Obama surrenders Internet to “global community”

March 14, 2014

With today’s historic announcement, Lawrence E. Strickling,  Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information acknowledges the United States has agreed to cede control of the authoritative root zone file, which contains all names and addresses of all top-level domain names.

To support and enhance the multi-stakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announces its intent to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multi-stakeholder community.  As the first step, NTIA is asking the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).  Read the rest of the administration’s press release.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA.) tweeted, “What is the global internet community that Obama wants to turn the internet over to? This risks foreign dictatorships defining the internet.”

‘Ya think?


Talking Obamacare with liberal loyalist Gillibrand

November 18, 2013

Bobs and weaves, admits the lie

Appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” New York Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand admitted that Democrats knew full well that Americans would lose their health insurance plans through the implementation of Obamacare.

When asked by guest host Martha Raddatz whether Democrats were misled by President Obama about whether Americans would be able to keep their individual insurance plans, Gillibrand answered: “He should’ve just been specific. No, we all knew.” (Video clip)

Gillibrand admitted the redistributive underpinning of Obamacare was the point of the program; so anyone claiming ignorance is not telling the truth.

This is directly from the show’s transcript:

RADDATZ:  Let me ask you this, I want to go back to this implementation, because we can’t quite go forward yet. Did you feel misled by Obama?

GILLIBRAND:  He should have just been more specific, because the point is if you’re offered by a terrible health care plan that the minute you get sick, you’re going to have to go into bankruptcy, those plans should never be offered.

RADDATZ:  So, were you misled?

GILLIBRAND:  He should have just been specific. No, we all knew, the whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy.

RADDATZ: But we’re talking about leadership here and trust. What does this all say about President Obama’s leadership these past few weeks? He fell on his sword but he’s missed that sword a couple of times.

GILLIBRAND:  Well, no one is more disappointed in the implementation issues than President Obama and he has taken full responsibility for the mistakes and the lack of getting this system up and running when it was supposed to be up and running.

Liberal loyalists speak the indignantly righteous language of Obamese. There are no translation services.


Hon. Russell Pearce’s letter illuminates solar power issue

November 2, 2013

Dear Conservative Friends:

I’m writing you today about a critical issue facing our state.

You may have heard or seen some stories recently about the future of solar power in the State of Arizona. A group pretending to be conservative Republicans and speaking for conservative Republicans statewide have been trying to stop the Arizona Corporation Commission from reforming solar “net metering.”

Net metering is a technical term for a rule that forces utility companies to pay solar customers for excess power their solar panels produce at a higher rate than the market dictates. Another major problem is that net metering forces homeowners that don’t use rooftop solar to pay for those that do. Even worse, this benefits California solar companies, like SolarCity, by forcing you to subsidize their profits.

This is unfair.

The group, led by Barry Goldwater, Jr., is trying to convince Arizona residents that subsidizing solar companies at the expense of non-solar customers is a good idea. The real money behind this scheme are the same California solar companies that are currently under investigation by the federal government and are being sued in a class-action lawsuit in that same state.

And who are the biggest cheerleaders behind this solar net metering scam? Barack Obama and the ultra-liberal Sierra Club. That’s right. Barack Obama’s advocacy group, Organizing for America, and the Sierra Club have come out in full support of this net metering scheme.

What self-respecting “Republican” would ally himself with the likes of Obama and the Sierra Club? If you like what Obama did for healthcare you will love what these folks will do for Arizona taxpayers.

The Arizona Corporation Commission will soon decide this issue. It is critical for us as conservatives to let the all-Republican Arizona Corporation Commission know we are opposed to Barry Goldwater, Jr.’s scheme to line the pockets of corrupt California companies at the expense of Arizona ratepayers and to reform net metering now.

The real conservative position is this: if you want solar panels on your rooftop, go ahead. But don’t make your neighbor pay for it!

What Barry Goldwater, Jr. and his allies support will increase your utility rates. No doubt about it. Instead of trying to compete in the marketplace, these solar companies are looking for a handout!

Please join me today in urging the Arizona Corporation Commission to fix net metering so that it’s fair for all Arizonans!

Remember, the Arizona Corporation Commission will be voting on this issue in the next couple of weeks. Please email the five elected Republican Commissioners and tell them to stand up for fairness and oppose the Obama/Sierra Club/Goldwater scheme by reforming net metering now. I have included the Commissioner’s names and email addresses below.

Let’s make sure our voice as true conservative Republicans is made loud and clear.

Thank you for taking the time to do this. Together we can protect Arizona ratepayers and their pocketbooks from these California companies’ schemes!

