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October 30, 2011

Marlene Dietrich – Illusions

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A SPECIAL NOTE to socialists and anarchists everywhere: whenever I hear Obama-speak or Occupy-speak this song pops into mind. It would make a perfect theme song for the Dems 2012 campaign, don’t you think?

Marlene Dietrich sings “Illusions” – from Billy Wilder’s “Foreign Affair” movie. Composer: Friedrich Hollaender

Want to buy some illusions
Slightly used, second-hand?
They were lovely illusions,
Reaching high, built on sand.
They had a touch of paradise,
A spell you can't explain,
For in this crazy paradise
You are in love with pain.

Want to buy some illusions
Slightly used, just like new?
Such romantic illusions,
And they're all about you.
Too bad they all fell apart
Like dreams often do.
They were lovely illusions,
But they just wouldn't come true.

Slightly used, just like new,
Such romantic illusions
And they're all about you.
I'd sell them all for a penny,
They make pretty souvenirs.
Take my lovely illusions,
Some for laughs, some for tears.


October 30, 2011

Ted Hayes, Original “god-father” of Occupation Los Angeles – Vindicated and Justified

Ted Hayes, Homeless Advocate

Greetings Patriot Folks from the Original Occupier of Los Angeles,
Please see below information concerning the origins of Occupation of Los Angeles.

As you know, my colleagues and I, Terrance Lang, Leslie Jordan, James Spencer, Gerald Pitts et al, have been visiting the Wall Street Occupiers at the LA City Hall encampment for the past few weeks.

It has been and is our objective to lend leadership and guidance to well meaning, blessed young people who self-admit that they don’t know what to do with this new-found power that they have achieved.

Well, thanks be to GOD who delivers our enemies into our hands, the La Raza Socialists agents have foolishly made me the center of the Occupy Wall Street movement by bringing up the issue of illegal immigration by attacking my status as American citizen Minuteman, even as the late US President John F. Kennedy admonished all of us to be.

The LA Times Article below hugely vindicates me as the only individual with proper gravitas to effectively address the “piggishness” of Wall Street and the corruption of the US government, by citing “Ted Hayes” and his band of Homeless people known as Justiceville as the original occupiers of Los Angeles.

* The record will show that the contents of the second paragraph of the article was instigated by “Ted Hayes” and Justiceville.

We actually were able to occupy the interior of City Halls hallways, lobbies, and even the Council Chambers as you see in the photos.

* This unprecedented occupation occurred as result of my government-laughed at prediction that the cold of that winter season would kill homeless peoples, and it did.

A month earlier, after giving a tour to a certain City Council member through Skid Row and other areas that we had previously occupied, per my request, he proposed to the City Council that due to the winter and degrading conditions of homeless folks dwelling on sidewalks, that city hallways, lobbies and underground garages be temporarily opened to them.

However, the Council and Mayor refused.  But when four homeless were killed by the cold, they sheepishly allowed me bring into the Council Chambers, lobbies and hallways, hundred of homeless people to occupy.

The only event that I did not initiate was the original Tend City of December 1994, but everything after that, is Justiceville and me.

Even after the closing of the Urban Campground know as the “Dust Bowl Hilton”, which was initially instigated by Justiceville, I led about 30 plus homeless people on what we called the Trek of Justice. We left downtown to occupy a Beverly Hills park. After we were kicked out of Beverly Hills we occupied a park in Pacific Palisades, then to Pepperdine University and the Colony in Malibu, to Santa Monica, to Venice Beach. Here, Yoko Ono, the widow of Beatles John Lennon sent us $5,000 to erect a Tent  City on the beach itself called Rainbow City. Once we were kicked out of Venice we went back to downtown to occupy the park across the street from the LA Times. There were many more places we occupied but I will not bore you with the details.

So, please know the truth about the foundation of this movement.  Without bragging, it appears that I am the “God-Father” or originator of Los Angeles the Occupation movement.

Is it any wonder why the La Raza Socialists are attempting to shut me down?

They are on the defense.

