Archive for September, 2009

Nancy Pelosi would like us to cower at her fear tactics, citing the San Francisco violence in 1977 in comparison to concerned citizens speaking up about the current health care bill. While the health care bill itself is rather scary, those against it are not and just want to have a discussion, but what is frightening is Iran flexing its military muscle.

In the wake of UN General Assembly walk-outs last week, Iran has spent the early goings of this week test firing its longest ranged missiles, Shahab-3 and Sajjil missiles that can travel up to 1200 miles. On top of that, a second nuclear facility in Iran has been discovered and in response, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated Iran will refuse to negotiate its nuclear program at Thursday talks in Geneva. While it was odd that the administration waited until G20 in Pittsburgh to announce the facility rather than at the UN, Iranian hostility is certainly heating up.

President Obama’s solution: sanctions. Sanctions in this case, unless it’s on refined oil, are a lot of hot air that generally won’t effect a regime that’s hell-bent on bringing about the end of the world with any real significance. Even if the sanctions were smartly placed on refined oil there are still ways Iran can deal with it, such as raising gas prices to stop consumers from by buying. So if Obama tells Iran, “I’m not going to let you play with my ball,” and Iran says, “That’s ok. We have our own ball.” What then?

To Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this is a religious thing. His sect of Islam believes that they must create as much chaos as possible in order to bring about their religion’s second coming and end days. Does Obama really believe that he’s going to be able to negotiate peace with those that don’t want peace? And he thinks he has local countries like Russia backing him on this… the same Russia that has been Iran’s leading supplier of weapons for years and is the country that sold Iran nuclear fuel in 2005.

As for other countries like the U.K. and France that stood up with Obama at the Security Council, French president Nicolas Sarkozy believes that Obama is naïve and egotistical. The international community’s confidence in the United States is wavering at the precise wrong time.

One Second After by William R. Forstchen (forward by Newt Gingrich). When the book about the danger of an electromagenetic pulse (EMP) was suggested to me the reference to EMP I could think of was The Matrix. EMP was the only weapon the humans had against the machines (until the second and third movies when they suddenly had large machine guns that could shoot some down). The real-life principal works essentially the same as the movie – a pulse of electromagnetic energy wipes out anything electrical in its path. But that was a movie, so why should we be concerned?

The book One Second After takes a look at life after an EMP attack, which is a distinct possibility. When a nuclear warhead is detonated high in the atmosphere the Compton Effect is created in which gamma rays interact with air molecules produce positive ions and recoil electrons. Charge separation is produced from the radiation and the recoil electrons are ejected leaving the massive positive ions to rain down. The earth’s magnetic field reacts the the ejected recoil electrons and produces a charge acceleration and a pulse is created that is faster than lightening. Science jargon aside, if a nuclear weapon were to be detonated high over Kansas, the resulting EMP would wipe out electricity and electronic equipment for virtually all of the continental United States.

The book is a survival story after such an event has happened. Imagine no power, no cell phone, cars stall out and won’t start again, no radio station to find out what is going on. What happens to a society that has been pampered with electronic and luxuries and suddenly has to fend for itself? That’s what One Second After is about and it isn’t pretty.

Dr. Lowell Wood, a commissioner of the Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, stated that an EMP event would be like a “continental time machine that would move us back to the nineteenth century,” and that “the population [would] shrink until it [could] be supported by the technology.” The coasts which have so much of their food transported in from the Midwest would be ravaged.

One Second After tells the story of John Matherson and his family in the western part of North Carolina and how they try to survive a situation for which no one was prepared. At the outset his daughter is a Type-1 diabetic and his father-in-law is in a nursing home and requires a feeding tube. With no electricity and medicine dwindling (and subject to looting by junkies salivating for a fix), their predicaments become dire. How does a community react to the looting and the food shortage? Do they come together or fall apart, are they able to negotiate at all with other nearby towns, and is there anyone still around that remembers how to live without power?

These are serious questions we have to ask ourselves because the possibility of getting hit with an EMP are real. Consider Iran and their race to become a nuclear country. There’s North Korea lurking. Venezuela is also now asking Iran for aid in seeking out uranium. We’re not ready for such a threat.