Sincerely,

Senator Russell Pearce

Contact the Arizona Corporation Commission today! Time is running out!

(email addresses follow names)

Commissioner Brenda Burns
Burns-web@azcc.gov

Commissioner Bob Burns
RBurns-web@azcc.gov

Commissioner Susan Bitter Smith
BitterSmith-web@azcc.gov

Commissioner Gary Pierce
Pierce-web@azcc.gov

Chairman Bob Stump
Stump-web@azcc.gov


Laura Ingraham is the bear in Matt Salmon’s stream

October 29, 2013

In this scathing piece, Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ CD-5) is exposed as an amnesty waffler who did little other than waver, evade and reverse himself  in his discussion with syndicated talk show host Laura Ingraham. He is described as “revealing his naiveté to both the political realities facing the House, and the market realities which confront struggling American workers.”

Read “Laura grills Salmon on his support for going to conference on immigration reform.”

It’s a stretch to believe that Salmon is naive regarding congressional machinations. Before being elected to represent the East Valley district in 2012, he previously served as U.S. Representative from 1995 to 2001 He knows the drill.

Listen as Ingraham opens with a brief June discussion with Marco Rubio and then moves to this interview (audio) with Matt Salmon. Ingraham begins by warning Salmon he is in a “cliché free zone” — meaning no “system is broken,” “people need to come out of the shadows,” “we can’t deport 12 million people.”

Despite the still too high American unemployment, Salmon continues to push for H-1B guest workers, “I’d like to get something done,” he tells Ingraham. When questioned about whether it would be reckless to flood the labor market with additional workers given the already exorbitant rate of unemployment, Salmon was flippant, saying. “There are so many people in our country who would rather sit on public assistance than work.” Ingraham pointedly asked Salmon whether he was calling  American people lazy. Salmon dodged, trying to reconfigure the comment. But Ingraham continued to press him on the issue, highlighting the flaws in his argument and explaining how such assertions, especially when expressed by politicians who are supposed to be advocates of the people, serve only to threaten the well-being of hardworking Americans.

Currently American citizens with college degrees in fields requiring specific technological skills are seeking work in record numbers. More educated young adults than ever before are still living with their parents.  Why would Matt Salmon think it necessary to import foreign competition?


HHS’s Sebelius to U.S. taxpayers: I don’t work for you

October 25, 2013

Watch and listen to Her Arrogance, Kathleen Sebelius:

A group of 33 Congressional Republicans signed onto this letter to President Obama, requesting that he call for the resignation of Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Her ineptness has made signing up for the required health coverage mandated by the federal implementation of Obamacare impossible for millions of Americans. The White House has released few numbers, saying that  there have been 20 million visits to the website and half a million applications submitted. Time magazine’s conclusions are likely more accurate.

To date the best estimate of the setup costs of the inadequately tested and flaw-plagued system is nearly $500 million.

“The scope of the problem is so great that, were this a private company or military command, the CEO or general would have been fired,” the members of congress wrote. “We are, therefore, calling on you to hold Secretary Sebelius accountable for the fiasco that is HealthCare.gov and ask for her resignation.”


Obamacare scandal: tax $$ fund H-1B visa workers, offshore jobs

October 1, 2013

Technical glitches hamper Obamacare enrollment

The problem-plagued government takeover of American’s health care doesn’t officially take effect until Jan. 1, though mandatory compliance will be in full force March 31 as new federal requirements compel all Americans to carry health insurance or face fines.

Yet those trying to sign up on Healthcare.gov were instead met with error messages including one warning the “system is down” and another claiming too many people are flooding the site.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pleaded with reporters to “cut [her] some slack,” as she weakly acknowledged there “would probably be some site issues.” in the coming days and weeks as Obamacare moves forward.

Sebelius skirted the issue that many of the “consumer guides” or “navigators” hired to help people sign up for coverage aren’t even certified to do so. That might be due to the fact that English is not their native language. In this 2-page report, Computerworld recently exposed the massive outsourcing  of these jobs to offshore companies, such as Infosys, a major Indian technology conglomerate, which received 5,600 approvals last year.  Infosys recently announced that it had won a $49.5 million contract to develop a health benefit exchange for the District of Columbia. Washington Business Journal reports the award has the potential worth of $86 million to Infosys’ subsidiary Infosys Ltd.

Cognizant Technology Solutions, based in Teaneck, N.J., but with worldwide operations,  conducts a major share of its work overseas. It has been one of the largest users of H-1B visas, getting more than 9,000 approvals last year, according to government records. A $71.4 million IT contract was awarded to Cognizant, which ranks in the top seven for procuring H-1B visa workers.

Illinois’ Democrat Gov. Patrick Quinn circumvented a three-year procurement process on up to $190 million in no-bid IT contracts, allowing Medicaid Management Information System to outsource state jobs to India.

Adam Andrzejewski, who heads Open the Books Project, a group urging transparency in public spending, reports that visa workers will be used in multiple states including the Illinois Medicaid systems project. He pointed to the state’s high unemployment as one reason why using such workers is flawed policy. The staggering Illinois statewide unemployment rate is 9.2%, the second highest in the U.S.

As full-time employment continue to elude American workers — rates worsened by skittish businesses uncertain of the ramifications of Obamacare — the outrage over the fed’s outsourcing of jobs as it overreaches into our personal healthcare decisions, should be palpable.

Even the left-of-center Huffington Post acknowledges the dire situation.


Unprincipled McCain admits amnesty deception to unionists

July 31, 2013

Border surge?  What surge?

John McMaverick, the driving force behind the Gang of 8, partnered with Democrats and squish Republicans to push an amnesty bill through the Senate. In his zeal to advance it, he even voted for an amendment that would spend $46 billion on new border security measures, while doubling the size of the Border Patrol. Now he says that “could be adjusted.”

Arizona conservatives know that believing anything this man says is folly. He lies as easily as honest men speak the truth. McCain now admits the plan was simply a subterfuge intended to secure Republican votes.

“I’ll give you a little straight talk,” the forked-tongued one told attendees at an AFL-CIO immigration forum on Tuesday. “We don’t need 20,000 additional border patrol agents,” calling a path to citizenship “a fundamental element.” Singling out border security parts as an example, he said, “The rest of it could be adjusted.”

“I voted for it so friends of mine would have comfort that we are securing the border,” McCain cunningly admitted. “But the real securing of the border is with technology as opposed to individuals.”

More double talk from the master of the maneuver. We’ve been led down that path before.

McCain told the unionists there is a “good chance of convincing” House Republicans that allowing illegal aliens to earn their citizenship is the right thing to do. The question remains, why would unions be aligned with a proposal to bring in millions of workers to compete against their own members in a still struggling labor market?

As the amnesty monstrosity moves through congress, GOP members are being strong-armed by the establishment elite representing pro-amnesty business interests seeking low wage labor. They are led by the chambers of commerce which represent large donors and long-time amnesty aficionado Karl Rove, who is intent on decimating conservative activists — over whom he has no control.

On the opposite side of the divide are the vocal home district voters and grassroots Republican precinct committeemen who oppose rewarding lawbreakers and believe that citizenship is achieved through a legal process open to those who view America as “the shining city on a hill,” as Ronald Reagan so eloquently stated it. Actual immigrants choose to become acclimated Americans and regard this great nation as their home rather than a place to exploit and overtake. America welcomes educated, legal immigrants who contribute to our economy and desire to become part of the fabric of our country.

Spewing deception, McCain told the union leaders, “Every poll I have seen and I have seen hundreds, shows well over 70% of the American people support a path to citizenship. They support a path to citizenship because they realize this is an issue of 11 million people (more accurate numbers under link) who are living shadows, who are deprived of their rights and can’t live normal lives and are not going back to where they came from.”

Even McCain’s blanket amnesty isn’t good enough for Hispanic advocacy groups expressing outrage at even the liberal Senate bill. They fictitiously call U.S. efforts at border security “border militarization.”

Michelle Malkin describes  how illegal aliens are treated in Mexico Then watch this telling interview:


US Rep. Steve King exposes ‘Gang of 8′ deceivers

May 15, 2013

844 page amnesty bill: “Being stampeded without enough scrutiny”

Plain spoken conservative Congressman Steve King is, without a doubt, the man many Arizonans would eagerly take in trade for our two double-talking, Democrat-colluding ‘Gang of 8‘ U.S. Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake.

No waffler, the Iowa Republican even posts his voting record on his website for all to see.

On the issue of “immigration” McCain’s site has a pull-down linking to Homeland Security, with no actual position — but crammed with staffer-written press releases dating back to 1999.  Jeff Flake evasively has no issues page at all, though following his McMentor, has press releases. 

No big surprise, neither of these two have their votes recorded. Here’s the deception you won’t read on Flake’s sanitized site. And not a single word about the $6.3 trillion price tag of implementing this mammoth and deliberate destruction of the Republican Party, known innocuously as S 744 

Another honorable statesman, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) says illegals now in the United States should not be allowed to get green cards or become citizens until the dangerous visa entry-exit system is fixed. He has also warned that the bill gives Department of Homeland Security chieftain Janet Napolitano, “virtually unlimited discretion to waiver” prohibitions on obtaining legal status, such as criminal activity or previous deportation. His amendment mandating controls failed by a vote of 6 to 12.  Just two Republican senators — Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham– both under the mesmerizing spell of John McCain, joined the 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary committee to defeat the proposal.

“The big question I would pose out there is, why?” U.S. Rep Steve King asked. “Why is that 844-page bill, why is it good for America and Americans? I can’t get that answer on why it’s good for us,” he said.

Take the time to read King’s entire immigration policy statement.

Even the leftist, amnesty-supporting  Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) admits in a front page report today that the “Feds lack key data to how to stem illegal crossings.”

For more, read this CNS News report detailing how the Gang of 8 Immigration Bill Destroys the Rule of Law. The video included is worth your time. Listen as U.S. Rep King clearly states the consequences of rewarding lawbreakers with citizenship.


McCain, Flake, gangsters, take absurd PR border tour

March 28, 2013

In a newscast nearly as vacuous as Arizona’s amnesty twins John McCain and Jeff McFlake, reporter Navideh Forghani glowingly describes the scene at the Arizona-Mexico border where “this kid” hopped the fence  The Republicrats took a couple of their “Gang of 8” Dem cohorts for a stroll along the border yesterday afternoon. Chuck Schumer (NY) and Michael Bennet (Colo.) got an eyeful as they watched illegals jumping the fence that is woefully inadequate in providing security.

Forghani said, “One of the key tools these senators want to do is provide agents with the right technology to help them patrol the vast border along Mexico. And it’s technology like that tower,” she said pointing off in the distance, “that the senators are talking about, and they tell me that technology will pay for itself because they’ll be charging those hi-tech companies to be a part of border security.”

Doesn’t it seem they should be paying for the services instead of charging the providers?

As if on cue, the reporter pronounced that these wizards are “90 percent complete with the proposed immigration reform.”

New Yorker Schumer who can return to his home 3,000 miles away from the porous border, inanely stated, “Secure the border, and once the border is secured by specific metrics, then people can become citizens.” He said, “What I learned today is we have adequate manpower, but not adequate technology. Technology will work.”

Schumer must have been asleep five years ago when former Homeland Insecurity Chief Michael Chertoff promised the $20 million technology newly put in place was “looking good.” But the “virtual fence” turned out to be a virtual flop. Two months after completion, the feds announced plans to replace the highly touted “virtual fence” with new towers, radars, cameras and computer software, scrapping the brand-new and costly system because it didn’t work.

McCain and Schumer promised this overhaul would pay for itself, while cautioning that their proposed border security package would be costly. “Nobody is going to be totally happy with this legislation, no one will be because we have to make compromises,” John McMaverick said.

Bennet added the Gang of Eight are opposed to double-sided fences along the length of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Makes sense. That might be more difficult to navigate.

In his most sincere tone, Flake opined: “It is difficult sometimes to get a good picture of where we are. We just know we aren’t there yet. We have to do more, but we’ve come a long way.”

Indeed.


Newsweek bites the dust

December 24, 2012

Newsweeks_last_print_issue

Newsweek, the weekly news magazine that debuted February 17, 1933, will publish its final hard copy edition at the end of this year — December 31, 2012 –  after 80 years of publication. The periodical known for a decided liberal bias, had to face the fact, as newspapers are, that print publications are dealing in obsolete news, competing with instant information available online. Staying current is impossible when lag time is not just hours, but days.

The magazine has been dying a slow death for several years, and it’s subscription base responded by fleeing the terminally ill dinosaur. After hemorrhaging $ millions, being put up for sale and laying off staff,  Newsweek merged with the far-left online publication The Daily Beast in 2010.

Previously focused on world affairs, politics and business, it has morphed into a pop culture haven, losing its readership desirous of the cutting edge news and analysis  impossible to find in a weekly publication.  A new digital version will be named Newsweek Global

Ad Age prints a guide to magazines that have ceased to exist. They call it “our continuing farewell to magazines that quit print under pressure from the recession and digital media.”

The University of Southern California Annenberg School’s Center for the Digital Future predicts the end of days for most newspapers papers will be 2017. 

“Circulation of print newspapers continues to plummet, and we believe that the only print newspapers that will survive will be at the extremes of the medium — the largest and the smallest,” said Jeffrey Cole, the Center‘s Director. “It’s likely that only four major daily newspapers will continue in print form: The New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. At the other extreme, local weekly newspapers may still survive.”

We’re betting the soft plop of the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) will be stilled from the few driveways it still hits, before 2017.


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