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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Monday, July 31, 2006

Minimum Wage Increases and Chicago "Muscle"

Minimum wages are a product of government at its worst. It is no more or less an act of control over business by congress. The late Richard Daley, the "Boss" of Chicago often said he would send one Democrat to Washington to be a Congressman because he was too dumb to be an alderman. Daley also use his "muscle" to get things done nationally and locally.
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Chicago has passed a law requiring the "big-box" stores such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Target to pay each worker, regardless of skill, experience, or education a minimum of $13 an hour by 2010. This wage is broken out at $10 for salary and $3 for benefits. Other cities may soon follow suit.
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Enterprise zones were established to lure business to areas in an effort to trump up economics and decrease unemployment locally. Increasing minimum wages including mandatory health care or benefits packages will defeat this purpose.
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Mandating wage control over the likes of Wal-Mart and Home Depot will only cause these companies to expand and open multiple stores around big cities, not within their borders. In addition, the "everyday low prices" offered by big box stores will become a thing of the past. Unemployment will increase as lay offs take effect.
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FDR and his inept fiscal policies actually extended the Great Depression in the U.S. The anti-business attitude of Roosevelts administration hurt business and did nothing to provide employment because mandatory wage increases and price controls did not allow business to adequately re-invest, expand and hire more people. As costs increase the consumer pays the freight of this consequence and business activity deflates.
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Examine car prices. Safety features are one small cost to the increased cost of manufacturing automobiles. Luxury features also increase the price tag. However, a closer look at the cost of manufacturing an automobile is union control, which drastically effects wages and benefit. which go into the price of the car and comes out of the consumers pocket.
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Time magazine had a feature story in the early 80's about the UAW, auto worker wages and benefits. They examined one worker who sat on a stool and every few seconds pulled a trigger on a robotic rivet gun. The workers complete wage and benefits package was $80,000 per year. This was 1980 and we wonder why the "Big-3" U.S. automakers are constantly in trouble. Costs have risen, UAW workers have very large wages and benefits all controlled by someone other than the business.
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Americans are still willing to pay for expensive cars but how long will they shop at Wal-Mart and Home Depot when prices hit the ceiling? How long will Wal-Mart be willing to pay a greeter $13 per hour? That individual will no longer have a job.
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Reported in the Wall Street Journal, a study by the economics firm Global Insight calculates that the presence of Wal-Mart and other low-price retailers saves working families on average more than $2,000 a year. MIT professor Jerry Hausman has found that, although Wal-Mart does slightly reduce wage rates in nearby areas, its lower prices swamp that effect. The biggest beneficiaries are families with incomes of less than $10,000 for whom "a super center makes a 30 percent difference in what they can buy."
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WSJ further notes, when activists kept Wal-Mart out of Chicago's South side last year, the company opened the store in nearby Evergreen Park instead. Now that store collects an estimated $530 million a year in sales from Chicago residents without a penny of sales tax going to Chicago. The location where Wal-Mart was going to build remains an empty lot. Partly as a result of such anti-business policies, Chicagoans spend $5 billion a year shopping in the suburbs.
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It's business as usual in Chicago but this time the "dumb" Democrat isn't going to Washington, he and she reside in their over paid positions on the City Council. That's Chicago "Muscle!"

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Fair, Balanced and Juan Williams

Fox News Sunday, Fair, Balanced and then we have the ignoramus Juan Williams from NPR. Williams has written and won awards concentrating on African-American issues, worked in editorial and op-ed for the Washington Post for 23 years. Here is Mr. Williams bio:
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Before coming to FOX, Williams spent 23 years at The Washington Post, where he served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist and White House correspondent. From 2000-2001, Williams hosted National Public Radio's (NPR) national call-in show Talk of the Nation. In that role, he traveled to cities across America for monthly radio town hall meetings before live audiences. Williams is currently a senior national correspondent for NPR.
xxx The recipient of an Emmy Award for television documentary writing, Williams also won widespread critical acclaim for a series of documentaries including, Politics, The New Black Power, and A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom. He is the author of the non-fiction bestseller, Eyes on The Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 and Thurgood Marshall, American Revolutionary. Williams has also written numerous articles for national magazines including Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, Ebony, GQ and The New Republic, in addition to appearing on numerous television programs including ABC's Nightline, PBS' Washington Week in Review and Oprah.
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Williams is a graduate of Haverford College.
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Mr. Williams is a "whiner" and he is as misguided on reality as any left-wing ideologue in America. Williams never fails to side with terrorist organizations, and countries such as North Korea and Iran. Williams is on the side of diplomacy and has not said anything about Israel's right to defend itself.
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Williams believes in the United Nations and Kofi Annan. He often repeats the "theory" on WMD and Iraq although Saddam Hussein used WMD on his own people and in the war against Iran.
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In the last two weeks the feckless Williams has complained about the killing of Lebanese civilians, many of whom live in Tyre, the "capital" of Hezbollah Lebanon. Williams absolutely fails to see any relationship between Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and "citizens" who participate hiding terrorists and their weapons.
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I understand Fox's attempt to have Fair and Balanced guests on it's panels but Williams brings a third dimension to the program, the "unbalanced" dimension.

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Weekly Patriot Awards

From the Patriot Post, here are their weekly awards: xxx This week's "Alpha Jackass" award: "The President made a big deal about bringing the Iraqi prime minister to address Congress. The Iraqi prime minister is an anti-Semite. We don't need to spend $200, $300, $500 billion bringing democracy to Iraq to turn it over to people who believe Israel doesn't have a right to defend itself." —Demo National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, insulting a domestically constrained ally for cheap political gain
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Although we wrote earlier Mr. Maliki should condemn Hezbollah, he remained silent. Howard Dean has gone beyond any reasonable discussion, he is simply irresponsible and ignorant. Dean also attacked Katherine Harris, former Florida Secretary of State who certified George Bush's victory in 2000, which was her responsibility.
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Dean said in Wednesday's speech that Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is "going to beat the pants off Katherine Harris, who didn't understand that it is ethically improper to be the chairman of a campaign and count the votes at the same time. This is not Russia and she is not Stalin."
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If Dr. Dean decides to go back into medicine he could be the next Dr. Kevorkian. xxx This week's "Braying Jackass" award: xxx "If I was president, this [war in Lebanon] wouldn't have happened... The president has been so absent on diplomacy when it comes to issues affecting the Middle East. We're going to have a lot of ground to make up because of it... This is about American security and Bush has failed. He has made it so much worse because of his lack of reality in going into Iraq." —John Kerry pontificating from a bar in Detroit
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Kerry was a repeat Moonbat Award winner here at Liberally Conservative this week.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Chicago Behavior Police - A Little Too Windy

