Saturday, May 7, 2011

Unemployment back up to at 9% + some good news

The jobless rate climbed to 9 percent, the first increase since November - Bloomberg
American employers in April added more jobs than forecast and the labor market in the prior two months was stronger than initially estimated, indicating the world’s largest economy is weathering the impact of higher fuel prices.

Payrolls expanded by 244,000 last month, the biggest gain since May 2010, after a revised 221,000 increase the prior month, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The jobless rate climbed to 9 percent, the first increase since November, a separate survey of households showed. Employment was forecast to grow by 185,000 last month, according to the median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.

Stocks jumped after four days of losses and the dollar rallied as the report eased concern that the economic recovery is cooling. The figures bolster Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s forecast for a labor market that is “improving gradually.”

Osama Bin Laden Raid: Al Qaeda 'Playbook' Revealed

U.S. intelligence is now in possession of a veritable "playbook" of al Qaeda operations - ABC News (has an autostart video)
...from potential terror attack targets to information on international safe houses and top commanders -- thanks to the Navy SEAL raid that took down Osama bin Laden Sunday...

The cache of electronic and handwritten materials obtained by the SEALs includes numerous hallmark al Qaeda plots including attacks on infrastructure targets such as water supply and transportation including rail and air, in what one official described as a "strategic guide for how to attack the U.S." In the past, al Qaeda planned for attacks on water supplies have included an interest in mining dams and in poisoning water supply. Intelligence experts have also have found what appears to be information about safe houses around the world and about al Qaeda leadership...

Top Secret Stealth Helicopter Program Revealed in Osama Bin Laden Raid: Experts

Before an elite team of U.S. Navy SEALs executed a daring raid that took down Osama bin Laden, the commandos were able to silently sneak up on their elusive target thanks to what aviation analysts said were top secret, never-before-seen stealth-modified helicopters. - ABC

Thursday, May 5, 2011

First Look: 2012 GOP Presidential Candidates Debate TONIGHT 9 p.m. E.T. (6:00 our time)

FOX News is hosting the first 2012 presidential debate in one of the first primary states Thursday night in Greenville, S.C. Five of the men trying to become the next Republican nominee will do their best to be considered the GOP frontrunner, taking questions on everything from a weak economy to the greatest foreign policy threat.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
Businessman Herman Cain
Texas Rep. Ron Paul
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson
What to watch for in the GOP 2012 presidential debate
Five likely contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination will gather in Greenville, South Carolina tonight for the first debate of the race.

But the proceedings, which get started at 9 p.m. and will air live on Fox News Channel, are as much defined by who won’t be on stage as who will be.

Not a single candidate polling in double digits in early national polling will be in attendance; that means no Mitt Romney, no Sarah Palin, no Mike Huckabee and no Newt Gingrich.

Other potential candidates who are drawing buzz — albeit for very different reasons -- in the political world — businessman Donald Trump and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels — are also taking a pass.

The lack of star power at the debate, however, doesn’t mean it is meaningless — especially for those who are actually on stage.
JUAN WILLIAMS: What You Need to Know About the First GOP Debate -- And What I Need From You

The debate will be on the Fox News Channel this Thursday night, May 5 at 9 p.m. E.T.

On Bin Laden’s youngest wife

Her name is Amal Ahmed al-Sadah and she is 27. - neoneocon
...younger than some of his at least 20 children, (Amal Ahmed al-Sadah) had been gifted to the al-Qaeda leader from a Yemeni family when she was just a teenager...

The President’s staff has denied having any part in a plan to tax drivers by the mile - the "Transportation Opportunities Act"

New Plan. Let’s Just Tax Drivers by the Mile! - HotAir
Obama Administration: Hey, How About Taxing Drivers Based on How Many Miles They Drive? - Michelle Malkin
The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.

The plan is a part of the administration’s “Transportation Opportunities Act,” an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.

This follows a March Congressional Budget Office report that supported the idea of taxing drivers based on miles driven.

Among other things, CBO suggested that a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax could be tracked by installing electronic equipment on each car to determine how many miles were driven; payment could take place electronically at filling stations.

The CBO report was requested by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND), who has proposed taxing cars by the mile as a way to increase federal highway revenues.
Obama administration floats draft plan to tax cars by the mile - The Hill
The White House, however, said the bill is only an early draft that was not formally circulated within the administration.

