Saturday, March 28, 2009

200,000 Catholics Petition University Of Notre Dame To Rescind Invite To Obama As Graduation Speaker

Notre Dame

Obama Notre Dame invite stirs Catholic debate
AP Religion Writer

In American Catholicism, it doesn't get much bigger than Notre Dame. So when the university known for its golden dome, "Touchdown Jesus" mural and rigorous academics invited President Barack Obama to speak at its commencement and receive an honorary degree in May, it stoked both pride and anger on campus and nationwide.

By giving a platform to a politician whose record on abortion and stem cell research clashes with core church teachings about human life, the private Catholic school on the plains of northern Indiana renewed an impassioned debate about what it means to be Catholic.

The Notre Dame administration knew it was entering a political minefield. But the intensity of the reaction in the week since Obama accepted demonstrates the depths to which Catholics are divided about how Catholic individuals and institutions should engage politics in a pluralistic society.

Adding to the rancor, the Obama invite comes after an election that frustrated the Catholic right and featured prominent Catholic voices making a case for Obama. Early moves by the Obama White House — such as lifting restrictions on overseas family planning groups that perform abortions and on stem cell research that destroys embryos — have prompted some U.S. bishops to challenge the new administration.

"This has sparked something beyond the usual right-left controversy," said David Gibson, a Catholic author of books on Pope Benedict XVI and the U.S. church. "Whether you're for or against the decision to invite him is morphing into kind of an X-ray of where everybody stands in the Catholic church."

On one hand, Notre Dame's overture to Obama is in keeping with the university's record of seeking newly elected presidents from both political parties as commencement speakers. Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have spoken to Notre Dame graduates months after taking office.

Yet with Obama the outcry was swift and fierce. Protests were launched by the Pro-Life Action League and the Cardinal Newman Society, a conservative Catholic group that monitors Catholic universities and colleges for adherence to orthodoxy on abortion, especially. Some Catholics think that view is too narrow.

The Notre Dame president, the Rev. John Jenkins, has said Obama will be honored as an "inspiring leader" facing challenges from the economy, two wars, health care, and immigration and health care reform.

Jenkins also singled out Obama, the first African-American president, as a healer of racial wounds. That is of special significance at Notre Dame because retired university president the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, 91, linked arms with Martin Luther King Jr. and served on the first U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

The Obama invitation, Jenkins has emphasized, does not condone or endorse Obama's positions on stem cells or abortion but the visit is "a basis for further positive engagement."

That argument has been assailed by Catholics for whom abortion is of paramount importance.

"Commencement is not an occasion for debate," said Catholic theologian George Weigel, a Pope John Paul II biographer. "Commencement is not an opportunity to set the foundations for a dialogue. Commencement and the award of an honorary degree is a statement on the part of the university this is a life worth emulating."

Most U.S. bishops have not spoken out on the matter, deferring to Bishop John D'Arcy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, who is boycotting the ceremony. Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix made public a letter to Jenkins labeling the invitation to Obama "a public act of disobedience" to U.S. bishops.

Five years ago, bishops adopted a statement that declared: "The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."

By inviting Obama, Notre Dame is thumbing its nose at the Catholic church and "forfeited its right to call itself a Catholic university," Ralph McInerny, a professor of medieval studies and philosophy, wrote on the Web site The Catholic Thing.

R. Scott Appleby, a Notre Dame history professor, said the last thing the university wants to do is thumb its nose at any bishop or the church. He said it's important to note that Obama is not a Catholic, and that most bishops have focused on dissenting views of Catholic politicians.

Past Notre Dame invitations have drawn protests as well, said Douglas Kmiec, a Catholic law professor and former Reagan administration lawyer whose endorsement of Obama last year was controversial. Many on campus viewed Reagan as unsympathetic to the church's social justice mission, he said. When Bush spoke in 2001 about the disintegration of the family, many graduates wore white arm bands to protest the selection.

Kmiec, who taught at Notre Dame for 20 years and supports the invitation to Obama, called it a sign of a mature university and further evidence that religion is now firmly part of the public discourse.

"Religion has been invited into the public square," Kmiec said. "Our voice is being heard. But we now will presume to exclude from the religious venue the public voices that have the duty and responsibility to people of many different faiths and no faith at all? That seems to be an ironic way to return a favor."

