Businessman’s Sign: No Hiring Until Obama Gone

A west Georgia business owner’s sign that he is not hiring until President Obama leaves office is going viral, according to a local Georgia television station.

“New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone,” read the company’s signs on the side of its trucks, according to the station, 11Alive.

“Can’t afford it,” explained the employer, Bill Looman. “I’ve got people that I want to hire now, but I just can’t afford it. And I don’t foresee that I’ll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C.”

Looman’s company is U.S. Cranes, LLC. He said he put up the signs, and first posted pictures of the signs on his personal Facebook page, six months ago, and he said he received mostly positive reaction from people, “about 20-to-one positive,” the station reported.

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But for some reason, one of the photos went viral on the Internet on Monday.

And the reaction has been so intense, pro and con, he’s had to have his phones disconnected because of the non-stop calls, and he’s had to temporarily shut down his company’s website because of all the traffic crashing the system.

But Looman said that he is not refusing to hire to make some political point; it’s that he doesn’t believe he can hire anyone, because of the economy. And he blames the Obama administration.

“The way the economy’s running, and the way my business has been hampered by the economy, and the policies of the people in power, I felt that it was necessary to voice my opinion, and predict that I wouldn’t be able to do any hiring,” he said.

“I just spent 10 years in the Marine Corps protecting the rights of people… the First Amendment, and the Second Amendment and the [rest of the] Bill of Rights,” he said. “Lord knows they’re calling me at 2 in the morning, all night long, and voicing their opinion. And I respect their right to do that. I’m getting a reaction, a lot of it’s negative, now. But a lot of people are waking up.”

Interesting.

Lena Taylor, Property Accessory To Voter Fraud | Media Trackers

Media Trackers discovered that over 20 individuals voted, some illegally, from one of Senator Lena Taylor’s (D-Milwaukee) properties during the April 5, 2011 spring election. According to a Media Trackers open records request with the City of Milwaukee Election Commission, the property at 1018 N 35th St. in Milwaukee currently has 36 active voter registrations and at least 23 individuals voted using the address.

Media Trackers was tipped off to Senator Taylor’s property by the Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty, who found 11 individuals that registered on election day to vote from Taylor’s property, 7 of which were corroborated by Senator Taylor’s mother, Lena J Taylor.

“Using open records requests, we obtained copies of the 11,017 Milwaukee County Election Day Registrations and created a database to analyze the entries from all 19 municipalities in the county,” said Tim Dake of the Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty. Dake explained further that “our volunteers ran numerous queries on the data and were surprised to see the name Lena Taylor appear on so many forms.”

The Property

According to property records obtained from the Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services, Senator Lena C. Taylor owns the property at 1018 N. 35th St. in Milwaukee. The property has 6 units and is zoned by the Milwaukee Zoning Code as RT3. According to the City of Milwaukee Zoning Code, properties zoned RT3 are intended to “promote, preserve and protect neighborhoods intended primarily for two-family dwellings.”

According to records from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, Senator Taylor’s mother, Lena J. Taylor, ran a delinquent and now defunct non-profit on the property called “Mama Delta’s Lovehouse.” The non-profit was allegedly a “homeless/temporary shelter” from February 2007 until March 2011, less than one month before the April 5, election. The organization was found delinquent in January of 2010, given a notice of dissolution in January 2011, and officially administratively dissolved as of March 15, 2011.

Despite the presence of the non-profit on the premises of 1018 N. 35th St., the City of Milwaukee Zoning Code reads:

H. Group Home, Group Foster Home, or Community Living Arrangement

h-2 If the use is located in an RS1 to RS6 or RT1 to RT3 district, not more than 8 clients shall reside on the premises. In all other residential districts, not more than 15 clients shall reside on the premises.

Even if Taylor’s mother’s delinquent and dissolved non-profit were an excuse for the number of voters at 1018 N. 35th St., housing 36 individuals would be a violation of the City of Milwaukee Zoning Code for the property itself.