The "Toddlin' Town" aka "Windy City" is beginning to blow a little too much hot air, which typically comes from the Chicago City Council.
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I like Richard Daley, the no-nonsense mayor of Chicago. Sure he's a Democrat, plays machine politics like a pro, but he generally says what's on his mind. Despite the fact Daley is a White Sox fan he manages a large city, second to none, with diligence.
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However, the Chicago City Council, a spectacle unto itself has begun enacting legislation that borders on unconstitutional. The smoking ban is one law I favor. I don't have to ask for non-smoking in restaurants. The law against cell-phone use while driving is a good one if it's enforced and the smoking ban includes public places.
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The city council is now getting over zealous in their effort to control things they have no business getting involved with. For example, a current proposal would restrict fast-food chains from cooking with trans fatty oils.
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In April, Chicago became the first city in the U.S. to outlaw the sale of foie gras, a goose-liver delicacy that upsets animal rights activists.
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"We have children getting killed by gang leaders and dope dealters. We have real issues here in this city. And we're dealing with foie gras? Let's get some priorities," stated an anry Mayor Daley. "
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"Is the City Council going to plan our menus?" asked Alderman Burton Natarus.
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In a recent editorial, the Chicago Sun-Times chimed in referring to the council's "special Committee to rid Chicago of Everything That Is Bad for Us," and suggesting, "it's only a matter of time before they propose ordinances on cell-phone ring-tones, secondhand barbacue smoke and bug zappers."
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The Chicago City Council should start cleaning up their act of incompetence and misrepresentation before they tell people not to eat fried chicken. If they need to find issues with a problem then a collective look in the mirror would easily identify the biggest problem in Chicago.

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Moon Bat of The Week Award!

Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) * xxx Kerry once again demonstrates why he is not only unfit for command but unfit to serve in th U.S. Senate. Kerry tried to take on John Bolton at the Foreign Relations Committee hearing to confirm Mr. Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. xxx Kerry was not at the hearing until the end of the day when he finally appeared with his excuse. With a tepid apology Kerry instead attempted to bring attention to himself with his self importance. xxx KERRY: I apologize for being delayed. We had a mark-up in the Small Business Committee, and as ranking member, I had to be there. He is soooooooo important, in his own mind. What could Kerry possibly know about small business except he favors taxing them until it hurts. xxx Kerry earns this weeks Moonbat because he tried to badger John Bolton and found his own incompetence demonstrated why he was so overmatched. Kerry has a glaring tardy record with absence from Senate votes and appearing at hearings. At the hearing this week Kerry is out of touch and lacks considerable knowledge of the facts, which Mr. Bolton exposes in the Q & A. xxx KERRY: You say that to be effective it requires reform. What is the principal reform that is required for the U.N. itself to be effective with respect to Iran or with respect to North Korea or Resolution 1559 in Lebanon? What reform would make a difference to that effectiveness? xxx
BOLTON: I'm not sure that reform as such would have a difference there. That is more a question in the Security Council of reaching policy agreement among the 15 members of the council and particularly the PERM 5. xxx
KERRY: And isn't it fair to say that we're sort of the odd person out on most of those policies? xxx
BOLTON: I wouldn't say that, no. xxx KERRY: Well, with respect to North Korea, let's look at that for a minute. Russia and the South Koreans were unwilling to join us, isn't that correct, with respect to the sanction effort? xxx
BOLTON: That's clearly not correct, because they did. And in fact, we worked very closely with the Russians in the negotiation, 11 days of very intense negotiation to get Resolution 1695, and worked very closely with the Republic of Korea's mission to the U.N. to get their agreement to the resolution, as well.
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BOLTON: They got on board a resolution which is binding, as our judgment is binding under Chapter 7, that's correct. xxx
KERRY: They didn't get on a tough resolution 7, did they -- Chapter 7? xxx
BOLTON: Yes, they did. xxx KERRY: They did? Was Homer Simpson sitting in for Kerry? DOH! xxx KERRY: Well, the most that you seem to want is to go back to a six-party talk that isn't in existence. xxx
BOLTON: No, no, quite the contrary. We said expressly... xxx
KERRY: Are you prepared to go to bilateral talks? xxx
BOLTON: Quite the contrary. We said expressly that what we wanted from North Korea was not simply a return to the six-party talks, but an implementation of the September 2005 joint statement from the six-party talks which would mean their dismantlement of their nuclear weapons program. xxx KERRY: But this has been going on for five years, Mr. Ambassador. xxx
BOLTON: It's the nature of multilateral negotiations, Senator.
xxx KERRY: Why not engage in a bilateral one and get the job done? That's what the Clinton administration did. Brace yourself Kerry! xxx BOLTON: Very poorly, since the North Koreans violated the agreed framework almost from the time it was signed. And I would also say, Senator, that we do have the opportunity for bilateral negotiations with North Korea in the context of the six-party talks, if North Korea would come back to them. xxx Kerry continues to insist on bilateral talks with North Korea and won't let Bolton respond. Then he suddenly moves on to Syria. Bolton redirects Kerry back to North Korea. xxx KERRY: No, because no talks were going on for the first couple of years, and then the six-party talks were a cover for not dealing with bilateral talks. I understand. Kerry doesn't understand a thing. xxx
BOLTON: The principal reason that we haven't had six-party talks in 10 months is because North Korea won't accept China's invitation to come to the talks. But we have made it clear to them repeatedly that they could have and they have had bilateral conversations with the United States in the context of the six-party talks. xxx
BOLTON: So the question as to why the six-party talks have not proceeded here, I think lies squarely in Pyongyang. xxx KERRY: I would respectfully suggest to you that North Korea is sitting there making a set of presumptions. And unless you begin to alter some of the underlying foundation of those presumptions, you're stuck. Kerry believes we should cave in the North Korean threats. xxx
The problem is, we're stuck too, as a consequence. And a lot of us feel very, very deeply that the six-party talks have never been real and never been a way of achieving this goal. And as long as we're on this course, we're stuck. Actually Kerry is stuck on stupid as Bolton demonstrates. xxxx BOLTON: Well, I think that the effort that has been made is to give North Korea the opportunity to make the choice, to come out of its isolation, to give up its nuclear weapons programs and to enjoy the kind of life that the people in South Korea enjoy.
xxx There's a great map, Senator -- I'm sure you've seen a copy of it -- of the Korean Peninsula at night. And South Korea is filled with light; North Korea is black. It looks like South Korea is an island. That's what that regime has done to its people. xxx Clearly overmatched Kerry continues to ramble about six-party talks, and then suddenly mentions the failure of U.N. Resolution 1559. xxx KERRY: Well, again, we can debate, and we're not going to here, so I'll let that go. Kerry knows when he has been beat into submission and needs to meet Teresa for cocktails and some more time off. This may be the hardest Kerry has worked in some time. xxx
* John Kerry, who served four months in Vietnam, shot himself at least once, earned one of three purple hearts because a piece of rice was stuck in his arse and had illusions of Cambodia during Christmas.

