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Friday, December 31, 2010

Communist Party Admits THEY Control The Democrat Party

As if we didn't already know.

Hey folks,

Happy New Year Eve. Welcome to the last day of 2010. Please remember folks, I do not know where it began, and truthfully, I can't relate, not being a big Drinker myself. But I know that there will be many of you out there going out today, and tonight, BBQs, Parties, Bars, Street Parties, ETC. Many of you will be drinking. I'm still not sure how this relates to the New Year. Why start a New Year, a New Beginning, sick as a dog? With a Hangover? Not sure the point. But I know many of you will be out there. Please. PLEASE. DO NOT DRIVE. It's not just your life you put on the line. You could kill yourself, others, end up in Jail. Drink by all means. If that's your thing, go for it. But PLEASE do not get behind the wheel.

Well, not only is it the last day of 2010, it's also FRIDAY!!! Time to go to the Emails. You folks out there are GOOD! I have been talking for YEARS, check the archives, about the insurgency of the New Liberals. They completely Hijacked the Liberal Label, and were taking over the once Great Democratic Party. Just this past Wednesday, I posted The Inexorable March Of Tyranny by Bob Livingston. I reminded you of just some of the times we discussed this here.

One of those things was the difference between New and Old Liberalism. We talked about how Original Liberalism is closer to Conservatism. New Liberalism is a quest for Tyranny.

Well, looky here. According to Associated Content / Yahoo - Communist Party USA Reveals: We're Using the Democrat Party By Snidely Whiplash, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Not too awful long ago I wrote about the Communist Party USA and their support for many of the identical principles endorsed by the Democrat Party here in the US. I listed the various similarities but now I have some even more honest words from the Communists themselves. Joe Sims, co-editor of the Communist Party USA online magazine Peoples World states among other things "the possibility that the communists may be able to "capture' the Democratic Party entirely." Read that slowly and carefully..."the possibility that the communists may be able to "capture' the Democratic Party entirely."

Joe Sims is a proud little Commie. He goes on to brag that among other things, "heightened class and democratic struggle...all have combined to produce an unprecedented situation - and opportunity." How long have I been railing on against this Democrat Party effort to frame the current political debate as one of class? Clearly even the ones seeking to wage this struggle freely admit that is their effort and how said effort is an "opportunity" for them?

They are seeking to destroy this nation and they are using Democrats to wage class warfare, pitting imaginary groups of haves against equally imaginary underclasses. The US has no class structure at all...never has. Monarchies had them. Europe had them. China had them. India had them, but the US NEVER had them. NEVER! For anyone over 40 or so, does this sound like a good thing? Do ya remember the old time Communists?

In case ya missed it Communism is responsible for more human misery than the Nazi's ever hoped to cause and by one big, huge, massive, overwhelming, undeniable margin. Even blaming Hitler for every death in WWII in wartime Europe, the Communists, since the October Revolution in 1917, makes Hitler look like a minor schoolyard bully.

Stalin killed upwards of 50 million of his own. Mao killed 70 million Chinese alone. Pol Pot killed three million Cambodians. How many dead in the Communist insurgencies in sub Saharan Africa and Latin America? Millions and millions. Add in Indochina and the number climbs again. How many died in the Korean Conflict and in North Korea from starvation since the armistice? How many starved to death in the USSR? Millions? You betcha!

Anyone remember the USSR? The largest and most resource rich nation on Earth? Remember them? Bolshevism and all that rot? The faltering economy? Their closed and fascistic system of repression? The bread lines, in again, the largest and most resource rich nation on the planet? Anyone remember the palpable fear after Stalin got the bomb? Duck and cover? Bomb shelters? Khrushchev telling us at the UN "We will bury you" referring to the US? How when he was in the US he was taken and told he could go anywhere and see anything he wished? How he saw freedom and economic prosperity all over the nation but was still convinced it was all a trick to take him to places that had been prepared to look prosperous to fool him? Anyone? Anyone?

Anyone remember the stated world goal of the USSR was world domination? Despite the mantras of the American haters here in the homeland, anyone have any recollection of any stated goal of the US being to control the planet? Anyone?

Anyone recall the plight of Eastern Europe from 1945 until about 1990? Soviet tanks rolling in the streets of Prague in 1968 and in Hungary in 1956? I know a huge number of former Comm Bloc expats and almost to a man and woman they are clear...do not let the sweet promises of Marxism entrench themselves (anymore then they already have) here in the US. Wonder why they are damned near unanimous in that refrain? Anyone?

I am left to honestly wonder what Democrats think of this revelation? Are they so desirous of political power that they will willingly bed down with the foulest of the foul - COMMUNISTS - in order to see their ideology in perpetual power? The Communists are clear they are and will use the Democrat Party to further their ends.

Again, read my Communist Goals, Circa 1963. It's highlighted as a featured article of mine. If one reads it and isn't shaken to their core, they are either okay with it or too damned dumb to come in out of the rain. I take the Commies at face value. They are a foul bunch and freely admit their goals, methods and most honestly, their media...the DEMOCRAT PARTY of the United States of America.

I dare one of them noble lefties to justify this. Tell me it isn't happening. Tell me it's no biggie. I personally don't think they have the guts. Difference between me and them is I am proud of who I am and what I am about and I freely and at every opportunity, broadcast to the whole damned world those facts! I do not hide behind any other effort to try and fool folks. I am about the Constitution...what are uber lefties about? Who knows...they will rarely admit the truth. Instead it's all "Oh, it's just so bad, etc." I don't trust folks who cannot honestly describe the end game they envision.

If progressives were honest their desired endgame is nothing any natural born American can imagine except in the deepest recesses of their nightmares. It ain't gonna look anything like the US we knew as kids. Instead of honesty needed for the debate, lefties know if they were honest their wishes would be summarily rejected outright by all except those in favor and the lame brained idiots who don't know shit from shinola. They hide from the honest truth like vermin in the dark of night...usually anyway.

I do love Mr. Sim's candor here though. I'm eye ballin' you and your pals Mr. Sims. So are tens and tens of millions of my pals. Wanna play? I mean out in the open? Level playing field and all? No? Rather use your little games of subterfuge? Can't man up, huh? Just like a Commie. Get caught stealing your soul from ya and then deny they were caught red handed, daring to demand "You gonna believe me or ya gonna believe your lying eyes?"

SOURCES: http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2010/12/communist-party-leader-on-using.html
Here is the Link: Associated Content / Yahoo - Communist Party USA Reveals: We're Using the Democrat Party. Uh, not too much to add here folks. I would just be repeating myself. From their own mouths.

Once again folks, have a VERY Happy, and SAFE New Years. See you right back here for the FIRST Big Sunday Edition of 2011. Don't forget, that means we will be awarding the Idiot of the Year. See you then.
Peter

Note: From The Emails is a weekly Segment every Friday, or occasionally anytime, that appears here at the OPNTalk Blog. Please feel free to Email any Articles, Comments, Thoughts, Whatever, that you may like to share to opntalk@gmail.com As always, you never know what you may see here.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gas Prices And The Economy

Why do I do the From "The Energy Front" EVERY Week?

Hey folks,

Why? Because you can not separate Gas, and Heating Oil, From the Equation. I know, I know, the Government does. They do not add in Gas and Food, when figuring inflation. Why? I do not understand. But they don't.

However, in the REAL World, you can not leave out the price of Energy. Gas effects the price of just about EVERYTHING. From Powering your home, Vehicle of course, to the cost of EVERYTHING that you get in the Stores. When Energy Costs and Gas Prices go up, it costs more to MAKE, SHIP, and even SELL, all those thing that you go to your local store to buy. Just like higher taxation, Corporations, and Businesses do NOT pay the increase. They do not even pay Tax in general. YOU do. They pass it on through the price of the Goods you want to buy. So affordable energy, and Gas Prices, mean affordable EVERYTHING else. Oppressive Costs raise the price for EVERYTHING else.

