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  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell, new Obamacare head, former Vince Foster trash picker (w/classic FR link!)

    04/14/2014 12:40:19 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Bunkerville ^ | 4-14-2014 | Bunkerville
    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, new Obamacare head, former Vince Foster trash picker April 14, 2014 — bunkerville Strange how the memory bank of the GOP is so short these days. So Ms Burwell will slide into the position of head of Obamacare without a smidgen of discussion of her political ties. Rather than choosing someone with a Healthcare background, let’s pick another political operative. She got herself off to a good start with helping out Hillary and Bill Clinton and picking through dead Vince Foster’s trash the day of his death. No worries over White Water for sure. So just who...
  • Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M

    03/04/2014 8:47:05 AM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    ap.org ^ | 3/4/14 | MATTHEW DALY-ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine for local economies across the country. The report released Monday said five states, including California and Arizona, lost more than $20 million during the 16-day shutdown.
  • Is Cruz out of Control? (Absolutely not)

    02/27/2014 7:55:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    What you think of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) depends on who you believe. Is the freshman senator on an "ego trip," putting himself before country (Dana Milbank, The Washington Post), or is he standing on his principles (Cruz's conservative supporters)? ABC chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl says Cruz is "so hated" among GOP senators that "he's going to need a food taster." In a telephone interview with me, Cruz acknowledges he would not win a "Mr. Congeniality" contest if it were up to the Republican leadership in the Senate, but contends that they and some of his colleagues are...
  • Where was Tom Brokaw?

    01/22/2014 11:01:15 AM PST · by HalTa · 41 replies
    I know this is a few months old, but it's something that has been puzzling me. Where was Tom Brokaw when the "Greatest Generation" was being publicly disrespected and humiliated at the World War 2 memorial? All they wanted to do was visit this open air monument, {many in wheelchairs} that was dedicated to them. IN my mind, Brokaw should have been there, leading the charge to remove the barriers. I guess he had to make the choice, Greatest Generation or Obama. He chose Obama.
  • You Know Who Shut Down Roads, Parks and Memorials for Political Reasons

    01/09/2014 4:34:05 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 60 replies
    http://www.frontpagemag.com ^ | January 9, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Its the skinny half of this duo. Nice of the media to hold Christie accountable for causing traffic problems, but the guy in a clinch with him shut down the road to Mount Rushmore, barricaded multiple memorials, forcibly shut down private parks and even private restaurants at gunpoint.
  • Cynical Schultz: Budget Deal's Dodging of Shutdown 'Bad News' For Dems

    12/18/2013 3:38:19 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    All those sanctimonious tears shed by Democrats over how the government shutdown hurt Americans? Turns out they were of the crocodile variety. Ed Schultz gave away the game in opening his show tonight. Avoiding another shutdown is "bad news" for Democrats, said Schultz. View the video here.
  • Head Start and Other Federal Failures

    11/17/2013 9:29:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    When the government shutdown began on Oct. 1, it forced the closing of Head Start facilities in several states, stopping educational services for thousands of low-income kids. So heart-rending was this spectacle that a pair of Texas philanthropists gave $10 million to keep the programs going. Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas appeared at a rally of parents protesting the Head Start closures, holding up a child's chair and declaring, "Here is the empty chair of the next astronaut. Here is the empty chair of a captain in the United States military." House Republicans were not about to be...
  • Thanks to God for Those Missing "Jobs" in October

    11/15/2013 9:31:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | John Ransom
    While liberals have trumpeted how badly the 16-day government shutdown has been for the economy, theyve ignored how badly the other 349 days of operational government is for GDP growth. As the deleterious effects of the shutdown have yet to show up in the actual economy, liberals are trotting out stats that say Shutdown very, very bad. You too dumb to notice. This is important because liberals are STILL caterwauling about the effects that the government shutdown is going to have on the fourth quarter GDP growth. Desperate to get the countrys torches and pitchfork turned back on the Tea...
  • In Shutdown Fight, the Dog That Didn't Bark: Taxes

    10/25/2013 6:10:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Sherlock Holmes famously solved a mystery by noticing the dog that did not bark. In the recent government shutdown/debt ceiling fight, there was a five-letter dog that didn't bark: T-A-X-E-S. Democrats insisted they wouldn't negotiate until they negotiated, and they insisted that a government shutdown was unprecedented although it was the 17th such shutdown since people started counting under the current budget rules in the late 1970s. But if you read their lips, the two words that were never enunciated, even silently, were "new taxes." This is something new. For more than 30 years, income tax rates have been...
  • Meltdown: O's Econ Team Says Gov't Shutdown Will Cost 120,000 Private Jobs

    10/24/2013 4:51:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    Obamas top economic advisors (yes. . . He actually has a couple of those lying around the White House) did some common-core style math, and have calculated that the [partial] government shutdown earlier this month will end up costing the economy over 120,000 private sector jobs. Whod have thought closing down a DC memorial to WWII vets could cause so much economic havoc? Our Campaigner-in-Chiefs Council of Economic Advisors announced that the [partial] government shutdown slimdown will result in a 0.25 percentage point reduction in GDP, and the loss of roughly 120,000 private sector jobs for the month of October....
  • The Shutdown that Ruined Christmas?

    10/23/2013 5:04:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    The numbers are in for the evening news coverage of the shutdown. During the first 15 nights of October, ABC, CBS and NBC blamed the Republicans 41 times for the shutdown, blamed both sides 17 times, and blamed Obama and the Democrats ... never. Let's just focus on NBC, where Brian Williams obediently pushed White House talking points. Williams described the consequences as nearly criminal on the Oct. 8 Nightly News: "All kinds of people are getting cheated out of salaries, benefits, medical treatment." But NBC was cheating viewers out of truth by deliberately telling only half the story. On...
  • The Art of the Impossible

    10/19/2013 8:55:39 AM PDT · by Bratch · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | OCTOBER 19, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    <p>Could Democrats have been made fearful that the public would hold Obama responsible for keeping the government shut down solely over Obamacare in spite of the laws unreadiness and unpopularity? It was a long shot in which three things had to go right: (a) The public had to see that the government shutdown was not as painful in reality as the media had predicted it would be; (b) Obamacares deleterious consequences had to begin to emerge such that they were seen as a bigger problem than the shutdown; and (c) the Republicans had to stay united they had to keep pounding these themes with unwavering conviction.</p>
  • Government Shutdown Harmful?

    10/18/2013 10:52:56 AM PDT · by rallyali · 5 replies
    David Rivkin Online ^ | 10/18/2013 | David Rivkin
    How harmful is the government shutdown to the United States? Take the sidebar poll and let people know what you think!
  • Ten Biggest Lies of the Showdown

    10/18/2013 5:20:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2013 | Mark Davis
    There is plenty of angst to go around as conservatives lament the surrenders that led to the most recent meaningless deal crafted between Democrats and their willing Republican accomplices. But as we move forward amid a web of strategic arguments over how to proceed, it is important to close this months chapter with some clarity over what happened and what did not, what is true and what is false. So toward that end, here are the Top 10 lies of the October Struggle: 1. We just dodged a nearly fatal economic bullet. Please. The talk of default and unpaid bills...
  • Obama Has Failed to Follow His Own Example

    10/17/2013 4:35:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Republicans and Democrats are still name-calling in their arguments over the government shutdown, out-of-control federal spending and the implementation of Obamacare. Yet if both sides would agree to just follow the earlier advice of President Obama, tempers might cool and a deal could still be reached. And had President Obama himself just listened to earlier guidance from Barack Obama, his opponents might have had no cause for either a government shutdown or another debt-ceiling crisis. In 2006, Obama rightly called for an end to the Bush administration's intemperate deficit spending that had resulted in an annual deficit of $250 billion...
  • Obama Wins, America Loses