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Kofi Annan - U.N.'s Leader of anti-Semitism

As reported in the Ottawa Citizen:
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UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, speaking Tuesday just hours after the bombing of a U.N. outpost in Lebanon, accused the Israelis of the "apparently deliberate targeting" of the base near Khiam in southern Lebanon. The words of a Canadian United Nations observer written just days before he was killed in an Israeli bombing of a UN post in Lebanon are evidence Hezbollah was using the post as a "shield" to fire rockets into Israel, says a former UN commander in Bosnia. Those words, written in an e-mail dated just nine days ago, offer a possible explanation as to why the post -- which according to UN officials was clearly marked and known to Israeli forces -- was hit by Israel on Tuesday night, said retired Maj.-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie yesterday. The strike hit the UN observation post in the southern Lebanese village of El Khiam, killing Canadian Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener and three others serving as unarmed UN military observers in the area. Just last week, Maj. Hess-von Kruedener wrote an e-mail about his experiences after nine months in the area, words Maj.-Gen. MacKenzie said are an obvious allusion to Hezbollah tactics. "We have on a daily basis had numerous occasions where our position has come under direct or indirect fire from both (Israeli) artillery and aerial bombing." "The closest artillery has landed within 2 meters (sic) of our position and the closest 1000 lb aerial bomb has landed 100 meters (sic) from our patrol base. This has not been deliberate targeting, but rather due to tactical necessity." "What that means is, in plain English, 'We've got Hezbollah fighters running around in our positions, taking our positions here and then using us for shields and then engaging the (Israeli Defence Forces)," he said.
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What this also means is Kofi Annan is a liar and he leads the U.N. as anti-Israel and defenders of terroristism. Annan feels using the word, "apparently " provides him with a free "get foot out of mouth card." When questioned about his comments he arrogantly pointed out his use of the word as though this would shield him from making claims before any facts were in.
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Unfortunately for Annan the person killed in the bombing left evidence as a direct witness that Annan is truly against Israel and a defender of Hezbollah. How we can recognize the U.N. as anything but impotent is the $64 million question.

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Why Israel Must Crush Hezbollah

When Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers two weeks ago, provoking the current conflagration, the Shiite terrorist outfit apparently intended to use them as bargaining chips to demand the release of prisoners. According to the BBC "the prisoner Hezbollah wants most" is Samir Qantar. On April 22, 1979, Qantar murdered 28-year-old Danny Haran and his 4-year-old daughter and caused the death of another Haran daughter, age 2. Haran's widow, Smadar Haran Kaiser, describes the crime (she transliterates the murderer's name as "Kuntar"): xxx
It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband, Danny, and I had picnicked with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach not far from our home in Nahariya, a city on the northern coast of Israel, about six miles south of the Lebanese border. Around midnight, we were asleep in our apartment when four terrorists, sent by Abu Abbas from Lebanon, landed in a rubber boat on the beach two blocks away. Gunfire and exploding grenades awakened us as the terrorists burst into our building. They had already killed a police officer. As they charged up to the floor above ours, I opened the door to our apartment. In the moment before the hall light went off, they turned and saw me. As they moved on, our neighbor from the upper floor came running down the stairs. I grabbed her and pushed her inside our apartment and slammed the door. Outside, we could hear the men storming about. Desperately, we sought to hide. Danny helped our neighbor climb into a crawl space above our bedroom; I went in behind her with Yael in my arms. Then Danny grabbed Einat and was dashing out the front door to take refuge in an underground shelter when the terrorists came crashing into our flat. They held Danny and Einat while they searched for me and Yael, knowing there were more people in the apartment. I will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. I knew that if Yael cried out, the terrorists would toss a grenade into the crawl space and we would be killed. So I kept my hand over her mouth, hoping she could breathe. As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust. "This is just like what happened to my mother," I thought. As police began to arrive, the terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, according to eyewitnesses, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl's skull in against a rock with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar.
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Hezbollah and their defenders only see Samir Kuntar as a hero and they wish his release so he can be celebrated and maybe kill another day. Kidnapping innocent soldiers defending their border is bothersome to the terrorists, especially when the border is Israel. Murdering women and children is their passion. The disease of terrorism must be irradiated or it will continue to spread, "from Spain to Iraq" and around the world.
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Source: Opinion Journal (subscription)

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

OUCH! What the U.S. Pays the UN - Read and Weep

U.S. contributions to the UN in 2005 totalled: $1,959,053,000. This includes the regular budget, peacekeeping operations, international tribunals, specialized agencies and subsidiary organizations. The United States has the maximum assessed contribution to the UN regular budget -- 22%. In 2005 the assessed amount is $439,611,612. The minimum assessed contribution is 0.001%. The scale of assessments for each UN member for the required contributions to the regular budget is determined every 3 years on the basis of Gross National Product (GNP).
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Only nine countries (starting with the largest contributor: United States, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, Spain, China) contribute 75% of the entire regular budget. Cuba, which accounts for much of the behavior of the UN Human Rights Commission and its Sub-Commission, contributes .043% of the regular budget. Oil-rich Saudi Arabia contributes .713%.
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In addition to their contributions to the UN regular budget, member states contribute to the peacekeeping operations budget and the cost of international courts and tribunals. The level of these contributions is based on their assessed contributions to the regular budget plus variations which take account of permanent membership on the Security Council.
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UN members also make voluntary contributions to UN specialized agencies and subsidiary organizations. The administrative costs of such bodies, though, are met from the regular budget. Find a complete summary and details by clicking here.
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Provided by the State Department, International Organizations Bureau, February 2006, Program Activities Summary
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Porker of The Month - Representative Tom Davis (R-Va.)

Washington, D.C. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) Porker of the Month for sponsoring a federal bailout of the Washington, D.C. Metro system. The National Capital Transportation Amendments Act of 2005 (H.R. 3496) provides $1.5 billion over 10 years to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Congress has bailed out WMATA three times since 1967, costing a total of $6.2 billion. A series of reports in The Washington Post in June 2005 detailed how Metro mismanaged $1 billion in projects. Metro spent $383 million purchasing faulty new subway cars that broke down and needed repairs as often as the old ones they were replacing. Hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted renovating cars and escalators many of which were made worse than before. The public transportation system of only one metropolitan area should not be funded at the exclusion of others. The national debt stands at $8.4 trillion and the War on Terror has no end in sight. Pedestrian and bike improvements for Metro stations simply do not take precedence over genuine priorities and will further exacerbate Congress’ out-of-control spending. If WMATA needs repairs and improvements, it should be paid for by passenger fares, local governments, and competitively awarded federal grants. WMATA can also cut costs with market-based reforms implemented through competitive contracting programs. The subway system must prove that it can properly administer its budget before being handed a gift from taxpayers to make up for the money it has squandered. The $1.5 billion rewards Metro for past mismanagement and will give it less incentive to straighten up its practices. For sponsoring a wasteful bailout for a parochial interest with a history of inefficiency and disregard of taxpayers’ money, CAGW names Rep. Tom Davis the Porker of the Month for July 2006.
xxx Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.
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Contact Representive Davis and let him know tax and spend Republicans are irresponsible and part of the problem, not part of Conservative principals.
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Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.)
2348 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4611
Tel: (202) 225-1492
Fax: (202) 225-3071

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Understanding Islam and Terror

In the message broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahiri, second in command to Usama bin Laden, said that Al Qaeda now views "all the world as a battlefield open in front of us." The Egyptian-born physician said that the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and Palestinian militants would not be ended with "cease-fires or agreements." "It is a Jihad for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq," al-Zawahiri said. "We will attack everywhere." Spain was controlled by Arab Muslims until they were driven from power at the turn of the 16th century. "My fellow Muslims, it is obvious that Arab and Islamic governments are not only impotent but also complicit ... and you are alone on the battlefield. Rely on God and fight your enemies ... make yourselves martyrs."
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If your Muslim and don't speak out and fight against these extremists then I must presume you're a believer and follower of terrorism. No excuses, you're on one side or the other. If you house this ilk your one of them, period!

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Democrats, al-Maliki and Me????

I never thought I, Liberally Conservative, would agree with the likes of Charles Schumer (D-NY), Barbara Boxer (D-Ca), Harry Reid (D-NV), and Dick Durbin (D-IL). I despise these people, they stand for everything I'm against.
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I defend the Bush administration, the war in Iraq, and the complete war on terror. I defend Israel and it's right to defend itself. I have no use for Kofi Annan, the U.N. or the E.U. I do, however, question Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki and his refusal to denounce Hezbollah and his stance against Israel.
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I have heard the arguments from Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol and a tepid response from Charles Krauthammer whom I greatly respect. It still doesn't reconcile itself and I have pondered this since hearing the original statement and subsequent answers to press questions.
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Politics is one thing but I feel less comfortable with the present situation in Iraq and Maliki's failure to deliver on his promise to get militias under control and the insurgency quelled. Now Maliki is discussing option "B" but to do so he had to call on Tony Blair and George W. Bush to ensure our troops will defend his defenseless government.
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We still haven't heard much about the members of the Iraqi parliament who were on abu Zarqawi's cell phone speed dial. The death total in Baghdad is ever increasing and now we are supplying more troops. Yet by not denouncing the terrorist group Hezbollah he is implying he defends their actions as long as the actions are against Israel. This is not a good sign and I support anyone from congress who is demanding Maliki to reconcile his statements and to tell us exactly what his stance is.
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In addition, it is a well known fact Maliki has close ties to Iran and Syria. If someone could comment and provide me with evidence that Maliki is the right person as Iraq's Prime Minister please do so. Currently I'm not buying it.
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"The fate of our country and yours is tied," Prime Minister Maliki told Congress yesterday -- adding that if democracy fails there "then the war on terror will never be won elsewhere."
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Precisely Mr. Maliki. However, you must recognize, publicly, who the terrorists are. Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Iran and former Hussein Baathist party members who are creating the events in the streets of Bahgdad currently.
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Although Iraq is a so-called Democracy and free speech is one of many freedoms, Mr. Maliki should call out Sunni Parliament Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani who crossed the line of acceptable behavior when he said that an Iraqi who kills an American soldier should "have a statue built for him."

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Wictory Wednesday

This week Wictory Wednesday presents Doug Lamborn for Congress for the 5th District of Colorado.
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Doug Lamborn is a solid conservative with a history of fiscal restraint. He supports reforming education to give more choices to parents instead of dumping more money into a bloated bureaucracy. He believes there should be little to no federal role in education as those decision should be best left up to local areas to determine their own needs. Education is the absolute key to continued economic development and sustainability and it is clear that school choice will once again produce schools and students who are representative of the greatness of this nation. Senator Lamborn understands that the problem with health care in the United States is not because the government isn't in charge, but because the government has skewed the incentive system away from consumers. The solution isn't to remove the consumer even farther from the equation, but to put the consumer square in the middle and allow them to make flexible choices for their own health care. The use of eminent domain to take property from the disenfranchised and give it to the enfranchised has left those on all parts of the political spectrum a sense of fear. It was only a matter of time when the Court gave local governments the right to kick people out of their homes that those governments would stop paying fair market value for the properties they seized. Senator Lamborn understands private property rights as a foundational aspect of our society, government, and nation. Our freedoms are not something granted by the government out if its magnimity, but these are rights inherent in our society that the government is not free to intrude upon. Senator Lamborn has won endorsements from the NRA, the National Pro-Life Alliance, and the Club for Growth as well as many other conservative endorsements. Please consider helping Doug Lamborn win in November by contributing or volunteering for his campaign if you live in or near his area.
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FairTax Blogburst

