A little advice about 2011.

If you can believe the prognosticators at Goldman Sachs, we have these projections for 2011:
  1. a strengthening in growth from 2.1% on average in 2010 to 2.4% in 2011, with real GDP rising at an above-potential 3½% pace in late 2011
  2. A peaking in unemployment in mid-2011 at about 10.75%
  3. a continuation of the Fed’s (near) zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) throughout 2011.
This conservative editor believes the economy will continue to improve. You just can't keep a solid capitalist system such as ours, down. Most recoveries occur within 18 months. Because of the interference of the Obama on a number of levels, the current recession has been prolonged, ala FDR's recession.

According to local (Fresno County, California) economists, the single best hedge against inflation is real estate investment at 5% or less interest set for 30 years.

I believe in whole life insurance as a college fund for your children. Modern Woodman and Northwestern are two very solid companies with great investment histories.

Pay attention to news forecasts regarding 401k accounts. In early 2009, there was talk of the government "rolling" these retirement funds into Social Security. Now that the GOP is back on The Hill, this will not happen unless Obama can figure out a way of circumventing Congress, again. If this looks possible, take your money out, pay the taxes and do something else with your funds.

Most forecasters do not believe there will be a sharp increase in jobs. Some increase? Yes. 8 million new jobs? No. There is much talk of a "jobless recovery." We do not believe in such. Because our definition of "recovery" includes a healthy jobs market and a resolution to the housing crisis, we believe we remain in a recession, but things are definitely improving.

Obama lost the popularity wars for second year in a row.

Rasmussen Reports, our "polling company of choice," shows Obama's 7 day average at 47.2 % approval and trending [mildly] upwards from a 42.718 in the weeks before the midterms.

Gallup's year end approval poll has Obama at 47% , CNN at 48%, FoxNews at 40% [the lowest average of the major polls], NBC/WSJ at 45%, the very liberal ABC/Wash Post poll at 49%, Marist at 42%, Bloomberg at 48% , Reuters at 45% and PEW at 45%.

Note: all major polls have Obama's approval numbers under 50%. There is a slight movement upwards, but the same type of movement has occurred in two previous cycles. Until the averages reach and remain at 52%, we believe Obama remains vulnerable as we approach the 2012 elections.

The Next Civil War: Public Unions versus the American People.

Support Right to Work Laws. Here is why.

A new born infant dies nine hours after a 9.1.1. Another victim, a senior citizen dies hours after making a 9.1.1. call that was never answered.

Where and why?

Where: New York City but it will be your home town sooner or later.

Why: Because of the public unions refusal to do what the rest of us are doing.

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York, recently made a decision to cut 400 employees from the Sanitation Department. That decision became all the motivation public unions needed to stage a protest during the recent snow storm in New York City. Understand that the Mayor's cuts did not effect snow removal services.

In response, the unions committed to two strategies as protest to the Mayor's decision. First, 10% staged a "sick out" and did not show up for work. This was done during the most critical time in the City's fight against the "blizzard of 2010." And those who did report for work were encouraged to stage a "slow down." "The citizenry of New York be damned !!!" was the battle cry of many of our public unions.

Want to fight back? You had better think twice.

Everyone knows of the Unions' thuggery. . . . . everyone. Doubt that? Do this, then. Put a sign similar to the one on the left on the back glass of your car or on the garage door at your home.

Go ahead and do it. You know what will happen and it ain't good. . . . they use clubs and guns and stuff.

Point of post: unions have outgrown their time. They force non-union folks to pay "dues." They steal the dues collected and spend it on Marxist political policy, often against the will of their own members. In many states, they have been successful in preventing private non-union shops and contractors from getting work. And now, they want to pass "card check," a process that allows the unions to "capture" a shop or employer without a secret ballot.

In California, the state owes the various unions some 600 billion dollars in unfunded liabilities. In Illinois, unfunded union liabilities is close to 400 billion.

In Obama's Stimulus Bill, only Unions are allowed to bid on contracts valued at 25 million or more.

Again, time for a change. And if Unions do not want to be a part of that change, the war is on.

About our Party President and Campaign Guru.

Here are some of the cost factors for the Obama's vacation to Hawaii. It is their 7th vacation since taking the throne. Add in 60 trips to the golf course for Barack (that's a full month of golf out of the the first 23 months in office) and 15 months of travel and speech making (more than 1500 speeches and personal appearances taking, on average, 3 hours each including travel time) and we have a president who does not work in the White House. -- editor.

The Washington Examiner gives us these facts concerning the Hawaiian trip:

* Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)

* Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii: $1 million (GAO estimates)

* Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days): $16,800

* Costs for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel: $134,400 ($400 per day for 24 staff) – excluding meals and other room costs

* Police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)

* Ambulance: $10,000 (City Spokesperson)

TOTAL COST: $1,474,200

But that $1.47 million figure leaves out a number of significant costs that simply could not be calculated by Hawaii Reporter:

* Rental of office building in Kailua on canal

* Security upgrades and additional phone lines.

* Costs for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel (Secret Service imports most of the cars used here to escort the president).

* Surveillance before the president arrives.

* Travel costs for Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2010/12/president-and-family-multi-million-dollar-christmas-vacation-hawa#ixzz19bzbkmYn

More from the Editor: a huge cost factor never mentioned by analysts, is the after hours event schedule at the White House. In 2009, that total was a startling 332 social and/or public events. Three hundred thirty two events at the Capitol -- in the first year of office. We cannot find any figures for the 2010 Party Season. There is simply no president in our history who has scheduled more events outside the White House than Mr. Obama or has partied as frequently.

Obama's failures and fallacies : List # 2

Failures and Fallacies - #2

Barack is no closer to capturing Osama bin Laden that was George Bush.

Remember those "shovel ready jobs" he talked about. Turns out there were not such jobs. Obama had to publicly admit this during the 2010 summer.

His decision to send 10,000 fewer troops to Afghanistan than asked for is proving to have been a serious mistake. The war is not going well and Obama is not well thought of, over and against George Bush.

