It seems to me an untenable position to say that Minor v. Happersett “clearly established who was a ‘natural born citizen’” when the case itself states “for the purposes of this case, it is not necessary to solve these doubts” (”these doubts” referring to citizenship of those born in the United States of alien parents). It would be United States v. Wong Kim Ark that would definitively answer this question in 1898.
What the case was about
Mrs. Virginia Minor was a native-born American citizen from Missouri who had the audacity to try to register to vote. The registrar, one Happersett, refused because Minor was not “male”. Minor sued in local court and the Missouri State Supreme Court, but she lost. She appealed to the United States Supreme Court claiming that she was a citizen of the United States under the Fourteenth Amendment and was entitled to vote. The Supreme Court agreed that she was a natural born citizen of the United States, but that didn’t make her eligible to vote.
So incidentally to the main question in the case, the Supreme Court did discuss citizenship………………………..
RUSH: Folks, this is a little Inside Baseball, but it’s important because he who controls the language ends up winning the debate, and it might seem like a small thing, but I have learned and I have been given to understand that the “establishment Republicans” hate the term. They don’t like being called “establishment Republicans,” and they are trying to change the term to “establishment conservatives” and in the process co-opt the definition of “conservative” and conservatism. It’s not something that you’ll notice if you watch cable news or even read. You have to be able to see the stitches on the fastball, you have to be able to read between the lines, and you have to know some stuff going on behind the scenes (and, of course, I am in a position to know these kinds of things).
So don’t doubt me on this. The establishment Republicans are the establishment Republicans. The Republican leadership is the Republican establishment, meaning the elites. They hate it and they are in the process of trying to redefine who conservatives are and what it is — and if they succeed, the conservatism that you and I hold dear will no longer be the definition of conservatism. If they succeed, the current thinking of the Republican establishment will be what is called modern day conservatism. Don’t doubt me on this. It sounds like a small thing, but in a daily ebb and flow you’ll not even see any news about this, but it’s in important because it’s crucial who controls the language, who controls the way words are defined.
You and I know that the establishment Republicans don’t like conservatives. They didn’t like Reagan. They were embarrassed of Reagan. They were embarrassed of us. They didn’t like the Moral Majority, they didn’t like the Christian right, they don’t like the pro-lifers. They don’t like the social conservatives at all. They’re embarrassed by us, in many ways, with their other buddies, the establishment Democrats — which combined gives us the Washington establishment, and they very much prefer to be members of that club than ours. But they know that it doesn’t help them to be called “establishment Republicans.” So they’re trying to take the term “conservative” and co-opt it and define it as they behave, write, speak, and even vote on matters of politics………………………………
It’s becoming clear that Obama‘s chances for re-election are becoming nearly impossible given his track record. Most Americans agree he has done incredible damage to our country…..now the question is what kind of evil could he do on the way out of the door? How many criminals could he pardon? Do we need to change that perk? Given that the President has unlimited power with executive orders and recess appointments during his term in office. Should that be changed? Frankly, does the executive office have too much power, given the abuses of power we have witnessed?
Barnett said the company is expanding its market power, growing in mobile phones and mobile search, in particular. And it’s using that power to direct users to its services, rather than penalizing rivals who are direct competitors.
Some of the more direct criticism came from Nextag Chief Executive Jeff Katz. He testified that Google’s results for product searches favor its own sites, not competitors such as Nextag.
“Google doesn’t play fair,” Katz said. “Google rigs its results.”
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The inspector general of the Department of Justice undermined and obstructed a congressional investigation by releasing secret tape recordings that corroborate allegations of misconduct in “Operation Fast and Furious,” according to a letter written by Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley. The two lawmakers leading the probe into the Obama administration scandal claim Justice Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar compromised their investigators’ ability to get to the truth and potentially prosecute those responsible for selling thousands of weapons to the Mexican drug cartels. Schnedar failed
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August 24, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Our children are under attack by an insidious and virulent enemy.
On August 17, 2011, more than 50 activists attended a conference for “minor-attracted adults,” i.e., pedophiles, which sought to eliminate the “stigma” attached to pedophilia and to redefine pedophilia as a normal “sexual orientation.” The United States Department of Justice has determined that 64 percent of forcible sodomy victims are boys under the age of 12 and that 58,200 children were kidnapped by non-family members in 1999.
So-called “experts” in the field of human sexuality claim that children are sexual not only from birth, but even in the womb and are willing participants in sexual acts with adults.
