Saturday, February 11, 2012

"Obama's dishonesty over etc., etc., etc,..." ~ That is an understatement! Obama is dishonest over just about everything (or did you forget he is a follower of Saul Alinsky)

My title for this post has not been approved by the author of the article below...Obama is dishonest and that's my story and I'm sticking to it! ~ Norman E. Hooben

Source for the following: John Lott's Website (Author of More Guns Less Crime)

Obama's dishonesty over requiring religious organizations to pay for abortion?

Obama really thinks that Catholic organizations won't feel that they are being forced to pay for contraception and abortion services if Obama simply says that they are forced to buy insurance that is mandated to have these services included and that Obama mandates that the insurance companies have to provide this for free. How is mandating that the churches provide abortion services to their employees any different than the government mandating that you can only buy insurance that contains these services? Even Obama can't believe others think that this changes anything.
The president, facing a growing controversy fueled by angry religious organizations, said religious employers will not be required to offer free birth control to their employees as part of their insurance coverage.
Instead, that responsibility has been diverted to insurers, according to the administration’s compromise. The new requirement mandates that insurers provide workers at religious entities such as Catholic universities or hospitals with "contraceptive care free of charge."
“There is no such thing as ‘free of charge.’ It’s a complete ruse,” said Dr. Merrill Matthews, resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation, which advocates for free markets.
“He thinks this stuff actually comes free,” Matthews added. “It doesn’t come free. People actually pay for it and there’s an administrative cost added to it.” . . .
The Washington Post's Marcus praises Obama's "fig leaf":
. . . . Women who work for religiously affiliated institutions that morally object to contraception will nonetheless have access to contraceptive coverage free of charge, just as women who work for other employers. They won’t have to sign up for any different coverage or pay any additional money.

The employers, for their part, won’t have to pay for the coverage, say they offer it or even direct employees to places where they can obtain it. The extra cost, and here is where the fig leaf comes in, will be born by the insurance companies themselves.

This is, of course, a dodge — a quite clever and positive one. Everyone gets to say that the religious institutions aren’t “paying for” contraception. But if covering contraception ends up costing them money, you can be sure those costs will be passed along, as costs always are, to customers.

The beauty of this dodge is that it is entirely possible, even likely, that adding the coverage will not raise rates. Easier, cheaper access to contraception means fewer pregnancies. Pregnancies — and the resulting babies — cost insurers far more than birth control pills. For example, according to the Guttmacher Institute, the federal government reported no increase in costs after Congress required coverage of contraceptives for federal employees in 1998. Think of it as immaculate contraceptive coverage.

Of course, fig leaves can leave gaps. One big gap in the administration’s plan involves how to treat religiously affiliated institutions that are self-insured. In those situations, the employer pays an insurance company to administer the plan but bears the cost of medical care directly. The administration’s approach does not necessarily solve the problem for such entities. . . .
Here is the problem. If this approach really saved money, insurance companies wouldn't be trying to charge for the service to begin with.

From the Catholic Bishops Conference
. . . The change was initially met with a reserved response. While many Democrats praised it and Republicans dismissed it, nonpartisan groups like the Conference of Catholic Bishops said they were reserving judgment.

But the Conference, after earlier calling the change a "first step in the right direction," issued a lengthy statement overnight blasting the plan. And they joined others in calling for legislation in Congress to reverse the policy, something Republicans said they were not abandoning despite Friday's announcement.

"We think there needs to be a legislative fix to protect our religious liberties," Bishop William Lori, a member of the Conference, told Fox News on Saturday. "I think that our First Amendment religious rights are far too precious to be entrusted to regulatory rules."

Lori and the rest of the Conference said they want to see the "mandate" rescinded altogether. They pointed out several lingering concerns. They said the change appears to make no consideration for religious insurers or self-insuring religious employers -- or for religious for-profit employers and secular nonprofit employers. . . .

"And in the case where the employee and insurer agree to add the objectionable coverage, that coverage is still provided as a part of the objecting employer's plan, financed in the same way as the rest of the coverage offered by the objecting employer. . . .

Friday, February 10, 2012

Jesse Lee and Norman E go after half moron, Jill Filipovic.

Someone wrote to me the other day and said that there was no such thing as a moron.  Well if that is so why are there people who are notably stupid or who lack good judgement?  (That, by the way, is an informal definition of moron.)  Jill Filipovic, an attorney and pro-abortionist, is interviewed by Jesse Lee Peterson regarding the practice of abortion and she is definitely lacking in good judgement.  Now I don't know if she is notably stupid but she does fulfill the requirement of at least 50% moron.  Filipovic refuses to admit that abortion is murder...she calls it a procedure.  Well there are people out there that have no problem cutting other people's heads off...and to them it's not murder, its just a procedure one has to do to eliminate the unwanted...and it's legal in their country!  For an attorney, all Filipovic is concernerd about is, 'is it legal' and not whether it is right or wrong.  Taking a life is murder no matter how it is defined and murder is wrong!  I would pose this question for the legal doctor:  If an American Muslim invited her to Iraq (or any Muslim country) and once there, cut her head off...would that be murder or a legal procedure to eliminate the unwanted? ~ Norman E. Hooben

More of Jesse Lee below...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

OBERAMMERGAU (Alemania) ...a story telling moment

Power point slide shows (pps) seem to be a popular format for sending emails that describe beautiful pictures of faraway places...they're usually accompanied with some background music and short descriptons of whatever the subject matter.  Some time ago a friend sent an attached pps entitled, "OBERAMMERGAU (Alemania)" and immediately recognized the name for this was one place I could say, "Been there! Done that!"  I watched the slide show and gave an immediate response with a "thanks for the memories" note.  The note however, turned into a short story... 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:11 PM
Subject: Re: RV: OBERAMMERGAU (Alemania)

 Thanks for the memories...

After spending nine months in Sicily I was fortunate to get a transfer to Germany arriving there in May of 1979.  Knowing that the Passion Play would be held in Oberammergau in the summer of 1980 (its performed once every 10 years by the villagers of Oberammergau in thanks for being spared during the great plague that killed thousands upon thousands throughout Europe), I ordered tickets (actually there was only one left through the special services office) and I was also fortunate to have received the last one.

I arrived in Oberammergau mid-day the day before the passion play was to commence so I had several hours of daylight to give it the ole foot-tour. 
I remember walking along the river and meeting up with some guy fishing from the banks.  He hailed me in German but I replied in English.   Aah, "We have an American here." he said.  And without interruption added, "I'm from Brocton, Massachusetts."  "Well what
a small world.", I replied and then added, "I'm from Taunton."  After exchanging some small talk about the upcoming play I moved on.

Going up a street that seemed to beckon me, I saw a monk of sorts working in his garden.  The monk invited me into his workspace that was adjacent to an old monastery.   He somehow recognized my American aura and began speaking in English.  He himself was
originally from America but had been at the monk business so long that he wasn't sure how long he had been gone.  He spoke to me about his life among the brothers and how they reeked out a meager living.  And then it hit me...earlier in the day I had seen bottles
of rum in one of the tourist shops with a picture of a monastery on the label.  I asked the old priest if the rum was one of his products.
With a wink of the eye he said, "Yes indeed, its one of our products and at this time of year its our only product...and a good one at that!"   Getting back to my line "...a monk of sorts...", the robe and sandals gave him away but the blue jeans sticking out below the robe was another story.

I continued my walk and arrived in a neighborhood that would be the envy of most...well groomed lawns fronting nifty looking cottages...some with the "I only see it in the Alpine area" look with the extended eaves.  One driveway entrance had a tree that probably died some years ago setting off to the right...but the tree was preserved with a coating of lacquer that highlighted the beautiful carving of some figures most likely carved by the homeowner (Oberammergau is also famous for its woodcarvings).

The evening was very entertaining even though I was alone...  I happened upon a small somewhat crowded cafe that, like the last available ticket, had just one available seat remaining.  Nobody seemed to speak English here and I was seated by a charming German hostess and whatever it was she uttered I knew I was in a friendly environment.  I ordered one of those big German steins of whatever kind of beer the hostess decided was good.  What attracted me in the first place was not that the place was overcrowded, it was the music coming from a trio (or was it four, I forget) playing different instruments including one of those small accordions.  But it was the singer's instrument that I'd never forget.  Its one of those things I've read about or seen pictures of but never actually seen a real one never mind hearing the sound of a zither.  Ya know, now that I think about it, I've never seen a zither since!

