Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Beach Week 2010

I will try to post some round-ups while at the beach but this is our annual family reunion so the site will not be as active as I would like.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to see exactly how much I can cram into the back of my car.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Random Round-Up 06-29

ADAMS: Inside the Black Panther case

Investigate this

President Obama Job Approval

Blagojevich Trial Testimony Contradicts Obama and Jarrett. The transition team report on the president-elect's contacts with Blagojevich and what he knew about Blago's wheeling and dealing is at odds with sworn testimony.

The Cost of Unions

Feminism dies from global warming

DailyKos Surveys Likely Bunk, May Have Been Fabricated. They were perfectly willing to use it 716 times though.

Law enforcement agencies in Northern Virginia say you have no right to know what they’re doing.

Gaza gunmen 'set fire to UN summer camp for children'

Big Government Lawmakers Deserve Criticism-Even If They Are Republicans

April Fools

Consumer confidence plunges in June

ShoreBank: The 11th-Hour Cover-up

Reward: $100,000 for Full ‘JournoList’ Archive; Source Fully Protected

Who Pays the Taxes

What fresh hell will this be? Obama postpones tax talk until after election

Shocker! Obama Political Director 'Forgot' He Was on SEIU Payroll Last Year

Rep. Issa Asks: ‘How Much Are Taxpayers Being Charged for Stimulus Propaganda Signs?Is the government illegally requiring states to spend up to $10,000 for each road sign advertising stimulus projects? Why do private firms claim a sign should cost significantly less?

Democrats seek 'Macaca' moments Both parties do this but what they should really be afraid of is a voter with a video camera.


Immigration status of arrested to be reported

Scott Brown "has listened to his constituents" and will definitely vote "no" on financial reform

What You’re Not Hearing from the Liberal Media About Immigration Reform. Obama keeps blaming Republicans for lack of progress on immigration, but if the president wants to know who the culprit is, all he has to do is look in a mirror.

Immigration Reform: Mayor Bloomberg’s Green-Card-for-Investors Idea is Already Law

Robert Byrd, Cap-and-Trade and the Lame Duck

Obama disappoints even lowered expectations

Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible

What’s More Important, the Environment or the Environmentalists?

Jon Stewart Asks David Axelrod: Has This Government Proven Itself Competent Enough To Regulate Industry?

ACLU Whitewash of Kagan's Anti-Constitutional Views

Kagan is no Justice Tabula Rasa

Kagan’s Own Words: It’s Fine If The Law Bans Books Because Government Won’t Really Enforce It

BIG GOVERNMENT, bad journalism.

Financial Reform Makes Biggest Banks Stronger. The too-big-to-fail monster lives: how the Dodd-Frank bill maintains the status quo. Well what do you expect, this abomination was created by two corrupt old frauds.

If You Believe America Has Lousy Health Care, Here's Why

Americans relate to Founders, not Progressives

Shariah-Compliant Finance Advisor Picked by Obama as White House Fellow

Monday, June 28, 2010

CEI Strikes A Blow For The Little Guys

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Sarbanes-Oxley Provisions
Statement of Competitive Enterprise Institute attorneys Hans Bader and Sam Kazman, co-counsel for the plaintiff; and financial policy director John Berlau on Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

Washington, D.C., June 28, 2010 - Nearly five years ago, CEI and accountant Brad Beckstead began to discuss mounting a constitutional challenge to Sarbanes-Oxley’s Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). The PCAOB’s rules under Sarbanes-Oxley were strangling Beckstead’s two-person firm in Henderson, Nev. - and the small public companies he served - in reams of red tape, the bulk of which provided little value for shareholders.

Today, with the assistance of CEI attorneys Kazman and Bader, and led by Michael Carvin of Jones Day, plaintiffs Beckstead and the Free Enterprise Fund beat the proverbial Goliath. The Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the PCAOB as unconstitutional, on separation of powers grounds. A majority of justices agreed that the current structure of the PCAOB fails to adhere to constitutional provisions governing removal of important officers. These provisions are designed to ensure that government agencies are accountable to elected officials – and ultimately to the American people.

The board’s lack of accountability under the Constitution is reflected in its flawed rules. For example, the board’s “internal control” mandate costs companies $35 billion a year and has auditors going over trivial minutiae such as the possession of office keys and the number of letters in employee passwords. Meanwhile, in the nearly eight years of its existence since Sarbanes-Oxley was passed in 2002, the PCAOB has done little to address auditing rules for off-balance sheet entities that were the core Enron’s accounting problems and that flared up again to hide debt at Lehman and other financial firms.

The shortcomings of the PCAOB and Sarbanes-Oxley have been recognized by members of both parties. The House-Senate conference for the pending financial regulation bill agreed to accept a measure permanently exempting smaller public companies from the PCAOB’s internal control mandates.

The PCAOB’s mandates and possibly other sections of Sarbanes-Oxley may now be subject to legal challenge. We look forward to working through the courts and/or Congress to correct the flawed rules from an unconstitutional body that have been holding our economy back.
Congratulations CEI. You are truly fighting the good fight for America!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Quick Sunday Round-Up 06-27

President Obama Job Approval

This continues to be one of the most shameful of acts of the current administration and there is a long list of shameful acts to choose from. Inside the Black Panther case Anger, ignorance and lies

For up to four months which is almost tantamount to shutting down the US economy for four months. No One should have that kind of power. Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate. President could get power to turn off Internet

OK, So It’s Not True
Now that regulations about existing employer-sponsored plans have been issued, it’s becoming clear that many of the 160 million Americans with job-based coverage will not, in fact, be able to keep what they currently have.

Republican critics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act point to the Obama Administration’s own estimates that by 2013, 39% to 69% of employer plans will be subject to new regulations and not grandfathered in, or exempted from the new rules. House minority leader John Boehner issued a press release about the new regulations with the headline “New ObamaCare Tagline Should Be ‘If You Like Your Health Care Plan, Too Bad.’

Journolist and Weigel in the Age of the Digital Machiavelli

Reporters Caught on Tape Mocking Palin Speech

Eat Up… Joe Biden Gets Custard in Face When Business Owner Tells Him: ‘Lower Our Taxes’ (Video) PLUS List of Biden's Political Blunders

PJTV Video - THE WEEK IN BLOGS: The Tea Party Barbie, Accessories Included!

Republican Stirrings in Liberal Heartland

BP Makes Largest Political Contribution in U.S. History

Watching the watchmen is no crime

Two Census Bureau managers fired for creating at least 10,000 bogus questionnaires to meet deadlines

Sinners and scolds, feasting together in a cornucopia of collusion!

Boy did they know how to insult someone then. The Feuding Fathers Americans lament the partisan venom of today's politics, but for sheer verbal savagery, the country's founders were in a league of their own. Ron Chernow on the Revolutionary origins of divisive discourse

Obama Courts Latinos by Suing Arizona

Police release tape from Gore accuser's interview

Shocking! Bat-wielding Union Thugs Attack Non-union Workers

What the unions hate