Jennings TMI Czar Not Safe, Needs Schooling

by Gayle Plato

President Obama’s “safe schools czar” Kevin Jennings, is a gay man who openly counsels students and other educators regarding gay and lesbian issues, bullying. He has had a long history of up front and detailed work helping people. He’s written a book detailing  his counsel he offered to a sad, gay boy in a desperate sexual relationship, with a much older man.

“In a statement, Jennings said: “Twenty one years later I can see how I should have handled this situation differently. I should have asked for more information and consulted legal or medical authorities.”‘ (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/30/obamas-safe-schools-czar-admits-bad-handling-teen-sex-case/)

Here’s the real problem with the situation. This boy was obviously reaching out and in a desperate situation as he was emotionally distraught.  I grasp the sexual activity problem, but I see other issues here.  Anyone who worked with Jennings back then can probably identify the kid, remembering the boy. Why is Jennings disclosing this? Oh and by the way, in 1988, I was working with youth-at-risk, kids doing drugs, having sex, and talking about it.  We were all trained, worked as a team to help the kids.  There were thorough guidelines in every state in the country back then, explaining the reporting of underage sexual activity. This educator broke the law- period.

My big issue screaming out is this: why was he letting this boy come in and tell such lurid stories? Was he a classroom teacher, talking 1:1 about sex with this kid?  Um HUGE RED FLAG!  Any teacher in 1988, and I was one then, would know this was wrong.  It was beat into teachers heads, even back then- do not talk alone with kids about deeply personal issues without a) telling a colleague and b) involving  a referral for therapy.  It is also very wrong to USE THE CHILD as some personal stimulus!

One of the gravest errors, truly heinous, is the adult buying in and allowing the child’s lurid story to titillate the adult. I do not buy the story that the boy kept coming in to chat about his life and pain. Not one counselor I know would let the story telling ramble on- not one.  It is the first mistake any therapist makes, and you cannot get out of grad school without nipping the tendency to let the client ramble.  Yet, it is the core problem with all therapy.  It is not the therapeutic disclosure for sake of healing, and solution-focused development.  I could go on and on as I am highly suspicious of this dude, Mr. Safe School.

The boy was also, clearly at-risk and sending up the red flags for potential suicide–I am sorry but ALL HOMOSEXUAL children in desperate relationships are high on the suicide risk scale.  That is not an opinion (http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/88/1/57).

Homosexuals live with the pain of being; it is not good, nor fair.  It hurts my heart as I am not a conservative who feels homosexuality in and of itself is evil.  I think promiscuity is the issue, not loving relationships.  But nonetheless, a gay teen, struggling, in a sexual relationship with a significantly older man is a high-risk.  This boy needed help and the guy knew it. He knew it then or he wouldn’t have let him talk so much.  He was projecting his own angst onto the kid.

What if the same story, same boy, now disclosed that the older lover was  a priest and he is going to sue Mr. Jennings for not helping him back then? Hmmm.  If I met Jennings, I would say one sentence to him, and I am dead serious in this: “When you heard the boy, thinking of his issues and problems, did you ever fantasize about having sex with the boy?”

I wouldn’t put this guy, Kevin Jennings, in charge of any child safety program, safe schools, safe nothing.  He is not qualified.

U.N. Stand and The Obi-wan Alliance

by Gayle Plato
According to the U.N. agreed ‘watchdog’ of nuclear proliferation and concern, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran just tipped its hand and told on itself.  There is a second uranium enrichment facility.  
 
“Iran knew exactly what it was doing in sending this letter to the IAEA ahead of the P-5+1 talks on Oct. 1. In revealing the extent of its nuclear denial and deception campaign, Iran is only adding to the uncertainty surrounding Western and Israeli intelligence on the Iranian nuclear program. The more wrong Iran can make the intelligence of its adversaries appear, the more it hopes to be able to deter an attack.”
 
Many blog/news sites are speculating that the United States knew all along, the French, and England all in a united effort,  came out to announce the strong stance, and warn Iran.  Well I have a theory.  I DO NOT believe the U.S. was originally involved in this decision;  I think the UK and France, Israeli awareness and pressure coming on strong, was a concerted effort to force Obama’s team to step up. 
 