Other Catholic campuses have been roiled by controversies over commencement speakers. In 2007, President George W. Bush's commencement address at St. Vincent College, a small Catholic school in Latrobe, Pa., triggered protests over the Iraq war, which was opposed by the Vatican and U.S. bishops.

This year's scheduled commencement speaker — U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa. — canceled last week without explanation. Some Catholic conservatives have criticized Casey, who opposes abortion, for his positions on federal funding of contraception and legalization of same-sex marriages.

On the Notre Dame campus, where crucifixes hang in classrooms and more than 80 Masses are said every week, the Obama invitation is generating a range of responses.

"I don't think you have to cut yourself off from everyone who disagrees with you," said Cathleen Kaveny, a Notre Dame professor of law and theology who served on the Obama campaign's Catholic advisory committee.

"President Obama will see a wonderful graduating class of people who are supportive of his agenda of the common good and supportive of affirming the dignity of every human being, but who also want to say to him 'We want to extend that to another class of people — those who are not born.'"

Most students are excited Obama is coming, and some are embarrassed by "the idea that Notre Dame is a radical place and that everyone is up and arms, when it's not," said Gavin Payne, a senior from Seattle.

"Commencement addresses are supposed to be optimistic: 'Go out in to the world and do good,'" said David Wilbur, a senior accounting major from Washington, who opposes abortion but supports the university's invitation to Obama. "He's not coming here to change us or try to make us be pro-choice."

Even among students staunchly opposed to the Obama invitation, there is angst. Greer Hannan, executive editor of the Irish Rover, an independent Catholic student newspaper, thinks the image of an abortion rights supporter dressed in Notre Dame doctoral robes standing next to the university president will not promote dialogue but rather honor positions in conflict with core Catholic teaching.

At the same time, Hannan worried that third-party groups will use the controversy to promote partisan political agendas and do it "in bad taste," using tactics like graphic posters of aborted fetuses.

"Here at Notre Dame we truly have an integrated understanding of respect for life and social justice — respect for life at all stages," said Greer, a senior from nearby Mishawaka, Ind. "Some of these groups call themselves pro-life but in ways that are exclusive to other marginalized groups in our society."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

European Union President: "'Obama's Policies Are A Road To Hell'"

Europe is typically used as the standard reference for all progressives regarding what America should one day hope to be. For some reason I don't figure that this speech is going to be too popular on the DailyKOS
EU Leader Says Obama's Economic Policies Are ‘Road to Hell’

European Union President Mirek Topolanek told the European parliament Wednesday that Obama's economic policies were harmful to the U.S. economy and the global economy.

In response, the White House said it did not think the criticism would disrupt President Barack Obama’s meeting with European leaders next week.

“All these steps, these combinations and permanency, is the road to hell,” said Topolanek, who is also the president of the Czech Republic. “We need to read history books and the lessons of history, and the biggest success of the EU is the refusal to go this way.”

Topolanek cited the $787-billion stimulus package geared toward reviving the economy and the administration’s proposed $1-trillion plan to buy up toxic assets. The EU president’s rebuke came the week prior to the Group of 20 (G-20) meeting on April 2 in London.

“Americans will need liquidity to finance all their measures and they will balance this with the sale of their bonds,” Topolanek said. “But this will undermine the liquidity of the global financial market.”

European leaders from other countries have expressed concern about U.S. policies while Obama has called for every country to step up to get the economy working again. Topolanek’s comments were the strongest by any European leader.

The comments also come one day after the Czech parliament cast a “no confidence” vote against Topolanek, ousting him from office.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed Topolanek’s remark and said it would not complicate the G-20 meeting.

“The president looks forward to his first meeting with the EU as an opportunity to discuss issues of transatlantic cooperation,” Gibbs said. “We’re going to be in Prague. He looks forward to a deepening relationship with the Czech people.”

Gibbs also brought up the political problems facing Topolanek.

Obama Supporters: "Obama Promised Us That He Would Not Have DEA Raids On Our Marijuana Clincs

Federal raid on California marijuana dispensary has cannabis advocates clamoring for answers

The best line of the video was the guy who said that it must have been "hold over DEA agents" that didn't get news of the new policy.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

The only thing worse than a blind Obama follower believing the promises of the Obama Administration is a Blind Obama follower that is HIGH ON WEED because of his glaucoma treatments saying such things.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Obama Artwork Part I

Iranian Leader To Obama: "You are not the change we can believe in"

Iran's supreme leader dismisses Obama overtures

It is strange how much Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sound so much like America leftwing activists who practice "Blame America First" in their assessment of US foreign policies. These groups can find more fault in Dick Cheney than they can in Iran and Syria.