Obama "stopped waterboarding." Bush stopped the use of wateboarding in 2004 and used it on only three individuals. Obama replaced waterboarding with outright killing the enemy with drone attacks and continuing the use of rendition (giving our captives to foreign authorities for interrogation by torture, but "hey," we didn't do it)

Obama's first new release after becoming president was with al Jazeera, a Muslim news agency.

He intended to pass Cap and Trade. That did not happen.

He promised comprehensive immigration legislation during the first year of his term. He had the congressional mussel to get the job done but decided to do other things. He will lose Hispanic votes because of this.

He failed with the Dream Act - another immigration scam.

His Senate seat in Illinois was lost to a Republican, as was Ted Kennedy's - an indication of the People's angst.

His Stimulus bill failed to accomplish it stated purpose - stimulate the economy out of the recession via jobs creation. In fact, only 4% of the near billion dollars in that bill went to the creation of jobs (infrastructure and contracts).

Using Obama's new math, he created or saved 3.5 million unconfirmed jobs. Using the same math, Bush would have created or saved close to 20 million jobs.

He took down the CIA's terrorist interrogation teams and replaced them with FBI "high value interrogation units." These units have never been put into place. Our FBI is, therefore, limited in its ability to interrogate homeland terrorists.

There is no budget, written or otherwise, for fiscal year 2010. That is a failure on the part of the Dems . . . . . first time in history this has happened.

There are 13 appropriation bills attached to the annual budget. They were to have been written and signed into law by October 1 of 2010. None of these appropriation bills got out of committee. These bills fund the federal government. We have never failed to write these bills. Another first for Obama. Gross negligence on the part of the Democrats and Mr. Obama.

His decision to try KSM in civilian court in New York was strongly rebuffed by Democrats and Republicans, alike.

The Department of Labor is charged with the reporting of corruption or the lack thereof in our nation's union. The Office of Labor Management Statistics [within the DOL] actually does the collecting and publishing this information. The annual report, due in January of 2010, never happened. The annual report for 2011 is nowhere in sight. Bush never failed in this responsibility. Obama has yet to comply. LINK

Obama promised to increase capital gains taxes from 15 to 20 percent. He could not do this. Promise broken.

He promised to close loopholes for tax deductions of CEO's . He did not complete this task. There remains plenty of loopholes. Another broken promise from the Novice.

He promised to create foreclosure prevention legislation to include a foreclosure prevention funding. If the key word is "prevention," this is another broken campaign promise.

"Will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will eliminate taxes for 7 million seniors -- saving them an average of $1,400 a year . ." This was never mentioned after election day. I know. I am a senior citizen.

He promised to end "no bid" contracts for jobs over 25 million. In stead, under the Stimulus bill, all labor contracts over 25 million are to be awarded to unions only - and many of these contracts are "no bid " contracts.

He promised to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the highest income brackets. His compromise with the GOP found him breaking this promise.

He promised to phase out deductions and exemptions for the highest wage earners. That did not happen.

He promised to end bonuses for CEOs in companies going into bankruptcy. Didn't happen.

He promised that Americans could purchase safe drugs from outside this country. Big Pharma said "no" and Obama said, "Yes um boss."

He promised 50 million in HIV aid, globally applied, by 2013. Did not happen.

Direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a comprehensive study of federal cancer initiatives
. This promise was never given a second thought.

"Barack Obama would direct the Small Business Administration to amend regulations under the Small Business Act that provide preferences in federal contracting to small businesses owned by members of socially and economically disadvantaged groups to include individuals with disabilities. --- did not happen.

Obama's failures and fallacies : List # 1

Alrighty !! Here we go with our biggest list of the week:

Fallacies and Failures

No particular order:

Obama promised to reduce the "fine print" of home purchase contracts. Fannie paper work is 120 pages; Freddie is 150 and FHA can be 200 pages.

He made fun of Bush for spending. His 111th congress spent more than all previous congresses combined. We are saying that the 111th spent more than all of government spending since the days of George . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Washington, including all of George Bush's spending.

Most have forgotten that Obama took the Communists' position against the Honduran leadership and threatened to cut off aid to that country. He didn't follow through on his threat and never tried to explain why he sided with Chavez, Castro and other Communist leaders during this Honduran Constitutional crisis. LINK.

Cash for Clunkers ran out of money during its first week (that is a billion dollars). It ran over budget by an additional 2 billion and was shut down within three weeks. Observers argue that a full 80% of the cars purchased would have been purchased without the program. It did not influence the economy at all.

Paygo, the policy of paying for all legislative spending "as you go," was reaffirmed by the 111th congress but with an "emergency" exception clause. Obama announced its affirmation, as if he was serious about being fiscally responsible. 4.2 trillion dollars later [including interest], "paygo" wound up being nothing but a joke.

Gas at the pump has increased more than a dollar a gallon since Obama became president. He has done nothing to prevent 5 dollar per gallon fuel at some point in the future. We all know what happens when that happens. He has had plenty of time to prevent this circumstance.

Obama gave tax breaks for electric golf carts. If the cart had a seat belt and cost less than $5,500, you could get a full deduction on your tax return. One individual purchased 10 of these puppies and resold 9 for a rather nice profit. We have no idea what Obama was thinking on this one.

The 9/11 Responders Bill, as drafted by the Dems, was originally priced at 8.4 billion dollars. After the GOP got through with their negotiations, the price tag dropped to a mere 4.2 billion dollars. While the American people were somewhat the winners, the Dems and their cashed soaked partners were somewhat the losers.

In 51 weeks, Obama made 58 speeches on ObamaCare and, then, complained that he had not done enough to get his message out.

Obama approved of $1.78 per gallon subsidy for corn ethanol fuel, a fuel that is much more the pollutant than gas.

Obama made 726 speeches and/or public appearances in 2009. If we count speech prep, speech delivery time, travel back and forth from events and, allow a reasonable 3 hours per appearance and travel, Obama spent 9 months of the first 12 doing nothing but talking. Add another month playing golf and 332 White House evening events, and we have one busy celeb. But, we needed a president. Geeeeeesh.

