The Forsyth Precinct November 2009
The Newsletter for Informed and Concerned Voters
Volume 3, Issue 11
Sen. Burr gives Forsyth GOP update on current issues Sen. Richard Burr told the Forsyth GOP in October that what’s so unique about the United States is that “government revolves around the people.” Burr, now in his fifteenth year as a national legislator, said that is “why so many people throughout the world want
to come to this country.” Preparing for a trip to Afghanistan, Burr said that every day Afghans and Pakistanis “pray that we we don’t leave” their countries. Burr said he’d like to be able to say that Washington is a happy place these
Kernersville mayor gives review of town’s issues Kernersville Mayor Dawn Morgan spoke at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Forsyth GOP in Winston-Salem Oct. 5. Morgan is unopposed in her bid for re-election as mayor this month. She said Kernersville gets little coverage in the daily press these days in spite of the fact that a lot is going on in the eastern Forsyth town of 22,600 people. One of the big changes recently, she Sen. Richard Burr said, was the retirement of Police Chief Neal Stockton and his replacement by Ken Gamble, who was a detective in the KPD for 10 years. A lot of change is in store for the Editorial comment KPD, Morgan said, since members of the Stockton Overruling the electorate......... pg. 2 family had run the department for 42 years. One of Dell closing offers lesson........... pg. 2 the changes will be the addition of a K-9 unit, she Featured stories said. She said the departMayor Morgan’s update.............pg. 1 ment is also working with Sen. Richard Burr reports......... pg. 1 the Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools on One World Govt. goal.................pg. 3 a pilot program aimed at New Ice Age on horizon?............pg. 4 gang resistance and educa‘Obama phones’ available......... pg. 4 tion. The program is being funded in part by a state Russians view China template....pg. 5 grant. Myrick wants CAIR ties cut.......pg. 6 Morgan spoke of an on-going campaign to end Any journalists brave enough?..pg. 7 grafitti and other vandalObama’s rainbow agenda...........pg. 7 ism in Kernersville. She Federal deficit surges..................pg. 8 said vandals had done “a lot of damage” to older Economic stimulus boondoggle..pg. 9 buildings and small busiKarzai handed 2nd term............pg. 9 nesses in the community. She said Kernersville has Toxix brew for taxpayers..........pg. 10
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days, but it wouldn’t be true. The health care issue, which he has worked to help solve since arriving in the nation’s capitol, is nowhere close to being solved. He said the current proposals by the Democrats “will raise every person’s health insurance in this country” and that for every senior “Medicare Advantage will be gone.” He said that the medicare fund will bankrupt and insolvent by the year 2017 if we continue on the present course.
He said the proposed “Cap and Trade” legislation will cost the average American family $417 a year if it is passed. According to Sen. Burr, the country is at a pivotal time for making decisions. He said Republicans have offered health care initiatives, but “the national media isn’t interested in covering it.” SSee “Burr’s remarks,” page 4
N.C. board fines former Gov. Mike Easley campaign, refers case to prosecutors RALEIGH — The State Board of Elections has voted unanimously to fine former Gov. Mike Easley's campaign $100,000 and ask prosecutors to pursue a criminal investigation of Easley himself. The board also fined the N.C. Democratic Party $9,000 as it wrapped up five days of hearings. The board will tell prosecutors it "has received evidence which, if believed would tend to indicate that criminal violations of our election laws and campaign finance laws have occurred on the part of Mike Easley, and perhaps others," Chairman Larry Leake said. That finding echoes past conclusions of the board about other North Carolina public officials, such as Democratic former House Speaker Jim Black, who ended up in prison. It stems from testimony by pilot McQueen Campbell that Easley told him to falsify a bill to the campaign for repairs to Easley's house. But it's possible that any violations of election laws will be deemed misdemeanors that, since they happened years ago, can no longer be prosecuted. One board member, Anita Earls, said she doesn't believe any crimes fall outside the statute of limitations. Before its decision, Easley attorney Thomas Hicks told the board Easley wanted the case referred to prosecutors. "For justice to be done appropriately, this matter needs to be completely reviewed by the agency that has the resources" needed, Hicks said. The board referred the case to Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby, but Hicks acknowledged that Willoughby, an old friend of Easley's, should find someone else to handle it. Separately, a federal grand jury is looking into a real estate deal by Easley and other matters beyond the authority of the elections board. The $100,000 fine for the Easley campaign committee includes a $60,000 value the board placed on airplane flights Campbell gave Easley on political trips without being paid. The money will go to a state fund for the public schools. The rest of the fine will reimburse the elections board and law enforcement for the cost of the investigation (Reprinted from the Asheville Citizen-Times)
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Overruling the electorate