When I first entered the U.S. Air Force in 1992, we were still handling a number of TEMPEST computers, systems that were “hardened” with heavy-duty metal and screening to help prevent against unsecure electronic emissions, but would have also provided some protection against EMP. Throughout the 1990s we switched that out for newer, faster equipment from the likes of Sun, IBM, and Dell, but the hardware acquired was the same that any of us could purchase at home – small metal casing with plastic around it. It was cost-effective, but no longer as protected.

We’re not prepared, but if an EMP was to happen, it’s not the computers that I’m worried about. As a society, we’ve lost the knowledge of how to live off the land. How many of us know how to grind wheat and make bread? How to preserve food for long durations of time without a refrigerator or freezer? Most of us don’t hunt and we have a regulatory czar that favors outlawing it. What do we do without properly working indoor plumbing?

We should enjoy the blessings and luxuries that we have , be we should also start educating ourselves again in what we now consider some of the more simplistic things in life. They’re no longer very simplistic when we’ve lost the knowledge and are suddenly thrust into having to use the skills.

There has been a bit of a silence on American Live Wire the past few days, but it is not without reason. First of all, we wanted to leave up the research on the Bloom-Obama-GE-Russia-Iran-Syria connections for the public to take in, especially with the UN General Assembly this week and foreign policy rife. Secondly, I’ve been reading the been One Second After by William R. Forstchen. It is a book I think every American should read, but I will follow up with a book review at a later time. Today is an analysis of President Obama’s speech to the UN yesterday.

Diving right in… (Obama speech in italics)

I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust. Part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies, and a belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others.

First and foremost, we should be looking out for the interests of America. Secondly, America has been the policeman of the world for years, absolutely looking out for the interest of others, freeing nations from oppression, sending billions in aid to third world countries, and promoting democracy. This sounds too apologetic and weak although a couple sentences later Obama claims it’s not.

In this hall, we come from many places, but we share a common future. No longer do we have the luxury of indulging our differences to the exclusion of the work that we must do together. I have carried this message from London to Ankara; from Port of Spain to Moscow; from Accra to Cairo; and it is what I will speak about today — because the time has come for the world to move in a new direction. We must embrace a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and our work must begin now.

Globalization. The words sound rather eloquent, but when you put it all together, it’s one of the focuses of the progressive movement: a one world government.

On my first day in office, I prohibited — without exception or equivocation — the use of torture by the United States of America. (Applause.) I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed, and we are doing the hard work of forging a framework to combat extremism within the rule of law. Every nation must know: America will live its values, and we will lead by example.

You can’t lead with an example of weakness. The more civilized nations of the UN are nodded their head in approval of these things and applauded, while those more ruthless are salivating. If one of their own get detained under suspicions of terror then it’s no more than being tossed in a cell and being asked some questions. There will be no fear of compromised information because hardened terrorists don’t talk under such minor circumstances. They are thanking Obama for securing a breach of their intelligence network.

In Moscow, the United States and Russia announced that we would pursue substantial reductions in our strategic warheads and launchers. At the Conference on Disarmament, we agreed on a work plan to negotiate an end to the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons.

I would love a world completely devoid of nuclear weapons, but with countries like Iran and North Korea trying to develop their own this is simply a fantasy. We don’t need enough to destroy the world 10 times over, but Barack Obama is a man that told us in speeches prior to his election that he would disarm America. Nuclear weapons are just the first step.

To overcome an economic crisis that touches every corner of the world, we worked with the G20 nations to forge a coordinated international response of over $2 trillion in stimulus to bring the global economy back from the brink. We mobilized resources that helped prevent the crisis from spreading further to developing countries. And we joined with others to launch a $20 billion global food security initiative that will lend a hand to those who need it most, and help them build their own capacity.

Awesome… he neglects to mention that unemployment in the U.S. actually went up after his stimulus plan and our budget estimates were adjusted higher by $2 trillion. That $20 billion global food security sounds nice, but it would be even better if he would turn the water back on in California so we can grow crops again and put farm hands back to work.

