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Hope and Change. And Smart Power. This administration is the laughing stock of the world. From the Telegraph:
An official statement from the US foreign policy chief paid tribute to the “Queen’s life and legacy,” despite the fact that the Monarch does not celebrate her official birthday until next weekend.
The diplomatic faux pas, sent on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people on Friday, also celebrated the “special relationship” between the British and US governments.“On this celebratory occasion, we pay tribute to the Queen’s life and legacy and honour the special relationship between our two nations,” Mrs Clinton said.
“The young princess Elizabeth helped rally her nation in the darkest days of that war, and she has remained a beacon of integrity and resolve ever since. The United States has always been grateful for her friendship and example.
“Once again, I wish Queen Elizabeth II a very happy birthday and peace and prosperity for the people of the United Kingdom in the year to come.”
Mrs Clinton added that the “special relationship continues to provide a solid foundation as the United States and Britain”, which worked “side by side to meet the challenges of the 21st century”.
A spokesman for Mrs Clinton attemped to make light of the gaffe.
“We were a week early,” Philip Crowley joked to reporters in Washington.
“As always, it is better to give a greeting a week early than a week late.”
Dick Morris: Janet Reno told Bill Clinton she either stays for 2nd term or she’d spill the goods on WacoApril 21, 2010
Great video from Keep America Safe (run by Liz Cheney) on the 7 unknown Department of Justice attorneys who defended, or assisted in the defense of, Al Qaeda detainees housed at Guantanamo Bay. There are 9 such attorneys employed by the Department of Justice but so far Eric Holder has only released the names of 2. Why the secrecy?
Juan, while likable, never stood a chance.
2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is joining Fox News as a contributor, the news channel announced Monday.
The former Alaska governor, whose book, Going Rogue: An American Life, became a bestseller weeks before it was released and remains No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list, has signed a multi-year deal to offer her political commentary and analysis across all Fox News platforms, including Fox Business Channel, FoxNews.com and Fox News Radio.
She will also participate in special event political programming for Fox Broadcasting.
“I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News. It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news,” Palin said in a written release.
Palin will also host periodic episodes of Fox News Channel’s “Real American Stories,” a series exploring inspirational real-life tales of overcoming adversity throughout the American landscape that will debut in 2010.
“Governor Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum and we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the FOX News lineup,” said Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming.
Prior to joining Sen. John McCain on the 2008 presidential ticket, Palin was the first woman to serve as governor of Alaska, taking the oath in 2006. As governor, she worked on improving resource development, education, health and transportation and infrastructure development.
Prior to holding the office of governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council in Alaska as well as two terms as the mayor and manager of Wasilla, and worked as an oil and gas industry regulator.
Owned by News Corp, Fox News Channel is a 24-hour general news service covering breaking news as well as political, entertainment and business news, and has been the most-watched cable news channel in the country for eight years running. It features the top 13 programs in cable news and can be seen in more than 90 million homes.
Was Democrat Senator Max Baucus, architect of the Baucus Healthcare Bill and no relation to Ted Kennedy, drunk on the floor of the Senate during a recent speech? Have another, Max.
The TSA, yet another unionized voting block for the Democrat party, mistakenly posted airport screening secrets on the Internet. It’s no wonder people are up in arms over the thought of Government-run healthcare.
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration is investigating after they say an outdated version of their standard operating procedures manual was posted on the Internet. Who gets more scrutiny in line? What countries’ passports are singled out? Who’s exempt from screening? The answers to those questions and more were posted online for everybody to see.
The document dated May 28, 2008, is considered sensitive security information. It details who gets special treatment, and what to do with people who balk at the checkpoint.
Documents note that passengers from Cuba, North Korea, Libya and a number of other countries must undergo additional screening.
“You don’t want discrimination against a certain country or against a certain population group or a certain group of people but if you don’t profile, then I think you’re missing the boat. You’re not being realistic,” Bob Boswellin, a passenger told WTTG in Washington, D.C.
It offers examples of identification documents that screeners accept, including congressional, federal air marshal and CIA ID cards; and it explains that diplomatic pouches and certain foreign dignitaries with law enforcement escorts are not subjected to any screening at all. It said certain methods of verifying identification documents aren’t used on all travelers during peak travel crushes.
The posting was improper because sensitive information was not properly protected, TSA spokeswoman Kristin Lee said.
As a result, some Web sites, using widely available software, were able to uncover the original text of sections that had been blacked out for security reasons. On Sunday, the Wandering Aramean blog pointed out the document in a posting titled “The TSA makes another stupid move.”
According to the blog, TSA posted a redacted version of the document but did not delete the sensitive information from the file. Instead of removing the text, the government covered it up with a black box. But the text was still embedded in the document and could be uncovered.
So essentially they made the mistake, saw they made the mistake, tried to take the take the easy way out via the black box, but failed since the text was still embedded and therefore available. Truly pathetic. View the full article here.
From Frank Gaffney at Biggovernment.com:
On November 17, 2009, a prominent Senator and five leading Members of Congress sent a letter to the IRS asking for an investigation of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) concerning their possible violation of the Lobbying Disclosure Act which limits the expenditures a non-profit can spend on lobbying If CAIR has exceeded the limits of that law, they risk losing their non-profit status. Other penalties may be more severe: if the Secretary of the Senate or Clerk of the House of Representatives determines that CAIR should have registered and find “a knowing violation by a preponderance of the evidence,” CAIR could be “subject to a civil fine of not more than $200,000, depending on the extent and gravity of the violation,” and if CAIR “knowingly and corruptly failed to comply,” they could be subject to imprisonment up to 5 years. Our separate analysis of CAIR tax returns, compared to audio evidence recorded in 2006, reveals another potential issue for IRS investigators – more on that follows below…
The November 17 letter to the IRS was signed by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), Ranking Member on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The members of Congress signing the letter also have extensive experience in intelligence, counter-terrorism and investigations:
- Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), Deputy Whip, founder of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, who also serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
- Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who serves on the Judiciary Committee and the Armed Services Committee
- Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), who serves on the United States House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment
- Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), who serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
- Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), who serves on the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Our own investigation revealed another problem CAIR may have with the IRS.
Their most recent publicly available tax return, from 2006, reports gross receipts for their annual fundraiser that are significantly less than they announced at the event itself. On that 2006 990 form, they reported that they had raised $89,775, but left blank (or zeroed) several key fields:
But our investigative team attended that 2006 annual CAIR event and recorded the fundraiser Master of Ceremonies, Rodwan Saleh of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, announcing that they raised much more than $89,775 – at least $250,000, and possibly as much as $600,000 due to a matching grant. Below is a partial transcript and the audio:
RODWAN SALEH: We are now at $250,000. Takbir.
AUDIENCE: Allahu Akbar.
AUDIENCE: Allahu Akbar.
SALEH: Now, listen carefully [unclear] requirements. There is a family, there is a family that says if we all now can put this amount of money from 250 to 300, they will match the 300. You understand what I’m saying? Now, so we need now to make sure that we get $50,000 in no time because if we can make 300 this family will put another 300 [unclear]. Did you hear me?
So here are two more questions for IRS investigators: Did CAIR raise only $89,775 at the fundraiser and if so, what happened to the rest of the $250,000 (or $300,000 0r $600,000)? Or did CAIR raise the larger amount, and if so, why did they report less to the IRS?
On November 3, 2009, we called CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad for comment on this apparent discrepancy. Mr. Awad said he would look into the matter and get back to us, but so far he has failed to do so.
CAIR’s supporters include foreign businesses and members of various Middle Eastern royal families, and at the 2006 annual fundraiser in question, tables were assigned to the embassies of Malaysia, Pakistan, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the Interests Section of Iran. The Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial documents, along with numerous Arab and English news articles, show CAIR receiving foreign contributions and pledges ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. During 2005 and 2006, CAIR had additional capital to purchase properties valued at over $10 million, as detailed in the investigative best-seller book Muslim Mafia.
Yet in 2006 their membership dues from actual Muslim Americans were only $41,383 – one percent of their total reported revenues of over $2.7 million.
One percent from Muslim Americans’ dues. And just $89,775 gross receipts from the annual fundraiser, partially reported to the IRS.
And 99% from…somewhere else.
Incidentally, we were able to obtain copies of the 2007 990 tax forms for fifteen CAIR chapters, and the 2008 990 tax forms for five CAIR chapters, but the CAIR national office has still not made public their 2007 and 2008 tax returns.
