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  • KTLK host Jason Lewis quits show on-air

    08/01/2014 6:09:33 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 50 replies ^ | 8/1/14 | cmarcucci
    The Conservative talker quit his show during the middle of his program 7/31. “The Jason Lewis Show” is syndicated by Genesis Communications. Lewis spent a decade at KSTP-AM in the Twin Cities before leaving the station in 2003 for a job at WBT in Charlotte. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2006 for a job at KTLK. Lewis’ show was syndicated in 2009. His flagship was Clear Channel’s KTLK. “He told me two months ago he intended to retire Aug. 1,” Mike Crusham, president and market manager of CCME Minneapolis/St. Paul told The St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He decided...
  • U.S. Selling Bonds to ItselfTo Underwrite Obamacare

    10/19/2013 2:48:03 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 10/18/2013 | CONRAD BLACK
    One of the most hackneyed lines in the apparently endless and sterile partisan tug-of-war in Washington is this sanctimonious claptrap about Obamacare being “the law of the land” and that it therefore must not be obstructed. Anyone resorting to such pious invocations of the law in the United States should be subject to a potential penalty (applied only in the most extreme cases) of the extraction of the tongue with red-hot tongs.
  • It’s a Gigantic Shell Game (Obamacare)

    09/29/2013 2:15:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 26, 2013 | Grace-Marie Turner
    Obamacare is a gigantic shell game. Americans were promised that the Affordable Care Act would lower health costs by $2,500 a year for the average family, provide coverage for tens of millions more Americans, and do all of this while reducing the federal budget deficit. It would be accomplished through 2,800 pages of legislation, tens of thousands of pages of regulatory directives and an interlocking network of new federal mandates. Many Americans were skeptical that this unprecedented effort at government re-engineering could succeed. Their skepticism is justified. Still, the Obama administration continues to try to convince us that all is...
  • It’s a Gigantic Shell Game (Obamacare)

    09/29/2013 8:44:48 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept 26, 2013 | Grace-Marie Turner
    Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has done an actual cost comparison "Here’s the bottom line," he writes, "most people with average incomes will pay more under Obamacare for individually purchased insurance than they did before." Here's where the shell game comes in: the administration says that the actual numbers of the insurance aren't important and what really matters is how much people will pay after the subsidies. But subsidies aren't free. They are paid for through higher taxes or greater deficit spending. And these taxes are a dead weight on the economy that impede economic growth.
  • CNN Anchor Says Founding Fathers Would Oppose Defunding ObamaCare Because It's a 'Law'

    09/22/2013 11:14:02 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 77 replies ^ | September 19, 2013 | Matt Hadro
    CNN's Brooke Baldwin had some stunningly ignorant analysis on Thursday about the opposition to ObamaCare in Congress. "Congress passes a law, in this case ObamaCare, and then some of its members turn around and essentially try to sabotage it. Again, I repeat, it's a law. Certainly not the way the Founding Fathers maybe drew this thing up," she argued. First of all, not a single Republican voted for ObamaCare in 2010, and many current Republicans opposing the law's funding were elected several months after ObamaCare passed, so no Republican voted for ObamaCare and now is trying to "sabotage" it. Secondly,...
  • Firms won't be fined for not telling workers about Obamacare

    09/12/2013 4:28:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/12/2013
    Employers will not face a penalty if they fail to inform their workers by October 1 about changes under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the administration said, in what will likely come as a relief to many small businesses. The federal government is requiring businesses to notify employees about the new health insurance marketplaces created by the law that are set to start enrolling millions of Americans beginning October 1. Employers are also required to inform employees that they may be able to get lower-cost insurance on the exchanges, but if they buy insurance on the exchange, they may lose...
  • CA GOP decries Legislature passing 'shell' bills

