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Steve Baker -- Joe Neal, 05/ 9/13 7:49pm
I guess I'm hearing Steve Baker Pass away this morning
Five Truths You CANNOT Disagree With -- No name, 12/ 3/12 8:52am
5 Truths You CANNOT Disagree With.
1. You cannot legislate the poor INTO prosperity by legilating the wealthy OUT OF prosperity.
2. What one person receives WITHOUT WORKING FOR, another person MUST WORK FOR without receiving.
3. The government CANNOT GIVE to anybody anything that the government does notfirst TAKE from somebody else.
4. You cannot MULTIPLY wealth by DIVIDING it.
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do NOT HAVE TO WORK because the other half is going to TAKE CARE OF THEM; and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, THAT IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF ANY NATION.
DEMS ARE NOT LEADERS -- WOLF, 03/20/13 6:28pm
PAUL RYAN'S PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS
A List of Republican Budget Cuts
Notice S.S. and the military are NOT on this list.
These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting. Read to the end.
* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy -- $445 million annual savings.
* Save America 's Treasures Program -- $25 million annual savings.
* International Fund for Ireland -- $17 million annual savings.
* Legal Services Corporation -- $420 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Arts -- $167.5 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Humanities -- $167.5 million annual savings.
* Hope VI Program -- $250 million annual savings.
* Amtrak Subsidies -- $1.565 billion annual savings.
* Eliminate duplicating education programs -- H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
* U.S. Trade Development Agency -- $55 million annual savings.
* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy -- $20 million annual savings.
* Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding -- $47 million annual savings.
* John C. Stennis Center Subsidy -- $430,000 annual savings.
* Community Development Fund -- $4.5 billion annual savings.
* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid -- $24 million annual savings.
* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half -- $7.5 billion annual savings
* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% -- $600 million annual savings.
* Essential Air Service -- $150 million annual savings.
* Technology Innovation Program -- $70 million annual savings.
* Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program -- $125 million annual savings..
* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization -- $530 million annual savings.
* Beach Replenishment -- $95 million annual savings.
* New Starts Transit -- $2 billion annual savings.
������� Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts -- $9 million annual savings
* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants -- $2.5 billion annual savings.
* Title X Family Planning -- $318 million annual savings.
* Appalachian Regional Commission -- $76 million annual savings.
* Economic Development Administration -- $293 million annual savings.
* Programs under the National and Community Services Act -- $1.15 billion annual savings.
* Applied Research at Department of Energy -- $1.27 billion annual savings.
* Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership -- $200 million annual savings..
* Energy Star Program -- $52 million annual savings.
*Economic Assistance to Egypt -- $250 million annually.
* U.S.Agency for International Development -- $1.39 billion annual savings.
* General Assistance to District of Columbia -- $210 million annual savings.
* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority -- $150 million annual savings.
*Presidential Campaign Fund -- $775 million savings over ten years.
* No funding for federal office space acquisition -- $864 million annual savings.
* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act -- More than $1 billion annually.
* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget -- $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
*Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees -- $1 billion total savings.WHAT THE HELL IS THISABOUT?
* Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees -- $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of -- $15 billion total savings.
*Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.WHAT???
* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies -- $1 million annual savings.
*Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- $12.5 million annual savings� WELL ISN'T THAT SPECIAL
* Eliminate Market Access Program -- $200 million annual savings.
* USDA Sugar Program -- $14 million annual savings.
* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) -- $93 million annual savings.
* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program -- $56.2 million annual savings.
*Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs-- $900 million savings.
* Ready to Learn TV Program -- $27 million savings..
* HUD Ph.D. Program.
* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
*TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years
My question is, what is all this doing in the budget in the first place?
Maybe this is why the Democrats are attacking Paul Ryan. .
OSHA issues -- No name, 02/24/13 8:10pm
Contractor fined for McCormick Place forklift accident
Thomas Neuhengen nearly lost his foot in an accident at McCormick Place.
