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Dems Offering Jobs to Political Opponents?

March 13, 2010

Rep Darrell Issa (Left) | Rep Joe Sestak (Right)

Are the Democrats offering government jobs to other Democratic candidates that drop out of important primary races?  Evidence is mounting.  First, Fox News reports that Representative Joe Sestak, who is aggravating Democratic leaders by challenging Specter for the Senate nomination in Pennsylvania, said last month that the White House dangled a federal job in front of him last summer in an attempt to drop out of the state’s Democratic primary.

If that is true, Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, believes it was criminal.  Issa wrote a letter to the White House counsel on Wednesday demanding information on Sestak’s claim.

“While the White House may think this is politics as usual, what is spectacularly unusual is when a candidate – a U.S. Congressman no less – -freely acknowledges such a proposal,” he wrote to White House counsel Robert Bauer. “Almost always candidates keep quiet about such deals, and for good reason – they are against the law.”

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The Buckeye State is ACORN Free!

March 12, 2010

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law is reporting that ACORN has settled the RICO lawsuit brought against them.  Under the settlement, ACORN agreed to surrender all of its Ohio business licenses by June 1, 2010. Further, the organization cannot support or enable any individual or organization that seeks to engage in the same type of activity.

The Center’s initial legal action alleged ACORN engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity that amounted to organized crime , due to its perpetual submission of fraudulent voter registrations in Ohio. The legal center sought the dissolution of ACORN as a legal entity, the revocation of any licenses in Ohio, and an injunction against fraudulent voter registration and other illegal activities.

How sweet is that!  ACORN is out of business in Ohio.

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World Banking on a Ponzi Scheme?

March 9, 2010

Darius Guppy

Ever heard of Darius Guppy?  I hadn’t either until I read his description of the world banking system in the UK Telegraph today.

He’s a British expatriate, has famous parents, and someone in his ancestry actually classified the tiny fish that bears his name.  He is very well-educated, was known to fraternize with Royalty, and defrauded Lloyd’s of London out of 1.8 million pounds.

Why would anyone care about his take on the world economy?

Because it takes a thief to catch a thief?

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Welcome!

March 8, 2010

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Senator Bunning Steps Up to the Plate

March 5, 2010

Did you know that before he got into politics, Senator Jim Bunning (Kentucky) was a major league baseball pitcher.  He played for 17 years, pitched for several teams including the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies.  He pitched a perfect game in 1964 and was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1986.

Mr. Bunning has taken a lot of heat recently for his refusal to pass the 30 day extension bill for unemployment and other federal programs.  Some people claimed he was an obstructionist and didn’t support the extension.  He did support the extension.  His issue had to do with the Pay-Go legislation Congress had passed only a month earlier. Pay-Go forces Congress to pay for programs without adding any more to the national debt.  Apparently Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid submitted this extension knowing full well it was in violation of Pay-Go. Jim Bunning protested by not voting for the measure.  Yesterday USA Today published his side of the story.

Forcing Congress to adhere to Pay-Go is not obstructionist.  It’s the duty of our elected officials to follow the laws they’ve created. Even though Jim Bunning is retiring at the end of this term it still took a lot of guts to stand up and tell Congress to live within it’s means.  Thank you Senator Bunning for stepping up to the plate!

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Gander is Good

March 1, 2010

Did anybody happen to catch Tom Brokaw’s 9/11 story about Gander, New Foundland Saturday during the Olympics?

From the Gander Airport website:

“On September 11, 2001, 39 heavy aircraft were diverted to Gander International Airport when airspace was closed in the United States because of tragic terrorist hijackings. Runway 13/31 was converted to a temporary aircraft parking ramp. The airport terminal was turned into an aid centre as food and clothing was distributed to stranded passengers. The airport and its surrounding community afterwards received high praise for their response to the tragedy.”

Remember what it was like that day, and for days following?  Can you imagine being stuck in a foreign country with nothing (in some cases) but the clothes on your back.  Approximately 7,000 passengers descended on this town of 10,000 on  the fateful morning of September 11th.  Thank you to the people of Gander!  The hospitality you showed was awe inspiring.

Have your own story to tell?  We’re collecting 3,500 stories from  real people to honor the 3,500 who died that day.  Tell us yours!

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That’s What Elections Are For

February 25, 2010

Fox News is reporting that President Obama ended the health care summit by threatening to pass a health care reform bill without Republican support.  BHO said, “If we’re unable to resolve differences over health care, we will need to move ahead on decisions,” alluding to using reconciliation, a controversial maneuver that prevents a GOP filibuster by requiring only 51 votes.  How much did that summit cost tax payers?

But what’s more interesting was his follow up comment.  Obama added that if voters are unhappy with the results, then “that’s what elections are for.”

Did the President just dare the American public to vote him and other supporters of the health care bill out of office?  Neither the Congress or the President has an approval rating anywhere near 50%.  Be careful what you ask for…you just might get it.

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Obama’s New Healthcare Proposal?

February 22, 2010

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

President Obama’s tired new healthcare proposal is a rehash of the Senate Bill that passed on Christmas Eve.  At least Fox news Reports, the version BHO is now touting does not include a public option.  But, you have to admit it’s funny when a White House staffer says the plan is “offset,” or pays for itself.  What I’d really like to know is why do we need a Health Insurance Rate Authority?  Couldn’t the Health and Human Services Department monitor insurance industry behavior and publish an annual report?

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Sarah Palin vs. Family Guy

February 19, 2010

I have to start this post by mentioning that I am a HUGE Family Guy fan.  Yes, it’s a cartoon and the humor is sometimes tasteless, but its also funny and irreverent.  What I like best is their willingness to take on any issue – they are equal opportunity offenders!

I watched the episode a couple of days after it aired.  While there were a few crass comments, I didn’t find it very offensive.  At one point Ellen, the “Down Syndrome Girl” is asked what her parents do.  She replies that “her Dad is an accountant and her Mom used to be the Governor of Alaska.”  Sarah Palin was offended and posted comments on Facebook, which quickly became national news.

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NY Times Examines the Tea Party

February 16, 2010

The NY Times published an interesting article today regarding the Tea Party movement.  It’s fascinating that there are so many factions within the Tea Party movement, yet everyone is aligned around the goal of “freedom from tyranny.”  Good read, but long.