Khamenei holds the last word on major policy decisions, and how Iran ultimately responds to any concrete U.S. effort to engage the country will depend largely on his say.

In his most direct assessment of Obama and prospects for better ties, Khamenei said there will be no change between the two countries unless the American president puts an end to U.S. hostility toward Iran and brings "real changes" in foreign policy.

"They chant the slogan of change but no change is seen in practice. We haven't seen any change," Khamenei said in a speech before a crowd of tens of thousands in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Obama May Charge Veteran's Insurance Companies For Their Care - Did Some One Say "Rape Kit"?

Plan to bill veterans’ insurance for treatment draws fire

In my years of observation of certain events it has become clear that it is not the OUTRAGEOUS ACTION that matters. What matters most are the people who give the story LEGS!!

Thus, despite the fact that the Obama Administration's proposal to charge the insurance company that a veteran has for medical care rather than the government itself funding it sounding eerily like the trumped up claims against VP candidate Sarah Palin's "rape kit" controversy in Alaska - rest assure the key operatives in the media that traveled up to Alaska to bring this issue into the forefront have no particular inclination to do the same against the Obama administration.

I will give Lou Dobbs credit for hamming all who sit in the seat of power equally.
This is NOT going to appear on Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow. They might ATTACK THE ATTACKERS but they are not going to attack Obama.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Working FOR Obama Or FOR You Own Interests? I Am Not So Sure Any More

Today I received an e-mail from a friend who told me that a poll on MSNBC which asked the public to grade Obama had him at an "F".

My friend told me that Republicans had been going to the site and thus dragging down his score and that I should go to the web site and vote to reverse this attack by the evil Republicans.

How Is President Obama Doing So Far?

Now let me think? Again this blog is not about Obama but about YOU.

In this poll put up by MSNBC which is non-scientific and has no control over who can vote and how many different computers they can go to and cast their vote.......WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN at the end of the day?

  • How many Inner City Schools will start producing quality education depending ont he grade?
  • How many new jobs are going to be created?
  • How many less assaults or robberies are going to take place?

Some people's attachment to the fate of Obama trumps their own take on what they will ever actually get from the government regardless of whom is in office.

Sadly these type of antics will continue for the duration.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Joe Biden's "Web Number" Technological Blunder Fails To Trigger Attacks From The Usual Subjects

How many "old conservatives" over the years have been attacked for making references to technological subjects that showed them "out of touch" with the times?

Oh how things have changed!! Take a listen right now in the aftermath of Vice President Joe Biden's comments.

I don't watch the Daily Show or Colbert. Does anyone know if they are hitting Biden over this?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Terrorists Are Emboldened; Talking Now That The Threat Of Torture Has Been Lifted

9/11 suspects: 'We are terrorists to the bone'

I can see little difference between these men and SOME anarchist, leftwing forces in this nation who think the same thing about many of the subjects that these guys rant about.

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show made more of an issue of them being possibly tortured than he said anything about what they would do to him as a Jew if they were free. But it is indeed nice to live in a world where your "abstractions" don't cost you your life.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The self-professed mastermind and four other men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks declared they are "terrorists to the bone" in a statement that mocked the U.S. failure to prevent the killings and predicted America will fall like "the towers on the blessed 9/11 day."

In a rambling response to the government's case, the men also sought to justify the attacks, citing a violent interpretation of Islam and a series of grievances against the U.S., including support for Israel, the Iraq war and abuses at Abu Ghraib prison and in Guantanamo.

"To us, they are not accusations. To us they are badges of honor, which we carry with pride," the men wrote in the six-page document, which was released Tuesday by a military judge over the objections of the Pentagon-appointed lawyers for two of the men.

"So, you are the first class war criminals," they added, "and the whole world witnesses this."

The five, who are among 245 prisoners held at the U.S. military lockup in Cuba, include Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the professed architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, and Ramzi Binalshibh, allegedly one of his key lieutenants in al-Qaida.

Both men previously said they were proud of their role in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon — and all five had said they wanted to plead guilty. But this is their most detailed statement to date.

The men do not go into details of their roles in the plot, but they call the charge of conspiracy "laughable" and mock U.S. authorities for being unable to prevent the attacks. "Blame yourselves and your failed intelligence apparatus."

They also predict defeat for the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan and the overall collapse of America. "Your end is very near and your fall will be just as the fall of the towers on the blessed 9/11 day."

The five, who could face the death penalty if convicted on charges that include murder and terrorism, were at a pretrial hearing in Guantanamo when President Barack Obama abruptly suspended all war-crimes proceedings pending a review of the much-criticized system for prosecuting terrorists created by Congress and the Bush administration.

They will still be tried, but under what type of system has not yet been determined. The proceedings, however, will probably not be at Guantanamo since Obama has ordered the detention center closed within a year.

Three of the defendants have been acting as their own lawyers but two of the men, Binalshibh and Mustafa al-Hawsawi, still have Pentagon-appointed military attorneys pending a court ruling on whether they are mentally competent to represent themselves.

Their lawyers, Army Maj. Jon Jackson and Navy Cmdr. Suzanne Lachelier, said they had not met with their clients to discuss the document and cannot say what may have motivated the men to sign it — or even vouch for its authenticity. They said the judge should not have released it.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon called the filing "merely another attempt by these detainees to garner publicity."

Others said the statement provide some insight into the defendants.

"We must never be complacent about this hateful, hateful group of individuals who are out to harm us," said Maureen Santora, whose New York City firefighter son was killed at the World Trade Center. "They are unrelenting in their mission to destroy America."

Brian Jenkins, a senior adviser on terrorism at the RAND Corp., said the statement appears to be aimed at attracting support and recruits abroad by portraying the men as Muslim warriors defending a religion under siege.

"You have to continue to campaign even while you are in captivity, and the way to do that is to broadcast your beliefs so you will inspire others," Jenkins said.

Flagg Miller, a professor of religious studies at the University of California, Davis, said he was struck by the language of the Sept. 11 defendants, who write more harshly than the top al-Qaida leaders seeking to portray themselves in a more diplomatic light as defenders of world justice.

Miller said he was struck by such phrases as "We are terrorists to the bone," which suggests a dramatic attempt to shock the public and sow fear.

"It's saying 'If this is where the roller coaster is going, then we're going to ride it to the end," said Miller, who has been analyzing thousands of hours of tapes of Osama bin Laden. "This is a performance, and they are good at it."

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dear President Obama - Please Tell The Democrats To Leave My School Choice Alone


Don't be tricked by the plight of these REAL BLACK KIDS who will have their scholarship taken away from them. INSTEAD you need to focus on the fact that the Heritage Foundation, a WHITE CONSERVATIVE GROUP is behind these messages.


We must all stick together and fight the real enemy of Black people.....NO NO NO. Not ignorance!!! I am talking about the Republican Party is our enemy.

If we have to send these Black kids back to the failing public schools that they come from - it is indeed WORTH IT because we beat back the Republicans!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Obama's Proposed Elimination Of Charitable Deductions About To Make Maya Angelou's Words Come To Be

Some Fear Obama Tax Hikes Will Hurt Charities

A study released this week by Bank of America and conducted by the Center on Philanthropy shows 47 percent of affluent households say they would give less if their tax deductions for charitable giving were eliminated, though 52 percent said it wouldn't matter.

Recall that during her 80th birthday celebration poet Maya Angelou made the statement " Any corporation that donates money to charitable organizations for the sake of receiving a tax credit has NOT done a charitable act. Charity is the giving of your excess to another person for the benefit of sharing your wealth with them".

It appears that the Obama Administration, seeking to take away this tax deduction is about to put this to the test.

(Note: I agreed with Ms. Angelou but added a complementary statement to bear out this entire truth:

A government official who promotes social entitlements for the benefit of the poor making use of TAXES that are CONFISCATED FROM PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS without any voluntary element of their own choosing has NOT executed a charitable act either because one has no choice in paying their taxes.)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Vying For Cover By Shifting Focus Toward Characters That Are Unsavory To The Base

After the left takes their hatred out on Rush Limbaugh and the Republicans of the past - the general public are going to realize how much they have been used.

It is ironic that the national Democratic Party is now doing what the "Democrats who are Black" always do - Obtain a measure of immunity and a blank check in forging ahead by constant reference of "We are only attempting to undo the damage that was done to us."

