concludes: "There is an economic tsunami about to engulf China, and because of the size of China's economy and its manufacturing might, the impact of the tsunami will be felt far and wide. The United States will feel it in the form of inflationary pressures that we can't afford right now. Periphery countries to China may feel its military might or cower to political pressure as governments that run out of money start to do irrational things (look at the United States, or Greece, or the European Union)."

The cost of regulation
The Golden Gate Bridge is an ironic American structure. It was finished in just four years and came in $1.3 million under budget. Earlier this month, California Senator Dianne Feinstein acknowledged that could not happen today: “…it would take a hundred years to do it with all the permits we need.” It was a rare moment of candor from a California Democrat, acknowledging environmental and labor regulations make it hard to build things in America.  She actually sounded a lot like Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels – a Republican – who made a similar point at The Heritage Foundation in September. According to Mr. Daniels, Indiana “can build [infrastructure projects] in at least a third less time and sometimes half the money when we do it ourselves.” He also noted that Indiana could build its own bike trails for just $250,000 per mile, whereas it costs $1,000,000 per mile when federal money is involved because of all the accompanying red tape.  If lawmakers are looking for bipartisanship, they should start right here, where there is an actual agreement. Unfortunately, far too many in Washington are part of the Establishment and have no desire to tackle the regulatory hurdles and labor rules that increase costs, delay timelines and destroy jobs.

Richmond City Audits Local Tea Party After Standoff with Mayor
Two weeks after the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones for costs incurred for previous rallies, we received a letter from the City of Richmond formally stating that the city is auditing our Tea Party. Coincidence? This audit is an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass us for standing up against the unfair treatment and discrimination against our Tea Party.

First some back story: as reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.

The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. “Jones said that as a ‘child of civil rights’ and protests, he had allowed the group to remain in the park but understands his mayoral responsibility to uphold laws of the city,” reported the Richmond Times Dispatch.

How J. Edgar Hoover Saved the Nation
Hollywood efforts to revise the history of the Cold War in favor of radical left-wing interests seem to be unceasing, and in recent years have gotten worse than ever. The latest installment... [portrays] Hoover was a neurotic, driven egomaniac, interested in effective law enforcement but publicity mad and power hungry, obsessed with a mostly illusory communist menace, and a closet sexual deviate in the bargain.

All these are standard elements in the left-wing smear of Hoover that has been out there for decades, and the Eastwood treatment .... inordinate amount of screen time is devoted to showing that Hoover and his FBI associate Clyde Tolson were homosexuals.....private scenes between the two are by their nature sheer invention……. Hoover and his men fought valiantly —.....Here was a titanic struggle between faithful law enforcement agents and the evil designs of a hostile foreign power, thoroughly documentable from official records and well worthy of a movie. Yet not a word about it is uttered in the Eastwood treatment, where the names of such Soviet agents as Hiss, Harry Dexter White, Solomon Adler and countless others are never mentioned, and J. Edgar Hoover is depicted as the bad guy. Disinformation on Cold War issues and corruption of the historical record could hardly go much further.

My Take – I personally think Hoover was a strange man with some serious personal and emotional problems. However, he was right when he worried about the red infiltration. In 1995 the VENONA intercepts were released. These were decoded messages that contained a huge amount of information as to how seriously the government (including the OSS, the precursor of the CIA) was infiltrated. They had penetrated the news media, Hollywood, the universities and the unions. They allegedly only decrypted a small number of the messages but were still left with untold numbers of agents they were never able to identify.  There is one more thing.  Armand Hammer, the industrialist, was absolutely a communist agent recuited by Lenin.
"According to Edward J. Epstein's "Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer," Lenin told Stalin about this so-called "industrialist": "This is a small path leading to the American 'business' world, and this path should be made use of in every way." In other words, Hammer was a part-time spy, part-time money-launderer, part-time "industrialist" -- but a full-time traitor to the United States of America.
It gets better! Hammer bragged that he had Senator Al Gore Sr. in his pocket! At one point Al Sr. demanded that Hoover turn over to him the list of all the communist agents in his state of Tennessee. Hoover naturally refused because he knew where that list would end up.
Throughout the whole of his life, Al Gore Sr. and his family depended on pay-outs, kickbacks and subventions from Hammer," wrote Neil Lyndon, who worked for Hammer. "Like his father before him, Al Gore Jr.'s political career was lavishly sponsored by Hammer from the moment it began until Hammer died, only two years before Gore Clinton in the 1992 race for the White House."

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