Some of you got upset with me in the past because I told you the truth. You said that I was using fear tactics. No. It's called Reality. Someone making a million a year, or even say $100,000 a year, might not worry about the price of Gas. Those in Power, the President, Senators, and Representatives, MOST of whom are Millionaires, do not care about the Price of Gas. But Grandma does. The Single Mom working two Jobs does. ANYONE on a fixed income DOES. Remember $4.00 a gallon for gas? EVERYTHING went up. Now those who have fixed Incomes have to start making decisions. What to cut. Does Grandma heat her Home, or buy Prescription Meds, or FOOD. That Single Mom MIGHT have to now give up one of those Part Time Jobs, because she can no longer afford the Gas to drive there. Well, we are heading back to $4.00, and WAY beyond.

I couldn't get away from it yesterday. All I kept hearing, all day, was another in the Wilderness, CRYING out. $5.00 a gallon is coming. The former CEO of Shell oil , John Hofmeister, says gasoline prices in America could reach $5.00 gallon by 2012. He actually said this.

"I'm predicting actually the worst outcome over the next two years which takes us to 2012 with higher gasoline prices,"
Now even those that want to disagree with him, and call him out for "fear mongering," AGREE with him. How does that work? Yeah, Yeah, we will see $5.00 a gallon, but uh, now right now, so uh, don't worry about it. Here is an example of what we got yesterday. Tom Kloza, the Head Analyst with Oil Price Information Service says he's right, however,,,
"That wolf is out there and it's going to be at the door...I agree with him that we'll see those numbers at some point this decade but not yet. The demand is still sluggish enough in some of the mature economies."
We do NOT have to see them AT ALL!!! The only reason we ARE seeing them, is OBAMA. Is this insane and completely pointless Drilling Moratorium. It is NOT saving the Planet. It is not making us Cleaner. Others ARE still Drilling and INCREASING their exploration and Drilling, and THEY do not have to meet Obama's insane and oppressive Regulations.

Let me remind you yet again what Obama said about the $4.00 a gallon Gas Price. He likes it. He would just have preferred a more gradual increase.
"I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money into their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more quickly, particularly US automakers, then I think ultimately, we can come out of this stronger and have a more efficient energy policy than we do right now."
Well? Gas is at $3.10 a gallon, and going up. By 2012, we are talking $5.00 a gallon. Is THAT gradual enough? So he costs us, AGAINST TWO COURT ORDERS, around 150,000 current Jobs, 57,000 NEW high paying, long lasting, REAL Jobs. Added Billions if not TRILLIONS to the Local and Federal Government Revenue stream loss. Which did and WILL increase the Deficit. December 1st, 2010, Obama and Crew came out and said NO NEW Drilling. Period. For some fictitious 7 year period. He did telegraph this. He TOLD us he was all for high Gas Prices. He TOLD us that our Energy Prices would "Necessarily Skyrocket." under his "Cap and Tax" Bill. Why? Motivation to go "Green."

Big Oil gets blamed for this all the time. They refuse to increase Supply, causing Demand to rise. So what happens when the Ruler of the Biggest Source of Oil and Natural Gas says "No new Drilling. No. We are not going to use OUR own resources?" We will not allow an increase in Supply? Yup. $5.00 a gallon Gas.

Folks, the Federal Government may not want to add in the Cost of Energy and Food. However, in the REAL WORLD, we must. We MUST have Energy and food. It really is that simple. They ARE real necessities, that cost REAL money. They are all about to cost a lot MORE, thanks to Obama and Crew.
Peter

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Inexorable March Of Tyranny

As I have been warning you about for the past Few YEARS.

Hey folks,

That's right. I have been telling you, warning you, and talking about the New Liberalism. The fact that the New Liberalism is nothing more than a Quest for Tyranny. I defined the distinct difference between New and Old Liberalism. Old Liberalism is what Conservatism should be all about. It is actually CLOSER to Conservatism than today's Republicanism, in a lot of areas.

I have been using their own words and actions, leading up to the 2008 Election and beyond, to point out CLEAR Examples of what the Quest for Tyranny is all about. What it means is the Death of Freedom, and the whole reason this Country was founded to begin with. Some of you thought, "Never. Not here. This is America." Some of you thought I was nuts. Some of you STILL have some difficulty, even thought it is happening right in front of your eyes, seeing your Country being stolen away from you. Some still can not bring themselves to accepting that we have a President that HATES America, and wants to change it into a Centralized Controlling Government Run, Socialistic, Dictatorship. But just because you are having difficulty grasping that, doesn't change the fact it is what it is.

So when an OPNer out there sent this in, I knew I couldn't wait until Friday. So here it is. It's by Bob Livingston, and it is entitled The Inexorable March Of Tyranny, December 27, 2010

Americans hoped the midterm elections in November would put the brakes on the overreach of the current administration and Congress. However, as I expected, the hubristic arrogant bunch of elected elites that currently contaminate our nation’s capitol have refused to hear the message voters sent them.

To be fair, crying Speaker-to-be — aka Weeper of the House — John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the Republicans have not yet assumed control of Congress, but it’s not going to matter. Government is going to continue to take away what is rightfully yours, regardless of who is “in charge.”

You want evidence? S510, also known at the Food Safety Modernization Act, passed Dec. 19, late on a Sunday, night by unanimous consent. That means that not one Senator — Democrat or Republican — opposed it.

This bill gives unbridled authority of government over our food. Big Brother can now determine who can and who cannot grow, distribute or sell fresh vegetables or meats. It can shut food producers down on a whim, or force them into extinction through over-burdensome paperwork. It will mean the death of small farmers, all to benefit Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland and other large producers.

It is so over-reaching that it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that government inspectors will be tramping about in your back yard, checking to see what you’re growing and preventing you from canning your own produce.

The bill seemed to die a technical death a couple of weeks ago. But I cautioned then that the bill would be back. That it would be brought back so quickly and so sneakily was a surprise, and a tragic betrayal by Republicans who proved once again that they are not to be trusted with protecting our freedoms.

And the lawless regime of President Barack Obama continues unchecked as well. First, the Federal Communications Commission defied a court order and passed a new set of net neutrality regulations last Tuesday. With these regulations — under the guise of making the sure the Internet is free — the FCC gained control of Internet content.
Obviously, this is what Obama wanted, as the new regulations were proposed by Obama’s FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski.

Never mind that a Federal court earlier this year told the FCC it had no business regulating the Internet. Never mind that Article 1, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution grants all legislative powers to the Congress. Genachowski — dubbed Julius Seizure by The Drudge Report — and two Democrat members of the FCC decided they had authority over the courts and Congress.

These new regulations will have a chilling effect on free speech. The Internet is the last bastion of freedom, and has grown beyond anyone’s imagination since it was spun off from a government research project in the early 1990s. Since then, billions of dollars have been made and untold thousands of jobs created in the Internet industry — because the government did not interfere with it.

Internet journalists and bloggers have successfully defeated the government’s control over the flow of information. And that is what irks Big Government proponents like Obama… and like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez… and China’s Hu Jintao… and One Worlders like the bigwigs at the United Nations.

The furor over the WikiLeaks revelations demonstrate just how much the elected elites fear the truth and want to control the flow of information. The truth is always one of the first victims of totalitarianism.

The new FCC regulations “fix” a problem that doesn’t exist. As The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, just after the FCC acted, “The FCC’s action ‘is not motivated by a tangible competitive harm or market failure,’ said Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, a Republican, who said she couldn’t support the rule because the agency was intervening to regulate the Internet ‘because it wants to, not because it needs to.’”

Likewise, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency — yet another unConstitutional arm of the government — now says it will regulate emissions from fossil fuel power plants by 2011 and petroleum refineries by 2012 since a climate bill failed in the Congress. This is yet another unConstitutional act by an agency populated with radical Leftist progressives.

