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  • Corruption in American Cities: Chicago

    02/25/2011 10:45:07 AM PST · by usalady · 4 replies
    Martha ^ | Sept. 16, 2008 | Martha
    Political corruption and Chicago have been synonymous since the middle of the 19th century and goes on unabated today.
  • Why We Bleed from Greed

    02/22/2011 3:09:50 AM PST · by Scanian · 16 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2011 | Jeff T. Allen
    We are wounded today, bleeding red ink, and everyone knows who is guilty. Our suffering is the fault of a small group of people, here and abroad: they are the greedy. You know them. We all can point them out. Greedy people gobble up unfair amounts of precious resources, keeping vast sums for themselves and sticking it to the rest of us. The greedy are pushing us to the brink. If we had the courage to stand up to them we could solve so many problems. It is time we put a stop to all the damage such selfishness causes...
  • 100% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents. Is This How a President Should Act?

    02/18/2011 11:09:45 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 20 replies
    Before It's News ^ | A.D. 18 February 2011 | Washington Post Editors
    The president's political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to mobilize thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals. Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights. By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were working to organize additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana....The White House political operation, Organizing for America, got involved Monday, after Democratic National Committee Chairman Timothy...
  • Cardinal Lehman Attacks Cardinal Brandmüller's Letter in Defense of Celibacy

    02/02/2011 5:11:10 AM PST · by 0beron · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 02, 02, 2011 | Tancred
    Cardinal Lehmann attacked Cardinal Brandmüller in the his own paper "Glaube und Leben" and shamed himself with an open letter to the Cardinal -- no critical word for the CDU-Politicians -- see the Survey on Lehman -- speak out! Mainz ( Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the former President of the German Bishops Conference had sharply attacked the Roman Curial Cardinal Brandmüller, because he had criticized a provocative assertion about celibacy by some CDU-Zdk politicians. The politicians had made an appeal to the German Bishops advocating for a change in the practice of celibacy. In this, they posed the question, "how can...
  • WikiLeaks reportedly gets info on ‘pillars of society’

    01/17/2011 11:58:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 1/17/11 | Kate Gibson
    Former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer on Monday gave WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange data on about 2,000 clients that he contends may have evaded taxes, published reports said. At a press conference in London, Elmer told reporters about 40 politicians and “pillars of society” were among the individuals he gave Assange information on, the reports said. Elmer told The Observer newspaper during the weekend that the individuals named in the data include “business people, politicians, people who have made their living in the arts and multinational conglomerates — from both sides of the Atlantic.” Elmer once headed the Cayman Islands office...
  • After Tucson shootings, lawmakers return to public events - with caution

    01/16/2011 4:16:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2011 | Philip Rucker and David A. Fahrenthold
    LAS VEGAS - When Rep. Shelley Berkley decided to hold a "Congress on Your Corner" event here Friday, her plan was to prove that fear hadn't changed the way Congress works. She wound up proving the opposite. [snip] Historically, the most dangerous part of a lawmaker's job has been not violence, but travel. At least 29 members of Congress have died in accidents involving planes, automobiles and ships. One, Rep. Larry McDonald (D-Ga.), was killed when a Soviet fighter jet shot down his airliner in 1983. Historians count six lawmakers who have been killed by strangers. They include a Republican...
  • Arizona Shooting May Prompt New Gun Rules

    01/15/2011 4:01:10 PM PST · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Arguing that “we must protect members of the ruling class from assaults by the governed,” Representative Peter King (R-NY) says he will introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime for anyone to possess a firearm within 1,000 feet of a government official. “We can’t abide having a member of Congress—a person installed in a position of authority by voters at a cost of millions of dollars in campaign expenditures—struck down by the actions of an angry or crazed citizen like Jared Loughner,” King averred. “This imperils our political system in a way we cannot tolerate.” The prospect that...
  • Arizona Aftermath: Beck Issues Challenge to American People, Politicians and Media