The Voters

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The issue with Senator Taylor’s property does not stop at the exorbitant number of active voters or the number of individuals who used the address to vote on April 5. When Media Trackers began to look at the individuals that voted from Taylor’s property, questions began to emerge about whether voters were ineligible to vote and whether they actually lived on the premises, let alone the state of Wisconsin. One individual was a felon voter and another may reside in Chicago.

According to court documents, there are at least 3 other questionable registrations at Taylor’s property. These individuals list different addresses in court documents from previous years but it cannot be determined when they registered to vote from Taylor’s property.

The Ineligible Felon Voter

On election day April 5, Russell Collins registered and voted from the property in question. Senator Taylor’s mother even corroborated for Collins, claiming to be the owner of the property on Collins’ voter registration form. When Media Trackers searched the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program, it was discovered that Collins’ was convicted of a Class G Felony (theft of moveable property from person) on November 5, 2010 and sentenced to 10 months in a “house of correction” with credit for 98 days served. According to Collins’ Criminal Court Filing with the Milwaukee County Court:

Court advised defendant his voting rights are suspended, and he may not vote in any election until his civil rights are restored.

With no indication on his Criminal Court Filing that his civil rights have been reinstated, and the fact that Collins’ could not have served out the totality of his 10 month sentence by April 5 election, it raises questions about whether Collins’ voted illegally and whether Senator Taylor and her mother were complicit in this fraud.

Chicago Voter?

Another individual, Mark E Lewis Sr., first registered to vote from Taylor’s property on November 4, 2008. Without voting at all in 2010, Lewis voted again from 1018 N. 35th St. for the April 5, election. But what is peculiar about Lewis is that just one month after the April 5, election, Lewis was cited for consuming food or beverage on a city bus. The rather benign citation aside, Lewis listed his address on May 4, 2011 as 4843 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois.

Leading to further questions about Lewis’ residency at Taylor’s property, on June 21, 2010, Lewis was cited for a host of charges including Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. In June of 2010, Lewis listed his address as 2933/37 W Wells St. Milwaukee, WI.

Either Lewis lived at 3 different residences and 2 states in the course of 11 months, the last move from Wisconsin to Illinois in less than one month, or Lewis used his active voter registration at Taylor’s property when he did not reside there.

Conclusion

Senator Lena Taylor wants to recall Gov. Scott Walker for what she believes is his misuse of power, but in this case she appears to have been an accessory to illegal voting activities. Furthermore, Senator Lena Taylor was an outspoken critic of the Photo ID bill, but if that bill had been in place it could stopped some of the potential voter fraud that took place from her property.

Just last week, Sen. Lena Taylor re-introduced legislation to extend the right to vote to felons and other convicts the moment they leave jail. But instead of waiting to change the law, Senator Taylor appears to have been an accessory to at least one voter breaking current election law as it relates to felon voting.

Just after the August recall elections, Senator Taylor wrote “when you assault the values and history of the Badger State, you will be held accountable.”

The scope of this scheme indicates that Senator Lena Taylor and her mother need to be asked very serious questions about how the property was used, and how it came to be that 36 voters, some felons still on extended supervision, and others who appear to possibly be from out of state, were registered to vote at the address. At best this is gross negligence that undermines the integrity of the election process, at worst it is an offense against the state of Wisconsin.

Using one of Senator Taylor’s favorite lines, is this really what democracy looks like?

What??

Rubio: Obama Administration Is Playing Politics With Supercommittee

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says he wants the supercommittee to come to an agreement by Wednesday “because so much is at stake,” but he says President Barack Obama is playing politics with the negotiations.

Marco Rubio, Obama, supercommittee“We knew this day was coming, and we know what lies ahead,” the Florida freshman said today on ABC’s “This Week.” “We need to look no further than Europe to understand what lies ahead unless we take these issues seriously.”

Political strategy is at play, Rubio said, adding that he believes Obama “would like to run against a do-nothing Congress” in 2012.

“But I hope that doesn’t stand in the way of meaningful legislation, particularly out of the supercommittee,” he said.

The Obama administration is hindering Democrats on the supercommittee because they don’t know “how far they can go on making concessions, for example, on entitlement reform.”

