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July 31

Another new paper was just published in Journal of Climate. Added proof Al Gore & Company are simply lying hucksters, out for a buck. Written by eminent climatologists, called Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Air Temperature Variability: 1840–2007 which discusses data from Greenland since 1840. No unprecedented recent warming is found. For example, they find that the 1919-1932 warming was 1.33 times greater than the 1994-2007 "warming". [1] The new report mirrors one from the United States Senate back in 2007. [2]

President Obama's policies will likely lead to stagpression if he is allowed to continue his present course.[3] The Ludwig von Mises Institute has excellent videos entitled 80 Years Later: Parallels Between 1929 and 2009 and A Recipe for the Next Great Depression.

Even the liberal cable news network CNN does a video on President Obama being overexposed.[4] Americans are starting to tune Obama out. Only 28.8 million Americans watched his last prime time television appearance.[5] It appears as if familiarity may be breeding some contempt as Obama's approval ratings dropped below 50% recently in a Rassmussen Reports poll![6]

The conservative YouTube channel ConservativeNewMedia does a two part video analyzing President Obama's approval rating dropping below 50% in a recent Rassmussen Reports poll.[7][8]

The confusing chart the Democrats have a cow over; could it be that it accurately reflects their own confusing health care plan?

Talk about censorship: it isn't just the complete health care plan that Democrats don't want anyone to completely read before they pass it; it's the confusing Rube Goldberg like chart based on it as well, and they are preventing Republican House Members from sending their constituents a mailing about it:[9]

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It appears as though health care reform may be Obama's Waterloo![10] Message to Tea Party activists and like minded citizens: Help push Obama's approval rating even lower among Americans by sharing the powerful video Stop Spending Our Future among your family and friends.

Conservatives still outnumber liberals 2-1 [11]

When Big Government controls education, we know it produces failure. Add a Union to the mix and what happens? An epic fail! Baltimore's most successful public Middle School is laying off Teachers and shortening its school day to meet the demands of a union. The Baltimore Teachers Union told a Charter school earlier this year that it must pay its teachers 33% more because they were working longer hours. Even though it was paying 18% more already and couldn't afford more. Teachers at a charter school working longer hours? Can't have that, says the union! Teachers’ Union wins. Children lose. [12]

July 30

Even the leftist publication The Nation reports that Obama is being misleading and failing to live up to his campaign promise of being transparent when it comes to health care reform! [13] Obama told a crowd at an August 11, 2008 town hall, "What we'll do is, we'll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies."[14] Message to Obama: When are the secret meetings with health care lobbyists going to end and the promised transparency and C-SPAN coverage going to begin?[15] It appears as though ObamaCare may be as transparent as HillaryCare!

CBSNews reports minimum wage hike raises recession fears, may prolong economic downturn and increase unemployment. [16]

Professor Values in the national news again. Henry Louis Gates Jr. a Harvard professor, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Gates was throwing insults at a police officer regarding his mother, claiming racism, and shouting and acting irrationally. Barack Hussein Obama, on the wrong side of a trivial issue, elevates the controversy by defending his crony against law enforcement: "The Cambridge police acted stupidly."[17]

Global investor Jim Rogers blast Obama and his administration for gross incompetence and immorality.[18] Jim Rogers believes recent U.S. government economic numbers are fraudulent and the worse is yet to come concerning the health of the US economy.[19]

The YouTube channel Conservapedivideos has been revamped. Conservapedia is considering significantly expanding its YouTube channel subscriber base to help slow down Barack "big spender in chief" Obama.

Over 35,000 are listening to tonight's webcast (9pm ET) for "".

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President Obama's approval rating among Americans continues its downward trend (almost dropping while you watch) according to the Gallup Organization and is now merely 55% 54%.[20] [21] Almost 6 in 10 Americans view President Obama’s proposals to address the major problems facing America as involving too much government spending.[22] Help push Obama's approval rating among Americans below 50% and make him politically impotent by sharing the powerful video Stop Spending Our Future among your family and friends. Conservapedia is currently communicating with a leader within the Tea Party movement to help spread the video Stop Spending Our Future across America as well as other similar video content.

July 29

Show Us The J-o-b-s , President Obama! Jobs here, jobs now, jobs first! Video. [23]

Cleveland Plain Dealer's Kevin O'Brien: "Obama brings his health care hustle to Cleveland." Compares Obama's pitch for his healthcare initiative to an old fashioned snake oil salesman - - "Now, some of you are bound to notice that the bottle that contains 'Dr. Obama's' enchanted brew lists no ingredients. That's because no one -- not even Dr. Obama -- really knows what's in it. His helpers in the House and the Senate are constantly adding their own pinch of this and dash of that to the recipe. But you can trust that it's good." [24]

More than six months as President, Barack Obama continues to speak about the United States as though it were someone else's country, this time in connection with the Gates' arrest controversy: "... And No. 3 -- what I think we know separate and apart from this incident -- is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact."[25] Why doesn't Obama say, "in our country?

Dr. Bill Cosby shares his thoughts on the arrest of prominent black scholar and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and President Barack Obama's "stupidity" comment about police. VIDEO.

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President Obama's rhetoric last night summoned the memory of "1984," George Orwell's novel of a nightmarish future -- where the slogan of the rulers is "War is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength." The President assures us that he will "cut" health-care adding $1 trillion + to health-care spending! He says that "health-care decisions will not be made by government". . .while he sets up a new Federal Health Board to tell doctors what treatments they can offer and to whom and under what circumstances. [26]

July 28

New York Times surprises Wall Street with a 84% profit jump. Basically, a one-time charge from renegotiating union agreements. NYT's core income, advertising revenue, continued a steep decline falling an unsustainable 30%. [27]

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A new Gallup poll just released shows more Americans disapprove than approve of the way Obama is handling health care reform.[28] Also, independents are more likely to disapprove than approve of the way Obama is handling health care reform.[29] Health care is likely going to be Obama's Waterloo![30][31] The Congressional Budget Office recently warned that Obama's health care "reform" will actually increase federal health care cost than decrease federal health care cost.[32] Call the Blue Dog Democrats today and tell them they should not go down with the Obama health care "reform" ship!

