Obama to Gays: You are only 4% of the DEM party, I don’t need you so shut up

As the world turns…

Obama has his spokesman tell protesting gays to STFU and put your clothes on.

What’s that you say Barack? It’s not easy being president, what with these meanies?

Ohhh realllly… “Welcome to the party, PAL!”

Public dissent comes with the office, and like all the other lessons you’re are now forced to learn the hard way, toleration of dissent with grace is one your Narcissism is having a wee bit of trouble with, huh, Bucko?

Calling out your critics by attacking them might work for Barack the community organizer and political campaigner, but not for a sitting President. Going to do a whine tour of Europe and complain about what a hard time Americans give poor little you? boo hoo hoo… sniff

Gays have been protesting at the White House for being lied to by Obama to get himself elected… lied to about gays in the military and same sex marriage.

Lets go back a week in time, shall we???

After Saturday Night Live’s skit: Obama  Accomplishments? just two, Jack & Squat

What happened??? Gays came out of the Obama closet and woke up…

Obama’s Reaction? Send in the muscle over to MSNBC and belittle the gays as the 4% minority of the DEM party population and to STFU, get out of their PJs, and put their clothes on…

So… The trail of broken promises leads to conflict…

You will notice that the majority of the gay protesting at the white house are non-black. It is surely only a matter of time till the Socialist White House trolls alert their thugs to start throwing the race card.

After all… any dissent of a black president is obviously racist, right? lol

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111 Responses to Obama to Gays: You are only 4% of the DEM party, I don’t need you so shut up

  1. samhenry says:

    Excellent post, VF. Enjoyed it – so sad, really. Anyone who depends on Obama will live to be empty handed.

  2. Foxwood says:

    Sami,

    I watch what I eat very carefully…

    then I eat it.

  3. VotingFemale says:

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  4. VotingFemale says:

    I stalk what I eat… then grab it 😉

    Foxwood says

    Sami,

    I watch what I eat very carefully…

    then I eat it.

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  6. samhenry says:

    Very good FOX

    Here is a vid making the rounds. It answers the question: Why was John Stossel Fired from ABC.
    It was over a health care report.

  7. samhenry says:

    Is Columbus Day Sailing Off the Calendar?

    Sunday, October 11, 2009

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    Arrivederci, Columbus Day.

    The tradition of honoring Christopher Columbus for sailing the ocean blue in 1492 is facing rougher seas than the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria.

    Philadelphia’s annual Columbus Day parade was canceled. Brown University this year renamed the holiday “Fall Weekend” following a campaign by a Native American student group opposed to celebrating an explorer who helped enslave some of the people he “discovered.”

    And while the Italian adventurer is generally thought to have arrived in the New World on Oct. 12, 517 years ago on Monday, his holiday is getting bounced all over the calendar. Tennessee routinely celebrates it the Friday after Thanksgiving to give people an extra-long weekend.

    “You can celebrate the hell out of it if you get it the day after Thanksgiving — it gives you four days off,” says former Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter.

    In California, Columbus Day is one of two unpaid holidays getting blown away by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a budget-cut proposal. In Washington, D.C., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid canceled this year’s weeklong Columbus Day recess so the senators can buckle down on health care. (They still get Monday off, though.)

    Another obstacle: Columbus Day hasn’t transcended its original purpose, as some other holidays have. Sure, Columbus Day celebrates one of the world’s great explorers. But Memorial Day and Labor Day also do double duty as summer’s official bookends, whereas Columbus Day is stuck in mid-October, halfway between summertime and Christmas. And many Americans apparently prefer more days off around Christmas.

    So some employers have turned to “holiday swapping.” In Calimesa, Calif., the city council recently voted to swap two holidays — Columbus Day, and a day honoring labor organizer Cesar Chavez — for one floating holiday and day off on New Year’s Eve.

  8. samiam60 says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/12/white-house-escalates-war-words-fox-news/

    White House Escalates War of Words With Fox News
    Anita Dunn, White House communications director, calls Fox News a “wing of the Republican Party,” after the White House began using its government blog to criticize “Fox lies.”

    Calling Fox News “a wing of the Republican Party,” the Obama administration on Sunday escalated its war of words against the channel, even as observers questioned the wisdom of a White House war on a news organization.

    “What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party,” said Anita Dunn, White House communications director, on CNN. “They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.”

    Fox News senior vice president Michael Clemente, who likens the channel to a newspaper with separate sections on straight news and commentary, suggested White House officials were intentionally conflating opinion show hosts like Glenn Beck with news reporters like Major Garrett.

    “It’s astounding the White House cannot distinguish between news and opinion programming,” Clemente said. “It seems self-serving on their part.”

    In recent weeks, the White House has begun using its government blog to directly attack what it called “Fox lies.” David Gergen, who has worked for President Bill Clinton and three Republican presidents, questioned the propriety of the White House declaring war on a news organization.

    “It’s a very risky strategy. It’s not one that I would advocate,” Gergen said on CNN. “If you’re going to get very personal against the media, you’re going to find that the animosities are just going to deepen. And you’re going to find that you sort of almost draw viewers and readers to the people you’re attacking. You build them up in some ways, you give them stature.”

    He added: “The press always has the last barrel of ink.”

    Gergen’s sentiments were echoed by Tony Blankley, who once served as press secretary to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

    “Going after a news organization, in my experience, is always a loser,” Blankley said on CNN. “They have a big audience. And Fox has an audience of not just conservatives — they’ve got liberals and moderates who watch too. They’ve got Obama supporters who are watching. So it’s a temptation for a politician, but it needs to be resisted.”

    Nia Malika Henderson, White House correspondent for the Politico newspaper, also questioned the White House offensive against Fox.

    “Obama’s only been a boon to their ratings and I don’t understand how this kind of escalation of rhetoric and kind of taking them on, one on one, would do anything other than escalate their ratings even more,” she said.

    Dunn used an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” over the weekend to complain about Fox News’ coverage of the Obama presidential campaign a year ago.

    “It was a time this country was in two wars,” she recalled. “We’d had a financial collapse probably more significant than any financial collapse since the Great Depression. If you were a Fox News viewer in the fall election, what you would have seen would have been that the biggest stories and biggest threats facing America were a guy named Bill Ayers and something called ACORN.”

    Ayers was co-founder of the Weather Underground, a communist terrorist group that bombed the Pentagon and other buildings in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1995, Ayers hosted Obama at his home for a political function and the two men later served together on the board of an anti-poverty group known as the Woods Fund.

    The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which once had close ties to Obama, has been accused by a variety of law enforcement agencies of voter fraud. In recent weeks, the Democrat-controlled Congress moved to sever funding to ACORN after Fox News aired undercover videotapes of ACORN employees giving advice on how to break the law to a pair of journalists disguised as a pimp and prostitute.

    As for Dunn’s complaint about Fox News’ coverage of the Obama campaign, a study by the Pew Research Center showed that 40 percent of Fox News stories on Obama in the last six weeks of the campaign were negative. Similarly, 40 percent of Fox News’ stories on Obama’s Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, were negative.

    On CNN, by contrast, there was a 22-point disparity in the percentage of negative stories on Obama (39 percent) and McCain (61 percent). The disparity was even greater at MSNBC, according to Pew, where just 14 percent of Obama stories were negative, compared to a whopping 73 percent of McCain stories — a spread of 59 points.

    Although Dunn accused Fox News of being a “wing of the Republican Party,” she said the network does not champion conservatism.

    “It’s not ideological,” she acknowledged. “I mean, obviously, there are many commentators who are conservative, liberal, centrist — and everybody understands that.”

    Still, Obama refused to appear on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on Sept. 20, the day he appeared on five other Sunday shows. At the time, the White House characterized the snub as payback for the Fox Broadcast Network’s decision not to air an Obama prime time appearance. But last weekend, Dunn blamed Fox News Channel’s coverage of the administration for Obama’s snub of Fox News Sunday.

    “Is this why he did not appear?” Dunn said. “The answer is yes.”

    Wallace has called White House officials “the biggest bunch of crybabies I have dealt with in my 30 years in Washington.”

    Dunn was asked by CNN’s Howard Kurtz whether Obama would grant an interview to Fox News by the end of the year.

    “Obviously, he’ll go on Fox, because he engages with ideological opponents and he has done that before, he will do it again,” Dunn replied. “I can’t give you a date, because frankly I can’t give you dates for anybody else right now.”

    But last week, Fox News was informed by the White House that Obama would grant no interviews to the channel until at least 2010. The edict was relayed to Fox News by a White House official after Dunn discussed the channel at a meeting with presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs and other Obama advisers.

    “What I will say is that when he (Obama) goes on Fox, he understands he’s not going on it really as a news network, at this point,” Dunn said on CNN. “He’s going on to debate the opposition. And that’s fine. He never minds doing that.”

    Dunn also strongly implied that Fox had failed to follow up on a New York Times story about a scandal swirling around GOP Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, although Fox News broadcast the stories on numerous shows, including Special Report with Bret Baier.

    Clemente questioned the motives of the White House attack, which comes in the wake of an informal coffee last month between Fox chairman Roger Ailes and Obama adviser David Axelrod.

    “Instead of governing, the White House continues to be in campaign mode, and Fox News is the target of their attack mentality,” he said. “Perhaps the energy would be better spent on the critical issues that voters are worried about.”

    Blankley suggested the war on Fox News is unpresidential.

    “It lowers the prestige,” he said. “If you’re president or speaker, at a certain level, you don’t want to be seen to be engaging that kind of petty bickering. If you’re just a congressman, maybe you can do it.”

    In an interview over the summer, Obama made clear that Fox News has gotten under his skin.

    “I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration,” he told CNBC’s John Harwood. “You’d be hard pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.”

    At the White House Correspondents Dinner in May, Obama even mocked the media for supporting him.

    “Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me,” Obama said, spurring laughter and applause from the assembled journalists. “Apologies to the Fox table.”

    Gergen said the White House should delegate its attacks to outside support groups.

    “Why don’t they take this over to the DNC, over to the Democratic National Committee, and have their struggles like that fought out over there and not out of the White House?” Gergen said. “I have real questions about that strategy.”

  9. samiam60 says:

    “Going after a news organization, in my experience, is always a loser,” Blankley said on CNN. “They have a big audience. And Fox has an audience of not just conservatives — they’ve got liberals and moderates who watch too. They’ve got Obama supporters who are watching. So it’s a temptation for a politician, but it needs to be resisted.”

  10. VotingFemale says:

    Team,

    Wow! We’ve been on a ROLL today in the Team Sarah Health Care Bill Review Board: http://www.teamsarah.org/group/healthcarebillreviewboard

    We can’t thank the members of the group enough for all of the time and effort that has been put into this project!

