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  • President Obama’s Ebola problem (questions about the president’s competency)

    10/16/2014 6:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 16, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The Ebola crisis in the United States has become an anchor threatening to sink the Obama presidency. Already under fire from critics who saw the federal response to the outbreak as disorganized and timid, things went from bad to worse on Wednesday when it was revealed a second nurse had contracted the disease while treating a Liberian man at a Dallas-area hospital. More alarmingly, the diagnosis was made just hours after the nurse, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, had flown from Cleveland to Dallas on a commercial airliner, despite reporting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that she had a...
  • Syria crisis reveals uneasy relationship between Obama, nation’s military leaders

    09/19/2013 8:07:00 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 7 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | Sep 18, 2013 | Ernesto Londońo and Craig Whitlock
    The Syrian crisis over the past few weeks has thrust President Obama into a role in which at times he has seemed uneasy: that of commander in chief. The prospect of an attack to punish Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons exposed the Nobel Peace laureate’s strained and somewhat tentative relationship with the military. His dramatic oscillation from detachment on Syria to the brink of military action, with him ultimately settling for a potential diplomatic solution, has unsettled many people in uniform.
  • Obama on Syria: 'I have not made a decision'

    08/28/2013 5:40:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/28/13 6:07 PM EDT | JENNIFER EPSTEIN |
    Administration officials have made clear that Obama isn't angling for "regime change" with any intervention, a point he touched upon as he stressed that the goals of the United States and its allies are less dramatic. He's considering "limited, tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of, you know, Iraq, which I know a lot of people are worried about," he said.
  • Obama Failed to Support Illinois Bill Charging School Shooters as Adults

    01/18/2013 11:05:05 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 01/17/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    There just weren’t enough letters from adorable kids out there to convince him to do it. Proposed in 1999, the same year as the Columbine Massacre, SB-0759 would have prosecuted teenage school shooters as adults. The bill passed almost unanimously, with 52 Yeas, and only one Nay. And a bunch of Presents, one of them from the Illinois State Senator currently lobbying to wreck the Bill of Rights because he’s just that concerned about school shootings. Synopsis of Bill as introduced: Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides for adult criminal prosecution of a minor at least 15 years...
  • Obama's Staff Uses Autopen to Sign 'Fiscal Cliff' Legislation

    01/03/2013 6:25:07 AM PST · by listenhillary · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/3/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    (Snip) Within thirty minutes, the White House seems to have directed the pool reporter to send this note to reporters, from an unnamed "senior White House official": "We received the ['fiscal cliff'] bill late this afternoon, and it was immediately processed. A copy was delivered to the President for review. He then directed the bill be signed by autopen."
  • Voting "present" on Obama/'Rat agenda

    11/30/2012 12:12:32 PM PST · by LiberConservative · 5 replies
    vanity | 11/30/2012 | self
    The airwaves were filled today with conservative pundits all talking about the GOP, in a no-win situation only have one option: voting "present" on anything and everything Obama and the 'Rats throw at them. I like the wisdom of this approach. Falling off the "fiscal cliff" will hurt this country, but appearing to bargain in the process will only harm the people that are willing and able to fix it later. Anything the GOP does will be used to lay the blame at their feet.
  • Obama: Election 'has nothing to do' with Libya deaths

    10/26/2012 4:33:48 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/26/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama again on Friday defended his administration's handling of the attack that killed four Americans in Libya, and said he's not holding back information ahead of Election Day. "The election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened," Obama said in an interview with KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver. "Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do. But we want to make sure we get it right, particularly because I've made a commitment to the families impacted as well as the American people, we're...
  • Canadian Prime Calls Iran 'Clear and Present Danger'

    09/29/2012 12:46:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/9/12
    Speaking in New York City, the Prime Minister of Canada said the government of Iran constitutes, “unambiguously, a clear and present danger and thus demands a very sober assessment.” The comments by P.M. Steven Harper were spoken at a dinner after receiving the World Statesman Award from Rabbi Arthur Schneier’s Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Speaking of Iran, Harper said, “I speak not merely of its appalling record of human rights abuse, or its active assistance to the brutal regime in Syria, or its undeniable support of terrorist entities, or its determined pursuit of nuclear weapons, rather it is the combination...
  • Sellout: Santorum Proves He’s Just Another Washington Insider

