Archive for July 2011
For the past year I’ve voiced my opinions and observations on a variety of topics from politics to recipes. Now it’s your turn to chime in.
On Fridays, I will be using your ideas for my new “Readers Speak Out” Friday report beginning very soon.
Is there something that really bothers you? Maybe there is something that you feel needs more attention. No matter what the issue, I’ll take it into consideration. Here is your opportunity to vent. It doesn’t have to be political, it can about absolutely anything.
Now you have the un-edited opportunity to speak out.
Just email your ideas to : firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get right on it. Or you can just leave your idea in the comments section.
I look forward to hearing from you. – John Roycroft
Wonderful news if you live in California and are sick of the criminal Mexican Invaders stealing your jobs away.
Mexico’s unemployment rate is now at 4.9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent joblessness in the United States. Thanks for this go straight to our wonderful Community Organizer Barrack Obama.
Wednesday the Mexican consul general, Carlos González Gutiérrez, said, “It’s now easier to buy homes on credit, find a job and access higher education in Mexico, we have become a middle-class country.”
Another reason is because of the American animosity towards the illegals here. We are just sick and tired of our country being hi-jacked by criminal invaders. We are finally making it harder for them to get medical and government assistance without legal documentation.
Maybe the time has come that we Americans should seek employment in Mexico. Hell, we could have the best of both worlds – Free American government benefits, healthcare and a Mexican job. – John Roycroft
Clayton County Georgia residents are suffering as a result of a history of government miss-management, a screwed up school system, corruption in the police department, increasing crime rates, and declining property values.
Today the county residents are now faced with a 5 mil tax increase which equates to a 34% increase in property taxes. This tax hike is an effort to prevent a $30 million deficit. In reality their taxes are going up because the middle class residents are leaving the county. They are sick of the corruption which has haunted Clayton County for years.
Residents need to band together to clean up their county and this can only be done by showing up at county meetings in mass. Bitching around the water cooler accomplishes absolutely nothing. Get off your butts and go to every county board meeting you can and be heard. Vote! Get out there and vote the money wasting officials out! If you think this 34% tax increase is going to fix the counties problems then you are seriously ignorant. As long as the current status quo is in power, you will continue to decline and lose your middle class base.
Clayton has a history of corruption by its elected officials where officers, politicians and even judges have been charged and even convicted of corruption.
Many have heard of former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill and his corrupted actions - Like firing over 27 county employees for no valid reasons, or being fined $2000 for misappropriation of county funds for his campaign.
How about this one – He gave friends who were not sworn law enforcement officers official badges. Then there was the allegation of missing funds from drug and propriety forfeiture.
More problems in the Clayton county were loss of accreditation of its county schools.
There have also been allegations that the Clayton County Jail arrest and hold inmates for state tax dollars, and not necessarily because of the inmates guilt.
You folks in Clayton County have a lot of problems to deal with and they can only be stopped by you. Although I am no longer a resident of Clayton County, I do however have much respect for Commissioner Eldrin Bell who I worked with on a search team back in 1979 during the famous missing and child murders case in Atlanta. Bell was Deputy Police Chief back then and was promoted to Chief. He was well liked and respected for being a “tough cop” who took charge and sent a hard message to criminals in Atlanta. Eldrin Bell is a good man.
Clayton County residents need to take a firm stand and save yourselves now before you wake up one morning to discover that your town has been taken over by criminals and crooked politicians. You have the power to change things. – John Roycroft
A massacre on the island of Utoyea Norway on Friday took 90 hopeless minutes before police could arrive, all because they could not get a boat or helicopter to reach the victims. All the while a news helicopter flies overhead video taping the absolute terror down below. What is wrong with this picture?
Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said, “There were problems with transport to Utoya,” where the youth-wing of Norway’s left-leaning Labor Party was holding a retreat, “It was difficult to get a hold of boats.”
One survivor said the “fake police officer” ordered people to come closer, then he pulled weapons and ammunition from a bag and began shooting his victims.
Panicked teens attending a Labor Party youth wing summer camp plunged into the water or played dead to avoid the terrorist attack. Standing in the water, with bodies floating all around him, firing at his helpless victims.
Several victims who had been shot pretended they were dead in a last minute effort to survive, only to be shot again with a shotgun blast to the head.
First reports were 93 dead. The death toll has recently been adjusted down.
- Oslow, Norway: Police Still Searching For More Massacre Victims: UPDATED (lostchildreninthewilderness.wordpress.com)
- Norway Police Probe Massacre Suspect’s Claims of More Cells (businessweek.com)
- VIDEO: Norway victims ‘screamed with fear’ (bbc.co.uk)
Here in Georgia we have a local Police Department who’s officers are facing economic hard times like most citizens. I don’t normally support any government union actions, nor do I condone the actions of government employees who create job slow downs in an effort to get a message across that benefits a union cause at the expense of tax payers.
This is different. We are talking about the men and women who would stand in the way of a bullet to save another human life. These are the dedicated men and women of the DeKalb County Police Department.
I will not involve myself in the politics of DeKalb County, but I will however share these officers concerns with my readers. I have friends in the department and will do whatever I can to show my support. Like most police officers, they are under paid and some are forced to work second jobs to make ends meet.
The same situation is occurring in the Atlanta Police Department – their officers have been given the orders to increase traffic citations in an effort not for safety, but for increased revenue for the city.
