Saturday, August 25

Runaway Slave Movie: "The Size and Scope and Reach of Governemnt is the New Plantation"

Here is the trailer for a powerful documentary asking if the black community has traded one for of slavery for another. Vice President Biden was just called out for stoking the black community for his chains of slavery comment. 

This documentary noted that 'You don't need chains to be a slave' and suggests that Liberal (Democrat) policies have basically turned the greater black community (and the elderly for that matter) into their slaves, trading Government handouts for their votes. Think about it. What is the Democrats message about the 'Evil Republicans' - that they will take away your handouts. That you will have to support yourselves without Government entitlements. Without free Government healthcare. 

You have to wonder, after decades of Government programs to help the poor escape poverty, how is it that there are ever more poor people? More poor people who vote for Democrats. What is the product here?

Blacks are not the only one on the short end of the stick. Look at how those with taxable income are being treated. In short, they are evil. So are small business owners. the rich. Most everyone working, as long as it is not a Government job. As I covered before 'Democrats Hate Your Job'.

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Friday, August 17

Obama - The Petty President - Stuck on Tax Returns

I predict that by the time this election is all over, President Obama will be seen as the petty, disaster of a President that he really is. As it is, after a week of facing damaging campaigning, criticizing his raid of Medicare, failure to pass a budget during his presidency, and failure to even attempt to get Government spending under control, all he has to offer is more demands that candidate Romney release more of his tax returns.
Barack Obama's re-election campaign kept up pressure against Republican rival Mitt Romney on two fronts Friday, launching a new ad defending the president's record on Medicare while challenging Romney to release at least five years of tax returns. - MyWay News
Perhaps Romney should offer to release more tax returns in exchange for Obama releasing his Columbia transcripts.

After all, one of Obama's own Columbia classmates makes some serious allegations concerning the President's time at Columbia:
Here’s my gut belief: Obama got a leg up by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. He was raised as a young boy in Indonesia. But did his mother ever change him back to a U.S. citizen? When he returned to live with his grandparents in Hawaii or as he neared college-age preparing to apply to schools, did he ever change his citizenship back? I’m betting not. If you could unseal Obama’s Columbia University records I believe you’d find that:
A) He rarely ever attended class.
B) His grades were not those typical of what we understand it takes to get into Harvard Law School.
C) He attended Columbia as a foreign exchange student.
D) He paid little for either undergraduate college or Harvard Law School because of foreign aid and scholarships given to a poor foreign students like this kid Barry Soetoro from Indonesia.
If you think I’m “fishing” then prove me wrong. Open up your records Mr. President. What are you afraid of? If it’s okay for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to go on a fishing expedition about Romney’s taxes (even though he knows absolutely nothing about them nor will release his own), then I think I can do the same thing. But as Obama’s Columbia Class of ’83 classmate, at least I have more standing to make educated guesses. It’s time for Mitt to go on the attack and call Obama’s bluff. - The Blaze
Lets face it, all of this is one huge distraction. This is Obama's re-election campaign plan. Basically to attack his opponent and scare voters. He has to do this because he has no record to run on. At least none that win anyone over.... And not for anything, I doubt there is much that will change the mind if his current supporters. Their thinking is just not right...

P.S. Below is a screenshot of the actual Drudge homepage. The one above is a mockup.

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Saturday, August 11


I understand how conservatives would not be so excited about Republican nominee Mitt Romney. That said, his choice of Paul Ryan certainly re-centers his campaign into real conservative territory. Look, it really didn't matter who the Republican candidates were, it could have been Satan and that would have been who I would have voted for come November. Luckily, we have gotten much better. As liberal as Mitt Romney appears to be, he does seem to be in his heart a business man. You can see signs of this in his campaign in how quickly they act and how quickly they have forced the Obama campaign to react. This is good, the campaign should be run like a business.

In line with that, our country is going to have to make some tough choices in the next couple of years to fix our spending and entitlement problem. Paul Ryan has been one of the few Congressmen to step forward and suggest real and sustainable changes. All the Obama Administration and Democrats have been able to manage is increased spending and intentionally not adopting a budget for the last three years. On top of that, they have been playing games with the budget numbers that if they did the same thing in the private sector, they would be facing jail time.

Romney - Ryan is a much better choice than Satan and it is heads and tails better than the current disaster of a President running the country into the ground right now.

I'm all in. Lets win then. Then we can push those we elect to remember the real work that needs to be done. And that should start by removing all of the Obama political appointees.

Video found at Ace of Spades.

Bonus - At 1 minute into the ad, there is a shot of kids working a lemonade stand. I'm guessing that didn't end up in there by accident.
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Sunday, August 5

Air and Space Museum - Space Shuttle DISCOVERY - Fisheye

Took a visit to the Air and Space Museum by Dulles Airport today and here are some fish eye photos. Click to enlarge.

Click here to view my previous photos of the Air and Space Museum.
Up-Close at the National Air and Space Museum
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Wednesday, August 1

"A federal law requiring advance notice of mass layoffs does not apply to" Government Layoffs...