Democrat Failure: Inside The Government-run Healthcare Bill. Much like the mind-boggling TARP, stimulus, Omnibus bills, so-called health care reform will be the end of individual liberty as we know it. Example: Page 59, lines 21-24 Government will have direct access to your banks accounts. [33]

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Democrat Attack Machine Gears Up. "Independent investigator" alleges Sarah Palin's defense against slanders and smears constitute "personal gain." [34]

Specter's 20-Point Lead Evaporates. Despite changing parties to boost his re-election prospects, liberal Senator Arlen Specter, D-Pa., is in a statistical tie (45% to 44%) with his likely Republican opponent, former Rep. Patrick Toomey, who ran unsuccessfully against Specter in 2004, according to a Quinnipiac University survey conducted July 14-19. The poll also found that 49% of Pennsylvania voters think Specter does not deserve re-election to a sixth term in the Senate. [35]

Newsflash : Mainstream media outlet Associated Press prints article critical of Obama.
In a ghastly piece, AP staff writer dares to compare Obama's closed door, smoke filled room negotiations with insurance & pharmaceutical lobbies to George W. Bush meeting with oil and gas interests or Dick Cheney on energy policy. The author says, "Obama more business as open government and hold him accountable...Instead the administrations multibillion-dollar deals....have been made in private...the public is in the dark." [36]

July 27

More Bang for the Buck. Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs & Morgan Stanley donated a combined $3 million to Obama [37], received $100 billion in bailout money, and have now spent more than $7 million of it this year lobbying Congress. [38]

If it weren't real life, it would be great TV Department: Yet another would be Obama "Czar" has been unmasked as a radical leftist wacko. Cass Sunstein's views on litigating on behalf of animals has raised concerns for Senator John Cornyn, who placed a hold on the nominee until he gets a chance to hear his views one-on-one. Cornyn finds numerous aspects of Mr. Sunstein's record troubling, specifically the fact that he wants to establish legal 'rights' for livestock, wildlife and pets, which would enable animals to file lawsuits in American courts. The Obama Administration looks more and more like a situation comedy for television. [39]

Alaska has become the 36 state to reassert its sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. This power granted to the states rightly restrains an all controlling imperial federal government. [40] [41]

"STOP THE ABORTION MANDATE" holds a massive nationwide webcast this Thursday, 9pm ET. Registration is free at: [42]. The host is David Bereit, whose "40 Days for Life" has used fasting and prayer to save 1,561 lives and mobilize 215,000 people in 240 cities.

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John Holdren, President Obama's Director of Office of Science and Technology Policy, advocated compulsory abortions, (Eugenics) and other draconian measures such as the creation of a "Planetary Regime" that would oversee human population levels and control all natural resources, in a 1977 science textbook. Holdren won the unanimous approval of the Senate as the President's chief science adviser. It appears that the senators who scrutinized him had no knowledge of the contents of a textbook he co-authored in 1977, "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment", which was co-written with discredited environmental activists Paul and Anne Ehrlich, discusses and in one passage seems to advocate totalitarian measures to curb population growth, which it says could cause an environmental catastrophe. [43]

"Big Dem cash dump on eve of climate vote: Three House Democratic leaders who were whipping members on the climate change bill gave tens of thousands in campaign cash to party moderates around the time of the 219-212 vote on June 26, according to Federal Election Commission records."[44]

Watchdog: TARP tab could hit $24 trillion! The inspector general in charge of overseeing the Treasury Department's bank-bailout program says the massive endeavor could end up costing taxpayers almost $24 trillion in a worst-case scenario. 50 other programs that began as early as 2007 could push the government's total financial support of the financial sector to at least $23.7 trillion, says TARP Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky. The Obama Treasury for months has refused his recommendation that TARP recipients be required to reveal exactly what they do with the money, calling it "meaningless". [45]

The co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, Sheila Crump Johnson, endorsed Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell on Monday. “He has shown me that he has the right vision and the executive leadership skills that will guide Virginia through these challenging times.” [46]

Children see the world as designed even in the non-theistic culture of Japan.[47]

Conservapedia fans are making inroads into YouTube! The social media tracking website Surchur reveals that 19 out 20 of the latest videos to cite or mention Conservapedia do so in a positive manner![48] Conservapedia is considering expanding its YouTube subscriber base at Conservapediavideos.

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Forty Years Ago, July 20, 1969, The United States Apollo 11 Spacecraft Landed On The Moon.
American hero Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon, speaking the now immortal words: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." He placed the Flag of the United States of America on the surface, and a commemorative plaque which read: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind." No other country, even forty years later, can come close to matching what America has accomplished in furthering innovation and promoting freedom for the entire world. We remain the singular beacon of hope for the world's salvation!

U.K. Airlines To Turn Away Suspected ‘Swine Flu’ Passengers. Holidaymakers suspected of having swine flu will be prevented from checking in and required to provide doctors’ notes saying that they are fit to fly, airlines said yesterday. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have provided check-in staff and cabin crew with guidance on the virus as it continues to spread. The news comes just before one of the busiest weeks of the year for airports, with thousands of families preparing to go on holiday. [49]

  • ABC / WaPO Poll Shows Obama Slipping Fast on Key Issues; Approval Rating on Health Care Falls Below 50%. Obama's approval ratings on other front-burner issues, such as the economy and the federal budget deficit, have also slipped over the summer, as rising voter concern about spending and continuing worries about the economy are causing a shift in support. Barely more than half approve of the way he is handling unemployment, which now tops 10% in 15 states and the District. [50]- [51]
  • CBO says Obamacare DOA. [52]

"Fetuses found to have memories."[53]

Compelling Video: Angry voters confront Congressman who voted for "Cap and Trade" Bill. Wacko environmentalists, supporters of Al Gore, take a look into what your future with the American people holds! [54]

