06/4/12

Could Wisconsin recall vote render Obama and unions extinct?

By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner

Democrat prognostications on the union led re-call election against Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have become a source of great sport for GOP political followers all over the nation–because what was once billed as being a public political beheading of Gov. Walker by the unions, is now more than likely becoming their own death knell.

In a fit of jealous rage, or a fight for life, depending upon your perspective, the predominantly Democrat labor unions picked this fight with Gov. Walker and Lt. Governor Kleefisch, after he led the fresh, Republican-majority legislature to strip all Wisconsin public labor unions of their collective bargaining rights in order to eliminate a looming $3.2 billion budget deficit.

Once the union volunteers and supporters had canvassed the state to collect 900,000 recall petition signatures, a media storm assembled around the ceremony of box after pox of petition documents being valiantly paraded into state election offices to ignite the recall process.

Unions hoped that by causing just the third state gubernatorial recall election in our nation’s history, it would serve as a hallmark threat to any elected official who would dare cross swords with them, in an attempt to stem the anti-public labor union sentiment burning like a prairie fire across most of the nation.

However, one year later, the undeniable facts prove that Governor Walker’s plan has achieved these Herculean fiscal objectives, without laying off anyone or raising taxes; in fact, it has been widely reported that property taxes around the state have actually gone down.

And the unemployment rate under the Walker administration has plunged from 8.5% in 2010 to just 6.7% in April 2012, according to the Department of Numbers website.

Another undeniable fact for the unions to swallow is that Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the state’s second-largest public-sector union, fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a May 31, 2012 Wall Street Journal article.

The only honest, straightforward comment came from Bryan Kennedy, the American Federation of Teachers’ Wisconsin president, who said union leaders fear that these sharp membership losses could be a harbinger of bad times for similar unions’ nationwide.

Failure to oust Mr. Walker and overturn the Wisconsin law “spells doom,” he said.

But a victory for the governor, who has been leading his Democratic opponent in recent polls, would amount to an endorsement of an effort to curtail public-sector unions, which have been a pillar of strength for organized labor while private-sector membership has dwindled.

And recent polls suggest that it’s more likely Walker wins.

The independent Marquette University Law School telephone survey released last Wednesday surveyed 720 registered voters and found that among the 600 likely voters Gov. Walker topped challenger, Mayor Tom Barrett, 52 percent to 45 percent, with a margin of error of roughly 4 percent–essentially the same results of the school’s poll two weeks ago, according to a May 30, 2012 FOXNews article.

As elections are driven by turnout, this poll also revealed that 92 percent of Republican likely voters were “absolutely certain to vote” in the recall, while only 77 percent of Democrat likely voters said the same.

And even Real Clear Politics consolidated poll results show Walker leading Barrett 51 percent to 44.4 percent–confirming his solid 7 point lead.

Now, most political analysts believe that a Walker win in Wisconsin will have an impact on the November 2012 presidential elections–Democrats, of course, disagree.

“It’s a Wisconsin-specific moment, not a national referendum,” said Democratic strategist John Lapp, a veteran senior strategist for several election campaigns in Wisconsin, according to a FOXNews article today.

While Obama has steered clear of the state–undoubtedly to avoid any connection between his campaign and the recall, Jim Messina, Team Obama campaign manager, says “I’ve not seen any data that would indicate that Wisconsin is anything but leaning toward the president.”

And Tad Devine, a top aide to past Democratic presidential nominees John Kerry and Al Gore said that the data suggest Obama has an advantage that a Walker win can’t negate.

The president was particularly effective in turning out African-Americans in Democratic-heavy Milwaukee and college students in Democratic-heavy Madison in 2008, and he believes those niches remain strategic advantages.

However, that was as they say ancient history, and arguably this is a new day in political dynamics, as state election officials forecast a 60 plus percent turnout, which is massive by national standards, Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel pointed out turnout in California’s 2003 gubernatorial recall clocked in at 36 percent, according to Chris Stirwalt’s FOXNews article today.

