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Saturday, April 23, 2011
1. When and why did you start your site?
I started my blog ("Doug Ross @ Journal") in late 2003, more as an experiment than anything serious. I originally wrote about a wide variety of topics. Some personal, some technology, some political. Over time, the eventsI observed in politics and the economy began to dominate. I think, in retrospect, the move of the Democrat Party from its traditions and lineage -- to a very, very left-wing organization, primarily because of its funding sources -- began to shock me into action.
2. What is the best part about running a website?
It's cathartic for me. To have a forum on which I can vent about the things that I believe are fundamentally worth calling attention to. Thanks to wonderful support from the A-list bloggers and media bigwigs -- Ann Coulter, Hugh Hewitt, Jim Hoft, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Reynolds, Dan Riehl, Don Surber, Mark Tapscott, and I'm sure I'm forgetting lots of great ones -- I've gotten more mentions and traffic than I deserve.
3. Has President Obama been better or worse than you expected/feared?
Far, far worse. I knew his background and did my best, along with my brothers-in-blogging-arms, to educate people about his radical upbringing and background. But I had no idea he would act with the amount of disregard for the economic well-being of the country; or for the law; or for the border. Do we still have a legacy media in this country? Just wondering.
4. Do you have any favorites for 2012 yet?
While they're not all running, my favorites would be true conservatives -- bound to our Constitution -- that can articulate our beliefs in God-given natural rights, private property, free markets and limited government. You know, like those radicals James Madison, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, et. al. That said, those I believe would be great presidents include:
Michele Bachmann, John Bolton, Herman Cain, Jim DeMint, Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, and Allen West.
5. If Obama should win a second term, will this nation default on its debt or face hyperinflation (or something worse)?
I hope and pray that we won't have to deal with that. Though, at the rate we're going, we may not have to wait until 2012 to see hyperinflation.
6. Why was the 'real' Barack Obama not uncovered before the 2008 election?
Our pathetic, failing legacy media was so willing to consider skin color over character -- the antithesis of Martin Luther King Jr.'s message to us -- that they failed to vet this radical acolyte of Alinsky. This man parrots the words of Castro, Chavez and Peron. Demonizing various classes, certain industries, segments of society to divide us. How many times have you heard Obama screech about "millionaires and billionaires" when he really means couples that make $250,000-a-year? There's a word for this kind of agitator, but I can't use it in polite company.
7. Anything else you'd like to add?
Thank you for the opportunity to discuss blogging. For those interested in learning about building up their blog traffic, Robert Stacy McCain's article "How to get a million hits on your blog" is as good a primer as you'll find.
Herman Cain has not one ounce of experience in foreign affairs. America is fighting in two wars now and is stationed in another hot spot - this is not the right time to trust a radio talk show host to be Commander-in-Chief during great international conflict, and turbulence. Advocacy for such a candidate leaves me absolutely dumbfounded.
As for Col. Allen West. He is one of my favorite Congressman in the House of Representatives today, but he has only three months of legislative experience, and he has spent more time running for office than actually serving in office at this point in his political career. His time will come, but not now.
We need serious candidates to run against President Obama next year, not men with little experience, or desire for the Presidency.
What say you?
The President's stated goal is to "root out" reasons why prices are going up. I assume he will not find himself at fault, but rather a myriad of other reasons. Now, don't get me wrong, the President is not the only reason why prices are skyrocketing, but he is certainly one of the major reasons in the US.
President Obama continued: "We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of the American people for their own short-term gain."
|Obama: Can't figure out why gas prices are going up|
Obama, decrying such levels as yet another hardship "at a time when things were already pretty tough," said Holder was forming the Financial Fraud Enforcement Working Group.
The task force will focus some of its investigation on "the role of traders and speculators" in the oil-price surge Obama said. The group will include several Cabinet department officials, federal regulators and the National Association of Attorneys General.
In Washington, Holder said he would press ahead with the investigation, even though he did not cite any current evidence of intentional manipulation of oil and gas prices or fraud.
"Based upon our work and research to date, it is evident that there are regional differences in gasoline prices, as well as differences in the statutory and other legal tools at the government's disposal," Holder said in a memo accompanying a statement announcing the task force. "It is also clear that there are lawful reasons for increases in gas prices, given supply and demand."Please bookmark!
This is the last grasp of a dieing monarchy, and we should not aid its survival in any way.