    01/10/2011 1:14:39 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 11 replies ^ | January 10, 2011 at 2:02pm | by Glenn Beck
    While Americans are grappling to understand the Arizona tragedy, the absolute vacuum of leadership on both sides is staggering. We live in a country that has been struck by John Hinckley Jr. and Sirhan Sirhan, Lee Harvey Oswald and Mark David Chapman. And one that’s been hit by terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, the DC Sniper John Allen Muhammad, the Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan, and 19 highjackers all claiming to be freedom fighters. You’d think we’d understand the difference between madmen and terrorists. All evidence points to the fact that the assailant from this weekend was severely mentally disturbed. His...
  • Ten Most Corrupt Politicians of 2010 (feel free to add to the list)

    12/27/2010 9:31:24 AM PST · by khnyny · 48 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 17, 2010 | Jim Kouri
    It's that time of the year when numerous organizations and news outlets publish or announce their "Best of..." or "Worst of..." or "Most important of..." or "Most popular of..." lists. Not to be outdone by the so-called elite media, below is a list from an industrious public-interest group whose sole mission is to investigate and prosecute government corruption wherever it is discovered. On Thursday, Judicial Watch released its 2010 list of Washington's “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” While there may be some surprises, readers will note that neither political party has a monopoly on political corruption. Special thanks to Judicial...
  • Politicians' Top 10 Promises Gone Wrong'

    12/17/2010 1:43:18 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies · 6+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 16, 2010 | Greta VanSusteren
    FBN's John Stossel dissects lawmakers' false promises in new special
  • Mutual Honor Society

    12/06/2010 1:13:39 PM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/6/2010 | Jack McHugh
    The Michigan Senate has been busy this week working on very important legislation, but on Wednesday the 29 outgoing members, plus the nine with a newly renewed four-year tenure, found time for 29 other items of business, listed below: Honoring themselves.
  • Jean Quan, Oakland's new mayor, gets car booted

    Oakland Mayor-elect Jean Quan got her car booted outside City Hall on Tuesday for failing to pay more than $1,000 in parking tickets.
  • Friday night in the Sandhills; scanning one's life

    11/13/2010 4:04:40 PM PST · by franksolich · 2 replies
    conservativecave ^ | November 12, 2010 | franksolich
    It was a quiet, snowy night out in the Sandhills of Nebraska last night, out here where there's more square miles per capita, than capita per square mile; more miles of road per vehicle, than vehicles per mile. Someone requested identification of the rank of a Canadian army officer during the second world war, after which franksolich, twiddling his thumbs in solitude, ran amok with the scanner. The discussion took all sorts of twists-and-turns, and the end was nothing as the beginning had been. This is, uh, rather heavy with photographs.
  • The Facebook Skeletons Come Out

    11/07/2010 6:40:36 AM PST · by Saije · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/5/2010 | Jeremy W. Peters
    AMONG the many firsts in the 2010 elections, it is safe to assume that the following words had never before been uttered about a future member of Congress, “This is a candidate who is probably best known for getting drunk and having sex on television.” The comment, made by the chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, was lobbed at Sean Duffy, who overcame his bawdy past as a star on MTV’s “Real World: Boston” in 1997 to ride a wave of conservative discontent into office. Some of Mr. Duffy’s youthful indiscretions that were captured on film and dredged up by...
  • Ding’s lawsuit against Wong dismissed

    11/02/2010 12:46:59 PM PDT · by Shermy · 15 replies
    Borneo Post ^ | November 2, 2010
    [Story about politicians in Malaysia] SIBU: The application to strike out a lawsuit filed by Sarikei MP Ding Kwong Hiing against Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarikei branch chairman Wong Hua Seh was dismissed by the High Court yesterday afternoon. Justice Yew Jen Kie made her ruling via video conference. On June 25, Wong filed an application to strike out the lawsuit. In Ding’ suit filed on May 27, he claimed RM15 million from Wong for the damage in reputation that Wong had caused him by an allegedly false statement. According to the statement of claim, on Dec 29 last year,...
  • Pretending The Union Money Doesn’t Exist Dishonest Politicians Aided By Dishonest Reporting