Jana Dickson has been granted a child custody victory by the Utah court system. Her same-sex couple's relationship dissolved and Dickson decided she would raise her two-year-old son properly. She has since married and is a Christian convert. After a lengthy court battle- a righteous ending, for the child is in the best of circumstances. No relationship can compete with the love a mother and a father can provide. [55]

On July 19, 1869, naturalist John Muir set pen to paper to capture his experience of awakening in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Published in 1911, My First Summer in the Sierra is based on Muir's original journals and sketches of his 1869 stay in the vicinity of the Yosemite Valley. [56]

ANALYSIS: States Hit Hardest by Recession Get Least Stimulus $$ From Obama and Congress: Examination has found a perverse pattern: the states hardest hit by the recession received the least money. States with higher bankruptcy, foreclosure and unemployment rates got less money. And higher income states received more. Example - a mere $504 per capita in Florida, to the highest, at $3,712 per capita in D.C.. More proof that with liberals, and Liberal Myths, there is nothing we can believe in! [57]

Mr. "Most Trusted Man in America" Walter Cronkite wanted America to lose much of its sovereignty. "It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace," he said. "To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty. That would be a bitter pill. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order." [58]

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts, killed July 18, 1969 after leaving a party with Senator Edward Kennedy. That night, Kennedy drove his car off a bridge, and left the scene with Kopechne still trapped in the submerged vehicle; he did not bother to call the police until the following morning, after extensive consultations with his family Attorneys and political advisors....[59]

"The director of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas W. Elmendorf, shook up the political landscape by suggesting that none of the major health care bills would significantly slow the growth of health spending."[60]

The NRA is "scoring" the confirmation vote: "The pro-gun group, which came out against the nominee after she refused to assert the universal right to defend oneself with a firearm during her confirmation, will be grading [Senators] on the vote" to confirm Sonia Sotomayor.[61] That means a "yes" vote could cost a senator backing by the NRA.

The President Moves the Economic Goalposts: So what's a president to do when the promises he made about his economic stimulus program fail to materialize? If you're Barack Obama, you redefine your goals and act as if America won't remember what you said originally. [62]

Walter Cronkite, the most trusted liberal in America, R.I.P. [63]

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter manages to get high resolution images of four of the moon landing sites: Apollo 11, 15, 16, & 17. [64]

July 23

New health bill bans private new insurance: "Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the years it becomes effective, observes Wednesday's edition of the Investor's Business Daily.

The liberal Senator Barbara Boxer plays the racial condescension game with the president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, who clearly isn't going to tolerate it: Look for Harry C. Alford's interview, Monday, with Bill O'Reilly. [65][66]

Even For The Liberal MSM Sometimes Too Much Is Just Too Much: CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen's contract will not be renewed and she will be leaving the network. Roesgen was criticized for her coverage at the Tax Day Tea Parties in April, when she said the event she was covering in Chicago was, "anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing, conservative network Fox News." Perhaps she will land on her feet with a government job, so she can continue shilling for Barack... [67] Video.

Congressional Budget Director Warns Health Care Bills Will Raise Health-care Costs. One day after a Senate panel approved its version of the health care reform plan, the first committee to do so, CBO Director Doug Elmendorf gave a dose of bad medicine to a separate committee. Asked by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., whether costs would be lowered -- also known as "bending the curve" -- Elmendorf responded: "The curve is being raised." [68]

Obama & liberals Just Love 1984 Department: Health Care Bill Will Fund State Vaccine Teams to Conduct ‘Interventions’ in Private Homes. Yes, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee has approved a "health-care reform bill" that allows just that. The bill's official summary gives the details: "States may use funds to implement interventions...such as home visits". Home visits? What exactly is the state going to do when it sends people to “implement interventions” in private homes designed “to improve immunization coverage of children”? [69]

Federal Reserve Board states unemployment will top 10% this year, (Associated Press) although Obama promised stimulus would keep joblessness below 8% (NPR) and warned failure to pass Obamanomics would "turn a crisis into a catastrophe." (CNN). Employment outlook to remain bleak even after when, if ever, the recovery begins. (USAToday)

Dick Morris's Catastrophe: How Obama, Congress, and the Special Interests Are Transforming a Slump Into a Crash, Freedom Into Socialism, and a Disaster Into a Catastrophe hits No.1 on New York Times Bestseller List

Back in May, NBC sycophantically touted President Obama’s credentials as a constitutional law professor as evidence of his deep experience when it came to the judiciary. But after his nominee to the Supreme Court told senators on Tuesday that she "wouldn’t approach the issue of judging in the way the President does," none of the networks juxtaposed that slap with the President’s supposed brilliance as a constitutional scholar. [70]

The average public school student spends more than "104 hours and 24 minutes per month watching television." [71] The liberal public school system fails to instill in students a desire for serious education. Homeschooling does instill these values: instead of boosting advertising revenue for The Daily Show, homeschoolers are learning!

The health care plan demanded by President Obama and supported by the amoral, leftist Democrats in both the House and the Senate will require that abortion on demand be included as a health benefit in both public and private insurance plans, leading to millions more baby murders yearly. It seems the decision to kill more babies wasn't above his "pay grade" after all.... [72]
And more: the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill that will force you to pay for abortions in the District of Columbia. Call the House switchboard at 202-225-3121. Tell them NO on H.R. 3170.

