Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bill Whittle for President!

Bill Whittle for President 

 


Well... Barack Obama and the progressive movement just won 4 more years at the helm. 

Conservatives, moderates, libertarians and constitutionalists all across the country are starting early to find a candidate in 2016 that not only is grounded ideologically and knowledgeable on the issues, but can also ARTICULATE the values and principles that we believe in.

BILL WHITTLE IS GOING TO CHANGE THE GAME IN AMERICAN POLITICS 

Allen West Calls Obama An Arrogant Marxist/Socialist

Via Cousin John


Go green and recycle

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Rez Ramblings: Living on the Pine Ridge as 21st Century as an "Injun"

Via Horace Smith

 

Rutherford Institute Sues North Carolina Public School for Strip-Searching a 10-Year-Old Boy in Search of Another Student’s Lost $20 Bill

Via midnightrider

 

CLINTON, N.C. — Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have sued a North Carolina public school district for allegedly strip-searching a 10-year-old boy, J.C., in search of a $20 bill lost by another student, despite the fact that J.C. twice told school officials he did not have the missing money. The missing money was later found in the school cafeteria. In the complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Institute attorneys charge that former Union Elementary School Assistant Principal Teresa Holmes violated J.C.’s Fourth Amendment rights when she allegedly ordered the fifth grader to disrobe down to his underwear and subjected him to an aggressive strip-search that included rimming the edge of his underwear. The lawsuit also calls for the Sampson County Board of Education to be held accountable for failing to adequately train employees on the legal restrictions on strip searches of public school students.

The complaint in Cox v. The Sampson County Board of Education is available here.

“Such outrageous conduct by school officials not only dehumanizes students but it also deprives them of the fundamental right of privacy under our Constitution,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “These types of searches clearly illustrate the danger inherent in giving school administrators carte blanche authority to violate the civil liberties and privacy rights of students. Do we really want young people to be taught that they have no true rights and that government authorities have total power and can violate their rights as they see fit?”

More @ Rutherford

Russian ice fishing: Catch and release

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NC GOP Exec Committee Passes Obamacare Nullification Resolution

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On Saturday December 8, 2013 the North Carolina Republican Executive Committee passed two resolutions. One of the resolutions was to call upon the NC legislature and Governor-elect Pat McCrory to send back all Federal money for the Obamacare Exchanges, and, in effect, work towards Nullification of its tyrannical power grab. The second was a call to the Republican National Committee to undo the effects of the RNC’s Rule 12, which was the “Alinsky” style scripted vote during the Convention that would allow President of the United States candidates to pick delegates. This effectively shows support fro the Minority Reports in Tampa.

With regard to the resolution for returning Federal money and working towards nullification, the passed resolution reads as follows:
A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE RETURN OF FEDERAL MONIES INTENDED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STATE/FEDERAL HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE IN NORTH CAROLINA

WHEREAS
Governor BEV PERDUE recently accepted $73.5 million in federal money for the express purpose of establishing a hybrid state/federal healthcare exchange in North Carolina, and
WHEREAS the TENTH AMENDMENT to the US CONSTITUTION prohibits the Federal Government from assuming any powers not specifically delegated to it by the US CONSTITUTION, and

WHEREAS
the NINTH AMENDMENT to the US CONSTITUTION guarantees to the People rights not enumerated in the US CONSTITUTION and reserves to the People of North Carolina those rights, and

WHEREAS
the United States Supreme Court has ruled in NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS v. SEBELIUS, 567 S. CT. 11-393 (2012), that “the legitimacy of Congress’s exercise of the spending power…rests on whether the State voluntarily and knowingly accepts the terms of the contract,” and

WHEREAS
Republican governors such as RICK PERRY, SCOTT WALKER, PAUL LEPAGE, AND NIKKI HALEY have publicly refused to establish state-run healthcare exchanges in their states, and

WHEREAS
North Carolina elected a Republican governor and Republican supermajority to the General Assembly in the 2012 general election,
THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED, that we, the North Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee, urge Governor-elect Pat McCrory, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger to immediately signal their intent to return the $73.5 million in federal monies intended for use in setting up an ObamaCare Exchange, and state further that no other cooperation in establishing such an exchange will be forthcoming from any part of North Carolina’s state government.

AFTER DOHA, THE U.N. AND MEMBER GOVERNMENTS NEED SOBER SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT ‘GLOBAL WARMING’

 

After 16 years without warming, future climate talks must focus on preparation for, and adaption to, climate change, not vainly trying to stop it.

Ottawa, Canada, December 9, 2012: “Governments must re-examine climate change science before considering further, more concrete commitments in the United Nations negotiating process,” said Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. “In their November 29th open letter to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, scientists from across the globe explained that the science relied upon by the U.N. is seriously flawed. Mr. Ban must no longer ignore such highly qualified advice.”

Among the statements supported by the now 134 scientist endorsers to the open letter were:
  • “there has been no statistically significant global warming for almost 16 years. During this period…carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations rose by nearly 9%...Global warming that has not occurred cannot have caused the extreme weather of the past few years.”
  • “Whether, when and how atmospheric warming will resume is unknown. The science is unclear.”
  • “The hypothesis that our emissions of CO2 have caused, or will cause, dangerous warming is not supported by the evidence.”
More @ ICSC

Steven Crowder, Man Punched at Union Protest, Challenges Attacker: ‘He Can Go to Jail’ or Fight Me in ‘Sanctioned Bout for Charity’

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Steven Crowder, Man Punched at Union Protest, Challenges Attacker to Bout for Charity 

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During a union-led protest over Michigan’s now-enacted right-to-work law, Fox News contributor Steven Crowder was attacked and even punched in the face by unruly union members. The entire ordeal was captured on camera by Crowder’s crew and it appears to show an open-and-shut case of felony assault.

However, being the understanding man that he is, Crowder is offering his attacker a way to stay out of jail and keep a felony off his record. And it is unconventional, to say the least. He says he won’t press charges, but he wants a “one-on-one” with the man who sucker punched him.

“He can go to jail, or compete with me in a sanctioned bout for charity,” Crowder told TheBlaze, adding that he is completely “serious.”

While it may seem like an easy choice for the union activist, he should keep in mind when making his decision that Crowder is schooled in both mixed martial arts and wrestling.

“I’m talking about lock us in a racquetball court for a whole sanctioned mixed martial arts bout, or boxing bout, or wrestling bout – whatever he wants,” Crowder told TheBlaze. “He can name the terms and I will face him one-on-one if he wants to avoid prison.”

Something tells me that is a fight that a lot of people would pay to see. No word yet from his attacker.
Meanwhile, an anonymous donor is reportedly offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the union member who struck Crowder, while Glenn Reynolds, a.k.a. Instapundit has offered another $1,000 and Dana Loesch another $200. The donation page can be found here.

“If he wins, the money raised to find him will go to the union of his choice,” Crowder added.

Apparently, Rhett Butler really does give a damn.

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A small town in New Jersey, left without electricity for more than a week following Hurricane Sandy, saw Southerners ride to the rescue in the form of dozens of Alabama Power Co. employees. The Alabama crews left Fair Haven residents impressed. And not just by the efficiency with which they restored power.

"They kept calling me 'Miss Theresa,'" said Fair Haven administrator Theresa Casagrande. "I felt like I was on the set of 'Gone With the Wind.'"

Casagrande and Mayor Benjamin R. Lucarelli said the town of 6,121 people was completely without power after the hurricane made landfall nearby on Oct. 29. Jersey Central Power & Light was focused on repairs that would benefit the most customers the fastest, and Fair Haven's size - just 2,200 households in 1.6 square-miles - put it far down their list of priorities, they said.

As days passed with no relief in sight, residents struggled to stay warm.

"It was cold and we didn't have heat. We didn't have hot water," Casagrande said.

"We were 10 days without even seeing a truck," Lucarelli said. "And then Alabama Power showed up...and they went to work."

On Nov. 8, white trucks bearing the Alabama Power logo filled a staging area at the borough's ballpark.

The Alabama crews, working with borough officials, announced goals each day for power restoration, and hit the mark every time, Lucarelli said. And they did repairs that New Jersey utilities won't. If the hardware that connects power lines to homes is damaged, the mayor said, New Jersey utilities tell homeowners they must hire an electrician to fix it, then call the utility back to have the power turned on. The crews from Alabama had a different answer.

"The guys from Alabama would say 'don't you worry, ma'am. We'll get you back on.' And they did," Lucarelli said. "In Alabama, they raise 'em right."

 One of the town's mothers started taking hot coffee and donuts to the crews, and that soon grew to be an organized effort by many in the community to provide hot meals. When power was fully restored three days later, the borough threw a party to see off the Alabamians.

On Monday night, in a ceremony attended by a small group of returning Alabama Power workers, Lucarelli signed a proclamation declaring the Alabamians "Fair Haven's 'Knights in Shining Armor.'"
Alabama Power, in return, presented the borough with a check for $10,000, payable to the Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts.

"I never expected to meet people from Alabama," Casagrande said. "I never expected to shake their hands. We may never cross paths again, but we'll never forget them."

Terrorism suspect arrested at Augusta bus terminal

Via Carl

 

A Mobile, Ala., man was arrested on terrorism charges at an Augusta bus terminal Tuesday morning by the FBI, authorities said.
 
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, was found at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the Greyhound bus terminal at 1128 Greene St., and was expected to fly to Morocco on Thursday, according to the FBI. Agent Jim Harrison declined to comment further on the investigation and arrest.

Another man Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, 25, from Mobile, was found trying to board a plane to Morocco in Atlanta.

Both men are accused of wanting to “wage violent jihad overseas,” according to a sworn statement from the FBI.

Abukhdair and Wilson were the subjects of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Mobile Division of the FBI, the statement said.

Abukhdair was among a group of people arrested in Egypt in 2010 on suspicion of being involved with a terror group there, according to the document, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Mobile. He was held for two months in Egypt before being deported to the United States, the statement said. Abukhdair also is charged with passport fraud for allegedly lying to obtain a new passport since his old one contained immigration stamps from Egypt.

Why Santa's Jolly!

Via Sister Anne

I know the reason why Santa's so jolly-
It's not all the lights and the trees and the holly.
It's not all the presents that he has to give-
But Santa knows where all the bad girls live!
--Ebenezer Scrooge

Concerning the Confederate Flag in Haywood County, NC

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28th NC 

Esteemed County Manager and County Commissioners:

It is with grave concern that I write this letter regarding recent comments that the Board has made. I present them below for your consideration.

I have come to learn there is the possibility of moving the meeting from December 17, 2012 to January 2013. Can you please explain why this is necessary? Many Haywood County residents have work schedules that would prevent them from having their voice heard. This presents an undue hardship on many who wish to be present. Is this a representation of how the Board conducts business? Are their concerns and voices not important in this matter? Or will this matter be determined and based on the opinion of a very select few or does the voice of the majority matter? The day of the meeting might be acceptable to change but the time is not. From past meetings and public forum, there has been little to no opposition to the flying of a Confederate flag. The people who have been present are those who support honoring the Southern heroes of Haywood County. The County has a duty to support and uphold the will of the people.

Regarding the flag policy, the concerns are as follows: Was I correct in reading that the flag will be allowed ONLY between 7pm on May 10th until 7am on May 11th? If this is correct, may I ask why? Is it because it is an embarrassment of having ANY Confederate flag present during normal business hours? Secondly, why is policy not in line with the state? In the resolution passed by the state, an official Confederate government flag was allowed to fly on other days besides the one proposed. Why not allow such holidays as Memorial Day or Veterans Day? After all, the Federal government does recognize Confederate soldiers as having the same rights as other veterans.

The third point I would like to address are the recent comments made regarding the “outsiders” that have brought the flag policy out into the national spotlight. The decision before Board is not only concerns Haywood County, but the nation as well. The character of the people involved should not be what our focus is. The focus should be on the principles this nation was founded upon as well as what is right in the sight of Almighty God.

Finally, I would like to take a moment and say there has been no history of confrontation or violence regarding the Confederate flag on County property and the basis to implement such a policy is not sound. The First Amendment does not begin on the sidewalk and end once a person steps on County property. Tinker v. Des Moines in 1969 supports the position that the people involved have taken in this matter.

I thank you for your time and attention to this matter. May God bless you and yours during this Christmas season.

Kip Rollins
CEO
Southern Heritage Association

There Can be only One Way!

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Brooks Simpson has went one bridge too far. This continual perversion of random thoughts, all the while attempting to belittle and/or poke fun at anyone who doesn’t match his intelligence, is quite pitiful. We have a person who claims so many titles of merit, yet cannot get his ego under control, especially in regards to the vileness, arrogance and disgust which shows through in his attacks on so many people and groups.

What is it that drives a man insane because of a war, and the country that lost that war 150 years ago? It’s said that a definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again in the hopes of finding a different result. Does Simpson expect the descendents of those conquered people to roll over and kiss his feet when he antagonizes, belittles and ridicules them? Does he have a secret desire to be worshiped as a conquering king, with his very words seen as Law? He can’t say in fairness that he corrects both sides and is fair to

both sides, because the numbers of his articles and posts does not bear this out (with a view that represents only one type of people, from one part of the country). Maybe it’s time to look at Simpson’s bigotry and prejudice for a change?

Simpson’s latest gaffe is to once again mock another pro-Southerner. Me! Simpson has a proven history of picking out what he considers weak statements, which he then assumes would be hard for the author to defend. Most of the time he picks simple mistakes such as names, dates and places, and uses these mistakes to disqualify the author from having any merits or credibility – especially in regards to the entire subject of pro-Southern history, heritage and culture. Yet it’s Simpson who has the log in his eye, and is also subject to mistakes…mistakes much worse than from those people he singles out. Yet sadly, he gets away with this every day. It’s time to come clean Simpson! It’s time to show off that log in your eye!

For instance: Why did you pull that 2nd debate from your Crossroads blog? Does your mind need refreshing concerning that 2nd exchange/debate? And why should I or anyone allow their children to be taught by Marxists and revisionists such as you? Yes, I can most definitely make the term “Marxist” apply and stick to you, and John Lucas has NOTHING to do with that! (again, see Simpson’s post on Lamb Here).

And Simpson pretends he doesn’t know he is a Marxist? Better stated according to Simpson’s own response is, he doesn’t have the knowledge to understand his own Marxist philosophy and ideology. A person cannot grasp the concepts of history regardless to the simple facts concerning dates, names and places – unless they also know and understand the philosophy used in forming and applying concepts (as a basis of Political Science). Simpson proves he can remember simplistic dates, names, places, documents…etc.., but he fails miserably in relating all these things in the study of Political Science.

From the beginnings of written history there has been a plethora of writings concerning government and the body politics. Even the Christian Scriptures references governments and their relationship to a moral society. There are many hundreds of philosophers to draw information from throughout history in helping understand, and in forming opinions as to how politics and government best serves the people. For the sake of simplicity I’m going to use two philosophers: John Locke and Karl Marx. Both represent the culmination of their respective philosophies and ideologies. (Note to the reader: I refer to both philosophy and ideology as both are related. Philosophy being the faith and understanding one holds, while ideology is the practice of it. It’s very similar to faith and religion – with religion being the practice of one’s faith.)

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Simpson asks; “I’d love to know what makes me a Marxist. Heck, it would be interesting to see whether Mike Lamb understands what it means to be a Marxist.” I don’t need anyone telling me what a Marxist is, nor do you – unless you are really that ignorant. Yet there you are playing na├»ve and ignorant by asking the question. Which is it; Are you actually ignorant? Or are you being coy and pretending to be ignorant? You’ve read John Locke just as I have. But how much? And how much do you agree with John Locke? You’ve also read Karl Marx and Engels, just as I have. Again, how much I don’t know. But it’s obvious that you agree with much of his writings because your ideology concerning revisionist history and political science agrees with much of Marx’s and Engel’s writings. Therefore, it becomes a moot point for me to explain to you what Marxism entails, as you already know what it entails. If you don’t know what Marxism entails, then all the more reason you don’t qualify for the position you now claim.

Let’s cut the chase Simpson; Why don’t you just tell us how many planks of the Communist Manifesto you agree with, either in part or in full? While that’s only a small scratch on the surface concerning Marxism, it goes far in defining what a person believes in their other opinions concerning political science, and religion (including humanism and Christianity, as well all their beliefs concerning life). If you disagree and deny any claims to the 10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto, then we can ascertain what you believe concerning John Locke, Natural Law and self-determination. But then again, I already know you don’t believe in self-determination as the free will of man, but rather as the “collective” form of man, once again drawing upon Marx as a collective.

Of course, I don’t know what I’m talking about according to Simpson and his minions. No Southerner knows anything compared to any Yankee – and that’s a point that has been pushed down all of America’s throats for the past 150 years. It’s another form of control over your enemies. There’s nothing I can say, short of agreeing with Simpson on practically everything he says, that would change his opinion of me – and then I’d have reservations on that opinion simply because I’m a Southerner. I don’t claim any special privileges by government education. Yet all that I can be attacked with is by insults, ad-hominum style. I find it a shame and pity that a man making such claims of educational knowledge as Simpson cannot handle himself any better that what he has shown against me, and any other Southerner who may have never benefited from the “higher” education he has been privileged to receive.

Sadder still is the fact he uses his claimed talents to teach and train other young adults to be good socialists just like him. In return Simpson receives a university salary, speaking fees for speaking around the world, promotional fees, and most likely other revenue from activities we know nothing about – and people call this patriotism. People don’t know real patriotism, because people such as Simpson have been teaching their version of patriotism – and not what patriotism really is! All because the world has a group of people who wishes to control and force their views onto everyone else – all the while forcing those people to pay for it. It’s nothing short of forced slavery by mob rule, through a tyrannical Federal Government!

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Unions

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Steven Crowder assaulted by union thugs

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7th Circuit Court of Appeals holds that the Second Amendment applies outside the home

Via aronatbc

 

 In an opinion issued today in the Illinois case of Moore v. Madigan, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Second Amendment “right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defense … implies a right to carry a loaded gun outside the home.

The opinion is a joy to read as Judge Posner proceeds to shred the historical and public policy arguments against carry put forward by Illinois.

Here are some examples to warm your heart on this cold December afternoon:
Both Heller and McDonald do say that “the need for defense of self, family, and property is most acute” in the home, id. at 3036 (emphasis added); 554 U.S. at 628, but that doesn’t mean it is not acute outside the home. Heller repeatedly invokes a broader Second Amendment right than the right to have a gun in one’s home, as when it says that the amendment “guarantee[s] the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.” 554 U.S. at 592. Confrontations are not limited to the home.
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Twenty-first century Illinois has no hostile Indians. But a Chicagoan is a good deal more likely to be attacked on a sidewalk in a rough neighborhood than in his apartment on the 35th floor of the Park Tower.
A woman who is being stalked or has obtained a protective order against a violent ex-husband is more vulnerable to being attacked while walking to or from her home than when inside. She has a stronger self-defense claim to be allowed to carry a gun in public than the resident of a fancy apartment building (complete with doorman) has a claim to sleep with a loaded gun under her mattress. But Illinois wants to deny the former claim, while compelled by McDonald to honor the latter.
That creates an arbitrary difference. To confine the right to be armed to the home is to divorce the Second Amendment from the right of self-defense described in Heller and McDonald.

The Abbeville Institute: Is America Too Big?

Via Ryan and Kearney


Is America too big for democracy? Too big for its traditional republican form? What does it mean if the answer is yes? This video series proposes that the source of our biggest social and political problems is our SIZE.

Like the, obese, 600 pound man who experiences heart failure, diabetes, and dozens of other ailments, so too does America, only its diseases go by the names Debt, War, Entitlements, Gridlock, and Corruption. Our problems cannot be fixed through any change in ideology or bi-partisan agreement in Congress, because those are not the root of our problems. The source is our size. As America's population increases, the level of representation and control each voter has must inexorably decrease. As power centralizes in a federal government, literally out of the hands of its citizens, conflicts and problems mount. What can be done? Please watch and join the conversation.

1955 Chevrolet ZL-55 Resto Mod

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Last Raid at Cabin Creek Trailer

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Last Raid at Cabin Creek 

Cheetah gives safari-goers front row seats

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Go for it!

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Build your own 9mm SMG

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Surprise: New insurance fee in Obamacare

 

Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers.

Employee benefits lawyer Chantel Sheaks calls it a "sleeper issue" with significant financial consequences, particularly for large employers.

"Especially at a time when we are facing economic uncertainty, (companies will) be hit with a multi-million dollar assessment without getting anything back for it," said Sheaks, a principal at Buck Consultants, a Xerox subsidiary.

Based on figures provided in the regulation, employer and individual health plans covering an estimated 190 million Americans could owe the per-person fee.

More @ Yahoo

Obama’s Jobs Council: ‘State-Run Communism’ Actually ‘Works’

 

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Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric and Chairman of the White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness was interviewed by Charlie Rose on Bloomberg Television Monday evening.  When asked about China, Immelt praised the Chinese and their centrally planned economy:

CHARLIE ROSE: China is changing. It may be being stabilized as we speak. What does that mean for China and what does it mean for the United States? Should it change expectations?

JEFF IMMELT: It is good for China. To a certain extent, Charlie, 11 percent is unsustainable. You end up getting too much stimulus or a misallocation of resources. They are much better off working on a more consumer-based economy, less dependent on exports. The one thing that actually works, state run communism a bit– may not be your cup of tea, but their government works.

Auto Bailout Loss Could Exceed $70 Billion

 

Courtesy of the $83 billion auto bailout - on which we are already poised to lose more than $40 billion - the taxpayers are stuck with 26% stock ownership of General Motors (GM).  It could get much worse.

    Judge Set to Rule on Case That Could Reverse Auto Bailout

    A New York federal judge may rule imminently on a case that could reverse the General Motors bailout and send the company back into bankruptcy....

    At issue is a backroom deal hatched by GM to fulfill the Obama administration’s demand for a quick bankruptcy, draining the automaker of nearly all of its cash on hand and leaving it in worse shape than it was when it collapsed in 2009....

    On the eve of entering bankruptcy, the company cut a $367 million “lock-up agreement” with several major hedge funds to prevent GM Canada from failing. The agreement ensured that GM could spin-off its liabilities to “old GM,” while using a multi-billion dollar bailout to create a new company....

    “(Judge Robert Gerber) has made it very clear that he is greatly dissatisfied with the process,” one analyst told the Washington Free Beacon in October. “He’s basically implying that GM hid it from him and that reopening the sale is a possibility.”...

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US sending 20 brand new F-16s to Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood


Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population, isn't enough to stop the U.S. from sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package.

The first four jets are to be delivered to Egypt beginning Jan. 22, a source at the naval air base in Fort Worth, where the planes have been undergoing testing, told FoxNews.com. The North African nation already has a fleet of more than 200 of the planes and the latest shipment merely fulfills an order placed two years ago. But given the uncertainty in Cairo, some critics wonder if it is wise to be sending more top gun planes.

“Should an overreaction [by Egypt] spiral into a broader conflict between Egypt and Israel, such a scenario would put U.S. officials in an embarrassing position of having supplied massive amounts of military hardware … to both belligerents,” said Malou Innocent, a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute. “Given Washington's fiscal woes, American taxpayers should no longer be Egypt’s major arms supplier.”

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Do you hate a plant more than you love your rights?

Via Oleg Volk

Prohibition causes huge profit margins for dealers cause turf wars cause violence causes public concern causes calls to “do something” cause gun control. If you’re for prohibition, you are for gun control. That’s irrespective of the substance to be prohibited.
I posted that on Facebook yesterday, in response to one of my FB friends posting about the pot legalization law in Colorado. I want to expand on that statement a little, even though in its current form it’s pretty much distilled down into the TL;DR form already.

Prohibition of a desired substance or item always causes a black market, unless you have police powers and social controls similar to the German occupation forces in WWII Eastern Europe. (And the fact that even the Nazis were never able to fully suppress the black market for cigarettes and butter despite death penalties for “economic parasites” just shows how nigh-impossible it is to kill that sort of entrepreneurship.)

The reason is simple: government prohibition of a desired good makes that good artificially expensive, and all the profits go to those willing to risk bucking the system. As the Prohibition was an effective price control and profit guarantee for bootleggers, hooch runners, and speakeasies, the current War on Some Drugs serves in the same fashion for pot growers, cocaine smugglers, and meth cooks. The risks are high, but when you pass a law that effectively puts a 10,000% profit margin on a simple plant product, you will always have plenty of people taking the risks involved in its manufacture and distribution. That’s a simple economic fact, and working against it is as pointless as working against gravity.