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  • Parent to Obama: Let me tell you about the Common Core test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take

    04/24/2014 3:55:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23 | Valerie Strauss
    I get a lot of e-mail from parents and teachers who wonder if President Obama, whose children go to the private Sidwell Friends School, knows what is actually going on with all of the standardized testing in public schools. Here’s an open letter to Obama explaining what he is missing, written by Rebecca Steinitz, a literacy consultant in urban high schools, a writer and an editor. She was previously director of the High School Program at Lesley University’s School of Education and an English professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she ran the Freshman Writing Program. Steinitz is also a...
  • California Senate takes 'ethics refresher course' Wednesday (because of shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/24/2014 1:56:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/23/14 | Elex Michaelson
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The California State Senate held an "ethics refresher course" for its members after federal indictments were issued against two senators and a third was convicted. Senate leaders are hoping to regain the public's trust. The purpose of the course is to teach members and their staffs to avoid potentially compromising situations. It's the latest in a series of moves by senate leaders aimed at putting political distance between them and their colleagues facing criminal charges. The leader of California's state senate stopped all regular business on Wednesday so everyone could go "back to school" in a...
  • CA Dems block expulsion of legislator convicted of 8 felonies: Protecting the supermajority.

    02/28/2014 8:44:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/28/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That adage has more application than usual in California, where Democrats hold all of the statewide offices and supermajorities in the legislature. They can enact any policies they want, with only the judicial branch offering belated checks on their power. And when I say belated, that’s literally the case with state Senator Rod Wright, whom a jury found guilty in January of committing eight felonies regarding his residency and eligibility for the office he held.Normally, politicians who get that kind of a verdict have the decency to resign. If not, the body in...
  • Leland Yee case: Disgraced California state senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns

    04/20/2014 2:41:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April `19, 2014 4:19pm PDT | Aaron Kinney and Jessica Calefati
    Beginning in early 2011, state Sen. Leland Yee repeatedly solicited bribes to fund his San Francisco mayor and California secretary of state campaigns, according to the FBI agents who brought him down last month. But he appears to have devoted more time and energy to a far more lucrative pursuit: crafting or carrying legislation benefiting special interests who supply campaign contributions. It's a practice that's all too common in Sacramento, but Yee was a master. :snip: Yee introduced 20 bills from 2011 to 2014 that advanced a special interest over the public interest, according to this newspaper's review of his...
  • Labor supporting Media Matters not super-keen on SEIU unionizing its employees

    04/18/2014 6:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    One for the hypocrisy hall of fame: Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff.Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA’s staff through a Card Check election.A filing with the NLRB does not necessarily mean that the union and management are in direct confrontation. For example, although Volkswagen tacitly backed the United Auto Workers’ recent effort to organize its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant, the company still...
  • All 29 defendants in massive corruption case appear in court (RAT Yee & shoulder-fired missiles)

    04/18/2014 3:57:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 4/17/14 | Vic Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A story that sounds like a movie script is slowly grinding its way to trial. All of the 29 defendants in the massive corruption case involving suspended State Senator Leland Yee and reputed gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow appeared in federal court Thursday. With so many defendants, lawyers, and documents, the judge is trying to set up a system to manage what could be an unwieldy trial. What makes it even harder is that not everyone's on the same page. The frustration is beginning to show. There are 29 defendants, even more lawyers, a 137 page...
  • (Anti-Gun CA Democrat Busted for Arms Trafficking) State Senator Accused of Gun Charges

    03/26/2014 7:33:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | March 26, 2014 | PAUL ELIAS, SUDHIN THANAWALA
    State senator accused of gun charges SAN FRANCISCO — A California state senator who authored gun control legislation asked for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover FBI agent to an arms trafficker, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. The allegations against State Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI criminal complaint that names 25 other defendants, including Raymond Chow, a onetime gang leader with ties to San Francisco's Chinatown known as "Shrimp Boy," and Keith Jackson, Yee's campaign aide. The affidavit accuses Yee of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms. Yee...
  • The Greening Of Gore's Bank Account (the $200,000,000 wealth-redistributionist)

    05/21/2013 1:58:42 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 5/21/2013 | Larry Bell
    With his estimated wealth exceeding $200 million, Albert Arnold Gore has come a long way from the time he began a career in government politics. But it hasn’t all been a green path. He can thank some earlier events for paving over muddy ground, a time when his father, Al Gore Sr. met Occidental Petroleum’s CEO Armand Hammer at a cattle auction in the 1940s. When zinc was discovered on some of Gore’s land,
  • Look What's Posted On Piers Morgan's Lawn

    04/05/2013 9:30:41 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies ^ | April 5,2013 | Bob Unruh
    Piers Morgan, the resident gun control advocate on CNN, protects his own personal property with signs warning that it is guarded by “Armed Response Security Systems,” according to a new investigation by self-described “guerrilla journalist” James O’Keefe.
  • Va. lawmaker who brandished AK-47 during session was disbarred following assault, death threat

    01/20/2013 9:30:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 20, 2013 | David Martosko, executive editor
    A Virginia lawmaker who drew gasps from his colleagues when he brandished a borrowed AK-47 during an anti-gun speech Thursday was found guilty in 2002 of committing a vicious 1999 assault, was sanctioned for legal misconduct while prosecuting a rape case, spent six months in jail for contempt of a federal court, and saw his law license revoked in 2003. Democratic Delegate Joseph Morrissey brought the rifle to the floor of the House of Delegates to demonstrate how easy it is to carry firearms in Virginia. Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert interrupted Morrissey’s speech to ask him to remove his finger...
  • Staten Island's Community Education Council voted Monday night for armed guards in schools...

    01/13/2013 12:32:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 7, 2013 | Edgar Sandoval , Jennifer H. Cunningham and Stephen Rex Brown
    The historic vote — approving its own controversial proposal to station 300 to 500 retired police officers at local schools — was symbolic because Mayor Bloomberg and Dennis Walcott can veto the council’s recommendations. Staten Island residents voted Monday night for armed guards in schools, but the city’s top education official said he’ll shoot down the initiative. “It’s not happening. Plain and simple,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. “I can’t be any clearer than that,” he added, echoing Mayor Bloomberg’s longstanding position in favor of gun control, not gun-toting guards. Walcott said armed guards are not needed: “We have safe...
  • Obama: I Ran So I Could Have 'Men With Guns' Around My Daughters

    12/27/2012 6:05:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 27, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama told ABC News' Barbara Walters that he ran for re-election because he wanted "men with guns" around as his daughters, Malia (14) and Sasha (11), begin dating boys. The interview was the first that the President and First Lady have given since Obama's re-election in November. It aired on Nightline on December 26. In its published highlights, ABC News has drawn attention to the Obamas' comments about keeping the romance alive in their marriage, yet those remarks were followed by this exchange: (VIDEO AT LINK) Walters: I want to talk about the girls. we have been watching...
  • French president Francois Hollande, who claims to ‘dislike the rich’, has 3 homes on French Riviera

    05/11/2012 5:20:02 PM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 11, 2012 | Peter Allen
    France's new Socialist president owns three holiday homes in the glamorous Riviera resort of Cannes, it emerged today. The 57-year-old who 'dislikes the rich' and wants to revolutionise his country with high taxes and an onslaught against bankers is in fact hugely wealthy himself. His assets were published today in the Official Journal, the gazette which contains verified information about France's government. To the undoubted embarrassment to the most left-wing leader in Europe and a man who styles himself as 'Mr Normal', they are valued at almost Ł1million.
  • Mars Inc. drops king-sized Snickers bar as concession to Michelle Obama’s campaign

    02/17/2012 12:51:00 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 73 replies · 1+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/17/12 | TAYLOR HOM
    The chocolate world is in midst of a revolution, and the king-sized Snickers has been dethroned. Mars Inc. announced plans to halt production of any chocolate product that exceeds 250 calories per portion by the end of 2013 in its initiative to fight America's escalating obesity epidemic. The king-sized Snickers bar, which weighs in at a hefty calorie count of 510, will be one of the first to go in the chocolate megacorp's health purge.
  • Obama Expects Michelle Flack After Wing Joint Dinner (But not for the reason you think)