FAIRTAX STATUS REPORT xxx The FairTax movement is going strong my friends, stronger than you might imagine. I can assure you that the FairTax is attracting an ever-increasing degree of attention in Washington. I wish I could share the details, but the wonderful world of politics is such that it is much better to let the people involved spill the beans than to jump the gun by disclosing their interest or involvement ahead of time. There have been three events in recent months that have really peaked interest among the political class. First was the debut of The FairTax Book on the New York Times Bestseller's list for paperbacks. We're still there ranking very high in the business category. Second was the FairTax rally in Atlanta a few months ago. When we packed a room full of 4,500 people, and then turned another 4,000 away, the shockwaves were felt inside the Beltway the very next day. On the morning after the rally Congressman Linder, who had returned to Washington overnight, was buttonholed by a number of colleagues to explain "just what it was you did there in Atlanta last night." Last week's Georgia primaries in Georgia also opened some eyes. The FairTax was on the Republican primary ballot in three metropolitan Atlanta counties, and in each county the idea of replacing the income tax with the FairTax was approved by over 85% of the voters. When a reform idea as huge as the FairTax receives that type of an approval rating people, especially politicians, take note. Another thing happened last week that impressed a number of high-ranking DC political-types. I received about 15 emails from people who told me that they originally had no intention of participating in the primary ... UNTIL, that is, they heard me say that the FairTax was on the ballot. Those emails are now in the hands of some of the most powerful people in Washington. Simply put --- when you have an issue that (1) sends people to the polls who would otherwise not vote, and (2) gets the support of over 85% of the voters, you have an issue that can drive an election. Politicians know it. Now ... what's next? ORLANDO! THAT'S WHAT! xxx This coming Saturday on the steps of the Orlando City Hall we're going to have a rally in support of the FairTax! Our Orlando affiliate, News Talk 580 WDBO has done a spectacular job of setting this rally up, and Jesse The FairTax Babe has added a pancake breakfast to hungry rally participants! Come on, folks. We can do this! We can bring about this massive transfer of power from the government to the people, but only if you'll get off your keesters and help us out! xxx Yesterday afternoon I was talking to a friend in Naples. I told him we were trying to get at least 10,000 people in front of the Orlando City Hall, and asked him if he was going to come to the rally. He told me that if there were going to be that many people there, then it wouldn't make much difference if he showed up or not! That, my friends, is the type of thinking that can lead to a small turnout; and a small turnout takes a lot of steam out of the FairTax movement. I can promise you that if we put 10,000 into downtown Orlando for this rally it will be the talk of Washington the next Monday. What happens on Saturday will have a lot to do with whether or not we make any progress toward making the FairTax a prime issue in this Fall's election. WE NEED YOU! xxx Yes. It's a sacrifice. Reform like this doesn't happen without sacrifice. You can be a part of a revolution here. It can't be done with you sitting on your hands. The FairTax Blogburst is jointly produced by Terry of The Right Track Blog and Jonathan of Publius Rendezvous. If you would like to host the weekly postings on your blog, please e-mail Terry or Jonathan . You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

An Old Afghan Ministry Returns - Uh Oh

The "morals" police have returned to Afghanistan and one has to wonder where this is headed. In the Islamic world "police" of this nature means loss of freedom for women and children as well as formal brutality. With the history of the Taliban why would Hamid Karzai even consider this as a good idea?
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Known precisely as the ministry of Vice and Virtues the Taliban used this government office to:
  • Ban girl's education
  • Beating men who trimmed their beards
  • Elimination of a leisure time such as TV or playing cards
  • No punishment for rapes
  • Public lashings
  • Women wearing Burkas to hide complete identity

Why resurrect a ministry by the same name as the Taliban's invoking fear in the public? The Afghan government claims the ministry objective will range from anti-corruption to proper hygiene. Religious scholars will work with health professionals and others to develop public-service campaigns advocating basic tenets of Islam, such as honesty and clean living. The department will focus on discouraging violence against women.

Discouraging violence against women, how appropriate. Did they possibly put this one into the law? They have to teach hygiene? They also want to "discourage" drug use. How about starting by eliminating the poppy fields. Sorry, poppy by-products are the number one export in Afghanistan.

The problem is the religious fanatics and warlords are still active in the Afghan public with some in the government. Extremists maintain the patience to rebuild their groups with the goal of returning to power. The Ulema Council, a government-sanctioned group of mullahs and scholars designated to advise the government on religious issues, was one of the driving forces behind Vice and Virtues ministry return. President Karzai submitted the idea to parliament, which will soon vote it back to life.

This may be proof that changing cultures of the ages is not a simple task. Leaving too many former regime members behind is the same reason Israel should do it's best to stamp out Hezbollah and Hamas. If all the vermin isn't removed it will surely actively pursue it's natural order of creating terror in the name of religion.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Moon Bat of The Week Award!

Kofi Annan
U.N. Secretary General
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Suffice it to say, this blogger has contempt for Mr. Annan, as he is a pathetic creature of all that is bad about the United Nations. Annan is an anti-Semitic who placates countries that defy human rights and refuses to recognize Syria and Iran as terrorist regimes.
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"While Hezbollah's actions are deplorable and Israel has a right to defend itself, the excessive use of force is to be condemned," Annan told the Security Council this week. "Despite our assessment that a full ceasefire remains difficult to achieve at this time, I remain of the view that the international community must make its position clear on the need for an immediate ceasefire of hostilities and a greater credible effort by Israel to protect civilians while conditions for such a cessation are urgently developed," Annan said in his first assessment of the situation since Israeli military action in Lebanon.
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Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Gillerman, however, told a press conference afterward that there would be no cease-fire. He also said he was disturbed that "one word which was, curiously, totally missing from that report was the word 'terror.'" "The first thing that must be addressed is cessation of terror before we even talk about cessation of hostilities," Gillerman said. US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton agreed, saying, "No one has explained how you conduct a cease-fire with a group of terrorists."
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Kofi Annan is no leader, he couldn't lead a whore to bed. Annan's time is running out as Secretary General, good riddance. If only the U.N. would follow him into the sunset and desolve.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Hezbollah and The Kerry-Heinz Clan - Part Two

Part One is Here!

Blogger "Bookworm" has more on the connections between the Kerry family and the terror outfit that styles itself the Party of God, or "Hezbollah":
xx In September 2004, there was a huge gathering of anti-American, anti-Israeli organizations in Beirut to attend a conference entitled "Where Next For The Global Anti-War And Anti-Globalization Movements? An International Strategy Meeting." The resulting manifesto, simultaneously turgid and strident, has as its primary goal attacking the U.S. war in Iraq. It's secondary goal is to challenge Israel's "occupation" of Palestinian lands. It's a nasty document, with a decidedly anti-American tone. What makes it interesting today is the identity of one of the organizations playing host to all these anti-American Leftist organizations: Hezbollah (identified on the last page as one of the Local Welcoming Committees). . . .
xxx One of the participants from the United States was a group called United for Peace and Justice. Ordinarily, this would just be one of the icky little anti-American groups that America produces, along the lines of Code Pink : Women for Peace (which also attended this little American and Israel hatefest). What distinguishes United for Peace and Justice is that Teresa Kerry funds it. So, in 2004, a couple of months before Americans decided whether to put John Kerry in the White House, his wife's money was being used to fund one of the participants in a virulently anti-American meeting held in Beirut and hosted by Hezbollah. Once again, we have reason to be grateful that American voters put their money on George Bush.
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Pass the French's mustard and Hunt's Ketchup please!
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Source: OpinionJournal (subscription)

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Disproportionate Killing in the Middle East

Monty Krieger writes Opinion Journal:

If Israel were to tell its citizens to stop hiding in bomb shelters as effectively as they have been and if its attacks had been less successful at degrading the terror capability of Hezbollah, and if more Israeli civilians--say 100 or 200--had been killed by the more than 1,000 rockets that have been launched at them from Lebanon, would the world's journalists and government leaders that now suggest that Israel's efforts to stop Hezbollah may be (or are) "disproportionate" change their minds?
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Oh Monty, that logic is too easy for the deadhead twins, Kofi Annan and Jacques Chirac. To answer your question......Unfortunately, probably not!

