01/6/11

FIRST VOTE ON SPENDING CUTS

By: AJ

Bill: Reducing the amount authorized for salaries and expenses of Member, committee, and leadership offices in 2011 and 2012

A vote on H Res 22 occurred today. This resolution cuts the government operating budget by 5% ($35 million) from their initial $700 million budget.

Reducing this budget to $665 million for the year provides an average of $1.53 million for each member of Congress.

That’s an average of $4,188.32 spent every single day, including holidays and recesses, for each member.

H Res 22 passed with a vote of 410 Yea’s to 13 Nea’s; 11 members did not vote.

The 13 members of Congress who voted against the 5% spending cut are all Democrats and 11 of them are members of the radical Congressional Progressive Caucus as follows:

Gary Ackerman (D)
Yvette Clarke (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
John Conyers (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
Keith Ellison (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair
Bob Filner (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
Michael Honda (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
Barbara Lee (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
Jim Moran (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
Donald Payne (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
Jan Schakowsky (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
Edolphus Towns (D)
Lynn Woolsey (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member

Those who did not vote were 3 Democrats (2 of whom are members of the radical Congressional Progressive Caucus) and 8 Republicans as follows:

Bilirakis (R)
Gerlach (R)
Stephen Lynch (D)
Paul (R)
Pence (R)
Rivera (R)
Runyan (R)
Smith (R)
Pete Stark (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
Henry Waxman (D) – Congressional Progressive Caucus member
Young (R)

01/6/11

REDEEMING JERUSALEM: BEIT OROT STANDS TALL

By: Fern Sidman

A palpable electricity filled the grand ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel in Manhattan on Wednesday evening, January 5th, as hundreds of ebullient pro-Israel activists and supporters gathered for a triumphant celebration of the famed Beit Orot yeshiva and community on Har Hazeisim (the Mount of Olives) in the northern part of East Jerusalem.

The master of ceremonies at the 2010 American Friends of Beit Orot annual gala dinner was long time radio personality Nachum Segal (JM in the AM) who said, “In July of 2005 my son celebrated his bar mitzvah at Beit Orot and it was the most joyous of simchas.” Referring to the controversy that swirls around the U.S. demand that construction of new Jewish homes and yeshivos in East Jerusalem come to a screeching halt, Mr. Segal said, “I am one who believes that Jews should be able to live wherever they choose in the land that was bequeathed to them by G-d and which is their possession and inheritance. The holy city of Jerusalem takes on special significance for the Jewish people as it has been the Jewish capital for thousands of years and every inch of this precious city must maintain a Jewish presence.”

The Beit Orot hesder yeshiva in which students both dedicate themselves to their Torah study while serving in the Israel Defense Forces represents the epicenter of the Har Hazeisim developing neighborhood and is the first living Jewish presence in over 2000 years in historic East Jerusalem and the Kidron Valley. Filling an integral role in the reclamation and development of historic areas of the Jewish capital, the Beit Orot yeshiva ,also known as The Irving Moskowitz Yeshiva and Campus, stands on the strategically crucial northern ridge of the Mount of Olives and boasts a most spectacular view of the old city of Jerusalem. By virtue of its location and philosophy, Beit Orot is a shining paradigm of an institution that defends the scared traditions of the nation of Israel, the physical security of Eretz Yisroel and the integrity of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and the Jewish people.

Seth H. Schreiber, Chairman of the Board of Americans Friends of Beit Orot, addressed the gathering by saying, “Beit Orot means “house of lights” and it is most fitting and appropriate that we celebrate a vibrant and burgeoning yeshiva and community of dedicated pioneers on Har HaZeisim whose focus is on illuminating all of Jerusalem and Eretz Yisroel.” Taking issue with the political zeitgeist emanating from Washington as it pertains to exerting excessive pressure on Israel to institute a moratorium on the building of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem in the hopes of restarting the stalled Middle East peace talks, Mr. Schreiber intoned, “We will never allow the powers that be to stop us from building our homes in our own land. We just recently got or license to build and we are committed to continue to do build a strong and united Jerusalem as we secure our future for generations to come.”

