Friday, July 9, 2010

Obama's Modesty, Hey Obama, You Suck! The Reparations Administration, Oakland Riots...BIG shock! Mexico Unmasked, American Against DOJ Lawsuit Against AZ, Don't Tax Oil Spill Victims, God Mad at Oil Spill, My Two Cents About LeBron...This is America Land of the Free is it not!? Tax Implications of James Decision


Selective Modesty - National Review
Obama’s modesty about America would be more understandable if he treated himself with the same reserve.

It is odd to have a president so convinced of his own magnificence — yet not of the magnificence of his own country

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EDITORIAL: Welcome back, Mr. President - Your economic policies suck - Las Vegas Review-Journal

President Obama is in Las Vegas, where he's holding an invitation-only fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, among other closed-door events.


The president is welcome; he should be courteously received.


That said, it's too bad the president isn't planning to mingle with average Nevadans and visit our shopping centers incognito, to get a look at what his economic policies have really wrought -- what a city with 14.1 percent (official, understated) unemployment looks like, under an administration whose main economic goals seem to be the punishment and prevention of capital formation and business growth.


The president might have gotten an earful, here at ground zero of the Great Recession.


While "Obamacare" doesn't go into full effect for four more years, taxes to support it kick in this fall, starting with a 10 percent tanning salon tax (why?) and a "1099" tax that's projected to suck an additional $17 billion out of private businesses in the next decade by making them file "1099" snitch forms for virtually everyone to whom they pay a few hundred dollars.


Is that likely to help Nevada's economy rebound, President Obama? Won't it drive even more business "under the table," where workers have less protection, illegal aliens thrive and many continue to draw welfare while paying no taxes at all?


Speaking of illegals, your administration just sued our neighbor to the southeast, Arizona, for enacting a state law that instructs local police to help enforce federal immigration law -- despite the fact the Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that federal immigration law doesn't intend "to preclude even harmonious state regulation."


What's the political message of this cynical lawsuit? That some 12 million illegals should feel safe continuing to occupy jobs that U.S. citizens have flocked to fill whenever they've had a chance, presumably. Just wait for the Democrats to grant you amnesty, invite in your extended family and send you all Democratic voter registration cards -- as soon as the heat of November's mid-term elections has passed -- is that it?


Is that supposed to help Nevada's unemployed and the local businesses they can no longer patronize?


What about "cap and trade" and your carbon tax, still promoted by you and your legislative ramrod, Sen. Reid, even after much of the basis for worrying about climate change has been shown to be a hoax?


Your administration admits this legislation will artificially drive up power bills and other energy costs. Mr. President, is that supposed to help cash-strapped Nevada firms create new jobs? If it causes air fares and gasoline prices to soar, will that help bring the tourists back to Las Vegas?


And a "VAT" or add-on national sales tax -- is that next?


If the 2008 economic correction had been allowed to proceed without interference, mal-invested firms would have been forced to liquidate in bankruptcy. The buildings where new entrepreneurs might like to open would have passed into new hands, and could now be leased at far lower rates. Instead, many structures in Las Vegas now stand empty, owned by banks or by the FDIC or by "walking dead" owners who dare not rent out the premises at lower rates lest their overdue notes be called. It's a weird economic limbo, and it's not helping.


Why so many costly bailouts, Mr. President? Why so much bypassing of America's fine bankruptcy courts? Was it because your union supporters objected to what might happen to their contracts, which helped sink firms like General Motors? Is that why you intervened to arrange for the government and the unions to take over that firm? How many other industries will now be taken over? We already know about health care. The banks, too?


And speaking of unions, is "card check" still in play? The prospect that workplaces could be unionized without a worker secret-ballot majority -- that's supposed to encourage local business investment and growth?


Meantime, the inflation caused by all this spending keeps prices and wages artificially high. Is that supposed to help?


Nevadans have a long tradition as hard-working frontier entrepreneurs. Nevadans would rather have a real, private-sector job than a handout. How many of your high-level appointees have any experience creating such jobs, Mr. President? Do you see that as a problem?


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Obama: “A Lecture on Sobriety” From Drunk Republicans? - Flopping Aces

Is this the pot calling the kettle black again?

Obama is on the campaign trail this week. After a recent swing in California for Barbara Boxer, who later began to slide downward in the polls, he went off to help Robin Carnahan in Missouri who had to cut the top price ticket at the fundraiser Obama headlined from $250 to $99. Carnahan is behind in every recent poll against Roy Blunt.