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Hezbollah and The Kerry-Heinz Clan - Common Ground

Like many Shiite Muslim girls in southern Lebanon, Rima Naji was married early, at the tender age of 13. By 15 she had delivered her first child--a healthy boy--and by 19 her husband Sheikh Fadi Abboud was dead wrote author Sarah Smiles on a Web site called Women's eNews. "He was martyred on the 10th of February 1995. He was 21 years old," she says. "Thank God he died according to the objectives of Hizbullah." "Deified in paradise and venerated on earth for fighting Israel, Hizbullah's martyrs are nothing short of heroes in southern Lebanon," gushes Ms. Smiles. "Their wives are in turn admired, because of their husband's sacrifice." As of June 2004, nine months after this article appeared--though apparently no longer--Women's eNews was funded by, among other groups, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III fund of the Heinz Family Foundations.
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Teresa Heinz, of course, would be first lady today but for a football stadium's worth of Ohio Republicans.
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eBay..er FeeBay Gone Mad

I started eliminating personnel inventory some years ago using eBay. It's my opinion that sellers and buyers made eBay what it is today. They went from a message board to a thriving business at the forefront of business news. eBay has become a generic term similar to Xerox. eBay sellers offered valued advice, which eBay used to improve the venue. The message boards and input by merchants are the key reason eBay built a useful and productive business. Period.

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The difference is eBay has little competition in the auction market and this is unfortunate for the people who made a good living at eBay and have fled because of rising costs. Sellers can't always pass the increases on to consumers as they have competition, something eBay can avoid.
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If you sell "widgets" for a low margin and depend on volume eBay has sunk your ship. If your a big seller your margins are still being cut because eBay will raise fees at a moments notice. The three largest "PowerSellers" left eBay suddenly. Was it because of increasing costs? Most likely.
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Regardless of what some people think I believe eBay greed and mismanagement will eventually catch up to them. Google is attempting to compete with PayPal (eBay owned) and eventually Yahoo will decide to promote their auction venue and use some capital to actually compete with eBay. We can only hope. If Yahoo enhances it's auction venue, advertises it and supports it eBay will be in trouble.
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I left eBay after I was suspended for shill bidding, something that didn't happen. It took three months to get reactivated and by that time I was on my way to building my own e-commerce site. eBay could never explain why I was put on hold. May it was my forthright comments on the economies of scale at eBay, attached to a message board. The jury is still out but with persistence my move to independent e-commerce will have it's success story.
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If every CEO could simply raid the piggy bank, in this case the sellers pockets, to cover so-called increasing costs, life would be grand. This is biting the hand that feeds you and eventually the hand falls off. Today I received an email from eBay with paragraph after paragraph of "blah, blah, blah" before the hammer fell. Not the auction hammer but the fee increase one.
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Keep in mind eBay was promoting stores, offering discounts some time ago to open and place lots of inventory into your virtual brick and mortar. They turned around and increased store fees as well as auction fees. This was in very early 2005 not far beyond the store promotion. Can you imagine deciding to fill your eBay store with inventory and have the rent suddenly go up when you were led to believe this was a solid investment by the landlord. Unfortunately eBay store owners didn't have a binding lease agreement. May the tenant beware! More fee increases have followed.
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Sample eBay gibberish.
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Since its debut in 1995, the eBay marketplace has continually evolved to meet the needs of the eBay Community. For the most part, the behavior of buyers and sellers has naturally adapted to changing conditions -- over time, we've learned to allow the marketplace to direct itself as much as possible. On some occasions, though -- in the interest of the eBay marketplace's long-term vitality -- we've had to step in and implement new policies, introduce new formats, or make changes to our fee structure to create needed incentives for eBay members.
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What is the "incentive" to rising costs? Bankruptcy?
  • Core listings (auction-style, auction-style with Buy It Now, and Fixed Price) deliver the signature eBay buying experience. For sellers, they're the fastest way to sell inventory on the Internet -- the only place where items typically sell within about two weeks.
  • Store Inventory listings were introduced in 2001 and intended as a low-risk way for sellers to display large amounts of product in their eBay Store. This format employs low insertion fees and higher final value fees to encourage an abundance of inventory on the site.

If eBay new "Core" listings were the fastest method to sell inventory then why promote stores? How do you employ lower insertion fees when you keep raising them and implement a higher fixed monthly rent? eBay is exercising "double-talk" and treating sellers as if they are stupid. In some cases they are correct, because sellers keep eating the fees.

eBay admits guilt.

Amid all this change, one thing has remained constant: auction-style listings are the foundation of eBay. Auction-style and other core listings made eBay what it is today -- and they'll always be front and center on eBay.com. They account for about 91% of the gross merchandise value sold on eBay.com. But recently, we've been wrestling with some troubling facts:

  • Store Inventory listings now comprise about 83% of active eBay.com listings on average.
  • While eBay.com core listings typically sell in about two weeks, Store Inventory listings on average take 14 times longer to sell. In some media categories, Store Inventory listings take more than 40 times longer to sell than core listings.
  • And, when you compare our operations costs for an average Store Inventory listing and an average core listing - factoring in the duration of each - our cost to host a Store Inventory listing is more than 50% higher than for a core listing. In fact, current Store Inventory insertion fees don't cover eBay's costs for hosting them.

"Build it and they won't come" is the new motto for eBay stores. This is what eBay promoted in email and at eBay.com. There is another saying: "Plan your work and work your plan." At eBay they assume the seller will gladly follow their advice and eat the fees. BUT WAIT! eBay miscalculated, must backtrack and capture their losses by charging the sellers who either pay up or dump their inventory and close their stores, the same stores eBay encouraged you to open.

