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  • Obama Rebounds, Leads all GOP Contenders

    05/12/2010 12:52:35 PM PDT · by yongin · 76 replies · 2,185+ views
    Public Policy Polling ^ | May 12, 2010 | Tom Jensen
    A month after trailing all but Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, President Barack Obama is now ahead of all four major Republican presidential candidates polled, plus a new dark horse. Obama has increased his lead over Palin from 47-45 to 50-43 since April; she is the only candidate against whom Obama has majority support. Even unknown candidate Gary Johnson, former New Mexico governor, has Obama at 46, to Johnson’s 28. Obama leads Mike Huckabee 46-45 after trailing him 47-45 last month. The president beats Gingrich 49-42; they were tied at 45 in April. Romney lags behind Obama 46-44 after beating...
  • CARTOON: Some things money can't buy, for everything else, there are taxpayers

    07/29/2009 6:22:49 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 4 replies · 1,182+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | July 28, 2009 | William Warren
  • Inhofe on Fox Live Now: Cap and Trade DOA "I'm kind of rejoicing"

    06/29/2009 7:48:52 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 89 replies · 5,960+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/29/2009 | Self
    Inhofe just interviewed live on Fox. Fox is running with the suppressed EPA report challanging manmade global warming as a major story. Inhofe says the Cap and Trade bill is "DOA" in the Senate. There will be an investigation into the EPA suppressing valid science. He said "I'm kind of rejoicing", and that he's finally vindicated after years of pointing out the poor science. The Fox anchor: "This is huge!" Victory!!!
  • The New Nuclear Revolution (WSJ Opinion by Bob Metcalfe)

    06/28/2009 5:56:47 AM PDT · by angkor · 46 replies · 1,368+ views
    Wall Street Journal Opinion ^ | June 24, 2009 | Bob Metcalfe
    After the Internet, the next big thing will be cheap and clean energy. Coal, oil and gas pollute and are increasingly expensive: We need alternatives. Because nuclear energy (stored among particles inside atoms) is millions of times more dense than chemical energy (stored among atoms in molecules), nuclear reactors belong high on our long list of energy alternatives. Nuclear energy is released during fission and fusion. During fission, large elements like uranium are split into smaller elements. During fusion, small elements like hydrogen are combined into larger elements. These two processes have occurred naturally since the beginning of time --...
  • Carbongate (Obama's EPA Cover-up)

    06/26/2009 6:07:35 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 63 replies · 6,753+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 26, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Climate Change: A suppressed EPA study says old U.N. data ignore the decline in global temperatures and other inconvenient truths. Was the report kept under wraps to influence the vote on the cap-and-trade bill? This was supposed to be the most transparent administration ever. Yet as the House of Representatives prepared to vote on the Waxman-Markey bill, the largest tax increase in U.S. history on 100% of Americans, an attempt was made to suppress a study shredding supporters' arguments.
  • Everyone Hates the Cap-and-Trade Bill [Greenpeace just came out in opposition to the massive....]

    06/26/2009 8:31:59 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 2,009+ views
    Everyone Hates the Cap-and-Trade Bill Greenpeace just came out in opposition to the massive, 1,200-page bill the House is considering today. I say 1,200 pages, but it may have expanded to 1,500 overnight, as there's a rumor than 300 pages of amendments were added around 2 a.m. Conservatives quickly took to Twitter to laud Greenpeace, which is opposing the bill for entirely different reasons than the Right, but nonetheless. Thus, the cap-and-trade bill solved global warming for free, before even being passed, because Hell hath officially frozen over. The House has been slugging it out all morning on the floor...
  • House Democrats unsure of global warming bill's passage (cap and tax)

    06/25/2009 6:47:40 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 25 replies · 1,157+ views
    CNN Political Tracker ^ | June 25, 2009 | Evan Glass
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Democratic leaders are furiously lobbying their members and moderate Republicans to support a landmark energy bill in the face of resistance from some conservative members of their own party, and staunch opposition from the GOP — roadblocks that are making it difficult to find the 218 votes necessary to pass the measure, according to Democratic leadership aides. A vote on the Clean Energy and Security Act, which would restrict emissions of green house gases and require use of alternative energy in an effort to slow the effects of global warming, is scheduled for Friday. The legislation's...
  • EPA's own research expert 'shut up' on climate change

    06/24/2009 8:18:02 PM PDT · by Man50D · 13 replies · 1,062+ views ^ | June 24, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    Environmental Protection Agency officials have silenced one of their own senior researchers after the 38-year employee issued an internal critique of the EPA's climate change position. Alan Carlin, senior operations research analyst at the EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics, or NCEE, submitted his research on the agency's greenhouse gases endangerment findings and offered a fundamental critique on the EPA's approach to combating CO2 emissions. But officials refused to share his conclusion in an open internal discussion, claiming his research would have "a very negative impact on our office." His study was barred from circulation within the EPA and was...
  • Orwell's time-tested warnings

    06/21/2009 3:26:45 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 30 replies · 1,444+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 21, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR’’ opens with one of the most famous first lines in modern English literature - the vaguely unnerving “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’’ The line it ends with is even more famous, and considerably more sinister: “He loved Big Brother.’’ George Orwell’s brilliant, bitter novel turns 60 this month, but after all these years it has lost none of its nightmarish chill. Its hero is the decidedly unheroic Winston Smith, a weak and wistful man who lives in the totalitarian police state of Oceania, which is ruled by the Party...
  • The Accelerating Push to Criminalize the Right

    06/21/2009 5:16:26 AM PDT · by FromLori · 19 replies · 1,422+ views
    The New American recently warned that Americans who oppose policies emanating from Washington are being tarred as right-wing extremists and even potential terrorists by the Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security as well as by the New York Times and other liberal media organs. This push to demonize and even criminalize political dissent appears to be accelerating. Earlier this month, New York Times columnists Frank Rich and Paul Krugman wrote pieces laying the blame for the murder of an abortionist and a U.S. Holocaust Museum security guard at the foot of President Barack Obama's critics. Both have received figurative high-fives...
  • Why Unemployment Is Not Going To Great Depression Levels

    06/15/2009 6:49:39 AM PDT · by FromLori · 55 replies · 1,322+ views
    Because hyperinflation will keep wage rates high enough that minimum wage laws won't matter. During the worst years of the Great Depression, unemployment hit 25 percent. Our current calamity is so often compared to that era that it worth asking: will things get that bad? Economist Robert Murphy says they won't. Our government won't make the same high wage policy mistake that cripled the jobs economy in the 1930s, and even if stickiness in wages (due to minimum wage hikes or government support of unions) inflation will actually push wages higher. From the Mises Institute: The single biggest blunder Herbert...
  • State Department Says China to Get U.S. Aid under New Climate Deal

    06/15/2009 4:41:07 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 26 replies · 884+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 15, 2009 | Matt Cover
    ( - U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern said that there was “no question” that China would receive both financial and technological assistance from the United States as part of upcoming climate change talks to be conducted in Copenhagen, Denmark. “This is a developing country issue, which includes China,” Stern told reporters on Friday. “I think there is no question that a Copenhagen agreement is going to have to include mechanisms to provide the financial flows and technological assistance to developing countries.” The Copenhagen talks are part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), the...
  • Expert urges U.S. gov't to change policies of taxing, spending [Peter Schiff]

    06/14/2009 11:53:47 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 920+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 2009-06-14 | Jing Zhao Cesarone
    CHICAGO, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Taking issue with the Obama Administration's contention that the economy is showing signs of recovery, Peter Schiff, a well-known American economic commentator, firmly believes that this economy will never recover unless the government changes its policies of taxing, spending and expanding the government. Schiff, currently serving as president and chief global strategist of the brokerage firm Euro Pacific Capital Inc, told Xinhua during an exclusive interview on Saturday that "the things the government is doing with the economy only put us into deeper debt and deeper trouble. All they will probably do is buy us...
  • Wright Warns Obama to be Himself

    06/11/2009 9:53:01 AM PDT · by APRPEH · 7 replies · 608+ views
    APRPEH ^ | 19 Sivan 5769/11 June 2009 | aprpeh
    By now everyone has heard the comments from Obama's (former) Reverend, Jeremiah Wright blaming the Jews for his own isolation from his student (Obama) whom he married and who's children he baptised. So far, most of the reporting on this story is merely focused upon Wright and his blatant anti-Semitic ranting and antiJewism. The comments were played out in the context of his ridiculous accusations against the "Zionist's" and make believe ethnic cleansing of Gaza, an area ruled by Hamas and from where Israel withdrew in 2005. What has not received as much attention is what is running between the...
  • We The People Stimulus Package.... (Buy a gun, you will need it !)

    06/10/2009 7:45:13 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 26 replies · 3,731+ views
    You Tube ^ | Bob Basso
    Subject: Have you seen this ?? This guy's video on youtube has been so popular that Obama called him personally. He said that he was very disturbed with the video and invited him to the White House.. Obama also said he wanted the White House to handle the Press and not to talk about the video or the White House visit. That's interesting. Watch it now. This may be the best six minutes invested in your future You may have to turn your Sound Control up some.
  • BREITBART: Know thy enemy: This is not your mother's Democratic Party

    06/09/2009 2:08:56 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 1,146+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 8, 2009 | Andrew Breitbart
    The Democratic Party's attitude to elections is admirable: Win. And recent history has shown it will do anything to do so. When, if not now, will Republicans develop such a fighting spirit? Democrats invest - with taxpayer money, mind you - in groups like ACORN that, among other sordid tactics, seek out Skid Row bodies and wheel them to polling places. All the Democratic National Committee needs are vans and smelling salts. Pop culture and the "education system" have done the rest, making "D" the default choice on Election Day. Democrats brazenly take policy positions - think government services and...
  • How Much Should Poor Countries Be Paid To Fight Climate Change? ($140 billion annually)

    06/08/2009 12:23:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies · 841+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 8, 2009 | James Kanter
    What will it take to get developing nations to sign up to a global climate agreement? A critical part of the answer, it seems, is cold, hard cash. Wealthy nations are considering just how much poor countries should be paid to help combat global warming. Countries in poorer parts of the world like China and India are demanding that wealthier regions like the European Union and North America fund their efforts at developing clean energy technologies and help them adapt to the effects of climate change caused largely by accumulated emissions from the industrialized West. Money to fund these efforts...
  • Time Tries to Turn Obama Into Cute, Cuddly Muppet

    06/08/2009 5:42:30 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 14 replies · 946+ views ^ | 6/08/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    You want a blatant example of the Old Media's over-the-top, gobsmacked love affair with Obama? Well, one would be hard pressed not to see Time Magazine's latest piece by Nancy Gibbs as a perfect example of the media ignoring all ills and of projecting only what is wonderful onto the dearly beloved as this piece represents. The lionization of Obama is bad enough, but the selective memory of the writer is even more appalling. Writer Gibbs begins her column trying to "place" Barack Obama in a "cultural map." Most famous people are remembered for a certain place that formed their...
  • Obama blew speech [President did disservice to U.S. with condescending appeal to Muslims]

    06/06/2009 3:52:14 AM PDT · by Clive · 26 replies · 1,529+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2009-06-06 | Peter Worthington
    The trouble with U.S. President Barack Obama's boffo speech in Cairo to the Muslim world was not what he said -- but that he said it. To explain: The content was generally fair, rational, evenhanded and fitting for a moderator, arbitrator or neutral adjudicator. But that's not what Obama is. He is, or should be, the embodiment of his country and its interests. When he appoints himself the go-between who sees all sides and takes no sides -- who chastises all conflicting parties equally and impartially -- he does a disservice to himself, his country and to truth. His speech...

    06/02/2009 10:47:35 AM PDT · by hecht · 56 replies · 2,126+ views
    OBAMA'S JUSTICE DEPT WILL ALLOW NON-CITIZENS TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN GEORGIA Any shot for Americans to take back this country from the hard left in 2010/2012 is looking increasingly dim .... Obama Justice Department Decision Will Allow Non-Citizens to Register to Vote in Georgia (hat tip Clyde) Decision Bars Georgia From Continuing Voter Verification Process Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel issued the following statement following the U.S. Department of Justice’s denial of preclearance of Georgia’s voter verification process Atlanta - “The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to deny preclearance of Georgia’s already implemented citizenship verification...
  • Don't call it 'socialism'!

    06/02/2009 5:58:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies · 1,431+ views
    USA Today | June 2, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    No link allowed, story here .
  • American capitalism gone with a whimper

    05/30/2009 5:06:46 AM PDT · by School of Rational Thought · 16 replies · 625+ views
    PRAVDA ^ | May 29, 2009 | NA
    It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. BREAKING NEWS Russia warns NATO not to rattle weapons near Russia's borders The strict traditions of Sumo wrestling More... True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll...
  • Are tea partiers the new 'terrorists'? [R.I. Democrat alleges Tea Party organizer is terrorist]

    05/29/2009 5:13:50 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 64 replies · 1,989+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 2009-05-28
    Blogger claims he received visit from FBI after sending letters to lawmakers. BY CHELSEA SCHILLING A tea party protester claims he was investigated as a terrorist by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI after he sent letters to his representatives criticizing the government for spending money he says the U.S. does not have. Steve Shirk, a Tea Party Patriots blogger who attended the Atlanta Tea Party, said he began a letter-writing campaign in September 2008 to representatives, senators and the White House to express his frustration with what he considers to be irresponsible spending. He said he sent...
  • Obama in L.A.: 'You ain't seen nothing yet'

    05/28/2009 8:46:47 AM PDT · by mmanager · 37 replies · 2,109+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/28/09 | Sam Youngman
    LOS ANGELES — Even as he conceded there is still much hard work to do, President Obama was in a boastful mood Wednesday night, telling a star-studded crowd at a fundraising dinner that he "would put these first four months up against any prior administration since FDR." The president, speaking to a dinner that included Hollywood A-listers like Kiefer Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg, lauded the legislation he has signed since taking office but added that he is "not satisfied."
  • National Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look; Rahm Emanuel's brother advises 10% VAT...

    05/27/2009 5:38:44 AM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 359 replies · 14,432+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/2009 | Lori Montgomery
    With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax. Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax -- called a value-added tax, or VAT -- has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity. At a White House conference earlier this year on the government's budget problems, a roomful of tax experts pleaded...
  • New U.N. Climate Treaty Expected to Restrict U.S. While Exempting United Arab Emirates and China

    05/28/2009 6:13:11 AM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies · 724+ views ^ | May 28, 2009 | Penny Starr - A new United Nation's global warming treaty is expected to give some of the world's worst polluters--such as the communist People's Republic of China--and some of the world's wealthiest nations--such as the oil-rich United Arab Emirates--a license to continue freely pumping carbon into the atmosphire while restricting the emissions of the United States. The United States will be joining other countries next month in attending “climate talks” in Bonn, Germany, in preparation for the United Nations' Conference of the Parties 15 (COP15) climate-change summit that will take place in Copenhagen in December.
  • Pelosi appeals for China's help on climate change (Pelosi Nazi Quote Inside!)

    05/28/2009 5:42:21 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 32 replies · 1,163+ views
    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Beijing on Thursday to cooperate on climate change, calling a safe environment a basic human right.
  • Conservative rebellion against Washington GOP establishment heating up

    05/27/2009 11:26:09 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 77 replies · 2,481+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2009-05-27 | Mark Tapscott
    An interncecine war between the professional political consultants who run the Washington GOP establishment and insurgent conservatives beyond the Washington Beltway, who are fed up with seeing their money go to anti-life, big-spending, tax-hiking people like Arlen Specter and Lincoln Chafee. The attempts in recent weeks by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) to recruit a liberal GOPer to oppose former congressman Pat Toomey - a solid and articulate conservative with support from such party moderates as former Lt. Gov Bill Scranton - in the race to succeed Specter. Specter switched to the Democrats last month when it became clear...
  • SHOCK! News Media Shows Black Woman Criticizing Obama While Praising Pres. Bush

    05/27/2009 10:30:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 55 replies · 4,492+ views
    Video Report here ^ | Wednesday, May 27, 2009 | Kristinn
    In a rare episode of the mainstream media reporting on citizen frustration with Barack Obama, Central Florida News 13 broadcast footage of a young black woman praising former President George W. Bush for his response to Hurricane Katrina while sandblasting Barack Obama for his failure to respond to disastrous flooding in Volusia County, Florida.Volusia County, which includes world famous Daytona Beach, was devastated by several feet of rain which fell within a few days last week from a weather system that parked itself over Florida and drenched the state with drought-ending storms.Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who has become Obama's...
  • BAUER: An ideological choice. Time for Republicans to put up a fight

    05/27/2009 3:02:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies · 1,278+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 27, 2009 | Gary Bauer
    It had all become too much. After three days spent fending off Senate Democrats' relentless badgering, including insinuations that he was racist, anti-woman and a liar, Samuel A. Alito Jr., President George W. Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, was asked directly by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, "Are you a bigot?" Justice Alito responded, "I'm not any kind of bigot." It was then that Martha-Ann Alito, the nominee's wife, burst into tears and promptly exited the room, creating the most indelible memory of her husband's confirmation hearings. The incendiary personal attacks employed by Democrats against Justice Alito...
  • Bank bailout: The greatest swindle ever sold

    05/27/2009 3:26:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 935+ views ^ | May 27, 2009 | Andy Kroll
    On Oct. 3, as the spreading economic meltdown threatened to topple financial behemoths like American International Group (AIG) and Bank of America and plunged global markets into free fall, the U.S. government responded with the largest bailout in American history. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, better known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), authorized the use of $700 billion to stabilize the nation's failing financial systems and restore the flow of credit in the economy. The legislation's guidelines for crafting the rescue plan were clear: The TARP should protect home values and consumer savings, help citizens keep...
  • Sotomayor Doesn't Live Up to Obama's Word

    05/27/2009 4:51:50 AM PDT · by libstripper · 9 replies · 695+ views ^ | May 26, 2009 | Deborah O'Malley
    Like other liberal activists who assert the importance of empathy, Sotomayor remarkably finds the need to reach into her “heart” only when the litigant’s cause aligns with her own. In fact, as Clinton appointee Judge José Cabranes noted with some frustration, Sotomayor’s “empathy” with New Haven’s position was so relentless that she took unprecedented procedural steps to bury the claims of the firefighters. In an attempt to prevent effective review, Sotomayor’s three-judge panel originally issued a one paragraph summary order affirming the district court’s ruling, then withdrew it and issued an unsigned opinion.
  • Millionaires Go Missing -- Maryland's fleeced taxpayers fight back (leave)

    05/26/2009 5:20:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 127 replies · 5,593+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 26, 2009
    ... Maryland couldn't balance its budget last year, so the state tried to close the shortfall by fleecing the wealthy. Politicians in Annapolis created a millionaire tax bracket, raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 6.25%. And because cities such as Baltimore and Bethesda also impose income taxes, the state-local tax rate can go as high as 9.45%. Governor Martin O'Malley, a dedicated class warrior, declared that these richest 0.3% of filers were "willing and able to pay their fair share." The Baltimore Sun predicted the rich would "grin and bear it." One year later, nobody's grinning. One-third of the...
  • A Closer Look at Climate Change

    05/25/2009 5:32:26 AM PDT · by libstripper · 17 replies · 1,132+ views ^ | May 25, 2009 | Mark W. Hendrickson
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is widely regarded in the media as the ultimate authority on climate change. Created by two divisions of the United Nations, and recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, its pronouncements are received as if they come down from Mount Olympus or Mount Sinai. The common presumption is that the IPCC has assembled the best scientific knowledge. Let’s take a closer look at this organization to see whether it merits such uncritical deference. The IPCC’s Feb. 2007 report stated: It is “very likely” that human activity is causing global warming. Why then, just...
  • If earth were warming, it would save a lot of lives

    05/24/2009 5:58:58 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies · 615+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 24 may 09 | Vin Suprynowicz
    First, if the earth was warming at a rate of about 1 or even 2 degrees per century in recent decades, there are reasons to believe that's slowed or stopped. One of those reasons is that the "global warming" fanatics have abruptly shifted their rhetoric, adopting instead the new nonsense euphemism "climate change." This is a clear attempt at inoculation: If it turns out the globe is indeed cooling again, they will merely take their same pre-set, ulterior agenda -- huge energy tax hikes to finance bigger government, cripple capitalism and destroy the freedom-giving automobile, instead forcing everyone to pile...
  • Banning the pickup truck

    05/21/2009 3:57:09 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 238 replies · 7,159+ views
    The Tuesday headline was clear: "Obama's new rules will transform U.S. auto fleet." The Associated Press picked it up from there: "Some soccer moms will have to give up hulking SUVs. Nearly everybody else will drive smaller cars, and more of them will run on electricity. The higher mileage and emissions standards set by the Obama administration on Tuesday, which begin to take effect in 2012 and are to be achieved by 2016, will transform the American car and truck fleet. "The new rules would bring new cars and trucks sold in the United States to an average of 35.5...
  • So ... Why ARE gasoline prices going up ... THIS time ?

    05/21/2009 5:04:02 AM PDT · by knarf · 103 replies · 2,865+ views
    self ^ | May 21, 2009 | knarf
    I admit to being confused.
  • Even-Handed Idiocy--Obama's pressure on Israel stems from deep-seated delusions about Middle East

    05/21/2009 5:31:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies · 736+ views ^ | May 21, 2009 | P. David Hornik
    Even-Handed Idiocy By: P. David Hornik | Thursday, May 21, 2009 A mist of verbiage arises from the reports on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s meetings with President Barack Obama and other officials in Washington. Stock words and phrases are used ritualistically that may have little connection to realities on the ground in Israel and the region. Among the more mindlessly repeated and least reality-linked are “two-state solution” and “regional peace.” 1. “Two-state solution.” At present, in the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, three political entities already exist. One, Israel, is sovereign except for its partial or...
  • SC: Sanford files lawsuit after legislature overrides vetoes [of Porkulus Maximus]

    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - After legislators overrode Gov. Mark Sanford's vetoes of the $5.7 billion state budget and his refusal to accept federal stimulus funds, the governor says he is filing a lawsuit in protest. "We know that a suit will be filed against us on this issue, and as such we've filed a suit tonight in response," Sanford said Wednesday in a statement. "We believe the legislature's end-around move on the stimulus won't pass constitutional muster, and if it were allowed to stand it would have far reaching implications for future governors of this state and for governors of...
  • U.S. lawmakers reject nuclear in renewable power goal

    05/20/2009 1:20:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies · 1,432+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 20, 2009 | By Ayesha Rascoe
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of nuclear power in the United States failed to win new breaks for the industry when a U.S. congressional panel on Wednesday voted down an amendment to a controversial climate change bill. Waxman argued that the bill was not discriminating against nuclear power, but that nuclear was not renewable energy because it requires uranium, a limited resource. Also, he said the renewable standard was aimed at promoting new power sources and technology. Republicans have blasted the legislation, warning that it could drastically curb the United States' economic growth by making U.S. companies less competitive internationally with...
  • Schwarzenegger says he's heard voters' anger

    05/20/2009 11:25:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 66 replies · 2,321+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2009 | KEVIN FREKING
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday he's heard "loud and clear" a voter message to take care of deficits through budget cuts alone, without passing additional costs along to them. Voters on Tuesday resoundingly rejected Schwarzenegger's package of budget-balancing measures that he promised would temporarily fix the state's financial crisis. Instead, he now faces a $21.3 billion budget deficit.
  • Schwarzenegger promises big budget cuts

    05/20/2009 10:30:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 43 replies · 1,727+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/20/9 | Rob Hotakainen - McClatchy Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON -- Saying California voters delivered a message to "go all out" in cutting government spending, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today promised to make severe state budget reductions in education, health care and law enforcement. "We tried to not make those kind of cuts, but now we have to," the Republican governor told reporters in Washington. "There's no other choice. I think the message was clear from the people: Go all out and make those cuts and live within your means." Schwarzenegger thanked Californians for voting in Tuesday's special election. They rejected ballot measures endorsed by the governor that would have...
  • 'Gun violence': why are other forms of violence preferable?

    05/20/2009 4:35:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies · 1,352+ views
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 May, 2009 | Kurt Hofmann
    One puzzling characteristic of citizen disarmament advocates is their bizarre apparent belief that "gun violence" is somehow "worse" than other forms of violence. One would think that being stabbed, beaten, bludgeoned, strangled, etc. to death would be just as bad as being shot to death, but apparently that's not a universally held belief. I was reminded of this peculiar attitude yesterday when reading "New York's Gun Battle," an article in the Gotham Gazette about current attempts to make gun laws in New York state even more restrictive than they are now (the Brady Campaign ranks New York the 6th most...
  • SC: [Mark] Sanford vetoes $348 million of stimulus money in state budget [and is attacked by DNC]

    05/19/2009 2:51:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 464+ views
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gov. Mark Sanford says he will veto $348 million worth of stimulus money in the state budget. Sanford called the budget put forth by state lawmakers "fundamentally flawed" and said that many of them weren't given enough time to even look at the state budget to properly vote on it. "They were not really even given time to look at this budget. There was a motion for a 24-hour look and that was denied, so it's basically just a handful of folks worked out the details on this budget over the weekend," said Sanford. Sanford has...
  • The Truth Behind the Tea Party Movement

    05/19/2009 11:26:36 AM PDT · by faced · 8 replies · 823+ views ^ | 5/19/09 | Faced
    I spent last evening at a local establishment attending a fund raising event for a local Tea Party Group. The fund raiser was a RANT and it allowed individuals to pay $5 to get up in front of everyone and speak for 2 minutes. The rules were; no profanity, no libel and use common sense when speaking. Other than that, everything else was fair game. Unlike many of the things you have heard from left leaning journalist, actresses, and other pundits, there were no racist, religion, or anarchist remarks. While many would have you believe that those who support the...
  • Purge the RINOs and the RINO Apologists

    04/28/2009 7:57:14 PM PDT · by Natural Law · 82 replies · 1,817+ views
    4/28/09 | Natural law
    I am as sick to death of RINO apologists as I am the RINOs themselves. Too many real conservatives took a lot of flack here on FR during the last mid term and presidential election cycles for expecting Republicans to actually legislate like Republicans rather voting for every Obama-lite candidate with an “R” after their names who just might be electable. To too many, elections are about partisan score keeping and not about the direction and future of the country. Many conservatives received a lot of undeserved criticism because they refused to vote straight party line or choose the lesser...
  • Mark Sanford Whacks Lindsey Graham Over Libertarianism [says libertarianism "a badge of honor"]

    05/18/2009 6:22:58 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 204 replies · 3,886+ views
    The Washington Independent ^ | 2009-05-18 | David Weigel
    (snip)After the speech a volunteer from Paul’s Campaign for Liberty asked Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) about it, and he weighed in against Graham. There was almost a pejorative comment a moment ago. Sen. Graham spoke and said “I’m not a libertarian,” whatever, whatever, as if that’s an evil word. Liberty is the hallmark of the American experiment … People say, you know, “Mark, you’re kind of libertarian,” you know, and they say it as if it’s an evil word, like you’re a communist or something. I’m like: Throw me in that briar patch … I’ve been accused of being a...
  • Obama's Dangerous Debt

    05/17/2009 10:35:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 6 replies · 765+ views
    Real Clear Politics / The Washington Post ^ | 2009-05-18 | Robert Samuelson
    WASHINGTON -- Just how much government debt does a president have to endorse before he's labeled "irresponsible"? Well, apparently much more than the massive amounts envisioned by President Obama. The final version of his 2010 budget, released last week, is a case study in political expediency and economic gambling. Let's see. From 2010 to 2019, Obama projects annual deficits totaling $7.1 trillion; that's atop the $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009. By 2019, the ratio of publicly held federal debt to gross domestic product (GDP, or the economy) would reach 70 percent, up from 41 percent in 2008. That would be...
  • Lindsey Graham gets combative over GOP future [You’re a hypocrite! one man in the audience yelled]

    05/17/2009 8:04:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 214 replies · 6,514+ views
    Lindsey Graham gets combative over GOP future Posted: 10:45 AM ET From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby (CNN) – A combative Lindsey Graham got into a sharp back-and-forth with some audience members at the South Carolina GOP convention on Saturday as he made the case for an open-tent Republican party. According to The State newspaper and video posted on YouTube, the South Carolina senator told the convention he wants to build a party that can compete in Pennsylvania and Connecticut as well as in his home state. “You’re a hypocrite!,” one man in the audience yelled. “I’m a winner, pal,”...
  • No one prying guns yet from our cold fingers(Colorado)

    05/17/2009 6:25:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 42 replies · 1,544+ views
    Grand Junction Sentinal ^ | 15 May, 2009 | Bob Silbernagel
    During last year’s presidential campaign, gun-owners’ groups like the National Rifle Association said Barack Obama, if he were elected, would be the most anti-gun president in the history of the United States. That claim and similar statements sparked a buying spree on guns and ammunition immediately following the election, which continued well into this year. I bought some shells last week, and told I was limited to two boxes. There is nothing to indicate that this shortage is the result of Obama administration actions, however. I’m not here to proclaim that President Obama is really a great friend to gun...