Saturday, August 29, 2009
Who is Carla?
In 1990, GQ magazine reported on her interaction with Teddy and Chris VIP Dodd.....
Brasserie I: In December 1985, just before he announced he would run for president in 1988, Kennedy allegedly manhandled a pretty young woman employed as a Brasserie waitress. The woman, Carla Gaviglio, declined to be quoted in this article, but says the following account, a similar version of which first appeared in Penthouse last year, is full and accurate:
It is after midnight and Kennedy and Dodd are just finishing up a long dinner in a private room on the first floor of the restaurant’s annex. They are drunk. Their dates, two very young blondes, leave the table to go to the bathroom. (The dates are drunk too. “They’d always get their girls very, very drunk,” says a former Brasserie waitress.) Betty Loh, who served the foursome, also leaves the room. Raymond Campet, the co-owner of La Brasserie, tells Gaviglio the senators want to see her.
As Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. With Gaviglio on Dodd’s lap, Kennedy jumps on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair. As he is doing this, Loh enters the room. She and Gaviglio both scream, drawing one or two dishwashers. Startled, Kennedy leaps up. He laughs. Bruised, shaken and angry over what she considered a sexual assault, Gaviglio runs from the room. Kennedy, Dodd and their dates leave shortly thereafter, following a friendly argument between the senators over the check.
Read the entire account of this selfless public servant here............
Friday, August 28, 2009
Why are Americans Resisting Change?
Is Kinsley a moron or an aspiring comedian?
Of course, this article is related to the health care debate so let me enlighten Kinsley as to why all of us unenlightened hillbillies are resistant to "change" as introduced by our government.
1) Kinsley was born in 1951, so he was conscience of the change we'd have in this country if only we passed Great Society legislation. You know. We'd finally be rid of poverty in our inner cities. Poor kids could be educated and equality would be finally be ours in this utopia.
Well, it didn't quite work out that way now did it? We ended up spending TRILLIONS of dollars trying to make poor people not so poor and all we ended up with was drug infested shit holes now called cities.
Today, we not only have more economic poverty but a population of millions who have been infected with poverty of the soul.
2) Maybe it was the promise of Social Security where people would be forced to set aside money for their own retirement. The promise of this "change" was that this would be totally self sufficient program.
What we received was a giant Ponzi scheme that is in the red to the tune of 20 TRILLION dollars with no ability to cover the retirement liability for gen x retirees, hell for that matter baby boomers.
3) How about Medicare? Once again, we were promised a self sufficient medical program for seniors that is now over 20 TRILLION dollars in the red.
4) Maybe it's the fact that conservatives can see the government locomotive that can't change course once it gets moving.
Of course, you'd never know it from the state of California where the land of plenty is a total basket case buckling under the very "change" Kinsley so proposes.
I'm still waiting for one liberal to have the balls to debate me on this blog on any issue related to government spending. Actually, I've trolled several liberal blogs in an attempt to take the debate to them but you'll never get a post on a liberal blog defending the indefensible.
What you get on their blogs is a detailed debate on whether Bush shares DNA with Hitler.
So Mike, unlike you well educated liberal a-holes; conervatives are actually aware enough to see when we're getting smoke blown up our asses and we have 70 years of government "change" since the New Deal to back us up.
So you tell me why you wouldn't be afraid of the change you so dearly espouse?
Meet the unidentified grandmother of a 15 year old stripper.
This one could be difficult. Given how she attacks a cameraman with a hoe, you might make the mistake of stereotyping her as one of those astroturf, republican, health care protesters.
None the less, last November, did this upstanding citizen vote for hope and change or 4 more years of Bush.
As an aside, the fifteen year old stripper who hasn't been to school since 7th grade and law enforcement thinks that truancy may be a problem? You think?
That probably makes her a natural GOP constituent.
I can't be there as Gordon and the Lovely Mrs. Gekko will be attending a Three Dog Night show (sans Chuck "the exploding penis" Negron".
Join your fellow Astro-Turfers!!!