He came into office promising 11 dollars per hour for the minimum wage. There was no increase in that wage, legislated by the 111th congress.

Obama went to Georgetown University, a Catholic school, and ordered the name of "Jesus" covered before he would give his commencement speech. This is why I, the editor, give Obama no credit for being a Christian or, even, a friend of Christianity. When it comes to The Faith, he is clearly a phony. He is the first president to hang a Mao ornament on a Christmas tree that celebrates life and salvation. He is the first president to skip out on Christmas Sunday in "church" -- two years in a row. He is the first "Christian" president to enter a mosque, get on his knees and pray to allah.

Obamawas awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for doing absolutely nothing but get himself elected as President of the United States. He is an arrogant, self-absorbed loser for accepting the distinction. After the ceremony, Ed Rollins said this: Obama, now, must earn it. link.

His trip to Copenhagen, the Global Warming conference, proved to be a monumental bust by all accounts.

October 2, 2009, Obama fails in his effort to win the Olympics for Chicago. Seven days later he would receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

July 22, Obama jumps to a stereotypical Black conclusion: " . . . . the Cambridge police acted stupidly."

Pictured is Obama teaching Chavez the interlocking "handshake of friends." We think Chavez is not smiling. Rather, he is laughing at Obama. Friends ? Geeeeesh.

Obama is embarrassed by Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas. His theory of respectful social networking among communist leaders of the world has proven to be a dismal failure. We are all the more threatened by the alliances of Chavez/Russia, Brazil/China, Iran/Chavez, Turkey/Russia, Afghanistan/AlQaeda, France/Iran and China/North Korea.

He promised to close GITMO within a year of taking office. Turns out, he didn't know what he was talking about.

Add to this list, his claim that unemployment would stay under 8% if he spent a billion dollars in the Stimulus package. Turns out, he didn't know what he was talking about.

He promised transparency and still claims to be the most transparent of presidents. Turns out, there is no truth to this scenario whatsoever. He has refused Freedom of Information requests for the White House visitor lists. He refuses to release his college transcripts. And closed door meetings abound.

Michelle Obama has a law degree, passed the bar examine, but voluntarily surrendered her license. LINK The official Illinois record is here:

This was captured here: Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois but has since been white washed. In doing so, the date was incorrectly entered as 1899 - all other information has been deleted. Why ? Why quit her license? Why whitewash the records? And if they can do this, did they do the same regarding his birth certificate?
Read the excellent research article here: Fellowship of the Minds. The blog owner captured the information referenced in the article before that information could be expunged. Good for him. Good for us all !!

Time to downgrade the power of the presidency. We don't need any more stinking dictators.

Let's bounce off this headline for a few, shall we: POLL: Only 21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet...

... In other words, nearly 80% of this country does not agree with Obama on this issue. Understand that under Obama, "80%" is the new minority. I am thinking the only way 80% would be a majority in the mind of Barack would be if that 80% were armed. Maybe he would get the message then.

At any rate, no one wants this at all. It is the first step toward speech control for the Left. Today, we read a headline telling us that Obama is now telling H & R Block how to run their business, forbidding them from extending high interest loans against income tax returns. Control is what this pointie-head is all about.

And political speech is at the very top of his list -- been there for the better part of his first two years. That is why
Citizens United vs the FCC was such a pisser for this Marxist Maniac. In this decision, the High Court gave corporations the right to fight back. Obama was thinking it "OK" to use the corporations as whipping boys, "us against them," while preventing them a voice in the class warfare debate.

I am no friend of the corporate world, but, they have a right to exist and exist freely in our American system. Obama lost that court decision and his anger was evident in his State of the Union address, back on Jan 27, 2009, two days after that surprise High Court decision.

He lost, again, on April 6 of 2010 when the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled against the FCC in their ongoing dispute with Comcast and others about whether the FCC has the legal authority to
regulate internet service providers. Some believe that this court decision severely limited the power of the FCC - but no one got that memo to Obama. His own 111th congress would not touch "net [as in internet] neutrality." The courts said no - twice. So now, this loser of a president has decided to circumvent all legal and congressional opinion and "do the deed," anyway. To hell with the 80% negative majority, the courts or the congress.

We need people to step up and impeach this menace. Not one of our readers can explain to this blog the difference between a dictator, at this point, and Obama. Give it a shot. It cannot be done.

As editor, I read 5 to 8 hours, daily. Pravada (Russian), the China Daily, the Daily Mail (a UK paper), and many American publications. I have seen a number of headlines indicating the New GOP's intent to delve into and restrict the president's role with regard to regulatory fiat. It is painfully clear that we, as a nation, have given the position of president too much power. It is time to take that power back and put it in the hands of Congress. We can no longer trust those who hold that office.

Ours is a system of "checks and balances." You have heard that before, I am sure. But today, that is no longer the case with regard to our Congress. Obama can do whatever he chooses and that is that.

Anyone know how much land belongs to the Feds in the state of Utah? 70 per cent.
And all of it was taken via Presidential or "Executive Order." All of it. That is land that cannot be developed or put onto the state's tax roles. Anyone been to Utah, lately ? Not exactly the land of the enchanted forest. So "what's up" with the federal land grab? And what is there to keep a maniac president from claiming it all for the Federal Government. Nothing !!! Oh, sure, their would be the public outcry, but who listens to the people, now a days?

Just askin'.

Point of post
: time to downgrade the power of the U.S. Presidency.

Our list of "Obama Beliefs" made in October of 2008. This was before we really knew him. How did we do? You decide.