Making several oblique references to the inherent hypocrisy of the world view of Israel as manifested in the oft repeated mantra of the Obama administration which declares that the Israeli building of settlements “are the obstacle to peace in the Middle East”, Mr. Schreiber said, “When a Jew builds a home in his own land, he is charged with inciting global unrest, while the real terrorists who refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and who proudly proclaim their desire to obliterate the Jewish people are viewed as downtrodden victims.”

“We must keep the Jewish lights burning as is represented by the existence of Beit Orot. Jerusalem defines us as a nation, and we, as a people will be defined through our efforts to teach Torah, to share our dreams and aspirations with our people and to staunchly defend our eternal capital until the end of time”, he said.

Dinner attendees were treated to an emotionally charged and poignant video presentation of the testimony of the founder of Rabbi Hanan Porat, the founder of Beit Orot, who spoke of losing his beloved platoon commander, Giora Ashkenazi to Arab forces in the 1967 war. “Giora was not religious but was as straight as a man can be”, Rabbi Porat said with tears in his eyes. “I always wondered who would say kaddish for him and today his grandchildren are religious Jews. His grandson comes to Beit Orot to recite kaddish for him and his wife supports our efforts to build in the very place that Giora gave his life for his people.”

A young Russian Jew was also featured in the video and spoke of first experiences as student in the Beit Orot yeshiva and the invaluable mentoring that he received from the spiritual leaders of the community including Rabbi Dani Isaac, the rosh yeshiva of Beit Orot and Rabbi Benny Elon.

“Today we are in the midst of battle for our future and it is the same battle that we fought in 1967. It is a physical and spiritual battle and one that depends on ensuring the eternal character of Jerusalem as the Jewish capital of Eretz Yisroel. It is a battle for the hearts, souls and intellects of our people, said Shlomo Zwickler, the executive director of Beit Orot in Israel.

Mr. Zwickler described the protracted battle as one of overcoming fear of world opinion. “When the Arabs build illegally and the local authorities attempt to remove these illegal squatters, the world cries foul. When Jews build legally and scrupulously adhere to building codes, the world cries foul. When local Arabs riot, the police response is to shut down our construction, as if we are the instigators of their rage, rather than putting down their riots”, he said.

“Beit Orot is our house of lights and we work to dispel the darkness surrounding us by illuminating the path of Jewish destiny”, said Mr. Zwickler, adding that “our commitment to Jerusalem, to the land of Israel and to the Jewish people will never end until our dreams of 2000 years are actualized.”

A formidable contingent of attendees at the dinner represented Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI), a pro-Israel advocacy organization that has been in the forefront of support for the building of Jewish homes and communities throughout Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Helen Freedman, executive director of AFSI, who could not be present at the dinner said in an interview, “AFSI is incredibly proud of our long and enduring association with Beit Orot. We were first introduced to Rabbi Benny Elon of Beit Orot by Chaim Silberstein, the current head of the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund and we consider them to be the closest of friends. Each year, AFSI conducts a very special spring mission to Israel and the trip is planned to coincide with the celebration of the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967. It has become our custom to begin the kick off ceremonies at Beit Orot because the ties that bind AFSI and Beit Orot are strong and permanent. The festive atmosphere, the dancing, the food, and just being present on Har HaZeytim, celebrating a whole Jerusalem, all create an indescribable feeling of joy. We’ll be doing it again this year on May 31st, and we invite everyone to join us.”

The recipients of the Magen Yerushalayim Award at this year’s Beit Orot dinner were Ken and Nira Abramowitz. The Abramowitzs’ are tireless workers for many philanthropic causes that include hospitals, universities, educational institutions and museums throughout Israel and are also avid supporters and board members of the Friends of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). “We are in a state of war; an intellectual war and a war of presence”, said Mr. Abramowitz in his acceptance speech. “Israel must win this war hill by hill because if we don’t control these hills, then Iran will control the hills. There are severe military implications involved here and we must support the pioneering work of those at Beit Orot who are rebuilding our communities each and every day”, he said.

