Business: Las Vegas CEO Steve Wynn drew attention for a boardroom rant denouncing the intolerable business climate fostered by the White House. He’s hardly the first. What’s happening is emblematic of a bigger problem.
In a Monday conference call, the casino magnate credited with revitalizing Las Vegas blasted President Obama, declaring him “the greatest wet blanket to business, progress and job creation in my lifetime.”
The blast was remarkable for two reasons: Wynn has been a staunch supporter of the Obama administration from the beginning and still considers himself a Democrat. But even more remarkable, it’s been out of character for CEOs such as Wynn to express their views in such blunt terms on political matters.
“A lot of people don’t want to say that,” he said. “They’ll say, ‘Oh God, don’t be attacking Obama.’ Well, this is Obama’s deal, and it’s Obama that’s responsible for this fear in America,” said Wynn. “The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution, and maybe ‘we ought to do something to businesses that don’t invest or (are) holding too much money.’ We haven’t heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists.”
Business is being hammered, he said. “And I’m telling you that the business community in this country is frightened to death of the weird political philosophy of the president of the United States.”
Wynn’s words resonate because America’s weak economic growth and high unemployment can be laid in large part to the inexperience of this president and his just-as-callow advisers.
In such a climate, it’s no surprise that executive outbursts are erupting like lava from scorched earth. Wynn’s remarks echo those on a lengthening list of CEOs including:
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“Who Is A “Natural Born Citizen”?
So I’m on the O’Reilly Factor and I say if the Republicans don’t put Marco Rubio on their national ticket they need to get their heads examined. Such is my regard for the freshman senator from Florida.
What followed were emails from people who told me that Rubio can’t be vice president because the Constitution says only “natural born citizens” can be president or vice president, and he doesn’t fit the description.
Some went a tad further. Ray said I need to “wake up.” Gregor – who signed his name “American by Birth – Patriot by Choice” said my comment about Rubio was both “uneducated” and “foolish.” Edward said, “I’m sure you have read the Constitution but I urge you to reread Article I, Section II which gives the qualifications for president.” David simply stated that, “Neither of Marco Rubio’s parents were citizens of our country when he was born. Therefore, Marco Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen of the United States.”
I’m always amused when I get letters from self-appointed “scholars” who have no doubt – none! – about how knowledgeable they are when it comes to constitutional law even though not one of them spent even 10 minutes in law school. How do I know? If they had, trust me, they would have mentioned it – IN CAPITAL LETTERS!
Many of these people, I suspect, have another agenda, which I’ll get to shortly. But first …
The Constitution does not define the term “natural born citizen.” And as Wikipedia explains, “scholars and politicians have not agreed as to whether U.S.-born children of non-citizens … qualify as natural born citizens.”
Also from Wikipedia: “The natural born citizen clause has been mentioned in passing in several decisions of the United States Supreme Court and lower courts, but the Supreme Court has never directly addressed the question of a specific presidential or vice-presidential candidate’s eligibility as a natural born citizen.”
So what did the Founders have in mind when they used that term they didn’t bother to define? Well, after the Constitution was ratified, some of the Founders opined about the meaning of the clause. Here’s what James Madison, one of the authors of the Constitution, had to say on the subject in a speech before the House of Representatives in May 1789: MORE HERE
From the Comment Section:
Ron Kean — I have Natural Born Citizen Fatigue.
PERSON WHOSE COMPANY DOES BUSINESS IN KENYA: “WE WERE ABLE TO GET THE INFORMATION”
(Jul. 19, 2011) — Recently The Post & Email was contacted by someone who stated that he was told by very reliable business contacts within his company that they were provided information before the 2008 presidential election that Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Mombasa, Kenya. The interviewee stated that his coworkers were told by an assistant to an under-secretary within the Kenyan government that Obama’s birth record existed in Kenya, and that the information was not difficult at the time to obtain. The following is our interview with the individual:
MRS. RONDEAU: Thank you for contacting us regarding the knowledge which you said you have that Obama II was definitely born in Mombasa, Kenya. How did you learn that information?
INTERVIEWEE: Actually, it was prior to the presidential election when I had conversations with Atty. Philip Berg. He wanted to know if there was any way to find out if a certified copy of Obama’s Kenyan birth record could be obtained from any hospital in Kenya. We do a lot of business in that country and work very closely with the various ministries there as well as very high officials in the government, but the timing was such that the record had already been taken by Raila Odinga, the current prime minister of the country. I suppose if we had gone in there a month or so earlier, it might have still been possible for us to get it. It might still be possible to get it, but it would cost a lot of money and would be very, very difficult.