    10/24/2010 10:20:44 AM PDT · by goldendays · 7 replies ^ | Friday, October 22nd | Dan McLaughlin
    Pretending The Union Money Doesn’t Exist Dishonest Politicians Aided By Dishonest Reporting Desperate Democrats have been hyperventilating for the past month over money being spent by corporate and other groups, notably the Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity, to run campaign commercials. To conservatives, running commercials to attempt to persuade voters in advance of an election is known as “free speech,” and turnabout is fair play after corporate money went heavily for Obama in 2008, but let’s play along here; how much of an advantage does the GOP have here? Well, according to Greg Sargent, the Washington Post’s in-house...
  • Parasites and Politicians

    10/18/2010 3:28:48 PM PDT · by gary_f · 12 replies
    Lewiston Tribune ^ | 10/16/10 | Michael Costello
    While most of our congressmen and congresswomen are lawyers, there is probably no better preparation for the job than the study of parasitology. At least one author has made the case that parasites are actually at the top of the animal kingdom. He reasoned that, once established on or in a host, the parasite lives a life of leisure while the host becomes little more than the parasite's slave. Whereas politicians present themselves as humble servants of their constituencies, the truth is that their service they give us is barely distinguishable from the service given by a tapeworm. ....In other...
  • Just a Thought: Don't all politicians racially profile?

    10/11/2010 7:46:06 PM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 5 replies
    10/11/10 | b.b.e.b.
    The focus groups, the software, the strategies really are all about demographics and racial profiling on both sides, figuring out what the sheeple in that district, that state, that city will do if we say this or show that. At the end of the day it's the damn politicians who make race relations an issue because of pure pandering, to win elections! A pox on all their houses!
  • Video: Camp Politics – The Learning Center For The Next Generation’s Slimy Politicians

    10/05/2010 9:47:48 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 6 replies ^ | October 5, 2010 | Chris Bounds
    Does your child like to argue, boss his siblings around, or does he love the sound of his own voice? If so, he may be a natural born politician! At Camp Politics your gifted child will learn how to: - Woo voters by kissing a baby - Survive scandals - Write legislation - Pork consumption - Silence the opposition through campaign finance laws Watch Camp Politics promotion video by the Institute for Justice: VIDEO
  • Wishful Thinking, Now and Then [June 2010]

    10/03/2010 6:27:45 PM PDT · by starczar66 · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 3, 2010 | Mark Steyn
    ...Many of history’s greatest catastrophes arise from not taking people at their word, and, indeed, disbelieving well established patterns of behavior...
  • Never Gonna Stand For This

    10/01/2010 1:57:20 PM PDT · by Calpublican · 29 replies
    youtube ^ | 08/26/2010 | teachenor clark
    Great response to the arrogant, elite, liberals.
  • The Terrorists Can’t Have Today

    09/11/2010 4:51:06 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 7 replies ^ | 09/11/10 | CaroleL
    It's impossible to forget that this is the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. As I'm sure most Americans do, I remember that horrible day many times throughout the year; when I hear something related on the news or sometimes when the morning sky is crystal clear and bright the way it was that morning. But while the date is impossible to forget, we have a choice about how we spend today and all the September 11's still to come.
  • Public Payrolls and Political Workers

    09/10/2010 7:46:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/10/2010 | Ken Braun
    Did a Michigan state representative use his taxpayer-financed office payroll to get political work done rather than official taxpayer business? Should taxpayers have a right to investigate whether this sort of thing is going on? How easy is it for the state's politicians to hide such conduct? These issues are at the heart of a "Request for Investigation" sent by Democrat political consultant Joe DiSano to Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Twp. The nature and subject of DiSano's request provides a stark example of just how difficult it is for a private citizen to find out what is being...
  • Charlotte-Area Representatives: A Look at Their Records