I have never worked for the Government, other than my time in the US Navy Reserves. I have worked for a US Government contractor. This was on my last ship, the USNS SILAS BENT. At the time the management of the ship had just passed to a company called Dyne Marine Services. The company was eager to win over the merchant marine crew that they were going to send to the ship. They even flew us to their headquarters to tell us how great they were and how we were a part of the team. What they didn't tell us, was that the Fair Labor Standards Act didn't apply to the jobs that we were about to take.
The Fair Labor Standards Act 1938 (abbreviated as FLSA; also referred to as the Wages and Hours Bill) is a federal statute of the United States. The FLSA established a national minimum wage, guaranteed 'time-and-a-half' for overtime in certain jobs, and prohibited most employment of minors in "oppressive child labor," a term that is defined in the statute. It applies to employees engaged in interstate commerce or employed by an enterprise engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce, unless the employer can claim an exemption from coverage. - Wiki
Now, I have no proof that their omission was done on purpose, but given that I personally asked if work over 8 hours a day and over 40 hours a week considered overtime in a room full of seafarers and company bigwigs to get confirmation that my comments were correct. What I did not ask, and what they did not offer, BUT MUST HAVE KNOWN, was that overtime would be paid as straight pay, not at 'time-and-a-half'. And why ask given that overtime for sailors means just that. Unless some sneaky bastard figures that their company can manage Government owned ships at a cheaper rate by screwing sailors out of their pay And keep in mind that sailing is 24/7, so we were all counting on a minimum of 16 hours overtime a week for simply standing watch on weekends. 

The crew had various ways of dealing with this financial setback. Many refused to work any non-mandatory overtime. I took the opportunity to work as many hours as possible. The Third Mate mad it a habit of being right at the gangway to welcome all new crew with the question 'Hey, did they tell you that overtime was at straight pay?' I have to say that it was pretty amusing to watch the smiles disappear off the faces of newly joining crew, even before they got off the gangway. (Given that this went on for 6 months, kind of suggests that the guys in the office doing the hiring were intentionally not informing new crew. It just goes to show you you really need to beware when a company tells you how great they are. They might be hiding something.) 

The reason I bring this up is the news that the Government is trying to delay layoff notices from going out to thousands of Government contractor employees until after the Presidential Election.
Under the WARN Act -- The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act -- companies with more than 100 employees must give 60 days' notice if there is to be a mass layoff during any 30-day period for 500 or more employees (or for 50-499 employees if they make up at least 33% of the employer's active workforce). But in guidance issued on Monday, Assistant Labor Secretary Jane Oates said never mind about those pink slips: "Questions have recently been raised as to whether the WARN Act requires Federal contractors...whose contracts may be terminated or reduced in the event of sequestration on January 2, 2013, to provide WARN Act notices 60 days before that date to their workers employed under government contracts funded from sequestrable accounts. The answer to this question is 'no.' In fact, to provide such notice would be inconsistent with the purpose of the WARN Act." -
The excuse given for this is that despite the cuts that are currently law, it is not possible to WARN anyone of layoffs because no specific projects or contracts have been officially notified that they would be part of the spending cut. Plus, Congress MIGHT actually repeal sequestration.
5. Application of WARN Act to Potential Sequestration. Although it is currently known that sequestration may occur, it is also known that efforts are being made to avoid sequestration. Thus, even the occurrence of sequestration is not necessarily foreseeable. In addition, the sequester’s impact on particular accounts will depend at least in part on Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 funding that Congress has not yet enacted. Perhaps more importantly, Federal agencies also have some discretion in how to implement the required reductions if sequestration were to occur. Given that Federal agencies, including DOD, have not announced which contracts will be affected by sequestration were it to occur, and that many contracts may be completely unaffected, the actual contract terminations or cutbacks that will occur in the event of sequestration are unknown. Thus, in the absence of any additional information, potential plant closings or layoffs resulting from such contract terminations or cutbacks are speculative and unforeseeable. - US Govt Notice (PDF)
I have to admit that this makes sense. Yes thousands of people are going to get laid off. You know that you are going to be one of them. And yet, nobody will know for sure until the very last minute. That is, unless their employers send them a courtesy warning in advance of any mandated by the law. Apparently this is something that employers can do. Imagine if you as a taxpayer or as a business owner started behaving on how Congress might act. You might end up receiving a fine or worse some jail time. But the Government, the rules do not apply to them, ESPECIALLY if there is a Democrat in office. Not that rules apply to a Republican in office, it is just that the Democrats (and the media) are very vocal in making sure Republicans don't get away with breaking the laws.

Anyway, I suspect that is is just some wasteful posturing on behalf of a Government lackey who either is trying to keep the current president in office or truly believes that in this case it's perfectly OK not to tell people that they are going to be without a job shortly after the election.

What I would like to see is the DOD actually announce which programs they plan to cut because of sequestration. Then the pink slips can go out, as they should. (Note: I am not in support of suck cuts to our National Defense. As it is, the DOD was the only Government Dept that I know of that was actively cutting their spending before this mess. The ax needs to fall elsewhere.)
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