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Saturday, December 31, 2011
A man was detained Saturday after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping, federal and local officials said.Please bookmark!
The man was stopped at a security checkpoint at the Midland International Airport about 9 a.m. and taken into custody by the FBI, they said.
FBI spokesman Mike Martinez declined to say whether the man was in military uniform or how many explosives were found in the bag. He said he did not know where the man was being held, saying he was at either the airport or at the FBI office in Midland.
City of Midland spokeswoman Tasa Watts said she had no information on the suspect but the explosives were wrapped in military-grade wrapping. She said the specific grade won't be known until the explosives are tested.
The Transportation Security Administration issued a statement saying one of its officers spotted a suspicious item in a carry-on bag during X-ray screening. It said the checkpoint was closed for about an hour while officers investigated and removed the item.
Watts said the man was entering a terminal when he was stopped, and a sweep was done to clear that terminal before normal operations resumed.
The belief that politicians use their office for personal gain is growing.Please bookmark!
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that most members of Congress are corrupt. Just 28% disagree, and another 24% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 27-28, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wept Friday as he recalled his late mother's end-of-life illnesses, a moment of poignancy in a notably negative Republican presidential Iowa caucus campaign with four unpredictable days yet to run.
"I do policy much easier than I do personal," Gingrich told an audience of women as he tried to regain his composure. The tears flowed as the former speaker was responding to questions about his mother from a pollster and longtime political ally.
Gingrich's emotional moment came as his rivals engaged in traditional campaign tactics, and as polls suggested large numbers of Iowa Republicans could change their minds before caucuses Tuesday night provide the first test of the 2012 campaign.
Friday, December 30, 2011
When they look at the field as it stands, we have numerous opinions on how to deal with Iran, but its very probable that our next elected President wont be thinking hypothetically, but will actually have to do something in his first year, because the threat is that real and dangerous.
In Iowa we have five candidates that can win the caucuses - Romney, Paul, Gingrich, Santorum and Perry. And the question heading to the local precincts shouldn't be "Who is pro-life?" but "Who will take Iran seriously?"
Romney wants to rebuild our U.S. Navy to superpower strength and blockade Iran. Paul wants to do nothing and allow them to acquire nuclear weapons. Gingrich has not really settled on a plan, besides tougher economic sanctions. Santorum would attack Iran, while supporting dissidents of the regime. Perry favors economically attacking the country, especially Iran's Central Bank.
Iowa, the implications of your choice is more important than you'll ever know. We are looking at the possibility of War against Iran, please select your candidate based on their thoughts on that, and that alone - and please do so wisely.
What say you?
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Activists in the Houston area have asked the Michael Jordan and Nike take responsibility for the violence that occurred when they went on sale and the violence that has occurred to those who have a pair.
“It is the responsibility of Michael Jordan and Nike to stand up and be part of the solution. Right now it’s a public safety issue with children wearing those sneakers,”So, it is Nike and Michael Jordan who are responsible for the violence?
“The people that can least afford these shoes are buying them, and what happens as a result of that? Well there’s more crime,”
I have had pretty strong opinions on Micheal Jordan during his entire career. As a lifelong long-suffering Knicks fan, Michael Jordan and his Bulls team was nothing but a source of disappointment for me. But above and beyond the fact that the Knicks could never get past the Bulls and go onto to win a title one of the things that always did annoy about Michael Jordan was his insistence of saying nothing no matter what was going on. When asked about endorsing a political candidate running against the sitting republican senator of his home state his response was:
"Republicans buy sneakers, too."Jordan made millions and possibly billions from endorsements. His life has always seemed to be about the conquest and the next thing. Some call that arrogant, I have always preferred to look at as the "eye of the tiger" if you will. He always maintained an edge that made him better and more competitive. His juices for the next title, the next trophy, the next accomplishment kept him at the top of his game for the majority of his basketball career. He made very few errors until the very end of career and once he went to the management side of things. He has every right to go out and make money. I believe in capitalism so have at it. But I, for one, have always been disappointed that they he didn't take some stands on important issues. Such as child labor in China, the breakdown of the black family (while since it has come out that he had more than one affair while he was married, that could be part of the reason) as he had an image of a family man, who grew up in a close family, and many other issues. But he always kept his mouth shut and picked up his next check. The same was true of Tiger Woods.
I am not a believer in parents sitting back while their children idolize some sports or music star. We should be showing our children the real heroes in our society, first responders who put their lives on the line to protect their communities, our volunteer military who willing go off to war to protect our rights, the people who work at shelters and food banks to help the neediest amongst us for little pay, and countless others who get up everyday and just try to do the right thing. Parents should be living a life that their children will be proud to follow as they grow and mature.
But we have become a culture of entitlement. One of the activists said himself that the people who can afford them the least are the ones buying them. A Black Panther is saying that Nike is responsible for the thefts that are occurring to the people who lucky enough to get a pair of these sneakers. Another said this:
“These shoes have always had a place of value in Black life,”Maybe instead of going after Nike to lower the price to keep up with the demand (I will let go of that obvious ignorance of how economics work) they should be having the discussion with parents of the kids who were rioting. They should be talking to the kids themselves about coveting a pair of sneakers instead of looking at what the Christmas season is really about. Maybe we should be telling these kids that expecting your parents to spend almost $200 on a pair of sneakers when they don't have a great deal of money isn't such a great idea. Take this moment to teach them about personal responsibility instead of what we want and when we want it. Let this be a teachable moment about how if we really want something we need to go out and work for it. No, instead they are saying that Nike should lower the price. How low should the price be? Should Nike also give some away at no charge for the neediest of people because after all these shoes are part of "black life". What about the non blacks who want these shoes too and can't afford them?
While I would love to see Michael Jordan take a real stand for once, the truth is, this isn't his responsibility. This is the responsibility of the care givers of these children and young adults who caused all the mayhem last week. It is up to the individual to act in a responsible manner, not some athlete who hasn't been on the scene in more than decade.
Cross posted at just a conservative girl
When asked about his decision not to campaign in Iowa this morning, Mr. Huntsman had this to say: "They pick corn in Iowa. They pick presidents in New Hampshire." Except for selecting Bush in '00, and Dole in '96 as the Republican nominees for President, Iowa has no track record of, uh, success...
Insulting the social conservative bedrock, small farmers, country folk and a state that is potentially a swing state is not only incredibly stupid, but also a good reason why Huntsman hasn't made it - he is arrogant and doesn't understand how America lives, or operates.
What say you?
This list is compiled by Judicial Watch and is alphabetical order.
1. Spencer Bachus (R-AL): He has become the face of acongressional “insider trading” scandal that has rocked the Washington establishment as 2011 draws to a close. Rep. Spencer Bachus, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was one of the principal targets of a (CBS News) 60 Minutes investigative report on the scandal, which aired on CBS TV in September 2011.
- Despite a ban on funding that Obama signed into law, his administration continues to fund the corrupt and allegedly defunct “community” organization ACORN. In July 2011 Judicial Watch uncovered a $79,819 grant to AHCOA (Affordable Housing Centers of America), the renamed ACORN Housing which has a long history of corrupt activity. In absolute violation of the funding ban, Judicial Watch has since confirmed that the Obama administration has funneled $730,000 to the ACORN network, a group that has a long personal history with President Obama.In 2011, JW released a special report entitled “The Rebranding of ACORN,” which details how the ACORN network is alive and well and well-placed to undermine the integrity of the 2012 elections –- evidently with the assistance of the Obama administration.
- Barack Obama apparently believes it is his “prerogative” to ignore the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law when it comes to appointing czars. According to Politico: “President Barack Obama is planning to ignore language in the 2011 spending package that would ban several top White House advisory posts. Obama said this ban on “czars” would undermine “the President’s ability to exercise his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” In other words, Barack Obama believes he must ignore the U.S. Constitution to protect the U.S. Constitution. Many Obama administration czars have not been subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate as required by the U.S. Constitution. In 2011, JW released a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report on the Obama czar scandal, entitled “President Obama's Czars.”
- In an historic victory for Judicial Watch and an embarrassing defeat for the Obama White House, a federal court ruled on August 17, 2011 that Secret Service White House visitor logs are agency records that are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell issued the decision in Judicial Watch v. Secret Service. The Obama administration now will have to release all records of all visitors to the White House – or explain why White House visits should be kept secret under the law. The Obama White House continues to fight full disclosure and has stalled the release of records by appealing the lower court decision.(Judicial Watch gave Obama a “failing grade” on transparency in testimony before Congress in 2011.
- In 2011, the Obama National Labor Relations Board sought to prevent the Seattle-based Boeing Company from opening a $750 million non-union assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina, to manufacture its Dreamliner plane. Judicial Watch obtained documents from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) showing this lawsuit was politically motivated. Judicial Watch uncovered documents showing NLRB staff cheerleading for Big Labor, mouthing Marxist, anti-American slurs and showing contempt for Congress related to the agency’s lawsuit against Boeing, including email correspondence attacking members of Congress. And it starts at the top. Obama bypassed Congress and recess-appointed Craig Becker, who is connected to the AFL-CIO, the SEIU and ACORN, to the NRLB.
- Obama’s corrupt Chicago dealings continued to haunt him in 2011.Obama’s real estate partner, campaign fundraiser and Obama pork recipient Antoin “Tony” Rezko was finally sentenced to jail this year as was former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is now set to serve 14 years for attempting to sell Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder. The FBI continues to withhold from Judicial Watch documents of its historic interview of then-Senator Obama about the Illinois corruption scandal. The FBI interview was conducted in December, 2008, about one month before Obama was sworn into the presidency.
A mentally disturbed man who stabbed a witness to death in court told an appeals court judge yesterday that as a Muslim he was entitled to kill "infidels".Please bookmark!
The judge told BAM, an Egyptian, that he should exercise his rights by using the law, "and not go around killing people".
BAM first appeared in court last year, accused of causing a permanent injury to a Nepalese man, LK. Released on bail, he then stabbed LK to death in his room.
Later he took the murder weapon to court and killed another Nepalese man who was giving evidence on behalf of LK.
Abu Dhabi Criminal Court of First Instance found him guilty, and ordered that he receive psychiatric treatment.
Prosecutors appealed on the ground that BAM was not mentally ill but knew perfectly well what he was doing. They pointed out that while claiming he killed the two men because they were infidels, he chose to kill only people who were giving evidence against him in a criminal court case.
"We've got a lot of wonderful candidates who would fit that bill, easily comes to mind I think would be Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Marco Rubio of Florida certainly would be in that category. There's a lot of great people out there. And Donald Trump is someone that I think a lot of people would be intrigued with, too."Donald Trump? I don't find that so intriguing.
She also stated that Rick Santorum would be a very good Attorney General or VP.
I’M NOT GIVING YOU ANYMORE CORN TO BUILD PYRAMIDS
- “I was just following orders,” or “That’s the way we’ve always done it,” as an excuse for doing things that common sense tells us are foolish.
- Malicious obedience. When a subordinate follows the nonsensical orders of superiors in the hopes that doing so will bring about change.
- Geritocracy. Look at Congress. Almost automatic re-election ensures a constantly aging pool of leaders with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hinted that the U.S. may be behind a “very strange” bout of cancer affecting several leaders aligned with him in South America.
Chavez, speaking a day after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, said the Central Intelligence Agency was behind chemical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and that it’s possible that in years to come a plot will be uncovered that shows the U.S. spread cancer as a political weapon against its critics.
“It’s very difficult to explain, even with the law of probabilities, what has been happening to some of us in Latin America,” Chavez said in a nationally televised speech to the military. “Would it be so strange that they’ve invented technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?”
Chavez, who was diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer in June and had a baseball-sized tumor removed in Cuba, has called for a regional summit of leaders who have battled cancer including Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva and Paraguay’s Fernando Lugo.
“I’m just sharing my thoughts, but it’s very, very, very strange,” Chavez said. “Evo take care of yourself, Correa, be careful, we just don’t know,” he said, referring to Evo Morales and Rafael Correa, the leaders of Bolivia and Ecuador.
|Here's looking at you, crazy|
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Anthony Weiner proposed a threesome with texting pal Traci Nobles and a man, according to a new report.
The Queens Democrat made the suggestion in the midst of his texting and tweeting adventures that eventually forced him to resign his congressional seat in June, RadarOnline.com reported today.
The revelation came from conversation excerpts that Radar obtained from Nobles' proposal for a tell-all book.
After proposing a threesome, Weiner told Nobles, "I'm not really talking about other chicks... How about with another guy?"
"Hmmmm, haven't done it before," Nobles said.
"It can be hot," Weiner replies.
"Are you turned on by other guys?" Nobles asked.
"Well it depends on the guy, but generally yes," Weiner said.
The liberal website Daily Kos is launching a new campaign to bring the Tea Party a "comeuppance" by "brutally" telling them the truth. In a new mass email from the site, they bluntly state that "it's payback time" and plead with their members to donate five dollars to them and an "activist" group called CREDO. All of this is in order to attack Tea Partiers and the "Tea Party Ten," ten Republican representatives in Congress.
Ironically, of course, Republicans won over 60 new seats in 2010, but the Daily Kos is pleased with a measly ten. In other words, while the GOP and Tea Party were able to take back the House in a tidal wave of support, liberals are so weak that their goal is ten whole seats come 2012.
They also are hiring minions to help accomplish their goals and their "strategy" is to yell at people in meetings. In other words, what the Tea Party did respectfully and through grassroots organizing, the Left has to hire rich people to coordinate.
And, accompanying the desperate plea for support, in the email is this picture:
Here is the entire email:
From: Chris Bowers, Daily Kos
Subject: Comeuppance is coming
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 12:58 PM
XXXXXXXX, you know the tea party Congress is in trouble when even the Wall Street Journal is blasting them
Republicans are in disarray, and some long overdue comeuppance is coming.
To make it happen, CREDO is mobilizing thousands of people through phone banking, neighbor-to-neighbor discussions, town hall protests and brutally honest truth-telling in ten House districts held by tea party extremists.
Please, chip in $5 to CREDO to help build this campaign. It's payback time.
Campaign Director, Daily Kos
We're going to give ten of the worst Tea Party-affiliated members of congress exactly what they deserve - unemployment. Make a donation now to help Take Down the Tea Party Ten.
Finally. It's time to hold Tea Party extremists accountable.
Dear Fellow Progressive,
If you're like us, you've watched in horror over the last year, as the most extreme congress in history made one nauseating vote after another.
Now it's payback time.
Many of the Tea Party-affiliated House Republicans were elected in 2010 with the help of millions of dollars in spending by political groups associated with Karl Rove and the Koch brothers.
So the most odious members of the congress have behaved as if they were above accountability.
But they aren't. And we're going to take them down.
So CREDO is launching a new campaign: To defeat ten of the most extreme Tea Party-affiliated members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. We aim to win - and we need your help to do it.
Can you chip in $5 to Take Down the Tea Party Ten?
This is the biggest campaign CREDO has ever undertaken, and it couldn't come at a more important time.
The CREDO SuperPAC will run a grassroots campaign in ten districts. We will mobilize our members to inform voters of the Tea Party incumbent's perfidy, to peacefully confront and question them at public gatherings, and to turn out thousands of volunteers for door-to-door canvassing and member-to-member phone calls.
The emphasis will be on making a significant, cost-effective impact, using brutally honest messages, cutting edge strategies, and some tactics that have never been tried before.
Our goal is to restore at least a measure of sanity to our national politics, and begin to change Washington.
Your involvement is crucial in this campaign - and every one of CREDO Action's nearly 2.5 million activists, along with progressives across the country, have a role to play to help defeat these extremist legislators.
Now, we need to get this campaign moving.
Donate $5 to help fund a hard-nosed campaign to hold ten of the most extreme Tea Party-affiliated representatives accountable:
Thanks for your activism. Together, we're about to do something really big.
Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
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