“I blame the White House for a little lack of leadership on this,” he said. “It’s very difficult for the Democrats on that committee to enter into a negotiation not knowing where the White House is. They don’t want to get their legs cut out underneath them.”

Regarding the bipartisan jobs bill negotiated with Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, Rubio said there’s no reason it shouldn’t pass.

“If something like this can’t get traction, if something like this can’t pass, what does it say about our process?” Rubio said. “We believe that one of the things that’s holding back economic activity is all the bad news and impending bad news that’s coming out of Washington. We can’t sit around for 12 months and do nothing.”

Interesting

Americans No Longer Feel Exceptional : Personal Liberty Digest

The majority of American citizens seemingly no longer believe that theirs is the best Nation in the world, a recent Pew Research Center poll indicates.

The American-Western European Values Gap poll, which addressed a number of domestic policy questions, asked people in the United States, Germany, Spain, Britain and France whether they agree or disagree with the following statement:  Our people are not perfect but our culture is superior to others.

In a blow to the idea of American Exceptionalism, people in the United States are less likely than ever to feel cultural superiority. Only about 49 percent of those polled agreed with the statement as compared to 55 percent in 2007 and 60 percent in 2002. Individuals in the other countries all agreed to the statement more than 50 percent of the time; the French were most likely to feel superior with 73 percent agreement.

Belief in cultural superiority fell across age, gender and education groups in the United States, though conservatives and older Americans are far more likely to retain the concept.

The idea of American Exceptionalism can be traced back to 1831 when a French writer named Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of Americans’ exceptional circumstances and attitudes and suggested that all democratic nations be held up to the example of America in his book Democracy in America. The concept has since been credited as the catalyst behind many of the country’s finest hours of development by historians.

Sad.

Sarah Palin: Congress Rife With ‘Entrenched Corruption’

Former Alaska governor and GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin blasted rampant corruption in the marbled halls of Congress Friday, calling it an “endemic problem” affecting both parties.

“The only solution to entrenched corruption is sudden and relentless reform,” she wrote.

palin congress corruption wsPalin’s remarks came in an op-ed column in The Wall Street Journal, in response to revelations this week that Congress has exempted itself from the prohibitions against insider trading that all other Americans are subject to.
Under current law, members of Congress are free to profit off of equity swings tied to pending legislative actions decisions they are privy to as members of Congress.

The Center for Responsive Politics has determined that 47 percent of all members of Congress are millionaires. This compares to about 1 percent of the population generally.

“How do politicians who arrive in Washington, D.C. as men and women of modest means leave as millionaires?” Palin asks in her column. “How do they miraculously accumulate wealth at a rate faster than the rest of us? How do politicians’ stock portfolios outperform even the best hedge fund managers?”

Palin’s answer: “Politicians derive power from the authority of their office and their access to our tax dollars, and they use that power to enrich and shield themselves.”

Special exemptions that Congress has written for itself to insider trading and other laws have come under intense scrutiny this week, in part due to the illuminating new book by Hoover fellow Peter Schweizer titled: “Throw Them All Out.”

“The very idea that politicians trade stocks while they are considering major bills comes as a shock to many people, but it is standard practice in Washington,” Schweizer writes in the book. As to Palin’s WSJ column, he tells Newsmax: “Governor Palin understands how Washington works and the battle that needs to be fought.”

A CBS 60 Minutes expose on Sunday highlighted trades made by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and by Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., chairman of the House Financial Services committee.

Schweizer said Bachus received private briefings in 2008 from the Treasury Secretary and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve warning that the financial system was about to implode. He then made a series of investments that would generate profits as the market tanked. Bachus disputes Schweizer’s allegations, however.

Pelosi, a Democrat from San Francisco, also has denied making any inappropriate investments. Sources say Pelosi and husband Paul, an investor, bought stock in Visa when the House was considering a bill that would limit credit card companies’ ability to levy fees on consumers — a significant source of their revenues. In response, Pelosi has touted her record as a champion of pro-consumer reforms.

Among the “money-making opportunities” for members of Congress Palin exposes in her column:

Insider Trading – using government information not available to the public at large to predict which companies’ stocks will rise or fall.

IPO Gifts – While it is illegal for members of Congress to accept cash gifts from interested parties, there is no restriction on their being offered initial public offerings in firms, which can be very profitable.

Self-Serving Earmarks
– Some members of Congress have submitted infrastructure earmark requests for their districts that appeared to increase their value of their real estate holdings.

Encouraging Campaign Donations
– Palin calls this “subtly extorting campaign donations through the threat of legislation unfavorable to an industry.”

Palin wrote that the revelations don’t surprise her, owing to her experience fighting cronyism as governor of Alaska. She said that Congress has largely exempted itself from compliance with the Freedom of Information Act used to obtain public documents. Also, unlike other government officials, members of Congress can punish staff members who expose abuses with impunity, because they aren’t subject to whistleblower laws, she said.

Palin called for “real transparency.”

“From now on, laws that apply to the private sector must apply to Congress, including whistleblower, conflict-of-interest, and insider trading laws,” wrote Palin. “Trading on nonpublic government information should be illegal both for those who pass on the information and those who trade on it.”

On Tuesday, GOP Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts filed a bill to make it illegal for members of Congress or their staffs to disclose information or make investments related to pending legislation based on nonpublic government knowledge.

Yes.

Obama Team Thwarted in Attempt to Embarrass Romney

Democrats are desperately trying to embarrass Mitt Romney, the man they see as the inevitable challenger in next year’s election, by creating a flap about missing emails from his term as Governor of Massachusetts.

obama romney planRomney and 11 top aides bought the hard drives from their state-issued computers shortly before he left office in 2007. Email messages were also wiped from the state’s server.

Now President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign is trying to make capital out of that perfectly legal move, the Republican front-runner claims.

Current Bay State governor, Democrat Deval Patrick, even released copies of the canceled $65 checks that were used to buy a total of 17 Romney-era hard drives.

“This action was nothing more than a weak attempt to disparage practices that you know were in complete compliance with the law,” Romney’s campaign manager Matt Rhoades wrote to the state house.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul insisted that his former staff had done nothing wrong in buying the hard drives. “In leaving office, the governor’s staff complied with the law and longtime executive branch practice,” Saul said. “Some employees exercised the option to purchase computer equipment when they left. They did so openly with personal checks.”

Saul told the Boston Globe that Patrick, a close ally of the president, was “doing Obama’s dirty work,” adding that it was one in a series of political maneuvers aimed at distracting from the president’s “horrible record on jobs.”

Democrats believe that emails sent among Romney’s top advisor during his four-year term in the Boston state house could have been a rich source of ammunition they could have used to portray Romney as a flip-flopper.

But their dirty tricks were thwarted when they discovered that the emails no longer exist.

“The governor’s office has found no e-mails from 2002-2006 in our possession,” Patrick’s legal counsel, Mark Reilly told the Globe.

“Before the current administration took office, the computers used during that time period were replaced and the server used during that time period was taken out of service, all files were removed from it, and it was also replaced.”

After the newspaper reported on Thursday that the computers had been sold, the Democratic National Committee filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demand for emails sent and received by nine members of Romney’s Massachusetts administration.

It also asked for any communications which included several phrases that could be embarrassing to Romney down the road or show that he was preparing for a presidential run while still in office.

They included, “delete emails,” “destroy records,” “government transparency,” “president,” “presidential,” “campaign,” “flip-flop,” “political expediency,” “move to the right,” “more conservative,” “change position,” “abortion,” “stem cell,” “guns,” “assault weapons ban,” “Right to Bear Arms Day,” “climate change,” “global warming,” “carbon dioxide emissions,” “CO2 emissions,” “Planned Parenthood,” “Massachusetts Right To Life,” “raise taxes and fees,” “ranked 47th in job creation,” and “Bush economic policies.”

