Monthly Archives: July 2011

An OPEN LETTER To The Less Than Honorable Charles Rangel (demonRAT/NY)

Rangel Introduces Resolution to Repatriate POW/MIAs and Abductees From North Korea

 Charlie-boy…You’re late to the party again! Wassup wid dat? I remember how you stood by silently as Mssrs. Kerry and McCain worked very hard to STOP the duly constructed Senate Select Committee on POWS/MIAS from the successful completion of their mission to your fallen brothers and ALL WE VETERANS.
I ask YOU Charlie WHY YOU waited until the 50th aniversary to start to make some noise when there has been an ongoing advocacy for this for a Hell of a long time, which YOU did NOT jump in front of to take the political lead on, WHEN SUCH WAS DESPERATELY NEEDED, by pressuring BOTH party members and State Departments over the years?
I ask YOU Charlie WHY YOU failed to step forward, when in 1992 Presidents H.W. Bush and Yeltsin formed the U.S.-RussiaJointCommissionOnPOWs/MIAs, TO LEAD THAT EFFORT?
I ask YOU Charlie WHY if you are such a sincere and wonderfully inclined person today is this the true picture of you painted yesterday:
Congressman Charlie Rangle (D-NY) GUILTY of Ethics Violations
http://www.leftandrightnews.com/tag/charlie-rangel-guilty/
A House ethics subcommittee found Democratic Representative Charlie Rangel guilty of violating several House conduct rules. The House Committee on Standards and Official Conduct convicted the Representative from New York on 11 of 13 separate violations.
…and WHY have YOU, Charlie Rangel been not held to account by Law for your behaviors?
I ask these questions of YOU as a citizen pondering why you have not been held legally accountable for your many violations of the public trust?
There is ample evidence that would be known to you, Mr. Rangel, had YOU had even the slightest interest during your political career, that many such POWs/MIAs were tranferred to Russia for brainwashing and medical experimentation. Excuse me Mr. Rangel, but you have more access to secret documentation than I do, so you should be REALITY COGNIZANT OF the information noted in this section of ‘public information':
POWs and MIAs: Status and Accounting Issues
SUMMARY

of this report:
I have this in my files and excuse my inquisitiveness, but this curious citizen ponder upon just this…
WHY it’s not in yours?
Excuse me if I question your motives now as TAKING ADVANTAGE of YOUR brother Korean War vets for some apple-polishing to an image that has YOU teetering on the brink of political survival and open to local challenge from your own NY district.
You earned our respect as a soldier for your more than honorable service during that war, but then earned our disdain as a civilian politician in all the years that followed. Behavior during one part of life does NOT wipe the slate clean for the behavior during the other. That is NOT how life works and how the value of a man is assessed.

Journalists are Largely Wrong on Debt Ceiling

Going from meeting to meeting I often find myself yelling at the radio. At home, I’m shaking my head while some pundit espouses nothingness. Online is no better – the main stream media is nothing more than an expensive commercial for one political party or the other and none of them seem to be getting it right.

On my way home from the gun range today, I heard a local news report (on a Conservative radio station) that ended their 10 second piece on the debt ceiling with “.. and the United States edges ever closer to default on its debt”. What .. a .. CROCK!!

August 2nd has nothing to do with defaulting on the national debt. The government takes in more than enough in revenues to service the interest on the debt, pay seniors their social security and pay medical claims for Medicare beneficiaries. The United States of America is in absolutely NO danger of defaulting on its Treasury bonds – none, nada, zilch, zero.

Why aren’t those highly-paid journalists doing their homework? That’s easy. If the debt issue had no threat of causing the end of the world, it would’t be news. Main stream America does not pay attention to politics unless there is something that the media tells them might destroy their lives.

What the media is missing is that there is an all-consuming beast. A true boogie man – we’re broke. Not college-days, scrounging for beer money broke – totally and completely out-of-money type broke.

If we pay social security, Medicare and the troops we have next-to-nothing left. Either we decide that the government will only do those things and all other programs (FAA, FCC, DoE, Education, DEA, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc) would be closed down forever – or- we reform entitlements because we know some of those other things are necessary.

The IMF is now begging for more money from us because they fear that Spain and Italy are soon to follow in Greece’s catastrophic footsteps. What the talking heads aren’t saying is that America isn’t far behind any of them. The government is spending billions more than it takes in every month – why isn’t this news?

We cannot have it all. There is no utopia. Tough choices must be made and the time is now, despite what the main stream media says. Americans will not have all the programs they currently enjoy. We are broke.

 

The American Dream in Ones and Zeroes

“What is Damaged Hearing?” I ask Ezra Dulis, or rather tweet him (because isn’t that how we all talk these days, through any means other than actual talking?).  He sends me a link to Damaged Hearing, a local radio show out of Colorado, hosted by Louis Fowler.

I check it out, note the airtime and pledge to listen to the next broadcast before I realize when it comes on.  It overlaps the local radio show to which I am a call-in guest host back in Gary, IN.  Also, it comes right on the heels of Rush Limbaugh’s golden 3 hours, and I never miss Rush. In the afternoons I am sure to tune into Tony Katz’s spectacular radio show, because he has the liveliest chat room in the business.  I also always make it a point to tune in to Mark Levin’s show  because no one ridicules liberals quite like he does.  He’s my dose of “warm fuzzies” for the day.  At some point I’ll turn the dial to my local station, KFI, to make sure I’m staying up to date on the happenings in the state that common sense forgot, California.  If I’m lucky enough to be driving alone in the evenings, my radio is tuned to Dennis Miller so I can bone up on my obscure pop culture references.  I’ll usually end the day with The Stage Right Show with the lovable, loquacious Larry O’Connor.  He is a master at breaking down the tops news clips of the day, and his bevy of horrible southern accents somehow endears him to me even more.

This growing list of exceptional programming makes me think to myself, “How on earth can I fit in one more radio show? There is just too much good stuff out there.”  And it hits me.  What a wonderful problem to have!  The rise of the Internet has also meant the rise of conservative “new media” in a way no one could have predicted.  But isn’t it serendipitous?  The Internet is the great equalizer.  There are no fancy qualifications necessary for using this incredible medium.

One does not need a fancy pedigree from an approved school that costs a lot of money and offers degrees in womyn’s studies and masturbation techniques, or even a certain financial status. One only needs a computer and an Internet connection.  Navigate to any number of sites that offer free blog hosting, podcasting, or Internet radio services and voila!  You are now The Media.  It is the epitome of freedom.  It is the American Dream written in a series of 1s and 0s.  Who better to benefit from this amazing new freedom than conservatives, those who are most dedicated to defending true freedom of thought and expression in all forms.

The Right has effectively harnessed this freedom, this marketplace and managed to create an entire genre unto itself.  New Media.  It has blazed its own path, dependent solely on the passion and entrepreneurial spirit of the average American citizen. That just burns up the left.  You see ,it’s perfectly fine for illegal immigrants to bypass the moral and legal path to American citizenship. But bypass the path to political punditry and journalism that they spent decades crafting, perfecting and narrowing? Hogwash! Poppycock!  Noodles! Other ridiculous words!  They haven’t paid their dues! They haven’t been to the right parties and schools. It’s hardly fair for the Right to have unfettered access to public ears and eyes.  How will the average unsuspecting, unthinking American idiot be able to comprehend the truth of any news for themselves without being told what exactly is news in the first place.  Hence the liberal outcry for the return of the ironically titled “Fairness Doctrine”, which would necessarily stifle free speech and conservative new media in the process.

If liberals cannot successfully bring about the return of “fairness” they seem content, for now, to mock new media and it’s perpetrators.  Bloggers have been mocked mercilessly by mainstream sources as a bunch of college dropout slackers, sitting at their kitchen table in dirty pajama bottoms and slippers churning out ill researched hit pieces on treasured liberal icons (Note to Self: wipe down this table when you’re done, its still sticky from breakfast).  Never mind that bloggers and new citizen journalists armed with cell phones and camcorders have broken nearly every major American political story in the past two years – ACORN, NEA, Tea Party, union thugs, Planned Parenthood, and yes, Weinergate. Nothing to see here. Move along.  Do not stare the aging Gen X-ers with crumbs on their shirts directly in the eyes.  It will only encourage them.

The saddest insult I’ve seen levied against new media so far is the fact that there are so many of us.  I can’t count the number of times a liberal friend of mind has rolled their eyes or made Jon Stewart-face when I mention my blog or an acquaintance’s radio show.  “Oh everybody has a blog these days.  Big whoop!”  Maybe not everyone, but a lot.  For the liberal mindset that there is only so much room at the table, only so many pieces of the pie to be distributed, this presents a problem.  If you don’t get there first, you’ll be pushed out of the way by someone smarter and hungrier.  However, for Righties it’s different.  There is no pie to be divided; there are only individuals, and the more individuals adding their dishes to the table, the better.  In the end, it means a feast for everyone, not just for some.

2012 elections are fast approaching, and they may well be the most important Presidential elections in modern history.  Its been well established by now that the mainstream media cannot be counted on to offer us a fair and objective look at the candidates.  We in new media, we citizen journalists will have to take up that mantle ourselves.  We’ve got a lot of work to do.  Go stake out some Internet real estate.  Start that blog.  Fire up that camcorder.  Get on your local radio station.  Some of us will be heard by thousands.  Some of  us will be heard by a few.  But we’ll all be heard by someone, and that’s the point.  Our voices will be heard, and every voice counts.  That’s new media.  That’s the spirit of individualism. That’s American.

July 28th Radio Show: Debt, Norway, and possible GOP VP choices [Recorded Show Included]

Conservative Radio Show - The Plain, Hard Truth with Rich Mitchell and Michelle RayShow Time: Thursday July 21st, 7pm pacific, 8pm Mountain, 9pm Central, 10pm Eastern

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Show Topics: Join Michelle and Rich as they take your calls on the budget crisis, the Norwegian massacre, and possible GOP VP Choices .

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They Aren’t Taking This Seriously 

Cut, Cap and Balance Could Pass the Senate

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What Failed Capitalism

The moniker of the Liberal Left is “Capitalism has Failed.” However when we had true capitalism and free market in this nation it did anything but fail. What the Liberals mean when they say Capitalism has failed, is that big “fat cats” have gobbled up all the money and left us garbling for their crumbs. Their arguments include famous enigmas such as Enron, Bernie Madoff, the Housing Market Crash, and our Health Care system. Frankly none of these were a product of a free capitalist market. In fact they are all cases against government regulation and oversight. Let’s use these very same examples to explain.
Enron was a company run amuck through gaming an artificial system aided by government regulations it helped to write. Had there been a “free market”, Enron would not have been able to capitalize to the point of a monopoly, building it’s own demand, not only for its energy products but for its stock by manufacturing grossly inflated numbers. Free market competitors would never have allow this to get so far out of hand.
Bernie Madoff flaunted his previously good name to peddle private investors into a ponzi scheme of enormous proportions. There were several private whistle blowers whose warnings would have naturally thwarted the Madoff scheme much earlier and saved many unwitting investors millions. However Bernie was legitimized by the very Federal agencies that were supposed to monitor, investigate and halt such a travesty of the free market.
The Housing Market disaster was literally created out of Federal meddling in the market. Explain? In short, Congress (led by Barney Frank with a literal bedfellow from Fannie May & Freddie Mac) began giving incentives to lending institutions to lend to low income families. Eventually this led to regulation that actually punished those who did not. Certainly the institutions are not guilt free, however the nature of the free market was perverted by the “well meaning” Congressmen who followed the lead of “compassion” and to “level the playing field.”  The result was a housing bubble that institutions could not help but inflate.
Our Healthcare system was touted as the best as witnessed by all who come here from all ends of the earth to receive care that is simply unavailable elsewhere. Yes, such healthcare is expensive. However it is easy to point out where governmental regulation caused coast heights. We enjoyed many levels of insurance options form “Catastrophic only” to “Fully Comprehensive Care” at premiums that varied accordingly. One of the incentives to success in American was the level of healthcare you could provide for your family. Somehow healthcare is being misconstrued as a right and that all rights being equal the rich have to lower their care to something mediocre that the poor ultimately drag everyone down to when there is no longer a motivation to succeed.
The “Health Care Debate” was a perfect example of government intervention that interferes with reform rather than aids it. Rather than having faith in the free market by allowing cross state competition to bring costs down, the then Liberal Congress under unprecedented pressure from the Executive administration took over 16% of our economy to be made unconscionably inefficient on a governmental scale and ridiculously ineffective on a bureaucratic scale.
In fact it seems impossible to uncover corruption within big business without uncovering governmental interference, incentives, meddling, ignorance, or downright collusion. Let’s take Monsanto for example. They may appear to be a very successful company who works closely with the FDA and other government agencies to increase crop production and our massive food requirements.
In reality Monsanto is another Enron in the making. We should expect to see a disaster that will make the Enron scandal appear insignificant. You as an aware citizen should know that many of the Monsanto developed and owned GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are banned in most European nations.  An even worse long story short, Monsanto has infringed upon anyone who attempts to continue growing “organic crops.” Monsanto has sued those who buy and sell natural seed if even a small portion of the seed is found to have any Monsanto GMOs in them. Farmers who attempt to grow natural crops find GMOs from even distant farmers are infiltrating their crops via wind and insect pollination. The courts have upheld Monsanto’s ownership of these farmer’s crops just because it contains some Monsanto GMOs. Obviously the natural farmer should be the one suing the Monsanto farmer for contaminating his otherwise natural crop, but no! Monsanto continues to win and take over a greater and greater percentage of our food supply market. You may want to consider the fact that this includes the ethanol crop as well.
Free Market Capitalism has not failed. It is the lack of freedom and transparency that has failed. Unfortunately the carrier of the disease is vilified instead of the disease.
How important is economic freedom anyway? The ten most economically free markets in the world enjoy the greatest Income, Civil Rights, Life Expectancy, Employment, Healthy Environment, and the lowest Infant Mortality and Child Labor.
Economic Freedom means having Property Rights protected by impartial rule of law. It means Free Trade with minimum regulation and transparent transactions and operations. It means a stable national currency free of inflation and a minimally necessary government that allows natural market adjustments and even failures.
By those standards we’ve fallen from 3rd to 6th in economic freedom in the last ten years. It is no coincidence that Income, Civil Rights, Life Expectancy, Employment, a Healthy Environment, and Infant Mortality have followed suit.
The so-called good intentions of the current administration are to control our economy rather than let it prosper. This is called a lack of faith in the tried and proven, over controlling the market, which has always proven disastrous. Have they never noticed that?
Spread the word.

They Aren’t Taking This Seriously

Obama and ReidThe debt mess is a huge mess and a whole slew of people aren’t serious about cleaning it up.

Yesterday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored John Boehner’s plan and said that it only cut the deficit by about one trillion dollars over ten years. That same office scored Harry Reid’s plan and said that it would cut twice that in the same time period. Neither are serious efforts at curtailing spending.

Our current national debt stands at $14.3 trillion dollars. We ran a $1.4 trillion deficit just this year. Boehner’s plan wouldn’t even fix the amount we overspent this year and Reid’s wouldn’t cut enough out of future deficits to remedy the amount of overspending for which Obama is to blame.

Paul Ryan was serious when he presented his framework that the DNC killed by showing images of grandma being pushed over the cliff in a wheelchair. Seriously? Of course not.

Cut, Cap and Balance was a serious proposal to finally end the runaway spending in Washington, killed by the Democrats in the Senate and Obama threatened to veto it even if it had passed.

Our members of Congress are not taking this seriously – why not? Probably because a large portion of Americans aren’t paying attention and both Republican and Democrat politicians know it. These are the moderates in America. They don’t closely follow the news, but show up at the polls after having read an article or two the weekend before. There may be no way to get those voters to pay attention other than by letting August 2nd happen without a deal.

The media isn’t taking things seriously either. They are using the same scare tactics as the Democrats. Throwing “default” and “credit rating downgrade” around as if those things aren’t going to happen within a few years one way or another. Why isn’t the main stream media revealing the truth about what August 2nd would really bring if no deal is reached?

First, on August 2nd, there will be no default – none. Not one t-bill will have its yields unpaid. In fact, the Constitution requires that Congress pay those obligations and we will have more than enough in regular revenues to service that debt for the next few years.

There is also enough revenue to pay the troops, send out Social Security checks and take care of Medicare beneficiaries. These, however, are choices that the Obama administration can make. The President could order the Treasury to pay government union employees before funding Social Security or Medicare. Only the President could decide not to pay seniors while funding one of his own priorities and he has levied a veiled threat at our retirees stating that he might just do that.

If our credit rating were to drop to AA+ from AAA, there would not be a worldwide scramble to dump U.S.-backed securities. AA+ would be on-par with other high-quality investments and would still be one of the safest in the marketplace. It is unlikely that an auction would fail or that an interest rate increase (and price drop) would be required to keep investors buying the nation’s debt.

Since Harry Reid and his band of miscreants have said NO to every single viable attempt to cut our deficits and balance the budget, the debt ceiling will do it for them. If no deal is reached, on August 2nd Congress will no longer have the authority to issue more debt. They will have to service the interest on existing debt, pay our troops, issue social security checks, pay Medicare claims and not much else until they can come to agreement on how to fix the mess that they have gotten us into. They will finally have to take the national debt seriously.

High Inflation and Low Investment Hampers Recovery

LONDON, July 27, 2011/PRNewswire/ —  Rising inflation and flat investment have kept the world’s economic recovery stuck in reverse, the latest Global Economic Conditions survey from ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has shown.

Of the 2,186 ACCA members surveyed between 16 May and 6 June 2011, only 26% reported increased confidence, down from 28% three months ago, with 57% saying that economic conditions are either deteriorating or stagnating, up from 51% only three months ago.

While the rocketing inflation of the first quarter of 2011 was not repeated in the second three months, a greater proportion of those surveyed, 54% – up from 51% in the last quarter – reported an increase in operating costs. This is double the number of respondents who mentioned inflation two years ago.

The survey shows that rising costs are not just confined to the fastest-growing economies.

While best performing markets Malaysia and Pakistan are leading the inflation league table, rising costs were also cited by 45% of respondents in Western Europe, which has been affected by the continent’s debt crisis, still sits at the bottom of the ranking in terms of business confidence and economic optimism.

The survey shows that businesses are becoming increasingly unable to respond to the inflationary challenge through cost-cutting.

Around 30% of respondents expect their governments to get spending decisions right in the medium-term, but 16.5% expect dangerous levels of over- or under-spending and this group has been growing every quarter since late 2009.

Access to finance has been tightening globally for the past six months, and this appears to be the case for both growth capital and short-term liquidity. This, combined with rising costs, now appears to be leading to an increase in the number of respondents who fear that customers (31%) or suppliers (15%) might go out of business, as well as those reporting problems with late payment (31%).

Despite these worrying trends, confidence figures among finance professionals have not yet dipped to a situation where they believe there will be a renewed downturn.

For the past two years, professionals in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region have been consistently more optimistic than their colleagues elsewhere about the state of the economic recovery, and this resulted in high levels of confidence in their own organisations.

In this survey, however, confidence is surprisingly low in both regions, with Asia-Pacific recording a net loss of confidence for the first time in two years. Hong Kong and Malaysia seem to be particularly affected, while Singapore has bucked the trend by recording further confidence gains.

While the gloom in the Far East reflects the fallout from the disaster in Japan, flagging confidence in Africa is mostly a lagged effect of the slowdown elsewhere. The GECS results show that the impact of a drop in activity in OECD countries has for the last few months been trickling down the supply chain, first to the Asia-Pacific region and then to Africa.

However, unlike the previous quarter, most of the pressure on access to finance appears to be concentrated on Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Under these challenging conditions, profitable value-added opportunities of most types have become scarcer and the investment environment has deteriorated slightly, especially in terms of financing and business support. Still, investment itself has remained flat and the outlook for employment and investment in staff has even improved slightly. This is almost certainly related to the slow recovery in new orders.

Report author Manos Schizas, senior policy adviser with ACCA, said: “There are a number of concerns in the latest report, including that the loss of momentum in Asia and Africa has become particularly pronounced in the last few months. The limits of austerity are also being explored in Western Europe and a renewed tightening of credit and cashflow conditions could be on the cards, even as new orders and employment are beginning to recover.

“If these new trends – coupled with high inflation and low investment – persist we would expect to see further instability in the near future, which will present more challenges for all sectors professional accountants whether they work in practice or industry in the second half of 2011.”

Central and Eastern Europe buoyed by stable fundamentals as the rest of Europe deteriorates

For the time being, the region appears to be riding out the storm of the European fiscal crisis, even though respondents’ confidence in their own organisations and their faith in the global recovery are slowly being eroded. About 45% of respondents in the region (down from 50%) feel that global economic conditions are improving or about to do so, but only 26% reported confidence gains (virtually unchanged from 27% in the last quarter).

Business revenues, access to finance and cashflow conditions are now increasingly stable, which has prompted a rise in capital spending in the region. That said, the outlook for employment and investment in staff is still negative. Respondents are reporting more opportunities to profit from innovation and customer insights and fewer opportunities to cut costs or encourage efficiencies through the supply chain.

Respondents in the region expect government spending to grow moderately over the next five years, a prospect that now appears more sustainable than when the question was posed in previous surveys. Only about 8% expect their national governments to over-spend dangerously in the medium term, down from 14% in the previous quarter.

Revolution

Egyptian Protests 2011This past spring we witnessed the flames of revolution across the face of the Arab nations. Old leaders were thrown out and new leaders are taking over. But who are these new leaders and what is their intent? Some believe that the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical group, will be organizing and winning elections in those countries where elections will be allowed. But what is the Muslim Brotherhood? And what is its aim for the Middle East? Were the Revolutions about freedom?

We have heard reports from Egypt that women who participated in the protests have been tested for virginity. We have heard that there have been murders of Christians in Egypt. We have listened to, and read about an American female reporter who was molested, virtually hand raped by Egyptian men in the crowds because the men thought she was Jewish.

These actions are not about freedom, they are about abuse and tyranny.

Our so-called leaders in Washington have decided to contribute to the 40 billion dollars pledged to these Arab nations at the G-8 Summit in France. We cannot afford this, or any other expenditure that is not directly for the American People.

We, the people, will be paying for this and many other “necessary” programs that have been set up (Harry Reid included the Cowboy Poetry Convention in this genre) by Congresses and Presidents in the past as well as during this administration. Our children, grand children and, reaching into the future to our great grand children, will be paying in taxes for all of the frivolous expenditures that they have forced on the American People.

The American Revolution is said to have been based on a Tax Revolt, but it entailed more than just the taxes being imposed on the Colonists. But let’s leave the cause at the taxes for now.

Americans banded together to declare Independence from Britain and upon that action, they created the Articles of Confederation which were used to govern the colonies until the writing of the Constitution was enjoined due to the inadequacies of the Articles. The Bill of Rights is prominent in our Constitution. The United States of America is the first totally free country in the history of the world. You can reach back into the past, but you’ll not find a country that has the rights of the people spelled out more clearly and concisely than in our Constitution.

One of our most precious rights is the Right to Assembly, covered by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. American people started to wake up and began to assemble in protest against the spending being done by Congress in 2009. We are organized into Tea Parties which are a grass roots movement to tell Washington D.C. that we’re tired of their flippant spending and shoving down our throats legislation that we don’t want.

Symbol of the Tea PartyThe Tea Parties are a new Revolution in this country, one that is peaceful and powerful at the ballot box. We must continue to send the message to the Congress-Critters in the Swamp of Washington D.C. that we’re tired of over taxation, over spending and having unconstitutional legislation thrown at us.

The question we must now ask is, are they listening to us?

And if they are not listening, what is our next move?

President Obama Would Lose if Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani Was the Nominee

Republican field problem is one of recognition – most are unknown

NEW YORK, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – By this time next summer the Republican candidate who will challenge President Obama will be known but at this point the list of candidates and potential candidates for the nomination is still far from finalized. With the “will-he-or-she-run-questions” still being asked and answered, some of the names with the highest familiarity among the general public are still not even declared candidates.

Obviously because of her run for Vice President with John McCain, almost nine in ten Americans (86%) are familiar with Sarah Palin and 75% of U.S. adults are familiar with Rudy Giuliani, both of whom are still undeclared, but possible candidates for the nomination. Majorities of Americans are familiar with declared candidates Newt Gingrich (72%), Mitt Romney (67%), and Ron Paul (52%) while half are familiar with Michele Bachmann (50%). All other potential candidates are at 30% or under in terms of familiarity.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,183 adults surveyed online between July 11 and 18, 2011 by Harris Interactive.

Even among Republicans, many declared candidates do not have majorities familiar with them. Tim Pawlenty (33%), Rick Santorum (31%), Herman Cain (29%), and Jon Huntsman (15%) all have one-third of Republicans or less familiar with them.

With this in mind, it’s not surprising then that among Republicans over one-quarter (28%) say they are not at all sure who they would vote for if they were voting in the Republican primary. Rudy Giuliani (14%) and Mitt Romney (14%) rise to the top among Republicans followed by Sarah Palin (12%). All the other candidates presented are under 10% including Rick Perry (8%), Michele Bachmann (6%), and Ron Paul(5%). Among Independents there is a three tie for “first place” between Rudy Giuliani (10%), Mitt Romney(10%) and Ron Paul (10%).  But over two in five Independents (42%) say they are not at all sure who they would vote for in the Republican primary election.

Against President Obama

Looking ahead to November, it seems there are three possible candidates who could give President Obama a difficult time.  President Obama would lose his re-election if Rudy Giuliani (53% to 47%) or Mitt Romney (51% to 49%) was the Republican nominee. Each candidate would receive 50% of the vote if the President was running against Ron Paul. Right now, President Obama would win re-election against the 10 other candidates presented.

So What?

Right now the Republican party needs to figure out who they are and begin the process of coalescing around one candidate. In the study of politics, there is always a debate regarding electability and this election may show that clearly. Should Republicans nominate a candidate who stands for certain values or policies important to a sub-section of the party, even though that candidate may not be electable in the general election? This is a question the Republican party needs to answer if they want to win next November.

TABLE 1AREPUBLICAN FAMILIARITY“How familiar are you with each of the following people?”

Base: All adults

Familiar (NET) Very familiar Somewhat familiar Not familiar (NET) Not very familiar Not at all familiar
% % % % % %
Sarah Palin 86 48 38 14 8 5
Rudy Giuliani 75 37 39 25 11 14
Newt Gingrich 72 35 37 28 14 13
Mitt Romney 67 29 38 33 16 16
Ron Paul 52 19 33 48 21 27
Michele Bachmann 50 19 31 50 18 32
Rick Perry 30 13 17 70 20 50
Tim Pawlenty 28 9 19 72 22 50
Rick Santorum 28 10 18 72 20 52
Herman Cain 22 7 15 78 18 60
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 15 4 11 85 22 63
Gary Johnson 8 3 5 92 18 74
Thaddeus McCotter 8 3 5 92 15 77
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding
TABLE 1BREPUBLICAN FAMILIARITY“How familiar are you with each of the following people?”

Summary of those saying “Very familiar” or “Somewhat familiar”

Base: All adults

Total Party ID Philosophy
Rep. Dem. Ind. Cons. Mod. Lib.
% % % % % % %
Sarah Palin 86 88 89 89 85 86 91
Rudy Giuliani 75 77 77 78 74 74 80
Newt Gingrich 72 76 74 76 76 69 74
Mitt Romney 67 74 65 73 69 65 70
Ron Paul 52 55 50 60 54 48 59
Michele Bachmann 50 50 50 55 53 43 59
Rick Perry 30 38 26 30 37 26 29
Tim Pawlenty 28 33 25 33 32 25 33
Rick Santorum 28 31 27 32 33 23 32
Herman Cain 22 29 17 25 32 16 21
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 15 15 17 16 17 11 23
Gary Johnson 8 11 7 8 9 7 8
Thaddeus McCotter 8 8 7 8 6 8 7
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding
TABLE 2REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ELECTION“If you were voting in the Republican primary election and these were the candidates, who would you vote for?”

Base: All adults

Total March 2011 Total May 2011 Total July 2011 Party ID Philosophy
Rep. Dem. Ind. Cons. Mod. Lib.
% % % % % % % % %
Rudy Giuliani 8 8 11 14 11 10 10 12 13
Mitt Romney 10 10 11 14 12 10 11 11 13
Sarah Palin 7 5 8 12 7 5 9 8 7
Ron Paul NA 6 7 5 5 10 6 6 8
Rick Perry NA NA 5 8 1 6 10 2 2
Michele Bachmann 2 2 4 6 2 6 8 3 2
Jon Huntsman, Jr. NA 1 3 2 4 2 1 2 9
Herman Cain NA 2 3 4 1 4 5 3 1
Tim Pawlenty 2 2 1 4 * 1 3 1 *
Newt Gingrich 5 4 1 3 * 1 3 * 1
Rick Santorum 1 * 1 1 1 * 1 1 *
Thaddeus McCotter NA NA * * * 1 * 1 *
Gary Johnson NA 1 * * 1 * 1 * *
Not at all sure 45 42 44 28 53 42 34 51 44
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding; * indicates less than .05%; NA indicates it was not asked in that poll.
TABLE 3A2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – REPUBLICANCANDIDATE OR PRESIDENT OBAMA

“Looking at the list below, assuming each person listed is the

Republican nominee running against President Obama in the

2012 presidential election, who would you vote for?”

Base: All adults

Would vote for
PresidentObama TheRepublicannominee
% %
Thaddeus McCotter 57 43
Gary Johnson 56 44
Herman Cain 56 44
Jon Huntsman, Jr. 55 45
Rick Santorum 55 45
Rick Perry 54 46
Michele Bachmann 54 46
Tim Pawlenty 54 46
Newt Gingrich 54 46
Sarah Palin 54 46
Ron Paul 50 50
Mitt Romney 49 51
Rudy Giuliani 47 53
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding
TABLE 3B2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE OR PRESIDENT OBAMA“Looking at the list below, assuming each person listed is the Republican nominee running against President Obama in the 2012 presidential election, who would you vote for?”

Summary of those who would vote for the Republican nominee

Base: All adults

Total March 2011 Total May 2011 Total July 2011 Party ID Philosophy TeaPartySupport
Rep. Dem. Ind. Cons. Mod. Lib.
% % % % % % % % % %
Rudy Giuliani 51 51 53 89 24 56 84 48 19 87
Mitt Romney 49 49 51 87 21 55 84 45 19 87
Ron Paul NA 45 50 83 18 57 82 42 19 85
Sarah Palin 42 42 46 79 20 48 78 40 13 83
Newt Gingrich 44 44 46 82 15 49 81 37 15 82
Tim Pawlenty 44 42 46 83 15 49 80 38 13 83
Michele Bachmann 41 42 46 81 18 49 79 39 13 83
Rick Perry NA NA 46 82 17 48 80 38 14 84
Rick Santorum 43 43 45 81 15 48 79 37 14 83
Jon Huntsman, Jr. NA 41 45 81 16 46 77 37 14 81
Herman Cain NA 41 44 79 15 46 77 37 12 81
Gary Johnson NA 43 44 80 15 45 78 36 12 80
Thaddeus McCotter NA NA 43 79 15 44 77 36 12 80
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding; NA indicates it was not asked in th at poll.

Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between July 11 to 18, 2011 among 2,183 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The results of this Harris Poll may not be used in advertising, marketing or promotion without the prior written permission of Harris Interactive.

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Q1218, 1225, 1230, 1240, 1250

The Harris Poll ® #87, July 26, 2011 
By Regina A. Corso, SVP, Harris Poll, Public Relations and Youth Research, Harris Interactive

Florida Real Estate Takes Double Dip

Government programs ending, new foreclosures starting, zombie foreclosures coming back to life and Florida’s weak employment base all add up to bad news for Florida’s real estate market for the next few quarters, says Roy Oppenheim in a video interview

WESTON, Fla., July 26, 2011 — Foreclosure is the new “F” word and it’s back with a vengeance as Florida foreclosure defense activity is up and, as a result, Florida real estate prices are expected to go down again, reports Roy Oppenheim, legal blogger and foreclosure defense attorney at Oppenheim Law (see Oppenheim’s recent video interview discussing Florida real estate’s double dip: http://youtube.com/oppenheimroy).

“Florida real estate prices are likely going to decline again starting in the third quarter of 2011 and into the next few quarters of 2012,” says Oppenheim, who also specializes in foreclosure defense workshops and serves as an expert source to real estate media outlets. “Expect a tidal wave of new foreclosures to hit the Florida markets.”

The Florida Real Estate Double Dip culprits:

“There is just not enough economic support to sustain housing prices,” said Oppenheim. “Meager gains of the market will be washed out by the next tidal wave of foreclosures that only a surge in new construction can save us from.”

Oppenheim Law Foreclosure Truths and Consequences

  • The only remedy for less government benefits is an increase in hiring. But … the job market is dismal. Employers added only 18,000 jobs last month, with millions still unemployed.
  • The situation is even worse in South Florida, with above average unemployment in both Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Oppenheim Law’s prediction

All of the cuts will result in more Floridians unable to stay in their homes. The more people unable to stay in their homes, the more foreclosures Florida will have.

“The lull in foreclosures, as reported most recently by the media, is merely the eye of the storm,” said Oppenheim.

Oppenheim Law sees a tidal wave of foreclosures about to hit. The Florida real estate foreclosure tides are already starting to rise as noted in the South Florida Law Blog.

About Oppenheim Law

Oppenheim Law is one of the leading Florida real estate and foreclosure defense law firms, founded in 1989. The firm has a 9.6 out of 10 rating from AVVO, the world’s largest legal directory, as well as the highest rating (A-V) conferred by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, the most respected directory of lawyers and law firms in the U.S. Join Oppenheim Law on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/oppenheimlaw

Contact: Lisa Buyer, [email protected], 954-354-1411 x14

New Book on Radical Islam Declares: ‘This Is the War of Our Generation!’

Dr. Jim Denison Explains to Westerners ‘Why Muslims Still Hate Us, What We Can Do’

DALLAS, July 26, 2011 — On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, author and educator Jim Denison explains in his new book, “Radical Islam: What You Need to Know,” that the greatest threat our children have ever faced is Muslim extremism. “The battle waged against the West by radical Muslims is the war of our generation,” Denison says. “Killing bin Laden doesn’t end this war.”

James C. Denison, Ph.D., is a cultural apologist, building a bridge between faith and culture by engaging contemporary issues with historical, scientific and biblical truth. He founded the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture (DFTC) in February 2009 and writes for “The Dallas Morning News,” contributing weekly to the “Texas Faith Forum.” He currently serves on the board of the Baylor Health Care System and as chair of the advisory board for Dallas Baptist University. Denison is former senior pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, a 10,000-member congregation in Dallas.

Dr. Denison’s daily cultural commentary is made available around the world to thousands of subscribers. It offers a faith perspective on topics as varied as medical ethics, the 2012 election, the Casey Anthony trial, gay marriage and many more topics.

“The events of 9/11 are still painfully raw for many,” said Dr. Abraham Sarker, former Muslim and founder and president, Gospel for Muslims, who has worked alongside Denison in his native Bangladesh. “Ten years later, questions remain about the world’s fastest-growing religion and the worldview of its 1.6 billion adherents. Jim Denison’s book provides a timely, insightful interpretation of this movement in our times. His understanding of radical Islam is accurate and balanced. His intellectual brilliance and excellent communication skills engage and support readers in navigating these complex issues.”

“Radical Islam” begins with a look at Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader killed in May in a U.S. Special Forces raid in Pakistan, and examines the ramifications of bin Laden’s death, including whether it was just. The book goes on to explain what distinguishes radical Islam from the rest of the Muslim world, then addresses basic questions: “Where was God on 9/11?” and “How Do We Win This War?”

“It’s been my privilege to know and befriend Muslims from six continents through respectful dialogue over the past 30 years,” said Denison. “But the fact remains that the threat of radical Islam is even more real and dangerous than it was 10 years ago. Osama bin Laden is dead, but his story isn’t over. His followers are more resolved than ever.

“This book is a primer that tells Westerners what they need to know about this threat, why radical Muslims still hate us and what we can do about it.”

Denison briefly touches on basic Muslim beliefs before focusing on the two tenets that distinguish radical Islam. First, extremists contend the West has been attacking Islam since the Crusades, and therefore Islam must be defended through violent attacks. Second, radical Muslims believe all Westerners are complicit in the ongoing siege of Islam because of their participation in a democratic society, and therefore in terrorist attacks on the West there are no innocent victims.

Faced with this worldview, Denison writes, both Christians and secular Westerners must act. He offers practical ideas on how to handle the threat, including praying for Muslims and supporting Christians from Muslim backgrounds.

“Radical Islam” will be available in August as a trade paperback for $13.99 and distributed by Wescott Marketing. It also will be available as an e-book Aug. 15 through all major e-book sales sites.

The first chapter, which explores bin Laden’s life and whether his death was just, along with an opportunity to subscribe to Dr. Denison’s daily cultural commentary, are available at http://www.dftc.co/presskit.

“Radical Islam” is the first in the “Unlocking the Truth” series of books offering a spiritual perspective on key cultural issues facing America. Denison is also the author of six books, including the most recent, “Wrestling with God: How Can I Love a God I’m Not Sure I Can Trust?” by Tyndale House Publishers.

The Denison Forum on Truth and Culture (DFTC) (http://www.denisonforum.org) exists to engage contemporary culture with moral truth. Founded by Dr. Jim Denison in 2009, the Forum responds to issues through a variety of communications and channels, including a column in “The Dallas Morning News,” daily online cultural commentary, Baylor Health Care System board membership, books, articles and speaking engagements.

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ENOUGH! IMPEACH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

I have just composed an email message and submitted it to House Leader Cantor via http://cantor.house.gov/contact demanding he initiate impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Holder for the charges, as per our Constitution, of  “high crimes and misdemeanors”.

This is the text of that contact:

There is MORE THAN enough evidence to hold the Asst AG Breuer directly knowledgeable for Operation Fast and Furious as per Mr. Issa’s committee evidence. As the ASST AG is directly acting under the authority of the AG a direct link is not needed to meet the fair standard of the Senate for conviction of an “overwhelming preponderance of the evidence”.(1) Even I, a concerned citizen and semi-retired self-employed house painter with but a high school education know that. Please consult with Speaker Boehner and assume your constitutional obligation to offer up a Bill of Impeachment.

We MUST place our foot FIRMLY on Obama’s neck to force change. He respects neither OUR Constitution nor compromise or diplomacy and is intent on bringing down this constitutional republic BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE, which should be OBVIOUS by his pattern of behavior to anyone with their eyes wide open.

WHY is the leadership AFRAID to make that case DIRECTLY to the American public. Be statesmen, not politicians.
(1)http://congressionalresearch.com/98-990/document.php?study=STANDARD+OF+PROOF+IN+SENATE+IMPEACHMENT+PROCEEDINGS

Operation Fast and Furious has been already laid at the doorstep of the Assistant Attorney General Breuer. There is a memo dated March 10th, 2010(1) from Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer authorizing a wiretap application and revealing his participation in and knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious. There is another message intercept confirming a second memo dated March 10th, 2011(2), that further issues directives on this same mission.

The AsstAG and the AG can in no way claim they didn’t know the details of Operation Fast and Furious. As may be noted with both sources that are in the possession of the appropriate House Committee so all the facts are in place to initiate a Bill of Impeachment.

It is merely THE WILL TO ACT THAT IS LACKING.

Whenever the Assistant Attorney General exercises a “delegated” power” he is acting under the direct “delegated” authority of the Attorney General himself and BOTH are liable for the responsibility of such actions. The President is also responsible, but first things first. Getting Holder on the hot seat of Impeachment may reveal presidential complicity and this is of momentous import. I would remind that the standard for conviction by Impeachment is unstated in law and generally, as political precedent, been left to the invidual senator’s judgement. As a matter of practicality the idea of a standard of something less than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard has come into general acceptance and it is an “overwhelming preponderance of the evidence”(3).

 

Sources:
(1)http://oversight.house.gov/images/stories/Other_Documents/2-3.pdf
(2)http://oversight.house.gov/images/stories/Other_Documents/1-1.pdf
(3)http://congressionalresearch.com/98-990/document.php?study=STANDARD+OF+PROOF+IN+SENATE+IMPEACHMENT+PROCEEDINGS

Governor Scott Creates Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities

Tallahassee, Fla. – To mark the 21st anniversary of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Governor Rick Scott today ordered the creation of the Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, people with disabilities have been disproportionately affected by the recent downturn in the economy. Between October 2008 and June 2011, the rate of job loss among workers with disabilities exceeded that of workers without disabilities by nine percent. The commission will identify strategies to close this gap.

“As we work to grow Florida’s private-sector jobs by making our state the best place to start, grow or move a business, we need to also make sure we are ensuring job opportunities for Floridians with disabilities,” Governor Scott said. “Through employment, persons with disabilities increase their independence and, therefore, enjoy a better quality of life.”

Created by Executive Order 11-161, the Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities will identify barriers in state and local programs that hinder employment for persons with disabilities. They will then recommend changes to Florida laws, policies and procedures that can help remove those barriers and increase employment and job opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Governor Scott is in the process of identifying individuals to serve on the Commission and will appoint advocates, education and job-training professionals and persons with disabilities, as well as private-sector employers.

Boehner’s Reponse To Obama’s Debt Speech [Full Text and Video]

John BoehnerHere’s the transcript of House Speaker John Boehner’s repsonse to Obama’s irresponsible, blame-game speech on the debt crisis:

Good evening. I’m John Boehner. I serve as Speaker of the whole House — of the members of both parties that you elect. These are difficult times in the life of our nation. Millions are looking for work, have been for some time, and the spending binge going on in Washington is a big part of the reason why.

Before I served in Congress, I ran a small business in Ohio. I was amazed at how different Washington DC operated than every business in America. Where most American business make the hard choices to pay their bills and live within their means, in Washington more spending and more debt is business as usual.

I’ve got news for Washington – those days are over.

President Obama came to Congress in January and requested business as usual — yet another routine increase in the national debt limit — we in the House said ‘not so fast.’ Here was the president, asking for the largest debt increase in American history, on the heels of the largest spending binge in American history.

Here’s what we got for that spending binge: a massive health care bill that most Americans never asked for. A ‘stimulus’ bill that was more effective in producing material for late-night comedians than it was in producing jobs. And a national debt that has gotten so out of hand it has sparked a crisis without precedent in my lifetime or yours.

The United States cannot default on its debt obligations. The jobs and savings of too many Americans are at stake.

What we told the president in January was this: the American people will not accept an increase in the debt limit without significant spending cuts and reforms.

And over the last six months, we’ve done our best to convince the president to partner with us to do something dramatic to change the fiscal trajectory of our country. . .something that will boost confidence in our economy, renew a measure of faith in our government, and help small businesses get back on track.

Last week, the House passed such a plan, and with bipartisan support. It’s called the ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ Act. It CUTS and CAPS government spending and paves the way for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, which we believe is the best way to stop Washington from spending money it doesn’t have. Before we even passed the bill in the House, the President said he would veto it.

I want you to know I made a sincere effort to work with the president to identify a path forward that would implement the principles of Cut, Cap, & Balance in a manner that could secure bipartisan support and be signed into law. I gave it my all.

Unfortunately, the president would not take yes for an answer. Even when we thought we might be close on an agreement, the president’s demands changed.

The president has often said we need a ‘balanced’ approach — which in Washington means: we spend more. . .you pay more. Having run a small business, I know those tax increases will destroy jobs.

The president is adamant that we cannot make fundamental changes to our entitlement programs. As the father of two daughters, I know these programs won’t be there for them and their kids unless significant action is taken now.

The sad truth is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago, and he wants a blank check today. That is just not going to happen.

You see, there is no stalemate in Congress. The House has passed a bill to raise the debt limit with bipartisan support. And this week, while the Senate is struggling to pass a bill filled with phony accounting and Washington gimmicks, we will pass another bill – one that was developed with the support of the bipartisan leadership of the U.S. Senate.

Obviously, I expect that bill can and will pass the Senate, and be sent to the President for his signature. If the President signs it, the ‘crisis’ atmosphere he has created will simply disappear. The debt limit will be raised. Spending will be cut by more than one trillion dollars, and a serious, bipartisan committee of the Congress will begin the hard but necessary work of dealing with the tough challenges our nation faces.

The individuals doing this work will not be outsiders, but elected representatives of the people, doing the job they were elected to do as outlined in the Constitution. Those decisions should be made based on how they will affect people who are struggling to get a job, not how they affect some politician’s chances of getting reelected.

This debate isn’t about President Obama and House Republicans … it isn’t about Congress and the White House … it’s about what’s standing between the American people and the future we seek for ourselves and our families.

You know, I’ve always believed, the bigger government, the smaller the people. And right now, we have a government so big and so expensive it’s sapping the drive of our people and keeping our economy from running at full capacity.

The solution to this crisis is not complicated: if you’re spending more money than you’re taking in, you need to spend less of it,

There is no symptom of big government more menacing than our debt. Break its grip, and we begin to liberate our economy and our future.

We are up to the task, and I hope President Obama will join us in this work.

God bless you and your families, and God bless America.

And finally, the video:

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Now, if you want to see what the progtard liberdergardners got out of it, here’s Jed Lewison at DailyKOS:

6:23 PM PT: Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Nothing new at all tonight. This was largely designed to reach an audience that doesn’t give a shit about anything that these guys are saying.

6:24 PM PT: And, mercifully, he’s done. No wonder everybody hates Washington. I know I do.

6:24 PM PT: Seriously, this was the biggest waste of time ever, all around. If these guys wanted to raise the debt limit, they could. It would take 15 seconds. Just do it!

No wonder Obama is losing his grip on the White House – his followers have lost grip on reality.