    09/07/2010 7:07:08 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    CHARLOTTE ^ | September 5, 2010 | by Ji9m Morrill
    SNIPPET: "SUE MYRICK, R 9th District includes parts of Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union counties. Home: Charlotte. Term: Eighth. Top committees: Intelligence, Energy and Commerce . Vote ranking: 34th most conservative member of the House, according to National Journal." SNIPPET: "The record: She's a vocal opponent of taxes, spending and illegal immigration, with a voting record to match. Last year she introduced the "10k Run for the Border Act", which would have upped penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. This year she chided President Obama for opposing Arizona's tough immigration law. In January, the House passed her amendment to...
  • You're a Bigot, Now Vote for Me! The Progressives Plan for November

    08/31/2010 4:38:39 PM PDT · by GVnana · 28 replies ^ | 8/31/2010 | Derek Hunter
    Are you opposed to Obamacare or illegal immgration? You’re a racist. Are you opposed to gay marriage? You’re a homophobe. Did you oppose Elana Kagan’s appointment to the Supreme Court? You’re a sexist. After less than two years of complete Democrat control of government, there aren’t many Americas progressives haven’t accused of some sort of bigotry for simply having an opinion different from theirs. The politics of “hope” and “change” have devolved into exactly what those espousing them claimed they would end. Is this really Democrat’s plan to win votes in November?
  • The Oath Keeper - Villain Or Valiant?

    08/29/2010 2:18:52 PM PDT · by Moozle · 21 replies
    Americn Thinker ^ | 8/29/2010 | Jon Watts
    It has been proposed by various groups and individuals that an organization known as "Oath Keepers" is racist, seditious, hateful, and pernicious. I'm here to tell you the real story. I have been a member of Oath Keepers since August 2009. My member number is under 500. There are currently over 10,000 dues paying members, and tens of thousands on their Facebook site. I have seen the inner workings since the early days as the acting Alaska State Chapter President; truly, a view from the inside. Let's set aside the controversy for a moment, and examine the term "Oath Keeper"....
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Can we Correct the Leadership Gap in the Catholic Church?

    07/30/2010 10:50:16 AM PDT · by Balt · 1+ views
    Master of Divinity ^ | 7/20/2010 | Father Michael Venditti, M. Div.
    As one who has made a point of actively persuing and personally instructing converts to the Catholic Faith,—rather than simply waiting for them to appear then throwing them into some “program” in which I am minimally involved—I have observed that one of the most attractive aspects of Catholicism drawing Protestant Christians as well as the “unchurched” to the Faith is the certainty and unmitigated intransigence of Catholic dogma. For the most part, the converts—and I am not ashamed of using that word, even for baptized Protestants entering the Church, inasmuch as anyone making such a change in his or her...
  • The $800,000 City Manager

    07/28/2010 8:41:48 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    American Solutions ^ | July 28, 2010 2:42 PM | Dan Kotman
    A fascinating story of big government cronyism is unfolding in Bell, California -- a small town of 38,000 people in Los Angeles County. Through an LA Times investigation, residents learned a few weeks ago that Bell's City Manager Robert Rizzo has an annual salary of $784,637 -- twice President Obama's salary. The police chief and assistant city manager make $457,000 and $376,288 respectively. And the city council members make over $100,000 per year for, get this, working part-time. Bell is not a wealthy town: the average salary is $28,00 per year and 17% live below the poverty line. So citizens...
  • Pols told to be wary of female lobbyists

    07/21/2010 7:27:21 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 21, 2010
    Some Republican congressmen have been warned to keep their distance from the female lobbyists who prowl Capitol Hill. Sources say House Minority Leader John Boehner has told GOP congressmen who partied with lobbyists "to knock it off." His spokesperson said, "Boehner has always told all our members that they will be held to the highest ethical standards."
  • Americans Say Government and Politicians Are Bigger Problems than Illegal Immigration, Health Care

    07/15/2010 4:38:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 1+ views
    cns news ^ | 7/15/10 | Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
    ( - Americans now believe that government and politicians are bigger problems for the country than illegal immigration, health care, disaster response or even the federal debt. In a poll released yesterday, Gallup asked Americans: “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” Not surprisingly, the most common answers focused on pocket-book issues. Thirty-one percent said they believed the economy in general was the most important problem facing the country, and 22 percent said it was unemployment and jobs.
  • Governor’s Budget 'Poor Mouthing'