Another troubling fact that seems to be unknown to Obama and the Democrats is that the political winds in Wisconsin have changed, such that according to a recent Gallup poll referenced in Stirwalt’s article, self-described moderates are on the decline, as both liberals and conservatives are on the rise–greatly favoring Conservatives at 41 percent, with Liberals trailing at just 23 percent.

When you factor in a 60% turnout, with 92% of Republicans pledging to vote including the 41% who are self-described Conservatives in Wisconsin–Obama and the Democrats don’t have a chance in the November general election.

Especially as union campaign contributions are collapsing, along with union due income, which will quickly render them all extinct.

06/4/12

Reports of Nabucco Pipeline’s Death are Exaggerated

By: Daniel Graeber of Oilprice.com

The refining director at BP caused a stir last week in Berlin when he was interpreted as saying the full version of the Nabucco natural gas pipeline was no longer an option for the consortium working in the Shah Deniz natural gas field in Azerbaijan. Wire services had reported that his statements meant Nabucco was effectively dead despite years of political maneuvering. Not so, said the European Commission, and several other players involved in the 2,149-mile project. It makes sexy headlines to sink a $10 billion ship, but there are plenty of reserves to keep Nabucco at least on standby.

By mid-May, proposals for Nabucco West, a smaller version of the original proposal, and the South East Europe Pipeline were sitting on the desk of BP’s offices in Azerbaijan. By next month, the BP-led consortium managing the second phase of the Shah Deniz natural gas field in the Caspian Sea is expected to pick one of them.

Last week, Iain Conn, chief executive officer for refining and marketing at BP, told an audience at an energy forum in Berlin that his company was examining several options to transport an estimated 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year to European markets. This would come from Shah Deniz 2 by 2017 to the tune of $40 billion. This natural gas designation means the so-called Southern Corridor, a network of natural gas transit projects, must be built to accommodate that volume. Any network within that corridor, he said, “must” be considered on its basis for future expansion.

The partners involved at Shah Deniz have already selected the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline for the southern route to Italy. This, he said, meant the planned Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy project was off the table and had “no possibility” to move forward. For markets in southeastern and central Europe, Conn said the group was examining SEEP and Nabucco West. Both had submitted their proposals to the BP-led consortium in Baku by mid-May and a decision is expected soon. SEEP, he said, was backed by Shah Deniz partners in coordination with the Bulgarian, Hungarian and Romanian governments. It meets the expansion requirement, he said, because it could be scaled up as more natural gas becomes available. Nabucco West, meanwhile, was submitted by the Nabucco international consortium based on work carried out for the original pipeline planned form the Georgia to European markets.

Does that mean Nabucco “Classic” is dead? According to some, it does. Most pipeline wonks already consider the greater Nabucco to be a thing of the past. In 2009, when Turkey, along with Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria, signed an intergovernmental agreement to build the entire pipeline, Ankara hailed it as a “historic moment.” But even then, most analysts were concerned about where the gas would come from for the pipeline. So far, Iraq, Azerbaijan and a variety of others are listed as possible suppliers for the full-scale project.

Alexandros Petersen, an adviser with the European Energy Security Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told me that whatever happens, it’s important to keep interest going for all of the projects involved in the Southern Corridor.

“It won’t be over once one pipeline is built,” he said.

Rumors of Nabucco’s demise are somewhat exaggerated. It’s not necessarily dead, just in hibernation.

Source: http://oilprice.com/Energy/Natural-Gas/Reports-of-Nabucco-Pipelines-Death-are-Exaggerated.html

By: Daniel Graeber of Oilprice.com

06/4/12

How to Look for Vote Fraud in Wisconsin’s Walker Recall Election Results

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

With all due apologies, we’ve been distracted by numerous things and I didn’t get a major factoid-filled update of this piece done, personally. It is being treated in other venues. Witnesses report vans and busses coming to the polling places, day after day, with early voting applications in various states of completion.

Here are suggestions, as voting draws to a close, tomorrow. (We used to call that, “Election Day,” but now with the Cloward-Piven-Soros rules, it is merely the last day.)

