Extremely Urgent act right now

(BuckshotSurvival) – The Land and Water Conservation Bill passed the House last Thursday and will be voted on in the Senate tomorrow or Thursday or Friday. At least that is Senator Reid’s intent. This bill authorizes expenditure of $900 MILLION A YEAR FOR 40 YEARS TO BUY, BY SALE OR CONDEMNATION, PRIVATE PROPERTY AND PUT IT UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL. The sponsors are trying to convince off road operators that this is to create recreation areas on private lands converted to government use. Only a few drawbacks: the bill also expands the Endangered Species Act to include and protect ALL SPECIES, NATIVE AND NONNATIVE WHETHER THEY ARE ENDANGERED, THREATENED, OR NOT. Continue reading

Video: Corporate Media Says Nevada Tea Party Candidate Calling for Revolution

(KurtNimmo) – Democrats and liberals are petrified by the primary win by Sharron Angle in Nevada. She threatens to unseat the current Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, and upset the Democrat balance in the Senate and because of this she must be demonized as a dangerous gun nut who advocates violent revolution. Continue reading

Reid Wants Climate Bill ASAP

(MotherJones) – Does John Kerry have good reason to be so optimistic about a climate bill? The Washington Post reports that he’s getting strong signals that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants a bill ASAP, indicating that senators might be closer to a deal on climate and energy than many people around Washington have assumed. Continue reading

Economy

(CNBC) – Market Tips: Get Out of Stocks and Bonds

Global stocks were mixed Friday, with European shares paring earlier gains after preliminary data showed the euro zone economy’s recovery faltered in the fourth quarter, on top of investors still uncertain as to what will happen to Greece. Read More Here

(Fox) – After Rare Bipartisan Deal, Reid Slashes Jobs Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid abruptly announced Thursday that he had drastically slimmed down the bill from $85 billion to just $15 billion, tossing out key priorities of both Republicans and Democrats. Read More Here

(WaIndep) – Credit Suisse Declares the U.S. a Riskier Investment Than Indonesia

Amid fears that Switzerland might come to an agreement with the United States on banking privacy and tax evasion disclosures, Credit Suisse issued a report identifying those countries it determined to have the highest risks of default on their sovereign debts. Number 16 on the list was the United States, based primarily on its 2009 budget deficits and government debt. Read More Here

(Reuters) – German halt, Italian reverse hit euro zone recovery

Europe’s post-recession recovery hit a roadblock on Friday as German economic growth unexpectedly halted and Italy went into reverse in the final quarter of 2009, knocking total euro zone GDP growth almost flat. Read More Here

(HindustanTimes) – India’s food inflation inching to 18 per cent

Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed last week that the worst was over on rising prices of essential items, India’s annual food inflation based on wholesale prices rose to 17.94 per cent for the week ended Jan 30. Read More Here

(Fox) – Obama Signs Bill Lifting Federal Debt Limit to $14.3 Trillion

President Obama has signed legislation lifting the cap on government borrowing to $14.3 trillion. Read More Here

(Bloomberg) – Beijing Seen Vacant for 50% as Chanos Predicts Crash

Jack Rodman, who has made a career of selling soured property loans from Los Angeles to Tokyo, sees a crash looming in China. He keeps a slide show on his computer of empty office buildings in Beijing, his home since 2002. The tally: 55, with another dozen candidates. Read More Here

Stick a Fork in it, The Dollar is Done

News junkies, currency buffs, and economists of an Austrian tilt have been having quite an entertaining few weeks. Between massive blizzards from Virginia to New England, another baseless Dollar rally, and the hilarious notion that a little Greek debt could unwind the Euro, there certainly has been plenty to talk about. Read More Here

(Aletho) – New Phase, Not Just Another Recession

It is becoming increasingly clear that the financial meltdown of 2008 and the subsequent economic contraction that continues to this day represent more than just another recessionary cycle. More importantly, they represent a structural change, a new phase, the phase of the dominance of “finance capital,” as the late Austro-German political economist Rudolf Hilferding put it. Read More Here

(Portfolio) – Danger Ahead for Small Banks

The small banks that do much of the lending to small business face a crisis in the near future that could force thousands of them to cut back on loans. Read More Here

(StarTribune) – Foreclosure numbers may foretell delinquency surge

The number of U.S. households facing foreclosure in January increased 15 percent from the same month last year, and a surge in cash-strapped homeowners who’ve fallen behind on mortgages could be on the way. Read More Here

(AJC) – Metro Atlanta foreclosures skyrocket this month – Read More Here

(ABC15) – Report: Valley foreclosures not slowing down – Read More Here

(DallasBiz) – Dallas/Fort Worth quarterly foreclosure postings jump 22% – Read More Here

(NYDaily) – Number of New Yorkers at risk of losing their home to foreclosure surges, new statistics show – Read More Here

(MarketTicker) – 30 Year Auction – A Solid ‘F’ – Read More Here

(DailyMail) – Welcome to boarded-up Britain: One in eight shops now stand empty as recession hits high streets

The number of empty shops blighting our high streets has trebled since the start of the credit crunch, it was revealed yesterday. Read More Here

(MailOnline) – Did Goldman Sachs rig the bank-tax vote? Foul play suspected in Richard Curtis internet campaign – Read More Here

(DailyExpress) – Housing Minister: It’s Ok to Lose Your Home

LABOUR’S housing minister yesterday insulted millions struggling to survive the recession by claiming that having their homes repossessed might be their “best option”. Read More Here

(DailyExpress) – Labour’s ‘100 %’ Death Tax

MILLIONS of people could lose almost every penny of their assets under a new “death tax” being considered by Labour to fund care for the elderly. Read More Here

Video: Whoops – Palin advocates war with Iran, apparently misreading column

(RawStory) –  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has always tried to portray herself as tough on national security.
On Sunday, however, Palin may have taken it too far. Speaking to Fox News’ Chris Wallace, the onetime Republican vice presidential nominee signaled that she supported war with Iran, referring to a recent online column by conservative Pat Buchanan. Continue reading

Video: We Can Still Stop Government Takeover Of Health Care

(KurtNimmo) – Democrats in the Senate have rammed through their totalitarian Obamacare at gunpoint bill. But there is much work to be done before they can foist this monster on the American people. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid need to reconcile the different House and Senate versions. This is usually done through conference committees, but the process will be modified for the precious Obamacare legislation. Continue reading

Our Soft Totalitarianism

Michael Auslin
The American
December 24, 2009

Until I read Scott Gottlieb’s New York Post editorial on the iron trap that is ObamaPelosiReid Care, I didn’t fully understand how it does truly and insidiously destroy private health insurance as we know it. If, like me, you’re relatively young and not on Medicaid, then you have little idea how restrictive the system is and is designed to be. That’s what we’re heading for—all Americans. No longer will we have the freedom to purchase healthcare directly from an insurance company that designs its own products; that role will fall to the bureaucrats crafting the acceptable plans to be offered in the healthcare “exchanges” in all 50 states. Nor can anyone escape to Montana, Utah, or other supposedly more independent, individual-oriented states, since the whole country is locked into an effectively single-payer system that will increasingly impose restrictions on the care we receive.

There is little description for this but “soft totalitarianism.” America is heading pell-mell, thanks to the people who supposedly work for us, into the maelstrom of social engineering that so horrifically destroyed the 20th century, as Robert Conquest poignantly described in  Reflections on a Ravaged Century. It won’t seem so at first, it will be slow and piecemeal, but history irrefutably proves over and over that the totalitarian engineers never stop, until they are stopped by others. Sen. Tom Harkin’s triumphant statement is proof of that. At 8 a.m. on Thursday, December 24, Americans will start to taste a new reality that most of us cannot fully imagine.

Obamacare sparking 10th Amendment rebellion, action in seven states

Looks like the steadily growing list of constitutional, ethical and political outrages that constitute the Harry Reid version of Obamacare is sparking a rebellion in the states, as AP reports South Carolina’s attorney general plans to investigate the vote-buying that surrounded the proposal in the Senate majority leader’s office. Continue reading

Video: Government Health Care – The Next Step On the Road to Tyranny and Slavery

(KurtNimmo) – Democrats deceptively argue that health care is legal under the commerce clause of the Constitution. The commerce clause relates to business, not individuals, but the Democrats have skewed the original purpose and intent of the Constitution. Continue reading

By 2019, Taxpayers Will Pay $196 Billion A Year for Obamacare, But 24 Million People Will Remain Uninsured

(CNSNews) – Under the health care bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday, by 2019 taxpayers will be paying $196 billion per year to subsidize other people’s health insurance coverage, but there still will be 24 million uninsured people in America, according to the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation. Continue reading

Congress’ Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare

Leaders in the House and Senate have a plan to pass President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care plan by Thanksgiving without any significant participation by the American public. CNS News has confirmed the details in our September 22nd titled “Passing a Shell of A Bill: Congress’ Secret Plan to Ram Through Health Care Reform.” Continue reading

Sick and Wrong

How Washington is screwing up health care reform – and why it may take a revolt to fix it Continue reading

Senate must raise debt ceiling above $12T

The Senate must move legislation to raise the federal debt limit beyond $12.1 trillion by mid-October, a move viewed as necessary despite protests about the record levels of red ink. Continue reading

Government Will Hype Fall Swine Flu Outbreak To Save Obamacare, Warns Armey

Former Congressman and House Majority Leader Dick Armey warns that the government is planning to exploit a hyped swine flu outbreak this fall in order to reinvigorate support behind its failing Obamacare agenda. Continue reading

Congressman: Obama Could Use Pandemic To Declare Martial Law

Georgia Congressman Paul Broun warned attendees of a town hall event Tuesday that the Obama administration was planning to use a pandemic or a natural disaster to implement martial law in the United States. Continue reading

Paul Broun: Obama’s ’socialist elite’ is planning to ‘declare martial law.’

The Athens Banner-Herald reports today that Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) told constituents yesterday that he thinks Democratic leaders are planning to declare martial law:

He also spoke of a “socialistic elite” – Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – who might use a pandemic disease or natural disaster as an excuse to declare martial law. Continue reading

Senate Hate Crimes Bill Threatens First Amendment

There are inherent First Amendment and equal protection issues with any “hate crime” legislation as I pointed out when Eric Holder started aggressively pushing Congress for passage of a new bill. That said, if you are going to enact such laws, they must be targeted, rational and designed to effect the result desired and not any other. Such laws should not be vague and expansive, should not be able to be wielded by prosecutors as selective bludgeons and should not infringe on First Amendment rights to free speech and association.

Late Thursday night, the Senate passed a Hate Crimes Bill that arguably violates all of the above. Continue reading

Boehner: Climate bill a ‘pile of shit’

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) had a few choice words about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) landmark climate-change bill after its passage Friday. Continue reading

MSM: Cleaner, costlier climate bill slips past House

(MSNBC) – In a triumph for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed sweeping legislation Friday that establishes the United States’ first limits on pollution linked to global warming and aims to usher in a new era of cleaner, yet more costly energy. Continue reading

State Dept. Nominee Says “Guns Kill Civil Society”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a Wednesday vote on a State Department nominee who supports gun control on a global scale. Continue reading

Top Democrats Complicit In Torture Cover-Up

We now know why top Democrats are protecting Bush administration officials from facing an inquiry into the illegal torture program – because several of them were actually complicit in giving their approval for such methods to be used.

Continue reading

Video: The Warren Report – “Liquidate the Banks; Fire the Executives!”

On Tuesday, a congressional panel headed by ex-Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren released a report on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s handling of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). Warren was appointed to lead the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) in November by Senate majority leader Harry Reid. From the opening paragraph on, the Warren report makes clear that Congress is frustrated with Geithner’s so-called “Financial Rescue Plan” and doesn’t have the foggiest idea of what he is trying to do. Here are the first few lines of “Assessing Treasury’s Strategy: Six Months of TARP”: Continue reading

Senate quietly stripped measure restricting bonuses from bailout legislation

A new revelation in the scandal surrounding AIG’s decision to pay multi-million dollar bonuses to executives — a provision that would have restricted companies receiving federal government bailout aid from paying bonuses was quietly stripped from a bill last month. Continue reading

Economy – Sen. Reid Says Congress Won’t Act Because `No One Knows What to Do’

Congress is unlikely to pass new legislation to overhaul financial regulations this year “because no one knows what to do,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters today. Continue reading