Next, Obama was off to help Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Las Vegas, a city which hasn’t been as welcoming as it might considering how he repeatedly told people not to go there and spend money. The editorial in the Las Vegas Review Journal pointed out that the current unemployment rate in the city is 14% and sent this message to Obama:”Your economic policies suck.”

Obama Attack Dog Rhetoric

In both the Missouri speech and in Nevada Obama trotted out the tired old attack phrases he has used repeatedly to try and distract attention from his own incompetence and failed economic policies.
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From Rush Limbaugh program Thursday July 8, 2010

Do you remember both the first lady, Michelle Obama and Barack Obama, the president himself starting in the campaign and even after they were immaculated, they've been telling college students to forget working in the private sector anyway, don't go to these law firms, don't go to Wall Street firms, involve yourself in the health care industry. She told a woman in Zanesville, She told a woman, a nurse in Zanesville, Ohio, don't leave here, don't leave town, don't go work for one of those big Wall Street firms, don't go to work for a law firm, that's not what you need to do. You need to work in government; you need to work in service. So now Obama's fixed it so they don't have a choice, and they're talking about it at the Aspen Institute this week.


There's no incentive to work, none whatsoever. Unemployment compensation, extensions routinely occur. We don't have audio of Michelle telling the woman in Zanesville, Ohio, to screw it, stay where you are. By the way, Chelsea Clinton is getting married on July 31st. You might be saying, "Well, what's the big deal?" Well, she's marrying a guy who works at Goldman Sachs, Marc Mezvinsky, the son of Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky. So it's okay for the Clintons' daughter to marry somebody going to work at one of those Wall Street firms but Michelle (My Belle) and Barack Obama, no, no, no, no, don't mess with it. So what's the problem here? Young Americans learn that trying to find work is pointless. This president and his wife told them not to, that it's a new day in America.

Business Insider: Young Americans Learn That Trying To Find Work Is Pointless

Wall Street Journal: Unemployment Benefits Aren't Stimulus - Arthur Laffer

New York Times: American Dream Is Elusive for New Generation

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Ga. Republican zings Obama in hammer-and-sickle ad - Las Vegas Sun (AP)

A conservative Georgia Republican congressional candidate is criticizing President Barack Obama in roadside billboards that use the communist hammer-and-sickle symbol.

The three ads from candidate Jody Hice ask passers-by: "Had Enough Of Obama's Change?" The "C" in change is replaced by the hammer and sickle. The symbol was associated with iron-fisted 20th-century dictators.

Hice said he considers some policies of the Democratic president socialist, including government bailouts for the auto industry and an overhaul of the health insurance system.

Georgia's Democratic Party calls the ads inappropriate and distasteful, but says Hice has the right to say what he wants.

Hice is competing with seven other Republicans to succeed Congressman John Linder.
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The Reparations Administration - Doug Ross@Journal

Observers have characterized President Obama's many efforts to nationalize industries a systematic form of "wealth redistribution." But the activities instigated by the White House go beyond redistribution and devolve straight into reparations. Consider:

Race Gender Quotas in "Financial Reform"
Section 342, which declares that race and gender employment ratios, if not quotas, must be observed by private financial institutions that do business with the government. In a major power grab, the new law inserts race and gender quotas into America's financial industry... ...Section 342 sets up at least 20 Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion.

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In a shock to everyone, there were riots in Oakland last night...

Oakland shooting verdict sparks riots after Johannes Mehserle dodges murder rap in Oscar Grant death

Angry mobs smashed windows and set small fires in downtown Oakland Thursday night, their rage sparked by a white transit cop's conviction of a lesser charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a subway station New Year's Day 2009.

The rioting and looting started hours after former police officer Johannes Mehersle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Oscar Grant was shot in the back while laying face-down on a subway platform. Mehersle dodged the more severe charge of second degree murder.

Mehersle faces a prison sentence of two to four years.

The protesters, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a racially diverse group, faced off with police, threw rocks and bottles, smashed storefronts and sprayed graffiti on walls that read "Riot for Oscar."

Several trash cans along the streets were set on fire.

"This city is not the wild, wild west," said Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts. "This city will not tolerate this sort of activity."
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Mexico Unmasked - The American Spectator

Mexico is a mystery to most Americans -- and not unjustifiably. Millions of Mexican citizens have fled north to the United States to escape poverty, crime, and all the akin problems associated with such deprivation. That's about all their hosts know about the land to the south that produces such misery. The image of Mexico that both countries prefer to emphasize focuses on the luxury of its multi-billion dollar resort industry -- a nation of blue tequila and bronzed beauties. Convenient but false.