The voter collection and herding approach of the unionista Democrats may mean as much as a 3% advantage over any of the latest polls. As regards Nevada, California, and Alaska in 2010, my suspicion here is, if there is any further shift from the latest polls to the ultimate results, it may be due to out and out fraud.

Here are the latest polls, from RealClearPolitics.com, where the average shows Scott Walker carrying a 6.7% advantage.


I loosely estimate that means it should be likely that Walker wins by about 3.5%, tomorrow, emphasis “should.”

And these sites “should” carry live results, tomorrow (if they don’t, I’ll still think they should have):

Here are sites one may check, from conservative or center-right sources in Wisconsin:

A good old general search may also help:

And one place to get the Wisconsin news from the sinister side:

 


Original post, May 24, 11:03am

Vote Fraud in Wisconsin’s Walker Recall Election?

Beginning perhaps the first day of early voting, Monday 21st, the witnesses began to see vanloads of people are coming to polling places in Wisconsin for early voting. This is happening in Milwaukee and other cities. Vans are being rented and perhaps buses as well. In at least one case, a van driver was seen speaking with a man with Missouri license plates on the car he drove.

Calls have been made to the state board of elections, run by a Democrat (name to come) and in at least one case, the concerned party was told dismissively by the office not to worry about it, there is no problem.

Apparently, witnesses are finding that the bussed-in voters are having help filling out their early voting applications ahead of time and perhaps having them filled out for them. According to law, these applications must be signed by the voter in the presence of election officials.

The actual polling day is Tuesday, June 5.

Early voting has been on the agenda of the radical left for decades. It was a major agenda item for the Cloward-Piven saboteur team, as well as for criminally convicted saboteur, George Soros and at least one of his sons. We have begun to see why.

We should be updating again, in the morning. (We have been interrupted by sad news, the passing of a national hero, Henry Lamb, many of whose recent articles are published in Gulag Bound with more to come. We will be publishing information about Henry Lamb’s works and life soon.)

And if you have news, feel free to comment below or send an email to [email protected]

06/4/12

Russian Dupes Behind Bilderberger Protests

By: Cliff Kincaid

The major news organizations have been driven by the Drudge Report and WorldNetDaily to cover protests against a meeting of the “Bilderbergers” at a Marriott hotel outside Washington, D.C. The stories usually feature Alex Jones, a Texas-based radio host who regularly appears on Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) television, or Daniel Estulin, a Russian-born writer whose book on the Bilderbergers made him one of Fidel Castro’s favorite authors and prompted a personal meeting with the Cuban dictator in 2010.

It was this meeting, where Castro insisted that Osama bin Laden was a CIA agent, which led to a surge of international media interest, mostly from the communist press, in the Bilderbergers.

Jamie Weinstein of The Daily Caller treated the protests as a joke, asking some of the protesters, “If they’re [Bilderbergers] so powerful, why are they staying in a Marriott?” Alex Jones was confronted as well, but dismissed Weinstein as a joke himself. Among other things, Weinstein wondered how powerful the group was, considering that it is said to have been responsible for the European Union, which is now collapsing because of irresponsible spending practices and debt.

Conservative talk-show host Ben Barrack appreciated Weinstein’s controversial approach, but said that the motives of Jones and his collaborators have to be analyzed. He said, “The Alex Jones / Ron Paul / 9/11 Truther movements have long maintained that the Bilderberg globalists are a much greater threat to our Republic than are the Islamists. Whenever you bring up the Islamic threat to western civilization, it’s all but ignored because the New World Order [NWO] crowd is actually behind the Islamists’ rise according to the Jones crew… Conversely, Islamists love Alex Jones. He runs interference for them by pushing 9/11 Conspiracy theories while publicly seeing them as a threat not worth dealing with because the NWO is actually using them for its own agenda. Shouldn’t we begin considering the possibility that Jones is actively working toward that end instead of being a dupe?”

As Jones became a media celebrity for his protests, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which includes China and Russia, has been quietly preparing a major conference for this week in Beijing. The group is described by sympathizers as “a powerful counterforce against U.S. world domination efforts” and dedicated to “the creation of a new international political and economic order.”

