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  • U.S. Weighs Special Team of Terrorism Interrogators

    07/17/2009 10:57:53 PM PDT · by Moiraine · 45 replies · 2,378+ views
    WSJ ^ | July 18, 2009 | SIOBHAN GORMAN
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is considering overhauling the way terror suspects are interrogated by creating a small team of professionals drawn from across the government, according to people familiar with a proposal that will be submitted to the White House. The new unit, comprising members of spy services and law-enforcement agencies, would be used for so-called high-value detainees, they said. In a switch from Bush-era efforts, it wouldn't be run by the Central Intelligence Agency, though who might be in charge isn't specified.
  • Obama administration proposes rules aimed at tax evasion

    05/06/2016 5:15:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2016 3:29 AM EDT
    The Obama administration has announced a set of financial regulations that would force companies to disclose more information about their owners, part of an effort billed as a crackdown on tax evaders and money launderers. Administration officials announced the new rules Thursday as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew urged Congress to pass legislation that would further enhance transparency in the U.S. banking system and help law enforcement track down secret owners. […] A second proposed rule would close a loophole that allows a narrow class of foreign-owned companies to avoid reporting to the IRS. […] Treasury also sent new legislation to...
  • The Moment A Russian Leader Realized Communism Sucks Monkeyballs

    02/24/2016 7:57:30 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 51 replies
    Chicks On the Right ^ | 2/21/2016 | Mockarena
    I had never heard about this story before, but a clever and competent reader shared it on our Facebook page, and I thought some of y’all might enjoy it too. Back in 1989, card-carrying Communist and Politburo member in the Soviet Union Boris Yeltsin visited Johnson Space Center, and then took a tour of a grocery store in Clear Lake, Texas. According to a Houston Chronicle reporter, Yelstin was far more affected by the grocery store visit than he was the space center. He apparently was stunned by the aisles and aisles of supermarket products, and told the other Russians...
  • Obama administration may have a fourth big scandal

    06/04/2013 11:03:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 106 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 4, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The Associated Press has uncovered what may become a vast new scandal for the Obama administration: the possibly widespread use of covert email accounts by political appointees, enabling evasion of sunshine laws designed to protect the public. Jack Gillium of AP reports: Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery:...
  • The Secret Roots of Liberation Theology

    04/23/2015 6:15:39 PM PDT · by rmlew · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | April 23, 2015 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    History often repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing the reenactment with your own eyes. Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name “Mikhailov” and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which...
  • Some Dems giving up on trying to spin Hillary’s e-mail fiasco, mumbling “who gives a [expletive]?”

    03/05/2015 10:05:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 5, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Honestly, it may be their best remaining play. They can’t claim that private e-mail is good practice when the State Department itself is on record as saying it isn’t. They can’t claim that it’s basically as secure as government e-mail when even lefty sites are reporting that that’s wildly untrue. On the merits, in terms of national security and as evidence of the creepy lengths to which President Claire Underwood will go in the name of evading accountability, it’s a total disaster. The only move left on this chessboard is to ignore all that and simply insist that voters won’t...
  • NRCC hits Obama over Messina’s Caribou Coffee trysts

    08/18/2012 11:26:54 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8-1-12 | Conn Carroll
    Add the National Republican Congressional Committee to the list of conservative groups capitalizing on former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina’s secret meetings with lobbyists at a Caribou Coffee near the White House. President Obama has repeatedly promised that his would be “the most transparent administration in history,” but the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report yesterday showing that high-ranking Obama staffers, including Messina, used private email addresses to bypass these rules and meet with industry lobbyists. “I will roll Pelosi to get the 4 billion,” Messina wrote Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America lobbyist Jeffrey...
  • Obama releases Iranian Quds commanders

    07/12/2009 2:52:39 PM PDT · by fiodora · 18 replies · 1,020+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2009 | Rick Moran
    This didn't get much play in the media because this is one "outreach" item to Iran Obama would just as soon not be widely circulated; his release of 5 Revolutionary Guard commanders belonging to the elite Quds Force who planned dozens of attacks on Americans in Iraq and who George Bush refused to release. Andrew McCarthy in NRO has the sickening details: There are a few things you need to know about President Obama's shameful release on Thursday of the "Irbil Five" - Quds Force commanders from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) who were coordinating terrorist attacks in Iraq...
  • editor fired after article ridiculing Boehner