“This is not an administration proposal," White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said. "This is not a bill supported by the administration. This was an early working draft proposal that was never formally circulated within the administration, does not taken into account the advice of the president’s senior advisers, economic team or Cabinet officials, and does not represent the views of the president.”
White House Puts Out Feelers on the Transportation Opportunities Act - Red State

Arianna Huffington Puts Her 2012, "Elect More Progressives" Strategy Into Action

the most significant news property to be controlled by the Huffington Post's progressive machine was the least known,, a network of 500+ hyper-local websites covering 800 communities which combines national/regional information with local community news editors filing stories and updating community-specific within the communities they serve. The Patch network is concentrated mostly in the larger states....

A Drop Here, A Drop There

A Drop Here, A Drop There
Peter Hannaford on 4.29.11 at The American Spectator Online

Suggest that getting rid of waste in a particular government program would result in a savings of X millions of dollars and the typical Washington green eyeshade type (or Democrat lawmaker, if it doesn't fit his agenda) will scoff that it's but "a drop in the bucket" --hardly worth fooling with. They forget the late Senator Everett Dirksen's dictum, "A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you're talking about real money."

The latest case involves the revelation that the Internal Revenue Service paid out half-a-billion dollars to first-time home buyers who weren't. You'll recall that this was part of the Obama 2009 "economic recovery" program, designed to jump-start home sales. First-time buyers would get credits of up to $8,000. Congress sweetened the pot by giving $6,500 to current owners who traded up to a new home.

The IRS's inspector general recently reported finding that some credits went to prison inmates, to people who did not buy homes and others who bought before the credit program became law. In all, the IRS paid our $29 billion to more than four million people. To its credit, it denied the claims of more than 400,000. That the program did not make an appreciable difference in the housing market is not, of course, the fault of the IRS, but of incorrect policy planning of the Obama Administration and its Congressional allies. Nevertheless, tighter vetting of claims could have saved several bucketsful of taxpayer funds.

Another periodic example of drops in the bucket that add up to bucketsful are the reports of credit card abuse by government employees. The green eyeshade wearers tired of poring over expense claims for travel, so came up with the idea of distributing credit cards, then auditing their usage afterward. Not all, but some of users succumbed to temptation and ran up charges for theater tickets, clothing, personal travel, spa treatments, and expensive meals. This is the sort of outcome most folks out in Taxpayer Land would have predicted, had they been asked. The solution (and the saving of many "drops"): pre-approval of expense requests.

A source of a steady flood of drops into the bucket stopped in January: It is the lavish use of an Air Force 737 to transport then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi from Washington to her home in San Francisco and back.

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request that resulted in a detailed Air Force accounting of her use of an aircraft over a 16-month period in 2009 and 2010. Ninety-five percent of the her trips were commutes from home to work. Total mileage: 206,264, an average of 2,427 per trip. The passenger list often included her adult children, grandchildren, in-laws, friends and family retainers. The cost of in-flight food and alcohol was $62,051 a year, more than the average American makes in that time.

As for today's Speaker, John Boehner, he flies commercial.

The drop-in-the-bucket theory is not restricted to Washington. In California, it was recently announced that the state would no longer lease hang-the-expense automobiles for legislators, nor would they any longer have unrestricted use of gasoline credit cards. It was if the sky had fallen.

With California still facing a deficit of about $13 billion, it doesn't seem like a lot to ask the legislators to set an example by driving their own automobiles and be reimbursed for legitimate business travel. Alas, no, this was too big a sacrifice. After all, cutting out this perquisite would provide only a drop in the bucket toward reducing that deficit. Better to raise taxes, they said.

Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Ronald Reagan for a number of years. He is now working on his sixth book about the 40th president, "Reagan's Roots."

Ten Things that will be Increasingly Evident to Californians by 2012

Ten Things that will be Increasingly Evident to Californians by 2012
Democrat politicians tend to be long on feel-good rhetoric and political trickeration, but painfully short when it comes to the actual skills needed to manage government. Three years into this painful recession, it’s clear the party that has dominated California state politics for more than 40 years has no ability to meet the challenges of our tough times....

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Allen West: Congress should cut off foreign aid to Pakistan “unless we get a clear explanation” of whether the Pakistani government “was harboring Osama bin Laden”

Rep. West’s letter to Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas)
Granger is Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and Committee on Appropriations
Rep. Allen West: End Aid to Pakistan - The Other McCain
Pakistan, the Granddaddy of State Sponsored Terrorism - No Quarter

Contact info for Allen West and Kay Granger:

News from The Contra Costa GOP


It’s not hyperbole to say that in the next three and a half months, California’s political destiny will be decided for the next 10 years. The California Citizens’ Redistricting Commission has been at work since early February setting about their directed task to “redraw the lines” for State Congressional, Legislative and Board of Equalization districts. They are charged to complete their task by August 15th. The lines they draw will impact our state’s election results for years to come. Their website is:

The Commission got off to a rocky start by leaning left on their choices for (1) a professional line drawer, and (2) Voting Rights law firm. In addition, in my last briefing, I noted that leftist activists have been at work for months organizing and training special interest groups to testify, sometimes quite persuasively, before the Commission. Now, things have progressed from bad to worse!