The question of how we got here can be answered by two words: Alfred Kinsey. Even 55 years after his death, Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey continues to profoundly affect American culture. Two of his most ardent supporters, Dr. Carol Vance, Columbia University anthropologist and lesbian activist, and Dr. John Money, an “out” pedophile advocate and pioneer of transgender surgery at Johns Hopkins, have cogently summed up Dr. Kinsey’s legacy – a legacy they consider sexual “progress” but is in reality sexual anarchy.
Speaking at a 1998 Kinsey symposium of fellow sexologists at San Francisco State University, Dr. Vance said, “Biography is the battleground.” Should Kinsey be discredited, she warned, “200 years of sexual progress can be undone.”
(Excerpt) Read more at lifesitenews.com …
RUSH: I was just sent a Web link to a hilarious picture of Obama taken with world leaders. Obama committing a major faux pas. You’re never supposed to wave in these pictures because you end up covering somebody’s face. I just printed it. I’ll send the link to Koko, but I won’t have time to do that until the next break and we’ll link to it at RushLimbaugh.com.
In the meantime, let me take the Dittocam off and zoom in on this. You’re gonna have to watch the zoom while I zoom in on this, getting close, scanning close, there we go. All right. Turn it back on. There’s the picture, you see Obama right in the middle of the picture just waving like some dumb hick that just happened to show up. You’re never supposed to wave in these pictures. His hand covers up the face of some other world leader. I mean just the look on Obama’s face with everything going on about the questions about his competence and everything else, he looks like Alfred E. Neuman of Mad magazine in this picture. So I’ll send the Web link up to Koko in the next break and we’ll have it at RushLimbaugh.com.
Okay, this photo is not Photoshopped. It is a legitimate photo, it’s taken by Getty, and it’s posted on the Getty page with the Getty watermark. It is a huge protocol boo-boo, you don’t wave. It says here the caption: “US President Barack Obama waves while standing with other leaders during the Open Government Partnership event at the United Nations September 20 in New York City.” So this was yesterday. Some of the people at this thing, it looks like the Star Wars bar scene. By the way, I just got the Star Wars movies on Blu-ray, all six of them. It is amazing. Anyway, this is hilarious. This is Alfred E. Neuman. Folks, this picture sums it up. It just totally sums it up. You are never supposed to wave in these pictures. This guy’s face is totally covered by Obama’s hand.
Now, some people are suggesting that this was a setup, that the photographer had just asked the group, “Who wants to see Obama get reelected?” So he’s waving, and he’s the only guy in the room waving, the only explanation that I have heard. All the wire services are running this picture as well. It’s embarrassing.
Tonight, Michael Savage briefly mentioned that the story of Jack Wheeler’s demise, which occurred late in December 2010, had completely disappeared from the news. Savage said we should Google so I did.
But I also found this!
O = Zero
By Jack Wheeler
Thursday, 05 June 2008
The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No résumé, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.
He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya. Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.
What he isn’t, not a genetic drop of, is “African-American,” the descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships. He hasn’t a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it.
Let that sink in: Obambi is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners. Thus he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.
It’s something Hillary doesn’t understand – how some complete neophyte came out of the blue and stole the Dem nomination from her. Obamamania is beyond politics and reason. It is a true religious cult, whose adherents reject Christianity yet still believe in Original Sin, transferring it from the evil of being human to the evil of being white.
Thus Obambi has become the white liberals’ Christ, offering absolution from the Sin of Being White. There is no reason or logic behind it, no faults or flaws of his can diminish it, no arguments Hillary could make of any kind can be effective against it. The absurdity of Hypocrisy Clothed In Human Flesh being their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to worship him: Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because it is absurd.
Thank heavens that the voting majority of Americans remain Christian and are in no desperate need of a phony savior.
Obama is a Zero. There is nothing really there. O=Zero. You can get a O=Zero bumper sticker for your car, a O=Zero t-shirt, encourage your friends to do the same, and get the message out there:
That his candidacy is ridiculous and should not be taken seriously by any thinking American.
This article was previously posed here and drew a handful of comments, the last one just over three years ago.
But it certainly is an eye opener in light of Wheeler’s death and the questions surrounding Obama’s origins. Let’s just say Obama had motive and opportunity. This stinks!
(FTR, I’ve never believed any of the supposed fuzzy surveillance photos of Wheeler wandering around without his shoes on or whatever to be genuine.)
He committed the ultimate photographic faux pas while posing for pictures with other leaders during the Open Government Partnership event at the United Nations, accidentally blocking the face of the man to his right while waving.