    07/13/2010 8:41:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/10/2010 | James Hohman
    Gov. Jennifer Granholm cried poverty recently, claiming that her administration already cut 11,000 state employees and that the state cannot make further cuts without lowering "critical services that struggling families count on to survive in this tough economy." However, the claim is misleading. There are fewer employees, but the reduction hasn't saved taxpayers any money, because due to higher compensation levels we're paying more overall even with less workers on the job. Indeed, total compensation costs jumped from $3.9 billion in fiscal year 2001 to $4.7 billion in 2008, the most recent year for which information is available. The average...
  • Illinois Stops Paying Its Bills, but Can’t Stop Digging Hole

    07/03/2010 4:13:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 80 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 2, 2010 | MICHAEL POWELL
    ... For the last few years, California stood more or less unchallenged as a symbol of the fiscal collapse of states during the recession. Now Illinois has shouldered to the fore, as its dysfunctional political class refuses to pay the state’s bills and refuses to take the painful steps — cuts and tax increases — to close a deficit of at least $12 billion, equal to nearly half the state’s budget. Then there is the spectacularly mismanaged pension system, which is at least 50 percent underfunded and, analysts warn, could push Illinois into insolvency if the economy fails to pick...
  • Class of ‘05 Lawmakers’ Drinking and Driving Is Double the State Average

    07/01/2010 11:47:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/1/2010 | Ken Braun
    Former Michigan House Speaker Craig DeRoche, R-Novi, was arrested Feb. 12 for suspicion of drunken driving. This is the eighth alcohol-related driving incident for the 110 House members who took the oath of office with DeRoche when he became the speaker in January 2005. That’s a rate of almost 7.3 percent over five years — more than double the state average for drinking and driving arrests, according to data compiled annually by the Michigan State Police. Six lawmakers committed the eight infractions, with two of them chalking up two each since 2005. Media accounts show that one of those two...
  • Opinion: When engineering meets Congress

    06/14/2010 9:39:16 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 15 replies · 420+ views
    EETimes ^ | Bill Schweber
    It's impressive--and depressing -- how much Congress thinks it knows about advanced engineering technology. The recent drilling-platform explosion, oil-well blowout, and subsequent major leak in the Gulf of Mexico is a nasty thing, no doubt about it. Plugging it, stopping it, and figuring out what really happened are all challenges for the engineering community and many of its disciplines. As any engineer knows, the underlying, fundamental cause of a problem—whether small or large—is often several steps down the chain from the apparent problem, is not easily found, and first impressions are often plain wrong or very incomplete. In fact, the...
  • Film targets anti-immigrant politicians

    06/09/2010 5:58:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 32+ views
    mlb.msg ^ | 6/9/10 | staff
    The clip begins with Machete delivering a threatening message to Arizona, which recently cracked down on illegal immigrants. The script, leaked to Alex Jones, a right-wing radio talk show host, seemed to confirm conservatives' worst fears that the film... Full Article at The Australian
  • Don't Get Distracted with the Statists Running the Show

    06/07/2010 5:19:11 AM PDT · by NY Hockey Mom · 6 replies · 19+ views
    The Lonely Conservative ^ | 6/5/10 | The Lonely Conservative
    What will not pass is the loss of freedom taking place here in our republic, at least not for generations. The Democrats are doing everything they can to create a huge voting bloc made up of those dependent on the government. Whether it’s welfare recipients or union workers, they know what they’re doing. I know Obama looks like a blundering idiot lately. He isn’t doing the things we expect presidents to do. He plays a lot of golf, regardless of what crises happen to be taking place. His economic policies are producing nothing but – you guessed it – dependents!...
  • Team Obama's 'Real Time' Bureaucracy