    01/15/2015 6:03:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2015 5:42 PM EST
    A associate editor was fired for a story disparaging threats against U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. Victor Paul Alvarez told The Associated Press in an email he was fired Thursday. He said he apologized to his bosses for the “terrible mistake.” A former bartender is charged with threatening to kill Boehner with a gun or by poisoning his drink. Alvarez’s story suggested Boehner had a drinking problem and questioned whether Boehner's “pickled liver could have filtered out the toxins.” …
  • A Window Opens Onto The Left Wing Conspiracy

    07/08/2014 8:37:50 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 20 replies ^ | 7/8/14 | John Hinderaker
    The Democracy Alliance is not a famous organization, but it deserves to be. The Alliance consists of approximately 100 rich liberals who have taken upon themselves the task of coordinating America’s many left-wing organizations to promote a single radical agenda. The Alliance does not publicize the names of its members, but it held a conference for its “partners” and membership prospects in April, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (naturally) in Chicago. Someone who attended the conference unfortunately (heh) left his or her copy of the documents passed out by the Democracy Alliance behind, and they eventually fell into the wrong...
  • Backlash In U.S. Against Foreign Worker Visas Growing

    07/06/2014 11:03:16 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 50 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 6 2014 | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and PAUL WISEMAN
    Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson's Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company. The dream didn't last long. Parker claims she was laid off one year later after she trained her replacement, a newly arrived worker from India. Now she has joined a federal lawsuit alleging the global staffing firm that ran Harley-Davidson's tech support discriminated against American workers — in part by replacing them with temporary workers from South Asia. The firm, India-based Infosys...
  • Laos military plane crash has political consequences

    05/17/2014 3:41:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | 17.05.2014
    They included Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit and his wife. Douangchay was also one of the country's deputy prime ministers and a high-ranking member of its Politburo, the main decision-making body for the country's all-powerful Communist Party, which has ruled the single-party state since 1975. The economically poor, landlocked country has a population of seven million. Others killed included Minister of Public Security Thongbane Sengaphone, Vientiane Governor Sukhan Mahalad and at least one other senior ruling party official. Information about the crash, and those on board, came from Foreign Ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee in neighboring Thailand. Lao National Television showed images...
  • EU needs fewer commissioners, Netherlands says

    11/19/2013 5:18:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 19.11.13 @ 09:26 | Benjamin Fox
    The European Commission should be slimmed down, with only a handful of commissioners handling the bloc’s main portfolios, according to a plan put forward by the Dutch foreign minister. Speaking with reporters after Monday’s (18 November) meeting of foreign affairs ministers in Brussels, Frans Timmermans explained that governments should create a division of a and b-level boards for the EU executive. Eight “a-board” members would take the lead on Brussels’ biggest portfolios, such as the internal market, economic affairs and justice and home affairs. They would also be solely responsible for initiating new legislation. Meanwhile, the remaining “b-board members” would...
  • Europeans want a say on the next Commission president: Poll

    09/07/2013 8:06:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 06 September 2013
    European citizens are more inclined to vote if they are given the chance to choose who will be the next president of the European Commission, according to a survey released today (6 September). A new Eurobarometer report, published by European Parliament today (6 September), polled some 27,600 European citizens on their views on the EU, one year before the European Parliament elections in May 2014. … Some 70% of people polled … said that they favored the direct election of the Commission president in the future. Of the respondents, 31% said this was because “EU decisions would seem more legitimate”...
  • Billionaires Want to End Capitalism As We Know It (Richard Branson's new non-profit)

    06/18/2013 4:33:09 PM PDT · by Thoreauaway · 57 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 17, 2013 | Mike Ciandella
    Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and a group of other CEOs and former world leaders have formed a group whose goal is to end capitalism as we know it. The nonprofit, known as “The B Team,” was created to help promote a “better version of capitalism, one that prioritizes people and planet over profit.” This ignores the fact that capitalism is, by definition, motivated by profit. The team, led by Branson and German businessman Jochen Zeitz, calls for drastic changes in how the economy works. These include “new rules and models for the future of business – not incremental ‘change as...
  • Should the US Switch to a Parliamentary System? (This Question Hasn't Been Asked Since Jimmy Carter)

