Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Obama Birth Certificate Bill Would Allow Hawaii To Ignore FOIA Requests

04/21/10 04:49 PM | AP

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are moving closer to passing a measure allowing the state to ignore repeated requests for President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

A conference committee unanimously voted Tuesday to advance the bill for final votes in the House and Senate.

The proposal allows state government agencies not to respond to follow-up requests for information provided they determine that the subsequent request is duplicative or substantially similar to a prior request.

The bill is aimed at so-called "birthers," who claim Obama is ineligible to be president. The bill is SB2937.


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Bush Still Gets More Blame for Economy Than Obama

PRINCETON, NJ -- More than a year into Barack Obama's presidency, Americans are more likely to say George W. Bush is responsible for today's economic problems than they are to say Obama is responsible.

Gallup shows a significant uptick since last July in the percentage of Americans blaming Obama at least a moderate amount (from 32% to 50%), but little decrease (from 80% to 75%) in the percentage blaming Bush.

Obama will accumulate more responsibility for the nation's economy every day he's in office. That could bear down increasingly hard on his approval rating if unemployment continues to hold at or near 10% and consumer attitudes remain negative.

However, the big upside is that should the economy rebound on his watch -- and recent Gallup tracking has some signs of a "nascent" recovery -- Obama will receive much of the credit.

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Bush factor in the National Debt and Deficit

June 11th, 2010 by Karina

Yesterday, Republican Leader Boehner claimed the Bush tax cuts enacted under Republican controlled Congresses did not lead to the deficit:

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday defended tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush, saying they did not lead to the deficit that currently confronts the country.

“It’s not the marginal tax rates … that’s not what led to the budget deficit,” he told reporters, adding, “The revenue problem we have today is a result of what happened in the economic collapse some 18 months ago.”

In fact, the Bush-era tax cuts are the largest contributor to the deficit:

The Bush Deficit

The Bush 2001 tax cuts added $1,350 billion and the Bush 2003 tax cuts added $348.7 billion to the deficit. Compare that to major legislation the Democratic-led 111th Congress has passed:

Republican Budget Busting

Other lasting legacies of the Bush Administration on our national debt and deficit include:

Bush Doubled Debt

Bush Doubled Foreign-held debt

Who Left Us With Huge Deficits

The article on Leader Boehner’s comments continued:

He also said that slashing marginal tax rates has actually buoyed revenue levels.

“We’ve seen over the last 30 years that lower marginal tax rates have led to a growing economy, more employment and more people paying taxes,” he said.

During the Bush administration the country netted the creation of 1 million jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The low job figure was a direct result of the financial crisis the country was entering when Bush left office. But experts have claimed that job creation was anemic under Bush when compared to other two-term presidents.

President Bush actually holds the worst job creation record in 75 years and left office with 673,000 fewer private sector jobs than when he started—100% of his net job creation of 1.08 million jobs were in government:

George Bush Job Creation Record

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Bill Gates says to tax the rich

CURT WOODWARD | 04/21/10 02:04 PM | AP

SEATTLE--Bill Gates Sr. is leading a new campaign for a state income tax on wealthier residents. Gates says Washington's current tax system is unfair and doesn't supply a steady stream of money for important state programs.

This sets up a bruising political fight in the fall if the measure makes it onto the November ballot. Organizers will need to collect more than 240,000 valid petition signatures by July 2 to qualify Initiative 1077.

Gates, father of the Microsoft Corp. co-founder, is a longtime supporter of tax reform in Washington. He said the issue has been studied extensively without enough action.

"So today, this day, we're going to do something," Gates said.

I-1077 would tax couples with adjusted gross incomes greater than $400,000 annually, or incomes of more than $200,000 for individuals. Supporters say that represents the top 3 percent of earners in Washington.

It also would cut the state property tax by 20 percent and increase the business-and-occupation tax credit to $4,800.

The proposed initiative sets out two tax brackets. The first tax rate would be 5 percent of the portion of joint income that exceeds $400,000, or $200,000 for individuals. The tax would increase to 9 percent on the portion of income that exceeds $1 million for couples or $500,000 for individuals.

Advocates said it would raise about $1 billion per year for education and health programs.

Conservative activist Tim Eyman stood outside the coffee shop hosting Wednesday's income tax announcement to collect signatures for his latest tax-limiting initiative, I-1053. It would reinforce a difficult two-thirds vote threshold for the Legislature to raise taxes.

Eyman said the I-1077 income tax measure would almost certainly make the ballot because of its wealthy supporters. But he didn't think voters would go along, particularly following the Great Recession and fresh state tax increases on beer, soda pop, service businesses and more.

"It is the Holy Grail for the progressive movement," Eyman said. "They probably should have had this event at a church because it requires so much faith."

Most of the state's taxes come from two sources: The 6.5 percent baseline sales tax and the business-and-occupation tax, levied on a business' gross receipts. Property taxes also are in the mix but have relatively strict caps on their annual increase – the consequence of another voter initiative.

