If you support our national security issues, you may love and appreciate the United States of America, our Constitution with its’ freedoms, and our American flag.
If you support and practice our fiscal issues, you may value worldly possessions.
If you support and value our social issues, you may love Judeo-Christian values.
If you support and practice all these values, that is all good; an insignia of “Wisdom” . - Oscar Y. Harward
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Promoting "God's Holy Values and American Freedoms"!
"Happiness can only come from inside of you and is the result of your love." -- Don Miguel Ruiz
"Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention." -- Greg Anderson
"Daily Devotions" (KJV and/or NLT)
"It was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets." (1 Corinthians 2:10)
What's on your mind today? Have you ever thought about your thoughts---the number of them that cruise through your brain in a day? What would be the most common subjects? Attitudes?
The third fastest computer known to humanity is called Roadrunner. It's found at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The computer is not quite as light and nimble as its bird namesake---it fills a room the size of a hockey rink. But Roadrunner performs more than a quadrillion calculations in a single second. If you're keeping score, that's about one billion times faster than your desktop computer.
But wait---if Roadrunner is the first man-made device to reach such a speed, how can it be the third fastest computer? Would you believe your own mind is an even speedier one? It may not feel like it to you, but scientists believe your brain thinks ten times faster than Roadrunner. So you come in second. First? The mind of God, the One who designed you and designed those who constructed Roadrunner. His perfect, omniscient mind cannot even be measured by the word "speed." His mind never needs to compute because it contains every answer simultaneously.
We can't begin to imagine the mind of God, but we can begin to benefit from it. The Spirit of God, who lives within us, "searches out everything and shows us God's deep secrets." Of course, to really benefit, we must become good listeners.
"The Patriot Post"
"I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one's life, the foundation of happiness or misery." -- George Washington, letter to Burwell Bassett, 1785
"Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards." -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738
Pollaganda: "Fifty-seven percent of Americans approve of the way [Obama is] handling the responsibilities in commander in chief. Now the big question going forward is: Will those numbers survive the decision on sending troops to Afghanistan which could come in the next couple of weeks?" -- ABC's George Stephanopoulos
"Only 20 percent of the country now consider themselves Republican. That is the lowest level of support in 26 years." -- ABC's Charles Gibson, who missed that 26 years ago was just before the Reagan landslide of 1984
Eat your heart out: "Talk radio, especially conservative talk, is so powerful, some say it's made our country viciously partisan. Ten of the top 11 radio talk shows are conservative. The king? Rush Limbaugh, with 15 million [sic -- 20 million] listeners." -- CNN's Carol Costello
Back alleys and coat hangers: "Based on his 14-year record as a lawmaker -- a record dominated by his focus on incendiary wedge issues -- we worry that [Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob] McDonnell's Virginia would be one where abortion rights would be curtailed; where homosexuals would be treated as second-class citizens; where information about birth control would be hidden; and where the line between church and state could get awfully porous. That is a prescription for yesterday's Virginia, not tomorrow's." -- The Washington Post (Yesterday's Virginia would be the Virginia of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Patrick Henry.)
Getting it right: "The White House trying to dictate who's a news organization. Democrats out to gut a business group. Obama media allies damning Americans as racist, unpatriotic and treasonous. Is this the America Obama promised when he campaigned to end the cynical and divisive politics of the past?" -- Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steve Huntley
Getting it right II: "It's escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations 'not a news organization' and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it's appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one?" -- ABC's Jake Tapper to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
This week's "Leftmedia Buster" Award: "So the president's aides appear on other news channels to say that Fox, unlike those outlets, is really not a news organization but an arm of the Republican Party. One wonders how our colleagues at CNN and elsewhere like being patted on the head and given the seal of approval by the White House." -- Fox News political analyst Brit Hume
Trashing Fox: "It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective." -- White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel on Fox News
"[T]hey're not really a news station. ... It's not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming. It's really not news. It's pushing a point of view." -- White House adviser David Axelrod on Fox News
This just in: "It is fair to say there are individuals in the United States who ascribe to al-Qaeda-type beliefs." -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, seeming to be aware that we have enemies
