Thursday, June 7, 2012

Obama’s Lowlights (6/7/12)

Pool Regulations – The Justice Department announced that pool owners won't have to comply with the new requirements until early next year, a move that gets the controversy safely past the election.

Iran - During talks in Baghdad this past week, six world powers failed to convince Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment program. They will meet again in Moscow next month to try to defuse a decade-old standoff that has raised fears of a new war in the Middle East that could disrupt oil supplies.

Veterans - A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. In other news, Chris Hayes, of MSNBC's Sunday morning show "Up with Chris Hayes," says he's uncomfortable ascribing valorous terms to fallen military because it's "rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war."

Greece - Greece handed 18 billion euros ($22.6 billion) to its four biggest banks this past week allowing the stricken lenders to regain access to European Central Bank funding.

Public Education - Students in California are campaigning for a return to free college tuition. A proposed ballot measure would force the state of California to provide free tuition for in-state students who either maintain a 2.7 GPA or perform 70 hours of community service every year.

Swating – Swating is the Left’s latest idea to silence conservative bloggers. Swaters call 911 and make the call seem as if it comes from the home phone of the blogger. Swaters then tell 911 operators “I just shot my wife”. The target last week was Red State’s Eric Ericson.

Unemployment - Hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans are losing their federal unemployment benefits earlier than they expected due to new rules passed in February that make it harder for states to qualify for extended jobless aid, the New York Times reports.

National Weather Service - Government investigators found weather service employees had moved around millions of dollars to cover expenses and shortfalls within the agency without notifying Congress, according to a memo released last week from the Department of Commerce, which oversees NOAA and the weather agency.

Poland - President Barack Obama "misspoke" when he called a Nazi facility used to process Jews for execution as a "Polish death camp," a White House official told the news agency AFP.

Medal of Freedom - President Obama awarded open border advocate Dolores Huerta with the Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive. There's just one problem, Huerta is an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America and likes to pal around with Hugo Chavez.

California – After 9-11 they started the “We will never forget” fund. The state collected over 15 million dollars from the specialty license plate program to fund the program. However, the fund has been raided and very little of the money is going to help victims’ families from 9-11 or to fund anti-terrorism measures, which was the intent of the program.

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