    04/23/2013 6:28:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Pacific Standard Magazine ^ | April 9, 2013 | Seth Masket
    Institutions Worthy of Our Parties: Should the U.S. Switch to a Parliamentary System? Efforts to curb legislative partisanship have weak track records, so maybe we should consider changing the other side of the equation in order to establish a government that can actually get things done. Rick Hasen has a really interesting paper up discussing partisan polarization and the possibility of changing the Constitution to deal with it. (And you should really read Jonathan Bernstein’s response, too.) Hasen starts off by asking whether we should be considering moving toward a more parliamentary style of government. It’s a fair question. We...
  • Cuban leader Raul Castro announces he will retire in 2018

    02/24/2013 3:44:34 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 24, 2013 | Marc Frank
    Cuban leader Raul Castro announced on Sunday he would step down from power after his second term as president ends in 2018, and the new parliament named a 52-year-old rising star to become his first vice president and most visible successor. Castro, 81, made the announcement in a nationally broadcast speech shortly after the Cuban National Assembly elected him to a second five-year term in the opening session of the new parliament. "This will be my last term," Castro said. In a surprise move, the new parliament named as his first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel, a member of the political...
  • Nancy Pelosi begs us not to ruin her dignity by cutting her paycheck

    02/16/2013 11:14:32 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 83 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2/15/2013 | MSNBC
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is speaking out against a cut in congressional pay because she says it will undermine the dignity of their positions. "I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi said. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded."
  • Barroso mooted for third term as (EU) Commission president

    09/04/2012 8:58:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09/04/2012 @ 17:41 | Honor Mahony
    European commission President Jose Manuel Barroso should stand for an unprecedented third term in office, one of his senior colleagues has said. "With Jose Manuel Barroso, we have a very good and active President, who I admire for his strength, his legal mind, his patience and his wisdom in managing the current crisis," Viviane Reding, in charge of justice, told EurActiv Italy. "My personal wish would be that Jose Manuel stays on for a third term. Because I am sure that we need continuity and stability at the helm of governments in the years to come to continue to make...
  • Former Obama auto czar, Treasury officials break in eleventh hour...

    07/10/2012 3:46:41 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/10/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    President Barack Obama’s former auto industry adviser and two former Treasury Department officials cracked at the last minute before a House oversight committee subcommittee hearing and agreed to stop stonewalling an investigation into alleged union favoritism during the administration’s General Motors bailout. Ron Bloom, Obama’s former auto czar, and former Treasury officials Matt Feldman and Harry Wilson have refused to give interviews to the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) about their roles in topping up pensions for union workers while non-union workers lost nearly their entire pensions. The Treasury Department’s actions during the auto bailout...
  • Michelle Obama slaps ‘corporate’ work, ‘fat paychecks’

    06/18/2012 9:51:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 18, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    First lady Michelle Obama took her inspirational family story on the road over the weekend, telling the graduating class of Oregon State University that having a corner corporate office and a big paycheck isn’t the prize it looks like when entering the job market. “Success isn’t about how your life looks to others, it’s about how it feels to you,” Obama said Sunday, retelling how she and her brother, Oregon men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson, grew up in a small Chicago home pushed by parents who said “be true to ourselves.” For both, she said, that meant throwing away their...
  • Rep. Wasserman Schultz says she 'earned Cadillac' healthcare coverage

    05/07/2012 1:52:14 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 56 replies ^ | 5/7/12 | Jay Schorr
    When asked if average Americans should receive the same quality health insurance as that of their elected officials, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told a group of South Florida healthcare workers that she “earned” her benefits, implying that her constituents had not. “Yes, she really said that,” related Dr. Norman Palgon, a Hallandale Beach-based internist who was in attendance at a forum the Congresswoman conducted last year to garner support for ObamaCare. The good doctor was non-too-pleased with what he clearly felt was the congresswoman’s imperious attitude. Wasserman Schultz, 45, who also is Chair of the Democratic National Committee, is...
  • McCain: GOP on 'Super Committee' Will Fight Tax Increases (Laff Riot!)