Raising the inventory cost is not an option since eBay admits their stores don't sell. Switching to auctions will provide eBay with increase cash flow in addition to the store fees they already received. This is a form of "double-dipping." eBay also controls the search features at their site and stores suffer because the engines aren't set up to place your inventory into the results.

Of course eBay merchants can pay a very formidable fee to have a featured store. This is eBay holding a gun to your head and standing outside your store with gasoline and matches.

The hammer falls:

Today, I want to inform you of changes we're making to eBay.com -- changes intended to rebalance the overall eBay marketplace by further distinguishing the roles of core listing formats and our Store Inventory format. In short, we're improving the advantages of selling in core listing formats -- and taking action to manage the proportion of Store Inventory listings -- to ensure that the buying experience on eBay stays true to shoppers' expectations.

For those of you who operate an eBay Store, we're making changes to Store Inventory listing fees, as well as to the on-site exposure we provide for this listing format.

The Final Analysis.

Merchant product exposure is at the bottom of the eBay totem pole. In another words it will take a very persistent buyer to click your items if they are able to find them. In addition to less exposure your fees will take on a very new look.

For items selling for $0.01 -- $24.99 their will be a 150% increase in fees. Items selling for $25.00 and higher the fee increase is 400%. Vaseline not included.

Thanks for the email FeeBay....er..uh...eBay! I will continue to build it, promote it and stock it, just not at eBay.

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A Penny Earned Still Has Value

With rising prices for zinc and copper, every penny now costs slightly more than one cent for the U.S. Mint to produce. Nickels now cost about 5.5 cents to produce. A penny now has one-eighth the purchasing power it did in 1950 -- and then the coin was 95% copper, versus 3% today. Congress may be moving to eliminate the penny from our currency. They usually have priorities confused. The Wall Street Journal suggests if American consumers don't find value in using pennies, they are free to conduct their transactions without them -- or drop the change in the jar for Jerry's Kids. It turns out that one social value of pennies is that they help charities collect millions of dollars in donations each year -- yes, one red cent at a time. Ronald McDonald House and any number of charities benefit from pennies. So use your pennies wisely. A penny earned is a value to someone who needs it. A nickle too if your so inclined.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Embarrassed Lawyers? They Should Be If Not!

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, which today will ask its membership to vote to give that 60-year-old political lobbying institution a brand new moniker. ATLA's board of governors already resoundingly approved a switch, voting 91-5 last month to drop any reference to the lawyerly profession, and instead go with the impressively unspecific and high-minded "American Association for Justice." No word yet whether Webster's will formally protest.
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Driving this switcheroo is ATLA's concern that more and more Americans are under the impression that trial lawyers are less interested in justice than they are in generating frivolous lawsuits that pad their own bank accounts. That widely held belief is what has in recent years propelled states from Texas to Ohio to enact tort reform, Congress to pass a class-action lawsuit cleanup, and voters to toss out elected judges who favor the plaintiffs bar.
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All of which has ATLA (er, AAJ) a little bothered. As President Ken Suggs wrote in a recent letter to members, "Our research shows that if our message is about helping lawyers, we lose. On the other hand, if we're about getting justice and holding wrongdoers accountable, we win." As to whether the research also showed that one way to improve the trial bar's reputation is to stop fleecing the innocent, Mr. Suggs did not say. Instead, the group has tripled its communications staff and hired noted pollsters and campaign strategists to recast its image. As the old joke goes, it's 98% of lawyers who give the rest of them a bad name.
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Imagine that! I only wish the WSJ would point out the other 2%. Fat Chance!!! In a way they're "Homegrown Terrorists."

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FairTax Blogburst

Check the various issues below and see how the Income Tax, a Flat Tax, and the FairTax would affect each situation. Comment on why YOU would or would not support the Fair Tax.
xxx 16th Amendment
FairTax - Proposes repeal.
Federal Income Tax - No change.
Flat Tax - No change.
xxx Complexity
FairTax - Individuals do not file. Businesses need only to deal with sales tax returns.
Federal Income Tax - Very complex; 20,000 pages of regulations; I.R.S. incorrect over half of the time.
Flat Tax - Withholding continues. Individuals and businesses must still track income and file income tax forms.
xxx Home Business
FairTax - Record all business expenses and is subject to IRS audit? No.
Federal Income Tax - Record all business expenses and is subject to IRS audit? Yes.
Flat Tax - Record all business expenses and is subject to IRS audit? Yes.
Congressional Action
FairTax - 23% Linder/Peterson FairTax Act of 2001 (H.R. 25). Employees receive 100% of pay. Social Security and Medicare funded from consumption tax revenue, not your paycheck. (H.J.Res45) - Will repeal the 16th Amendment.
Federal Income Tax - Used by lobbyists and the wealthy for tax-breaks and loopholes. Used by bureaucrats for social engineering.
Flat Tax - Rep. Armey’s H.R. 1040 has some problems, but is far superior to current law.
xxx Cost of Filing
FairTax - No personal forms are filed. Significant cost savings.
Federal Income Tax - $225 billion in annual compliance costs.
Flat Tax - Significant simplification costs are somewhat reduced.
xxx Economy
FairTax - Un-taxes wages, savings, and investment. Increases productivity. Produces significant economic growth.
Federal Income Tax - Taxes savings, labor, investment, and productivity multiple times.
Flat Tax - Imposes a tax burden some of which is still hidden in the price of goods and services.
xxx Equality
FairTax - Taxpayers pay the same rate and control their liability. Tax paid depends on lifestyle. All taxes are rebated on spending up to the poverty level.
Federal Income Tax - The current tax code violates the principle of equality. Special rates for special circumstances violate the original Constitution and are unfair.
Flat Tax - The flat tax is an improvement over the current income tax, but it is still open to manipulation by special interests.
xxx Foreign Companies
FairTax - Foreign companies are forced to compete on even terms with U.S. companies for the first time in over 80 years.
Federal Income Tax - Current tax code places unfair tax burden on U.S. exports and fails to neutralize tax advantages for imports.
Flat Tax - A flat tax taxes exported goods and does not tax foreign imports to the U.S., creating unfair competition for U.S. manufacturers and businesses.
xxx Government Intrusion
FairTax - As the Founding Fathers intended, the FairTax does not directly tax individuals.
Federal Income Tax - Current tax code requires massive files, dossiers, audits, and collection activities.
Flat Tax - A flat tax still requires personal files, dossiers, audits, and collection activities.
xxx History
FairTax - 45 states now use a retail sales tax.
Federal Income Tax - The 1913 income tax has evolved into an antiquated, unenforceable morass, with annual tax returns long enough to circle Earth 28 times.
Flat Tax - A flat tax just won’t stay flat. Starting out nearly flat in 1913, the income tax grew out of control with top rates over 90% until the Kennedy administration.
xxx Interest Rates
FairTax - Reduces rates by an estimated 25-35 percent. Savings and investment increase.
Federal Income Tax - Pushes rates up. Biased against savings and investment. Flat Tax - Reduces rates 25-35 percent. Neutral toward savings and investment.
xxx Investment
FairTax - Increases investment by U.S. citizens, attracts foreign investment. Federal Income Tax - Biased against savings and investment.
Flat Tax - Neutral toward savings and investment.
xxx IRS
FairTax - Abolished.
Federal Income Tax - Retained.
Flat Tax - Retained with reduced role.
xxx Jobs
FairTax - Makes U.S. manufacturers more competitive against overseas companies.Escalates creation of jobs by attracting foreign investment and reducing tax bias against savings and investment.
Federal Income Tax - Hurts U.S. companies and decreases available jobs. Payroll tax a direct tax on labor.
Flat Tax - Positive impact on jobs. Does not repeal payroll tax on jobs.
xxx Man-hours required for compliance
FairTax - Zero hours for individuals. Greatly reduced hours for businesses. Federal Income Tax - Over 5.4 billion hours per year.
Flat Tax - Reduced.
xxx Non-filers
FairTax - Reduced tax rates and fewer filers will increase compliance.
Federal Income Tax - High tax rates, unfairness and high complexity harm compliance.
Flat Tax - Reduced tax rates and improved simplicity will improve compliance.
xxx Personal and Corporate Income Taxes
FairTax - Both are abolished.
Federal Income Tax - Retained.
Flat Tax - Retained in a different form.
xxx Productivity
FairTax - Increases.
Federal Income Tax - Inhibits productivity.
Flat Tax - Increases.
xxx Savings
FairTax - Increases savings.
Federal Income Tax - Decreases savings.
Flat Tax - Increases savings.
xxx Visibility
FairTax - The FairTax is highly visible and easy to understand. No tax is withheld from paychecks.
Federal Income Tax - The current tax code is hidden, embedded in prices, complex, and incomprehensible. Taxes are withheld from paychecks.
Flat Tax - The business component of the flat tax and payroll taxes are hidden and would be embedded in prices. Taxes are withheld from paychecks. Any questions?
xxx The FairTax Blogburst is jointly produced by Terry of The Right Track Blog and Jonathan of Publius Rendezvous. If you would like to host the weekly postings on your blog, please e-mail Terry. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Famous Quotes from Not So Great Minds