POTUS’ team has been openly kow-towing to Russia, snuggling with Venezuela, and reducing support of Europe  (aka the shields coming down in Poland).  I submit that the Mossad  ALWAYS has the best intelligence, and went DIRECTLY to key European allies, but more importantly coordinated with the member NOT at the table right now–Germany.
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has long suspected Obama’s team not a real friend.  She all but announced that the USA better cough up her gold or else she’s going to get chilly real fast.  Europeans are very skeptical of Obama’s loyalty. Huge amounts of money are moving around Italy and Switzerland with NO true investigation; the Secret Service has let go potential counterfeiters time and again.  WHY?
 
Obama’s foreign policy seems clear- revamp how we play ball and drop European alliances for a New Leftist World Order.
 
I submit that the USA was NOT in this last play: Obama was TOLD by our allies, with Obi-wan mind control style, ” You will stand tall with us and rebuke Iran; you will stand up to Russia and all of Asia to stop nuclear movement.” The Obi-wan Alliance may have just saved the day.
 
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, speaks during the United Nations General Assembly September 23,

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 23

  

Ahmadinejad is not the threat; the Iranian religious zealots who pull his puppet strings are the Evil with the switches on the nuclear time bomb. Everyone knows that Ahmadinejad is a tool. But Iranian power is coordinating with North Korea, Venezuela, and Russia.  But then, so it seems are we in the new POTUS brain trust.
 
We know that relations are frigid with China, and now Japan’s new leaders won their election due in part to promising to NOT BUY anymore American dollars. The world economy is on the verge of implosion; the vast amounts of dollars being printed and pumped into the world economy is like a dirty bomb going off.  All of Europe is being poisoned with the amateur, inept fiscal plans of a few geeks and crazy lefty idiots in D.C. Our allies have had it and this is going to be the line in the sand.  It’s as if the Europeans collectively said- “Hey USA, step up, grow up, and be a part of the solution or soon become part of the problem. We do not trust this POTUS team.”
 
 

“Not only can Russia completely destroy the effectiveness of a U.S.-led sanctions regime, but it can provide Iran with critical weapons systems that could seriously complicate an attack against Iran down the road.”

(http://www.stratfor.com/geopolitical_diary/20090924_mutual_commitment_postpone_commitment_u_n)

GOP Gone Wild; Goddard’s Gallup Gains

by Gayle Plato
Lots of buzz hums above the  Arizona GOP party elites as every state republican with a pulse, a website paid up through November, 2010, and Blackberry that feeds their Facebook hits to a vibrating pocket, plans to dethrone the Queen, Governor Jan Brewer.  Even former governors are jumping on the bandwagon (enter Fife Symington) to run. It’s like the scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail, “Bring Out Your Dead”, one almost hears Ms. Brewer yelp, “I’m not dead yet, I feel happy! (politically speaking of course).
Organizational grace and republican party savvy, grant us such a display of choice, we are at the Capitol buffet of leadership. This same astute talent management got us John McCain’s Presidential campaign, and the Arizona State Budget smooth talks.  I’m all a Twitter thinking of all of the fine guys  jello wrestling for the top spot.
Alas, we see the “Boy King”, riding in, with the clomping coconuts to boot, Terry Goddard has the clackity-clack down pat and might just Gallup, er a gallop on passed the GOP huge pack of elephants. Personally, I’m underwhelmed with the whole troupe and am holding out for a good knight, who, though triumphed and wounded by King Arthur, will only claim it a mere flesh wound.

AZ CAP and TAX Dams Uphill Battle

by Gayle Plato


With all of the health care scare and town halls going code blue, The American Clean Energy and Security Act, HR 2454, otherwise known as the Cap and Trade legislation, is ready and able, moving closer to Senate approval status. Volumes could be written about how it will impact Arizona. This legislation affects every single Arizonan who uses water, eats food, and relies on power. This legislation has nothing to do with green energy and everything with greenbacks. Cap and Trade will face a serious uphill battle with Arizonans- literally.

CAP has another key meaning here, The Central Arizona Project. The CAP took 20 years and $4 billion to complete, and uses coal to work. Coal creates the electric power used to move the millions of gallons of water around Arizona and the West. The CAP will be hammered by Cap and Trade legislation as coal-burning plants, specifically the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is the only energy producer supplying the CAP power for the pumps. Water does use gravity to travel but in Central Arizona, much of the water must travel uphill and that requires electricity from the Native American power plants. Nearly a quarter of all the power generated by the NGS goes to the CAP. Imagine the slam to the economy the Navajo and Hopi Nations will face, the costs for the state, and the reality of the Cap and Trade mandates?

“The CAP is the largest single source of renewable water supplies in the State of Arizona and the largest single end-user of power in the State. The CAP uses about 2.8 million megawatt hours of energy to pump about 1.6 million acre-feet of water each year from the Colorado River…Today, CAP’s energy costs are about $50 per acre-foot of water delivered. A $200 per acre-foot increase in CAP energy rates would represent a 400% increase to our water users.” http://tinyurl.com/le3noz
Is the state of Arizona ready for the federal designs on energy? Susan Bitter Smith can reassure us at CAP’s website, taxes won’t be raised.  But let’s face it; CAP’s own site states that costs will skyrocket.  What about the reality that the federal plan directs more than a scrub of the emissions? The Cap and Tax scam fuels a scrubbing of the entire power generation process.
We just completed the CAP in the 90s; are we really prepared to switch all power sourcing over to–what? Hundreds of solar panels lining the highway from Kayenta to Page? Maybe we could put up millions of dollars of wind turbines all over Monument Valley? The plan for hydro-electricity failed at the onset of the CAP because no one wanted to see dams built in the Grand Canyon.  The Navajo Generating Station was created to accommodate the CAP, creating jobs and fueling an entire community of support and infrastructure.  Greening the nation sounds great as a campaign slogan or over a hummus pita in a Flagstaff coffee and organic hemp shop. When you’re in college and thinking about joining the Obama volunteer forces, consider how it’s going to feel on the unemployment line after your year of service, because Cap and Trade will eviscerate the economy one curly cue toxic light bulb at a time. Walk in beauty natives, as the costs to the community will be insurmountable. Never mind the Navajo, the Diné, the People; Yá’át’ééh a bini. To my Navajo friends: Át’aa la’ hóníí’ ‘o’oots’id (loosely-I feel burned)!

But don’t get confused about what Cap and Trade really is. This is not about greening the environment. Carbon credits including the regulation of emissions, is the creation of a truly green currency. The trade of a new currency, that is a carbon emission credit, is the real story and every publication seems to drop that lede. There will be huge profits for the scam artist carbon credit brokers. One metric ton of greenhouse gas equals a carbon credit. The traders of these, on the international scene, follow the greenhouse gassy Kyoto agreement plans dropped down from on high at the United Nations: this is one pile of steaming crap for trade. The best part- a tree must be planted in turn for the credit. Think of the movie Bugsy recalling how Benjamin Siegel sold shares of The Flamingo over and over, ending up in a dire situation with a few bullets in his head. When the trade of credits and subsequent trees being planted cannot be tracked, outright fraud will prevail. But, what a great money maker it will be for the few years is flies.

Coal burns but people shouldn’t be burned as the new greening of the world leaves many cooked. Whether water, food, or people needing to move around the country, power matters. If the POTUS administration REALLY wants to help the environment, get off of the incredibly useless solar and inefficient wind power ideas. Get the country drilling. Drill baby drill– for what we have most of- Natural Gas. Help the natural gas drilling happen and stop blocking it. Listen to a leader who knows a thing or two about energy:

“In addition to immediately increasing unemployment in the energy sector, even more American jobs will be threatened by the rising cost of doing business under the cap-and-tax plan. For example, the cost of farming will certainly increase, driving down farm incomes while driving up grocery prices. The costs of manufacturing, warehousing and transportation will also increase…We must move in a new direction. We are ripe for economic growth and energy independence if we responsibly tap the resources that God created right underfoot on American soil. Just as important, we have more desire and ability to protect the environment than any foreign nation from which we purchase energy today.

In Alaska, we are progressing on the largest private-sector energy project in history. Our 3,000-mile natural gas pipeline will transport hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of our clean natural gas to hungry markets across America. We can safely drill for U.S. oil offshore and in a tiny, 2,000-acre corner of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if ever given the go-ahead by Washington bureaucrats.Westerners literally sit on mountains of oil and gas, and every state can consider the possibility of nuclear energy…We have an important choice to make. Do we want to control our energy supply and its environmental impact? Or, do we want to outsource it to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia? Make no mistake: President Obama’s plan will result in the latter.”- Governor Sarah Palin”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/13/AR2009071302852.html?sid=ST2009071302882

Toxic Circus: Are Bank Books All Cooked?

by Gayle Plato
 
On September 4, 2009, Governor Jan Brewer saw the light thanks to many conservative legislators in the state and repealed the lousy legislation SB 1271. The previous legislation would have tied the hands of home investors now upside down on investment properties. Bank liability regarding any short sale in particular would have been revamped, and home owners would eat the loss and risk future litigation for owed debt even after a sale of the property.
 
Yet, while real estate blogs offer a virtual sigh of relief locally, there is still the reality of short sale or foreclosure debt and collateral release.  Banks determine if the homeowner is released from the debt owed and the actual collateral- the physical property.  It is the owner’s responsibility to get a release of liability statement from the lender.  But ask any realtor out there how easy that form is to get from Bank of America/Countrywide,  Citibank, or Chase?  Realtors vary greatly in experience and relationships with lenders; one cannot assume the realtor knows what he/she is doing.  Seller beware today: what is supposed to happen and what actually takes place are in question. Banks have no need to hurry up and process debt. The real question is, are they being encouraged to NOT rectify all accounts?
 
 
The macrocosm of this real estate reality is the true state of affairs in the nation.  If the majority of short sales and foreclosures are not updated in bank systems, the books of lenders are wrong.  Debt numbers and glowing reports of sales are way off. This is Cash for Clunkers again. Look at the recent bank failures across the country.  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ( FDIC)  is seizing banks with upwards of half of the debt qualifying as toxic.  FDIC regulators are seeing accounting  numbers so out of whack that it begs the question:  Is the reality of mortgage failures overwhelming the FDIC? 
 
This Labor Day weekend saw five closures with the FDIC estimates.  Enter the latest failed bank in AZ with one of the worst banks by the numbers-First State Bank in Flagstaff.
 
If I do my math, First State Bank is 50% toxic. This is an estimated number too; the FDIC does not know if this is completely accurate yet. Do you think they estimate over or under the real costs?  They have to use the books they are given by the bank.
 

From the FDIC: Sunwest Bank, Tustin, California, Assumes All of the Deposits of First State Bank, Flagstaff, Arizona

First State Bank, Flagstaff, Arizona, was closed today by the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Sunwest Bank, Tustin, California, to assume all of the deposits of First State Bank.

As of July 24, 2009, First State Bank had total assets of $105 million and total deposits of approximately $95 million. …

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $47 million. …. First State Bank is the 89th FDIC-insured institution to fail in the nation this year, and the third in Arizona. The last FDIC-insured institution closed in the state was Union Bank, National Association, Gilbert, on August 14, 2009.” (http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/)

The Federal Classroom 101: To Sir Obama With Love…

Parents are being encouraged by many conservative media and blog outlets to keep children home and not participate in President Obama’s public school classroom address, Tuesday, September 8, 2009.  Parents are also being told by liberal media and blog outlets that this is a traditional concept of a Presidential address to children, and the message is ‘apolitical’. As a social studies teacher who has actively participated in direct addresses from Presidents before, I can attest to this fact- this pending speech is different.  The Department of Education’s distribution of detailed lesson plans is unique.  The Obama Administration sponsoring a contest for children is unusual based on the lesson plan provided. It concerns me more as an infringement of state’s rights and local school district say about curricula.

School districts across the country are debating how to use the material, the address, and ways to inform the public regarding the information.  No one can tell parents what to do or how state school districts can use the materials.  I am awaiting my school district’s decision and I am attending the classroom to hear the process and see the interaction.  I am also going to ask for all materials distributed. I am not keeping my son out of school.

The language of the lesson has already been altered and the speech has been changed (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/03/white-house-withdraws-students-help-obama/). There will be no request of students to write or discuss how each child can help President Obama.  BUT,there is still the anticipatory sets and thought provoking, Socratic questioning of “What is President Obama asking of me?” 

