02/21/10

Links To Visit – 02/21/10

AP – BIG SIS: Domestic extremism is top concern

AP – Israel Unveils New Drone Fleet That Can Reach Iran

US & World – Early Warning Report (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

WND – CPAC betrays America on immigration (Hat Tip: Carolyn Cooke)

The New York Times – Up Next! On Live TV! A Battle Over … Health Care? (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

American Thinker – Obama’s approval hits basement (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

The DC – Obama paves the way for reconciliation in video address (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

The Radio Patriot – He brags that he’s a graduate of Hah-vahd…

The Radio Patriot – Canadian Granholm implies she can run for President: “I’ve got dual citizenship.”

The Radio Patriot – Harlem Christian Minister To Bring Obama to Trial for Treason

The Radio Patriot – Jack Marino – High Above the LA City Lights

The Radio Patriot – Glenn Beck – Standing Ovation at CPAC

The Radio Patriot – Andrew Breitbart Lands Another One for The New Media

Generation We – Endorsements (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

OregonLive.com – Founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods transfers business to employees (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Haaretz – Russia to supply Iran with S-300 defense systems (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

PRNewswire – Congress Is Looting Federal Worker, Military Retirement Funds, Says William Fruth, Founder of 10 Amendments for Freedom (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

the raw story – Former Mexican foreign minister calls for ‘North American union’, unified currency (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

the raw story – Update: Specter signs public option reconciliation letter (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Gateway Pundit – Dems Admit They’re Worried About Obama’s Horrid Track Record

Gateway Pundit – 2 College Students Arrested In East Texas Church Arson Cases

Gateway Pundit – Sarah Palin: Global Warming Is More Like a Snow Job

Gateway Pundit – Mitch McConnell: Not Sure if GOP Can Block Dem’s Attempt to Ram Through Obamacare (Video)

Gateway Pundit – 2009 Anti-Semitic Incidents Reach Highest Level Since World War II

Gateway Pundit – Ann Coulter: Sarah Palin Has Created More Jobs Than Barack Obama (Video)

Gateway Pundit – After Focusing on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs For a Couple of Days – White House Ready Ram Cap-&-Trade & Obamacare Through Congress

Gateway Pundit – Leftist Hater Alan Grayson travels to Niger – Coup Breaks Out

Gateway Pundit – Thanks Barack… Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs; 4 Million Lose Their Job Under Obama

Daily Paul – Tea Partier & Oath-Keeper Sheriff Mack CRUSHES Chris Matthews – Hardball (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

United States of Earth – Is This A Game Or Is It Reality? (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Liberty Pundits – CPAC Exclusive Interview: Lt. Col. Allen West (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Atlas Shrugs – Dutch Government Collapses…Going Wilders?

politicalmavens.com – What Was That Again, Mr. President? (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

Times Online – Robots and bees to beat the Taliban’s IEDs

Politico – TOYOTA EXECS TURN ON DEMOCRATS: NOT ‘INDUSTRY FRIENDLY’

Times Online – Obama’s ‘Chicago mafia’ blamed for paralysis

The Guardian – Climate scientists withdraw claims of rising sea levels

02/21/10

Financial News Update – 02/21/10

What MSM Won’t Tell You: Doctors Are Challenging Government Health Care-and the AMA (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

Live From Washington! It’s Obama Health Care Drama (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Citigroup Warns Customers It May Refuse To Allow Withdrawals (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

The image of banks locking their doors to keep customers from making withdrawals during a bank run is what immediately came to mind when we heard that Citigroup was telling customers it has the right to prevent any withdrawals from checking accounts for seven days.

“Effective April 1, 2010, we reserve the right to require (7) days advance notice before permitting a withdrawal from all checking accounts. While we do not currently exercise this right and have not exercised it in the past, we are required by law to notify you of this change,” Citigroup said on statements received by customers all over the country.

What’s going on? It seems that this is something of an error. The seven day notice policy only applies to customers in Texas, Ira Stoll reports at The Future of Capitalism. It was accidentally included on customer statements nationwide.

“Whatever the explanation, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in Citi,” Stoll writes. “But it’s hard to believe a bank would be sending out a notice like that on its statements.”

Getting Back Lost Jobs Could Take 5-Plus Years

With Credit Card Law Comes New Traps

FoxBusiness: 7 Components to New Credit Card Rules

State Woes Spark Debate Over Tobacco Taxes

SurvivalBlog:

Federal deficit at $430.69 billion through January

What to expect from the commercial real estate crisis

Greece loses EU voting power in blow to sovereignty

Four more US banks are closed.

Premiums Jump 14% on Private Medicare Plans

Asian Markets Drop On Surprise Fed Rate Hike

“Crisis of Confidence”: Risks of US Defaults are Very Real

Credit Markets Flash Hottest Warning Signal Since Crisis

Politico – TOYOTA EXECS TURN ON DEMOCRATS: NOT ‘INDUSTRY FRIENDLY’

Debt threat to Kuwait investment houses

Soros: Euro will face bigger tests than Greece

China taps more Saudi crude than USA

02/21/10

Return to the Community Organizer in Chief

By: Snarky Basterd
From: Feed Your ADHD

Today I was selected ordered to participate in the American Community Survey (ACS). Never heard of it? Neither did I, until the edict arrived in the mail from the Community Organizer in Chief, via one of his many bootlicking lackeys, Robert M. Groves, director of the United States Department of Commerce.

I’ll receive the survey in a few days, the edict tells me. The 28-page questoinaire [download a pdf here] is separate from the Census. My response to both (emphasis theirs) documents is “required by U.S. Law.”

That’s an interesting statement, considering that I have been on this earth for nearly 43 years and this is the first time I’ve ever been selected ordered to complete even the Census.

The survey goes far beyond the 10 basic (but unnerving) questions the Census will posit, which will inquire about such information as who lives under my roof, their names, dates of birth, and race, questions I would be uncomfortable answering for a marketing company let alone our leviathan federal government — the nation’s top employer and most oppressive engine.

No, the getting to know you phase of the questionnaire, the edict tells me, that will “show not only the number of people who live here [in America], but how (again, emphasis theirs) we live as a Nation” goes much, much deeper. Some of the ice-breaker questions, lifted for convenience from Big Government’s Bob Hamer, include everything from the intrusive to the downright inane (any emphasis from here on out is mine):

  • What is your name, address, and date of birth?
  • What is your race?
  • Are you Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
  • Where were you born?
  • What is your ancestry or ethnic origin?
  • How many cars do you have at your house?
  • Do you have a flush toilet?
  • Do you have a sink with a faucet?
  • How much is your rent/mortgage?
  • Do you have a second mortgage? How much is it?
  • Are you covered by a health insurance plan? Which type?
  • Do you have serious difficulty hearing? Seeing? Concentrating, remembering, or making decisions?
  • Do you have difficulty dressing or bathing?
  • How many times have you been married?
  • When did you last get married?
  • Where did you work last? What’s the address?
  • What time do you leave home to go to work?
  • What is your income?
  • What is your retirement/pension?
  • Do you have a VA disability rating?
  • What’s the most important thing you do at work?

I’d like to know what the federal government intends to do with such information. You can imagine my skepticism about giving up such private information, when a clearly defeated pResident still plans to use his Congresscriminal henchweasels to shove health care deform down our throats through reconciliation, presumably, because “he hasn’t explained it well enough” to us woeful simpletons.

You can also imagine that I’d want to know why the government needs to ask me how much money I make … when I’ll already be answering that question for the IRS come April 15. They certainly don’t need to know my flushing habits, unless it’s their edicts that I’m flushing. They don’t really need to know “the most important thing I do at work.” After all, I don’t work for the federal government. That’s information to be kept between my employer and I … because I don’t even work for any of the industries the pResident has nationalized.

I think I’ll pass on this order, thank you very much.

Naturally, that decision will not sit well with the federal government:

The American Community Survey is conducted under the authority of Title 13, United States Code, Sections 141 and 193, and response is mandatory. According to Section 221, persons who do not respond shall be fined not more than $100. Title 18 U.S.C. Section 3571 and Section 3559, in effect amends Title 13 U.S.C. Section 221 by changing the fine for anyone over 18 years old who refuses or willfully neglects to complete the questionnaire or answer questions posed by census takers from a fine of not more than $100 to not more than $5,000.

I don’t care.

First I’ll be sending the notification letter back marked, as you saw in the image above, “Return to Community Organizer in Chief.” Next, I’ll send the ACS back, and finally the Census, marked the same way. I want to see just how far the federal government is willing to go with this mandate.

Before I’m fined, apparently I’ll receive visitation from Census Bureau employees: The ghost of ACORN past, the ghost of ACORN present, and the ghost of ACORN future. (I’m still not convinced the Census Bureau has cut ties with ACORN, and they certainly haven’t cut ties with SEIU).

I’m their huckleberry — although I don’t think they’ll appreciate climbing my front steps to find me sitting on a bench, holding a loaded AK-47 across my knees, and my subsequent demand that they leave my proprety by their own means … or mine.

I’m pushing back not because I’m not willing to follow the Framers intent for the Census — I’m not looking to deliberately scuttle the attempt to apportion the number of seats in the House of Representatives. I’m standing up because this survey is a direct intrusion into my private life, and it’s none of the federal government’s goddamned business how long my drive is to work or whether I have working plumbing or whether or not I can dress myself.

You should follow the same path. Don’t be intimidated by their false threats, by their corny marketing language about wanting to know “how we live as a nation.” It’s all bullshit; they want to know who is a productive member of their socialist utopia … and who they can leave behind to rot as useless detritus, unworthy for inclusion in the People’s Worker Collective.

Send a message: This pResident needs to learn that he works for you, not the other way around. Tell him he can keep his asinine “community” survey.

Oh, and one more thing: Tell him he can kiss your radical rightwing teabagging mobster racist evil-monger flyover country ass.