Glenn Beck Talks to First-Generation Americans

I happened to notice Glenn Beck had an audience of first-generation Americans, most from one-time communist countries.  That in mind, I thought I would share some of my interviews with the same kind of people — from Brazil, Cuba, India and RomaniaEnjoy!

First, Glenn’s…

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Was President Obama Confused About India?

One headline that jumped out at me appeared on the NDTV web site and would lead most to believe that President Barack Obama had done well on Day One of his visit to India. I suspect, however, that the headline stems from confusion on the part of President Obama about the duties of the people at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

He probably mentioned to his hosts that he was going to increase by 50,000 the number of government employees working at BIA, not realizing that the BIA doesn’t have an office in India and serves Native Americans, not citizens of the subcontinent.  Obama’s hosts likely interpreted his statement to mean that the trade deals would result in 50,000 U.S. jobs and passed that along to the Indian media.  So goes it.

Indian Media Describes Obama as ‘Wishy-Washy’

“President Obama has begun rather negatively, a bit strong,” said an NDTV news commentator offering analysis of the first statement President Barack Obama made in India.  “Let’s say he’s toned down expectations.  While he has promised to discuss some what he called ‘big-ticket items’ with the prime minister, on other key issues, Obama was either a little wishy-washy or even a bit negative.  Not the ideal start, let me say.”

I doubt that we’ll see this on the state-run media.

Like Glenn Beck, I Highlight Legal Immigrants

On his Fox News Channel show this afternoon, Glenn Beck highlighted the issue of illegal immigration by playing host to an audience made up entirely of legal immigrants.  Below, rather than try to steal his thunder in this space, I highlight the legal immigrants I’ve featured on this blog during the past 12 months:

‘Let ‘em have one finger, they take your whole hand’ (top video)– Ionel “Greg” Grigore and his mother Dumitra. The Grigores, 54 and 74 respectively, came to this country during the 1980s in search of freedom and prosperity after spending their entire lives in Romania under the oppressive “thumb” of communism.

Three First-Generation Americans Offer Advice (bottom video)– From Cuba, Brazil and India, three first-generation Americans, including Marty Martinez from the video above, took time to share powerful messages every freedom-loving American should hear.

Missile Defense Documentary Demands Action

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent (D-Mo.) and Ambassador Ann Wagner hosted a screening Saturday afternoon of the Heritage Foundation-produced documentary, 33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age (see trailer below).  When the film ended and the overhead lights came on inside the St. Charles (Mo.) Convention Center meeting room, many in the audience appeared dumbfounded and upset.

Why?  Because they learned that, despite present and growing dangers related to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles to rogue states such as Iran and North Korea, our government has moved too slowly to build the missile defense systems capable of defending us against such attacks.

Things didn’t get any better when Senator Talent and Ambassador Wagner shared more grim news after the lights came on.

Ambassador Wagner, whose experience includes years of missile defense treaty negotiations, told the crowd President Barack Obama had recently cut the U.S. Missile Defense Agency budget by $1.2 billion, cut overall defense spending by 4.9 percent and had stuck knives in the backs of the leaders of Poland and the Czech Republic, European nations to whom the U.S. had only recently pledged to provide missile defense capabilities.

Senator Talent used a plausible scenario to outline what is at stake.

“It’s one thing if you’ve got a bilateral standoff between two stable regimes that have good communications, a la the Cuban Missile Crisis,” said Talent, who recently served as vice chair of the bipartisan Commission for the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism established by Congress. “What if you’ve got a multi-lateral confrontation between, let’s say, India and Pakistan, who’ve come within an eyelash of war anyway.  And Iran.  And China.   And they all have nuclear weapons,” he explained.  “The odds of a launch go up geometrically.  Well, a missile defense, a multi-layer completed missile defense system is a defense against all of that.”

I don’t want to spoil the rest of the documentary for you.  Instead, I highly recommend you attend a screening of the film and/or host a screening so that word gets out.  At a minimum, watch the videos on the 33 Minutes You Tube Channel.

Inhofe Strikes Blows at Global Warming Hearing

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) struck some early blows against global warming during his opening statement made this morning at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on global warming.  That statement, aimed primarily at Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the committee, appears below:

“Madame Chairman, thank you for holding this hearing today. This is the last hearing on climate change before the August recess, so I think it’s appropriate to take stock of what we’ve learned.

“Madame Chairman, since you assumed the gavel, this committee has held over thirty hearings on climate change. With testimony from numerous experts and officials from all over the country, these hearings explored various issues associated with cap-and-trade-and I’m sure my colleagues learned a great deal from them.

“But over the last two years, it was not from these, at times, arcane and abstract policy discussions that we got to the essence of cap-and-trade. No, it was the Democrats who cut right to the chase; it was the Democrats over the last two years who exposed what cap-and-trade really means for the American public.

“We learned, for example, from President Obama that under his cap-and-trade plan, “electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket.”

“We learned from Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) that cap-and-trade is “a tax, and a great big one.”

“We learned from Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) that “a cap-and-trade system is prone to market manipulation and speculation without any guarantee of meaningful GHG emission reductions. A cap-and-trade has been operating in Europe for three years and is largely a failure.”

“We learned from Sen. Dorgan (D-N.D.) that with cap-and-trade “the Wall Street crowd can’t wait to sink their teeth into a new trillion-dollar trading market in which hedge funds and investment banks would trade and speculate on carbon credits and securities. In no time they’ll create derivatives, swaps and more in that new market. In fact, most of the investment banks have already created carbon trading departments. They are ready to go. I’m not.”

“We learned from Sen. Cantwell (D-Wash.) that “a cap-and-trade program might allow Wall Street to distort a carbon market for its own profits.”

“We learned from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that unilateral U.S. action to address climate change through cap-and-trade would be futile. She said in response to a question from me that “U.S. action alone will not impact world CO2 levels.”

“We learned from Sen. Kerry (D-Mass.) that “there is no way the United States of America acting alone can solve this problem. So we have to have China; we have to have India.”

“We learned from Sen. McCaskill (D-Mo.) that if “we go too far with this,” that is, cap-and-trade, then “all we’re going to do is chase more jobs to China and India, where they’ve been putting up coal-fired plants every 10 minutes.”

“In sum, after a slew of hearings and three unsuccessful votes on the Senate floor, the Democrats taught us that cap-and-trade is a great big tax that will raise electricity prices on consumers, enrich Wall Street traders, and send jobs to China and India-all without any impact on global temperature.

“So off we go into the August recess, secure in the knowledge that cap-and-trade is riddled with flaws, and that Democrats are seriously divided over one of President Obama’s top domestic policy priorities.

“And we also know that, according to recent polling, the American public is increasingly unwilling to pay anything to fight global warming.

“But all of this does not mean cap-and-trade is dead and gone. It is very much alive, as Democratic leaders, as they did in the House, are eager to distribute pork on unprecedented scales to secure the necessary votes to pass cap-and-trade into law.

“So be assured of this: We will markup legislation in this committee, pass it, and then it will be combined with other bills from other committees. And we will have a debate on the Senate floor.

“Throughout the debate on cap-and-trade, we will be there to say that:

According to the American Farm Bureau, the vast majority of agriculture groups oppose it;

According to GAO, it will send our jobs to China and India;

GLOBULL WARMING CSTAccording to the National Black Chamber of Commerce, it will destroy over 2 million jobs;

According to EPA and EIA, it will not reduce our dependence on foreign oil;

According to EPA, it will do nothing to reduce global temperature; and

When all is said and done, the American people will reject it and we will defeat it.

“Thank you, Madame Chairman.”

Good job, senator!  You deserve a GLOBULL WARMING t-shirt!

‘WHY ME?’ Three Hard Drives Dead in 18 Months

On two previous occasions, I’ve shared with readers some of the struggles behind the scenes of Bob McCarty Writes. Today, I offer yet another — this one about my third hard drive failure in 18 months.

Rather than share the gory details in a made-for-blogging narrative, I’ll simply share the text of an e-mail exchange I had this morning with a brother-in-law who lives overseas:

I’m typing today on my son’s MacBook, one day after my second MacBook hard drive crash in a year.  The good news is that I received a new hard drive via FedEx this morning (less than 24 hours after my call to Apple).  The bad news is that I’m rapidly becoming less of a Mac fan.  In fact, I’m thinking of getting a WiFi-enabled cave wall through which I might communicate with the world.  Aaarrghh!!!

My brother-in-law replied as follows:


I hate to say it, but I have serious concerns over the reliability of my Mac’s… GASP!  ME!

In the past year I have:

Replaced the hard drive in my laptop.
Replaced the hard drive in my Mac Mini.
Replaced the hard drive in my Time Capsule.
Replaced the battery on your sister’s laptop.

The only thing that hasn’t needed the incredibly good service that Apple offers, is our Apple TV…whooptydoo.

Given your drive problems and mine, I think it’s fair to say Apple needs to step it up in the reliability department.  I’m disgusted & I feel your pain, brother.

Faithful-but-stressed Mac Addict.

What’s a blogger to do?  Perhaps, I’ll start working from the public library or move my family to a large metro area or someplace else where internet cafes are widely available.  Perhaps India?

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See also:

Ham & Eggs, Please, My MacBook Drive Is ‘Toast’ (Aug. 12, 2008)

My Western Digital Hard Drive Went Up in Smoke (Aug. 22, 2007)