Obama Email Scandal Expanding

Perusing the Gateway Pundit blog, I noticed this story highlighting the recent email scandal at the White House.

From the Gateway Pundit:

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) was on FOX News this morning with Eric Shawn to discuss the White House spamming scandal. The White House paid GovDelivery in Minnesota with US taxpayer money to send out spam emails promoting Obama’s unpopular health care rationing program.

The email lists were even provided by the White House although the Obama Administration originally denied this.

Rep. McCotter wants the White House to come clean on this growing scandal that involves using taxpayer money to promote the president’s unpopular government takeover of the health care industry:

I believe this ties together very nicely with the government snitch program.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Larouche Plant Disrupts Frank Town Hall Meeting

thehitlersignIt seems that the Town Hall format has become yet another tool of the left to try and make conservatives look like kooks.  Many of the Hitler references seem to be coming from a single source – Larouche PAC.   A great example of this organization and it’s supporters is highlighted in one of the Town Hall meetings held by Democratic Representative Barney Frank.

I’ll bet most people know very little about Lyndon LaRouche other than the name.    The LaRouche history really begins with the democratic party and veers off in a goofy direction.  He has run for President a variety of times and his views tend to go the fascism direction.  Overall, these people that support LaRouche are more often on the left end of the spectrum – pretty far left.  They are not mainstream within the left wing, they are left wing kooks.  Probably left of left wing kooks.

I think the comparisons of Obama to Hitler are plain idiotic and should be put on the crazy train (sorry Ozzy).  We could have a discussion on if certain policies mimic those of Germany in the early part of the century, but calling him a Nazi is a little off kilter. 

The curious thing I see is that the news programs and stories that I have watched and read don’t really delve into what a Lyndon LaRouche supporter believes.  Maybe I’m a conspiracy nut, but it would seem to the average viewer that this is just another right-wing GOP zealot hell-bent on creating a ruckus at a Town Hall meeting.   Am I wrong on this one?

Of Course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Is Unemployment Really Down?

unemployment_cartoonWe recently heard President Obama tout the new unemployment figures as being 9.4 % – down from 9.5%.  Several news stories and pundits have expounded on the “real” unemployment figure being much higher.  The problem lies in the way that the government reports the unemployment figures – taking into account only those that are currently on unemployment with no mention of those who are not employed but not on government unemployment. 

 

 

From The Street:

The official unemployment rate is determined by a body count. It does not differentiate between a person who works a full work week (nominally 40 hours), a reduced full-time work week (say 35 hours) and someone who works part-time (less than 35 hour per week). If the unemployment rate was calculated from total hours worked, the DOL data would produce an unemployment rate of 14.3%, defining a full work week as 40 hours. This is a decline from 14.5% for June.

Regardless of how this figure has been calculated in the past, and I fully assume that this is a normal way of doing things (meaning it probably was done the same way in the evil Bush administration) – it seems a bit misleading.   Don’t get me wrong, that rate going down is a great thing, but let’s not fool ourselves that things are better than they have been in the past.

The Heritage Foundation posted some interesting graphs back in 2004 to really dissect the unemployment rate.  The first chart shows the reported figures dating back to the late 70’s.   As you can see from the graph the highest spike in unemployment mimics downturns in the economy – not rocket science.

 

unemployment-graph

 

 When you compare this graph superimposed with other items taken into account, it brings a little different picture to the plate. 

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From the Heritage Foundation article:

The unemployment rate is the preeminent measure of the intensity of labor demand. When the rate dips below what economists consider the “full-employment” rate of around 5 or 5.5 percent, then the labor market is likely overheating, driving up inflation.

But some critics contend the current (2004) low rate of 5.4 percent is a mirage because it neglects to include all the discouraged workers. The problem with that argument is the fact that BLS counts discouraged workers and even publishes an alternative “underemployment rate” called U-4, which is barely higher than the official rate. There are no more discouraged workers today then there were in the mid-1990s.

 

So what’s my point.  My point is that the problem of unemployment is a much greater problem that the government tends to tell us.  How many people dropped off the unemployment doles?  How many people are “really” out of work.   As I have stated many times before, I’m not an economist, just an observer.  A curious observer.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Hey Buddy, Go Flag Yourself!