Related ContentMcCormick Place forklift accident leaves veteran seriously injured
By Kathy Bergen, Tribune staff reporter
9:14 am, February 21, 2013
Global Experience Specialists, a contractor that sets up shows at McCormick Place, was cited with four safety violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Thursday in relation to a forklift accident that left an exhibitor seriously injured in September. The company faces fines of $91,000.
The citations stem from an accident at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in which Thomas Neuhengen, the spare parts manager for exhibitor Hermle Machine Co. LLC, nearly lost his foot.
Neuhengen was struck by a GES worker operating a forklift, OSHA found.
A staff sergeant in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, Neuhengen did two tours of duty in Iraq. The trade show accident, and his long recovery, were reported by the Tribune in November.
One violation was "willful," OSHA said. The company was cited for failing to ensure powered industrial truck operators are trained.
Three others were "serious," meaning there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard which the employer knew about or should have known about.
The company was cited for not ensuring sufficient safe clearance to operate a forklift in aisles, loading docks and doorways; for failing to train forklift operators in site-specific hazards, such as pedestrian traffic areas; and for exposing worker to fall hazards during rigging operations.
"Employers, such as Global Experience Specialists, who rely on the use of forklifts in their daily operations, have a responsibility to train their workers in proper operations and to correct deficiencies immediately to prevent hazardous incidents from occurring," said Gary Anderson, OSHA's area director in Calumet City. "OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so."
Las Vegas-based GES, one of the major contractors working at McCormick Place, could not be reached for immediate comment.
GES has been inspected 26 times by OSHA since 1993, resulting in the issuance of 74 citations.
The company has 15 business days to comply, or to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Memorial Service for Kevin Olsen -- No name, 02/26/13 12:34pm
For those of you who New him, Kevin Olsen (Tanya Wheelers Boyfriend) passed away this week. There will be a memorial service on Saturday 2/9/13 at Saint Olaf Lutheran Church,
12543 Ninth St, Garden Grove Ca. 933840 at 7pm in the Fireside room.
Going over the cliff -- No name, 12/ 6/12 7:37am
A newly released poll from The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center shows that the 53 percent of Americans would blame Republicans in Congress if a fiscal cliff agreement isn't reached. Obviously, that's more than the 1 percent they're fighting for.
This P.O.S. is running around posing like he's concerned about the fiscal cliff. He helped create it with his $6 trillion (and counting) deficit spending.
Oh, the hypocrisy. And his drones cheer him on!
"Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others" — Ayn Rand, author of "Atlas Shrugged"
Sometimes you get what you ask for!!!
By the way, does anyone notice how many companies are now shutting down or announcing layoffs since the election is over.
Texas Instruments - 1,700
Wake Forest Medical - 950
Panasonic - 10,000
Xerox - 2,500
NBC Universal - 500
Energizer Holdings - 1,500
Boing - 30% of management staff in all defense plants
Vestas wind Systems - 3,000 (yes green jobs do not work today)
St. Jude Medical - 500
Hostess - 18,000
Guns only have two enemies: rust and Liberals.
The Debt ceiling. -- No name, 12/ 3/12 4:43pm
The debt ceiling has been raised 74 times since March 1962, including 18 times under Ronald Reagan, eight times under Bill Clinton, seven times under George W. Bush and three times (as of August 2011) under Barack Obama.
"It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master"-Milton Friedman
"Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others" — Ayn Rand, author of "Atlas Shrugged"
Hostess told to go to court with the union to renegotiate before it closes. -- No name, 11/19/12 2:42pm
The U.S. Trustee, an agent of the U.S. Department of Justice who oversees bankruptcy cases, said in court documents it is opposed to the wind-down plan because Hostess plans improper bonuses to company insiders.
An Applebee's New York area franchisee is the latest CEO to go public threatening drastic plans to avoid costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
"We've calculated it will [cost] some millions of dollars across our system. So what does that say -- that says we won't build more restaurants. We won't hire more people," Zane Tankel, chairman and CEO of Apple-Metro, told Fox Business Network on Thursday.