By Ben Conery The Washington Times KINSTON--- Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party. The Justice Department’s ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their “candidates of choice” - identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black. The department ruled that white voters in Kinston will vote for blacks only if they are Democrats and that therefore the city cannot get rid of party affiliations for local elections because that would violate black voters’ right to elect the candidates they want. Several federal and local politicians would like the city to challenge the decision in court. They say voter apathy is the largest barrier to black voters’ election of candidates they prefer and that the Justice Department has gone too far in trying to influence election results here. Stephen LaRoque, a former Republican state lawmaker who led the drive to end partisan local elections, called the Justice Department’s decision “racial as well as partisan.” “On top of that, you have an unelected bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., overturning a valid election,” he said. “That is un-American.” The decision, made by the same Justice official who ordered the dismissal of a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, has irritated other locals as well. They bristle at federal interference in this city of nearly 23,000 people, two-thirds of whom are black. In interviews in sleepy downtown Kinston - a place best known as a road sign on the way to the Carolina beaches - residents said partisan voting is largely unimportant because people are personally acquainted with their elected officials and are familiar with their views. “To begin with, ‘nonpartisan elections’ is a misconceived and deceiving statement because even though no party affiliation shows up on a ballot form, candidates still adhere to certain ideologies and people understand that, and are going to identify with who they feel has their best interest at heart,” said William Cooke, president of the Kinston/Lenoir County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Mr. Cooke said his group does not take a position on this issue and would not disclose his personal stance, but expressed skepticism about the Justice Department’s involvement. Others noted the absurdity of partisan elections since Kinston is essentially a one-party city anyway; no one among more than a half-dozen city officials and local residents was able to recall a Republican winning office here. Justice Department spokesman Alejandro Miyar denied that the decision was intended to help the Democratic Party. He said the ruling was based on “what the facts are in a particular jurisdiction” and how it affects blacks’ ability to elect the candidates they favor. “The determination of who is a ‘candidate of choice’ for any group of voters in a given jurisdiction is based on an analysis of the electoral behavior of those voters within a particular jurisdiction,” he said. Critics on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights are not so sure. “The Voting Rights Act is supposed to protect against situations when black voters are locked out because of racism,” said Abigail Thernstrom, a Republican appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. “There is no entitlement to elect a candidate they prefer on the assumption that all black voters prefer Democratic candidates.” Located about 60 miles from the Atlantic Coast in eastern North Carolina, Kinston has a history of defying governmental authority. During Colonial times, the fledgling city was known as Kingston - named for King George III - but residents dropped the “g” from the city’s name after the American Revolution. In Kinston’s heyday of manufacturing and tobacco farming, it was a bustling collection of shops, movie theaters and restaurants. Now, many of those buildings are vacant - a few have been filled by storefront churches - and residents are left hoping for better days.
Dell closing offers valuable lesson for North Carolina Editorial from The Citizen-Times (Asheville)
There are many lessons to be drawn from the announcement that Dell Computers will be closing its plant in Forsyth County. The largest one, perhaps, is that big, complex incentives packages designed to lure large employers to the state have big, complex ramifications when the plan doesn’t pan out. As incentives packages go, this one was a humdinger. The state and a variety of local governments laid more than $300 million in incentives and tax breaks on the table to draw the $190 million plant to the state. The stakes were as large as the incentives package, with thousands of new jobs possible both from direct employment by Dell and by spinoff jobs, and an estimated economic impact of more than $24 billion for the state. Five years after that deal — a deal so large it required a special session of the state General Assembly to work out the details — Dell announced it was leaving. The initial and obvious question: how much are taxpayers on the hook for? The answers vary and will take a while to quantify, but the quick answer is probably not that much. For one, the bulk of the goodies had yet to kick in. For another, the deal was structured pretty well. Incentives offered by Forsyth County and Winston-Salem, for example, had to be refunded 100 percent should the plant close in its first five years. And since it did operate and offered some well-paying jobs, some posit the possibility of an actual revenue gain for the state. On the flip side, there are those complexities. Gains from worker training and infrastructure improvements for Dell won’t pan out, but over time the impact of such training and better roads, etc., could pay off. This much is certain: The loss of those jobs isn’t going to help the state’s gloomy unemployment picture in the short term. Further, it’s worth heeding the words of Hendersonville native and former state Supreme Court justice Bob Orr, now at the helm of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law. Orr told The Associated Press, “This ought to generate the kind of public debate and public thoughtfulness that we need about where we’re heading with all of this. Dell is the big picture.” North Carolina appears to have played the incentives game well regarding the Dell deal. But that doesn’t mean that game makes sense. States have gotten into the unsavory practice of launching bidding wars for large businesses that don’t necessarily have to demonstrate any sort of loyalty to a state (or nation, for that matter). The practice ill-serves small businesses, by far the largest source of new jobs, and also gives short shrift to longtime employers which have stayed put in a state and helped build our communities and enriched our tax base. The Dell story would appear to also show how quickly the economic ground can shift in this era. A plant built to produce desktop computers, no matter how well, will have a hard time in an era when demand for laptops is rising and computing can be done in the palm of our hands. In an economy where unemployment in this state is 11 percent, leaders still have to aggressively pursue business. But in the end, we feel there’s no substitute for North Carolina’s time-honored economic formula: solid infrastructure and placing a premium on providing quality public education. That’s an important lesson we’ve learned. We need to remember it as we examine all the lessons from this episode.