That’s right, all of you dirty “teabaggers” (preferred term of the left wing nuts describing the Tea Party Protesters) should just go Flag Yourself.   Yes, the fancy government whistle blower program is still in effect to alert the jack-booted thugs (probably from the SEIU) that you don’t like the proposed government health plan, health insurance (or whatever it’s being called this week.) 

Great video from Crowder and crew:

Interview with Mike Pence (R) from Indiana:

Now I still don’t feel that warm and cozy feeling inside about this flagging or fishy program.  “Boob” Gibbs tells us that “nobody is collecting names.”  OK, then why the special email addresses to report on your neighbors that don’t swallow the crap being shoveled out of Washington?  Yeah, I believe Boob.  I’ve also got a bridge to sell you.

If you feel compelled, go ahead and send your email to flag@whitehouse.gov or fishy@whitehouse.gov.  Feel free to pass along my columns.  Make sure to include my picture with the email so the union thugs know who to drag away to the “Health Care Re-education” camps.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Is Russ Carnahan Really This Stupid?

The Health Care debate has definitely heated up over the congressional recess.  St. Louis has become a hot bed of activity since the beating of a conservative at a recent event by members of the SEIU union that attended the event in support of Rep. Carnahan.  One blog called these guys Union Thugs, I think I agree with that sentiment.

On Friday of this week, Jamie Allman, a local morning talk show host from 97.1 FM Talk, attended a secret press conference where Rep. Carnahan blamed the right-wing extremists for causing problems at his Town Hall event.  When pressed by Mr. Allman, Rep. Carnahan had no real answers and slinked back into political mode.  I actually thought Rodney King was going to pop up and shout, “Can’t we all just get along?”

From The Gateway Pundit:

Carnahan first claimed that the SEIU members may not have beenhis supporters.  Carnahan announced this morning that the GOP was behind the violence.  He also accused Minority Leader John Boehner of instigating the violence(?)

So Rep. Carnahan, you have no idea that a man, a black man, was beaten by the SEIU “Security Force” that you brought in to “control” the unruly crowd.  Are you blind or just plain stupid.  I wonder what would have happened if there were conservatives beating a black member of the SEIU – or any other citizen.  I’ll tell you what would happen, it would be on every newspaper from here to Oxnard.  As it stood on Friday, they had to have a “secret” press conference.

My only regret is I don’t live in your district so I have no say-so in your demise.

Of course, this is just my opinion

Rob’s Rant.

Town Hall Protesters Carrying Swastikas?

Evidently I have been watching the wrong coverage of all the Town Hall meetings occurring around the country over the past couple of weeks.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says that these protesters are “carrying swastikas and symbols like that…”  Really Ms. Pelosi?  Show me the signs! 

I’m sure this is just like the mantra those on the left are saying about the motivations of the protesters.   They just couldn’t be average citizens, there has to be some type of organization.  Maybe there are organizations that would like to organize the unheard masses that oppose government run  , but so what?  I’ve been to several protests around my area and I’ve never been approached to attend any event – even with this right leaning website I run.  Don’t you think I might be someone that would be used to rally support – if that was really the case?  It is my opinion that the only paid protest people are the Acorn folks.

What are these guys so afraid of? They have a majority in both houses of Congress – a super majority in the Senate and the White House.  They don’t need the Republicans (in theory) to pass anything they want.  Obama, Pelosi and Reid can ram through all they want until they are voted out of their positions. 

These events show the elitism of those that are complaining and a disregard for the electorate.  What do those common folks about the intricacies of health care anyway? 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Health Care Legislation: The Natives Are Restless

I knew the break for congress would be a little testy – for them.  We are starting to see video from town hall meetings where average citizens are standing up and making their voices heard. 

Russ Carnahan from St.  Louis had his turn also:

Same way with Steve Kagen from Wisconsin:

I could go on and on posting video, but the message is the same. 

How does the DNC (Democratic National Committee) respond?  In typical fashion.  See the new ad below:

Let me get this straight…it’s a first amendment right for protesters on the left to disagree with a Republican president, but it’s civil disobedience and mob mentality for common sense citizens (from both sides of the aisle) that are fed up with the congressional malpractice.  Hmmm.  Just wanted to make sure I had things correct.