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  11. samiam60 says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/12/arizona-sheriff-vows-continue-immigration-sweeps-despite-federal-downgrade/

    Arizona Sheriff Vows to Continue Immigration Sweeps Despite Federal Downgrade
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is dismissing a revised Department of Homeland Security policy that takes away his federal authority to make immigration arrests.

    A firebrand Arizona sheriff known for his hard-line immigration enforcement is vowing to press ahead with an illegal immigrant sweep Friday, defying a revised Department of Homeland Security policy that takes away his federal authority to make such arrests.

    “I’m not gonna stop,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in an interview with FOXNews.com. He said the federal changes amount to a political hit job and that if Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t take illegal immigrants off his hands he’ll personally drive them to the U.S.-Mexico border.

    “Nothing will change,” he said. “I’m not going to be deterred by any bully.”

    A spokesman with DHS or ICE could not be reached for comment. It’s unclear whether the agencies will try to stop or punish the county sheriff should he go forward with the sweep on Friday.

    The federal government stripped Arpaio of part of his federal authority to enforce immigration law by changing its rules under a program allowing local police to enforce those laws. Under the changes, Arpaio’s jail officers would still be able to check inmates’ immigration status but would not be able to make federal immigration arrests on the streets.

    More than 1,000 local law enforcement officials nationally have had those special powers, but Arpaio has signed more officers onto the program than any other agency. He has 100 deputies under the program, and his office reports having investigated and arrested 33,000 illegal immigrants — or 25 percent of total arrests under the program.

    Arpaio claims he still has authority to make the arrests under state human smuggling laws and other provisions, regardless of whether he’s charging the suspected illegal immigrants of any other crimes. He said that if ICE won’t take his suspects, he’ll drive them down to U.S. border patrol agents. If they don’t take them, he said, “I assume they won’t accept any illegals.”

    The idiosyncratic sheriff is one of the most controversial local officials in the country. He’s cultivated a tough guy, almost outlaw, image — occasionally referring to himself as the third-person, “The Sheriff,” and unabashedly calling his band of volunteers and officials “the posse.”

    “I am the poster boy. Everybody knows that,” he said.

    But Arpaio is notorious among immigrant rights groups for his treatment of suspected illegal aliens once in custody. He is known for clothing inmates in pink underwear, making them work on chain gangs and subjecting them to other harsh conditions.

    The Justice Department has been investigating his office over claims of discrimination and unlawful practices.

    Frank Sharry, director of advocacy group America’s Voice, said in a written statement last week that DHS should “pull the plug on bullies like Arpaio.”

    “It is making a historic mistake by lending the full force and legitimacy of the federal government to a rogue cop certain to go down in history as a serial violator of civil rights and an enemy of the Latino community,” he said.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, previously the Arizona governor, said in a written statement that the latest changes are meant to “improve accountability and safety” in the detention facilities as part of the move to employ “smart and effective” immigration enforcement.

    Arpaio remains defiant. He said he’s glad to be able to conduct immigration sweeps without having to follow federal guidelines.

    “They can’t stop this sheriff. I don’t report to the feds. I report to the people,” he said. “They should give me a medal — shouldn’t be the Nobel Peace Prize, but it should be something.”

    Foxnews.com’s Judson Berger contributed to this report.

  12. samiam60 says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/12/protesters-rally-obama-song-new-jersey-school/?test=latestnews

    Protesters Rally Against Obama Song at New Jersey School
    Protesters brought some different songs Monday to an elementary school where students sang in praise of President Barack Obama, bringing criticism from conservative commentators who said children were being indoctrinated.

  13. samiam60 says:

    Protesters brought some different songs Monday to an elementary school where students sang in praise of President Barack Obama, bringing criticism from conservative commentators who said children were being indoctrinated.

    About 70 protesters stood on a sidewalk across the street from the B. Bernice Young School waving flags and homemade placards, singing “God Bless America” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and chanting slogans such as “No indoctrination” and “Free children, free minds.”

    A smaller group of counter-protesters watched and occasionally heckled them.

    The school is in a diverse suburb 15 miles northeast of Philadelphia and landed in an uncomfortable national spotlight last month when the video, shot last school year during an author’s visit, surfaced. In it, second-graders sang a medley that began, “Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama/He said that all must lend a hand/To make this country strong again.”

    Some critics of the president say the song was overtly political and follows a pattern of Obama being viewed as an idol rather than a politician.

    Monday’s 90-minute protest, held while the school was in session and attended largely by members of anti-tax organizations from around the state, was an outgrowth of that sentiment.

    “We should continue protests like this to prevent this from happening again,” said Robert Gordan, 66, a retiree from Middletown.

    Karen Flowers, a 43-year-old state government social worker, was there to protest the protesters.

    “I don’t have any problem with the first African-American president, the children singing about it,” Flowers said. “They’re making a lot out of nothing.”

    Jim and Gina Pronchick, who were among the few protesters who have children in the school, said they were upset that their son was in the video without their permission — and that school officials hadn’t fully explained the context of the song.

    The song was performed in February during an assembly that celebrated a number of occasions, from Black History Month to Dental Health Month, the township Board of Education said in a statement Monday. The lyrics were sent home to parents in advance, the board said.

    The video was made a month later when Charisse Carney-Nunes, who wrote the children’s book “I Am Barack Obama,” visited the school and children sang the song again, school officials said.

    “There was no intention to make any political statement or promote a political agenda at all,” Superintendent Christopher Manno said in the statement.

    The teacher who oversaw the class has retired.

  14. VotingFemale says:

    Samiam,

    Obama is seriously mistepping again on the Obama frontal attack on Fox…

    It is the subject on Bill O’Reilly as we speak and Obama & Co’ s attack is being taken apart like a tinker toy.

    Obama can not stand criticism and is going POSTAL…. wooooooo skewy skewy….

    Lets see some RA Flashy Eyes!!! hahahahahaha

    Presidents dont do well when whining about being picked on by the press… it is so wimpy
    and merits public ridicule 24/7.

    Fox is using the attack from Obama to point out the slobbering love affair the Fringe Media is having with the Chosen One.

    Obama does not understand that screwing with the press will get his ass ground into hamburger

  15. samiam60 says:

    OYLMPICS SAYS NO TO CHICAGO :

    CHICAGO BASEBALL GOES BANKRUPT: LOL

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,564463,00.html?test=latestnews

    Chicago Cubs File for Bankruptcy Ahead of Team’s Sale

    The Chicago Cubs filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, an expected step in the team’s sale process.

    The filing in Wilmington, Del., was anticipated and is expected to lead to a brief stay in Chapter 11 for the Cubs before the team’s parent company sells the team in an $845 million deal.

    The Tribune Co. plans to sell the team, Wrigley Field and related properties to the family of billionaire Joe Ricketts, the founder of Omaha, Neb.-based TD Ameritrade.

    Tribune, which also owns the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, filed for bankruptcy protection in December, but the Cubs were not included in the filing. The team’s run through Chapter 11 is expected to protect its new owners from potential claims by Tribune creditors.

    Tribune bought the Cubs in 1981 for $20.5 million from candy maker Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. It announced plans to sell the franchise in 2007, but got tripped up by the recession and the collapse of the credit markets.

    It has agreed to sell the Ricketts family a 95 percent stake in a deal that tops the record $660 million paid for the Boston Red Sox and its related properties in 2002. Tribune Co. is keeping the remaining 5 percent.

    The Cubs’ bankruptcy filing is not the first for a Major League Baseball team. The Baltimore Orioles were sold in a bankruptcy auction in 1993 after owner Eli Jacobs filed for Chapter 11. The same happened to the Seattle Pilots after the 1969 season. The new owners moved the team to Milwaukee and changed the name to the Brewers.

    The National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes, a franchise that has yet to make a profit since moving from Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1996, filed for Chapter 11 protection in May.

    NO OLYMPICS FOR YOU 🙂

  16. VotingFemale says:

    Acknowledgment needs to be made to SamHenry and Kynikos for their blogposts today… and to samiam, foxwood, Tellit, Lisa, Arlene, M2, to Warrent One Girl when she can, Frugal Cafe, Roxannadanna, and all the others who blog for the cause…

    I am humbled to be in your presence… and grateful you are my friends and I am yours.

    The spirit of 1776 lives in each of you… in us.

  17. samiam60 says:

    Washington DC Community Organizer Barrack H. Obama says no to Gay Organization. So all I can say is Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

    Bend Over Gays, Obama don’t need you.

    T, he, T he, T, he, giggle.

  18. samiam60 says:

    Perhaps it is you who should be thanked VF. You have given us a platform for which to serve our Country and the Inspiration to continue on.

  19. VotingFemale says:

    samiam, together we are strong… we band together to fight the good fight.

    And we will not stop… America is too important …too special in the entire universe to let her sink.

    NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP

  20. samiam60 says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/10/12/bush-deserves-praise-committment-africa/

    Bush Deserves Praise for Commitment to Africa

    During his time in office President Bush did more to help Africa and more to combat the AIDS virus globally than any other president in history.

    Recently during a Washington, D.C- area concert, U2’s lead singer Bono commended President George W. Bush for all of the work he did to help Africa and everything he did to globally combat the AIDS virus.

    “They had a little intro from Desmond Tutu about Africa and then Bono said he wanted to dedicated the next song (“One”) to President George W. Bush for sending billions of dollars in anti-viral AIDS drugs to Africa,” said Lisa Andrews a University of Maryland career services specialist who attended the concert.

    “It was very positive.”

    Apparently, Bono has had a change of heart about Bush since 2006 when he intentionally dodged a hug from the president at the National Prayer Breakfast. Hopefully, that’s the first step in the right direction toward recognizing Bush’s contribution to helping Africa combat the AIDS virus, a part of his presidential legacy that has gone largely unnoticed.

    During his time in office President Bush did more to help Africa and more to combat the AIDS virus globally than any other president in history.

    In 2003, as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Bush allocated $15 billion to take on the global pandemic and implemented plans to treat to 10 million people with antiretroviral treatment and prevent seven million new infections.

    PEPFAR helped prevent mother to child transmission, provided antiretroviral therapy to AIDS victims, offered training and income to medical personnel and helped treat other diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and waterborne illness. It also placed an emphasis on helping orphans and women who were victims of rape and sex trafficking. The bill has reportedly saved at least hundreds of thousands of lives in the 15 African countries targeted as part the legislation.

    According to Neil Bush, the president’s brother, the impact that PEPFAR has had on the region is obvious.

    “I’ve been to Africa frequently over the past 3 to 4 years and have seen the kind of impact that my brother’s commitment has had,” Bush said during a telephone interview. “I’ve also heard first-hand from African leaders the appreciation they have for everything my brother did to help the continent. His impact on Africa includin g his focus on eradicating the AIDS epidemic is one of the lesser known achievements of George’s presidency, but will eventually be recognized as an important part of his legacy.”

    Before leaving office, President Bush made sure that the battle against AIDS would continue. In July 2008, PEPFAR was renewed and even expanded with the passing of the “Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008,” which actually tripled the original act’s funds to $48 billion.

    Earlier this year, in a piece titled, “Has Bush been Africa’s best friend?” the BBC reported that initially only 50,000 Africans were on anti-viral drugs, but that Bush’s legislation has since “made anti-retrovirals widely available.” The article added that Bush’s legislation halved the impact of malaria in 15 African countries.

    “I don’t think it’s too strong to say that President Bush’s Africa policy is the most distinguished foreign policy legacy of the administration,” said Todd Moss, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development who was quoted in the BBC piece. “Although few expected such interest eight years ago, the president has clearly been deeply and personally committed to strengthening U.S.-Africa relations.”

    Bush’s commitment to Africa supersedes just funding to combat the AIDS virus. During his presidency, Bush took a leadership role in the international community in openly condemning the killings in Darfur as “genocide,” and stepped up pressure on the Sudanese government while also sending envoys to the Democratic Republic of Congo to prevent a regional conflict between Rwanda and Uganda.

    In a time when few leaders showed any interest at all, President Bush selflessly demonstrated tremendous leadership to help Africa and showed incredible compassion to people suffering from the horror of the AIDS virus. His actions speak volumes about his character and how much he cared about people who were powerless to help themselves. These monumental strides should finally be taken into account when judging him in the historical record.

    Nice Story, Bush gives them hope against Aids and Obama provides Abortions with Our Tax Dollars. One gives life, the other takes it away.

    Our Tax Dollars are now being used to provide Abortions in Africa and if this Frickin Health Care gets passed our Tax dollars will pay for Abortions right here in the US of A.

  21. samiam60 says:

    America needs another Reagan more than ever before.

  22. VotingFemale says:

    In times of need… Such heros step forward.
    As a great, honorable, and capable leader, Ronald Reagan inspired the will of the people to get the job done. Made us believe in ourselves. He did not do what needed to be done by himself. No leader can do that. But he inspired us in the greatness we all possess together as Americans.

  23. Kynikos says:

    A really well written moderate review on Obama, and his apparent pitfalls. Worth a read.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/12/barack-obama-progressive-race

  24. Foxwood says:

    I’m here in downtown Hackberry Louisiana, home of Hackberry Reebok’s. The Hackberry Reebok is a rubber shrimping boot, white and calf high. You tuck your jeans into the boot and go. If you go boot scootin at the Rockin H Bar on a Saturday night, you can wear your shit kickers or optionally wear your Hackberry Reebok’s while you dance to Zydeco music.

    I was driving south of Hackberry to Holly Beach. While passing the trailer park (now gone after hurricanes Rita and Ike), a tattooed woman walked out in her white bikini, her Hackberry Reebok’s, and a cigarette hanging from her lip. Camera phones were relatively new and my company didn’t issue them then. It would have been quite a picture.

  25. samhenry says:

    Geeze, FOX, are we dancing on the blog alone?

  26. samhenry says:

    Oh, I see the time, you wrote your comment at 2:00 AM. I hope I am on the right blog post. I still have a lot of tax work to do this AM, ugh.

    VF – I have double posted again today. I linked to an older post of yours so the links won’t appear here.

  27. VotingFemale says:

    I am up! Good Morning SamHenry!

    Foxwood is not yet on this AM he posted last night early AM.

    I will go check out your posts in a few. Good job on publishing two posts today!

    The big subject for me today is the White House declaring a state of WAR with the media, specifically the tiny nation of FOX and Liberal Bloggers who dare criticize The Socialist-In-Chief.

    I view this as a monumental error in judgment of the White House and calls into question his fitness as the leader of the country.

    The arrogance of Obama is being elevated into political suicide.

  28. VotingFemale says:

    SamHenry, I shortened the title on the equity companies post at Friends for you.

  29. samiam60 says:

    Good Morning VF and SamH.

    Obama is now the school yard bully and about to get punked and sent home to Obamamama.

    “Going after a news organization, in my experience, is always a loser,” Blankley said on CNN. “They have a big audience. And Fox has an audience of not just conservatives — they’ve got liberals and moderates who watch too. They’ve got Obama supporters who are watching. So it’s a temptation for a politician, but it needs to be resisted.”

  30. VotingFemale says:

    Good MorningSamiam!

  31. VotingFemale says:

    Obama is over his head in attacking the Media and calling the Media an “Opponent.”

    Using the office of the Presidency to attack the Media never works out for that president.

    But Obama is showing his community organizer arrogance and not grasping the quick sand he has stepped into. Too bad for him… this is going to be interesting to watch unfold…

    Waiting for Obama to blink will be interesting… what is his next move? Declare FOX a hate group? move troops into NYC and have Fox management shipped off to GITMO?

    This is a qualified win for America, in my opinion, that FOX has just been elevated to the level of the white house as an opponent.

    FOX will now use it to inform America what a wannabe Socialist Dictatorship looks like…

  32. tellitlikeitis says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Dems scramble after warning from health insurers

    Oct 12, 6:17 PM (ET)

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Insurance companies aren’t playing nice any more. Their dire message that health care legislation will drive up premiums for people who already have coverage comes as a warning shot at a crucial point in the debate, and threatens President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.

    Democrats and their allies scrambled on Monday to knock down a new industry-funded study forecasting that Senate legislation, over time, will add thousands of dollars to the cost of a typical policy. “Distorted and flawed,” said White House spokeswoman Linda Douglass. “Fundamentally dishonest,” said AARP’s senior policy strategist, John Rother. “A hatchet job,” said a spokesman for Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont.

    But the health insurance industry’s top lobbyist in Washington stood her ground. In a call with reporters, Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, pointedly refused to rule out attack ads on TV featuring the study, though she said she believed the industry’s concerns could be amicably addressed.

    At the heart of the industry’s complaint is a decision by lawmakers to weaken the requirement that millions more Americans get coverage. Since the legislation would ban insurance companies from denying coverage on account of poor health, many people will wait to sign up until they get sick, the industry says. And that will drive up costs for everybody else.

    Insurers are now raising possibilities such as higher premiums for people who postpone getting coverage, or waiting periods for those who ignore a proposed government requirement to get insurance and later have a change of heart.

    The drama threatened to overshadow Tuesday’s scheduled vote by the Senate Finance Committee on a 10-year, $829-billion plan that Baucus has touted as the sensible solution to America’s problems of high medical costs and too many uninsured.

    The Baucus bill is still expected to win Finance Committee approval. The insurance industry is trying to influence what happens beyond the vote, when legislation goes to the floor of the House and Senate, and, if passed, to a conference committee that would reconcile differences in the bills.

    It’s at that final stage where many expect the real deal will be cut.

    “We’ve got ourselves a real health care shooting war now,” said Robert Laszewski, a former health insurance executive turned consultant. “The industry has come to the conclusion that the way things are going in Congress, we’ll have a … formula that will be disastrous for their business, so they can’t stand on the sidelines any longer.”

    Questions about the technical soundness of the industry analysis by the PricewaterhouseCoopers firm was a big part of the discussion Monday. The release of the study late Sunday on the eve of the federal Columbus Day holiday had Democrats crying foul.

    “The misleading and harmful claims made by the profit-driven insurance companies are politicking for corporate gain at its worst,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

    Democrats have reason to worry. Insurance industry opposition helped sink President Bill Clinton’s health care plan in the 1990s by fanning fears that people with coverage would wind up paying more.

    Ignagni was unequivocal in her support for the PricewaterhouseCoopers conclusions. The company is “a world-class firm” with “a stellar reputation,” she said.

    The study projects that the legislation would add $1,700 a year to the cost of family coverage in 2013, when most of the major provisions of the Baucus bill would be in effect.

    Premiums for a single person would go up by $600 more than would be the case without the legislation, it estimated.

    In 10 years’ time, premiums would be $4,000 higher for a family plan, and $1,500 more for individual coverage.

    Finance Committee aides to Baucus said it’s impossible to predict premiums down to the dollar because there are too many variables involved.

    The technical issues behind the study are complex, and it will take time for neutral experts to deliver a final judgment. The issue boils down to questions of coverage and cost shifting.

    The industry is arguing that the consequences of the bill will be shifted onto those who are already covered. Insurers are not alone. Representatives of the hospital industry have raised similar concerns, though in less stark terms.

    The study finds fault with what Baucus sees as one of the crowning achievements of his bill. Even with a tight budget, it would cover an estimated 94 percent of eligible Americans, up from about 83 percent now. The study – and the insurance industry – say that’s not enough, particularly since senators have weakened the stiff fines Baucus originally proposed for ignoring a requirement to get coverage.

    “You really have to have a coverage level in the high 90s to make this work,” Ignagni said.

    The PricewaterhouseCoopers study also assumes that proposed taxes on high-cost insurance, new levies on insurers and other health industry firms, and Medicare cuts will be directly passed on to privately insured policyholders.

    Critics of the study said it tilted those assumptions too far toward a worst case, ignoring the bill’s potential to curb costs.

    For example, the tax on high-cost health insurance that Baucus is proposing could lead employers and individuals to switch to lower-cost plans and avoid the levy. If that happens, there would be no additional costs to pass on to consumers.

    The study “assumed the tax would have no behavioral effect, contrary to every other tax in the history of civilization,” said economist Len Nichols of the nonpartisan New America Foundation.

    Critics also said the study doesn’t take into account proposed insurance exchanges, a new marketplace that would be designed to foster competition and presumably drive premiums down.

    There’s equally strong debate about the effects of $400 billion in proposed cuts in Medicare payments to insurers, hospitals and other service providers. The study assumes those costs would be shifted to people with private insurance, but the bill’s supporters say the reductions are aimed at reducing wasteful spending that drives up costs.

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20091012/D9B9QLO81.html

  33. tellitlikeitis says:

    What happened to global warming?

    By Paul Hudson
    Climate correspondent, BBC News

    Average temperatures have not increased for over a decade
    This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.

    But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.

    And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.

    So what on Earth is going on?

    Climate change sceptics, who passionately and consistently argue that man’s influence on our climate is overstated, say they saw it coming.

    They argue that there are natural cycles, over which we have no control, that dictate how warm the planet is. But what is the evidence for this?

    During the last few decades of the 20th Century, our planet did warm quickly.

    Recent research has ruled out solar influences on temperature increases
    Sceptics argue that the warming we observed was down to the energy from the Sun increasing. After all 98% of the Earth’s warmth comes from the Sun.

    But research conducted two years ago, and published by the Royal Society, seemed to rule out solar influences.

    The scientists’ main approach was simple: to look at solar output and cosmic ray intensity over the last 30-40 years, and compare those trends with the graph for global average surface temperature.

    And the results were clear. “Warming in the last 20 to 40 years can’t have been caused by solar activity,” said Dr Piers Forster from Leeds University, a leading contributor to this year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

    But one solar scientist Piers Corbyn from Weatheraction, a company specialising in long range weather forecasting, disagrees.

    He claims that solar charged particles impact us far more than is currently accepted, so much so he says that they are almost entirely responsible for what happens to global temperatures.

    He is so excited by what he has discovered that he plans to tell the international scientific community at a conference in London at the end of the month.

    If proved correct, this could revolutionise the whole subject.

    Ocean cycles

    What is really interesting at the moment is what is happening to our oceans. They are the Earth’s great heat stores.

    In the last few years [the Pacific Ocean] has been losing its warmth and has recently started to cool down

    According to research conducted by Professor Don Easterbrook from Western Washington University last November, the oceans and global temperatures are correlated.

    The oceans, he says, have a cycle in which they warm and cool cyclically. The most important one is the Pacific decadal oscillation (PDO).

    For much of the 1980s and 1990s, it was in a positive cycle, that means warmer than average. And observations have revealed that global temperatures were warm too.

    But in the last few years it has been losing its warmth and has recently started to cool down.

    These cycles in the past have lasted for nearly 30 years.

    So could global temperatures follow? The global cooling from 1945 to 1977 coincided with one of these cold Pacific cycles.

    Professor Easterbrook says: “The PDO cool mode has replaced the warm mode in the Pacific Ocean, virtually assuring us of about 30 years of global cooling.”

    So what does it all mean? Climate change sceptics argue that this is evidence that they have been right all along.

    They say there are so many other natural causes for warming and cooling, that even if man is warming the planet, it is a small part compared with nature.

    But those scientists who are equally passionate about man’s influence on global warming argue that their science is solid.

    The UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre, responsible for future climate predictions, says it incorporates solar variation and ocean cycles into its climate models, and that they are nothing new.

    In fact, the centre says they are just two of the whole host of known factors that influence global temperatures – all of which are accounted for by its models.

    In addition, say Met Office scientists, temperatures have never increased in a straight line, and there will always be periods of slower warming, or even temporary cooling.

    What is crucial, they say, is the long-term trend in global temperatures. And that, according to the Met office data, is clearly up.

    To confuse the issue even further, last month Mojib Latif, a member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) says that we may indeed be in a period of cooling worldwide temperatures that could last another 10-20 years.

    The UK Met Office says that warming is set to resume

    Professor Latif is based at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at Kiel University in Germany and is one of the world’s top climate modellers.

    But he makes it clear that he has not become a sceptic; he believes that this cooling will be temporary, before the overwhelming force of man-made global warming reasserts itself.

    So what can we expect in the next few years?

    Both sides have very different forecasts. The Met Office says that warming is set to resume quickly and strongly.

    It predicts that from 2010 to 2015 at least half the years will be hotter than the current hottest year on record (1998).

    Sceptics disagree. They insist it is unlikely that temperatures will reach the dizzy heights of 1998 until 2030 at the earliest. It is possible, they say, that because of ocean and solar cycles a period of global cooling is more likely.

    One thing is for sure. It seems the debate about what is causing global warming is far from over. Indeed some would say it is hotting up.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8299079.stm

  34. VotingFemale says:

    Kynikos,

    Gary Younge, the author at The Guardian, seems not a moderate but a progressive and offers a statement not based on truth. He seems a liberal critic of Obama, not a centrist moderate critic, in my observation.

    Socialist Revisionism in the face of fact…
    and I quote:

    from Gary Younge’s article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/12/barack-obama-progressive-race

    It’s a political system and culture so crowded with corporate lobbyists, that it is apparently incapable of fulfilling the wishes of the people even when – as with a public option in healthcare – that is what they want.

    Health Care Reform
    44% Favor Health Care Reform, 50% Oppose

    edit: further investigation reveals what I sensed… Gary Younge is a self-described Progressive

    to wit…

    As the election approaches it is time for those of us who identify with Labour but find ourselves somewhere between disillusionment and disgust with the party to weigh strategy and morality and hopefully get our sums right. If the polls are right, the Labour party’s numbers in parliament are set to be depleted considerably in May. As progressive, left-leaning voters we need to decide what role we want to play in that, if any, and be clear about why.

    from:

    From the Guardian Unlimited (UK)
    Dated Monday February 21

    We cannot vote Labour
    To support a government that has brought tens of thousands of deaths to Iraq is to abandon hope of change

    By Gary Younge

    Kynikos says

    A really well written moderate review on Obama, and his apparent pitfalls. Worth a read.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/oct/12/barack-obama-progressive-race

  35. tellitlikeitis says:

    Obama song video prompts protests at NJ school

    BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) – Protesters brought some different songs Monday to an elementary school where students sang in praise of President Barack Obama, bringing criticism from conservative commentators who said children were being indoctrinated.
    About 70 protesters stood on a sidewalk across the street from the B. Bernice Young School waving flags and homemade placards, singing “God Bless America” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and chanting slogans such as “No indoctrination” and “Free children, free minds.”

    A smaller group of counter-protesters watched and occasionally heckled them.

    The school is in a diverse suburb 15 miles northeast of Philadelphia and landed in an uncomfortable national spotlight last month when the video, shot last school year during an author’s visit, surfaced. In it, second-graders sang a medley that began, “Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama/He said that all must lend a hand/To make this country strong again.”

    Some critics of the president say the song was overtly political and follows a pattern of Obama being viewed as an idol rather than a politician.

    Monday’s 90-minute protest, held while the school was in session and attended largely by members of anti-tax organizations from around the state, was an outgrowth of that sentiment.

    “We should continue protests like this to prevent this from happening again,” said Robert Gordan, 66, a retiree from Middletown.

    Karen Flowers, a 43-year-old state government social worker, was there to protest the protesters.

    “I don’t have any problem with the first African-American president, the children singing about it,” Flowers said. “They’re making a lot out of nothing.”

    Jim and Gina Pronchick, who were among the few protesters who have children in the school, said they were upset that their son was in the video without their permission—and that school officials hadn’t fully explained the context of the song.

    The song was performed in February during an assembly that celebrated a number of occasions, from Black History Month to Dental Health Month, the township Board of Education said in a statement Monday. The lyrics were sent home to parents in advance, the board said.

    The video was made a month later when Charisse Carney-Nunes, who wrote the children’s book “I Am Barack Obama,” visited the school and children sang the song again, school officials said.

    “There was no intention to make any political statement or promote a political agenda at all,” Superintendent Christopher Manno said in the statement.

    http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9B9MVQ02&show_article=1

  36. VotingFemale says:

    Good Morning Tellit!

    I saw the FOX coverage of the parent protests… and that Principle verbally flipped them the bird by saying… If possible I would have the children repeat the performance, in effect.

  37. m2 says:

    Hey guys! The Guardian is the MSNBC tabloid of Great Britain

  38. m2 says:

    Oh my shit! Stossel was fired at ABC?!!! I had no idea! He was the only legitimate investigative reporter left on the letter news stations!

  39. m2 says:

    Probably get my computer back at 7pm today… The whole ordeal has been very bad and not because of what was wrong but the service!

    Looking forward to being done with this store.

  40. Kynikos says:

    Hey M2 did you read the article I posted from the guardian?? It was not in defense of Obama I can assure you that, I would keep and open mind to all sources, it allowes a better overall view of the mood of the world political scene, Kinky

  41. Kynikos says:

    VF I just saw your comment I should have read them all prior to answering M2.

    But still, if you have a liberal or progressive view from the EU, that to me is telling, the armor is cracking not only from the view of the conservative media, but other left pundits as well.

    Regardless, the article was well written in critism of Obama, if we limit our views or information gathering to Fox News and the American Thinker, that can be a tactical mistake IMO, and allowing followers of the conservative ilk to be led rather than comprehend what is actually going on outside of the emotions of right or left politics.

    If you would like only conservative viewpoints posted here, I will be glad to comply, just let me know, back to the doughnuts!!

  42. tellitlikeitis says:

    m2, Wasn’t stossel hired at fox?

  43. VotingFemale says:

    If I allowed (and still allow) Rosehips and Billalmighty to offer their view points I certainly allow others to express their view points here.

    Bill left in a huff because I did not let him get away with moderation baiting. I told Bill… Want to debate? fine, debate, but don’t complain when called out for breaking the moderation rules here. I have spoken with a few others in the past when things got out of hand as well. That is why the Conference Room was created.

    Lets debate, even heated debate; all commenting POVs are welcome.

    Debate is a good thing, right?

    This very blogpost’s subject is differing POVs within the DEM party. Protesting of Obama by the DEM party gay community and the Obama reaction to these protests.

    Kynikos says

    VF I just saw your comment I should have read them all prior to answering M2.

    But still, if you have a liberal or progressive view from the EU, that to me is telling, the armor is cracking not only from the view of the conservative media, but other left pundits as well.

    Regardless, the article was well written in critism of Obama, if we limit our views or information gathering to Fox News and the American Thinker, that can be a tactical mistake IMO, and allowing followers of the conservative ilk to be led rather than comprehend what is actually going on outside of the emotions of right or left politics.

    If you would like only conservative viewpoints posted here, I will be glad to comply, just let me know, back to the doughnuts!!

  44. tellitlikeitis says:

    Steve Wynn Schools Jennifer Granholm on How to Create Jobs

    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

    RUSH: Steve Wynn on Fox News Sunday was interviewed by Chris Wallace. He’s the CEO of Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas. He’s also on with Jennifer Granholm, the governor of Michigan. And Chris Wallace says, “Unemployment in Nevada is 13.2%. That’s the second highest in the nation. Your company, Wynn Resorts, has more than 20,000 employees. Do you see any turnaround yet?”

    WYNN: No, in the sense that I think that the priorities of the administration should have been more directly focused on job creation. From the day of the inauguration forward, the priority should have been job creation. And the most powerful weapon and the tool that the government has for that is its tax policy. If the government had used its power to restrain its tax collection they would have given everybody who runs small businesses, large businesses, a chance to hire more people and that could have been done an entirely different way. With eight or $900 billion we could have created four or five million jobs, which would have made a big difference.

    RUSH: That’s what you call stimulus! That’s what you call stimulus. That’s what I have been saying. That’s what anybody with even a modicum of Econ 101 understands. You have to invest and you have to create the investment. You have to incentivize growth, and this administration is penalizing it! This administration is punishing growth. This administration is doing everything it can to prevent growth. This is all done on purpose. And now, my friends, I finally am joined in my previous one-man crusade: Steve Wynn on board, Charles Krauthammer with a speech he gave on board saying the decline is purposeful. Chris Wallace said, “So where do you draw the line between the proper role of government in all this and the proper role of the private sector?”

    WYNN: Government has never increased the standard of living of one single human being in civilization’s history. For some reason that simple truth has evaded everybody. The only thing that creates an increased standard of living is giving someone a job, the demand for their labor — whether it’s you and I, Chris, or anybody else. The people that are paying the price for this juggernaut of federal spending are the middle class and the working class of America.

    RUSH: Right.

    WYNN: And soaring rhetoric and great speeches with or without a teleprompter aren’t going to change the truth, and the truth is: The biggest enemy, the biggest obstacle that working middle-class America has is government spending.

    RUSH: Steve Wynn, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas. He is right on the money. “People who are paying the price for this juggernaut of federal spending are the middle class and the working class of America,” i.e., these poor people in Detroit. They are in those lines because they have no choice because that’s where this administration wants them. “Soaring rhetoric, great speeches with or without a teleprompter isn’t going to change the truth.” So Jennifer Granholm has gotta get in on this. Wallace says, “Let me bring in the governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm. Looks like she wants to come out of her seat at this.”

    GRANHOLM: It’s just so simplistic to say that! With all due respect, I mean, to say that government has never created a job or increased the standard of living. You know, I mean there — there are a lot of people who are grateful that in this country we have a minimum wage. There are a lot of people who are grateful that they have access to Medicare and Medicaid. And I hope that we get access further to additional health care for those who are un- — right now uninsured. I mean, there is a balance here. To say that government is all evil… This is a democracy. It’s the greatest country in the world.

    RUSH: Now, this is the government of the state of Michigan where people in the tens of thousands are lining up for pittance — a pittance handout from the federal government. The state of Michigan is broke. The City of Detroit, many people who live there, is in recession. She thinks the minimum wage has raised standard of living. The minimum wage is part of the reason unemployment is rising and the fact that Democrats authored an increase of it. Folks, they are just dunces. They’re economic dunces. It is just breathtaking. Now, here she is. She’s talking to a man and calling him “simplistic.” We’ll hear in just a second Steve Wynn describe how many health care policies he provides for people and how many employees he has. And not just in Las Vegas, he’s been in Atlantic City. In Macau. He was working on an operation there. But he wanted to respond to this “simplistic” business, and this is the exchange that they had.

    WYNN: I didn’t say that at all. I’m saying that the source of government revenue, the source of well-being in this country is employment. That allows companies to pay taxes, employees to pay taxes. That’s the source here and it’s gotten out of focus.

    GRANHOLM: I… I agree.

    WYNN: There’s no —

    GRANHOLM: I agree with you.

    WYNN: Okay. That’s my point, Governor. I’m not making any other point. And, believe me, ma’am, I’ve got 20,000 employees. I’ve had as many as 150,000 families that I’ve been self-insuring. There’s nothing “simplistic” about my approach to this problem.

    RUSH: And, see, in this series of three sound bites, we have the perfect illustration of the problem. We have a man in the private sector who actually works, who creates jobs, jobs that are really well paying. He has health insurance for all of them, as many as 150,000 — and a government official is telling him he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, cites the minimum wage to him! He doesn’t have any clue in her mind. And this is where we are. These kind of people, with this kind of thinking as expressed here by Governor Granholm are exactly the kind of people running the whole show now, be it in Washington, be it in Michigan or wherever there is a Democrat governor. This is what they believe. And it takes me back to my opening monologue.

    For what? For what? It certainly can’t… Do you realize, folks, it is… I don’t know what the word is! But to sit here and not be outraged over the economic plight of the working class and poor people in this country, to go out and be playing basketball with your staff and then go play golf after you try another church on Sunday, and then to be talking about a second stimulus, and to pile more misery on top of this with two more disastrous plans: health care reform and cap and trade. Both of which are going to create even longer unemployment lines, will create even more destitution and poverty. There’s no way to conclude other than that it must be on purpose. It’s just shocking. But this is a great series of sound bites here for people to actually learn who it is in this country that are the smart people, but more importantly, who it is that make this country work.

    RUSH: So here’s the test, folks. The real test is this. How many private sector jobs has Jennifer Granholm created? Just last week, we had the most amazing story. It was a two-page story that took me 30 minutes to fully digest and react to. Do you remember it? In her two terms of governor, which will expire next year, I believe, the state of Michigan has lost 630,000 jobs. In the next 14 months it is expected that the state of Michigan will lose another 370,000 jobs for a grand total of one million jobs lost under Jennifer Granholm’s governorship. The story was in the Washington Post, and it was a puff piece pushing the obviously false premise that she has created hundreds of thousands of jobs. But the green jobs are to come, and then she’s going to really fix the state because she’s gonna convert the state into an all-green technology sector jobs state. And get this. By 2020, 40,000 new jobs will be created. We ought to be creating 40,000 jobs a day in this country. And in Michigan she is bragging in the Washington Post about 40,000 new jobs in 11 years.

    I needed the vapors because the Washington Post was heralding this, as tremendous, great progress. Here’s the way to look at this. In 14 months, 370,000 more jobs projected to be lost in Michigan. That’s a little over a year and yet on the other side of that in the next 11 years, 40,000 green jobs will be created. I know she went to have lunch with laid-off employees, she went home to her husband, “Oh, my God, what can I do for these people?” The real question here is how many private sector jobs has Jennifer Granholm created, how many has Steve Wynn created? That little side by side answer is the difference between statism and capitalism. So here we have a failed governor with a state in a near depression, holding firm to her policies, learning nothing from a man who created a multibillion-dollar enterprise that hires tens of thousands of people and could hire more but for government tax-and-spend policies and whose own city is in the tank right now because the president of the United States, inasmuch has told people the days of getting on your jet and going to Las Vegas are over. Have you forgotten that?

    That was early on when he was beating up the Wall Street guys back when the automobile guys had the audacity to fly from Michigan to Washington in their corporate jets to be grilled by members of Congress over why they needed bailout money. So they had to come back with their revised plan some months later and they had to drive, and the president said the days of getting on your jet and going to Las Vegas are over. Guess what’s happened to the hospitality business? I’m telling you, this administration has taken a fire hose to the US economy. It’s mind-boggling here. Steve Wynn, multibillion-dollar enterprise, hires tens of thousands of people, could hire more and would love to be able to hire more, but because of government tax-and-spend policies, he can’t. And on the other side, a failed governor, who’s telling him that he’s simplistic.
    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_101209/content/01125111.guest.html

  45. tellitlikeitis says:

    I do miss rosehips. I always appreciated her point of view even though I never agreed with her on much. I suppose she dropped off and gave up because she could no longer defend president disaster and the communist congress.

  46. tellitlikeitis says:

    The bastards are determined to ram this pile of garbage down our throats.

    Baucus: ‘Time to get the job done’ on health care

    By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer – 2 mins ago
    WASHINGTON – A Senate committee moved Tuesday toward a pivotal vote on a sweeping health care bill that fulfills President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority. “It’s time to get the job done,” Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus declared as he convened his panel for the long-anticipated action.

    “This is our opportunity to make history,” the Montana Democrat said. “Let us reform the health care system to control costs and premiums. Let us extend health care coverage to all Americans.”

    The expected approval by Baucus’ committee would push a remake of the U.S. health care system closer to reality than it has been in decades. Four other congressional committees finished their work before August and for months all eyes have been on the Finance panel, the one whose moderate makeup most closely resembles the Senate as a whole.

    The committee’s centrist legislation is also seen as the best building block for a compromise plan that could find favor on the Senate floor.

    Baucus’ 10-year, $829-billion plan would, for the first time, require most Americans to purchase insurance and it also aims to hold down spiraling medical costs over the long term. But questions persist about whether it would truly provide access to affordable coverage, particularly for self employed people with solid middle class incomes.

    Much work would lie ahead before a bill could arrive on Obama’s desk, but action by the Finance Committee would mark a significant advance, capping numerous delays as Baucus held marathon negotiating sessions — ultimately unsuccessful — aimed at producing a bipartisan bill.

    With Democrats holding a 13-10 majority on the committee, the outcome of Tuesday’s vote, expected after several hours of discussion by senators, was not in doubt. The big question mark was whether moderate Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine would become the first Republican to support a health overhaul bill. The legislation that passed the other House and Senate committees did so without a single Republican vote.

    Snowe didn’t tip her hand in her opening comments at Tuesday’s meeting. Instead she used her time to pose a number of technical questions about bill-drafting procedures to the head of the Congressional Budget Office, who was present at senators’ request.

    The Finance Committee’s top Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, gave voice to the GOP’s concerns about the bill, saying it was “moving on a slippery slope to more and more government control of health care.”

    “There’s a lot in this bill that’s just a consensus that needs to be done, but there are other provisions of this bill that raise a lot of questions,” Grassley said, contending the legislation would mean higher costs for Americans.

    One of the biggest unanswered questions is whether the legislation would slow punishing increases in the nation’s health care costs, particularly for the majority who now have coverage through employers. The insurance industry insists it would shift new costs onto those who have coverage.

    Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, under questioning by Republican senators, acknowledged that the bill’s total impact on the nation’s health care costs is still unknown. The CBO has been able to establish that the legislation would reduce federal government deficits, but Elmendorf said his staff has not had time to evaluate its effects on privately insured people. Government programs pay about half the nation’s annual $2.5 trillion health care tab.

    Expanding coverage to the uninsured is likely to lead to more health care spending, Elmendorf said. But other provisions, such as a tax on high-premium health care plans, could push spending down. “We simply have not done the analysis to net that out,” he said.

    One Democrat expressed misgivings about the legislation. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said the bill doesn’t do enough to promote consumer choice and guarantee affordability. “We clearly have more to do,” Wyden said, without revealing how he’ll vote.

    Once the Finance Committee has acted, the dealmaking can begin in earnest with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., working with White House staff, Baucus and others to blend the Finance bill with a more liberal version passed by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

    Baucus’ bill includes consumer protections such as limits on copays and deductibles and relies on federal subsidies to help lower-income families purchase coverage. Insurance companies would have to take all comers, and people could shop for insurance within new state marketplaces called exchanges.

    Medicaid would be expanded, and though employers wouldn’t be required to cover their workers, they’d have to pay a penalty for each employee who sought insurance with government subsidies. The bill is paid for by cuts to Medicare providers and new taxes on insurance companies and others.

    Unlike the other health care bills in Congress, Baucus’ would not allow the government to sell insurance in competition with private companies, a divisive element sought by liberals.

    Last-minute changes made subsidies more generous and softened the penalties for those who don’t comply with a proposed new mandate for everyone to buy insurance. The latter change drew the ire of the health insurance industry, which said that without a strong and enforceable requirement, not enough people would get insured and premiums would jump for everyone else.

    A major question mark for Reid’s negotiations is whether he will include some version of a so-called public plan in the merged bill. Across the Capitol, House Democratic leaders are working to finalize their bill, which does contain a public plan, and floor action is expected in both chambers in coming weeks. If passed, the legislation would then go to a conference committee to reconcile differences.

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  48. samiam60 says:

    Jackson and Sharpton, never leave home without the RACE CARD. lololololololol, these bafoons are just a peace of work:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,564860,00.html?test=latestnews

    Sharpton, Jackson Attack Limbaugh’s Rams Bid

    ST. LOUIS — The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson attacked the bid by Rush Limbaugh to buy the St. Louis Rams on Monday, saying the conservative radio host’s track record on race should exclude him from owning an NFL team.

    Sharpton sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, arguing that Limbaugh has been divisive and “anti-NFL” in some of his comments.

    Jackson said in a telephone interview that Limbaugh had made his wealth “appealing to the fears of whites” with an unending line of insults against blacks and other minorities.

    “The National Football League has set high standards for racial justice and inclusion,” Jackson said. “He should not have the privilege of owning an NFL franchise — and it is a privilege.” The civil rights leader said he’s had contact with numerous players and ex-players concerned about the bid.

    For complete sports coverage, visit FOXSports.com

    Limbaugh shot back at Sharpton on his radio show.

    “Now, this saddens me as well this disappoints me,” he said. “I know Rev. Sharpton. Sharpton is better than this. He knows better than this. You know, I didn’t judge Al Sharpton’s fitness to be in radio when he wanted to earn an honest living for once, given his well-documented past as the author of the Tawana Brawley hoax. I believe in freedom and I also don’t discriminate.”

    Limbaugh said last week that he is teaming up with St. Louis Blues hockey team owner Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the Rams. He has declined to discuss details of the offer, citing a confidentiality agreement.

    In 2003, Limbaugh worked briefly on ESPN’s NFL pregame show. He resigned after saying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.

    Transcripts posted on the radio host’s Web site also say that on a January 2007 show, Limbaugh commented: “The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”

    Asked about Limbaugh’s bid to purchase the winless Rams, McNabb said: “If he’s rewarded to buy them, congratulations to him. But I won’t be in St. Louis any time soon.”

    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is aware of the concerns voiced by Sharpton and Jackson.

    “It is very early in the process and no transfer of ownership of the Rams has been presented to the league for review,” Aiello said.

    The latest complaints came a day after executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, urged players to speak out against Limbaugh’s bid.

    “I have asked our players to embrace their roles not only in the game of football but also as players and partners in the business of the NFL,” Smith said in a statement Sunday. “They risk everything to play this game, they understand that risk and they live with that risk and its consequences for the rest of their life.

    “We also know that there is an ugly part of history and we will not risk going backwards, giving up giving in or lying down to it.”

    Players on the 0-5 Rams, who were routed by the Minnesota Vikings 38-10 on Sunday, tried to distance themselves from the controversy.

    “I’m paying attention, but I’m not even touching that one,” running back Steven Jackson said. “Because if I start touching it I might go somewhere I don’t want to go.”

    Defensive end Chris Long said he just heard Monday that Limbaugh was part of a group seeking to purchase the team. His reaction: “Oh, is that the guy on the radio?”

    Reminded of Limbaugh’s statements about McNabb, Long seemed to disapprove while adding he didn’t care who owned the team.

    “I mean, those weren’t great comments at all,” Long said. “But it’s not my job to really comment on that.”

    Defensive end Leonard Little, the last remaining player from the Rams’ Super Bowl championship after the 1999 season, didn’t want to talk about it.

    “We’ve got a lot more things to worry about than who’s going to be our owner,” he said.

  49. Kynikos says:

    The latest rumor, Murdock to purchase NBC Universal, oh how I would love to see that happen, have Beck and Obermann debate, would be like a steel cage match!!!

    thanks for the clarification, I like to read the view from some of the EU writers, some are very candid about the current political situation, and offer insite free from the propaganda we are fed here in the States.

    Health care is issue number one right now, but have you been watching them lay the ground work for Cap and Trade while they are pushing this huge turd labeled Healt Care through, these morons have to be stopped, and every individual that signs on to health care and cap and trade needs to loose there job in 2010 or 2012, hear that Lindsey Graham!!

  50. Kynikos says:

    Read this crap trying to be pulled behind the scenes, and an attack on the first admendment!!!

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/10/024699.php

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  52. tellitlikeitis says:

    Some good news for today.

    DNA leads to suspect after 19 years, FBI says

    (CNN) — A suspect has been arrested in the 1990 abduction and attempted murder of an 8-year-old Texas girl, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Houston, Texas, office said.

    Jennifer Schuett speaks at a news conference, urging other victims of violent crime to use their voices.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/13/texas.rape.arrest/index.html

    1 of 4 The victim, Jennifer Schuett, is now 27. She recently shared her story with CNN in hopes of someday bringing her attacker to justice.

    Schuett fought tears as she spoke at a news conference in Dickinson, Texas.

    “This event in my life was a tragic one,” she said. “But today, 19 years later, I stand here and want you all to know that I am OK. I am not a victim, but instead, victorious.”

    She continued, “I hope that my case will remain as a reminder to all victims of violent crime to never give up hope … With determination and by using your voice to speak out, you are capable of anything.”

    Dennis Earl Bradford, a 40-year-old welder, was arrested at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday in Little Rock, Arkansas, authorities said. He was on his way to work, and his wife was in the car with him.

    DNA and other forensic testing led to him, authorities said. His DNA profile was in the FBI database due to a 1996 arrest in Arkansas. Watch police announce the arrest »

    Schuett was abducted from her bedroom, raped and left for dead August 10,1990. She spoke with CNN two weeks ago.

    CNN normally does not identify victims of sexual assaults. But Schuett decided to go public with her story — and her name — to increase the chances of finding and prosecuting her attacker.

    “It’s not about me anymore,” she told CNN in September. “It’s about all the little girls that go to sleep at night. I know there are so many girls out there who have been raped and hurt. You have to fight back.”

    “I remember everything; I’ve always wanted to remember everything so I can find the person that did this,” Schuett said. “If I had blocked this out of my memory, the investigation wouldn’t have come this far. I’m a fighter.”

    Schuett says she was alone in her bed when a man crept in through a window. She remembers waking up in a stranger’s arms as he carried her across a dark parking lot.

    She said he told her he was an undercover cop and knew her family.

    He drove her through the streets of Dickinson, Texas, pulling into a mechanic’s shop next to her elementary school.

    “Watch the moon. The moon will change colors, and that is when your mom will come to get you,” she recalled him saying. “Oh, it looks like she is not coming.”

    Schuett said he drove her to an overgrown field next to the school and sexually assaulted her.

    She passed out. When she regained consciousness, she was lying naked on top of an ant hill with her throat slashed from ear to ear, and her voice box torn.

    She was found at 6 p.m. on a hot August day after lying in the field for nearly 12 hours. She was rushed to a hospital in critical condition.

    “Three days after the attack, I started giving a description. The doctors told me I would never be able to talk again, but I proved them all wrong,” Schuett said. She believes she got her voice back so she could tell her story.

    Houston FBI Special Agent Richard Rennison is one of the lead investigators in the case, along with Dickinson police Detective Tim Cromie. Read the affidavit

    Both men were discussing the case when Rennison received a memo from the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) team seeking child abduction cases that had gone cold and could be retested for DNA evidence. Schuett’s was one of the cases selected.

    Rennison, who has 10 years of experience in child abduction cases, said he has never seen a case like Schuett’s.

    “This is the only one that I can think of that the victim has suffered some traumatic injuries and survived,” he said, “The main reason the CARD team picked this case was because she was alive. In cases of child abduction, it is rare that the child is recovered alive. Frequently, you recover a body. And most times, you never find them.”

    The investigators found evidence collected 19 years ago, which was retested. It included the underwear and pajamas Schuett was wearing, as well as a man’s underwear and T-shirt, which were found in the field where Schuett was left for dead.

    The clothes were tested in 1990, but the sample wasn’t large enough for conclusive results. But now, modern techniques allow DNA to be isolated from a single human cell.

    They were still awaiting the results when CNN featured Schuett’s story in late September

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  54. samiam60 says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/13/health-care-reform-heads-key-vote/

    Baucus Wins Republican Backer on Health Care Bill Ahead of Key Vote
    Sen. Olympia Snowe says she will vote for health care reform legislation before the Senate Finance Committee, becoming the only Republican to back the bill and virtually assuring passage.

    Sen. Olympia Snowe announced Tuesday that she will vote for health care reform legislation before the Senate Finance Committee, becoming the only Republican to back the bill and virtually assuring passage.

    Snowe’s support was the most sought-after Republican vote by Democrats for months. The Maine Republican could be the only member of her party to vote for health care reform, though she cautioned Tuesday that support for the committee bill does not guarantee support for a final product.

    “When history calls, history calls,” she said, even though she had some criticism of the bill.

    She was among several key senators still on the fence over the pivotal package going into deliberations Tuesday, even though leadership aides said they were confident the bill would win enough backers.

    With 13 Democrats and 10 Republicans on the committee, the lone Republican vote helps Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., hedge against any Democratic defections as well as claim some semblance of bipartisan support.

    Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., also announced her support for the bill Tuesday afternoon, though adding the same warning that her support is not guaranteed down the road.

    Lincoln had been concerned about the cost of the 10-year, $829-billion plan and has voted many times with Republicans to reduce taxes and penalties. She is a moderate Democrat in a red state staring at a potential conservative primary challenger.

    Her support further bolsters Baucus’ majority on the panel. Other uncertain Democrats included Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. The liberal member wants nothing short of a government-run insurance plan in the bill, and he thinks the Finance Committee’s “co-op” system is not sufficient. He now says he knows how he’ll vote, but did not give details.

    The road to the Tuesday vote, however, has been paved with bickering and complaints. At the start of discussion, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said that he’s still concerned about the potential for more government control over health care.

    Sen. Charles Grassley’s comments, and those of other Republicans, aired the lingering partisan divisions on the panel, even as Baucus stressed that his bill is a “balanced plan” that should win bipartisan support and eventually pass the full Senate.

    “With this markup nearing its conclusion, we can now see clearly that the bill continues its march leftward,” Grassley, R-Iowa, said.

    Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, complained that the package would impose billions in new taxes. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., complained that 25 million people would still be uninsured despite the major changes.

    “This package is going in the wrong direction. Spending more and taxing more without covering more people,” Bunning said.

    But Baucus urged his colleagues to “make history” by sending his comprehensive overhaul to the floor of the Senate and one big step closer to the president’s desk.

    “Now it’s time to get the job done,” chairman Baucus, D-Mont., said. “My colleagues, this is our opportunity to make history.”

    The panel is the last of five to act on health legislation and has been the center of attention in deliberations for months. Tuesday’s vote could mark the biggest advance so far toward health care reform, as the committee’s legislation is considered the best building block for a compromise plan in the full Senate.

    Other Democrats defended Baucus’ efforts at reaching a middle-of-the-road compromise, and blasted the insurance industry for releasing a critical report on the bill just hours before the committee convened.

    Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said the move was a “disgrace” and was a sign that a government-run insurance plan should eventually be enacted to keep the insurance industry in check.

    “It’s a powerful argument for the attitude of an industry toward this effort,” Kerry said.

    If the Finance Committee bill passes, President Obama’s top domestic priority will have advanced farther than former President Bill Clinton’s effort ever did. The Clinton health plan never made it through all the congressional committees with jurisdiction.

    The final days before Tuesday’s long-anticipated vote were rocky. After playing nice for months, the health insurance industry released a report contending that the legislation would cause hefty increases in health insurance premiums.

    Democrats and their allies scrambled Monday to knock it down. “Distorted and flawed,” said White House spokeswoman Linda Douglass. AARP’s senior policy strategist, John Rother, called it “fundamentally dishonest.”

    The drama threatened to overshadow the vote on the plan that Baucus has touted as the sensible solution to America’s problems of high medical costs and too many uninsured.

    The bill includes consumer protections such as limits on copays and deductibles and relies on federal subsidies to help lower-income families purchase coverage. Insurance companies would have to take all comers, and people could shop for insurance within new state marketplaces called exchanges.

    Medicaid would be expanded, and though employers wouldn’t be required to cover their workers, they’d have to pay a penalty for each employee who sought insurance with government subsidies. The bill is paid for by cuts to Medicare providers and new taxes on insurance companies and others.

    Unlike the other health care bills in Congress, Baucus’ would not allow the government to sell insurance in competition with private companies, a divisive element sought by liberals.

    Last-minute changes made subsidies more generous and softened the penalties for those who don’t comply with a proposed new mandate for everyone to buy insurance. The latter change drew the ire of the health insurance industry, which said that without a strong and enforceable requirement not enough people would get insured, and premiums would jump for everyone else.
    America’s Health Insurance Plans commissioned a study to prove just that, alleging the bill would add thousands of dollars to a typical policy. It was timed just ahead of the vote on Baucus’ bill but the industry was already looking ahead to negotiations on a final package to bring to the Senate floor.

    Once the Finance Committee has acted, the dealmaking can begin in earnest with Reid, D-Nev., working with White House staff, Baucus and others to blend the Finance bill with a more liberal version passed by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

    A major question mark is whether Reid will include some version of a so-called public plan in the merged bill. Across the Capitol, House Democratic leaders are working to finalize their bill, which does contain a public plan, and floor action is expected in both chambers in coming weeks.

    If passed, the legislation would then go to a conference committee to reconcile differences.

    Fox News’ Trish Turner and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  55. VotingFemale says:

    I too often check and quote from offshore Sources and for the same reasons as you, K.

    No one outlet has the corner on one stop media shopping… FOX’s claim to fame is not being part of the Obama Worshiping Fringe Media…

    Kynikos says

    The latest rumor, Murdock to purchase NBC Universal, oh how I would love to see that happen, have Beck and Obermann debate, would be like a steel cage match!!!

    thanks for the clarification, I like to read the view from some of the EU writers, some are very candid about the current political situation, and offer insite free from the propaganda we are fed here in the States.

    Health care is issue number one right now, but have you been watching them lay the ground work for Cap and Trade while they are pushing this huge turd labeled Healt Care through, these morons have to be stopped, and every individual that signs on to health care and cap and trade needs to loose there job in 2010 or 2012, hear that Lindsey Graham!!

  56. m2 says:

    ComeSCone on now kinikos you know I have an open mind. I wouldn’t have sat through years of left wing news if I didn’t. And I still concluded that the conservative approach to Governing is superior to tax and spend into a Detroit style wasteland.

    I didn’t read your article because I am on an iPod. I only saw VF’s sentence about the Guardian. No doubt, sometimes real stories break through the ideological barrier of of left wing global media… This is probably more common 2:1 with the Brits ideological media simply for their attitude of cynicism to Americans.

    I assume you guys are just talking in general about openness to ideas which I assume is a given in this blog…

    We don’t need to apologize at pointing out the uber socialist rags, from my perspective that reflects even worse on Obama. And the Guardian IS the MSNBC of the UK. I assumed you posted it b/c it is criticle of Obama but I did not read it. I was just merely pointing out that the European socialists are speaking out..

    What would be best if 95% of our media wasn’t kook fringe ideologues, but then we wouldn’t have this bust of a president…

    Overall I don’t congratulate our media when one story of honesty slips through the cracks… And for them to fire a man who was not overtly “loud” about his politics (Stossel) and who operated in such an objective professionalism… Is truely sad.

    Anyway, I don’t see what the prob is with pointing out that the guardian is a lefty rag… All the more compelling when they (already non objective leftists) bark at one of their own.
    😉

  57. m2 says:

    Does Olympia Snow have access to itnernet? Or is she a paid Soros republican plant? Geezus… Can’t say I’m surprised but she also seems dumber than a box of rocks if she is genuine. Really? The bill was an outline… I’m thinking even my 2 yo would know that it is the “framework” needed to commit the largest treasonous Bill ever to be underhandedly pushed through congress in the history of this country.

  58. samiam60 says:

    Ok so Fox is reporting the bill has passed.

  59. samiam60 says:

    Progressives have a new name now: O-bots

  60. m2 says:

    Well I expected it to pass. They are the majority… One thing I remember hearing is that the Senate Finance is the only Committee to not have to publish their legislation publically.
    Of course the democrats
    would create their framework there…

    Even the CBO only scored the cost on a detailess draft.

    Now if this were as amazing and good for America as they say, why hide?

    Under the Baucus plan 25 million are still left uninsured. So were going to raise taxes in a bad recession and kill our system for five million? (remember Obama said the number is now 30)….

    Oh but the kicker is that illegals ARE included by implication of the constitution. Obama has known this from the outset.

  61. samiam60 says:

    Thanks M2, I love the way you put this all into perspective. Must be the Artist in you. Sometimes I have trouble taking the pieces and putting them all together. So I do appreciate these recaps you give us.

  62. m2 says:

    True enough! I’m just wondering if it can be defeated in the end.

    Because it will be like the Detroitization of America if they get what the majority of the people don’t want.

    anti-Semite Hungarians everywhere would be honored at what their brethren Soros has accomplished all in the name of his Nihilist game to “take down” “the Great Satan”, and appease the power elitists!

  63. samiam60 says:

    The Crowning Glory for America would be to see Sarah Palin as our next President.

  64. samiam60 says:

    Once this hits the pocketbooks of the American People it won’t matter much what they call themselves, liberal or conservative the shit will hit the fan and there will be many new faces in DC come 2010 and 2012.

  65. samiam60 says:

    URGENT —-URGENT—-URGENT:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/13/tentative-inspection-program-allow-russia-visit-nuclear-sites/

    Tentative Inspection Program Would Allow Russia to Visit U.S. Nuclear Sites
    The plan, which Fox News has learned was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the U.S. has ever accepted.

    Russia and the United States have tentatively agreed to a weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads.

    The plan, which Fox News has learned was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the U.S. has ever accepted.

    Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said publicly Tuesday that the two nations have made “considerable” progress toward reaching agreement on a new strategic arms treaty.

    The 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires in December and negotiators have been racing to reach agreement on a successor.

    Clinton said the U.S. would be as transparent as possible.

    “We want to ensure that every question that the Russian military or Russian government asks is answered,” she said, calling missile defense “another area for deep cooperation between our countries.”

    On another critical issue, Lavrov declared that it would be counterproductive to threaten Iran with more sanctions over its nuclear program — as he resisted efforts by Clinton to win agreement for tougher measures should Iran fail to prove its program is peaceful.

    Clinton visited Moscow on her first trip since becoming America’s top diplomat, in an effort to gauge Moscow’s willingness to join the U.S. in imposing sanctions.

    Clinton said the U.S. agreed it was important to pursue diplomacy with Iran.

    “At the same time that we are very vigorously pursuing this track, we are aware that we might not be as successful as we need to be, so we have always looked at the potential of sanctions in the event we are not successful and cannot assure ourselves and others that Iran has decided not to pursue nuclear weapons,” she said at a joint news conference.

    Iran insists it has the right to a full domestic nuclear enrichment program and maintains it is only for peaceful purposes, such as energy production.

    President Obama — who visited Russia in July — has vowed to “reset” U.S.-Russia relations. On Tuesday, Clinton apologized for missing that meeting because of a broken elbow.

    “But now both my elbow and our relationships are reset and we’re moving forward, which I greatly welcome,” she said.

    She was to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev later Tuesday.

    Fox News’ Dana Lewis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    THIS IS TREASON! This is the TROJAN HORSE I have feared would come under Obama.

  66. m2 says:

    I heard today that taxing will begin promptly, even though the diaster “plan” doesn’t get implemented until 2013.

    Poor and middleclass will be hardest hit by this. Millions will lose coverage they are now happy with. And Demoncrats will tax the sick.

    Aren’t they just the best people!?

    LOL

  67. tellitlikeitis says:

  68. m2 says:

    They’re not only greedy and selfish (for power), but they govern like idiots.

    And that is why they are funny out of power and dangerous in power.

  69. samiam60 says:

    This Administration seems to be working with the Russians and Chinese almost as if they have some pre-arranged agenda to hand over this Government to the Communists. Is this even possible. A year ago I would have said no way.
    Now I am not so sure.

  70. m2 says:

    Man how things change in a year.

    Thank you Barack Husein Obama mmm mmm mmm.

  71. Kynikos says:

    It Snowed in Washington, Olympias Olympic mistake, even though the vote was a sure thing given the Democratic control of the finance committee, but this is the first break away from the party line. One has to wonder what Snowe has up her panties, she must be getting something for sell out on this vote, especially when she quoted, “when history calls I have to answer” sorry Olympia the line is busy!!

  72. Kynikos says:

    Hey M2 I was not jumping you sh– but if I post something and say it is worth reading, it’s a pretty good bet the article made some sense to our cause.

    No harm no foul, Kink

  73. samiam60 says:

    OK,OK, Glenn Beck show is over now so where is everyone. I need info as I don’t have Cable.

  74. m2 says:

    Yes but I didn’t say anything about the article
    except that the guardian is way leftist. It was just an innocent remark… From reading the first sentence VF wrote, not your comment..

    In respects to being well read and open minded I can arrogantly say that I am more open minded than a liberal!! LOL…

    I thought you knew that about me…. Never have I ever been snobbish about “sources”… I have oft admired to reading huff po (have even sited it in my blog references), watching Frontline, Charlie Rose, listening to Diane Rehm everyday for years… Used to watch letter channels regularly.

    He’ll yesterday I put an MTV Kurt Loader review link on here. But you’ll never see a liberal talking about Fox News.

    Ha ha ha… Besides American Thinker is far superior to all media 😉
    tongue in cheek… Just don’t think I am a lemming-

    no one could out-do the Democrats on that label!

    HA!

  75. m2 says:

    IPod corrections: admired should read “admitted”
    and he’ll should say “hell”

    my iPod does this when I type -changes the words.

    Plus Kynky, my screen is about 2 x 3 inches.

    Oh and friends my laptop is indeed cooked I got the doomed call at 5 ish, but hubby got a free computer from a client today that he is going to give to me!

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  77. m2 says:

    BTW Kynikos, here is my previous comment again for clarification: “I didn’t read your article because I am on an iPod. I only saw VF’s sentence about the Guardian.”

    I didn’t not read it bc it’s the Guardian. I didn’t read it because I didn’t see it.

  78. samiam60 says:

    samiamgreeneggsandham, and where is everyone else?

  79. VotingFemale says:

    Olympia Snow is a Moonbat RINO… may she lose her office in election as soon as possible.

    selling out in the face of a Socialist Takeover is akin to conservative treason.

    F U Snowe-job

  80. samiam60 says:

    Ms Snowe is about to get Snowed come election day. We don’t take kindly to traitors now there do we?

  81. VotingFemale says:

    not in the least, Sam…

  82. samiam60 says:

    Good Morning my fellow patriots 🙂

  83. VotingFemale says:

    been busy over in the conference room…

  84. VotingFemale says:

    love that song, dear

  85. samiam60 says:

    I love waking up to that song and have for many years. More years than I will ever admit to. lol

    It is a new day and a fresh beginning. Old things pass away and all things become new. I am hopeful that we are stronger than the day before and will continue to become a force to be reckoned with.

  86. VotingFemale says:

    am off writing the blogpost I intended to write yesterday…

  87. tellitlikeitis says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Health care legislation back behind closed doors

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Health care talks slip back behind closed doors Wednesday as Senate leaders start trying to merge two very different bills into a new version that can get the 60 votes needed to guarantee its passage.

    All eyes are on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who has said he wants to complete the wedding quickly and get historic health care overhaul legislation onto the floor the week after next.

    Both bills were written by Democrats, but that’s not going to make it easier for Reid. They share a common goal, which is to provide all Americans with access to affordable health insurance, but they differ on how to accomplish it.

    The Finance Committee bill that was approved Tuesday has no government-sponsored insurance plan and no requirement on employers that they must offer coverage. It relies instead on a requirement that all Americans obtain insurance.

    Sen. Olympia Snowe, the only committee Republican who supported advancing the Finance panel bill, suggested Wednesday a scenario in which a government-run plan could eventually come into play.

    Snowe told CBS’s “The Early Show” that she believes a public option would give the government “a disproportionate advantage” over private insurers, and said she still opposes the concept.

    But at the same time, Snowe said that she wants “to make sure the insurance industry performs.” In a separate interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” she said that if the industry did not live up to congressional expectations for more widely affordable and accessible insurance, “you could have the public option kick in immediately.”

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee bill, passed earlier by a panel in which liberals predominate, calls for both a government plan to compete with private insurers and a mandate that employers help cover their workers. Those are only two of dozens of differences.

    President Barack Obama acknowledges it’s not going to be easy. Speaking Tuesday in the Rose Garden, Obama called the 14-9 Finance Committee vote “a critical milestone” toward getting a health care overhaul this year. The legislation won its first Republican support when Snowe broke ranks with her party, saying she was answering the call of history.

    Obama wasn’t ready to bask in the bipartisan glow.

    “Now is not the time to pat ourselves on the back,” he said. “Now is the time to dig in and work even harder.”

    There was no victory lap either for Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana. “The bottom line here is we need a final bill, a merged bill, that gets 60 votes,” he said. “Our goal is to pass health care reform, not just talk about it.”

    Aides say Reid has a keen sense of what the Senate will pass and he is focused on finding a solution that can get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.

    In general, bills moving toward floor votes in both houses would require most Americans to purchase insurance, provide federal subsidies to help those of lower incomes afford coverage and give small businesses help in defraying the cost of coverage for their workers.

    The measures would bar insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions and for the first time limit their ability to charge higher premiums on the basis of age or family size. Expanded coverage would be paid for by cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from future Medicare payments to health care providers. Each house also envisions higher taxes – an income tax surcharge on million-dollar wage-earners in the case of the House, and a new excise levy on insurance companies selling high-cost policies in the Senate Finance Committee bill.

    Apart from Snowe, Finance Committee Republicans cited higher taxes, a greater federal role in the insurance industry and other concerns as they lined up to oppose the bill.

    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the legislation would place the nation on a “slippery slope to more and more government control of health care.”

    Snowe said there were problems with the bill but the risks of doing nothing were too great.

    Across the Capitol, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her lieutenants have been at work for weeks trying to blend legislation approved by three House committees. The eventual result is certain to include a government option, but the details of the plan have split the rank and file and leaders have spent days struggling with the issue.

    Associated Press writers David Espo and Erica Werner contributed to this report.
    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20091014/D9BARNLG0.html

  88. tellitlikeitis says:

  89. m2 says:

    Check this out:

    Dollar loses reserve status to yen & euro
    By PAUL THARP
    Last Updated: 3:16 AM, October 13, 2009
    Posted: 1:44 AM, October 13, 2009
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    Ben Bernanke’s dollar crisis went into a wider mode yesterday as the greenback was shockingly upstaged by the euro and yen, both of which can lay claim to the world title as the currency favored by central banks as their reserve currency.

    Over the last three months, banks put 63 percent of their new cash into euros and yen — not the greenbacks — a nearly complete reversal of the dollar’s onetime dominance for reserves, according to Barclays Capital. The dollar’s share of new cash in the central banks was down to 37 percent — compared with two-thirds a decade ago.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/dollar_loses_reserve_status_to_yen_hFyfwvpBW1YYLykSJwTTEL;jsessionid=65E301CF47ED50D15170F8D6530791C5

  90. samiam60 says:

    Good Morning Tellit, M2, and VF. Where is Foxwood? Two days with no Cannon Fire.

    Hope you are ok there Foxwood?

  91. samiam60 says:

    Good find on the dollar Tellit. I try to find stuff early in the morning and missed that one.

  92. samiam60 says:

    Meant to say good find on the dollar M2. Tellit, the closed door meeting are all a part of the Obama pledge to the American People of Transparency.
    We should email that article you posted to the White house.

  93. Foxwood says:

    Michele Bachmann says on the Glenn Beck Radio Show, “ACORN has only been de-funded for the month of October”.

    Also, “You must call your Representative and Senators every day and tell them you don’t want government healthcare and you want ACORN de-funded.”

  94. Foxwood says:

    Sorry Tellit,

    I had a bad weekend and the lack of sleep got the best of me.

    Hope this lasts a while…

  95. samiam60 says:

    Good Morning Foxwood 🙂

  96. samiam60 says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/10/14/michael-goodwin-obama-whine-backbone-doubt/

    Michael Goodwin

    – FOXNews.com

    – October 14, 2009
    The White House Whine

    The woe-is-me complaints coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue suggest the occupant of the Oval Office, Nobel Prize and all, is feeling weak and small.

    Poor President Obama. Everybody is picking on him. Some people don’t understand how hard his job is. Others are just mean and selfish.

    That’s the latest White House whine, as though the most powerful man in the world is a victim of sinister domestic forces beyond his reach.

    The woe-is-me complaints suggest the occupant of the Oval Office, Nobel Prize and all, is feeling weak and small.

    Yikes. No wonder the world is ganging up on us.

    The point was driven home yesterday when Russia’s foreign minister told Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that Russia was not ready to impose tougher sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program. Shockingly, Clinton reportedly agreed new sanctions were premature.

    Premature? Iran has been violating UN resolutions for years and is planning to get nukes and promises to use them.

    What would be the right time to get tougher — when we see a mushroom cloud?

    And sanctions, remember, are the “soft power” the administration prefers, instead of military action, which is so George W. Bush. But suddenly faced with resistance, Washington now finds even sanctions too rough.

    Another report says Palestinians are losing faith in Obama. If true, they join Israelis, meaning Obama has achieved his first Mideast agreement, though not the one he promised.

    Alas, the evidence is clear–doubts about Obama’s backbone are spreading. The Financial Times says the view that he talks a good game but doesn’t get anything done is no longer confined to conservatives.

  97. samiam60 says:

    Poor President Obama. Everybody is picking on him. Some people don’t understand how hard his job is. Others are just mean and selfish.

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Poor Baby Barrack, mean people are asking him to grow a spine and act like a President and not a Gangster Community Organizer.

  98. Foxwood says:

    Morning Sami, Tellit!

  99. Foxwood says:

    It’s time to put the HEAT on SNOWE!

  100. samiam60 says:

    How is Fox today?

  101. Foxwood says:

    When I have a bad ‘on call’ like this week, Sami, my brain doesn’t function. My brain is my most valued posession and I hate when it doesn’t work.

    Did you read what I said about ACORN?

  102. Foxwood says:

    Other News: Legendary pro wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano dies at age 76
    Oct 14, 2009 – 10:20:15 AM

    By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

    Legendary pro wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano died at age 76 this morning. According to the Miami Herald, his family says that he was at home under hospice care before his death.

    Wrestler’s Rescue is taking up donations to help Cpt. Lou’s family pay for medical expenses related to an illness that led to his death. Read more.

    Captain Lou recently released his autobiography with a foreword by Cyndi Lauper, who used Cpt. Lou in her popular “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” music video that helped bring publicity to pro wrestling during the Rock ‘n Wrestling era of the early 1980s as Vince McMahon took WWE national.

  103. Foxwood says:

    I had an uncle that played pro football before Wrasling. That’s why the interest.

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