Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Feds indict 24 in Arizona for buying guns for drug cartels

Federal authorities announced charges today against 34 Arizonans accused of buying about 700 guns in gun stores in the state on behalf of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.
This has been speculated on for months by both pro- and anti- gun supporters. Now we have what appears to be actual evidence that drug cartels are getting assault weapons in quantity from the US. The guns were bought from gun stores in Arizona. Authorities say one defendant, a straw buyer for a cartel, bought 38 AK-47 type rifles in about a month, lying that they were for his personal use
The arrests and seizures are proof that Arizona has become an iron highway for guns headed south of the border, according to federal authorities, who say they don’t know how many weapons are being smuggled into Mexico every day.
Yet Arizona is also subject to some of the worst drug violence in the country. BTW, all the defendants are US citizens or legal residents.
I would say this is a big problem. And I’m agnostic about guns.

The Drive For $1.5 CBO Raises Estimate For 2011 Deficit to One and a Half Trillion

As if it was a thinly hidden message to President Obama, today the Congressional Budget Office raised its projection for the United States budget deficit in the present fiscal year:

For 2011, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that if current laws remain unchanged, the federal budget will show a deficit of close to $1.5 trillion, or 9.8 percent of GDP. The deficits in CBO's baseline projections drop markedly over the next few years as a share of output and average 3.1 percent of GDP from 2014 to 2021. Those projections, however, are based on the assumption that tax and spending policies unfold as specified in current law. Consequently, they understate the budget deficits that would occur if many policies currently in place were continued, rather than allowed to expire as scheduled under current law.
 In other words the CBO is saying, this projection says that things are going to get better after this year, but if the government doesn't get off its hind quarters and do something about the deficit, this country will be in very deep do-do.

When President Obama announced last night that “this is our generation’s Sputnik moment” not only was the metaphor clumsy, but it was misdirected. If he was trying to say that its time for the nation to understand that we are in a crisis and we must unite behind a common goal, that was correct, but that goal must be to cut government spending and return the United States to fiscal health.

But that was not the President's message last night. He tried to persuade the American people that government should be the mechanism for job creation and that economic recovery is dependent on more government spending which we do not have.  Evidently the president still believes in magic, that you can maintain record-high spending levels and pay down the debt at the same time.

Based on the continuing lousy deficit numbers, if drastic steps are not taken soon the US will fall into the  abyss of financial ruin.

US deficit to reach historic high: Forecast

WASHINGTON — The US budget deficit will hit a record-breaking 1.5 trillion this year, the Congressional Budget Office projected Wednesday, thanks in part to a recent tax cut deal.

Constrained revenues and increased spending to revive the economy will push the deficit to a whopping 9.8 percent of gross domestic product this year, according to the forecast.

The CBO, which is considered a bipartisan scorekeeper in the hotly contested debate over US debt, said an expected uptick in tax revenues as the economy improves would not fully materialize.

"The recovery now under way might be expected to lessen the budget imbalance in 2011 by increasing tax revenues and decreasing spending for certain income-support programs, such as unemployment compensation," it said.

"However, revenue growth will be restrained by the slow and tentative pace of the recovery and by the 2010 tax act."

In December President Barack Obama signed into law a cross-party deal that extended tax cuts passed by former president George W. Bush along with unemployment benefits.

With an aging population taking more in benefits and contributing less to revenues, the cumulative deficit is expected to rise to $12 trillion between 2012 and 2021, or 97 percent of annual GDP.

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Jaw, Jaw and Bromides: Obama's State of His Next Campaign for President Address

By Warner Huston
I sat through President Obama's 2011 State of the Union Address last night. During the event I live Tweeted the whole thing (You can read that all at!/warnerthuston) and ended up with an empty feeling and a headache. Obama's address was long on calls for spending, filled with bromides, and weighted with jaw, jaw but pretty short on substance. In fact, it seemed like his 12 new spending ideas and his patriotic vagaries was simply his first step onto the 2012 campaign trail as opposed to a serious address to the nation.

Obama fittingly began his address citing John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House, and memorializing the wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He then said that we had a "robust" debate in our politics and averred that it was one thing for the parties to sit together that night but it depended on what they all do "tomorrow" and he used that point to plead for moving forward with more bi-partisanship.

Tellingly, even as Obama has paid lip service to bipartisanship for three years, when he became president neither he nor his party made any moves to implement any bipartisanship. In fact, when Democrat Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House she never met with any Republicans on anything. This whole claim or bipartisanship is simply a farce on Obama's part and Obama continued that farce in the SOTU speech.
Obama went on to claim that the stock market had "come roaring back," and that the economy is growing again. He intimated that the Internet was one of the engines of this growing economy, yet he didn't seem to remember to mention that his own Federal Communications Commission is well on the road to regulating the Internet to death and stifling that powerful engine.

One thing Obama had right early in the speech was when he noted that despite our bad economic times, the U.S. is still the largest, most powerful economy in the world. We have a tendency to imagine that it has all fallen apart, but the truth is we are still the number one economy in the world. Despite our troubles, we should remember this.

Obama waxed enthusiastic over our "freedom" and our get-it-done nature, he praised our entrepreneurialism and free enterprise, but here is where he first began to go off the rails. We are in a "Sputnik" moment, he claimed, and the only way to insure that we stay on top is for government "investment" in research and development.

"Investment" is Obama's byword for spending and from here Obama began rolling out all sorts of areas we need to "invest" in. This is typical Big Governmentism and just more over liberal spending.

Obama laid out his ideas to "invest" in absurd boondoggles like high speed rail and high speed Internet for "93% of America." High speed rail is certainly a boondoggle. After all, few municipal rail systems in America make money. Almost all of them lose millions of tax dollars every year. And the cost of putting in high speed Internet in the most remote areas is so cost prohibitive that it would make the whole system too costly. Billions spent in such areas to serve so few people is not sensible.

Obama also wanted to "reinvent our energy policy." Yet his entire presidency has been used to quash our energy sectors. Gas, Coal, Oil, Nuclear, all these areas have come in for punishment under the Obama regime. And even as he claims we should "invest" in green energy he never answers to the fact that so-called green energy technologies cannot fulfill even a fraction of our energy needs.
The president then went on to plead for more money for education. Missing from his assessment of American education was any sense that the biggest impediment to our kid's education is teachers unions. He called for people to serve the nation as teachers and demanded we “fix” our educational system.

Again, he misleads here. He and his party are responsible for eliminating a program that was working well to help disadvantaged kids get a better education. Right there in Washington D.C. Democrats have torpedoed a school voucher program that was generating excellent results.

But, you see, the unions were against this successful program and that is why Obama’s wonderful, soaring rhetoric in defense of our kids was empty talk. When it comes to choosing between kids and unions, Obama and the Democrats choose unions.

Next Obama called for more people to get a college education. "We will once again have the highest number of college graduates in the world," Obama said.

Unfortunately, we've dumbed down our curriculum so badly that a degree isn't worth the paper it’s printed on. And our lower education is so bad that many colleges have to put their young first year students through remedial classes just to get up to speed to start college.

None of this is because of a lack of money.

Obama then gave us whiplash with an about face. He careened from asking for all sorts of vague new spending to claiming that we have to cut the budget and become fiscally responsible. But after 10 minutes or more of talking cuts he warned that no cuts should be made in his favorite programs.

He called for a federal spending freeze at current levels to last for the next five years. Naturally, this is a trap to catch Republicans and not a serious proposal. After all, if we freeze everything as it is that means cutting can occur because it is frozen in place! Republicans want to eliminate programs and spending, not freeze them in place.
In the end, Obama’s confusing message was that we need new spending, we need to cut spending, but we cannot cut his favored programs. In other words, liberal status quo.

The most interesting thing about his speech, though was that it was pretty empty of specifics. He had a lot of general ideas, a lot of bromides, and a ton of vague statements, sure, but he asked for no specific amounts of money, he did not offer to cut any specific programs and he did not announce any concrete programs of his own.

In fact, the whole speech was reminiscent of his 2008 campaign, a lot of generalizations and yes-we-cans but not much on specifics. This is what made it seem clear that this speech was his first step back on the campaign trail and will set the tone for his initial campaign for reelection in 2012.

I've seen Obama soar at the podium. This was not one of those times.

Amid Street Protests, Twitter Shuttered in Egypt

Twitter confirmed Tuesday evening that its microblogging site has been shuttered by Egyptian authorities. This came hours after widespread reports that access had been cut off, as Egyptians took to the streets in what many hope and some fear would be a sequel to the revolution in Tunisia last week. The day’s speculation that the Mubarak administration might have pulled the plug on Twitter underscored the power of the site and other social networks as tools to both coordinate and disperse news of a citizen uprising.

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Amid Street Protests, Twitter Shuttered in Egypt

Sign the petition for Kelly WIlliams-Polar.Single mother trying to break circle of poverty.


“An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelley Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately. The jury deliberated for seven hours and the courtroom was packed as the sentence was handed down. She was convicted on two counts of tampering with court records after registering her two girls as living with Williams Bolar’s father when they actually lived with her. The family lived in the housing projects in Akron, Ohio, and the father’s address was in nearby Copley Township. Additionally, Williams-Bolar’s father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter are charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition. - Dr. Boyce Watkins
As punishment for doing everything in her power to keep her children educated and safe in a public education environment that allows for $30k “tuition” discrepancies to form between districts, Ms. Williams-Bolar, a single mother with no previous criminal record, has been made a felon by Ohio judge Patricia Cosgrove. In addition to jail time, a large fine and probation, Ms. Williams-Bolar’s felony conviction has also robbed her of her future.
“‘Because of the felony conviction, you will not be allowed to get your teaching degree under Ohio law as it stands today. The court’s taking into consideration that is also a punishment that you will have to serve.” – Judge Patricia Cosgrove
Although Ms. Williams-Bolar had nearly completed her education to become a teacher, under Ohio law felons are not permitted to teach. This sentence has all but ensured that the dire social and economic circumstances which drove Ms. Williams-Bolar to de-fraud the school system in the first place will never change. She has been robbed of the opportunity to elevate her life and the lives of her family through her own hard work. Judge Cosgrove has essentially handed Ms. Williams-Bolar a life sentence for attempting to protect and enrich her children.  In a time of overwhelming economic disadvantage for so many US citizens, are loving single mothers like Williams-Bolar truly the enemy our court system should be making examples of in this way?
Ms. Williams-Bolar’s attorneys are currently preparing for an appeal. Please sign this petition to let Ohio lawmakers and the judicial office of Patricia Cosgrove know that you do not feel that Kelley Williams-Bolar’s punishment appropriately fits her crime, and that you support a reduction of her sentence upon her appeal.
I’m hoping this story gains ground and even more attention so that hopefully we can get this appealed.

Wouldn’t it also be nice if those same celebrities who spend $100,00′s on jewelry and shenanigans, could help this woman with her legal fund??

Sure would be nice….

by Ohh I'm just so SlausTacular on January 26, 2011

Mike Tyson has become a father for the eighth time

Mike Tyson has become a father for the eighth time
Mike Tyson has become a father for the eighth time.

The former heavyweight world champion boxer and his wife, Lakiha Spicer Tyson, welcomed a baby boy into the world yesterday (25.01.11).

A source close to the couple told “Mike and Lakiha are very happy and everyone is doing great.”

The couple, who already have a two-year-old daughter Milan together, are yet to name their new arrival.
The happy news comes 18 months after the tragic death of Mike’s four-year-old daughter Exodus in a horrific accident in 2009 when a chord from a treadmill became wrapped around her neck. Mike and Lakiha, 32, married just 10 days after the ordeal.

Mike has been married twice before, to actress Robin Givens and Monica Turner and has five other children: Rayna, Amir, Mikey, Miguel and D'Mato, from his marriages and by ex-girlfriends.

The 44-year-old retired boxer – who became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time when he won his first title in 1986 – is thought to have earned over $300 million throughout his in-ring career, but in May last year claimed he was broke but happy with his position in life.

He said: "I'm totally destitute and broke. But I have an awesome life, I have an awesome wife who cares about me. I'm totally broke. I had a lot of fun. It just happened.