"They had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the country side of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country."--John Kerry* on U.S. servicemen, April 22, 1971 "The Zionists think that they are victims of Hitler, but they act like Hitler and behave worse than Genghis Khan."--Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad**, July 16, 2006
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* Voted for the War before he Voted Against It.
** Supports all wars against the Infidels and Zionists.
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Transferring Wealth from the Bottom???

Julian Bond, racist leader of the NAACP, has this to say about the Bush Administration:
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"They have continued an assault on our civil liberties and civil rights, orchestrated a mass transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top, increased poverty every year they've been in office, created dangerous deficits, substituted religion for science, ignored global warming and wrecked environmental protections."
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We must assume Mr. Bond's (not 007) miscalculation on his presumption that wealth can be transerred from the bottom to the top, is Bond implying the poorest people in the United States actually had wealth before it was taken from them?
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Must have been those damn tax and spend Democrats!

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Feckless U.N. Resolutions

As Israel defends itself against Hezbollah in Lebanon including it's sponsors Syria and Iran we should take note that the U.N. attempted to slap Israel with a U.N. resolution demanding the end to it's attack on the terrorist group. Wisely, the U.S. vetoed this unconscionable attempt from the anti-Israel forces on the Security Council.
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U.N. Security Council resolution 1559 was issued on September 2, 2004 and demand, without naming names of course, that groups like Hezbollah disarm. The weakness and gutless resolution does not use the word terrorist or Hezbollah so they don't offend anyone. Here is how the U.N. security council handles groups who kill innocent civilians, cross borders and kidnap citizens of other countries.
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1. Reaffirms its call for the strict respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and political independence of Lebanon under the sole and exclusive authority of the Government of Lebanon throughout Lebanon; 2. Calls upon all remaining foreign forces to withdraw from Lebanon; 3. Calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non- Lebanese militias; 4. Supports the extension of the control of the Government of Lebanon overall Lebanese territory; 5. Declares its support for a free and fair electoral process in Lebanon’s upcoming presidential election conducted according to Lebanese constitutional rules devised without foreign interference or influence; 6. Calls upon all parties concerned to cooperate fully and urgently with the Security Council for the full implementation of this and all relevant resolutions concerning the restoration of the territorial integrity, full sovereignty, and political independence of Lebanon; 7. Requests that the Secretary-General report to the Security Council within thirty days on the implementation by the parties of this resolution and decides to remain actively seized of the matter.
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Kofi-Annan once again has failed to do his job. Annan responds to Israel self-defense proclaiming the Middle East is in "a grave situation." Maybe, but someone has to enforce Security Council Resolution 1559. So in the process of defending it's people and borders, Israel is doing Kofi-Annan's job, something he has never done.
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We must say, the Bush Administration has failed to place sanctions and conditions with severe consequences on Syria in the past. It is now up to Israel to do the heavy lifting of the world and devour the terrorist ilk everyone else wishes to ignore.
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Diplomacy is not the answer. Israel's enemies have publicly proclaimed it's wishes to "wipe Israel from the fact of the earth." That is the goal of Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria all sanctioned by Iran.
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The more "disportionate" the bombing by Israel, the faster the terrorists will be killed and Resolution 1559 will be enforced.

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Liberal Version of Homeland Security

If the "dovish", European like, weak-kneed Left-Wing nuts had their way our Homeland Security might resemble the cartoon below. Could that be Howard Dean hiding?

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Slick Willie Would Have Died for Israel

But not for America? The same ex-President who left F-16's sitting on an air craft carrier when Osama Bin Laden was in the U.S. military sites and he refused to be interrupted while he watched a golf tournment. We have this convenient quote from the Impeached ex-Prez:
“The Israelis know that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan River, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die.”
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Doesn't "Three Dollar Bill" think the Iraq war was a mistake? Of course Mr. Clinton wrote the ROTC from Moscow stating his big lie and became an official draft dodger.
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We now know it's highly unlikely Clinton would fight for anything, except at the chance to grope a secretary or drop his trousers for a young intern.
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Actually there is still time if Clinton would like to volunteer.

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