Apparently, in response to my permit being granted by the LAPD to lead a march and rally called “Save The Sons and Daughters of the Slaves and Homeless”, the La Raza Socialists are foolishly organizing a counter demonstration.

Wow!  What blessing!  They are about to insanely make the same mistake they made on Saturday, June 23, 2007.  Please google “Ted Hayes and Leimert Park 2007” and behold their lunacy.

La Raza is rushing to co-opt these well-meaning and unsuspecting youths into their illicit illegal immigration money making activities that undermine our beloved United States of America.

But, rather than shutting us down, they are about to make our day.  Thanks be to our Heavenly FATHER,

Please enjoy the article.

City Hall’s History of “Occupations” Includes Tents Outside and Sleeping Bags in Chambers
By Eric Richardson Published: Friday, October 21, 2011 Los Angeles Times

The protesters of Occupy Los Angeles have been sleeping on the lawns outside City Hall for three weeks now, but so far the group’s journeys into the building have mostly been confined to trips to give public comment at City Council meetings.

Ted Hayes Occupied City Hall Chambers. Homeless people sleep on the floor of City Hall's Council Chambers on January 22, 1987. Right: Workers erect a large tent next door to City Hall in December of 1984 for the first of two tent cities on the site

That wasn’t the case in January of 1987, when for just a few days the floor of the Council chambers was opened up as a temporary homeless shelter.

The move, prompted by a cold front that dropped Downtown temperatures near freezing, was part of a multi-year advocacy effort that included homeless individuals sleeping in a tent city on the state building footprint across the street from City Hall, in the tunnels of the County’s Civic Center complex and eventually in an Arts District campground that came to be known as the “Dust Bowl Hilton.”

The tent city next door to City Hall came first, set up in December of 1984 by a coalition of agencies that called itself the Homeless Organizing Team. 250 people made a temporary home in and around a pair of large tents, set up both to provide a few weeks of shelter and to dramatize the plight of the homeless. Just as with today’s protests, the action was also designed to get media attention.

When the site was shut down in early January, some former residents followed organizer Ted Hayes—who would go on to be a central figure in Los Angeles homeless advocacy—to a site at 6th and Gladys. There they set up a shantytown dubbed “Justiceville,” but it was shut down in May of 1985 by officials over health and safety concerns.

via City Hall’s History of “Occupations” Includes Tents Outside and Sleeping Bags in Chambers :: blogdowntown.

October 30, 2011

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn Releases Back-in-Black $9 Trillion Deficit Reduction Plan

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released a new report “Back in Black” that outlines how the federal government can reduce the deficit by $9 trillion over the next ten years and balance the federal budget. The 614-page plan was the result of a thorough and exhaustive review of thousands of federal programs.

“The American people are tired of Washington waiting until the last minute to avoid a crisis, particularly when it is a crisis Washington itself created. The crisis, though, is not the debt limit deadline. The crisis is Congress’ refusal to make hard choices and reduce a debt that has become our greatest national security threat. The plan I am offering today gives Washington 9 trillion reasons to stop making excuses and start solving the problem,” Dr. Coburn said.

“Both parties will no doubt criticize portions of this plan and I welcome that debate. My goal is not to replace the work of the budget committees but to show the American people what is possible and necessary. What is not acceptable, however, is not having a plan and delaying reform until some perfect political moment that will never arrive. The fact is doing nothing is a tax increase, a benefit cut for seniors and the poor, and a betrayal of the core values both parties hold dear,” Dr. Coburn said.

Back in Black Summary (see full report here)

Discretionary & Other Mandatory Decit Reduction
General Government Reforms  $974.08 billion
Congress  $4.28 billion
Executive Branch  $5.40 billion
Judiciary Branch  $7.78 billion
Department of Agriculture  $346.40 billion
Department of Commerce  $26.84 billion
Department of Defense  $1.006 trillion
Department of Education  $409.10 billion
Department of Energy  $101.77 billion
Department of Health & Human Services $106.70 billion
Department of Homeland Security  $23.29 billion
Dept. of Housing and Urban Development $88.73 billion
Department of the Interior  $26.44 billion
Department of Justice  $34.54 billion
Department of Labor  $268.04 billion
Department of State and Foreign Aid  $192.12 billion
Department of Transportation  $192.22 billion
Department of Treasury & GSEs  $39.72 billion
Department of Veteran Aairs  $13.57 billion
U.S. Army of Corps Engineers  $5.28 billion
Environmental Protection Agency  $33.67 billion
NASA  $51.15 billion
National Science Foundation  $14.20 billion
Small Business Administration  $3.22 billion
Other Independent Agencies  $48.89 billion
SSI & SSDI  $17.17 billion

Entitlements
Medicare & Medicaid  $2.64 trillion
Social Security  75+ Years Solvent

Revenue
Reform Tax Expenditures  $962.02 billion
Other Government Revenue  $30.34 billion

Interest $1.360 trillion

Total $9.032 trillion

October 29, 2011

The National Tax Limitation Committee « limittaxes.org

The National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC) has been at work since 1975. We are one of the longest standing and strategically oriented pro-taxpayer/entrepreneur organizations in America.

NTLC grew out of work which Founder and President Lew Uhler did for then-Governor Ronald Reagan to constitutionally limit the growth of taxes and spending year over year in order to control the size of government (Proposition 1, California, 1973).

In late summer of 1978, believing that the time had arrived to begin work at the federal level, we reconvened many members of the Proposition 1 task force, including Milton Friedman, Bill Niskanen, Craig Stubblebine, and others. The federal spending amendment emerged. After months of careful deliberation, the Tax Limitation/Balanced Budget Amendment was fashioned.

Our goal continues, as we incorporate taxpayer support to effect state and federal spending limits.

Our Mission Statement

The National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC) was organized in 1975. Its mission has been:  To provide national leadership to achieve the optimal size and functions of government and promote candidates and initiatives that support these goals.

What We Believe In

Limited government as envisioned by our founding fathers and embodied in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Lower tax rates and reduced government spending so as to maximize human freedom and economic liberty.

A role for government that will promote equality of opportunity not equality of outcomes.

Our Partners

NTLC and our foundation, The National Tax Limitation Foundation (NTLF), have organized numerous conferences and seminars around the Nation on critical issues, and we have participated as speakers and panelists in meetings sponsored by others. Uhler speaks regularly at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, sponsored by the American Conservative Union (ACU), on whose board he has served for years. NTLC’s operating philosophy has always been to partner with other groups and individuals in the accomplishment of mutual goals.

NTLC and NTLF are further supported by our distinguished Board of Advisors.

via OUR HISTORY « limittaxes.org.

October 29, 2011

Member of Saudi Royal Family Offers $900,000 to Kidnap an Israeli Soldier: The unintended consequences of negotiating with terrorist.

According to Ynet, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khaled bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud said on Saturday that he would award $900,000 to anyone who abducts an Israeli soldier, suggesting this be used to negotiate the release of more Palestinians from Israeli prison:

In an interview with Saudi TV, bin Talal stressed that his offer was in response to a similar offer made by a Saudi cleric who earlier this week said he would give $100,000 to anyone who would kidnap an Israeli soldier.

“Al-Qarni offered $100,000 to whoever abducts (an Israeli soldier) and I say to him – I sympathize with you and am offering $900,000 to put the figure at $1 million,” he said. [read full article here]

via Member of Saudi Royal Family Offers $900,000 to Kidnap an Israeli Soldier |Prince Khaled bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud | TheBlaze.com.

October 29, 2011

Why the latest eurozone bail-out is destined to fail within weeks.

I want last week’s European bail-out to work. My sincere hope is that collective and decisive action by the eurozone’s large member states will stabilize global markets, at least for a while, so allowing the global economy to catch its breath.