    06/02/2010 4:38:46 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 203+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 02, 2010 | Brian Sussman
    Yesterday, the White House director of Energy and Climate Change Policy, Carol Browner, assured "Fox and Friends" host Gretchen Carlson that the Obama administration was "making decisions in real time" regarding the Gulf of Mexico oil leak. Browner further appeased Carlson by insisting that Team Obama had been on the leak "since day one" and that any complaints of government beadledom were unfounded. "There is no bureaucracy here," said Browner. The Energy Czarina went on to highlight two names from the "best minds in America" club that we keep hearing about in reference to stopping the British Petroleum (BP) gusher:...
  • Councilman Caught On Camera: 'Get Your Ass Out Of Here'

    05/25/2010 8:12:10 PM PDT · by gunsequalfreedom · 27 replies · 1,432+ views
    Public CEO Magazine Blog ^ | May 25, 2010 | James Spencer
    Um ... Mr. Councilman, the camera is on. An embarrassing moment at city hall was caught on camera when a city councilman refused to have a conversation with a local TV news reporter. Councilman: "I'm Carl Baker and I'm a councilman here. Get your ass out of here." Reporter: "Why is that?" Councilman: "Because I said so -" Reporter: "This is a public building." Councilman: "Oh yeah it is and I am a public official ... (Cue awkward pause when Baker notices the camera is on him) ... is that on?"
  • Video of Beggar Threatening County Commissioner for $2.00

    05/23/2010 9:33:33 AM PDT · by FredJake · 17 replies · 651+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/23/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Somethings are just too incredible to believe unless you see it for yourself. Well what we have here is Shelby County (TN) Commissioner Steve Mulroy being interviewed by a TV reporter. While the camera is rolling, a panhandler walks up to the commissioner, tells him to keep his mouth shut and to hand over $2.00. After the commissioner refused to give him the money, the panhandler then demanded that the politician have two dollars for him every time he sees him. The whole incident is only funny after the fact because there was no physical violence. As you will...
  • Texas lawmakers 10 times more likely to have concealed handgun permit

    05/23/2010 5:08:46 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 29 replies · 845+ views
    kvue ^ | May 21, 2010 at 10:35 PM
    When it comes to packing heat, the I-Team found Texas lawmakers to be at least ten times more likely to have a concealed handgun license than the average Texas adult. "I've had my concealed carry license for several years," said Senator Kel Seliger. Senator Seliger is one of the nearly 20% of state lawmakers who told the I-Team they have an active concealed license. However, when asked if he carries to work, he said he prefers to keep that to himself. "I wouldn't care to answer, said Senator Seliger. “That's the beauty of the concealed carry license. You know I...
  • Is There Really a Difference Between the Parties Any More?

    05/21/2010 7:10:19 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 35 replies · 386+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 5/21/10 | Ken Lowder
    Arizona Senator, Jon Kyl, was on Face the Nation the other day talking about Obama's latest pick for the Supreme Court of the US, Elena Kagan. During this interview he showed that he really had very little information on her background and core far left liberal beliefs. As usual he came off to me as an unknowing politician from Washington DC. He ended the interview by stating that a filibuster was off the table. Folks, we can now concede that this nominee will get voted in as the most powerful way of stopping her has been withdrawn. All the Democrats...
  • Tuesday's other lesson

    05/20/2010 3:53:33 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies · 231+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 20, 2010 | Editorial
    All politics may be local, but sometimes voters send all politicians the same message. Like on Tuesday. That message: Voters are fed up with the Washington establishment. Which explains in large measure why Pennsylvania Democrats ended party-switcher Arlen Specter's 30-year Senate career, while Arkansas Democrats forced Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a runoff. And why Kentucky Republicans chose Rand Paul, a political rookie with the enthusiastic backing of the Tea Party movement -- and the son of libertarian gadfly Rep. Ron Paul -- as their Senate nominee, rejecting a candidate with the backing of state and national GOP leaders. This follows...
  • Supreme Law? Honestly?