The act of hijacking somebody’s photograph is known as ‘photobombing’ and the most common example is for a person who is not supposed to be in the picture to pull a silly face behind the people posing.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk …
The Attack on Accidental Americans | Ludwig von Mises Daily Email
The Attack on Accidental Americans | Ludwig von Mises Daily Email:
When Julie Veilleux discovered she was American, she went to the nearest US embassy to renounce her citizenship. Having lived in Canada since she was a young child, the 48-year-old had no idea she carried the burden of dual citizenship. But the renunciation will not clear away the past ten years of penalties with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Born to American parents living in Canada, Kerry Knoll’s two teenaged daughters had no clue they became dual citizens at birth. (An American parent confers such status on Canadian-born children. ) Now the IRS wants to grab at money they earned in Canada from summer jobs; the girls had hoped to use their RESPs (registered education savings plans) for college.
The IRS is making a worldwide push to squeeze money from Americans living abroad and…………………
“Blond” vindication: Megyn Kelly AND Shannon Bream to ask questions at Thursday’s FOX/GOP debate:
Well, at least ALL attention Thursday night won’t be focused on deciding who has better hair..Perry or Romney..FOX has decided to “promote” two of its stable of blond bombshells…Megyn Kelly AND Shannon Bream to ask questions of the candidates, along with Chris Wallace. The always capable Brett Baier will host and moderate.
Perhaps the suits at FOX are attempting to atone for their inane decision to include Gary Johnson on the stage..as if that’s what we really need..another distraction from a serious debate among the major candidates. Hey, why not Buddy Roehmer?……………………………
DADT gone, but unequal treatment of gays still here [Now, it starts]:
(CNN) — In the very early hours of this morning, “don’t ask, don’t tell” ceased to be U.S. policy.
As a result, today is the first day I can write about being the partner of a gay military serviceman without fear that he will lose his job. …
The battle has only been half won. Gay servicemen or servicewomen can no longer be discharged simply for being gay, but they are still treated inequitably.
Only by using their newly won free speech can they hope to reap the same benefits as their straight colleagues.
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In Orange County, California, it is illegal to hold a religious meeting in your home.
This is what Chuck and Stephanie Fromm, of San Juan Capistrano, discovered when they were fined $300 earlier this month for holding a Bible study class on their property.
Officialdom in the county said the couple were singled out because it is considered illegal to hold “a regular gathering of more than three people” on private property. Officials stated that the Fromms require a license to hold meetings in their home.
San Juan Capistrano authorities claim home Bible study is not allowed because it is a “church,” and churches require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in residential areas.
The Fromms face additional fines of $500 per meeting for any further “religious gatherings” in their home, according to the Pacific Justice Institute.
The city’s action is a brazen violation of the First Amendment, which guarantees free worship without government intervention.
Ironically, the city of San Juan Capistrano was founded as a mission in the late 1700s by Catholic priest Junipero Serra. A local chapel established by Serra is the oldest standing building in California.
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:27:07 PM by Brookhaven
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As bad news piles up for the Democrats, I asked a top Democratic strategist if it were possible that President Obama might “pull a Lyndon Johnson” and soberly face the cameras, telling America that he has decided that the demands of partisan politics are interfering with his efforts to right our economy and that he has decided to withdraw to devote full time to our recovery. His answer: “Yes. It’s possible. If things continue as they are and have not turned around by January, it is certainly possible.”
Just looking at Michelle Obama’s unsmiling face during her husband’s recent speech to Congress triggered an insight: These folks aren’t having fun anymore.
Obama, whose insistence on passing a healthcare law that the courts will probably throw out cost his party the House, will now cost his party the Senate too. Indeed, it is even possible that the Republicans win 60 seats.
Currently, there are strong Republican candidates in 12 seats now held by Democrats. All could win in a 10- to 15-point landslide (which is shaping up). They include: Virginia (George Allen), Florida (Adam Hasner), New Mexico (probably Rep. Steve Pearce), Montana (Rep. Denny Rehberg), North Dakota (Rep. Rick Berg), Nebraska (Jon Bruning), Missouri (Sarah Steelman would be the best), Michigan (Pete Hoekstra), Ohio (Josh Mandel would be best), Wisconsin (Tommy Thompson or one of the others), Pennsylvania (Tim Burns would be great) and Connecticut (Chris Shays — better than Linda McMahon).
If all win, the GOP is only one vote shy of the filibuster-proof 60-member majority in the Senate. The final seats could come if strong challenges shape up in West Virginia, New Jersey, Washington state, Minnesota and Maryland. And, with Obama this far behind, they probably will.
