Uncommon Sense

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Where is all the change?

Obama and the Old Hat People
October 29, 2009 by DANIEL HENNINGER

People thought something small, agile and smart was coming to government, but so far it’s turning out to be just big-box politics.

The larger point here isn’t necessarily partisan. It’s a description of the way people live their lives in a 21st century world, and how disconnected politics has become from that world.

If we were really living in the world of leading-edge politics that many people thought they were getting with Barack Obama, he would have proposed an iPhone for health care—a flexible system for which all sorts of users could create or choose health-care apps that suited their needs. Over time, with trial and error, a better system would emerge.

No chance of that. Our outdated political software can’t recognize trial and error. What ObamaCare is doing with health care—the “public option”—may be fine with the activist left, but I suspect it’s starting to strike many younger Americans as at odds with their lives, as not somewhere they want to go. Wait until EPA’s ghost busters start enforcing cap-and-trade.

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Don’t expect much news coverage on stimulus fraud

AP IMPACT: Stimulus jobs overstated by thousands
October 29, 2009 by BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE and MATT APUZZO

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Colorado company said it created 4,231 jobs with the help of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan. The real number: fewer than 1,000.

A child care center in Florida said it saved 129 jobs with the help of stimulus money. Instead, it gave pay raises to its existing employees.

Elsewhere in the U.S., some jobs credited to the stimulus program were counted two, three, four or even more times.

The government has overstated by thousands the number of jobs it has created or saved with federal contracts under the president’s $787 billion recovery program, according to an Associated Press review of data released in the program’s first progress report.

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Here’s a real domestic terrorist

Radical Islam leader killed in shootout with feds in Michigan
October 28, 2009 by Ed White

DETROIT — A man described as a leader of a radical Sunni Islam group in the U.S. was fatally shot Wednesday while resisting arrest and exchanging gunfire with federal agents, authorities said.

Agents at a warehouse in Dearborn were trying to arrest Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods and illegal possession and sale of firearms. Ten followers listed in a criminal complaint were also being rounded up.

Abdullah refused to surrender, fired a weapon and was killed by gunfire from agents, FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said.

In a court filing, the FBI said Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, was an imam, or prayer leader, of a radical group named Ummah whose primary mission is to establish an Islamic state within the United States.

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Govn’t portrays confiscating your energy control as voluntary

Smart meters suggest savings
October 28, 2009 by JENNIFER ROBISON

Here’s your chance to weigh in: NV Energy wants to give you control over how much you pay for your electricity.

Yackira countered that the money ratepayers will save on electric bills will “dwarf” the initiative’s upfront costs. The payback period for the company would be a few years, and customers would see savings immediately, Yackira noted. The company would have proceeded with Advanced Service Delivery even without federal funds, though the rollout would have happened more slowly, he said.

Yackira also promised that NV Energy won’t reach into ratepayers’ homes to tamper with the temperature in mid-summer without permission. (The utility does run a voluntary CoolShare program that reimburses participants who accept brief, peak-period shutdowns of air-conditioning.)

It will be completely up to ratepayers to decide how extensively they participate in any conservation programs NV Energy might offer through smart metering, much like consumers choose from different tiers of cell-phone or cable-TV service.

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More liberal sexual harrasment – where are the feminists?

Ex-Letterman Writer Claims Hostile Environment
October 28, 2009 by AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former writer for David Letterman said she quit his NBC talk show in part because of alleged sexual favoritism and a hostile work environment.

Nell Scovell, writing for Vanity Fair online Tuesday, said she had no intention of filing a lawsuit and wasn’t seeking revenge.

”I wanted to shine a light on gender inequality in that particular workplace,” Scovell, who went on to a successful Hollywood career, said in a telephone interview.

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Obama’s America

Dismantling America
October 27, 2009 by Thomas Sowell

Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many “czars” appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent?

Did you think that another “czar” would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers– that is, to create a situation where some newspapers’ survival would depend on the government liking what they publish?

Did you imagine that anyone would even be talking about having a panel of so-called “experts” deciding who could and could not get life-saving medical treatments?

Among the people appointed as czars by President Obama have been people who have praised enemy dictators like Mao, who have seen the public schools as places to promote sexual practices contrary to the values of most Americans, to a captive audience of children.

Those who say that the Obama administration should have investigated those people more thoroughly before appointing them are missing the point completely. Why should we assume that Barack Obama didn’t know what such people were like, when he has been associating with precisely these kinds of people for decades before he reached the White House?

Nothing is more consistent with his lifelong patterns than putting such people in government– people who reject American values, resent Americans in general and successful Americans in particular, as well as resenting America’s influence in the world.

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Home sales rise and fall: make up your mind AP

New home sales expected to rise 2.6 percent
October 28, 2009 by ALAN ZIBEL

WASHINGTON — Sales of new homes are expected to post their sixth consecutive monthly gain as builders reap the benefits of a tax credit for first-time owners that expires at the end of next month.

New home sales take surprise tumble
October 28, 2009

WASHINGTON – Sales of new homes dropped unexpectedly last month as the effects of a temporary tax credit for first-time owners started to wane.

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Sheila Jackson Lee politicising swine flu

Jackson Lee Exploits H1N1 Panic to Promote “Robust Public Option”
October 28, 2009 by Rush Limbaugh

It’s time for our daily congressional laugh here, ladies and gentlemen. The ignorance is just stunning. Sheila Jackson Lee from Houston, member of Congress, who headed to floor of the House to denounce my being involved with the National Football League in any way, took to the floor of the House to give a speech on health care and the H1N1 virus and vaccine.

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How is this NOT health care rationing?

Swine flu: Answers to your H1N1 questions
October 28, 2009 by Dahleen Glanton and William Mullen

How city officials sorted out who should get the H1N1 flu vaccine at Chicago’s first public clinics was among the questions nagging area residents in the days since President Barack Obama declared swine flu a national emergency. They also want to know why Cook County has been slow to offer its own clinics, and how the flu might affect the holidays.

Vaccine clinic open to priority groups only
October 28, 2009

Due to a vaccine shortage, the swine flu vaccination clinic hosted by the city of Azusa today at Memorial Park will only serve priority groups, which include pregnant women, people who live with or care for infants under 6 months of age, health care and emergency services personnel, people who are 6 months to 24 years of age and people ages 25 through 64 who have chronic health conditions.

County to start offering vaccination for H1N1
October 29, 2009 by MCKENZIE CASSIDY

Distribution of the vaccine is based on a formula that the health department uses to determine its own supply, the amount of people who need it within the priority groups and the amount it will hand over to public clinics and private providers.

The first wave of vaccines are being given to priority groups, including pregnant women, small children and people with underlying conditions. Most deaths have occurred in people ranging in age from 40 to 50, yet each had underlying conditions, said Hartner.

Texas to receive 831,000 doses of H1N1
October 27, 2009 by Leigh Frillici

HOUSTON—The Centers for Disease Control said they are moving the swine flu vaccine out the door as fast as it comes off the production line. That is good news to many in Harris County who are anxious to get the vaccine.

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Suddenly NPR isn’t so interested in political hypocrisy

Massachusetts Senate Passes Kennedy Successor Bill
September 22, 2009 by Tovia Smith and Madeleine Brand

The Massachusetts state Senate voted Tuesday to change state law on how to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat. The proposed change would give the governor power to name an interim appointment. Gov. Deval Patrick could sign the measure as soon as Wednesday. The state House voted last week to change the law.

With a state legislature that’s overwhelmingly Democratic considering whether to allow the Democratic governor to temporarily fill an empty U.S. Senate seat, it should have been easy. But the debate over the interim appointment has been among the most contentious and controversial in memory.

State Senator SCOTT BROWN (Republican, Massachusetts): This just smacks in the face of everything that we’ve been doing for the last year and a half. The people are outraged.

SMITH: Republicans like State Senator Scott Brown, who’s running for the U.S. Senate seat in the special election, have called Democratic efforts the worst kind of political hypocrisy. That’s because just five years ago, Democrats were on the opposite side of the issue. Back then, the governor did have the power to fill an empty seat, but it happened to be a Republican governor, and the Democrats didn’t want a Republican naming a successor to Senator John Kerry if Kerry won the presidency.

So Democrats took away the power and set up the special election. Now, with a Democratic governor back in charge, Democrats have changed their minds.

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