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  • And shall we die for the banks?

    12/11/2010 3:37:38 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    Press Europ ^ | Gheorghe Piperea
    Between October 2008 and October 2010, the European Commission approved 4,589 billion euros, the equivalent of 45 years of Romanian GDP, of state support to banks. And this may not include all of the funding for financial institutions, because our overly generous Commission has not been too eager to count the cost of this policy. One thousand billion euros were spent in 2008 and 250 million in 2009. At the same time, the total for state support to all other sectors of the economy was only 73 billion (less than one sixtieth of the sum for banks). The figure for...
  • Obama: No Offshore Drilling in East Coast Waters (Soros Puppet)

    12/01/2010 12:50:03 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/01/2010 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON and MATTHEW DALY
    In a reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday it will not pursue offshore drilling off the East Coast of the U.S. and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico. A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 1,, 2010 that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new oil drilling in the East Coast for at least the next seven years. (AP Photo/ Michael Spooneybarger, File) Collapse (AP)A senior administration...
  • Items Stolen John Conyers' Government-Registered Cadillac

    11/30/2010 11:01:21 AM PST · by ColdOne · 44 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNewsDetroit ^ | Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 | Staff
    DETROIT (WJBK) - The son of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., says items were stolen out of the government vehicle he was driving last Wednesday in downtown Detroit, FOX 2's Simon Shaykhet reports. John Conyers III, 20, told police two Apple MacBooks, valued at $1,100 apiece, and more than $27,000 worth of concert tickets to the Fillmore were stolen out of a burgundy 2010 Cadillac Escalade registered to the 14th Congressional District.
  • Jack Johnson, Prince George's county executive,..his wife, Leslie, arrested (toilet,bra)

    11/13/2010 10:07:02 AM PST · by STARWISE · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11-13-10 | Paul Schwartzman, Ruben Castaneda, Cheryl W. Thompson
    *snip* "Don't answer it," the county executive said, unaware that more agents were listening in. Johnson ordered his wife to find and destroy a $100,000 check from a real estate developer that was hidden in a box of liquor. "Do you want me to put it down the toilet?" Leslie Johnson asked. "Yes, flush that," the county executive said. But what about the cash? she asked - $79,600. Put it in your underwear, the county executive told his wife. She replied, "I have it in my bra" - which is where agents discovered the money after she answered the door.
  • Congratulations To Cisco Insiders For Dumping 6,620,750 Shares, 60% Of Holdings In The Past 6 Month

    11/12/2010 10:06:13 AM PST · by Fred · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/11/10 | Mish Shedlock
    Cisco was hit in afterhours trading on Wednesday following a rare revenue warning. Futures are down but dip-buying strength has been so insane lately that one must wonder if there will be any follow through. Regardless of what the stock does, the huge warning may portend the end of the ramp in capital spending on technology by corporations. If so, what's left of the recovery (if anything) is all on the backs of consumers. While pondering that grim setup, please consider Cisco Forecasts Fall Short of Estimates; Shares Slide Cisco Systems Inc., the largest maker of computer networking equipment, forecast...
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says She Has 'No Regrets'

    11/03/2010 5:39:05 PM PDT · by Fred · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | 110310 | Ray Sanchez
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today she has "no regrets" one day after a Republican landslide stripped her of the power that defined her historic tenure as the first female speaker of the House. The California Democrat, who won a new two-year term in Tuesday's election, said she has yet to consider what she will do now. "I'll have a conversation with my caucus, I'll have a conversation with my family, and pray over it, and decide how to go forward," she said in an exclusive ABC News interview with "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer. "But today isn't that day."
  • SHOCK: PA Dem: "We Still Have The Street Money" To Pay For Voters

    10/25/2010 11:44:32 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 29 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 25, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC: "What is the secret here to turn out? In the old days, the old machine days, what we called 'walking around money,' handing out money to get people to vote. Is it still the case? What do you do, what is the magic in Philadelphia? REP. ROBERT BRADY (D-PA): "We still have the street money and we're very knowledgeable." Rep. Brady is also the chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic party.
  • Hollywood Fundraiser For Rahm Emanuel

    10/22/2010 3:04:46 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 22, 2010 | Nikki Finke
    ...five well-known Hollywood Democrats -- David Geffen, Bob Iger, Peter Chernin, Haim Saban, and Ari Emanuel -- are hosting a November 4 fundraiser for Ari's brother Rahm Emanuel in his bid to become Chicago's next mayor. Rahm, a former Democratic U.S. Representative from Illinois' 5th Congressional District (2003-2009), resigned as President Obama's White House Chief Of Staff on October 1 to throw his hat into the mayoral race following the retirement of Richard M. Daley whose last name more or less owned that political office the way most families would takeover the dining table. The Hollywood fundraiser will be held...
  • Leaders Debate Statewide Property Tax For Schools (texas)

    10/08/2010 9:05:51 AM PDT · by Dubya · 16 replies
    Senate Finance Chairman Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, said he knows that just mentioning a possible statewide property tax will stir up emotions.
  • Afghans Linked to the Taliban Guard U.S. Bases

    10/08/2010 8:36:31 AM PDT · by Dubya · 3 replies
    Afghan private security forces with ties to the Taliban, criminal networks and Iranian intelligence have been hired to guard American military bases in Afghanistan, exposing United States soldiers to surprise attack and confounding the fight against insurgents, according to a Senate investigation.
  • Koch Industries Lawyer to White House: How Did You Get Our Tax Information?

    09/20/2010 2:12:12 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 20, 2010 | John McCormack
    Lately, the White House and its allies have been drawing attention to the political activities of libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch. In an August 9 speech, President Obama singled out Americans for Prosperity, a free-market political group founded by David Koch in 2004. In the wake of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, Obama said: ... "Using a great deal" of research by the left-wing Center for American Progress, the New Yorker's Jane Mayer reported in the magazine's August 30 issue that the Kochs are "waging a war against Obama." Reason's Nick Gillespie argued that Mayer's report was nothing...
  • Another ‘Draft’ Memo on How to Stop Enforcing Immigration Laws

    In the wake of last month’s DHS memo on how to create a de facto amnesty without congressional consent comes a similar “draft” proposal instructing local police to stop enforcing immigration laws. As reported by my colleague Jessica Vaughan, “According to a draft policy document now being circulated among a limited group of stakeholders, ICE chief John Morton intends to prohibit not only his officers, but also local officers with 287(g)immigration authority, from busting illegal aliens who are discovered as a result of traffic violations.” So that means we’ll go back to the situation where illegal aliens can drive illegally...
  • Dan Rostenkowski Remembered at Funeral (FIRE WALTER JACOBSON PLEASE!!!)

    08/18/2010 7:02:20 AM PDT · by Dengar01 · 19 replies
    Fox Chicago ^ | 8/17/10 | Fox Chicago
    Chicago - He was a political giant who rubbed elbows with presidents, prime ministers and CEOs from around the world, but Dan Rostenkowski was happiest spending time with family and friends from the old neighborhood on the city's Northwest Side. Tuesday, old Rosty, as he was known, was laid to rest. His funeral mass was at the Catholic church he called his own for his whole life, Saint Stanislaus Kostka. He died last week of lung cancer at the age of 82. Rostenkowski was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1959. He was considered Mayor Richard J. Daley's...
  • Unfettered by Humility

    08/11/2010 5:59:25 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 5 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 08-11-10 | Stoutcat
    ...[S]he’s right. While she’s discussing the corporate world, it’s equally true — perhaps even more so — in the world of politics. Surely it takes a robust ego for anyone to think she’s got the stuff it takes to lead a school committee or town, much less a state or even the entire nation: and not just lead it, but take it in the right direction, all the while avoiding the dizzying emoluments of the culture of greed, graft, bribery, quid-pro-quo, and you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours. Not only that, but you’ve got to have the apparently not-so-common...
  • Facts about Chelsea's new husband's father not being covered by the MSM......

    08/01/2010 11:18:44 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 70 replies · 10+ views
    He comes from a crooked family. His father stole at least $10 Million from investors and still owes at least $9.4 Million. I guess birds of a feather......
  • What Al Franken's Election Tells Us

    07/14/2010 11:28:55 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 46 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    For those who claim that vote fraud isn't a problem, Al Franken's election to the Senate demonstrates not only that vote fraud exists but also that it can alter elections and indeed the laws of the country. Murderers, rapists, and robbers may not be the people we want providing the crucial votes that determine what America's laws should be.
  • Reid Campaign Targets Angle Supporters With Phishing Website {Harry Does Fake Sharon Angle Website}

    07/06/2010 6:44:14 AM PDT · by drpix · 34 replies ^ | 7/6/10 | Legal Insurrection
    A few days ago, Sharron Angle launched a new format to her website, giving the campaign a more professional looking web portal. Harry Reid’s campaign, however, took the code from the prior Angle website and launched a website called “” The fake website was what, in internet terminology, is called spoofing, where a seemingly real website is created, usually to obtain information under false pretenses (frequently referred to as “phishing”).
  • Cruise worker sent crooks for cruisers' homes

    06/12/2010 10:51:42 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 20 replies · 1,229+ views ^ | June 11, 2010 | Joan Murray and Tiffani Helberg
    Imagine a little slice of paradise. Sitting on the deck of a cruise ship, margarita in hand, as you glide through the Caribbean. Not a care in the world for a week, until you get home, and find while you were in paradise, burglars were in your home -- sent there by someone working for the cruise line who knew exactly when you'd be gone. Now, your stuff is, too. That's what police in Palm Beach County say happened to at least 24 passengers of Miami based Royal Caribbean Cruise line. It's what they say two people -- one of them a cruise...
  • Too Green To Fail?

    05/21/2010 5:38:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 316+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 21, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Scandal: Sometimes banks are too small to fail, such as when they are in the president's hometown, deal with the president's friends and serve the president's agenda. Or should we perhaps say too connected to fail? ShoreBank's Web site boasts: "Van Jones saves at ShoreBank so his money fights for green jobs just like he does." It proudly notes, "According to former Vice President Al Gore, 'Van Jones demonstrates conclusively that the best solutions for the survivability of our planet are also the best solutions for everyday Americans.' " That may tell us all we need to know about ShoreBank...
  • Rep. Schakowsky and ShoreBank: New Evidence of Conflict of Interest (IL -yep, her crook husband)

    05/25/2010 9:37:11 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 33 replies · 933+ views
    Big Government ^ | 5-25-10 | Joel B. Pollak
    I have found evidence that may explain the intense interest of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in bailing out ShoreBank, the “community development” bank that has received extraordinary assistance from her and several other “friends in high places.” The New York Times confirms that Rep. Schakowsky played a leading role in the ShoreBank bailout. Yet ShoreBank is not based in Rep. Schakowsky’s congressional district, and she did not help the Bank of Lincolnwood–which is in her district, and failed in 2009–or Park National Bank, which was also active in community development in Chicago until it was closed by federal regulators last...
  • Obama admin gave rig a "safety award" last year (Hussein contributors' not inspected!!)

    05/16/2010 8:09:58 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 18 replies · 1,609+ views
    Drudge/yahoo ^ | May 16 2010 | Justin "bury the lead" Pritchard
    ...In fact, last year MMS awarded the rig an award for its safety history.
  • Kagan, Obama, and the Harvard Legacy of Literary Fraud

    05/12/2010 10:40:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 2,729+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 13, 2010 | Jack Cashill
    When Barack Obama’s two faculty mentors at Harvard Law got in trouble for plagiarism, they were rescued by Dean Elena Kagan. In 1989, Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe hired first-year Harvard law student Barack Obama as his research assistant.  After Obama was elected president, Tribe would gush, "His stunning combination of analytical brilliance and personal charisma, openness and maturity, vision and pragmatism, was unmistakable from my very first encounter." Obama had one other prominent mentor among the Harvard faculty, Professor Charles Ogletree, an African American.  In the run-up to the election, Ogletree would enthuse, "I'm so excited about this candidacy...
  • Mediaite Exclusive: Censored Portions of Blago Subpoena May Implicate Team Obama

    04/22/2010 1:14:12 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 100 replies · 5,128+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 04/22/2010 | Frances Martel
    Today in United States v. Rod Blagojevich: following up on his 2008 claims that then-Senator Barack Obama was one of a few people who could testify to his innocence, his defense team issued a motion today to subpoena the President to testify in court. Most of the juiciest bits involving Obama’s role in choosing a new Senator are blacked out, or so we thought. It turns a lucky PDF glitch gave us VIP access. Who wouldn’t want to see the blacked out part? Let’s investigate! Most of the non-blacked out portions of the motion are predictably tame general knowledge: the...
  • Regulators enter Broadway Bank headquarters (Obama's Friend Giannoulias)

    04/23/2010 4:20:34 PM PDT · by coaltrain · 7 replies · 424+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/23/10 | na
    Banking regulators entered the Chicago headquarters of Broadway Bank after 5 p.m. Friday, the apparent concluding step in the government's expected takeover of the family-run lender that helped launched U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias' political career.
  • Democrats Accused of Trying to 'Intimidate' Firms for Airing Health Care Concerns

    03/31/2010 9:33:20 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 68 replies · 1,999+ views ^ | 3/31/2010
    The CEOs of some of the country's biggest companies are being summoned to Washington to defend claims that the health care reform law would cost them millions -- a move Republicans say amounts to intimidation. Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Friday fired off letters to the heads of Caterpillar, Verizon, AT&T and Deere after they and other firms reported that the health care overhaul would dig deep into their bottom lines. Caterpillar claimed it would raise costs by $100 million in the first year and imperil coverage for its 150,000 employees and...
  • Democrats express safety concerns after protests (Miami, Florida "news" Makes this #1 Story!)

    03/24/2010 1:10:17 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 83 replies · 1,751+ views
    WSVN-TV ^ | 03/24/10
    House Democrats are expressing concerns about their personal safety following protests over health care legislation. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday that officials from the FBI and Capitol Police briefed Democrats on how to handle perceived security threats.

    03/19/2010 7:02:48 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 23 replies · 1,014+ views
    Post & Email ^ | March 17, 2010 | Sharon Rondeau
    Update: Hawaii “vexatious” bill “deferred” (Mar. 17, 2010) — An article by the Associated Press posted today begins with “Birthers beware: Hawaii may start ignoring your repeated requests for proof that President Barack Obama was born here.” The story referred to the public hearing on SB2937, -snip- If passed, the measure would amend the state’s current Open Records Law (UIPA) to allow certain individuals perceived to be troublesome to have their requests for information denied and carry the label “vexatious” for a period not to exceed two years. The AP also incorrectly stated that “Both Fukino and the state registrar...
  • Socialize the Legal Profession

    03/12/2010 5:38:57 AM PST · by Wontsubmit · 7 replies · 223+ views
    Vanity | 3/12/10 | WontSubmit
    I find it interesting that one constituency, Lawyers, endeavors to Socialize another, Medical Doctors. Medical Doctors are currently getting out of the business. Fewer and fewer accept medicaid/medicare patients. Methink Lawyers should be "Socialized" as well: - Put them in a big pen. Call out at random. - Fees/compensation should be fixed as is planned for Doctors. - Attire: Government issued round straw hats and pajamas. Wigs? - Foods: simple, no wines. - Lodging: modest apartments. - Transportation: bicycles. This country has a stinking lawyer problem reflected in the biggest expense for a Medical Doctor: malpractice insurance. Legal harassment and...
  • The Obama Moratorium: No offshore drilling while he’s in office

    03/10/2010 2:20:50 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 137 replies · 4,558+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/10/10 1:19 PM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The Obama administration’s six-month delay in approving new offshore drilling leases in federal waters will become a new three-year ban, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar quietly told reporters last Friday. Which means that no new oil and gas leases will be approved during President Obama’s term even though two –thirds of the American public supports such activity, according to a December 2009 Rasmussen poll. Sixty percent also believe that gas and oil prices will drop if the government allows offshore drilling, opening up an estimate 14 billion barrels of oil and 55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas On July 14,...
  • Two U.S. Bills Seek to Lure Immigrant Entrepreneurs

    02/27/2010 5:48:49 PM PST · by cajuncow · 11 replies · 519+ views
    Science Insider ^ | 2-26-10 | Eli Kintisch
    Foreign scientists who want to start a U.S. company would have a better shot at doing so under two bills introduced recently in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The bills, which have received broad support from venture capitalists, would create a new path within U.S. immigration law for entrepreneurs who have attracted venture capital for their startup. Immigration reform is a political hot potato, however, so success may depend on convincing Congress that job creation is a non-partisan issue. On Wednesday Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced the StartUp Visa Act of 2010. A...
  • U.S. Rep. William Delahunt shells out $500G from coffers (the next Dem to retire?)

    02/27/2010 4:10:55 AM PST · by Palmetto Patriot · 21 replies · 668+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/26/2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    U.S. Rep. William Delahunt blew nearly $560,000 in campaign cash last year - much of it on lavish meals and a family-friendly payroll that includes his ex-wife, son-in-law and daughter - stoking speculation the Quincy Democrat is emptying his war chest and won’t seek re-election. -snip- Delahunt told the Herald last week that he was still weighing whether to seek re-election, but Democratic Party sources have privately indicated his departure is anticipated - and expected to draw a host of candidates-in-waiting out of the woodwork.
  • n Black Caucus, a Fund-Raising Powerhouse

    02/15/2010 5:23:50 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 10 replies · 340+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2/13/2010 | ERIC LIPTON and ERIC LICHTBLAU
    When the Congressional Black Caucus wanted to pay off the mortgage on its foundation’s stately 1930s redbrick headquarters on Embassy Row, it turned to a familiar roster of friends: corporate backers like Wal-Mart, AT&T, General Motors, Coca-Cola and Altria, the nation’s largest tobacco company. ...Most political groups in Washington would have been barred by law from accepting that kind of direct aid from corporations. But by taking advantage of political finance laws, the caucus has built a fund-raising juggernaut unlike anything else in town. ...From 2004 to 2008, the Congressional Black Caucus’s political and charitable wings took in at least...
  • Frustration rising among Texas voters, political analysts say

    01/24/2010 5:34:44 PM PST · by Dubya · 78 replies · 1,886+ views
    Brooding discontent, fanned by the nation’s economic woes, is emerging as a driving force in the 2010 elections as voters put incumbents and establishment politicians on notice that they will no longer tolerate business as usual. Republican Scott Brown’s election last week to the Massachusetts Senate seat that Democrat Ted Kennedy held for 46 years underscored the rebellious mood gripping voters. The same undercurrents are roiling the political waters in Texas ahead of the state’s Republican and Democratic primaries March 2. Opinion surveys and anecdotal evidence point to a deep distrust of government and growing doubts about the future. In...
  • Hundreds of millions spent on Texas transportation projects that have little to do with traffic

    01/24/2010 1:19:26 PM PST · by Dubya · 38 replies · 1,164+ views
    No one disputes that the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park under construction in downtown Dallas is innovative. The 5-acre park is being built on top of an eyesore freeway. Soon, the concrete canyon of a roadway will be covered by an elevated green space where people can walk, ride bikes or play checkers.
  • Rangel Expects Deal Friday on Health Legislation

    01/14/2010 9:49:33 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 17 replies · 955+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-14-10 | MARTIN VAUGHAN
    WASHINGTON—House and Senate negotiators are aiming to strike an agreement by Friday on most issues related to the health care system overhaul, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.) said Thursday. "Friday, that's the goal," Mr. Rangel told reporters outside of a conference of House Democrats. He said lawmakers want to have legislative text of a House-Senate deal to send to the Congressional Budget Office for cost estimates by that time. But Mr. Rangel said it is possible negotiators will miss that deadline, and that the talks will spill over into Saturday. Top House and Senate Democrats,...
  • Auburn (NY) police chief wants officers to write at least one ticket a day to raise money for city

    01/13/2010 10:54:48 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies · 1,274+ views
    The Post-Standard-Syracuse NY ^ | January 13, 2010, 6:00AM | By Scott Rapp /
    Auburn, NY -- Three days before Christmas, Auburn Police Chief Gary Giannotta laid down the law for his command staff. At the closed meeting Dec. 22 in the department basement, Giannotta gave this ultimatum: Tell your patrol officers to write more vehicle and traffic tickets — at least one each per shift — or there will be repercussions for those who don’t.... Threatening to punish employees who fail to make a ticket quota violates state labor law. Tuesday, the Auburn police union took Giannotta to task for his proclamation, and two college criminal justice experts questioned the ethics of his...
  • TRAITORS and MULLAS of IRAN Bank Account Info in foreign countries

    01/08/2010 4:58:01 PM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 986+ views
    A brief report on Bank accounts of the heads of the Islamic republic of Iran in foreign countries: (With special thanks to one of the Green supporters who is working in on of Malaysia's Banks) 1- Gholam Hossein Elham: 25 M USD at Dubai, 13 M USD at Turkey, 17 M USD at Swiss, 0.7 M USD at Beirut 2- S.H. Panahian: 11 M USD at Islamic Bank of Sharjeh, 4 M EU at Malaysia, 3- Masoud Kazemi: 45 M EU Germany, 4.2 M USD at Dubai 4- Ali Hashemi Bahramani: 5.2 M USD at Kuwait, 11 M EU at...
  • Timothy Geithner Meets Vladimir Lenin (unlimited Fannie and Freddie bailouts)

    01/04/2010 1:42:12 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 509+ views
    Hussman Funds ^ | January 4, 2010 | John Hussman
    “The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.” Vladimir Lenin, leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution Last week, while Congress and the nation were preoccupied with the holidays, the Treasury made a Christmas eve announcement that it would be providing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unlimited financial support for the next three years. The Treasury's press release notes: “At the time the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship in September 2008, Treasury established Preferred Stock Purchase Agreements (PSPAs) to ensure that each firm maintained a positive net worth....
  • Pork greased reform's passage (It wasn't just pork, it was bribery, plain and simple!)

    12/22/2009 3:47:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies · 734+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/22/2009 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The multimillion-dollar deals cut with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and others to win the 60 votes needed for the historic health care reform bill gave President Barack Obama the margin he needed to fulfill a central campaign promise — but may also have upped the ante for future presidential horse trading. With the bill hanging in the balance, Nelson won a provision exempting his state from paying the usual share of costs for new Medicaid patients. The deal critics have dubbed the Cornhusker Kickback is expected to cost the federal government $100 million over 10 years. Before a close vote...
  • Smiling Crooks

    12/21/2009 11:04:43 PM PST · by BooBoo1000 · 2 replies · 336+ views
    My feelings. | 21-21-2009 | BooBoo1000
    Could someone please remove that bunch of laughing Hyenias in the opening scene of Mitt Romney signing the health plan. Thank you
  • ACORN Review Finds ACORN Not Guilty (Former Mass AG Says Nothing Illegal. Laughable.)

    12/08/2009 3:32:07 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies · 940+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/7/09 | Michael McAuliff
    The outside legal expert hired by ACORN is declaring no laws were broken by workers caught in those infamous videos offering advice to a phony pimp and hooker. Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger wrote in the report: “While some of the advice and counsel given by ACORN employees and volunteers was clearly inappropriate and unprofessional, we did not find a pattern of intentional, illegal conduct by ACORN staff; in fact, there is no evidence that action, illegal or otherwise, was taken by any ACORN employee on behalf of the videographers.” ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis, predictably, was pleased with the...
  • Obama health 'czar' was chief of legally troubled firms

    12/07/2009 10:45:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies · 358+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/8/09 | Chuck Neubauer
    Nancy-Ann DeParle, one of President Obama's chief advocates for the health care reform bill wending its way through Congress, earned more than $6.6 million as a paid director for health care firms, some of which were targeted in government investigations or whistleblower lawsuits on suspicions of billing fraud and other legal problems.
  • Dodd, At It Again

    11/12/2009 5:20:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 829+ views ^ | November 12, 2009
    Financial 'Reform': Sen. Chris Dodd's proposed overhaul would replace the Federal Reserve with a "super regulator" to oversee the banking and financial industries. Will it work? Consider the source. Along with fellow Democrat Barney Frank, now chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Dodd, who heads the Senate Banking Committee, has done as much to damage this nation's financial system as anyone — and that includes all the CEOs and subprime scoundrels as well as former Fed chief Alan Greenspan, whom many blame for lax oversight and too-loose credit in the run-up to the meltdown. What did Dodd do? In...
  • CSPAN SCHEDULE ALERT: Final Vote on Health Care Scheduled for Mid-night!

    11/07/2009 4:58:04 PM PST · by dila813 · 235 replies · 9,801+ views
    Today | Myself
    On CSPAN, Just announced that the final Vote will happen by Mid-night
  • NY votes for inmate community organizing

    11/04/2009 9:15:04 AM PST · by paltz · 7 replies · 541+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 11/4/09 | Kerry Picket
    In the midst of New York's 23rd District race, a disturbing amendment allowing inmates to volunteer for non-profits was given the thumbs up from New York voters by an overwhelming 67 percent. According to the New York Times, The amendement would allow New York's State Legislature to write a law allowing prisoners to volunteer at churches, social service groups, and other nonprofit organizations. As of December of 2008, around 60,000 inmates are currently serving time in the state's correctional facilities, according to New York's Department of Correction
  • El-Amin Latest Lawmaker in Hot Water (3 St. Louis Democrats Plead Guilty)

    09/25/2009 8:47:47 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 3 replies · 513+ views
    KTRS ^ | sept. 23 2009
    State Rep. T.D. El-Amin has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge and will resign his seat. Following today's guilty plea for accepting $2,100 from a St. Louis gas station owner, El-Amin told reporters that he was resigning from office. He said he had broken the trust of his family, friends and supporters. In court, El-Amin admitted to soliciting the money after the gas station owner asked him for help in resolving problems with city government. El-Amin is the third Democratic lawmaker from the St. Louis area to plead guilty to federal charges in the past month. State Sen. Jeff...
  • What I Saw at the Retribution Town halls aren’t that scary, folks

    08/27/2009 11:44:30 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 3 replies · 691+ views ^ | August 27, 2009 | Jim Geraghty
    August 27, 2009, 4:00 a.m. Reston, Va. — In the hour before Democratic congressman Jim Moran’s lone town hall of the August recess, the line stretched from the door of South Lakes High School, down the street, around a corner to a parking lot, into the parking lot, and then took three more turns. Temperatures remained in the 90s, the sun beat down, and flies periodically buzzed around the crowd estimated at about 3,000, many of whom came with signs, pro and con, on Obamacare. Throw in special guest speaker Howard Dean of the infamous scream, and you had the...
  • Tim Hawkins - The Government Can

    08/26/2009 8:56:36 AM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 6 replies · 329+ views
    YouTube ^ | August 25, 2009 | Tim Hawkins
    Hey everybody, gather around, I'm here to give you anything you like.
  • goldman sachs and the cap-and-trade jackpot

    07/10/2009 12:00:27 PM PDT · by Grim · 12 replies · 786+ views
    JrDeputyAccountant ^ | 7/10/09 | Adirenne Gonzalez
    We have discussed this previously but now that cap and trade is on tap to become the most ridiculous tax in American history (not to mention costly and unfounded), it is all that much more important to take a look at who stands to gain in this game of carbon tax lies and global warming scares. Via Green Hell: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Olympia Snow (R-ME) have introduced a bill to make the Commodity Futures Trading Commission the sole regulator of the carbon market created by cap-and-trade legislation. So does this mean that freebooting Goldman Sachs could be the...
  • Florida stands to lose $1 billion because of Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy

    06/06/2009 5:59:55 PM PDT · by jsh3180 · 24 replies · 1,249+ views ^ | Friday, June 5, 2009 | Sydney P. Freedberg and Connie Humburg
    A price tag is now emerging for what last year's collapse of investment giant Lehman Brothers could cost the state of Florida: more than $1 billion. The losses could make Florida and its citizens among the biggest casualties in the biggest bankruptcy ever. More than $440 million disappeared from the pension fund that pays benefits for some 1 million retirees and public employees. Counties, cities and school districts face a loss of more than $300 million for roads, sewers and schools. The state has $290 million less to pay for everything from hurricane claims to health care, community colleges and...