Obama Drops the Bomb, Seeks “Assault Weapons” Ban Renewal

We’re f*cked

The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,” Holder told reporters.

Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border.

“I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum.” Holder said at a news conference on the arrest of more than 700 people in a drug enforcement crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S.

To quote Sebastian:

So we are going to lose our gun rights because our government can’t secure its borders, and the Mexican government can’t secure law and order and weed out corruption in its military, which is no doubt a large source of firearms for drug cartels.

Yup, Mexico has descended into chaos, actively encourages its citizens to illegally migrate here for work because it lacks the political will to enforce/encourage law and order and therefore attract industry, and refuses to police its own… and WE, the U.S. citizenry, have to pay the price for it with our Constitutional rights.

This is so FUBAR.  Not only that, we have data that proves the 1994-2004 “Assault Weapons Ban” did nothing for reducing crime in this country (as if any thinking person anticipated it would).  The only people such laws affect are the law-abiding; those that choose to ignore existing law will continue to ignore new laws as the always have.

Anyone who didn’t see this coming, though, was fooling themselves.  Forget what this administration says, you need to look at what they’ve done in the past.  It’s quite simple, really: they say one thing and do another.

“We won’t raise your taxes”…with all this new deficit spending… impossible.

“We won’t take your guns” … you get the picture.


OBAMACORN B&E, Tresspassing Update

1obacornlog003Michelle Malkin gets down to the facts of the case regarding Donna A. Hanks’ foreclosure…

Here is what the MSM won’t be telling you about the so-called “victim” in that case, ACORN worker Donna Hanks — all based on public records and court documents.

According to real property data search information, Hanks bought the two-story home in the summer of 2001 for $87,000. At some point in the next five years, she re-financed the original home loan for $270,000.

Question: Where did all that money go?

The house initially went into foreclosure proceedings in the spring of 2006. In July 2006, Hanks filed for bankruptcy and agreed to a Chapter 13 plan which was served to the following creditors: Americas Servicing Co, Bank Of America, Chase, Covahey, Boozer, Devan & Dore, and Discover. She agreed to repay $10,500 in arrears, which resulted in a halt to the 2006 foreclosure.
In September 2006, the bankruptcy court ordered Hanks’ employer to deduct $340/month from her salary as a bartender to pay down the debt (total net monthly take home pay of $1,228)

Hanks’ Schedule I showed additional monthly income of $1,625 for a second and third claimed jobs, plus pro-rated tax refund income.

Hanks did not comply with the plan. In December 2007, the servicer issued a notice of default on nearly $7,000 past due.
In February 2008, Baltimore City Circuit Court records show a second foreclosure action was filed.

She had two years to pay what she owed. She failed to comply.

When she told local TV station WJZ that her evil bank raised her mortgage by $300 (”The mortgage went up $300 in one month”), she’s talking about the amount in arrears that she agreed to pay back.

And then there’s the illegal rent money collected for letting out her basement and other charges of theft and assault.

She’s a real winner, Folks, and would never give the media the a false story.  I still can’t get over that refinance figure.  Where, indeed, did that money go?

Anyway, this is where the administration will be funneling your tax dollars soon: foreclosure “victims” like Donna and “community organizations” like ACORN.

Please, can we all get just a little angry and motivated to call our representatives now?  I knew you could.

OBAMACORN at work, breaking and entering

1obacornlog003ACORN “trains” citizens to “protest” home foreclosures… in other words, demonstrating breaking & entering techniques and committing criminal trespass.  Notice the complete lack of back story on the so-called “foreclosure victim”…

A community organization breaks into a foreclosed home in what they are calling an act of civil disobedience.

The group wants to train homeowners facing eviction on peaceful ways they can remain in their homes.

Peaceful… right.

And on Thursday afternoon, they literally broke the foreclosure padlock right off the front door and then broke into the house, letting Hanks back in for the first time in months.

We are actually trespassing, and so this is a way of civil disobedience to try to stay in the house,” said Beverly. “Legally it’s wrong, but homesteading is the only means that she has left to stay in her house. And we feel as though this is the right thing to do at this particular time to save this family.”

Inside, there’s spray paint on the walls and evidence that someone has possibly been remodeling.

The group says it was staging similar demonstrations in six other cities nationwide while urging a moratorium on foreclosures.  They want that until President Obama’s stimulus plan begins on March 4. The plan is designed to help threatened homeowners.

“As you all can see, Donna is reclaiming her home, and she’s putting a lock on her door at this time,” said Beverly.

It’s not until the end of the report that we find out that the home is already in other, private hands!

Okay, how pissed would you be if you were a responsible adult and had just purchased this home?

The “predatory lending” accusation is a red herring.  The previous owner made the CHOICE to either purchase or refinance this home.  And if the mortgage rose that much in one month, she probably either had a sub-prime loan or an ARM.

This is getting out of hand.  I would hope the governments in these cities would charge ARCORN as a criminal enterprise and kick them out, but that’s never going to happen, not with the new HOPE and CHANGE sweeping the country.

This is a threat to private ownership of property and business everywhere and it’s just the beginning.  This will get worse before it gets better…. and only if we stand up to organizations like this and say ENOUGH!

Another one bites the dust

Politico points out Obama’s new 5 second day rule:

Obama appears poised to break his campaign pledge to give the public five days to review a bill before he signs it.

Obama scheduled a bill signing for 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, even though the House has yet to vote on the legislation expanding a children’s health insurance program. The legislation is expected to win final approval only hours before the president will make it law.

The quick turnaround breaches Obama’s promise to offer “sunlight before signing,” a concept he detailed on the campaign trail and on his website.

“Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them,” the campaign website states. “As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.”

The White House issued a statement Wednesday saying Obama was committed to the pledge, and “we will be implementing this policy in full soon.”

You know, just as as soon as the emergency is over. Welcome to the new permanent campaign and emergency administration.

Of course, even an non-emergency bill didn’t get the 5 day treatment:
Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act only two days after it received final passage last week, and it wasn’t posted on the White House website until after it became law.

And we’re not even through month 1 of 48 yet. Hold onto your butts.

Obama finally acknowledges progress in Iraq, War on Terror

From the transcripts last night:

Question: Thank you, Mr. President. You’ve promised to send more troops to Afghanistan. And since you’ve been very clear about a timetable to withdraw combat troops from Iraq within 16 months, I wonder, what’s your timetable to withdraw troops eventually from Afghanistan?

And related to that, there’s a Pentagon policy that bans media coverage of the flag-draped coffins from coming in to Dover Air Force Base. And back in 2004, then-Sen. Joe Biden said that it was shameful for dead soldiers to be, quote, “snuck back into the country under the cover of night.”

You’ve promised unprecedented transparency, openness in your government. Will you overturn that policy so the American people can see the full human cost of war?

Obama: Your question is timely. We got reports that four American service members have been killed in Iraq today. And, you know, obviously, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.

I’ve said before that — you know, people have asked me, when did it hit you that you are now president? And what I told them was the most sobering moment is signing letters to the families of our fallen heroes. It reminds you of the responsibilities that you carry in this office and — and the consequences of the decisions that you make.

Now, with respect to the policy of opening up media to loved ones being brought back home, we are in the process of reviewing those policies in conversations with the Department of Defense, so I don’t want to give you an answer now before I’ve evaluated that review and understand all the implications involved.

With respect to Afghanistan, this is going to be a big challenge. I think, because of the extraordinary work done by our troops and some very good diplomatic work done by Ambassador [Ryan] Crocker in Iraq, we just saw an election in Iraq that went relatively peacefully and you get a sense that the political system is now functioning in a meaningful way.

You do not see that yet in Afghanistan. They’ve got elections coming up, but effectively the national government seems very detached from what’s going on in the surrounding community.

In addition, you’ve got the Taliban and al Qaeda operating in the FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas] and these border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan. And what we haven’t seen is the kind of concerted effort to root out those safe havens that would ultimately make our mission successful. [so the special forces incursions into those regions and predator drone strikes within Pakistan’s borders were just for fun?]

So we are undergoing a thorough going review. Not only is Gen. [David] Petraeus — now the head of CENTCOM — conducting his own review; he’s now working in concert with the special envoy that I’ve sent over, Richard Holbrooke, one of our top diplomats, to evaluate a regional approach.

We are going to need more effective coordination of our military efforts, with diplomatic efforts, with development efforts, with more effective coordination with our allies in order for us to be successful.

The bottom line though — and I just want to remember the American people, because this is going to be difficult — is this is a situation in which a region served as the base to launch an attack that killed 3,000 Americans.

And this past week, I met with families of those who were lost in 9/11, a reminder of the costs of allowing those safe havens to exist. [correction: only a handful, not families like these… never mind the Cole bomber situation]

My bottom line is that we cannot allow al Qaeda to operate. We cannot have those safe havens in that region. And we’re going to have to work both smartly and effectively, but with consistency in order to make sure that those safe havens don’t exist.

I do not have yet a timetable for how long that’s going to take. What I know is I’m not going to make — I’m not going to allow al Qaeda or [Osama] bin Laden to operate with impunity, planning attacks on the U.S. homeland.

This is the same man that derided what we’ve been doing there for years, demanding time tables, demanding withdrawal.  Nice to hear he’s finally come around.

And only an idiot like Joe Biden would say something like, “sneaking” the bodies of dead soldiers back into the country “under cover of night”.  As if the media has or would ever cover such a return of our beloved fallen with the decorum they deserve.  Notice his answer was very vauge on that one.

And like so many answers last night, he rambled as he usually does off-teleprompter.

Anyway, just thought I’d point out this admission of his, whether he realized it or not.

Shocker: Treasury Overpaid on Crap Sandwich

No surprises here:

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government watchdog group says the federal government overpaid for stocks and other assets from financial institutions under its $700 billion rescue program.The chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the bailout funds told the Senate Banking committee Thursday that Treasury in 2008 paid $254 billion and received assets worth about $176 billion.

The figures were reached by extrapolating the results of a study of 10 government transactions.

The Treasury by Jan. 23 had spent about $294 billion on more than 300 companies under the Troubled Asset Relief Program. In one bright spot, the inspector general in charge of reviewing the funds said the federal government has received more than $271 million in dividends from preferred shares obtained through the program.

Yeah, that’s a real bright spot.  This should not shock anybody.  We didn’t know jack about what we were purchasing.  Thanks a bunch Bush, Paulson, Pelosi, and Reid.