From the race baiters: "Last week, when conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh lost his bid for partial ownership of the St. Louis Rams, many adjectives were used to describe his possible state of mind. Several news outlets commented on his anger and frustration, while the right wing had a field day with the 'injustice' of it all. But perhaps the most precise word to summarize Mr. Limbaugh's reaction to news that his inflammatory commentary of the past excluded him from ownership in the NFL is pure and simple 'fear.' Fear that activism is alive and well, and fear that activism worked." -- race hustler Al Sharpton, who's made a career out of keeping fear alive and well
World scheduled to end in December: "If we do not reach a deal at this time [at Copenhagen], let us be in no doubt: Once the damage from unchecked emissions growth is done, no retrospective global agreement, in some future period, can undo that choice. So we should never allow ourselves to lose sight of the catastrophe we face if present warming trends continue." -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, piling onto the warmist-alarmist scrum
"You talk about systemic risk. The systemic risk today is the Congress of the United States." -- Republican Senator Judd Gregg
"Speaking of Congress, although the research isn't yet complete, the early indicators are that, rumors to the contrary, you can not get swine flu from exposure to Henry Waxman." -- columnist Burt Prelutsky
"It's not the color of Obama's skin that we oppose. It's the color of his policies. It's not his blackness. It's his redness." -- radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh
"White House communications director Anita Dunn was videotaped telling a college crowd her favorite political philosopher is Mao Tse Tung, the founder of Communist China. She said she turns to him often. She just took the lead in the White House competition to see who can make the best Republican campaign commercial for next year." -- comedian Argus Hamilton
"It's always something with the Muslims. You either have mostly sane people governed by a crazy dictator -- Iraq, Iran and Syria (also California and Michigan) -- or a crazy people governed by relatively sane leaders -- Pakistan and Afghanistan, post-U.S. invasion (also Vermont and Minnesota). There are also insane people ruled by insane leaders (but enough about the House Democratic Caucus). Sane people with sane rulers has not been fully tried yet." -- columnist Ann Coulter
Online version easier to read? Go to www.LC.org
“We’re Baaaak!” Conservative and Pro-Family Values Win Big at the Polls
Those who were ready to inscribe 'RIP' on the tombstone of conservative and pro-family values following the 2008 elections got a jolting wakeup call at the polls.
In dramatic fashion, Virginia ushered in three pro-life, pro-family, conservative Republicans, who will serve in key state offices: Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Conservative Republican candidates picked up five House of Delegates seats, including a dramatic come-from-behind victory for Scott Garrett in Lynchburg, who unseated the Democratic incumbent, Shannon Valentine. Valentine was ahead by about 1,400 votes after 19 of the 20 precincts were counted. After the final precinct votes were counted at Heritage Elementary School, Garrett jumped ahead by 210 votes.
The stunning victory is attributed solely to the voting block of the students, faculty and staff at Liberty University. Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. encouraged the students at Liberty to register and vote locally, resulting in more than 3,000 new voters. The majority of the students vote in Precinct 20 at Heritage Elementary School. The students voted for pro-life and pro-family values and for limited government.
Conservative and pro-family values swept through New Jersey, typically a Democratic stronghold, where incumbent Gov. John Corzine was defeated by his Republican challenger, Chris Christie.
Then, in a huge victory for marriage and pro-family values, voters in Maine voted to repeal the same-sex marriage law that was enacted earlier this year.
The dramatic triumph of conservative and pro-family values at the polls should send a message to all elected officials – the people want leaders who stand for limited government, lower taxes, and family values.
Read our News Release for more details and commentary on the election.
The election results should cause members of Congress to reconsider their support for a radical new government healthcare takeover.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been pushing for a floor vote as early as Friday for the House version of the bill, H.R. 3962.
Pelosi's bill is a 1,990-page monstrosity that will:
Mandate healthcare coverage;
Penalize those who choose no coverage;
Pay for abortion;
Change the tax laws to give benefits for same-sex partners;
Create more than 111 new boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs; and
Cost at least 1.3 trillion dollars!
House Republicans have also created a website, www.healthcaretruth.amplify.com to expose key problems with the bill.
A personal visit to your member of Congress is the most effective way to express your concerns. Tomorrow at noon there will be a "House Call" gathering on the west (House) side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to oppose the massive healthcare legislation. If you cannot attend this event, then make a personal visit to your Representative's local office.
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As school starts back remember our teachers.
This came from my daughter and son-in-law and it really makes you think,
After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:
'Let me see if I've got this right.
'You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.
'You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride..
'You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.
'You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.
'You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.
'You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.
'You want me to do all this and then you tell me. . . I CAN'T PRAY?
Virginia Governor-Elect Bob McDonnell Emphasizes Conservative Values in His Acceptance Speech
By Susan Jones, Senior Editor
Republican Governor-elect Bob McDonnell says he will govern as he campaigned, with the goal of strengthening the free enterprise system and creating more jobs and opportunity. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
(CNSNews.com) – In his victory speech Tuesday night, Virginia’s conservative Republican Governor-elect Bob McDonnell spoke of the Founding Fathers, the American dream, free enterprise, liberty, hard work and opportunity. He also thanked God for “His grace and His divine providence in my life.”
McDonnell reminded his supporters that he grew up in Fairfax County, in the shadow of Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home. “As a young kid, I never dreamed that I would have a chance to follow in the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry” (both of whom served as governor of Virginia). “And it just tells me that with hard work and faith in God, in America you can still be anything you want to be.”
McDonnell, elected Tuesday to a four-year term, thanked independents and Democrats who crossed party lines to support him, and he singled out Sheila Johnson, an African-American businesswomen, who taped ads for McDonnell.
He spoke of the many people he met during the campaign – people seeking a brighter future, he said.
“Leading Virginia will require innovation and cooperation. My promise to you as governor is the same as my promise to you as candidate for governor -- and that is to strengthen the free enterprise system, to create more jobs and opportunity, so that every Virginian can use their God-given talents to pursue the American dream and liberty here in this Commonwealth.
“I pledge to you that we will honor the words of Thomas Jefferson to keep a ‘wise and frugal government,’ and we will do everything possible to keep taxes and regulation and litigation and spending to a minimum here in Virginia So that freedom can grow.
“I pledge to you that we will honor the words of George Washington to honor ‘the eternal rules of order and right’ by protecting life and liberty and property in the pursuit of happiness here in the commonwealth of Virginia.
“Working together as Virginians, we will find those new ways to solve the problems that face us and to create more jobs and new opportunities for all of our citizens.”
McDonnell thanked his supporters, and asked those who did not support him to give him a chance to earn their trust. He also described George Washington as his model of a “servant-leader”:
“Washington understood power, and service, and accountability, and duty, and honor. He said something profound that will guide me as I take on the mantle of leadership for you for the next four years in Virginia: He said, ‘Remember that it is actions, not the commission, that make the officer’ and that more is expected out of a leader than a mere title.
"Tonight you have given me the title of governor of Virginia. But I pledge to you over the next four years – action and results.”
McDonnell promised to “leave Virginia better than we found it.”
Republicans -- and even some Democrats -- say that McDonnell ran a strong campaign that stayed on message.
Bob McDonnell's victory gives Republicans tremendous momentum heading into 2010," declared Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "His focus on ideas and pocketbook issues will serve as a model for Republicans running next year."
Republican Chris Christie Plans to ‘Turn Trenton Upside Down’
By Susan Jones, Senior Editor
Republican Chris Christie -- with his wife Mary Pat looking on -- addresses his supporters in Parsippany after beating incumbent Democratic Gov.
Jon Corzine on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
(CNSNews.com) – New Jersey’s Republican Governor-elect Chris Christie says the race he won is not about him: “This election was and is about the future of the state we love,” he said. He promised to restore people’s hope, faith and trust in “the great State of New Jersey.”
“What we want to do is to make sure that everyone in New Jersey has the opportunity for that great New Jersey life…because if we continue on the path we’re on, that will not be possible,” Christie said in his acceptance speech.
“We are in a crisis, the times are extraordinarily difficult – but I stand here tonight full of hope for our future, full of expectations and dreams – not just for my children, but for all the children of New Jersey.”
“Tomorrow begins the task of fixing our broken state,” he said. “There are no easy answers to these difficult problems,” he added, singling out “suffocating taxes” and an out-of-control government as major problems.
“Starting tomorrow, we are going to pick Trenton up, and we are going to turn it upside down.”
Christie spoke about some of the people he met on the campaign trial, including a small-business owner who worries about going broke; and a farmer who worries about giving up the longtime family business; “We need to make New Jersey more affordable, and we need to do it now,” Christie said.
He also said he’d be working for the “least fortunate among us” who “do not want the government to fix every problem,” but need a hand up -- “so they can build opportunity for themselves.”
Christie said there will be naysayers who doubt that he can lower taxes, lower spending, cut “onerous regulation” and get government “back under control.” The naysayers are the same people who said he couldn’t fight corruption as New Jersey’s attorney general: “Well, they were wrong then and they’re wrong now,” Christie said.
The governor-elect said he will work without regard to party or politics because “New Jersey’s problems are too big to anymore conduct the petty politics of yesterday. No matter whose idea it is, if it’s a good one, Kim [Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno] and I will figure out how to get it done.”
Christie also said his victory sends the message that the people of New Jersey have decided enough is enough – “no more negative personal campaigns.” In a message to pundits, Christie said it’s time to start “a new era of hope and optimism in New Jersey.”
Obama Appoints 2 Devout Muslims to Homeland Security Posts
Obama and Janet Nappy Appoint Devout Muslim to Homeland Security Post
Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development
Source for announcement:
Homeland Security Press Room
"Today, I am proud to make two key personnel announcements for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—President Obama’s intent to nominate David Heyman as Assistant Secretary for Policy and my appointment of Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. Arif comes from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s office, where he served as Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety. As a key adviser to the Mayor, he has led the City’s efforts to develop homeland security, emergency management and law enforcement initiatives, including operational oversight of Los Angeles Police, Fire and Emergency Management departments." said Secretary Janet Napolitano
The Islamic loving Obama has appointed Arif Alikhan a devout Sunni Muslim to assistant secretary for the Office of Policy Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Alikhan was instrumental in taking down the LA Police Department's plan to monitor it's Muslim community.
Alikhan is affiliated with MPAC, the "Muslim Public Affairs Council".
"Founded in 1988, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) describes itself as "a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives." The organization consists of eight chapters in California, and one each in Texas, Kansas, Nevada, and Iowa."
From its inception, MPAC presented itself as more inclusive, and more open to peaceful coexistence with Jews and Christians, than other Arab and Muslim groups, and sought to make Americans comfortable with Islam by showing how much the religion embraced core American values.
However, looking deeper into this group:
MPAC's Senior Advisor, Maher Hathout, who has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and espouses the radical brand of Islam known as Wahhabism, was invited to address the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles in 2000.
MPAC's centrist public image unraveled after the September 2000 launching of the Second Palestinian Intifada, when the Council severed its ties to the Jewish community and issued one-sided condemnations of Israel's response to the Arab violence.
This group actively opposed Bush's military incursions into Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as his "excesses" in the war on terror. In February 2003, MPAC joined the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the American Muslim Council, and the American Muslim Alliance in forming a coalition to repeal and amend the Patriot Act, which these organizations depicted as an assault on the civil liberties of Americans, particularly Muslims.
MPAC claims that Islam is a religion of peace and moderation, and contends that Muslim extremists are no more numerous or dangerous than fundamentalists in any other faith.
Holding Israel entirely responsible for the "pattern of violence" in the Middle East, MPAC asserts that Hezbollah "could be called a liberation movement." The Council likens Hezbollah members to American "freedom fighters hundreds of years ago whom the British regarded as terrorists."
In a 1999 position paper, MPAC justified Hezbollah's deadly 1983 bombing of the American Marine barracks in Lebanon as a "military operation" rather than a terrorist attack. 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, which killed 299 servicemen, including 220 U.S. Marines. As Maher Hathout puts it: "Hezbollah is fighting for freedom, an organized army, limiting its operations against military people, this is a legitimate target against occupation. … this is legitimate, this is an American value -- freedom and liberty."
Shora, who was born in Damascus, Syria
Kareem Shora Appointed by DHS Secretary Napolitano on Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC)
June 5, 2009
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that earlier today at a ceremony held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano swore-in ADC National Executive Director Kareem Shora as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).
Aaron Klein, wrote about this at wnd
Napolitano adds adviser with ties to terror backers
Swears in leader of Arab group that hailed jihadists as 'heroes'
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano swore in to her official advisory council the head of an Arab American organization whose officials have labeled deadly anti-U.S. jihadists as "heroes" and opposed referring to Hamas as a terrorist organization.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC, also has close ties to anti-Israel professor Rashid Khalidi, whose association with President Obama – first exposed by WND – stirred controversy during last year's presidential campaign.
The ADC takes an openly anti-Israel line.
The ADC also leads the opposition to domestic anti-terrorism measures taken after the 9-11 attacks, such as watch lists, background check delays for visas and an initiative meant to more comprehensively screen visitors from select Mideast countries or specific individuals labeled as possible national security threats.
In 1994, during one of the main peaks of Hamas suicide bombings against Israeli civilians, then-ADC President Hamzi Moghrabi said, "I will not call [Hamas] a terrorist organization. I mean, I know many people in Hamas. They are very respectable. … I don't believe Hamas, as an organization, is a violent organization."
Discover the Networks notes that two years later, Moghrabi's successor, Hala Maksoud, defended the Hezbollah terrorist group.
"I find it shocking," Maksoud said, "that [one] would include Hezbollah in … [an] inventory of Middle East 'terrorist' groups."
In 2000, new ADC President Hussein Ibish characterized Hezbollah as "a disciplined and responsible liberation force."
When Israel released Hezbollah prisoners in early 2004, Imad Hamad, ADC's Midwest Regional Director, openly celebrated the freedom of "the heroes."
Besides its deadly terrorism against Israel, Hezbollah distinguishes itself as second only to al-Qaida among terror groups responsible for killing the most Americans. It's responsible for such deadly attacks as the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, which killed 299 servicemen, including 220 U.S. Marines.
ADC linked to Khalidi
The ADC is linked to Columbia University's Khalidi, who spoke at several of the organization's events. At one speech, in June 2002, the New York Sun documented how Khalidi appeared to condone the killing of armed Israelis.
"Killing civilians is a war crime. It's a violation of international law. They are not soldiers. They're civilians, they're unarmed," Khalidi said in a recorded address. "The ones who are armed, the ones who are soldiers, the ones who are in occupation, that's different. That's resistance."
The ADC also has collaborated on numerous projects with the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN, an organization founded by Khalidi's wife Mona, and which WND first reported received start-up funds from a nonprofit, the Woods Fund, on which Obama served as a paid director.
The AAAN, headquartered in the heart of Chicago's Palestinian immigrant community, worked on projects supporting open boarders and education for illegal aliens. Speakers at AAAN dinners and events routinely have taken an anti-Israel line. The organization co-sponsored anti-Israel projects and exhibits.
Khalidi, an apologist for PLO terrorism, holds the position of Columbia's Edward Said professorship of Arab Studies. Said, a well-known far-leftist intellectual and apologist for Palestinian terrorism, served on an advisory counsel to the ADC.
ADC opposes anti-terrorism screening
According to the ADC charter, the organization seeks to "empower Arab Americans; defend the civil rights of all people of Arab heritage in the U.S.; promote civic participation; and encourage a balanced U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East."
The organization has actively lobbied against the Patriot Act and was reportedly instrumental in scaling back some of the restrictions of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System program, or NSEERS. Shora was personally involved in those efforts.
The NSEERS required persons whose nationality identifies them as a possible security risk to submit to control processes governed by the Department of Justice. NSEERS also targeted specific individuals labeled as possible national security threats, at times making them undergo fingerprinting, photographing and registration.
Last week, Napolitano swore in Damascus-born Kareem Shora, the ADC's national executive director, to a position on the Homeland Security Advisory Council, an outside-the-department group of national security experts that advises the secretary. Shora is the first Arab rights advocate on the panel.
At the ceremony in Albequrque, Shora reportedly recounted how he watched with his immigrant father Obama's address last week to the Muslim world. Shora said his father cried when he heard Obama's message of reconciliation.
Killing Capitalism Soros-Style
By Matthew Vadum
Having purchased, rented, or placed a down payment on all the political influence up for sale in America, leftist troublemaker George Soros now plans to ramp up his war on markets worldwide by creating an "Institute for New Economic Thinking" (INET).
"The system we have now has actually broken down, only we haven't quite recognized it and so you need to create a new one and this is the time to do it," Soros told the Financial Times last month.
In an interview with Der Spiegel last year Soros said European-style socialism "is exactly what we need now. I am against market fundamentalism. I think this propaganda that government involvement is always bad has been very successful -- but also very harmful to our society."
As preparation for INET, which already has a functioning website, Soros gathered economists to plot his renewed drive for world statism. One of those economists is Joseph Stiglitz, a member of the Socialist International. Stiglitz sits on SI's Commission on Global Financial Issues, which was created "to address from a social democratic perspective the ongoing global financial crisis." Of course to socialists a capitalist economy is by definition always in crisis, but that's a discussion for another day.
INET's website quotes socialist Stiglitz saying, "The financial crisis has caused a moment of deep reflection in the economics profession, for it has put many long-standing ideas to the test. If science is defined by its ability to forecast the future, the failure of much of the economics profession to see the crisis coming should be a cause of great concern."
INET is scheduled to be launched at England's Cambridge University in April. The owner of America's Democratic Party, who spent over $20 million to prevent President Bush's reelection in 2004, plans to shell out $50 million for INET over a decade and hopes matching funds will push the total endowment to $200 million.
Liberal writer Ezra Klein notes, "That's a lot of money. It's so much money, in fact, that it's hard to imagine how an economics think tank will use it."
Why Soros feels he's not having enough impact on the world is unclear.
Soros helped finance the Czech Republic's 1989 "Velvet Revolution" that brought Vaclav Havel to power. He acknowledged having orchestrated coups in Croatia, Georgia, Slovakia, and Yugoslavia. He brought the financial systems of the United Kingdom and Malaysia to their knees.
In the U.S., his preferred candidate now lives in the White House, the radical party he adores controls Congress, and interest groups and the bulk of the progressive political infrastructure kneel at his feet.
Through his charity, the Open Society Institute, Soros funds groups such as ACORN that are among the most influential in America.
Since 1999, OSI has given grants to John Podesta's Center for American Progress ($1.8 million), Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ($3.7 million), Economic Policy Institute ($3 million), Institute for America's Future ($965,000), and the Center for Policy Alternatives ($1.4 million). In the same period OSI has given Tides Foundation and Tides Center, which distribute often-anonymous grants to radical and anti-American groups, a staggering $20.8 million.
Soros has visited the White House at least four times this year and has influence with other frequent White House visitors.
For example, Center for American Progress president Podesta, who was Bill Clinton's White House chief of staff and who helped run the Obama transition team, is on Soros's payroll. Podesta has visited the White House an astonishing 17 times this year.
And Andy Stern, president of the radical Service Employees International Union, which is an institutional member of Soros's Democracy Alliance, has visited the White House an even more impressive 20 times.
Surprisingly, Alexandra Visher of the Democracy Alliance, a donors' consortium aimed at turning America into socialist Europe, informed me in an email Monday that INET "is not a Democracy Alliance recommended project, nor is it being considered as a recommended project."
Although markets have helped make him a billionaire almost a dozen times over, Soros blames markets -- and not the suffocating regulations and high taxes his funding of left-wing groups promotes -- for the current economic meltdown. "The entire edifice of global financial markets has been erected on the false premise that markets can be left to their own devices, we must find a new paradigm and rebuild from the ground up. I decided to sponsor INET to facilitate the process."
Newsweek's Michael Hirsh channels Soros in describing the purpose of INET. The new institute, Hirsh writes, will "make research grants, convene symposiums, and establish a journal, all in an effort to take back the economics profession from the champions of free-market zealotry who have dominated it for decades, and to correct the failures of decades of market deregulation."
Only in the twisted fantasies of the septuagenarian billionaire philanthropist whose demeanor is that of an aging James Bond villain on sedatives could such phantom armies of marauding free market fundamentalists wreak havoc on America. Perhaps these were the same laissez-faire legionnaires who brought us Sarbanes-Oxley, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, various government bailouts of private industry, farm subsidies, ethanol mandates, smart growth, and the Community Reinvestment Act in recent decades.
One thing's for certain: Soros's answers to the nation's problems almost invariably involve more regulation and more government intervention in the marketplace. If a policy increases the power of the state and diminishes the power of the individual, Soros is for it.
Robert Knight: ObamaCare's Scary October Surprise
This column originally appeared on The American Thinker website on October 31, 2009.
Stung by a rising tide of resistance and a closing window of opportunity, House Democrats have unleashed a new version of ObamaCare, weighing in at 1,990 pages and with a $1 trillion price tag. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promises to ram it through quickly, exhibiting a disdain for her countrymen that makes Marie Antoinette look like a populist.
The Democrats are going for broke, which means we'll all be broke if this is not stopped. The "Affordable Health Care for America Act" (HR 3962) is so comprehensive that it even micromanages restaurant menus and vending machines. That's a clear signal that this is not about health care. It's about whether the people of the United States will allow power-mad Washington politicians to plunge us into the kind of top-down socialism that is strangling Western Europe and has devastated economies and destroyed freedom wherever it is imposed.
President Obama promised "transparency" and that any bill would be written in public. That was a lie. This monstrosity was hatched behind closed doors. Obama further promised that his health care initiative would not "add a dime to the federal deficit," which he has already tripled since taking office. It was another lie. No one can honestly believe that a gargantuan takeover of the nation's $2.5 trillion health care industry will save taxpayers money. No government program results in savings. Each one grows exponentially; creates dependent constituencies that lobby for yet more tax dollars; and empowers bureaucrats for whom mission failure ensures more staff, more money, and more power. There is simply no governing restraint such as a profit motive or anxious stockholders. The voters? Surely you jest. They are far, far away and kept in check by a compliant leftist media. At least, so far.
