09/29/13

Bad Definitions And The OSCE – ICLA Speaks At The ODIHR Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department Event

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By Baron Bodissey

This article was first published at Gates of Vienna.

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For the International Civil Liberties Alliance, the theme for this week’s OSCE in Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw was “Bad Definitions”. As readers have undoubtedly noticed, the most prominent bad definition is the word “Islamophobia”. There are plenty of other words than can be targeted as ill-defined, and those have been discussed here in earlier posts, and in the ICLA paper “The Problematic Definition of ‘Islamophobia’”. However, to make matters simpler, the ICLA team concentrated this week on “Islamophobia”.

On Tuesday night the ODIHR Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department convened a side event, “Educational initiatives and approaches for addressing anti-Semitism and intolerance against Muslims”. This sounded like a worthwhile opportunity, and a large contingent of people from ICLA, Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa, the Center for Security Policy(CSP), the Stresemann Foundation, and other anti-Shariah NGOs decided to look in on it.

It was a good thing we did. It turned out that the side event was convened to highlight “Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims: Addressing Islamophobia through Education”, which was published jointly [pdf] by OSCE/ODIHR, the Council of Europe, and UNESCO in 2011. This document — which contains 49 instances of the word “Islamophobia” — was discussed in the ICLA paper, and was part of the focus of our research.

The first forty minutes or so featured presentation by the panelists, including some of the authors of the “Guidelines”. One of them was a British gentleman named Robin Richardson, who is associated with the Runnymede Trust. Among other things, Mr. Richardson told the audience: “We all know that nations are not capable of solving the world’s problems.” Only global institutions were capable of doing so.

His assertion was the last straw. Since the panelists had repeatedly mentioned “Islamophobia” — ICLA’s topic for the week — I decided to speak up. After comments by one other member of the audience, I had my say, and a lengthy discussion ensued, capped by devastating remarks made by Major Stephen Coughlin of CSP.

Below are relevant excerpts from the audio of the occasion. Many thanks to Henrik Ræder Clausen for making the recording, to CSP for the transcript, and to Vlad Tepes for editing the audio to produce this video:

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09/29/13

Political Elitists Living the High Life While Americans Suffer

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Cross-Posted at Right Wing News

Americans are struggling… no jobs, inflation that our would-be leaders deny is even there, Obamacare sucking us dry, taxes that would make King George blush… and this nightmare is just getting started.

But don’t you worry your pretty little head! Our esteemed leaders who have exempted themselves from Obamacare are making sure they are taken care of. Americans may be quietly starving in their hovels, but our politicians are living the high life, while throwing us scraps and scratching their heads… trying to figure out why the riffraff are upset.

More than half of all members of Congress are millionaires. Now you know why I say: Shut. It. Down.

From our friends at The Economic Collapse blog, comes some stunning figures:

  • Over 15 years, the Senate has spent 5.25 million on hair care. $40,000 a year for shoe shining. This is for 100 Senators, many of whom don’t have much hair left. I hear lying makes you go bald.
  • According to Roll Call’s annual survey of Congressional wealth, the super wealthy in Congress just continue to get much wealthier even though they are supposedly dedicating their lives to “public service”…

    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is the richest Member of Congress for the second year in a row, reporting a vast fortune that in 2011 had a minimum net worth surpassing $300 million for the first time.

    McCaul is followed by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who reported a minimum net worth of $198.65 million, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who reported a minimum net worth of $140.55 million. The two lawmakers swapped places since last year’s list.

    The lawmakers who round out the top five, Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), also flipped positions from 2010 to 2011, with Warner’s reported minimum worth rising about $9 million to $85.81 million and Rockefeller’s minimum worth rising slightly to $83.08 million.

  • Amazingly, the 50th most wealthy member of Congress has a net worth of 6.14 million dollars.
  • At this point, more than half of those “serving the American people” in Congress are millionaires.
  • In one recent year, an average of $4,005,900 of U.S. taxpayer money was spent on “personal” and “office” expenses per U.S. Senator.
  • Once they leave Washington, former members of Congress continue to collect huge checks for the rest of their lives

    In 2011, 280 former lawmakers who retired under a former government pension system received average annual pensions of $70,620, according to a Congressional Research Service report. They averaged around 20 years of service. At the same time, another 215 retirees (elected in 1984 or later with an average of 15 years of service) received average annual checks of roughly $40,000 a year.

