Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Banks, Are They Too Big To Obey The Law?

From the Stein Report.

"Wachovia, it turns out, had made a habit of helping move money for Mexican drug smugglers. Wells Fargo & Co., which bought Wachovia in 2008, has admitted in court that its unit failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers -- including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine," says Bloomberg News. "No big U.S. bank -- Wells Fargo included -- has ever been indicted for violating the Bank Secrecy Act or any other federal law. Instead, the Justice Department settles criminal charges by using deferred-prosecution agreements, in which a bank pays a fine and promises not to break the law again."

"There's no capacity to regulate or punish them because they're too big to be threatened with failure," a former investigator with the U.S. Senate said. "They seem to be willing to do anything that improves their bottom line, until they're caught."

Why Incumbents Must Go

 This guy makes me so mad that I'd like to run against this a**hole myself.
If you haven't seen this video yet it is a great example of the contempt some of our elected officials have for the rest of us.

Update: This clown doesn't live in his district or even in his state.
In this article in the SF Gate they even label him the Democrat from Maryland.

It would be unfair to suggest that Rep. Pete Stark claimed his Maryland house as his principal residence just to get a $3,800 tax break. Stark had a legitimate basis to claim that his 3,600-square foot home on 6-plus acres in the Washington suburbs fits the definition of his primary home. He admittedly spends far more time there than he does in the Fremont townhouse he rents for his twice-monthly visits to his district.

I know Californians are crazy but isn't there someone in the 13th district that can beat this loser?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

From the Dan Stein Report:

President Obama added a late meeting this afternoon, a closed-to-the-media session of what the White House described as "grass-roots leaders" discussing "comprehensive immigration reform."

The meeting takes place amid anticipation that Obama's Justice Department will soon file a lawsuit against the controversial Arizona law that gives law enforcement officers authority to ask residents about their citizenship.

Gov. Phil Bredesen signed an Arizona-style enforcement bill into law Monday. The measure requires police to check with ICE if they cannot verify the citizenship status of people arrested. "I believe there has been significant political posturing on this issue," Bredesen said. "While I do have concerns about this legislation, this bill seeks to set up a verification process similar to what exists in our state's major cities, and I have been supportive of these efforts."

We're From The Government And We're Here To Help.

Two weeks after Governor Brewer met with President Obama about the border crisis this is the extent of help she has received in this conflict.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

H.L.Mencken Quote Of The Day.

"A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in."

What Would You Do With A Billion Dollars?

Steven Chase

Ottawa — From Tuesday's Globe and Mail Published on Tuesday, May. 25, 2010 9:49PM EDT Last updated on Wednesday, May. 26, 2010 8:28AM EDT

The Harper government is preparing to spend close to $1-billion on security for world leaders gathering in Ontario this summer – meetings in which one of the top items on the agenda is reining in state profligacy.

The soaring security bill for safeguarding the late June Group of Eight and Group of 20 summits is now several orders of magnitude greater than the costs of similar meetings in Japan and Britain.

That price tag is more than 20 times the total reported cost for the April, 2009, G20 summit in Britain, with the government estimating a cost of $30-million, and seems much higher than security costs at previous summits – the Gleneagles G8 summit in Scotland, 2005, was reported to have spent $110-million on security, while the estimate for the 2008 G8 gathering in Japan was $381-million.

It appears that Canada will spend close to 1 Billion dollars to host  a small elite group of world leaders from countries that are themselves  wondering how the hell they are going to keep on the lights.  If you're gonna go, go big.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

These Are Our Leaders?

I don't know what's worse, a representative that believes an island could tip over or one that wants to boycott Arizona but doesn't know that Arizona borders Mexico.

Friday, June 25, 2010

H.L.Mencken Quote Of The Day.

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

If I knew then what I know now.

TOH to Dvorak Uncensored Blog.

Did you ever want to kick yourself for making a bad decision?
Well I bet it wasn't as bad as this one.

H. L. Mencken quote of the day.

"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."

Why Can't We Get Off Of Foreign Oil?

I normally don't give much credit to the Daily Show but here is a great exception.  You have to give credit to his staff for the work it took to come up with these clips.   It's a little slow to load but worth it if you haven't seen it before.
Please enjoy the part at the end, very funny.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We Don't Need No Stinkin' equal vote.

TOH to the No Agenda Podcast.