MRS. RONDEAU: Is there a way that you can be sure that Raila Odinga himself took personal custody of that birth record?
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The neurotransmitter dopamine is best known for its roles in the brain – in signaling pathways that control movement, motivation, reward, learning and memory.
Now, Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have demonstrated that dopamine produced outside the brain – in the kidneys – is important for renal function, blood pressure regulation and life span. Their studies, published in the July Journal of Clinical Investigation, suggest that the kidney-specific dopamine system may be a therapeutic target for treating hypertension and kidney diseases such as diabetic nephropathy.
Previous studies had suggested a role for dopamine in regulating kidney function and total body fluid volume, “but how that mechanism works was not clear,” said Raymond Harris, M.D., chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Vanderbilt.
To explore dopamine’s role in the kidney, Harris and Ming-Zhi Zhang, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt, eliminated kidney-specific dopamine production in mice (by knocking out a dopamine-generating enzyme only in the kidney) and studied the outcome.
They found that mice lacking kidney dopamine had high blood pressure at baseline and became more hypertensive when they consumed a high-salt diet, suggesting they may be a good model of salt-sensitive (essential) hypertension, Harris said. Alterations in the kidney dopamine system may predispose individuals to hypertension, he noted.
The investigators also showed that elimination of kidney dopamine increased renin production, which activates the angiotensin II system to increase salt and water reabsorption – and produce hypertension.
“These animals retain salt and water when they don’t have sufficient dopamine production in the kidney,” Harris said. “Our studies highlight this whole other hormonal system that appears to balance or put the brakes on the renin-angiotensin system.”
Currently, the renin-angiotensin system is the major target for treating chronic kidney diseases. Discovering another target – the kidney dopamine system – is exciting, the researchers said. They are exploring whether specific drugs that enhance the kidney dopamine system are effective in blocking hypertension and treating progressive kidney diseases.
The investigators predicted changes in kidney function in the mouse model, but they were “very surprised” to discover that the modified mice only lived about half as long as normal mice (15 months versus 30 months). They found increases in stress-related proteins in the kidney, heart and vasculature, suggesting that elimination of kidney dopamine causes systemic effects, Harris said.
“This kidney-specific dopamine system is not only important for kidney function and blood pressure regulation, but also for the overall health of the animal,” Harris said. “If the dopamine system in the kidney is altered, the animals have a markedly shortened life span.”
The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Vanderbilt O’Brien Center and by the Veterans Administration. Harris is the Ann and Roscoe R. Robinson Professor of Nephrology.
During the just completed Wynn earnings calls we witnessed what is without doubt the most blistering and scathing critique of Obama’s administration to date by anybody in the public domain.
From the call transcript:
I believe in Las Vegas, I think its best days are ahead of it, but I’m afraid to do anything in the current political environment in the United States. You watch television and see what’s going on on this this debt ceiling issue. And what I consider to be a total lack of leadership from the President, and nothing will get fixed until the President himself steps up and wrangles both parties in Congress. But everybody is so political, so focused on holding their job for the next year, that the discussion in Washington is nauseating.
And I’m saying it bluntly that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next three hours giving you examples of all of us in this marketplace that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our health care costs escalate. Regulations coming from left and right. A President that seems, you know — that keeps using that word redistribution.
Well, my customers and the companies that provide the vitality for the hospitality and restaurant industry, in the United States of America, they’re frightened of this administration. And it makes you slow down and not invest your money. Everybody complains about how much money is on the side in America. You bet. And until we change the tempo and the conversation from Washington, it’s not going to change.
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Things On Cars that Will Be Gone by 2025
Things On Cars that Will Be Gone by 2025: “We’ve seen a lot of advancements in automotive design and technology in the past 14 years, so what’s to come in the next 14 years? We’ve all heard of autonomous cars in the making, and we’ve seen the evolution of hybrids, electrics, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and advanced safety features that are capable of stopping a vehicle in its tracks.
Imajerk17 asks us to look into the future to 2025, and debate what things automotive will be phased out in the cars of the future. He thinks steering wheels will be phased out and may possibly be replaced with a joystick, and with the development of aluminum and carbon-fiber-bodied cars, will steel-bodied cars make it to see 2025? Other forum posters are scared manual transmissions will a long-lost memory. What do you think? What things automotive will likely be gone by 2025? Would you go as far to say that human drivers will no longer be needed?”
Look who Obama’s hired for cybersecurity team
Look who Obama’s hired for cybersecurity team: “An elite team of computer technicians assembled by the Obama administration to protect Pentagon networks from cyberattack shockingly includes a former Clinton official who ‘lost’ thousands of archived emails under subpoena and who more recently left the Department of Homeland Security under an ethical cloud related to her qualifications, WND has learned.