    10/16/2013 7:01:16 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 20 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    It's official: Obama has won and conservative Republicans have lost. The US Senate just approved legislation to end the so-called government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. The bill funds the government through January 15th, raises the debt cap, give back-pay to furloughed workers, and has only two tiny crumbs of concessions that essentially do nothing. The first is that Obamacare will verify the income of those signing up for it, but as the website and program itself is so riddled with junk, that'll likely never happen. The second bit of nothingness is that a bipartisan budget committee will form...
  • And the Game Goes On

    10/16/2013 1:06:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    A single scene at the World War II Memorial in Washington last Sunday summed up the whole, disgraceful spectacle that is the Great Shutdown of 2013. Instead of storming beaches, our veterans had to storm their own war memorial in order to get in. If that isn't enough to shame the feckless politicians in the nation's capital, nothing will. And it won't. Because they have no shame. They're politicians. At this point our pols seem a lot more interested in blaming the opposition for this continuing outrage than doing anything meaningful to end it. Result: Between our two "great"...
  • Obama Administration Tries to Lock Up Body of Christ

    10/16/2013 9:57:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    The Department of Defense this month took what almost certainly will be the most telling symbolic act the Obama administration ever takes. "The doors to the Kings Bay Chapel were locked on Oct. 4, 2013, with the Holy Eucharist, Holy water, Catholic hymn books and vessels all locked inside," says a lawsuit filed Monday by the Thomas More Law Center. "Father Leonard and his parishioners ... were prohibited from entering." Catholics believe Jesus Christ is present in this world in many ways, but uniquely and most especially in the Eucharist. "In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist, the body...
  • Time for GOP to Quit Kicking the Can Down the Road

    10/15/2013 10:46:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Every time we have a congressional impasse over budgetary issues, we hear from liberals predicting Shutdown-mageddon. Why don't they ever join us in expressing concern over the inevitable financial collapse that will result from their policies? We always seem to hyperventilate over these mini-crises involving the temporary shutdown of small parts of the precious federal government, while we totally ignore the real financial catastrophe we're headed toward unless we begin to move in the direction Sen. Ted Cruz and other congressional Republicans are insisting on in these budgetary battles -- defunding Obamacare, reining in spending and reforming unsustainable entitlements. Indeed,...
  • Democrats Seek Delay For Obamacare Union Fee, Sequester Roll Back

    10/15/2013 3:11:34 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 22 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 10/15/13 | LD Jackson
    There is a deal being negotiated by Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell that is purported to be a possible way to end the impasse in Washington and reopen the government. The fact that all legislation that deals with revenue is supposed to come from the House notwithstanding, I couldn't but wonder what these two yokels were coming up with. Thus, I started reading a few of the details with some interest. I wanted to see what we may be getting ourselves in to, if they are able to negotiate a final deal to end the government shutdown. What I...
  • Who shut down the government?

    10/14/2013 7:41:51 PM PDT · by chuckles · 23 replies
    vanity | 10-14-2013 | chuckles
    How to tell who shut down the government. I've sent this to everyone I can think of but people still can't seem to figure who wanted to shut down the government. Here tis, the easy way...... Find out how long before the government shutdown the shutdown signs were printed. On the very HOUR the government shutdown happened, literally thousands of signs were available all over the country to close the government parks. That means somebody ordered the signs printed and shipped WEEKS before the shutdown. They had to be ordered ahead of time with the proper wording and paid for...
  • How I saw it... A story (Something to think about it)

    10/14/2013 3:13:03 PM PDT · by The Working Man · 74 replies
    Me | October 14, 2013 | The Working Man
    How I saw it. Through the scope on my 30-30 I kept the reticule steady on the first of the insulators I was to destroy tonight. The Power lines leading away into the distance from the Niagara Power station to the Cities of the south were thin lines in the bright moonlight. I thought about what had brought me to this spot Cold, hungry Ah who am I kidding, I still had another twenty pounds of fat I could stand to burn through. My spotter hadnt had a good meal in two days and I had given her my Jerky...
  • Dear Obama: War Memorials Belong to Our Veterans

    10/14/2013 4:29:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    I realize Obama is quite busy playing fetch with Bo and Sunny. However, I hope he has a few moments to consider turning on the fountain at the WWII Memorial and un-barricading the remaining war memorials on the National Mall. Our veterans of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are aging. Many of them are severely disabled, because of their heroism. It is immoral and embarrassing that our President would allow amnesty advocates to prance about on the sacred ground where taxpayers erected memorials to honor our veterans, rather than the actual veterans. The National Mall is a...
  • Senate Democrats Press New Front in Budget Battle

    10/13/2013 5:34:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct 13, 2013 | Janet Hook
    Senate leaders attempting to avoid a U.S. debt default remained at loggerheads Sunday and escalated the standoff by reopening the contentious issue of automatic spending cuts... Many Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), oppose retreating from those cuts. That set up a clash that seemed almost as intense as the one that caused budget talks between House Republicans and President Barack Obama to collapse Friday. Senate Democrats have been strengthened by the sidelining, at least for now, of House conservatives, who dropped nearly all their major policy demands only to see Mr. Obama reject their proposal for...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee Suggests Martial Law to End Government Shutdown

    10/13/2013 2:45:09 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 55 replies
    Freedom Out post ^ | October 12, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who has been rumored as being considered to replace Janet Napolitano to head the Department of Homeland Security, used some very strange language earlier this week to characterize a sentiment for a clean resolution to end the government shutdown. She labeled it a form of "martial law." Yes, we have heard Ms. Lee say some whimsical and ridiculous things in her time in office, which I'm sure embarrass her fellow Texans, but this has to be one of the most ridiculous ones to date. She pushed that the measure was bi-partisan, including Democrats and Republicans....
  • FLASHBACK: Full Text of Obamas Speech Against Raising the Debt Ceiling in 2006

    10/13/2013 9:02:16 AM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    RedState.com ^ | March 16, 2006 | Barack H. Obama
    March 16, 2006 CONGRESSIONAL RECORDSENATE S2237-2238: Mr. OBAMA. Mr. President, I rise today to talk about Americas debt problem. The fact that we are here today to debate raising Americas debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government cant pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Governments reckless fiscal policies. Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is trillion with a T. That is money that we...
  • House GOP furious with Senate

    10/13/2013 8:14:53 AM PDT · by Innovative · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 12, 2013 | Erik Wasson and Russell Berman
    House Republicans were furious with Senate Republicans and President Obama on Saturday for trying to cut a debt ceiling deal that leaves them out in the cold. Members emerged from a conference meeting saying Obama had double-crossed them by breaking off talks in order to shop for a better deal from the Senate GOP. Clearly the president can't be trusted, said Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.). It is up to Senate Republicans to grow a backbone and stand with House Republicans like they said they were going to do.
  • Obama: I Will Not Negotiate (And If I Don't Get My Way, I'll Throw A Temper Tantrum)

    10/13/2013 8:05:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    You would have had to be under a rock to miss our President stating that recently. He mouthed that repeatedly during the budget debate and the government shutdown. It became his mantra leading up to the impending vote for raising the debt ceiling. The constitutional lawyer was apparently absent the day they taught that we have three co-equal branches of government. More than anything else, Mr. Obama apparently does not understand how the debt ceiling works. President Obama has regularly repeated I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States. Certainly he may mean that,...
  • Palin to Attend 'Million Vets March' in DC to Honor 'Dishonored' Vets

    10/12/2013 5:47:04 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 102 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | Oct 12, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced that she will travel to Washington, D.C. on Sunday to support and honor the veterans who will be arriving for the "Million Vet March" on the memorials. Speaking at a rally for New Jersey Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan along with Mark Levin on Saturday, Palin denounced the Obama administration for dishonoring veterans by barricading the World War II Memorial during the federal government shutdown. She said it was "heart-wrenching," "atrocious," and "not right."
  • Obama, Boehner negotiations at a stand still (Obama rejects deal)