"I don't deserve to have the wife that I have; I don't deserve the kids that I have, but I do, and I'm very grateful."

Nas Is $6 Mill In Tax Debt?!

And the money woes just keep on coming for Nasir.  Deets on how the feds just hit the legendary rapper with a new $6.46 million past due tax bill when you read on....

According to Yo Raps, Nas' troubles really started back in '09 in his home area of New York:

The trouble started in October of 2009 in New York. The IRS filed a $2,584,236 lien against the Illmatic rapper behind owed taxes, listing the address of his Eagles Landing property in Georgia, and then followed it up a few months later in February of 2010 with a second lien for $3,365,671. Then earlier this month, the government agency filed a lien with the New York City Register of Deeds for $514,298, bringing his grand total to just over $6.46 million.

Even the condo association of his Queens condo filed against him last year behind $3,860 worth of fees that he has yet to pay including a $420 monthly assessment, which according to them; he hasn’t paid since January 2010.

Damn homie.  I know he'd trade those $50K/month payments he now doesn't have to pay Kelis over THIS ish any day....

A recap of his debts:

The IRS filed a $514,298 lien Jan. 10 with the New York City Register of Deeds.
The IRS filed a $3,365,671lien Feb. 3, 2010, in New York.
The IRS filed a $2,584,236 lien Oct. 16, 2009, in New York.

And he has a tax lien on this Mcmansion in Georgia.

Source: Yo Raps/Detroit News

Deficit Grows to $1.5 Trillion, ALG Urges Action Now

January 26th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today urged congressional action to reduce the 2011 budget deficit, which the Congressional Budget Office now projects will be record $1.5 trillion this year:

“Once again, the budget deficit is growing under Obama’s watch, this time to $1.5 trillion, mostly because of the unpaid-for $56 billion extension of unemployment benefits and a $120 billion cut in payroll taxes on employees from December’s tax deal. Because there were no offsetting spending cuts for these items, we are just digging ourselves deeper into a hole of a debt that surely will hinder the economy for some time to come.
“It is now up to House Republicans to put serious spending cuts on the table. Barack Obama is merely proposing a discretionary spending freeze, which will institutionalize spending at its record-high levels and do nothing to decrease the deficit. This is a pathetic proposal that merits no serious consideration.

“Representatives Jim Jordan and Scott Garrett and Senator Jim DeMint have proposed $173 billion of discretionary spending cuts over the next two years, $16.1 billion in cuts to Medicaid, end the ‘stimulus’ saving $45 billion, and ending government ownership of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saving another $30 billion. These cuts represent a good start, and could be attached to a continuing resolution due to expire on March 4th. But more must be done.

“Congress needs to put so-called ‘mandatory’ spending on the table for immediate consideration. This spending is on autopilot, and if Congress does not act, will continue to increase year on end. As much as $460 billion of cuts could be attached to an upcoming vote to increase the national debt ceiling above $14.294 trillion. Combined with the Garrett-Jordan-DeMint proposal, the savings would total $725 billion, cutting the deficit in half.

“Politicians like Obama need to stop fiddling while Rome burns. Spending needs to be cut significantly, not frozen. And it’s up to House Republicans to put those cuts on the table before it is too late.”
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Obama’s Spending “Freeze”

By Robert Romano

On January 25th, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to criticize Barack Obama for avoiding entitlement reform in his State of the Union Address. “I’m not surprised he’s not going to say what he’s going to do on entitlements. I wouldn’t either,” he told Politico’s Mike Allen.

“If we’re going to do anything serious on entitlements we’re not going to negotiate it in public,” McConnell said. That’s too bad. If there was a time that a serious dialogue was needed with the American people on the spending epidemic we face, with a $14 trillion national debt, this was it.

