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  • Juan Williams and President Obama’s grandmother

    10/21/2010 10:13:12 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 185 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 21st, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    'Mom, look: ghosts!' - screamed my little boy when he was four on a playground pointing at few mothers dressed in traditional Islamic outfits. I guess he will never work for the National Public Radio. NPR fired Juan Williams, liberal journalist and commentator, over the following remark made on O’Reilly Factor: 'I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country, but when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think,...
  • Geithner and Obama accept foreign funds that influence the US policy

    10/15/2010 12:51:08 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 15th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    President Obama made a lot of fuss recently about the US Chamber of Commerce accepting foreign contributions. The arrogance is amazing when we compare this to the fact that the USA basically lives on borrowed money from foreign countries. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is not shy to sell US securities to foreigners. You can get details about the Major Foreign Holders of U.S. Debt as of July 2010 here. Below are just few of the numbers in billions: China $847, Japan $821, UK $374, Oil Exporters $224, Brazil $162, Caribbean Banking $151, Hong Kong $135, Russia $131… It goes...
  • Shovels are so Dark Age anyway

    10/14/2010 8:42:47 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 6 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 14th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    President Obama shocked America with his admission in NY Times that he realized too late: “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects”. It has the effect of the John McCain’s ‘I never said I am a maverick’ remark. There is no such thing as ‘shovel ready projects’, because the US bureaucracy is so over bloated and obese – it is dysfunctional. Plus America is already out of the Dark Ages and industrial scale construction work is done with much more sophisticated tools. Nobody really wants to go back to windmills and shovels. It is the age of ‘tweeters’, so...
  • Reality on the border is not a reality show

    10/13/2010 10:52:57 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 6 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 13th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    America is glued to the monitors following the rescue of the gold miners in Chile hoping all will go well. However the media coverage of the rescue turned the reality into a reality show.We like a nice show but can we tell where the reality show stops and the reality begins. Can we snap out of the entertainment for a second? Read the following news: "The Mexican state police commander investigating the reported shooting of an American tourist on a border lake plagued by pirates has been killed and he reportedly was found decapitated." This is not a reality...
  • ObamaCare waivers: who is above the law?

    10/11/2010 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 10 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 11th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The Obama administration is deciding now who is above the law in America. Not surprisingly Mama and Papa are not among those getting excused from obeying the new health care law, but CIGNA is. Health and Human Services Department has a budget bigger than the Department of Defense. It is really stunning to see how much money and regulating power is concentrated in HHS. The department’s Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has the authority now to pick who will follow the law and who will not. The Congress is no longer in charge. The executive branch suddenly can decide who will follow...
  • Dog Talk

    10/08/2010 8:51:26 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 8th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    "And over the last two years, that’s meant taking on some powerful interests -- some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time. And they’re not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog. (Applause.) That’s not in my prepared remarks, it’s just -- but it’s true." - President Obama at Laborfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin "Presidents are very influential to the American people. They are top dogs. Yes, but in the dog world not, because when the President is behind the dog he is following the dog. What I noticed...
  • The Latin Gang of 10 against Arizona

    10/07/2010 4:10:02 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 7th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The Arizona immigration law is a matter of complaint from ten Latin America countries joining Mexico and the US Federal government lawsuit against the state. Let’s see how the Gang of 10 scores on human rights themselves. According to the 2009 US State Department report on Bolivia: Although the law permits children up to six years old to live with an incarcerated parent, children as old as 12 lived with their parents in prisons. (The law also permits spouses to live in prison.) Approximately 877 children lived with a parent in prison, as an alternative to being left homeless....
  • When the powers cannot and the masses don’t want to keep the status quo

    10/05/2010 4:45:32 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 2 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 5th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    According to Lenin revolutions happen only when the powers cannot and the masses don’t want to live by the old rules...Just for fun, let’s see how Lenin would explain the modern day America. The powers – the Washington establishment(in the progressive minds) – cannot keep the status quo. They are out of money and trillions of dollars in debt. It is fair to say that the people (the masses), left and right, don’t like the way the US government is spending their money. The masses on the left don’t want their tax-dollars to kill babies in Afghanistan and the...
  • Halloween hyperinflation?