    10/12/2013 8:32:36 AM PDT · by Innovative · 122 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 12, 2013 | Tom Cohen, Greg Botelho and Leigh Ann Caldwell, CNN
    Talks between House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama over the government shutdown and looming debt limit deadline have hit a brick wall. Boehner relayed the news to his Republican caucus during a Saturday morning meeting after a night of work where little progress was made. Republican Rep. Paul Labrador of Idaho emerged from the meeting, telling CNN that "the President rejected our deal." The standstill has decreased the possibility that the House would vote to reopen the government this weekend and while leadership would remain in Washington to work on a proposal, rank-and-file members might return to their...
  • Funding Jihadists while Denying Military Benefits

    10/12/2013 6:36:36 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10-12-13 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Here is where were at: The Republican establishment the guys who told us that for a trillion dollars and several thousand American casualties, we could build Islamic democracies that would be reliable U.S. allies in the War on Terror say it is Ted Cruz who is delusional and the effort to stave off Obamacare that is unattainable. These self-appointed sages are, of course, the same guys who told us the way to stabilize and democratize Libya was to help jihadists topple and kill the resident dictator who, at the time, was a U.S. ally, providing intelligence about...
  • DC Chapter to be at Million Vet March, Sunday, Oct. 13,2013

    10/11/2013 5:17:43 PM PDT · by trooprally · 85 replies
    To all FReepers far and wide I have been hearing here and there about DC Chapter members who will be in DC this Sunday for the Million Vets March. Lets gather under my tall U.S.-Gadston flag. I am hoping to get there around 8AM I will be making some signs. If anyone has a sign idea just let me know. If you want a specific saying for yourself, let me know so I can save it for you. Most public bathrooms are closed due to the shut down. Hopefully the backers of the Million Vet March have order a couple...
  • The 2013 Shutdown: What Would Reagan Say?

    10/11/2013 1:51:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | Diana West
    Thirty-two years ago, Ronald Reagan gave his first Inaugural Address. His words still illuminate. "We are a nation that has a government -- not the other way around," he said. "And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth." For the past nearly two weeks, some of the temporary custodians of our government -- President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to name two -- have impressed upon the nation their scorn for this same founding principle. That, of course, means their scorn for Us, the People. Above all, in trying to force House Republicans...
  • Students on Liberal Colorado Campus Blame Obama for the Shutdown (Could there be hope?)

    10/11/2013 9:58:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Weird things happen in Boulder Colorado it has a gorilla run to support apes in Uganda, locals dash around naked wearing pumpkin heads Halloween night (sorry, not offering up a link) and lets just say 4/20 is the locals favorite date. Despite the citys liberal background, students at the University of Colorado Boulder on Tuesday blamed President Obama and Democrats more than the GOP for the partial government shutdown. Everybody is blaming Obama and the Democrats, is this normal? Caleb Bonham of Campus Reform asked after several undergraduates quickly identified the culprit. Um, no I dont think so but...
  • Krauthammer: Obama 'bait and switch' on GOP debt ceiling compromise

    10/11/2013 6:25:50 AM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Oct 10, 2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    So, the President offered an off ramp, in which he said I will accept any length of extension... So, Boehner has his offer, he goes in to see the president, you would expect that he would then have a six-week extension and discuss all of these issues. What seems to have happened is there are now demands from the president...
  • What Has Ryan Wrought?