Out Of Touch With Reality: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that job growth and economic recovery will not be harmed by a Democrat scheme to increase income taxes by $540 billion to pay for their health-care proposal because the tax hikes would not affect small businesses. Hoyer said he could not think of any small business owners who make enough money to qualify ($280K) for the higher taxes. This even though government statistics show the average income of small businesses back in 2006 was $233,600. [73]

GOP still leading in Generic Congressional Ballot.[74]

More intolerance by atheists: "Lawsuit seeks to block 'In God We Trust' engraving." Congressman Steve King observed, "This lawsuit is another attempt by liberal activists to rewrite history and deny that America's Judeo-Christian heritage is an essential foundation stone of our great nation."[75]

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We Told You So Department: Alert Al Gore! A new peer-reviewed study may shake the foundation upon which man-made global warming fears are based. The new study discovered "something fundamentally wrong with the way temperature and carbon are linked in climate models." The study, which was published on July 14, 2009 in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Geoscience, found CO2 was not to blame for a major ancient global warming period and instead found “unknown processes accounted for much of warming in the ancient hot spell.” The press release for the study was headlined: "Global warming: Our best guess is likely wrong."

"In a nutshell, theoretical models cannot explain what we observe in the geological record," said oceanographer Gerald Dickens, a co-author of the study and professor of Earth science at Rice University. "There appears to be something fundamentally wrong with the way temperature and carbon are linked in climate models." [76] , [77] and [78]

Leader of several Democrat-leaning Catholic groups, Eric McFadden, has pled guilty to two counts of compelling prostitution. He was the former Faith-Based Initiatives director for Democrat Ted Strickland, Ohio governor. In 2004, he worked for Catholics for Kerry. True Catholics obey Church teachings and don't promote the anti-Christian liberal platform. [79]

Dick Morris: "In the polling hierarchy, the least significant data measure is a President's personal popularity. Obama's approval, in the latest Rasmussen Poll, has now dipped to 51%, one point less than his 2008 vote share of 52%. So now, Obama's starting to lose people who backed him last November. It's amazing how quickly Obama has lost his lead. Most polls had his job-approval dropping 13 points in his first three months, and current trends suggest that Obama is in for rough sledding -- his job-approval ratings will quickly fall further." [80]

Down The Rabbit Hole Award: Over the weekend, on his syndicated The Chris Matthews Show, Chris Matthews asked his leftist media panel if Barack Obama was governing as "more clearly a radical like FDR was, or more like a true conservative?" The latter part of the question -- the absurd proposition of Obama being a conservative -- actually drew a couple of affirmatives from the clearly out-of-touch liberal panel ! [81]

July 22

As temperatures continue to drop, Al Gore continues to promote the global warming scam:
"HEATHER EWART: There was also, though, a British judge who ruled that there were in fact, I think, nine errors when it was challenged in court?
AL GORE: "Well, the ruling was in my favor. ..."[82]
In fact, there were nine errors in Gore's movie as demonstrated in court, but Al Gore refuses to admit it. Also, the judge held, 'I conclude that the claimant substantially won this case by virtue of my finding that, but for the new guidance note, the film would have been distributed in breach of sections 406 and 407 of the 1996 Education Act.'"[83]

Watch the Maafa 21 movie trailer, then ask liberals why they support racists at Planned Parenthood. [84]

Many pro global warming supporters are backing away as new evidence pours in showing temperature data collected supporting the idea the earth was warming was bogus. The latest data shows average temperatures during the past five years have actually been dropping."[85]- [86]

The Christian YouTube producer, Shockofgod, who is well known by the Christian YouTube community for his anti-atheism videos has come out with a video on Windmill Ministries excellent anti-evolution article.[87]

Sunday "record cool temperatures prevailed. [88] And what is the temperature on a historically hot July 13th night in New Jersey? Down to the low-50s. But don't expect Al Gore to return his $100 million and Nobel Prize that he obtained from the man-made global warming scam.

Michelle Malkin TARP money tip, Wells Fargo Bank is suing itself. [89]

Conservapedia wishes to thank YouTube video producer FirstFreedomFighter for helping to spread awareness of Conservapedia's evolution article at YouTube. According to the social media tracking website Surchur, 9 out of 20 of the newest YouTube videos that cite, mention, or direct people to Conservapedia were made by the YouTube producer FirstFreedomFighter! [90] Keep the excellent anti-evolution videos coming FirstFreedomFighter! Faster, stronger, higher!

Professor values strike again: "A University of Louisville professor arrested over the weekend has decided not to teach classes for the summer term. Dr. Ede Warner Jr. is charged with first-degree arson, wanton endangerment and domestic violence assault." His decision not to teach was voluntary.[93]

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Conservapedia remembers Tony Snow on this, the anniversary of his death in 2008. We offer our prayers to his family for this great American patriot. Without his voice our political discourse has been diminished. Snow served as White House press secretary, was a political commentator and broadcaster.

A supposed "green jobs" government program helped put a damper on the economy of Spain.[94] Don't look for Obama to save the day with his "green jobs" policy.

Sarah Palin's national agenda when she leaves office, campaign for 'limited government, strong defense and 'energy independence,' "regardless of their party label or affiliation." [95]

Obama's latest Czar, Mr. Van Jones "Green jobs" czar is a Communist extremist. He has a “very checkered past” in which he claims to having been radicalized in prison. In addition to Communism, his past political affiliations have been with anarchists and black nationalism. [96]

"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She Originally Thought Roe v. Wade Was Designed to Limit 'Populations That We Don't Want to Have Too Many Of.'"[97]

The social media tracking website Surchur reveals that fifteen out of twenty of the newest YouTube videos mention Conservapedia in a positive light. [98] Conservapedia is considering expanding its YouTube presence in the near future. Please subscribe to the YouTube channel Conservapediavideos today!

