Some Salient Snippets — II

29 Oct

Once again, some items worth noting, in no particular order of importance, but not worth devoting a whole blog article to:

++ Obama’s Labor Department May Not Release Latest Jobs Report On Time ++

The latest in the Obama bag of dirty tricks to conceal as much of his bad record on the economy as possible from the American public right before the election is that his Labor Department now says it may not be able to release the latest jobs report because of government offices being closed this Monday and/or Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy. Uh-huh.

As Dana Carvey’s Church Lady used to say, “How con-veeeeen-ient!” Haven’t the folks at Labor known as long as the rest of us when this storm was coming? Haven’t the necessary numbers already likely been collected and crunched by now? I mean, I don’t think they can do it all at the last minute, do you? And couldn’t they have done something proactive to fulfill their job requirement in preparation for this office closing eventuality? I mean, it’s not like the storm just sneaked up on them, is it?

Not only does the Obama Administration illegally tell all government contractors to violate the WARN Act and not issue lay-off notices because of the pending sequestration (which Obama flatly said wouldn’t happen (and then his minions have to walk that back to “shouldn’t” happen) and also because of the resulting fiscal cliff, but that they also will use our tax payer money to “defend” the contractors if they subsequently are sued by workers who didn’t receive the notice they deserved.

And now, Obama’s Labor Department all of a sudden can’t publish last month’s (probably abysmal) jobs report because of the storm? Really?

We already know that the last report before this one was only as artificially good as it was because of more taxpayer money than usual being dumped into federal jobs all of a sudden.

So, is there ANYTHING the Obama Amateur Hour Administration will NOT do to help this failed president limp across the reelection line for another term? I know the Chicago way is the cheating way, but puh-leeze!

As I said, “How con-veeeeen-ient!” It’s not very “speee-shul,” though.

++ VOTE!! Get out and vote AND Get out the vote! ++

Bottom line this year, don’t let ANYTHING keep you from voting for Romney! Not being swayed by an Obama-centric media which is already “predicting” Obama will win, not voting for Ron Paul, not voting for some third party, not apathy, not laziness, not ANYTHING.

This is the most important election of our lifetimes. Do NOT leave it up to OTHER people! Your children and grandchildren will have to live with the legacy of what you do, or don’t do, in this year’s future-course-of-America election.

Do you want them to have the “restored America” which Romney-Ryan will bring us, the kind of America you grew up in, or the “transformed America” Obama-Biden will continue to push us into, a more European-style nation? If you’ve noticed, a lot of European countries are not doing too well right now

Vote for a restored and resurgent America. Vote for Romney-Ryan.

++ 2012 Vote Monitoring ++

The highly respected Pew Center reports that 1.8 million dead people are still on the voting rolls. And with an electorate so closely divided, vote fraud could easily swing key races and even determine who sits in the Oval Office in January 2013. But, remember all those Democrats who incessantly rail against states passing voter ID laws and claim there is no voter fraud?

The problems have become so systemic that a 100-member observer mission for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, is flying in monitors to see if our elections are still fair. It seems more than just a little ironic that some of these so-called monitors come from countries which have plenty of “fair election” problems of their own.

The Moscow Times (no less) reports that among the observer mission are Communists such as Olga Alimova, who is a member of the Russian Duma. This will be the second time that Alimova has worked as an election observer; having recently watched the parliamentary elections in autocratic Belarus.

Some say, how embarrassing for America that Communists like Alimova have to come and watch our elections. I say, (a) we should clean up our own mess, and (b) I hope not to see anyone wearing light blue berets or looking a little too foreign anywhere near my polling place in Northern Virginia on election day. I might just have to ask them for their damn papers.

++ Why Recent Congressional Bills Are Too Long to Read ++

The birth of multi-thousand page laws under the Obama Administration was not an aberration. This tactic was adopted so the bureaucracy controlled by Obama appointees would have sole discretion in interpreting vaguely written laws and enforcing thousands of pages of regulations they, and not Congress, would subsequently write.

For example, in the 2,700 pages of ObamaCare, there are more than 2,500 references to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. There are more than 700 instances when he or she is instructed that they “shall” do something and more than 200 times when they “may” take, at their sole discretion, some form of regulatory action. On 139 occasions, the law mentions that the “Secretary determines.” In essence, one person, appointed by and reporting only to the president, will be in charge of the health care of 310 million Americans once ObamaCare is fully operational in 2014.

The same is true in the 2,319 pages of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act, which confers nearly unlimited power on various agencies to control by fiat the nation’s financial, banking and investment sectors. The bill also creates new agencies, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, not subject to any oversight by Congress. This overall process was repeated numerous times with other legislation, all with the intent of granting unfettered power to the executive branch controlled by Barack Obama.

++ More of Obama’s Oil Shell Game ++

IBD (Investors’ Business Daily): “The move (Obama recently further restricted drilling in Alaska) is typical Obama sleight of hand: Take credit for increased oil production on public lands that you had nothing to do with, lock up resources on federal lands with the exception of places the oil companies find unprofitable or unpromising, then blame them, not your administration, for driving up prices.”

++ More on Obama and Benghazi ++

++ Economics in Kitchen Table Terms ++

From Phillip Cide, posted October 26, 2012

The Economy in Simple Terms

This cuts through all the political doublespeak we receive and explains the problem in a logical, common sense way. (Although the figures are a little dated, for example, the national debt is now over $16 trillion, the example itself is still valid.)

Lesson # 1:

* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

Let’s now remove 8 zeros from each of the figures and pretend it’s a household budget.

* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts so far: $385

Got it?

OK, now Lesson # 2:

Here’s another way to look at the Debt Ceiling: Let’s say, you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood — and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceiling. What do you think you should do? Raise the ceiling, or pump out the sludge?

++ General Ham Relieved of Duty Over Benghazi ++

It has now been reported that General Carter F. Ham, Combatant Command Commander, AFRICOM, one of our nine combatant commands world-wide and the one responsible for all of North Africa, except Egypt, was suddenly and unceremoniously relieved of duty over the Benghazi attack. Combatant command commanders report directly to the Secretary of Defense, who reports directly to the president.

Allegedly, General Ham had forces at the ready to respond to the attack in Benghazi but was told to “stand down” (where have we heard that phrase before? — oh, yeah, that’s what the former Navy SEALS who were on the ground in Benghazi during the attack were also told). Like those former SEALs, who finally decided to go anyway, General Ham evidently resisted being told to stand down, to not send any help, and was suddenly and wlthout notice relieved by his next-in-command, a General Rodriquez, and put under arrest (in the military called being apprehended).

Now, since he’s a general, I’m assuming General Ham has put in his 26-plus years and is therefore entitled to his full retirement and benefits. And, having been relieved of duty, especially of command, rightly or wrongly, is such a blotch on one’s record in the military, which can be very unforgiving of its officers at times, that his military career is over anyway.

So, what I would like for General Ham to do is resign immediately and then “go public” and tell all he knows about what was and was not done about Benghazi and why. If it was Obama’s fault, Ham should “out” him for it, and the sooner, the better.

++ And, speaking of Benghazi and sooner rather than later… ++

Why are there no more Congressional hearings on Benghazi-gate scheduled, so far as I can ascertain, until November 15th, after the election? Just wondering. Maybe something to ponder. Maybe something to contact your Congressional representatives about, too. Tell them inquiring minds want to know — not later, but right now!

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