Meanwhile there are city workers who, for the most part are slackers and rely on city and county governments as job programs. Millions of $ per year could be saved if city and county officials targeted their job cuts at over payed and bloated staffs.
Just like our screwed up federal government, DeKalb county suffers from the disease of a liberal Democrat ruling class supported by class of moocher citizens who vote for the officials who will find new ways to waste taxpayer money.
We are tired of being used, abused, and molested. You and the commissioners have cut our pay and benefits and yet demand more from us. Well Mr. C.E.O., there is no more!
Your days of taking and taking are over. Your days of taxing the general public at gunpoint are over! These revenues should be a bonus for the county at the end of the fiscal year, not relied on to fund the general budget.
To our fellow officers: don’t let the threats scare you. Read your manual and know policy. We do not have a quota. You cannot be forced to issue citations. Citations are at our discretion.
Stay strong,stay united. Let’s show them that 2010 was just a prelude.
Good news for Herman Cain – After the release of the latest Gallup polls Herman Cain received the highest positive intensity score out of all of the GOP candidates and potential candidates.
With about 50% of respondents actually knowing who Herman Cain is, he has the strongest positive intensity score of about a 25 which is four points higher than the next two candidates, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. Even though Rick Perry is not a declared candidate. Not so good news for Tim Pawlenty, who scored barely above a 10 on the scale.
Oh and by the way – Watch for Rick Perry to be making his announcement shortly after the Iowa Straw Pole results come out. You heard it first right here – JRoycroft
Destroying Rupert Murdoch
In 1998, a reporter at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Michael Gallagher, wrote an 18 page exposé on Chiquita Brands International and its corporate goings on in Central America. The report sourced phone calls leaked to the newspaper.
In fact, Gallagher had illegally tapped into Chiquita’s phone system.
In 2010, NBC’s parent company General Electric paid a $23.5 million settlement to the SEC on allegations that its subsidiaries bribed Iraqi officials to win UN contracts.
In neither case was Gannett, the parent of the Cincinnati Enquirer, or GE hauled before Congress with its CEO sworn in to answer questions about their conduct.
In neither case did media sensationalize what was going on.
But things are different with Rupert Murdoch. Why? Because he is amazingly successful and many other media properties unwilling or unable to compete would rather destroy him than innovate ahead of him.
The story of what News of the World did is news and it is bad and it should be punished. But the level of piling on with no evidence against Murdoch or even his son, James, is astounding. They are being tried in the court of public opinion solely because of their last name.
But beyond that, critics in the United States are using the situation as an excuse to go after the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and other Murdoch properties. There are no allegations of wrong doings at those other properties, but their competitors just can’t help themselves.
Rupert Murdoch is a genuine success story. He has pushed the news forward. And, oh by the way, his properties tend to hover around the center or right of center while most publications with dwindling readers *cough* New York Times *cough* continue their drift left and slow decline.
The witch hunt against Murdoch personally is political and professional payback from folks he has bested. It is not surprising, but conservatives should be willing to step up and defend News Corp and Murdoch. Their subsidiary newspaper behaved horribly. Those trying now to exact revenge on Murdoch are behaving just as horribly.
Erick Erickson/Red State
- Rupert Murdoch’s News International initiates post-scandal company-wide review (news-briefs.ew.com)
- Telegraph: James and Rupert Murdoch to be questioned under oath (blogs.journalism.co.uk)
- Phone hacking probe to cover all Murdoch’s U.K. papers (news.nationalpost.com)
- Bill O’Reilly and Expert Agree: Murdoch Coverage is a Liberal Witch Hunt [Video] (gawker.com)
- Murdoch company puts other U.K. papers under microscope (theglobeandmail.com)
- Murdoch’s UK papers review standards – Boston Globe (news.google.com)
The assault is on. Looks like Michelle Bachmann has some health issues that the ObamaMedia is surely going to use against her.
“She has terrible migraine headaches. And they put her out of commission for a day or more at a time. They come out of nowhere, and they’re unpredictable,” says an adviser to Bachmann who was involved in her 2010 congressional campaign. “They level her. They put her down. It’s actually sad. It’s very painful.”
“When she gets ‘em, frankly, she can’t function at all. It’s not like a little thing with a couple Advils. It’s bad,” the adviser says. “The migraines are so bad and so intense, she carries and takes all sorts of pills. Prevention
pills. Pills during the migraine. Pills after the migraine, to keep them under control. She has to take these pills wherever she goes.”
- Michele Bachmann Suffers From ‘Incapacitating’ Migraines  (gawker.com)
- Bachmann migraines described as incapacitating(cbsnews.com)
- Michele Bachmann: Migraine Headaches Won’t Impede 2012 Presidential Goals (huffingtonpost.com)
- Bachmann: Migraines won’t impede White House goals (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Remember Sheila Jackson Lee, the incredibly dumb congresswoman from Houston? She has found a way to turn the deficit negotiations into a racial issue. Wow, what a surprise!
This is also the same idiot Congresswoman from the Houston area – home to NASA – who thought that our astronauts had planted an American flag …… on Mars.
“I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president, only this president, only this one has received the kind attacks and disagreements and inability to work. Only this one. Read between the lines…”
“I do not understand what I think is the maligning and maliciousness [toward] this president. Why is he different? And in my community, that is the question that we raise. In the minority community that is question that is being raised. Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully? Why has the debt limit been raised 60 times? Why did the leader of the Senate continually talk about his job is to bring the president down to make sure he is unelected?”