Income tax measures have been attempted over the years in Washington with little success. A graduated income tax was enacted by initiative in 1932, passing with about 70 percent of the vote. But it was thrown out by the state Supreme Court, which pointed to the state constitution's call for uniform taxation on property.

Voters have defeated subsequent attempts to amend the constitution for a state income tax, most recently in 1973.

A uniform tax is, of course,  regressive.  Progressive taxes increase the taxable rate as income or the value of an asset increases. Republicans like to describe taxes as 'fair taxes' or 'flat taxes' but these are simply weasel words for a regressive taxes.

Texas wingnut wants to block homosexual divorce

April 21, 2010

The Texas attorney general is moving to stop gay couples from divorcing in the state. He says their divorces should be unconstitutional.

Texas law forbids gay marragie, but says nothing about divorce. The Texas couple who was granted the divorce was married in Massachusetts.

A survey in Sweden suggests homosexual marriages are not as stable as heterosexual. The fact that most of these couples do not have children may be a factor.

The survey revealed a high rate of legal divorce among homosexual couples in Sweden. Gay male couples were 50% more likely to divorce within an eight-year period than were heterosexuals; and lesbian couples were 167% more likely to divorce than heterosexual couples.

source: NARTH


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Russian fighter aircraft and helicopters rehearse for Victory Day

Dozens of helicopters took to the air and Russia’s elite aerobatic groups Russkiye Vityazi (Knights)and Strizhi (Swifts) flew in a diamond formation during a large-scale Air Force rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day parade at the Kubinka Air Force base near Moscow.

On May 9, Russkiye Vityazi and Strizhi will fly in a nine-aircraft diamond, a signature formation of the two aerobatic groups in which the distance between fighter jets does not exceed one meter.

Other aerobatic maneuvers will not be shown over safety concerns. A total of 125 aircraft will take part in the Victory Day Parade on Red Square in Moscow.

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Dancing with the Stars: The Wicked Witch is Gone

We predicted last week the Kate Gosselin would be next on the Dancing with the Stars hit parade. Gosselin's mannequin-like dancing gave way to 'real' tears when she was voted off “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday night.

Rightardia was glad to see her go. Her dancing regressed on Monday when she walked around the dance floor. She seems to have no rhythm at all and doesn't feel the music.

Her demeanor is just as bad. She was condescending again toward her partner,  Tony Dovolani, during the rehearsal snippet. She indicated on the Jimmy Kimmel show that she would have done better if she had spent less time with her children. Rightardia doubts it.

The big mystery in the Monday show is Pamela Anderson. She is one of the better dancers that should be in third or fourth position, but the fans consistently vote her down. Perhaps it has something to do with the bimbo persona she has cultivated over the years. She may need to hire a new PR person if she is trying to revive her career.

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Lary King Live: Sarah Palin to pose in Playboy

Besides talking about Sarah Silverman's new book, The Bedwetter, Larry King closed the interview with a question about Sarah Palin. This wasn’t going to end well.

As Newsbusters points out, King tossed Silverman the softball and, naturally, she hit it predictably right down the middle.

“Sarah Palin, what do you think, Sarah Palin, I’ve got to say her name because we have to say it every night,” said King.

“About what? Her posing in Playboy?” asked Silverman. “I think she should go for it.”

It is to be expected from a comedian as blue as Silverman to throw something like that into the middle of the discussion. But then, King quickly responded, “Agreed. Thank you Sarah.”

So Larry King is agreeing that Sarah Palin should pose in Playboy. Was he joking? Sure. Does that make it right?

Rightardia thinks it does. We suspect Sarah Palin would do just about anything for the right price. 


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Is Hitler is angry at You Tube?

Hitler, as "Downfall producer" orders a DMCA takedown from Brad Templeton on Vimeo.

Last update - 16:01 21/04/2010 

 By Oded Yaron Tags: Israel news,  Jewish world

After he served as a mouthpiece for every possible grievance and complaint, Hitler is now leaving YouTube, and ranting about it. The German film Der Untergang (Downfall), in which Adolf Hitler is seen going off on a tirade against betrayal, has lent itself to hundreds of online parodies where Hitler expresses severe anger over anything from parking spaces to the iPad.

However the company that made the 2004 movie, Constantin Films, has set out to put a stop to the countless parodies and have demanded that YouTube remove the films, citing copyright infringement.

A man named Brad Templeton has made a parody of the company's YouTube takedowns, and ironically, his video was also taken down from the site.

Rightardia includes right wing icons like Hitler in its blog to be 'fair and  balanced' for conservatives such as Tea Baggers and ditto heads. 

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The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). Bellamy owned a flag company and sold flag to schools. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country. In its original form it read:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." 

 This is the way American children originally saluted the flag

In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. At this time it read:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." 

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy's daughter objected to this alteration. Today it reads:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." 

In West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943), the court held that schools may not coerce or force students into reciting the pledge, observing the existence of an individual right of conscience to sit silently while others recited. Most schools responded by making the pledge voluntary. This case arose form a suit filed by the Jehovah's Witnesses.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rush celebrates Confederate History month

Wow! Isn't this special. 

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New Russian SA-22 Greyhound tactical air defense system

Pantsir-S1 gun and missile air defense systems –is a new development from Russian weapons makers. the new weapon system has taken part in drills near Astrakhan. According to the training scenario, a Pantsir-S was to destroy a target missed by S-300 missile crews.This system is known under the NATO designation SA-22 Greyhound. it is a unique tactical system because because missile and anti-aircraft cannons integrated into the chassis.

The Pantsir was to hit a Strizh imitation target mimicking the flight of a cruise missile. The target was travelling at a speed of 250 meters a second.

The mock attack scenario was complicated by a command order to quickly move the field officers to new coordinates. They were allowed to fire only after they had chosen a more suitable firing point. The Pantsir-S complied with the new parameters in a matter of minutes.

Following the counter attack, the Pantsir-S’ developers went to the test range to look for fragments of the demolished target. These will be carefully examined to make the air defense system more effective.

For the first time, the Pantsir-1 combines two combat functions: a single military vehicle is fitted with both missiles and cannons. Pantsir-1 missiles are capable of destroying any modern attack delivery vehicle. The cannons, in addition to air targets, can also engage land based targets.

The main purpose of the system is to protect industrial plants, military units and mobile air defense systems. This year, the first generation of Pantsir-S system will join the Russian army. The general public will see the new weapon at the Victory Day Parade on Red Square on May 9.

source: Ria Novosti

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Marco Rubio and the Miami Way

This video does a good run down of some the concerns the news media has about Marco Rubio. The first report Rightrdia heard was a $133 'hair cut' that Marco Rubio charged to a Republican Party credit card.

The hair cut turned out to be a Brazilain hot wax of Rubio's back. This press release about Rubio came out of the Charlie Crist campaign:

Join our campaign and stand up against typical big-spending politicians like former Speaker Marco Rubio by donating $1.33, $13.30, or $133 to our campaign today. We continue to learn that Speaker Rubio doesn't practice what he preaches: Speaker Marco Rubio spent thousands with GOP credit card . As reported by the Miami Herald, “[a]mong the charges former House Speaker Marco Rubio put on his Republican Party of Florida credit card: a $133.75 trip to an upscale barber shop in downtown Miami.”

How can voters trust Speaker Rubio to rein in federal spending when he can’t even rein in his own spending? Join us today by contributing $1.33, $13.30, or $133 to our campaign .

Help us provide voters with Gov. Crist's vision for our nation and state as the only proven fiscal conservative in this race. Unlike Speaker Rubio, we will spend any funds wisely!

Next is the latest Crist ad that links Rubio to Ray Sansom, a former Florida House Speaker who has been indicted for conflicts of interest when appropriating state funds. Rubio was Sansom's budget chief and has been subpoenaed to testify against his former boss.

Does Rubio have the right stuff to be a Florida senator? Rightardia would hope either Democrat Kendric Meeks or independent Charlie Crist would win the race. Either man would be preferable to a hard right ideologue.

In Florida, there is the expression "the Miami Way." This refers  to extra-legal methods that are used in the Latin part of Miami to bypass labor laws and government regulations. Does Rubio subscribe to the Miami Way?

When it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck . . .

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Gov. Charlie Crist may run as an independent for Florida Senate

As supporters of the Democratic Party, Rightardia hopes that the Democratic candidte, Kendric Meeks, wins.

However, we would be disappointed if a hard right conservative, Marco Rubio, were to win the Seante race.

A recent poll released suggests Gov. Charlie Crist's political career is not over provided he abandons his Republican bid for the U.S. Senate and runs as an independent.

Former House Speaker Marco Rubio has soared 23 points ahead of Crist in a Republican matchup, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.

But Crist could win if he runs as an independent candidate against Rubio as the GOP nominee; and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami as the Democratic standard bearer.

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Intrade: Think the individual mandate will be ruled unconstitutional?

Intrade suggests otherwise.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Zogby Interactive: Most Americans Support Stronger Regulations on Big Banks

Zogby International

UTICA, New York - Legislative proposals to regulate financial institutions and limit their size have the support of a majority of likely voters, including 55% who favor a tax on large banks to cover any government losses from bailouts.

Those are among the findings of a Zogby Interactive survey of 3,351 likely voters conducted from April 1-3, 2010. The survey has a margin of error of +/-1.7%.

The survey also found that 63% do not agree that the federal government has a responsibility to insure that big banks do not fail and only 33% said they had confidence in the Federal Reserve to enforce regulations on the nation's financial institutions.

The Democrats should be able to beat the Republicans silly if they try to filibuster Wall Street reform in the US Senate.The public support the Democrats on this issue.

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Times of India: Promiscuous women cause earthquakes

Apr 19, 2010, 11.50pm IST

BEIRUT: A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.

Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.  A cleric's unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a quake is certain to hit Tehran, a city of 12 million inhabitants.

"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes," Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but many, especially the young, ignore some of the more strict codes and wear tight coats and scarves pulled back that show much of the hair.

"What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?" Sedighi asked during a prayer sermon Friday.

"There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes."

Seismologists have warned for at least two decades that it is likely the sprawling capital will be struck by a catastrophic quake in the near future.

Some experts have even suggested Iran should move its capital to a less seismically active location. Tehran straddles scores of fault lines, including one more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) long, though it has not suffered a major quake since 1830.

In 2003, a powerful earthquake hit the southern city of Bam, killing 31,000 people, which was about a quarter of that city's population.

"A divine authority told me to tell the people to make a general repentance. Why? Because calamities threaten us," said Sedighi, Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader.

Referring to the violence that followed last June's disputed presidential election, he said, "The political earthquake that occurred was a reaction to some of the actions (that took place). And now, if a natural earthquake hits Tehran, no one will be able to confront such a calamity but God's power, only God's power. ... So let's not disappoint God."

Ahmadinejad made his quake prediction two weeks ago but said he could not give an exact date. He acknowledged that he could not order all of Tehran's 12 million people to evacuate. "But provisions have to be made. ... At least 5 million should leave Tehran so it is less crowded," the president said.

Minister of Welfare and Social Security Sadeq Mahsooli said prayers and pleas for forgiveness were the best "formulas to repel earthquakes."

"We cannot invent a system that prevents earthquakes, but God has created this system and that is to avoid sins, to pray, to seek forgiveness, pay alms and self-sacrifice," Mahsooli said.
Rightardia now realizes that fundamentalist Muslims are just as dumb as Christian fundamentalists like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. 
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US band may participate in Victory Day parade on Red Square

Over 1,500 musicians from the Consolidated Orchestral Regiment of Russia’s Defense Ministry have started rehearsals for the Victory Parade to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War 2.

Joining Russian musicians on Red Square will be their colleagues from the Allied nations, among them Britain’s Royal Philharmonic orchestra representing one of the leading members of the anti-Hitler Coalition taking part in Victory Day parade. A US band has also been invited.

The may 9 holiday is the biggest in Russia. More than 28 million Russians died during the Great Patriotic War.

The heads of state and government from 45 countries and representatives of many international organizations will be taking part in V-Day celebrations in Moscow. Photo: Moscow Military District Orchestra rehearsing for Victory Day parade

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Nazis demonstrate in LA

Nazis demonstrate in LA and are pelted by rocks by counter-protesters.  Although Rightardia finds neo-fascists repugnant, it does not believe that two wrongs make a right. The First Amendment rights of all Americans should be respected.

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Hillbilly Report: Appeals Court Rules OSHA Empowered to Protect Workers

by: RDemocrat Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 13:29:35 PM EDT

A victory came down today from a federal appeals court for American workers. The court upheld the right of OSHA to that allows that agency to determine how to write and enforce workplace safety rules.

The case began in Houston when a contractor hired 11 immigrant workers to remover asbestos from a building without providing adequate training or equipment. Even after a city inspector issued a stop work order, the contractor forced his employees to work at night behind locked gates.

Although the contractor was cited for 22 violations the Bush Administration Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission overturned many of them:

OSHA cited Ho for 22 separate violations-11 for not training each worker and 11 for not providing a respirator for each worker.

Amazingly, the Bush administration's Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission overturned the majority of the citations, saying Ho could only be cited once for not training workers and once for not providing respirators. That meant Ho only had to pay two fines, not 22.

OSHA officials rewrote the rules to make it clear that each worker must be given protective equipment and training, and an employer can be cited for each worker not given this protection as a separate violation.

But the National Association of Home Builders sued, claiming OSHA didn't have the authority to say that employers could be cited for each worker left unprotected.

However, the District of Columbia Circuit appeals court ruled that OSHA did indeed have the authority to protect individual workers in each case and ruled against the National Association of Home Builders:

Late last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said OSHA has such authority and ruled for the agency in the case, National Association of Home Builders v. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The AFL-CIO quickly applauded the decision because it made it clear that it is the responsibility of an employer to protect all of its workers from dangers on the job:

AFL-CIO General Counsel Lynn Rhinehart says the decision makes clear that if an employer doesn't protect its workers, the employer can get cited for each worker it doesn't protect. This is an important principle that will help ensure that workers get the protection they need to be safe on the job.

The AFL-CIO filed a friend of the court brief urging the court to side with OSHA and uphold the rule, Rhinehart said. The AFL-CIO also participated in the rule-making proceeding that produced the rule at issue in the case.

With workers losing so many rights, wages, and benefits in the last several decades it is refreshing to see at last a decision has gone labor's way.

It is the responsibility of an employer to insure any employee is working in safe conditions and has the training and equipment in dangerous situations to keep themselves as safe as possible.

source: aflcio blog

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Limbaugh dishonors the people who died in the Oklahoma city bombings

Rush Limbaugh blames the Oklahoma City bombing on the Branch Davidian conflict in Waco. This is typical simplistic Limbaugh bombast.

Alhtough timothy McVay blew up the federal building on the anniversary of the Branch Davidian fire, he believed the attack would spur a right wing counter-revolution in the US as described in the neo-fascist Truner Diaries. McVay became disenchanted with the US Army when he was passed over for Special Operation training. 

David Koresh was a pedophile and was only person in the sect allowed to have sex. In March 1986, Koresh first slept with Karen Doyle, aged 14. He claimed her as his second wife. In August 1986, Koresh began secretly sleeping with Michele Jones, his wife's younger 12-year-old sister.

In September 1986 Koresh began to preach that he was entitled to 140 wives, 60 women as his "queens" and 80 as concubines, which he based upon his interpretation of the Biblical Song of Solomon.
< Koresh then built up an entirely new theology around his "marriage" to Doyle. This theology was called the "New Light", with a doctrine of polygamy for himself, which he called "The House of David".

According to this doctrine, Doyle was supposed to have a daughter named Shoshanna who would then be married to Koresh's firstborn son Cyrus.

However, Doyle failed to conceive, so Koresh then transferred his attention to his wife's sister.

Former Davidian David Bunds said that Koresh's doctrine of polygamy "rose out of his deep desire to have sex with young girls. Once he was able to convince himself that it was God's will then he was able to be free of guilt and have sex with as many young girls as he could get his hands on."
The fire that burned down the Branch Davidian compound may have been set by Koresh's followers. Many right wingers believe the government started the fire.

source: Wikipedia

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Toyota to pay record fine

Toyota has agreed to pay a record $16.4 million fine for failing to properly notify federal authorities about a dangerous pedal defect. (April 19). Toyota indicates ti paid the fine to avaoid a protracted legal battle. Subscribe to the Rightardia feed:

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The White House Blog: Health Reform’s Small Business Tax Credit

Posted by Jesse Lee on April 19, 2010 at 2:57 PM EDT
The guiding principle of health reform was simple: put American families and small businesses – not the health insurance companies –  in charge of their own health care.

One of the immediate benefits of the health reform legislation signed by the President is a substantial tax credit for small businesses, designed to help them offer health insurance coverage for the first time or maintain coverage they already have.

The tax credit takes effect this year, so we want to make sure word gets out to small business owners far and wide.

That’s why today the Internal Revenue Service today began mailing postcards to more than four million small businesses and tax-exempt organizations to make them aware of the tax credit.

A 35 per cent reduction of health insurance costs is significant. Rightardia hopes that small business people will wake up and realize the Democrats are trying to help them. For years the GOP has helped the largest corporations in the US, but realy provide little more than lip service to small business.

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Does Immigration Reform Make Economic Sense?- 04/19/10

Submitted by Jesse Russell on April 18, 2010 - 6:44pm

As momentum builds for Congress to do something comprehensive about immigration reform, supporters of the reform say it makes economic sense for America.

The Carnegie Foundation and the Fiscal Policy Institute produced a study that assessed immigrant economic impact in the 25 largest U.S. metro economies. It found that instead of hurting the economy, immigrants contribute to the economy in the same proportion as their numbers in the population. Hector Figeuroa is Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU 32BJ in New York City.

Figueroa: “What we are finding with this study and a lot of other studies out there who look at the impact if immigrants in the economy is that immigrants are not part of the problem. They’re really part of the solution.”

The report finds that areas with the highest levels of immigration growth also have experienced among the highest economic growth. Figueroa says while employers do exploit undocumented workers to drive wages down, the answer to that is unionization and giving equal labor law protections to all immigrants.

Figueroa: “What we’re saying is that the problem will never go away until we change the laws and it allows millions of people -who are contributing to our economy like this reports suggest - to be able to do that with the same rights as everybody else.”

source: Workers Independent News

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A Day in the Life of Joe the Republican

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.

With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.

He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some limousine liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to work.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Joe also forgets that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded university.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards to go along with the tax-payer funded roads.

He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans.

The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to. His father uses his Medicare benefits to stay healthy.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.

Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have as he walks to a Tea Party demonstration.."

From: Cliff <>
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Subject: A Day in the Life of Joe the Republican
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:55:20 -0400

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Obama Foreign Policy is brilliant

First Posted: 04-19-10 09:23 AM | Updated: 04-19-10 01:08 PM

Foreign Policy, yes he can! 
Since Barack Obama entered office, the world's view of the United States has 'improved sharply,' according to a poll carried out by the BBC World Service.

Nearly 30,000 people in 28 countries were asked to rate countries on their positive impact upon the world. This year 46% of the respondents rated the US's influence as positive. This was first time since 2005 that the survey returned more positive votes than negative for America.

"After a year, it appears the 'Obama effect' is real" said Steven Kull director Program on International Policy Attitudes (Pipa) at the University of Maryland.  Kull helped conduct the poll.

"Its influence on people's views worldwide, though, is to soften the negative aspects of the United States' image, while positive aspects are not yet coming into strong focus."

In Germany, positive ratings for the United States jumped from 18% in 2009 to 39% this year. Jumps like this and others helped the US overtake China in the rankings.

The only two countries to have seen a drop in positive views of the US are Turkey and India

Despite this, the US still trails behind other countries with higher ratings. Germany is the most favorably viewed nation (an average of 59% positive), followed by Japan (53%), the United Kingdom (52%), Canada (51%), and France (49%).

Source: BBC and Huffington Post

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Iranian nuclear disarmament depends on Israel

Frank Gaffney is a hard right ideologue that holds views similar to the former UN ambassodor John Bolton and Vice President Dick Cheney. Grover Norqueist said this in a letter about Gaffney accusing Gaffney of:

"racial prejudice, religious bigotry [and] ethnic hatred," calling Gaffney a "sick, little bigot.... His whole life screams of bigotry, and what he said is just part of a pattern.... Frank Gaffney and Osama bin Laden share the same view on the relationship between the United States and Islam. I agree with the president in rejecting Osama bin Laden's and Frank Gaffney's worldview." 

Norquest was right. Here are some other Gaffney quotes: 

“There is mounting evidence that the president not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself.”

The evidence? “Mr. Obama referred four times in his speech to ‘the Holy Koran,’” he “established his firsthand knowledge of Islam,” and he uttered the phrase “peace be upon them” when referring to Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed.

According to Gaffney, “no believing Christian” would ever make such a statement because “for Christians, Jesus is the living and immortal Son of God.”

Here is another Gaffney quote on the iraq War: 

My position is [that] it is regrettable that any Americans died. It is regrettable that they had to die, but I believe they did have to die. The threat we did know about was the chemical capability that Saddam Hussein had used against his own people. 

The potential for biological agents were real there was evidence that there was an ongoing nuclear program... The danger was inaction could have resulted in the death[s] of a great many more Americans than 4,000 and that's the reason I'm still delighted that we did what we did."

The US has little ability to stop Iraq from developing nuclear weapons without another $ trillion war to invade Iran. Iran is developing a nuclear capability to counter the 200 tactical nuclear weapons Israel has in it arsenal. 

Without negotiations with Israel on nuclear disarmament, it is unlikely the US will make progress with Iraq.  Of course, Israel dropped out of the 47-nation conference on non-proliferation in DC on April 12 at the last minute.

An Iranian-hosted international disarmament conference concluded Sunday with a demand that Israel join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to assure a nuclear weapons-free Middle East.

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Neo-Nazis showing up a Tea party rallies

A Neo-Nazi showed up at a Tea Party rally and at least one person asked him to leave. Of course, this event could be staged to convince Americans that the Tea Baggers aren't fascists. Rightardia watched the video and saw a one on one confrontation. We did not see other members of the Tea Party confronting the neo-Nazi.

Perhaps this was a confrontation between a neo-conservative and a neo-Nazi.

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WAshington Whispers: Obama gets a B in Week 65

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SNL: James Carville goes after the Tea Partiers

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Peter Schiff was right" and Art Laffer was wrong

Arthur Laffer was an economist during the Reagan era. Dr. Laffer’s economic influence in triggered a world-wide tax-cutting movement in the 1980s have earned him the distinction in many publications as "The Father of Supply-Side Economics." Laffer denied that the US economy was listing in 2006 and made a bet with Peter Schiff that the Schiff was was wrong about the financial storm that was brewing. Laffer has yet to pay off the bet.

Peter Schiff is one of the few people to accurately predict the financial crisis of 2007–2010, detailing in great depth its many specific facets such as the housing bubble and resulting subprime mortgage crisis, the automotive industry crisis and the banking and financial market collapse.

Much of his notoriety for the accurate predictions came from a video entitled "Peter Schiff was right" that was uploaded to the popular video sharing site YouTube in late 2008 and again in 2009, and subsequently went viral and garnered hundreds of thousands of views over the next few months.

The video consists of a compilation of clips of his many appearances on various financial news programs from networks including CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC and Bloomberg, most of which took place from 2005-2007.

In the segments Schiff explains specifically the fundamental problems he saw with the United States economy and the results they would ultimately lead to. In many cases the conversations led to debates in which other talking heads openly laughed at Schiff's assessments, stating they had no idea what he was talking about.

Schiff's constant warnings of a coming economic collapse earned him the moniker "Dr. Doom."