    10/11/2013 6:15:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    Paul Ryan is a leader, and hats off to him for stepping up and trying to bring coherence to the House GOP strategy and messaging. As one of the commentariat very uneasy with the Speaker's decision to open with a bid of a six week extension of the debt ceiling without any attached demands, I and my colleagues still have to recognize that someone needed to step up and pull the factions together, and that Ryan has agreed to grapple with the beast that is the House GOP Conference that is representative of its very varied party. Whatever the result...
  • Harry Reid Wants Americans To Suffer From Shutdown

    10/10/2013 9:16:26 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Oct 10, 2013 | Michael Ramirez
    Word came this week that the National Institutes of Health has suspended therapy-dog visits to sick children at its clinical center because of a 25% reduction in staff, even though volunteers run the program. It's comforting to know, however, that the House and Senate gyms are still open, that the government had enough money to buy a mechanical bull and, while the feds barricaded the open-air National Mall and threatened to fine and arrest those who walk there, they'll let an immigration amnesty rally take place on those same grounds.
  • Putting the "United" Back in the United States of America

    10/10/2013 11:12:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2013 | Matt Towery
    What has happened to our country? We have a president who seems unwilling to declare that we are the greatest nation on earth. We have a Senate run by the most spineless little weasel anyone could ever imagine. Our House of Representatives is reminiscent of the character from Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" who holds a gun to himself claiming he is held hostage to befuddle local dullards. We have been told that we as a nation are borrowers, beggars and thieves. Every single day we are reminded that one race allegedly hates another. Plain terrorists wishing to wage their personal...
  • Obama Approval Down to 37% and Republicans Still Think They're Losing?

    10/09/2013 11:13:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So Bo Snerdley walks into my compound here, broadcast facility, oh, I guess about an hour ago. And he's somewhat stuttering, trying to pay me a compliment. He says, "How did you... I mean, well, I know you know, but how did you... how did you..." I said, "What are you talking about?" "How did you know we were winning this?" He had just seen the AP story with Obama's approval rating at 37%. Grab sound bite number two. Barack Obama's approval rating at 37%. That fact is in an AP story. Would you like to hear...
  • Koch Company Denies Responsibility For Shutdown (Rebukes Reid For Blaming Koch Bros In NYT Article)

    10/10/2013 6:50:51 AM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Buzzfeed Politics ^ | October 9, 2013 | Jacob Fischler
    n a letter to Capitol Hill a representative for Koch Industries rebuked claims by Sen. Harry Reid that the Koch brothers are responsible for a government shutdown. Reid referenced a New York Times article article on the Senate floor Tuesday, which in part read, The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been deeply involved with financing the overall effort. Read the full letter:Heres a tweet from Harry Reid sent Tuesday morning:By shutting down the government, Republicans are satisfying the Koch Brothers while millions of people are suffering.
  • Obamas Petty Response To The Shutdown Becomes Tyrannical

    10/10/2013 5:03:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | Bob Barr
    As of writing this article, Americans have endured more than a week of government shutdown, with no end in sight. Despite House Republicans sending several budget proposals to the Senate, President Barack Obama and his Senate Water Carrier, Harry Reid, continue to dig in their heels; refusing to even consider negotiating an end to the slowdown. The contrasts with the last government shutdown, nearly a generation ago, are dramatic. I was a member of Congress during the winter of 1995/1996, the most recent government prior shutdown. That historic budget battle was no less tense or divided than the current one....
  • The Case for Optimism

    10/10/2013 3:15:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The current budget impasse might have made you a bit blue. Ups and downs are normal in life, but when the potential of a debt default is the news, it's easy to forget the ups. In "Learned Optimism, How to Change Your Mind and Your Life," Martin Seligman provides a map to a more optimistic outlook. As a graduate student in experimental psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Seligman studied dogs and noticed that some would do nothing when they were shocked. Seligman determined that the dogs had felt the "shocks go on and off regardless of whether they struggled...
  • SHOCK VIDEO: College students blame Obama, Dems for shutdown

    10/09/2013 8:51:08 PM PDT · by Big Steve · 18 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | October 9, 2013 | Caleb Bonham
    Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vqDVy4Pk61oFeel free to reply or post with comments.
  • Boehner sending small group to Obama meeting (Tea Party Reps Excluded)