Read more: Look who Obama’s hired for cybersecurity team http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=323373#ixzz1SZaXI9A7
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The White House likes the newly announced “six strikes” voluntary agreement announced today between major copyright holders and Internet access providers. That’s no surprise—the US administration helped to broker the deal.
“The joining of Internet service providers and entertainment companies in a cooperative effort to combat online infringement can further this goal [of supporting jobs and exports] and we commend them for reaching this agreement,” said Victoria Espinel, US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, in a statement today. “We believe it will have a significant impact on reducing online piracy.”
Espinel is professionally interested in copyright online; Vice President Joe Biden is more of a copyright hobbyist (“piracy is flat, unadulterated theft”) who has convened White House meetings to talk about infringement. It was therefore no real surprise to learn a few weeks ago that the White House had played a behind-the-scenes role (along with New York’s Andrew Cuomo) in bringing together the content owners and ISPs to hash out a voluntary agreement.
While ISPs were for years seen more like the “common carriers” of yore, who ran a network and were generally not responsible for policing the uses of that network, government sentiment in key quarters is changing. And not just in the US—at the recent high level OECD Internet conference in Paris, the concluding document stressed ISPs’ duty to halt bad behavior.
“Sound Internet policy should
But Obama has no intention of restoring the rule of law. He not only refuses to prosecute flagrant war crimes, but has immunized those who orchestrated, led and carried out the torture. At the same time he has dramatically increased war crimes, including drone strikes in Pakistan. He continues to preside over hundreds of the offshore penal colonies, where abuse and torture remain common. He is complicit with the killers and the torturers.
The only way the rule of law will be restored, if it is restored, is piece by piece, extradition by extradition, trial by trial. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, former CIA Director George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice and John Ashcroft will, if we return to the rule of law, face trial. The lawyers who made legal what under international and domestic law is illegal, including not only Rizzo but Alberto Gonzales, Jay Bybee, David Addington, William J. Haynes and John Yoo, will, if we are to dig our way out of this morass, be disbarred and prosecuted. Our senior military leaders, including Gen. David Petraeus, who oversaw death squads in Iraq and widespread torture in clandestine prisons, will be lined up in a courtroom, as were the generals in Argentina, and made to answer for these crimes. This is the only route back. If it happens it will happen because a few courageous souls such as the attorney and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner, are trying to make it happen. It will take time—a lot of time; the crimes committed by Bianco and the two former officers sent to prison this month are nearly four decades old. If it does not happen, then we will continue to descend into a terrifying, dystopian police state where our guards will, on a whim, haul us out of our cells to an amusement park and make us ride, numb and bewildered, on the kiddie train, before the next round of torture.
Look at the ongoing negotiations over raising the debt ceiling. Almost from the beginning, President Obama has been described as being, or hoping to position himself as, “the adult in the room.” This has become the received metaphor, operating as a sort of Gresham’s law of political dialogue: Once introduced, it drives out most any other possible language.
Here are just a handful of examples from the past few weeks:
“Leading off: The adult in the room? That’s how President Obama is trying to portray himself, the calm daddy trying to discipline the group of unruly children on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue.” (Chuck Todd, “Hardball”). “[I]f you are playing the responsible adult in the room and the other guy is willing to blow up the room if he doesn’t get exactly what he wants, that puts you in a bad negotiating position” (Paul Krugman, “This Week with Christiane Amanpour“). “At his press conference on June 29, [President Obama] threatened to cancel lawmakers’ recess until an agreement was reached. As before, Obama cast himself as the adult in the room” (Politico).
There’s more. “Heading into Monday’s meeting, Obama tried yet again to elevate himself above
Barack Obama has had something of a charmed life. While a child of a broken home, his formative years were spend in Hawaii where he was raised by his maternal grandparents. Today he’s President of the most powerful country in the world, he has a family who loves him and he has millions of people across the country who adore him.
One has to wonder then why a man with such a charmed life is so spiteful. Typically people are spiteful when they have been grievously injured or harmed. What does Barack Obama have to be spiteful about? Who does he have to get even with? Maybe his father for abandoning his family, but other than that what else does he have to be so angry about?
We first saw this side of President Obama during the first month of his presidency when he told GOP Senator John Kyl of Arizona “I won” during the debate over the makeup of the President’s stimulus plan. The President was simply stating a fact, but the message behind the words was crystal clear, I’m the victor, you’re the losers, now we do things my way. Of course once the GOP won by a landslide in 2010 the President changed his tune, telling the GOP earlier this year that despite their having won, “Getting your way is not how it works.”