A belief against private gun ownership
A belief that any and all abortion legislation is good
A belief that all industry should be unionized
A belief that privatized education threatens the National Well-being
A belief that capitalism has produced economic failure on many levels
A belief that political debate needs to be limited
A belief that terrorism should be defined as a crimial activty
A belief that "minimum wage" must meet "living wage" standards
A belief that WalMart needs legislative supervision
A belief that he and Michelle are a co-Presidency
A belief that conservative Christian talk have legislative limits
A belief that the Christian Church cannot have membership requirements if it partners with the Government in aid and relief
A belief that he and Michelle owe a political debt to the Black community
A belief that the Military offers great opportunity for our Nation's minority We are leaving this item in the list although comments that lead us to include this items have proven to be misleading. Obama is in fact anti-military. His personal feelings are secondary to the fact that he is the Commander in Chief of the most effective fighting force on earth.
A belief that preemptive military strikes are categorically wrong
A belief in the election strategy of "deracialization" - the political practice of blacks talking like whites in a predominantly white region for the purpose of getting elected.
A belief that "affordable housing" policies need to be expanded
A belief in reparations to the Black community for the sins of slavery
A belief that Jesus Christ does not define "God" in exclusive terms
A belief there are times when the Government knows better than the parent
A belief that your 401k should be taken from you and added to the Social Security fund
A belief that the Patriot Act needs to be repealed
A belief that Guantánamo Bay must be closed
A belief that the U.N. is both useful and necessary
A belief in abortion without governmental limitations - period.
A belief that conscience laws should not be allowed for health care providers
A belief that only government can solve America's economic problems
A belief that the military is a necessary evil. He wants a one-war force as opposed to the two-war force we currently have. Very dangerous.

Chris Matthews calls for the birth certificate !!

From RealClearPolitics, we have Chris Matthews - on video - saying this:

On Monday night's edition of "Hardball," host Chris Matthews talked about putting the birth certificate controversy surrounding President Obama to rest.

"Why has the president himself not demanded they put out the original documents?" Matthews wonders.

"If it exists, why not put it out?" Chris Matthews asks. We link to RCP and the video, if you doubt our account.

Editor's notes: look, there are two reasons why Obama does not do what [even] Chris Matthews sees as a no brainer: one, there is no such certificate or, two, he has decided that no one tells Obama what to do.

Our article, this week, on this subject is here:

Tough talk about those danged old birthers. You are now a moron if you ask to see the actual document.

One point in addition to what we have said is this: the controversy came to light during the '08 campaign. Just as it was heating up, Obama shut down his campaign for a couple of days to fly to Hawaii and visit his dying grandmother. No press. No photos other than one we found of Obama getting off the airplane. No in-state itinerary. Not a single photo of him leaving or going to the hospital. Absolutely nothing in terms of documentation.

Our point? First, he did go to Hawaii and we believe he visited his grandmother. She, in fact, died in the weeks following that visit. But secondly, do we suppose that he did nothing else while there for two or three days? No Michelle and the kids.

Did he visit the county recorder's offices? Did he visit the Hawaiian media? Hawaii is one of the most liberal states in the Union. Ditto the media. And, liberals believe in the doctrine of "ends justify means." That is a fact.

Too conspiratorial? OK. BUT !! do you understand just how unusual this circumstance is? To leave off the campaign and do something, anything, without photo evidence?!! We think that is bazaar, if not conspiratorial, on the part of Obama and the press. Understand that after he became president, he began meeting EACH MORNING with the major meeting. Don't forget that "JournoList" scandal - 400 press and academics conspiring to get him elected.

It was Chris Matthews who argued that Obama's election was far too important to worry about "objective" reporting. Now, this fellow admits that showing the certificate is a no brainer.

We agree and . . . . . . maybe that's the problem. . . . . . . . the no brain[er] part.

Top Ten list of financial "things to do."

1. Get Paid What You're Worth and Spend Less Than You Earn
Make yourself a non-expendable at work; save 15% of what you take home.
2. Stick to a Budget
First, to create a written budget. Include everything you spend during the month.
3. Pay Off Credit Card Debt
You do not need credit cards, period. If you own a home and a car, you have all the credit you can afford.
4. Contribute to a Retirement Plan
And, we are not talking about Social Security. I still believe in whole/life insurance, if you are young (Modern Woodman or Northwestern, for example)
5. Have a Savings Plan
Make it a dedicated account and leave the stinking money alone -- until you a full year of income in your account.
6. Invest!
7. Maximize Your Employment Benefits
401k, flexible savings accounts, whole-life insurance, etc.
8. Review Your Insurance Coverages
You might include income insurance such as Aflac.
9. Update Your Will
10. Keep Good Records

Those "death panels?" Here is why we believe they merit serious concern:

Those death panels? Whose big idea were they? Meet Donald "The Executioner" Berwick (note the nice sounding German name).

Yesterday, we carried an article on the resurgence of the so-called dealt panels. ObamaCare originally included reimbursements to doctors who gave end-of-life counseling to their senior citizens. The reimbursements were to be paid out every five years. Because of the angry response of the American people, Obama pretended to hear their voice and remove the provision.

But, that was a terrible lie. Mr. "I know better than you" Obama has added these payouts to the regulatory part of the law. But, instead of every five years, he has made the reimbursements payable on an annual basis.

Midknight Review believes that because these add significant cost to ObamaCare, the regulation can be reviewed and rejected by congress. No doubt, the cost will be several billion over the course of a decade.

Can anyone say, "taxation without representation?"

The reimbursements were added via regulations and amount to an end-run around Congressional approval. The new death panel arrangements were written by Heir Berwick, the head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The following quotations have been credited to Big Don. Midknight Review has researched these quotations and believe them to be, in fact, comments Berwick has made. Here is why you should be concerned:

Berwick's has cited the need for health care to redistribute resources from the rich to the poor. He has spoken highly of Britain's health care system, often seen as refusing particular life saving services or medication to seniors because of cost factors.

His most frequently quoted rhetorical absurdity is this statement: Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional. The statement comes from a video presentation of Berwick and is his comment, without controversy.

In another quote taken from the same video, we have this: “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care - the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”

So, there you have it. Once again, Obama and Comrades have been caught telling us one thing while doing just the opposite. It was Saul Alinsky who preached "the ends justify the means" and Obama in hip deep into the tactics of Alinsky. He has proven to be the most dishonest of all presidents, even more so than Richard Nixon. Obama simply does not take no for an answer, whether that "no" comes from Congress or from the courts. He is a proven enemy of the state and we need him gone, come 2012.