Liberal gays are scared to tell the truth about Muslim homophobia. Not confined to just the U.K., it is a universal thought process among all liberals, in all Western societies. [99]

In related events, Muslim extremists decapitate seven Christians in Somalia [100]

July 20

Obama the conspiracy theorist:

""Reckless actions by a few have fueled a recession that spans the globe."[101]

The President failed to explain why he authorized payment of $165 million in bonuses for reckless actions of AIG executives. [102]

European Socialism Department: French tourists are seen as world's worst. In a survey conducted by a European company for Expedia, French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as bad at foreign languages, tight-fisted (cheap) and arrogant, according to a survey of 4,500 hotel owners across the world. [103]

The U.S. government's most secure prison citing guidance from the FBI has determined that two books written by President Barack Hussein Obama contain material "potentially detrimental to national security" and rejected convicted terrorist's request to read them (we couldn't make this stuff up).[104]

A new Quinnipiac poll shows Obama's approval ratings from Ohio voters has dropped from 62% in May to 49% this month, making it the first state where President Obama's job approval has dipped below 50%. Some suggest that the Obama Administration's actions don't match its words. "Seeing a lot of words come out, lot of promises and I'm trying to do this or trying to do that but I'm not actually seeing it happen," Kathy Hartman said. [105]

The mainstream media is officially the state-run mouthpiece of the Obama Administration.
In the age of so-called transparency, roughly 30 television networks, newspapers, magazines, and web site reporters celebrated Independence Day at the White House, sworn to secrecy. [106]

Even More Voters Strongly Disapprove of Obama than Approve

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Rasmussen's Strong Approval Index on Obama now down to -8. [107]

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Vive la Conservapedia's evolution article! A French speaking fan of Conservapedia's evolution article is considering translating Conservapedia's evolution article to French! Soon creationist Francophiles may savor the sweet reasonableness of Conservapedia's thorough refutation of the evolutionary paradigm! Other translations may follow. Please stay tuned for further developments!

Does Congress really care about Americans, let alone Americans' health care? House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the health-care reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers actually had to read the entire bill before voting on it; in fact, Hoyer laughed at the thought of reading it:[108]

Swiss government blocks banking giant UBS from turning over client data on Americans with Swiss bank accounts. [109] A Federal judge ordered the bank to provide information on depositors and fined UBS $780 million for assisting in tax avoidance schemes. UBS was the 13th largest contributor to President Obama's various election funds from 2003 to 2008. [110]

IMF contradicts Obama administration's rosy scenario for economic growth; growth to remain flat and recovery a long way off. [111] Markets react accordingly. [112]

Silly Pop culture Watch: Michael Jackson Makes up 30% of Broadcast News Coverage; 28% on Cable. Not surprisingly, the death of Michael Jackson was the dominant story in the news media last week. The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found Jackson's death made up 17% of the newshole, but accounted for 30% of the airtime on network news and 28% on cable news. [113]

Defense Contractor with close ties to Democrat John Murtha has agreed to plead guilty to taking bribes. CEO Ianiera of Coherent Systems Intl was the recipient of over $8 million in earmarks from D-Pa. John Murtha. There have been calls for Murtha to return more than $68,000 in tainted campaign contributions. [114]

July 18

Air Force Denies Request for Flyover at Christian Festival. The God and Country Family Festival in Nampa, Idaho, applied to the Pentagon but was denied even though they had secured one for its local festival every year for more than 40 years. This year the Air Force turned the request down over the festival's religious focus. This couldn't have anything to do with the secular-progressive Obama Administration being in power now, could it? [115]

Conservapedia prays for its departing summer charity workers. Each year more than 5% of Conservapedians travel to impoverished areas of the world to give care, thanks in part to donations by other Conservapedians. What percentage of liberals and public school students do? Probably less than 1/10th of 1%. In 2007, Arthur C. Brooks, a professor at Syracuse University, published "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism." The "surprise" was that liberals are markedly less charitable than conservatives.[116] Conservatives also donate more time and give more blood.[117] Per capita atheists and agnostics in the United States give significantly less to charity than theists even when church giving is not counted for theists![118][119][120]

Obama does another Bushism, declares Putin President of Russia. [121] Then Obama looks into his soul:

"I am aware of all the extraordinary work you done on behalf of the people of Russia."

For example, jailing your opposition candidate before the election [122] or the liquidation of outspoken critics.[123]

More Voters Strongly Disapprove of Obama than Approve

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Poll shows a twenty-one point reversal of trend since taking office. [124]
Obama approval drops by double digits in Ohio. [125]

NASA Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin Rejects Global Warming Fears: Former Vice President and warming huckster Al Gore has compared skeptics of man-made climate fears to "people who still believe that the Moon landing was staged on a movie lot in Arizona." Gore is apparently ignorant that his analogy has been refuted by two of NASA's moonwalkers themselves -- Moonwalker and NASA Astronaut/Geologist Jack Schmitt - who recently declared he was a global warming skeptic and now, NASA Astronaut and Moonwalker Dr. Buzz Aldrin. Aldrin -- who earned a Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT -- declared he was skeptical of man-made climate fears in a July 3, 2009 Daily Telegraph interview. [126]

First amendment issue over public school ordering 7th grader to remove her Pro-life T-shirt. On National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day, McSwain Elementary School principle Terrie Rohrer humiliated and ridiculed student to remove her T-shirt and confiscated it. "The message of the T-shirt is that life is sacred," and secular public schools have a problem with that truth. [127]

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8 Year Downtrend Continues in Global Temps. Dr. Roy Spencer announced on his blog that June’s anomaly globally using the Aqua satellite dropped to 0.001C. This continues the downtrend that started after 2001, and is another indicator Global Warming alarmism is a certain hoax. Also it was reported today: Sea Level Rise; A Major Non-existent Threat Exploited by Alarmists: Truth about sea level is a major casualty of the war to implement whatever is deemed necessary to implement legislation to increase Big Government power and control, Income redistribution. [128]- [129]

New climate strategy: track the world's wealthiest. Wealthy people are also the biggest greenhouse gas emitters. [130]

Stimulus promised a peak in unemployment of 8% but has only added 2 million more victims of the Recession; [131] bottom 95% may get stepped on with more tax increases, senior Obama adviser reveals on ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday show.[132]

Administration backpeddles on immigration reform. [133]

Obama's buddy Hugo Chavez "tightens his grip" by taking control over one-fifth of deposits: "President Hugo Chavez's government assumed control of Venezuela's third-largest bank on Friday — making the state the largest player in the nation's banking system. The purchase of the Spanish-owned Banco de Venezuela gives Chavez's socialist government control over more than one-fifth of bank deposits as he tightens his grip over the economy."[134]

July 14

In Contention For 2009's "Duh" Award: Colin Powell, who broke ranks with the Republican Party last year to endorse Barack Obama, is now concerned that the President's agenda is increasing the size of government and the federal debt to alarming levels. "I never would have believed that we would have budgets that are running into the multi-trillions of dollars, and we are amassing a huge, huge national debt that...our kids and grandkids and great grandchildren will have to pay for..." Someone should tell General Powell that Obama talked about his ideas for bigger government and huge spending constantly during the 2008 campaign. [135]

New gimmick for public schools to conceal their failure: replace 0% with 40% as the lowest possible grade. "I like the idea," Superintendent Wayne Alexander told a Tampa newspaper. "I think we need to (change) the way we look at grades. The failure range is so (wide) if you think about it. It's not fair."[136]

Hollywood Values emerge about Michael Jackson: "The 'dope', it seems, was not only prescription drugs. Another close aide told me: 'Michael fought a cocaine addiction three years ago. He became addicted because he needed energy. 'The last few years of his life were extremely horrible for him. He could barely function unless he was on drugs. He was totally dependent.'[137]

Jewish settlers are demanding to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the issue of settlement freezes before his upcoming meeting with Obama's special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell.[138]

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Sarah Palin announces that she will resign as Governor of Alaska. "Some say things changed for me on August 29th last year - the day John McCain tapped me to be his running-mate - I say others changed. Let me speak to that for a minute.

Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months I've been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations - such as holding a fish in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters' questions.

Every one - all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We've won! But it hasn't been cheap - the State has wasted THOUSANDS of hours of YOUR time and shelled out some two million of YOUR dollars to respond to "opposition research" - that's money NOT going to fund teachers or troopers - or safer roads. And this political absurdity, the "politics of personal destruction" ... Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn't cost them a dime so they're not going to stop draining public resources - spending other peoples' money in their game." [139]

Conservapedia has doubled the number of students that we're taking on our annual July trip to D.C. If you are a homeschooler or a public school student starting a Conservapedia Club, let us know and perhaps you can join us too.

Senate Democrats propose compulsory healthcare insurance; Obama says prospect of a healthcare Gestapo to enforce $1000 fine on citizens refusing coverage "reflects many of the principles I've laid out." [140]

Jobless rate moves to highest annual loss in 4 decades; [141] as 15 million unemployed struggle to feed themselves and their children, Obama staffers get 18% pay hike [142] despite cost of living going up only 1%. [143]

White House reporters Helen Thomas and Chip Reid are upset over Obama's control of the media there [144]. Note to Helen and Chip: You get what you paid for.

With the Supreme Court's decision in Ricci v. DeStefano this week, we can now report that Sonia Sotomayor is even crazier than Ruth Bader Ginsburg. [145]

  • Sotomayer advised group in smear campaign against Judge Bork [146]
  • Public support for Sotomayer confirmation plunges after Supreme Court overrules bad decision. [147]

The World Socialist Web Site relies on claims by Richard Lenski as support for its article entitled, "Marx and Darwin: Two great revolutionary thinkers of the nineteenth century." Bad flaws in the taxpayer-funded work of Lenski have been exposed on Conservapedia, and he never corrected the errors or complied with requests for his data.

Scientists Write Open Letter to Congress: "You Are Being Deceived About Global Warming -- Earth has been cooling for ten years. Present cooling was NOT predicted by the alarmists' computer models, and has come as an embarrassment to them" [148]

July 9

The Secular progressive / Liberal MSM Lie To Cover Their Own: Frank Lombard is an associate director at Duke University's Global Health Institute and a homosexual who was charged last week with the molestation of his adopted 5-year-old black son and actively trying to sell him for sex on the Internet. In the week since Lombard was arrested, not one national broadcast or cable television news show has picked up the story, and only 17 newspapers in the United States featured it – a majority of which are only small local newspapers. Compare this to:

  • The weeks on end of sensationally lurid coverage of the white male lacrosse players of the same university charged with rape several years ago.
  • The national uproar the false allegations against Senator John McCain concerning his purported affair with a lobbyist.
  • The sensational, non-stop coverage of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's marital infidelity.

Perhaps the real story here is that the MSM expects such behavior from liberals and is only interested in reporting such items when it concerns conservatives? [149]

Are liberals sure they want Judge Sotomayor to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court? The testimony and record of this man - convicted of murder despite evidence of innocence that Sotomayor ignored - is pretty powerful, and he's determined to speak at her confirmation hearing: [150]

"Environmentalists suffered a stunning 0-for-5 outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court this term, their 'worst term ever,' according to advocates and scholars."[151]

"Home-Schooled Football League Thrives in Georgia ... Coaches, volunteers all, sign a code of conduct that forbids tobacco products and cursing." NY Times

More Americans See Democratic Party As “Too Liberal”: A Gallup Poll finds a statistically significant increase since last year in the percentage of Americans who describe the Democratic Party's views as being "too liberal," from 39% to 46%. This is the largest percentage saying so since November 1994. The increasing perception of the Democrats as too far left comes as President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have expanded the government's role in the economy and are working towards a government take-over of healthcare. [152]

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Today Canada celebrates its 142nd year since Confederation. Canada Day celebrates the events that occurred on July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act created the Canadian federal government. The BNA Act proclaimed "one Dominion under the name of Canada," hence the original title of the holiday, "Dominion Day."

