Despotic nations in U.N. turn their attention to U.S.’s “human rights violations”

Originally posted by me elsewhere on 11/05/2010

The Bush administration boycotted the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) because it is dominated by a bloc of Islamic nations who’s overriding agenda has been to condemn Israel. However the Obama administration has reversed the U.S. position, and now the U.S. has come under the spotlight of the UNHRC for it’s alleged human rights violations, with Indonesia condemning our religious intolerance, Mexico condemning our racial profiling, Russia condemning our capital punishment, and Cuba and Iran urging us to close Guantanamo prison.

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How the House Speaker manages the House

Originally posted by me elsewhere on 11/01/2010

I was reading this article on John Boehner’s plans for the House in the event that Republicans retake it, and he becomes House Speaker. According to Boehner only five people in the House currently control the entire legislative process.

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Environmentalists’ frontal assault on suburbia

Originally posted by me elsewhere 10/31/2010

In addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors this past January, President Obama laid out his vision for developing your local community, specifically local planning, zoning, things of that nature. You might think that in the divide between federal, state, and local powers surely local zoning and development are… well, local. But the President doesn’t share your parochial view. As he explained to the mayors in attendance, he believes the federal government needs to…

focus on creating more livable and environmentally sustainable communities. Because when it comes to development, it’s time to throw out old policies that encouraged sprawl and congestion…

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You can be a maverick if your party says it’s okay

Originally posted by me elsewhere on 10/29/2010

During the legislative process for health care reform, I learned all sorts of disappointing things about Congress, for instance that members of Congress routinely vote on bills which they haven’t read. Then we had Rep. Conyers explaining how ridiculous it was for people to expect their representatives in Congress to read the bill because he confessed that he wouldn’t be able to understand it even if he did read it. Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained that it was necessary to pass the bill so we could discover what it was about.

But the most disappointing thing that I learned was that the Democratic defectors had been given permission to defect by their party’s leadership.
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Sticking it to the (green) man

Originally posted by me elsewhere on Oct. 24, 2010

When I learned that my local department store had received a huge shipment of incandescent light bulbs, I went out and bought a full shopping cart of them. Why? I am tired of being bullied by the green movement and its government arm.

For years there has been a huge campaign to promote the advantages of CFL light bulbs. Nonetheless, not everyone has climbed onto the CFL bandwagon. In fact some people have even gone so far as to suggest that there are disadvantages to using CFLs (for example, this blog post by Co2 Art). Having grown tired of trying to reason with an unreasonable populace, governments around the world decided to coerce individuals into giving up their incandescent bulbs. In the U.S. our political class reached their exasperation point in 2007 when they passed the Energy Independence and Security Act.

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Regulating money right out of my wallet

Originally posted by me elsewhere on Oct. 19, 2010

Here are some of the latest consumer products that are reported to be super-energy efficient. You’d think if they were so good, the federal government wouldn’t be inflicting them on me against my will. Apparently the increased, up-front cost of a number of these products is so great that I won’t be able to recoup the difference by lower energy use.

My husband says that crates of incandescent light bulbs have just recently shown up at our local Meijer’s department store. I need to stop by and stock up before they’re gone forever.

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The federal government covets my 401K

Originally posted by me elsewhere on Oct. 13, 2010.

Yesterday I posted a status update about a recess hearing in which senators heard testimony about the pros and cons of having the federal government confiscate money from 401K plans in order to cover the shortfall in union pension funds. The article that I read was New Lame Duck Threat to Bailout Union Pensions published at Human Events. What I read there was alarming enough that I tried to find out more today. As it turns out, I was unable to find any information supporting the contention that the government was considering using money in private 401K plans to bail out union pension plans. In fact it seemed as though the Human Events article was confusing two distinct proposals.

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