Monday, October 3, 2011

Ken Burns: "Slavery was our worst idea. I'm not sure Prohibition was second, but it's is right up there.""

I'm not sure that slavery, per se, was an American idea even though it was terrible. Prohibition, however is purely American and gives a glimpse into the progressive politics that brought it about.


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Breaking: Holder Was Aware of Fast and Furious

New leaked information has indicated that United States Attorney General Eric Holder, was in fact of the operation known as Fast and Furious. Holder testified that he had only heard of the operation "recently."

FoxNews is reporting that Holder was personally identified as being informed of the plan at least twice. One report, from 2010, states that Holder was informed of the plan. This new information premiered just minutes ago on Fox's Special Report with Bret Baier.

If true, this would show that the Department of Justice was far more involved in the operation than it previously admitted. With more revelations spilling out regarding the case, Holder's duplicity could either point to gross incompetence or a cover-up. Both are unbecoming to his office.

Waiting on a print article from Fox.

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Amanda Knox Acquitted

From ABC:
A jubilant Amanda Knox was cleared of murder charges today by an Italian appeals court today, ending her four-year prison ordeal and clearing the way for the American student to return home to Seattle.

The tension of the moment was so acute and full of dread for Knox that she looked pale and physically ill when she was brought into the courtroom for the verdict. A female member of her legal team knelt next to Knox to comfort her.

When the judge cracked the tension by announcing her acquittal, Knox nearly collapsed. She was rushed out of the courtroom, barely able to walk, stumbling while being hauled along by court officers.

The former exchange student was crying and doubled over, her head occasionally coming up for big breaths of air.

Left behind in the courtroom was the family of Meredith Kercher, Knox's British roommate who she was accused of killing. Kercher's mother, Arline Kercher, sat stoicly long after the elated Knox family hugged each other fiercely and streamed out into the street.

In the street, the family was greeted with cheers and boos with some shouting "disgrace."
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Rumor: Christie Backers told to Assemble in Trenton on Thursday

According to new information, key Chris Christie backers have been told to go to Trenton, New Jersey on Thursday. This information comes as reports fly that the New Jersey Governor is actively thinking about jumping into the race. Rumors have also mentioned that Nancy Reagan and George W. Bush are pushing for him to enter the fray.

A top Christie backer last week claimed that he was told not to support another candidate until this week. Now we get word that fundraisers are told to assemble in New Jersey's capital later this week.

Big potential donors to Christie have been told to prepare to go to Trenton this Thursday to stand on stage with him for the announcement if he decides to run. He has not decided yet.

The Governor has been holding his cards close to his chest and has not been as unequivocal in his denials of running. His speech at the Reagan Library received standing ovations and a woman begging for him to enter the race.

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Top Christie donors told to head to Trenton

The speculation continues:
With speculation mounting over a possible presidential run for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a reliable source emails me this:

Big potential donors to Christie have been told to prepare to go to Trenton this Thursday to stand on stage with him for the announcement if he decides to run. He has not decided yet.

Regardless of his decision, this announcement will be big news…
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World's Earliest Christian Engraving Shows Surprising Pagan Elements

Simply interesting. From Fox News:
Researchers have identified what is believed to be the world's earliest surviving Christian inscription, shedding light on an ancient sect that followed the teachings of a second-century philosopher named Valentinus.

Officially called NCE 156, the inscription is written in Greek and is dated to the latter half of the second century, a time when the Roman Empire was at the height of its power.

An inscription is an artifact containing writing that is carved on stone. The only other written Christian remains that survive from that time period are fragments of papyri that quote part of the gospels and are written in ink. Stone inscriptions are more durable than papyri and are easier to display. NCE 156 also doesn't quote the gospels directly, instead its inscription alludes to Christian beliefs.

"If it is in fact a second-century inscription, as I think it probably is, it is about the earliest Christian material object that we possess," study researcher Gregory Snyder, of Davidson College in North Carolina, told LiveScience...

As translated by Snyder, the inscription reads:

To my bath, the brothers of the bridal chamber carry the torches,
[here] in our halls, they hunger for the [true] banquets,
even while praising the Father and glorifying the Son.
There [with the Father and the Son] is the only spring and source of truth.
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Photos: Obama Marched with Black Panthers in 2007

What the hell was he thinking?! There are no words:

From Breitbart:
New photographs obtained exclusively by BigGovernment.com reveal that Barack Obama appeared and marched with members of the New Black Panther Party as he campaigned for president in Selma, Alabama in March 2007.

The photographs, captured from a Flickr photo-sharing account before it was scrubbed, are the latest evidence of the mainstream media’s failure to examine Obama’s extremist ties and radical roots.

In addition, the new images raise questions about the possible motives of the Obama administration in its infamous decision to drop the prosecution of the Panthers for voter intimidation.

The images, presented below, also renew doubts about the transparency of the White House’s guest logs–in particular, whether Panther National Chief Malik Zulu Shabazz is the same “Malik Shabazz” listed among the Obama administration’s early visitors.
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NY Post- "Furiously Unraveling: Gun Scandal Still Growing"

From the New York Post:
The joke goes that anything named “Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms” ought to be a convenience store instead of an arm of the federal government, but what’s going on in Washington these days with the embattled agency is no laughing matter.

Hardly a week passes now without some revelation about the Obama administration’s complicity in what may yet turn out to be one of the worst and most lethal scandals in American history: Operation Fast and Furious.

In a classic Friday document dump -- a sure sign of an administration with something to hide -- the feds released to congressional investigators a month’s worth of e-mail correspondence in the summer of 2010 between Bill Newell, then head ATF agent in Phoenix, and his friend Kevin O’Reilly, a former White House national-security staffer for North American affairs.

What do you know? Among the e-mails was a photograph of a powerful Barrett .50-caliber rifle that had been illegally purchased in Tucson and recovered in Sonora, Mexico, raising the possibility of a second “gunwalking” program, this one called “Wide Receiver.”

Like Fast and Furious, the ATF-supervised scheme that saw thousands of weapons “walk” across the Mexican border for reasons no one in the Justice Department has yet satisfactorily explained, Wide Receiver was apparently a joint operation that also included the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the IRS and the US Attorney’s office.

It’s likely there have been others, in such states as Florida and Indiana.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Occupy D.C. an Intellectual Bust

Special thanks to James T Harris for bringing this video to my attention.


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Roseanne Barr: Behead Bankers, Rich Who Won't Give Up Wealth

Impossibly stupid:
Actress, comedienne and now author Roseanne Barr shares her solution for dealing with the rich and how the banks could repay the money the U.S. government bailed them out with in 2008.