    08/03/2011 7:48:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    NewsMax ^ | August 3, 2011 | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Sen. John McCain tells Newsmax he can’t blame Americans for being disgusted by Congress and the president’s performance in the debt ceiling crisis, but insists that Republicans were determined not to “betray” voters’ 2010 election mandate to cut federal spending. The GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate vows he will be fighting “on the Senate floor” against deep cuts in military spending, states that he favors eliminating all agricultural subsidies, calls pork barrel spending “corruption,” and charges that President Obama was a “bystander” in the debt ceiling debate. The Arizona legislator also says he is “very concerned” about another four years under...
  • A Hidden History of Evil

    04/02/2011 9:26:44 AM PDT · by bronxville · 54 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2010 | Claire Berlinski
    A Hidden History of Evil Why doesn’t anyone care about the unread Soviet archives? In the world’s collective consciousness, the word “Nazi” is synonymous with evil. It is widely understood that the Nazis’ ideology—nationalism, anti-Semitism, the autarkic ethnic state, the Führer principle—led directly to the furnaces of Auschwitz. It is not nearly as well understood that Communism led just as inexorably, everywhere on the globe where it was applied, to starvation, torture, and slave-labor camps. Nor is it widely acknowledged that Communism was responsible for the deaths of some 150 million human beings during the twentieth century. The world remains...
  • WikiLeaks: China's Politburo a cabal of business empires

    12/07/2010 6:44:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/06/10 | Peter Foster
    WikiLeaks: China's Politburo a cabal of business empires China's ruling Politburo is a cabal of business empires that puts vested interests over the needs of the poor and curtails media freedoms to avoiding having shady business deals exposed in the press, according to a leaked US government diplomatic cable. By Peter Foster, Beijing 9:00PM GMT 06 Dec 2010 The damning description of China's secretive leadership machinations also described how the descendants of China's Communist revolutionaries – known as "princelings" – derided officials from less august revolutionary backgrounds as mere "shopkeepers". The assessment of what motivates China's opaque top-level decision-makers was...
  • National Politburo Radio

    10/23/2010 8:55:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/23/10 | Ellen Ratner
    In the fury of the firing of Juan Williams much of the tenor of what is happening at NPR is being overlooked. His firing is completely outrageous but it is a symptom of a larger problem at the news organization. NPR is saying that Juan Williams crossed a line with his opinion. I have been covering The White House since 1993, and I have heard plenty of opinion. Most of it has not made it into print or on air, but journalists are human and they have opinions, hopes and fears. Most consumers of news, I think, would rather know
  • Fox News’ Rupert Murdoch: Pro-Amnesty.

    06/24/2010 2:05:15 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 13 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | June 24, 2010 | Andrea Shea King
    [youtube=] Tonight on The ANDREA SHEA KING Show at 9p ET we'll be talking about it. It? Yep. Take a look... William Gheen of ALIPAC will join us at the top of the hour. Don't be late. News Owner Rupert Murdoch Pushes for Amnesty for Illegal Aliens by William Gheen President of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC ALIPAC www.alipac.usJune 24, 2010 A big question has been answered for those of us wondering why very few of the leaders of organizations fighting against illegal immigration are on Fox News anymore. The last time I was on FOX was on Sunday...
  • Tension in S.F. over anti-Israel resolution

    06/16/2010 7:39:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 473+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/16/10 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Tensions soared at City Hall on Tuesday over a nonbinding resolution calling for the condemnation of the Israeli military's deadly raid on a flotilla headed for Gaza. At least nine people were killed by Israeli naval commandos during the May 31 raid on ships carrying aid for the isolated Gaza region, which is under an Israeli blockade.The legislation, sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos and Sophie Maxwell, has more than two dozen "whereas" clauses. It attempts to localize the attack that took place a half a world away by noting San Francisco's "recognition and understanding of our population's...
  • Caption the Obamas and other attendees at the WH Correspondents' Dinner

    05/03/2010 5:18:27 AM PDT · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 51 replies · 1,405+ views
    Daylife Photos ^ | 5/1/10 | staff
    With Jay Leno and Matt Winkler from Bloomberg News. (Michelle wore red, for May Day)Sen. Chris Dodd and Michael Bloomberg.Chevy ChaseLarry KingRupert Murdoch and Tim GeithnerArianna Huffington and Joy Behar.Jessica Simpson and Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious")Dennis Quaid and Queen Latifah.Bill Maher and Seth MacFarlaneThe one who was supposed to move out of the country in November, 2004.No, it's not Madonna. That's Donatella Versace.Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio of 'Top Chef'.King, MacFarlane, and Jeff Probst.Tracy MorganColin Powell and Joy Behar.Chelsea Handler (female equivalent of Bill Maher) and Katie Couric.Cynthia NixonJon Bon Jovi is pleased to introduce his wife to race-baiter Al Sharpton.Peter...
  • WashTimes OpEd: Impeach the President?