I stayed at some elderly lady's home that was open for the influx of play goers but all I remember is the wonderful breakfast of fresh hard-boiled eggs and German sausage...I ate all that was brought to kept coming until I had to give some sign that it was enough.  I would never see this lady's lovely home again for after breakfast it was time to hurry down to the playhouse and after the play I was headed back to Frankfurt.

The play was extremely well orchestrated and the audience was very attentive...I don't know how else to describe it for the solemn respect for the theme was highly noticeable; there was never any applause until the very end.  I might point out that the theatre was unique in that the stage was separated from the audience by a roofless area that allowed some natural lighting in the forefront.  Whether that observation was  correct or not I will never know but what appeared to me to be a natural occurring event was the thunder and
lightening that came through that roofless space  at the highlight of the play...the crucifixion!

There were several intermissions during the play and at the outside I ran into more people from Massachusetts the most notable being a priest, also from Brocton, that knew my brother Richard.

I didn't know at the outset that this would lead into a story-telling moment but thanks for the memories!


Syrian Royal Password Hacked

The following from: TPM Livewire
Report: Assad's Office Hacked, Password Was '12345'

Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Tuesday reported that Anonymous hacked he office of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and dumped hundreds of emails online, including damning prep notes for Assad's December 2011 ABC News interview with Barbara Walters, in which a press officer encouraged bringing up America's police response to the "Occupy Wall Street" protests as well as America's "policy to torture people," as counter-examples against allegations of Syrian regime-ordered killings.
Seventy eight inboxes of Assad staffers were compromised, according to the newspaper, including several that used the password "12345," one of the most-common but obviously least secure passwords possible.

from the kind-of-thing-an-idiot-would-have-on-his-luggage dept

More here Anonymous humiliates Syrian president
Related news...
The following from: ABC News
Defiant Assad Denies Ordering Bloody Syrian Crackdown

By (@GoldmanRussell)
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad defiantly denied any suggestion that he has ordered a bloody crackdown against protesters who are demanding that he resign, and claims instead that most of the people who died in the unrest were his supporters and troops.
Assad, whose regime has been condemned by the West, the Arab League and former allies, dismissed suggestions that he step down and scoffed at sanctions being imposed on Syria.

His defiant stance was on display in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters who confronted the Syrian dictator in Damascus with stories and evidence of civilians being tortured and killed, some of them children.
"People went from house to house. Children were arrested. I saw those pictures," Walters said to Assad.
"To be frank with you, Barbara, you don't live here. How did you know all this...? have to be here to see," Assad said.
Walters asked Assad about the case of Hamza al-Khateeb, a 13-year-old boy detained by Syrian forces after a protest whose lifeless body was returned to his parents shot, burned and castrated. The boy's death galvanized protesters, and photos on the internet inflamed world opinion.  Coninues here...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Eyes Have It ...or do they? (On a personal note: How soon before Obama enlists 'his' moral committee?)

Saudi moral committee threatens to cover “tempting” women’s eyes

Women with sexy eyes in Saudi Arabia may be forced to cover them up, according to the spokesperson of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) in the conservative Gulf kingdom.
Spokesman of the Ha’eal district, Sheikh Motlab al-Nabet said the committee has the right to stop a women whose eyes seem “tempting” and order her to cover them immediately.
Saudi women are already forced to wear a loose black dress and to cover their hair and in some areas, their face, while in public or face fines or sometimes worse, including public lashings.
The announcement came days after the Saudi newspaper al-Watan reported that a Saudi man was admitted to a hospital after a fight with a member of the committee when he ordered his wife to cover her eyes. The husband was then stabbed twice in the hand.
The CPVPV is Saudi’s Sharia, Islamic law, executive arm and was founded in 1940 to ensure Islamic laws are not broken in public, yet over the years, the committee has been largely criticized over its human rights violations.
In 2002, the committee refused to let female students out of their burning schools in Mecca for “not wearing the proper head cover,” which contributed to a large number of dead.
15 young girls died in the fire and dozens more were injured. The CPVPV men banned the firemen and policemen from accessing the girls as “it is not okay for girls to be seen without their full Islamic dress in front of strangers.”
The committee, which only accepts and trains volunteers, has questionable powers on the Saudi street, as they operate under the supervision of the King himself.
A Wikileaks document released last year mentioned that “wild Western-style parties” are regularly held at royal palaces in Jeddah, away from the reach of the committee, who stands helpless against any royal violations.
It was reported that the parties had alcohol, drugs, dancing and sex, according to American consulate wires published by the whistle-blower organization.