"Part of my platform is, of course, the guilty must be punished and that we no longer let our children see their guilty leaders getting away with murder. Because it teaches children, you know, that they don't have to have any morals as long as they have guns and are bullies and I don't think that's a good message," Barr told Russia Today (RT).

"I do say that I am in favor of the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty.

"I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million [of] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount of that amount then they should, you know, go to the reeducation camps and if that doesn't help, then being beheaded," Barr said with a straight face.
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Obama Grassroots Challenge Fails to Meet Goal; Gets Only 58% of Goal

Probably because his supporters only have change left:
The Obama campaign, which has prided itself on robust engagement of its grassroots supporters, appears to have stumbled in an effort meant to enlist at least 20,000 small donors by the end of September.

A campaign website set up to track the grassroots fundraising competition reported just 11,518 donations through 12:47 p.m. on Sept. 30 — a surprising result given the intensive focus on the program by Obama’s campaign team.

The president himself had offered a phone call to the two individuals who gathered the most contributions as a top prize.

Obama campaign aides have publicly advertised a $55 million fundraising goal for the third quarter, which ended Friday — a number they’ll likely reach and exceed.

But the outcome of the grassroots challenge could be a sign the total won’t be as impressive, or goal-shattering, as it was the quarter before.
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Flashback- Obama Told Anti-Israel Propagandist in 2004: "Keep Up the Good Work"

The Electronic Intifada is a website described by many as one of the worst websites on the Internet.  According to Ken Roth of the Jerusalem Post, it pushes "anti-Israel propaganda in pro-Palestinian platforms."  Even websites devoted to covering Palestine decry it as being "dominated by hypocrisy and selfish politics."

And yet it is to a writer of this website that then-State Senator Barack Obama gave words of encouragement to. According to pro-Palestinian blogger Ali Abunimah, in 2004 Mr. Obama personally discussed his campaign for the U.S. Senate with him.

Taking Mr. Abunimah to the side, Mr. Obama said, “Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front.” Referring to Mr. Abunimah's criticism of the United States and Israel, Mr. Obama told him to, “Keep up the good work!”

The piece that Mr. Abunimah was actually critical of then-US Senator Obama.  His point was that the future President was pro-Palestinian in the early 2000s, but slowly he stopped criticizing the "war crimes" of Israel and talked less and less of the goodness of Palestine.  Mr. Abunimah was decidedly disappointed.
Picture Included in The Electronic Intifada Article
However, according to most, President Obama has been one of the least-supportive President of Israel in recent memory.  From his demand that Israel recede to 1967 boarders, to his insistence that Israel stop building settlements in Jerusalem, Mr. Obama has certainly changed the American-Israeli narrative that existed during the Bush Presidency.

And yet, The Electronic Intifada remains unimpressed. One article declared, "Throw a shoe at Obama’s betrayal!"  The basis of the article was that the President did not want Israel to return to 1967 boarders... even though he explicitly said that he did.

But then again, what do you expect from a website described as propaganda?

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Cheney: Obama Owes Bush an Apology



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Cain Wins TeaCon Straw Poll with Astounding 77% of Vote

Herman "Awesome" Cain on a roll. Can you say "momentum?":
Two darlings of the Tea Party got in plenty of barbs at President Barack Obama, sitting Republicans and what they described as government over-regulation as they basked in adulation at TeaCon 2011, the first Midwestern Tea Party Convention, which drew about 1,000 people to Schaumburg this weekend.

Herman Cain, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and the only GOP presidential candidate to attend in person, won a TeaCon 2011 straw poll by a landslide Saturday evening.

His blunt comments — including, “Stupid people are ruining America” — were frequently interrupted with standing ovations at the Schaumburg Convention Center. U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) also received a hero’s welcome.

Cain said he would spend money to build up a strong U.S. defense; support Israel; push domestic oil drilling with an “attitude adjustment” for the EPA, and promote his 9-9-9 tax reform plan.

Saying “I kinda like clinging to my guns and Bibles, and I’m not going to let them go,” Cain declared, “this nation is weaker as a result of this administration.”
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Two Months in Review

August and September were eventful months for the main writers of Pundit Press.  Most of us live in upstate New York, which was hammered by Hurricane Irene.  Electricity was  lost for a day, internet was lost for a week.  Two of the writers thought they were going to die.  And when the storm had passed, in the real world there was much volunteering to be done.  We all made it through, but our traffic understandably dipped.  In any event, we did not write a Month in Review for August, so this one is for August and September both.  So, without further ado:

Number of articles written in August and September: 542 articles

Most articles by author-

Aurelius- 404 articles (74.5%)
Thomas Ferdousi- 73 articles
Mr. K- 58 articles
Unlikely Hospitalist- 28 articles
Danny R Butcher- 9 articles
Dr. Owens- 9 articles
Dr. White- 6 articles
Kaptain Krude- 3 articles
Fenway_Nation- 2 article
Eric Dondero- 1 article
Joe C.- 1 article

In the months of August and September, Pundit Press received 74,841 pageviews.

The top articles of the month:

1. Massive White House Protest Limps Along, with an STD Update, by Unlikely Hospitalist, with 3,665 views

2. Hurricane Irene Schoharie County Photos, by Mr. K, with 3,354 views

3. Muslim Brotherhood Leader: Gaddafi Must Die, by Aurelius, with 3,151 views

4. "Gaddafi Death Picture" an Obvious Fake, by Aurelius, with 2,702 views

5. Liberals Create Video Game in Which Tea Partiers are Murdered, by Aurelius, with 2,047 views

6. Former Gingrich Staffer: 80% Twitter Followers are Fake, by Aurelius, with 1,989 views

7. Inevitable: Liberals Actually Blaming Republicans for Hurricane Irene, by Aurelius, with 1,825 views

8. 'Rick Perry' Bad Lip-Syncing Video, by Aurelius, with 1,378 views

9. Live Wisconsin Election Coverage, by Aurelius, with 1,370 views

10. Article About Lara Logan Getting Raped, by Aurelius, with 1,205 views

11. Vote: Who won Last Night's Republican Debate?, by Aurelius, with 1,200 views

12. Vote: If You Had One Word to Describe President Obama, What Would it Be?, by Aurelius, with 986 views

Top Contributor of the Months-

Are you kidding? Aurelius

Those that linked to Us:

Michelle Malkin
Instapundit
Gateway Pundit
Weasel Zippers
Director Blue
WCBM

Tomb of the the unknown blogger (for anyone we missed)

Notes-

- We survived Hurricane Irene
- Joe C. wrote an entire article
- People other than Aurelius need to start writing (nudge, nudge Mr. K, Thomas, Danny, and Joe)
- Osama bin Laden is still dead, along with Anwar Al-Awlaki

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Huckabee Asked to Run for President by Supporters

Yet another candidate?:
Mike Huckabee has been approached by conservative activists unhappy with the current crop of Republican and presidential hopefuls, sources told Reuters, but the former Arkansas governor said he is not seriously considering a run.

Many polls show President Barack Obama ahead of his potential rivals in 2012, forcing Republicans to look outside the current field of candidates for a possible challenger, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

After Reuters reported that Huckabee had been approached recently, he said he was unlikely to enter the race.

"I don't see it happening," Huckabee told Fox News, unless he said, someone presented him with 50 million dollars up front. "I don't see the pathway financially and organizationally, you know, to get there."

But the conservative Huckabee, who appeals to evangelical Christians and is seen as an effective campaigner, had been weighing the idea, according to two sources who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

"He is entertaining the request for conversations about it," one of the sources close to Huckabee said. "I do not think it is a complete 100 percent 'I'm reconsidering' but he hasn't shut the door on it."
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700 Arrested After Wall Street Protest on Brooklyn Bridge

From Fox News:
New York City police say about 700 protesters have been arrested after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours.

The group Occupy Wall Street has been camped out in a plaza in Manhattan's Financial District for nearly two weeks staging various marches, and had orchestrated an impromptu trek to Brooklyn on Saturday evening. They walked in thick rows on the sidewalk up to the bridge, where some demonstrators spilled onto the roadway after being told to stay on the pedestrian pathway, police said. Most of those arrested face disorderly conduct charges, while others were accused of resisting arrest.

Some protesters sat on the roadway, while others chanted and yelled at the police from the pedestrian walkaway above. Police used orange netting to stop the group on the roadway from going further down the bridge, which is under construction.

Some of the protesters said they were lured onto the roadway by police, or they didn't hear the calls from authorities to head to the pedestrian walkway. Police said no one was tricked into being arrested, and those who were in the back of the group were allowed to leave.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Video: Herman Cain on the Tonight Show



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Video- 29-Year-Old Deaf Woman Hears Herself for the First Time

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NATO Captures Senior Haqqani Leader

HT: USA Today

Excellent news on the War in Afghanistan front: Haji Mali Khan, the brother-in-law of Haqqani founder and all-around bad guy Jalaludin Haqqani, was captured without resistance in Afghanistan's Paktia Province this morning. Khan was a senior leader within the Haqqani network, who managed bases and oversaw missions.

This capture will significantly impair the Haqqani's ability to launch attacks in Afghanistan, which have slowly become more hazardous to Afghan and Coalition forces than Taliban fighters in the past year. Hopefully, we are able to gain valuable intelligence and disrupt Haqqani operations from this capture.

With the news that we killed Anwar al-Awlaki yesterday in Yemen and captured Khan today in Afghanistan, maybe the American citizenry will realize we're winning our fight against Islamic Jihadism, and stop calling for our soldiers to return home before the job is done.

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Liberals Call for Death of Herman Cain; "I Applauded" When He Almost Died of Cancer

I have been writing for Pundit Press for over a year now and I have been a close follower of the news my entire life.  And yet, I have never, ever experienced such vitriolic hatred that the Left is spewing today.  Since the beginning of the year, we have covered liberals calling for the death of Sarah Palin.  We covered a video game, created by a liberal, about killing Tea Partiers.  We even covered liberals blaming Republicans for Hurricane Irene.

But the hatred that has been aimed at Herman Cain is like none other that I have ever witnessed.  Why exactly the Left hates Mr. Cain can only be guessed at.  Whatever the reason, it is not based in reality but on hatred.

And now there's this: there are liberals calling for his assassination or, at the 'very least,' his death.  It is so disgusting and disturbing on so many different levels that it boggles my mind.  Here are just a few examples that I found:

This comment came from a News One article which called on Herman Cain to be quiet (expletives obscured):
This one comes under a YouTube Video entitled, "White Republicans are RACIST BIGOTS" (expletives obscured):
This comment comes from another YouTube video, this one called "Bank Robber Just Wants Healthhcare."  The person's insane suggestion? "Shoot Herman Cain:"
On top of these, there are many more calling for the death of Herman Cain, regardless of how.  For example, this comment from the Huffington Post that refers to when Mr. Cain was speaking about almost dying from cancer:
Note: 4,693 fans
This one comes from Twitter, where a user tells Mr. Cain that he should just kill himself:
And this comment comes from Mediaite, under an article about Herman Cain's thoughts on the Ground Zero Mosque, also known as the Park 51 Project:
Notice: Six "Likes"
I do not know what to say any more.  The fact is, there isn't really that much to say other than these comments are some of the most vile things I have ever seen.  "Civility?"  What a joke.

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Fast and Furious Docs: Obama Aide Knew of Conspiracy

From CBS:
Late Friday, the White House turned over new documents in the Congressional investigation into the ATF "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal.

The documents show extensive communications between then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office Bill Newell - who led Fast and Furious - and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O'Reilly. Emails indicate the two also spoke on the phone. Such detailed, direct communications between a local ATF manager in Phoenix and a White House national security staffer has raised interest among Congressional investigators looking into Fast and Furious. Newell has said he and O'Reilly are long time friends.

ATF agents say that in Fast and Furious, their agency allowed thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to be sold to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels. At least two of the guns turned up at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last December.

ATF Manager says he shared Fast and Furious with the White House

The email exchanges span a little over a month last summer. They discuss ATF's gun trafficking efforts along the border including the controversial Fast and Furious case, though not by name. The emails to and from O'Reilly indicate more than just a passing interest in the Phoenix office's gun trafficking cases. They do not mention specific tactics such as "letting guns walk."

A lawyer for the White House wrote Congressional investigators: "none of the communications between ATF and the White House revealed the investigative law enforcement tactics at issue in your inquiry, let alone any decision to allow guns to 'walk.'"
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Friday, September 30, 2011

Angry Joe Biden Email Asks for Donations: "What's Stopping You... Get Off the Sidelines"

Yesterday we covered the fact that a mass Obama 2012 email tried to passively-aggressively guilt people into donating to the President's campaign.  Today, it looks like they're a bit angry.  In a new mass email, Vice President Joe Biden asks people accusingly, "What's stopping you, right now?"

It's an odd email, to be sure. Here are the oddest parts (emphasis mine):
Subject: What's stopping you, right now?...

If you know you're going to donate to this campaign eventually, what's stopping you from doing it right now?

If you're going to be a part of history in 2012, it's time to get off the sidelines...

And what you're capable of is incredible -- if you decide to do it.
Please, Mr. Vice President, stop talking down to all of us.  Although, I have to admit, if Mr. Biden is this upset, it could mean that the White House is worried about the GOP winning come 2012.  Either that or Joe is angry all the time...
Here is the entire email:
From: Joe Biden (info@barackobama.com)
Subject: What's stopping you, right now?
To: "XXXXXX XXXX" (xxxxxxxx@xxxxxx.com)
Date: Friday, September 30, 2011, 3:58 PM

Friend --

I need to ask you one last thing before tonight's midnight deadline:

If you know you're going to donate to this campaign eventually, what's stopping you from doing it right now?

If you're going to be a part of history in 2012, it's time to get off the sidelines.

So, before midnight, will you chip in what you can and say you're in?

This has never been about Barack and me.

We're just two guys. It's folks like you out there who will decide this election.

And what you're capable of is incredible -- if you decide to do it.

https://donate.barackobama.com/Friday-Deadline

Thank you,

Joe

P.S. -- That deadline also applies to the dinner Barack is having with four supporters. Donate today and you'll be automatically entered for the chance to be there.
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Is the Federal Reserve Constitutional?

The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States.  It is in charge of printing money issuing bonds and setting interest rates for those bonds.  Article 1, Section 8 says, “The Congress shall have Power … to coin Money, regulate the Value thereof” the Federal Reserve is never mentioned.  Has it always been this way?  Does any other country do this?  How did the Federal Reserve get its power over our currency and our economy?   And the issue so many are interested in today: is the Federal Reserve constitutional?
Has it always been this way? 
At the dawn of the Republic our first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton issued several reports which in many ways set the tone and pointed the way for the development of America in the economic sphere.  His first report on the public credit recommended that the new central government not only honor the debts contracted under the original government as established under the Articles of Confederation but that it also assume the war debts of the States.  This recommendation was followed by Congress and the Washington administration created what has evolved into a permanent national debt.
In 1790 Hamilton submitted his second report which asked Congress to charter the Bank of the United States.  Several aspects of the bank Hamilton proposed will sound familiar and it can be seen that they provided the mold for the Federal Reserve.  His plan was closely modeled after that used by Great Britain’s Bank of England.  According to Hamilton’s vision the Bank of the United States would be a public/private hybrid.  It would have an exclusive charter for twenty years.  Its initial capitalization would be ten million dollars consisting of eight million from private investors and two million from the government.  Congress would give the Bank the right to print paper money up to the ten million held in deposit.  Most importantly the central government would declare that the notes issued by the Bank would be the only notes which would be accepted in payment for taxes.  This would give the notes of the Bank of the United States credibility and value, which none of its state chartered competitors could match.  This was Hamilton’s proposal.  Now all he had to do was get it passed into law.
The report was introduced into Congress in 1790 and by February 1791 it passed both the House and the Senate and arrived on the desk of President Washington.  This is when the battle of the Titans really began.  Leading Anti-Federalists and strict constructionists such as James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Edmund Randolph, argued that the Constitution did not grant the government the power to incorporate a Bank.  It was not an enumerated power and therefore it was reserved to the States or the people.  Those arguing for a strict interpretation of the newly minted Constitution, which Madison and Randolph had helped write, urged Washington in a written report not to sign the bill.

Ever the fulcrum between his philosophically divided advisors Washington presented Hamilton with the argument opposing his plan and asked him to present his argument in favor.  Hamilton using his excellent reasoning and communication skills presented President Washington with the original argument for the implied powers granted to the central government by the Constitution.  This report appealed to what is now known as the “Necessary and Proper” clause.  He argued that the government was inherently empowered to do whatever was necessary to implement the laws required to use the enumerated powers.  President Washington accepted Hamilton’s argument and signed the bill and the first Bank of the United States was born.
Beginning on July 4, 1791the first thing the new Bank did was inflate a financial bubble by offering the largest initial stock offering the nation had ever seen.  Investors showed their confidence in Hamilton’s plan by quickly buying the options on the first issue of stock.  Many of these initial investors were members of Congress.  The initial price for the options was $25.  This was soon bid up to over $300.  It soon crashed to $150.  Thus within days of its first action this original central bank inflated a bubble that soon burst.  However, Secretary Hamilton setting the example for the central bankers to follow stepped into the breach and averted a general financial panic by purchasing government securities with public funds thus stabilizing the markets and rewarding those who had initially speculated.
The bank opened for business in December of 1791.  All manner of people, landowners, manufacturers, merchants, politicians, and most important of all, the government of the United States lined up to deposit money and to obtain the new Bank script.  Within months the Bank was the single largest economic enterprise in the nation.
Beginning a pattern that would be repeated over and over the bank which had been created to ensure a firm foundation for the American economy inflated another bubble and caused another crash.
First the Bank flooded the market with easy loans and a massive issue of paper dollars.  This move added liquidity pushing the new securities market into a sharp rise.  However, then the Bank reversed course and began calling in many loans.  Investors and speculators were especially affected as they were forced to sell securities to pay the loans.  When the largest of the speculators William Duer was forced to declare bankruptcy the markets collapsed.  This in turn caused the financial markets to freeze up putting a stop to much of the nation’s credit and commerce.  This is known as the Panic of 1792.  The crash didn’t last long because Secretary Hamilton once again stepped in and bought government securities with public funds injecting much needed capital into the economy.
Over its 20 year life the first Bank of the United States functioned as the central bank.  It worked to regulate state banks, closing those that issued too much paper.  It attempted to guide the entire economy through its monetary and interest policies.  It coordinated all its branches up and down the east coast to project a united front in its economic policy by either tightening or loosening credit.
By the time it came for a renewal of the bank’s charter the Federalists were no longer in the seats of power and the newly ascendant Democratic Republicans led by Thomas Jefferson defeated its bid for another twenty years, and the first bank of the United States, America’s experiment with central banking was over.
Does any other country do this?  Yes, many other countries have central banks.  Today it is a hallmark of an advanced economy.
How did the Federal Reserve get its power over our currency and our economy?   There were subsequent attempts to establish central banking in the United Sates.  There was a second Bank of the United States chartered in 1816, but after being blamed for a series of bubbles and crashes its charter was not renewed and it ceased operations in 1836.  In 1863 in the depths of the Civil War Congress passed the National Banking Act which chartered numerous Federal Banks.  This law also taxed paper money issued by State banks but not paper money issued by the Federal banks giving them a decided advantage.
In 1913 the Federal Reserve System was born.  It established what is known as a decentralized central bank in that it has semi-autonomous branches.  It was given the power to control the currency, issue bonds, and set interest rates for those bonds.  It was established as a public/private concern and actually owned by stock holders.  Who are these stock holders?  They are private banks, and ownership of stock is required to participate in the system.  The system was instituted to provide the foundation for a stable banking industry and an elastic currency that could be used to smooth the rough edges of the business cycle.  Whether this latest experiment in American\central banking has fulfilled its mission each citizen should judge for themselves.
Is the Federal Reserve constitutional?  The first Bank of the United States was never challenged in court as to whether or not the government had the power to create a central bank.  But the second Bank was.   The Supreme Court in 1819 ruled in McCulloch v. Maryland that it was in fact constitutional due to the implied powers clause.  Thus looking to precedent, and unless the Supreme Court reverses itself, the Federal Reserve is considered to be authorized within the confines of the broadly interpreted Constitution.
There was an important constitutional issue born with the creation of America’s first central bank. With the birth of the first Bank the acceptance and use of implied powers became the central government’s method to expand its powers beyond those expressly delegated in The Constitution. 
The argument of Madison, Jefferson, and Randolph upholding a strict constructionist view would be codified and added to the Constitution in the same year the Bank was charted, and perhaps in response to it, in the 10th Amendment, but this did not end the appeal to implied powers as a means to the government’s ends.  In theory this sounds good.  In practice it has turned our limited government into an out of control leviathan that is crushing the free out of our free market and sucking the liberty out of the American experiment.
As my favorite American philosopher once said, “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.  In practice there is.”
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.

LIFE IN THE ASYLUM


OBAMA MEANS WELL. . . DOESN’T HE?

Citizens of a self-governing people, a rarity in the world today, indeed a rarity in all of history, must do certain things if they wish to maintain their self-governing status. Perhaps the most important of these things is to always regard with a healthy degree of skepticism any individual who would offer himself as leader of these self-governing people. As James Madison so aptly put it over two hundred twenty years ago: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

So, how are the American people doing in this regard? Unfortunately this question answers itself. We now have government at every level, federal, state, municipal (and a whole lot of other levels that many of the “self-governing people” are not even aware of), ignoring at best or holding in contempt at worst these very people whose compulsory taxes pay for it all. And these very people do pay for it all, one way or the other; the staggering amounts that their taxes cannot cover are “paid” with borrowed money or Byzantine paper transactions by various levels of government, all of which will beggar present and future generations with debt and inflation.

The government has evolved, ostensibly, into a two-party system, one that purports to work like the “adversary system” in the law. That is, we can supposedly count on each party, being adversaries, to produce evidence and arguments that can best counter the positions of the other, and then let a relatively neutral fact finder, having paid attention and being fully informed as to all necessary matters, decide the winner. While the legal system may still work that way, it is highly doubtful whether the government still does at all.

Consider the evidence:  the Democrats introduced the nation to Barak Hussein Obama as keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic convention. As Obama fluidly read from his teleprompter that     “. . . there's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America, there's the United States of America,” the crowd roared its approval. The problem that most of the “adverse” party failed to note was that the roaring Democrats had spent decades dividing this nation along those very lines and others that were not mentioned.1 Setting the stage in 2005, David Brooks, a strong “adversary” conservative Republican (according to various media outlets) divined from Obama’s “perfectly creased pant” that he would become president, and would be a “very good president”.

Moving on to 2008, we had many opportunities to learn more about the cipher that was Obama. Again the “adversary” system failed. The media, the vaunted Fourth Estate, the essential institution that would always be our safeguard against ever electing someone we know nothing about, took on the opposite role. They seemed to make it a contest to see if they could go through the entire campaign without ever asking candidate Obama a single question that the other candidate would be grilled on relentlessly. How did the “adversary” party do? The Republicans nominated a candidate who actually fired people from his campaign if they even mentioned Obama’s middle name, the name he used freely (including in taking the oath of office).

This same “adversary” candidate fired people who brought up the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. If you recall, no thanks to the media but full credit to the internet, Obama had acknowledged that he had attended Wright’s “church” every week, for twenty years; had asked Wright to officiate at his marriage; had asked Wright to baptize his children; considered Wright his spiritual mentor; and asked Wright to be on the stage when Obama officially announced his candidacy. When the internet revealed that Wright’s “sermons” frequently consisted of raging racist screeds and shouted invocations of “God damn America!!!”, typically to raucous cheers and applause, Obama claimed he had never heard any such thing. Unfortunately, the “adverse” party had nominated a man who did not use the internet. Thus, the “adverse” candidate apparently did not know about the hate-filled, anti-American screeds. Even when Fox News, the “raving right-wing” TV station, belatedly began showing the video clips, it inexplicably bleeped-out the “God damn” part.

Clues were abundant before the election as to where Obama intended to take this country. In addition to Joe the Plumber, the “bitter clingers”, and many other hints, in January, 2008, Obama sat for an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, video cameras rolling, and matter-of-factly told the interviewer that, under his plans, “electricity prices will necessarily skyrocket”, and anyone who might want to utilize a coal-fired power plant would be bankrupted. Mysteriously, this taped interview immediately disappeared, surfacing on Drudge on November 2, 2008, two days before the election. Most middle and lower income Americans would probably not have considered the skyrocketing of their electricity rates, accompanied by brownouts and outages, to be good for them in the “Obama means well” sense. In any event, Obama won the 2008 election.

A marvelous example of a self-governing people rising to the occasion came up just six days later, in a post-game analysis between a pair of elites: Michael Beschloss, certified by left wing media (New York Times, Newsweek, etc.) as things like "the nation's leading Presidential historian" and "a national treasure," and self-declared genius Don Imus. Read it and weep:

Beschloss:            I think even aside from the issue of electing the first African-American president, and whatever one's partisan views, this is a guy who's IQ is off the charts, I mean you cannot say that he is anything but a very serious and capable leader and . . . you know, you and I have talked about this for years, you know . . .
Imus:                    Well, what is his IQ?
Beschloss:            . . .the [inaudible] leadership that allows those people to become president, those people meaning people that smart and that capable . . .
Imus:                    What is his IQ?
Beschloss:            Pardon?
Imus:                    What is his IQ?
Beschloss:            Uh, I would say it is probably . . . I'd say he's probably the smartest guy ever to become president.
Imus:                     So I asked you . . . I asked you what his IQ was.
Beschloss:            Yeah, that I don't know. I'd have to leave it to someone who has  more expertise.
Imus:                     So you don't know.
Beschloss:            What do you think it is?
Imus:                     I don't know.

So there you have it. What could possibly go wrong?

Clues have flowed like a tsunami ever since Obama took office. He hired Valerie Jarrett, an old Chicago pal who Obama acknowledges as his virtual soul mate, as a “senior advisor”. While Jarrett herself drips with clues, she was literally giddy with delight when Obama hired Van Jones as Green Jobs Czar. Jones is a self-acknowledged communist, radical, and revolutionary (as well as a “Truther”). Was this hire “bad vetting”? No, Jarrett, amidst her giddiness, acknowledged that she had been closely watching Jones and all the wonderful things he had been doing in Oakland, CA. Did Obama know nothing about this, or was he as giddy as Jarrett? Obama hired Anita Dunn as White House Communications Director. Dunn later turned up on a video of a graduation address to some kids, telling them that one of her two favorite political philosophers was Chairman Mao. More bad vetting? When does the healthy skepticism begin to kick in?

He hired Peter Orszag as his original Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the head of Obama’s economic team. Orzog, who recently abandoned the Titanic, writes today that we have too much democracy! We will not solve our problems until we “jettison the Civics 101 fairy tale about pure representative democracy” and start making end runs around our elected officials, replacing them with more administrative boards and commissions. Is Obama astonished to hear this man’s views, or are those views exactly why he hired the man just weeks after the 2008 election?

Now let’s move to 2011. We have had nearly three years to watch Obama and take his measure, what he does, what he says, and what has transpired. Today the economy is in shambles; government finances at all levels teeter at or near bankruptcy; when Solyndra gobbles up a half billion dollars of the taxpayers’ money, the answer is to throw twice that amount down similar rat holes. The Middle East is a tinderbox; the EU is on the verge of collapse. The answer is always more of the same. Ever more Federal bureaucrats poke into every nook and cranny of our personal lives, while local bureaucrats compete for ever more “stimulus” money to do the same. Self-government is becoming a memory. How is the adversary system working today? At what point, if there is one, does the adverse party begin questioning exactly what this supposedly brilliant man is actually trying to do?

Let’s take a look at some of the more noteworthy “adverse” party spokespeople in reference to Obama: Peggy Noonan, a speechwriter in the Reagan administration and now a WSJ columnist, writes sentences like: “He thought the stimulus would turn the economy around.” How, pray tell, does Peggy know what Obama was thinking? Kevin Hassett, of the American Enterprise Institute, says: “It’s clear that President Obama wants the best for our country . . .” In what way is that clear to Kevin?

Andrew Klavan, normally pretty good, writes an article proclaiming that Obama Is Wrong, Not Evil. Klavan correctly writes that “Without free individual choice, without that crucible, a culture becomes flaccid, passive, unproductive, violent, and morally dead, a place-marker waiting to be conquered by the next group inspired by a moral vision.” That sounds like a list of pretty catastrophic things to happen to a culture. So what if we have a president, as we do, who gives every indication that he would like to restrict, if not do away with, huge amounts of our culture’s free individual choice? Speaking about the Obamas and 9/11, Klavan states: “I’m sure they feel pretty much what we all feel . . .” And how, exactly is Keven sure of what Barak and Michelle feel?

Jeb Bush, interviewed on Fox Business’ Cavuto on 8/23/11: “I think the president means well, but his policies have failed.” It might be okay to say “I hope” the president means well, but what actually causes him to think he does? His further quote, in the same interview, about Michael Bloomberg as NY Mayor, may shed some light on Jeb’s thinking process: “He’s spectacular! He is a great mayor.”

Richard Epstein, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, acknowledges that Obama’s “Jobs” bill is simply the failed stimulus redux, equally bad in as many ways, but states that “. . . the jobs act is a classic instance of yet another road to hell paved with good intentions.” Not to quibble with the language, but if our leader is taking us to hell a second time and in the same manner, where do we look to find the good intentions?

Noemie Emery, in the Weekly Standard, Vol. 16, No. 45, says: “Obama no doubt believed that the stimulus would hold down unemployment, that people would come to love his health care policies, and that he’d be cruising to reelection on the crest of these measures . . .” What exactly is it that leads Noemie to have no doubt about those matters? She nails it down by saying: “Obama pushes big government policies because he believes they are good for the country . . .” She does not explain how exactly she knows what Obama believes.

Does he mean well? Are his intentions good? The law has long propounded the following simple, logical definition of “intention”: “Every man is presumed to intend the natural consequence of his own actions.” See Black’s Law Dictionary, Revised 4th Ed. The natural consequence of Obama’s actions has been terrible, yet he continues to press for more of the same, or even expanded versions thereof. We are certainly justified at this point in imposing an unofficial ban on phrases like “Obama means well”. Those with slightly longer memories may recall when Jack Kemp, VP candidate on Bob Dole’s ticket, spent virtually all of his time during the one VP debate against Al Gore lavishing praise and compliments on Gore. You may also remember that the tactic was not successful. We have an extremely important election coming up soon and we need to start acting like we want to win it.

MO Atty



1  The first comment of your humble writer, having never seen Obama before, was: “If he believes a word of what he just said, he’s in the wrong party.”

Florida Presidential Primary will be Jan. 31, 2012

It's official:
State leaders on Friday set Florida's 2012 presidential primary for Jan. 31, bucking national party rules and ensuring that several other states will leapfrog Florida and set earlier elections.

The move was intended to ensure that America's biggest battleground state has a major voice in picking the Republican nominee, much as it did in 2008, when Florida's late January primary effectively clinched the nomination for John McCain.

"It is more important for states such as Florida not to be on the back end, but to be on the front end of these primaries," said former state Sen. Al Lawson of Tallahassee, a member of the primary committee, who initially called for Florida to set its primary for Jan. 3.

"This is about getting the most Floridians involved at the earliest possible time," said state Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, another committee member. "Florida has more voters than all of those states combined and has an incredible amount of diversity. It is a reflection of the national interest and Florida ought to be an early state."

South Carolina's GOP chair, Chad Connelly, had harsh words for the Florida decision.

"Today's decision by Florida is hugely disappointing and could have been avoided," he said. "Rogue states have once again dictated the presidential nominating calendar. I call on my fellow RNC members and all Republicans to strongly condemn Florida's decision to hold their primary on Jan. 31.
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Ron Paul Condemns Death of al-Awlaki; "I Don't Think that's a Good Way to Deal with our Problems"

Congressman Ron Paul is condemning the death of terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, calling his death an "assassination."  Here is a short transcript of an exchange that he had with a reporter who was asking how he felt about the news:

Reporter-  Over night, our time, Anwar al-Awlaki was killed... What do you think about that?  Was that a victory for President Obama?

Congressman Paul-  Let's hope not.  I don't think that's a good way to deal with our problems.  He's born here.  Awlaki was born here.  He's an American citizen.  He was never tried or charged for any crimes.  Nobody knows if he ever killed anybody.  We know that he might have been associated with the, uh, underwear bomber.  But if the American people accept this blindly and casually, we now have an accepted practice of the President assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys.  I think it's sad.

What would the people have said about Timothy McVeigh?  We didn't assassinate him.  But certainly he had done it.  We put him through the courts and they executed him.  But to start assassinating American citizens, without charges, we should think very seriously about this.

Reporter-  Does that only apply to American citizens?  I mean, would you say the same thing about bin Laden?

Congressman Paul- Not exactly.  You know, because he was involved with, you know, 9/11...
Congressman Paul
Mr. Paul went on to say that al-Awlaki was not involved in 9/11.

You can watch the exchange here:

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Poll: Obama 44%, Christie 43%

A dead-heat:
Few expect him to run, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is essentially even with President Barack Obama in an early look at a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that Obama earns 44% support in the matchup, while Christie attracts 43%. Six percent (6%) prefer a third option, and eight percent (8%) are undecided. These numbers place Christie in the same league as other top GOP hopefuls within single digits of Obama including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain.

However, just 26% believe the first-term governor is likely to run for the White House, a figure that includes only five percent (5%) who think he is Very Likely to run. Twenty percent (20%) of all voters think Christie should run for the White House, but nearly twice as many (37%) say he should not.

Among Republicans, 32% say he should run, 25% hold the opposite view, and 43% are not sure. Just 31% of GOP voters believe he is even somewhat likely to run, while 44% see a Christie campaign as unlikely.

“As Rick Perry has recently demonstrated, it’s easier being on the outside with people begging you to run than it is to actually run a campaign,” says Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. “Running for president is a unique role in America, and there’s no way of knowing how a candidate will perform unless they actually try it.”
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CIA Directed Al-Awlaki Strike in Yemen

Boom:
Senior Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen early Friday morning by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike, marking the highest-profile takedown of a terror leader since the raid on Usama bin Laden's compound.

Fox News has learned that two Predator drones hovering above al-Awlaki's convoy fired the Hellfire missiles which killed the terror leader. The operation was carried out by Joint Special Operations Command, under the direction of the CIA.

"AQAP has lost its ideological leader, which is a huge blow," a former intelligence official who has tracked al-Awlaki for years told Fox News.

Al-Awlaki was a U.S.-born Islamic militant cleric who became a prominent figure with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the network's most active branch. He was involved in several terror plots in the United States in recent years, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits to carry out attacks. President Obama signed an order in early 2010 making him the first American to be placed on the "kill or capture" list.

The Yemeni government and Defense Ministry announced al-Awlaki's death, without giving details. But American sources confirmed the CIA and U.S. military were behind the strike on al-Awlaki, whom one official described as a "big fish."
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Video- Obama: America Has Gotten "Soft"

American Exceptionalism? Something tells me this guy isn't a big believer:

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Anwar al-Awlaki Dead

Booyah!:
The US-born radical Islamist cleric and suspected al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed in Yemen, the country's defence ministry has said.

A statement said only that he died "along with some of his companions".

Mr Awlaki, who is of Yemeni descent, has been on the run in Yemen since December 2007.

The US has named him a "specially designated global terrorist" for his alleged role in a number of attacks and he is said to be on a CIA hit list.

He is described by US officials as leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

He has been implicated in the US army base killings in Fort Hood, Texas, the Christmas 2009 Detroit airline bomb attempt, and a failed bombing in New York's Times Square.
As alive as a doornail
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Liberals: Herman Cain is a Racist

Throughout the entire Obama Presidency, and stretching back into his candidacy, liberals have been using the race card even more than normal.  Instead of arguing the issues, the Left screeches "Racist" whenever anyone disagrees with them.  That is what their strategy has been with the Tea Party.

However, after Herman Cain's landslide victory at the Florida Straw Poll last week, the "racist" label that liberals had been sticking to everyone had clearly been showed as a fraud.  Mr. Cain is the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and has been a Tea Party favorite for months.  He also happens to be African American, but the voters at the Poll did not care.  In the end, Mr. Cain ended with 37% of the vote, more than twice as much as anyone else.

So the Left was clearly stuck in a quandary of what label to stick Mr. Cain with.  The lie they came up with?  Herman Cain is racist against himself.  A simple Google search reveals an explosion of such sentiments.

From a forum in Topix:
To comments in Yahoo! Answers:
Even to a Video Game forum:
Unsurprisingly, such stupidity reached its way to Daily Kos (expletives obscured):
However, it does not stop at thousands of liberals online.  The lie goes as high, if not higher, as CNN Analyst Cornell Belcher.

Earlier this week, Mr. Cain stated that African Americans are "brainwashed" towards voting for Democrats.  Mr. Belcher quickly turned around and stated that those comments were "racist and bigoted:"
Likewise, senior political analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, David Bositis, echoed Mr. Belcher's feelings, stating:  “[Cain] is not somebody that is knowledgeable about African-Americans as a whole. He’s an individual," and his comment was “a racist statement.”

It is now official: the only way not to be labeled a racist by the Left is by blindly toeing the line.  Whatever you do, do not think on your own, regardless of your race.  Liberals do not care; if you don't agree, you are a raaacist.

And at least these comments hold up the "civility" lie that the Left was pushing earlier this year.  Oh, wait.  It's the opposite.  Conservatives are civil while liberals write comments like these (obscenities obscured):
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For the Love of... Chris Christie "Seriously Considering" Run for President in 2012

Will this ever end?:
Gov. Chris Christie is seriously rethinking his months of denials and may launch a campaign for the White House after all, a source close to the governor said tonight.

In the last week, Christie has been swayed away from his earlier refusals to run by an aggressive draft effort from a cadre of Republicans and donors unhappy with the GOP field, said the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

Christie has a small window of opportunity to make his final decision, and some political experts think he has only days to declare.

Critical deadlines are approaching, such as the Oct. 31 filing date for the crucial Florida primary.

The governor on Tuesday lashed out at President Obama’s leadership during a speech at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. — at which audience members implored him to run, He did not say he would run but stopped short of saying no.

At a campaign rally here today for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Christie continued to criticize Obama’s leadership, but ignored several questions from reporters about whether he would seek the White House.

“If you’re looking for leadership in America you’re not going to find it in the Oval Office,” Christie said today in Baton Rouge.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mass Obama Campaign Emails Take Passive-Aggressive, Guilt-Riddled Turn

The 2012 Obama Campaign has taken an oddly passive-aggressive turn.  Normally the bulk emails they send out asking for donations try to be cheerful.  Occasionally President Obama says he may "call you," or Michelle Obama talks about a semi-romantic dinner with you.

This time, however, the language of the email is still friendly, but instead of small talk, the email first takes a semi-passive-aggressive turn, then simply tries to guilt you into giving money to Mr. Obama's campaign.  Here is a short excerpt, emphasis mine:
I know we've been sending you a lot of email lately. That's because we're staring down a critical fundraising deadline tomorrow at midnight.

You know what that means for your inbox, but let me give you a sense of what that looks like around here.

The staff and I are working around the clock, powered by too much coffee. It's been way too long since we called our moms. And we've all had more pizza and bad takeout in the past few weeks than anyone should have in a year...

That's why we've been emailing this week, and that's why I'm obligated to remind you once more that the deadline is coming up in a matter of hours.
In other words: expect to get more emails.  Oh, and the least you could donate is $3.00 while we work to reelect our President while eating crap food and cheap coffee.  You're welcome.
Obama 2012: "We need your money, jerk"
Here is the email in its entirety:
From: Rufus Gifford, BarackObama.com
Subject: Why we've been sending you emails
To: "XXXXXXXXXXXXX" (xxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.com)
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 2:34 PM

Friend --

I'm the national finance director here at OFA.

I know we've been sending you a lot of email lately. That's because we're staring down a critical fundraising deadline tomorrow at midnight.

You know what that means for your inbox, but let me give you a sense of what that looks like around here.

The staff and I are working around the clock, powered by too much coffee. It's been way too long since we called our moms. And we've all had more pizza and bad takeout in the past few weeks than anyone should have in a year.

No one's complaining; that's what we signed up for. And we're not doing this just because it's our job to make sure the campaign has the resources it needs. We're doing this because it's part of what defines this movement.

From the beginning, we've refused to take money from D.C. lobbyists and corporate special interests. Our operation is fueled by people inspiring each other to take ownership of this campaign.

That's why we've been emailing this week, and that's why I'm obligated to remind you once more that the deadline is coming up in a matter of hours.

If you're able to, will you chip in just $3 today?

https://donate.barackobama.com/Friday-Deadline

For all of us here at HQ, and all of the staff and volunteers across the country counting on these resources, I really appreciate your help.

Rufus

Rufus Gifford
National Finance Director
Obama for America
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Hugo Chavez in Hospital 'for Kidney Failure'

On the brink?:
The leftist, staunchly anti-US stalwart Chavez went into the Military Hospital in Caracas on Tuesday morning, the report on the newspaper's website said, citing anonymous sources with knowledge of the case.

"He was in fairly serious overall condition," a source told the Miami-based Spanish-language daily. "When he arrived, he was in quite serious shape and that is why he was brought in for emergency care."
Venezuela's Information Minister Andres Izarra appeared to deny the report in a posting on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

"Those who should be admitted are the journalists of the Nuevo Herald, except into a madhouse (instead of a hospital)," Izarra tweeted, without providing further details.

On Sunday, Chavez sought to assure Venezuelans he was healthy, telling them that cancer-fighting chemotherapy treatment has not left him with any debilitating side effects.

Chavez returned to Venezuela late last Thursday following what he described as a fourth and hopefully final round of chemotherapy in Cuba.

Chavez, 57, had a cancerous tumor removed on June 20 in Havana, but officials have provided little information about the nature of the disease.
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Romney is Presidential

Did you know that former Michigan Governor George Romney was once the front-runner to win the 1968 Republican nomination?

At least he was until he accused the United States Military of brainwashing him into supporting the ongoing War in Vietnam at the time. The media destroyed him and Republicans fled from him - he ended up getting just 4,400+ primary votes - nearly 11,000 less than George Wallace.

With this in mind, it's easy to understand why current front-runner Mitt Romney is so cautious on what goes on within his campaign and what's said by himself on the stump. He knows what the blowback of saying off the wall, or unprepared comments can do to a campaign over night.

This is one of the reasons why Romney will ultimately win the nomination.

He is not Michele Bachmann, who repeats whatever fits her narrative for the day without checking her facts, nor Rick Perry, who omits certain facts when attacking his opponents. He talks straight on the campaign and doesn't hit below the belt during conflict with his opponents.

As much as some hate the phrase - Romney is Presidential - it perfectly describes him, because he has seen what works and what doesn't work in political campaigns for over four decades now, and it's just who he is.

What say you?

Survey Says Obama's Health Care Act Increased Costs for Americans

Genius:
The signature legislation of the Obama Administration, the Affordable Care Act, came under damaging assault Wednesday from a Kaiser Family Foundation survey that found it has already partially contributed to increasing health care costs.

The Kaiser survey helps to shed some light on why so few employers are hiring, as health care costs for employers are spiraling upwards.

The survey found that insurance premiums rose by 9 percent in 2011. Healthcare costs for a single worker went up on average from $5,049 to $5,429, and for a family, costs rose from $13,770 to $15,073, on average.

The survey also found that some provisions of the Affordable Care Act already in place -- including the allowance for young people up to 26 years of age to remain on their parents insurance policy -- contributed to 20 percent of that increase.

But other factors are also contributing to the rising costs of health care. They include the prices of new technologies, research and development for new prescription drugs and the proliferation of chronic diseases like diabetes.

The aging of the baby boom generation is also placing a tremendous strain on the health care system, as baby boomers have begun qualifying for Medicare this year. The survey found that with better treatments and drugs, they may live longer than previous generations and impose huge costs on the system as they age.
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