    03/18/2010 5:41:55 PM PDT · by kristinn · 187 replies · 4,899+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, March 19, 2010 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner
    SNIP Mr. Obama is imposing a leftist revolution. Since coming to office, he has behaved without any constitutional restraints. The power of the federal government has exploded. He has de facto nationalized key sectors of American life - the big banks, financial institutions, the automakers, large tracts of energy-rich land from Montana to New Mexico. His cap-and-trade proposal, along with a newly empowered Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to impose massive new taxes and regulations upon industry. It is a form of green socialism: Much of the economy would fall under a command-and-control bureaucratic corporatist state. Mr. Obama even wants the...
  • Bachmann Rips Media for Not Covering Deem and Pass; Suggests Pelosi Impeachment Warranted

    03/17/2010 4:58:28 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 182 replies · 6,073+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | March 17, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    The latest maneuvering by congressional Democrats to make their brand of health care reform a reality has a lot of Washington, D.C. insiders scratching their heads and unable to forecast what is around the bend when it comes to this legislation. But have the media completely dropped the ball and that is allowing those in power to circumvent constitutional process? According to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., they have. She had some harsh words for the fourth estate on conservative talker Sean Hannity's March 16 radio show. (h/t Kevin Eder) "Well yeah and the other thing is treason media," Bachmann said....
  • Chutzpah: Obama urges federal control of health insurance premiums

    02/21/2010 10:55:28 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 10 replies · 462+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | 02/22/10 | Bill Dupray
    Every single day of this man's presidency is focused on destroying individual liberty and capitalism. There is no absolutely no authority for the federal government to control insurance premiums. This is right out of the Politburo's handbook. President Obama will propose on Monday giving the federal government new power to block excessive rate increases by health insurance companies, as he rolls out comprehensive legislation to revamp the nation?s health care system, White House officials said. Keep in mind that this is effectively seizing control of the health insurance industry. After all, if you control the rates, you control the companies'...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: And We Haven't Even Mentioned the Drag Queen Yet . . .

    02/16/2010 5:48:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 396+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/16/10 | C.W. Nevius
    Supervisor Chris Daly's seat in District 6 is open this November, and both moderates and progressives consider it a key swing district. That's why, a veteran local politico told me several months ago, it would be approached with a careful game plan, a thoughtful slate of candidates, and a narrow, well-focused field.So much for that.With a little more than nine months to go, we've got candidates coming out of the flower planters on Market Street. If anyone else enters, we may have one candidate for each of the roughly 8,000 votes it will take to win.For the progressives, the original...
  • Cancer-stricken Sen. Kennedy asks state leaders for speedy process to replace him in Congress

    08/20/2009 2:24:37 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 310 replies · 11,212+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 08/20/2009 | GLEN JOHNSON
    Cancer-stricken Sen. Kennedy asks state leaders for speedy process to replace him in Congress BOSTON (AP) — A cancer-stricken Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has written a poignant letter to Massachusetts leaders asking that they change state law to allow a speedy replacement of him in Congress. The note to Gov. Deval Patrick and the state's Senate president and House speaker acknowledges the state changed its succession law in 2004 to require a special election to fill any vacancy. At the time, legislative Democrats were concerned Republican Gov. Mitt Romney would be able to fill any vacancy created as Sen. John...
  • Tsongas: I won’t take ObamaCare because I have better options

    Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) manages to answer the question that Keith Ellison (D-MN) and the rest of her Obama-care supporting colleagues in both the House and Senate have avoided. The crowd, however, didn’t like the response very much, and lets Tsongas know it. At about the four-minute mark, one of Tsongas’ peons constitutents asks Tsongas whether she will commit to adopting ObamaCare for her own coverage and give up her so-called “Cadillac” or “gold-played” Congressional coverage, and that’s when Tsongas suddenly becomes concerned with protecting choice
  • Lloyd Doggett says no provision for Congress to have same health care as American Public

    08/09/2009 9:36:43 PM PDT · by elazarus · 55 replies · 2,300+ views
    You Tube ^ | 8/9/2009 | ELazarus
    In a very orderly discussion of the Health care issue on Saturday 8/8/2009 Congressman Doggett was asked about mandating all Congressmen, Senators, government workers and the President to be required to use the same health plan as the American Public. His committee has studied health care for 2 years but says that such provisions are not part of the overall plan. Both sides of the healthcare reform issue cheered when this was brought up to the Congressman.
  • 'Politburo' controlling U.S. policy

    07/14/2009 1:00:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies · 1,874+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 14, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    Sources say White House cadre bypassing agencies, jeopardizing security JERUSALEM – A small group of officials working mostly from the White House are tightly controlling U.S. foreign policy, bypassing other government agencies and making decisions without employing the expertise of those agencies, according to diplomatic sources speaking to WND. The sources said some of the decisions may be jeopardizing U.S. security. A senior Middle East diplomatic source said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently apologized to a Mideast leader, explaining to him U.S. policy regarding his country is being dictated by the White House and not her agency. The diplomatic...
  • S.F. supes pass new rules on renters' rights

    06/24/2009 7:56:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 674+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/24/9 | Marisa Lagos
    While some San Francisco renters breathe a sigh of relief, landlords are outraged at a series of new regulations coming from the tenant-friendly Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday, the board voted to pass a package of renters' rights laws authored by Supervisor Chris Daly, and another supervisor introduced a measure that would make it illegal for owners who want to move into their property to evict families with children. The new legislation, authored by Supervisor Eric Mar, is aimed at keeping families with children stable and in affordable housing. It will expand existing laws, which already protect seniors, disabled people...
  • Candidates for City Council Non-Democrats need not apply for two seats (Columbus)

    01/04/2009 10:19:52 AM PST · by buccaneer81 · 5 replies · 453+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 4, 2009 | Robert Vitale
    Candidates for City Council Non-Democrats need not apply for two seats Sunday, January 4, 2009 3:36 AM By Robert Vitale THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH A phone-book-size stack of resumes and cover letters sits on the desks of Columbus City Council members who will pick two new colleagues on Jan. 12. Sixty-five people applied to fill the vacancies. Over the next week, the five council members who remain will examine qualifications and read through essays on the big issues facing Columbus. They'll meet with any or all of the candidates before their public debate and vote. However, their job won't be so...
  • Obamanation, Chicago-Style

    11/06/2008 9:39:11 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 100 replies · 7,192+ views
    Good Morning America | 11/6/2008 | n/a
  • Supervisor proposes lights-out for downtown (SanFranSicko)

    03/26/2008 2:55:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies · 827+ views ^ | 3-26-08 | Wyatt Buchanan,Jonathan Curiel, Chronicle Staff Writers
    San Francisco's picturesque skyline would be dark at night under a first-in-the-nation law proposed Tuesday that would mandate all skyscrapers turn off nonemergency lights after work hours. Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin said his measure would reduce the energy wasted in the city's downtown. "Anyone who has passed through our Financial District after dark knows that many large financial buildings in the downtown keep their lights on throughout the night even when there is not work or janitorial service going on," Peskin said. The proposed light ban is reminiscent of the so-called "watt cops," the police officers who patrolled...
  • S.F. supervisors propose layoffs, furlough

    03/26/2008 8:21:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 357+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/26/8 | Wyatt Buchanan
    San Francisco's lawmakers have proposed dramatic measures to meet a huge city budget shortfall for next year, including what could be immediate layoffs for high-paid city employees and an unpaid furlough for most city employees between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The proposals come days after three City Hall budgeting offices estimated that the deficit for next year had grown to $338 million. By law, Mayor Gavin Newsom must submit a budget with no deficit to the Board of Supervisors by June 1. The board has until the end of July to pass a final budget. Board of Supervisors...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Newsom says he'll take questions in neighborhoods

    12/06/2006 7:58:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 438+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/6/6 | Cecilia M. Vega
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday he will not be making monthly public appearances before the Board of Supervisors -- as voters recently called on him to do -- and instead plans to take the discussions known as "question time" on the road. In a letter to the Board of Supervisors, Newsom said dialogues inside City Hall too often amount to "political theater" and that beginning in January he will embark on a series of town hall-style community meetings around the city rather than holding question time under the dome. Though Prop. I, which passed with 56 percent of...
  • Democrats say no liberal plans in next US Congress