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Thatcher adviser: Copenhagen goal is 1-world government ‘Global warming’ to be used as ‘pretext’ for ‘change’ By Jerome R. Corsi WorldNetDaily
A former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says the real purpose of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Dec. 7-18 is to use global warming hype as a pretext to lay the foundation for a oneworld government. “At [the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in] Copenhagen this December, weeks away, a treaty will be signed,” Monkton told a Minnesota Free Market Institute audience at Bethel University in St. Paul. “Your president will sign it. Most of the Third World countries will sign it, because they think they’re going to get money out of it. Most of the left-wing regimes from the European Union will rubber stamp it. Virtually nobody won’t sign it,” he told the audience of some 700 attendees. (“I read that treaty and what it says is this: that a world government is going to be created. The word ‘government’ actually appears as the first of three purposes of the new entity.) “The second purpose is the transfer of wealth from the countries of the West to Third World countries, in satisfaction of what is called, coyly, ‘climate debt’ – because we’ve been burning CO2 and they haven’t. We’ve been screwing up the climate and they haven’t. And the third purpose of this new entity, this government is enforcement.” In an hour and a half lecture illustrated by slides featuring scientific data on a wide range of climate issues, Monkton refuted claims made by former Vice President Al Gore in his movie and book entitled “An Inconvenient Truth,” as well as scientific arguments made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Monckton argued that President Obama will sign the Copenhagen treaty at the December meeting, without seeking a two-thirds ratification of the treaty by the Senate, or any other type of Congressional approval. “So, thank you, America. You were the beacon of freedom to the world. It is a privilege to stand on this soil of freedom while it is still free,” he continued. “But, in the next few weeks, unless you stop it, your president will sign your freedom, your democracy, and your humanity away forever. “But I think it is here, here in your great nation, which I so love and I so admire – it is here that perhaps, at this eleventh hour, at the fifty-ninth minute and fifty-ninth second, you will rise up and you will stop your president from
signing that dreadful treaty, that purposeless treaty. For there is no problem with the climate and, even if there were, an economic treaty does nothing to [help] it.” Moncton is a well-known critic of the theory of anthropogenic causes for global warming who has argued repeatedly that global warming hysteria is an ideological position of the political Left advanced in the interest of imposing global taxes on the United States in the pursuit of international control of the U.S. economy under a one-world government to be administered by the U.N. Monkton’s lecture can be viewed online and his slides also can be accessed on the Internet. Where’s the global warming? As evidence mounts that the United States is headed toward a cooling cycle that may last decades, global alarmists within the Obama administration remain resolved to push cap-and-trade legislation through Congress on the increasingly dubious theory that man-made carbon emissions are creating global warming. In what has to be seen as increasingly bad news for global warming alarmists, scientific evidence is mounting that temperatures in the United States have cooled at a rate that would be projected to lower temperatures 7.3 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century.
America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us. Woodrow Wilson Source. U.S. National Climate Data Center and www.c3headlines.com
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The Nation Maybe Obama’s science czar is right: Is a new ice age on the horizon? WND has reported White House science czar John Holdren’s prediction that one billion people will die in “carbon-dioxide induced famines” in a coming new ice age by 2020. Even though Holdren’s current position is that the U.S. needs to enact capand-trade to slow global warming, Holdren predicted in a 1971 textbook co-authored with Paul Ehrlich that global over-population was heading the Earth to a new ice age unless the government mandated urgent measures to control population, including the possibility of involuntary birth control measures such as forced sterilization. Holdren’s prediction that one billion people would die from a global cooling “eco-disaster” was announced by Malthusian population alarmist Ehrlich in his 1986 book entitled, “The Machinery of Nature.” Holdren based his prediction on a bizarre theory that human emissions of carbon dioxide would produce a climate catastrophe in which global warming would cause global cooling with a resultant reduction in agricultural production resulting in widespread disaster. The movement of the frigid air from the poles caused by global warming “could reduce agricultural yields for decades, pages 273-274 of “The Machinery of Nature,” Ehrlich explained Holdren’s theory by arguing “some localities will probably become colder as the warmer atmosphere drives the climactic engine faster, a sure recipe for disaster in an increasingly overpopulated world,” Ehrlich wrote.
‘Obama phones’ available free for welfare recipients From Dr. John Wren Forwarded from firstname.lastname@example.org I had a former employee call me earlier today inquiring about a job, and at the end of the conversation he gave me his phone number. I asked the former employee if this was a new cell phone number and he told me yes, this was his “Obama phone.” I asked him what an ”Obama phone” was and he went on to say that welfare recipients are now eligible to receive (1) a free new phone and (2) approx 70 minutes of free minutes every month. I was a little skeptical so I Googled it and low and behold he was telling the truth. Taxpayer money is being redistributed to welfare recipients for free cell phones. This program was started earlier this year. Enough is enough, the ship is sinking and it’s sinking fast. The very foundations that this country was built on are being shaken. The age old concepts of God, family, and hard work have flown out the window and are being replaced with “Hope and Change” and “Change we can believe in.” You can click on the link below to read more about the “Obama phone”. Jjust have a barf bag ready. (Details about how to get this phone are available at: https:// www.safelinkwireless.com/EnrollmentPublic/home.aspx)
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“The challenging thing is to navigate through the next sixty to ninety days,” Burr said, adding that the coming year will be a big year for Republicans and that the most important thing is to get people to the polls because it will be be time for the state’s General Assembly to redraw voting districts. “Make sure you’ve played a part....Find out how to get people to the polls,” he said. “I think our greatest days are ahead of us, with the help of everybody in this room and everybody in this country.”
Asked if he had not voted for the bailout of General Motors, Burr said “if the adminsitration had listened to us, GM would have gone backrupt and would have been back in business sooner.” On the issue of the economy, Burr said, “The truth is, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
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Russia’s leaders see China as a template for ruling By Clifford J. Levy The New York Times MOSCOW — Nearly two decades after the collapse of the Communist Party, Russia’s rulers have hit upon a model for future success: the Communist Party. Or at least, the one that reigns next door. Like an envious underachiever, Vladimir V. Putin’s party, United Russia, is increasingly examining how it can emulate the Chinese Communist Party, especially its skill in shepherding China through the financial crisis relatively unbowed. United Russia’s leaders even convened a special meeting this month with senior Chinese Communist Party officials to hear firsthand how they wield power. In truth, the Russians express no desire to return to Communism as a farreaching Marxist-Leninist ideology, whether the Soviet version or the much attenuated one in Beijing. What they admire, it seems, is the Chinese ability to use a one-party system to keep tight control over the country while still driving significant economic growth. It is a historical turnabout that resonates, given that the Chinese Communists were inspired by the Soviets, before the two sides had a lengthy rift. For the Russians, what matters is the countries’ divergent paths in recent decades. They are acutely aware that even as Russia has endured many dark days in its transition to a market economy, China appears to have carried out a fairly similar shift more artfully. The Russians also seem almost ashamed that their economy is highly dependent on oil, gas and other natural resources, as if Russia were a third world nation, while China excels at manufacturing products sought by the world. “The accomplishments of China’s Communist Party in developing its government deserve the highest marks,” Aleksandr D. Zhukov, a deputy prime minister and senior Putin aide, declared at the meeting with Chinese officials on Oct. 9 in the border city of Suifenhe, China, northwest of Vladivostok. “The practical experience they have should be intensely studied.” Mr. Zhukov invited President Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, to United Russia’s convention, in November in St. Petersburg. The meeting in Suifenhe capped several months of increased contacts between the political parties. In the spring, a high-level United Russia delegation visited Beijing for several days of talks, and United Russia announced that it would open an office in Beijing for its research arm. The fascination with the Chinese Communist Party underscores United Russia’s lack of a core philosophy. The party has functioned largely as an arm of Mr. Putin’s authority, even campaigning on the slogan “Putin’s Plan.” Lately, it has championed “Russian Conservatism,” without detailing what exactly that is. Indeed, whether United Russia’s effort to learn from the Chinese Communist Party is anything more than an intellectual exercise is an open question. Whatever the motivation, Russia in recent years has started moving toward the Chinese model politically and economically. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia plunged into capitalism haphazardly, selling off many industries
and loosening regulation. Under Mr. Putin, the government has reversed course, seizing more control over many sectors. Today, both countries govern with a potent centralized authority, overseeing economies with a mix of private and state industries, although the Russians have long seemed less disciplined in doing so. Corruption is worse in Russia than China, according to global indexes, and foreign companies generally consider Russia’s investment climate less hospitable as well, in part because of less respect for property rights. Russia has also been unable to match China in modernizing roads, airports, power plants and other infrastructure. And Russia is grappling with myriad health and social problems that have reduced the average life expectancy for men to 60. One consequence is a demographic crisis that is expected to drag down growth. The world financial crisis accentuated comparisons between the economies, drawing attention to Moscow’s policies. In June, the World Bank projected that China’s economy would grow by 7.2 percent in 2009, while Russia’s would shrink by 7.9 percent. Politically, Russia remains more open than China, with independent (though often co-opted) opposition parties and more freedom of speech. The most obvious contrast involves the Internet, which is censored in China but not in Russia.
If It Walks Like a Duck… By Chris Hayes Civitas Review
October 28---The Daily Tar Heel breaks a story today that UNC President Erskine Bowles leads the board of directors of a real estate development company that just won a no-bid contract from a UNC controlled group to redevelop property in downtown Chapel Hill. UNC-system President Erskine
Bowles leads the board of directors of Even if there really is no conflict, the company that was chosen to de- isn’t the sheer appearance of one velop University Square through a seem like something UNC would closed process. want to avoid? But University representatives Read the Forsyth Presaid his relationship with Cousins Properties did not have any effect on cinct newsletter each month by the decision to hire the company to going to www.forsythprecinct.com develop the 12-acre space acquired and clicking on the link either for the last year by the UNC-Chapel Hill Adobe PDF file or the ISSU.com file. Foundation.
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Rep. Sue Myrick repeats call to cut CAIR ties By Jordy Yager Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) continued to accuse a Muslim advocacy group of attempting to place interns on key national security committees to sway policy in its favor, a day after the group’s spokesman received a death threat.Asked for her opinion on CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper receiving a death threat after the accusations she made on Wednesday, Myrick’s office reiterated her calls for Congress to stop dealing with the group. ”Why would anyone allow a group, who the FBI says is tied to terrorism, to influence national security policy, or any policy for that matter?” she said in a statement. “If the FBI has cut ties with CAIR, Congress should wake up and do the same.” On Wednesday, Myrick and fellow GOP members of the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, Reps. John Shadegg (Ariz.), Paul Broun (Ga.) and Trent Franks (Ariz.), called for the House sergeant at arms to investigate whether the House Homeland Security Committee, Intelligence Committee and Judiciary Committee had hired interns who acted as “spies” for CAIR.The next day Hooper said he received a death threat faxed to the CAIR offices depicting a gallows with his name on it and calling for him to be hanged for treason. House Democrats, including Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.), came to CAIR’s defense, saying that the GOP allegations were promoting religious intolerance and heightening tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims. On Friday Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.), chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, also denounced Myrick’s comments as “fear-rousing,” saying that they prevented Muslim Americans from participating in the political process.”As a result of the innumerous obstacles facing Muslim-Americans in this post-9/ 11 environment, their political participation is stifled and often stymied,” he said in a statement. “These fallacious allegations implicate the existence of a society still struggling with anti-Muslim sentiment.” The GOP accusations stem from a book released on Thursday, Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld that’s Conspiring to Islamize America, by P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry.
In the book’s forward, Myrick writes: “Front groups of terror now operate openly in our country, comprising a network of support for jihadists…Government officials need to stop hiding behind political correctness and keep the American people informed.” In a Jan. 13, 2007, memo that the book’s authors said was obtained from CAIR, the group states its intention to lobby members of Congress and place interns in the offices of lawmakers.”We will focus on influencing congressmen responsible for policy that directly impacts the American Muslim community. (For example congressman (sic) on the judiciary, intelligence, and homeland security committees.) We will develop national initiatives such as a lobby day and placing Muslim interns in Congressional offices,” the memo reads. The Republicans on Wednesday called for the Justice Department to share with all lawmakers and their chiefs of staff an executive summary of the find-
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ings that led the department to name CAIR as a co-conspirator in an anti-terrorism case. Myrick’s office cited a letter on Friday they said was sent to Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) by the FBI on April 28. The letter states that the agency, while investigating the Holy Land Foundation, discovered a link between the founders of CAIR and the Palestinian Committee, which it says has ties to Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union. ”In light of that evidence, the FBI suspended all formal contacts between CAIR and the FBI,” the letter reads.The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday called the GOP accusations a “witch hunt.” ”Attempting to stigmatize legitimate activities with sinister and baseless accusations is reminiscent of some of the darkest days of our history,” Amanda Simon, a spokeswoman for the ACLU, said in a statement.”This sort
of fear-mongering and baseless finger-pointing has no place in our democracy, much less in our Congress.” Broun’s office reiterated his calls to investigate CAIR, but refrained from addressing either the death threat sent to Hooper or Democrats’ calls for tolerance.Neither of the offices of the two Muslim members of Congress, Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Andre Carson (D-Ind.), responded to requests for comment by press time. And the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association declined to comment. But Honda backed the efforts of Muslims in Congress. ”My Muslim colleagues in the House of Representatives, along with the highly qualified, patriotic and committed Muslim staffers and interns that have worked with my office and with CAPAC, contribute mightily to our democratic process,” he said. “Any slander against these fellow patriots is slander against democracy and religious freedom.” The offices of Shadegg, Franks and Kyl did not return requests for comment by press time.
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Any journalists brave enough to ask Perdue this question? By Brian Balfour Civitas Review North Carolina taxpayers will be forced to subsidize an “immoral” company reaping “windfall profits.” That’s the conclusion one could easily make in response to this announcement from the Governor’s office showing Gov. Perdue’s continued commitment to further politicize our economy. Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that Fiserv Inc., (NASDAQ: FISV), a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions and Fortune 500 company, will expand its presence in the state by opening a new location in Catawba County. The company will create 419 jobs and invest $4.9 million in Hickory during the next three years. The announcement was made possible in part by an $800,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. Translation: taxpayers will foot the bill for an $800,000 bribe to a company raking in nearly $5 billion in revenue last year - a bribe that also serves as a very expensive press release intended to make it appear as though the Governor is “creating jobs.” Moreover, a look at Fiserv’s 2008 annual report reveals a profit margin that year of 12%. Compare that to the 9% profit margin in 2008 of Exxon Mobil - a leading target of “windfall profits” propositions. Fiserv’s profit margin is also more than twice that of the highest rate of return earned by a health insurance company (5.4%) last year – and the health insurance profit margins have been attacked as “immoral” and ”obscene” by the likes of Nancy Pelosi. The hypocrisy of demonizing the profits of some companies while subsidizing a company earning even higher profit margins is what is truly obscene. Will anyone ask Gov. Perdue how she justifies doling out taxpayer dollars for corporate welfare to a company earning substantially higher returns than those “immoral” and “obscene” evil-doers in big oil and big health insurance?