A key question for both the IRS and the Department of Justice: Is CAIR really an organization representing Muslim Americans, or is it representing the interests of foreign principals?
To be continued….
Courtesy of Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit.
Sarah Palin released the cities and dates of her “Going Rogue” book tour tonight.
Sarah Palin added this about her Fort Hood visit:
I’m especially looking forward to meeting our brave men and women in uniform at Fort Hood. I’m joining the efforts of many others by donating my royalties from the book sales during our stop at Fort Hood to the families of the victims whose lives have been forever changed by the tragic events of November 5th. I am humbled to be able to join the larger effort called “Community Response to 11/5,” which was established by the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the US Army (AUSA). You can read more about their great efforts here: http://www.forthoodausa.org/.
Thank you to all who serve and have served.
Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday interviewed Rush Limbaugh today.
Part 1 – Obama, Economy, Afghanistan
Part 2 – Healthcare, Glenn Beck, Drug Rehab
Part 3 – NFL, Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, GOP
From Edmunds.com we learn that the Cash for Clunkers program ended up costing taxpayers $24,000 per car. Wow.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — October 28, 2009 — Edmunds.com, the premier resource for online automotive information, has determined that Cash for Clunkers cost taxpayers $24,000 per vehicle sold.
Nearly 690,000 vehicles were sold during the Cash for Clunkers program, officially known as CARS, but Edmunds.com analysts calculated that only 125,000 of the sales were incremental. The rest of the sales would have happened anyway, regardless of the existence of the program.
Ironically, the average transaction price for a new vehicle in August 2009 was only $26,915 minus an average cash rebate of $1,667.
“This analysis is valuable for two reasons,” explained Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl. “First, it can form the basis for a complete assessment of the program’s impact and costs. Second—and more important—it can help us to understand the true state of auto sales and the economy. For example, October sales are up, but without Cash for Clunkers, sales would have been even better. This suggests that the industry’s recovery is gaining momentum.”
The chart below sets forth actual SAAR (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate) compared to Edmunds.com’s forecasted rate if the program had never been implemented.
Actual (or Forecast) If no Cash for Clunkers Difference Sales Volumne Jan ’09 9.59 9.59 n/a 654,922 Feb ’09 9.14 9.14 n/a 687,182 Mar ’09 9.69 9.69 n/a 855,146 April ’09 9.20 9.20 n/a 817,096 May ’09 9.85 9.85 n/a 923,141 Jun ’09 9.67 9.80 -0.13 857,447 Jul ’09 11.22 10.11 1.11 995,216 Aug ’09 14.06 10.45 3.61 1,258,747 Sep ’09 9.19 10.63 -1.44 744,367 Oct ’09 10.40 10.89 -0.49 n/a Nov ’09 10.40 10.82 -0.42 n/a Dec ’09 10.61 10.85 -0.24 n/a
“Our research indicates that without the Cash for Clunkers program, many customers would not have traded in an old vehicle when making a new purchase,” Edmunds.com Senior Analyst David Tompkins, PhD told AutoObserver.com. “That may give some credence to the environmental claims, but unfortunately the economic claims have been rendered quite weak.”
To conduct the analysis, the Edmunds.com team of PhDs and statisticians examined the sales trend for luxury vehicles and others not included in Cash for Clunkers, and applied the historic relationship of those vehicles to total SAAR to make informed estimates. These estimates were independently verified through careful examination of sales patterns reflected by transaction data. Once the numbers were determined, Edmunds.com’s analysts divided three billion dollars by 125,000 vehicles to arrive at the average $24,000 per vehicle.
Coincidentally, a parallel analysis of the first-time homebuyer credit was reported yesterday by MIT Sloan Professor Simon Johnson and Yale law student James Kwak, who both blog about economics at The BaseLine Scenario.
Rush shares his side of the story and gives thoughts on the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, sports media, and DeMaurice Smith. View the Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal by clicking here.
For those unfamiliar with Mr. Smith, he’s the Executive Director of the NFL Players Union but has also served as counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder and was a member of Obama’s transition team. More info on DeMaurice Smith and his role in the St. Louis Rams deal can be viewed here.