(Excerpt) Read more at dickmorris.com …
Gunwalker’s Body Count Grows, Along with the Obama Administration’s Cover-Up
Gunwalker’s Body Count Grows, Along with the Obama Administration’s Cover-Up:
It seems like only a matter of time before administration officials face felony indictments for their role in Operation Fast and Furious……………..
Posted by Gunny G
But given the larger circumstances, Republicans’ disregard for political norms is the least of the nation’s troubles. More pressing is the fact that the leaders of a major political party appear eager, if not desperate, to prevent steps that may improve the economy. The top four GOP members of Congress, including the Speaker of the House, practically demanded yesterday that no steps be taken at all as our anemic growth stalls and the job crisis intensifies.
The “sabotage” question comes up from time to time, and this certainly won’t help. As things stand, Republican leaders, some of whom have admitted that defeating President Obama is their single highest priority, now want the Fed to sit on its hands, want to strip the American Jobs Act of its most effective measures, and want to raise middle-class taxes. Oh, and they’re threatening to shut down the government, too. These are just the positions they’ve talked up over the last week.
Voters backed Republicans in last year’s elections because they wanted to see a healthier economy. The irony is rich………………….
American Thinker ^ | 9/21/11 | Ed Lasky
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:48:19 AM by Nachum
The rest of America is just beginning to learn how Cook County politics works. Barack Obama learned his lessons well. He said as much when he let slip his real views: that politics is about “rewarding friends” and “punishing enemies.”
As president, Obama seems to be busy “rewarding” his home town pals at taxpayer expense. The giant slush fund known as the “stimulus” has been a rich source of payoffs that extend far beyond mega donors such as George Kaiser and his Solyndra investment. The stimulus fund has also been a honey pot to send money to personal pals of Barack and Michelle.
One way he has found to funnel money to friends is through the fraud and waste-ridden weatherization program. This was a Van Jones approved program to help employment in minority communities. People would be hired from those communities to weatherize homes in poorer communities.
The program has been, surprise, a big loser for taxpayers. But for Obama’s pals back in Chicago. Not so-they came out winners.
Amanda Carey reports at the Daily Caller:
…in October 2010, Gregory H. Friedman, Inspector General at the Department of Energy, issued a scathing report on Illinois’ weatherization program funded with stimulus dollars.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …
Clint Eastwood‘s new film about J. Edgar Hoover which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the storied FBI Director declines to expressly address his sexuality, and leaves it to viewers to draw their own conclusion about his relationship with Associate Director Clyde Tolson.
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M. Wesley Swearingen, an agent from 1951 to 1977, writes in FBI Secrets about the long-standing rumors within the Bureau concerning Hoover and Tolson which include allegations that the FBI Director ignored the Mafia for decades because the wise guys had incriminating goods on the supposed lovers.
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The allegations were fleshed out — so to speak — in Official and Confidential: the Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover by Anthony Summer. A review of the book (“Partners For Life”) by Sidney Urquhart for Time magazine summarizes one alleged incident as follows:
Perhaps Summers’ most bizarre revelation is an account provided by Susan Rosenstiel, the wife of a liquor distiller and gambling crony. Rosenstiel recalls attending what she thought would be an elegant private party at New York City’s Plaza Hotel in the company of lawyer Roy Cohn, Hoover and others. Instead, Cohn introduced Rosenstiel to a woman named “Mary,” dressed in a fluffy black dress, lace stockings and high heels. It was obvious Mary was no woman. “You could see where he shaved. It was Hoover,” said Rosenstiel. Joined by Cohn, Hoover stripped down to a tiny garter belt and proceeded to have sex with two young boys. Cohn later joked about the evening. “That was really something, wasn’t it, with Mary Hoover?”
The “two young boys” with whom Hoover allegedly had sex perhaps were provided by Ed “the Skull” Murphy who was a long-time Genovese associate involved in the crime family’s gay bar and boy prostitution rackets in New York City…………….
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You knew the first one to get married would be a Navy guy.
At least you did if you had ever been in the Army.
Or had heard the Village People song.
At the stroke of midnight yesterday, it became OK to be queer in the military.
And across America, newscast after newscast carried the water of the gay-rights movement. We saw repeated pictures of clean-cut men kissing, and heard any number of past and present military homosexuals talking about their moral victory, and there were sound bites of various generals and secretaries testifying that this was the right thing to do.
Opposing voices were intimidated into silence, politics trumped policy, and a new day dawned.
The next step will be on-base family housing for gay couples, and chaplains performing gay weddings. Then there will be a law suit or two and a couple of congressional speeches and gay lovers will have military-dependent ID cards and will be shopping at the post exchange.
Then there will be sensitivity training seminars and Gay History Month commemorations and each of the services will compete to promote the first gay general or admiral. The American pulpit, long infiltrated by homosexuals, will produce a ready line of candidates for the chaplaincy, eager to have the big paycheck and the captive audience.
Don’t get me wrong.
I don’t have a problem with homosexuals in the military. I was in the military myself, and served with many homosexuals. Most were good soldiers, none were harassed or professionally jeopardized. Most were repeatedly protected by higher ups. Only one was inappropriate. Unfortunately, he was a drill sergeant who threw a pizza party for the drill-and-ceremony detail, complete with gay porn.
But I don’t have a problem with gays in the military.
As long as they keep their orientation to themselves. Not that they need to keep their nature secret, but that they shouldn’t wear it around like a chip on their shoulder. Human desire is universal, the specifics of human desire vary and are personal. Some guys like fat girls, some guys like girls with big boobs, and some guys like guys. Maybe common decency says nobody should be overly advertising their particular preferences.
But that’s counter to how the gay agenda advances itself. The modern gay-rights movement is antagonistic and aggressive. It insists on being the center of attention, the defining issue in all situations. It demands not parity, but priority. It is an in-your-face assault on the sensitivities and values of others. If you share their views, you are enlightened. If you don’t share their views, you are a bigot. That’s how it is in this politically correct society, and that’s how it will be in the military.
It’s not gays in the military that will cause problems, it will be the more-more-more demands of the gay-rights movement that will cause problems in the military.
Yesterday was just the beginning. The only official opinion allowed was joy and rejoicing at this advance for gay rights. The kissing pictures on the evening news proved that. All across America, families had to explain to children why two men were kissing – and that was a victory for a gay-rights movement that is fundamentally hostile to traditional family values.
Which brings us to “Dancing With The Stars.”
I don’t control the military, but I do control my TV. And this season, there will be no “Dancing With The Stars” in my home.
Don’t get me wrong. I have sympathy for her. I’ve known of her since she was a little girl singing with her mom and dad on their TV show. And I can understand why she is screwed up.
But she is screwed up.
And her fat-tattooed-bearded-man act is not entertaining.
She is not a man, she is a disfigured woman.
And she is not an appropriate example for my children. “Dancing With The Stars” may say it’s a family show, but it’s clearly not my type of family show. Or a show for my type of family.
The Hollywood types can pretend she is a he, and in their crowd that may be normal.
But it’s not.
Is that bigoted to say? Is it an unacceptable point of view?
Because this is a free country. Chastity Bono is free to call herself Chaz, and I am free to call her a fruit.
And I am free to watch or not watch whatever shows I choose for whatever reason I choose.
And if I choose not to watch some dancing show because it’s spotlighting a he-she, I don’t think I’m the only one.
Does that mean I hate Chastity Bono? No. Does it mean I disrespect her? No. It simply means I’m free to have a point of view, too, and I’m free to raise my children any way I choose.
And I choose not to submit them to a TV culture that actively propagandizes homosexuality.
They’ll get enough of that when they join the Navy………………………
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Armed Services Chairman Says Defense Cuts Will Bring Back The Draft
Armed Services Chairman Says Defense Cuts Will Bring Back The Draft:
“We … need to understand what it’s going to mean to keep an all-volunteer force,” McKeon told Fox. “Do we want to reinstitute the draft? Some of the cuts we’re talking about would take over 200,000 out of end strength from our military (via The Washington Post).”
The 200,000 figure was derived from the $600 billion in mandated defense cuts that will start in January 2013 if the 12-member supercommittee does not reach a budget deal.
“Sometimes, we forget that a volunteer military is very expensive,” McKeon continued. “No one is proposing resurrecting a conscript system. However, the cuts required under a sequestration scenario would force us to break faith with the troops — destroying our ability to retain forces in sufficient numbers to meet the threats we face.”
Basically, if the cuts go into effect we will do so little for troops that’s been promised that current troops will not remain, and new members will not join.
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THE COMING DICTATORSHIP by Alan Stang � ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL)
THE COMING DICTATORSHIP by Alan Stang
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So, the reason you should listen to me is that I have been exposing the conspiracy for world government longer than just about anybody else and – at no extra charge – I am almost as funny as Humbug. I would be funnier if we could afford the expensive production the conspiracy makes possible for him. I’ll see you, hear you, on the air.]
Many commentators who are aware that Illegal-Alien Elect Hussein intends to impose an intensely repressive system on the nation – if he is not deported and actually becomes President – are trying with minimal success to figure out what it would be like.
The reason for the difficulty is that, unlike almost all other peoples on the planet, Americans have been so free for so long they cannot conceive of life under dictatorship. Their only experience of such life is leftover World War II Nazi movies……
This week, Hewlett-Packard (where I am on the board) announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth. Meanwhile, Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility. Both moves surprised the tech world. But both moves are also in line with a trend I’ve observed, one that makes me optimistic about the future growth of the American and world economies, despite the recent turmoil in the stock market.
In short, software is eating the world.
More than 10 years after the peak of the 1990s dot-com bubble, a dozen or so new Internet companies like Facebook and Twitter are sparking controversy in Silicon Valley, due to their rapidly growing private market valuations, and even the occasional successful IPO. With scars from the heyday of Webvan and Pets.com still fresh in the investor psyche, people are asking, “Isn’t this just a dangerous new bubble?”
I, along with others, have been arguing the other side of the case. (I am co-founder and general partner of venture capital firm Andreessen-Horowitz, which has invested in Facebook, Groupon, Skype, Twitter, Zynga, and Foursquare, among others. I am also personally an investor in LinkedIn.) We believe that many of the prominent new Internet companies are building real, high-growth, high-margin, highly defensible businesses.
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What Are You Hiding, Honolulu?| The Post & Email
What Are You Hiding, Honolulu?
| The Post & Email:
IS IT THAT OBAMA IS LYING?
by Dean Haskins, Executive Director of The Birther Summit, �2011
(Sep. 21, 2011) — Last year, Barack Obama made what must be the most dubiously ironic statement in history:
“The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.” This, from a person whose entire life seems to be purposely hidden from even the most assiduous scrutiny; and, it appears to have been kept that way at great expense and vast assistance.
At the heart of this clandestine artifice are two institutions in Honolulu that are purportedly part of the Obama nativity narrative; however, they both appear either unwilling or unable to corroborate the veracity of their inclusion in that story to any degree of comfortable certainty.
A recent visit to both the Kapiolani Medical Center and the Department of Health in Honolulu revealed little more than the furtive mystery that has been characteristic of all things Obama……………….
GOP leadership faces possible tea party revolt in 2012 (electoral bloodbath for both sides?):
GOP leadership faces possible tea party revolt in 2012
The Daily Caller – 7 hrs ago
Tea party activist David Lewis’s announcement Friday that he plans to mount a primary challenge to House Speaker John Boehner could indicate a larger problem for the GOP leadership, and point to restlessness among an important segment of the tea party faithful.
Republican leaders face a growing perception among some tea party factions that they are not interested in holding the Obama administration’s feet to the fire on spending. Some say the Republicans talked a good game going into the 2010 midterms but have failed to deliver since winning control of the House of Representatives.
“Everybody knows that the debt ceiling deal was a completely fraudulent deal,” Mark Meckler, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, told The Daily Caller. “We were told that if we passed this deal we wouldn’t be downgraded, but we were still downgraded.”
Meckler warns that Republicans and Democrats could both face an electoral bloodbath in the 2012 primaries if they do not do more to hold the line on taxes and spending.
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Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
New Smear: Ron Paul Is Elitist ronpaul0317092
CBS News has sunk to new lows of desperation in the establishment media’s crusade to derail Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential campaign by any means possible – ludicrously smearing him as being elitist for using a private jet.
Entitled Ron Paul may lag in the polls but his campaign has enough money for a private jet, the piece by CBS News’ Rodney Hawkins implies that Paul’s use of a private jet to travel between campaign stops contradicts his “fiscal conservative” moniker.
“On what was planned as a three-stop tour of Iowa Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate who has made fiscal conservatism his hallmark missed his first event because of problems with his private, leased jet. According to an aide, the Texas congressman had to commandeer a new jet and pilot to continue on,” states the report, before labeling the Congressman’s campaign “Air Paul”.
However, the CBS report is noticeably absent the fact that Paul’s rival Mitt Romney has run up a $5 million tab on travel expenses, “Blowing $80,000 on hotel rooms in Las Vegas, $50,000 on a security squad and $125,000 on private jets — despite a pledge to scale back on luxury travel, new campaign filings show,” reported the Boston Herald.
Romney travels in style on a $5.8 million luxury corporate jet at a cost of over $60,000 each time.