    11/28/2006 7:49:20 AM PST · by presidio9 · 39 replies · 1,280+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/27/06
    Three Democratic congressmen who are about to take important leadership posts said on Sunday they plan to pass popular legislation blocked by Republicans but would refrain from pushing some of the most controversial elements on the liberal agenda. The three, appearing on Fox News Sunday, are among the most liberal Democrats who will take over key committee chairmanships when Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives in January. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who will take over the U.S. House of Representatives committee that covers banking and other financial institutions, mentioned raising the minimum wage, providing cheaper drug coverage...
  • The Path To 9/11: Democratic Party = Soviet Politburo

    09/08/2006 4:21:37 PM PDT · by forty_years · 41 replies · 1,449+ views
    Having traveled in the Soviet Union several times, I got used to reading the headlines in Pravda, Novosti, etc. The wording used by apparatchiks in those days of Stalinist repression are now being echoed by the Democratic National Committee on its website. The DNC is frothing at the mouth in the hopes of stifling freedom of expression -- a TV show, namely ABC's "The Path To 911." What's really frightening is that the Democratic Senate leadership has threatened to revoke ABC's broadcast license if it doesn't censor the 911 drama. Here is the DNC in its own words -- proving...
  • Berkeley council considers preservation proposal

    06/21/2006 10:15:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 212+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/21/6 | Martin Snapp
    The Berkeley City Council referred to the Landmarks Preservation Commission a compromise proposal by Mayor Tom Bates to revise the city's landmarks preservation ordinance. The mayor was attempting to steer a middle course between property owners and developers, who find the landmarks ordinance unfairly burdensome, and preservationists, who regard the ordinance as their last bulwark against the destruction of the city's architectural heritage.Among the mayor's suggestions:• Create clear timelines to bring the ordinance into conformity with the state Permit Streamlining Act.• Increase the time period in which a citizen could initiate the landmarking process from 14 to 30 days, and reduce the...
  • SCHOOLS AT A CROSSROADS: Major education issues often lost in swirl of S.F.'s political vortex

    06/02/2006 7:30:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 511+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/2/6 | Rachel Gordon, Heather Knight
    he San Francisco Board of Education faces big challenges: dealing with perennial budget shortfalls, lagging test scores for African American students, crafting a new school-assignment plan, hiring a new superintendent and trying to reverse a decline in enrollment. But at its last meeting on May 23, the big issue was whether to boot Junior ROTC from the city's public schools in protest of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy outlawing openly gay service members. An angry crowd turned out to denounce the proposal, which will be voted on this summer. To Faith Luber, it was yet another distraction from...
  • PINKO-VERTISING Revolutionary Communist Party Funds Air America

    10/17/2005 11:31:59 PM PDT · by chuckpez · 3 replies · 484+ views
    The Radio Equalizer- Brian Maloney ^ | October 18th, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Now that Air America's chased away nearly every potential corporate advertiser, isn't it fitting the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) has emerged as a key sponsorship source? Don't take the Radio Equalizer's word for it, here it is, straight from Pravda (or Revolution, as the party's publication is now called, formerly Revolutionary Worker): Revolution talked with Debra Sweet, National Coordinator of World Can’t Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime, about building for November 2, National Day of Resistance. Revolution: We’ve been hearing of significant new developments in building for Nov. 2, such as important new signatories to the Call, ads on the...
  • Rep. John Conyers: patriot or something else?

    02/17/2003 1:58:16 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 485+ views
    BrookesNews.Com ^ | 18 Feb. 2003 | Addison Ross
    On January 18 Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, told a placard-waving anti-war crowd: "The greatest patriots of this country are here today...The president said it'd be a cold day in Washington before this country turns against this war, but it is a cold day in Washington and here we are." Apart from Conyers nasty insinuation people who disagree with his leftwing views about war against the genocidal Saddam are not patriotic, what can we deduce from his presence? Well, for one, Rep. does not like America and prefers the company of totalitarians to that of genuine democrats. And how...
  • China's Communist Party panel to meet soon

    09/07/2004 8:55:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 287+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/7/04 | AP - Beijing
    BEIJING (AP) - China's Communist Party, which has increasingly embraced capitalist economics while fortifying its authoritarian rule, will hold a four-day meeting of its Central Committee starting next week, the government said Tuesday. "China's reform has entered a critical stage, so the Communist Party should adapt to the new situation in order to push forward the process of building a well-off society," Chinese Central Television said, quoting from a document to be approved at the Sept. 16-19 meeting. It also said the document targeted the party's need to "improve governance of the country and coordinate the development of material civilization."...