But alas, Obama did not propose reining in the nation’s unsustainable entitlement obligations. Net spending will increase every year on end under his proposals, until one day the public treasury will no longer be able to sustain it. He merely proposed a spending freeze to so-called discretionary spending. Of course, all spending by a government is optional. Or is it?
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State of the Union

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Texas Rep Kevin Brady Speaks About the State Of The Union

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The Myth of a Divided America

By David Bozeman

A prevailing myth, common among both liberals and conservatives, is that America is sharply divided, with roughly 35 percent of us liberal (though most polls put that number around 20), 35 percent conservative, with the remaining 30 that could go either way. You know the drill: Because we are so polarized, we must find common ground, we need to work together, and, in the spirit of unity, we have got to blah, blah, blah…

True, we certainly appear divided, but our tradition of robust, spirited debate should be as much a source of pride as it is a cause for national handwringing. In fact, we remain a people galvanized behind such defining concepts as individual initiative, responsibility, free enterprise and American exceptionalism.

We like our trucks big and our cars fast (so you know what you can do with your Cap & Trade). We devour excess, and we lovingly reward our kids with Happy Meals and bestow Wal-Mart gift cards to friends. If the above choices seem crass and commercial, America offers such a wide array of options in both lifestyle and thought that we are truly the envy of the world. The epic conflict today lies not among classes of citizens but between a relatively tiny cadre of elitists in Washington and the rest of this country.
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Trenton activist and Tea Party Leader Brooks cries 'cover-up' after Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson leaves city hall accident

Daryl Mikell Brooks and Marge Caldwell Wilson
TRENTON --  Community activist Daryl Brooks is crying coverup regarding a fender bender between a car driven by North Ward Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson and a police car.

The incident, described as minor by several eyewitnesses, occurred last Thursday when Caldwell-Wilson backed out of her designated City Hall parking space and into a police car parked along the curb.

Brooks chastised Caldwell-Wilson for leaving the scene and insisted that the first-term councilwoman should have been checked to see if she had been drinking.

 "We would like to know why she wasn't given a breathalyzer," Brooks said.

"A breathalyer? For God's sake. I had been at city hall since 4:30 that afternoon. I think this is over the top. I realize that Mr. Brooks likes to stir the pot. He has a right to file a complaint but this is way over the top," Caldwell-Wilson said.

The incident occurred immediately after Thursday's meeting when Caldwell-Wilson's Pontiac Solstice sports car allegedly bumped into the wheel of the police car before the councilwoman drove off.

"I got out of the car and there was no damage to my car and no damage to the police car. I waited for a short time for (Officer Mark Ice, III) to come out and then I left to grab a bite to eat. I had eaten all day and felt lightheaded. I told several people there to tell the officer I would come back if he needed me. I even gave people my number. But it was stupid of me to leave," Caldwell-Wilson said.

Caldwell-Wilson eventually received a phone call from City Council President George Muschal, instructing her to return to City Hall and to speak with Officer Ice.

Officer Ice called a sergeant who reported to City Hall prior to a police report being filed.

The report acknowledges a small indentation near the driver's side door but police could not determine if the mark had been caused from a previous incident. No tickets were issued.

"When I came out of the city council meeting, I was met by retired police officers Bill McLaughlin and Mickey Forker, plus, a security guard. They told me that Marge had backed out of her parking spot and into the police car. McLaughlin said he saw  Marge's car bump the police tire," Muschal said.

"I took a look at the vehicle and there was some damage. But the police officer could not determine if the damage was old or new. It looked old. I left but I know that Marge returned within minutes because I saw her car as I pulled away. A report was filed and that should have been the end of this. This idea that Marge should have been given a breathalyzer is ridiculous. Marge was not drunk. This is crazy," Muschal said.

Brooks, president of the Greater Trenton Tea Party, called for an immediate investigation into the "covering up" of the incident.

Brooks has scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference today to request that the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and the New Jersey State Attorney General investigate "the cover-up."

"We believe that the Marge Caldwell Wilson's handling of the situation was totally inappropriate behavior. Furthermore, we would like to reiterate due to the position she holds that she of all people are required to follow and uphold the law at all times," Brooks said.

Brooks said that any "other citizen would have been arrested at the scene of the crime."

"Politicians don't have the right to hit another car and then just drive away. They are supposed to obey the law just like anybody else," Brooks insisted.

Brooks called for Caldwell-Wilson to "temporarily" step down from her position as city councilwoman until a "full and appropriate investigation by the Trenton police department and Mercer County prosecutor."

By LA Parker  1/26/11
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