    04/19/2012 11:47:55 AM PDT · by jmstein7 · 47 replies
    In my estimation, the hallmark of the true politician, the true Washington insider, is the intentional evasion of responsibility and/or blame – the sin of omission. By this standard, Rick Santorum, in the end, is nothing but a typical two-bit political hack. For all his bloviating and posturing, painting himself as a true conservative, selling his alleged “genuineness”  and values – a regular Joe – Santorum has shown his true colors by failing to endorse when it could have made a difference. Plainly, he is avoiding the ire of the GOP establishment by not endorsing Gingrich, and he is avoiding...
  • Doug Casey talks to James Turk (Video)

    11/16/2011 1:41:43 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 1 replies ^ | November 11th, 2011 | Doug Casey interviews James Turk
    Nice to listen to on many fronts.
  • Obama Makes Us Wait 53 Minutes for Another Lame, Arrogant Speech

    08/08/2011 4:33:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Rush ^ | August 8, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: S&P has indeed gone ahead and downgraded Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and countless banks even as we speak. Let me tell you what that means: That means everything is gonna cost us more. Everything ultimately involving credit, capital, is gonna cost more. Standard & Poor's, is this right? They're even downgrading Warren Buffett? From the Wall Street Journal: "Berkshire Hathaway, other insurers get negative tag from Standard & Poor's after Standard & Poor's bit an appendage from the US' credit rating, the credit rating firm is smelling blood in the water at Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. "S&P...
  • The man who voted present now says “I told you so”

    08/06/2011 1:48:17 PM PDT · by Lakeshark · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8/6/2011 | William Jacobson
    Barack Obama never put forth a debt reduction plan. Ever. All Obama did was talk in generalities about what he might be willing to consider as part of a “grand bargain,” but it always was vague, the equivalent of voting present. But when Republicans put forth actual plans to deal with entitlements (the Ryan plan) and to take dramatic action as to spending (Cut, Cap and Balance) the White House went along with Democratic demagoguing of the issue. The beauty of voting present is that it allows one to sit back and watch, and then say “I told you so”...
  • The Reluctant Assassination of Osama

    05/09/2011 2:19:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 8, 2011 | Roger L. Simon
    Did Barack Obama want to assassinate Osama bin Laden? He may have at some point, because he gave the ultimate order, or allowed it to happen. But I suspect the president was deeply ambivalent. It’s not just his postmodern worldview that suggests this reluctance. It is the discombobulated aftermath of the killing, the weirdly botched reportage featuring such events as cabinet members in the situation room supposedly watching a (we learned) non-existent streaming video of the action and the statement that bin Laden — who had been under surveillance for months from a CIA safe house — was living in...
  • Obama will punt on Social Security reform (Dear Leader chooses NOT to lead ... again)

    03/21/2011 2:05:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/21/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Breaking news: Barack Obama chooses not to lead … again. TPM DC’s Brian Beutler reports that the White House strategy on Social Security will be to wait until everyone else has decided to act before discussing its own approach to reforming what is perhaps the most straightforward of entitlement reforms. This will surprise, well … no one: The White House will not prominently inject itself into congressional negotiations on Social Security reform until after key legislators in both the House and Senate unveil their plans to reduce projected long-term deficits, according to administration officials.That won’t please Republican leaders on Capitol...
  • Actual headline: Obama Heads to Rio Sunday; Maximum Security Awaits

    03/16/2011 8:56:12 AM PDT · by matginzac · 28 replies
    Forbes ^ | 14 March 2011 | Ken Rapoza
    President Barack Obama will take his first official trip to Brazil this weekend where he will speak in the popular Cinelandia Square in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Access, of course, will be tightly restricted and security measures so secretive that not even the Embassy or US Consulate in Rio know exactly how it’s all going to go down. Obama’s speech will be free and open to the public and take place around 15:00 local time (14:00 EST). Access to the square will begin at 11:30, and is sure to draw a crowd. Obama is popular in Brazil. One politician seeking...
  • DeMint Says More Time Needed to Debate START; Admin. Notes He Missed 7/12 Foreign Relations Hearings

    12/16/2010 9:03:05 AM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News- Political Punch ^ | 12/15/2010 | Jake Tapper & Matt Jaffe
    Frustrated with Sen. Jim DeMint’s support for a move to require an oral reading of the START nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia – a move that could take as long as 12-15 hours in these waning lame duck days -- an Obama administration official notes that DeMint only attended five of the 12 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on START, nor was he present for the final vote to order the treaty reported on the 16th. DeMint attended the May 18 and 19, June 15 and 24, and July 14 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings, plus the Committee markup session...
  • Mapping Congress' Growing Polarization