    03/27/2012 1:26:47 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 22 March 2012 | Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Republican state lawmakers stood in united but futile opposition Thursday to the practice of approving empty bills that contain no real legislation but will be amended later to include budget legislation. Democrats, who control both houses, each approved several so-called "shell" bills—the Senate 40 of them, and the Assembly 38. The bills contain no actual budget details but will be amended later to include specific language needed to enact the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Passing the bills now makes it quicker and easier to approve a state spending plan before the constitutional deadline in...
  • A Shell Game is Not a Compromise

    02/11/2012 8:21:31 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/10/2012 | Mark Rienzi
    The president’s pretend compromise today does nothing to fix the religious-liberty problems he has created for millions of Americans who do not share his view that contraception and abortion are good things. First, the idea that religious employers will not be paying for contraception, sterilization, and abortion drugs under this system is simply false. The coverage only comes through an insurance policy, and the religious employer is being forced by the government to buy that policy. For most religious believers, stapling the coverage on as a rider isn’t any better than including it on page 2 of the policy. At...
  • Cat Learns to Play the Shell Game (Video)

    10/13/2011 11:56:06 AM PDT · by dickmc · 14 replies
    break ^ | June, 2011 | unknown
    Cat actually plays the shell game. Worth watching. Video was on one of the TV channels this morning. Video is at

    07/11/2011 4:16:14 PM PDT · by milwguy · 7 replies
    politico ^ | 07/11/2011 | p
    President Barack Obama has put raising the Medicare eligibility age on the table in the budget and debt talks with GOP congressional leaders, a Democratic official familiar with the talks confirmed Monday. Obama said he would only agree to the change if it was part of a major deal on spending, and it demonstrated his commitment to taking on "sacred cows," the official said. The increase in the eligibility age could be more palatable, the official said, because the new health law would expand access to insurance coverage for older Americans not yet eligible for Medicare
  • Shell Game : That's What the Entire U.S. Financial System Has become Like.

    07/01/2011 6:59:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 06/30/2011 | Michael Snyder
    The entire U.S. financial system has become a gigantic shell game. While it is still in motion, a shell game can be mesmerizing to watch. But when it ends the consequences can be painful. So exactly what is a shell game? According to Wikipedia, a shell game "is portrayed as a gambling game, but in reality, when a wager for money is made, it is a confidence trick used to perpetrate fraud." Sadly, that is exactly what is happening on the global stage today. The Federal Reserve is like a con artist that is desperately trying to stay one...
  • Michael Walsh: Time To End The Spending Shell Game

    03/17/2011 7:52:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | March 17, 2011 | Steve McGough
    Michael Walsh is in-studio today and we’ll be discussing his New York Post article out this morning. He’s also promoting the release of one of his earlier novels available for your Kindle and Kindle apps. Walsh is pointing out the the spending shell game. The country teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, operating without a budget for the current fiscal year while Congress debates relatively minuscule spending cuts and President Obama fills in his March Madness brackets, lectures the nation on school bullying and prepares for a trip to Rio.
  • 13M get unexpected tax bill from Obama tax credit

    12/16/2010 1:56:02 PM PST · by epithermal · 31 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 16, 2010 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON – About 13.4 million taxpayers may be getting unexpected tax bills because they were awarded too much money under President Barack Obama's Making Work Pay tax credit, a government audit said Thursday. The tax credit, which expires Jan. 1, was designed to increase take-home pay by about $8 a week through new tax withholding tables. The credit was capped at $400 for individuals and $800 for married couples filing jointly. However, the credit put millions of taxpayers at risk for not having enough taxes withheld from their paychecks, resulting in a tax bill when they file their returns, said...
  • Exposing the Obamacare Shell Game

    10/19/2009 7:49:19 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 2 replies · 482+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | October 19, 2009 | Conn Carroll
    In his primetime health care address before a Joint Session of Congress, President Barack Obama promised the American people: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. Period.” But it is hard work adding $1 trillion in government spending while claiming with a straight face that you are not adding to the deficit. Enter White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who has just the solution: just strip out $247 billion of the spending in the bill, pass it separately, and voila … your job just got one-fourth...
  • Passing a Shell of A Bill: Congress’ Secret Plan to Ram Through Health Care Reform

    09/23/2009 7:04:56 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 41 replies · 2,501+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 09/22/09 | Brian Darling
    With the President and Congress’s plan to pass comprehensive health care reform reaching increasingly high levels of unpopularity, and reconciliation becoming an impediment, the leadership of the Senate is rumored to be preparing a new secret plan to railroad the bill through the Senate in record time by using a seldom used parliamentary procedure.Their plan is to proceed to a House passed non-health care bill to provide a shell of legislation to give Obamacare a ride to the House then to the President’s desk.  Sound confusing? We lay out the steps below, but essentially the Senate would pass health care...
  • Obama administration withholds data on program

    08/04/2009 10:24:52 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 67 replies · 5,035+ views
    AP ^ | August 4th, 2009 | BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is refusing to release government records on its "cash-for-clunkers" rebate program that would substantiate—or undercut—White House claims of the program's success, even as the president presses the Senate for a quick vote for $2 billion to boost car sales. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Sunday the government would release electronic records about the program, and President Barack Obama has pledged greater transparency for his administration. But the Transportation Department, which has collected details about 157,000 rebate requests, won't release sales data that dealers provided showing how much U.S. car manufacturers are benefiting from the...
  • California Republican Party (CRP) opposes Prop 1A-1F

    04/18/2009 4:14:34 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 76 replies · 4,106+ views
    This just in from friends on the scene... California Republican Party (CRP) opposes Prop 1A-1F Mike Villines & Tom Campbell had spoken in favor of 1A and Steve Poizner against.
  • The Recovery Web Site is the Delphi Technique at the Federal Level

    03/05/2009 10:10:48 PM PST · by Jenny Hatch · 8 replies · 740+ views ^ | March 5th, 2009 | Jenny Hatch (Vanity)
    I've been reading through President Obama's much touted web site and thought I would share the Frequently Asked Questions part of the site. It is in fact, the Delphi Technique in action. Through the whole of that web site, the Consensus and Facilitation of the Hegelian Principle is at work. To fight this phenomenon in our country, Freedom Lovers need to understand the forces at work, and master the language and techniques that will allow us to overcome the Barrage of facilitators and change agents who have just overtaken our country, fully, at the federal level. Please take some...
  • The Generational Theft Act of 2009

    01/07/2009 5:34:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 617+ views ^ | January 7, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Barack Obama has dubbed his behemoth fiscal stimulus proposal the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan." But if truth in advertising were required of White House plans, only one title would fit the trillion-dollar-plus-and-growing bill: The Generational Theft Act of 2009. President-elect Obama was at his most candid when he told the country Tuesday that we face massive deficits for the foreseeable future. "Potentially we've got trillion-dollar deficits for years to come," he said, "even with the economic recovery that we are working on." But one word is glaringly out of place in that warning. It's the word "even." Washington will...
  • Obamagate - a brewing scandal about his citizenship

    11/12/2008 4:34:56 AM PST · by Polarik · 83 replies · 1,632+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | 111208 | Polarik
    I am truly disturbed ... about the fears that are rampantly mounting, concerning the question of Mr. Obama being a natural born U.S. citizen, as required by the Constitution, to run for the office of the presidency of the United States. These fears are based on three elements: * The failure of the RNC to execute a thorough vetting process, ensuring Mr. Obama is a Natural Born U.S Citizen. * The failure of Mr. Obama to provide a legitimate Certificate of Live Birth (COLB). >p? * The failure of big media to perform its function as the watchdog "Fourth Branch"...
  • "Salvaging Our North Korea Policy" (Critiques Failed BUSH Admin. Approach) - JOHN BOLTON

    03/17/2008 5:43:27 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 39 replies · 635+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 17 March 2008 | John R. Bolton
    Salvaging Our North Korea Policy.... By JOHN R. BOLTON There are signs, albeit small ones, that the Bush administration may be reaching the end of its patience with the Six-Party Talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program. These signs could prove illusory. But as it nears its end, the administration has a serious responsibility: It must not leave its successor with an ongoing, failed policy. At a minimum, President Bush should not bequeath to the next president only the burned-out hulk of the Six-Party Talks, and countless failed and violated North Korean commitments. Since they were conceived in spring 2003,...
  • Romney Would Allow Illegals to Stay for Unspecified Time