The SCO is a governmental organization that is perceived by some analysts as a nascent anti-American military alliance, similar to the old Soviet-sponsored Warsaw Pact. It holds regular “security exercises” involving military personnel from member countries.

Observer state members of the SCO include Iran and Pakistan.

It has already been publicly announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in a Heads of State Council meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing and will meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the event.

By contrast, the Bilderberg group seems to be comprised mostly of private individuals, some with great wealth and power, who debate domestic and foreign policy issues. The group maintains a website and advertises its meetings, enabling the protesters, led by Alex Jones, to show up and draw attention to its activities.

Antics such as these protests, complete with bullhorns, have caused responsible conservatives to label Jones a provocateur because he diverts attention from serious issues and real threats to America.

We pointed out in a previous column: “Russia Today is eager to publicize Alex Jones and his claims about 9/11, the Bilderbergers, bankers, and various other villains and culprits because they divert attention from the increasingly totalitarian nature of the Russian regime and the military threat that Russia still poses to American interests.” Jones appeared on Russia Today to defend the Russian invasion of the independent country of Georgia, a former Soviet republic. He blamed the U.S., NATO and Israel for somehow provoking Russia.

The Washington Post was forced to cover the anti-Bilderberg protests, even noting that Post chairman Donald E. Graham was on the invitation list and that a Post photographer was prohibited from snapping pictures from a public street. One participant told the Post that the protesters were laughable.

Daniel Estulin, who was born in Russia, is as controversial as Alex Jones. Like Jones, he is a regular on Russia Today television, where he claimed that the U.S. was building 13 secret bases in Afghanistan for an eventual war with Russia. Estulin told RT that the purpose of the Bilderbergers is to “subjugate” Russia and China and that “The Russian Government is one of my key sources in this respect.”

More recently, he has defended Victor Bout, the former Soviet military officer and convicted Russian arms trafficker sentenced to 25 years in prison in the U.S. Appearing on RT, Estulin called Bout a “pawn” designed to further an anti-Russian U.S. foreign policy. He called Bout’s extradition to the U.S. to stand trial “very, very unfortunate, especially for all of us who love Russia as a nation.” At the same time, Estulin has described himself as “a Russian expatriate who was kicked out of the Soviet Union in 1980.”

In 2010, Estulin met with Fidel Castro to talk about Estulin’s book, The True Story of the Bilderberg Group. Castro was so impressed that he wrote an article for the Cuban Communist paper repeating the book’s claims and Estulin was ecstatic on his own website that Castro had “loved” his book.

An official Cuban Government report on the meeting, which included a photo of Estulin and Castro, said:

“The Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro, met with the Russian writer Daniel Estulin, author of a trilogy that exposes the so-called Bilderberg Club.

“During the discussion Estulin thanked Fidel Castro for the inclusion of fragments of his texts in his most recent journalistic columns and reaffirmed that the goal of the members of Bilderberg is to destroy Russia as a military power and China as an economic one.

“The conversation covered such topics as U.S. military bases in Latin America, the hostile situation in the Middle East and the new war strategy that culminates in extermination and genocide.”

Not surprisingly, Estulin has just appeared on the Alex Jones radio show to discuss the 2012 Bilderberger meeting and blame the U.S. for what he calls a planned international economic collapse. He was pleased with the media attention, especially from online U.S.-based news sources. “It’s great that we are getting so much attention, especially with people such as yourself in the states working the Net, working the crowds,” he said.

Estulin went on to say that he is planning a major documentary on the Bilderberger group that will feature Lyndon LaRouche, the convicted con man who is considered the intellectual author of the 9/11 truth movement. LaRouche is a former Marxist who ran for president as a Democrat. His organization began as a faction of the Students for a Democratic Society and he described his followers as seeking to establish a “new Marxist international.”

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].

06/4/12

This Week’s Watcher’s Forum Question: What’s Your Opinion On President Obama’s Treatment Of President Bush During His White House Visit?