Ronnie and Bonnie Schwartz of Teaneck, New Jersey were this year’s recipients of the Shomer Yerushalayim Award for their dedicated work on behalf of Beit Orot. Mr. Schwartz was a board member and immediate past president of Congregation Beth Aaron, a community synagogue in Teaneck. “We are exceptionally proud to be part of the important work of rebuilding a Jewish presence in Jerusalem that is being done by the valiant people at Beit Orot. May they go from strength to strength and may Hashem continue to bless their efforts”, said Mr. Schwartz.

01/6/11

Financial News Update – 01/06/11

Why Bank of America Must Be Thrilled to Pay a $3 Billion Penalty (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Leaked document: EPA knowingly approved bee-killing pesticide (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

At Least 10 States Have Introduced Gold Coins-As-Currency Bills (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

December Sales: How Retailers Fared (Hat Tip: ThirdWaveDave)

Reading the Constitution in Congress

William Daley Named as President Obama’s New Chief of Staff

Ron Paul Warns of ‘Cataclysmic’ Economic Crisis

Obamacare Pushes for Early Death

Source: Volcker Leaving Obama Advisory Group

Imagining the Unimaginable

Vieira to Paul Ryan: It Feels Like the GOP is Out For ‘Revenge’ (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Beyond Surveillance: Darpa Wants a Thinking Camera (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

World food prices enter ‘danger territory’ to reach record high (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

UNDERNEWS: Bank of America seeking help from CIA connected firm (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

World Food Prices Surge to Record, Passing Levels That Sparked 2008 Riots (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Obama Has Spent Nearly Two Months Golfing (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Dept. of Education teaching educators about Alinsky, Cloward-Piven and need for State-Run Media (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Census Bureau Reports State Government Revenues Decline Nearly 31 Percent [$1.6 to $1.1 Trillion] (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Chips Makers Target Everything But Kitchen Sink (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

WOODALL INTRODUCES FAIRTAX BILL ON DAY ONE WITH RECORD NUMBER OF ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

U.S. Contains Enough Oil and Gas Reserves to Fuel Country for Decades, Petroleum Institute Says (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Publisher Puts “Warning Labels” On Controversial Literature (like the Constitution) (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

EU plans for bondholder haircuts unsettles debt markets (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Tea Party leaders not swayed by Dick Lugar meeting (his bid for 7th term will have opposition) (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Siegel Up at Night Fearing Catastrophes

Republicans kill global warming committee (WOW!) (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

2011: A Fiscal Reckoning That Cannot Be Avoided (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

NYC Mayor “up to his neck” in Ground Zero Mosque controversy (Hat Tip: The Blaze)

The Eurasia Group Presents The 10 Greatest Risks To Global Stability In 2011

Why That ADP Report May Not Be Nearly As Good As Advertised

How Serious Is The Oil Price Threat To The US Recovery?

Bill Gross: Americans Are Female Praying Mantises Munching The Heads Of Future Generations

Food Prices Just Hit An All Time High

Necessity of the Plutocracy?

World Bank to Manage Food Supplies?

Report rips IRS ‘torment’ of taxpayers (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Geithner Urges Congress To Raise Debt Limit; Warns Of US Default (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Barron’s: US Will See Run on Treasurys, Hyperinflation (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

BBC News – World food prices at fresh high, says UN (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Nano Patents and Innovations: Newly Developed Cloak Hides Underwater Objects From Sonar (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Russia: Obama Signed Away Missile Defenses (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

The Long Swim – How the Fed Could Become Insolvent (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

2011: Year of the bank run? (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

NRSC Why didn’t Claire McCaskill listen to Missourians BEFORE voting for ObamaCare? (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Rep. Blackburn gets Democrat’s support on legislation to strike net neutrality (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

ABC News: Michele Bachmann Considering Presidential Bid (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

An Evangelical Backlash Against Environmentalism (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Cabinet members urge GOP not to repeal health care law (OK! Just defund it) (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes of as much as 59% for individuals (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Brazil pledges to stop US ‘melting the dollar’ (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Police state in electronic age? (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Healthcare law challenged by Wisconsin’s new governor (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