We’ve also re-engaged the United Nations. We have paid our bills.

Really? And how much are we borrowing from other countries like China? Thought so.

This cannot solely be America’s endeavor. Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world’s problems alone. We have sought — in word and deed — a new era of engagement with the world. And now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.

I actually agree with this part of this point. Too many times America is called upon to bail out other countries from their problems only to be chastised for it later. But if we sit around and wait for other countries to step up to the plate we’ll almost never get anything done because other countries don’t have the cajones.

Consider the course that we’re on if we fail to confront the status quo: Extremists sowing terror in pockets of the world; protracted conflicts that grind on and on; genocide; mass atrocities; more nations with nuclear weapons; melting ice caps and ravaged populations; persistent poverty and pandemic disease. I say this not to sow fear, but to state a fact: The magnitude of our challenges has yet to be met by the measure of our actions.

Well, thanks for the double-speak because that line was absolutely meant to strike fear. And the “melting ice caps” remark is pure bunk since the ice caps have not been shrinking but growing the past couple years.

Franklin Roosevelt, who died before he could see his vision for this institution become a reality, put it this way — and I quote: “The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation…. It cannot be a peace of large nations — or of small nations. It must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.”

Idealism brought to you by the progressives. Can you hear John Lennon singing in the background? Remember, Roosevelt’s idealism kept us in a depression for years and it took a world war to bring us out of it.

In an era when our destiny is shared, power is no longer a zero-sum game. No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation. No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold. The traditional divisions between nations of the South and the North make no sense in an interconnected world; nor do alignments of nations rooted in the cleavages of a long-gone Cold War.

So we’re to be equals with France, Canada, and Libya now? Yeah, that’s the American dream. Again, this is part of the one world all equal rhetoric of the progressives. The United States been a leader in promoting freedom for years, which did rise us above the others as a “super-power.” If that offends other countries then maybe they need to do something to raise their nation up to our level. We’ve been saying for a long time now that we can teach people how to do that. But we shouldn’t devolve ourselves to their level, yet that’s what the agenda of our current administration is.

Today, let me put forward four pillars that I believe are fundamental to the future that we want for our children: non-proliferation and disarmament; the promotion of peace and security; the preservation of our planet; and a global economy that advances opportunity for all people.

Hearing the John Lennon again?

A fragile consensus stands in the way of this frightening outcome, and that is the basic bargain that shapes the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It says that all nations have the right to peaceful nuclear energy; that nations with nuclear weapons have a responsibility to move toward disarmament; and those without them have the responsibility to forsake them. The next 12 months could be pivotal in determining whether this compact will be strengthened or will slowly dissolve.

Well, obviously there are going to be nations that will continue to develop regardless. That’s just the way it is. That’s reality, no matter how much you wish for the opposite.

America intends to keep our end of the bargain. We will pursue a new agreement with Russia to substantially reduce our strategic warheads and launchers. We will move forward with ratification of the Test Ban Treaty, and work with others to bring the treaty into force so that nuclear testing is permanently prohibited. We will complete a Nuclear Posture Review that opens the door to deeper cuts and reduces the role of nuclear weapons. And we will call upon countries to begin negotiations in January on a treaty to end the production of fissile material for weapons.

Oh good… weaken ourselves while hoping beyond hope others comply to the ideal.

Those nations that refuse to live up to their obligations must face consequences.

Like what? And he never does say what. Oh, sure Obama is working with Russia on some sanctions against Iran, but those really aren’t in Russia’s interest. So… invade Iran to go after WMDs? I wonder if Obama would then like the parallels to George W. Bush.

The time has come — the time has come to re-launch negotiations without preconditions that address the permanent status issues: security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees, and Jerusalem. And the goal is clear: Two states living side by side in peace and security — a Jewish state of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people.

Wow… so… Barack Obama just threw Israel under the bus. Contiguous territory for Palestine means splitting Israel. There’s continuous fighting there for a reason and that’s the dispute and to who actually owns that piece of land. Obama pretty much just said that it belongs to the Palestinians… which will fuel the fire in the Israelis, and hurting our alliance with them.