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In a windowless room in a shabby office building at Seventh Avenue and Twenty-eighth Street, in Manhattan, a poster is taped to a wall, whose message could easily be the mission statement for a day-care center: “Children are fragile. Handle with care.” It’s a June morning, and there are fifteen people in the room, four of them fast asleep, their heads lying on a card table. Three are playing a board game. Most of the others stand around chatting. Two are arguing over one of the folding chairs. But there are no children here. The inhabitants are all New York City schoolteachers who have been sent to what is officially called a Temporary Reassignment Center but which everyone calls the Rubber Room.
These fifteen teachers, along with about six hundred others, in six larger Rubber Rooms in the city’s five boroughs, have been accused of misconduct, such as hitting or molesting a student, or, in some cases, of incompetence, in a system that rarely calls anyone incompetent.
The teachers have been in the Rubber Room for an average of about three years, doing the same thing every day—which is pretty much nothing at all. Watched over by two private security guards and two city Department of Education supervisors, they punch a time clock for the same hours that they would have kept at school—typically, eight-fifteen to three-fifteen. Like all teachers, they have the summer off. The city’s contract with their union, the United Federation of Teachers, requires that charges against them be heard by an arbitrator, and until the charges are resolved—the process is often endless—they will continue to draw their salaries and accrue pensions and other benefits.
“You can never appreciate how irrational the system is until you’ve lived with it,” says Joel Klein, the city’s schools chancellor, who was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg seven years ago.
"Irrational"? Isn't that what makes it "progressive"?
Read the rest of this charade here...........
Since, democrats are so willing to use Kennedy's death as a political prop to bring us socialized medicine, I'm giving up my policy of speaking ill of the dead with this little reminder of our selfless servant.
Read this piece in Sweetness and Light where the honorable senator worked with the KGB to undermine Reagan's foreign policy.
What a patriot......
The president is going to add another min-vacation to his August break next week with a a four-day weekend at Camp David. No big deal.
But the administration, ever sensitive to criticism, had to rationalize the time at the presidential retreat, with Spokesman Bill Burton saying that the vacation week has been newsier than expected considering the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy.
"'When you're president, you've always got that job,' Burton said.
On Monday, Burton pointed to former President George W. Bush's vacation habits to defends scattered criticism of Obama's August schedule
'As I recall, the previous president [took] quite a bit of vacation himself, and I don't think anyone bemoaned that,' Burton said.""
I guess you have to say that perhaps no one bemoaned Bush's vacations -- attacked, lamented, scourged, bashed, snarled over etc.
At the Daily Kos, even Obama getaways still provoke recriminations for Bush's time in Crawford, Texas and elsewhere -- Obama NYC Date Night Highlights Bush Vacation RecordAs Bush was leaving office, CBS had tired of the standard coverage of how much time Bush had spent in Crawford and raised the question of his use of Camp David, measuring the number of days in eight years that the 43rd president spent in the Catoctin Mountain getaway with: 487 Days At Camp David For Bush
For Obama, it would be easier to count the nights he's actually in the White House. He's averaging less than one a week.
Reminder, I believe there is no such thing as a vacation for the president. However, if you were one of those douchebags who criticized Bush, I expect nothing less than a criticism of The One.
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When normal people happen to "find" their own money, it might mean a twenty left in a winter coat, or discovering change beneath the sofa cushions. But if you're Charlie Rangel, it means doubling your net worth.
Earlier this month the Chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee "amended" his 2007 financial disclosure form—to the tune of more than a half-million dollars in previously unreported assets and income. That number may be as high as $780,000, because Congress's ethics rules only require the Members to report their finances within broad ranges. This voyage of personal financial discovery brings Mr. Rangel's net worth for 2007 to somewhere between $1.028 million and $2.495 million, while his previous statement came in at $516,015 and $1.316 million.
When you're a powerful Congressman and working diligently to increase tax rates to pay for President Obama's health-care plan, we suppose it's easy to lose track of one of your checking accounts. That would be the one at the federal credit union with a balance somewhere between $250,001 and maybe as high as $500,000. And when you're crunched for time and pulling together bills to pass in a rush, we guess, too, that you might overlook several other investment accounts, even if some of them are sizable, such as the ones Mr. Rangel missed at JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Oppenheimer and BlackRock.