The Transportation Security Administration continues its power grab — sexually assaulting our wives and children and ogling their naked pictures in the name of safety. But now, not only are airline passengers considered terrorists until they are squeezed, groped and irradiated to the satisfaction of an overpaid TSA dolt, now bus and train passengers are being victimized.

And the Department of Homeland Security has many more plans for Americans in the name of safety — plans that strip us of our rights supposedly guaranteed under the Constitution.

In Oklahoma, regulators from the Federal Reserve ordered a bank to remove a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say “Merry Christmas, God With Us,” saying they were inappropriate.

This is not a public building, mind you, but a privately-owned bank. The order by the Fed, which of course is not a Federal institution, is a clear violation of the bank owner’s and the tellers’ 1st Amendment rights.

Americans are coming to realize that their greatest enemy is not al-Qaida, a manufactured and U.S. government-inspired and funded enemy. The greatest enemy they face resides in Washington, walking the halls of Congress, the White House and Federal buildings across the country.

There are those who lean Right who blame the Left. There are those who lean Left who blame the Right. The blame rightfully falls on both, for it is both sides that answer to Big Brother and do his bidding. It is both sides that have supported Orwellian laws and regulations that steal your property, your wealth your personhood and your ability to choose.

It is both sides that bow to the altar of Wall Street, Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Food and Big Union, all to the detriment of the populace. It is both sides that are supporting and even proposing policies and regulations that destroy the middle class and small business and drive jobs overseas.

And it is Americans themselves who are to blame. They slept while Congress, Presidents and the Federal judiciary acted contrary to the interests of the American people. And when they finally awoke they asked that Congress work together — compromise — and reach a bi-partisan agreement; never realizing that when liberty and tyranny compromise, more liberty is lost.
Brilliant. Just Brilliant. Yet even more evidence that the Left ARE on a quest for Tyranny. I know, I know, Bush opened the door. I've said that many times. Homeland Security is expanding into a tool for the Regime. Where are all those upset back when they were just Wiretapping? The Bush Bailouts? Obama took that one and ran with it. This 111 Congress has spent more than the first 100 combined. We have no new use of our Natural Resources, which DOES effect the Economy. Oppressive Taxation and Regulation all over the place, with more promised to come. Take over of Private Industries and the intentional driving out of Business, Private Industries. Look around folks. The USSA is on the way. Time to change directions, and FAST.

Now a message to those who have yet to take control. LISTEN to the PEOPLE. HEAR what we are saying. STOP the Liberal agenda, in ANY form it takes, by ANY means necessary. We do not want Bipartisanship if Bipartisanship means helping those to destroy the Country we so dearly love. We want them STOPPED. Not met half way. Stop THINKING you know what the People want, and start LISTENING to the People. You have the ability to STOP this quest for Tyranny in it's tracks. Do the RIGHT thing, and I assure you, help is on the way in 2012. Do the wrong thing, and I guess we will have to start all over, after we throw YOU out.
Peter

Sources:
Personal Liberty.com - The Inexorable March Of Tyranny
CNS News - 111th Congress Added More Debt Than First 100 Congresses Combined: $10,429 Per Person in U.S.

Note: From The Emails is a weekly Segment every Friday, or occasionally anytime, that appears here at the OPNTalk Blog. Please feel free to Email any Articles, Comments, Thoughts, Whatever, that you may like to share to opntalk@gmail.com As always, you never know what you may see here.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Presidential Speeches / Price of Gas

End of the year push.

Hey folks,

Happy Holidays to you all. I hope everyone had a GREAT Chanukah and Christmas Season, and here is wishing you all a VERY Happy and Healthy New Year. 2010 is almost gone, 2011 is yet to come. We are in the Lame Duck, if you will, of this past year. Most, only have a three day work week this week. Glad you took some time out to spend it here with me.

Since it is Tuesday, it's time to check in at the Energy Front. Did you notice gas is over $3.00 a gallon. I bet you did. I just got gas at $3.10. I got this a week or so ago.

"Hey Pete, I noticed how you alluded to the fact that President Bush merely commented on the fact that we would be lifting the Ban, and starting to Drill more off our coasts. He just said that we may start increasing our use of our own resources back when the price at the pump was $4.00, and the price of Oil plummeted. Then take that in contrast to Obama saying no we won't. No new drilling for at lease 7 years, and the price jumped to over $90 a barrel. Seems pretty simplistic to me. Supply is what it is, and demand is what it is, so no new supply, higher prices. Just the mere mention of using our own resources scared the regulators, and those in control of the production, who we know control, or don't, the majority of all the natural resources, thought we would flood the market with new product, lowed the prices to stave off public support to drill. Now, with the idiot, as you call him, in the White House saying 'no screw that, it doesn't fit with our green agenda,' and they knowing he is not willing to budge on it, the prices skyrocket to where they are now with no reason to increase their supply. No threat of competition means no need to worry how high the price goes. What do your friends in the energy industry think about this, and how do you think they would explain this?"

Well, good question, and a Logical one. Look at the evidence, and one has to draw similar conclusion without any other information added. So? What would my "friends in the Energy Industry think about this, and how do I think they would explain this?" I asked them. I do not have permission to use names, well, because I didn't ask, but my Friend asked one of the best Economists in the Industry this question posed to me and this is basically how the Economist responded. Just remember, even though I am not using the Names, of the Economist nor the Organization, they still must be a bit more PC than I. {Smile}

First, there are a lot of factors that can affect the price of oil on the global markets – weather, news, the value of the dollar against other currencies, war, etc. It’s also very difficult to pinpoint any one reason for a price fluctuation.
Which I do not believe anyone argues. Quite frankly, I could have answered this way myself. The price of a barrel of Oil fluctuates daily for all these factors. But the two instances that BG was asking about, are DRASTIC in nature. We're talking DOLLARS not a few cents here and there.
Second, XXXXXXX {The Economist} compiled some information showing what happened after President Bush announced in 2008 that he would open more US areas to oil production. The price, which was at the near record high of $145.18, fell over the next four days to $128.88. As {The Economist} pointed out, without going back to read all of the other news items that appeared during those days, it’s hard to know whether the president’s statement was the cause of the price decline.
Again, using these numbers from the Experts, we are talking about a $16.30 drop in FOUR DAYS. Just following the mere mention of a President, of who they KNOW he meant it, of using our own resources. Now do not get me wrong here. I'm not disagreeing with our friends in the Energy Field. We are talking to one of the best and well know Economist in the business that knows far more than I about the business. I deal in Logic and reason. They deal in hard numbers and all factors. It just seems that the numbers, Logic, and reason are coinciding here. But I have no hindrances in calling a spade a spade. I have no conflicts of interests in telling the truth. They have to walk a more Political Line being that they work with ANY Administration in Office at any given time. Now what about Obama? When he gave his no new drilling speech?

Third, President Obama announced on March 31, 2010 that he would open new areas to oil production. That day the price rose by $2.50 – which would seem to counter the idea that presidential announcements that appear to promise new supplies tend to push down the price of oil. However, it should be noted that the news media did not pick up on the fact that he also closed Pacific areas to production, so it’s possible that the markets were aware of the full impact of the President’s announcement and acted accordingly.
You see? Knowing the FACTS leads to you a better understanding. Continuing...

Fourth, when President Obama announced the new seven-year ban on offshore drilling in certain areas, the global price of oil climbed about $4.50. At the same time, however, the value of the dollar fell and other announcements occurred that also could have had an impact.