Does anyone really believe that a government plan consisting of nearly two thousand pages will simplify things and leave us a freer people?
Instead, it will saddle us, our children, and our grandchildren with trillions in debt and will make every family in America beholden to the whims of government health bureaucrats. The bill is a true Halloween horror, with scary stuff throughout. Taxpayers will be forced to pay for abortions. Committees in both houses of Congress defeated thirty different amendments barring such funding. Illegal aliens will be covered, since there is no language that would enforce any prohibition against them. Among the thirteen new taxes found in the bill by Americans for Tax Reform is the "medicine cabinet tax," which bars people from paying for non-prescription medicine with tax-deferred health savings accounts. Senior citizens will bear the brunt of "savings" that are supposed to partially pay for the bill, with $500 billion in Medicare cuts. Liberal pundits continue to ridicule Sarah Palin's colorful but accurate term "death panels," but government control, cost-cutting and Medicare penalties against docs who provide "too much" care will lead to bureaucrats literally deciding who lives and who dies. The bill also includes punitive taxes on people earning higher incomes, which epitomizes the Marxist dream of confiscation and redistribution.
Obviously, the Washington elites did not fully get the message when Americans revolted by the millions this summer and early fall. Instead, Pelosi, Reid, and Obama threatened the health insurance industry Chicago-gangster-style, warning them to shut up or else. They're about to do the same to the rest of us, threatening us with penalties if we don't buy insurance. If we don't pay the penalties, we go to jail. They don't even pretend that this is constitutionally legal. When Pelosi was asked by a reporter exactly what in the Constitution permits the federal government to force people to purchase a service, her answer was, "Are you serious? Are you serious?" before moving on to another question.
ObamaCare supporters were stung when the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation reported that the first House version would add more than $1.5 trillion in new federal spending over the next 10 years. So in the Senate, they went back to the drawing board, wrote the Baucus version, and tried to pretend that splitting off a proposed 10-year, $247 billion Medicare doctors' fee "fix" would not count in health care reform. This was their way of feigning observation of Obama's pledge not to "add a dime." But even the liberal Washington Post editorialized against this sleight-of-hand in a piece entitled "2.47 trillion dimes," and the proposal went down in flames, with all forty Republicans, twelve Democrats and one Independent voting against it on October 21.
In the House, they continued to scribble. The Congressional Budget Office came out with its report on October 29 and concluded that the new bill would cost a bit over $1 trillion over 10 years but that collecting "penalties paid by individuals and employers" would bring the cost down to a mere $894 billion and reduce the federal deficit by $104 billion. The House also came up with a separate "doc fix" bill that would suspend cuts in Medicare payments to doctors. Like the "doc fix" defeated in the Senate, it wouldn't add to the actual costs in the health care bill, thus preserving the illusion that the big bill will cost less than $1 trillion.
The ongoing takeover attempt of our health care system is proof that Congressman have regrown their tin ears now that they're back in the Beltway bubble, insulated from constituents. But they are not immune to pressure in the form of phone calls, faxes and e-mails, at least not if they arrive by the boatload.
Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, the lone Republican in the Senate Finance Committee to vote for the Baucus bill, has said she will oppose any plan that emerges with a "public option." That's because although Obama, Pelosi, and Reid say it would merely create a competitor for private insurance and bring down costs, a public option would actually cause the collapse of the private insurance market. Employers would jump ship, opting to pay a fine rather than provide insurance. A study by the Lewin Group estimates that 88 million Americans would lose their private insurance if a government competitor is created.
Over the next few days, don't be surprised if the "public option" is dropped or amended to buy off Blue Dog Democrats and perhaps even some Republicans. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi put it back in with a nod and a wink as if to appease the far-left liberals who were making lots of noise. But quietly dropping it would be a small price to pay to get something -- anything -- into the law that can then be expanded until it crushes private care and morphs into truly socialized medicine.
Watch what they do, not what they say.
The Double Standard About Journalists' Bias
by John Stossel
I made The New York Times last week. It even ran my picture. My mother would be proud.
Unfortunately, the story was critical. It said, "Critics have leaped on Mr. Stossel's speaking engagements as the latest evidence of conservative bias on the part of Fox."
Which "critics" had "leaped"? The reporter mentioned Rachel Maddow. I wouldn't think her criticism newsworthy, but Times reporters may use MSNBC as their guide to life. He also quoted an "associate professor of journalism" who said my speeches were "'pretty shameful' by traditional journalistic standards." All this because I spoke at an event for Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a "conservative advocacy group."
It is odd that this is a news story. In August, AFP hired me to do the very same thing. I give the money to charity. The Times didn't call that "shameful."
But in August, I worked for ABC News. Now, I work for Fox. Hmmm.
It reminds me of something that happened earlier in my career.
I was one of America's first TV consumer reporters. I approached the job with an attitude. If companies ripped people off, I would embarrass them on TV -- and demand that government do something. (I now regret the latter -- the former was a good thing.)
I clearly had a point of view: I was a crusader out to punish corporate bullies. My colleagues liked it. I got job offers. I won 19 Emmys. I was invited to speak at journalism conferences.
Then, gradually, I figured out that business, for the most part, treats consumers pretty well. The way to get rich in business is to create something good, sell it for a reasonable price, acquire a reputation for honesty and keep pleasing customers so they come back for more.
As a local TV reporter, I could find plenty of crooks. But once I got to the national stage -- "20/20" and "Good Morning America" -- it was hard to find comparable national scams. There were some: Enron, Bernie Madoff, etc. But they are rare. In a $14 trillion economy, you'd think there'd be more. But there aren't.
I figured out why: Market forces, even when hampered by government, keep scammers in check. Reputation matters. Word gets out. Good companies thrive, and bad ones atrophy. Regulation barely deters the cheaters, but competition does.
It made me want to learn more about free markets. I subscribed to Reason magazine and read Cato Institute research papers. Then Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek and Aaron Wildavsky.
My reporting changed. I started taking skeptical looks at government -- especially regulation. I did an ABC TV special, "Are We Scaring You to Death?" that said we TV reporters often make hysterical claims about chemicals, pollution and other relatively minor risks. Its good ratings -- 16 million viewers -- surprised my colleagues.
Suddenly, I wasn't so popular with them.
I stopped winning Emmys.
I was invited on CNN's media program, "Reliable Sources," to be interviewed by The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz and an indignant Bernard Kalb. They titled the segment, "Objectivity and Journalism: Does John Stossel Practice Either?" It was in big letters over my head.
Apparently, I had broken the rules.
On the air they told me that I was no longer objective. I was too stunned to defend myself effectively. I said something like: "I've always had a point of view. How come you had no trouble with that when I criticized business?"
In hindsight, I wish I'd said: "Look at the title on the wall, you hypocrites! It shows you have a point of view, too. Many reporters do. You just don't like my arguments now that I no longer hew to your statist line. So you want to shut me up."
But I didn't.
So I'll say it now: Reporters who think coercive government control is generally good and I, who thinks voluntary market forces are generally better, both have a point of view.
So why am I the one called biased?
I like what "Americans for Prosperity" defends. I'm an American, and I'm for prosperity. What creates prosperity is free and competitive markets. That means limited government.
And I will speak about that every chance I get.
Heart Attack...Good points to consider...
To add to your body of heart knowledge:
Dr. Virend Somers, a cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 a.m. and noon, Somers said. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened, he said. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.
1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, to take it at night. the reason: aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life". therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. fyi, aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest. years. (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar.)
please read on.
WHY ASPIRIN BY YOUR BED save lives ... It is important to always have ASPIRIN in the home!!!
Why have Aspirin by your bedside ?
ABOUT HEART ATTACKS
There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the pain on the left arm.
One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating, however these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
NOTE: There may be no pain in the chest during an heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had an heart attack during their sleep, did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.
If that happens, IMMEDIATELY DISSOLVE TWO ASPIRINS IN YOUR MOUTH and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards, phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by and state "HEART ATTACK!!!" and that you have taken 2 ASPIRINS
Take a seat on a chair or sofa and wait for their arrival and .....
DO NOT LIE DOWN !!!
A Cardiologist has stated that, if each person, after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably a life can be saved!
I have already shared the information!!! What about you? Forward this message : IT MAY SAVE LIVES !!! !!!
"The e-mail Bag"
Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked a young Engineer fresh out of Texas A&M, "And what starting salary were you looking for?"
The Engineer said, "In the neighbourhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package."
The interviewer said, "Well, what would you say to a package of 5 weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, a company matching retirement fund for 50% of your salary, and a company car leased every 2 years -- say, a red Corvette?"
The Engineer sat up straight and said, "Wow! Are you kidding?"
And the interviewer replied, "Yeah, but you started it."