Here is Berwick's in his own words:

400,000 year old human remains found. No truth to the claim that these are ancestry [family] remains of Helen Thomas.

Professor Avi Gopher, left, and Dr. Ran Barkai from the Institute of Archeology of Tel Aviv University inspect an archeological site where ancient teeth were discovered near Rosh Haain, central Israel.

The Associated Press is reporting an ancient fossil discovery of human remains found in Israel. The human remains are said to be some 400,000 years old, double the oldest human remains discovered until now.

Some scientists are claiming these remains to be that of "modern man" while others say these may be Neanderthal.

If "modern," the evolutionary story of modern man will face significant changes in its theory.

You can search under
"Archaeologist Avi Gopher" for more information. The archaeologists actually found some teeth. The dig continues to be explored.

The question of the day with regard to this discovery is this: did the first humans come out of Africa [the current theory] or the Middle East? also, no one is talking about this but, the "garden of Eden" was in the Middle East. Are we looking at a bit of confirmation to the biblical account of the beginnings of mankind?

Just askin'.

Midknight Review: Two selections for "picture of the year."

This is an actual picture and one of two award winning shots presented to you by Midknight Review.

We found it on the web without a credits.

Our second "most notable" picture of the year is of a jet at the very moment it breaks through the sound barrier.

That "cloud" is the sound barrier.
Credit for the picture is in the lower right of the shot.

Lizard Watch: 2010's sleeziest propositions:

On March 23 of 2010, at the signing ceremony of ObamaCare, the classless Joe Biden turned to Obama and whispered in his ear: "This is a big f...ing deal." Indeed.

March 9 of 2010, Pelosi made this ridiculous statement: But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it, away from the fog of controversy."

April 29 of 2010: I do think at a certain point, you've made enough money. (he did not specify at to whether his 5.5 million dollar income for 2009 was 'enough money,' however.)

June 17 of 2010, Representative Joe Barton (R - Tx) apologized to BP for the way its leadership had been treated in Congressional hearings.

October 25, 2010, in an interview regarding Tiger Woods, one of his whores tried to blame his wife in this quote: "If I was in his house, where the hell was she?" -- Loredana Jolie,

September 27 of 2010: We have to wage peace. Ridiculous? Well, yes if coming from Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the NY Mosque organizer, a man who refuses to condemn a number of Muslim terrorist groups, world wide.

Sept 7 of 2010: "They talk about me like a dog." -- Barack Obama.

August 30 of 2010 - rather than offer to show his birth certificate just once, Obama chose to say this: I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead.

August 2 of 2010: if I sleep with someone they're going to take my creativity from me - Lady Gaga

June 7 of 2010: Just in case you feel some degree of sympathy for Bernie Madoff, read this quote: "F**k my victims. I carried them for 20 years and now I'm doing 150."

April 1 of 2010: Dan Rather made this statement (it is only ridiculous because he thought he could say this about Obama and get away with it): "Listen, he's a nice person, but he couldn't sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down traffic."

From the China Daily -- here is what our Red friends are reporting:

"The Chinese People's Liberation Army and Turkey's armed forces kicked off a weeklong joint military training in Turkey on Nov 8, aimed at enhancing mutual understanding and trust, deepening communication and cooperation between the two armies.

That is a quote from China Daily. We are thinking that maybe Obama does not know about this, or he does not care or he has no clue that to do with this burgeoning alliance. "

Read about the paper's "top ten" military exercises here.

Understand that China has doubled the size of their military over the course of the past 20 years. We were wondering "why?" But of course, they are not enemies of our country so why worry? Also, Turkey provides necessary air space should our country need to deal with Iran. Does the China/Turkey alliance pose a problem? And what, exactly, is Obama doing about it?

Just askin'.

Obama begins his 2012 re-election bid while on vacation in Hawaii. Are we really as dumb as he thinks we are? Time will tell.

Here is Obama, visiting the troops stationed in that war zone. Good for him.

But, make no mistake, everything he does between now and election day, 2012, will be about getting re-elected. And why is that so very important? Because, should the conservatives take back the Senate, and they have a very good chance of doing so; if they maintain control of the House of Representatives; if they beat Obama, himself, in the election, ObamaCare goes down the tubes. It is not too late to dismantle this legislative monstrosity, but it will be too late after 2014.

Valerie Jarret, Obama's social advisor and close friend, announced over the weekend on Meet the Press, that Barack intends on spending much more time on the road, beginning with the coming year. His biggest regret, according to Jarret, is that "he had to spend almost every waking hour in Washington working on solving that crisis . . . what he missed sorely was engagement with the American people."

Here is how he spent his time in 2009 (we have not been able to find any similar reporting for 2010). He gave 726 speeches and personal appearances in that first year. If each appearance averaged 3 hours including prep time and travel back and forth, Obama spent 9 months of the first 12 doing little more than "keeping in touch with the people."

When his social secretary quit, there was a news story revealing that she had helped plan 332 evening events at the White House during the first 365 days -- a party or event nearly every day.

We are told that he made more than 50 half day trips to the gold course.

We know of two incidences where he completely disappeared for a couple of hours, without Secret Service or explanation.

He and his have taken 7 vacations during the first two years.

Nothing of this nature is about to change. He campaigned most of 2010 but couldn't prevent the butt-kicking he and his party took in November -- and he is trying to convince folks that the midterms were about "grid-lock." We think this is a very stupid re-election strategy. Why? Because he is trying to fool the very people who voted against him and his comrades.

Anywho, guess we will see him in 2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . with the same stinking message. Maybe he will "get it" then.

Quote of the week: By Ann Coulter . . . .

if we’re going to have gays in the military, I demand that there be heterosexuals at the New York Times.”

Remember those death panels? Well, they are back . . . . . in the news (they never, ever went away).

Despite the "nonparitsan" BS from FactCheck and PolitiFact, the equivalents of death panels are in ObamaCare.