Our Alameda County friend, David Salaverry, founder of the California Conservative Action Group, spent last week in Southern California tracking the Redistricting Commission meetings. Yesterday, he included on his website:, an article by Tony Quinn, that reported one of the hard left members of the Commission has persuaded other members to ignore the US and California Constitutions by in effect repealing the historical “one person one vote” rule. They did this by allowing a greater population deviation between districts.

WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION. Testimony has already begun. We have found that the left has a veritable army of paid attorneys and special interest groups. We need citizens like you testifying for compact, contiguous districts which make sense.

Monday, May 2, 2011

“Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?”

Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data
The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.”

The special operations forces grabbed personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during the lightning raid that killed bin Laden, officials told POLITICO.

“They cleaned it out,” one official said. “Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?”

U.S. officials are about to find out. The material is being examined at a secret location in Afghanistan....

Conservatives win majority government

Canadians have handed Prime Minister Stephen Harper his first-ever majority government, in a historic result that also saw the mighty Liberals decimated and the separatist movement in Quebec all but obliterated.

In a stunning result, NDP Leader Jack Layton made history by becoming the first-ever NDP leader to move into Stornaway as the official Opposition leader.

Let them know what you think!

Humboldt County urging public to prioritize services for budget cuts; Sheriff's Office to take biggest hit, with layoffs looming - Times Standard
As Humboldt County braces itself for some major cuts, county officials are hoping to hear what the community is willing to do without.

The Humboldt County Administrative Office is hosting a series of meetings this month to gather input from residents about services that are important to them. The first meeting is on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ag Center Auditorium in Eureka, but there are seven meetings total.
The County is holding the following community meetings seeking input from the community:

◼ Monday May 2nd, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
AG Center Auditorium, 5630 South Broadway, Eureka

◼ Wednesday May 4th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
McKinleyville High School multi-purpose room, 1300 Murray Road, McKinleyville

◼ Thursday, May 5th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department, 320 South Fortuna Blvd., Fortuna

◼ May 9th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
John Haynes Memorial Veterans Hall, 483 Conger, Garberville

◼ May 10th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Jacoby Creek School Gymnasium, 1617 Old Arcata Road, Bayside

◼ May 11th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Eureka Veterans Building, 1018 H St., Eureka

◼ May 12th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Community Services District, Board Chambers, 135 Willow Road, Willow Creek
Per the T-S article: "…in an effort to fill a $5 million shortfall, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has already asked department heads to reduce their general fund budgets for the 2011-2012 fiscal year by 8 percent, and the county has offered incentives to employees for voluntary separations to avoid layoffs. The county's reserves -- which ideally would be between $7.1 million and $9.1 million -- are at $250,000. We've been spending more than we've been taking in, so now we have to correct that,” Smith-Hanes said. “There's going to be some pretty painful choices. -- none of (the choices) are going to be roses and cream puffs.” Although the county has a $300 million budget, only $45 million is money that can be moved around. The rest comes from grants or funding attached to specific programs. "Sixteen percent of people's property tax bills go to the county general fund, and we get a portion of sales tax,” Smith-Hanes said. “That's really what the board has to allocate.”

The Department of Health and Human Services has a $150 million budget. The total fund is divided into $7.75 million from the county's general fund, with $142.3 million from state and federal sources that can't be moved to the general fund. Additionally, many social services are mandated by law.
If you cannot attend, CALL YOUR SUPERVISOR TODAY!
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors

◼ 1st District: Jimmy Smith Phone: 476-2391
◼ 2nd District: Clif Clendenen Phone: 476-2392
◼ 3rd District: Mark Lovelace Phone: 476-2393
◼ 4th District: Virginia Bass Phone: 476-2394
◼ 5th District: Ryan Sundberg Phone: 476-2395
Mailing address:
Humboldt County Courthouse (Humboldt)
825 Fifth St., Room 111
Eureka, CA 95501
HUMBOLDT COUNTY Board of Supervisors