This is the guy who drafts tax law in the House.
You know the difference between republican and democrats? When Ted Stevens was indicted for what now looks like trumped up charges, you couldn't find a conservative in town defending that piece of shit.
When democrats are caught with their hand in the cookie job. Not only do liberals defend them, they vote for them again (see Ray Nagin, Marion Barry, Charlie Rangel et al).
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I don't know why
You call some place Paradise
Kiss it goodbye
It just gets better for California residents........
California taxpayers just got hit with another increase in state income taxes, and it didn't require a vote from a single legislator.
The culprit: deflation.
In 1982, California voters approved a proposition that indexed state income tax rates to inflation. So each year, the California Franchise Tax Board adjusts tax brackets and certain deductions and credits for inflation. The annual adjustment is tied to the California Consumer Price Index, and it usually goes up. Indexing is designed to prevent people from paying higher taxes as their incomes rise proportionately with inflation. But when inflation turns negative, indexing works in reverse. Tax brackets and credits are adjusted downward. If your income remains the same, the result is a tax increase.
I hope that the man with the ball gag is right on this one......
The story where Ted rallies his son and nephew to got out and meet some babes only to have one of babes allege rape that evening..........
It was nearly eleven in the evening on March 30, 1991 when Senator Ted Kennedy, his son Patrick, 23, and nephew William Kennedy Smith, 30, left the Kennedy familys
ocean front holiday retreat to go out for drinks at a popular bistro known as Annz. Even though it was late, things were just getting moving in the city and the Kennedys wanted to be a part of the fun. After a brief stop at the bistro, Ted, Patrick and William went to another nightspot named Au Bar, where trust fund idlers, obscure blue bloods, bejeweled society matrons and erstwhile celebs like Roxanne Pulitzer went to rub elbows, Michelle Green reported in an April 22, 1991 People Weekly article. Palm Beach, Florida
While at the bar, Patrick met a 27-year-old Testas Restaurant waitress, Michelle Cassone, with whom he danced and shared drinks. William also met a woman named Patricia Bowman, a 29-year-old single mother out with her girlfriend, Anne Weatherly Mercer. Later that evening when the bars closed, the two couples went back to the Kennedy family retreat for the remainder of the evening.
Michelle and Patrick drank wine and talked in the living room. According to Green, at one point Ted Kennedy walked into the room without his trousers and sporting only a long-tailed shirt, something that made Michelle Cassone feel extremely uncomfortable. She was quoted in the article saying that they went to sit outside on the sea wall, where the three talked about the ocean and the importance of the family.
Read the rest on the stand up character of one Ted Kennedy here...........
Yesterday, old Gordon found himself in a traffic jam. Instead of getting annoyed watching the ding dong next to me texting like no tomorrow, I started to think of the millions of cars operating in our country ever single minute of every single day.
The drivers of those cars come from millions of different places heading to millions of destinations all across the country.
The drivers may be poor or rich, black or white, male or female.
Imagine all the different reasons people get in their cars to get into this traffic every single day and then imagine putting together a government program that could possibly satisfy every want or need of all these drivers.
It would be the height of arrogance to believe that you could somehow do it.
I'm a libertarian because it would never dawn on me to believe that I could put together a health care for all these people. Some of whom would rather use their money for a hot dog cart downtown than buy insurance. Some of whom would rather spend money on a kid's drug rehab instead of health insurance. Some of whom would rather buy a dependable car rather than buy insurance. And all of whom would rather go to Vegas rather than pay for their neighbors' health insurance.
So how about it. Are you arrogant enough to believe that you can make all the people in all these cars need free? If you are, that would make you a liberal.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
As a nice supplement to the previous post, meet one D'alcapone Alpacino Morris.
Why is Mr. D'alcapone Alpacino Morris in the news? What? You need more than the moronic name his sperm and egg donors gave him..........
