Thursday, December 30, 2010

Former SEIU Boss Andy Stern May Be About to Make Millions on Smallpox #tcot #sgp #unions

Andy Stern, the former head of the SEIU went to work as a corporate board member for SIGA Technologies, a bio-defense contractor. At the time, SIGA's president acknowledged Stern's hiring had everything to do with his inside track within government.

Now, it looks like that inside track may pay out in spades:

The editor of Stealth Stocks explains, "Siga is a bio-defense company. In 2004, the U.S. started an initiative called Project BioShield, which gave the government the right to purchase and stockpile vaccines and drugs to fight anthrax, smallpox and other potential agents of bio-terror.

"SIGA is a leader in the development of pharmaceutical agents to fight potential bio-warfare pathogens and their ST-246 drug is considered to be the only known cure for smallpox, which the government is keenly interested in.

"Recently, BARDA has stated their intent to award SIGA a $500 million contract, with options that potentially could be as high as $2.8 billion in orders.

Half a billion? Options as high as $2.8 billion?

It looks like SIGA's investment in Stern may just be paying off.

Friday, December 24, 2010

If ObamaCare passes Constitutional muster, can the government be restrained at all? #tcot #sgp

This is the challenge and the threat to America: Can the federal government be constrained at all if ObamaCare is ruled to be Constitutional?

The recent court decision striking down the linchpin provision of the health care bill is a reminder that what's at stake is larger than the future of Obamacare.

If this law passes constitutional muster, the question is whether the federal government can be constrained by any limits at all.

At issue is the personal mandate, the part of the law that says everyone must buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

The implications were aptly captured by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, ruling in Virginia vs. Sebelius -- one of several lawsuits challenging Obamacare.

If the government can dictate how you live your life, what is to stop them on dictating how you end it?

No Labels? Left-wing "law center" calls mainstream Conservative orgns. "hate groups" #tcot

It's surprising that a "law center" would be so close to slander. Perhaps there's some legal minds on the Right to take this on?

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Conservative groups and lawmakers are firing back at the Southern Poverty Law Center for releasing a new report labeling some mainstream conservative organizations as "hate groups" for their opposition to gay marriage.

In its latest report, the center added 18 "anti-gay groups" to its list of active hate organizations, including Concerned Women for America, the Traditional Values Coalition, the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage.

They join the center's list of more than 900 hate groups, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, skinheads, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and black separatists like the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam.

"Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities," the report reads. "These groups' influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the 'facts' they disseminate about homosexuality are often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations."

Outraged conservatives, led by the Family Research Council, have launched an online petition called "start debating, stop hating," which was published as a full page advertisement in the print editions of Politico and the Washington Examiner.

"Tell the radical Left it is time to stop spreading hateful rhetoric attacking individuals and organizations merely for expressing ideas with which they disagree," the petition reads. "Our debates can and must remain civil – but they must never be suppressed through personal assaults that aim only to malign an opponent's character."


GOP Vows to Stop Obama in January

There's only so much appeasement and bi-partisanship this country can take before it goes bankrupt. However, incoming GOP freshman say they're all about stopping Obama.
All the momentum President Barack Obama picked up at the tail end of the 111th Congress means he'll hit the partisan wall that much harder when the 112th Congress opens, according to liberal and conservative lawmakers who are girding for political warfare in January.

"Nov. 2 wasn't about working with the president," Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, new chairman of the influential and deeply conservative Republican Study Committee, told POLITICO Wednesday. "It's about stopping him."

It's the singular, not-on-my-watch determination of Jordan's wing of the GOP — bolstered by the coming influx of tea party Republicans in both chambers — that has many lawmakers convinced the deal-making lame-duck session will give way to a blood-feuding 112th Congress. Liberals are gearing up, too, ready to defend Obama when he takes up their causes and to treat him as a traitor when he embraces Republicans.
We'll see if the GOP can keep their word.

If not, then they must go as well..

Property taxes to rise as pension deficits increase #unions #tlot

The politicians who have neglected their duties and are robbing both the taxpayers and the public workers should go to jail.

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Philadelphia's pension fund is 45% funded—meaning its assets represent 45% of its long-term liabilities—and the city's payments are projected to increase to $600 million in 2015, up from $230 million in 2004. Actuaries recommend pension systems be 80% funded.


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