The Watcher’s Council

As many of you may have noticed, President Bush made his first ever visit to the White House since he left office in January of 2009. The occasion was the unveiling of President and Mrs. Bush’s official White House portraits, and he and Mrs. Bush were hosted by President Obama and the current first lady.

Several members of the Council have weighed in with their opinions of what occurred that day:

Rhymes With Right: It was, dare I say it, the sort of no-class performance that we expect out of the unworthy occupant of the Oval Office. That he had to get his licks in at Dubya even on what was supposed to be a day honoring his predecessor shows that Barack Obama has failed to grow into the job. Bad breeding will tell. George W. Bush showed the very sort of class and grace that he learned from his parents — and his acceptance of the invitation for an event during the height of the campaign season instead of pleading a busy schedule and seeking a delay until February of 2013 is one more example of his willingness to put country ahead of partisanship. Too bad Obama could not do so for a couple of hours.

The Noisy Room: Obama’s treatment of George W. Bush during his trip to the White House for his presidential portrait hanging was the most ungracious and un-presidential behavior I have ever seen by a sitting president. In contrast, President Bush’s conduct was the epitome of class and humorously dignified. As the beautiful portraits of the President and First Lady were displayed, Obama droned on and on about how all the US’ financial ills were really Bush’s fault. Typical… as he has never taken any responsibility for what I deem to be the 2nd Great Depression under his leadership. Bush contributed, but Obama took it to an entirely different level and is busy trying to finish us off. With glee I might add.

It is tradition for the sitting President to praise the former President and his wife during this ceremony. Obama slyly and crassly insulted President Bush and the First Lady during the presentation. What a weasel. It was not only rude and mean – it was evil in intent. It is one of Obama’s greatest vile hits to date. Bush in true fashion, joked and thanked the President and the First Lady for inviting him and his “rowdy” friends and family to the White House and his ‘hanging.’ And you know he meant it both ways. Once again showing that he has a quick wit and is very intelligent as I have always said he was. Although I did not agree with all Bush did and he did many things I consider ‘progressive lite,’ he was heaven compared to the Communist in the White House. I miss our cowboy President when compared to our Marxist President.

Joshuapundit: I didn’t cover this story on my site, and I was in two minds about weighing in, but here goes…

As far as President Obama goes, you simply have to consider the source. Such people don’t change, particularly when an election is in the offing, and blaming others for your failures is a key point of the narrative you’re pushing.

Second, it’s no secret that I consider George W. Bush one of our worst presidents, although it’s his good fortune to have someone like President Obama following him to make him look like a far better president than he was by comparison. One of the most gag worthy moments for me in reading up on this story was to hear President Bush recount how Dolly Madison saved the Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington when the British burned Washington during the war of 1812, and to jokingly get first lady Michelle Obama to promise to save ‘the other George W. portrait’ in case anything like that happened again.

I think The Father of our Country would look with disdain and horror on both of the last two presidents. And being the student of history that he was, I’m sure he would have made some sober pronouncements to his countrymen about avoiding putting such men in positions of public trust ever again if we wish to preserve our Republic.

The Right Planet: Obama’s treatment of Bush at the White House recently was unconscionable for a sitting president, but it certainly wasn’t unexpected. Obama’s disdain for protocol and tradition was on full display, as we have seen in the past. I believe it’s Barry’s way of giving traditional America the finger – all part of the “fundamental transformation” via Marx and Saul Alinsky. I can’t stand people who are unable for one moment to drop their hidden agendas and political motives and take the time to show some respect from time to time. It’s puerile and pathetic. But, once again, hardly unexpected coming from Obama. Is there anybody BHO won’t throw under the bus? He seems to be hellbent on offending every branch of our government and anybody he perceives as deviating even the slightest from his trans-national, Marxian socialist, utopian worldview. I think George W. Bush summed it up quite well: “Thanks for welcoming me [Bush] to my hanging.”

The Independent Sentinel: It made me so angry that I wrote an article about it. Expect nothing less from a narcissistic opportunistic Marxist.