The danger posed by climate change cannot be denied. Our responsibility to meet it must not be deferred. If we continue down our current course, every member of this Assembly will see irreversible changes within their borders. Our efforts to end conflicts will be eclipsed by wars over refugees and resources. Development will be devastated by drought and famine. Land that human beings have lived on for millennia will disappear. Future generations will look back and wonder why we refused to act; why we failed to pass on — why we failed to pass on an environment that was worthy of our inheritance.

Actually, it can be denied, because “climate change” and “global warming” can be refuted. The fear tactics presented in the rest of the paragraph just try to hammer home his (and the progressives) agenda tied to the carbon credit cap-and-trade scheme.

We will move forward with investments to transform our energy economy, while providing incentives to make clean energy the profitable kind of energy. We will press ahead with deep cuts in emissions to reach the goals that we set for 2020, and eventually 2050.

Again, this is reference to the carbon credit scheme that will make a number of companies (ahem, GE) and investors billions of dollars.

The world is still recovering from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Nice how he ties the AMERICAN Great Depression to the rest of the world. Germany was rolling right along during the 1930s.

And that means setting new rules of the road and strengthening regulation for all financial centers, so that we put an end to the greed and the excess and the abuse that led us into this disaster, and prevent a crisis like this from ever happening again.

Anti-capitalism. He’s right on one count – greed and abuse is what hurt us. But implementing more rules and regulations (especially his tax schemes that promotes socialism) will hurt capitalism and the free market system. I also wonder how he can make a statement about greed and excess considering his ties to GE.

Growth will not be sustained or shared unless all nations embrace their responsibilities. And that means that wealthy nations must open their markets to more goods and extend a hand to those with less, while reforming international institutions to give more nations a greater voice.

He doesn’t straight out say it, but this sounds like it’s bordering on a suggestion of global redistribution of wealth.

And that is why we must champion those principles which ensure that governments reflect the will of the people. These principles cannot be afterthoughts — democracy and human rights are essential to achieving each of the goals that I’ve discussed today, because governments of the people and by the people are more likely to act in the broader interests of their own people, rather than narrow interests of those in power.

If he truly believes that then he needs to stop campaigning for his idea of health care reform and start listening to what the people of this nation are telling him, because many more people that oppose the current bill. But since he’s still trumpeting the same rhetoric I can’t believe that he truly believes in the principles he proclaimed. He used it as fluff.

Democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect. Each country will pursue a path rooted in the culture of its people and in its past traditions. And I admit that America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy. But that does not weaken our commitment; it only reinforces it. There are basic principles that are universal; there are certain truths which are self-evident — and the United States of America will never waver in our efforts to stand up for the right of people everywhere to determine their own destiny.

Still trying to get my head around this one. First he says that America is no longer going to be a champion of democracy. Whatever any other country wants to do that’s fine by us and we should embrace that because it’s based on the culture and past traditions of that country. Sounds peachy for those countries that have had a history of totalitarianism. Then he turns around and says we’ve been too selective in our promotion of democracy, our commitment is reinforced, and then he starts paraphrasing Jefferson. So… what’s the real story?

And then he ended it with another quote from the progressive Roosevelt and additional fluff. It was a speech littered with “give peace a chance” mantra, some anti-Israeli speak, and some double-talk that just didn’t jive. But he delivered it, as usual, very nicely.

On September 8, we posted an article about Ron Bloom, our new manufacturing czar, and his involvement with the sale of steel manufacturer Wheeling-Pitt to Esmark which was subsequently sold to OAO Severstal, the largest steel producer in Russia. The deal placed more than half of the U.S. steel industry in the hands of foreign powers. With last week’s controversy over the abandoned missile shield in Poland, a shield which Moscow criticized but was to thwart Iranian missiles, it’s becoming clearer that many roads are leading to Russia. After all, at the end of the week President Obama had set up a business meeting with General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

GE has been looking to further expand its Russian interests. The meeting with Putin was an effort to prioritize Asian resources since Immelt believes Russia can be a great leader in energy and technology. This is not GE’s first foray into Russia. GE Energy’s Sales, Service and Technology Center in Moscow was established in March and GE owns DeltaBank, a Russian financial leader and that country’s largest issuer of credit cards. Incidentally, GE Money also owns Bank BPH, Poland’s third largest bank.