Part of the reason for this pervasive ignorance is the diplomatic pretense to neighborliness. Whether Democrat or Republican, politicians have been loath to characterize North America's third world neighbor as anything but an important developing nation and ultimately a U.S. ally. New presidents meet, pledge to commit all energies to assist whatever matter is politically appropriate at the moment, and go home announcing a new day has arrived in U.S.-Mexican relations.

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Gallup Finds Americans Opposed to DOJ Law Suit Against Arizona - The American Spectator

A new Gallup poll has found that by a 50 percent to 33 percent margin, Americans oppose the Obama Justice Department's lawsuit against the Arizona immigration law. Among those who say they're following the matter very closely, the number is more lopsided -- with 64 percent opposed and just 31 percent supporting it. Independents oppose the lawsuit by a 56 percent to 27 percent margin.

Democrats are clearly hoping that the lawsuit will help boost Hispanic turnout, which could be depressed this fall because the Obama administration hasn't delivered on comprehensive immigration legislation.

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Fair Tax Coalition to Obama: Tell IRS Not to Tax BP Compensation to Oil Spill Victims - CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – Don’t tax the victims of the Gulf oil spill. That's the message to President Barack Obama from fair-tax activists.

The Internal Revenue Service is going to the Gulf Coast next week to make sure the federal government gets its cut from any oil spill compensation checks BP issues to fishermen and others who have been idled due to the Gulf oil spill.

The IRS plans to hold forums in seven Gulf Coast cities on July 17 “to help victims with tax troubles or questions,” according to an IRS news release. It has also posted tax information for oil spill victims on its Web site.

But Ken Hoagland, author of the book "The FairTax Solution" and organizer of the Online Tax Revolt, told CNSNews.com that the IRS is wrong to tax hard-hit Gulf Coast residents. “It is akin to kicking someone who’s just been hit by a truck,” Hoagland said. “We are calling on the president to direct the IRS to forego tax bills on the BP oil relief payments.”

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‘God is Sad and God is Mad’ Over Oil Spill, Says Liberal Religious Leader - CNS News

(CNSNews.com) – “God is sad and God is mad” because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Rev. Jim Wallis, editor and CEO of the liberal religious magazine Sojourners, told reporters on Wednesday.

Wallis and other religious leaders recently took a three-hour tour of coastal Louisiana to examine the damage from the Gulf oil spill. Their tour was organized by the Sierra Club.

During a conference call on Wednesday, CNSNews.com asked the religious leaders, “Do you feel that President Obama has done enough? Do you think he should do more? What is your take on that?”

Wallis responded, "None of us have done enough. This is a Washington question, of course. Who is to blame? Who has done enough? Who is acting fast enough? We are trying to get to some deeper issue here.”

“We left [the Gulf] and the first impression I had was how beautiful this place is, how utterly beautiful it is," Wallis said. "Then I saw what was happening and I thought: God is sad and God is mad. Let's face that level first. God is sad and God is mad."

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Gibbs Evades Question of Whether Obama Agrees With His Medicare Director That Health-Care System Must Redistribute Wealth- CNS News

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Unless I missed something we don’t have slavery anymore!

Sports team owner shocked, shocked that athlete leaves team - ABC

My Two Cents... Is he being selfish? So what if he is!

I’m sure you all know by now about LeBron James decision to leave Cleveland to pursue a championship elsewhere.
I rarely post sports stories here but this is not about sport, this is about simple freedom.

The last time I checked this was America was it not. Everyone has a right to pursue his or her dream whatever that dream may be. Either the pursuit of more money or winning a championship.
Last time I checked slavery was abolished so that means a nigga can take his talent wherever and whenever he/she decides.
Although I initially found the rant by the Cleveland owner amusing at first the more I thought about it the more appalled I became.

James does not owe Cleveland shit, he gave that team and the city some great years playing as hard as he could to try and bring this miserable city some sense of glory.
But one thing Cleveland fans forget is at the end of the day, it’s fucking Cleveland.
Why the hell would any elite athlete want to stay there or come there for that matter?
I’m still dumbfounded by the decision to put the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame there.

The idiot logic by this owner is the same idiot logic displayed by Negros when someone from the hood “makes it” they get the fuck out of the hood leaving it in the rear view mirror where it belongs. However negros have always had this ridiculous sense that because we share the same skin pigmentation we owe each other something and my father taught me long ago that I don’t owe another nigga shit in this world because I am far more likely to be jacked by one or shot by one.
Look at the bullshit that erupted in Oakland last night, niggas showing out and acting like a fool destroying their own shit to show whitey that they are outraged by injustice.