Any FAILURE that is amassed is blamed on "the opposition" being far more difficult than had been anticipated. Such failure is not grounds for purging. Instead it fortifies their call for MORE POWER so that they can "try harder" and be successful.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Angry And Resentful Anti-Capitalist Obama Supporters & CNN

So now I see!!

When Congress had lower ratings than did Bush for the past 2 years they were focused upon the REPUBLICANS in Congress....even though the Democrats were running Congress for the past two years.

Thank you CNN. I get it now.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Candidate Obama: No Earmarks; President Obama - "What Earmarks? I Don't See Any Marks On Anyone's Ears"

Updated 4:42 p.m. EDT, Tue April 15, 2008

Obama: No earmarks for 2009

Last year Sen. Barack Obama, submitted a laundry list of federal funding requests, known as earmarks, to the Senate Appropriations Committee: 112 earmarks totaling more than $330 million in taxpayer funds.

But that was last year.

This year, as the Senate funding request deadline approaches and the final primaries of the Democratic nomination process draw near, Obama's staff told CNN the junior senator from Illinois will request no earmarks for fiscal year 2009.

The dramatic change is in line with a statement Obama issued last month in connection with an amendment calling for a one-year moratorium on earmarks in the Senate.

The amendment, sponsored by federal earmark foe Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, was shot down by a vote of 79-21.

"We can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress' seniority, rather than the merit of the project," Obama's statement said.

"The entire earmark process needs to be re-examined and reformed. For that reason, I will be supporting Sen. DeMint's amendment and will not be requesting earmarks this year for Illinois," the statement added.

MSNBC: Obama Popular, GOP Sux - Who Cares About The Economy? Americans Like HOPE!!

Poll: Obama's rating at all-time high

WASHINGTON - After Barack Obama's first six weeks as president, the American public's attitudes about the two political parties couldn't be more different, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.

Despite the country's struggling economy and vocal opposition to some of his policies, President Obama's favorability rating is at an all-time high. Two-thirds feel hopeful about his leadership and six in 10 approve of the job he's doing in the White House.

"What is amazing here is how much political capital Obama has spent in the first six weeks," said Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. "And against that, he stands at the end of this six weeks with as much or more capital in the bank."

By comparison, the Republican Party — which resisted Obama's recently passed stimulus plan and has criticized the spending in his budget — finds its favorability at an all-time low. It also receives most of the blame for the current partisanship in Washington and trails the Democrats by nearly 30 percentage points on the question of which party could best lead the nation out of recession.

But the poll also shows potential dangers for Obama and the Democrats. For instance, there's a sizable gap between the president's personal popularity and the popularity of his policies.

And it contains some hope for Republicans, given the public's concerns about the costs of Obama’s policies and programs. "When does gravity begin for President Obama?" McInturff asked.

Obama’s high marks
In the survey, 68 percent have a favorable opinion of the president, including 47 percent whose opinion is "very positive" — both all-time highs for Obama in the poll. Moreover, 67 percent say they feel more hopeful about his leadership and 60 percent approve of his job in the White House.

Yet the percentage of Americans who are confident that Obama has the right goals and policies for the country — 54 percent — is slightly smaller, suggesting that the president is more popular than his policies are. An example: 57 percent tend to support the stimulus, compared with 34 percent who tend to oppose it.

Still, these attitudes about Obama have helped fuel a big jump in the percentage of Americans who believe the U.S. is headed in the right direction, according to the poll. In January’s NBC/Journal poll, 26 percent said the country was on the right track; now 41 percent think that.

McInturff attributes this jump to Democrats who have been pleased by Obama’s actions — such as the stimulus’ passage, his announcement that he will close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and his declaration that most U.S. troops will be out of Iraq by Aug. 2010. “If you’re a Democrat, that’s a pretty good six weeks compared to the last eight years in their mind,” he said.

A “long leash”
These high marks for Obama come at a time when Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the economy. Only seven percent say they're satisfied about the state of the economy, which is an all-time low in the poll. What's more, a whopping 76 percent believe the economy still has a ways to go before it hits rock bottom.

Obama, Hart says, "has done a Herculean job in raising the spirits and mood of the American public against what is an economic tsunami."

According to the poll, part of the reason why Obama's numbers remain high despite these economic concerns is that the public doesn't blame the president for the current state of the economy. Eighty-four percent say this is an economy Obama inherited, and two-thirds of those people think he has at least a year before he's responsible for it.

"That's a long leash," McInturff says. "It normally doesn't last that long. But believe me, that's a good place to start."

Yet McInturff cautions that while these numbers suggest a patient public, "Americans are notoriously impatient people."

A tough six weeks for the GOP
While the poll — which was conducted of 1,007 adults from Feb. 26 to March 1, and which has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points — finds Obama in a strong position after his first six weeks as president, the same isn't true for Republicans.

Just 26 percent view the Republican Party positively, which is an all-time low for the party. That's compared with 49 percent who have a favorable view of the Democratic Party.

In addition, a combined 56 percent say the previous Bush administration deserved "almost all" of the blame or a "major part" of the blame for the partisanship in Washington, and a combined 41 percent say the same of congressional Republicans.

By contrast, only 24 percent say that of congressional Democrats and just 11 percent say that of the Obama administration.

Also, the public overwhelmingly believes the GOP's opposition to Obama's policies and programs is based on politics: 56 percent say they're trying to gain political advantage, versus 30 percent who say they're standing up for their principles.

Finally, Americans don't seem to have confidence in the Republican Party when it comes to the economy. By a 48-20 percent margin, they think the Democratic Party would do a better job of getting the country out of the recession.

Republicans, Hart argues, "have been tone deaf to the results of the 2008 election... They never heard the message. They continue to preach the old-time religion."

McInturff, the GOP pollster, agrees. "These are difficult and problematic numbers."

Concerns about pork and spending
Nevertheless, Republicans can take comfort that some of its political messages are resonating with the public. The top three concerns about Obama's stimulus were that it contains too much pork-barrel spending, that its tax cuts are too small and that the spending is focused in the wrong areas.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Propaganda Over "Green Jobs" - Switch From $20 Per Hour To $50

Growing excitement, expectations for green jobs corps

Excuse me VP Biden - please help me out.
IF one of the key hurdles to the adoption of "Green Energy" is going to be the comparative higher costs as related to oil and is it that you can dangle the carrot of "$50 per hour jobs" as a justification? Do you notice that you all focus more on the WORKER'S benefit by the Green jobs than you focus on the CONSUMER who will have to purchase this equipment and install it?

There is a lot of smoke in the air, Mr Biden. I hope that when it clears that you can substantiate your claims.

At a summit in Philadelphia on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden said people who make $20 per hour before a green jobs training program can make $50 per hour after. On average, the clean-energy jobs pay 10 to 20 percent more than similar work outside the field, he said.

Adding to the enthusiasm, Biden cited a recent case in Chicago where a maker of energy-efficient windows intends to gradually rehire 250 workers who were laid off when their window company closed late last year.

There is a "very direct" correlation between the stimulus package and Serious Materials' ability to reopen the plant, said Sandra Vaughan, chief marketing officer for the California-based company.

But not all signs for green industries are so positive.

Wind and solar companies have cut staff and stalled new projects as the credit crisis has tied up money, meaning banks are less able to invest in renewable energy.

In the short term, that will make things difficult for the newly trained green work force, said Kathy Werle, dean of applied sciences and technology at San Jose City College, in California, which offers associate degrees in solar panel installation.

"Right now, money is so tight. People can't borrow money to put solar on their homes," she said.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

US Boycotts "UN Conference On Racism" - Leftist Groups Who Attacked Bush For The Same Are Thus Far Silent In Their Attacks Upon Obama

Obama Administration To Boycott Durban II

This is a blog dedicated to YOU.....the Barack Obama supporter.

My goal is to inspect your action in the wake of Barack Obama's actions. When President Obama does something that you spat on Bush for doing - I expect you to SPIT just the same.

Be we all know the deal right?

This conference on racism is very important to the leftists in America. After all of the rukus of 7 years ago or so - you all just knew that a Democrat regime running the nation and a Black president that they would join in with the Palestinians and attack the "racist Zionists" (your word).

Jewish groups have joined in praising the US decision to withdraw from a UN-sponsored conference on racism, and say they hope that European countries will follow suit. Widely called "Durban II," the conference is scheduled for April in Geneva.

In a statement issued by the Anti-Defamation League, its national chairman, Glen S. Lewy, said, "We applaud the administration for refusing to participate in a process that would in any way brand Israel as a racist country."

Moishe Smith, president of B'nai B'rith International, said that while the group was "never pleased to walk away from international discussions in critical areas like racism, we credit the Obama administration for its good faith effort."