And finally, the Energy Information Administration recently issued its price forecast for 2011, saying that the price of oil is expected to average about $90 a barrel. One of the primary reasons is the increase in demand from China. That announcement also could have affected the markets.
Now of course you would have to understand that when the EIA issues a Forecast, it takes ALL things into consideration. One of which, I would assume, is the Fact that we have a President that everyone KNOWS was never serious about new Drilling, and would and IS doing everything he can to block it.Of course they wrap it up, with the PC disclaimer...
The bottom line: Markets respond to a variety of factors, but the key factor is supply and demand. And it’s important to remember that oil is traded on the global marketplace, making it even more difficult to determine the impact of any president’s remarks on the price.
So there you go BG, and all others that might have been interested in this trend. Of course it is Supply and Demand oriented. As we in this country are in as constant fight, and War if you will for our own Energy Independence, hence the "From the Energy Front" title of this weekly segment, the World moves on. As we continue to oppressively regulate the Energy Industry, Business, and Personal Private lives of our Citizens, the World continues to grow and advance. When you have the most Powerful Person, in complete control of the most Vast Resource of Natural Resources in the World, with the sole authority of Ya or Nay of usage, you HAVE to apply that into the formula.

Now that 2010 is just about over, and the new House is about to take effect, Maybe we can get back to a somewhat resemblance of reality and perhaps start down the road of Sanity, Logic, and Reason. We have to awake from this insane "Green Dream," which ensures that Oil Prices will continue to Rise, and start to wake up to the reality, that not only America, but the World, runs on Oil and Natural Gas. Perhaps we will start to ensure the World that we WILL start using our own resources, adding to the Supply end, that WILL effect the Demand. With this revelation, I have little to no doubt, that the Price at the Pump will decrease to a price that is affordable for all.
Peter

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

The REAL Reason for the Season.


8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
To all of you and to your families.
May you have a Happy and Healthy Holiday.
Peter

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dream Dies, Gays Can Serve In Military

Good day for Gays. Are you ready for a Gay President?

Hey folks

Well, Former President Carter, yeah I know the guy is a Loon, but he thinks you are ready. No. I'm not kidding. According to Newsmax.com - Jimmy Carter: US Ready to Elect Gay President By David A. Patten

Former President Jimmy Carter says U.S. voters have reached the point where they would be willing to elect a gay president “in the near future.”

He said this.

“I think the entire population of America has come tremendous strides forward in dealing with the issue of gays. Step by step we have realized that this issue of homosexuality has the same adverse and progressive elements as when we dealt with the race issue 50 years ago.”

No it really isn't. But he went on to say this in response to the question if he thought that the Voters in this country were ready to Elect a Gay President.

“I would say the answer is yes. I don’t know about next election, but I think in the near future.”

I know some of you are out there saying, "Hell, I would Vote for Micky Mouse, as long as we get Obama outta here." I'm with ya. But it was a Good day for Gays. I know, I know. You know who this is and you know WHAT this is. Glad you could make it. I'm fine, how are you? Back to what I was saying. It was a good day for Gays. According to the AP - Senate votes to end ban on openly gay troops By ANNE FLAHERTY,

WASHINGTON – In a historic vote for gay rights, the Senate agreed on Saturday to do away with the military's 17-year ban on openly gay troops and sent President Barack Obama legislation to overturn the Clinton-era policy known as "don't ask, don't tell."

Obama was expected to sign the bill into law next week, although changes to military policy probably wouldn't take effect for at least several months. Under the bill, the president and his top military advisers must first certify that lifting the ban won't hurt troops' ability to fight. After that, the military would undergo a 60-day wait period.

Repeal would mean that, for the first time in American history, gays would be openly accepted by the armed forces and could acknowledge their sexual orientation without fear of being kicked out.

More than 13,500 service members have been dismissed under the 1993 law.

"It is time to close this chapter in our history," Obama said in a statement. "It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed."

The Senate voted 65-31 to pass the bill, with eight Republicans siding with 55 Democrats and two independents in favor of repeal. The House had passed an identical version of the bill, 250-175, earlier this week.

I guess we will have to wait and see how many Gays will line up to join, how many Straights will refuse to serve with, and if there is ANY effect on anything. There are already Rules and Reg.s for Fraternization and Sexual Relations of ANY kind. So I'm not really sure what the whole point is. However, will the Government now be forced to have THREE Bathrooms, Showers, and Quarters? Do they allow Women to shower with the Men. Are Men confortible with showering with Women? If you have a Gay man, which means that he sees other Men the same as a Women would, would this not fall into the same catagory? Likewise a Lesbian with Women?

Now do not get me wrong here. I do not feel anyone should be discriminated against for ANY Reason, but if I was told I must share living Quarters with, Shower with, go to the bathroom with a Women, I would feel unconfortable. I would feel the same way if I knew the guy standing there looking at me was Gay. Sorry. I would. So what will the Armed Serives have to do to accomidate this? Something to think about.

Comming right up today?

OPNTalk On Hiatus
Duke Lacrosse Accuser Convicted of Child Abuse
Possible Increased Risk For Autism, Freeways?
Protect Yourself Against ID Theft
DLA For Sunday 121910
IWA For Sunday 121910

We'll get to all that in a second. Don't forget, you can follow along on Twitter, join me on Facebook, find me at Tom Sullivan Radio Listener's Club, and if you want to be a part of the OPNTalk Blog, you can always Email me at opntalk@gmail.com. Private stuff remains Private and things are only shared here with express permission of the Sender.

So not only was it a good day for Gays. It was a good day for ALL of us. YOU did it again folks. YOU let your Voices be heard, and the DREAM died. According to Newsmax.com - Republicans Block Youth Immigration Bill Saturday, 18 Dec 2010 11:46 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have blocked a bill to grant hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children a chance to gain legal status if they enroll in college or join the military.

Sponsors of what they call the Dream Act needed 60 Senate votes for it, but fell five short. The House passed the bill last week. It was a last-ditch effort to enact it before it Republicans take control of the House from Democrats in January.

That's right, YOU killed the DREAM Act, AKA another attempt at AMNESTY. Another Hail Mary that flopped. Just like that $1.2 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill, which we learned was written in FEBUARY, the DREAM act was another one of those last ditch efforts to enact more Liberal Loon Dreams. But it's because of YOU, after hearing the TRUTH from the New Media, Radio, Cable, and the Internet, YOU killed both. The EDUCATED electorate. What Jefferson called THE "Cornerstone of Democracy." GOOD Job!

Once again, welcome to the Big Sunday Edition of the OPNTalk Blog. Glad you stopped by today. Going to fill my cup. Be right back.
Peter

Sources:
Newsmax.com - Jimmy Carter: US Ready to Elect Gay President
AP -
Senate votes to end ban on openly gay troops
Newsmax.com -
Republicans Block Youth Immigration Bill

OPNTalk On Hiatus

Will return on Tuesday 122810

Hey folks,

Tis the Week before Christmas. Now December itself is a busy time for me and all of us in the Carlock Household. places to go, people to see, all that stuff. As you can probably tell by my sporadic absence. But the Week before Christmas is the worst. So we are going to simplify things this year. The OPNTalk Blog will be on Hiatus, AKA, Vacation from tomorrow 122010, until Tuesday 122810, when we will go to the end of the year together.

This means two things. First, this will be the last IWA for 2010. There will be no Big Sunday Edition next Week. So when the Big Sunday Edition returns on 010211, we will be awarding the Idiot of the Year, for 2010. So even though I will not be here this Week, I will still be busy going through ALL the IWA Winners for the past year to come up with the Winner of the Idiot of the Year.

Second, that also means that I may be slow to respond to the Emails, opntalk@gmail.com. I'm not saying to stop sending all that great stuff in, but if it takes a day or two to respond, sorry. My Comment Checker and Emails Screener will be on Hiatus as well. But as always, even though I will not be here, that does not mean I'm out of the loop. You know me. You never know, I may pop up any time. {Smile}

Also I would like to take this time, I'm sure that we will post something on Christmas, the Story of, ETC. but I would like to take this time to thank EVERYONE for making this such a GREAT year. I would like to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a VERY Happy and Healthy New Year.

But since the Hiatus doesn't start until the end of today, let's get started. Shall we? Be right back.
Peter

Duke Lacrosse Accuser Convicted of Child Abuse

Did you catch THIS.

Hey folks,

Remember that Stripper that accused the Duke Lacrosse Team of Rape? Well, some of the Duke Lacrosse Team. Remember that Idiot, Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong, who promised to lock those Team Mates up for Rape before there was any evidence whatsoever that a Rape had even occurred? Remember that he Resigned and was Disbarred when the TRUTH came out that this was a Set Up the whole time?

Yes THAT one. The Accuser, Crystal Mangum, is now Convicted, that means GUILTY, of Child Abuse. And pretty much just being who and what she is. A Psycho. According to the Washington Post - Duke lacrosse accuser convicted of child abuse By EMERY P. DALESIO The Associated Press Friday, December 17, 2010; 6:06 PM
DURHAM, N.C. -- A woman who authorities said falsely accused three Duke University lacrosse players of rape four years ago has been found guilty by a North Carolina jury of misdemeanor child abuse and damaging property.

A Durham County jury on Friday convicted 32-year-old Crystal Mangum of contributing to child abuse or neglect, injury to personal property, and resisting a public officer stemming from a February confrontation with her live-in boyfriend. Mangum was sentenced to time already served before she was released on bail earlier this year.

The jury deadlocked 9-3 on a felony arson charge, and Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones declared a mistrial.

Police said Mangum piled her boyfriend's clothing into a bathtub and set it on fire while her three children and two police officers were inside the apartment.
Yup. That poor innocent Victim, of those Rich Privileged White Boys, is now a Convicted Child Abuser. The same poor innocent girl that the Rev.s {Jackson and Sharpton} were quick to come to the side of, play the Race Card, and attempt to convict the INNOCENT Players of a Crime that didn't happen, started a fire in an apartment while there were Kids, and POLICE in the same Apartment, at the same time.

I don't know folks. Can you say Poetic Justice?
Peter

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Possible Increased Risk For Autism, Freeways?

I will not even pretend to understand,,,

Hey folks,

You see it all the time. From being portrayed on TV, in movies, and even in print. Loving Families with a Child born with Autism, and their struggles to deal with it. The situation, not the Child.

Go from the screen to the Supermarket. The Mom shopping, the teenager, standing staring out into space, talking to a bag of chips, wandering around in circles. Some you can see in their faces, such as Down Syndrome. Some you just get the feeling that they are a bit different.

In an ever growing increase in frequency, the Families are torn apart. Most couples you talk to say it simply is too much. Some blame the other. Some feel the other is ashamed of their Child. Some are just not mature enough to deal with it.

I will not even pretend to understand what it would be like. Joshua is 5 and doing GREAT. He is documented to actually be quiet advanced in many areas. He was trying to crawl at just sixteen days, and he is now showing above average intelligence. You can tell just by spending a bit of time with him. His understanding is amazing. If you are not careful, you may forget that you are talking to a 5 year old.

I remember when Laura was Pregnant. I was terrified, just being honest here, that there might be something wrong with him. When he was born, I've shared this before, he had Torticollis. I said this.
My boy, Joshua, the love of my life, has always been a source of great pride. The fact he is so cute, advanced in his intellect (Documented), and just a source of joy that is indescribable, I walk around with him with my chest puffed out with pride. I love when we go somewhere, anywhere, and we are bombarded with strangers coming up to us and talking with us about how great he is. Then the medical condition became worse.

You see folks, Joshua was diagnosed with Torticollis which lead to Plagiocephaly. Because of this, he needs a helmet to be worn 23 hours a day for the next three to four months. As a proud and somewhat egotistical Father, I found and still find this hard to deal with. Now in the back of my mind, I, yes the one who couldn’t care less what people think about him on a normal bases, find myself upset and concerned what people are thinking when they see the helmet.
Well, he is doing GREAT now. No real signs of anything ever being wrong. He even did a stint as a Child Model with One Source Talent out of Miami. But I bring this up because I do remember those feelings. I really can not imagine how I would feel if he had Autism. That doesn't go away. For the most part anyway. Now with Eli due to bless the world with his presence in about three Weeks I find the Hope / Fear once again. As long as he is healthy, I will be, and make sure that he is, happy.

So I understand the need for people to find the Link. The Cause of Autism. Once that is discovered, a Treatment and or Cure , may be discovered. So whenever I see this type of Study, no matter how illogical it may sound, I pay attention. According to US News and World Report - Health Buzz: Autism Risk Linked to Freeway Proximity By Angela Haupt Angela Haupt – Fri Dec 17, 1:56 pm ET Living Close to a Freeway May Increase Autism Risk
Could where you live could increase your child's chances of developing autism? New research suggests babies born to mothers who live close to freeways have double the risk of becoming autistic compared to other kids, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Researchers examined nearly 600 children ages 2 to 5--roughly half of whom had autism-- in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Those whose homes were within 1,000 feet of a freeway at birth appeared to be twice as likely to have autism, though the association didn't extend to major roads. Why freeways and not other highly-trafficked thoroughfares? Perhaps it's because of the type and quantity of the chemicals dispersed, the researchers speculated; in Los Angeles, for example, more than 300,000 cars cross some freeways daily, spewing pollutants. Past studies have linked autism to air pollutants, but the latest findings are the first to connect vehicular pollutants to the disorder.

"This study isn't saying exposure to air pollution or exposure to traffic causes autism," lead researcher Heather Volk of the Saban Research Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles told The Los Angeles Times. "But it could be one of the factors that are contributing to its increase." Reported cases of autism jumped by 57 percent between 2002 and 2006, and about 1 in 110 children now has the disorder.
I never thought living that close to a Freeway is good for ya at any age. Just like all the Studies that have been done, some of which we have talked about, that say those that live in more rural areas that are large and isolated areas of an open country with low population density, are happier than those that live in the Cities. Those that live in the "Countryside" which refers to rural areas that are open. Forest, wetlands, and other areas with a low population density are the Happiest. One of the Biggest reasons is pollution.

Lets face it. Would you rather walk out your front door, stretch out your arms and breath in a deep breath of a dose of fresh clean, Tree filtered Air, with a hint of Floral and or Pine? OR, walk out your front door, stretch out your arms and breath in a good dose of Car Exhaust. Along with many other pollutants that can be found in Big Cities and near Freeways? Yeah. Me too. Not to mention the safety factor.

So could all that pollution be a possible factor in Autism? Sounds Logical to me. But as we just discussed, I would recommend rural areas and Countrysides for a whole host of reasons.
Peter

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Protect Yourself Against ID Theft

Especially this time of year.

Hey folks,

No this is not paid advertising. But it IS good advice. We have all done it. If you have kids, you most likely have done it more than once. See something on TV, or your Kids do, and order it from the number on the screen. Go Online and shop for that unique or last minute gift. Especially this time of year. You are giving your Private Information away to total Strangers. This just hit the Newswire Friday.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Office of Justice Programs:

Survey Highlights Impact of Identity Theft—A recently released survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics finds that an estimated 11.7 million persons, or about five percent of all persons age 16 or older in the United States, were victims of identity theft during the two years prior to being surveyed in 2008.

Financial losses related to identity theft are estimated at more than $17 billion. According to the survey, men and women were equally likely to experience identity theft; however, a greater percentage, or 6 percent, of persons ages 16 to 24 were victims of at least one type of identity theft compared to 3.7 percent of persons age 65 or older.

Also, the survey found that persons living in households with an income of $75,000 or higher were more likely to experience identity theft than persons in households with lower incomes.

The survey found that the majority of victims, or 68 percent, reported the identity theft to a bank or credit card company and about 17 percent of identity theft victims reported the incident to a law enforcement agency. These and other survey findings are discussed in Victims of Identity Theft, 2008 (NCJ 231680). The data in the report is from the 2008 Identity Theft Supplement (ITS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) which surveyed more than 56,000 persons age 16 or older in the United States about identity theft. http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/

Nomination Period for Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Opens—The Bureau of Justice Assistance is accepting nominations until Feb. 15, 2011, for the Federal Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery and the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery.