“Americans deserve to know whether the Romney administration deliberately sought to delete public records in anticipation of requests regarding Gov. Romney’s record on a range of issues from abortion to health care and how he reached policy decision when in office,” a DNC statement said.

Romney’s campaign immediately fired back saying that Patrick should not have supplied the Globe with canceled checks as the paper had not filed an FOIA request for them.

The campaign called Patrick’s office “an opposition research arm of the Obama reelection campaign,” and filed its own FOIA request for all correspondence between the governor and three key Obama aides, David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Jim Messina as well as visitor’s and phone logs that might show contact with the trio.

Interesting.

Perry Pledges to Take Only Half Salary

Pledging to lead by example, presidential hopeful Rick Perry of Texas says he will take only half of the $400,000 annual commander in chief’s salary if elected and he called on Congress to do the same.

perry promise half pay“I think you lead by example,” said Perry, appearing Friday on “Your World With Neil Cavuto” on Fox. “Washington congressmen need to have their salaries cut in half. They need to spend half as much on budget. They need to be in Washington half time.”

The longest serving governor in America also shot back at House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi who turned Perry’s invitation to debate his planned overhaul of Congress into a one-liner.

In declining the offer, Pelosi mocked Perry’s recent memory lapse at a GOP debate, when he couldn’t recall the third of three federal departments he wanted to eliminate.

“I’m going to be in Portland in the morning. I’m going to be visiting some of our labs in California in the afternoon. That’s two. I can’t remember what the third thing is I’m going to be doing,” said Pelosi as to why she couldn’t debate the Texan.

Perry was not joking when he took Pelosi to task amid questions as to whether she benefitted from inside trading.

Pelosi was granted access to the Visa IPO back in 2008 while the House was considering credit card legislation that would hurt the credit card industry. Her initial $220,000 investment went up $100,000 in two days.

The insider trading probe gained steam with the publication of a new book, “Throw Them All Out,” by conservative author Peter Schweizer, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and one-time aide to Sarah Palin, who details alleged abuses by politicians on both sides of the House and Senate.

The book was heavily featured on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” with reporter Steve Kroft going after leaders of the two parties in the House on camera. Pelosi denied she had done anything wrong.

“I don’t doubt why she wanted to say no” to the debate, snapped Perry. “This insider trading — this straight up corruption. When a member of Congress can take inside information and invest and enrich themselves.”

Perry urged Congress to pass a law against such conduct in the future. “I think they ought to pass a law right now that if you’re in Congress, or you’re in the United States Senate, and you use inside information to enrich yourself, you go to jail — period,” he said. “That’s what the American people are sick of.”

He called the balanced budget amendment that failed to pass the House by a margin of 261-165 on Friday a “weak bill” without teeth and pressed for the notion of a part-time Congress, similar to the legislature in his home state, which meets every other year.

“Let them go have a job. Let them go back into their communities and spend time with the people they represent. That’s what we do in Texas,” explained Perry. “We pay our legislators $600 per month. They come into town, do the business and they go back and they live under the laws that they pass.”

Despite his poor debate showing, Perry says there’s plenty of time to make up lost ground. “We’re a long way from having the election over with,” he said. “I will guarantee you — Iowa, South Carolina, even New Hampshire — those states are wide open.”

Perry also said that he is prepared to support the GOP nominee regardless of who wins the nomination.

“I’m going to support the Republican nominee. That isn’t even a question,” said Perry. “Our country is on the precipice of a huge economic disaster and foreign policy wise none of our allies know where America is going to be on any given day. We’ve got huge issues facing this country today and [Obama’s] in Burma talking about relations with a country that — I’ll be real honest with you — I don’t know what America’s interest is there.”

He also criticized the president for delaying a decision on the 1,700-mile pipeline from Alberta to Texas until after the 2012 election so a study can be carried out with respect to its impact on an environmentally sensitive area of Nebraska.

“That Canadian oil is going to go one of two ways,” said Perry. “It’s either going to go west to China or it’s going to go south to the United States. That’s not even a question about where that ought to be going. Our national security is in jeopardy with this president.”

Good stuff.