We are all free agents in many ways, we can choose to stay in one job or another, one relationship or another but if we are not willing to look out for ourselves who else will.
All the time we are told not to be selfish. But in order to succeed and be happy in life you have to be selfish at times. If a person wants to succeed they have to look out for themselves and what's in their best interest to succeed. If folks are not selfish, they often let people hold them back from the things that they need to do in order to accomplish something or to simply be happy. So why not be selfish if you're trying to do something positive with your life?
Is this not what James is doing by making the decision he has?

To be selfish as the Cleveland fans may attest to in the James decision means that you are looking out for your own interest or your own life. With that in mind, everything you do to live can be considered selfish. When you eat you are supporting your life, is that selfish? When you are happy of your accomplishments and take pride in your character, is that selfish? When you use your mind to do things in pursuit of your own happiness, is that selfish? What exactly makes selfish a good or bad thing?

If you are not selfish, you will never get the things done that are most important to you. People have to understand that they are the most important thing in their life. If they are not in tune with themselves, how do they really expect to help others?

It is good to be selfish sometimes because it is an overall good and understandable goal to look out for one's self. It's also a good thing to be self dependent, and proud of the achievements that you have accomplished. It is only natural that people act in a manner that is positive for themselves.
We are on this earth for a short time and we should never allow those to dictate our path to malign us into complacency and allowing ourselves to be in a situation or circumstance that makes us feel isolated, lonely, depressed longing for greener pastures but unable to escape because we are forced to conform to someone else’s wishes or ideals.

How can a person honestly say they don't care about how something will impact them and their life? That right there is an act of selfishness. That kind of selfishness is not the same as being stingy and not helping others. But in order to help others, you have to help yourself first.

There is nothing really wrong with being selfish at times. Selfish will never be a bad thing is you follow a couple of rules. When acting in a selfish manner to succeed, you cannot violate the rights of others in order to accomplish your own goals. You cannot represent yourself as something you are not because that is misleading people and misleading yourself. Finally, you must do your absolute best to continuously think at all times while making sure that your actions bring you nothing but encouraging outcomes.

There are people everyday making LeBron James type decisions, leaving one company for another, one school for another, one relationship for another. We owe it to ourselves to pursue that which will make us happy and fulfilled. Otherwise we are wasting our fuckin time on this planet.

Selfishness does not mean abandoning those you love and care for, as admittedly I have done, I’ve questioned my own selfishness at times but the reality was if I did not make the decision I made I would ultimately poison those around me because of anger and/or resentment. God gave us free will to choose and decide and we should never allow ourselves to be bullied or maligned into someone else’s idea of what and how our lives should be or what path we should take.
The Cleveland owner should be ashamed of himself and that ridiculous tirade. James is not Kunta Kinte, because he lives in America he is free to pursue his dreams as he sees fit and anyone who questions that obviously does not believe in freedom.

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Another view....

Bush-Hating “Narcissist” LeBron James Decides to Play Ball in Miami - First Things

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Did saving $25 million in taxes fuel LeBron James' Miami Heat pick? - Wallet Pop

James, it appears, had done his homework on the tax implications.

In addition to the basketball reasons for signing with the Heat, James is going to walk away from this deal with less money in his contract but more money in his pocket. This is because Florida offers a number of tax advantages over New York -- a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed in the tax world.
Assuming that James took just under $17 million from the Heat (which is probably pretty close to accurate), he would pay no state income tax, leaving him with the same $17 million. If he had gone to New York, even if he nabbed an additional $1.5 million (as the salary difference has been speculated), he would shell out close to $1.7 million in New York state taxes. That doesn't count James' endorsements with companies like Nike, Sprint and McDonald's. Those deals are said to bring in $40 million per year for James, landing him at #19 on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful celebrities of 2009 (just behind his idol, Michael Jordan).

The total bill? Over five years, that means James could save more than $25 million in state taxes alone by relocating to Miami over New York. And that doesn't count other taxes such as local taxes (New York has a bunch) or property taxes (on average, New Yorkers pay a bigger percentage of their income for property taxes than Floridians). In fact, overall, Florida has a fairly attractive tax picture. Compared to other states, it is ranked by the Tax Foundation as 47th in terms of state and local tax burdens; New York, on the other hand, is 2nd (just behind New Jersey, the home of the Nets, also desperate to sign James).
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More LeBron
WTF!?

LeBron Sued by Man Claiming to be His Father- TMZ

TMZ has learned ... LeBron James and his mother Gloria James are being sued for millions by a man who claims he tried to prove he's the NBA star's biological father -- but LeBron and his mom tampered with the evidence in a diabolical cover-up.

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