Apple-Metro, which runs 40 Applebee's restaurants, employs from 80 to 300 people at each of its locations.
Applebee's owner Tankel wouldn't go so far as saying he would lay off current employees or cut their hours to keep them part-time rather than pay for their health care, but he did hint that those were distinct possibilities. "The model's been set. I am sure all our people are watching this right now so I don't want to make any commitments one way or another," he said. "I want to simply say we are looking at it, we are evaluating. If it's possible to do without cutting people back, I am delighted to do it, but that also rolls back expansion, it rolls back hiring more people, and in a best-case scenario, we only shrink the labor force minimally. Best case."
...Jimmy John Liautaud, founder of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches chain, also recently told Fox Business News that he is considering cutting workers' hours.
"We have to do that. There's no other way we can survive it, because we think it will cost us 50 cents a sandwich. That's just the actual cost," Liautaud said. "If you have 40 or 50 employees at a restaurant, and the penalty is $2,000, and you're going to pay $80,000 or $100,000 penalty, there goes the profit in your restaurant."
Looks like restaurants won't be contributing to the 12 million jobs
the LWNs claim will happen now that Zero is due to squat in the WH for another 4 years....
Mittens is MAD!...but at least now he can say what's really on his mind -- ...and the whining persists, 11/16/12 10:14am
Defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney claimed today he could have won last week's election had his campaign offered black voters government-funded fried chicken.
Earlier this week Romney told a group of Republican donors that president Obama had won reelection because he offered government "gifts" to young people, Latinos, and blacks.
"I've spent the last few days wondering what I should have done differently. Maybe I should have been less hostile to immigration? Maybe I should have embraced fewer anti-woman positions?"
"But after a long reflection, I've decided my most important mistake is not matching the Obama campaign's efforts to give away free stuff to blacks and Latinos."
"I should have made a promise to the Afro-American community, for example. 'If you vote Republican, your fingers will always be covered in grease.' I'm sure a $200 gift certificate to Popeyes or KFC could have won those people over. I don't know why we didn't think of that."
"And we could have done the same thing to Latinos with El Pollo Loco and Taco Bell. If I could have just gotten 35% of the minority vote, I could have won the election."
"The Afro-American and Latino communities only understand one thing - handouts. You can't talk to them about issues or policy. Goes right over their heads. They only speak the language of 'gimmie more, gimmie more.' "
"Aside from my education, my first job, and money to start my own business - no one ever gave me damn thing. So it pains me to see Americans dependent on others."
"But a fried-chicken giveaway could have made me president. I regret not making that happen. It was my failure, and mine alone."
BWWWAAAAHAHAHAHA!!! '...no one ever gave me a damn thing... except for my $200,000 education, my first million-dollar a year job, and $10,000,000 to start my own business! OTHER THAN THAT, NOT ONE DAMN THING!!!'
America... DAMN, did you make the right choice or what!
Trade Show Contractors Should Offer Electrical Help to East Coast -- No name, 11/ 8/12 6:22pm
New York and New Jersey need to get electrical panels and inspect houses so the utilities can turn on electricity. The contractors should offer help.
The election is over...turn off Fox and join us in reality and lets get this nation working -- Most of all, put the HATE away, we're all American's damn it, 11/ 7/12 12:54pm
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham was right: The GOP is "not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term."
Thumbs up Mitt Romney likely election day victory indicated by latest polls
The Rasmussen Reports Presidential Daily Tracking poll released today shows President Obama leading over Mitt Romney by a 49 percent to 47 percent margin. The new Gallup Tracking poll released today shows Romney leading 51 percent to 46 percent. Today's release of the QStarNews Daily Tracking Poll shows a 51 percent to 47 percent lead for Mitt Romney. These are the most accurate and least skewed polls among those currently included in the Real Clear Politics average of presidential polls.
