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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Oops ~ "Massive Protest At White House Against Alberta Tar Sands Pipeline" Draws 65 People

Josh Fox is at it again...

As much as he would like you to think this is about Canada's Oil Sands, it's not. If it were he would take his motley crew of merry men (and women) north of the border and start sitting on a work site. No, his problem is the Keystone XL pipeline that will assist in distributing Canadian oil to the United States. He would rather this oil were transported to a port city and shipped to China. Why not? We are busy shipping oil from the middle east, it only makes sense that North America would ship its oil half way around the world as well.

For no good reason a protest has been organized. Many lefty blogs are describing this as a "massive protest" at the White House to against the Alberta tar sands pipeline. The protest is scheduled to run from today through September 3.

Massive seems to be a bit of a misnomer as the group were only able to muster 65-70 today.

Dozens of environmentalist protesters have been arrested outside the White House on the first day of a planned two-week protest over a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to theU.S. Gulf Coast.

Park Police spokesman David Schlosser tells WJLA-TV that 65 people were arrested Saturday. The protest is scheduled to run through Sept. 3.

The protesters want President Barack Obama to deny a permit for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline. It would go through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas.

Protester Gus Speth, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, told the Wall Street Journal the pipeline would continue the nation's reliance on fossil fuels.

TransCanada says its pipeline would provide jobs and needed oil.

Organizers claim up to 2000 people have registered to take part in sit-ins at the White House over the next 2 weeks. It would seem the plan is for 50-100 people to participate on a daily basis. By my calculation that comes to 700-1400 people. Not what I would describe as massive, or even big.

Really, the whole thing seems so tedious it may describe why the President has chosen this particular week to run away from Washington for the next 10 days.

If you are interested you can find some objective background on the Alberta oil sands here, here, here.

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Saif Gaddafi Speaking Live on Al Jazeera

Update, 10:02pm EST- From some posts on Twitter by those who speak Arabic, and from a news organization, apparently Gaddafi's son is pretty much giving a propaganda speech (which is no surprise).  Gaddafi is saying that the rebels are on the run, his father's forces are winning all the battles, and that Italy is a bad country.

~Original Article Below~

You can go here to watch:

Unfortunately it is not translated, so I have no idea what he is saying or talking about.  In fact, at some points there has been laughter and applause.

However, here are some pictures of the speech:

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Conflicting Rumors Surround Gaddafi: Is he still in Libya?

Update- Saif Gaddafi is making a rambling speech as I write.

From the Atlantic Wire:
Tension have been mounting in Libya today, with rebel forces encircling Tripoli, causing Qaddafi to lose his grip, according to the New York Times. "By Saturday afternoon, the rebels had driven Colonel Qaddafi’s forces out of the strategic oil refinery town of Zawiyah, 30 miles west of Tripoli. After a week of heavy fighting there, residents began to celebrate in the main square." Although, in Tripoli, still a Qaddafi stronghold, government officials "continued to insist that they would fight to the end," the Times wrote that "rumors swept Libya that [Qaddafi] was preparing to flee, if he had not already."

Now the rumors are turning into unconfirmed reports. NBC New Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel tweeted: "BREAKING: Libyan TV reporting Qaddafi has fled with two sons." He added: "odd no reports of seif having fled, only hanibam was moatasim," in reference to his sons. Other reports on Twitter are that Qaddafi left "aboard a private aircraft with two of his sons." One source also indicated that Al-Jazeera wrote that Qaddafi "reportedly" left for Italy, although there is no mention of this on its Libya liveblog yet (only that a top Qaddafi aide fled to Italy). Reports of Qaddafi's departure are still unconfirmed. More recently, Engel tweeted that "Rebels themselves don't know if reports of qaddafi's departure are true. 'we hope' they say..."

News of the intensity in Libya continues to come in from all news sources. CNN reports that rebels have in fact entered Tripoli, with heavy clashes, intense gunfire, and explosions. (Although Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told state television: "All of Tripoli is safe and stable.") Reuters tweeted "Tripoli residents receive text messages urging them to 'go out into streets to eliminate agents with weapons," says resident."
And from Twitter, NBC reporter Richard Engel reports:

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Fighting Moves into Libyan Capital

The noose is tightening, it seems:
Libyan rebels said they launched an attack on Tripoli in coordination with NATO, and Associated Press reporters heard unusually heavy gunfire and explosions in the capital. The fighting erupted just hours after the opposition captured the key city of Zawiya nearby.

Gunbattles and mortar rounds were heard clearly at the hotel where foreign correspondents stay in the capital. Explosions also sounded in the same area as NATO aircraft carried out heavy bombing runs after nightfall.

"We planned this operation with NATO, our Arab associates and our rebel fighters in Tripoli with commanders in Benghazi," Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, the head of the rebel leadership council, told the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera. Benghazi, hundreds of miles east of Tripoli, is the rebels' de facto capital.

Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim appeared on Libyan television to deny that there was an uprising in Tripoli.

"Sure, there were some armed militants who escaped into some neighborhoods and there were some scuffles, but we dealt with it within a half hour and it is now calm," he said.
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Introducing our 24-Hour News Reporting

Pundit Press is pleased to announce that we will now be covering news even in the middle of the night.  Most sites close down sometime between 11pm and midnight unless there are world-changing stories.  You would go to your favorite news site and they would have the same stories on the front page until morning.  We used to do the same.

That will be different from now on.  If you come on to Pundit Press at one in the morning, then come back three hours later, there will be a new story leading the way.  Naturally, we won't be churning out a bunch of articles an hour, but new articles will be coming 24/7.  No longer will you have to wait till morning to read something new.

By the way, we're putting this article on the front page intentionally.  Underneath are new articles!

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Democrats Worried Republican Will Win Weiner's Vacated Seat

Could you imagine how great that would be:
Nervous state Democrats are flooding voters with mailings blasting Republican candidate Bob Turner in the hotly contested 9th Congressional District, upping the ante in the closer-than-expected race to succeed disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner.

With President Obama's standing in the polls in free fall, the state Democratic Committee's mailings to Queens and Brooklyn residents accuse Turner of being a "Tea Party extremist" who wants to dismantle Social Security and Medicare.

Turner struck back with a "robo-call" from former Mayor Ed Koch yesterday, slamming Democratic rival David Weprin for lying to scare senior citizens.

"Weprin should be ashamed of himself," Koch said.