Church and State Obama appointee Feldblum threatens religious freedom By Andrea Lafferty TVC Executive Director October 22, 2009 – I was on CBN this morning with David Brody to discuss the views of lesbian lawyer Chai Feldblum who has been picked by President Obama to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As I explained to Brody, Feldlbum has some very troublesome views about sexuality, marriage, and religious freedom. She’s on record clearly saying that the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) political agenda trumps religious freedom issues. Chai Feldblum She doesn’t think traditional marriage is the best structure for sexual relationships. She thinks that polyamory should be considered normal by our culture. Polyamory is a grouping of men and women into sexual relationships. A “family” could be three women and two men; five men and two women, etc. Feldblum comes across as a lesbian version of Katie Couric – perky and likeable – but her views and her goals are extremely dangerous to religious liberties and the traditional family. She will ruthlessly enforce her own views about morality as an EEOC commissioner. She should be soundly defeated when or if she is granted a hearing by the Senate.
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President Obama gave the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) dinner on October 10 – the evening before a poorly-attended LGBT march on Washington, D.C. TVC staffers attended the LGBT march and were shocked by how many antiChristian signs were displayed and there was a strong anti-Christian theme of the march. The overarching theme of the march was about overturning the ban on gays serving openly in the military. “President Obama’s HRC speech is no surprise to me,” said TVC Executive Director Andrea Lafferty. “During the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama gave a similar speech to LGBT delegates and promised them everything they’ve wanted.” Obama, of course, continues to talk out of both sides of his mouth. When he was discussing gay marriage with Pastor Rick Warren before the election, he expressed support for traditional marriage. Clearly, he didn’t mean it. Now, he’s admitting he wants to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. “Obama has also made it clear in his HRC speech that he’ll protect such extremist gays as Kevin Jennings, the safe schools czar and lesbian fanatic Chai Feldblum, who has been nominated to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.” In his speech, the President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, promised to implement every major goal of the LGBT movement.
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2009 federal deficit surges to $1.42 trillion By Martin Crutsinger My Way News WASHINGTON (AP) - What is $1.42 trillion? It’s more than the total national debt for the first 200 years of the Republic, more than the entire economy of India, almost as much as Canada’s, and more than $4,700 for every man, woman and child in the United States. It’s the federal budget deficit for 2009, more than three times the most red ink ever amassed in a single year. And, some economists warn, unless the government makes hard decisions to cut spending or raise taxes, it could be the seeds of another economic crisis. Treasury figures released Friday showed that the government spent $46.6 billion more in September than it took in, a month that normally records a surplus. That boosted the shortfall for the full fiscal year ending Sept. 30 to $1.42 trillion. The previous year’s deficit was $459 billion. As a percentage of U.S. economic output, it’s the biggest deficit since World War II. “The rudderless U.S. fiscal policy is the biggest long-term risk to the U.S. economy,” says Kenneth Rogoff, a Harvard professor and former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund. “As we accumulate more and more debt, we leave ourselves very vulnerable.” Forecasts of more red ink mean the federal government is heading toward spending 15 percent of its money by 2019 just to pay interest on the debt, up from 5 percent this fiscal year. President Barack Obama has pledged to reduce the deficit once the Great Recession ends and the unemployment rate starts falling, but economists worry that the government lacks the will to make the hard political choices to get control of the imbalances. Friday’s report showed that the government paid $190 billion in interest over the last 12 months on Treasury securities sold to finance the federal debt. Experts say this tab could quadruple in a decade as the size of the government’s total debt rises to $17.1 trillion by 2019. Without significant budget cuts, that would crowd out government spending in such areas as transportation, law enforcement and education. Already, interest on the debt is the third-largest category of government spending, after the government’s popular entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare, and the military. As the biggest borrower in the world, the government has been the prime beneficiary of today’s record low interest rates. The new budget report showed that interest payments fell by $62 billion this year even as the debt was soaring. Yields on three-month Treasury bills, sold every week by the Treasury to raise fresh cash to pay for maturing government debt, are now at 0.065 percent while six-month bills have fallen to 0.150 percent, the lowest ever in a half-century of selling these bills on a weekly basis. The risk is that any significant increase in the rates at Treasury auctions could send the government’s interest expenses soaring. That could happen several ways - higher inflation could push the Federal Reserve to increase the short-term interest rates it controls, or the dollar could slump in value, or a combination of both. The Congressional Budget Office projects that the nation’s debt held by investors both at home and abroad will increase by $9.1 trillion over the next decade, pushing the total to $17.1 trillion decade under Obama’s spending plans. The biggest factor behind this increase is the anticipated surge in government spending when the baby boomers retire and start receiving Social Security and Medicare benefits. Also contributing will be Obama’s plans to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone except the wealthy. The administration estimates that government debt will reach 76.5 percent of gross domestic product - the value of all goods and services produced in the United States - in 2019. It stood at 41 percent of GDP last year. The record was 113 percent of GDP in 1945. Much of that debt is in foreign hands. China holds the most - more than $800 billion. In all, investors - domestic and foreign - hold close to $8 trillion in what is called publicly held debt. There is another $4.4 trillion in government debt that is not held by investors but owed by the government to itself in the Social Security
and other trust funds. The CBO’s 10-year deficit projections already have raised alarms among big investors such as the Chinese. If those investors started dumping their holdings, or even buying fewer U.S. Treasurys, the dollar’s value could drop. The government would have to start paying higher interest rates to try to attract investors and bolster the dollar. A lower dollar would cause prices of imported goods to rise. Inflation would surge. And higher interest rates would force consumers and companies to pay more to borrow to buy a house or a car or expand their business. “We should be desperately worried about deficits of this size,” says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. “The economic pain will be felt much sooner than people think, in the form of much higher interest rates and much higher rates of inflation.” all that happened rapidly, it could send stock prices crashing and the economy tipping into recession.