    12/21/2007 8:18:22 AM PST · by Ol' Sparky · 108 replies · 284+ views
    CNS News ^ | December 21, 2007 | Fred Lucas
    ( - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican presidential candidate, would allow illegal aliens to apply for permanent residency but would also require them to go back home after a "set period" of time, he said on NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday. After four days of questioning from Cybercast News Service, however, the Romney campaign was unable to specify how long that "set period" would be. On "Meet the Press" Romney said: "Well, whether they go home - they should go home eventually. There's a set period - in my view they should have a set period during...
  • Rudy Mitt Huckabee--The immigration problems of the leading Republican hopefuls.

    12/12/2007 7:09:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies · 688+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 12-12-07 | Don Feder
    Rudy Mitt Huckabee   By Don | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 On the issue of illegal immigration, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney have begun doing passable impressions of Lou Dobbs. But can you trust a candidate whose record contradicts his campaign rhetoric? At the recent CNN/YouTube debate, Romney and Rudy squared off on what's shaping up to be the defining issue of Campaign 2008 -- with the ferocity of rabid mongooses. Rudy -- who wants to "secure the border" (is there anyone, including Hillary, who says they don't?) -- bragged that as mayor of New York...
  • "US Diplomat Residing in N. Korean Capital (S Korean Conservative Daily) Chosun Says"(APPEASEMENT)

    11/25/2007 4:59:27 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 32 replies · 172+ views
    U.S. Diplomat Is Residing in North Korean Capital, Chosun Says By Heejin Koo Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. diplomat has been residing in North Korea since mid-November, acting as a liaison between the governments of Washington and Pyongyang, South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper said, citing an unidentified official in Washington.The presence of the unidentified U.S. envoy, who is staying at the Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang, is an indication of improved relations between the two nations since North Korea pledged to disable its Yongbyon nuclear plant by the end of this year, the Seoul-based daily said. The U.S. plans...
  • Governor Proposes Selling Texas Lottery

    02/06/2007 2:04:55 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 61 replies · 933+ views
    Newsday ^ | 2/6/07 | KELLEY SHANNON
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday proposed selling the state lottery for at least $14 billion to create an endowment for Texans without health insurance and a trust fund for cancer research. That money could be used to form a $2.7 billion endowment for the uninsured and to create a $3 billion fund for the fight against cancer, Perry said in his State of the State address. Both funds would generate ongoing payments, he said.
  • Ethanol in Gasoline: Not a Good Deal for the Consumers

    07/07/2006 11:18:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 82 replies · 4,304+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 2Jul 06 | Michael R. Fox Ph.D.,
    Ethanol in Gasoline: Not a Good Deal for the Consumers By Michael R. Fox Ph.D., 7/2/2006 11:14:32 PM People buying into the myth that Ethanol is our energy ace have simply got to beware. In Hawaii, that includes The Honolulu Advertiser pushing it (June 20, 2006), and in recent weeks Hawaiian Electric Co. spokespeople, Governor Linda Lingle, and local radio talk show hosts. We had the Bill O'Reilly/Sen. John Kerry love fest on June 29 asserting the ethanol option is the right one. Even President George W. Bush has been swayed by the rhetoric. These politically correct solutions to our...
  • Flag amendment closer to passage

    06/13/2006 11:44:31 AM PDT · by pissant · 237 replies · 1,909+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | 6/13/06 | Margaret Talev
    WASHINGTON -- Sometime between now and the Fourth of July, the Senate plans to revisit what over the course of 17 years has become a seasonal rite of patriotism on Capitol Hill: a vote on whether to amend the Constitution to ban protesters from burning the American flag. Each time, the arguments on both sides are passionate. Each time, the support needed to move ahead with an amendment falls short. But this year could be different, as two important trends cross paths. For one, proponents of the amendment appear to have more support than ever in the Senate. They say...
  • Flag burning amendment would erode our freedoms [You won't be able to burn the flag!]