With less than a month to go before the Sept. 13 special election, both sides are turning up the rhetoric after an Aug. 11 Siena College poll found businessman Turner within six points of state Assemblyman Weprin in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans three to one.

After the poll, Democratic leaders vowed they would mobilize their forces to retain the seat, which was once held by US Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
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The Hammer Unloads on President Obama: "Where the hell has he been the last two and a half years?"

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Economist: Another Recession Probably on its Way

Thanks, Obama:
The U.S. economy has officially been out of recession for two years, but fear of falling back into the abyss has dogged the recovery every step of the way.

Now, the prospect of recession no longer is a fringe view.

"Recession is not inevitable, but I think there's better than a 50-50 chance now," said Bill Gross, the respected investment chief at bond fund giant Pimco in Newport Beach.

Stock markets worldwide have been ringing warning bells since late July, as share prices have plunged in the steepest pullback since the 2008 financial-system crash. The Dow Jones index sank nearly 600 points combined on Thursday and Friday and slumped 4% for the week, its fourth straight weekly decline.

Millions of Americans can argue that stocks are just coming to understand the true level of misery in much of the economy even as the recovery has progressed.
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Obama Accuses Congress of Holding Back U.S. Recovery

But I thought it was Bush's fault... and stormy weather... and bad luck... and the Republicans... and the Tea Party... and...
A vacationing U.S. President Barack Obama accused Congress on Saturday of holding back the U.S. economic recovery by blocking "common sense" measures he said would create jobs and help growth.

In remarks recorded on Wednesday on his campaign-style bus tour in Illinois and aired during his holiday in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Obama said the stalled construction, trade and payroll tax bills could give a boost to the economy.

"The only thing preventing us from passing these bills is the refusal by some in Congress to put country ahead of party. That's the problem right now. That's what's holding this country back," the president said in his weekly radio address, which is also transmitted on the Internet.

Wall Street stocks have suffered four weeks of losses because of investor jitters, partly over concerns that the United States may be headed for another recession after barely growing in the first half of 2011.

With the national unemployment rate stuck above 9 percent, Obama's re-election hopes may hinge on his ability to convince voters he is steering the U.S. economy the right way.
Obama: "It's-not-my-fault-ever-in-Chief"
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NY Post Columnist: Obama "Doomed"

A one-term President:
Unless something extraordinarily dramatic comes along to change the course of the US economy and the sentiments of the American people in the next six months, Barack Obama is finished.

That conclusion is inescapable from the history of US presidential politics since 1945.

Obama is now below 40 percent in job approval in the Gallup poll. Yes, as the political scientist Larry Sabato points out, almost every president since FDR has fallen to that level. But of those seven presidents, five (Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush) went on either to lose the next election or to not run again.

The Truman story is complex: He was at 35 percent in 1946 yet won in ’48 -- but he fell back into the 30s in 1951 and opted against running for a second full term.

The exceptions are Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. But the essentials of those wins should terrify Obama’s supporters.

Reagan hit 35 percent in 1983. By year’s end, though, the economy had lifted out of a dreadful recession to growth at an annual rate of 4.5 percent. In ’84, it grew at a sizzling 7.2 percent. The unemployment rate fell from 10.2 percent in 1983 to 7.2 percent on Election Day 1984 -- and Reagan won 49 states.

Clinton hit 39 percent in September 1994, and was slammed with a GOP triumph in the midterm elections two months later. But by the end of ’94, the economy had grown 4.1 percent. Growth dropped to 2.5 percent in ’95, but bounced back to a healthy 3.7 percent in ’96. Plus, unemployment on Clinton’s watch fell from 7.5 percent in 1992 to 5.4 percent in ’96.

So how do things look for Obama? Bad -- in every particular.
Notice you don't see Jimmy Carter...
he actually has become Barack Obama
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Facebook Removes Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's Post Criticizing Obama Administration

Don't disagree with the Chosen One!:
Facebook said Friday it mistakenly removed a post in which Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer criticized a controversial policy decision by President Barack Obama's administration to limit deportations of illegal immigrants.

The Republican governor had said in a post Friday that Facebook censored the item she posted Thursday because it apparently violated Facebook's community standards.

Brewer didn't elaborate in her post, but she said Friday in an interview that an email she received from Facebook said the post was removed because of an included illustration.

The email, which she read aloud, didn't specify how the illustration violated standards.

"I'd like to know why it happens,'' she said of the removal.
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Obama Approval in Pennsylvania down to 35%

That might sound good, but that still means 35% of people in Pennsylvania are oblivious:
President Barack Obama, who political experts say will need a win in Pennsylvania to retain the White House, dipped to 35 percent approval among the state's registered voters, according to a Muhlenberg College poll released Friday.

The results come on the heels of a bad week in polls for Obama that showed him first dropping to 39 percent nationwide in Gallup's daily tracking poll. Then another set of Gallup results Thursday showed only 26 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling the economy.

These numbers are a huge blow to Obama who won the state handily in 2008, and a significant drop in just a few weeks from when Quinnipiac University polled Pennsylvania voters and found the president with 43 percent job approval.

In the Muhlenberg surveys alone, Obama has dropped more than 10 percentage points in less than six months. In March, he held steady with 48 percent. In April 2009, a few months after he started and just after the stimulus bill was passed, Obama was at 61 percent approval in the state.

With unemployment hovering at 9 percent, Pennsylvanians seem pessimistic about the economy. Asked if Obama's policies have helped or hurt the economy, just 23 percent said helped, 41 percent said hurt and 32 percent said his policies haven't made a difference.
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The Telegraph: US May be in Afghanistan until 2024

This would make it a 23-year war:
The agreement would allow not only military trainers to stay to build up the Afghan army and police, but also American special forces soldiers and air power to remain.

The prospect of such a deal has already been met with anger among Afghanistan’s neighbours including, publicly, Iran and, privately, Pakistan.

It also risks being rejected by the Taliban and derailing any attempt to coax them to the negotiating table, according to one senior member of Hamid Karzai’s peace council.

A withdrawal of American troops has already begun following an agreement to hand over security for the country to Kabul by the end of 2014.