Look, you simply cannot control costs and reduce the national (annual) deficit while you are attempting to do the following:
Free Health Insurance for a Sixth of the Nation
1. Move 16 million people into ObamaCare via Medicare. The ugly truth this: the actual numbers will be 35 to 50 million people. Additional cost = 40 to 75 billion dollars per year or 4 to 7.5 trillion for a ten year period !!! Understand that these are immigrants, illegals that through the system, and the poor. They are not Baby boomers.
Pay for end of life care for Baby Boomers
2. We are being told that the Baby Boomers will add another 10,000 claimants per day for 17 to 29 years. Understand that the Boomers will bring the most expensive of claims into the mix. i.e. end of life medical provisions. Estimated cost: eventually, trillions.
Pay for 2.5 trillion in Medicare reimbursements
3. You may remember the "doctor fix." What is that? Well, it is the federal reimbursement to the medical community for Medicare coverage. Without this reimbursement, thousands of doctors would be forced from the system. The "fix" costs the taxpayer around 250 billion per year or 2.5 trillion over the course of ten years, assuming the reimbursement total does not increase. It was not included in the health care "cost debate" for obvious reasons. But it is a medical cost and it will become a part of the ObamaCare taxpayer scam.

So, how does Obama cut costs? By encouraging folks to plan for their deaths without encouraging them in the use of expensive medical late/life care. The original Obama plan gave doctor's reimbursements if they counseled folks every 5 years. An explosion in the debate took place, typified by Sarah Palin's "death panel" comments. So much heat occurred as a result, that this provision was taken out of the bill. Now, months later, there is provision in the annual "doctor's fix" for reimbursements if our doctor advise on an annual basis (which is more often than every five years). Understand that the this new provision is not written law. Rather, it exists because of Obama's use or misuse of regulations. (see the NY Times story here.)

Understand that Obama care was not written by a panel of medical and civilian authors and, then, submitted to Congress for review and passage.

Nope. Obama told us we did not have time for all that; We were in a state of emergency, that we should not expect to know what was in the bill until after the bill became law. So the bill was written behind closed doors, not in committee. It was written with a view to passage, hence bribes and earmarks that totaled hundreds of billions of dollars . . . . . perhaps the most poorly written piece of legislation in American history.

Papa John's (the editor) new toy. Thanks Santa.

0-60 in 5.1 ; 0-100 in 5.6 / Honda VTX 1800

Its Sunday Morning -- We are posting a few headlines with some commentary. We are addicted, you know . . . . . kind of like you !!!

Here she is, Janet Napolitano, Homeland "Security" Chief in her latest Goth outfit.

She was Arizona's governor before being made big dog of Homeland Security, a post for which she is immensely unqualified.

She and her agency are now being used to enforce aspects of global warming and its junk science agenda, while failing to make the homeland more secure. The TSA (airport federal security) has failed to make a single arrest in 9 years of airport security. Problem? Obama is using the TSA as an employment agency for the technically unqualified. But who cares about qualifications?

Anyway, here are a couple of headlines that present the Administration as the thuggish buffoons they appear to be:


Posted Video Exposing Airport Security Flaws...

Tough talk about those danged old birthers. You are now a moron if you ask to see the actual document.

Here are the words of the new 72 year old Governor of Hawaii: “I certainly hope by the fourth year of our administration that we’ll have dealt with this burgeoning birth controversy,” the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, told reporters last year. The fact-checkers at PolitiFact sounded similarly frustrated in a 2009 post: they thought they had put the matter to rest. “Oh, how naïve we were,” the post’s writer, Robert Farley, said. . . . . READ THE FULL ARTICLE >>>>

The new Governor says Obama was born in Hawaii. He even remembers the baby's parents, a 49 year old memory of one of thousands of babies. Of course he remembers. Who in the world would argue with this claim?! Heck, I am sure that many of you remember reading the birth announcements FROM FORTY-NINE YEARS AGO !!! Geeeeesh.

sounds like a good argument, above. Problem: turns out Abercrombie, the new Governor of Hawaii, attended school with Obama's young parents. He was 23 at the time according to information we found, just this morning (12/29/2010). In fact, one article states that "he befriended" Obama's parents. Wow. So that is that. We finally have someone who was actually there, friends of Obama's parents. Case closed ? Look, this testimony is wholly without confirmation. It does appear that the Governor and Obama's parents went to the same school at the same time. We have school records to prove that. Were they buds? Maybe, but we have nothing to confirm this except Abercrombie's statements. Maybe he has a picture of himself and his two young friends?

In the end, we have the testimony of another Democrat, a fellow liberal who believes in the "ends justify the means," making a big deal of Obama's Hawaiian birth while Obama is in Abercrombie's state, running around the Islands in party mode.
Why doesn't he go to his new found friend, Mr. Obama, and ask him to go down to the country recorder's office and get that birth certificate. Why doesn't he do this? Why doesn't Obama do that? If they are all telling the truth, we don't understand why our suggestion is not the reality of "tomorrow's" press conference.

And then, there are those two newspaper announcements regarding Obama's birth. We all know that it is impossible to play games with that sort of proof. No one could possibly forge a newspaper story. In fact, it is such solid proof, that newspaper birth announcements are apparently now considered as more authoritative than the actual birth certificate, itself. When asked for proof of birth at the Social Security office, pull out that newspaper announcement and see how that works out for you.

Oh, we almost forgot the researched support of the Hawaiian birth account from FactCheck and PolitiFact. After all, they are "non-partisan." Understand this, FactCheck and PolitiFact are as biased Left as are the NY Times and the Washington Post. AND, their studied opinions are as concrete a proof as the birth certificate. . . . . . . apparently. In fact, who needs a stinking birth certificate when we have the research of FactCheck and PolitiFact? Seriously.

The article linked above, mentions the fact that Hawaii does not consider a birth certificate to be a "public document." Does that mean that Obama cannot walk into the County Recorders office, demand his birth certificate, and present it for the world to see ??

Look, when we complicate an otherwise simple solution to any problem, we are free to conclude that something is wrong.

