Saturday, July 20, 2013

Posts for Saturday 7/20/2013

For some reason today's posts did something to the blog's design.  I went to my design section and everything showed ....everything was ....ok....except it wasn't ......so I deleted today's posts and everything went back to normal.  Here they are in one post.  RK

Egypt Gets It. So, Why Is Terror-Linked Al Jazeera Allowed in the US?
Written on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by Candice Lanier

In Egypt, Qatari owned broadcaster Al Jazeera is under scrutiny for subversion. Accuracy in Media (AIM) has been monitoring the anti-American channel for six years and affirms that Al Jazeera works hand-in-glove with the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated terrorist groups, al Qaeda and Hamas. Of late, Al Jazeera has become more forthcoming about its work as a foreign policy proxy of Qatar, which includes supporting al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Syria.

According to The Muslim Brotherhood’s website, Al Jazeera is “the greatest Arab media organization.” At its inception, the news channel was known for airing al Qaeda videos, which resulted in a conviction for one of its correspondents. The correspondent was convicted for being an agent of al Qaeda.

But, during the recent protests against former President Morsi, several Al Jazeera employees quit due to Al Jazeera’s bias towards the Muslim Brotherhood and its coverage of Egypt…..To Read More….

Ingham County judge rules Detroit bankruptcy be withdrawn; Schuette
Gary Heinlein Detroit News Lansing Bureau July 19, 2013

Ruling the governor and Detroit’s emergency manager violated the state constitution, an Ingham County Circuit judge ordered Friday that Detroit’s federal bankruptcy filing be withdrawn. “It’s absolutely needed,”said Judge Rosemary Aquilina, observing she hopes Gov. Rick Snyder “reads certain sections of the (Michigan) constitution and reconsiders his actions.”

The judge said state law guards against retirement benefits being “diminished,” but there will be no such protection in federal bankruptcy court......Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Detroit, said Friday that Aquilina’s ruling justifies the need for congressional hearings on whether Detroit is misusing the bankruptcy process to slash retiree pensions and health insurance coverage.....“It’s cheating, sir, and it’s cheating good people who work,” the judge told assistant state Attorney General Brian Devlin. “It’s also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy.”

My TakeHow does someone this stupid become a judge? They get elected by pandering! And to whom is she pandering? The very people who bankrupted the city, and now they are to be rewarded and protected by maintaining a totally unsustainable retirement system. Public employee unions will drag every state, every city and every county in the nation down into bankruptcy if allowed to continue to exist. As for the cowardly officials that have agreed to all of this nonsense; they abandoned any sence of morality they had in order to be elected and need to be prosecuted.

There is one sidebar to this I find interesting. John Conyers now wants congressional hearings on all of this. It would appear the left is going to have to go after their own fellow leftists over the incompetence, corruption and the surrounding disasters that are consistently created by leftists.

But wait....this gets better. Is it his desire to go after the corrupt and incompetent leftist Democrat’s that ruled the city for decades and are responsible for bringing this city to its knees, or is it his desire to go after the Republican governor who wants to save the city through sound financial planning and implementation? This should be interesting to watch.

How much do you want to bet Conyers and his fellow race baiters turn this into a racial issue? That shouldn’t take any stretch of the imagination at all. Here was the reaction of Detroit’s Democratic leadership outlined in theMarch 4, 2013 article, How the Democrats Destroyed Detroit, by Arnold Ahlert

“Democratic politicians and civil rights organizations in a city where the population is 82.7 percentblack were far less sanguine.

· “For one individual to be able to wipe out the duties of our duly-elected officials, that’s more or less a dictatorship, and it’s against everything that America is supposed to be about,” said the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the local NAACP.

· The “dictatorship” meme was echoed by other Democratic officials. State Rep. Brian Banks, who represents parts of northeast Detroit.

· State Sen. Bert Johnson (D-Highland Park) characterized the appointment of an emergency manager as “a death in the family.”

· Activist minister Malik Shabazz claimed that the“governor and the right wing in Lansing are destroying democracy and moving us into plutocracy.”

· And Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, president of the Detroit Chapter of Rainbow-PUSH, claimed the development “will add to the growing tension in Michigan.” “We wait to see if austerity will trump democracy and prosperity,” he added.

What prosperity? Detroit’s downward spiral has been legendary. Once the fourth largest city in the nation, and home to its largest industry, Detroit’s population has been cut in half, from 1.5 million in 1970, to less than 700,000 in 2012. Median household income is $27,862 compared to the state median of $48,669. The poverty level is 36.2 percent compared to a statewide level of 15.7. The murder rate is 11 times that of New York City, and the unemployment rate is above 18 percent, more than double the national average. Detroit Public Schools (DPS) have been under emergency management since 2008. In late February, the state review board revealed that the city faces a short-term cash $327 million budget deficit and an estimated $14 billion in long-term debt, primarily driven by unfunded pension and retirement health care obligations.”

One thing is clear. These people are corrupt, incompetent and totally self-serving. They could care less about the people they bankrupted. It’s all about them and they will use any despicable tool there is to get their way; and claiming racism will be at the top of their agenda. However they will ultimately lose because every leader; whether in business or government; must face “The Inevitability Factor". That's when reality reaches its apex!

So then, where does that leave everyone? That’s easy. There is only one question that must be asked to those opposing the bankruptcy needed to allow the implementation of sound financial management practices that are needed to save Detroit.

What is your solution?

Well – Rev. Wendell Anthony, State Rep. Brian Banks, State Sen. Bert Johnson, Minister Malik Shabazz, Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, Rep. John Conyers and Judge Rosemarie Aquilina – What is your solution?

Boxer’s Own Experts Contradict Obama on Climate Change
James M. Taylor, J.D. July 19, 2013
Expert witnesses called by Sen. Barbara Boxer to testify during Senate Environment and Public Works hearings Thursday contradicted a key assertion made by President Barack Obama on climate change……Obama said, “we also know that the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated five or 10 years ago.” “I don’t have much patience for people who deny climate change,” Obama added……Sen. David Vitter asked a panel of experts, including experts selected by Boxer, “Can any witnesses say they agree with Obama’s statement that warming has accelerated during the past 10 years?”

Nobody said a word. After several seconds of deafening silence, Weather Channel meteorologist and global warming activist Heidi Cullen attempted to change the subject…..however, she contradicted Obama’s central assertion and said warming has slowed, not accelerated……Sen. Jeff Sessions returned to the topic and sought additional clarity. Sessions recited Obama’s quote claiming accelerating global warming during the past 10 years and asked, “Do any of you support that quote?”

Again, a prolonged and deafening silence ensued. [none of the] experts on the panel spoke a word, not even in an attempt to change the subject.

Boxer may have envisioned her high-profile global warming hearings as an opportunity to build momentum for congressional or EPA action to restrict carbon dioxide emissions. Instead, the very global warming activists she called to serve as expert witnesses delivered a crushing blow to Obama’s central justification for expensive new restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions....This Appeared Here.....

My Take - All that was missing was Al Gore explaining how the science was settled; Michael Mann explaining how his Hockey Stick Graph; which at one time was the central argument for global warming; has been cast aside because it was shown by McIntyre and McKitrick to be total claptrap. Of course when he had to opportunity to face McIntyre-McKitrick on the Fox News Global Warming Special Mann chickened out; and of course Phil Jones would have been a great witness also....except.....he failed to show up for that special also. Wow! Just think of it! The world's biggest and best known promoters of anthropogenic climate change failed to show up to defend it before the nation in a venue they couldn't control. Yes....I guess Al is right. The science is settled! Poor Al! I guess he will just have to settle for living with the millions he made promoting this claptrap. If there ever was a snake oil saleman it's Al!

The Million-Dollar Bus Stop Breaks

by Ryan Young on July 19, 2013

Arlington, Virginia, recently caused a national stir when it built a $1 million bus stop. The prototype “super stop” was intended to be a model for future stops along Columbia Pike. The road has been a target for multiple redevelopment efforts, including a possible 19th-century-style streetcar, which the super stops would serve.
While the super stop does have a heated concrete floor, it is only partially enclosed, so it doesn’t shelter riders from wind. Riders also quickly found out that its rakishly angled roof doesn’t keep rain out. They still got wet.
Today, the video screen that displays bus arrival times stopped working. The current heatwave proved too much for it to take. A new cooling fan should arrive in the next two weeks. Until then, the super stop will be a bus stop like any other, unless it rains, or is windy. Then it will be worse than other stops…..This Appeared Here.

My Take – Another failure, another huge waste of taxpayers money, another example of central planning with other people’s money. It’s clear they will soon need another tax increase to pay the costs of fixing that which was touted to be perfect. Someone needs prosecuted for this.

 

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