But Afghans wary of being abandoned are keen to lock America into a longer partnership after the deadline. Many analysts also believe the American military would like to retain a presence close to Pakistan, Iran and China.
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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer: Obama Acting like "King," is not "Above the Law"

To put it mildly, she's none-too-pleased with the President's immigration stances:
The Obama administration cannot get its amnesty schemes through Congress, so now it has resorted to implementing its plans via executive fiat,” said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

“We need to remind President Obama that we elected a president that serves beneath the law and did not anoint a king that is above the law.”

Joining her criticisms were two other border-state Republicans, Reps. Michael McCaul and Lamar Smith of Texas.

“It’s just the latest attempt by this president to bypass the intended legislative process when he does not get his way,” McCaul said.

Smith said, “The Obama administration should enforce immigration laws, not look for ways to ignore them."

And Florida Rep. Allen West jumped into the fray, too, calling for a House investigation into the guidelines.
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Israel's Peace With Egypt in Peril

The largest concern that I and other foreign policy bloggers had when Hosni Mubarak was thrown out of power earlier this year was whether Egypt would keep their landmark 1979 peace treaty with Israel as is, or quickly destroy it.

And now our worst fears are starting to substantiate themselves.
  1. Israel was attacked by terrorists using the once secure Sinai peninsula - resulting in the deaths of at least seven citizens - earlier this week.
  2. Three Egyptian soldiers were killed during a gunfight between Israeli and Palestinian forces - causing Egypt to recall their ambassador in anger.
Things never look well for Israel in the Middle East, but right now she has the possibility of one of two Arab nations, which border her, breaking a peace treaty that has benefited all sides to this point. And as always, it is coming as a result of Israel defending herself against Islamic terrorists hellbent on her destruction.

The fall of Mubarak could very well be remembered as the fall of peace once everyone has a chance to reflect on what has happened in Egypt, and Israel, since March.

Pray for Israel's well being.

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Obama's Summer Reading List; Seriously, who Cares?

Why, why are legitimate news sites covering this?

An entire article devoted to it.  Who cares?:
On his first day of a 10-day vacation on Martha's Vineyard, President Obama and his daughters hit the Bunch of Grapes bookstore.

He emerged with four to six books, according to The Los Angeles Times and other media outlets. At least two books were for his daughters. Thirteen-year old Malia has Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" on her private school's summer reading list. Sasha, age 10, was carrying a book called "Frost."

The only other two books identified by media reports were "Room" by Emma Donoghue, and "The Bayou Trilogy" by Daniel Woodrell.

"Room" is the story of an abducted mother being held prisoner in a soundproof room by a sex offender. It's told through the eyes of her five-year old son, who is also a prisoner.

While the story echoes the real-life abduction of Elizabeth Smart, The Christian Science Monitor's reviewer wrote "there's nothing lurid or prurient about this story of a young mom who is determined to create the best life she can for her son, no matter how horrifying her circumstances."

The book was short-listed for the 2010 Booker Prize.
Remember: millions are out of work
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Columnist: Obama Tour Hurt None Other than Obama

Probably the opposite of what the President wanted:
Nine months ago, Obama made an unplanned and involuntary trip to the political woodshed. All of us whose job is to defeat him in 2012 anxiously awaited his response and return.

Like a just-disciplined child, he at first recoiled at the punishment doled out by voters last November. He stomped his feet, threw a few tantrums, and demanded new toys, in the form of a clean debt limit increase. That reaction was to be expected — but not expected to be permanent.

But now that we have seen The Bus Tour, it's official: This president did not learn his lesson at the woodshed, and that's going to make the job of Republican campaigners a lot easier in 2012.

Some will say I'm over-reading a single three-day grind through the Midwest on a couple of carbon-devouring, armored people-movers. But I believe this trip means what every other bus tour through the heartland by a national Democratic figure meant.

Bill Clinton did it.

Al Gore did it.

John Kerry did it.

Bus tours through cornfields with plaid-clad stage props are the first order of protocol at the beginning of a Democrat's general election campaign.

The Washington punditocracy writes off the significance of bus tours like it writes off political conventions: too scripted, too prescribed, too dial-tested. There's an argument, however, that these moments foreshadow entire candidacies.

Precisely because they are planned and canned, dog-and-pony shows like Obama's in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois this week show us exactly the candidate he wants to be. For Republican strategists, that's a big relief.
On tour
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Andy Levy "Apologizes" to Chris Brown for Posting Something Pertinent

The definition of epic:

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Hamas Calls off Two-year Truce with Israel

These are the people Obama was trying to negotiate with:
The Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip announced early on Saturday they were no longer committed to a more than two-year de facto truce with Israel since the end of a war in early 2009.

The statement was broadcast over a Hamas radio station after Israel pounded coastal Gaza for two days with air strikes in response to rocket salvoes and attacks on Thursday that killed eight Israelis.

“There is no longer any truce with the enemy,” the statement said in a move seen as paving the way for Hamas to escalate the violence with Israel.

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More People Approved of Way Bush Handled Katrina (32%) than Way Obama Handling Economy (26%)

And guess what: President Bush didn't use Hurricane Katrina (which happened in the United States) as a crutch the way President Obama is using the earthquake in Japan to say the United States economy hit "bad luck."

From a CBS poll, taken in 2006, six months after Katrina hit New Orleans:
                    Now        9/2005
Approve      32%          44%
Disapprove  64             48
And from a PBS article, written two days ago:
President Obama's approval rating on his handling of the economy has sunk to a new, very low 26 percent, according to a Gallup poll out Wednesday.
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Obama Vacation Costs Equivalent to at least 50 Full Time Jobs

Who needs jobs in an economic downturn?  Regular folks like you and me.  So, I'm sure that the irony will not escape you that the President is going on vacation to "think" about the economy when, instead, he could have created at least 50 full time jobs at $40,000 a year.  And guess what:  that's all on the tax payer's tab.

Mr. Obama is paying for his $50,000-a-week estate himself.  However, the separate plane rides that he and his wife took, the car rides, the salary, movement, etc. of the Secret Service, flying in politicians, so on and so forth are all covered by us.  They are also covered, in part, by those who have no jobs.
Mr. Obama's $50,000-a-week estate

US News is estimating that the trip will cost "millions."  So, at the very least, the trip will cost approximately $2,000,000.  Divided out, that's 50 jobs at which people would earn $40,000 a year.  And obviously, the trip could be more.  It could come out to 60 jobs, or 70 jobs, or 100 jobs.

But, shucks, liberals will tell you that the President hasn't been on break that much during his administration.  In fact, they use the number 70 as the number of days that Mr. Obama has taken off.  You know, because they intentionally don't use facts that destroy their lies.

For example, at the beginning of this year, the President had taken 61 days of vacation and 57 rounds of golf.  Problem is, those rounds of golf are not included in the vacation days.  The two are not considered the same.  That means that many times that he went golfing, the Main Stream Media didn't consider it time off.  Get the fake math that liberals use?
President Bush on vacation

And gosh golly, that President Bush went on vacation too, liberals will whine.  They'll feel free to leave out the fact that President Bush gave up golfing during his Presidency (in 2003) so as to not offend those who lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.  On top of it, Mr. Bush would go home on vacation most of the time.  Mr. Obama rarely does and, instead, goes on lavish trips with tremendous, expensive estates.

And the cherry on top?  Mr. Bush's ranch is very energy efficient and "green" while the President burns greenhouse gases like they are out of style.

But when you are liberal and you lie, who's counting anyway?

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Audit: US Gave $360 Million to Taliban, Terrorists

Imagine if the government had to handle your health care, as well as millions of other Americans, on a day to day basis with 1,000+ times as much money.

From the AP:
After examining hundreds of combat support and reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan, the U.S military estimates $360 million in U.S. tax dollars has ended up in the hands of people the American-led coalition has spent nearly a decade battling: the Taliban, criminals, and power brokers with ties to both.

The losses underscore the challenges the U.S. and its international partners face in overcoming corruption in Afghanistan. A central part of the Obama administration's strategy has been to award U.S.-financed contracts to Afghan businesses to help improve quality of life and stoke the country's economy.

But until a special task force assembled by Gen. David Petraeus began its investigation last year, the coalition had little visibility into the connections many Afghan companies and their vast network of subcontractors had with insurgents and criminals — groups military officials call "malign actors."

In a murky process known as "reverse money laundering," payments from the U.S. pass through companies hired by the military for transportation, construction, power projects, fuel and other services to businesses and individuals with ties to the insurgency or criminal networks, according to interviews and task force documents obtained by the AP.

"Funds begin as clean monies," according to one document, then "either through direct payments or through the flow of funds in the subcontractor network, the monies become tainted."

The conclusions by Task Force 2010 represent the most definitive assessment of how U.S. military spending and aid to Afghanistan has been diverted to the enemy or stolen. Only a small percentage of the $360 million has been garnered by the Taliban and insurgent groups, said a senior U.S. military official in Kabul. The bulk of the money was lost to profiteering, bribery and extortion by criminals and power brokers, said the official, who declined to provide a specific breakdown.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Thank God: White House Releases Canned Photo of Obama Working

Who says the President isn't working?  Why, look at this photo (that was taken by an official photographer of the White House, Pete Souza):
And I'm sure that the fact that Mr. Souza was directly behind the person Mr. Obama was talking to had no affect whatsoever.

Added bonus to the faked photo:  product placement!  Look at the President's left arm sleeve.  Just do it.

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Obama to "Confront Republicans Head-on" over Jobs

Let the battle begin:
As a summer of severe political and economic tumult winds down, President Obama is in quiet consultations with advisors from his vacation compound in Martha's Vineyard, mapping out a jobs package that he hopes can boost a sluggish economy and win over voters who are coming to doubt his leadership.

Obama raised expectations during his Midwest bus tour this week that the jobs plan would mark a kind of reset for his presidency. He could use a fresh start: In a Gallup poll, public approval of Obama's handling of the economy fell to 26%, the lowest of his presidency.

Republicans bested him in the months-long fight over raising the debt ceiling by using the threat of economic catastrophe as a cudgel to rein in spending and reject any tax increases. World stock markets are reeling, and a new forecast by Morgan Stanley said the United States and Europe were "dangerously close" to lapsing back into recession.

As his bus stopped in rural hamlets and towns, a feisty Obama issued an ultimatum to the GOP: Join him and pass a jobs plan or risk being viewed by the public as the party that only blocks, never compromises.

The question is whether the president can deliver. The administration's plan comes right from the Obama playbook: a high-stakes speech meant to give his political fortunes an instant jolt. Such tactics haven't worked of late. Obama's overall job approval rating dipped below 40% for the first time last week — higher than Congress' rating but below where a president up for reelection wants to be.
Doesn't this face just scream "confidence?"
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The Cutest Picture Ever? According to the Metro, Possibly

Is this news? According to the UK's Metro, it is:

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Sarah Palin Releases New Video; Could be Hint that she will Run

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Four Times as Many Russians view fall of USSR as "Tragedy" than "Victory for Democracy"

I don't understand it (emphasis mine):
Other responses suggest that Russians do want democracy, but democracy of a particular sort, with a powerful central government, something closer to what the country has today than some, like Mr. Veretelny, had envisioned. More than half the respondents, 53 percent, said they placed a higher value on “order” than on human rights.

“We had so much hope, so much faith, so much inspiration for the future,” said Mr. Veretelny’s wife, Svetlana. “There was such a feeling of freedom and hope. We were all so happy seeing change ahead.”

But now, according to the polling agency, only 10 percent of respondents view those days as a victory for democracy. It said the number of people who called the events a tragedy had grown to 39 percent, from 25 percent at the anniversary 10 years ago.

“It is what it is,” said Mr. Veretelny, who has slipped from hope into passivity. “We just have to figure that this is what we ended up with.”
A bread line in the USSR. The end of massive starvation is now seen
as a tragedy by 39% of Russians.
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DOW Drops More than 100, Almost 600 in Last Two Days; Obama Enjoys View off of Martha's Vineyard

Our Commander in Chief at work:

Meanwhile, our stock market does this:
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Feingold Not to Run for Senate in 2012

Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold has announced today that he will not seek the Senate again next year. Feingold lost his race last year to Republican Ron Johnson. Feingold has been talked up as a possible candidate, considering some residual popularity among the Democratic base.

Still, Feingold decided not to run:
“Being your representative was the greatest honor of my life, a fulfillment of a dream,” he said. “But for now I am thoroughly enjoying the life of a private citizen in this great state of Wisconsin.”
Feingold may decide to run for Governor in 2014 against incumbent Scott Walker, which would make for an interesting race. Former Governor and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson is likely to run for the Republican nomination for Senate next year.

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MLB to Nationals: Do NOT Honor Fallen Navy SEALs

Paying tribute to the nation's heroes would seem to be a perfect fit for the nation's pastime. Not so fast, says Major League Baseball.

The Washington Nationals had planned to honor the Navy SEALs who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan by wearing special tribute hats on the field, but that plan didn't pass muster with league officials.

“We reserve hats for national tributes, where every club is wearing them on the same day,” league spokesman Pat Courtney told the Washington Post. “But we’re happy to work with clubs on alternatives.”

The league is more open to teams paying tribute through uniform patches, the Post reported, or by special attire during batting practice rather than games.

Indeed, the Nationals took batting practice Tuesday afternoon wearing ball caps of the different military branches, and Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families were also treated to a pregame dinner, MyFoxDC.com reported.
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Who Needs Robin Hood?

It’s time to level the playing field.”  The rich need to pay their fair share.”  We have to end tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.”  These are some of the stock phrases used by President Obama and his administration to fire up their troops to picket private homes, gin up mobs to protest success and to channel America towards the future they envision.  Like a one trick pony or an extremely inept coach the Progressives’ playbook has only one option.  It’s a Hail Mary pass they run over and over: class warfare.  From Marx to Chavez the collectivists have always played the same card from each according to the ability to each according to their need. 
Over a century of propaganda and indoctrination has conditioned most Americans to accept one of the most insidious aspects of class warfare as a natural and respectable feature of our government: progressive taxation.   At its core progressive taxation is the quintessential action of the Trojan horse the Progressives have constructed to transform America from a representative republic with a capitalist economy into a centrally planned socialist democratic republic.
The shock troops for this movement which has captured the leadership of both major parties is made up of the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media, unions, crony capitalists, and a conglomeration of front groups and organizations, many of which receive vast amounts of government money.  These interest groups constantly agitate for Progressive policies and carry the water for Progressive politicians.  They also contribute time, money and resources for the election campaigns of the very Progressive politicians who vote to give them government grants in a circular money laundering scheme which if not illegal is certainly immoral.
Who are these Progressives in America today?  They’re the most vocal proponents of the manmade global warming hoax.  They serve as willing acolytes for their Nobel Prize winning high priest.  After failing to pass their much desired cap-n-trade they are regulating it into existence through the Environmental Protection Agency.
They are also the same ones who after leading the charge against integration, standing in the school house door and attacking peaceful demonstrators with everything from fire hoses to clubs they support every media starved Civil Rights professional who will rant and rave on cue to keep America’s deepest wound festering. 
They use Political Correctness to monitor and manage the discussion.  Political Correctness is the Progressives’ version of New Speak and the coin of their realm.  Many of these verbal add-ons are merely variations and expressions on the over-riding theme of take from the evil rich to help the deserving poor, with a good dose of “We’ve got to do it for the children” thrown in for good measure.  Political Correctness is strangling free speech and pushing many into a cone of silence wherein they no longer have the liberty to express their opinions without retaliation on the job or in school.
People who wish to take from the rich and give to the poor never create wealth themselves.  They always want to take from one and give to another so they can drain off a living in between exulting in the power to decide who deserves the blessings of their charity.  And they always seem to get more than anyone else.
The massive frauds and waste of the Federal government shows where this is headed.  As they swallow more of the economy their ineptitude seems to grow in direct proportion to the size of the swag.  Take for instance the stimulus slush-fund of 2009.  Billed as a way to create jobs this bill spent $278,000 for every job created.  In terms of the national debt President Obama is spreading the wealth around at an astounding rate of 3.94 billion dollars per day in deficit spending alone.  He has gone beyond taxing the rich and is now taxing the unborn.
Looking back at the battle cry of “Tax the rich” which symbolizes the inequity which is the Progressive tax system some often confuse this with the story of Robin Hood.  They say he stole from the rich to give to the poor.  They point to Robin and say that is all they want to do, take some of the excess wealth held by the rich and distribute it to the unfortunate. 
Unfortunately for them such a translation of the Robin Hood myth turns the story on its head.  After returning from a war of choice initiated by an absentee king in the Middle East Robin learned his estate had been taxed away.  Finding this level of abuse intolerable he became an outlaw stealing the ill-gotten loot government agents were extorting from the people in the form of taxes and then returned the money to those who had actually earned it.
Wait a minute maybe we do need Robin Hood today!
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owens’ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8 © 2011 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens.

Article of the Day: Rick Perry and Texas Job Numbers

Do you like graphs?  I now I do, particularly when they destroy any lies that liberals are trying to push.  Political Math has all the job number graphs you could ever want.  Just a few examples.

Texas employment with governor Rick Perry in charge (huge expansion, slight dip, then large expansion during recession):
National employment under President Bush (huge expansion, slight dip near end) then under President Obama (large dip, no recovery):

Jobs numbers compared with before the recession (1 job= 1 job before and after recession. Less than 1 is fewer jobs since the beginning of recession, more than 1 is more jobs since recession):

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Poll of the Day

From Fox News, this poll is (thankfully) about what you would expect:

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NY Times: Green Job Promises are "Failures"

This, ironically, from one of President Obama's biggest cheerleaders:
In the Bay Area as in much of the country, the green economy is not proving to be the job-creation engine that many politicians envisioned. President Obama once pledged to create five million green jobs over 10 years. Gov. Jerry Brown promised 500,000 clean-technology jobs statewide by the end of the decade. But the results so far suggest such numbers are a pipe dream.

“I won’t say I’m not frustrated,” said Van Jones, an Oakland activist who served briefly as Mr. Obama’s green-jobs czar before resigning under fire after conservative critics said he had signed a petition accusing the Bush administration of deliberately allowing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a claim Mr. Jones denies.

A study released in July by the non-partisan Brookings Institution found clean-technology jobs accounted for just 2 percent of employment nationwide and only slightly more — 2.2 percent — in Silicon Valley. Rather than adding jobs, the study found, the sector actually lost 492 positions from 2003 to 2010 in the South Bay, where the unemployment rate in June was 10.5 percent.

Federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show. Two years after it was awarded $186 million in federal stimulus money to weatherize drafty homes, California has spent only a little over half that sum and has so far created the equivalent of just 538 full-time jobs in the last quarter, according to the State Department of Community Services and Development.

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Go Figure: Charlie Rangel "Gets Sexist" with Laura Ingraham

And this is right after liberal hack Ed Schultz called her a "slut:"

The specific quote is: “Bill O’Reilly told me he had a secret weapon ... I didn’t know it was just a pretty girl." As in, 'Laura Ingraham is pretty, but stupid.'

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DOW Down Again; Live View

Welcome to Obama's world: where, even if stocks do well, the volatility in the market guarantees that it won't be for too long:
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NASA: Global Warming will Cause Aliens to Invade Earth, Exterminate Humanity

This is so crazy, I almost want it to happen so the aliens can get rid of these nut-jobs:
It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.

Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth's atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control – and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.

This highly speculative scenario is one of several described by a Nasa-affiliated scientist and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University that, while considered unlikely, they say could play out were humans and alien life to make contact at some point in the future.

Shawn Domagal-Goldman of Nasa's Planetary Science Division and his colleagues compiled a list of plausible outcomes that could unfold in the aftermath of a close encounter, to help humanity "prepare for actual contact".

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Video: Anderson Cooper Laughing Fit

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Obama: Assad Must Leave

President Obama did something reasonable and accurate this morning: he called for strongman/tyrant Bashar al-Assad to step down as President of Syria and for democracy to be instituted in the Middle Eastern nation.

I believed he should have taken these steps three months ago, but better late than never I suppose, especially since hundreds of more innocent's are dieing every week at the hands of this power hungry madman, and no-one was willing to cross Assad until we led the way.

Everyone is afraid of taking action opposing Assad because of his alliance with Iran, but we shouldn't be. He (Assad) might have Iran on his side, but every other country in the world (including mid-east power brokers, such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey) has not one ounce of sympathy for his murderous reign of terror.

As with Libya, I'm pleased the President has finally stepped up to the plate and stood against an avowed foe of not only our country, but of liberty, even though he should have taken such action in the beginning, and not towards the end.

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Video of Georgetown, China Basketball Brawl

This happened as VP Joe Biden was touring the country and Georgetown was travelling through China on a "goodwill" tour:

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Video of Rick Perry Heckled in New Hampshire

Some disrespectful protesters heckled the Texas Governor in New Hampshire today:

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Djou Running for Old Seat in HI

Mr. K will be happy to hear this one. Charles Djou, who served a partial term in the House as a Hawaii Republican, is back. He lost a bid for a second term last year and yesterday announced another bid for the seat.

“As we look to our future, we cannot afford passive representation,” Djou said. “The budget debate matters as our nation’s debt has been downgraded for the first time in history. At stake is nothing less than whether we will continue to be a great nation or whether we will slide into obsolescence.”

We hope he does well. He is an active-duty member of our military and will deploy to Afghanistan later this year.

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Breaking: Terror Attack in Israel Kills 7


Different reports are coming in about a terrorist attack in Israel. Reports of either 5, 6, or 7 civilians killed shatters the relative lack of terror attacks the country has faced in the last five years.

At least two buses were stormed by gunmen and as emergency personnel approached the scene another explosion hit.

In the first attack, three terrorists ambushed bus # 392 about 30 kilometers from Eilat as it traveled on Route 12 from Be'er Sheva towards the city, opening fire with automatic weapons. Most of the passengers in the first bus were IDF soldiers heading to the Red Sea resort city on leave. The troops engaged the terrorists in a shootout, killing at least two of the three operatives and leaving a third critically injured.

Terrorists targeted a second Egged bus less than an hour later, firing a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) at the vehicle and wounding more passengers just a few kilometers from Eilat.

An IDF military vehicle was blown up as it raced to the scene, driving over an explosive device planted on the narrow road, killing the car's occupants.

There is also word that there could have also been mortars fired from Egypt:

Shortly afterward, IDF forces rushed to the scene and were faced with several explosive devices that were detonated alongside an IDF vehicle.

At approximately 12:35, a mortar was fired from Egypt to Israel. No casualties were reported.

At 1:10 P.M., a terrorist cell fired an anti-tank missile at a private vehicle, wounding seven.

Minutes later, another cell fired an anti-tank missile at a private vehicle, killing six.

The IDF Spokesman reported that two to four terrorists were killed during the clashes.

Hopefully Israel weathers this attack and comes out stronger.

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Allen West: Liberal Black Leaders Overseeing 21st Century Plantation

Hat tip to Real Clear Politics.

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The Case Against Rick Perry; Part One; the Execution of an Innocent Man

Current Rasmussen polls show Texas Governor Rick Perry leading the Republican field with 29 % of the GOP vote, with second place Mitt Romney at 18%. As a newcomer who was vigorously courted prior to entering the race, Perry is likely at the peak of his popularity. I predict that as he becomes better known, and especially as some of his negatives become apparent, his support will fall off.

There are three major reasons not to hand the GOP nomination to Governor Perry. The first of these, the fact that he presided over a serious abuse of the justice system which resulted in the execution of a man who was almost certainly innocent, is discussed below.

On December 23, 1991, a fire at the Corsicana, Texas home of .Cameron Todd Willingham resulted in the deaths of his three daughters. Willingham himself escaped the home with only minor burns. Willingham's wife was not home at the time of the fire. Prosecutors charged that Willingham set the fire and killed the children in an attempt to cover up abuse of the girls. However, there was never any history or evidence of child abuse and Willingham's wife had told prosecutors that he had never abused the children. Willingham was convicted of murder, and after 12 years on death row, he was executed. for the murder of his three young children by arson.

In 2009, David Grann published an exhaustive essay in the New Yorker that documented the story of this crime in detail. The essay did not have the flavor of a propaganda piece, but presented the opinions and statements of all the participants .
The primary evidence leading to Willingham's arrest and conviction resulted from police inspections after the fire, based on forensic evidence that supposedly proved the fire was intentionally started using some form of liquid accelerant, thereby proving arson. However, as Grann shows, the evidence was, in fact, completely invalid.

Fire investigator Gerald L Hurst reviewed the case documents, including the trial transcriptions and an hour-long videotape of the aftermath of the fire scene. Hurst said in December 2004 that "There's nothing to suggest to any reasonable arson investigator that this was an arson fire. It was just a fire.” “The whole case was based on the purest form of junk science," Hurst later said. It became clear that the charge of arson was based on erroneous and invalid concepts, and this was shown to be the case prior to Willingham's execution.

In addition to the arson evidence, a jailhouse informant named Johnny Webb claimed that Willingham confessed to him that he set the fire to hide an injury or death of one of the girls, caused by his wife, although none of the girls at the time of death were found to have physical injuries still distinguishable after the effects of the fire. Webb later told a reporter for The New Yorker, "it's very possible I misunderstood what he said. Being locked up in that little cell makes you kind of crazy. My memory is in bits and pieces. I was on a lot of medication at the time. Everyone knew that.". At Willingham's trial, Webb offered an explanation for the individual, distinguishable burns that were found on the forehead and arm of one of the children, stating that Willingham confessed to burning her twice with a piece of "wadded up" paper in an effort to make it appear as though the children were "playing with fire" Webb was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Even the prosecutor described Webb as "an unreliable kind of guy", yet after Webb's testimony the prosecutor successfully got him released from prison early.

In addition to the invalid arson evidence, and the unreliable statements from the jailhouse informant, evidence was also presented that Willingham was an unsavory character with a large skull head tattoo, and a background that may or may not have included spousal abuse.

One of the prosecutors admitted that an "undeniably flawed forensic report" was used to convict Willingham, but claimed that other reasons established guilt.

After years on death row, Cameron Todd Willingham’s final recourse was to appeal to Rick Perry, the governor of Texas. In his final hours, Willingham and his attorneys tried frantically to show the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, a new scientific report proving his innocence. Governor Perry chose to ignore this evidence and refused to grant a stay of execution, saying through a spokesperson that "The Governor made his decision based on the facts of the case." Governor Perry said that the "supposed experts" were wrong, and setting up a straw man, claimed that the supposed contrary evidence was anti-death penalty "propaganda".

Willingham was executed on February 17, 2004. After reading Grann's report in the New Yorker, it seems clear that that none of the evidence used to convict Willingham was valid, and that an innocent man was executed.

Five years after Willingham was executed, the State of Texas ordered an unprecedented re-examination of the case. In August 2009, eighteen years after the fire and five years after Willingham's execution, a report conducted by Dr. Craig Beyler, hired by the Texas Forensic Science Commission to review the case, said that investigators ignored the scientific method for analyzing fires described in NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations and relied on "folklore" and "myths". The report found that "a finding of arson could not be sustained", and that key testimony from a fire marshal at Willingham's trial was "hardly consistent with a scientific mind-set and is more characteristic of mystics or psychics”.

As the commission prepared to hear testimony from Beyler, Governor Perry quickly fired and replaced three of the nine commission members in an apparent attempt to change the commission's findings. Perry denies these allegations. Rick Perry aide Mary Anne Wiley said the commission's $30,000 hiring of fire scientist Craig Beyler was a waste of taxpayer money.

The final report confirmed what five other leading arson experts had found -- what passed for arson analysis had no scientific basis. The report concluded that the original arson investigators relied on now-outdated science in concluding that the fire was intentionally set. This was a fire; it was not arson. In response to charges that he allowed the execution of an innocent man, Perry was quoted as stating "he was a wife beater."

There was one more piece of activity that smacks of a cover-up. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled that the state's Forensic Science Commission (FSC) does not have authority to review evidence regarding the possible innocence of Willingham, because evidence that was tested or offered into evidence prior to September 1, 2005 is beyond the scope of the FSC's legal jurisdiction.

The execution of an innocent person has long been regarded as a nightmare by most persons including supporters of the death penalty.

John Stuart Mill was an eloquent defender of capital punishment, arguing that executing a murderer was proof of the value of life. However, for Mill, there was one clear exception, “that if by an error of justice an innocent person is put to death, the mistake can never be corrected.”

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has said that the “execution of a legally and factually innocent person would be a constitutionally intolerable event.”

The process by which a governor may grant clemency is considered the last gatekeeper to the executioner, and has been called by the U.S. Supreme Court “the ‘fail safe’ in our criminal justice system.” This is a serious duty. With his cavalier attitude toward critical new evidence, his unwillingness to take his profound responsibility seriously, Rick Perry failed a critical test.

This can be contrasted with Illinois Governor George Ryan, an advocate of capital punishment who suspended the death penalty in 2000, after thirteen people on death row in Illinois were exonerated, declaring that he could no longer support a system that has “come so close to the ultimate nightmare—the state’s taking of innocent life.”

Choosing who shall live and who shall die is a serious matter, requiring an obligation to use restraint when there is doubt. We want leaders whom we can trust to exercise power responsibly. The Willingham case clearly shows that Rick Perry lacks the virtues of both charity and justice. His ethical shortcomings result in him not being the sort of man we want to select for President of the United States.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011



Every election cycle we seem to be presented with a choice between bad and awful for each major office. We then calculate the lesser of two evils, pinch our noses as tightly closed as we can get them, and vote. Along the way we may wonder: where do we get these people? It is not that we have never heard of them. Odds are they have all been deeply burrowed into their congressional seats or other political offices for many years, and over those many years we have never grown at all fond of them.

In theory, we have the power to get rid of the rulers we don’t like – just vote them out. But the same people keep turning up on our ballots. What to do? Then, as we drive home from the polling place, a melodious voice on the radio intones: “Term Limits!” We have our Aha! moment, and we are for term limits. But is it a solution?

Clearly our Founding Fathers did not intend a nation in which we would be ruled by an elite class of permanent office holders. And that’s without ever having met Nancy Pelosi. George Washington stunned the crowned heads of Europe by returning to his farm after two terms as president, and his successors dutifully followed his example. At least until 1940, when, surprise, surprise, a liberal Democrat (FDR, for the younger readers) declared himself to be the first essential man and ran for a third, then a fourth term.

After that we amended the Constitution to prohibit such presidential excess in the future, saving ourselves from the Idi Amin President-for-Life example. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has since ruled that only by constitutional amendment can congressional terms be limited. See US Term Limits v. Thornton, 514 U.S. 779 (1995). Why not do a counterpart amendment for congresspersons* and senators? Because the amendment process gives congress the first power to rule on proposed amendments. Both house and senate must pass a proposed amendment, each by supermajority, before it can be forwarded to the States. One can imagine the likelihood of two thirds of our current lifetime rulers voting to limit their death grips on “their” seats.

So what do we do now? Your writer, being an attorney, humbly proposes the following federal statute, which would not run afoul of the US Term Limits case since it does not try to limit terms. Instead it would require the perpetual candidate to gamble with his own money rather than that of the taxpayers, and might have a real impact on the lifetime politician’s constant “I’m-taking-my-game-to-the-next-level” upwardly mobile conceit:

1. No person shall declare himself a candidate for, and/or campaign for nomination or election to, any elective office of the United States or any state or subdivision thereof while at the same time holding any other elective or appointive office of the United States. [Translation: neither Hillary nor BHO would be allowed to hold on to “their” Senate seat while taking a full year or two off at the taxpayers’ expense running for president; Kay Bailey Hutchison would not be allowed to hold on to “her” Senate seat while taking time off at the taxpayers’ expense running for Governor of Texas.]

2. No person shall declare himself a candidate for, and/or campaign for nomination or election to, more than one elective office of the United States at the same time. [Translation: Lyndon Johnson would not have been allowed to run for President of the United States and U.S. Senator from Texas at the same time.]

3. No person shall be eligible for appointment to the United States Senate who is related by blood or marriage to the appointing authority. [Translation: Lisa Murkowski would not be eligible to be appointed to the Senate by her father.]

4. No person shall be eligible to be elected to any elective office of the United States who has been declared legally dead prior to the election date for said office. [Translation: Missouri would no longer be allowed to elect dead people to the U. S. Senate; see 2000 election.]

5. No person named John McCain shall declare himself a candidate for, and/or campaign for nomination or election to, any elective office of the United States or any state or subdivision thereof, ever again. [Translation: None needed.]

6. No person holding any elective office of the United States shall ever refer to said office as “my seat”. The penalty for a first offense shall be $50,000.00, to be paid to the U.S. Treasury from the offender’s personal funds; each subsequent offense, if any, shall be double the previous penalty and payable as above. [Translation: It is probably more civilized than shooting them.]

The proposed statute, being only six paragraphs long, should easily fit on one piece of paper, thereby confusing our congresspersons*, who are accustomed to diligently poring through multi-thousand page bills. They may feel an overpowering urge to add a few thousand pages of amendments, each of which will no doubt be a great improvement.

Readers: by all means feel free to comment or suggest your own amendments. They would almost certainly be better than what Congress would come up with.

MO Atty

* Please note the ironic usage.

* Please note the ironic usage.

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Romney Leads in NH Poll

With Texas Governor Rick Perry in the race, it appears that a race is brewing nationally. In New Hampshire, Mitt Romney seems to be benefiting from geography. The former Governor of Massachusetts has been right next door to the Granite State.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann appears not to be gaining in the state that welcomed Sarah Plain-endorsed Kelly Ayotte to the Senate last year. These are all coming from a new Magellan Strategies poll.

Romney: 38%
Perry: 18%
Paul: 14
Bachmann: 10%
Huntsman: 3%
Cain: 3%
Gingrich: 2%

Some interesting other results are favorability ratings:

Among all voters surveyed Romney remains very popular with a favorable rating of 66% and an unfavorable rating of 24%. Perry also has a significantly favorable image ratio of 51% F / 27% U.

Other candidates though are seeing their negative image ratings rise. Bachmann is still more popular than not with a 49% favorable rating. But 39% say they have an unfavorable opinion of her. Meanwhile, former Obama administration official Jon Huntsman (20% F / 47% U), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (29% F / 60% U), Texas Rep. Ron Paul (39% F / 47% U) and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (30% F / 42% U) each have more respondents who say they don’t like them than do. Herm Cain breaks about even with a 36% favorable rating versus 34% unfavorable.

The case of Bachmann is especially interesting. She remains very popular among self-identified conservatives with a 62% Favorable rating and a 28% Unfavorable rating. But it is a completely different story among Independents, 51% of who view her Unfavorably, while only 40% view her Favorably. The split in the voting public’s view of Bachmann demonstrates the uniquely complex texture of the New Hampshire electorate

It's gearing up to be a race.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fracking, Drilling and "Promiscuous Womenfolk"

Nearly everything has been blamed on horizontal hydraulic fracturing. Generally, these claims are isolated to economic, environmental and health concerns, but the rubicon of absurdity has officially been eclipsed, and now fracking is being blamed for increasing the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. Wait, that is a health related issue, I suppose.

With "fracking" as the euphemism of choice, it was only a matter of time before the drilling technique became a double entendre.

This from House Democrat Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla (D-Lancaster)

“Also, aside from building roads so their trucks can get to drill sites and doing a little stream work to mitigate damage from their road building, exactly what are all those things the drillers are doing for the local communities? Patronizing the bars at night? Driving up the cost of rental housing? Spreading sexually transmitted disease amongst the womenfolk? Causing school districts to ask local governments to ban truck traffic on local roads during school bus pick-up and drop-off times so kids don't get killed? Upgrading emergency preparedness equipment to handle a well blow out? Running compressor stations that have decibel levels equal to a jet engine?...Really community-oriented stuff...”

Desperate times call for desperate measures I suppose. Statements like this strike me as exceedingly desperate!

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August 16 Wisconsin Recall Results

--UPDATE (10:52 PM)--

Jim Holperin (D) - 20,508 - 53%
Kim Simac (R) - 18,140 - 47%

71% of precincts reporting...

UPDATE (10:50 PM)--

Not looking for Republicans in the 12th State Senate District:

Jim Holperin (D) - 17,251 - 54%
Kim Simac (R) - 14,869 - 46%

UPDATE (10:42 PM)--

Final results from Wisconsin's 22nd State Senate District:

Bob Wirch (D) - 23,405 - 57%
John Steitz (R) - 17,703 - 43%

-UPDATE (10:39 PM)--

Bob Wirch has won his recall election with 56% of the vote.

--UPDATE (10:34 PM)--

Holperin (D) - 12,009 - 54%
Simac (R) - 10,176 - 46%

46% of precincts reporting.

Wirch (D) - 18,676 - 55%
Steitz (R) - 15,013 - 45%

78% of precincts reporting.

--Original Post--

The votes has been cast and the results are being announced from the final two recall elections in Wisconsin. These two recalls involve incumbent Democrats who fled the state to avoid voting on Scott Walker's budget earlier this year.

State Senate District 12:

Jim Holperin (D) - 11,961 - 54%
Kim Simac (R) - 10,106 - 46%

45% of precincts reporting.

State Senate District 22:

Bob Wirch (D) - 18,017 - 56%
John Steitz (R) - 14,340 - 44%

70% of precints reporting.

Stay tuned for updates.

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