Note to all members of Congress, it’s not going to be a fun break.  The best thing you can do is hide in your bunker and count the days until you get to go back to Washington.  Maybe you won’t hear “Read the Bill, Read the Bill, Read the Bill,” in your sleep.  I can only hope you will.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Actual Stimulus Program Almost Denied

Cash for ClunkersAll government ideas are not ALL bad.  I’m not sure I would advocated a “Cash For Clunkers” program if the economy was humming along, but it seems like a decent idea. Actually giving money back to the citizens (some are actually tax payers) while selling new cars.  Forget the fact that it will benefit Obama Motors or that buying a new car is a horrible investment, this seemed like a great idea, right?  Well, maybe not.

Early on Friday we learned that only a couple of days after launching the “Cash for Clunkers”  program, it was out of money.  They only allotted one billion to reimburse dealerships – a very small sum in government figures.  Fortunately on Friday afternoon Mr. Obama got involved and infused the program with another 2 billion.  I say throw a whole bunch of that unused Stimulus money into this program and actually do some stimulating instead of creating signs and other useless spending.

The consensus of many dealers is that this program has worked.  They have had activity like they have not seen in quite some time.  This is what we see when the government gives back money to the citizens to actually spend.  What would happen if the government took less of our money at the front end, cut THEIR bloated spending and let us do what we want with our hard earned money instead of funding an unending bottomless pit that is government?  That would end this recession in a heart beat and growth would skyrocket. 

Again, like so many of my rants, I’m not holding my breath.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Government Control at Cars.gov

I ran across this video from the Glenn Beck show and originally thought it was just an interesting talk about the “Cash for Clunkers” program and how well it was working.  The discussion took a different twist when Glenn and his guest, Kimberly Guilfoyle, started talking about a privacy statement that appears when a dealer logs into the Cars.gov system.  Here is the statement:

This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the U.S. Government. Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT, and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.

How scary is that?  What’s next, a Vulcan Mind Meld when you go to register that same car?

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Democrats Fightin’ Amongst Themselves

donkey-fightsI read this on Redstate.com and just had to repost it.  It centers around comments made by Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) regarding the blue dog democrats opposition to a public option in the health care legislation in the house.

Kilpatrick: Public Option the Only Option for Blacks

Posted by Mark Impomeni, Thursday, July 30th at 5:30PM EDT

There’s a revealing quote buried inside Politico’s account of a revolt by liberal members of the House Democratic caucus over the deal between Rep. Henry Waxmam (D-CA) and four members of the Blue Dog Caucus. Liberals are upset that the deal effectively guts the public option in President Obama’s healthcare takeover. And as is usually the case, when liberals get upset, the truth about the contempt that they harbor for their core constituencies begins to show. How else can this comment by Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick be explained?

At one point, Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), a former Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman, expressed outrage that conservatives would insist on significant cuts and a weakening of the public option, arguing that many of the Blue Dogs were letting down their black constituents, who make up 25 percent to 40 percent of their voters, in some instances.”

Yeah, that’s right. Opposing the public options on cost grounds betrays blacks. Because, you know, all blacks are destined to be on the public dole, right Congresswoman?

Interesting.  Democrats fighting amongst themselves.  Sounds fine to me.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Barbara Boxer Gets A Smack Down

This is just great.   Black Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO Harry Alford gives Senator Barbara Boxer a smack down.  Accusing Sen. Boxer of racism is awesome – by an African American no less.  It’s past time for someone to call these guys to the carpet.  Great job Mr. Alford! 

It sounds like Sen. Boxer likes the the old phrase…”some of my best friends are black.”

Of course, that is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

 

 

Palin Took Out Michael Jackson?

alsharptonWe all know that Al Sharpton has a couple of screws loose, but this one is really out there.  To me this exchange takes the cake.

Evidently Mr. Sharpton has a radio program.  This fact astounded me, but the bigger befuddlement is that people actually listen to this guy.  Rev. Al had a caller that started off praising Michael Jackson and that she loved his music, etc., etc.  So far so good.  The conversation went further to bring up a possible reason that Gov. Palin stepped down from her Governorship in Alaska.  The notion was that she must have “done something” to Michael Jackson and there is a coming scandal. 

Not only is this ludicrous, but Rev. Sharpton just let it go as a possibility.  No radio host can totally control the rantings and wild theories of the callers, but in this case ther ewas NO discussion, NO questions, NO probing.  I guess that is what we can expect from our favorite opportunist.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Michael Jackson RIP – Good Riddance ***UPDATE***

michael_jacksonI consider my Dad one of the most insightful people on the planet.  He is one of my heroes.  His wisdom and knowledge have been imparted to me and I’m sure I will never be the person he is, but there is always hope. 