To what lengths will the PC crowd go to to guarantee diversity. Apparently there is no limit. The township of Westchester County has decided that the one-person, one-vote is passe.
"...a federal judge ordered Port Chester to adopt a new voting system to give Latinos a better shot at electing one of their own to the six-member board."

The electoral system itself made news, letting voters use six votes however they chose, including casting all six for one candidate. One Republican who won, Joseph D. Kenner, was the first black candidate elected to the board.

According to the most recent census data, from 2006 to 2008, Latinos make up 49 percent of the village’s roughly 28,000 people, though many are not citizens; about 39 percent are non-Hispanic whites and 7 percent are black. Still, in past elections, the preferred candidates for the village board among Latino voters were usually defeated.

Did you get that? "many are not citizens".

The election of Mr. Marino, one of two Latino candidates on the ballot, could lead to the wider use of cumulative voting as a remedy in voting rights lawsuits, said FairVote’s executive director, Rob Richie.

“In the next round of redistricting, I think you’ll see a lot more places where some remedy may be needed and challenges brought, and communities say, ‘If I have to change, I’d like this,’ ” said Mr. Richie, who was here this week for the election.

Is there any question that the current census which is making a large effort to count legal and illegal immigrants alike will be used to implement this travisty nationwide?  There is a huge problem when you are only concerned with outcome and not a logical process.  This applies to every aspect of life from education to the economy.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Let The Rationing Begin

EUGENE, Ore - Dr. Daniel Bustos is an Ophthalmologist at Eugene's PeaceHealth Medical Center. He helps his patients with their vision. A recent change in a Medicare is something he hopes they all see clearly.

Medicare recently cut how much they pay him by 21 percent. "It's a very large chunk," he said.

Dr. Bustos says this will affect doctors like him who work with elderly people. About half his patients are on Medicare.

"When these reimbursements for these physicians for these patients that they're seeing drop down by 21 percent, they're going to have to adjust costs somewhere else," he said.

He suggests some doctors might adjust these costs by hiring less staff to run the clinics, charging other patients more, or taking fewer Medicare patients. Some doctors might end up taking no Medicare patients at all.

"Their doctors are going to have less money effectively to treat them," explained Dr. Bustos. "And I think it's important as patients to understand what the effects are going to be based on the decisions our lawmakers have made."

Happy Birthday Constitution

The United States wasn’t established overnight. We had a long journey to country hood. In fact, the U.S. Constitution wasn't even written until 1787, years after the American Revolution ended. It wasn't ratified until June 21, 1788.

The U.S. Constitution is one of our most important documents. It is the foundation for America's longevity and continued success. Sadly, many people take it for granted.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Flag Day!

Each year on June 14, we celebrate the birthday of the Stars and Stripes, which came into being on June 14, 1777. At that time, the Second Continental Congress authorized a new flag to symbolize the new Nation, the United States of America.
The Stars and Stripes first flew in a Flag Day celebration in Hartford, Connecticut in 1861, during the first summer of the Civil War. The first national observance of Flag Day occurred June 14, 1877, the centennial of the original flag resolution.
By the mid 1890's the observance of Flag Day on June 14 was a popular event. Mayors and governors began to issue proclamations in their jurisdictions to celebrate this event.
In the years to follow, public sentiment for a national Flag Day observance greatly intensified. Numerous patriotic societies and veterans groups became identified with the Flag Day movement. Since their main objective was to stimulate patriotism among the young, schools were the first to become involved in flag activities.
In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14. It was not until 1949 that Congress made this day a permanent observance by resolving "That the 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated as Flag Day . The measure was signed into law by President Harry Truman.
Although Flag Day is not celebrated as a Federal holiday, Americans everywhere continue to honor the history and heritage it represents.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

True Hate Speech

While the left wing groups are lobbying congress to investigate right wing radio talk shows and cable TV for what they claim is "hate speech", no mention is made of crazy nut jobs such as syndicated radio host Mike Malloy who goes off on Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann calling her a whore and a crazy bitch. The hypocrisy is mind blowing.

Friday, June 04, 2010

When In Trouble Call A Hippy,.

Vegan cafe in Portland.
Cop goes in to get a cup of coffee and check out cafe he has never been in.
Co-owner asks him to leave because "cops shoot people" and he doesn't feel safe.
Cop leaves quietly.
I guess the co-owner is a Rand Paul fan.  He believes he has the right to decide who is welcome in his private business. 

I wouldn't want to be this bozo when there is a problem at this place.