Schiif has compared former President George W. Bush to Herbert Hoover and President Barack Obama to FDR. Hoover was president when the Great Depression started. FDR has been credit for ending the Great Depression and leading the US during World War 2 to victory.

source: Wikipedia

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CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Tea Party 'revolt' looks like a pity party to me

April 17, 2010
BY NEIL STEINBERG Sun-Times Columnist

'Chicago Tax Day Tea Party," read the colorful card handed to me as I emerged from Union Station into the soft, summery day Thursday.

"Liberty" it continued, in spidery, colonial-era script. "Constitutional Principles. Fiscal Responsibility." Then, in bright-red type -- the blood of patriots, no doubt -- "Repeal it! Replace Congress." And finally: "Chicago. Daley Plaza. 12:00 Noon."

I entered Daley Center Plaza. Elvis' "It's Now or Never" burbled muddily from loudspeakers. There seemed about . . . and this is sensitive, so I'll tread carefully . . . 500 protesters, though the Tribune estimated 1,000 and the Sun-Times called it "thousands. . . "

Radio host Cisco Cotto led singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Or tried to. The response was a murmur, and I turned to look around -- most mouths were set in a grim line. One speaker said this was a happy movement, but they sure didn't look happy.

"Keep it respectful" read a yellow sign a lady carried, and there was obvious effort to rein in the excesses of previous Tea Party rallies across the country, despite the taunts of counter-protesters.

"Keep the rich rich!" chanted some young men. "Take my freedom!"

A round man in a straw hat carried a sign: "We Gave Peace a Chance and We Got 9/11" with "Peace" crossed out and replaced with "Hope" and "9/11" replaced by "Ft. Hood."

"So you don't think the Fort Hood massacre was the isolated act of a lone disturbed individual?" I asked, by way of starting conversation.

"No, I do not!" he said, fleeing. A common reaction. They want media attention, so long as it is not on themselves personally. I drifted over to a counter-protester, a young man in an aluminum foil hat.

"I've used tinfoil hats as metaphor," I said. "But I've never seen anyone actually wearing one . . . "

"Why don't you talk to the actual Tea Party members!" demanded another man, swooping in.

"OK," I said, trying to disarm him with my boyish smile. "Why don't I talk to you? What would you like to say?"

He turned and fled, at a trot.

Onstage, less tax, less tax, less tax. Clear enough. Though sometimes it seemed the Partiers hadn't actually thought about what they were saying. Someone began reading an analysis of the Pledge of Allegiance that has circulated on the Internet for years.

"I," he read. "Me; an individual; a committee of one . . ."

"We want our country back," they said. But who has taken it? There were taxes and debt before. What is different is Barack Obama, and his central difference. . . .

"I don't give a damn that Obama is black," read a sign held by a man in a Soviet greatcoat. "It scares the hell out of me that he is red."

What to make of all this? Of the yellow "Don't Tread on Me" flags and tri-cornered hats? I could probably work up indignation at the co-opting of revolutionary icons. Our founding fathers were risking their lives, signing their names boldly across acts of treason, and these guys can't even put their names behind their vague complaints.

But, to be honest, I found the whole thing harmless. Just because they've adopted the self-inflating rhetoric of revolt that so inflames every Saturday afternoon Young Communist League pep rally doesn't make them a genuine threat to anybody.

My feeling was, heck, if staging public gripe fests gives these people something to do, then great. It's outside. It involves handicrafts, the making of signs and costumes. It's like Scouting for irked middle-aged white people.

As to whether this is an actual grass-roots moment, or a sham orchestrated by larger interests, well, after the rally I pulled out that large card I had been handed when I got off the train. Stiff cardboard stock. Four-color. Glossy. Expensive, like something J.B. Pritzker printed up when he was running for Congress. A real grass-roots movement would use colored copier paper from Kinkos.

Despite all the talk of the American Revolution, the era of history they really evoke, at least to me, is the America First, the isolationist organization started in Chicago in 1940.

Like the Tea Party, the America First was also conservative, nativist, at odds with both parties, since Democrats and Republicans wanted to help the English stand up to Mr. Hitler, which America First found a waste of our beloved money.

Like the Tea Party, the America First gloried in huge rallies, featuring its own populist star, Charles Lindbergh, and mistook these displays for actual significance. America Firstism vanished on Dec. 7, 1941, and was promptly forgotten.

And while I would never be so bold as to predict the same fate for the Tea Party, it wouldn't surprise me either.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Ria Novosti: Russian dress rehearsal for Victory Day

The Russian Victory Day or May 9 marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union and some post-Soviet states).  

The dress rehearsal involved 127 aircraft and helicopters, and over 150 items of past and present arms, which are to roll and fly over Red Square on May 9. The parade has been timed to a second and will last exactly 73 minutes. This timeline will be observed on May 9, too.

The first to enter the improvised Red Square were over 10,000 marching troops. They were followed by legendary T-34 tanks, SU-100 self-propelled gun mounts, surface-to-air missile systems and heavy flame-throwers.

