Monday, December 06, 2010
Now there's this: according to the newly re-elected Majority Leader, Republicans do not want to give tax cuts to the middle class. According to Reid, Democrats are the ones who wanted tax cuts and it is the Republicans that never really did. Don't believe he could say something so stupid? It's all in his article Reid: Republicans Playing Cynical Games Instead Of Cutting Taxes For The Middle Class on his government website:
“Mr. President, There’s a recurring gag in the comic strip Peanuts that we’re all familiar with. Charlie Brown is getting ready to kick a field goal. Lucy is holding the ball while Charlie runs up to it. But at the last second, Lucy pulls the ball away and Charlie Brown flies up into the air, comes crashing back down and lands flat on his back.Who honestly believes this crap? I can't even believe that Reid believes this because no one can be this stupid and get re-elected, right? Right? But obviously thousands of people in Nevada believe what he is shoveling.
“What made this gag funny is what made it famous. It wasn’t so much that Lucy was tricking Charlie Brown. It was that it kept happening over and over again.
“It’s obvious by now that our Republican friends have drawn their political strategy from this cartoon.
“We’ve all heard Republicans weep for the deficit they say they fear. Democrats agree that we need to do something about it.
“So we have said: OK, how about cutting the deficit by admitting we can’t afford a tax break for millionaires and billionaires? A tax break that would add $4 trillion to the deficit. It’s a tax cut many admit they don’t need – a tax cut billionaires like Warren Buffett say they don’t even want. M. President, when was the last time you heard an investor ask for less money?
“But what did Republicans do? They pulled away the football and said: Rather than reduce the deficit, we’d really rather give an unnecessary, unwanted and unaffordable handout to the richest of the rich."
Speaking of shoveling, here's something Reid recently wrote on Twitter:
White House officials, meanwhile, expressed hope of sealing a deal swiftly, perhaps by midweek, and clearing the Congressional calendar for a long list of other priorities that they aim to accomplish by the end of the year, including ratification of the New Start arms treaty with Russia and the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay service members as part of a wider Pentagon policy bill.
Administration officials said the negotiations were focused on the question of extending the tax rates for one or two years, with a three-year extension highly unlikely, even though that time frame would probably eliminate the tax fight as an urgent issue in the 2012 elections.
Of course, the deal is not final, but it would appear that this is the beginning of the end. But that's been said about a lot of things in politics.
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Sunday, December 05, 2010
Saturday, December 04, 2010
On the House of Representatives floor, two Congressmen stood against South Korea, one of America's greatest friends, and with North Korea, one of our greatest foes. Besides the fact they have absolutely no shame, who are these elected Representatives, and what can we do to defeat them in 23 months?
The good news: Representative Steve Kagen (D-Wisconsin's 8th district), the only Democrat to side against South Korea, was defeated by Republican Reid Ribble in last month's historic sweep by the National and Wisconsin GOP. Reid Ribble is a pro-National Defense conservative, who in his younger years almost became a Baptist Minister.
The bad news: Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas's 14th district), the lone Republican to side in Congress against South Korea, was reelected to his twelfth term on election day. Paul defeated 3 Republican opponents in the GOP Primary with over 80% of the vote earlier in the year, and his eventual Democrat opponent also lost heavily to him.
Representative Ron Paul must be kicked out of Congress. As Republicans, as Conservatives, and most importantly, as Americans we cannot tolerate individuals within our Congress who support North Korea through public support of their goals, or through quiet opposition to condemnations by our United States Congress for one reason or another. This Isolationist Libertarian theology must be eradicated from our Party.
Friday, December 03, 2010
One of these people is Gabe Pressman. In an article entitled "In Defense of Charles Rangel," Pressman does all he can to paint the corrupt Congressman as someone who's only "sin" was "sloppiness." Taking Rangel's side and taking Rangel's statements as facts, Pressman writes:
"So what exactly did this man do? He failed to report income from a condominium he owned in the Dominican Republic. But he thought it didn’t have to be reported because it was being rolled into the money he owed on the mortgage he took out there.
In view of the fact that the very people who prosecuted him admit he wasn’t a crook and that his major sin was sloppiness -- not a willful violation of the law -- it seems unfair that he has received the most severe punishment handed out by the House in 27 years."Sloppiness? The only thing he did was not report income? Who is buying this crap? I can only think of two reasons how Pressman could be this completely blind: he is actually stupid enough to believe Rangel's lies or he is a liberal hack that desperately was to paint Rangel as a saint with flaws. Either way, this man clearly should not be a journalist.
|"Sloppiness" according to NBC|
The lies continue later in the article:
"Asked if he had anything to say, Rangel said: “I am sorry for any embarrassment I might have caused. There’s no excuse for my behavior but there was no attempt to go beyond what was given to me as a salary. I had no intention to enrich myself.”
There has been a kind of lynch mob out there demanding Rangel’s conviction and punishment. Editorial writers, columnists, broadcast pundits have joined in the outcry.
Davis says that no one says “Rangel was personally enriched” by any of the rules violations. “Indeed,” says Davis, “the fact that Rangel is so indigent that he cannot afford to pay for a lawyer to defend him before the ethics committee says it all."Did Pressman or NBC do any research at all before running this story. Rangel could not pay for a lawyer? His lawyers quit because they were so convinced Rangel was going down.
But hey, when you have the journalistic integrity of NBC, you don't care that you're spewing lies I guess.
Of course, Rangel earlier stated that there was 'no evidence' of corruption:
Some of the charges against him:
“The economic situation is uncertain at best and steadily evaporating at worst, yet through all of this, there seems to be an alarming lack of urgency by the Democrats as they have refused to take meaningful and definitive action to address the uncertainty created by the expiring tax cuts,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) “You would think that after the November elections, Democrats would have realized how out-of-touch and misdirected their policies have been.”
Santo played 14 seasons with the Chicago Cubs in the 1960's-70's. He hit 342 home runs, drove in 1,331 runners, and successfully placed a hit 2,254 times. Santo also reached base more times than any other National League player in 1964, 1966, and 1967. The closest he ever came to reaching the Hall-of-Fame from the BBWAA was back in 1998 when he received 43.1% of their vote.
May this legend Rest In Peace.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
LeBron scored 38 points, attributed 8 assists, and picked up 5 rebounds in the win; this is the first time he has played in Cleveland since he signed with Miami earlier in the year, which we now realize caused the single largest jersey-fueled bonfire in American sports history.
Miami Heat: 118.
Cleveland Cavs: 90.
Also, I personally believe LeBron was smart to leave Cleveland for Miami.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
A simple kneel down or a simple thumbs-up should not warrant a penalty flag. Something else that certainly does not deserve the yellow flag: pointing to God after a touchdown.
In every sport this is done. A player hits a game winning three-pointer, he points to God. Someone smacks a tie-breaking home run, a nod to the heavens is almost expected. Such celebration is standard, including football.
However, apparently they are cracking down on such things in Tumwater (Washington), as a High Schooler was penalized for thanking God for a score:
This is awful. The ref said that it was "unsportsmanlike conduct." I say that's bull.
Apparently, mocking players who thank a higher power is in style now, however:
This politically correct crap has to stop. You may disagree with athletes thanking a higher power, but you should not openly mock or penalize it.
In a statement to AP, Carter, known for constant and serious foreign relations gaffes during his Presidency, said that he had faith in North Korea's ability to stop being belligerent. "I hope that we'll soon have an agreement with North Korea to denuclearize the whole peninsula, and to have...a peace treaty," Carter said.
He went on to say, "I believe having met with the North Koreans that they're willing to do that on their own terms...but if we can modify their terms with good faith negotiations, maybe we'll have peace and no nuclear weapons on their peninsula."
Remember, this comes from the man who got a "promise" from North Korea to not produce nuclear weapons. We all know how that ended. Now he wants us to believe that he has some keen insight into North Korea's psyche.
Speaking of which, Iran fell into the hand of Islamic fundamentalist during the Presidency of Jimmy Carter and rebels took Americans as hostages. Carter floundered under pressure and these Americans were hostages for 444 days. 20 minutes after Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, the Americans were on their way home.
I'm sorry, but we must go into this intelligently. We certainly cannot listen to a failed President.
Every morning, I search for news on the latest developments from the Afghan Theater of our nine-year War on Islamic Terror in the Middle East. As of late, the news has been quite good, especially when you read into the weapons we're now using against the Taliban. However, this shouldn't be - 90,000+ American soldiers are fighting for our country right now, someone should give enough of at least one damn to report on their progress.
We shouldn't have to search for news on the War; it should be reported.
Did you know that we're bringing in the M1A1 Abrams Tank to the Helmand Province?
Whether it be indifference because we now have a weak Democratic war-time President, or negligence due to the never ending domestic political fight over domestic issues that pale in significance to War in Afghanistan, I don't care. All forms of media (print, radio, television) have an obligation to inform the public on our men, and women at war.
Enough reporting on the food safety bill. Enough reporting on Bristol Palin's dance moves causing liberal heartache in San Francisco. Enough reporting on the treasonous bastards at WikiLeaks. It is time to report on those who report every day for duty in Kabul, Helmand, and Kandahar in defense of our Nation.
This ends today. America is at War, it's time to start acting like it. I'll be, what about you?
However, the good news was also taken with significant bad news. Public employers are planning to slash their workforce even further and it appears that the private sector is also on that track:
A separate report Wednesday showed planned jobs cuts for November rose to their highest level since March, with the government and non-profit sector leading the rise.
Employers announced 48,711 planned job cuts last month, up 28 percent from 37,986 in October, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. It was the highest job-cut total since March, when employers announced plans to cut 67,611 jobs, the report said.This appears to be a mixed bag. Even without the cuts it would appear that the jobs created are fewer than those needed to keep the unemployment rate from going up over the next year. The CBO sees 9% unemployment in 2012.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
However, if he does decide to seek a second term - he will be running against two very impressive individuals, who have previous experience in running a statewide Republican organization, and nearly half of the GOP rank-and-file, according to Public Policy Polling's latest survey on the issue.
In case you have forgotten, Michael Steele was elected RNC Chairman two months after Barack Obama defeated John McCain in the 2008 election, and has since become a gaffe prone, scandal ridden individual who just can't keep his mouth shut. He has constantly sided against Republicans on crucial issue after crucial issue, especially when he called Afghanistan "Obama's War", as if George W. Bush didn't invade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 American civilians.
We need a leader for the 2012 Presidential campaign, not a man leading the NY Times best sellers list.
What say you?
After hearing of the exhibit, outraged Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, stated:
“Absolutely we should look at their funds. If they’ve got money to squander like this – of a crucifix being eaten by ants, of Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, men in chains, naked brothers kissing – then I think we should look at their budget.”However, co-curator David C. Ward defended the depiction of Jesus being eaten by ants, entitled A Fire in My Belly, stating:
“Fire in My Belly is an example of political engagement in artistic form with the AIDS epidemic by an artist deeply concerned with the exploration of our response to that medical and societal calamity.”He went on to say about the work:
“That it is violent, disturbing, and hallucinatory precisely replicates the impact of the disease itself on people and a society that could barely comprehend its magnitude."Representative Kingston did not agree, calling it, “In your face perversion paid for by tax dollars."
"outrageous use of taxpayer money and an obvious attempt to offend Christians during the Christmas season. When a museum receives taxpayer money, the taxpayers have a right to expect that the museum will uphold common standards of decency. The museum should pull the exhibit and be prepared for serious questions come budget time.”
This has been going on for months now and on Sunday, new documents began to be released. Now, all of a sudden, the Obama Administration has decided that it could be illegal. I suppose the Obama Administration is trying to tell the American people that they are "on top" of the situation:
"Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the Justice Department and Pentagon are conducting "an active, ongoing criminal investigation.'' Others familiar with the probe said the FBI is examining everyone who came into possession of the documents, including those who gave the materials to WikiLeaks and also the organization itself. No charges are imminent, the sources said, and it is unclear whether any will be brought."How is this batch of leaks different than previous ones? No one is quite certain, but it is very possible that the Obama Administration is aware of documents that can hurt them either politically or criminally. Therefore, they are trying to stop and/or prosecute WikiLeaks before these documents are released.
Yet the questions of 'why,' 'how,' and 'if' still abound:
"Former prosecutors cautioned that prosecutions involving leaked classified information are difficult because the Espionage Act is a 1917 statute that preceded Supreme Court cases that expanded First Amendment protections. The government also would have to persuade another country to turn over Assange, who is outside the United States.Why now? If not now, when? And what exactly is the Obama Administration thinking? These questions will be answered in time.
But the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is rapidly unfolding, said charges could be filed under the act. The U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria - which in 2005 brought Espionage Act charges, now dropped, against two former pro-Israel lobbyists - is involved in the effort, the sources said.
The Pentagon is leading the investigation and it remains unclear whether any additional charges would be brought in the military or civilian justice systems. Pfc. Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst suspected of being the source of the WikiLeaks documents, was arrested by the military this year."
Monday, November 29, 2010
Instead, it was learned that Valerie Plame was open about her CIA status and willfully sent her husband to Niger to explore claims of Iraq seeking African uranium in violation of federal nepotism laws. Her husband, Charles Wilson, did not actually do what he was tasked to do and British intelligence still pointed to Saddam Hussein's government attempting to buy yellowcake uranium from West Africa.
However, if you have gone to the theater lately you may have noticed a dramatization called Fair Game that lionizes Plame and Wilson into heroes. And Sean Penn is playing Wilson to boot.
Of course, if you go anywhere in the internet you can find recriminations about the Bush Administration to see how it 'lied us into war.' One example in an interview with Mrs. Plame:
Furthermore, an editorial for the Denver Post effectively equates Plame's identity being put in the open with treason-- aiding and abetting America's enemies by giving them sensitive information.
Of course, you would expect the people on the Left to be intellectually honest and immediately denounce Wikileaks' nihilist maneuvers.
But, of course, the Huffington Post believes differently:
Of course, this has to be different on the Daily Kos:
It couldn't possibly be immoral to release classified information, after all, it's civil disobedience!
Or in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Hypocrisy can be shown in many ways. However, the examples put forth here and thousands of others presenting themselves on website front pages and newspaper editorial sheets all express the same smug outrage. Plame is a hero for being a liar, and Wikileaks is great for undermining American fights against dictators and religious fundamentalists. Say hello to Leftism in the 21st century.
¶Stimulus spending. Most of the plans call for immediate additional stimulus measures, arguing that they will help create tax-paying jobs and reduce spending for relief to the jobless. But the liberals seek more spending in the short and long term: for now, financing for unemployment assistance, public works projects and aid to state and local governments to prevent continued layoffs of teachers and other employees, and for years beyond, “pro-growth investments” in areas like education, infrastructure, child care, rural broadband and scientific research.
Of course there's plenty on new taxes, but it appears that these plans are inherently to spend more in the short term (except for the military while we're at war) and hope that everything will balance out. This is almost exactly what President Obama and the Democrats have done since January 2009. And the deficit didn't increase at all during that time, did it?
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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The Russian-made missiles have been deployed since the North's artillery shelling of the South this past Tuesday:
"The source said SA-2 missiles seem to be targeting South Korea's fighter jets flying near the disputed western maritime border, known as the Northern Limit Line."As the hostilities between the South and North seem to mount, the United States is carrying out war games with the South while China is calling for emergency talks. Yet the North seems to refuse to listen to reason.
The reason why North Korea is acting so belligerently is uncertain. Some analysts believe it is to attract attention, others believe it is to test the United States, while more believe it is simply to start a war with the South.
|North and South Korea|
"In Seoul, life carried on normally for the city's more than 10 million residents, with downtown shopping districts jammed with people despite the freezing temperatures, and cafes decked with Christmas decorations doing brisk business.
“I am worried, but not that worried that I need to stay at home,” said Eunhye Kim, an usher showing people from a packed theater in the capital. “They don't really want to make war ... there's no gain for either side.”"In the last few years the North has acted more and more hostile to the world, but especially its southern neighbor. This new artillery strike and missile deployment could be the culmination of the North's aggressiveness.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
It appeared as if Pennsylvania's Castle Doctrine would absolutely become law. However, even though legislative Democrats supported the legislation without question, term-limited Governor Ed Rendell, in what might be his last major act as chief executive, vetoed the pro-self defense legislation earlier this afternoon.
What is Governor Ed Rendell thinking?
Governor-elect Tom Corbett will only sign the legislation (which both legislative houses are once again bound to pass) when he takes the oath of office next year, and why wouldn't someone (especially a politician) want to leave office with the distinct pride of knowing they helped to expand crucial self defense rights to the citizenry at-large. Obviously, Ed Rendell is without political or common sense.
Hopefully, the new Pennsylvania Legislature and Governor will move quickly to pass and enact the Castle Doctrine legislation when they convene in six weeks.
His glory years are definitely behind him, but could his final years have him back in an Atlanta uniform?
Kevin Markum of Bleacher Report is hoping so. In an article published three days ago, Markum argues that Atlanta's General Manager should bring Jones back into the club, considering he had his best post-Atlanta seasons this year, and that he would be a cheap purchase at about one-to-three million dollars.
However, I'm not too sure bringing back Andruw would be worth the risk. Sure, he would bring the fans to the stands as he approaches 2,000 career hits, and if he is with the team long enough, he could reach 500 career home runs. But, and this is a big but, he cannot play solid defense anymore, and at the most he would hit maybe 20 home runs next year.
I have cheered for the Braves almost every single year of my life, and there was nothing better in pro baseball than the Andruw and Chipper Jones tag team, but spending upwards to three million dollars on a player that just can't perform like he use to - seems like an unnecessary risk to me.
What say you?
On the Joy Behar Show, liberal hacks Joy Behar and Sandra Bernhard discussed Palin's loss on DWTS, while The Daily Beast’s Rebecca Dana occasionally chimed in. For whatever reason, instead of critiquing her dancing, they launched into attack mode and insulted Bristol Palin personally for several minutes. Here is a short transcript:
Joy Behar: After weeks of speculation that the low-scoring Bristol Palin could actually take the Dancing with the Stars win, the nation breathed a sigh of relief last night as Jennifer Grey was crowned the [garbled] champion... So, Sandra, were you ready to shoot the TV last night?
Sandra Bernhard: I twittered for the entire two hours. My eyeballs were falling out of my head...
Behar: I know. What about Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers? They’re dead, you know. They died last night.
Bernhard: Yes. They died and came back and died for the third time.
Behar: What’s her name, Bristol on today`s “View” said something like –
Berhard: How did she do it? How did she get to New York to do the “View”?
Behar: I don’t know.
Rebecca Dana, Senior Correspondent, The Daily Beast: They have their own plane, these people.
Bernhard: She’s such a hooker. She got on a flight after losing last night...
Behar: She said that her mother likes her being in the cage.
Dana: Well, maybe that will prevent her from having another baby!
Here is the video:
These people are disgusting.
Obviously the long paragraph should tell you something: Brotzman missed it wide right. But hey, no big deal right? Now there was overtime for Boise's kicker to make amends and redeem himself. Indeed Boise got the ball back and indeed Botzman was called upon again to kick an easy field goal from 28 out, a field goal that goes through 98% of the time. He missed it wide left.
The only thing that Brotzman drilled was Boise. And now, despite his accomplishments as a kicker, his career is and always will be defined by two epic failures.
So let's take a look at some of the top pollsters: