31 July 2012

Mark Steyn: Don't cross the forces of tolerance

The Gay community outrage over a remark made by the president of Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurants regarding traditional marriage is quite unfunny actually. This group of empty vessels sure can make a lot of noise. Not only noise, but intolerant noise. It appears that no one may voice their opinion in the presence of liberals these days if that opinion does not meet their approval. Making that mistake leads to them giddy-ing up their complicit media buddies and politicians to denounce whatever was said that they didn't approve of. The result is a collectivist campaign, all attacking whoever has stepped out of line. And in their haste to crucify, they expose themselves for what they are - a bunch of hypocritical, arrogant wankers who chose what to be critical of. Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, has come out and said that Chick-fil-A isn't welcome in the city as they don't represent "Chicago values". Pardon? Exactly what values is he referring to? The gang banger death squads that he has done zero about? The political corruption that the city is known for the world over? The immense debt of the city? Those values? If you ask me, Chicago could do with some conservative values. And then there is Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who has also stepped into the ring saying that the franchise also wasn't welcome in his city. However, he has no trouble giving the Islamic Society of Boston municipal land worth $1.8 million for them to build their new mosque on. One of their trustees,   Yusuf al-Qaradawi is known for having a very divided view of Gays - he doesn't know if he should burn them or throw them off the cliff to their deaths. Yes, Mayor Menino sure is very tolerant of the intolerant Muslims, but a Christian's view, no deary me! we can't have none of that! The Liberals mantra: Tolerance and diversity.....or else.

image1-Today's cartoons: Chick-Fil-A not tolerated
To modify Lord Acton, power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, but aldermanic power corrupts all der more manically. Proco "Joe" Moreno is Alderman of the First Ward of Chicago, and last week, in a city with an Aurora-size body count every weekend, his priority was to take the municipal tire-iron to the owners of a chain of fast-food restaurants. "Because of this man's ignorance," said Alderman Moreno, "I will now be denying Chick-fil-A's permit to open a restaurant in the First Ward."
"This man's ignorance"? You mean, of the City of Chicago permit process? Zoning regulations? Health and safety ordinances? No, Alderman Moreno means "this man's ignorance" of the approved position on same-sex marriage. "This man" is Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, and a few days earlier he had remarked that "we are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives" – which last part suggests he is as antipathetic to no-fault divorce and other heterosexual assaults on matrimony as he is to more recent novelties such as gay marriage. 
But no matter. Alderman Moreno does not allege that Chick-fil-A discriminates in its hiring practices or in its customer service. Nor does he argue that business owners should not be entitled to hold opinions: The Muppets, for example, have reacted to Mr. Cathy's observations by announcing that they're severing all ties with Chick-fil-A. Did you know that the Muppet Corporation has a position on gay marriage? Well, they do. But Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef would be permitted to open a business in the First Ward of Chicago because their opinion on gay marriage happens to coincide with Alderman Moreno's. It's his ward, you just live in it. When it comes to lunch options, he's the chicken supremo, and don't you forget it.
The city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, agrees with the Alderman: Chick-fil-A does not represent "Chicago values" – which is true if by "Chicago values" you mean machine politics, AIDS-conspiracy-peddling pastors and industrial-scale black youth homicide rates. But, before he was mayor, Rahm Emanuel was President Obama's chief of staff. Until the president's recent "evolution," the Obama administration held the same position on gay marriage as Chick-fil-A. Would Alderman Moreno have denied Barack Obama the right to open a chicken restaurant in the First Ward? Did Rahm Emanuel quit the Obama administration on principle? Don't be ridiculous. Mayor Emanuel is a former ballet dancer, and when it's politically necessary he can twirl on a dime.
Meanwhile, fellow mayor Tom Menino announced that Chick-fil-A would not be opening in his burg anytime soon. "If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult," said His Honor. If you've just wandered in in the middle of the column, this guy Menino isn't the mayor of Soviet Novosibirsk or Kampong Cham under the Khmer Rouge, but of Boston, Mass. Nevertheless, he shares the commissars' view that in order to operate even a modest and politically inconsequential business it is necessary to demonstrate that one is in full ideological compliance with party orthodoxy. "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail," Mayor Menino thundered in his letter to Mr. Cathy, "and no place for your company alongside it." No, sir. On Boston's Freedom Trail, you're free to march in ideological lockstep with the city authorities – or else. Hard as it is to believe, there was a time when Massachusetts was a beacon of liberty: the shot heard round the world, and all that. Now it fires Bureau of Compliance permit-rejection letters round the world.
Mayor Menino subsequently backed down and claimed the severed rooster's head left in Mr. Cathy's bed was all just a misunderstanding. Yet, when it comes to fighting homophobia on Boston's Freedom Trail, His Honor is highly selective. As the Boston Herald's Michael Graham pointed out, Menino is happy to hand out municipal licenses to groups whose most prominent figures call for gays to be put to death. The mayor couldn't have been more accommodating (including giving them $1.8 million of municipal land) of the new mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston, whose IRS returns listed as one of their seven trustees Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Like President Obama, Imam Qaradawi's position on gays is in a state of "evolution": He can't decide whether to burn them or toss 'em off a cliff. "Some say we should throw them from a high place," he told Al-Jazeera. "Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement ... . The important thing is to treat this act as a crime." Unlike the deplorable Mr. Cathy, Imam Qaradawi is admirably open-minded: There are so many ways to kill homosexuals, why restrict yourself to just one? In Mayor Menino's Boston, if you take the same view of marriage as President Obama did from 2009 to 2012, he'll run your homophobic ass out of town. But, if you want to toss those godless sodomites off the John Hancock Tower, he'll officiate at your ribbon-cutting ceremony.
This inconsistency is very telling. The forces of "tolerance" and "diversity" are ever more intolerant of anything less than total ideological homogeneity. Earlier this year, the Susan G. Komen Foundation – the group that gave us those pink "awareness raising" ribbons for breast cancer – decided to end its funding of Planned Parenthood on the grounds that, whatever its other charms, Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with curing breast cancer. Within hours, the Komen Foundation's Nancy Brinker had been jumped by her fellow liberals and was strapped to a chair under a light bulb in the basement with her head clamped between two mammogram plates until she recanted. A few weeks back, Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor who "says he's never voted for a Republican presidential candidate," published a paper in the journal Social Science Research whose findings, alas, did not conform to the party line on gay parenting. Immediately, the party of science set about ending his career, demanding that he be investigated for "scientific misconduct" and calling on mainstream TV and radio networks to ban him from their airwaves.
As an exercise in sheer political muscle, it's impressive. But, if you're a feminist or a gay or any of the other house pets in the Democratic menagerie, you might want to look at Rahm Emanuel's pirouette, and Menino's coziness with Islamic homophobia. These guys are about power, and right now your cause happens to coincide with their political advantage. But political winds shift. Once upon a time, Massachusetts burned witches. Now it grills chicken-sandwich homophobes. One day it'll be something else. Already in Europe, in previously gay-friendly cities like Amsterdam, demographically surging Muslim populations have muted Leftie politicians' commitment to gay rights, feminism and much else. It's easy to cheer on the thugs when they're thuggish in your name. What happens when Emanuel's political needs change?
Americans talk more about liberty than citizens of other Western nations, but, underneath the rhetorical swagger, liberty bleeds. When Mayor Menino and Alderman Moreno openly threaten to deny business licenses because of ideological apostasy, they're declaring their unfitness for public office. It's not about marriage, it's not about gays, it's about a basic understanding that a free society requires a decent respect for a wide range of opinion without penalty by the state. In Menino's Boston, the Freedom Trail is heavy on the Trail, way too light on the Freedom.