Reaction and details re: Elimination of Bin Laden

Headlines from Drudge tell the story:
Mission was to kill, not capture; no prisoners taken - Reuters
Obama: U.S. Carried Out Operation 'At My Direction' - Real Clear Politics
Supporters gather outside Bush's Dallas home CBS local
SIGN: 'Obama Forgot To Say Thank You President Bush!' - Houston Chronicle
Killing brings anger, relief in Arab world - Yahoo
Pakistanis rally to pay homage to bin Laden -
Musharraf: Mission violated sovereignty - Washington Times
Hamas condemns killing of 'holy warrior' - Yahoo
WIKILEAKS: Al Qaeda to unleash 'nuclear hellstorm' if Osama killed - nineMSN
Son: Worst Is Yet to Come - ABC
Bin Laden 'protected' by Pakistani security - Telegraph
FEAR: Security Tightened at NY Airports, Times Square, World Trade Center Site - NBC New York
Napolitano: 'Heightened state of vigilance' - Reuters
U.S. issues worldwide travel alert - Guardian
Chemical Biological Response Team Recalled from Japan - ABC
Taliban commander vows to avenge death - Guardian
USA 'Faces Broad Terror Threat' - Bloomberg
China says Pakistani forces - not U.S. - killed bin Laden - xinhuanet
Killed in firefight after helicopter shot down - xinhuanet
'No one knows in that helicopter crash Bin Laden was killed' - xinhuanet
RETRACTED - xinhuanet
May be short-lived - US News
Barbara Walters: I'd 'Hate To Be A Republican' Running Against Obama - Real Clear Politics
U.S. Forces Were Unsure Bin Laden in House Until Meeting Him Face to Face - Bloomberg
REPORT: Obama Canceled March Compound Bombing, Wanted Proof of Death - ABC
Michael Moore: Bin Laden 'won' - 'Now can we put shampoo in our carry on?' -
Egypt's al-Zawahri likely to succeed - WTOP
Muslim bro'hood: USA should now leave Afghanistan, Iraq - Yahoo
REPORT: DNA testing confirms bin Laden death - Politico
WH: '99.9% sure - Yahoo
Senator questions sea burial - The Hill
Islamic scholars condemn - Yahoo
SKYNEWS: Can US Offer Final Proof Of Osama's Death? - Sky News
Will there be a photo? - ABC
Raid captured on TWITTER - Yahoo
PHOTOS: 719 newspaper front pages announce death - Newseum

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Osama bin Laden Killed by U.S. Strike

Source: Al-Qaida head bin Laden dead

This week at humboldtgop is a 'sister site' to this one, but not everything that gets posted here gets posted there, and vice versa. Here's a sampling of articles and topics featured there this past week. Check it out, and mark both pages as favorites:

OHIO: Gov. Kasich responds to President Obama on SB 5 - YouTube
Romney stands by Bay State health law & discussion at Lucianne
DNC amps up Mitt attack - Boston herald
Potential GOP Presidential Candidates Go On Offense Against Obama in New Hampshire ABC
Illinois has agreed to pay a total of $422,000 to 16 state transportation workers who a federal jury determined were fired because they were Republicans - Chicago Tribune
It's not about race. When we talk about Obama and the policies, it's about the awful policies. It's about the inability to bring down debt. It’s about the inability to tackle the deficit. And when everybody says, “Oh, they're just after this because of race,” it is nonsense. - Tony Katz on MSNBC
Losing Everything, Except What Really Matters - NYT
Firefighters Union Pulls Plug on Federal Campaign Donations - Newsmax
A little good news: Video: Americans express their seething rage at Paul Ryan’s budget by giving him a standing ovation - Michelle Malkin
Obama's Real Strategy - American Thinker
The Other 2012 Presidential Election American Spectator
Democrats Make It Official: They'll Take Undisclosed Donations, Too (Full text of Memo) - National Journal

Worth repeating, no matter who runs:

"I would just say to folks who are really curious: Watch Facebook and Twitter in the next week. I think you'll have all the information you need."

Gingrich To Launch Campaign Next Week - National Journal
Gingrich, whose campaign will be headquartered in Atlanta, will address the Georgia Republican Party's annual convention on May 13. If he declares his candidacy earlier that week, Gingrich will have the rest of the month set up nicely for early state campaigning: He visits Iowa on May 20 to keynote a fundraiser for the Ida County GOP, and travels to New Hampshire on May 25 for a meet-and-greet reception at the Manchester home of former Senate candidate and conservative kingmaker Ovide Lamontagne, whose Granite Oath PAC is hosting a series of receptions for Republican presidential contenders.