Additionally, GE manages Russian interests in the United States, in particular with Severstal. GE Corporate Lending backed the financing for Severstal steel mill construction in Columbus, Mississippi, and also provided $200 million to Severstal Warren (OH). However, GE isn’t the only major U.S. company cutting deals with Russia. In a deal orchestrated by the U.S. government, GM has sold off its European unit Opel to Canadian auto parts maker Magna and its partner, the Kremlin-controlled bank Sberbank.

With all these Russian financial deals, missile stand-downs, and our president setting up meetings between Immelt and Putin, does this mean that Russia is now our ally? Hardly.

Since July, Russia has:

More concerning is Russia’s relationship with Iran. We’ve been led to believe that Russia will help us negotiate sanctions with Iran, but why would they? Russia has been Iran’s leading supplier of weapons for years and in 2005 they cut a deal with Iran to supply them with nuclear fuel. Now Iran is on the verge of developing nuclear weapons. Just recently, Russia and Iran operated a joint military exercise in the Caspian Sea. And remember that abandoning the Polish missile shield against Iran made Russia happy.

Will the real America please stand up? We elected our officials into office in order to represent the will of the people. Is this our will? Letting Russian companies take over and cuts deals with American industry while they sell weapons to Iran, Venezuela, and Syria? Whatever game the administration is playing with the Russians, they’re losing.

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Services and Technology Center in Moscow

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi approached a podium yesterday with American flags stacked behind her and used scare tactics to push her health care agenda. She made references to the 1978 murders of Mayor George Moscone and city Supervisor Harvey Milk by stating, “I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco.”

She continued to say that, “This kind of rhetoric was very frightening,” and it creates an environment that’s ripe for violence. The violence to which Pelosi was referencing was seen as assassinations in association with a debate over gay rights.

“I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made,” Pelosi went on, and walked away from the podium insisting that the health care plan would have a public option.

It was an effort to quell critics of the current health care proposals, but her remarks have been met with criticism. House Minority Leader John Boehner said Thursday, “Listen, I was at a tea party in Westchester, Ohio on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend with 18,000 people. I saw no signs or any indication of any kind of violence.” He continued, “You’re seeing average Americans who’ve never been involved in the political process taking a more active role in our society and in this debate. And so, you know, I believe it ought to be civilized, but — but Americans are speaking up and they ought to speak up.”

The 9-12 march on Washington which included 75,000+ people by some estimates was a peaceful rally in which there were zero arrests.

The O’Keefe/Giles sting video from San Diego has been released on biggovernment.com. In this latest ACORN revelation, an ACORN employee actually states that he has contacts in Tijuana that could help bring the 13-15 year old El Salvadoran girls across the border. Plus… the ACORN worker actually propositioned Hannah!

Meanwhile, Washington starts to distance itself from ACORN

Update: The U.S. House today joined the Senate in voting to completely defund ACORN, going further than the housing funds that were withdrawn the other day. It passed by a vote of 345-75.

The much anticipated health care plan from Senator Max Baucus was released today to scrutiny from both Republicans and Democrats. While White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the Baucus bill, “an important building block,” the plan would be paid for by $507 billion in cuts to existing government health programs (highly unlikely) and $349 billion in new taxes, including a 35 percent tax on insurance companies for high-cost plans, the cost of which would just be passed on to the consumer. So while the surface is made to look like the reform wouldn’t cost consumer directly, it will cost the consumer indirectly.

Initial comments rolling in:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “This partisan proposal cuts Medicare by nearly a half-trillion dollars, and puts massive new tax burdens on families and small businesses, to create yet another thousand-page, trillion-dollar government program.”

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX): “Seldom have so many waited so long for so little. This isn’t negotiation; it is capitulation to the insurance industry.”

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): “I cannot agree with him on this bill. … There is no way in present form I will vote for it.”

By the way… remember when president Obama stated in his speech before Congress that doctors backed his plan? Investors Business Daily just released a poll which shows that two out of every three practicing physicians in America oppose the current health care bill. More than that, 72% of doctors disagree with the Obama administration that they can accomodate 47 million new patients with better care at a lower cost. Also, 45% said they would consider retiring if Obamacare were implemented, further reducing the number of care providers.

The latest James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles video has hit the Internet at biggovernment.com. This time the target was San Bernadino and the revelations were even darker. Using the same prostitution/brothel/underage immigrant story, the ACORN worker confronted admitted to once running her own prostitution ring when she was younger. But it didn’t stop there.

The ACORN employee offered up some tips on how to seduce male bank presidents (but, thankfully, not with the underage girls from El Salvador). As the conversation wore on and Hannah (as “Eden”) created a story about prior abuse from a pimp, the ACORN worker admitted that she had been abused by her former husband and actually shot him to death.

Surprisingly (or is it?), Charlie Gibson stated on WLS AM Chicago about the ACORN scandal, “I didn’t even know about it.” He continued by suggesting, “maybe this is just one you leave to the cables.” Really?

More info: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/09/15/acorn-watch-charlie-gibson-and-the-ostrich-media/

President Obama spoke on Wall Street today about today’s economy a year after the Lehman Brothers collapse, crediting his $787 billion stimulus package for saving America from a second Great Depression. While natural market behavior has stabilized the economy, unemployment has continued to increase (in fact, only $90 billion of the $787 billion was supposed to potentially go toward job creation), the president’s 10-year budget deficit estimate has increased from $7 trillion to $9 trillion, and the housing market remains depressed. Obama’s only defense seems to be a claim that the economy would be worse without the stimulus, because it’s certainly not better.

Still, Obama is urging “the most ambitious overhaul of the financial regulatory system since the Great Depression.” Part of his proposed plan is to create a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency and the put regulations in place that would discourage companies from getting too big. Oh, good… let’s spend money on yet another government organization and then put rules in place to discourage capitalism. Obama also repeated in his speech that he believes in the free market system, yet he keeps encouraging the increased intrusion of the government into the market.

The president also decided to tick off China today by raising tariffs on imported tires by 35%. While he did this in the name of saving American jobs (namely, United Steelworkers jobs which will please new manufacturing czar Ron Bloom who came from USW), many experts predict this will cost America 20,000 tire-related jobs and, as expected, will create a tense relationship with China from whom we’re borrowing money. China subsequently filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against the U.S.

Back to the Obama health care plan, for those that seem to have bought into the president’s rhetoric that abortion isn’t included, think again. You can argue about whether or not “preventative care” refers to abortion or not since the same statutes in Medicare about prenatal care that have already been interpreted by the courts as “abortion services” is also included in this health care bill (Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice), but this slick little move seems clear enough. The package calls for medical clinics to be placed in or very near schools, which sounds nice, but guess who’s going to run those clinics? Planned Parenthood — which will also be funded by this bill. In a 2007 speech to Planned Parenthood, Obama stated that “reproductive care” is at the center of his health care plan.

Oh… and $10 billion is going to the AFL-CIO in his plan… the same AFL-CIO that helped him get elected and where he’s speaking at tomorrow on his current campaign tour.

Quick tort reform comment… Texas and California have alrady been doing it for years. Insurance premiums in Texas have dropped 30% and in California 40%.

ACORN Update: Mike Johann’s amendment to cut off current ACORN housing funds has passed 83-7.

After videos showed two separate ACORN offices aiding a pimp and a prostitute in securing housing to run a brothel, offer advice in tax evasion, and not even bat an eye at the suggestion of importing underage girls from El Salvador for the purpose of prostitution, the U.S. Census Bureau has elected to sever its ties with the organization (Michelle Malkin has a link to the Census Director’s letter). ACORN maintains that this revelation is part of a smear campaign and that the videos were doctored, but they subsequently fired the four workers involved and the videos can be watched in their entirety at biggovernment.com. (The videos are linked on our site as well.)

Given this latest outrageous revelation and the 50 ACORN workers that have already been arrested for voter fraud (accounting for 400,000 imaginary voters, including Mickey Mouse), people are concerned that the organization received $1.6 million for housing this past year and are due $8.5 billion in stimulus funds from the Obama administration. What their next scandal may be is anyone’s guess.

Yosi Sergant, Director of Communications for the National Endowment for the Arts who was outed for organizing an artists movement to create propaganda for the president’s agenda, has been reassigned at the NEA. Having worked for the media arm of Obama’s run for presidency, Sergant came under fire for sending an email and making a call in August to organize propaganda and discussed legal concerns.

President Obama is back on the campaign trail, but someone forgot to tell him that he’s not up for re-election for another three years. Today he ignored the 100,000+ from the 9-12 march on Washington by holding a health care rally in Minneapolis, MN (essentially a repeat of his address to Congress). After a week which featured a speech to school children and his joint session sales pitch to Congress on Wednesday, he will appear on 60 Minutes Sunday night, will deliver a speech to Wall Street on Monday, and will speak again about health care to the AFL-CIO on Tuesday. Unfortunately, he keeps spouting partisan rhetoric, keeps trying to get people to believe that he’s simply paying for this with current “waste” in the Medicare system, and spent the final five minutes “firing up” the Minneapolis crowd as if he were at an Amway rally.

I guess his solution to the flaws in his plan is to simply get the populous emotionally charged so they just ignore it all — kind of like how he got elected.

From the world of private investigator Chase Michael DeBarlo (excerpt from Deadly Heirs):

After exiting I-95 and waiting out a few traffic lights, I pulled into the visitor’s parking lot of Shoregate Manor Resort at about ten till eleven. The wind off the beach cut through my trench coat like an ice pick and the salt water air flooded my nostrils. I was just happy to release my cramped body from the confines of the car. I had dressed in business attire since I knew the hotel would be crawling with the lifestyles of the rich and uptight. Needless to say, the constricting tie and tight wingtips I had been wearing made the drive down completely unenjoyable.

I crossed the parking lot and strolled through the brass accoutered glass doors, puffing out my chest and nodding at the other suits that milled about. The stoic building of Shoregate reminded me of the Ocean Club on Smuggler’s Beach in South Yarmouth, on Cape Cod. Its elongated structure stretched the beach with easy access to a yacht club and other amenities. Like the Ocean Club, I was sure that each suite at Shoregate was set up with a whirlpool tub, fireplace, and wet bar.

I approached the concierge desk at the back of the lobby that was occupied by a thin elderly man, slightly hunched over with a wisp of white hair. It looked like he had been standing there since the hotel’s ground-breaking ceremony back in the early 1900’s. In a rather acute voice he politely asked, “What can I do for you sir?”

“Yes, good morning. I’m trying to locate a business associate of mine and he usually stays at this fabulous hotel when he has business at New Bridge Beach.” The concierge didn’t seem to acknowledge a word I had just said. He simply stared at me blankly. “Would you happen to know if Mr. Earl Kiddering has been through here recently?”

The old man stared off into nowhere. “I’m sorry, sir. That name in unfamiliar to me.”

Unfamiliar? That was a shock. I thought everyone had at least heard of Kiddering and his fortune. I reached into my interior overcoat pocket for the beach picture. “I have a picture of him, however, it’s quite dated. Perhaps he did business here before your time.”

He frowned. “I’ve been the concierge at this hotel for the past thirty-two years, thank you. I’ve a feeling that I’ve been standing at this desk since the days you were wearing diapers.” Actually, longer but I didn’t dare tell him that. “Now what sort of business do you have here?”

His eyes had turned into steel beads and the lines in his face grew deep. I reluctantly handed him the photograph as he slid on a pair of light wire spectacles. The old man suddenly perked up. “Yes, I know this man. His name is William Hall. He frequents Shoregate for business quite often.”

“What about the woman in the picture?”

He lightly chuckled. “Mr. Hall has had quite a few lady friends accompany him throughout the years. However, this woman does look slightly familiar. Perhaps she was here quite often with him at one point. I can’t quite remember.” He looked up from the picture and pinned his steely eyes back on me. “Now what is this about? You can’t possibly expect me to conceive that you’re one of Mr. Hall’s business associates.”