Daily Archives: December 8, 2009

WH: MoH Recipient Should Have Flagpole


Giving credit where credit is due, Robert Gibbs, propaganda spokesperson for the Obama administration said Monday that it is “silly to think that a 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient is being asked to remove a flagpole from his front yard.”

“Retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II veteran, is fighting to keep the 21-foot pole at his suburban Richmond, Va., home. His homeowners association said the pole violates the neighborhood’s aesthetic guidelines.”

Gibbs said he hasn’t spoken to Obama on the matter, but I cannot imagine Obama publicly saying anything different, although I doubt he will weigh in on it. Virginia Democrats Sens. Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb has also expressed support for Col. Barfoot.

SOURCE

Virginia Republican Eric Cantor introduced a resolution, H. Res. 952, allowing Congressional Medal of Honor recipients to properly display the United States flag on their property at all times.

Our country has gotten to a sad state when a 90 year-old Medal of Honor recipient, the highest award we have for valor, is prevented from or threatened for flying the flag of the nation he fought for long ago.

UPDATE: Virginia Veteran Wins Battle to Keep His Flagpole in Yard

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Rescue the Auto Companies–From the Government. By Pete the Banker

Fritz Henderson, CEO of General Motors was fired recently by the Government installed Board selected prior to GM’s emerging in record time from Bankruptcy in July after wiping out GM’s former shareholders and creditors with the exception of the UAW. 
Henderson was fired despite the fact that on November 17, GM announced a loss of $1.2 Billion down from $4.2 Billion in the third quarter a year earlier.  This loss included restructuring charges and actual operating loss was $700 million.  Henderson had in fact suggested that GM would repay at least $1 Billion of the $6.7 Billion Federal Loan by the end of this year. 
Given the improved results, why sack the CEO only 6 months after his appointment, especially since Obama’s chief emissary, Steve “temper tantrum” Rattner recently suggested that GM was ahead of long range plan financially?  Perhaps the answer was disclosed by the Wall Street Journal.  In early November Henderson was considering accelerating GM’s plans to float a public equity offering in securities markets as early as 2010 to raise capital to pay off the Federal Government. 
The WSJ last month on Nov 11 stated of Board Chairman Whitacre who fired Henderson,
“The government-appointed Chairman of General Motors Co. gave fresh signs that he is tightening his control over the auto maker, saying Tuesday the board isn’t comfortable with management’s forecasts for 2010 and indicating the chief executive’s timetable for an initial stock offering could be too optimistic.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Chairman Edward E. Whitacre Jr. said the timing of GM’s return to the public stock markets is uncertain…” 
According to Senior Securities Analyst Michelle Krebs about the firing of Henderson on December 1 (here):
“Ed Whitacre was the government’s choice to lead the company and the Automotive Task Force always appeared lukewarm about the idea of Fritz staying in the top job,” she said. 
Another significant management change announced was to expand the authority of Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman, to both Advisor on Design and Global Product Development (here). Lutz is getting much of the credit for development of the Chevy Volt, an extended-range gas/electric hybrid which GM will market by early 2011.
So why would the Board fire an Executive who was moving the GM toward improved operating results ahead of schedule and toward repaying the Government in 2010.  Does the Federal Government and their hand picked Chair Ed Whitacre fear GM’s rapid success despite it’s lack of a  new totally green product line?  Why was Whitacre who admitted to Bloomberg (here) in June “I don’t know anything about cars,” promoted?  Was this simply done to sooth the egos of Rattner and his boss Obama who want GM to produce compact “green” cars regardless of their popularity or profitability?.  Or is there something more nefarious at work, their reluctance to ever relinquish control of the automotive sector?

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Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial Back in Court Wednesday

If the ACLU succeeds in this case against the Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial Cross you can expect a flurry of lawsuits against other memorials featuring crosses.
What does the cross stand for? Sacrifice? Yes. Valor. Yes. The cross is featured in medals of valor for the branches of the service.
The case goes back to the 9th Circus Court of Appeals meeting in Pasadena tomorrow. 
Our Rees Lloyd will be there and he’ll be on the show tomorrow to talk about what happened, that is, if he’s not in jail (really).