    11/30/2010 7:40:22 PM PST · by RockefellerRepublican · 2 replies
    Slate ^ | December 26, 2001 | Jordan Ellenberg
    Poole and Rosenthal found that the House and Senate grew steadily less polarized from around 1900 to 1980. Then something happened; polarization has been sharply increasing ever since. A statistical method is fundamentally sound only if it tells you things you already know. The DW-NOMINATE maps tell us, first of all, that throughout the last 100 years both houses of Congress have split into two grand clusters, Democrats and Republicans. Within the Democrats, the Northern and Southern members form two clusters. Sometimes the Northern and Southern Democrats meld into each other without a gap, and other times (especially in the...
  • New park bridges Iraqi past to present

    06/10/2010 7:55:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 246+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Spc. Rebecca Schwab, USA
    BAGHDAD – Built by the Persians on the northeast bank of the Tigris River almost 1,500 years ago, an arch from the ancient city of Ctesiphon still stands today as an impressive monument to the talents of ancient builders. A U.S. Soldier stands in front of the Arch of Ctesiphon, built by the Persians nearly 1,500 years ago in what is now Salman Pak, Iraq, May 31, 2010. The arch used to be an important tourist attraction, and Iraqi authorities hope to revive that tourism in the coming years. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rebecca Schwab.Considered the oldest and largest...
  • Obama and the Trouble With Voting 'Present' (Karl Rove)

    06/10/2010 6:03:31 AM PDT · by chickadee · 39 replies · 126+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 10, 2010 | Karl Rove
    Even now, Mr. Obama looks like a spectator, albeit an angry one, barking at White House aides to "plug the damn hole" (now that's a good idea no one has thought of) and telling NBC's Matt Lauer he's in search of an "ass to kick." But the main political behind that's being kicked is Mr. Obama's. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll says Americans give the federal government a 69% negative rating for its handling of the spill, compared to a 62% negative rating for Washington's handling of Katrina in August 2005. This pattern of being merely present has been...
  • Grade Obamas First Year

    01/20/2010 11:44:21 AM PST · by Huskrrrr · 46 replies · 630+ views
    Grade Obama's First Year
  • Obama monitoring Delta flight firecracker situation (but still catching those waves)

    12/25/2009 3:40:26 PM PST · by tobyhill · 65 replies · 2,939+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/25/2009 | reuters
    A man reportedly set off firecrackers on Delta Flight 253 that was carrying 278 passengers to Detroit from Amsterdam. "The president was notified of the incident this morning between 9:00 and 9:30 Hawaii time by the president's military aide," White House spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.
  • Voting Present on Iran

    12/03/2009 7:42:55 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies · 638+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/3/2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Iran just announced a radical expansion of its uranium-enrichment facilities. The news followed the recent disclosure of the country’s previously secret nuclear facility near the city of Qom — and came just two days after the International Atomic Energy Agency’s censure of Iran for its failure to halt enrichment. In other words, instead of complying with international requests to stand down, Iran has decided to step up efforts to enrich uranium, which, despite the government’s denial, is all but certainly intended for a bomb. First, remember, Iran does not need nuclear power for electrical generation. It has the world’s second-largest...
  • The World Wearies of the Narcissist-in-Chief

    10/01/2009 6:51:29 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies · 917+ views
    Canada Freepress ^ | September 30, 2009 | Joy Tiz
    The beauty of being a narcissist is that even when disaster stares you in the face, you feel neither doubt nor remorse.” —Carl Vogel, A Field Guide to Narcissism Former Senator Rick Santorum added, “The international community now is beginning to become aware that not only is [Obama] naive in his pursuit of a whole bunch of things including complete nuclear disarmament, but that his ego gets in the way of him learning anything about why he’s wrong on these things. That’s a very dangerous combination - to not know anything and to think you know everything.”
  • Al-Qaeda website promises Ramadan 'present' [Message from UBL]

    09/03/2009 3:10:14 PM PDT · by Cindy · 65 replies · 4,075+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET ^ | Published: 09.03.09, 23:19 / Israel News | n/a
    A website often used by al Qaeda supporters said it would soon carry a "present" to Muslims from Osama bin Laden on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Is Something Going On With Obama?