Fox News and the Washington Times have each raised questions as to the legality of federally distributed lesson plans to state and local schools; is this truly appropriate?  Having read all of the material provided by the White House on this, I see that the lesson encourages and offers options.  It does not mandate what to do. 

But there is the reality and actual legal stance of authority.  Any teacher or coach must be conscious of being an expert authority.  If any of us TELLS a student to do something, including implied direction, it is an act with an objective.  We are perceived as authoritative figures: student must defer to us or face reprimand.  There in no greater authority in the country of respecting American children than the President of the United States.  What he says or encourages is guidance and will be perceived as a directive.

I submit, this is a very slippery slope.  Curricula that does NOT go through a school board review, with community viewing is odd.  What if Superintendent of Public Instruction for Arizona, Tom Horne, set forth a mandated lesson on capitalism and its benefits (something already in most economic curricula). Or what if Sarah Palin, when Governor,  had offered a mandated curriculum to Alaskan children about how drilling off shore oil could be a good thing?

I am also deeply concerned that the aspect of a contest for children, a video presentation of personal success, will have a great deal of political undertone. One cannot enter a contest of this ilk without feeling a need to pander to the partisan views of this President. If anything, I encourage all conservative families to submit a video of how capitalism is a core value, how we serve the United States Constitution not a person in this country, and how small business is a foundational building block of capitalism. Do not duck and hide, but participate fully and within the parameters.  Just as many “turned themselves in” to the fishy website, I feel we can help clarify how families feel by helping our kids by defining our individual family values. 

Finally, there is the reality of the teaching itself.  It is not appropriate for any teacher to bring in a slanted political view. This was hammered in our heads during my college education classes for social studies training. Yet I do not hear it all today.  Whether a conservative grumbling about Ted Kennedy, or a President of the United States’ subtle encouragement to join state and federally run volunteer forces: It is ALL slanted and bordering on propaganda

So I will go watch and learn. I will also be asking friends to to attend and listen for ANY infringement of local authority, or inappropriate use of the public education system.  If I get any sense that the public classroom and tax dollar is being used for a political hijack of my son’s values and beliefs, there will be a BIG inconvenient truth called a law suit! I have a few thousand friends who will help me file it too.

Washington Weasels With Senator Snuggle Bunny

by Gayle Plato

On Ronald Reagan’s 95th birthday, February 6, 2006, Senator John McCain sent a letter to “the freshman” Senator Barack Obama.  John McCain’s point was clear: he did not appreciate Senator Obama’s lack of commitment and weaseling. Obama had agreed to work with Senator McCain and others on a bipartisan project. Obama then backed out.  Mr. McCain stated,

I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won’t make the same mistake again.”

McCain is one of the greatest American heroes living.  His spirit did not break when the North Vietnamese broke his bones.  Senator McCain owes this country nothing more, and I am honored every day  that he is an Arizonan voice of Liberty.  But my good Senator, I am worried when I hear you discuss President Obama. This is the same Barack Obama you sternly dressed down; he is not a defender of Liberty as most conservatives would define it. Does our great Senator and American hero now show signs of political Stockholm Syndrome?

Senator McCain must escape the Washington D.C. lock-down as power grabbing doesn’t hold in Arizona. Sun City residents scoffed at the references to President Obama, the defender of the Constitution; the public’s anger is self-evident. Senator McCain spoke well of health care reform and focused on a need for quality and competition. How is it that the good Senator denies reality and the truth he saw in 2006? How can he say Obama believes and upholds the values of the United States Constitution when we’ve more Czars than Cabinet members? Checks and Balances-GOVT 101! The examples are endless.

Was is just coincidence that Mr. McCain wrote the letter to Freshman Obama on Reagan’s birthday? Ronald Reagan, Senator McCain’s great mentor: how would President Reagan feel about Senator McCain’s blatant snuggles and hugs with POTUS?  He IS the enemy at the gate, and we need our great hero to stand firm. I want the John McCain of his three year-old letter, not the Snuggle Bunny warm fuzzy found at this last town hall.

Bipartisanship makes sense when all members at the table are fair and balanced. President Obama’s beer chats are just photo ops.  He is not reaching across any table other than to overturn it, while the drunken talkers are dropped under it. Senator McCain, do not negotiate. Kill the bill and squeeze the weasels. Make them climb over the table, across the Capitol, and through the rubble left in the center of the floor. Make the left-over liberals come to you. You’ve earned it.

Overheard at Today’s Rally: LA Ringers Ride In

by Gayle Plato

While standing in a shady spot, next to the Light Rail ramp, I met a lovely lady wearing the big O t-shirt, Obama’s campaign logo, carrying a Health Insurance Reform Now hand sign printed up by Organizing for America.  We smiled and after I complimented her great purse, she asked about places to eat in Phoenix. “Oh, you’re not from here,” I asked.

The lady went on to say she was from Los Angeles.  I said I was also at the rally up the block, and she noted my t-shirt for Smart Girl Politics.  She didn’t know of us and I said it is all about real feminism and getting women active in political action locally and nationally.  She was so thrilled.  When she asked if I came in from LA,  I said, no I rode a van here and that I’m from the area.

I asked, “Were you on that big bus there I see?” She explained that she and her two sisters came in as they wanted to meet President Obama and wanted to be at the VIP event today. It seemed that she and her sisters were encouraged to attend as they were to be VIPs and that only the dedicated true devotees were invited to ride in to Phoenix for the rally.

I recommended some good spots to eat,  and noted that I respected her passion for politics. Just then, a friend saw me, gave me a hug with a large NObamacare sign in her hand.  We talked and the Light Rail started pulling up by the shade spot I copped.  Mrs. O-shirt glared, she asked: ” What exactly is Smart Girl Politics?  Didn’t you say you’re a feminist? ”

I am!  I believe in women standing up for and loving our families, our individual freedoms, and limited government.  I believe in the original feminists who stood up as moms and smart women wanting the vote and the right to be equally heard.”

Okay, I have the lil speech memorized as I say it often, to lots of women, and I am certain of my conviction.   I liked this gal and I knew we agreed on shoes and bags.  Nonetheless, she felt I had lied to her.  I could tell.  I never said I was supporting her cause of Obama’s socialization of programs. I just wanted to get out of the heat!   Correct me if I am wrong,  I paid for the Light Rail too thank you!  I can lean on it all I want.  I even decided to ride it a way and listen in to the rhetoric of the crowd.

After riding to Central and Camelback, and I paid for a pass, none of them seemed to have stubs. I asked where all were from.  Easily 75% of the protesters, all liberals, were from out of state.  At least two groups of bus-riders, and many smaller caravans came in today.   All asked about the SGP shirt, much like Mrs. O.  I said the same things, rising up to scoot off at Camelback, and wish them all well.  As I stood to go, I heard one say, “Is she a Republican?”

I turned, holding on to the bar, ” You bet I am, and I live in Arizona, I paid for this train you’re riding on too.  [ Doors opened as I got off I finished my thought] Enjoy the Valley of the Sun and try not to get burned!”

GNMA: Ginnie Ginnie, Who Can I Turn To?

 

by Gayle Plato

 “Ginnie Ginnie, who can I turn to
you give me something I can hold on to–
now you think I’m like the others before
who saw you name and number on the wall”
 
Okay I took license with the gal’s name, but do you know ol‘ song from Tommy Tutone?  Seems that Ginnie Mae’s got a number of loans secured and is trying to sell the bundles of joy overseas again. Just what we need in Arizona- more mortgage implosion.  This lending isn’t news, but the growing defaults are.  Mortgage crises continue in spite of all cheery recovery chatter; see the proof as the state budget nightmare is now a waking dream and nobody knows what to do.  While the obvious overspending got us here, it is the lack of revenue that will also drive the state right into insolvency. Arizona cannot pretend the property is as rich as it was three to five years ago. We cannot keep assuming the market will come right back either.  Especially since it seems the lending practices in this country are still very sub-prime. 
 
Ginnie Mae is the Government National Mortgage Association. Designed to help Federal Housing Administration (FHA/HUD) loans get to market, the government mortgage backing entity GNMA, repackages loans as mortgage-backed securities. Now the shell game of mortgages and financing is facing another bubble burst.  We are STILL seeing shaky loans up to 125% of value, modifications that leave the home owner on the hook, and tons of mortgage-backed securities built up on air instead of collaterally secured equity.
 
 “Ginnie Mae’s mortgage exposure is expected to top $1 trillion by the end of next year—or far more than double the dollar amount of 2007. ”
 Karl Denninger, a nationally acclaimed market analyst stated this on Monday:

“First you (the government, who is supposed to PROTECT people against predatory scams and frauds) let the banksters literally STEAL people’s hopes, dreams, and money by preying on them with knowingly-toxic exploding loans that they knew in advance would NEVER lead to those Americans owning their own home free and clear.  These loans came in the form of 2/28s and 3/27s for “less fortunate” borrowers, crafted for the singular purpose of turning a free US Citizen into a perpetually enslaved debtor who would never own a damn thing except a payment book.”
(http://www.market-ticker.org/archives/2009/08/10.html)
Um, can you say BAILOUT?  There is a reason why the country is revolting at these town halls.  Ginnie’s number is on the wall, and this next bailout  will cost what? Will it push the trillions owed upwards to, wait don’t tell me: 8,675,309?

 

 

 

Who’s Professionally Organizing Exactly?

A friend who signed up at www.my.barackobama.com awhile ago, recently received this letter, of which I copied for you here, removing her name, respecting privacy. As my friend joined just to keep up to date with liberal ideas and the Administration’s side, she thought this was an interesting letter. As she said in her note to me: “Gayle, Who’s doing the organizing here?”

Here is the e-mail she received regarding the John Shadegg townhall.  I especially love how the professionals promote oppositional attendance, like a wayward teen gets another to take a first drag of a cigarette.  All that’s missing, is ‘Come on, all the cool guys are doing it!’

“From: info@barackobama.com
Sent: 8/9/2009 2:01:04 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time
Subj: Visit Rep. Shadegg's office in Phoenix

All throughout August, our members of Congress are back in town. Insurance companies and partisan attack groups are stirring up fear with false rumors about the President’s plan, and it’s extremely important that folks like you speak up now.

So we’ve cooked up an easy, powerful way for you to make a big impression: Office Visits for Health Reform.

All this week, OFA members like you will be stopping by local congressional offices to show our support for insurance reform. You can have a quick conversation with the local staff, tell your personal story, or even just drop off a customized flyer and say that reform matters to you.

We’ll provide everything you need: the address, phone number, and open hours for the office, information about how the health care crisis affects your state for you to drop off (with the option of adding your personal story), and a step-by-step guide for your visit.

According to our records, you live near Rep. John Shadegg’s office in Phoenix, AZ.

Sign up now to visit Rep. John Shadegg’s office in Phoenix this week.

(Not your representative, or think there might be another office that’s easier for you to get to? Click here to find a different office.)

As you’ve probably seen in the news, special interest attack groups are stirring up partisan mobs with lies about health reform, and it’s getting ugly. Across the country, members of Congress who support reform are being shouted down, physically assaulted, hung in effigy, and receiving death threats. We can’t let extremists hijack this debate, or confuse Congress about where the people stand.

Office Visits for Health Reform are our chance to show that the vast majority of American voters know that the cost of inaction is too high to bear, and strongly support passing health reform in 2009.

Don’t worry if you’ve never done anything like this before. The congressional staff is there to listen, and your opinion as a constituent matters a lot. And if you bring a friend, you’ll have more fun and make an even greater impact.

Click below to sign up for an Office Visit for Health Reform:

http://my.barackobama.com/OfficeVisit

Wherever you live, these visits matter: Many representatives are pushing hard toward reform, and they are taking a lot of heat from special interests. They deserve our thanks and need our support to continue the fight. But those who are still putting insurance companies and partisan point-scoring ahead of their constituents must know that voters are watching — and that we expect better.

Earlier this week, the President wrote that “this is the moment our movement was built for” and asked us all to commit to join at least one event this month. This is the way to answer that call, and rise to the challenge of this moment together.

Thank you for going the extra mile when it matters the most,

Mitch

Mitch Stewart
Director
Organizing for America


Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee — 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.”