OBOZO -- WOLF, 11/ 3/12 7:42pm
NV newspaper: Obama a “narcissistic amateur,” “embarrassment,” “incompetent”
And those are the kinder thoughts that the editors of the Las Vegas Review-Journal had for Barack Obama in their lead editorial yesterday. Those conclusions refer to Obama’s overall performance on the economy and foreign policy. When they get down to specifics on Benghazi, the anger pulses through every sentence (via Twitchy):
Wolf, you keep calling Obama a liar... yet haven't provided PROOF of even one lie -- I don't listen to liars, 11/ 3/12 5:55am
It has become common knowledge that Mitt Romney will say ANYTHING to get elected. His stance on issues changes depending on who is standing in front of him.
He's been on both sides of every issue... and there is VIDEO FOOTAGE everywhere of his flipflops.
It gets even better when he doesn't think the cameras are rolling, then he'll speak what's really on his mind. Like how he thinks 47% of Americans are leaches and as president it will be his job to not care about those people.
Wolf, we already know that YOU are a liar.
So I ask you Why the hell should anyone believe anything YOU say?
If you want another four more years, do it! But I’ll take the “Mormon” over the Moron! Don’t even try to compare backgrounds or associates. There’s no comparison. Romney served an honorable mission in France for the LDS Church before college. What did Obama do for his church before college? Lastly, Romney never affiliated himself with radical: Muslims, pastors, and known terrorists like Obama has. You’re simply a democratic affiliate. Nothing more, nothing less. Now what?!
“We got back every dime we used to rescue the financial system”
Benghazi violence was caused by an internet video & demonstrations
“Mitt Romney Plans to fire Big Bird”
“Under Gov. Romney’s definition … Donald Trump is a small business.”
Because of Obamacare, “over the last two years, health care premiums have gone up — it’s true — but they’ve gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years.”
“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration”
Romney and Ryan will gut pell grants for low-income college students.
My budget will cut the deficit by $4 Trillion over 10 years.
“I am told that Governor Romney’s new running mate, Paul Ryan, might be around Iowa the next few days,” he said while in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “He is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities.”
House passed bill on August 2, 2012 (Paul Ryan voted yes)
The American automobile industry has come roaring back…So now I want to say what we did with the auto industry, we can do it in manufacturing across America. Let’s make sure advanced, high-tech manufacturing jobs take root here, not in China. And that means supporting investment here. Governor Romney … invested in companies that were called ‘pioneers’ of outsourcing. I don’t want to outsource. I want to insource.
Forbes- Outsourcer-In-Chief: Obama Of General Motors
“You Didn’t Build that”
A few examples
Lies During Third Year
I will walk on that picket line with you, if workers are denied the right to bargain.
In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama said that American oil production is the highest that it’s been in eight years.
I’ve done more for Israel’s security than any President ever
Obama aided Islamic Extremists take over of Egypt/ Libya – Weapons pour into Gaza
Virtually every Senate Republican voted against the tax cut last week
“Every idea that we’ve put forward are ones that traditionally have been supported by Democrats and Republicans alike.”
Like Raising taxes?
Obama met highly qualified out of work teacher Robert Baroz
He wasn’t out of work and Obama never met him.
GOP Responsible for Obama Jobs Bill Not Passing
Dems Rejected Jobs Bill
You have 80 percent of the American people who support a balanced approach. Eighty percent of the American people support an approach that includes revenues and includes cuts. So the notion that somehow the American people aren’t sold is not the problem
Gallup Poll: Only 69%
These are obligations that the United States has taken on in the past. Congress has run up the credit card, and we now have an obligation to pay our bills.
Looks like it’s been incurred mostly in the years of Obama
Jobs Bill Paid for
Seems not so much Paid for
Then you’ve got their(GOP)which is dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance
Barack Obama, campaiging in Asheville, NC, 10/17/11
I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.
USA producing more oil than ever before
Fence between US and Mexico is “Practically Complete”
Department of Homeland Security says 5%
Rich doesn’t pay their fair share.
National Taxpayers Union
Mitt Romney would deny gay people the right to adopt children.
Lies During Second Year
Obama claimed the SCOTUS decision in Citizens United v. FEC, “open[ed] the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections.
No signing statements to nullify or undermine congressional instructions as enacted into law
Obama Lies to Keep Czars
No “boots” on the ground Libya
Anyone that has worked with the AC-130 gunship can tell you, you need spotters to let aircraft know where the targets are. Usually it is Special Forces, Rangers etc trained for this mission. It’s CIA Agents in Libya on the ground
Reform will also rein in the abuse and excess that nearly brought down our financial system. It will finally bring transparency to the kinds of complex, risky transactions that helped trigger the financial crisis.
Obama Lies About Financial Reform Bill
All Americans WILL BE were, “surprised, disappointed and angry” about lockerbie bomber
I will not rest until the BP Oil Spill stops
The health care bill will not increase the deficit by one dime.
Campaign and Presidency
If you like the health care plan you have you can keep it
“Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., September 9, 2009.
ObamaCare Fee is not a new tax
Obama denies healthcare is a new tax on all Americans
We have run out of places in the US to drill for oil.
Obama’s oval office speech in June 2010
Now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you can be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.
Arizona Immigration Law
Doctors choose amputation because they get better compensation. Greedy Doctors taking out tonsils for more money.
Claims never documented
The Health Care Package will pay for itself
Republicans don’t have a single idea that’s different from George Bush’s ideas — not one.
We shouldn’t Mandate the purchase of health care
Democratic Debate Lies
Obama says he’ll save average family $8,000 in gas
I am immediately instituting PayGo “Pay as you go”
Said during a speech immediately after the Trillion Dollar “Shovel Ready” bill.
I got the Message from Massachusetts
Lies During First Year
We began by passing a Recovery Act that has already saved or created over 150,000 jobs.” – caught cooking the books and now changed to ‘jobs supported’ versus ‘created/saved’
AP fact Checker
Number one, we inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit. … That wasn’t me.” – Congress, under Democratic control in 2007 and 2008, controlled the purse strings that led to the deficit Obama inherited.Obama supported the emergency bailout package in Bush’s final months — a package Democratic leaders wanted to make bigger.
AP fact Checker
Obama calls himself a Christian
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Obama Inauguration. 20 Jan 2009
Cut Deficit in Half by end of first term
Associated Press Video
Health Care deals will be covered on C-span
As President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide
Recovery Act will save or create jobs
Unemployment rate will be 8.5% without stimulus.
No Earmarks in the $787 Billion Stimulus
I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan
We have launched a housing plan that will help responsible families facing the threat of foreclosure lower their monthly payments and refinance their mortgages.
I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage.
Guantanamo bay to be closed within a year
Council on Foreign Relations.
Won’t Raise taxes on those making less than 250,000 per year.
Businessweek: Obama Agnostic on taxes
List of Tax Promise Violations
2008 Campaign Lies
I will walk the picket line with you, if workers are denied the right to bargain
No more wiretapping of citizens
Mr. Ayers as “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” but “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.
I had a uncle who was one of the, who was part of the first American troops to go into Auschwitz and liberate the concentration camps
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Obama campaign would accept public funding
Minimum Wage will increase to $9.50/hr
Ann Dunham spent the months before her death in 1995 fighting with insurance companies that sought to deny her the coverage she needed to pay for treatment.
Mounting Heath Care Lies
Didn’t know Jeremiah Wright was Radical
Dreams of My Father – A radical Socialist.
Would have the most transparent administration in History
We will go through our federal budget – page by page, line by line – eliminating those programs we don’t need, and insisting that those we do operate in a sensible cost-effective way.
I have visited all 57 states.
I’ll get rid of earmarks
Source: Any bill passed during presidency
When a bill lands on my Desk, The American people will have 5 days to review it before I sign it.
My father served in World War II.
The Videos and the Facts
Have troops out of Iraq by March 31, 2009
Seniors Making less than 50,000 will not have to pay taxes
Would not vote for any bill supporting troop funding without a firm withdrawal commitment from the Bush Administration.
He has done nothing but continue the Bush admins strategy and to explain how the “surges total failure” has now become his greatest achievement.
Present Votes Are Common In Illinois
I Won Michigan
I won Nevada
I don’t Have Lobbyists
My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad
Crooks and Liars
I Have Always Been Against Iraq
My Wife Didn’t Mean What She Said About Pride In Country
Barack was never an ACORN trainer and never worked for ACORN in any other capacity.
Obama Campaign Video
I Barely Know Rezko
My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church
Calling someone a liar is a serious accusation. This is why, aside from the unwritten contract allowing for mutual prevarication, politicians are so reluctant to do it. And not just anyone is a liar. Legend has it that our first president said, "I cannot tell a lie," but, being only human, G.W. no doubt could and certainly did, at some point. A liar, however, is someone who lives and breathes the lie; someone who specializes in the art of artifice; someone to whom lying is his first recourse, not his last. Such a man is Barack Obama.In four years, Obama has gone from "change you can believe in" to a man you simply cannot believe. And it's not just Benghazi-gate, although that's a good place to start. With the recently revealed emails showing that the White House was told a mere two hours after the attack that it was a terrorist act, no reasonable person can still conclude that the Obama administration was honest in its aftermath. And the claim that the violence was sparked by some anti-Islamic film wasn't just a lie - it was a liar's lie.
It was dumb.
It was obvious that it would eventually blow up in the administration's face and make Benghazi into the scandal it has now become. But such things are only obvious to the intellect; at issue here are instincts.
Of course, since the Obama administration had failed to provide requested security for our Libyan diplomats despite previous attacks on their consulate and the approach of 9/11's anniversary, the president had a vested political interest in suppressing the truth. This made the Benghazi-gate lie one of callousness and convenience, not malice. But then there is the matter of Hampton University in Virgina.The speech Obama gave there on June 5, 2007 received a bit of attention recently before being dismissed as "old news." But perhaps nothing reveals the president's character better.
Appearing before a mostly black audience and speaking Ebonics-style (despite never having lived in a black community), Obama accused the federal government of showing cruel indifference to the primarily black victims of Hurricane Katrina. The evidence, he claimed, involved something called the Stafford Act, which requires a locality receiving federal disaster relief to provide 10 percent as much money as Washington does. And as Obama worked the crowd, he said:
When 9/11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act. ...And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, 'Look at this devastation; we don't expect you to come up with your own money. Here, here's the money to rebuild...because you're part of the American family.' What's happening down in New Orleans?! Where's your dollar?! Where's your Stafford Act money?! Makes no sense. ...Tells me that somehow the [black] people down in New Orleans they don't care about as much.
This is Racial Grievance 101, the main course offering of a community organizer (agitator?). And it's no small matter, as stoking the fires of racial and ethnic hatred has cost scores of millions of lives throughout history. Yet, isn't there something to be said about raising awareness of injustice? Well, now for the rest of the story.
Barely two weeks before Obama gave the Hampton U. speech, the US Senate had in fact waived the Stafford Act for New Orleans. Moreover, that city ended up receiving more aid than Florida and NYC combined. But that's not all. As Thomas Sowell wrote:
Unlike Jeremiah Wright's church, the U.S. Senate keeps a record of who was there on a given day. The Congressional Record for May 24, 2007 shows Senator Barack Obama present that day and voting on the bill that waived the Stafford Act requirement. Moreover, he was one of just 14 Senators who voted against - repeat, AGAINST - the legislation which included the waiver.
Absolutely mind boggling. Obama votes against the bill that includes the waiver designed to help people about whom he purports to care. Yet the bill passes despite his resistance. Obama nonetheless appears before a black audience not two weeks later and claims that the waiver for aid was never granted. Even more damnably, he clearly implies that this is due to white "racism."
Then there is the most ironic chapter in the Obama Annals of Artifice. It's common to dismiss those who question the president's origins as cranks and con men, but, as American Thinker pointed out, Obama was "the original birther."
This refers to the revelation in May of this year that Obama's former literary agency, Acton & Dystel, printed a promotional booklet in 1991 that touted Obama as having been "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." Note that this was a polished volume created at great expense by a professional outfit, and there is only one source from which its agents could have gotten the notion that Obama was born in Kenya: Obama himself.
Thus, it's hard to escape the conclusion that the president has lied about his birthplace - either when claiming more recently that he was born in Hawaii or, far more likely, when claiming in 1991 that he wasn't. And it's easy to understand why he would've claimed the latter. By the '90s, having exotic origins could truly enhance your cachet and hence your marketability. And this little twist on truth was small potatoes for a guy willing to disgorge lies designed to foment racial unrest.
This brings us to the presidential debates. It's fine to fact-check, to reveal that Obama really did lie about the decline in oil production on federal lands, tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas, middle-class tax cuts, Egyptians' newfound love for America, and a Status of Forces agreement. But at some point it's a bit like trying to itemize the libations of a guy who has crashed both your cars, squanders the family funds on booze, staggers home in the wee hours, and is a continual embarrassment around the neighbors. You no longer need to prove that certain individual drinks were imbibed; it's painfully clear that the individual is a drinker.
While hard-core partisans will remain in denial on our drunk-on-power president, good people, who generally have a desire to be polite, should realize that politeness becomes vice when it obscures truth. And if we don't wish to descend into dishonesty ourselves - the intellectual variety - we need to acknowledge that the truth about Barack Obama is that he simply cannot tell it.
Not only is he a poor excuse for a leader,he is a lair also!!!!!!!!
Fuck this political Bullshit. I have something waaayy more important to say... -- No name, 10/30/12 8:33pm
I sure hope GES doesn't rent those fucked up Hyster forklifts for the Auto Show. I can almost guarantee that there will be accidents that will be direct results of those dangerous forklifts.
Hottest Day on record
Hottest Month on record
On track to be the hottest year on record.
...and now the widest hurricane ever recorded is hitting the east coast.
One hell of a hoax!
So anyway... Romney wants to get rid of FEMA, he says it should be privatized, where private corporations, (like maybe Haliburton?) will come to your rescue when this kind of shit happens. (how will they bill that?)
The Current FEMA budget: $13,000,000,000
The Ryan budget would cut it to: $4,000,000,000
The Romney budget would cut it to $1,800,000,000
Good thing this sort of natural disaster will be less frequent in the future because we all stopped using gas, oil and coal... oh wait.
Bush’s FEMA Director During Katrina Criticizes Obama For Responding To Sandy Too Quickly -- Heckofa Job Brownie!, 10/30/12 3:08pm
Former FEMA Director Michael Brown offered criticism of President Obama’s early responses to Hurricane Sandy yesterday, including a dig at the administration’s response to last month’s attack in Libya.
Yesterday, ahead of the storm’s pummeling of the eastern seaboard, Brown gave an interview on how he believed the Obama administration was responding to Sandy too quickly and that Obama had spoken to the press about Sandy’s potential effect too early.
Brown turned then to a standard right-wing attack on the President’s response to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi that killed four Americans:
“One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?” Brown says. “Why was this so quick?… At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question…. This is like the inverse of Benghazi.”
FOX News commented that Obama is currently “playing President” to score points during disaster relief in the run-up to the election, in contrast to his actions in September.
As if a native born Kenyan could really be President of the United States.
More Class from the GOP -- such a classy bunch!, 10/30/12 10:24am
The Romney/Ryan campaign won some plaudits yesterday for agreeing to scrap its scheduled events as Hurricane Sandy battered the East coast.
The Republican team said it had canceled today's campaign event in Ohio. Mitt Romney was set to headline a "victory rally" at a specific venue in Dayton, alongside specific celebrity guests, but out of sensitivity, the event was scrapped.
Instead, Romney will appear at the exact same venue at the exact same time with the exact same celebrity guests, but it will be billed as a "storm relief event." What about yesterday's promise about cancellations? A Republican official said Romney/Ryan hadn't broken its word because, technically, this is "not a campaign event per se."