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Afghan's Karzai effectively handed a second term By Heidi Vogt and Robert H. Reid From TownHall.com President Hamid Karzai was effectively handed a second five-year term Sunday when his only challenger dropped out of the race, and the Obama administration said it was prepared to work with the man it has previously criticized to combat corruption and confront the Taliban insurgency. President Barack Obama has been waiting for a new government in Kabul to announce whether he will send tens of thousands of new troops to Afghanistan. The war has intensified and October was the deadliest month of the eight-year war for U.S. forces. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah announced his decision to quit six days before the runoff election, after last-minute talks led by the U.S. and United Nations failed to produce a power-sharing agreement acceptable to Karzai, according to a Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. In an emotional speech, Abdullah told supporters that he could not accept an runoff led by the same Karzai-appointed election commission that managed the fraud-marred vote in August. The runoff was set for Nov. 7 after U.N.-backed auditors annulled nearly a third of Karzai's votes as fakes. "I will not participate in the Nov. 7 election," Abdullah said, because a
"transparent election is not possible." The Obama administration, which had been critical of Karzai's leadership, appeared to accept the outcome. Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said most polls showed Abdullah would have lost the runoff anyway "so we are going to deal with the government that is there." "And obviously there are issues we need to discuss, such as reducing the high level of corruption," Axelrod said on "Face the Nation." "These are issues we'll take up with President Karzai." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated Abdullah for a "dignified and constructive" campaign and said the United States "will support the next president and the people of Afghanistan, who seek and deserve a better future." Obama is still weeks away from deciding whether to send more troops. Top White House advisers said Obama's painstaking review, ongoing since early September, would not be hampered by Abdullah's withdrawal. About 68,000 American troops already have been ordered to report to Afghanistan by the end of the year. The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, wants the Pentagon to send him an additional 40,000 troops to prevent the Taliban from letting al-Qaida once again use Afghanistan as a haven _ as it was in the days leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Despite misgivings over Karzai, the U.S. has little choice but to support a leader who was once the toast of Washington for
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his charm, his fluent English and his role as a conciliator in the wake of the Taliban collapse. Fluent in both major Afghan languages, he could reach out to different ethnic groups, including his fellow Pashtuns who also form the overwhelming majority of the Taliban. But critics say he has been reluctant to rein in some of the former warlords whose support he sought to bolster his own political power but who are allegedly responsible for much of the corruption that plagues the government. His own half-brother Ahmed Wali Karzai has been rumored to be involved in the drug trade, charges that he vigorously denies. Karzai insists he fell out of favor in Washington when he openly criticized U.S. military tactics, including the heavy use of air power that has killed many civilians. McChrystal has ordered troops to use air power sparingly to avoid turning Afghans against the NATO mission. Abdullah stopped short of calling on supporters to boycott the polls _ a move U.S. officials feared would have enflamed tensions. He also urged his followers "not to go into the streets" to protest the election. "The people have the right to have a fair election," Abdullah said. "But this election was a failure. It was not independent. It was not transparent." Karzai's campaign spokesman, Waheed Omar, said it was "very unfortunate" that Abdullah had withdrawn but insisted that the Saturday runoff should proceed as planned.
More than $2.3 million in federal economic stimulus grants have gone to eight Tampa Bay area cosmetology and massage schools to pay tuition for the hairdressers, masseuses and nail technicians of tomorrow. That’s swell news for those who see the beauty trades as a way to gain a firmer footing in the job market. But is there truly demand for more beauty school graduates at bay area salons? Not really, said Monica Ponce, owner of Muse The Salon in Tampa. “Instead of encouraging more people to go to beauty schools,” Ponce said, “they should probably help the stylists who are unemployed.” Some area salons are hiring in this economy, but even industry lobbyists say beauty school is rarely a ticket to a thriving career. Only 1 to 2 percent of beauty school graduates will be working in the field five years from graduation, said Bonnie Poole, treasurer of the Florida Cosmetology Association. “Yes, it’s a good trade,” Poole said. “But it’s only for a select few who want to wade through the mud to get to where they want to be.” The stimulus money is being paid to beauty schools in the form of Pell Grants, which are awarded to low-income students. The grants don’t have to be repaid. The government doesn’t allocate the money based on an assessment of what kinds of job skills are in demand. Rather, students apply to the government for the grants and if eligible can put the money toward the vocational school, college or university to which they’ve been accepted. The government sends the grant money directly to schools. The stimulus bill includes $17 billion to boost the Pell Grant program and raise the maximum annual award from $4,731 to $5,350. Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, voiced surprise when told beauty schools were getting a stimulus bump. “It would raise the eyebrows of many Americans to know that is where their Pell Grant and stimulus money is going,” Ellis said.Traditional Values Coalition
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By Michael Lowrey Associate Editor, The Carolina Journal RALEIGH (October 30, 2009) — Government isn’t run like a business. It does, however, often offer aid — politely called “incentives ” — to businesses. And that can be a toxic brew for taxpayers, especially if local governments don’t engage in the same sort of due diligence that a well-run business would. WinstonSalem’s involvement in building a new minor league baseball stadium highlights the problem. Billy Prim and Andrew “Flip” Filipowski were the owners of the Winston-Salem Class A baseball team, which is now know as the Dash. They wanted to build a new stadium but didn’t have the financial resources to pull it off. So they went to the city for a cheap loan. The city agreed in November 2007 to provide $12 million toward the then-projected $22.6 million cost of the 5,500-seat facility. The new ballpark didn’t end up costing $22.6 million; the actual cost is currently projected at $40.7 million, plus an additional $8 million for land paid for by the city. Earlier this year, Prim, by then the Dash’s sole owner, sought additional public assistance to finish the project. In June, the city agreed to provide another $15.7 million to get the stadium completed. Things went off the tracks early on. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the original cost figures were little more than a placeholder. Prim needed a number to use when talking to city officials, so he plugged in the cost for Greensboro’s baseball stadium, which was built in 2003-04. The stadium Prim would build hadn’t actually been designed yet. And when it was designed, it included significant, pricey upgrades, including wider concourses, and a “kid’s zone.” The layout also had to meet city regulations, such as minimizing the impact on the neighborhood from the noise and lighting, and including stormwater controls. City officials, for their part, were largely uninterested in the accuracy of the cost number and unalarmed when signs started to appear that the ballpark would cost more than originally thought. It was presumed that Prim and Filipowski would cover any cost increases. Indeed, a pricier stadium was seen as a plus, as it would generate more property tax revenues for the city. By late last year, it became clear that Prim — with or without Filipowski — couldn’t cover the increased costs, or even the original, lower cost amount. City officials felt obligated to provide the money to finish the job. And in an act of closing the barn door long after the horse had left, WinstonSalem appointed a citizens committee to oversee the stadium project. In an ideal world, local governments wouldn’t subsidize sports team owners. Those choosing to do so should be fully aware of what they are getting themselves in for. An early red flag in this case was that the Dash’s owners original request for $12 million to build what was described as a $22.6 million stadium. When private business people, seeking to provide an entertainment facility, don’t want to or can’t come up with even half the funds required, there’s reason to be concerned. Public officials should ask some hard questions, including how solid the cost estimates are. If team owners had a valid business model, they probably wouldn’t need local government’s help. And if they didn’t have a valid business model, as was the case here, watch out. Sadly, this isn’t the only recent high profile case in North Carolina of local government officials not doing their homework. The Randy Parton Theatre fiasco in Rocky Mount also could have been avoided if officials had done some due diligence.
Abraham Lincoln on foreign enemies At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
House Speaker gets roads confused By Andrew Liles MYNCGOP.com Raleigh (10/09/2009) – NCGOP Chairman Tom Fetzer released the following statement today regarding House Speaker Joe Hackney’s visit to Charlotte yesterday: “Yesterday was a bad day for Speaker Hackney. In an effort to show his affinity for Mecklenburg County, Hackney attended a luncheon in Charlotte, where he decided it was best not only to praise the much-maligned budget with a billion dollar tax increase, but to tout his all-encompassing knowledge of Mecklenburg’s traffic problems. Despite his selfless attention to Charlotte’s roads, Hackney struck an oratorical pothole when he didn’t know which road he was talking about, and had to be corrected by the audience. Luckily, Speaker Hackney was ready with a quickwitted, well thought-out response: ‘same thing.’ Well, to not know that the Charlotte loop highway is 485 is not the ‘same thing’ as actually knowing it. Speaker Hackney went to Charlotte to demonstrate his awareness of the Queen City’s needs and laid an egg. Let’s hope he didn’t take the wrong road home to Chapel Hill. The Speaker should know his roads. And not just the ones that curve sharply to the left.”
Published on Nov 2, 2009