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner would bring home a yearly pension of close to $85,000 if he left Congress when his current term ends in 2014.
  • At this point, quite a few former lawmakers are collecting federal pensions for life worth at least $100,000 annually. That list includes such notable names as Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Trent Lott, Dick Gephardt and Dick Cheney.
  • The U.S. government is spending approximately 3.6 million dollars a year to support the lavish lifestyles of former presidents such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
  • Nearly 500,000 federal employees now make at least $100,000 a year.
  • During one recent year, the average federal employee in the Washington D.C. area received total compensation worth more than $126,000.
  • During one recent year, compensation for federal employees came to a grand total of approximately 447 billion dollars.
  • If you can believe it, there are 77,000 federal workers that make more than the governors of their own states do.
  • When Joe Biden and his staff took a trip to London, the hotel bill cost U.S. taxpayers $459,388.65.
  • Joe Biden and his staff also stopped in Paris for one night. The hotel bill for that one night came to $585,000.50.
  • When Biden and his staff visited Moscow for two days in 2011, the total hotel bill came to $665,445.00.
  • During 2012, the salaries of Barack Obama’s three climate change advisers combined came to a grand total of more than $370,000.
  • Overall, 139 different White House staffers were making at least $100,000 during 2012, and there were 20 staffers that made the maximum of $172,200.
  • It is estimated that the trip that the Obamas took to Africa cost U.S. taxpayers about 100 million dollars.
  • The Obamas only have one dog named “Bo”, but the White House “dog handler” reportedly makes $102,000 per year and sometimes he is even flown to where the Obamas are vacationing so that he can take care of the dog.
  • There is always at least one projectionist at the White House 24 hours a day just in case there is someone that wants to watch a movie. Apparently turning on a DVD player is too much to ask.
  • In one recent year, more than 1.4 billion dollars was spent on the Obamas. Meanwhile, British taxpayers only spent about 58 million dollars on the entire royal family.

Yep, no where to cut there according to Pelosi. The cupboard is bare. Right.

Those of us who have worked our whole lives have had it with this blatant egregious theft. Witness the following fallout and prepare to be pissed:

This week, Yahoo featured the story of a 77-year-old former executive that is now flipping burgers and serving drinks to make ends meet. He says that he now earns in a week what he once earned in a single hour, but he is thankful to have a job in this economic environment…

It seems like another life. At the height of his corporate career, Tom Palome was pulling in a salary in the low six-figures and flying first class on business trips to Europe.

Today, the 77-year-old former vice president of marketing for Oral-B juggles two part-time jobs: one as a $10-an-hour food demonstrator at Sam’s Club, the other flipping burgers and serving drinks at a golf club grill for slightly more than minimum wage.

While Palome worked hard his entire career, paid off his mortgage and put his kids through college, like most Americans he didn’t save enough for retirement. Even many affluent baby boomers who are approaching the end of their careers haven’t come close to saving the 10 to 20 times their annual working income that investment experts say they’ll need to maintain their standard of living in old age.

So many Americans are barely making it from month to month at this point. Most people work very, very hard for their money, and it is very discouraging to see our politicians waste our hard-earned tax dollars so frivolously.

I feel the need for tar and feathers approaching. Enough of political elitists on both sides of the aisle living the high life while all of America suffers. Shut. It. Down.

09/29/13

Remy’s Viral Video, Resistant to Fascist Obamacare & Fascist Sebelius’ Fascist $30K Fascist Propaganda Payoff

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

Thirty pieces of silver….

There, now that the intro is all in the title, I’ll just say yada yada, Reason, yada Daily Caller, yeah-yeah Breitbart, doo-wah The Blaze, doo-bop Daily Paul, “and so on, and so on, and scooby [viral] doo-bee….”

It’s so good, its quality soars out of sight over its subject matter. And, at least we’re featuring it before the screaming goat version comes out.

Remy: Obamacare Video Contest Song

We’ll have to feature this jingle during this Tuesday night’s “Sovereignty Unbound,” 10pm-Midnight ET, Tuesday.

The video’s “About” info, as at Reason and YouTube (we’ll add the graphic):

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Fascist Kathlen Sebelius with blood-money buddy Charles “Killer” Tiller before his own unfortunate demise (ghoul but not undead)

Published on Sep 27, 2013

The official deadline for the government-touted Healthy Young America Video contest, which is designed to promote the benefits of The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), was September 23.

But we figure that, what with all the other delays associated with Obamacare, the kind judges at Young Invincibles will be willing to cut us a few days’ slack.

So here’s Reason TV and Remy’s “Obamacare Video Contest Song.”

Written and performed by Remy. Produced by Meredith Bragg.

About 1.30 minutes. Scroll below for lyrics and visit http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/09/27… for links, downloadable versions, and more.

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Lyrics:

What’s hated by unions
has businesses wary
and dropping coverage
like the ‘Skins secondary?

Causing thousands of layoffs
taking it’s toll?
What’s so good for people
that they’re forced to enroll?

What’s a law that’s so good
folks who passed and defended it
see it and got waivers
to be exempted? It’s

like Olestra, at first
it sounded hip
but we quickly found ourselves
dealing with a whole lot of sh…

Obamacare, Obamacare
Unions and businesses both in despair

So to recap, young people,
your hours get cut
and your income goes down
and your premium’s up

and the taxes you pay
with the cash you have left
go to pay for a stupid
video contest, touting

Obamacare, Obamacare
Unions and businesses both in despair

It’s hated by doctors and unions are mad.
Not since Billy Ray Cyrus
has someone made something this bad