A recent and more troubling episode of this petulance was on full display just last week when the President invoked the name of Ronald Reagan during his fight with the GOP over negotiations on raising the debt limit. Frustrated at GOP insistence that equivalent spending cuts offset any debt ceiling increase the following transpired:
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It is also moot because these congressmen assume that ¾ of the several states would approve such a balanced budget amendment, then, now, or in the future. The states well understand their fundamental relationship to the federal government, that unwritten law of federalism. States exist to bring home the goodies, ideally paid for by other states or by a collective accumulation of shared debt owed by future voters and future taxpayers, again mostly residing in other states. The very idea of a demand to pay the federal bill in a given fiscal year (even 18 months later, as the proposed language has it, allowing time to “measure” the GDP) would be simultaneously laughable and repulsive to state governors and to the people, because they intuitively understand that it would mean both fewer goodies and higher taxation, for the wealthier states first and eventually for even the poorest and smallest of states.
The states would overwhelmingly reject this amendment, even if it had teeth and claws, which it does not. This proposal is the rohypnol in the Constitutional martini, following the tradition of federal government boorishness of the 16th Amendment and the 1973 War Powers Act. Cap, Cut and Balance should be nicknamed the Roofie Amendment.
BUT HOW DO WE CONVINCE A PROPAGANDIZED POPULACE?
by Neil Turner
How many people are involved in the treason of installing and maintaining Obama in the office of president when he is ineligible?
(Jul. 19, 2011) — While it is correct that proper and lawful charges of Treason against Mr. Obama (et al) have been in place for over 2 years now, with absolutely no indication that any action by those responsible to do so is about to take place, it does not appear that the Constitution mentions anything about the legitimacy of the person holding the high Office of President (the ‘candidate’ may have been ineligible and therefore illegitimate, but the fact remains that that illegitimate candidate is now ‘sitting’ in the Office, albeit unlawfully);
And while it is correct that the proper venue for prosecution of the crimes of Treason performed by Mr. Obama (et al) is in Federal Court before a JURY of his peers, it does not appear that we have any chance of getting these charges into Federal Court before a JURY of his peers, even with a massive nation-wide effort of bringing these charges of Treason before currently sitting Grand Juries, at least before the 2012 elections – by which time it will be too late. Any elections under this treasonous regime and treasonous 112th Congress will be a fraud and a sham, and the outcome will be pre-ordained.
And while it is correct that the Constitution does state that the person in the Office of President (as well as anyone elected or appointed to Federal Office – including Congress-members and Judges and SCOTUS, NOT on ‘good behaviour’ “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors“, it does not appear that their Oath of Office expires once they are in that Office (whether lawfully or not), and that any and all failures to uphold that Oath, whether by utterances or deeds or failure to perform as sworn, can now be considered ‘high Crimes’, committed while in ‘high Office’.
Hey, See the Reader Responses on each article,
they are gems in themselves!
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“He really didn’t mean it;” America’s Jews back Obama’s Marxism over Israel’s survival:
The great Groucho Marx line, “Who are you going to believe; me or your lyin’ eyes?” comes to mind.
Gallup certifies what we knew was coming
Now that several months have passed since Obama told Bibi Netanyahu that Israel’s suicide would be his best course of action, the few American Jews (overwhelmingly registered Democrats) who expressed some measurable disapproval of Obama have wiped the spittle from their eyes and returned to the Democrat plantation.
Gallup’s most recent poll tells us the “great escape” of Jews from Obama’s trance is over. The survey found the level of support versus disapproval of Obama among American Jews is statistically the same today as it was in March.
Just before Obama’s “suggestion”, American Jews supported Obama 61/34. After some sagging in Jews’ support for his re-election all is forgiven.
Posted by Gunny G at Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Philadelphia Police Poised To Crack Down On Bicycle, Pedestrian Violations
Philadelphia Police Poised To Crack Down On Bicycle, Pedestrian Violations: “More like ‘Give Tickets, Get Money‘.
These tickets will be issued to solid citizens who pay tickets without a fuss. Meanwhile, whole segements of society are allowed to remain completely lawless, and the police see nothing.”
Posted by Gunny G at Tuesday, July 19, 2011
America’s Financial Restoration vs. Obama‘s Ideology ~ Obama doesn’t want to balance the budget.” ~
America’s Financial Restoration vs. Obama’s Ideology:
President Obama doesn’t want to balance the budget.”
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Posted by Gunny G at Tuesday, July 19, 2011
In a bid to ‘squash negative stories’ about Barack Obama that appear on the Internet, the White House has hired a dedicated propagandist whose role will be to savage people who tell “lies” about the President, in a chilling reminder of how prosecutors threatened people with jail time during the 2008 campaign if they criticized Obama.