    10/27/2011 2:52:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    US News and World Report's Washington Whispers ^ | October 25, 2011 | Lauren Fox
    This wouldn't be the first time President Obama has gotten in trouble with his wife Michelle for eating junk out on the campaign trail, but this time health conscious Michelle may be upset for an entirely different reason. When the president stopped by Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles in West L.A. Monday night, he confided to manager David Daviston that he was going to catch flack for it back home. But he didn't expect healthy eater in chief Michelle Obama to be bummed because her husband ordered the distinctly unhealthy "No. 9, 'Country Boy,'" which included three wings and...
  • First look: Michelle Obama’s new cookbook ("American Grown")

    10/27/2011 10:09:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | October 27, 2011
    Publishers for US First Lady Michelle Obama’s upcoming cookbook have released an early preview of the book’s cover art and revealed more details about its spring release. American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities, published by Crown Publishers, is Obama’s first cookbook and will be issued in both print and digital editions. The print edition will include photos of the White House garden and Obama throughout the seasons, and include more details about how the First Lady was inspired by her daughters Sasha and Malia to change her family’s eating habits and plant an...
  • Paula Deen Says Michelle Obama Can Really Eat

    10/12/2011 8:38:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    KBOI-AM News/Talk Radio ^ | October 12, 2011
    When celebrity chef Paula Deen met with Michelle Obama, she was surprised at just how much food the first lady could put away. Mrs. Obama has become a driving force in preaching healthy eating for others, but according to the newspaper, Deen recalls, she packed away anything but healthy food -- both on the air and during the commercials. “She probably ate more than any other guest I've ever had on the show!" said Deen, sometimes called the "Queen of Butter" for her decidedly non-dietetic fare. According to the Food Network star, after complimenting Michelle on her slim figure, she...
  • Mass. Gov Caught Riding in SUV After Declaring it ‘Car-Free Week’

    09/20/2011 9:09:27 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 09-20-11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    “You got me!” That’s how Massachusetts Gov. Duval Patrick reacted after local news station WBZ-TV caught Patrick driving in his SUV during “car-free week” — a green initiative launched by the governor himself. “Look, it’s a great initiative for people who can make the most of it,” he told reporters. “I hope they will and I hope during the course of the week to make the most of it, too.” But he also tried to make light of the situation while quipping, “I carpooled this morning with my trooper. We both had to come together.” But some local residents aren’t...
  • When Rahm's Temper Made a Comeback (Will He Send a Dead Fish)

    In dealing with the press, Mayor Rahm Emanuel often tries to emulate his former boss, President Barack Obama. But Emanuel can’t match Obama’s calm demeanor. In fact Emanuel’s temper can get the best of him. I found out yesterday when I asked him a question about where his children would go to school, and he let his famous temper emerge. For some background, I had the chance to ask Barack Obama a similar question in 2008, just after he had won election and was transitioning to the White House. Since the president had sent his own children – Malia and...
  • DNC Chairwoman Bashes GOP For Supporting Foreign Car Companies, Owns Foreign Car

    05/28/2011 10:13:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 27, 2011 | Josh Feldman
    It’s a general rule of thumb that whenever a politician says something negative about their opposition, they better not be guilty of the same thing, otherwise they would end up looking incredibly foolish. The latest pol to suffer from this is Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Since she began her tenure as head of the DNC, Wasserman Schultz has gone on the offensive against the Republicans. She accused the GOP of “waging war on the unemployed” and slammed their budget proposal as a “path to poverty.” But her latest attack on the opposition backfired in a major way....
  • Michelle Obama Depicted As Chubby And Greedy In Republican Cartoon [Picts]

    02/16/2011 8:52:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Hip-Hop Wired News ^ | February 15, 2011 | Sha Stimuli
    Michelle Obama Cartoon: First Lady Drawn As Fat, Binging On Burgers. Presidential First Lady, Michelle Obama has been pegged as a gluttonous, portly hypocrite in a cartoon drawing posted on One year ago, Mrs. Obama initiated her "Let's Move!" campaign to thwart childhood obesity by stressing the importance of activity and nutritious eating in young adults. The problem is she has been caught on camera more than once eating foods that contradict her movement. Couple that with the recent revealing of the fatty foods served at The White House's Super Bowl party and Conservatives are having a field day...
  • Graham: Reduce benefits for wealthy seniors

    01/02/2011 10:24:47 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 729 replies
    Charleston City Paper ^ | 2011-01-02 | Greg Hambrick
    Seniors should be older before the receive Social Security and wealthy Americans should receive less benefits across the board, says Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. He made the argument in an interview on Sunday's Meet the Press, but it's a position Graham has advocated for on the stump in South Carolina, including a 2009 stop at The Citadel with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. "What I'm going to do is challenge this country to make some hard decisions," Graham said at the time, telling the crowd of cadets, Tea Partiers, and Graham supporters that they shouldn't give Congress a pass on the...
  • Obama's 'Beast' (8 Ton, Diesel-Fueled Armored Limousine) Creates Stir at NATO Green Summit

    11/21/2010 1:19:09 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    AOL News ^ | November 20, 2010 | Lisa Holewa
    Obama's 'Beast' Creates Stir at NATO Green Summit (Nov. 20) -- World leaders attending the NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, zipped around in zero-emission electric vehicles. Journalists covering the event hopped aboard electric buses to get from venue to venue. And President Barack Obama's eight-ton, diesel-fueled armored limousine dubbed "the Beast" drew even more attention than usual. Lisbon newspapers dedicated pages of coverage to the vehicle, with charts featuring every detail that the Secret Service is willing to divulge -- like the special foam in the gas tank to extinguish any fire from a direct hit, and the supply of...
  • Gore leaves car idling for one hour during speech (just return the "peace prize", willya?)

    10/28/2010 9:05:42 AM PDT · by max americana · 15 replies
    climate depot ^ | oct 27, 2010 | Mark Morano
    Al Gore -- He did it again. Recently, Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore toured again. Or maybe he does that all the time. This time, he turned up in Gothenburg (Sweden) for the usual alarmist talk. In advance, all distinguished guests were politely advised to – if possible – use any form of public transportation to go to the event, in order to minimize CO2 emissions. Intriguingly, the Master of World Climate himself arrived in a rental car (with or without driver is unclear), from the airport, and subsequently left the engine running for the entire lecture. That is...
  • Dear Obama, You attended private school. So do your kids. Give other black children that chance

    10/02/2010 12:02:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 2, 2010 | Maureen Downey
    Check out today’s ad in The New York Times by the civil rights leader Kevin P. Chavous, chairman of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, condemning President Obama for his failure to support school choice nationwide. (The alliance advocates for vouchers and is supported by several pro school choice foundations, including the Walton Family Foundation.) Chavous asks President Obama to endorse school vouchers, saying that the president himself attended the most elite school in Hawaii because of scholarships. At the risk of being pilloried, I have to point out that the evidence is not strong that vouchers have dramatically improved...
  • Study Links Virus to Childhood Obesity As Michelle Obama Calls for Healthier Menus

    09/20/2010 11:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    All 24/7 News ^ | September 20, 2010 | Carlo Gabriel Simbajon.
    A contagious virus may be linked to childhood obesity according to a University of California study. The study showed that majority of the children who tested positive for adenovirus 36, also known as AD36, were obese. Relatedly, First Lady Michelle Obama has pleaded with restaurants to take an active stance against childhood obesity by rethinking the food they offered and using low fat alternatives in their menus. The study conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Schwimmer, principal author of the study and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics, looked for evidence of adenovirus 36 in 124 children ages 8 to 18. The...
  • King, Queen Obama’s Vacation Royally As US Economy Worsens

    08/09/2010 7:35:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Bayou Buzz News ^ | August 9, 2010 | Jeff Crouere
    Summary: Barack and Michelle Obama are entitled to vacations, but they are not King, Queen or royalty such as the King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. The Obamas should remember that US families are suffering from the horrible economy. The last time I checked, the United States of America was a constitutional republic with three co-equal branches of government. Obviously, the President and his wife missed civics class and believe we are living in a monarchy. What else can explain their outrageous behavior? They think they are the King and Queen of America, to hell with the U.S....
  • Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation

    08/05/2010 9:11:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 5, 2010 | Andrea Tantaros
    Sacrifice is something that many Americans are becoming all too familiar with during this economic downturn. It was a key theme in President Obama's inaugural address to the nation, and he's referenced it numerous times when lecturing the country on how to get back on its feet. But while most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns - or forgoing them altogether - the Obamas don't seem to be heeding their own advice. While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del...
  • The Ruling Class Tosses Americans Overboard (Case in point, Admiral Jean-François)

    07/31/2010 1:32:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 4+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 31, 2010 | Geoffrey P. Hunt
    The saga of Senator John Kerry's $ 7 million sailing yacht tied up on the Newport waterfront in the tax haven of Rhode Island proved again how adept Democrats are at spending other people's money. This time the $7 million was presumably spent from his wife's inherited fortune. But the larger story here isn't about tax havens. And it isn't about hypocrisy. And it's far less about trophy wives with trust funds. It's not even about being a lifelong leech working in government jobs sucking the blood out of beleaguered taxpayers. It's about the increasing distance and disconnects between the...
  • Obesity is the new slavery

    07/28/2010 6:45:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 1+ views
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | July 13, 2010 | James Causey
    First Lady Michelle Obama told the NAACP to move past the slavery narrative because something else is harming minority children more than Jim Crow. That threat is obesity. Obama is right. We’re decades beyond slavery and Jim Crow. This is not to say that those issues are not important because they are. Knowing one’s history helps one to better focus on the future, but holding on to the past and expecting reparations in some way, shape or form is hoping for that pie in the sky. Minorities may not be able to control how certain people may judge us but...
  • Kerry may need to pay $500k tax on yacht

    07/27/2010 12:06:48 PM PDT · by Qbert · 41 replies · 1+ views
    My Fox- Boston ^ | 7/27/2010 | Erin Hawksworth
    (FOX 25 / - There are new details in the controversy over Sen. John Kerry's brand new boat. Kerry may still be on the hook for a half million dollars in excise taxes because he docked his yacht in Massachusetts less than six months after buying it.
  • John Kerry - Do You Hate The Poor?

    07/23/2010 10:39:49 AM PDT · by ChrisBoundsTX · 29 replies
    Liberty Juice ^ | 07/23/2010 | Chris Bounds
    Senator Kerry, do you hate the poor in Massachusetts? You may not have earned your incredible wealth from your own personal works, but you have proudly voted to raise taxes in Congress every time the opportunity presents itself. I thought surely a man of honorable military integrity would live by his word and pay his fair share in taxes when selling his 76 foot luxury yacht. However, I was distraught to read on the Boston Herald that you skipped town to avoid paying a six-figure state “sails tax”: "Sen. John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted to raise taxes while in...
  • For higher taxes before he was against them. John Kerry docks yacht in Rhode Island tax haven

    07/23/2010 9:30:49 AM PDT · by toma29 · 21 replies · 2+ views
    This is rich. Or should I say for the rich, whom John Kerry likes to denigrate at every turn. After running on eliminating outsourcing and abolishing tax havens, we have this: "Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is docking his family's new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to the cash-strapped Bay State. If the "Isabel" were kept at the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee's summer vacation home on Nantucket, or in Boston Harbor near his city residence, he would be liable for $437,500 in one-time sales tax. He would also have to...
  • Mass. Sen. Kerry docks yacht in RI, saving $500K (docking his family's new $7 million yacht there)

    07/23/2010 9:15:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/23/10 | AP
    BOSTON – Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is docking his family's new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to the cash-strapped Bay State. If the "Isabel" were kept at the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee's summer vacation home on Nantucket, or in Boston Harbor near his city residence, he would be liable for $437,500 in one-time sales tax. He would also have to pay $70,000 in annual excise taxes. Rhode Island repealed those taxes in 1993. That has made the state something of a nautical tax haven.
  • Berkeley city official resigns after being caught skipping city permit process