After Queen Elizabeth II dies, both Australia and New Zealand have discussed leaving the United Kingdom and embracing their Republican philosophies. The move towards Republicanism is something we should be celebrating in the U.S., but few seem to grasp the significance of monarchy's decline.
Americans, who fought to overthrow the tyranny of monarchy over two hundred years ago, should look at this wedding as nothing more than Royal nonsense. It's celebrating the institution of enslavement, of decrees, of evil.
What say you?
First, does it disturb anyone else that, instead of, you know, being President, Mr. Obama is chatting it up with Tom Hanks? With Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the economy, unemployment, the deficit, the debt, and so on and so forth, it should be pretty alarming that the most important thing the President can think to do is go to Facebook and have dinner.
Second, looks like the President has finally focused on something: getting reelected. Sure, he blew $787,000,000,000 on an unsuccessful "stimulus" package (and then blamed Republicans for spending), but Mr. Obama is really concentrating now. You see, normally if you do a bad job and then don't even bother doing it for a year and a half, you get fired. Since President Obama has never had a real job (adjunct college professor *snicker*), he must think that it is all right to shirk your duties. It is not.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Breitbart said a Cain-West ticket would be more than just a novelty act. He cited Cain’s business experience and West’s military background as factors that would qualify each to serve in higher office. Cain, a conservative talk show host, formed a presidential exploratory committee in January. Though relatively unknown on a national scale, recent Gallup polls revealed a high favorability rating among voters who had heard of him. West, meanwhile, has become a favorite of Tea Partiers, and has pledged to use his seat in Congress to put pressure on senior Republicans to legislate conservatively.
Before you start yelling about “rationing” and “death panels,” bear in mind that we’re not talking about limits on what health care you’re allowed to buy with your own (or your insurance company’s) money. We’re talking only about what will be paid for with taxpayers’ money. And the last time I looked at it, the Declaration of Independence didn’t declare that we had the right to life, liberty, and the all-expenses-paid pursuit of happiness.
He wanted to protest outside the Islamic center in Dearborn but the city refused him a permit, fearful that some local Muslim might go nuts as a result. So they put him on trial, with the jury asked to determine what they thought his intent would be in holding the protest. If they thought his aim was peaceful, he’d be found not guilty; if they thought he meant to incite violence, then guilty as charged. Verdict: Guilty. Which means not only was this guy convicted of a speech crime he hadn’t yet committed (a.k.a. prior restraint), but it was only a crime in the first place because of the expected reaction from his opponents. In other words, it’s a de facto codification of the heckler’s veto.
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Now, over 80 members of Congress have asked him to resign. His bully pulpit as leader of the Democrats in the Senate is weakened, and he remains one of the most unpopular figures in Nevada politics. Not bad for a guy who saw his son lose the race for Governor last year.
Reid has stuck his foot in his mouth before-- calling his victory last year "child's play" and mocking his opponent. He also infamously declared the War in Iraq lost on the Senate floor. He then denied ever saying it.
Now he's done it again, on his official Twitter account. He, like many Democrats, are trying to make political hay out of the budget deals going on in Congress. For one, the Republican attempt to avoid the government over borrowing and threatening a shutdown. Now, the Dems have tried the 'Republicans are anti-women' tack for decades now, but Reid takes it one step further.
Reid echoes former Congressman (and current disgrace) Alan Grayson, who once said that the Republican health care plan was for seniors to "die quickly."
The full quote from the linked picture:
GOP wants to shut down our nation’s government because they want to make it harder for women to get the health services they need.So.... the Republican Party wants to kill off the women voters that they're trying to get to... vote for them? Sounds like a pretty poor strategy in winning elections. But then again, what does Harry Reid know about that-- he almost lost to John Ensign!
So another brilliant move by the person who has overseen the Senate barely voting for ObamaCare last year and the Democrats losing 7 seats in 2010.
Reid is a disgrace. Let him resign-- and allow an adult to take the stage.
According to the BBC, at least 60 protesters have been killed today. Meanwhile, the White House appears content to do nothing and allow for it to occur.
Protesters – said to number tens of thousands across the country – chanted for the overthrow of the regime, Reuters news agency reports.Where is the Obama Administration? One of our worst enemies is on the brink, and we sit back and allow slaughter? This is like June 2009 in Teheran all over again.
Video images coming out of Syria show footage of many confrontations where live ammunition was used.
Cross-posted at WorldThreats.
The devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake, subsequent tsunami, and numerous aftershocks that recently hit Japan have severely crippled the country’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s containment and cooling systems. The destruction of these systems have resulted in multiple explosions, hazardous radiation leaks from fuel rods, and desperate ongoing attempts to restore power and cool the reactors in time to prevent a catastrophic meltdown. This natural disaster has been catastrophic for the economy of Japan and the people of Japan.
As we saw with the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Doug Band and Clinton Global Initiative organized online donations to help rebuild the infrastructure and economy. The same is happened now and anyone can text REDCROSS to 90999 for a quick $10 donation or visit Doug Band (Clinton's Aide) and the CGI. In the wake of this unprecedented natural disaster, the issue of nuclear energy, which had taken a back burner to more pressing concerns, was suddenly thrust back into the spotlight as fear rapidly spread across the globe. In fact, 7 out of 10 Americans surveyed said they were much more concerned about the possibility of a nuclear disaster as a result of the recent tragic events in Japan, according to a recent USA Today Gallup Poll.
Ironically, only a few months before the disaster in Japan, inspectors of operational U.S. nuclear plants identified critical design defects, vulnerabilities, and numerous cracks and holes in the protective structures. Arnold Gunderson, a nuclear engineer, said that even though these flaws were found in old plants more reactors were built. These new reactors may be built with the same flawed and potentially dangerous designs.
People are growing more and more concerned about potential serious risk that might exist in our backyard. The United States is the largest producer of nuclear energy with over 100 active plants, many of which are as old and outdated as Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. The serious risk that some of the plants might leak radiation is a concern has caused the President to request that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to preform a 90-day safety review of all U.S. nuclear power plants.
Although proponents believe that nuclear power has the potential to be one of several reliable and clean high-energy power sources, they often also acknowledge that concerns about costs, security, and safety must be addressed first. They hope to see recent technological advancements incorporated into existing designs to improve nuclear power plant safety including built-in water towers, passive systems, designs that do not rely on external energy sources to maintain fuel rod stability, improved shutdown mechanisms, and other integrated safety and security features that will ensure no catastrophic consequences result in the event of a major threat.
With these advances implemented into our power plants it would lower the risk of catastrophe happening in the United States. Nuclear energy is a great source of clean energy and is important, however if not contained correctly it can be deadly. With the correct safety regulations and abiding by those safety controls nuclear energy can be a leading source of energy without any worry from citizens who live in the backyards of the power plants.
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Look into the face of ignorance.
Look into the eyes of the future of America.
Is this what all of our soldiers died for?
Obama's call for AMNESTY and earlier Administrations "Open Borders" policy have given us killers like this.
Look closely at the "artwork" emblazoned on his hairless chest.
Anthony Garcia,a "Proud Mexican" tattooed a MURDER SCENE on his own chest in pride over KILLING an American.
Yes, thats right- this genius inked his own confession on his chest.
Thank you Obama.
Thank You McCain.
The Los Angeles Times Reports:
"..Inked on the pudgy chest of a young Pico Rivera gangster who had been picked up and released on a minor offense was the scene of a 2004 liquor store slaying that had stumped Lloyd for more than four years.
Each key detail was right there: the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where 23-year-old John Juarez was gunned down, the direction his body fell, the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign - all under the chilling banner of RIVERA KILLS, a reference to the gang Rivera-13.
As if to seal the deal, below the collarbone of the gang member known by the alias "Chopper" was a miniature helicopter raining down bullets on the scene.
Lloyd's discovery of the tattoo in 2008 launched a bizarre investigation that soon led to Anthony Garcia's arrest for the shooting. Then sheriff's detectives, posing as gang members, began talking to Garcia, 25, in his holding cell. They got a confession that this week led to a first-degree murder conviction in a killing investigators had once all but given up hope of solving.
For Lloyd, the image on the chest of the delicate, doe-eyed gang member brought back a rush of memories. The snapshot was taken inside the sheriff's Pico Rivera station after Garcia was arrested in a routine traffic stop and booked on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.
Before they are released, suspected gang members typically are asked to remove their shirts and have their tattoos photographed by graffiti team deputies. Taggers often mark their own bodies with the same signatures they spray on buses and storefronts - and eyewitnesses to crimes sometimes help close cases by recalling distinctive tattoos.
Homicide Lt. Dave Dolson said gang members frequently get symbolic tattoos to bolster their street cred: three dots on the hand to signify "mi vida loca" ("my crazy life"), sketches of prisons where they've done time, gang insignia prominently stenciled on their heads and torsos.