By Liam Halligan, 29 Oct 2011

In recent years, the violent gyrations on financial markets have been deeply discomforting, causing angst among market professionals, like me – but that is the least significant aspect. For those little lights represent, of course, the ebbs and flows of cash which, in turn, determines the fate of real businesses. It is at the sharp end of employment and livelihoods, dispossessed homes and broken families that the human impact of financial turbulence is most keenly felt.

So, yes, I want such turbulence, which will never be fully-eradicated, nor should it be in a free-market system, to now lessen to more manageable levels. Yet the responses of our politicians to recent financial troubles – hiding behind complexity and kicking the can down the road – have not only failed to temper the volatility, but have actually made it much worse.

Last week’s eurozone “agreement”, for all the related fanfare, was a case in point. Far from making the situation clearer, allowing investors to make considered assessments, this latest announcement made Western Europe’s grotesque debt crisis even more acute, sowing further infectious spores of confusion.

The deal itself, unveiled dramatically in the early hours of Thursday, was met with the now obligatory “relief rally”. The FTSE All-World equity index soared 4.1pc, helped by signs of renewed US economic growth. European bank shares spiked no less than 12pc on Thursday, as traders recognised, for all the official obfuscation, the latest dollop of government largesse.

By late Thursday, though, and certainly on Friday, the warning signs were there. Global bond markets, by character more sober and smarter than the excitable equity guys, were voting against the deal. This is alarming. For it is only by selling more bonds that the eurozone’s deeply indebted governments can roll-over their enormous liabilities and keep the show on the road. [read more]

via Why the latest eurozone bail-out is destined to fail within weeks – Telegraph.

October 28, 2011

Samsung Overtakes Apple in Smartphone Sales due to Flash Functionality

Samsung Electronics Co. overtook Apple Inc. (AAPL) in the last quarter to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor amid a widening technology and legal battle between the two companies.

Apple, which released its iPhone 4S this month, held the top spot for only one quarter after dislodging Espoo, Finland- based Nokia earlier this year. Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, has turned to Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android software to boost sales of its Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers.

via Samsung Overtakes Apple in Smartphones – Bloomberg.

Editors Note: I own an android Smart Phone. Why? Because I am the President of a video distribution website that cannot be fully viewed by Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod devices due to Steve Jobs’ hardheaded rejection of Adobe’s long established and standardized Flash Player software.

The Flash Player plug-in is utilized by every browser on earth, and 90% of all web sites use flash generated content such as videos and banner ads.  What on earth was Apple thinking by not including this universal application into its platform?

The prevailing theory or excuse comes from Apple’s development department that points to the fact that in 2007 the Flash plug-in drained battery life. This may have been true, but according to Adobe, Apple refused to provide them with an advance prototype of Apple’s hardware so they could develop a solution. This is standard protocol among developers.

Another theory is that Steve Jobs held a grudge against his former employee who became CEO of Adobe. This does not seem so far fetched now that so much has been revealed about Jobs’ personality since his death.

Jobs’ big mistake was letting his emotions get the best of him while his number one competitor sat on Apple’s Board of Directors and was witness to all Jobs’ dysfunction. While the public was up-in-arms over the abandonment of the Flash Functionality in the new Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod devices, Google saw this weakness as an opportunity to compete hot and heavy with Apple. Now, millions of people can view every video on my website via their Android Powered Smart Phone without additional drain on the battery. This is why Samsung is out-selling Apple in Smart Phones.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple Computer, and think of Steve Jobs in the same stratosphere as Einstein and John Lennon. That is why I am hopeful that the feud between Steve Jobs and Adobe has been put to rest in this new era of Apple and that Apple will introduce its next generation of products with Adobe’s Flash functionality.

If it does, and since I have owned an Apple Computer since 1985, I will be the first in line to buy them.

Jeffers M. Dodge


October 27, 2011

Teachers Unions: On the Road to Extinction?

Larry Sand President California Teachers Empowerment Network

Online learning is the wave of the future, but teachers unions still have a Paleocene mentality.

In his extraordinary book Special Interest, Terry Moe writes about the massive power of the teachers unions. After much gloom and doom, in the final chapter of the book, he manages to convey some hope about the future. Emerging technology-based education, he asserts, is the “long-term trend…, and the unions cannot stop it from happening.” Online teachers from different states and countries will be much harder for the unions to corral and control.

However, according to a post on hotair.com by Tina Korbe, the University of California chapter of the American Federation of Teachers hasn’t gotten the message yet. University of California schools, which are in dire financial straits, have begun using online education programs as a way to save money. As a result, some lecturers’ jobs could be done away with.  However, their union is using its collective bargaining power to ensure that every job, no matter how unnecessary, will be saved.

“… the California lecturers, who make up nearly half of the system’s undergraduate teaching teachers, believe they have used … bargaining power to score a rare coup. The University of California last week tentatively agreed to a deal with UC-AFT that included a new provision barring the system and its campuses from creating online courses or programs that would result in ‘a change to a term or condition of employment’ of any lecturer without first dealing with the union.”

In other words, the union is determined to keep all its dues-paying members on the payroll whether they are needed or not, whether we can afford them or not. The fact that there are some excellent online classes and that their use would save the beleaguered taxpayers of California bushels of money is of no interest to UC-AFT.

Online learning is not just for college level students; it has entered into our K-12 schools. Backed by Bill Gates, Salman Khan, founder and guiding light of Khan Academy, has gained a foothold in several schools in Los Altos, a community in Silicon Valley. There, a new program using “blended learning” – a combination of computer tutorials and classroom teacher instruction – is off to an excellent start. There is much agreement in reform circles that this type of education is the wave of the future; fewer classroom teachers will be needed as much of the instruction will be done via a gifted online teacher.

What we are seeing here is an example of “creative destruction,” which is the term Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter used in 1942 to describe what happens when certain jobs and goods become obsolete and are replaced by new jobs requiring new skills. If we didn’t follow this logical progression, we would still be living in caves, clothed in loin cloths. Clayton Christensen modernized this idea with his “disruptive innovation” or “disruptive technology” concept.

From the Pope Center’s Jane Shaw

“… I have presented examples of some disruptive technologies highlighted by Christensen, such as the transistor radio, which destroyed companies like RCA and Zenith. Those companies could not absorb the disruptive technology into their business models; instead, they relied on what Christensen called “sustaining” innovations—improving existing products. As long as transistors were weak and primitive, the old companies could prosper by serving their existing customers. But over time the transistor got a lot better and ultimately snatched those customers away.”

So we see that some products become obsolete, but at the same time new opportunities arise; hence dynamic people will adapt and continue to find work and the intransigent types will fade away. This doesn’t mean that the industrial-style teachers unions will go away easily; they will spend their abundant resources to maintain the status quo and thus their power well into the foreseeable future.

But just as the horseshoe business became much less relevant with the advent of the automobile, K-16 education is slowly but surely starting to undergo a similar major transformation. The Luddite unions can stick their fingers in the dam for only so long before becoming latter-day dinosaurs. If you can’t adapt to the inevitable changes that history brings, you become a museum piece. Just ask any Brontosaurus.

Larry Sand, a former classroom teacher, is president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network.

October 27, 2011

EtherNet Series – Fix Congress

Author unknown and unconfirmed 10-27-2011

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

*Congressional Reform Act of 2011*

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

October 27, 2011

Obama’s Student-Loan Order Saves the Average Grad Less Than $10 a Month.

For the average borrower, the impact would be small. In 2011, Bachelor’s degree recipients graduating with debt had an average balance of $27,204, according to an analysis done by finaid.org, based on Department of Education data. That average has ballooned from just $17,646 over the past decade.

Using these values as the high and low bounds of average student debt over the last ten years, the monthly savings for the average student loan borrower would be between $4.50 and $7.75 per month. Clearly, this isn’t going to save the economy. While borrowers with bigger balances would save more, this is the average. And even someone with $100,000 in loans would only cut their monthly payments by $28.50.

via Obama’s Student-Loan Order Saves the Average Grad Less Than $10 a Month – Daniel Indiviglio – Business – The Atlantic.

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