As America prepares to celebrate its 233rd birthday this weekend, 82% of American adults say that if given the choice of living anywhere in the world, they would still choose to live in the United States. Just 11% (most likely all liberals) say they would not choose to live in America. [153]

Dictators and Obama's Double Standards: When it came to the rigged election in Iran, Barack Obama played it cool in his public statements, earning the approval of the liberal MSM like the New York Times. But when the Honduran military toppled that country's corrupt leftist president, the Times embraced Obama for speaking out against the "coup", even though the Honduran Supreme Court and Congress declared his actions unconstitutional -- the same kind of internal "meddling" he refused to do for the people of Iran. [154]

Tax Cheating Liberal Al Franken declared winner by Minnesota Supreme Court, Sen. Norm Coleman concedes Senate race. A three county recount and votes left in the car trunk most likely the deciding factor. [155]

Billionaire con artist and major Democratic Party donor Bernie Madoff gets 150 years. [156]

New book from St. Martin's Press reveals former Democratic Vice-Presidential and Presidential candidate John Edwards made sex tape with cocaine addicted prostitute while wife lay stricken with cancer. [157]

Democratic House Judiciary Committee Chairman and former NLG member John Conyers' wife convicted of bribery and corruption charges, face 5 years in prison. [158]

Associated Press report Obama claims energy efficient lightbulbs, which now account for only 7% of all annual energy consumption, will produce enough savings to "power every U.S. home for 10 months" [159]

"The Supreme Court Gets Ready To Turn on the Corporate Fundraising Spigot," and that could spell the end of liberal control of elections.[160]

MSNBC’s Advice to GOP: Time to Dump "Morals and Values" Daytime anchor Contessa Brewer: "We’re talking about these personalities and who can be the leader of the Republican Party. What about their policies? Until they change policies — I mean, that’s what it took for conservatives in Great Britain to win — is a real change in focus away from morals and values into things that affect people’s daily lives." This shows that "conservatives" outside of the U.S. are not some equivalent to those here, and that the so-called MSM has moved so far left they have completely fallen off the table. [161]

Atheists all over Youtube frantically removing videos with swearing. The fear of God has come over them![162] A YouTube atheist with one of the biggest YouTube subscriber bases removed more than 2/3 of his videos![163]]

Polar Bear Expert Barred by Global Warming Alarmists From Polar Bear Specialist Group Conference: Dr. Mitchell Taylor, who has studied the animals for 30 years, was told his views "are extremely unhelpful". This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN's major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But one of the world's leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week's meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not agree with those of the rest of the group. More than once since 2006, Dr Mitchell Taylor has made headlines by insisting that polar bear numbers, far from decreasing, are much higher than they were 30 years ago. Yet another inconvenient truth for the liberal Euro Socialists. [164], [165] and [166]

July 6

FIRST AMENDMENT BLOCKBUSTER: Today the "Court has set up a blockbuster case about Americans’ First Amendment rights to join together and speak freely about politics," declares the Institute for Justice. "A majority of the High Court appears to recognize the grave threat to free speech posed by both the electioneering communications ban in McCain-Feingold and the ban on corporate political speech. [The Hillary Clinton] case could mark a significant advance for First Amendment rights and will have major implications for state laws nationwide."[167]

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee profited from collapsing financial markets. "We didn’t elect them to position themselves to profit while the rest of us lost big chunks of our retirement funds." Observe the editor burying party affiliation when talking about Democrats. True American patriots need to make your voices heard- July 4th Tea Party. [168] [169]

Coup in Honduras Army ousts Zelaya, Hugo Chavez ally, in dispute over term limits referendum. [170]
Obama sides with leftist Zelaya, seeks to reinstate and "meddle" in Honduran affairs. [171]

The EPA freezes out a contrary global warming report. [172] [173]

  • "Carlin's report listed a number of recent developments he said the EPA did not consider, including that global temperatures have declined for 11 years; that new research predicts Atlantic hurricanes will be unaffected; that there's "little evidence" that Greenland is shedding ice at expected levels; and that solar radiation has the largest single effect on the earth's temperature."

Sen. James Inhofe orders an investigation. "They don't want the truth at the EPA, We're going to expose it."[174]

Sotomayor Overturned

The U.S. Supreme Court has held (5-4) that reverse discrimination by government is unconstitutional, "reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge."[175] Full ruling here.

An expanded video contrasting Conservapedia vs. Wikipedia has just been released.[176]

Key Obama economic consultant Warren Buffett says cap and trade is a massive tax on the poor. [177]

The Wall Street Journal cites a number of sources showing that Obama's polling numbers are falling to earth.[178] According to the Wall Street Journal "Polling data show that Mr. Obama's approval rating is dropping and is below where George W. Bush was in an analogous period in 2001."[179] Watch future data relevant to Obama's approval ratings appear buried somewhere deep inside the liberal New York Times!

  • 76% say government will likely waste stimulus money [180]
  • 53% say more government spending will hurt the economy. [181]
  • 67% trust their own economic judgment over the government's. [182]
  • 92% say adultery is morally wrong. [183]

Clearly, the facts show Americans are more conservative today than ten years ago in the heyday of Clintonism!

Iconic American advertiser Billy Mays died early on Sunday, June 28th. God rest his soul.[184]

A Christian has come out with a video entitled Conservapedia is better than Wikipedia!!![185]

According to the most recent Surchur data (Surchur looks at the most recent activity on the internet), 15 out of 20 of the most recent YouTube videos cite Conservapedia in a positive manner![186]

Unsolicited thanks to Conservapedia: "In our Sunday School class we are studying the Book of Daniel. I was reading Chapter 7 [of our textbook] this morning when I ran across interesting information included about the French Revolution with a footnote. I looked in the back to see the source and sure enough it was Conservapedia."

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Attention Canadian evolutionists! Conservapedia now nearly ranks in the Google top 10 for the very popular search "evolution" at Google Canada! The Conservapedia evolution article ranks #12 at Google Canada for the search evolution![187] The article appears to be rapidly gaining prominence on the Canadian internet. Will this creation science wildfire spread to the USA, UK, and beyond? Please stay tuned for further developments!