“The Obama administration has created and staffed a new position tucked inside their communications shop for helping coordinate rapid response to unfavorable stories and fostering and improving relations with the progressive online community,” reports the Huffington Post.
The man tasked with the role of “disseminating push back” against Obama’s online critics by direct order of the White House will be Jesse Lee, a blogger who has previously put out White House spin in response to claims made by Glenn Beck.
“The post is a new one for this White House. Rapid response has been the purview of the Democratic National Committee (and will continue to be). Lee’s hire, however, suggests that a portion of it will now be handled from within the administration. It also signals that the White House will be adopting a more aggressive engagement in the online world in the months ahead.”………………….
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White House Hires Terminator To Squash Negative Stories About Obama 240511top2
The National Prevention Strategy is not just concerned with addressing the leading causes of death and disability in the United States (heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic respiratory diseases, and unintentional injuries), but also with “preventable behaviors—including tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical activity, and excessive alcohol use.” These priorities have to align with Healthy People 2020 initiative:
* Eliminate health disparities (euphemism for spreading the wealth)
* Promote healthy development and healthy behaviors across life stages (who decides what is and is not healthy, sounds very controlling and totalitarian)
* Create social and physical environments that promote good health (are we going to be moved to some Elysian Fields, the land of milk and honey?)
* Interventions will reach beyond the health care and public health sectors to include activities that influence health in areas such as:
o In-school and outdoor education
o The workplace
o The environment”
If this is not Orwellian enough, required by the Affordable Care Act, the President established an Advisory Group on January 26, 2011 when he appointed 13 people as members, adding two more members on April 8, 2011. Some of the members are doctors; however, the majority are bureaucrats. This advisory group gives guidance to members of the National Prevention Council.
Who’s Behind Rupert Murdoch’s Fall? | ATLAH Media Network
Who’s Behind Rupert Murdoch’s Fall? | ATLAH Media Network: “Who’s Behind Rupert Murdoch’s Fall?”
Dr James Manning…
Posted by Gunny G at Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Cliff Kincaid — Russian-backed Propaganda Networks Claim Obama is a CIA Agent:
Now, the American Thinker, a premier conservative news site, has taken the bait.
In a July 15 post, “The network that produced Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.,” Thomas Lifson cites an article on the site of the Claremont Institute that “raises the intriguing network of connections among President Obama’s family and programs sponsored by the CIA and a variety of fronts and associated groups…” Lifson claims a “history” by the CIA of co-opting “progressive American internationalists” and suggests this may be the case with Obama.
The allegations are that Obama and/or his parents or grandparents had affiliations with companies or foundations with alleged CIA links.”
Posted by Gunny G at Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Building a Religion 2012 Edition-Barack Obama
Building a Religion 2012 Edition-Barack Obama:
“Building a Religion 2012 Edition-Barack Obama
You Tube ^ | 7/178/11 | RobtKraft/GrannyJan
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 7:49:27 AM by vrwc54
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The Reich Class: The USA’s Modern Bourbons by William L. Anderson: “A video by former Clinton administration Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has been making the rounds, as Reich (who now is teaching at the University of California-Berkeley) claims to have ‘solved’ our economic problems. What is the problem, according to Reich? Marginal taxes are not high enough.
Indeed, as we shall see, Reich represents a class of people who yearn for the 1950s, when a third of the workforce was unionized, people ‘believed in government,’ tax rates were high, industries such as banking, railroads, airlines, and trucking were tightly regulated, and Americans were fed the kind of news via Progressive newspapers and a regulated broadcast media that the ‘Reich Class’ believed they should have. If one can liken this group to any in history, it would be the Bourbon Dynasty, of which Tallyrand once said, ‘They learned nothing and they forgot nothing.’”
Posted by Gunny G at Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Thank You for Your Service? by Laurence M. Vance
Thank You for Your Service? by Laurence M. Vance:
“And aside from these four things, I’m afraid I must also say: Sorry, soldiers, I don’t thank you for your service.
* I don’t thank you for your service in fighting foreign wars.
* I don’t thank you for your service in fighting without a congressional declaration of war.
* I don’t thank you for your service in killing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans.
* I don’t thank you for your service in occupying over 150 countries around the world.
* I don’t thank you for your service in garrisoning the planet with over 1,000 military bases.
* I don’t thank you for your service in defending our freedoms when you do nothing of the kind.
* I don’t thank you for your service as part of the president’s personal attack force to bomb, invade, occupy, and otherwise bring death and destruction to any country he deems necessary.
Thank you for your service? I don’t think so.”