    08/31/2009 8:08:37 PM PDT · by Wpin · 149 replies · 7,807+ views
    Vanity | August 31, 2009 | Wpin
    It has occurred to me tonight that I do not remember hearing that the President had planned to have a two week long vacation. I had understood that he would take last week then, come back to Washington and go back to work. I heard today that he is "taking the rest of the week off". Did I miss something? If not, I cannot recall a time when a healthy President suddenly took an unplanned week off. Can anyone offer some clarity to this mucky water? I am concerned...
  • Top US commander: Iran still supports Iraq attacks

    06/30/2009 3:05:25 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 317+ views
    ap ^ | 6/30/09 | KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD – The top U.S. military commander in Iraq on Tuesday accused Iran of continuing to support and train militants who are carrying out attacks, including most of the ones in Baghdad. Gen. Ray Odierno said the attacks have fallen in number but are still a problem. He made the comments just after the U.S. relinquished security for Baghdad and other urban areas to Iraqi forces, part of a security agreement that will see all American soldiers out of the country by the end of 2011. "Iran is still supporting, funding and training surrogates who operate inside of Iraq. They...
  • Obama Press Conference: He’s Waiting to See How Iran Crisis “Plays Out”

    06/23/2009 2:54:53 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 21 replies · 581+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-23-09 | Mike's America
    A leader leads. Obama is a follower!From today's press conference: QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President. Your administration has said that the offer to talk to Iran's leaders remains open. Can you say if that's still so even with all the violence that has been committed by the government against the peaceful protesters? And if it is, is there any red line that your administration won't cross where that offer will be shut off? OBAMA: Well, obviously what's happened in Iran is profound, and we're still waiting to see how it plays itself out. My position coming into this office has...
  • White House: Swine Flu Briefing Not a Deflection From Obama Golf Outing

    04/26/2009 1:42:45 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 173 replies · 9,794+ views ^ | Sunday, April 26, 2009 | Major Garrett and Sharon Kehnemui
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama went golfing and the Department of Health and Human Services is short a secretary, so other U.S. officials took the controls Sunday as the Obama administration ramps up efforts to find and isolate U.S. cases of swine flu.During a White House briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that HHS will issue a public health emergency warning that will free up resources to address the outbreak that has hit 20 Americans in five states. Richard Besser, acting head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the agency is prepared to move millions of doses...
  • Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

    04/09/2009 8:26:14 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 176 replies · 10,283+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 9, 2009 | by Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - [snip] Obama was asked to comment on the situation several times by reporters at a White House event on refinancing for homeowners. Obama, however, stuck closely to the script and replied that he wanted to remain focused on housing.
  • 41 Senate Republicans Send Letter To President Obama Urging Consultation On Judicial Nominees

    41 Senate Republicans Send Letter To President Obama Urging Consultation On Judicial Nominees March 2, 2009 President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.  20500 Dear Mr. President: We look forward to working with you as you consider nominees for the federal judiciary.  Unfortunately, the judicial appointments process has become needlessly acrimonious.  We would very much like to improve this process, and we know you would as well.  It is in that spirit that we write early on to suggest two steps your Administration can take to achieve that shared goal.   First, in the beginning...
  • Churches celebrating the ‘Year of Darwin’: Compromising churchians in self-destruct mode

    02/18/2009 5:20:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    CMI ^ | February 19, 2009 | Gary Bates
    For example, Dr Eugenie Scott of the staunchly anticreationist National Center for Science Education (NCSE) revealed their agenda when she said: “ … I would describe myself as a humanist or a nontheist. I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day! … What we [such clergy and atheists] have in common is that we want to see evolution taught in the public schools … .”4
  • Introducing the Obameter to track campaign promises

    01/15/2009 9:02:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 766+ views ^ | 1/15/09 | Bill Adair,
    Barack Obama has often said Americans need to keep a close eye on their leaders. "I learned long ago, when working as an organizer on the South Side of Chicago, that when citizens join their voices together, they can hold their leaders accountable," he said in a campaign blog last summer. "I'm not exempt from that. I'm certainly not perfect and expect to be held accountable too." He made the same point in a September campaign speech on education. "I want you to hold our government accountable," Obama said. "I want you to hold me accountable." Okay, we will. PolitiFact,...
  • Obama breaks silence on Gaza, voices 'deep concern' over civilian deaths

    01/06/2009 2:01:08 PM PST · by freedom9 · 226 replies · 8,374+ views
    Barack Obama, who takes over as U.S. president from George W. Bush on January 20, broke his silence about the violence in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, calling the loss of civilian lives in Gaza and in Israel a "source of deep concern for me." Obama added he would adhere to his principle that only Bush should be the voice of U.S. foreign policy at this time but he would have plenty to say after his inauguration in two weeks. Nonetheless, Obama said that he is "not backing at all from what I've said during the campaign we're going to...
  • Obama 'monitoring' Gaza strikes: spokesman (Silence from The Kenyan)