    03/18/2010 1:07:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 560+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/18/10 | Doug Oakley
    BERKELEY — A city official who sits on Berkeley's Zoning Adjustments Board resigned from the panel Wednesday evening amid criticism over work he did at his home without permits. Ryan Lau, who also is an aide to Berkeley City Councilman Darryl Moore and was appointed by Moore to the zoning board in January, sent Moore an e-mail explaining his decision, which was effective immediately. "I apologize for any embarrassment that I may have caused to you and the city," Lau said. "I am in the process of working with the city's planning department to resolve this matter." Lau said he...
  • Another Obama nominee runs into tax problems

    11/18/2009 11:45:27 AM PST · by Justaham · 33 replies · 2,933+ views
    Associated Press ^ | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's choice for a top job with the Treasury Department is having tax problems. A congressional report says Obama's nominee for undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs, Lael Brainard, was late in paying real estate taxes in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The report by the Senate Finance Committee staff also challenges the accuracy of a deduction Brainard claimed for running an office from her home. The challenge led Brainard to reduce the deduction on her 2008 return. The committee's top Republican is unhappy that the committee staff had to submit 10 sets of questions...
  • First Daughters Not Vaccinated Against H1N1

    10/08/2009 8:01:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 3,316+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 8, 2009 | Anne Marie Riha
    President Obama's school age daughters have not been vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says the vaccine is not available to them based on their risk. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that children ages 6 months through 18 years of age receive a vaccination against the H1N1 flu virus.(continued)
  • 74-year-old N.C. state senator shoots, wounds intruder at his home....I thought he was Anti-2A?

    10/02/2009 1:21:40 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 22 replies · 1,491+ views
    Richmond Times ^ | 10/2/2009 | Richmond Times
    ublished: August 24, 2009 TABOR CITY, N.C. — A sheriff says a North Carolina state senator shot one of two intruders at his home and hospital officials say the man is in fair condition. Multiple media outlets reported that Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said that 74-year-old Sen. R.C. Soles of Tabor City shot Kyle Blackburn late Sunday afternoon. A spokeswoman at Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina said Monday that Blackburn was in fair condition. Batten says the shooting occurred when two men went to the senator’s house and tried to kick in his front door. No charges have...
  • Report: Obamas to Rent Martha's Vineyard Farmhouse for August Vacation

    07/27/2009 6:44:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies · 1,362+ views
    FoxNews ^ | July 27th 2009
    Report: Obamas to Rent Martha's Vineyard Farmhouse for August Vacation The Blue Heron Farm -- located on the island's western end in Chilmark -- is a 28.5-acre private residential compound with an apple orchard, swimming pool, golf practice tee and basketball court. Monday, July 27, 2009 The Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, Mass. (The Boston Herald). President Obama and the first family will rent a scenic farm house on Martha's Vineyard for their vacation during the last week of August, the Vineyard Gazette reported Monday. The Blue Heron Farm -- located on the island's western end in Chilmark --...
  • Obama Refuses to Pledge He'd Accept Health Care Plan Limits On *His Own* Family

    06/25/2009 6:46:24 AM PDT · by quesney · 136 replies · 6,438+ views
    Elites often propose health care solutions that limit options for the general public, secure in the knowledge that if they or their loves ones get sick, they will be able to afford the best care available, even if it's not provided by insurance. Devinsky asked the president pointedly if he would be willing to promise that he wouldn't seek such extraordinary help for his wife or daughters if they became sick and the public plan he's proposing limited the tests or treatment they can get. The president refused to make such a pledge, though he allowed that if "it's my...
  • Even Al Gore Blew Off "Earth Hour"

    04/02/2009 10:36:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1,255+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | March 30, 2009 | John Hawkins
    You may not have been aware of this, but on Saturday you were supposed to sit around in the dark for sixty minutes, starting at 8:30 PM, in order to celebrate "Earth Hour." Now, you may be wondering: what exactly would that accomplish? I'm not entirely sure what the answer to that question is supposed to be, but I think the general theory was that the darkness was going to inspire legions of dirt faeries to fly in, sprinkle magic Pixie dust everywhere, and that was supposed to cool the earth off -- or something. I don't even think the...
  • Obama takes heat for thermostat setting (Free Republic mentioned)

    02/02/2009 3:53:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies · 3,501+ views
    WDTN-TV Dayton ^ | February 2, 2009 | Anthony Barkkewicz
    WASHINGTON - While out on the campaign trail in May of 2008, Barack Obama told the audience at a rally in Oregon that the United States must lead by example on energy efficiency and fighting global warming. "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," he said. When Obama took office, the fact that he was photographed without a jacket made news -- previous president George W. Bush had a strict jacket-required policy...
  • New rides for lawmakers from cash-poor state (California -- Unreal!)