I am not a birther but !!! to fail to present the birth certificate when that is the clearest path to solving the "problem," is either just plain stupid or an indicator that something is wrong.

In fact, we have gotten to the point in time at which it is not almost illegal to ask for proof of birth when such is mandated by the Constitution. The founders made natural born citizenship a requirement and the Left wants us to believe that the Founders never intended that questionable citizenship be resolved.

Maybe the birthers are right.

I rather think that this is about Obama's arrogance and his willingness to throw it in the face of those who are seen as his enemies. "No one tells the O what to do."

Is that what this is all about?

Update: 8:30 am 12/28/2010 - Monday night (last night), Chris Matthews voiced his opinion on this matter: If it exists, why not show it?

When we say, "Obama has done nothing to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power," we weren't kidding. Indeed, we are right . . . . . . . again.

Treasury defends 10,000 exceptions to Iran, other sanctions

No wonder Iran became a nuclear power on Obama's watch. Remember those "sanctions" Obama/Hillary bragged about?

Only 10,000 exceptions.

If you think these people are doing their job, you are more the problem than they are. Period.

What to expect from Midknight Review in the last week of 2010 - lots of lists, summary reviews and predictions.

What to expect for next week:

1. An original listing of all that Obama failed to accomplish. We have a pre-published list of 23 features. We estimate a list of 40 0r more concerns. We are sick of the Krauthammer praise fest regarding Obama's "surprising" list of legislative accomplishment. Understand that Obama controlled both Houses of Congress for a full year; did not meet with the House Republican leadership more than twice during 2009; completely ignored the Senate GOP leadership and ran the government as if he were a dictator, seriously, and pundits such as Charles Kauthammer think it a surprise that Obama got so much done. Thus, the need for someone to mention what Obama failed to do in terms of his own stated strategy and campaign promises. Krauthammer should be shocked that Obama's failures were as numerous as they were, especially when considered in the reality of a congress that did not need a single Republican vote to get anything done in 2009.

2. A review of our 2008 list of Obama's goals as we understood them then. How accurate were we? That list has well over 20 summary statements along the lines of " . . . . is against private gun ownership; wants WalMart unionized; is pro card-check; wants $11 per hour minimum wage . . . . and so on." This list was more predictive than historically based. With two years under our belt, how accurate was our pre-presidential understanding of this stranger in our White House?

3. A third article scheduled for next week's publication is our defense of the notion that Obama is "lay minister" for Black Liberation Theology. The article will be a succinctly worded piece outlining the tenets of this perversion of Christian doctrine and its relation to Black Victimology. This exclusively black teaching began in the 1960's and has morphed into a Black Muslim compliment. It is a theology created in rebellion to the "white man's Christianity. Rudolph Bultman is a favorite son in this theology. The Black Liberation Movement intellectualizes the black complaint against "religious whitie" and is as perverse a thinking as is militant Islam. We will answer the question, "Who are Barack and Michelle Obama in terms of their sense of spirituality?"

4. Very little has been written as relates to Obama and his view of the Constitution. Is he actually a "constitutional scholar?" What does he really think of this most important document? If he were to rewrite this document along with the Declaration of Independence, how would that appear?

5. A full-on comparison between Keynesian economics and free market, morally implemented capitalism (we are talking about regulated capitalism that insures against unmitigated greed and/or the fair minded exchange of money - via collected interest, sales of all sorts of commodities, entitlements (is there a place for entitlements in a free market, roughed individualistic, society ? Maybe)

6. Finally, what are the various influences working against an Obama second term? It may surprise the Krauthammers of the world, but Obama will have a most difficult time getting himself re-elected. This article will tell you why.

With this posting, our work begins. Have a wonderful Christmas as we slave to educate the masses, come this next week.

Another brief rant against global warming. This time it includes the polar bear.

Freak diversion of jet stream paralyzing globe with freezing conditions...

Editor's notes:
well, of course it is a "freak diversion." What else can you say when you and your junk science buds are [still] busy trying to convince people of global warming.

New York was to be under 20 foot of water by now. Didn't happen.

2006 [the year after Katrina] and 2010 were to be the worst hurricane seasons in modern times. Not even close.

Cancun, Mexico hosted the UN's climate change conference three weeks ago. The first week of the conference saw record setting . . . . . . cold weather each day of that week.

All that idiot talk about the poor old polar bear . . . . . even Obama had to admit that the polar bear does not belong on the endangered species list.

"Freak" is a good word, but not to describe the weather changes we are seeing.

Our Palin fix for the day: Oprah on Palin -- kind of a surprise.

On Sarah Palin:
"I don't know her so I can't speak to [whether or not she'll be a candidate]. But I would say that America's going to fall in love with her from [her reality series, Sarah Palin's Alaska]. When I saw that first episode, I went, 'Whoa! She is charming and very likable.'"

Asked whether the thought of Palin's running for office scares her, Oprah said:
"It does not scare me because I believe in the intelligence of the American public."

Source: the online "Parade."

From the Fruitful Mind of the editor, J David Smithson. Sheer humility drives him to say, "This is one of my best efforts." We agree.

If you want to help with The Cause, this is one of the more effective avenues available. I know, everyone is begging for money. I live in California. With consistent regularity, I turn down the state's GOP requests for funding. Until they disallow the likes of an Arnold Schwarzenegger or a Michael Bloomberg or a Lisa Murkowski, I have no intentions of supporting the GOP on the state or national level. But money is needed and the The Cause is the correction we must pursue. By "The Cause," I have in mind various TEA party groups (but not all) and conservative action minded think tanks such as The Heritage Foundation.

Look, I am as middle class as they come. I never "have any money" to give away, but the grassroots rebellion to what has been going on since the hippie days of Nancy Pelosi and the Marxists traitors making up a huge part of the Baby Boom generation, can no longer be allowed free reign in this nation.

It was my generation that fought Viet Nam. It was my generation that threw bags of crap at their returning classmates. When I typify the current Left as "Marxist," I know exactly what I am talking about. I went to college with these punks. They were anti-government back then, insisted on a degree of free speech that allowed them to protest, scream "f you" in the public square, burn down construction sites and care lots, and generally make asses of themselves.