DARLING: Bid to ‘reform’ filibuster is dangerous

Health Spending Eats Up Record Chunk of GDP

Contractors Brace for Cuts as Gates Readies Budget Ax

Morning Bell: Repeal Doesn’t Increase the Deficit

Recession Accelerates Shift Towards Greater Control of Washington in Health Care

New Plastic Bag Tax Coming to a Store Near You

U.S. Military Direct Orders: Do More with Less

Unconstitutional Who Cares: Dean Confirms ObamaCare Will Eventually Eliminate Private Insurance (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

U.S. jobless claims rise 18,000 to 409,000 (forget about yesterday’s good news from ADP) (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Obama’s Oil War (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

US Government seen hitting debt limit in March or April (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Countdown to Default: US Seen Hitting Debt Limit in March or April (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Reid: ‘The American People Love Government’ (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Stealing Pensions (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

UPDATE: Another Suspicious Package Found At Third Maryland Office Building

Republicans Are Doing Something Pretty Brilliant In Their Budget Cutting Efforts

The Truth Comes Out: Paul Volcker Was Forced Out, Because The White House Is Going More “Pro Business” (sure they are…)

Why the World Is Financially Doomed in Four Charts

This Is What The World Is Going To Look Like In 2050

CHINA’S MOST AUDACIOUS RIP-OFF YET: The Beijing Version Of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa

The 11 Slowest Growing Economies Of 2011

Moody’s, What Are You Waiting For? Take Away America’s AAA Rating Now

The World’s Largest Currency Hedge Fund Says The Euro Could Fall Below Dollar Parity In 2011

Tea Party Caucus Founder Pushes to Repeal Dodd-Frank Law

Obama Picks Daley For Chief of Staff Job

Boehner Fights CBO’s Health Law Estimates

Taxpayer Advocate: Simplify the System

PENTAGON BUDGET SLASH: OBAMA TO CUT TROOPS ON ACTIVE DUTY

FEDS BREAK GROUND ON SUPER SPY CENTER

2nd person denied AZ transplant coverage dies

Town Bans Sidewalk Smoking, Threatens $1,000 Fines

Maryland Set To Pass ‘Dime A Drink Tax’ On Alcohol

Pelosi’s Final Debt Tab: $5.3 Trillion Added During Speakership — $3.67 Billion/Day

CHINA MAY BUILD HIGH-SPEED RAIL — IN CALIFORNIA!

AGENCY BEGINS RESERVATIONS FOR SPACE FLIGHTS! Trips for $200,000

Census: Number of poor may be millions higher; 1 in 6

Retailers report surprisingly weak December

Jobless claims rise more than expected

GALLUP: Broader underemployment worsened to 19% in December — up sharply from 17.2% at end of Nov

IRS tax liens jump 60%

Obama calls Gibbs $174,000 salary ‘relatively modest’

UFC fighter calls out Obama, gets visit from Secret Service

Republicans Introduce Bill to Eliminate Obama’s 39 Czars

Shocker. Big Lib McCaskill Suddenly Distances Herself From Individual Mandate That She Pushed Just 4 Months Ago (Video)

Speaker Boehner: GOP Will Not Increase Debt Limit Without Spending Cuts

Day One: GOP Congressman Introduces Bill to End ‘Birthright Citizenship’

Gibbs: Obama Opposed Raising Debt Ceiling Before He Was For It

SurvivalBlog:

Barron’s: US Will See Run on Treasurys, Hyperinflation

Pressure builds on Spain’s banks; Are credit markets predicting a bank run in Spain?

2011: Year of the bank run?

Police issue warning about buying and selling gold.