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Four in five swine flu ‘patients’ did not have disease

From the UK Telegraph

Around one million doses of Tamiflu have so far been given out, but according to the figures, hundreds of thousands of packets could have been wasted as most people with symptoms of flu did not have the H1N1 pandemic virus.

Random swabs taken by the Health Protection Agency show that four out of five people calling the National Pandemic Flu Service with symptoms of the disease, did not test positive for it.

At the end of the first wave of the pandemic in Britain, just one in twenty people calling the flu line with symptoms tested positive.

The problem? Possibly millions of dollars wasted on unneeded and unnecessary medication.

I wonder if anyone will take a similar look at the US Crisis?

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Liberty Counsel to Ashland Principal: It’s OK to Put Up a Christmas Tree at School

 The principal at Bellview Elementary in Ashland, Oregon has received this letter from the folks at Liberty Counsel instructing her that it’s perfectly appropriate to allow a Christmas tree at school. The principal took down the school’s Giving Tree, listeners to the Victoria Taft Show Friday will know, because a parent complained that the tree was a religious symbol. In its place she put two snowmen. This is what the Liberty Counsel said of the old switcheroo:

…the Establishment Clause also prohibits government from being hostile to religion. Selecting one legal holiday for negative treatment and special restrictions solely because it has some relgious aspect clearly demonstrates hostility to religion, generally, and Christianity, particularly, thereby violating the Establishment Clause. You have stated that the Christmas tree was taken down because it was a religious symbol and you did not want to make any students feel unwelcome. Such viewpoint discrimination can not withstand Constitutional scrutiny.

We write to request that you immediately replace the snowmen with the original display, the Chrstimas tree.

 The Liberty Counsel also sent the Ashland school principal a legal memorandum on what’s acceptable in the public square and schools at Christmas (here). The following is part of a summary of what’s acceptable,

Public schools are not religion-free zones. Classroom discussion of the religious aspects of
the holidays is permissible. A holiday display in a classroom may include a nativity scene or other
religious imagery so long as the context also includes secular symbols. A choral performance may include religious songs. Indeed, the majority of the songs may be religious so long as the
performance also includes secular holiday songs. If the students select their own songs independent  of the direction of school officials, then there is no requirement that the songs include secular numbers.
Students may distribute religious Christmas cards to their classmates during noninstructional
time, before or after school or between classes. If the students are not required to dress in uniform, then they may wear clothing with religious words or symbols or don religious jewelry.

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Hold Your Nose, Here it Comes: Harry’s Health Care Bill

POLITICO Breaking News:
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Senate Democrats have reached a “broad agreement” on a health reform bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday night — a plan that negotiators have said would create a new national health-care plan with private insurers, and a chance for older Americans to “buy in” to Medicare.

For more information…http://www.politico.com

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Palin Pulls Within One Point of Obama in New Poll

From the LAT here. 

Obama’s new Gallup Poll job approval number is 47%. Last month it was 53%.
Regular Ticket readers will recall how in this space in late November we pointed out that Obama’s closely watched job approval slide was coinciding with Palin’s little-noticed rise in favorability. And it appeared they might cross somewhere in the 40s.
Well, ex-Sen. Obama, meet ex-Gov. Palin.
The new CNN/Opinion Research Poll shows Palin now at 46% favorable, just one point below her fellow basketball fan.

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WH: MoH Recipient Should Have Flagpole


Giving credit where credit is due, Robert Gibbs, propaganda spokesperson for the Obama administration said Monday that it is “silly to think that a 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient is being asked to remove a flagpole from his front yard.”

“Retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, a World War II veteran, is fighting to keep the 21-foot pole at his suburban Richmond, Va., home. His homeowners association said the pole violates the neighborhood’s aesthetic guidelines.”

Gibbs said he hasn’t spoken to Obama on the matter, but I cannot imagine Obama publicly saying anything different, although I doubt he will weigh in on it. Virginia Democrats Sens. Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb has also expressed support for Col. Barfoot.

SOURCE

Virginia Republican Eric Cantor introduced a resolution, H. Res. 952, allowing Congressional Medal of Honor recipients to properly display the United States flag on their property at all times.

Our country has gotten to a sad state when a 90 year-old Medal of Honor recipient, the highest award we have for valor, is prevented from or threatened for flying the flag of the nation he fought for long ago.

UPDATE: Virginia Veteran Wins Battle to Keep His Flagpole in Yard

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