    12/27/2008 1:54:35 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies · 1,490+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/27/08 | AFP
    HONOLULU, Hawaii (AFP) — US president-elect Barack Obama is "monitoring" the deadly violence in the Gaza strip while he is on vacation in Hawaii, a spokesperson said Saturday. Obama, who takes office on January 20, "is closely monitoring global events, including the situation in Gaza," said his chief national security spokesperson Brooke Anderson. Anderson however emphasized that "there is one president at a time," a statement Obama has said often since he was elected on November 4.
  • Mom gets an egg-timer for Christmas! (Vanity)

    12/26/2008 7:05:49 AM PST · by HomeschoolMomma · 38 replies · 1,203+ views
    homeschoolmomma | 12/26/2008 | Homeschoolmomma
    This year was a lean year as far as Christmas presents go. We didn’t exchange with family that was ‘far away” so that cut down out costs, but it also severely cut the number under the tree for the two kids. Our kids knew it had been a tight year and when they gave us their lists, I could tell they were being conservative on purpose (despite being teenagers) by the number of items on their list. You know, my husband has a well-paying job – and after three friend’s husband’s losing their jobs this year, I am truly grateful...
  • OBAMA'S voting Record "Present" Please comment!

    12/01/2008 4:04:10 PM PST · by neverbluffer · 18 replies · 675+ views
    My Thoughts | 12/01/2008 | NEVERBLUFFER
    I am unsure if this has relevance to the birth certificate issue, but since it has been stated that if Obama became President and later was found to be ineligible, any law that he signed would also be invalidated. Remember back during the election that is became common knowledge that Senator Obama voted "PRESENT" the majority of times on Senate Votes. Could this because he knew he was not a US Citizen, and didnt want Senate votes to be invalidated? Perhaps that is why he voted "PRESENT" so many times. Please comment
  • Obama resigns Senate seat effective Sunday (The US can wait till the Messiah gets ready. /sarc)

    11/13/2008 5:34:13 PM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies · 767+ views
    reuters ^ | 11/13/2008 | Deborah Charles
    President-elect Barack Obama said on Thursday he would resign his U.S. Senate seat effective Sunday, which means he will not participate in next week's post-election session that could address the ailing economy and struggling auto industry. Obama, who will be sworn in as president on January 20, said he would step down from his Senate seat to focus on the transition to the White House. "It has been one of the highest honors and privileges of my life to have served the people of Illinois in the United States Senate," said Obama, who has served four years of his six-year...
  • House GOP leader uses expletive to describe Obama (voting 'Present' is "chickens---")

    11/01/2008 6:54:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,753+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/1/08 | Stephen Majors - ap
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – House Republican leader John Boehner has used a vulgar expression to refer to Democrat Barack Obama and his voting record in the Illinois legislature. While campaigning for Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Wednesday, Boehner told a small crowd at a bar in the college town of Oxford that failing to vote "yes" or "no" on an issue meant a lawmaker was a "chickens---." The Ohio congressman said the last thing the country needs is to have a "chicken" in the White House. Boehner spokesman Jessica Towhey confirmed the remarks on Saturday but said the congressman wasn't...
  • Obama oops six times (Why Obama voted Present 134 times)

    10/22/2008 8:52:57 PM PDT · by 4rpb · 8 replies · 701+ views
    You Tube - Msnbc ^ | June 11, 2008
    OOOPS experience for Obama! See this on You Tube:

    09/28/2008 9:13:55 PM PDT · by A_Tradition_Continues · 9 replies · 373+ views
    Vanity ^ | 09/28/2008 | self
    As a stand against the bailout and the democrats I encourage each of you to contact your Representative and Senators tonight and tomorrow morning via phone, fax and email to vote "PRESENT" on the pending vote.
  • McCain Suspends Campaign to Help With Bailout

    09/24/2008 11:52:13 AM PDT · by Qwackertoo · 1,663 replies · 54,210+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 9/24/08 | Sharon Kehnemui Liss,
    <p>I just saw this on Fox News by Carl Cameron.</p>
  • Obama's 'Present' Voting Called Into Question by Palin, Others