The badge for today's "storm relief event" says "victory rally"; the sign on the door described the event as a "campaign rally"; they're playing the campaign warm-up songs for the audience; and before the "storm relief event" could begin, campaign officials showed the official campaign video on Romney's awesomeness.
But don't worry, it's "not a campaign event per se."
Those who praised Romney/Ryan for their restraint in the face of a national disaster yesterday may want to rethink the acclaim.
Republicans do love word play.
"not a campaign event per se"
That could work for a lot of things:
Not a "tax increase" per se
Not a "new war" per se
Not a (. fill in the blank .) per se
Romney didn't say he doesn't care about 47% of Americans per se
As election nears, efforts intensify to misinform, pressure voters -- When Cheating is the only way to win, 10/25/12 7:49am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In Florida, Virginia and Indiana, voters have received phone calls that wrongly told them there was no need to cast a ballot in person on Election Day because they could vote by phone.
In Ohio and Wisconsin, billboards in mostly low-income and minority neighborhoods showed prisoners behind bars and warned of criminal penalties for voter fraud - an effort that voting rights groups say was designed to intimidate minority voters.
And across the nation, some employers - notably David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who help fund the conservative group Americans for Prosperity - are urging their workers to vote for Republican Mitt Romney for president.
The conservative Tea Party movement are training tens of thousands of people to monitor polling places on November 6. They are being trained to challenge individuals, questioning their right to vote. The controversial plan has been criticized as an attempt to delay or discourage voting.
Kurtis Killian, from St. Augustine, Florida, was among those in three states who have reported receiving calls that encouraged them to vote by phone so they would not have to go to the polls. Killian said he received a call from a man who identified himself as an employee of the Florida Division of Elections. Killian said he refused the caller's offer to cast his vote by phone then reported the call to local elections officials.
"I know there is no such thing as phone voting," Killian said. But "for someone who can't get out easily," such as elderly or disabled voters, "they might go for that - it would be convenient for them. Once you think you voted ... you won't go to the polls. Voters in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, reported similar phone calls in September, sparking an investigation by Indiana's Secretary of State's office, which oversees the state's elections.
The probe has focused on a firm called Vote USA. It is unclear who was behind the group; its phone number is no longer active. The Secretary of State's office urged voters who receive a call from Vote USA to ignore it.
In Wisconsin and Ohio billboards were put up in mostly black and low-income communities. Most had a large picture of a judge's gavel and said "Voter Fraud is a Felony!" punishable by up to 3-1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. They were paid for by an anonymous group described only as a "private family foundation." Other billboards showed prisoners in jumpsuits peering through prison bars. Community leaders said the signs were aimed at blacks and Hispanics and the poor as well as ex-convicts - all groups that tend to vote Democratic.
Voting rights groups have raised concerns about volunteer "poll challengers" who will be out on November 6 to try to prevent what they see as possible voter fraud.
One group, called True the Vote, hopes to train up to one million people before Election Day. Rights groups say the large numbers of monitors could be intimidating and discourage some people - particularly minorities - from voting.
New Mexico's attorney general, meanwhile, is investigating possible voter suppression after a video - secretly recorded by a group called ProgressNowNM - was circulated showing a Republican Party leader giving false information to volunteer poll monitors.
The Republican official can be heard saying that challengers could demand that voters show IDs and could prevent voters from requesting interpreters - neither of which are true. New Mexico does not require an ID to vote and interpreters are allowed. Ballots also are available in Spanish.
If Republican's have such good ideas for America why do they need to cheat... in every way they can think of... to win?
After the past four years, how can Republcans still be considered a serious political party? -- The LIBERAL Media is the problem!, 10/24/12 4:29am
The problem isn't that, "Obama's performance Monday night was widely seen as dismissive of Romney," the problem is that EVERYONE isn't dismissive of Romney.
It is such an insult to every one of us that the MSM pretends Romney is qualified to be President.
His "I don't care about poor people." and "47% of Americans are moochers", comments are more than enough to disqualify him from holding the office.
Not even taking into account what he's hiding in his tax returns.