We talked this morning about several current events – Cap and Trade, the coming Health care boondoggle along with the death of Michael Jackson.  I told him that I didn’t want to be morbid or callous, but that I really didn’t care much about the passing of Mr. Jackson.  We both agreed that the world is a better place without Michael Jackson.  Before I start to get hate mail from all the fans of Wacko Jacko, let me explain myself.

The life of Michael Jackson is a tragic one.  He and the other Jackson’s had a horrible childhood at the hands of their father.  He rose to become one of the most prolific entertainers the world has ever known.  His musical accomplishments are well known and indisputable.  Yes he was a Pop icon.  Yes he did great things for music.

As a father, all I can think of is his proclivity to molest small children.  Did these psychological problems stem from his horrible childhood – maybe – but that never excuses someone from these activities.  Society obviously judged him differently than other pedophiles.  The only difference with Michael Jackson and similar individuals currently sitting in prison (or former wards of the state) is that he had the money to pay off the families.  Like we know from the OJ case, just because you are not convicted in a court of law doesn’t mean you’re not guilty.  Sane people know the truth regardless of a court ruling.

All you fans of Michael Jackson take your time to mourn, but also remember all the disgusting things he has done and shattered lives that he has caused.  Mr. Jackson is lucky that those things were not done to my children as I’m not quite as magnanimous as others might be. 

 

***UPDATE***

Over the weekend Representative Peter King from New York made some great statements regarding the coverage of Michael Jackson.  Here is the original statement:

And here is Rep King backing up his statement on CNN:

Good for you Rep. King for standing up for your statements.  If you say something you should be ready to back it up and not pander to what everyone in the media expects or wants to hear.  I happen to agree with Rep. King, but it is refreshing to hear a politician back up his statements.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Steve Doocy Schools Carol Browner

Obama CzarsThe massive Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade bill that narrowly passed in the House has made it’s way to the Senate.  Hopefully the Senators will have more common sense than their buddies in the House.  We’ll see about that, but I’m always hopeful.

Steve Doocy of Fox and Friends is not known to be a hard interviewer.  He’s a common sense guy and very entertaining.  He recently conducted an interview with Carol Browner, the Energy Czar.  Mr. Doocy asked a simple question – “Did you read the bill.”  Simple enough right?  Not so much.  It seems that Ms. Browner didn’t read the whole bill.  If you are an insomniac and need some rest – here’s the entire 1200+ page bill.  Sweet dreams.

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but if you are the ENERGY CZAR, wouldn’t you take the time to actually read the most important ENERGY legislation in modern times?  If I had this type of careless disregard for my position I would be fired.  The fact is that Ms. Browner doesn’t really care what is in this bill.  As long as she is able to pass sweeping changes to force us all to change our lives and “make the planet cleaner“, then life is good in her mind.  What was the rush?  Why not take a couple days to at least peruse the contents of the legislation?  I’m sure that’s not in her job description – or maybe it’s above her pay grade.

The threat of Climate Change is not a settled matter and should be up for debate, but sadly it is not.  Global Warming skeptics are silenced and ostracised by their colleagues – especially by those in academia.  What happened to looking at the facts and then determining a course of action?  I’m not a climate scientist but I try to use common sense.  Not sure there is any happening in this “debate”.

Good job Mr. Doocy.  Keep up the good work.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

John Boehner – He’s the Republican with a Pair

johnboehnerOn Friday evening the House of Representatives passed the massively overreaching Cap and Trade bill.  Again, as has been the custom over the last couple of months, this bill was voted on with very little debate – or actual reading of the bill.  I’m confused on how legislators can vote on something that they haven’t read.  If I did that in my job I would be fired – but I guess I should be a Representative to have this kind of “perk”. 

Fortunately my Representative, Jerry Costello (D) from Illinois, and 44 of his Democratic brethren voted no on the bill.   No thanks to the 8 Republicans that voted yes on the bill. 

John Boehner (R), Minority Leader from Ohio, really says it best in this clip.  This is government at it’s best.  How do they stay awake?

Hmmm…John Boehner 2012.  Hopefully he doesn’t have any skeleton’s in his closet.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant