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  • The Importance of the 2012 Congressional Elections

    08/26/2012 7:28:00 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 8 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 10/13/11 | LD Jackson
    Would anyone disagree with me that there is a vacuum in the political media coverage we are now seeing? A vacuum that draws in nearly every story the media covers? There seems to be one, all-important race that the media is centered on, ie. the contest to see who will be the GOP nominee, the person who will face Barack Obama in the general election. Most certainly, that race is very important and one we all should consider our options carefully. However, the presidential election is not the only horse race in town. There is another race, although it may...
  • Bloomberg News Writer Blames Paul Ryan for Failure of 2010 Simpson-Bowles Deficit Reduction Plan

    08/21/2012 11:32:45 AM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-20 | Tom Blumer
    If we're to believe a report by Heidi Przybyla at Bloomberg News on August 13, the country might be operating under bipartisan deficit-reduction framework instead of being without a budget for over three years if it weren't for Wisconsin Congressman and GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Her lead: "Representative Paul Ryan was a pivotal figure in killing the 2010 Bowles-Simpson agreement, which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney now holds out as a model for putting America’s fiscal house in order." There are many deceptions and unsupported assertions in Przybyla's report, but before getting to some of the others, many of...
  • Farm and/or Drought Bailout

    08/19/2012 5:57:11 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 11 replies
    8-19-12 | Self
    I need some help with status of the "farm bailout" I understand it, Congress is going on recess, and, prior to this, we are likely not bailing out farmers due to pork added to such bills...perhaps this is rhetorical, but is Boehner so stupid that he can't get in front of a microphone and say, "we'll pass something if the Dems would remove pork from the bill and make it just the farm bailout"? From what I see, 0bama's agencies, i.e., him, will get compassion points if we let this go by and look like Scrooge. Sure, I had government...
  • People to Congress: Do your job or we'll sue

    08/19/2012 2:34:49 PM PDT · by cap10mike · 11 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 19, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    “It’s good to be king!” is an oft-quoted line from Mel Brooks’ “History of the World, Part I.” In America, every man is supposed to be king, every woman queen, and members of Congress are supposed to be our servants. We sometimes forget that last part. Three people in Orlando have not. On Aug. 15, Charles Klein, Sally Baptiste and Theresa Kajkowski filed a lawsuit in Florida's Middle District Federal Court. Nothing unusual in that -- lawsuits are filed every day, especially in litigation-prone America. What’s unusual is that the plaintiffs name the entire membership of the U.S. House and...
  • Gross … Code Pink Activists Dress Up as Vaginas for "Free Abortions" Rally

    08/19/2012 11:32:21 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies
    Twitchy ^ | August 18, 2012 | Twitchy
    Code Pink members attend We Are Woman rally in vagina costumes Mainstream media outlets struggling to find a tasteful way to cover the “Pussy Riot” protests in Russia have another challenge on their hands, this one much closer to home. Representatives of Code Pink (as identified by the poster of the image) attended today’s “We Are Woman” rally dressed as vaginas. This clearer photo identifies at least two of the vaginas as representatives of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Feminist Campus project. The costumes did garner attention, if not necessarily respect.
  • The Steep Cost of US Dairy Programs

    08/17/2012 8:50:57 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-14 | Laurel Kays
    As the all but certain September fight over the 2012 Farm Bill looms, Americans would do well to remember that despite the happy, “Got Milk” images we associate with dairy products, in every purchase of milk, cheese, yogurt, and other such products is an extra cost incurred by the government’s irresponsible dairy programs. These outdated programs inflate prices and put taxpayers on the hook for expensive subsidies while largely benefitting large-scale, high income farm operations. US dairy policy is made up of a complicated set of programs which work both to create steady demand and to raise prices for dairy...
  • Approval of Congress falls to all-time low (Gallup has it at 10%.)

    08/15/2012 11:21:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/15/12 | Joel Roberts - The Ticket
    Just 10 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday, tying the lowest mark in the 38 years the poll has been conducted. That number was previously reached this past February, but bounced back a bit in subsequent months. Eighty-three percent of Americans disapprove of Congress, the poll shows. ... Of the 3,914 bills that have been introduced in Congress so far this year, just 61 have become law — less than 2 percent. Last year, after Republicans took control of the House, Congress passed just 90 bills. Only one other...
  • Amnesty for illegal aliens begins today and Congress couldn't care less

    08/15/2012 9:39:01 AM PDT · by workerbee · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/15/12 | Bob Dane, Kristen Williams
    This lazy August morning while many Americans are on vacation blissfully detached from current events, one of President’s Obama’s most radical transformations of the American landscape takes hold. A lawless, unlegislated illegal alien amnesty becomes reality today as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) begins to officially accept applications (no personal interview required) from almost 2 million illegal aliens seeking “deferred action.” Americans won’t like the amnesty and they won’t like how it was done, but they’re not to blame. Only Congress has the power to act against a president who throws the constitutional system into chaos by...
  • Senate rejects Obama budget in 99-0 vote

    08/13/2012 3:13:11 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/16/12 | Erik Wasson and Daniel Strauss
    A budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to get any votes in the Senate on Wednesday. In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint. It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget. Obama's 2012 budget failed 97 to 0 last May after Obama himself last April said he wanted deeper deficit cuts. The House earlier this year unanimously rejected Obama's budget. (Failed 414 - 0)
  • Lingle ties Hirono to Congress

    08/13/2012 1:17:27 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Maui News ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | Oskar Garcia, AP
    Honolulu - Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is opening the final push in her race for a U.S. Senate seat by tying her opponent, Mazie Hirono, to a Congress that has abysmal approval ratings. Lingle said Sunday that Hirono wants to make the election about Hawaii's pride in President Barack Obama and her tough childhood, rather than about what's best for Hawaii's future. Lingle told reporters the day after easily winning her Republican primary that Hirono is an example of why just 12 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. Lingle says Hirono has missed many votes...
  • Missouri Muslim Charity Director Pleads Guilty

    06/30/2010 12:41:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    SNIPPET: "On Friday, Mubarak Hamed, the former director of the now defunct Islamic American Relief Agency-USA (IARA) based in Columbia, Missouri, pled guilty to three counts of a federal indictment charging that he illegally sent more than a million dollars to Iraq in violation of U.S. sanctions, conspiracy, and tax violations. Federal agents raided IARA's offices in 2004, seized its assets, and said it was part of a global network of similar Islamic charities that supported terrorist organizations. As part of his plea agreement, Hamed admitted the U.S.-based charity was part of this international network, with the IARA branch based...
  • Ryan plans to stay on ballot for re-election

    08/11/2012 9:29:18 AM PDT · by randita · 26 replies
    JS Online ^ | 8/11/12 | Alison Bauter
    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan will be on the ballot twice Nov. 6 now that he has been picked by Republican Mitt Romney as his running mate. Ryan will remain on the ballot for re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives, said Susan Jacobson, finance director/campaign manager for his House campaign. Ryan represents the 1st Congressional district that includes Janesville, Kenosha and much of southeastern Wisconsin, including portions of Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. He has been won election to the seat seven times. Ryan (R-Janesville) could run both for vice president and for re-election to Congress thanks to a 1968...
  • Tim Kaine Suffers Amnesia on Failed Tax Hike Attempts

    08/10/2012 10:52:51 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-10 | Paul Blair
    Yesterday, Democrat Tim Kaine asked his Republican opponent to join him in taking a “balanced” approach to avoiding the looming sequestration cuts. Unfortunately Tim Kaine seems to suffer amnesia on his attempt to implement the same kind of “balanced” approach while he served as Virginia’s Governor. Such an approach included billions of dollars in new and higher taxes. Kaine called on George Allen to “set aside his Pledge,” and work for a “responsible path forward.” Translated, what Tim Kaine means is that he’s asking Allen to break his written commitment to Virginia taxpayers and join with him in an approach...
  • Rep. Allen West gets blowtorched

    08/10/2012 5:52:59 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 26 replies ^ | August 10, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    U.S. Rep. Allen West subjected himself to a flaming blowtorch Wednesday to demonstrate the power of a revolutionary new fire retardant made by a Jupiter company. GelTech Solutions, which has earned international recognition for what it calls a lifesaving product, invited West to participate in a firsthand demonstration of the patent-pending technology. Called FireIce, it has been featured on national TV programs like the “Stossel Show.”
  • Allen West to Alcee Hastings on Chick-Fil-A: Did you expect filet mignon and caviar?

    08/08/2012 2:40:36 PM PDT · by T.O.K. · 32 replies ^ | August 8, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    U.S. Rep. Allen West accused fellow Congressman Alcee Hastings of “political elitism” over comments Hastings made to an online media site about an alleged Chick-Fil-A incident. Hastings told the Huffington Post that West had offended the entire Congressional Black Caucus about six months ago, when he brought in chicken and biscuits from Chick-Fil-A when it was his turn to provide lunch at a weekly meeting.
  • Eric Hovde Needs a History Lesson in “Grand Compromises”

    08/08/2012 10:42:44 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-07 | Paul Blair
    When Eric Hovde claims that he “pledges” to support reducing tax rates, he is really hoping that voters ignore prior statements where he has promised otherwise. Hovde has told Wisconsin voters that he would accept a tax hike deal with Democrats as part of a grand compromise. According to Politifact, Hovde “has told voters that he would accept a budget-balancing deal that gets $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in new revenue.” Hovde’s admission leaves voters wondering if he understands the basic premise of a budget “compromise.” Perhaps Eric Hovde is not aware that budget compromises between Republicans and...
  • Harry Reid’s smear attack on Mitt Romney masks Dems’ problems

    08/07/2012 5:52:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 7, 2012 | The Editors
    Weak economy, no job growth and huge deficits should be the real target. When he descended into smarmy innuendo about Mitt Romney’s taxes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was merely executing a tactic that is increasingly central to President Obama’s reelection campaign. High unemployment and trickling job production have foreclosed Obama from running strong on his domestic record. So he’s painting Romney as a rich, out-of-touch tax chiseler as a distraction from the accumulating woeful economic reports. Reid took the rhetoric into the pits with a claim that someone had told him Romney had not paid taxes for 10 years,...
  • Rep. Allen West's Chick-fil-A Treat Gnaws at Black Caucus

    08/07/2012 2:41:48 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    Rep. Allen West's Chick-fil-A Treat Gnaws at Black Caucus By Amy Bingham | ABC OTUS News – 1 hr 13 mins ago Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have lunched on their fair share of fried chicken, but when the group's only Republican member, Rep. Allen West of Florida, brought Chick-fil-A for his turn to provide lunch, "every member" of the group was offended, caucus member Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., told the Huffington Post this week. West provided the now-controversial chicken sandwiches about six months ago, but Hastings' recollection of the delivery carries fresh potency in light of Chick-fil-A CEO...
  • RAISE Act Seeks to End Union Stranglehold on Wages

    08/07/2012 10:30:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-08-03 | Tom Fletcher
    After suffering embarrassing defeats in New Jersey and Wisconsin, organized labor seems destined for yet another setback. The RAISE Act, introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), is legislation that seeks to eliminate union meddling when a business wants to increase their employees’ wages. Writing in the National Review, Rubio called the status quo “unfair to workers and out of touch with the modern workplace.” Enacting the RAISE ACT would pay immediate dividends for employees and businesses alike. A Heritage Foundation report found: “By offering workers the opportu¬nity to earn higher wages, the RAISE Act provides an incentive for increased productivity....
  • Fearing an Impasse in Congress, Industry Cuts Spending

    08/06/2012 11:01:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/06/2012 | NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    A rising number of manufacturers are canceling new investments and putting off new hires because they fear paralysis in Washington will force hundreds of billions in tax increases and budget cuts in January, undermining economic growth in the coming months. Executives at companies making everything from electrical components and power systems to automotive parts say the fiscal stalemate is prompting them to pull back now, rather than wait for a possible resolution to the deadlock on Capitol Hill. Democrats and Republicans are far apart on how to extend the Bush-era tax breaks beyond January — the same month automatic spending...
  • House passes bill eliminating Senate confirmation for presidential appointees

    08/04/2012 9:15:46 AM PDT · by GregNH · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/31/2012 | Alex Pappas
    Update:The House passed the legislation Tuesday night by a vote of 261-116. The bill now goes to President Obama’s desk for his signature.The House of Representatives is set to consider legislation Tuesday that would exempt certain presidential appointees from having to be confirmed by the Senate. But a number of conservative groups are arguing that the “Presidential Efficiency and Streamlining Act” amounts to Congress neutering itself and giving the executive branch unprecedented power. Presidential appointees that would no longer require Senate confirmation under the legislation include the treasurer of the United States and the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation...
  • Congress gives OK to electric car charging stations on Capitol Hill (The rest of us are exempt!)

    08/03/2012 1:38:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/03/12 | Ramsey Cox
    Congress gives OK to electric car charging stations on Capitol HillBy Ramsey Cox - 08/03/12 12:35 PM ET Congress has approved legislation that would allow the Architect of the Capitol to construct battery-recharging stations for electric cars in congressional parking areas. The bill introduced by Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.) requires that construction be at no net cost to the government but says the Architect of the Capitol could construct, operate and maintain battery-recharging stations in House and Senate parking lots. Users would pay a fee, which would eventually pay for the installation and maintenance of the stations. The bill passed...
  • $4 Billion Tax Hike Set to Shake Down States with No Income Tax

    08/03/2012 9:09:23 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATRF ^ | 2012-08-01 | Blake Seitz
    Current Law Taxpayers who itemize their federal income tax returns have the choice to deduct either state and local income tax or state and local sales tax from their gross income. The amount of the sales tax deduction is determined by a taxpayer’s receipts from that taxable year, or else by an IRS table that dictates “standard” sales tax deductions. Scheduled Changes The deduction for state and local sales tax is set to expire at the end of calendar year 2012. The deduction for state and local income tax will remain in place. ATRF Analysis The state and local sales...
  • Liberal Moderator outed at FL Rep Primary Debate Dist 23 (blabbermouth dist)

    08/02/2012 6:40:22 PM PDT · by lovesdogs · 5 replies
    My very own eyes and ears | vanity
    The Republican Primary debate for FL dist 23 was held tonight in Hollywood FL. Participants were Gineen Bresso, Ozzie deFaria, Juan Garcia and Joe Kaufman. Karen Harrington was scheduled but chose to speak at a Red State event in Jacksonville instead. The Moderator was local ABC affiliate politgical reporter Michael Putney (yes I know). Mr Putney stated several times in the beginning questions of the debate that he was a "registered independent" which is odd phrasing. He should certainly know as a political reporter that the legal term in FL is "no party affiliation" or NPA. Several questions into the...
  • The Ramifications of Congress's Internet Sales Tax

    08/02/2012 8:11:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 42 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-01 | Kelly William Cobb
    [Yester]day the Senate Commerce Committee [held] a hearing to push for an Internet sales tax. This follows a similar effort by the House Judiciary Committee late last month. And while the Wall Street Journal ran a cover story recently claiming (somewhat misleadingly) that GOP governors are throwing in the low-tax towel and signing off on online sales taxes, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has an op-ed in the same pages today telling fiscal conservatives why they should do the opposite. So, what’s all this Internet tax talk about? The Senate’s Marketplace Fairness Act and House’s Marketplace Equity Act – currently the...
  • Pelosi leads Dems push to protect gays from deportation

    08/02/2012 6:37:00 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 37 replies ^ | 8/2/2012 | Michele Kirk
    Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), along with 83 other members of Congress, led a push this week to keep lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) family members from being deported. In a letter to Homeland Security sent on Tuesday, July 31, the Democratic members pleaded for recognition, in writing, that same-sex partners should be considered as a discretionary factor in deciding deportation cases. This will be the second attempt at persuading Secretary Napolitano to put the Obama Administration and Department of Homeland Security’s 2011 announcement, into writing. The announcement in August, from high-ranking DHS and White House officials stated,...

    08/01/2012 7:40:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    human events ^ | august 1, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The House Tuesday passed a measure 261-114 to remove 200 presidential appointments from the Senate’s purview for confirmation hearings and votes. It eliminates the requirement of Senate approval for such positions as rural utility services administrator, board directors of the commodity credit corporation, the assistant administrator for grant programs at FEMA, and assistant secretaries for management. The bill originated in the Senate last year where it passed 79-20, and reduces the number of confirmations from 1,200 to 1,000. Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) said he voted against the measure because it was the constitutional duty of the other body to offer...
  • Win Olympic Gold, Pay the IRS U.S. Olympic medal winners will owe up to $9,000 to the IRS

    08/01/2012 10:38:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    ATR ^ | 08/01/2012 | Hugh Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — While 529 hardworking athletes proudly represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics, any medals and money they earn wearing red, white and blue will be taxed by the IRS. According to research done by the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation, U.S. Olympic athletes are liable to pay income tax on medals earned and prizes received at the London games. American medalists face a top income tax rate of 35 percent. Under U.S. tax law, they must add the value of their Olympic medals and prizes to their taxable income. It is therefore easy to calculate...
  • Williams tops Riddle in GOP race for U.S. House

    08/01/2012 5:18:05 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 23 replies
    Austin-American Statesman ^ | 8/1/2012 | Chuck Lindell
    Roger Williams, a former Texas secretary of state who made his name as a prolific GOP fundraiser, is one step closer to a seat in the U.S. House after handily defeating Central Texas Tea Party founder Wes Riddle in the Republican runoff Tuesday.
  • The Problem with PEP and Pease

    07/31/2012 8:11:50 AM PDT · by 92nina
    ATRF ^ | 2012-07-30 | Blake Seitz
    Current Law The Personal Exemption Phaseout (PEP) is a tax provision that cuts the value of a filer’s personal exemption by 2% for every $2,500 that the filer’s AGI exceeds a certain high-income threshold. The Pease limitation is a provision that slashes a filer’s itemized deduction by 3% of the amount that the filer’s AGI exceeds a certain threshold. The limitation can strip away up to 80% of the value of a taxpayer’s itemized deductions. The 2001 tax act disposed of the Personal Exemption Phaseout and Pease limitation gradually over half a decade beginning in 2006, so that both were...
  • Increasing Taxes Hits Small Business Job Creators

    07/30/2012 1:12:00 PM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATRF ^ | 2012-07-27 | Hugh Johnson
    Taxing small business to pay for more government is the policy equivalent of “you didn’t build that.” Increasing taxes on the top bracket—$200,000 single; $250,000 married—hits small businesses, sole proprietorships and family farms that file as individuals or “pass through entities.” In 2011, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that this plan hits 750,000 entities. A more recent update in their model concludes that, under this plan, 940,000 small businesses will pay higher taxes. The economy grew 2.0 and 1.5 percent in the last two quarters. Growth in real nonresidential fixed investment declined for the third straight quarter. RNRFI...
  • Allen West: Honor In Iraq

    07/29/2012 11:02:20 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 4 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | July 30, 2012 | Youtube
    LTC West speaks about his actions in Iraq.
  • Dem lawmakers to announce bill limiting online ammo sales

    07/29/2012 3:38:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 142 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    Two Democratic lawmakers on Monday will announce new legislation to regulate the online and mail-order sale of ammunition. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.) said the new law would make the sale of ammunition “safer for law-abiding Americans who are sick and tired of the ease with which criminals can now anonymously stockpile for mass murder,” in a statement released Saturday. The lawmakers cite the recent movie massacre in Aurora, Colo. for spurring their bill. “The shooter who killed 12 and injured 58 in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater this month had purchased over 6,000 rounds of...
  • Conservative Majority Fund Has Another Political Attack Ad With Obama Admitting He Is A Muslim

    07/28/2012 3:31:31 PM PDT · by Fred Garvin-MP · 65 replies
    This attack ad was made by the same group who released the controversial attack ad early this week on Fox News Channel, ABC and ESPN that questioned Obama's missing records. The newly formed group is called the 'Conservative Majority Fund' backed by big money out of Arlington,VA. Their recent ad this week caused a uproar with liberals and the media. There are a lot of doubters who disregard the fact that it is no big deal for a American president to be a Muslim, especially in a time of war against people who are Islamic extremist. It's so dangerous that...
  • The Obama Deception

    07/27/2012 11:08:27 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    The Obama Deception is a hard-hitting film that completely destroys the myth that Barack Obama is working for the best interests of the American people. The Obama phenomenon is a hoax carefully crafted by the captains of the New World Order. He is being pushed as savior in an attempt to con the American people into accepting global slavery. We have reached a critical juncture in the New World Order's plans. It's not about Left or Right: it's about a One World Government. The international banks plan to loot the people of the United States and turn them into slaves...
  • Anti-Big Government Speech Brings House Floor To Its Feet

    07/27/2012 11:03:43 AM PDT · by Joe27 · 52 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 26 Jul 2012
    Rep. Mike Kelly just gained a lot of new fans.
  • Claire McCaskill to Missouri Farmers: You Didn’t Build That

    07/27/2012 9:43:13 AM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-07-26 | Paul Blair
    Yesterday, Senate Democrats dropped President Obama’s proposal to raise the death tax in favor of their own. Their plan included stripping all death tax provisions out of S. 3412. By purposefully dropping the death tax provision, at the end of the year the tax is set to revert to pre-2001 tax cut levels, a rate that is higher than the President’s initial proposal. With her AYE vote on S. 3412, Senator McCaskill voted to subject Missouri small businesses, farms, and ranches to millions of dollars in additional taxes on earned assets. In 2006, McCaskill said that she supported “extending the...
  • Where's The Real Code Manual?

    07/27/2012 9:26:47 AM PDT · by chatter4 · 61 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 27, 2012 | Chatter4
    On July 17, 2012, Mike Zullo, the lead investigator for the MCSO Cold Case Posse, presented false information to the American people, claiming that the "9" code next to Obama's father's race meant that the field was blank when it was coded. That information appears to have come from Jerome Corsi, and was presented in a video produced by Mark Gillar. It was claimed a chart presented in that video was copied from a 1961 Vital Statistics Manual, but, it came from a 1968 manual. In 1961, code "9" meant "other nonwhite".
  • See the Speech That Got a Standing Ovation in Congress Today (Mike Kelly delivers again)

    07/26/2012 9:15:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/26/2012 | Mytheos Holt
    Representative Mike Kelly, speaking on the House floor today, managed something very rare in the history of the institution – he got a standing ovation. Applause is usually forbidden in the house, but Kelly‘s blistering attack on regulatory red tape and Washington’s culture of control was apparently so powerful that several of his fellow house members couldn’t resist showing their support, clapping, standing up and shouting “USA! USA! USA!” Would you applaud this way? See Kelly’s speech below and decide for yourself:
  • Senate Votes to Raise Taxes on Small Businesses

    07/26/2012 7:38:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 55 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 7/26/2012 | Amy Payne
    Yesterday, the Senate narrowly voted (51-48) to raise taxes on 1.2 million small businesses, which will likely kill more than 700,000 jobs at a time when nearly 13 million Americans are out of work. Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Jim Webb (D-VA) joined all Republicans in bipartisan opposition to the tax hike. This is President Obama’s economic plan. This is what he asked Congress to do. And he recently told a fundraising crowd that his economic plan has been working. “Just like we’ve tried [Republicans'] plan, we tried our plan—and it worked,” he said. But Obama’s Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner,...
  • It's Official: Obamacare Is a $1 Trillion Net Tax Hike

    07/26/2012 7:12:24 AM PDT · by 92nina · 5 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-07-24 | Ryan Ellis
    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today came out with new scores for Obamacare. The big statistic that caught our eye was that Obamacare is now officially a $1 trillion net tax increase. The reason this number is bigger than in the past is because the gimmicks of that law are now running out. Tax hikes were scheduled to start several years after the passage of the bill, creating many "zero" years on a ten-year score. Well, it;'s been several years, so the window dressing chickens are coming home to roost. In Table 2 of CBO's analysis of repealing Obamacare, they...
  • "The More Context You Get, The Worse It Sounds" (Great ad using his words against him)

    07/25/2012 9:43:14 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    "The More Context You Get, The Worse It Sounds"
  • House passes Ron Paul’s ‘audit the Fed’ bill

    07/25/2012 1:01:02 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/25/2012 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>In a move that serves as a capstone to Rep. Ron Paul’s colorful career, the House on Wednesday approved a bill that would let Congress’s chief investigators conduct a full audit of the Federal Reserve’s shrouded decision-making process.</p> <p>The overwhelming 327-98 vote sends the bill to the Senate where Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has previously expressed support for an audit — though it’s unclear he’ll carve out time for the legislation this year.</p>
  • The American Opportunity Credit: Relief for the Many, Handouts for the Few

    07/25/2012 11:14:24 AM PDT · by 92nina
    ATRF ^ | 2012-07-24 | Blake Seitz
    Current Law A number of tax credits on the books today are deemed “refundable,” because they can reduce filers’ tax liabilities below zero (when this occurs, the IRS sends the filer a check, rather than the other way around). One such refundable provision is the American Opportunity tax credit (AOTC), enacted as a temporary measure under the 2009 stimulus. The AOTC, modeled after the earlier Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning credits, is a four year, dollar-for-dollar tax reduction of up to $2,500 for the first $4,000 in eligible educational expenses (tuition, fees, course-related supplies, etc.). Up to 40% of the...
  • Allen West launches emotional TV ad 'Body Armor'

    07/25/2012 6:48:13 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 18 replies ^ | July 25, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    "Allen West Saved My Life" is the emotional message in the third TV ad "Body Armor," released today by the West for Congress campaign. The following quotes come from the campaign press release introducing the ad.(VIDEO following) "There are few greater examples of service and sacrifice than putting your own life at risk to protect that of another. That is what Lieutenant Colonel Allen West did in 2003 when he gave his body armor to Sergeant Robert Delgado shortly before their unit moved into Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom," said Tim Edson, Campaign Manager for Allen West.
  • Palin endorses Zoller (GA-9)

    07/24/2012 6:30:07 PM PDT · by ak267 · 12 replies
    Access North Georgia ^ | 7-24-2012 | jacobsmedia
    GAINESVILLE - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed conservative firebrand Martha Zoller for Congress Tuesday in Georgia's 9th Congressional District. "If you agree that it's time our elected officials stopped talking at us and started listening to us, then I hope you will join me in supporting Martha Zoller for Congress from Georgia's 9th Congressional District," said Gov. Palin via e-mail. "Martha has been fighting for conservative causes for years as an award winning radio show host where she has been a voice for the Tea Party movement.
  • Ralph Nader: Where is Obama’s promised minimum-wage hike?

    07/24/2012 2:24:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Reuters' The Great Debate ^ | July 24, 2012 | Ralph Nader
    During the 2008 campaign, presidential candidate Barack Obama made a pledge to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour by 2011. Promises like this one inspired a generation of young voters, excited long-neglected progressive voters and gave hope to millions of his supporters across the country. President Obama ran a campaign of soaring rhetoric and uplifting ideas. Amidst two unpopular wars, a rapidly deteriorating financial crisis and the wildly unpopular presidency of George W. Bush, Americans were desperate for a change. He was viewed as a “transformational” candidate, a president who would turn the page on the stagnant politics...
  • Veterans With Traumatic Injury Forced to Sue to Get Medical Treatment

    07/24/2012 10:58:49 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 3 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-23-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Who is in charge of making certain veterans get the care they deserve and have been promised, other than the Veteran's Administration (VA)? Surely not Congress, because we know they aren't in charge of anything these days, but guess what? They are in charge, and they richly deserve the lack of confidence Americans have in them. The one single thing America should always carry through with is medical treatment for Military. Why? Because the single cause for government is to keep the country safe, and it's the Military that takes on that awesome responsibility. More than 30 cases have been...
  • Latest Word on the Trail? I Take It Back (Did anyone catch this last week..I think it's huge)

    07/24/2012 9:48:51 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 7/15/2012 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative. They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name. Most reporters, desperate to pick the brains of the president’s top strategists, grudgingly agree. After the interviews, they review their notes, check their tape recorders and send in the juiciest sound bites for review. The verdict from the campaign — an operation that prides itself on...
  • FR Exclusive: Political Junkie's Guide To The Elections - Week Ending July 21, 2012

    07/21/2012 9:20:22 PM PDT · by Political Junkie Too · 23 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 21, 2012 | Political Junkie Too
    Previous Editions:Premier - July 4, 2012 In this edition of the guide, I am introducing new content and making some alterations to previous content and layout. I am interested in hearing your preferences regarding the Electoral College table. Regarding the EV table and using the last report's data, previously I was grouping the states into fewer categories (Safe, Leaning, Toss-Up), where Toss-Up included all states within +/- 1%. This time, I added a Strong category to spread out the leans, and pushed the +/- 1% states into Lean (keeping Toss-Up for just tied polls). The effect of this change is...