BJA administers this program created by the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-298) to recognize acts of bravery performed between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2010, by federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers nominated by their agency's leadership. Additional information about the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery and nomination materials are available at www.ojp.gov/BJA/CBOB.

Paper Offers Management Strategies for Police Departments—In Making Policing More Affordable: Managing Costs and Measuring Value in Policing, San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon and Harvard Kennedy School Senior Research Associate Todd Foglesong suggest strategies to help agencies reduce their costs while managing demand and revaluing and re-engineering policing.

This paper is the third in a series prepared by the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety, a roundtable of leaders in law enforcement and academia funded by the National Institute of Justice and managed by the Harvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice and Policy and Management. http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/231096.pdf
http://www.hks.harvard.edu/programs/criminaljustice/research-publications/executive-sessions OJP11047

SOURCE Office of Justice Programs
However, there IS something you can do about it. It's called Lifelock. This is from their Site.
The fact is, your personal information is vulnerable to falling into the wrong hands. If you shop online, have a credit card account, a bank account, a job-your personal information is out there. If your personal information is used fraudulently, you may not find out about it for months or even longer, depending on how closely you monitor your credit report. At LifeLock, we help protect you against more than just credit fraud, we alert you whenever we detect your personal information being used to apply for wireless services, retail credit, utilities, mortgage loans within our extensive network.
No one can prevent Identity Theft from happening completely, but with Lifelock, you have a $1 Million Service Guarantee
What are the details of LifeLock's $1 Million Total Service Guarantee? LifeLock works to help stop identity theft before it happens by taking proactive steps to reduce your risk. But if you become a victim of identity theft while you are a LifeLock member because of some failure or defect in our service, contact us and we will act on your behalf to repair any damage. We will spend up to $1 million to hire lawyers, investigators, consultants and whatever else it takes to restore your name and help you recover the direct losses from the identity theft.
For only $10 Bucks a month, you can feel confident that you are NOT one of those 11.7 million people that have had their Identity stolen. $10 Bucks folks. For about the price of ONE Pack of Cigarettes, you can feel safe, knowing that someone is watching your back. Lifelock. Just go to their Website, and check it out for yourself. Believe me, Laura {My Wife} can tell you all about ID Theft.
Peter

DLA For Sunday 121910

For showing TRUE Christmas Spirit.

Hey folks,

Jack "the Bike Man" Hairston gave away between 500 and 600 bikes to needy children Saturday morning, December 18, 2010. Here, some people still wait in lines while other children take their bikes for a spin despite the sudden downpour.
That's right folks, 600 Bikes. FREE. Jack "the Bike Man" Hairston has had his Bike Yard broken into numerous times, and just recovered from being beaten less than a year ago. But according to the Palm Beach Post - Rain doesn't deter kids from bike giveaway By Laura Green Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Updated: 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010

Less than a year after he was beaten outside his bike shop, left with a broken wrist and nose and a moment's thought of giving up his charity work, Jack "the Bike Man" Hairston is back.

This morning, Hairston and volunteers began giving away more than 500 used bikes to children from a warehouse off Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach.

After he was attacked, Hairston left the country, fled to Guatemala to "get my head screwed back on."

But he returned after only 10 days, committing to continue collecting donated bikes and repairing them for his annual giveaway.

"I knew I was coming back because as much as it angered me and frustrated me, the kids they scream at me, they need help," Hairston said. "You have to look at them and help them."

Hairston started the giveaway in the 1990s.

On Saturday, wearing a Santa hat, he watched the children choose their bikes, a smile plastered across his face.

Some children stood in line for more than two hours to get their chance to select from the messy rows of bikes laying atop one another. They waited as the rain began to fall. Some fled to cars when it began to pour.

Twins Victor and Erick Hernandez said they didn't mind standing two hours in line.

"It was worth it because we have bikes and they're old," Victor said. "We want new ones."

There were Dora, Barbie, Disney princess and plenty of girlie looking pink and purple bikes with pom poms hanging from the handle bars.

Boys has plenty of sporting looking options, with flames and tough designs on the metal. Victor chose one painted with the word Rocket. Erick picked a silver bike.

~
laura_green@pbpost.coms
Now THAT is the Christmas Spirit. Congratulations Jack "the Bike Man" Hairston, you ARE the Winner of the Display of Logic Award. You are the epitome of "better to give than receive." A clear example of what this Season should be all about. Giving unto others, and the rewards you receive from doing so. Keep up the good works. You truly ARE an inspiration.
Peter

Sources:
Palm Beach Post - Rain doesn't deter kids from bike giveaway

IWA For Sunday 121910

If he BELIEVED it, said it before, he would have won....

Hey folks,

Yes. If he BELIEVED it, said it before, he would have won the Logic Award. But he doesn't believe it, said the complete opposite, and so he wins the IWA. Time to wrap things up with the LAST IWA for 2010.

They are all saying it. It was a great Victory for Obama. All the LWL {Left Wing Looneys}, the State Run MMD {Mass Media Drones}, they're all saying it. The extension of the "Bush era Tax RATES, is a huge victory for Obama."

What happened since Obama was telling us that one of his top priorities is to let the "Bush era Tax CUTS on the Rich expire." What happened since Obama said that we HAVE to "Spread the Wealth around." For YEARS the LWL have told us that the way to increase revenue is to raise Taxes. Nearly ALL of the Taxes we pay were enacted by Liberals. I'm not kidding. Look it up. I'm saying in the HISTORY of this Country in total. But NOW? NOW? Now they want to take credit for it? For NOT Raising Taxes? They want to be thought of of Brilliant? Well, the Leadership and Obama want to take credit for it, even though their Liberal Base is not happy. On Friday, Forbes Online declared the Bill

“the single most damaging measure for the U.S. federal budget deficit that Congress has produced in years.”
But that didn't stop the House, after the "Show" from passing this 277-148. The Loons are feeling jilted by the Liberal Leaders and Obama.

I was getting into my Vehicle on Friday and I heard the Assistant Majority Leader, Senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, on the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show say this.

"The nature of a compromise is to give up some things so that the other side will do the same, and that's what happened. The president has a big victory here. It's big because it means there won't be a tax increase at the first of the year, which could have hurt our economy. Unemployment benefits are going out to help millions of people across this country, and we're giving businesses some breaks to help that they will be able to stabilize and build their own employee workforce in the process."
There are so many things wrong with this statement that it's hard to figure where to start.

"The president has a big victory here." No he doesn't. He RAN on the fact he was going to let the "Bush Tax Cuts Expire on the Rich." He said all the way up to the Compromise between VP Biden and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, that he was not going to accept a "Tax Cut for Billionaires." Now this is a Big Victory?

"It's big because it means there won't be a tax increase at the first of the year, which could have hurt our economy." This goes AGAINST EVERYTHING that the Left have been telling us for YEARS. Tax cuts bring in and increase Revenue. Tax Cuts HURT the Economy. Hell, they blame the Bush Tax Cuts as the main reason we are in this mess today, yet NOW "It's big because it means there won't be a tax increase at the first of the year, which could have hurt our economy." That is TRUE, but our Idiot doesn't MEAN it. He never said it before. As a matter of fact, he has said the opposite.

"Unemployment benefits are going out to help millions of people across this country." That's true. It will help them stay Unemployed for up to something like Three Years now. THAT adds to the Deficit and Debt. Extension of the Tax Rates would have cost NOTHING Stand Alone.

"we're giving businesses some breaks to help that they will be able to stabilize and build their own employee workforce in the process." Yeah they can now write off new technologies. New Machines. Some in Business have been waiting for this. Now they can buy NEW Machines and write off the cost, INSTEAD of hiring new Employees that they still have no idea what the long term costs will be with Obamacare, ETC. It will help Business, but I doubt it will help the Unemployment Lines.