    10/09/2013 12:08:31 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    WRAL ^ | 10/9/13 | Associated Press
    House Speaker John Boehner's office says a small group of House Republicans will meet with President Barack Obama Thursday instead of the full caucus that the White House invited. Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said Wednesday that the meeting is only worthwhile if it's focused on finding a solution. So Buck said only the elected leadership and select committee chairmen will attend 18 lawmakers out of the 232 invited.
  • Now the shutdown's getting SERIOUS... as government closure dries up the nation's beer supply

    10/09/2013 6:18:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    daily mail ^ | Oct. 9, 2013 | Lizzie Parry
    Full Title: Now the shutdown's getting SERIOUS... as government closure dries up the nation's beer supplyUS federal shutdown closes agency responsible for alcohol licensing Craft brewers on the frontline facing financial disaster Small businesses and start-ups put on hold indefinitely One brewer claims shutdown will cost him $8,000 a month As the US government shutdown enters its ninth day the closure is threatening to leave Americas craft brewers nursing a serious hangover. While stores across the country will continue to stock a range of beers and ales on their shelves, the shutdown has closed an obscure agency, which quietly approves...
  • Shutdown Theater

    10/09/2013 5:07:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | John Stossel
    Government wants you to play a role in the "shutdown" of the federal government. Your role is to panic. Republicans and Democrats both assume that shutting some government is a terrible thing. The press concurs. "Shutdown threatens fragile economy," warns Politico. "Federal workers turn to prayer," laments The Washington Post. If the public starts noticing that life goes on as usual without all 3.4 million federal workers, we might get dangerous ideas, like doing without so much government. Politicians don't want that. They'd rather have us worry about how America will cope. President Obama gave a speech where he actually...
  • Democrats Continue to use Government Shutdown to Hurt Americans

    10/08/2013 7:28:55 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 11 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | October 8, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    As the government shutdown enters its second week, the message by the Democrats is loud and clear: use the shutdown to cause as much pain to the American people in order to promote their big government agenda. Progressive liberals had already targeted WWII veterans from visiting their memorial in Washington, D.C. and their nets get wider with every passing day. The Washington Times reported that a Park Service ranger told them, "Weve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. Its disgusting. The National Park Service has worked overtime to close off trails and parks to...
  • Shutdown Shame: Denying Troop Death Benefits

    10/08/2013 1:49:15 PM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Defense One ^ | October 7, 2013 | Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
    Call it a promise placed on hold. On Saturday, a U.S. Marine was killed in Helmand province. On Sunday, four troops were killed by an IED in southern Afghanistan. Until the shutdown ends, none of their families can expect to receive the death gratuity of $100,000 promised to immediately reach them within 24 to 36 hours. Grieving families also cannot expect the military to cover all the usual costs of family travel to meet their loved ones returning home for burial in American flag-draped coffins through Dover Air Force Base. And if the shutdown continues into November, monthly survivor benefits...
  • Government shutdown 2013: Military death benefits withheld for grieving families

    10/08/2013 11:05:23 AM PDT · by abb · 90 replies
    WJLA-TV ^ | October 8, 2013 | Staff
    (WJLA) - The government shutdown is causing branches of the United States military to withhold death benefits for the survivors of members of the military killed in action. Continue reading Defense officials said Monday that among many critical programs and benefits for military members being stifled due to the shutdown, family members of several troops killed in action are not able to access the gratuities guaranteed to them. These benefits, according to the Associated Press and USA Today, include a $100,000 cash payment due within three days of a service member's death, travel costs to and from Dover Air Force...
  • Obama and the Art of the Artificial, Contrived and Transparent Crisis

    10/08/2013 4:06:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2013 | John Ransom
    I think thats its safe to say that community organizing is a little bit easier than, say, being President of the United States. Or being a practicing attorney. Barack Obama has now found that out. To the sorrow of the rest of us. And heres the essential problem with Barack Obamas resume, as opposed to, say, Abraham Lincolns, who also was unprepared to become president of the United States, but made up for it with ability: Obama has spent his whole life being against stuff, protesting against powers higher than himself, blaming those in control. Lincoln on the other hand...