A murder suspect at the center of an intense U.S. Marshal’s manhunt was arrested.
Dayton police and task force arrested 21-year-old D’Alcapone Alpacino Morris. He was found hiding in the attic insulation of a home on Nicholas Road in Dayton.Morris was arrested late Tuesday afternoon in connection with the June killing of Richard Pogue.“I love mom and my kid,” said Morris.
Police said Morris and 19-year-old Michael Guy was indicted in July.The two shot Pogue execution-style during a robbery attempt on Kingsely Avenue, police said.
Who would have thought this guy would have turned into a criminal?
So is Mr. D'alcapone Alpacino Morris the kind of guy to vote for Single Payer Health Care or more George Bush?
Meet Crystal Beth. Actually her full name is Crystal Beth Williams.
She was recently arrested for... guess what?
It's crystal clear to us -- these things could only happen in the Panhandle.
That's where Crystal Beth got arrested for crystal meth.
Jason Clayborn, 52, and 21-year-old Crystal Beth Williams were arrested by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office following an eight-month-long investigation into a crystal methamphetamine operation in the Darlington area.
Way to name your kid into a life of crime.
Now this past November, did Crystal Beth vote for the Hope and Change candidate of The Messiah or four more years of Bush?
Thousands of women are having to give birth outside maternity wards because of a lack of midwives and hospital beds.
The lives of mothers and babies are being put at risk as births in locations ranging from lifts to toilets - even a caravan - went up 15 per cent last year to almost 4,000.
Health chiefs admit a lack of maternity beds is partly to blame for the crisis, with hundreds of women in labour being turned away from hospitals because they are full.
Latest figures show that over the past two years there were at least:
- 63 births in ambulances and 608 in transit to hospitals;
- 117 births in A&E departments, four in minor injury units and two in medical assessment areas;
- 115 births on other hospital wards and 36 in other unspecified areas including corridors;
- 399 in parts of maternity units other than labour beds, including postnatal and antenatal wards and reception areas.
Additionally, overstretched maternity units shut their doors to any more women in labour on 553 occasions last year.
Babies were born in offices, lifts, toilets and a caravan, according to the Freedom of Information data for 2007 and 2008 from 117 out of 147 trusts which provide maternity services.
Until now, the controversy over the Rather/Mapes story has centered almost entirely on one issue: the legitimacy of the documents – a very important issue, indeed. But it turns out that there was another very important issue, one that goes to the very heart of what the story was about – and one that has gone virtually unnoticed. This is it: Mary Mapes knew before she put the story on the air that George W. Bush, the alleged slacker, had in fact volunteered to go to Vietnam.
Who says? The outside panel CBS brought into to get to the bottom of the so-called “Rathergate” mess says. I recently re-examined the panel’s report after a source, Deep Throat style, told me to “Go to page 130.” When I did, here’s the startling piece of information I found:
Mapes had information prior to the airing of the September 8  Segment that President Bush, while in the TexANG [Texas Air National Guard] did volunteer for service in Vietnam but was turned down in favor of more experienced pilots. For example, a flight instructor who served in the TexANG with Lieutenant Bush advised Mapes in 1999 that Lieutenant Bush “did want to go to Vietnam but others went first.” Similarly, several others advised Mapes in 1999, and again in 2004 before September 8, that Lieutenant Bush had volunteered to go to Vietnam but did not have enough flight hours to qualify.
This information, despite the fact that it has been available since the CBS report came out four years ago, has remained a secret to almost everybody both in and out of the media — one lonely fact in a 234- page report loaded with thousands of facts, and overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the documents.
Imagine that! news organizations not reporting a positive Bush story. Who would have thunk it?
So Obama plans to borrow 10 TRILLION DOLLARS over the next decade to line the pockets of labor unions, ACORN, George Soros, et al.
But he, like most liberals, forget one big caveat for spending trillions. In order to borrow it, someone must be willing to loan it.
And it looks like the Chinese have had their fill.............
Government data released for June 2009 shows that China has begun to make good on it’s forecast to start reducing exposure to US government debt. This was not done for ideological or political reasons, as some may claim, but rather because of an honest risk vs. reward assessment and internal forces threatening to tear the rosy veneer from China’s economy.More.....
In February of 2009, The People’s Republic of China (a communist country) once again broadcast to the world that they were growing increasingly uneasy with the amount of US treasuries they were buying and holding. At that point they owned more than $744.2 Billion in US government debt, with additional large holdings of private US debt in the form of corporate bonds. In an article published in Reuters. Luo Ping, director-general at the China Banking Regulatory Commission (a communist), broadcast the increasing discomfort China had with its mounting US debt.
The Tax Court yesterday rejected a taxpayer's attempt to use the TurboTax defense successfully employed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Hopson v. Commissioner, T.C. Summ. Op. 2009-130 (Aug. 25, 2009) (citations omitted):
Case in point.......
One of two people suspected of shattering 11 windows Tuesday morning at the state Democratic Party headquarters has an arrest record and a history of helping a Democratic political candidate, public records show.
Police said that about 2:20 a.m., 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler, now in custody, and an at-large accomplice took a hammer to the picture windows displaying posters touting President Barack Obama and his health care reform efforts.
Early Tuesday, Democratic Party chairwoman Pat Waak said the damage to her building in Denver's art district was a consequence of "an effort on the other side to stir up hate." She tempered her statement after Schwenkler's political history was revealed.
"What I've been saying is there is a lot of rhetoric out there from both sides of the spectrum," Waak said. "That's what's been disturbing to me. People are saying a lot of things not appropriate for civil discourse."
For weeks, people on both sides of the health care debate have rallied across the country.
Schwenkler is charged with criminal mischief and is to make his first appearance in Denver County Court today.
He is accused of doing an estimated $11,000 in damage and could face a felony conviction.
On the last day of the 2008 Republican National Convention, he was charged with misdemeanor unlawful assembly in St. Paul, Minn.
Court records provided through the St. Paul Pioneer Press show he was jailed about 2 a.m.
Schwenkler received $500 in November 2008 to walk door-to-door in support of Democrat Mollie Cullom, who lost her race to Republican state Rep. David Balmer of Centennial.
this gives astroturfing a whole new meaning
But many of those cashing in on the clunkers program are surprised when they get to the treasurer's office windows. That's because the government's rebate of up to $4500 dollars for every clunker is taxable.
"They didn't realize that would be taxable. A lot of people don't realize that. So they're not happy and kind of surprised when they find that out," Nelson said.
For now, the biggest impact of the program hasn't hit this office yet, as most of the paperwork is still in the hands of the dealers. But Nelson expects to see move activity in her office in the next month.
"I'm anxious to see what it's going to be like. I have no idea how many people we're going to see. Hopefully the dealers can process their paperwork in 30 days," Nelson said.
And that's when the line at this office will give some indication of how many cars the government program moved off of local lots.
Nelson adds that if you did recently purchase a vehicle, ensure your dealer gets you the paperwork in time because if they don't you could pay extra interest and penalties.
So if you are in the 25% tax bracket, you'll probably love paying $1,100 in federal income tax on your "earnings".
And you want these clowns to run health care......
Apparently, more time and energy went in to appointing The Big O's perfect dog than actually appointing people to government positions............
Plus, The New York Times reported Monday that Mr. Obama has filled less than half of the more than 500 senior administration positions requiring Senate confirmation. Seven months into his presidency, the president has neither an assistant treasury secretary for financial markets nor his own inspector general. He has not appointed his own director of the Transportation Security Administration, the Customs and Border Protection agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He doesn't have an intelligence chief at the Department of Homeland Security, and there's still a vacancy at the top of the Agency for International Development.
It's OK. They probably couldn't find enough people with a tax evasion issue on their resume........
Barack Obama has been in office seven months, and he's off to Martha's Vineyard? Some 70 millions Americans voted for President Obama, and I bet 60 million of them condemned his predecessor for taking too much down time at his ranch in Texas. George W. Bush set a record for presidential vacationing; he was the laziest commander-in-chief ever.snip
But here's the new man, supposedly with a wholly different work ethic and intellectual rigor, off to a similar start - and in the midst of a recession, with millions of Americans out of work and many millions more so stressed about money, they decided to either stay home or pass vacation up altogether.
I acknowledge the following:
1. Vacation is a good thing; everyone needs it. But Americans do not get enough; we have annually far less vacation than our peers in Europe and Canada. And few Americans get any vacation at all before they've worked on a new job for at least a year.
2. Being president of the United States is the toughest job in the whole wide world.
3. Barack Obama was handed a mountain of problems when he took office, and he's taken on the immense challenge of reforming health care.
But that doesn't mean he gets to take 10 days off after seven months on the job.
But let me point out a couple of things to those who think Barack Obama has worked up a sweat during his first seven months: He pretty much passed the buck on health care to Congress and allowed his administration's message on the need for reform - specifically, the need for a public option in health insurance plans - to become muddled. He allowed the right wing to steal the show and infest the debate with "death panel" myths and other lies. The discipline of message that helped Mr. Obama win election has been sorely lacking in the campaign to resolve the nation's costly health care crisis.
Plus, there's the escalating war in Afghanistan, and the Obama administration still does not have an Army secretary. Also missing, according to the Times: the top civilian in charge of military readiness at the Pentagon.
Sorry, but you don't get to put in for vacation with that much work unfinished, and a major national issue to settle, and two wars, and a recession with long-term unemployment. Not if, from the start, you want people to believe you really represent change.
First, I don't believe that any president gets a vacation; including Obama. Being president is truly a 24/7 job and it doesn't matter if you are in Crawford, Hawaii and Belgium.
I thought the criticisms of Bush were unwarranted but if you look at the Obama itinerary you have to wonder what in the hell is going on; trips to Europe, Using AF-1 for date nights in NY and Chicago, golf every weekend. This guy is on a taxpayer travel junket.
Second, where the liberal criticism of all this time off?
Add another to the list with Ted Kennedy.
Love him or hate him there's no denying that this guy was a giant among democratic politicians.
May God bless his soul.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
So the president is staying at a $40,000 a week house at Martha's Vineyard paid for by the taxpayer's; many of whom are worrying about their mortgages.
He's playing golf while our troops are dying overseas.
He reappoints Ben Bernake as Fed chief.
He's spent all of about 91 hours in the White House since the inauguration.
I can't wait until the next election so we can elect someone who represents change.....
The federal government mistakenly sent out stimulus checks to 1,700 inmates, the Social Security Administration said Tuesday -- a $425,000 error.
Social Security spokesman Dan Moraski told FOXNews.com in a written statement that the money went out because official records "did not accurately reflect that they were in prison."
The inspector general's office for the Social Security Administration is now looking into the problem as part of its broader audit on stimulus spending. The Social Security Administration acknowledged the glitch following a report that nearly two-dozen inmates in Massachusetts had wrongly received the $250 stimulus checks.
Even before the agency disclosed that the problem was more widespread, the discovery prompted complaints from Republicans critical of the $787 billion stimulus and the way it has been managed.
"It is unacceptable for convicts to be getting stimulus funds. It speaks to the lack of oversight and accountability to have such nonsense coming out of Washington. Where is the accountability?" House Minority Whip Eric Cantor said in a written statement.
Just wait until they approve your gall bladder removal; except that you needed colonoscopy.
Move over Richard Nixon.
President Barack Obama has surpassed him as the most partisan president in my lifetime.
An environmental adviser on Obama’s payroll was behind that campaign to get advertisers to boycott Glenn Beck’s TV show, the Los Angeles Times reported.
On a blog.
This would be front-page news with Matt Drudge siren if Karl Rove had tried to pull a stunt like this.
So I guess it only makes sense to reappoint someone Bush appointed......
But in the meantime, I think one thing is clear. Obama is way over his head with regard to esoteric financial issues, and he is actually trusting George Bush's judgement on who should be Fed Chair more than what would normally be his instinctive choice. Now that's funny, and I don't care who you are.
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For instance, in the news right now, support for Obamacare has dropped from the 60% range to the 40% range today.
Does that mean the public has read the thousands of pages of the House bill and decided that it doesn't work for them? Of course not. But what accounts for the drop?
I'm a believer that 80% of the American public couldn't care less if Obamacare is the law of the land. This is the group I call bread, beer and baseball crowd. As long as they have the ability to feed their family and have a few bucks for some of their vices, they couldn't care less.
So the decline in support for Obamacare is less about Obamacare itself than the potential threat to beer, baseball and bread. That's a non starter.
In the same vain, it's the same reason the Iraq War became unpopular. People found that the war was starting to interfere with their ability to enjoy their baseball, bread and beer. Democrats are now overplaying their Bush Hatred Platform believing that the public's dissatisfaction with Bush advances their cause. It does nothing of the sort.
Far be it from me to offer the Obamunists some advice but this investigation of the CIA is a total loser for them. Why?
1) How hard do your think CIA agents are going to go after future terrorists? That makes for an increased terror threat.
2) The election is over. People voted last November for something not Bush; not to criminalize what people did to terrorists. Going after the CIA is a total over reach and will appear as political
hackmanship, which is exactly what it is. Hating on Bush does not a government make.
3) This action will highlight what got missed during the election. Which is this..... democrats are soft on terrorists.
4) Dick Cheney, maybe the only conservative hero in the ranks, is back in the news to rally the troops. You really don't want this guy in the news.
5) What goes around come around. Unbeknownst to the Obamunists, there will be a day when they are not in power. I don't think they want the next administration to be making public their politically motivated hack jobs.
6) Remember Nancy Lollapelosi's claim the CIA lied to her about interrogation techniques? That's coming back and we'll prove once and for all what a liar she is and the media will have to cover it.
7) This is going to dominate the news for the rest of Obama's vacation in a $40,000 a week shack when most of the public has major anxiety about their economic condition. This looks like a total tin ear to the #1 issue for the public today which is THE ECONOMY STUPID.
So the Obamunists can continue to believe that hating on Bush is a popular way of getting elected and a way to move the American public opinion their way but it doesn't make their guy more popular. Remember, no one pounded on Bush more than Nancy Lollapelosi and just how popular is she outside of her little socialist enclave of San Francisco?
But hey, don't take my advice and find your furniture on the street in four years. That's OK by me.
Rhode Island will shut down its state government for 12 days and hopes to trim millions of dollars in funding for local governments under a plan Gov. Don Carcieri outlined Monday to balance a budget hammered by surging unemployment and plummeting tax revenue.
The shutdown will force 81 percent of the roughly 13,550-member state work force, excluding its college system, to stay home a dozen days without pay before the start of the new fiscal year in July.
The closures come as the worst recession in decades has eliminated hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections and pushed unemployment to 12.7 percent, the second-highest jobless rate in the nation behind Michigan.
Carcieri predicted the state's fiscal future could grow even bleaker.
"There are going to be inconveniences for the public, and there are going to be sacrifices, as I said, for state employees," Carcieri said at a Statehouse news conference. "These steps right now are unavoidable if the state is to live within its budget, live within its means."
So let me make sure I've got this right. Residents of Rhode Island pay taxes for state services they are not getting.
What the hell is so "progressive" about that?
Monday, August 24, 2009
Swine flu may infect half the U.S. population this year, hospitalize 1.8 million patients and lead to as many as 90,000 deaths, more than twice the number killed in a typical seasonal flu, White House advisers said.Let's see how this compares to other great government proclamations like Global Warming, Acid Rain, Alar, Red Dye #5, saccharin, the metric system.....
In a report by the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, President Barack Obama today was urged to speed vaccine production and name a senior member of the White House staff, preferably the homeland security adviser, to take responsibility for decision-making on the pandemic. Initial doses should be accelerated to mid-September to vaccinate as many as 40 million people, the advisory group said.
Seasonal flu usually kills about 36,000 Americans, said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Swine flu, also called H1N1, causes more severe illness needing hospitalization among younger people than seasonal flu, while leaving people 65 and older relatively unscathed, said Mike Shaw of the CDC.
At least 1,200 veterans across the country have been mistakenly told by the Veterans Administration that they suffer from a fatal neurological disease.
Letters dated Aug. 12 were intended to notify veterans who have Lou Gehrig's disease of disability benefits available to them.
How would you for him to have access to all of your medical records like this bureaucrat?
Andrea Schreindl was charged in California with Unauthorized Access to a Computer and Unauthorized Inspection of Return or Return Information. Ms. Schreindl, while an employee of the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), accessed and inspected, without authorization, the Federal tax information of twenty-one people that had been provided to the FTB by the IRS.
Welcome to the machine......
No problems for the Obamunists; let's crank it up another 9 trillion over the next 10 years.
Over at Greg Mankiw............
Before you read this story, here is one number you need to know: the U.S. federal government's debt is now about $7.4 trillion. That is the accumulation from past budget deficits.
With that number firmly in mind, here is a story from the Washington Post about the path of future fiscal policy:
The nation would be forced to borrow more than $9 trillion over the next decade under President Obama's policies, the White House acknowledged late Friday, bringing their long-term budget forecast in line with independent estimates.
The new projections add approximately $2 trillion to budget deficits through 2019. Earlier this year, the administration had predicted that Obama's policies would require the government to spend $7.108 trillion more than it collects in tax revenue over the next decade.
An administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the report will not be formally released until Tuesday, said the change is due primarily to updated projections of economic growth that are far less rosy than data used when the White House released its first long-term budget outlook in February.
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Let's play this game. You are the daughter of a local city council member (also a retired policeman) and you get pulled over at 1:30 am with a bottle of vodka under the seat. In addition, the driver has an outstanding felony warrant.
a) stay in your car and follow the instructors and go on your merry way.
b) do you get out of your car and mouth off and eventually get tazed by the officer.
Well, if you are a "progressive" here in Cincinnati, you choose B and then you go to the media and charge the police for excessive force.
A Cincinnati police officer arrested and used a Taser on the daughter of Cincinnati City Councilman Cecil Thomas early Sunday.
Police records said Celeste Thomas, 26, was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a hit-skip accident and was arrested at 1:25 a.m. Sunday along W. McMillan Street on charges of obstructing official business and possessing an open container, after a bottle of Kamchatka vodka was allegedly found under her seat.
She was told to stay inside the vehicle, police said, but disobeyed verbal commands and exited the car, approaching officers.
Her arrest report indicated she had marks on her back as a result of being subsequently shocked with a Taser.
Cecil Thomas, a retired Cincinnati police oficer, said his daughter told him she was ordered out of the car, a 2004 Toyota Corolla that she owns, and told to get down on the ground.
She repeatedly asked officers why she was being detained, he said.Court documents say Washington, then of Pleasant Ridge, is accused of breaking into the home of a neighbor on July 24 by kicking down the door. He threatened to kill the victim, a complaint said.
“While that was taking place, that type of conversation, she felt a sharp pain in the back. She said she felt like she was having a seizure,” Cecil Thomas said.
The car’s driver, Demetri Washington, 33, was found to have a felony warrant on a burglary charge.
Let me give a little education to Ms. Thomas from a white guy who had a gun drawn on him during a traffic stop. (something her cop father failed to do).
Shut up get into your car.
I once looked into my rear view mirror and saw a cop with the flashing lights on. I was so surprised, I pulled over and got out of my car. The cop actually drew his gun and asked me to get back into my car with the hands on the wheel.
I did what he said and got my speeding ticket. He told me that when I popped out of the car so quick, it looked like I was up for a confrontation which is why he drew his gun (this was pre tazer days).
I ended up with a ticket but no injuries for a club in the head or a gun shot wound.
We'll wait to see what the cop cam shows but I'm siding with the cops until the evidence says otherwise.