Congratulation Dick Durbin, for coming out and making such an asinine statement that we all know runs completely opposite from what you have said in the pass, and attempting to share credit with Obama for the Bush Tax Cuts, you ARE the Idiot of the Week. Now, why do you not come out and tell us what else you would like to take credit for. Perhaps the success of the Tea Party Movement,,Wait! Actually, with that one, you probably could. {Smile}

That's it folks. We are outta here. Wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas and Hoping it is a Happy and Healthy one for you and yours. See you back here on December 28th as we close out the year together.
Peter

Sources:
Forbes - Congress Sends Tax Bill To Obama
Rush Limbaugh

Friday, December 17, 2010

Congress Extends Bush Tax Rates, Omnibus Spending Bill Dead

Now you KNOW how January will go at HR Block.

Hey folks,

Happy Friday to ya. We will put off the Friday From the Emails until the Big Sunday Show this week. Something that effects EVERY American happened at right around 12am this morning. Congress passes extension of Bush tax rates.

We will be talking about this and the $1.2 Trillion `Omnibus' US Spending Bill on Sunday, since it's DEAD, there is no rush. I wanted to let you know that they have passed THIS, and now we await the President's Signature. According to The Washington Post - Congress passes extension of Bush-era tax cuts By Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, December 17, 2010; 12:40 AM

Congress approved the most significant tax bill in nearly a decade late Thursday, overcoming liberal resistance to continue for two more years tax breaks enacted under president George W. Bush and to provide a fresh boost of federal support to the tepid economic recovery.

The package, brokered by President Obama and Republican leaders in the wake of the November elections, angered many Democrats, who have long argued that the Bush tax cuts were skewed to benefit the wealthy. But their last-minute campaign to scale back the bill's benefits for taxpayers at the highest income levels failed, and the House passed the measure 277 to 148, with 112 Democrats and 36 Republicans voting "no."

"This bill, the president of the United States believes and I believe, will have a positive effect on the economy," said House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.). "I will vote for this bill because I don't want to see middle-income working people in America get a tax increase, because I think that will be a depressant on an economy that needs to be lifted up."

The $858 billion package
It's NOT $858 Billion. Close to $700 doesn't exist. It's NOT there, never was there. It's NOT REAL. {Sigh}

now goes to the White House. With his signature, expected as soon as Friday, Obama will prevent taxes from rising on New Year's Day for virtually every American household. The measure also will guarantee unemployed workers in hard-hit states up to 99 weeks of jobless benefits through the end of next year. And it will create major new incentives for business and consumer spending in 2011, including a two-percentage-point reduction in the Social Security payroll tax that would let workers keep as much as $2,136.

The package breezed through the Senate earlier this week on a vote of 81 to 19, giving Obama his strongest bipartisan victory on a major initiative since he took office. Opposition in the House crumpled in the face of that overwhelming showing, though House liberals insisted on offering an alternative that would levy a higher tax on estates than the Obama-GOP compromise will impose. That effort failed shortly before midnight, 194 to 233.

Obama administration officials Thursday night hailed the bill's passage. "We had a responsibility to protect middle class families from a tax increase that would have hit their paychecks and harmed the recovery," Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said in a statement. "And while we do not agree on everything in this legislation . . . this legislation is good for growth, good for jobs, good for working and middle class families, and good for businesses looking to invest and expand their workforce."

Liberals opposed the deal in part because
They are Insane Loons. Uh, I mean, Liberals. THEY are the reason that this costs ANYTHING at all. All they had to do was say, "Do you agree to extend the Tax Rates As they are? Yes or No?" They Vote Yes, NOTHING CHANGES. No money is lost or gained. Nothing happens. Anyway,,

they believe the temporary extension of the Bush breaks would eventually become permanent, setting lower tax rates far into the future. That would increase pressure on lawmakers to cut spending as a way of reducing record federal budget deficits, placing a host of cherished social programs in jeopardy.
Wait, WHAT? Read that again. Sorry for interrupting.

Liberals opposed the deal in part because they believe the temporary extension of the Bush breaks would eventually become permanent, setting lower tax rates far into the future. That would increase pressure on lawmakers to cut spending as a way of reducing record federal budget deficits, placing a host of cherished social programs in jeopardy.
Hey at least they are honest here. Liberals are unhappy because this might make them fiscally responsible. They may have to cut their out of control spending and they are not happy about THAT. {Laughing} They are actually mad that this will not allow them to STEAL YOUR money to GIVE to others.

But for Obama, the two-year window represents an opportunity to tackle the ambitious task of overhauling the federal tax code. By sunsetting current policies immediately after the 2012 presidential election, lawmakers in both parties said the measure sets a natural timetable for developing a tax-reform plan - an essential step toward reining in the rising national debt.

Obama placed numerous calls to House Democrats this week to urge their support for the deal, and got an earful in return. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said he told the president that one of his concerns was that "these tax cuts would not end in 2012, because in an election year, I think it's very, very difficult" to raise taxes.

Obama replied that the fate of the Bush tax cuts "would be part of his platform when he ran," Cummings said. "So it should be very interesting."

Republicans, too, have been pressing for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts as a bridge to tax reform. Like the last major tax overhaul in 1986, a new rewrite is likely to take years to draft and push through Congress. But White House officials have been encouraged by the level of engagement from Republicans, who will hold 47 seats in the Senate and take control of the House in January.

Key lawmakers in both parties have embraced a deficit-reduction plan produced by Obama's fiscal commission, which includes a tax overhaul that would lower rates across the board but raise additional revenue by closing dozens of long-standing loopholes, such as the mortgage-interest deduction claimed by many homeowners. Meanwhile, the relative ease with which Obama and the GOP were able to strike a deal over the Bush cuts has raised hopes on both sides for productive talks in the future.

"This is consensus on a very intractable issue: What do we do about expiring tax policy?" said Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the incoming chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, who was party to the tax negotiations. Camp, who has made comprehensive tax reform a top priority, said the talks were significant not only because of the policy that emerged "but also because of the process of coming together and reaching an agreement."

"I am very encouraged by what the president has been saying publicly. They do want to begin," Camp said. "And that is a big thing."

The bipartisan tax talks had another benefit: Unlike the pork-laden, $1.2 trillion annual spending bill that was jettisoned in the Senate late Thursday, the tax bill is virtually free of unrelated add-ons. Negotiators, in fact, excluded more than 70 temporary programs from the bill, including federal subsidies for state and local borrowing known as Build America Bonds, a sales tax deduction for new cars and trucks, a property tax deduction for people who don't itemize on their tax returns and an exemption from taxes for the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits. All those provisions will be allowed to expire.

Although Democrats were unhappy with the deal, Obama negotiated with Republicans only after Democratic lawmakers refused for months to address the issue of the expiring Bush tax cuts, raising alarm at the White House. Economists said a partisan standoff could have wreaked havoc on the economy by increasing withholding in virtually every worker's paycheck, raising taxes by about $3,000 next year on a typical family, according to White House estimates.

The concern was so great that Obama ultimately decided to break his long-standing vow to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of taxpayers. But with unemployment stuck near 10 percent, he was able to negotiate a big new dose of support for the economy, which Republicans had vowed to oppose.

In addition to the payroll tax holiday, Obama won a $57 billion extension of emergency unemployment benefits that will keep the program, which expired last month, alive through the end of next year. Republicans also agreed to support the largest temporary investment incentive in U.S. history, which permits businesses to deduct 100 percent of equipment purchases in the 2011 tax year.

For Democratic lawmakers, the most objectionable provision was a deal to reinstate the estate tax at 35 percent and to exempt estates worth as much as $5 million. Republicans have long argued that what some call the "death tax" is a threat to family farms and small businesses, though the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that only 100 family farms and small businesses paid the tax in 2009, when a more restrictive $3.5 million exemption was in effect.