    10/04/2010 10:46:54 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 4th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    It is spooky time when central banks stop selling their gold. For a layman like me that means the cash is worthless... If the country has a massive debt the politicians tend to get rid of it by inflating the currency. The losers with saving accounts see their money buying power fade. The problem with the USA was that folks used to carry a lot of personal debt (which also loses value during hyperinflation). So for the Feds to get rid of the national debt they have to make the folks save first. The housing bubble worked for the...
  • Pete Rouse – the face of the faceless bureaucracy that rule America

    10/03/2010 6:28:02 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 20 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 3rd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    "Pete has never seen a microphone or a TV camera that he likes."- President Obama describing his new Chief of Staff. Peter Mikami Rouse doesn’t like the spot-light. The fame is for the narcissist electable dummies – the politicians, not for Pete. The elections are just razzle-dazzle. The elected newbie will go to the Capitol to be greeted by the real people of power: the Petes of the Congress, the unelected bureaucrats that know the ways of the force that turn the public servants into Washington insiders. Here is how Mr. Rouse met Mr. Obama: "… When Daschle lost,...
  • The Obama Fiscal Commission is plotting the future

    09/30/2010 9:55:37 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 5 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | October 1st, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    While the electorate is bamboozled with ‘Taliban Dan vs. Alan Disgrason’ political commercials, the Obama Debt Commission is plotting the future of America. While the people are picking sides in the ‘Witchcraft Lady vs. the Marxist Pet’ mud fight, the economists are picking the victims of the future tax-hikes. If you think that housekeeping for Meg Whitman for $23 per hour is cruel – wait till you have to give part of those dollars for Value Added Tax (the Fiscal Commission favorite) on everything you consume. Halloween is around the corner, but the Commission’s suggestions promise to be much spookier....
  • Why did the serious media believe the UN Alien Ambassador rumor?

    09/27/2010 8:58:45 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 21 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 27th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Bummer! The outer space bureaucracy is not happening. Over the weekend the Brits invented the story about the United Nations appointing an ambassador in charge of extraterrestrial contacts. The most amazing part of the story was the speed with which the false rumor spread through many serious news outlets. Apparently the opinion of the media about the UN is so low that the appointment of an ET Ambassador seemed realistic. Newscasters all over the globe believed that Ban Ki-moon is totally capable of going intergalactic. After all it is likely that the UN will meet an alien before the...
  • Fred Figglehorn, Stephen Colbert, farming and the Comedy Hill

    09/26/2010 3:04:04 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 26th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The great thinker Stephen Colbert testified on the Comedy Hill that most soil is at ground level. It is scientifically true; however, the proposed solutions were not common sense. There is no need to lift the ground up to waist level; instead we should bring back the workers who are closer to the ground. For millions of years of human history these were the kids. America has record teenage unemployment. Yet the US is importing workers from the other side of the mountain, through the desert and over the river. The American kids can pick up the veggies and...
  • Obama is selling clunkers to America

    09/24/2010 9:25:29 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 8 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 24th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    After wasting $3 billion with the Cash for Clunkers program President Obama and his administration decided to take cash from the American people by selling them the government’s old cars. GovSales.gov has been holding auctions where the public can buy the federal clunkers. As of today 249 trucks and semi tractors are available for auctioning, 248 cars and SUVs. You can bid for the Obama clunker on the picture here. Here are more examples of the federal government clunkers for sale: 1969 AM General M540, 1973 AM General M35A2C, 1985 Chevrolet CD30903, 1968 Ford F600. Maybe the President made...
  • Obama: free Internet for everybody?

    09/23/2010 9:13:25 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 52 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 23rd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    President Obama declared to the world that Internet should be free in his speech at the United Nations: "We will promote new tools of communication so people are empowered to connect with one another and, in repressive societies, to do so with security. We will support a free and open Internet, so individuals have the information to make up their own minds." It is important for the President to clarify what he means by Free Internet. Uncensored Internet? Or free of charge? If he meant Free Internet as uncensored, what is the difference between ‘free Internet’ and ‘open Internet’?...
  • Chris Matthews: it’s our money

    09/22/2010 1:00:47 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 26 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 22nd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    President Obama wants to tax-hike Chris Matthews and other rich folks in America. The MSNBC host is probably not one of those liberals who support the tax-hike while hoping that the Republicans will kill it. Matthews probably just can’t wait to start paying more to the IRS. However the host of Hardball is not happy that President Obama keeps talking about these tax-hikes in a manner that suggests that he will be sending checks to Matthews, when in fact Matthews will be sending checks to Obama: Stop saying that giving people tax cuts is giving people money. It`s their money!...
  • Socialism vs. God

    09/20/2010 10:26:37 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 8 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 20th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Sanity vs Honor? Socialism vs God? The debate is not new, hip or modern. It is a centuries old debate. 1790, France, the revolutionaries tried to establish the cult of Reason as an attempt get rid of Christianity. The National Assembly took over the responsibilities of the Church, which included caring for the poor and the sick. The revolutionaries proceeded forward to take care of everything in France. They did such a wonderful job that four years later the Guillotine was working really hard to instill order in the country, spreading terror instead of love... Fast forward to 1873, Saint...
  • Why close the Federal Department of Education?

    09/18/2010 8:00:03 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 16 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 18th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Education in America is run by the states. However during the last couple of decades Washington DC is moving strongly in direction of federalizing this realm of the social life. New Jersey runs its own system of education funded by the local taxes. Tax-payers in NJ also give money to the federal government in Washington DC. President Obama creates $4 billion ‘Race to the Top’ education program and tells NJ to compete for the funds. In the best case scenario the people of NJ will get part of their tax-money back. The rest will go for funding the bureaucrats...
  • Military Service equals two years of college? Really?

    09/17/2010 8:32:56 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 17th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    There are actions that cannot be compared. Like US citizenship given for military service or for two years of college. Democrats led by the majority leader Harry Reid are trying to make us believe that those two are equal. One is ready to serve and die for American citizenship; the other one is willing to suffer through a spring break? Somehow Harry Reid believes that this bill will help him with the Latino vote. Really? If you are picking tomatoes in California or spreading beds in Nevada hotels you can join the army. If you have money, coughs it up...
  • How the World Thinks

    09/16/2010 10:33:53 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 4 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 16th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Dinesh D'Souza article in Forbes titled How Obama thinks is fueling hot debate over the influence of the anti-colonialism ideology over the thinking of the US president today. D’Souza is part of the first generation of folks in post-colonial India so he knows the talking points of the anti- and neo-colonialism propaganda. To put it in perspective let’s add to it couple of the official slogans of the Communist Party of Soviet Union: Greeting to the peoples of Africa, struggling against imperialism and racism, against all remnants of colonialism, and for freedom and national independence! Peoples of the world!...
  • NRSC, shame on you! Support Christine O’Donnell!

    09/15/2010 7:01:11 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 94 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 15th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee refused to fund the Tea Party darling in Delaware Christine O’Donnell, who kicked out of office the establishment Republican Castle in the state primary yesterday. This was the ugliest decision the Republican elite could have made. When folks donate to the NRSC they expect them to fight for every senatorial candidate. They should not discriminate between the glamorous former CEO lady and the woman who struggled through home foreclosure. People expect the NRSC to support all senatorial candidates that folks moved forward in legitimate Republican primaries. It is not the Republican’s elite who decides...
  • Obama will tax-hike the Harvard professors

    09/14/2010 9:38:13 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 6 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 14th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    President Obama’s refusal to extend all the Bush tax-cuts will result in tax-hikes for individuals earning over $200K and households earning over $250K. Let’s see who are these ‘millionaires’ as Barack Obama likes to call them. First ,of course, the President will tax-hike himself with his $400K salary. Next under the IRS knife goes the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with her $224K. To rephrase the President: at some point the public servants had made enough money. The line moves to the elite Academia led by the Harvard professors and the top university administrators. The American Association of...
  • Obama vs Boehner: preview of the clashes to come

    09/09/2010 11:52:13 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 12 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 9th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    John Boehner will likely become the new Speaker of the House in November. So how is President Obama getting ready to work with the new leadership? By attacking them already as evident by President’s Ohio remarksThere are few points where the attacks on Mr. Boehner fall flat. The House Republicans Leader adopted a personal “no earmarks” policy upon taking office in 1991 that he maintains to this day. Something that President Obama cannot say about himself after signing into law thousands of earmarks... More than 100 new boards, commissions, and bureaucracies come courtesy of ObamaCare. Somehow we have to...
  • France and Sarkozy are annoyed by the Roma. Roma-ro-mamaa!

    09/08/2010 10:38:12 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 15 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 8th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Saturday morning. The sound of the gypsy music is moving closer. They have a bear on a chain-leash. Kids throw coins from the balcony and the gypsy man makes the bear dance. Ah, the sweet memories of my childhood. Today the dancing bears are ‘liberated’. After the fall of communism the French actress Brigitte Bardot made a worldwide campaign against the cruelty involved in training the dancing bears. Bulgarian government had to buy the bears from the gypsies. The animals were expensive – one could cost as much as a fancy German car. Special reservation areas were designated for...
  • Beware of catchy phrases

    09/07/2010 8:51:33 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 7th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    During election years politicians and strategists like to come up with catchy phrases that repeated often inspire the votes. Most of them are like Rorschach inkblots – they can mean anything you want to see in them. Unfortunately what voters believe those words mean is not always what politicians actually meant when campaigning. Below is a glossary of some popular election year phrases: Health care for everybody – buy health insurance or pay penalty at the IRS; Stimulus Package – free condoms for studying the behavior of drunken college kids and other useful projects for $800, 000, 000, 000;...
  • Obama: after Iraq, time for education reform. Really?

    09/01/2010 8:00:09 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 10 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | September 1st, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    President Obama discussed the economy in his Oval Office Address. He said ‘economy’ three times, ‘debt’ - zero, ‘deficits’ - one, ‘jobs’ – two and ‘education’ three times. Wow, what’s up with the education? For too long, we have put off tough decisions on everything from our manufacturing base to our energy policy to education reform... As always President Obama’s words lack details. Unlike the due dates for withdrawal from Afghanistan that are cut in stone by the Commander-in-Chief, the details about what ‘education reform’ means are missing. Those who fell once for the vague ‘hope and change’ slogan...
  • What do US State Department, Russian spies and Bulgarian mosque have in common? Ecotourism!

    08/30/2010 8:36:16 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 1 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 30th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    American tax-payers learned recently that the US State Department is funding mosques all around the globe, including one in my native Bulgaria: To support the restoration of the Kurshum Mosque in Silistra. Although it is located in the center of town, damage has been caused by centuries of neglect and earthquakes. The mosque was built in the 17th century when Silistra was an important port city on the Danube River ruled by the Ottoman Empire. Research shows that it has nothing to do with Islam, but with ecotourism. According to a local report the restoration of the mosque and...
  • The Glenn Beck solution: turn to God. It is not so easy.

    08/30/2010 7:28:32 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 83 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 30th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Do you believe in God? Every time I answer the question honestly I lose friends. Still I tell the truth: I don’t believe in God. I don’t believe in the evolution either. I just believe we don’t have enough knowledge to know the world yet. If you are still reading, I appreciate your tolerance. Glenn Beck’s answer to America’s troubles is turning to God. Where does it leave us: the non believers? Beck’s solution reminds me of my godmother, who is a nun in an Eastern Orthodox Monastery on the Balkans. When I visited her she answered every question...
  • Scott Stringer: tea party people are going after Jewish elected officials

    08/26/2010 11:44:02 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 21 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 26th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    One of the most outrageous lies said during the Ground Zero Mosque controversy was told yesterday by Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, on the O’Reilly Factor: A few very well orchestrated agitators have created a situation where we now see tea party people going after Jewish American elected officials. Mayor Bloomberg, myself, the speaker of our assembly Sheldon Silver. Shame on you Mr. Stringer! America knows that those who disagree with Mayor Bloomberg on the MosqueGate are doing so not because of he is Jewish, but because he is misleading the public on the issue from day one. Mayor Bloomberg...
  • Deloitte: the Western governments have to be transformed

    08/25/2010 12:10:11 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 6 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 25th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The biggest auditor in the world Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu came up with opinion piece recently on how to deal with ‘The Gap’: Western societies have over-committed their current and future resources… Money has been spent that hasn’t been earned, and promises have been made that cannot be fulfilled. The Gap is popular known as 'the trillions of dollars of unfunded liabilities' in social services created over decades of piling up entitlement programs and hefty pensions and benefits. Structural changes in government and bureaucracy are needed: In a world of mobile capital, trans-border exchange, heightened competition, and exponential technological change,...
  • Obama is trying to pull a ‘Rev. Wright’ to save the Blue Dogs?

    08/23/2010 8:17:38 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 10 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 23rd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Embracing the Ground Zero mosque? The vacationer-in-chief is puzzling the world. Why is all this self-destructive behavior from Barack Obama? Here is an idea: maybe it is about giving a chance to democrats in conservative districts to distance themselves from the President without offending the liberal base. Remember Rev. Wright? The radical pastor’s sermons were about to cost candidate Obama the democratic primary in 2008. Then something interesting happened. Rev Wright scheduled appearance in the National press-club... The pastor stood up in front of the cameras and made sure the judges from the mainstream media give him the ‘insanity...
  • Department of Homeland Security: the ‘Carter’ mistake of George W. Bush

    08/20/2010 4:30:43 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 9 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 20th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    President Bush tried to reform the federal bureaucracy dealing with the national security. Unfortunately instead of improving communications between the existing departments he created a new bureaucracy: the Department of National Security... .. Instead of spending money on communication improvement the federal government wasted it on new office desks and draperies, drawing pictures for new department seal and medals and all kind of construction and design activities. Let’s see how the DHS performed during the second attack on US soil since 9/11: the Christmas Day bomber. Abdul Mutallab’s father told the name of the terrorist to the embassy in Nigeria......
  • Obama, vuvuzela and the political correctness

    08/18/2010 9:30:24 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 19th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    President Obama’s personal approval rating is much higher than the approval of his policies. No word from the pollsters yet how much the political correctness distorts the results. Michelle Obama (who is trying to make us stop eating cup-cakes and reduce our carbon footprint while she is burning fuel vacationing in Spain) has personal approval over 50%. Really? Do you know anybody who tells you all the time: ‘you are too fat and drive too much’? Most likely, by the time they say: ‘you are too fat’ their approval rating is down to 10%. Barack Obama will be a...
  • In the shadows of Ground Zero

    08/17/2010 2:17:58 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 4 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 17th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    When the Americans say the proposed Mosque at Ground Zero will be in the shadows of the World Trade Center they are correct. Here is the evidence: on the picture the buildings on Park Place 45-51 are photographed in the shadow of the Twin Towers – still under construction. The original image is copyrighted by Time Inc. and you can access it here
  • What’s up with the fist posters?

    08/14/2010 10:43:19 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 24 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 14th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Fists? Let me first state that I sympathize to the cause of the people involved in Freedom Works organization. However their resent artwork looks like photoshoped Soviet posters. It’s like somebody erased Kremlin and put the Capitol on the background on their 9/12 tax-payer march on Washington DC poster. Kim Jong Il is going crazy with envy looking at those fists at the 8/27 convention poster. He does not respect the copyrights so it is very possible for him to use the ‘fisty’ artwork as a center piece at the next parade in North Korea. The communist artists may...
  • Maxine Waters: The Obama financial reform is about access for the minorities and women

    08/13/2010 10:53:19 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 20 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 13th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Congresswoman Maxine Waters put in the spotlight on the Obama financial reform pointing out that the legislation goes above and beyond to secure access to money for minorities and women: I was honored to serve on the conference committee of the Wall-street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. I am happy to say that much of the legislation I authored has access for women and minority rights, for shareholders more accountable Consumer Protection Bureau and assistance for struggling and unemployed homeowners was included in the final legislation that was signed by President Obama. I am particularly proud of offices of...
  • Eric Cantor vs. Robert Gates