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Likewise, fellow frontrunner Rick Perry and his family have used the private jet of a wealthy contributor currently under investigation for fraud by Texas regulators and the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Indeed, Perry is so sensitive about his travel costs that he has sealed details of his expenses to ensure they won’t be released until after the 2012 election. Perry added the amendment to a school finance bill in the Texas legislature on July 1.
“One Republican legislator, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the governor as “extremely concerned” about keeping his records sealed, and said Perry was actively lobbying key legislators to get it passed in the waning days of the special session. The legislator said Perry’s wife, Anita, also was pressing legislators on the issue,” reported the Washington Post.
In addition, Perry’s security costs for the campaign trail, which currently stand at around $294,000, are being picked up by the taxpayer.
So while Romney blows over $5 million on luxury expenses, and Perry refuses to even disclose the amount he’s spent, CBS News chooses instead to report on “Air Paul,” despite the fact that the Congressman has spent less than $400,000 on travel expenses in total…………………
Today’s Toons 9/21/11
Today’s Toons 9/21/11:
Today’s Toons 9/21/11
The Right Reasons ^ | 9/21/11 | pookie18
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:41:16 AM by pookie18
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Rick Perry: ‘As a Christian . . . I stand with Israel’ (and the Muslim Obama stands with Hamas):
“I also as a Christian have a clear directive to support Israel, so from my perspective it’s pretty easy,” Perry said when a reporter asked if Perry’s faith was driving his views, according to the Associated Press. “Both as an American and as a Christian, I am going to stand with Israel.”
Perry, surrounded by what he called “a diverse group of Jewish leaders from here and abroad,”characterized President Obama’s approach to the Middle East as “naive and arrogant, misguided and dangerous.” Perry also outlined the policy stance he would take toward Israel as president. You can read Perry’s proposal here.
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Fox Confronts Maxine Waters: ‘Do You Really Believe the Tea Party Should Go Straight to Hell?’:
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:42:40 AM by JesseWatters
‘Factor’ producer grills congresswoman over criticism of Fox News and Tea Party (VIDEO)
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And now let us recall the “Fable of the Shoes.”
In his 1973 “Libertarian Manifesto,” the late Murray Rothbard argued that the biggest obstacle in the road out of serfdom was “status quo bias.” In society, we’re accustomed to rapid change. “New products, new life styles, new ideas are often embraced eagerly.” Not so with government. When it comes to police or firefighting or sanitation, government must do those things because that’s what government has (allegedly) always done.
“So identified has the State become in the public mind with the provision of these services,” Rothbard laments, “that an attack on State financing appears to many people as an attack on the service itself.” The libertarian who wants to get the government out of a certain business is “treated in the same way as he would be if the government had, for various reasons, been supplying shoes as a tax financed monopoly from time immemorial.”
If everyone had always gotten their shoes from the government, writes Rothbard, the proponent of shoe privatization would be greeted as a kind of lunatic. “How could you?” defenders of the status quo would squeal. “You are opposed to the public, and to poor people, wearing shoes! And who would supply shoes … if the government got out of the business? Tell us that! Be constructive! It’s easy to be negative and smart-alecky about government; but tell us who would supply shoes? Which people? How many shoe stores would be available in each city and town? … What material would they use? … Suppose a poor person didn’t have the money to buy a pair?”
It’s worth keeping this fable in mind as the reaction to last week’s CNN-Tea Party Express debate hardens into popular myth. Moderator Wolf Blitzer had asked Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) what should happen if a man refuses to get health insurance and then has a medical crisis. Paul — a disciple of Rothbard — explained that freedom is about taking risks. “But, congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?”
At this point, a few boneheads in the audience shouted “yeah!” and clapped, though liberal pundits and activists imagine they saw an outpouring of support.
Paul calmly replied that he’s not in favor of letting the man die. A physician who practiced before Medicare and Medicaid were enacted, Paul noted that hospitals were never in the practice of turning away patients in need. “We’ve given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves and assume responsibility for ourselves,” he observed. “Our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it.”
Still, it’s amazing how quickly status quo bias kicks in. Since the 1960s, it has become a given not only that the government should be more involved in areas like health care and poverty but that these problems remain intractable because the government has not gotten more involved. That’s the premise behind so many of the anti-libertarian questions at the GOP debates. Any rejection of the assumption is derided as a right-wing effort to “turn back the clock.”
Well, let’s do just that for a moment. Charles Murray, my colleague at the American Enterprise Institute, notes that the most remarkable drop in the poverty rate didn’t come after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty but when President Eisenhower ignored it. Over a mere 12 years, from 1949 to 1961, the poverty rate was cut in half. Similarly the biggest gains in health coverage came when government was less involved in health care, i.e. before the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1966. Duke University Professor Christopher Conover notes that in 1940, 90 percent of Americans were uninsured, but by 1960, that number was down to 25 percent.
Blitzer’s specific error was to use “society” and “government” as interchangeable terms. People need shoes. But that doesn’t require the government to provide shoes for everyone. Similarly, poverty rates should go down. But does that mean it’s the government’s responsibility?
Maybe the answer is yes. But if it is, the burden of proof that the government can do better than “society” should fall on those who, in effect, want the government to win the future by “investing” in shoes — rather than on those of us who are open to the idea of turning back the clock………….
Sheriff’s eligibility ‘posse’ sparks media whirlwind:
News – first reported by WND – that for the first time a law enforcement official is investigating the document Obama presented as proof of his birthplace has caught fire in the wider press, prompting questions as to whether this effort will get to the bottom of the story.
As WND reported, Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio responded to concerns from tea-party activists in his county by forming a volunteer posse to investigate whether the purported Hawaiian birth certificate Obama released to the public on April 27 is a forgery.
Arpaio says that since WND ran its story, he has been inundated with media inquiries, including invitations to appear on national TV news programs.
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…..There was no official announcement about the end of DADT on the Defense Department’s Web site early Tuesday morning, nor did the White House Web site make any mention of the fact that soldiers no longer have to conceal their homosexuality.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen were expected to take questions at a news conference later Tuesday, and members of Congress who supported the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell also planned to make comments on Capitol Hill.
Homosexual advocacy groups said celebrations would take place in all 50 states to mark the end “of this terrible law.”
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) called Tuesday a historic milestone — “the beginning of a new era for all patriots, who can now serve free from the threat of being fired on the basis of sexual orientation.”
“Indeed, we have taken a tremendous leap forward for LGBT equality in the military,” said Army Veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis.
Those who oppose the shift in policy include Elaine Donnelly, the founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness, an independent public policy organization that specializes in military personnel issues…….
FBI trainer caught on video warning agents to forget Al Qaeda and ‘go after the Death Star’ of Islam
FBI trainer caught on video warning agents to forget Al Qaeda and ‘go after the Death Star’ of Islam:
A leading FBI analyst who gave a lecture last year criticising mainstream Muslims has been caught on camera giving a second presentation urging agents to ‘forget Al Qaeda’ and ‘go after the Death Star’ of Islam.
Gawthrop’s presentation in June told the audience that the fight against Al Qaeda is a ‘waste’ compared to the threat posed by the ideology of Islam itself.
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Of Mice and Third Party Candidates
Of Mice and Third Party Candidates
I was terrified of the prospect of a third party candidate.
A three-way, split vote might very well — if the third candidate were viable and interesting — insure the re-election of the worst President in American history, Barack Obama. Nothing would make James Carville happier. Unless, of course, this third party candidate were Hillary Clinton!…..
The Fat Lady’s Singing Regardless the outcome of the 2012 elections, the U.S. is dying. This opera is just about over. The fat lady’s singing.
The Fat Lady’s Singing
Regardless the outcome of the 2012 elections, the U.S. is dying. This opera is just about over. The fat lady’s singing. Ignoring the facts doesn’t change the facts, and the fact is these United States have not been united for 150 years.
The ties that once bound us together by force have rotted. The economic meltdown, multiculturalism, moral relativism and other malignancies have placed this nation into hospice care. I saw it coming years ago when I was trying to teach…….
Another Hawaii source with inside knowledge has asserted that Obama supporters placed a forged 1961 long-form birth certificate in the vault of the Hawaii Department of Health.
Talk-radio host and former Nixon White House operative G. Gordon Liddy told WND that one of his trusted informants in Hawaii reported to him that while the document was forged recently, there may have been tampering with official Obama birth records as far back as 1978.
Liddy’s warning came in response to WND reports that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is mobilizing a law enforcement unit with the authority to investigate allegations that the Obama birth certificate released by the White House April 27 is a forgery.
Liddy’s warning coincides with similar warnings WND received from another source who said in February that an Obama 1961 birth certificate had been forged and placed into the Hawaii Department of Health records.
That source now says that the White House, by releasing an electronic file of Obama’s birth certificate, is laying a trap.
“The computer-generated PDF file was obviously not a scan of an original 1961 birth certificate, so predictably it created a brouhaha that the document was forged,” the source said. “Now, all Obama has to do to get a jump in the polls is to release a true photocopy of the forged ‘original’ to humiliate and destroy the birthers.”
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