    12/07/2008 7:34:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1,464+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 7, 2008 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
    California's multibillion-dollar deficit hasn't stopped the state from shelling out an estimated $1.3 million to keep 40 new and returning lawmakers rolling in style during these toughest of times. Nearly all 28 of the newly sworn-in members of the Assembly, plus several of the 52 holdovers, have leased new wheels through the state - at a cost well below what the average wage slave pays at the dealer. On the Senate side, nine of the 11 new members - all of whom just moved over from the Assembly - picked up new rides along with their new titles. Among them,...
  • Obama's Most Telling Appointment

    12/04/2008 4:22:11 PM PST · by Inappropriate Laughter · 21 replies · 684+ views
    tcsdaily ^ | 03 Dec 2008 | Dan Prof
    The most telling appointment Barack Obama has made since becoming President-elect has nothing to do with his Cabinet or senior advisors. It was the appointment of Sidwell Friends School, a private grammar school in Washington D.C. to which the Obamas have reportedly decided to send their two daughters. I applaud Obama's commitment to the education of his daughters, choosing to send them to the best schools.It is just too bad that Obama opposes extending that choice to families whose children are relegated by geography and by income to schools he knows and everyone knows will fail them. And Obama does...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-4-08

    12/04/2008 3:03:42 PM PST · by dynachrome · 69 replies · 1,328+ views ^ | 12-4-08 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Is today Vanity-palooza on FR?

    11/03/2008 12:35:13 PM PST · by cll · 46 replies · 586+ views
    Free Vanities | 11/03/2008 | Vanity Central
    Did someone ordered a surge in vanities and I missed it. It seems there's new one posted every five minutes today.
  • City gives DNC host committee pass on gas tax

    07/22/2008 2:10:54 PM PDT · by fidelio · 21 replies · 207+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | Jul 22 2008 | Daniel J. Chacon
    The committee hosting the Democratic National Convention is using the city's gas pumps to fill up on fuel, avoiding state and federal highway taxes, officials said today. "There's something there that just doesn't seem right to me because, in a sense, you're saying then that the officials who pass the laws are not willing to live by them, and that concerns me," Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz said. The issue came up during the council's weekly meeting with Mayor John Hickenlooper when the Public Works Department requested authorization to be reimbursed by the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee for use of "fueling...
  • Ted Kennedy Dumps Fuel into Nantucket Sound

    03/15/2008 8:37:00 AM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 38 replies · 2,288+ views
    Newsmax ^ | March 14, 2008 | Staff
    Ted Kennedy has called Nantucket Sound near his Massachusetts estate “a national treasure” — but that didn’t stop the senator from having oil dumped from his yacht into its waters. A local photographer spotted an oil slick coming from Kennedy’s yacht Mya as Kennedy and his guests left the vessel in a launch following a race that ended in Hyannis, the Cape Cod Today newspaper reported. The lensman was so shocked that he rowed his dinghy out to question the crew member left aboard the yacht. He asked the crewman, “What the hell are you doing?” The crewman said that...
  • Sources: Spitzer Could Resign Tonight

    03/10/2008 12:03:58 PM PDT · by Dems_R_Losers · 384 replies · 21,830+ views
    WCBS-TV ^ | March 10, 2008 | WCBS-TV
    <p>Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been linked to a prostitution ring, the New York Times is reporting on its Web site. He not expected to continue his term, multiple sources in the state Legislature tell CBS 2, setting off one of the largest scandals in modern New York state political history.</p>
  • [Elliot] Spitzer (D) Is Linked to Prostitution Ring

    03/10/2008 11:07:12 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 1,472 replies · 48,958+ views
    The NY Times ^ | March 10, 2008 | DANNY HAKIM
    <p>Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning. He is set to make an announcement . . .</p>