Why Gold Is Money

Holding Physical Gold is Absolutely Critical to Your Financial Survival

Explosion Of The Western Public Debt Bubble

Unemployment Rises In Two-Thirds Of Metro Areas

Auto Sales Up Since First Time In Recession

Factory Orders Rise 0.7% In November

Food Emergency: Millions of Americans Are Heading To Food Banks For First Time

01/6/11

THE AMERICAN DREAM – Part 5

By: AJ

Millionaire Entrepreneur Ephren Taylor

What a remarkable story! Starting his own company in grade school, Ephren Taylor proves the American Dream can be achieved by anyone who wants to work for it. His creativity, intellect and hard work made him a multi-millionaire – and he’s only 24 years old.

This is the fifth in a series titled “The American Dream,” which puts a spotlight on individuals who have created something out of nothing and there are millions more who haven’t been written about. Every success story has come from the ideas, dreams, determination, hard work and sacrifice of individuals coupled with the freedom America offers. Freedom is what has made America the most prosperous and generous country in the world. And this is why millions of people from around the globe seek entry into America every year.

The freedom to pursue ones dream exists in abundance in America – the freest nation on earth. Our Founding Fathers knew that freedom doesn’t come from “man” or “government,” it comes from our Creator. Hence, our Founders documented our natural freedoms/rights when they established our country as a Republic instead of a Democracy. If freedoms/rights come from nature’s law, then they can never be taken away; if government has the power to grant freedoms/rights, then government has the power to take them away.

Today our Congress and White House are infested with people who want to limit and extinguish our freedom, destroy our free-market system and drastically change our way of life so that it’s “equal to” – “on par with” the under-developed countries ruled by dictators and oligarchs.

Redistributing wealth within America is not their intent, as evidenced by the sharp increase in the number of Americans who are now below the poverty line and receiving food stamps since Obama became President; the number of “poor” Americans is now at an all time high.

If you’re still focused on the left’s untrue talking points, consider this… The 111th Congress, led by Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV), and President Obama have spent more taxpayer dollars in the past two years than all Presidents and Congresses combined from George Washington to Ronald Reagan and the Federal Reserve has printed over $2 Trillion out of thin air under Obama. There are over 43 million poor people in America now, so what has Obama done with the trillions of dollars he’s spent in these past two years?

If just $1 Trillion of what Obama’s taken from American taxpayers were given to our poor families, all of them would join the ranks of the middle class. As you can see, it’s never been about helping America’s poor. Otherwise, why is it that a record number of Americans are now poor and our middle class is shrinking?

The politicians in power are focused solely on taking wealth from America and giving it to the governments of other countries which is sanctioned, aided and abetted by the United Nations (UN). It’s not about “social, economic or environmental justice;” it’s about diminishing and de-industrializing big bad America in order to usher in an international oligarchy which rules over us and all people of developed nations.

The goal of Progressives is not to redistribute wealth within America; it’s to take wealth from America, give it to governments of other countries and make America a poorer and diminished nation.

Let’s hope that all Americans understand what will become of this country if politicians like those in our White House and in the Congressional Progressive Caucus are successful. America will regress and transform in a way that no one alive today can imagine. Even the misguided socialist (e.g. DSA) and communist (e.g. CPUSA) community agitators who live among us can’t imagine it even though they’re working very hard to help Progressive/Democrat politicians achieve it.

When you hear the words “reform,” “comprehensive,” “safety,” “global,” “social, economic or environmental justice,” “public-private partnership” or “progressive” from our politicians, know that their goal is to “transform” America such that everything and everyone is controlled by the government elites (an oligarchy). If you’re unsure about that, read and research the following for starters:

  • Healthcare Reform (dictate the medical care we will and won’t receive)
  • Food Takeover Act (control our food)
  • Finance Reform (control our money)
  • Serve America Act (indoctrinate our youth – to serve the government)
  • Net Neutrality (control our internet)
  • EPA Regulations (control our land/property, sea, air and energy)
  • FCC Regulations (control our media)
  • New START Treaty (diminish our national security)

If you’re still unsure, stay tuned for the next article where you’ll hear them in their own words.

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THE AMERICAN DREAM – Part 1
THE AMERICAN DREAM – Part 2
THE AMERICAN DREAM – Part 3
THE AMERICAN DREAM – Part 4