The votes Thursday night were likely the final major legislative actions by the House Democratic majority, a low note following the party's landslide losses last month. Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-N.Y.) called the estate tax provision "an atrocious giveaway in a nation riddled with debt and unemployment." And Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), one of the defeated Democrats, delivered an impassioned speech before the vote, ending with the question "How much debt is enough?"
The "Payroll Tax Holiday," actually a 4 percent reduction, the $57 Billion Extension of emergency Unemployment Benefits, and Business Deductions, are what costs ANYTHING. So at the most, if the estimates are correct, this Bill costs around $155 Billion. Which can EASILY be made up with the NEW Congress cutting some spending.

Now that the New $1.2 Trillion `Omnibus' US Spending Bill is dead, {Bloomberg - Republican Opposition Kills $1.2 Trillion `Omnibus' U.S. Spending Measure} we may be able to get back to business here. Still just a few days left. I say shut down Congress. Go home for the Holidays. The Adults are coming. Let's hope the do much better.
Peter

Sources:
The Washington Post - Congress passes extension of Bush-era tax cuts

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Oil Going Up, President Clinton Addresses Tax Deal

Obama Bails,

Hey folks,

Happy Sunday to ya. Yes, this IS the Big Sunday Edition of the OPNTalk Blog. I AM Peter Carlock, your Provocateur of Thought himself. Hello. How are you today? If you are like me, you are both Happy and a bit annoyed.

Did you notice the Oil Prices going up? Did ya? I bet you did. According to the AP - IEA lifts oil demand forecasts on US, Asian growth, which means that it will continue to go up, as our Economy remains horrible.

PARIS – The International Energy Agency on Friday raised its forecast for global oil demand for 2010 and 2011, citing stronger-than-expected consumption in North America and emerging Asian countries, especially China

The Paris-based agency noted that under such conditions OPEC could come under pressure next year to boost supply.

Global demand next year should hit 88.8 million barrels a day, 260,000 daily barrels more than previously expected, the agency said. The IEA also raised its 2010 estimate to 87.4 million barrels a day, up 130,000 daily barrels from its previous forecast.

Oil has hovered in the upper-$80s this week — reaching a two-year high of $90.76 on Tuesday — as traders have gauged how much global crude demand may grow in 2011.
And AFTER Obama said no new Drilling for seven years.
Officials of the 12-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are likely to leave the group's production quotas unchanged at Saturday's meeting in Ecuador, the IEA said in its latest monthly report.

"Pre-meeting statements by OPEC ministers suggest the group is planning on a quick agreement to roll over existing output targets," said the report from the agency, which is the energy arm of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a grouping of the world's richest nations.



Which is what they did. So they will not be increasing the Supply, even though the Demand is increasing. One main reason. They know no one else, meaning US, will. Think about that. We have more natural resources here in this country and off our coasts than in the ENTIRE Middle East. We could, within a Year or Two, be increasing the Supply using our own Resources, if we did not have a President willing to sacrifice the Poor in this country to achieve his goal of Greener Alternatives.

But we do. We will not be Drilling. We will be Paying Higher Prices. As orchestrated by Obama and Crew. Thank you Obama.

Coming right up today?

$1 Trillion In New Spending Not Real
Now It's Official, Cigarettes Should Be Banned
DLA for Sunday 121210
IWA For Sunday 121210

All that in a second. First, did you catch this? President Clinton gave a speech on the Tax Extension Agreement. No, I did not misspeak. I mean President Clinton. What about OBAMA? Well, he bailed. Check out the VIDEO here.

According to Real Clear Politics - Obama Ditches Tax Cut Presser, Bill Clinton Takes Control

Former President Bill Clinton gave a statement after his meeting with President Obama about his tax compromise with the Republicans. 


However, after his statement, Clinton began to call on and take questions from the press with Obama at his side. Obama leaves promptly after a few moments and said he had to see Michelle, as he was keeping her "waiting."



"I don't want to make her mad, please go," Clinton told Obama.


And he left. The Video is funny to watch. First, you will notice how small Obama really looks. President Clinton looks like Dad coming to bailout the Child who is in trouble. Then when Obama actually leaves, he looks incompetent. Maybe he's just whipped, but Presidential he looks not.

Anyway, don't forget you can follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and Tom Sullivan Radio Listener's Club. If you want to be part of the OPNTalk Blog, or contact me for any reason, the Email is as always opntalk@gmail.com.

Once again, glad you made it by today. Going to fill my cup, see you right back here in just a few seconds.
Peter

Sources:
AP - IEA lifts oil demand forecasts on US, Asian growth
Real Clear Politics - Obama Ditches Tax Cut Presser, Bill Clinton Takes Control

$1 Trillion In New Spending Not Real

Tax Rate Deal.

Hey folks,

I'm getting more and more annoyed as time goes on with this whole mess and I know you are too. I AM angry with the Republican Leadership, of whom is still the Country Club Blue Blood Types, that do not seem to have gotten the message. I'm upset with every News Outlet out there LYING about the new cost. But I'm even more upset with the Democrats.

First, it was all over the Radio, on TV, in Print, ETC. The new number is $1 TRILLION in new spending. Truth is, it doesn't have to cost a DIME. All they have to do is extend the Bush Tax RATES. That's all they have to do. It's not Tax Cuts. It's not an addition to the Deficient or Debt. It didn't exist for the last ten years, the $6 to $700 Billion, that everyone wants to keep throwing out there. It is not REAL. But we covered all that.

Problem is, there IS a cost now that both sides have started to add to, and condone the addition of, the Extension Bill. You have an Ethanol Subsidy, which is estimated to cost about $5 billion through 2011. Then $65 Billion in Unemployment Extensions. There are more being debated, and some are saying the cost is now about $855 Billion. That is counting what we already discussed to not be real of around $700 Billion in the extension of the Bush "Tax Cuts." So take that away, I count $70 Billion, some count $155 Billion in Pork.

Again, all they would have to do is extend the Rates, and it would cost NOTHING. But the Old Guard, both in the Democrat Party, and the Republicans, feel that the only way to get the deal done is BUY the Votes from those on the other side of the Isle. Basically, Politics as usual.

Here is why I'm getting more and more Ticked. Just the fact that the Old Guard in the Republican Leadership, who is doing everything they can, from filling support staff positions for the Newbies, the CONSERVATIVES who are arriving, with Yes People and Old Guard Republicans, to attempting to do as much as they can PRIOR to the Newbies arriving officially, do not seem to get what the Election meant. The Election was crystal Clear. NO MORE POLITICS AS USUAL. Here is what that means.

No more Governing against the Will of the People.
Smaller, less intrusive Government.
Cuts in Spending. No more Pork. No more Buying Votes.
Repeal and Defeat of the Liberal Agendas.

What it did not mean, was that we want a change in Leadership with R's after their names. We want TRUE Change. We do not want compromise. We want Conservatism. We do not want Washington to change Management, then operate under the same Rules it has been operating under for YEARS.

Am I willing to accept and go along with this Deal. Even if it means adding $70 to $155 Billion more? YES. Because my hope is, that come January, we will get more Chris Christies. We will get more Jim DeMints. We will get TRUE, and BOLD Conservatives in power that will GOVERN with Conservative Values. That we will have a House that will not be bought off, Shamed into, or intimidated into going along with the Blue Blood Country Club, Washington Elites. That what we will get is REAL Conservatives, that are ready to and willing to, make the tough decisions and CUT Government Spending. We can EASILY make up this little addition to the Debt and Deficient, by repeals, and better Budgeting and Spending.

Look, the Tax Rates HAVE to be extended. If that means that the Unemployment is as well, so be it. We can and BETTER Fix the more costly things in the VERY Near Future. I still have faith in those that we have Elected. Let's give them time to take office and lets see if they are up to the Job.
Peter