    05/14/2010 6:15:27 PM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 16 replies · 718+ views
    Self ^ | 14 Mar 10 | Self
    There’s some silly notions that are circulating among people about governance; things like: - Words mean things - Constitutions are a form of legally binding documents - Constitutions should be changed only by the appropriate amendment process and - Constitutions actually matter to those in governance. Let’s look at this properly, shall we, if words actually meant things we might actually be forced to be culpable for anything we say; but, because words are so mutable, we have an ‘escape hatch’ to use should any of our peons (commonly called ‘constituents’) try to “use our own words against us.” There...
  • At the Heart of American Politics is -- the Barbershop!

    05/18/2010 7:56:44 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 8 replies · 236+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 05-17-10 | J.D. Longstreet
    In my small North Carolina community, when you really want to know what’s going on, if you really want to take the pulse of local, state and national politics, you go to the local barbershop. For me, a trip to my local barbershop is a stimulating, invigorating, experience. I just climb up into the chair and allow the conversation to wash over me, and occasionally, I toss a few tidbits of my own into the steady stream of political commentary that is almost always well informed, politically incorrect, and surprisingly candid and -- quite accurate. I have often wondered why...
  • Twisting history by politicians and propagandists

    05/17/2010 9:26:01 AM PDT · by usalady · 11 replies · 252+ views
    Examiner ^ | May 17, 2010 | Martha
    Whether listening to Glenn Beck or Keith Olbermann, Barack Obama or Karl Rove, each one puts his own spin on what history tells about the present economic and political situation in the United States.
  • RAHN: Flaccid Brains

    05/06/2010 8:02:52 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 4 replies · 262+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2010 | Richard W. Rahn
    If government spending is growing faster than gross domestic product (GDP), can the resulting deficit problem be solved by: (A) decreasing the rate of growth of government spending, (B) increasing tax rates, (C) decreasing the rate of growth of government spending and increasing tax rates? If you answered A, you have a strong brain and can go to the head of the class. If you answered B, you have a flaccid brain and will need to repeat the class... People with flaccid brains have a hard time understanding the consequences of actions, and they tend to treat variables as constants...
  • Politicians in mad rush for bullet-proof cars

    04/23/2010 8:55:02 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 6 replies · 461+ views ^ | Saturday, 24 Apr 2010 | By Everest Onyewuchi
    The spate of kidnappings, assassinations, political murders and general insecurity in the country may have forced politicians, top government officials, wealthy businessmen and other affluent Nigerians into a rush for bullet-proof cars. Latest information released to our correspondent by a top American auto armouring company also revealed that the closeness of the 2011 general election has caused politicians to massively place orders for heavily fortified anti-ballistic vehicles. Following reports that politicians and wealthy Nigerians had expanded the internal security around their residences, particularly in the face of high profile kidnappings, our correspondent made an online enquiry from the Country Representative...

    04/20/2010 6:34:37 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 5 replies · 276+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 4/20/2010 | Kevin Price
    "Soak the rich" is a favorite battle cry for politicians seeking reelection and advocates of social justice, but in the end, it creates injustice for all. This will clearly be seen as a consequence of the recent health care bill, as well as with the President's ambitious efforts to dramatically increase the tax on capital gains.
  • How 'soaking the rich' clobbers you

    04/14/2010 3:12:04 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies · 799+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 14, 2010 | Nicole Gelinas
    Nearly half of American tax filers didn't have to pay any federal income tax last year. But Americans -- especially New Yorkers -- shouldn't enjoy the free ride. Soon enough, everybody will pay for the higher spending that Washington's "generosity" encourages. And thanks to Washington, we'll be paying for higher state and local spending at the same time, too. Just a decade ago, two-thirds of American tax filers still paid into the tax system. But both Democrats and Republicans have spent the last quarter-century inventing and expanding all kinds of voter-friendly tax breaks. Easy-to-use tax software has helped people get...
  • Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2009

    04/06/2010 3:08:00 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 17 replies · 1,055+ views
    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians." The list, in alphabetical order, includes: 1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT): This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 "Ten Most Corrupt" list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him. In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat. In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against...