But a tattoo laying out a detailed picture of a crime scene is something far outside the norm. "I haven't seen it before, and I haven't heard of anything like it either," Dolson said.
Garcia's tattoo shows a man with the body of a peanut being hit by bullets and falling back toward the liquor store. In gang slang, the word "peanut" is used to derisively describe a rival gang member.
Lloyd had been at the scene of the Pico Rivera killing as a station sergeant. After he recognized it in the tattoo, the 30-year veteran called up the cold case file. He pored over the crime scene photographs alongside the photos of Garcia's chest. He also drove to the site of the slaying.
"I worked Pico Rivera a lot of years, so I'm pretty familiar with that area," he said. "It was incredible."
With the help of major crimes investigators, deputies found Garcia living with relatives in La Habra. They arrested him and began setting up a ruse to secure his conviction.
A detective posing as a Los Angeles gang member who'd been arrested on attempted murder charges was placed in Garcia's Norwalk station jail cell. He soon got Garcia talking, sheriff's investigators said. Garcia was proud, and he bragged about the shooting. He didn't know the conversation was being recorded and that it would soon be played for a jury.
"Think about it. He tattooed his confession on his chest. You have a degree of fate with this," Parker said. "The detective who spotted it had been a Pico sergeant who went on to become a homicide sergeant. I never worked Pico station. I never would have recognized that Pico liquor store."
Investigators don't believe Garcia's elaborate tattoo was a rash decision. Photos from several bookings over the years show the mural on his chest evolving as he added details to the tattooed murder scene - until one day Lloyd saw them as a whole and something clicked."
This KILLER would be able to take taxpayer money if the DREAM Act was passed.
He is allowed to live in our country and get FREE healthcare.
Free daycare for his 7 children by 4 different illegal alien mothers.
His kids are "Anchor Babies" allowing benefits,welfare and free college tuition.
He has never paid taxes nor become literate in English.
He drove a car with PIOLIN bumper stickers,a Mexican Flag and a cartoon of Calvin urinating on "La Migra" AKA US Border Patrol.
Is this what we need?
We cannot afford this insanity
He was definitely accurate on the second count; today he confirmed the first.
Senator McCain, knowing full well he's entering a war zone, arrived in Benghazi this morning to meet with the Rebel's leadership, and to discuss how the United States government can support them moving forward. This comes just one day after President Obama ordered Predator drones to attack Gaddafi's forces.
The Senator was graciously welcomed and toured the Rebel stronghold.
This morning should be a real wake up call for all American voters who desired leadership, but supported Obama in 2008 - they voted for the wrong man, and I hope they are all regretting it every day.
What say you?
Here's a short transcript (emphasis mine)-
Greta- Those are pretty tough words for the President, I know you have a lot of passion about your views, but uh, the words: any, uh, you a do a do-over on that, or do you stand by your words?
West- Good evening and happy Easter, Greta. I do stand by those words, and perhaps one of the things that one of the... many people need to understand is that the truth needs to be said.
When I go around and I talk to people down here in my district and we get phone calls, that speech that was given last Wednesday was absolutely beneath the statesmanship, or the atmosphere, or the personality that a President should show. I am sick and tired of this class warfare, this Marxist demagogic rhetoric that is coming from the President of the United States of America.
It is not helpful for this country and it's not going to move the ball forward as far as rectifying the economic situation in our country.
And in case you missed the speech that Mr. West was talking about, you can watch it here (warning, extremely partisan and often factually incorrect):
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Someone will have to be appointed before the Senate reconvenes next month.
Governor Brian Sandoval (R) will have to make a decision quickly, and smartly, because his appointment is likely to influence who does and doesn't run for the Senate seat next year, especially within Republican circles.
Representative Dean Heller should receive the appointment Friday and the nod in next year's Republican primary, because of his well established Conservative record in three terms of honorable service in the House of Representatives.
What say you?
* - With the wife of one of his aides.
Johnson made his announcement in-- where else? New Hampshire:
"Our leaders in Washington, DC, have ‘led’ America to record unemployment, a devalued currency, banking scandals, the mortgage crisis, drug crisis, economic crisis, loss of our nation’s industrial might — and a long list of other reminders our nation is way off course," Johnson said.
"Why am I telling you this? Because America is better than this. And because I can help fix it. I’m a fix-it man," he said.
Looks like Johnson and Paul will be eyeing the same votes.
Please bookmark!DEVELOPING: TOKYO -- A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Japan late Thursday, shaking buildings in the capital Tokyo, the US Geological Survey said.The quake struck at 10:37 p.m. local time in Chiba prefecture 40 miles east of Tokyo, at a depth of 26.7 miles.Japan has been hit by a string of aftershocks since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck March 11, unleashing a huge tsunami.
"The notion that I'm going to let you guys undo that in a 6-month spending bill?' I said, 'You want to repeal healthcare? Go at it. We'll have that debate. You're not going to be able to do that by nickel-and-diming me in the budget. You think we're stupid?!'"At the time it was released, it was assumed that the entirety of the audio had been released. However, this was not the case.
Why, exactly, the entire audio was not released is not known. However, it has been discovered that CBS higher-ups refused to release the tape.
The site Yes, But, However sent several messages on Twitter to CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller asking why the full audio was being kept a secret:
“If the Legislature passes this bill,” Jindal said, “I’d sign it.” And if legislators “pass another bill that simply restates the Constitution, of course I’d sign it. If they pass a bill restating the Bill of Rights, of course I’d sign it.”What's not being picked up by the MSM is that both chambers of the Louisian Legislature are now controlled by Republicans.
Two state senators switched to the GOP in recent months, giving the Republican Party control of that chamber. The GOP was already in the majority in the House.
Louisiana is a very conservative state to begin with. And with the whole oil spill mess, and Obama's lack or response, and downright lack or caring as perceived by Louisianans, it's likely LA politicians may be in the mood for a little payback, cajun' style.
Bobby Jindal's pledge to sign the Birth Certificate requirement Bill is of enormous importance.
Imagine Obama appearing on the ballot in only 49 states for 2012. CNN and Fox would have to shade their election maps purple, or gray, or even oil slick brown for the State of Louisiana.
Eric Dondero is a blogger from Texas. He lives on the Gulf Coast south of Houston. He is publisher of LibertarianRepublican.net
Or at least parts of the law:
It's a step, but we'll see what the courts have to say.
In a letter to the secretary of state, Otter said the bill "can impose regulations and requirements that discourage or make it impossible for insurers to offer affordable health coverage to individuals and small employers in Idaho."
Can you say $6 a gallon? Thanks, Obama!
"All we have to have is a couple badly placed hurricanes which could constrain some of the refinery output capacity in some key locations," says Richard Hastings, strategist at Global Hunter Securities in Charlotte, N.C. "If you get weakness in the dollar concurrent with the strong driving season concurrent with the impact of one or two hurricanes in the wrong place, prices could go up in a quasi-exponential manner."Better start hoarding gold now.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
One polling firm is obviously attempting to change Governor Bush's mind.
According to Viewpoint Florida, which leans Republican, Governor Bush would defeat President Obama by almost twenty points (57-38%) in Florida, if he were to challenge the President who was elected running against his brother's record.
The survey of over 800 registered voters has Bush leading Obama all across the state and the various age groups, with the notable exception of 18-34 year olds, who are split evenly between the two 2012 choices.
I do not think this will change Governor Bush's mind, because most of America desires a new President from the Republican Party, and not another Bush, even though his policies are more Conservative than his family's other two leaders.
While the Bush's are absolute Patriots, we need fresh Republican blood running the show, and I want Jeb to sit on the sidelines this time around.
What say you?
LIBERAL COLLEGE STUDENTS EAGER TO REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH ARE LESS EAGER TO REDISTRIBUTE HARD EARNED GRADES
Liberal Site Wonkette Reprehensibly Attacks Down Syndrome Child of Sarah Palin, Trig, on his Birthday
Jack Stuef, writer for the liberal website Wonkette, authored one of the worst pieces of excrement ever to see the light of day on the internet. He wrote to commemorate the third birthday of Trig Palin, a son of former VP candidate Sarah Palin. Young Trig also happens to have down syndrome.
So what did Stuef do? Attack him like nothing ever seen before.
At the top of the article is a gif featuring Trig's head photoshopped into this scene:
Enjoy yourself today, Trig. Have fun! Get drunk (on purpose this time)! We can hardly wait for 15 years from now, when you will finally be able to vote and will be sent off by your mother’s junta to fight the Union in the Great Alaska War. It’ll be quite a loss. You’re the smartest one in that family.Has he, and all the rest that blindly attack Palin to score points, no decency? The answer is obvious.
Staple and Swisher use the most recent 2011 EPA data on methane leakage rates (not used by Horwath), accepted IPCC global warming potential protocols (not used by Horwath), and calculates emissions for both the production of coal and gas plus the combustion of coal and gas. Unlike Horwath, the Staple-Swisher paper used empirical data readily available concerning the efficiency with which coal plants burn coal and the efficiency with which gas plants burn gas to produce an actual kilowatt-hour of electricity that we then use at our homes and businesses.
Coal plants are less efficient than gas plants. Coal plants require more fuel than gas plants do to produce a kilowatt-hour. The lower efficiency of coal plants are a major reason why they emit more carbon per kilowatt-hour of electricity actually generated than gas plants do.
And if you don't want to read the paper, though I recommend it, here are its principal conclusions:
1. Existing gas fired plants emit 51% less greenhouse gas pollution per kilowatt-hour than existing coal plants;
2. A new gas-fired combined cycle unit produces about 52% less GHG pollution per kilowatt-hour than a new coal fired plant;
3. A new gas-fired combined cycle unit produces about 58% less GHG pollution than the average coal plant and 63% less than a typical older coal plant.
Medical Excuses Issued at Capitol Rallies
The Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL) and the Medical Examining Board (MEB) have opened investigations involving eight individuals who allegedly wrote medical excuses for individuals attending rallies at the Capitol in February.
Based on information provided by various complainants, DRL identified 11 people who were asked to provide an explanation to the department about their activities at the Capitol. Based on the complaints and the information received by DRL, a screening panel consisting of three members of the MEB has decided to open investigations on eight individuals. Investigations were not opened as to the other three individuals because the panel concluded no violations had occurred.
A more extensive fact-finding process will now occur on the cases which have been opened to determine if any violations of law occurred. Recommendations will be made at the end of each investigation as to whether disciplinary action should be pursued.
The DRL and MEB are charged with licensing qualified, competent physicians and enforcing discipline against physicians whose practice is substandard.
CFL's (compact fluorescent lamps) touted as the savior of Gaia by environmentalists worldwide has some obvious problems of their own. Not only are they filled with mercury causing a cleanup nightmare but they also emit cancer causing chemicals and toxins when turned on, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene a group of German scientists are reporting. There is also reports out of Israel that the bulbs could be associated with higher breast cancer rates if used at night given how closely CFL's mimic daylight thereby disrupting the bodies production of melatonin. To add insult to injury, the Migraine Action Association has warned CFL's could trigger migraines and skin care specialists express concern that the intense light could exacerbate chronic skin conditions.
Just remember, these are the same people who keep telling us that hydraulic fracturing is too dangerous for our health all the while forcing us to bring cancer causing light bulbs into our homes. Oh the irony. Somehow they just don't seem particularly trustworthy!
But the U.S. government is an unusual case — it doesn’t solicit ratings. S&P and the other major credit rating agencies offer their judgments notwithstanding.Strange.
Spokesmen for the Treasury and S&P declined to comment on the record.
From Yahoo finance:
It's about time!
When the U.N. mandated War on Libya was launched about a month ago, I was calling for America to fight Muammar Gaddafi with the intention of removing him from power. And with the horrible news of stalemate, I believe we need to be more involved than ever in aiding the Rebel forces in Gaddafi's overthrow.
The British and French are stepping up their involvement, but America is still sitting on the sidelines. Only two weeks of American involvement resulted in Gaddafi's air force being completely destroyed, and the no-fly zone being put successfully in place. Not to mention, but we also saved Benghazi from ruin.
America cannot sit on the sidelines any longer!
This "mad dog" will not be removed until we do it, regardless of how much fire power the British and French contribute, because we have the greatest military force on earth, and it's about time we use it to dislodge one of our oldest foes.
What say you?
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
"Is that the craziest f— idea ever?" Sheen asked the friendly crowd, who cheered in support of a potential presidential bid by the longtime (and recently deposed) star of "Two and a Half Men."What? He also called Sarah Palin a 'lunatic.' Not really sure if anything's going on up there, if anything?
"For starters, I was f—king born here, how about that? And I got proof! Nothing photoshopped about my birth certificate."
"I know I promised this wouldn't be political, but look where we f— are, man!"
Now there is word that the federal government is looking at dumping its GM stocks. This comes after thousands of company shares were sold to the public several months ago. The word is not great for taxpayers-- as it appears that you and I will lose $11 billion on the transaction:
To break even, the U.S. Treasury would need to sell its remaining stake—about 500 million shares—at $53 apiece. GM closed off 27 cents a share at $29.97 in 4 p.m. trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange, hitting a new low since its $33-a-share November initial public offering.Furthermore, the word of the potential sell-off has hurt GM's shares on the market. The value declined as the rumor set in:
After the Wall Street Journal reported a government sale could come within the next six months, GM's shares fell by nearly 1.3 percent to end at $29.59.Great.
The government sale would "almost certainly" mean that US taxpayers would take a loss from a politically controversial $50 billion rescue of the auto giant in 2009, according to the paper.
The last several days have seen Standard and Poor's place the American government in higher risk of default while oil remains over $100 a barrel. Enter in both the gold and silver prices shooting up.
As of 10:37pm today:
Gold skirted over $1500 an ounce today. Meanwhile, the big under-the-radar story has been silver, which has nearly doubled in the last half year. It has nearly quadrupled in the last two and the price per ounce was under $5 in the 1990s.
First the video shows some numbers:
Besides from the obvious truth that regular voters are not looking forward to a Presidency and Vice-Presidency dominated by corrupt politics, politicians and political machines, does anyone remember the last time one of our President's replaced their number two before the election for whatever political reason?
Almost four decades ago, when Conservative activists were agitated over the Republican President's administration, Gerald Ford replaced his hand selected Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller with Kansas Senator Bob Dole, which made absolutely no difference in the soon-to-be-held election that Jimmy Carter won with relative ease because of the unpopular pardoning of Richard Nixon.
Ever since Ford's decision, which he later regretted, pundits have been obsessed with incumbents "dumping" their problematic number two for somebody else. I can recall at least three victims of this dumb political speculation: Dan Quayle in 1992; Dick Cheney in 2004 and now Joe Biden in 2012.
This same old, usually wrong, song will always be sung.
Until proven otherwise, Biden will be the Democrat number two next year.
What say you?
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Take this Washington Post-ABC News poll. ABC News has been notoriously friendly to the President, even before the 2008 election. if you peruse their poll results, Obama is usually running a good 3-5% higher than other sources. is this a mistake? Call it a sampling error.
Sampling error or bias aside, the President's numbers are still falling. If we take a look at the latest numbers released today, it becomes clear that many are not satisfied with his leadership.
Take into consideration that this poll has a 10% sampling bias towards Democrats. In other words, they sampled 33% of their sample as Democrats with only 23% as Republicans.
The numbers are further biased, showing Obama consistently leading potential Republican opponents, despite his low approval numbers. If we take a look at whether people would actually vote for him, we get different numbers:
33. As you may know, Obama has announced that he is running for re-election in 2012. Would you say you will definitely vote for him, you’ll consider voting for him, or you definitely will not vote for him?
Definitely Will Definitely No will consider will not opinion 4/17/11 28 25 45 2 12/12/10* 26 30 43 2 11/23/09** 24 31 41 4
So we see some of the dynamics of next year's race opening up, even as the President's numbers are falling.
At the end of the sit down, which included Mr. Watson interrupting Mr. Obama several times, the President took Mr. Watson to the side and said, "Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?"
WFAA, also known as News 8, is a television station out of Texas, a state that Mr. Obama lost in 2008. According to CNN, Watson was self-absorbed and more interested in himself. According to Watson's own article, the President was self-absorbed and more interested in himself.
|Mr. Obama: Doesn't like "challenging questions"|
"We lost by a few percentage points in Texas," [Obama] started before Watson corrected him, saying, "Well, you lost by about 10."In contrast with Watson's article:
"We lost by a few percentage points in Texas," Obama said. That was followed by a gentle reminder that the figure was closer to 10 percent.Mr. Watson also interpreted Obama's statement directly to him differently that CNN. His take:
After the interview, Obama pointed out that he doesn't like an interviewer challenging his comments.
"Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?" he said.And CNN's:
President Barack Obama got into a somewhat tense exchange with a Dallas TV reporter during an interview Monday at the White House.
After the interview was over, Obama advised WFAA-TV's Brad Watson to "let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?""Advise" is much different than "doesn't like an interviewer challenging his comments." Likewise, "corrected" is much more forceful than "gentle reminder."