Oppose taxes? You must be an 'extremist' !!! ...or at the very least, a suspected terrorist !

The following from: American Thinker
You may be a suspected terrorist if you oppose 'taxes and regulations'
Rick Moran

Yes, yes, I know...the FBI isn't saying here that ALL people who oppose taxes and regulations are terrorists. But I can imagine them spying on tea party members just to make sure.
Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday.
These extremists, sometimes known as "sovereign citizens," believe they can live outside any type of government authority, FBI agents said at a news conference.
The extremists may refuse to pay taxes, defy government environmental regulations and believe the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard.
Sounds like Ron Paul supporters.

Routine encounters with police can turn violent "at the drop of a hat," said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director in the FBI's counterterrorism division.
"We thought it was important to increase the visibility of the threat with state and local law enforcement," he said.

In May 2010, two West Memphis, Arkansas, police officers were shot and killed in an argument that developed after they pulled over a "sovereign citizen" in traffic.
Last year, an extremist in Texas opened fire on a police officer during a traffic stop. The officer was not hit.

How widespread is the problem:
Legal convictions of such extremists, mostly for white-collar crimes such as fraud, have increased from 10 in 2009 to 18 each in 2010 and 2011, FBI agents said.

"We are being inundated right now with requests for training from state and local law enforcement on sovereign-related matters," said Casey Carty, an FBI supervisory special agent.
Meanwhile, they arrested 400 radical leftists in Oakland last week for throwing IED's, lit flares, broken glass, and bricks at police during an OWS demonstration while 18 tax scofflaws represent a threat to the republic?

The Tea Party is not a violent organization but the FBI will almost certainly be watching you if you demonstrate against taxes and regulations. And lord knows what else the Obama administration might do to address this "problem."

JFK’s teen intern mistress elaborates on their White House affair.

One of their last times together was at a Boston Democratic fund-raiser. Ted Kennedy, the president’s baby brother, was in the room with them.
“I could see that mischievous look come into his eye. Mimi, why don’t you take care of my baby brother? He could stand a little relaxation.”  “You’ve got to be kidding me,” she replied firmly.
The following from: Sip With Socialites

JFK’s Teen Mistress Mimi Alford Talks About Affair

“I was willing and he was unbelievably handsome” JFK’s teen intern mistress elaborates on their White House affair.

In the book, ‘Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its AftermathMimi Alford writes how she went from being a debutante from a prominent New Jersey family to a White House press aide – and into the president’s bed.
President John F Kennedy took the virginity of a White House intern in his wife’s bedroom, an explosive book claims. Mimi, who was 19 at the time, says she had an 18-month affair with JFK starting in 1962.
Four days into her internship, she was invited by an aide to go for a midday swim in the White House pool, where the handsome, 45-year-old president swam daily to ease chronic back pain. JFK slid into the pool and floated up to her.
“It’s Mimi, isn’t it?” he asked.
“Yes, sir,” she said.
“And you’re in the press office this summer, right?”
“Yes, sir, I am,” she replied.
Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath
Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath
Extracts from her memoir have detailed how she was shocked when on her fifth day, a White House press aide led her away from co-workers who were having cocktails and her down the hall to his wife’s (Jackie Kennedy) bedroom where they had sex for the first time.
Now a 69-year-old grandmother, she says JFK “slowly unbuttoned the top of my shirtdress and touched my breasts”. She was shocked after they had sex but JFK was “matter-of-fact”.
Kennedy asked: “Haven’t you done this before?”, to which she replied: “No.” He continued anyway, she says, adding: “On the ride home, it kept echoing in my head, I’m not a virgin any more.”
Aged 19 at the time, she writes that ‘short of screaming’ there was nothing she could do to get the President off her.
But in an interview with NBC, Mimi said that she actually meant “overpowered in the sense that he was the president.”
Speaking to Meredith Vieira she said: “He was this unbelievably handsome man who was 45-years-old.” “Not overpowered physically as in somebody grabbed me and made me do something that I wasn’t really willing to do, because I really think I was willing to do it.”
Alford, then Mimi Beardsley, tells of a debauched Hollywood party at Bing Crosby’s desert ranch. When a reveller passed around a tray of sex drug amyl nitrate, commonly known as poppers, she writes that the president asked her if she wanted to try it.
"First Friend" Dave Powers, pictured with JFK in 1963, and alone in the Cabinet Room in 1962.
The president asked me if I wanted to try the drug, which stimulated the heart but also purportedly enhanced sex. I said no, but he just went ahead and popped the capsule and held it under my nose. He didn’t try it himself. This was a new sensation, and it frightened me. I panicked and ran crying from the room,’ she writes in her autobiography.
Mimi also writes of the president asking her to ‘take care’ of his friend, staff member Dave Powers. Powers was the president’s “first friend” and later the longtime curator of the Kennedy Library in Boston. Dave who ‘looked a little tense’ in his description while they were swimming in the White House pool while he looked on. When she thought she was pregnant that same aide arranged for her to see an abortion doctor, even though abortion was illegal at the time.
It turned out to be a false alarm.
Mimi, who also attended the same Miss Porter’s school as Jackie, described JFK as “playful”, the sex as “varied and fun” and said he could be “seductive and playful”.
Retired church administrator Mimi says in her memoir: “Being desired by the most famous man in America amplified my feelings to the point where resistance was out of the question.”
She said they spent a lot of time “taking baths” and that if they spent the night together, she would wear his own soft-blue cotton nightshirts.
He sometimes invited her aboard the Sequoia, the presidential yacht, for a Potomac cruise.
On a trip to Yosemite National Park, she noticed a pattern, which she called “the Waiting Game.” She was told to stay put in her hotel until the president called for her, which meant sitting around for hours. Often, he would only call her at night
On one excursion, she met Vice President Lyndon Johnson. When she told the president about the introduction, he lost his composure.
“Stay away from him,” he commanded, likely worried that Johnson could use knowledge of the affair against him.
At the end of the summer, she told the president that she had to return to college, at Wheaton, an all-girls school in Massachusetts.
He promised that he would call under the pseudonym “Michael Carter.” And then he played a recording of Nat King Cole’s “Autumn Leaves.” He made her concentrate on the lyrics, “But I miss you most of all, my darling, when autumn leaves start to fall.”
Mimi now living in New York, also writes in her autobiography that through their affair she never called JFK by his first name “Jack” and always called him “Mr President,” even when they were in bed together.
They reveal how Kennedy never kissed her and ignored her whenever his wife was around.
Mimi Alford speaking to NBC's Meredith Vieira
Mimi Alford speaking to NBC's Meredith Vieira
One of their last times together was at a Boston Democratic fund-raiser. Ted Kennedy, the president’s baby brother, was in the room with them.
“I could see that mischievous look come into his eye. Mimi, why don’t you take care of my baby brother? He could stand a little relaxation.”
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” she replied firmly. “Absolutely not, Mr. President.”
About to be married to her college sweetheart, Tony Fahnestock, she met Kennedy for the last time at The Carlyle hotel in Manhattan on Nov. 15, 1963, just seven days before his assassination in Dallas.
“He took me in his arms for a long embrace and said, ‘I wish you were coming with me to Texas.” And then he added, ‘I’ll call you when I get back.” I was overcome with sudden sadness. “Remember, Mr. President, I’m getting married.”
“ ‘I know that,’ he said, and shrugged. ‘But I’ll call you anyway.’ ”
Mimi Alford was first ‘outed’ in 2003 in a biography of Mr Kennedy but she has kept quiet until now.

Bonus Video...

Do your local officials represent you? Here's an example of local 'DICTATORS' planning your future. ...its all a part of Agenda 21

The meeting gets a little heated but is worth watching for it gives you an idea of what happening all around the country.  Note how the elected officials refuse to answer simple questions and insist on promoting their plan without your approval.  This is an example of top-down government which is how all Dictatorships begin. ~ Norman E. Hooben
Suggested reading at Freedom 21

In April and May of 2011 One Bay Area had hosted "public input" meetings and an additional set of in January 2012 to showcase their vision and to solicit public feedback. This is one of those meetings.

Lead by Heather Gass, concerned citizens were irate with this proposed plan and the unfair and manipulative manor in which the meetings are conducted - known as the "Delphi Technique".

Agenda 21 is the Master Plan put forth by the United Nations in 1992 and adopted by President Bill Clinton. Agenda 21 is a green initiative which targets cars and people living outside from cities who must commute. Their goal is to develop large, congested city centers for people to reside, and provide mass transit for the city dwellers to commute to work. It also targets large parcels of land in the world, including the United States, to be redistricted to "open space land", thereby making it undevelopable.
Agenda 21 was readily adopted in California by liberal politicians, specifically in the San Francisco Bay Area, under the name "Plan Bay Area". Plan Bay Area's goal is to develop large congested downtown metro areas, with shops, stores, theaters, and mass high rise housing. They aim to get people out of their private suburban residences and cars, and warehouse them in these large metro areas. These areas will also house California's large illegal immigrant population.

Video Produced by Steve Kemp

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Morons are ripping us off...and your government approves!

Obama Blames Founding Fathers...Where else have I heard that before?*

* This is close enough:
"The framers of the U.S. constitution have simply been too shrewd for us. The have outwitted us. They designed separate institutions that cannot be unified by mechanical linkages, frail bridges, tinkering. If we are to 'turn the Founders upside down' -- we must directly confront the constitutional structure they erected." ~ James McGregor Burns 1984

Something to be 'ticked' about...

Source: Oroklini News

Tick saliva could hold cancer cure: Brazilian scientists

It may be one of nature's repulsive little blood-sucking parasites, but the humble tick could yield a future cure for cancers of the skin, liver and pancreas, Brazilian researchers have discovered.
They have identified a protein in the saliva of a common South American tick, Amblyomma cajennense, that apparently reduces and can even eradicate cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells alone."This is a radical innovation," the molecular biologist at the Instituto Butantan in Sao Paulo who is leading the research."The component of the saliva of this tick... could be the cure for cancer," she told AFP. She said she stumbled on the properties of the protein, called Factor X active, while testing the anti-coagulant properties of the tick's saliva -- the way it stops blood thickening and clotting so the tick can keep gorging itself on its host. The protein shares some characteristics with a common anti-coagulant called TFPI (Tissue Factor Pathway Inhibitor), specifically a Kunitz-type inhibitor which also has been shown to interfere with cell growth.A theory that the protein might have an effect on cancerous cells led to laboratory tests on cell cultures -- which exceeded all expectations."To our surprise it didn't kill normal cells, which were also tested," "But it did kill the tumorous cells that were being analysed."In her modest lab in the institute, housed in a rundown building, a line of immobile bloated ticks could be seen lined up with straws under their heads. The small amounts of saliva captured that way was reproduced many times over in yeast vats so that tests could be carried out on lab rats with cancer. The results have been more than promising. Producing a medicine from the find, though, will require years of clinical tests and a significant financial investment -- neither of which Brazil is geared to provide. "To discover this is one thing. To turn it into a medicine is a whole other thing entirely," she said.

Monday, February 6, 2012

How to save a couple of hundred by spending over nine-thousand... aka, the Obama Administration pulls a fast one on homebuyers

Spend $9,500.00 and save a couple of hundred...huh? How's that work out?
Back in December (2011) I scanned an article by the Associated Press concerning a fee that would be attached to new mortgages. I didn't give it much thought at the time due to a number of reasons...but oh how I should have! I picked up on it a bit by catching a segment of the Andrew Wilkow XM radio show while driving into town earlier today. Thanks to Andrew for shedding new light on this shadow tax or should I even call it rip-off-number-one to all future home buyers...and present buyers if they plan on refinancing. In esscence the politicians pulled a fast one on the American people by telling them they would continue to get a tax break for another two months while at the same time socking it to all home buyers for the next ten years in order to pay for the tax break...and even that's not quite correct because the added fee (actually a tax) will go directly back into the U.S. Treasury with no accountability (that means the politicians can spend it any which way they want.
Rather than me explain the big picture a went back to find last December's Associated Press article and with the aid of the Wilkow news letter (delivered free daily) was able to add the CBS video below. ~ Norman E. Hooben
ps: Don't let anyone kid you, this rip-off was designed by the Obama people but the news media will attempt to cover that up. ...and pay attention where they hide that fee, it's explained in the video.

The following from the Mecklenburg Times

Payroll tax cut will boost costs of new mortgages
By The Associated PressWASHINGTON – Who is paying for the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut working its way through Congress? The cost is being dropped in the laps of most people who buy homes or refinance beginning next year.
The typical person who buys a $200,000 home or refinances that amount starting on Jan. 1 would have to pay roughly $17 more a month for their mortgage, thanks to a fee increase included in the payroll tax cut bill that the Senate passed Saturday. The White House said the fee increases would be phased in gradually.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected the Senate version, putting the legislation in limbo.
The legislation provides a two-month extension of a payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits that would otherwise expire on Jan. 1. It would also delay for two months a cut in Medicare reimbursements for doctors that is scheduled to take effect on New Year’s Day. Two more months of the Social Security tax cut amounts to a savings of about $165 for a worker making $50,000 a year.
To cover its $33 billion price tag, the measure increases the fee that the government-backed mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, charge to insure home mortgages. That fee, which Senate aides said currently averages around 0.3 percentage point, would rise by 0.1 percentage point under the bill. The increase will also apply to people whose mortgages are backed by the Federal Housing Administration, which typically serves lower-income and first-time buyers.
The higher fee would not apply to people who currently have mortgages unless they refinance beginning next year.
Because of the weak housing market and the huge numbers of foreclosures in the last few years, private insurers have not competed strongly for business with Fannie and Freddie, which have the backing of the federal government. As a result, about 9 in 10 new home mortgages are backed by Fannie, Freddie and the FHA.
President Barack Obama and many congressional Democrats and Republicans want to curb Fannie’s and Freddie’s dominance in the mortgage market. Obama earlier this year proposed raising the mortgage guarantee fees they charge as one way to do that.
The ethics committee determines whether House members violated standards of conduct, including a virtual ban on gifts. The committee also can refer cases to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation.
It was previously revealed that Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Chris Dodd, D-Conn., while still a senator, had received VIP loans from Countrywide. Both said they did not know they were getting unique deals, and Dodd maintained he received no preferential treatment.
Others named as recipients of the VIP program were James Johnson, former head of Fannie Mae who later stepped down as an adviser to Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, and Franklin Raines, who also headed Fannie Mae. Still other “friends” included retired athletes, a judge, a congressional aide and a newspaper executive.
The Senate’s ethics committee looked at the Dodd and Conrad cases and cleared them of wrongdoing but warned that they should have exercised better judgment.
The committee said the senators should have questioned why they were in the VIP program, because it should have raised red flags.
The Securities and Exchange Commission in October 2010 said that Mozilo would pay a $22.5 million penalty to settle charges that he and two other former Countrywide executives misled investors as the subprime mortgage crisis began. Mozilo also was banned from ever again serving as an officer or director of a publicly traded company.
He also agreed to pay another $45 million to settle other violations for a total settlement of $67.5 million that was to be returned to investors who were harmed.
The following from CBS News 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sheriff Arpaio once again has proven to be a man of his word. ...can't say the same about Obama!

...the Obama birth certificate’s number appears to be is out of sequence with the birth certificates of the Nordyke twins. (correction edit mine Norman E. Hooben)
The Nordyke twins were born Aug. 5, 1961, one day after Obama, and their birth certificates were registered Aug. 11, 1961, three days later than Obama. Yet their birth certificates have lower numbers.
“In 1961, Barack Obama was not a celebrity, If the Nordyke twins birth certificates were reduced to microfilm or microfiche by 1966...then Obama’s birth certificate should have been reduced to microfilm or microfiche at the same time.”

Sheriff Joe's posse delivers promised Obama surprise
Panel probing eligibility for 2012 ballot wants to see original birth certificate

Arizona’s maverick Sheriff Joe Arpaio promised surprises in his jurisdiction’s investigation of Barack Obama’s eligibility for the presidential ballot and his Cold Case Posse is delivering – raising questions that touch on the authenticity of the long-form birth certificate issued last April and the possibility Obama is using a fraudulent Social Security number.
Sources close to the investigation say the posse has decided it needs to see original birth records before it can conclude whether Obama should be eligible for the presidential ballot in 2012, not an electronic file or scanned copies.
The sources say the panel needs to examine the microfilm documenting Obama’s birth, as well as the ink-and-paper original 1961 birth records the Hawaii Department of Health is holding in its vault.
The PDF file and various scanned copies of the birth certificate that the White House released April 27 are simply not good enough, the posse has determined.

Earlier this month, WND senior staff reporter Jerome R. Corsi spent 18 hours over a two-day period in Arizona briefing the Cold Case Posse on a wide range of evidence regarding Obama’s eligibility.
“The posse wants to see the entire microfilm roll containing Obama’s birth certificate, not just a microfilm copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate in isolation,” Corsi explained. “An individual microfilm copy could be forged, but forging the entire microfilm reel on which Obama’s birth certificate is in sequence would be almost impossible.”
Also, Corsi said, the posse wants the ink-and-paper original 1961 Obama birth records still held in vault by the Hawaii Department of Health to be released publicly and subjected to independent court-authorized forensic examination.
Corsi affirmed that the posse’s conclusion it needs to see the Obama birth certificate microfilm is part of the “shock” that Arpaio warned would be forthcoming, when he spoke last week to the Surprise Tea Party group meeting Surprise, Ariz.

The focus on the microfilm records of Obama’s birth arose after Arpaio’s investigators realized the birth certificates of twins born the day after Obama, the Nordykes, had been released as white-on-black copies of microfilm to the family by the Hawaii Department of Health in 1966.
WND reported in July 2009 that Mrs. Eleanor Nordyke made public the copies in an article by the Honolulu Advertiser.

Eleanor Nordyke displays photostats of her twin daughters’ birth certificates (Courtesy Honolulu Advertiser)
WND also has reported that the Obama birth certificate’s number appears to be out of sequence with the birth certificates of the Nordyke twins.
The Nordyke twins were born Aug. 5, 1961, one day after Obama, and their birth certificates were registered Aug. 11, 1961, three days later than Obama. Yet their birth certificates have lower numbers.
Susan Nordyke, the twin born first, has certificate number 10637, and her sister Gretchen has certificate number 10638. Obama, born Aug. 4, 1961, and registered Aug. 8, 1961, has certificate number 19641.
“In 1961, Barack Obama was not a celebrity,” Corsi commented. “If the Nordyke twins birth certificates were reduced to microfilm or microfiche by 1966, the date Mrs. Nordyke got the copies she made public, then Obama’s birth certificate should have been reduced to microfilm or microfiche at the same time.”
Corsi also indicated that the Arizona posse has interviewed court-certified forensic examiners who have advised that they can only issue an expert opinion on whether Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery if they can examine the original ink-and-paper records.
Corsi told WND the Arpaio investigation is far-reaching in scope.
In addition to examining whether or not the long-form birth certificate is a forgery, the Cold Case Posse is examining evidence that Obama may have a fraudulent Social Security number. The posse also is looking at records pertaining to Obama’s birth narrative that suggest Barack Obama Sr. may not be the biological father.
“In total, the Cold Case Posse has assembled some 2,000 pages of evidence in the case,” Corsi explained, “and is now preparing to conduct interviews to examine a wide range of questions, including that Obama may not be qualified to be president under Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution because he was a dual citizen at birth, given that his father was listed as a citizen of Kenya when the future president was born.”
Corsi said the Cold Case Posse is currently in the process of briefing various Arizona state officials about the progress of the investigation.
“Sheriff Arpiao said this would be a thorough and diligent investigation,” Corsi said, “and that is exactly what the investigation has become. Sheriff Arpaio once again has proven to be a man of his word.”