As many as 127 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft of the Russian Air Force flew above, including the renowned Swifts and Russian Knights aerobatic teams. The world’s largest mass-produced MI-26 helicopters will take part in the parade for the first time.

The parade will not be limited to Moscow alone: at 10 a.m. Moscow time on May 9, more than 60 Russian cities will hold similar events.

The US will have plenty of embassy and related folks looking at the Russian hardware.  The Russians are developing a new main battle tanks called the T-95. Perhaps, some of the new tanks will roll by during the Victory Day parade.
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The cover of The Atlantic this month shows a shirt-sleeved President Barack Obama and the headline, “WHY HE’S RIGHT.” It reflects the Washington view that Obama is on a roll, bolstered by his long-delayed victory on health reform.

Someone should tell the rest of the country.

While Washington talks about Obama’s new mojo, polls show voters outside the Beltway are sulking — soured on the president, his party and his program.

The Gallup Poll has Obama’s approval rating at an ominous 49 percent, after hitting a record low of 47 percent last weekend. A new poll in Pennsylvania, a bellwether industrial state, shows his numbers sinking, as did recent polls in Ohio and Florida.

Rightardia comment: We have seen signs of life in the Democratic party on the Senate Finance bill. Chris Dodd attacked the GOP senators who slip loopholes into the bill and then vote against it. Obama is up after health care passed.

What we need to see is a new aggressiveness on the part of Democrats toward the Republicans. Democrats need to start using the F-word: 'fascism' because that is what the GOP has been morphing into to. The GOP, if act, is a lot closer to fascism than the Democrats are to socialism.

We also need more counter Tea Bagger protesters on the street like the "Other 95 per cent" protest.

Yes, president Obama; yes, DNC; yes, Nancy Pelosi and yes, Harry Reid, it time to release the Kraken.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

National Day Of Prayer Unconstitutional

April 15, 2010 - 4:49 PM | by: Mike Levine

The National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional according to a federal judge in Wisconsin.

In a 66-page opinion issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said the holiday violates the "establishment clause" of the First Amendment, which creates a separation of church and state.

"I understand that many may disagree with that conclusion and some may even view it as a criticism of prayer or those who pray," Crabb said in her opinion.

"That is unfortunate. A determination that the government may not endorse a religious message is not a determination that the message itself is harmful, unimportant or undeserving of dissemination."

The National Day of Prayer was first established by Congress in 1952, with a more specific date for the holiday set in 1988. It is now observed on the first Thursday in May.

The ruling result from a lawsuit filed by members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Madison, Wisconsin group founded in 1976. The group is pledged to promote the concept of separation of church and state. It also seeks to educate the public on matters of “nontheism.”

The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, praised the ruling.

“This decision is a tremendous victory for religious liberty,” he said. “Congress has no business telling Americans when or how to pray.”

Rightardia has long contended that the Founders intentions about the separation of church and state were clear in the Treaty of Tripoli. This treaty was signed by President John Adams and ratified by all of the members of the US Senate. 

Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli states: 
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen,—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
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Mediaite: ‘To be honest, the most socialist candidate in the 2008 election was Sarah Palin.

by Jon Bershad | 5:33 pm, April 15th, 2010

These days it seems like you can’t go anywhere without hearing people claim that President Obama is a socialist. Even former SNL stars are saying it in song But, is he? The good folks at CNN have found some people who are actually socialists.

When asked if Obama was one of them, the card-carrying members of the Socialist Party pretty clearly said he isn’t. In fact, it seems that he’s so much not that they don’t really like him that much.

“But Bill Wharton, co-chair of the Socialist Party USA, sees no reason to celebrate. He’s seen people with bumper stickers and placards that call Obama a socialist, and he has a message for them: Obama isn’t a socialist. He’s not even a liberal.

‘We didn’t see a great victory with the election of Barack Obama,’ Wharton says, ‘and we certainly didn’t see our agenda move from the streets to the White House.’”

The rest of the article goes on to give a detailed definition of what socialism really is as well as what it isn’t. And one of the things it isn’t is Obama’s Health Care Bill. Bill Wharton, one of the socialists interviewed, had some pretty nasty things to say about that too.

The socialists also criticized the Wall Street bailout as well as the auto industry bailout. The consensus on all issues was: none of them were socialist and none of them were good.

The article ends with a pretty funny interview with a Tea Party member who refuses to believe that Obama’s not a Marx fan even after hearing the quotes from the Socialist Party. Frank Llewellyn, national director of the Democratic Socialists of America said:

If you want to learn something about spreading the wealth, Llewellyn says, don’t look to Obama. ‘To be honest, the most socialist candidate in the 2008 election was Sarah Palin.’”

That would explain all those red jackets. Some socialists also think Jesus was the first socialist which may also explain Sarah Palin's program to share Alaskan oil wealth among it citizens.


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