Angela Merkel 'profoundly disturbed' after poll shows over half of Germans believe they would be better off without euro

Who thought that the little socialist experiment called the Euro would ever work? Only the politicians and economists it seems. The people living under the currency haven't benefited greatly - especially not the hard-working nations. Sure, it sounded good at the time. Let all European countries - no matter how different their currency, culture or work-ethic - join hands, sing Kumbaya, and prosper forever under one currency! Oh, and the added benefit was that tourists wouldn't have to continuously exchange money in all the different European countries. Wow, what could possibly go wrong? Well, apart from some countries living beyond their means and giving their citizens fantastic retirement plans at the expense of other nations, nothing could possibly go wrong, right? And so we see the near-end to this disastrous experiment, where a group of economists and out-of-touch politicians and bureaucrats thought a one-size-fits-all approach of vastly different economies would work. All they had to do was draw up some restrictive laws protecting the movement of goods within Europe and all would be well. Hard working, hard saving nations would be treated the same as those who played in the sun all day and retired at 50. Where someone else in another country worried about their economies, making all the decisions for them, whilst they loaned more and more money to live their life of luxury. Until the money ran out, that is. Now countries scramble to protect their Euro turf, threatening to pull out of the currency unless even more money is thrown at them which they have no hope of ever repaying - short term political gain for long term pain. And the Euro bureaucrats scramble to protect their little baby, all so that they don't have to admit defeat and prove what a waste of time and money the entire shady deal was. Only the politicians  and bureaucrats - who live and work for the European Union - live the life they envisioned for everyone else. They have protected themselves with wonderful pensions, generous tax provisions, salaries and expense free living! No wonder Tony Blair and Nick Clegg are elbowing each other to get their noses at the trough. The economists haven't done too badly either. They have dreamed up all the country bail-outs which pays off bank debts first at the expense of the tax payers in the failing countries! The tax payers get to pay off the poor decisions made by their governments. Yes, the Euro sure has worked out just great for the pollies and bankers! No wonder they are still trying to force the PIIGS countries to accept even more bribe money to stay the Euro distance. And is it any surprise that the intelligent Germans have worked out what's going on and now don't want a bar of it?

Hat tip: Mark L





Angela Merkel was last night said to be ‘profoundly disturbed’ after a poll showed that a majority of Germans want to ditch the struggling euro.

Sources in Berlin said the German chancellor was shocked by the evidence of growing Euroscepticism in her country, at a time when Germany is under huge pressure to bankroll a rescue of the single currency.

The poll in a German newspaper found that 51 per cent of Germans think the country should return to the deutschmark. 

It is the first poll to show that more want to leave the euro than stay in it.

Only 29 per cent thought Germany would be better off staying inside the 17-strong eurozone.

The survey also found that 71 per cent of Germans now believe Greece should be booted out of the single currency unless it acts on promises to tackle its huge debts.

Mrs Merkel’s spokesman said she was ‘profoundly disturbed’ by the poll results.


Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the Eurogroup organisation of eurozone finance ministers, last night risked further inflaming opinion in Germany by suggesting Berlin was treating the eurozone ‘as its subsidiary’ and taking decisions solely in its own national interest. ‘Why is it like this?’ he asked.

Mr Juncker, who is Luxembourg’s prime minister, said there was ‘no more time to lose’ in saving the single currency – prompting fresh speculation that the European Central Bank is poised to ease the pressure on Spain and Italy by intervening in the markets to cut their borrowing costs.

Tony Blair yesterday joined the voices urging Germany to act decisively to end the two-year euro crisis, which is blamed for prolonging the recession in Britain.
 

He said Germany now had to accept some form of ‘debt pooling’ across the eurozone – a move that has been bitterly resisted in Berlin.

The former prime minister said it as ‘not surprising’ that Germans are reluctant to pour more money into supporting the euro.

But he insisted that continuing to allow market confidence to drain from the euro is worse because it is pushing up the cost of rescuing the single currency.

However, the growing Euroscepticism in Germany limits Mrs Merkel’s room for manoeuvre, particularly with national elections due next year.

Economy minister Phillipp Rosler seized on the poll results, saying there were ‘considerable doubts about whether Greece is living up to its reform promises’.

In a sign of growing global concern about the euro crisis, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner flew to Germany for talks with German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble and ECB chief Mario Draghi yesterday.


UK: Polygamous immigrant families to be paid more benefits after Government blunder

Surely in today's age of austerity this couldn't possibly slip through as an error? How can the Coalition government of the UK not pick up that their 'welfare reforms' would result in Muslims immigrants, who have more than one wife, being better off financially than people following the actual law of the country where only one wife is permitted? As the article correctly states, what's to stop Muslim men from returning to their home countries, marrying another woman and bringing her back to the UK to live on all the benefits of a single mother? Well, nothing. And that's exactly what's going to happen. These 'immigrants' aren't going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Even though Muslim polygamy may only occur if the HUSBAND has the means to support all wives equally, it's not going to stop him allowing government to give him a helping hand, eh, allowing him to make more Muslim babies to further enslave England to their religious demands. Good luck England. Not that you're alone mind you. Most Western countries - in their effort not to appear Islamophobic - bend over backwards to tolerate all the intolerance and cultural inequalities this religion brings - much to the annoyance of the local people. This will reach a boiling point down the road and hopefully it won't be too late to save our countries. Just take a good look at the photo below and note who is pushing the prams....


Hat tip: Mark L

Eastern values fashion and cultures meet western on the high streets of the multicultural society of Birmingham



Immigrants with more than one wife because of their religion are to get higher benefits in future after Government attempts to reform the welfare system spectacularly backfired.

Under new rules, the extra wives in a polygamous household will for the first time be able to claim a full single person's allowance, while the original married couple will still get a married person's allowance, official papers have warned.  

Currently people in Britain's polygamous families are treated differently and paid less benefits.

The extra wives currently receive reduced individual income support because the Government recognises their husband will also get the standard married allowance with his original wife.

But as part of the Coalition's wide-ranging benefit reforms this nuance has inadvertently been scrapped, opening up a loophole for Britain's thousand-plus polygamous households.
 
    These details were revealed in a paper published in the House of Commons library.

    'Treating second and subsequent partners in polygamous relationships as separate claimants could mean that polygamous households receive more under universal credit than under the current rules for means-tested benefits and tax credits,' the document says.

    The first Asian woman to receive a peerage, Baroness Flather, has spoken out widely on the issue of polygamous families claiming benefits.

    'Under Islamic Sharia law, polygamy is permissible. So a man can return to Pakistan, take another bride and then, in a repetition of the process, bring her to England where they also have children together — obtaining yet more money from the state,' she wrote in the Mail last year.

    'Because such Islamic multiple-marriages are not recognised in Britain, the women are regarded by the welfare system as single mothers — and are therefore entitled to the full range of lone-parent payments. We cannot continue like this. 

    'Why are they allowed to have more than one wife,' she added.

    'We should prosecute one or two people for bigamy, that would sort it out.'

    Currently in the UK it is illegal to marry more than once.

    But if the multiple marriages took place abroad then it is not.

    A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions told MailOnline said that the loophole will exist because extra wives in a polygamous home are treated as single.

    'Polygamy is illegal in this country and it would be wrong for the benefits system to legitimise these arrangements by recognising them in any way,' they said.



    New study shows half of the global warming in the USA is artificial

    Oh dear, Anthony Watts has just proved how utterly alarmist the Global Warming worshipers are in general and proven that what they are using to model their warming 'predictions' on is nothing but, well.....alarmist prediction models. After adjusting for temperature measuring station siting and post measurement 'adjustments' (which always seems to be upwards!) he has shown that the predicted 0.309 degrees per decade warming is half of what is being fed to the general public as scientific, 100% believable science. Yeah, it's 100% believable alright. As I've learnt over the years, always judge how believable something is from who is delivering the message. The UN Global Warming cheer-squad, the IPCC has admitted that most of their 'research' is bogus and sucked out of the thumb of non-scientists - some still wet behind the ears and not even qualified to comment on the gum stuck to my shoe. Environmental Activists were also caught 'peer reviewing' research prior to it being published as gospel by the IPCC. And who wouldn't believe an activist over an actual qualified scientist? I mean, it's not like activists aren't fanatical, radicals who think just because they believe something passionately, everyone else should be brow-beaten into believing them too - true or not. You only have to look at how intolerant activists are to see that they don't have a balanced view of life. Thanks to the hard work of Anthony Watts and volunteers for showing up these charlatans. 



    PRESS RELEASE – U.S. Temperature trends show a spurious doubling due to NOAA station siting problems and post measurement adjustments.
    Chico, CA July 29th, 2012 – 12 PM PDT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    A comparison and summary of trends is shown from the paper. Acceptably placed thermometers away from common urban influences read much cooler nationwide:
    A reanalysis of U.S. surface station temperatures has been performed using the recently WMO-approved Siting Classification System devised by METEO-France’s Michel Leroy. The new siting classification more accurately characterizes the quality of the location in terms of monitoring long-term spatially representative surface temperature trends. The new analysis demonstrates that reported 1979-2008 U.S. temperature trends are spuriously doubled, with 92% of that over-estimation resulting from erroneous NOAA adjustments of well-sited stations upward. The paper is the first to use the updated siting system which addresses USHCN siting issues and data adjustments.
    The new improved assessment, for the years 1979 to 2008, yields a trend of +0.155C per decade from the high quality sites, a +0.248 C per decade trend for poorly sited locations, and a trend of +0.309 C per decade after NOAA adjusts the data. This issue of station siting quality is expected to be an issue with respect to the monitoring of land surface temperature throughout the Global Historical Climate Network and in the BEST network.
    Today, a new paper has been released that is the culmination of knowledge gleaned from five years of work by Anthony Watts and the many volunteers and contributors to the SurfaceStations project started in 2007.
    This pre-publication draft paper, titled An area and distance weighted analysis of the impacts of station exposure on the U.S. Historical Climatology Network temperatures and temperature trends, is co-authored by Anthony Watts of California, Evan Jones of New York, Stephen McIntyre of Toronto, Canada, and Dr. John R. Christy from the Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama, Huntsville, is to be submitted for publication.
    The pre-release of this paper follows the practice embraced by Dr. Richard Muller, of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project in a June 2011 interview with Scientific American’s Michael Lemonick in “Science Talk”, said:
    I know that is prior to acceptance, but in the tradition that I grew up in (under Nobel Laureate Luis Alvarez) we always widely distributed “preprints” of papers prior to their publication or even submission. That guaranteed a much wider peer review than we obtained from mere referees.
    The USHCN is one of the main metrics used to gauge the temperature changes in the United States. The first wide scale effort to address siting issues, Watts, (2009), a collated photographic survey, showed that approximately 90% of USHCN stations were compromised by encroachment of urbanity in the form of heat sinks and sources, such as concrete, asphalt, air conditioning system heat exchangers, roadways, airport tarmac, and other issues. This finding was backed up by an August 2011 U.S. General Accounting Office investigation and report titled: Climate Monitoring: NOAA Can Improve Management of the U.S. Historical Climatology Network
    All three papers examining the station siting issue, using early data gathered by the SurfaceStations project, Menne et al (2010), authored by Dr. Matt Menne of NCDC, Fall et al, 2011, authored by Dr. Souleymane Fall of Tuskeegee University and co-authored by Anthony Watts, and Muller et al 2012, authored by Dr. Richard Muller of the University of California, Berkeley and founder of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project (BEST) were inconclusive in finding effects on temperature trends used to gauge the temperature change in the United States over the last century.
    Lead author of the paper, Anthony Watts, commented:
    “I fully accept the previous findings of these papers, including that of the Muller et al 2012 paper. These investigators found exactly what would be expected given the siting metadata they had. However, the Leroy 1999 site rating method employed to create the early metadata, and employed in the Fall et al 2011 paper I co-authored was incomplete, and didn’t properly quantify the effects.
    The new rating method employed finds that station siting does indeed have a significant effect on temperature trends.”
    Watts et al 2012 has employed a new methodology for station siting, pioneered by Michel Leroy of METEO France in 2010, in the paper Leroy 2010, and endorsed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation (CIMO-XV, 2010) Fifteenth session, in September 2010 as a WMO-ISO standard, making it suitable for reevaluating previous studies on the issue of station siting.
    Previous papers all used a distance only rating system from Leroy 1999, to gauge the impact of heat sinks and sources near thermometers. Leroy 2010 shows that method to be effective for siting new stations, such as was done by NCDC adopting Leroy 1999 methods with their Climate Reference Network (CRN) in 2002 but ineffective at retroactive siting evaluation.
    Read more here

    26 July 2012

    South Africa: Two blacks drowned white child in boiling water

    If you are sensitive then best not to read the article below and stop reading any further. This is just another typical violent attack that occurs in South Africa on the White population at the hands of the Black savages. In this case, the Mom was beaten, raped then shot dead; the Dad was beaten with a golf club, hacked with a machete and then shot dead; the 12-year old son was tied and drowned in a bath filled with boiling water. Nice hey? And the apparent motive was robbery and revenge for how the Mom had treated them. That's the usual tired old excuse these days that the Blacks use so that they can get clemency for their cowardly crimes. Bunch of apes - actually, apes behave better than these savages. Do people living overseas NOW UNDERSTAND why we had Apartheid? It's open season on Whites who are now subjected to living with these savage barbarians - barbarians who wouldn't hesitate to kill you using in the most violent and traumatic ways. They are incapable of living amongst civilised people and the sooner people GET IT the better for everyone. These savages  smiled when they were found guilty and laughed on the way back to their cells. They know they'll be out in a few years under the corrupt pathetic ANC government. And no, this was not reported in any English newspapers. Only the main Afrikaans newspaper picked it up because no one outside South Africa will understand or ever read about this shocking crime.


    UPDATE: News24 has now reported on this crime. The comment section is closed for this story. I wonder why? The article is also very brief with hardly any details. Another cowardly cover up by the English media in South Africa.

    The 3 accused in the Walkerville massacre and torture. Mbele is on the left and Radebe on the right. 

    The Viana family in happier times: From left, Geraldine Viana, Amaro, Gabriela Correia, Tony's daughter from a previous marriaga, and Tony Viana. 

    Two young black males gagged a crying 12-year old white boy and afterwards drowned him in a bath filled with boiling water. The accused yesterday admitted guilt to the murder with smiles as they appeared in the Vereeniging regional court, reports the Johannesburg Afrikaans daily, Beeld.



    In a typical South African black-on-white atrocity, the boy and his entire family were massacred on 1 October 2011 in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg. Amaro Jose Viana, of Portuguese descent, his mother Geraldine (42) and father Tony (53) were killed in an attack by the family’s gardener Petrus Radebe (24), Sipho Mbele (21) and Sphiwe David Motaung (20). A fourth black person, a minor whose name was not published and appartently the son of Petrus Radebe, also participated in the attack. All four admitted their guilt on all charges against them.
    According to the accused, “we mutually raped Geraldine Viana”. Sipho Mbele raped her first while Petrus Radebe helped to restrain her by standing on her face. Afterwards Radebe raped her too.
    Beeld reports that Charmaine Castleman, an attorney appearing for the accused, read a statement in court explaining that the three men burgled the Viana residence to rob them of their possessions and “to get Geraldine Viana back” for the way she had treated them.
    The white family’s dog apparently barked tremendously during the burglary. The animal was killed by disembowelling him.
    According to Beeld’s court reporter, 12-year-old Amaro’s dad Tony Viana first arrived at the burgled home. The three black men attacked him from behind with a machete and a golf club, after which he was forced to unlock the family safe. He was then tied up.
    The boy and his mother arrived later and were tied up in separate rooms. Then the raping started. When Radebe and Mbele had finished raping Geraldine, Mbele placed a cushion over her face to muffle her screams and shot her with a pistol obtained from her husband.
    The accused stated: “Afterwards Sipho took the gun and shot Tony in the head.” Mbele and Radebe then went to Amaro’s room and realised that the boy would be able to recognise them.
    “We went to the bathroom and turned on the tap. We went to fetch him and gagged him because he was crying. We forced him into the bath face down, knowing that he would drown.”
    From forensic evidence tendered in court, it was clear that the boy was held down in boiling water. The exact cause of his death has however not yet been determined by state pathologists. The boy’s hands and feet were tied.
    According to Beeld, “Mbele and Radebe admitted guilt on charges of burglary with the intent to steal, robbery with aggravating circumstances, the possession of an unlicensed firearm, the illegal possession of ammunition and intentional damage to goods.”
    The accused will be sentenced on 6 September. As the death penalty was abolished in South Africa, they will probably get lengthy prison sentences but could be out on parole within five to ten years.
    The vast majority of South Africans, black and white, support the reinstatement of the death penalty, but the liberal Constitutional Court has stated that it would be unconstitutional. The ruling ANC and liberal opposition DA are also opposed to the death penalty.
    A search of South African newswires in English for this story has returned an empty result. Until now, only Beeld has reported on the court appearance of the three murderers – in Afrikaans, which is only spoken in South Africa, although easily comprehensible to Dutch-speakers.

    Shocking daycare center video





    OBAMA TO OPEN AFRICAN-AMERICAN EDUCATION OFFICE

    Obama and his campaign advisers have been cracking their heads about how to get more Black votes so they came up with the following brilliantly racist initiative: let's create a new big government bureaucratic office to bolster education of African-American students! How racist is that? I thought America was all about everyone being treated as equals? Isn't that what the Civil Movement was all about? So, if he's going to create this office, then how about also creating one for the Asian and White high achieving students? I wonder what would happen if Romney announced such a program for Whites? Oh, I see - it's only when it's to the benefit of the poor downtrodden Blacks that it's  acceptable. I'm waiting for the outrage from the Liberals about this inequality...1,2,3....any minute now.....still waiting...



    President Barack Obama is creating a new office to bolster education of African-American students.

    The White House says the office will coordinate the work of communities and federal agencies to ensure that African-American youngsters are better prepared for high school, college and careers.

    Obama is announcing his election-year initiative Wednesday night in a speech to the civil rights group the National Urban League as he seeks to rally black voters.

    Source

    25 July 2012

    New Obama Ad: I Did Not Say “You Didn’t Build That” Even Though I Really Did…

    When Lefties accuse you of doing something, then it's usually because they're doing it themselves. Take Obama's latest classic spin. A week ago he said the following: 


    “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” 


    And now watch his latest spin:


    "And what I said was that we need to stand behind them as America always has."
    Is he for real???? Just how dumb does he think people are? 





    South Africa: MECs get R100k credit card limit

    South Africa has nine provinces (or states), each with its own Premier and Members of Executive Council (MEC). The Gauteng Premier has recently announced that her MECs can use their government issued credit cards locally and internationally for official government business. She also slipped in that each MEC credit card has a MONTHLY limit of between R50 000 and R100 000. Let's take the upper limit of R100 000. That means they have R1.2 million at their disposal a year for 'government business'. Gauteng is held by the ANC, so for a political party which isn't known for their fiscal prudence, what could possibly go wrong with this scheme? It's pretty laughable really. They get their fancy government issued cars, generous salaries, government perks, free housing and much more and on top of that they get free government money on a credit card with a very generous monthly limit! Is it any wonder there is so much corruption at government level when everyone has their hands in the till, stealing as if there's no tomorrow (which is almost here)? Never say that politicians don't look after themselves. And the poor suckers stuck with paying off the bill are the eternally suffering, increasingly milked tax payers. Members of the ANC must be pinching themselves daily in wonder as to how they managed to pull this off over the White South Africans who built the country. A luta continua - the struggle continues! Eish.

    Premier Nomvula Mokonyane (Felix Dlangamandla, Beeld)
    Premier Nomvula Mokonyane

    Johannesburg - Credit cards issued to MECs can be used both locally and internationally for official government business, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Tuesday.

    "In the course of discharging our responsibilities, we've taken reasonable steps to ensure the prudent use of the corporate credit cards by complying with the prescribed guidelines while being conscious of the fiscal challenges that our province faces," she said.

    She said MECs were allocated a monthly limit of between R50 000 and R100 000.

    "We have always strived to stay within the prescribed monthly limits."

    She said the current guidelines for the use of corporate credit cards were not definitive.

    The provincial government was reviewing the guidelines to provide certainty on the interpretation and enforcement of the guidelines.

    "We want to reassure the people of Gauteng that we shall continue to do everything in our power to exercise fiscal discipline," she said.

    Earlier this month controversial local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi resigned, after it emerged that he had used the government credit card to make personal purchases. 


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    Gun sales soar after Batman attack

    Colorado is a Concealed Carry (or CCW) state; however, 13 Colorado cities have banned CCW:  Boulder, Broomfield, Colorado Springs, Denver, Englewood, Lakewood, Littleton, Longmont, Northglenn, Pueblo, Thornton, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, oh, and AURORA where the latest civilian shooting spree occurred. Aurora is also the only city in Colorado to ban a person from being able to have a loaded gun in their car. So, is it any wonder that the shooter was happy to plan and execute his attack in his city knowing that people were unarmed? And still you have every geriatric old fart politician and every liberal do-good wanker analysing a re-analysing why America still allows it's citizenry to arm themselves and calling an end to their second amendment rights. When was the last time you saw a gun leap up from behind a bush and gun down innocent people - all on it's own without provocation? I can only speak for myself, but I have never seen this happen. There is usually someone squeezing the trigger. As tragic as these murders are, let us not forget that if this crazy psycho was intent on killing innocent people, then he would have done so regardless of the method. He could just as well have made a bomb and blown them up. Instead his mode of choice was via gunfire. What if it had been a knife? Would these idiots be beating their breasts calling for all knives to be banned? Liberals use any  crisis attached to emotion to push their agenda. The more people are poisoned against having the right to own a gun, the better for them. Years down the line, this gradualism of their agenda will pay off and Americans will be banned from owning guns. I have no doubt of this outcome. 


    As Ronald Reagan once said:
    We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
    In the meantime, gun sales in Colorado have soared as people have realised that they need to protect themselves. The little 'ban the gun' experiment pushed by their lefty politicians has failed to protect them from a madman. I wouldn't be surprised if the push by politicians to disarm them is also a factor in the increased sales. When you have to rely on government for your protection then you're a sitting duck.





    Aurora - Gun sales in Colorado have soared in the aftermath of the shooting tragedy in Aurora that claimed 12 lives and left 58 wounded, the Denver Post reported on Tuesday.

    Background checks carried out on customers as they buy guns were up 41% in the wake of Friday's shooting at a packed cinema in the Colorado town, the newspaper reported.

    There was also a spike in people seeking training for a concealed carry permit, the report said. Carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner is legal with a permit in 49 of the 50 US states. Illinois is the only state without such a provision.

    "It's been insane," Jake Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo in the town of Parker, told the newspaper, saying there were 15 to 20 people waiting outside the store when he arrived for work just hours after the shooting.

    "A lot of it is people saying, 'I didn't think I needed a gun, but now I do,'" Meyers was quoted as saying. "When it happens in your backyard, people start reassessing - 'Hey, I go to the movies.'"

    Stocking up

    Colorado approved 2 887 background checks on Friday through to Sunday, a 43% rise over the previous week and a 39% increase over the same period last year, according to the report, which reported 41% overall as its headline figure.

    Calls for a re-examination of America's gun laws mounted in the aftermath of the tragedy as it emerged that the suspected Aurora shooter, James Holmes, bought his four weapons legally.

    Over eight weeks, he stocked up on the internet on 6 300 rounds of ammunition: 3 000 for his .233 semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, another 3 000 for his two Glock pistols and 300 cartridges for his pump-action shotgun.

    Holmes, a 24-year-old graduate student, also bought a special magazine for his military-style assault rifle that enabled him to fire up to 50 to 60 rounds per minute.

    Despite profound soul-searching over the Colorado shooting rampage, there is no political willingness to end the long stalemate over the toxic gun law issue, particularly in a US election year.

    Several key battlegrounds in November's elections - Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, for example - have gun-friendly populations that remain wedded to their right to bear arms, which is enshrined in the US Constitution.


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    Solyndra figures attend swank Obama fundraiser

    Should this surprise anyone? I mean, really, who is truly surprised. When Obama hands out his candy to his political bundlers, it's with the understanding that part of the money will find it's way back to his re-election campaign and Union backers. Political DNC money laundering 101 - all paid for by the current and future tax payers of America. Solyndra was fast-tracked for a federal loan guarantee and then declared bankruptcy right before a FBI raid, was paid for by tax payers to the tune of $535 million. Money down the drain - money tax payers will never see again. And amazingly, because the world is so small, two men who were involved in advising and approving the Solyndra loan were seen attending an Obama fundraiser in California. Not to be defeated by 19 bankruptcies so far, Obama has recently announced more funding and his further commitment to 'green' projects. Seems it's the latest moral way to scam money from tax payers. Just ignore that most of his bundlers seem to be involved in the renewable energy sector, pure coincidence I'm sure. Nothing to see here, let's rather keep on about Romney's tax records of 10 years ago and how he ran the Winter Olympics!




    President Obama rubbed elbows Monday night with two men at the center of the Solyndra loan scandal at an exclusive fundraiser in California.


    Steve Westly, a financier whose money-raising prowess helped to snag him a post on the administration’s energy advisory board, and Matt Rogers, a former Energy Department senior adviser who helped to approve the Solyndra loan, were spotted by reporters at the $35,800-per-person fundraiser for the president’s re-election campaign.


    Mr. Westly sent warnings to the president not to attend an event at Solyndra's headquarters in the Bay area because of shaky finances at the solar energy company, which had received a fast-tracked $535 million federal loan guarantee in 2010 as part of the administration’s economic stimulus program. Mr. Rogers was partly responsible for overseeing stimulus awards at the Energy Department.
    They were among about 60 wealthy donors who attended the fundraiser at the swanky home of progressive activist Quinn Delaney and real estate developer Wayne Jordan, a big Obama bundler, in Piedmont, Calif., near Oakland.
    Reporters traveling with the president saw Mr. Westly juggling lemons, entertaining kids at the party. He was seated later at one of the tables farthest from the president as he spoke.
    Mr. Obama stayed away from any discussion of alternative energy at the fundraiser, except to say that his re-election would ensure that the government promotes “smart regulations … that are going to deal with issues like climate change.”
    Republicans, including presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have attacked the administration’s support of the Solyndra loan and other stimulus programs as examples of Mr. Obama’s “crony capitalism.” The solar-energy start-up firm later went bankrupt.
    “The Obama Administration betrayed American taxpayers when it dumped hundreds of millions of public dollars into Solyndra while ignoring clear warnings about the company’s dire financial situation,”Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement.
    “President Obama’s first term worked out well for his donors who got special access and taxpayer money for their failed ventures. It hasn’t worked as well for the 23 million Americans struggling for work in the worst economic recovery our country has ever had.”
    On Monday, the White House said it would veto a House bill that would require a significant expansion of offshore oil and gas leasing. The administration said the legislation “would undermine the targeted, science-based and regionally-tailored offshore development strategy that the American people and the States have helped develop over the last three years.”
    Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said the veto threat was more evidence of the president’s misguided energy policies.
    “As energy prices have risen and our economy continues to struggle, President Obama insists on hindering efforts to expand domestic production and create American jobs,” she said. “His self-described ‘hodgepodge’ energy policy has been an abject failure. Whether blocking job-creating initiatives like the Keystone pipeline or wasting taxpayer money on boondoggles like Solyndra, President Obama doesn’t have a clue when it comes to America’s energy future.”

    24 July 2012

    DEMOCRATS' IDEAL VOTER: ILLEGAL ALIEN, SINGLE MOTHER, CONVICTED FELON

    Wow, I'm not normally an Ann Coulter fan, but gee is she on the mark here. The 'browning' of America is changing the country into a Democrat stranglehold. As she says, how can a country that elected Ronald Reagan have Obama tied in the polls with Mitt Romney? Because it's no longer the America people know. The Democrats/Liberals have a long term plan to transform America into an electorate more to their liking, and in doing so is slowly changing America into a Third World one-party state. If Americans wants to see their future, just look at California today. The Democrats have succeeded in this by encouraging illegal immigration, divorce, abortion and single-mother families, all dependent people who will vote for them. Compared to the wily Democrats, Republicans are short-sighted and gullible. Whilst they preach to each other about turning the other cheek, the Dems have brought in another million Third Worlders to vote for them. The Repubs need to stop playing nice, toughen the heck up and fight for their country - and stop turning the other cheek! The time for Mr Nice Guy and Mr Fairness is over. 



    Before taking the oath of office, Barack Obama vowed to fundamentally transform the United States. 

    He has certainly done so. For example, Obama has:

    -- destroyed the job market;

    -- sent billions of taxpayer dollars to Wall Street, companies overseas, his campaign contributors and public sector unions;

    -- forced the passage of a wildly unpopular national health care law on a purely partisan vote;

    -- come out for gay marriage;

    -- refused to enforce laws on illegal immigration;

    -- eliminated the work requirement for welfare.

    How can a country that elected Ronald Reagan have Obama tied in the polls with Mitt Romney?

    The answer is: It's not the same country. 

    Similarly, when two successful, attractive multimillionaire women in California can't beat a geriatric leftist like Jerry Brown or an old prune like Barbara Boxer, that's not the same state that elected Ronald Reagan twice, either.

    The same process that has already destroyed California is working its way through the entire country.

    While conservatives have been formulating carefully constructed arguments, liberals have been playing a long-term game to change the demographics of America to get an electorate more to their liking. 

    They will do incalculable damage to the nation and to individual citizens, but Democrats will have an unbeatable majority. Just like California, the United States is on its way to becoming a Third World, one-party state.

    Teddy Kennedy's 1965 Immigration Act was expressly designed to change the ethnic composition of America to make it more like Nigeria, considered more susceptible to liberal demagogues.

    Since 1965, instead of taking immigrants that replicate the country's existing ethnic mix, we've been admitting mostly immigrants from the Third World. At the same time, people from the countries that sent immigrants to this country for its first several centuries have been barred.

    Eighty-five percent of immigrants now come from "developing countries." (How are they ever going to develop if their people are all on the dole over here?)

    The "browning of America" is not a natural process. It's been artificially imposed by Democrats who are confident of their abilities to turn Third World immigrants into government patrons. 

    It's worked. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 57 percent of all immigrant households in the U.S. get cash, Medicaid, housing or food benefits from the government -- compared with 39 percent of native households. The highest rates are for immigrants from the Dominican Republic (82 percent), Mexico and Guatemala (tied at 75 percent).

    Isn't the idea to get immigrants with special skills? If you can't even get a job, by definition, you do not have a special skill. Other than voting Democrat.

    There's a strange asymmetry in how this matter can be discussed. Liberals and ethnic activists boast about how America would be better if it were more Latino, but no one else is allowed to say, "We like the ethnic mix as it is."

    That would be racist. By now no one even tries to disagree. 

    Liberals' other plan to expand the Democratic rolls has been to destroy the family. 

    Every time someone gets a divorce, Democrats think: We got a new Democratic voter! Every time a child is born out of wedlock: We got a new Democratic voter! And if the woman has an abortion -- we got a new Democratic voter!

    According to recent polls, Obama has a negative job approval rating of 45 to 49 percent. The reason the polls are tied between Obama and Romney is that single women support Obama by a 2-to-1 margin. The Democrats' siren song to single women is: Don't worry, the government will be your husband. 

    Our prisons are overflowing with the results of the Democrats' experiment of subsidizing illegitimacy. Children raised by a single mothers commit 72 percent of juvenile murders, 60 percent of rapes, have 70 percent of teenaged births, commit 70 percent of suicides and are 70 percent of high school dropouts.

    Controlling for socioeconomic status, race and place of residence, the strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is being raised by a single parent. (The second strongest predictor is having a tattoo.)

    A 1990 study by the Progressive Policy Institute showed that after controlling for single motherhood, the difference in black and white crime disappeared. 

    Human beings in God's image are being born into ruined lives at rates that boggle the mind. Illegitimate children are never given a chance, their lives destroyed by this social pathology. And Democrats say: More Democratic voters!

    Throw in felons voting, and the Democrats have an unbeatable majority. 

    South Africa: Questions over Phiyega appointment

    The ANC have appointed their next national police commissioner, General Riah Phiyega. There is no proof that Ms Phiyega has any policing or military experience to warrant being titled 'General', but that's how the ANC rolls. Or does being on the board of a task force for the Road Traffic Management Corporation for a year now qualify as relevant experience for the title?? In the new improved South Africa, want to be head of a Cardiology Department at a hospital but you're not a surgeon or doctor? No worries mate, just get the ANC to announce you're one and hey presto, you're a Professor of Medicine! In fact, Ms Phiyega has vast experience of being a loyal ANC subject and cadre so she is more than qualified for the top police job in the country, even though she has no....er...actual police experience. Why, she's even omitted some important information on her CV that she submitted for the job so she's vastly more qualified than others as that's an ANC requirement for any of their top jobs: being a liar, corrupt and unqualified. She should fit in just fine and be an excellent role model to all the new ineffective police cadres that the ANC manage to produce. And if she's caught doing something wrong then not to worry as the ANC will have her back. You only have to look at a former Zuma appointed police commissioner, Jackie Selebi as an example. General Selebi was even hailed by Interpol, and was appointed as Interpol president before being charged with corruption in South Africa in July 2010 and sentenced to 15 years jail time. One can only cringe to think he was in charge of sensitive Interpol documents and wonder what he did with all that information at his corrupt fingertips! On the eve of being found guilty on appeal, he collapsed and was miraculously diagnosed with kidney disease and rushed to a medical facility for treatment. He remained there for 229 days until he was recently 'freed' on medical parole, never to serve ONE DAY behind bars for his sins. Yes, that's how the ANC looks after their own. Another example is Shabir Shaik, who was also found guilty of corruption and fraud in 2005 after the court found that he had funded Jacob Zuma's lifestyle in return for political favors. Shaik was also miraculously diagnosed with malignant hypertension on entering jail and was placed in a medical facility where he remained for most of the 2.5 years of his 15 year jail sentence. He too made medical parole when Zuma was made South African President. Today he plays numerous rounds of golf as therapy for his medical condition. Jackie Selebi will no doubt also recover from his medical ailment on his release (maybe he should join Shaik playing golf as it does wonders for ones health?). And to think that the world had conniptions when any hint of scandal was linked to the Apartheid NP government, yet not a word here when the ANC make fools of everyone....

    Questions have been raised over the appointment of new national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega, the DA says. (File, Beeld)
    General Riah Phiyega

    Questions have been raised over the appointment of new national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega, the DA said on Monday.


    "Despite President [Jacob] Zuma singing her praises when announcing her appointment, there have now been numerous questions raised around her employment history and previous business interests," Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said in a statement.


    "General Phiyega has not declared a conflict of interest on two occasions that we know of - XON and now Lefatshe."
    According to a report on Monday, Phiyega quit her job as director of Lefatshe Technologies and a few days later headed a fraud and corruption probe into the company.
    A few days before investigations began, Phiyega was reportedly still listed as a director on the Companies' Intellectual Property Commission.
    Kohler Barnard said this was a clear conflict of interest which was not revealed in her curriculum vitae, handed to the Parliamentary portfolio committee on police.
    Phiyega reportedly also came under fire after it emerged she had links with a company supplying the SA Police Service (SAPS) with IT equipment.
    She was a director and shareholder in Kapela Capital, which owns a 40% stake in XON, which has IT contracts with the SAPS.
    Kohler Barnard said: "Her excuse in the XON case was that she was no longer in the position when it became a conflict of interest. 
    "This time, she's using the excuse that she was a 'non-executive member' and never had any shareholding."
    "All of this information was conveniently left out of the CV which was submitted to the portfolio committee... Inevitably, we must now question whether or not Parliament was deliberately deceived in the appointment process."
    Kohler Barnard said she would write to Zuma informing him of the conflict of interest and would ask for an explanation of how her appointment was decided.
    Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said on Monday that he could not comment on the matter.
    He said the presidency would await the letter from the DA before it made any comments.
    "We'll wait until that."
    Kohler Barnard said: "The DA believes that in light of the fact that the two previous national police commissioners turned out to be disastrous appointments... the president would have been most careful to scrutinise the CVs of all candidates."

    USA: Federal Government's Debt Jumps More Than $1T for 5th Straight Fiscal Year

    America's debt is currently just under $16 trillion, $5 trillion more than when George Bush left office. It took Bush 8 years to increase the debt from $5 trillion to $10 trillion, but Obama has gone a step further and taken only 4 years to outdo Bush. And Bush oversaw 2 wars during his tenure. Not that this is any excuse. Bush isn't innocent in the debt fiasco, but Obama, who promised to balance his budget during his election campaign in 2008 has still to balance just one. Instead he's overseen the biggest debt increase in the shortest time ever. Just what is he spending all the money on? Well, let's see. Apart from his little Green pet projects which have mostly failed, you have the increase in welfare for everyone, especially illegal aliens; food stamps; increased unemployment benefits; increased foreign aid to countries like Russia, Pakistan and China; his 'stimulus' which in fact was a pay back to most of his backers; increase Social Security payments for the 'disabled'; more government regulations and on and on it goes. And what is Obama's great plan to reign in his spending? Why, to increase taxes on everybody, coming soon after the next election if he's re-instated. He just won't tell the American's that until afterwards. He'll then have another 4 years to go on his next spending spree, diverting cash to his goons whilst handing out generous welfare payments to shut up those who may complain, making them even more dependent on the government - which, apparently, the peeps don't mind. He has said nothing about cutting his spending as an option. Why would he? That's not what he's all about. He wants to spend, spend, spend and then to be seen as doing something about the debt, he utters mutterings about raising taxes. Do the America people really believe that any extra taxes would actually go to paying off the debt and curbing his spending? Obviously there are some really stupid people in the country as yes, they do believe that. They are all out on the streets chanting that the rich must pay their 'fair share' when the rich already pay over 70% of all taxes. How much more is their fair share? And what about the fair share of the 49% of Americans who DON'T pay any taxes, yet mooch off those who do? It's all smoke and mirrors. The increased taxes on the rich will raise a few billion which Obama will blow in 8 days at his current spending levels. But hey, those soundbites sure sound great as he stomps his way across the country, asking for another 4 years to finish implementing his fundamental transformation plan of hope 'n change. All he's doing is pandering to the anarchists and the eternally grumpy communists, socialists, progressives, greenies and liberals. And all the while he's siphoning money to his backers, living the high life and getting a power kick for being the most important empty suit walking the earth. All hail King Obama.





    By the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the new debt accumulated in this fiscal year by the federal government had already exceeded $1 trillion, making this fiscal year the fifth straight in which the federal government has increased its debt by more than a trillion dollars, according to official debt numbers published by the U.S. Treasury.
    Prior to fiscal 2008, the federal government had never increased its debt by as much as $1 trillion in a single fiscal year. From fiscal 2008 onward, however, the federal government has increased its debt by at least $1 trillion each and every fiscal year.
    The federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1 and ends on Sept. 30. At the close of business on Sept. 30, 2011—the last day of fiscal 2011—the total debt of the federal government was $14,790,340,328,557.15. By June 29, the last business day of the third quarter of fiscal 2012, that debt had grown to $15,856,367,214,324.44—an increase for this fiscal year of $1,066,026,885,767.29.
    In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the federal debt has continued to accumulate, hitting $15,874,365,457,260.40 at the close of business on Thursday, July 19—marking a total increase so far in fiscal 2012 of $1,084,025,128,703.25.
    In fiscal 2007, according to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government’s debt increased $500,679,473,047.25. But that marked the last fiscal year in which the federal government's debt did not increase by at least $1 trillion.
    In fiscal 2008, the debt increased $1,017,071,524,650.01. In fiscal 2009, it increased $1,885,104,106,599.26. In fiscal 2010, it increased $1,651,794,027,380.04. And in fiscal 2011, it increased $1,228,717,297,665.36.
    So far this fiscal year (which is a leap year of 366 days), the Treasury has increased the net debt of the federal government at an average rate of $3,699,744,466.56 per day. If that average were to hold up for the 73 days that remained in the fiscal year after July 19, the debt would increase in fiscal 2012 by a total of $1,354,106,474,762.13—a greater increase than last year.
    At the close of business on Sept. 30, 2007--which marked the beginning of fiscal 2008--the total debt of the federal government stood at $9,007,653,372,262.48. At the close of business on July 19, it stood at $15,874,365,457,260.40--an increase of $6,866,712,084,997.92 in less than five years.