    08/11/2010 7:29:47 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 11th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent shock waves all through the federal bureaucracy when he announced concrete cuts in the military structure and staff. It is good stuff: freeze civilian hires, cut contract payments, reduce the number of general officers, flag officers and senior civilians, and eliminate two Defense Department offices and U.S. Joint Forces Command. Amazingly the republican whip in the House Eric Cantor stood against it. This is so wrong on so many levels! Mr. Cantor is running a YouCut campaign himself. At the times when people are craving gutsy leaders that can cut spending and get rid of...
  • Michelle Obama vacation at Spain’s Costa del Crime

    08/10/2010 10:23:01 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 19 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 10th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Most reports about the US First Lady trip to Spain focus on her shopping and beach time. The part of the story that is missing is the location itself. Barcelona newspaper describes the Michelle Obama vacation place like this: The Spanish resort of Marbella, often associated with Arab princes and crime lords, geared up Tuesday to welcome US First Lady Michelle Obama, with authorities eyeing a boost in tourist revenues… Marbella, where Arab royals maintain vast properties, lies on what the British press has dubbed the "Costa del Crime" because of the large number of fugitives reputedly hiding out...
  • Lolo Soetoro: the exchange student saga that brought Obama to Indonesia

    08/09/2010 11:16:06 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 11 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 9th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The State Department released the documents relating to President Obama’s step-father Lolo Soetoro. Big chunk of them represent the two-year long battle with the Immigration Services. The Exchange Program contract required him to go back and live in Indonesia for 2 years after completing the studies. ... there is a letter from Soetoro to the US officials begging them to let him stay in the US because he is worried about the violence around the communist coup in Indonesia. Two years later, at the end of the story, Lolo was working for the authoritarian government of the country and his...
  • Obama vs. Beck: “Give me your tired, your poor…” Who said it best?

    08/07/2010 1:29:13 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 7th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    On the picture is the deed of gift from the people of France – The Statue of Liberty. The famous sonnet, composed by Emma Lazarus is inscribed on the pedestal. Recently Glenn Beck put it in the front and center of the political debate. How are we supposed to read the Lazarus verse? Well if you read it like that and you really think it through, what are we? A hospital?... is the Statue of Liberty saying to Europe, guys, Europe, you’re never going to make it with all that refuse. Send it over to me, we’ll take care of...
  • Goats vs. Men: GSA and the federal bureaucracy are going green

    08/05/2010 1:04:24 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 3 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 5th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    General Services Administration is the bureaucracy in charge of accommodating all the federal bureaucracy with space and real estate, transportation, and communication...Recently General Services Administration got in the news when the State Department put the blame on the GSA guidelines for the disappearance of the passport information for President Obama’s mother. Below is another disappearing act performed by GSA: goats vs. men in Pasadena, California. GSA is in charge of the fire safety of the federal buildings so this year they hired goats instead of men to clean up the brush: GSA is spending a lot of ‘green’ to make...
  • Building a mosque is not covered by the first amendment

    08/03/2010 10:08:17 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 26 replies · 7+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | August 3rd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    There are great things about America – one of them is the freedom of religion. However the freedom of religious expression is restricted in the USA. We are free to believe whatever we want, but since the Supreme Court 1879 (Reynolds vs. US) decision there are limits to expressing religious beliefs if those hurt others. Laws are made for the government of actions, and while they cannot interfere with mere religious belief and opinions, they may with practices. We are free to believe in Jesus , however in America we are not free to erect a cross on public...
  • Do you really want quality health care?

    07/31/2010 4:00:59 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 13 replies · 4+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 31st, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    You’ve heard the phrase “We should pay the health care providers not for “volume of care” but for “quality of care”. You’ve heard it from politicians on the left, right and center. You’ve heard about the transition to “evidence based” care that will save us tons of money. But do you really know what “quality of care” means and what “evidence based medicine” means. Quality means different thing to different people. Quality may refer to the perception of the degree to which the product or service meets the customer’s expectations. Your grandma’s apple pie may be the standard for quality...
  • Robert Gates running for President in 2012?

    07/28/2010 4:31:39 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 28th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    While President Obama is chatting with the ladies of the View the Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave yet another speech on leadership,this time in front of the crowd of 45 000 Boy Scouts at their Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va (DoD photo by Cherie Cullen): “There are too many places in American life today without the Boy Scouting values of self-reliance, self-control, honor, integrity and morality,” Gates said. “From Wall Street to Washington to our hometowns, in all our lives there are people who seek after riches or the many kinds of power without regard to what is...
  • Obama and the Democrats move from race-baiting to class warfare

    07/27/2010 4:35:52 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 27th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The race-baiting backfired at the Democrats and president Obama. America felt betrayed by the first post-racial President when he started to play the race card when talking about the Arizona law or about his racially incomplete coalition of power. So Democrats and President Obama decided to follow the example of Shirley Sherrod who overcame racism by turning to class warfare. The Bush tax-cuts entered the election debate front and center. Every progressive talking head told you how the Bush tax cuts are for the rich and how the Bush tax cuts got us into unsustainable deficits. Really? If Congress decides...
  • WikiLeaks are missing the point: we want Al-Qaida’s ass – and we will kick it sooner or later!

    07/26/2010 1:21:33 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 9 replies · 5+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 26th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The War is horror – we don’t need WikiLeaks to tell us this. To all who will be shedding tears over the newly released documents: let’s remember why we are in a war in Afghanistan. After the 9/11 attacks on the US president Bush demanded that the Taliban give the US Usama bin Laden and the other Al-Qaida leaders to be prosecuted in court for what they have done. The Taliban refused and they continue to harbor and support the terrorists even today. The US has the right to defend the national security. The Taliban have the right to...
  • Bureaucracy gone wild: the US Senate edition

    07/25/2010 11:40:12 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 10 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 25th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    At the beginning there was the desk. Actually 48 desks that New York cabinet maker Thomas Constantine made for the Senate Chamber at newly reconstructed Capitol building in 1819. The US Senators actually did their work on that desk. They were all together in the Senate Chamber...In 100 years the space for books was doubled and ventilation was added to the work space. The things really got out of control at the beginning of the twentieth century. The tiny red mahogany desks were the Senate primary working space until the first Senate office building opened in 1909. ...in 1941...
  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal retirement

    07/24/2010 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 24th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, awards the Distinguished Service Medal to U.S. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as he stands with is wife, Annie, during a retirement ceremony on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., July 23, 2010. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry D. Morrison Looks like Gen. McChrystal and his wife are really trying hard to hold the emotions inside. Awkward moment. Defense Secretary Robert Gates summed it up: We bid farewell to Stan McChrystal today with pride and sadness. Pride for his unique record as a man and soldier; sadness that our comrade...
  • Hosni Mubarak is still in control

    07/23/2010 2:01:11 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 23rd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The world is preparing to face the end of Mubarak’s Egypt. Radio Voice of America reports: A government spokesman this week tried to downplay a report in the Washington Times newspaper that Western intelligence agencies are tracking Mr. Mubarak's decline since surgery in Germany earlier this year. The government says the president is recovering from gall bladder disease, but the Times report, along with independent media reports in Egypt, suggest his illness is more grave. Vice President Joe Biden met with Egyptian President in Sharm El Sheikh on June 7, 2010. On the official White House Photo by David Lienemann...
  • Obama made a job offer to the only person who didn’t want it: Shirley Sherrod

    07/22/2010 5:49:23 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 22nd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Shirley Sherrod was visibly disappointed after the phone call apology from President Obama. She wanted to share with the President of the USA the unique experience of her life. She wanted to tell him about the South. Mrs. Sherrod like many Americans has so much to say. She felt she deserved to tell her life-story of struggle. Instead President Obama assured her the USDA Secretary was serious about the job offer. However, Shirley Sherrod is not in it for a job position. President Obama was chasing a new job position whole his life. This is all he knows –...