More change. Obama considering Executive Order to hold Guantanamo suspects indefinitely. Washington Post

"The House of Representatives held a moment of silence Friday morning to mark the passing of legendary singer Michael Jackson,"[188] and "Obama sends condolences to Jackson's family."[189]

The leading trend forecaster, Gerald Celente (who predicted the present financial crises), predicts an economic Obamageddon will occur in 2012.[190]

UPDATE: House Passes Milestone Energy / Climate Change / Tax Increase Bill The vote was a razor thin 219-212 with 44 Democrats voting against the job killer bill. The House sent the measure to a highly uncertain fate in the Senate. [191]

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Newt Gingrich On Cap and Trade / Global Warming: "The Obama White House has spent the week furiously working to convince its fellow Democrats in Congress to support the global warming bill that's before the House today. Former Vice President Al Gore has been working the phones, and there was even a luau at the White House last night. The question that must be asked, however, is why? If the case is closed on man's role in causing climate change, as the left assure us that it is, then why the need to twist Democratic arms to do something about it? My guess is it has something to do with 2+2=4." [192]

The sky is the limit when describing the hypocrisy of the Democrat majority. No matter how corrupt the MSM is, not a single Democrat will talk bad about their allies. It's talk radio they are after. No matter how many criminal lawsuits are filed against ACORN, Democrats want nothing to do with investigating their own. [193]

July 1

Only the liberal left can enjoy the First Amendment, and Obama and his cronies are making sure to deny it to others: [194]

More change. Two $500,000 donors to Obama campaign get ambassadorships. [195]

Real change.
Bush OK'd covert ops to allow CIA "to supply communications equipment which would enable opposition groups in Iran to work together and bypass internet censorship by the clerical regime."
London Telegraph 27 May 2007;
Obama Twitters Iranian opposition groups [197]

Fake change.
A study of FBI data from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies details the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods. Chicago has the dubious distinction of holding four places on a list. Statistics were from 2005, 2006 and 2007, when Barack Obama was a Senator. [198]

The U.S. Supreme Court will probably deliver its biggest decisions of the year at 10 a.m. today. Watch here for the latest analysis. Pending are:

  • affirmative action case from Connecticut (Ricci)
  • court supervision of schools case from Arizona (Horne)
  • movie about Hillary Clinton case (campaign finance free speech)

UPDATE: The Court rendered a 5-4 decision ordering the lower court to reconsider its supervision of the schools in Horne, and the remaining decisions will be announced Monday.

Liberalism utterly fails in California. The state controller looks very worried because he knows its time to pay the piper![199]

The Catholic Church in Boston is set to become a partner in the abortion industry. Massachusetts subsidizes healthcare, “abortion” and “family planning” are covered services. Catholic hospitals such as Caritas Christi Healthcare System have to conform to state requirements or close down. American Life League is trying to stop this scandal. This will repeat itself nationwide if Universal Health becomes law. [200]

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has admitted he is having an affair with an Argentine woman. Sanford was away all week in Argentina and his whereabouts was not known by his office or his wife. "What I did was wrong. Period," said Sanford at a news conference today. [201]

John Stossel is thinking more about how health insurance, private or government-run, destroys the individual’s incentive to shop around. "People spending their own money and dealing directly with doctors is the only thing that honors individuals’ different preferences and controls costs. How can we hold costs down at all if the market isn’t allowed to work? The pundits write about the popularity of Medicare. Of course it’s popular. People love getting free stuff. But Medicare is on an unsustainable path. It is more than 30 trillion dollars in the red!" [202]

Doctor testifies in Congress: 'I think the overall approach that [Obama's health plan] takes will do nothing to improve our main goals, which is to contain cost, improve access and improve quality." A visitor comments, "Doc, you are right on point."[203]

Can food taste too good? Yes, if you're New York Times health columnist Tara Parker-Pope. She celebrates former FDA head David Kessler's book blaming the food industry for making us fat: "But food scientists work hard to reach the precise point at which we derive the greatest pleasure from fat, sugar and salt." Scandalous! Look for liberals to demand Obama appoint a "Food Czar" to enforce their idea of good eating upon us all. [204]

Uber Liberal Chris Matthews, never known for his logic, mocked Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio for pondering, on his Twitter page, that the "situation in Iran would be a little different if they had a 2nd Amendment like ours." Matthews, completely clueless that the point our Founding Fathers understood was that it is much harder to repress a free people that is armed, derided Rubio in the Sideshow portion of his June 22nd Hardball. More proof that liberals would rather see a people enslaved than admit the right to keep and bear arms is our best defense against a repressive government. [205]

Cap-and-tax vote is this week, and liberals want government control over energy. "The average cost of a proposed cap-and-trade program in legislation before the US House would be $175/household in 2020, or $22 billion nationwide, the Congressional Budget Office said on June 19."[206]

President Obama, sounding increasingly incoherent from job stress, offered this malapropism on Tuesday:

"If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality health care; if they tell us that they're offering a good deal, then why is it that the government, which they say can't run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That's not logical.” [207]

Public Schools 101 Or What Happens When Liberals And Unions Control Our Schools: Hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid their full salaries ($70,000 or more) to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that's what they want to do. Because their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them, 700 teachers have been banished by the school system to its "rubber rooms" — off-campus office space where they wait months, even years, for their disciplinary hearings. The city Department of Education estimates the practice costs the taxpayers $65 million a year! [208]

The "Obama effect" in Arizona: pro-life legislation is passing and will be signed into law by the Republican who replaced the Democratic governor appointed by Obama to his Cabinet.[209]

Islamic Attire Symbolizes ‘Servitude and Humiliation,’ Says French President Nicolas Sarkozy “It is not a religious symbol...It is a symbol of servitude and humiliation.” The burqa, he told a special session of the National Assembly at the Palace of Versailles, "would not be welcome on French soil." Three different times in his speech to the “Muslim world” in Cairo early this month, a submissive President Obama defended the right of Muslim women to cover up their bodies. Never once did he mention the right of Muslim women to refuse to cover up their bodies – a right denied on pain of arrest and death by many Muslim countries. [210]


Congressional Budget Office flatlines growth for the next decade.

"The supply-side effects of the President’s proposals would imply output from 2015 to 2019 that is, on average, 0.3 percent to 1.9 percent below the baseline level." CBO Director comments