US President Barack Obama was originally inclined to participate in the World Conference Against Racism, set to open on April 20, and even sent a delegation to Geneva for the preparations. But the US rescinded its involvement when the delegation determined that the conference's proposed draft resolutions would be blatantly anti-Israel and were unable to change the content.

"A conference based on this text would be a missed opportunity to speak clearly about the persistent problem of racism," said Robert Wood, the State Department's spokesman.

The first Durban conference in 2001 was attended by the US and Israel, and both withdrew after just a few days due to the virulently anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic nature of much of its content. Critics have long believed that Durban II would be even worse.

Tom Daschel - I Think Obama Is Talking To You - "Bring It On" Says Obama To The Lobbyists

Obama Challenges Lobbyists to a Legislative Duel

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama challenged the nation's vested interests to a legislative duel Saturday, saying he will fight to change health care, energy and education in dramatic ways that will upset the status quo.

"The system we have now might work for the powerful and well-connected interests that have run Washington for far too long," Obama said in his weekly radio and video address. "But I don't. I work for the American people."

He said the ambitious budget plan he presented Thursday will help millions of people, but only if Congress overcomes resistance from deep-pocket lobbies.

"I know these steps won't sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they're gearing up for a fight," Obama said, using tough-guy language reminiscent of his predecessor, George W. Bush. "My message to them is this: So am I."

The bring-it-on tone underscored Obama's combative side as he prepares for a drawn-out battle over his tax and spending proposals. Sometimes he uses more conciliatory language and stresses the need for bipartisanship. Often he favors lofty, inspirational phrases.

On Saturday, he was a full-throated populist, casting himself as the people's champion confronting special interest groups that care more about themselves and the wealthy than about the average American.

Some analysts say Obama's proposals are almost radical. But he said all of them were included in his campaign promises. "It is the change the American people voted for in November," he said.

Nonetheless, he said, well-financed interest groups will fight back furiously.

Its this emblematic of the CHANGE that has taken place in this nation?
Former President Bush was attacked for saying "Bring it on" to the terrorists who sought to attack our nation. He was attacked previously for calling "Iraq, Iran and North Korea" as "The Axis Of Evil".

Now we have President Obama using the same vernacular against "DOMESTIC TERRORISTS who threaten the United States". No I am not talking about a SLEEPER CELL!!

I am talking about the Health Care Insurance lobby. Having just attended a "Single Payer Health Care" symposium this week - I am none too surprised with Obama's stance. He is but a more "insider" version of the extreme left progressives that sponsored the event. Where as they are of the opinion that THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT HAVE ANY SCARCITY, Obama's budget which doubles the size of the federal government in one fell swoop has the POWER and AUTHORITY to test this theory. We will soon see, in my opinion, if our fiat currency can indeed mask the "scarcity" of economic resources and the natural rationing that must take place in order to have a credible system. After all - if we could just print up money and make everyone millionaires - all of our problems would go away, indeed.

Fear not, Obama seems to take the view similar to what I had heard this week - If we could just get rid of the Insurance companies who suck the money out of our heath care system in PROFITS......the money left would be able to fund EVERYONE and we could not only retain but INCREASE the quality of care.

As more and more people are removed from the federal tax rolls and they receive an increasing amount of resources from the federal government - we will begin to see that "the good ole days" were not so bad after all.

"We're struck with how bold and courageous a budget it is," said James Horney of the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which supports the president. "There are a whole lot of things that are going to be extremely difficult because there are very powerful vested interests out there that will fight them."

Obama is not simply proposing a budget that assumes a jaw-dropping deficit of $1.75 trillion this year, a quadruple increase from the year before. He's trying to redirect strong currents in American society.

The wealthiest 5 percent would pay a whopping $1 trillion in higher taxes over the next decade, while most others would get tax cuts. Industries would buy and trade permits to emit heat-trapping gases. Higher-income older people would pay more for government health insurance benefits. Drug companies would receive smaller profits from the government. Banks would play a much smaller role in student loans.
Obama's budget faces huge hurdles

Stop right there. IF you are DOUBLING THE FEDERAL BUDGET from $2,000 to $3,600 per year but the new revenues from the evil rich people are $100 billion per year........DOES IT TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST to see a big problem?

I get the sense that LIBERALS are reading up on their talking points as a means of JUSTIFYING the doubling of the Federal budget after years of talking about out of control deficits and reckless spending.

Senator Conrad You Have Sold Out