Friday, November 21, 2008
From Channel3000.com in Madison, WI...
NEW YORK -- It was only a matter of time. A New York school has been renamed in honor of President-elect Barack Obama.
The former Ludlum Elementary School, in Long Island's Hempstead Union Free School District, was renamed at a school board meeting Thursday -- effective immediately. School officials say most of the 440 students there are black or Hispanic, and Obama's victory is a source of great pride.
Hat Tip: Molly J.
Mayor Bloomberg suggested yesterday that he won't send out the annual $400 property-tax rebate to small homeowners - even if legally forced to do so by the City Council. "We have no money," said the mayor. "I think that's what you have to understand. This is not a legal issue; this is a fiscal issue."
I get on Mayor Bloomberg a lot but in this case he is right. If we have no money for this giveback, we can't give it back... Unless the City decides further cuts in services are required. Now, I am not for raising taxes at all, but I do think the City can save some $ by reducing the overwhelming numbers of municipal employees, most of whom are just living off the government dime and not doing much of anything (trust me, I know, I've worked with them...)
So I support the Mayor on this. A one-year moratorium on this rebate.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Iran has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb, according to nuclear experts analyzing the latest report from global atomic inspectors.
Well our allies in Israel are not sitting idly by...
"We are ready to do whatever is demanded of us" in order to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, IAF commander Maj. -Gen. Ido Nehushtan told German magazine Der Spiegel in an interview published Tuesday.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader used a racial epithet to insult Barack Obama in a message posted Wednesday, using a demeaning racial term implying that the president-elect is a black American who does the bidding of whites.
The message appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies. Ayman al-Zawahri said in the message, which appeared on militant Web sites, that Obama is "the direct opposite of honorable black Americans" like Malcolm X, the 1960s African-American rights leader.
In al-Qaida's first response to Obama's victory, al-Zawahri also called the president-elect — along with secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice — "house negroes."
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- When Minnesota election officials begin recounting the nearly 3 million votes in the Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken, they will face a logistical task of gargantuan proportions -- one that may provoke more commotion than bring about closure.
Republican incumbent Norm Coleman currently leads his Democratic challenger Al Franken by 206 votes out of 2.9 million cast -- a margin of seven one-thousandths of one percent. Under Minnesota law, a hand recount is required because the margin between the two candidates is less than one-half of one percent.
So, Al Franken is closing in... What a joke if this moron wins a seat in the Senate... If he does, the Dems will have 59 seats... Too close for comfort...
IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.Of course, Romney is right. He's a brilliant financial mind... Too bad he wasn't the nominee...
Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.
Read it all...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in Senate history, narrowly lost his re-election bid Tuesday, marking the downfall of a Washington political power and Alaska icon who couldn't survive a conviction on federal corruption charges. His defeat by Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich moves Senate Democrats within two seats of a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It's like putting a 'kick me' sign on someone...
Are we asking to be attacked again?
Forcing these companies to declare Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, as most major airline did, will allow for these companies to realign and regroup. It will allow everyone to see how dire their economic situation is. Perhaps they will renegotiate with the UAW in order to reduce their pension and benefits plans for retired employees, as well as cut salaries, which are significantly higher than that which are paid by Japanese auto makers in their US factories.
I support our US auto industry but handing out money to them without remedying their ills is insanity...
Article on the Situation...
Monday, November 17, 2008
We and our allies have defeated all enemies in Iraq, including Al Qaeda in Iraq. We have brought peace and security to major hot spots in the country such as Fallujah and Basra. We captured and executed members of the previous terrorist regime. We assisted in the development of a new constitution for Iraq and a parliamentary government and fought back the remaining insurgency via the troop surge policy.
Celebrate our troops! Celebrate a victory of good over evil! Celebrate Victory in Iraq Day!
The basics: The official summary of this act, as presented in the United States Senate in 2004 is as follows:
To prohibit, consistent with Roe v. Wade, the interference by the government
with a woman's right to choose to bear a child or terminate a pregnancy, and for
Status: This bill, introduced in 2004 and sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA) and co-sponsored by Sen Jon Corzine (now NJ gov.), Sen. Patty Murray (WA), Sen. Frank Lautenburg (NJ), Sen. Hillary Clinton (NY), Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA), Sen. Jim Jeffords (retired-VT), Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), Sen. Paul Sarbanes (retired-MD), and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (MD)
Prognosis: The House will overwhelmingly pass this legislation in 2009. As presently constituted, the Senate will pass with less than 60 votes. If Republicans can win one Senate race in either MN, AK or GA, they can filibuster it. President-Elect Zero will sign this bill.
This bill basically codifies the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling and prohibits any Federal Government prevention of any abortion techniques, including a repeal of any ban on Partial-Birth Abortion.
This is consistent with the virulent pro-abortion stance of Barack Obama.