And now, years later, these brain dead druggies, my ex-classmates, are running our government and teaching your kids in school - and I am not just talking about college. They are opposed to the private home schooling of your children, to those who now stand in opposition to the federal government, to any sort of speech that offends members of their coalition, and to the use of the written or spoken word if stated in opposition to their agenda (hence, Obama's assault on the Internet and free political speech in general) . They are One Worlders, secularists who laugh in the face of God, existentialists to the core having no moral authority but that which is borne of their own creation.

Without the United States of America, there would be no freedom in this world. This bunch of mindless misfits sees no reason to oppose the likes of Putin or Chavez or Castro or the midget morons ruling Iran and North Korea. Say what you will about Bush 43, at least he believed in the high value of political freedom and the necessity of sharing that political value with the nations of this world.

As I write this post, the youth in Iran and Venezuela are in open rebellion to freedoms lost and what are "we" doing to support them? Absolutely nothing.

Will this nation continue to be the Evangelist of Freedom or surrender to the Marxist/Mao collectivists that currently have great influence among us?

Understand that the nature of the political battle has changed. Why the notable increase in venomous rhetoric? Because those of us who thought the Beatles were idiots have finally woken up. The shit-throwers we went to school with have moved into our Universities (ala Bill Ayers) and our government without any protest from their better half. Today, that better half has come alive. We would still be asleep if not for Obama. His decision to leave off incrementalism while moving toward fundamental change has caught our attention. Because of Obama, the radical nature of the Leftist Marxists has become undeniable. His wife, no less the radical Black Liberationist, has talked about the need to develop a "new history," to "move in a different direction."

The snakes have crawled out from under the rocks. They are, now, in plain view and their "sudden appearing" has scared the hell out of all of us who love the ideals of our Founders and respect the sacrifices of our military. Understand that Leftist One Worlders have never fought an American war, have never rescued peoples from their tyrannical over-lords, have never shown honor to the reason our friends and family members fought and died for this great nation. Never.

Ah, but I digress !!

Point of this post: to do a little ranting and to say this: Get off your gigantic couch cushion (that would be your butt) and write a check for $25. Click on the link, below, and give before that gift becomes meaningless.
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Obama's new focus. . . . . Not to worry

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Here is the plan. They are going to rebrand Pelosi and reconstitute Obama . . . rots of ruck.

Midway through Philip Rucker and Paul Kane's story about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's transition to minority leader comes an interesting bit of news. The California Democrat, vilified by Republicans in the last election, has turned to director Steven Spielberg for help rebranding House Democrats. . . . READ MORE

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If public perceptions are accurate, we have this disconnect revealed : Obama versus his constituency.

From Rasmussen, we have this summary opening statement:

For the first time since he became president, only 35% of voters say Barack Obama thinks society is fair and decent. That’s almost half as many as voters who hold that belief themselves.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 49%, on the other hand, say Obama thinks society is unfair and discriminatory. Another 16% are not sure how Obama feels about society. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But those views are not at all in line with voters’ views. Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters feel society is fair and decent, while just 24% disagree and think it is unfair and discriminatory. Another 13% are not sure. That’s a higher level of optimism than voters had a month ago.. . . . READ MORE >>>>

Editor's notes: there is no doubt that Mr. and Mrs. Obama's see America through the radicalized eyes of the Black Complainant, i.e. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Bill Ayers, Maxine Waters, Malcome X, Stokely Carmichael, the whole of the Congressional Black Caucus, The Tides Foundation and related Socialist groups (google any number of these entities), Van Jones, Annita Dunn, Eric Holder, and on and on.

We believe the conservative rhetorical machine has been most successful in revealing the Obama's for the biases that drive their political efforts . . . . Charles Krauthammer's glowing praise aside.

We are most disgusted with Krauthammer's persistent idiocy when it comes to the "comeback kid" of Krauthammer's fantasy projections. Mr. K believes the successes of Obama's Administration are both amazing and totally unexpected.

Too bad Kraut doesn't read any number of conservative blogs including Midknight Review. This is a congress that has a majority of 58 Democrat Senators and 255 Democrats in the House when 217 is all that is needed to pass legislation. Of course they were going to get the job done !!

Kraut notes the Tax Compromise as an Obama victory. Nonsense. Obama criticized the Bush tax cuts for the rich as immoral, over and over again and, yet, in the end, accepted these cuts while praising them as necessary to the future recovery. If the GOP cannot use this against Obama in 2012, they should be condemned to listening to never ending Obama praise from the likes Sir Charles.

DADT is seen as a major success of this Administration when, in fact, if it becomes a free speech issue within the military, he will pay a price for this legislation, not to mention the fact that the courts were about to reverse the policy on their own. Let's not forget that Obama begged the Courts to wait, in order to get the credit, himself, for passing this bill when it should have been law two years ago.

The New START treatise will be long forgotten by 2012. Since it does not include any other nuclear powers except Russia, the notion that we are safer as a nation is almost humorous.

During the Lame Duck session, Obama and his cronies lost the opportunity to sculpt their own spending agenda for Obama's second fiscal year in office. The 1.27 trillion dollar Omnibus bill, defeated just last week, is a colossal legislative/tactical error on the part of the Dems. One billion dollars were in this bill to fund healthcare, not to mention billions more in earmarks and aid to union legacy programs. As we write this post, none of this money is now available to the Administration and their world of lobbyists and unions.

The 9/11 Responders Bill is much more a GOP victory than one that politically benefits the Administration. Understand that GOP leadership, under heavy fire from its own members, took a stand against spending 8.2 billion dollars, met behind closed doors with the Senate Democrats and worked out a deal that would extend free care for 5 years, cutting costs by 50%, saving the American taxpayer 4.2. billion while helping those who need it most.

Sorry, but Obama was not nearly as successful as Krauthammer and others might pretend, especially when one remembers the grave disadvantage held by the Republicans during all of 2009 and 2010.