    09/06/2008 7:38:27 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 35 replies · 217+ views
    DiversityInc ^ | 5 Sep | Kevin Canessa, Jr.
    There's a little-known parliamentary vote politicians can use to avoid voting for or against a measure. It's called voting "present," and it is equivalent to what local governments often call "abstaining" from a vote. While he was in the Illinois State Senate, Democratic presidential-candidate Barack Obama voted "present" 130 times, according to a 2007 article in The New York Times. Why would a politician vote "present"? It depends. According to the article, Obama voted "present" on several pieces of legislation that he felt had provisions he could neither support nor reject. He also voted "present" on legislation he believed was...
  • What Voting "Present" Means to Obama (in his own words)VANITY

    09/04/2008 2:00:08 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 9 replies · 137+ views
    Chicago Reader ^ | March 17 2000 | Ted Kleine
    In the midst of an old article on Obama, here's what voting "present" means to Obama in his own words: The "present" votes, Obama speculates, were cast by Republicans "who were embarrassed, who knew this was something they should be voting," but didn't want to defy party leaders.
  • Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 Roll Call

    07/14/2008 6:02:47 PM PDT · by kc8ukw · 9 replies · 229+ views ^ | July 14, 2008 |
    I don't know if it was ever pointed out here that this measure passed 63-5, with 32 Senators choosing not to vote, including both McCain and Obama. Click through if you don't know how your Senator voted.
  • ***The OFFICIAL Weekend Singles Thread*** December 14 -16 - How prepared for Christmas are you?

    12/14/2007 5:20:05 PM PST · by snugs · 175 replies · 487+ views
    14th December 2007 | Snugs
    How prepared are you for Christmas? A lot of singles I know and who live on their own do not really do much for Christmas in the way of decorations or buying any special food etc for Christmas. A lot of them get an invite for the day to spend either with friends or family members and therefore their sole preparation is buying a few gifts for the people likely to be at this event and maybe contributing either monetarily to the host/hostess or taking a few food/drink items on the day. So as a single you think you are...
  • Best Christmas gift ever (must see)

    12/15/2007 8:15:15 PM PST · by do the dhue · 57 replies · 1,103+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/14/7 | cnn
    This had to be the best Christmas present ever. This just might jerk a tear out of your eye:
  • Holiday Shopping: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is (vanity)

    11/23/2007 3:44:32 PM PST · by Lexinom · 104 replies · 368+ views
    <self> | 11/23/2007 | <self>
    Holiday Shopping: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah FRiends! This is the time of year that is special because is engenders the spirit of giving and selflessness of its sacred origins. Each of us, in his or her own way, has a special place in our heart for this joyful time. As we put others' needs and desires first, as we look forward to the expression of surprise and delight on our loved ones' faces as they receive our gifts, as we peruse the ailes, let us consider the economic import of our duty. Some...
  • 'To Old Times' - A toast to American troops, then and now

    08/23/2007 9:06:52 PM PDT · by gpapa · 7 replies · 358+ views ^ | August 24, 2007 | PEGGY NOONAN
    Once I went hot-air ballooning in Normandy. It was the summer of 1991. It was exciting to float over the beautiful French hills and the farms with crisp crops in the fields. It was dusk, and we amused ourselves calling out "Bonsoir!" to cows and people in little cars. We had been up for an hour or so when we had a problem and had to land. We looked for an open field, aimed toward it, and came down a little hard. The gondola dragged, tipped and spilled us out. A half dozen of us emerged scrambling and laughing with...
  • America Supports You: Foundation Supports Veterans Past, Present

    08/18/2007 10:29:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 142+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2007 – Veterans health care facilities have a friend in a newly formed nonprofit organization. The Gerald T. Parks Memorial Foundation’s mission is to support veterans, past and present, by providing funds to help repair and develop military and Veterans Affairs health care facilities, one of the foundation’s chairmen said. “We have just begun our initial project,” Terri Pendleton said. “We received our (nonprofit) status on June 28. Since then, we have contacted the Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia, S.C., as well as the outpatient clinic in Rock Hill.” Both of the facilities have provided the...
  • Rep. Stark only member to vote 'present' on Iraq withdrawal bill

    03/23/2007 8:11:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 821+ views
    Democratic Rep. Pete Stark of Fremont was the only member of Congress on Friday to vote "present" on a bill setting a deadline to withdraw troops from Iraq. Stark said he could not support the bill, which passed 218-212-1, because of his strong opposition to the war. "Throughout my career in Congress, I've voted against defense spending and against war," Stark said. "Building new weapons systems and waging war doesn't solve problems. If the last four years are any indication, it actually makes them worse." A number of other California liberals who are in the Progressive Caucus and the Out...