    06/12/2006 3:25:06 PM PDT · by SJackson · 47 replies · 1,567+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 6-12-06 | Diane Everson
    "Things aren't always as they seem" is an old saying with common sense. Wednesday is Flag Day. A week later the U.S. Senate will debate a proposed constitutional amendment that reads, "The Congress shall have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." The vote is expected to be close. The House of Representatives has already passed this amendment. The next step would be ratification by two-thirds of the states. All 50 state legislatures have indicated they would support the amendment. Our society has accepted 30-second sound bites for news. On the surface, the...
  • Harris Calls on Nelson to Defend Sanctity of Marriage

    06/06/2006 3:05:36 PM PDT · by JulieRNR21 · 72 replies · 1,029+ views
    Harris Campaign Press Release ^ | June 6, 2006 | Katherine Harris
    Harris Campaign Calls on Nelson to Defend Sanctity of Marriage For Immediate Release June 6, 2006 Contact:  Chris Ingram   (813) 288-8400 (Tampa, Fla.) - The Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate campaign called on Senator Bill Nelson to support the Marriage Protection Amendment today. "I believe the majority of Americans strongly support the preservation of traditional marriage. We must never undermine the uniqueness of an institution that continues to serve as an essential thread in the fabric of our society. I support the passage of the Marriage Protection amendment being debated in the Senate," Congresswoman Harris said. Campaign spokesman Chris Ingram...
  • Romney Stands Firmly in Support of Marriage Potection Amendment

    06/06/2006 1:49:22 AM PDT · by Jeff Fuller · 38 replies · 791+ views
    Governor Mitt Romney has sent this letter to every member of the Senate encouraging them to Vote "Yes" on this landmark peice of legislation--the Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA). A few excerpts are below: "Americans are tolerant, generous, and kind people. We all oppose bigotry and disparagement, and we all wish to avoid hurtful disregard of the feelings of others. But the debate over same-sex marriage is not a debate over tolerance. It is a debate about the purpose of the institution of marriage. Attaching the word marriage to the association of same-sex individuals mistakenly presumes that marriage is principally a...
  • Coulter Won't Buy Into Lauer's Liberal Logic

    06/06/2006 5:13:56 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 356 replies · 10,783+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein June 6, 2006 While considerable attention focuses on Ann Coulter's more superficial charms, from a conservative perspective Ann's real beauty is her absolute refusal to buy into liberal logic, no matter how pervasive. That independence of mind was on display this morning during her interview with Matt Lauer. Ann was on to tout her new book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, released today on . . . 6/6/6 - sign of the devil and all that. The first example came in the the context of President Bush's current push for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit gay...
  • U.S. Presence in Asia Concerns Moscow

    12/01/2005 10:58:59 PM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 9 replies · 480+ views
    The chief of the Russian military general staff said Thursday that Moscow was concerned about U.S. interference in the political affairs of other ex-Soviet nations. Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky also said that Russia's relations with the United States and other NATO nations were clouded by Western efforts to expand their military presence on ex-Soviet territory.......
  • CA: Stem cell’s shell game? (Prop 71)

    09/22/2005 9:06:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 248+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 9/22/05 | Malcolm Maclachlan
    The biggest question surrounding stem cell research in California right now isn’t whether it will eventually cure devastating health problems. It’s what happened to the billion dollars. When California voters approved Proposition 71 last year, critics say, it was partially on the promise that their $3 billion investment in stem cell research would provide a financial payoff to the state. Supporters cited a study that claimed California could get a payback of anywhere between $537 million and $1.1 billion from royalties and licensing from intellectual property, or IP, as it is known in the investment community. Actually, the figures were...
  • Joe Wilson's Top Ten Worst Inaccuracies And Misstatements

    07/14/2005 3:28:24 PM PDT · by Capn TrVth · 12 replies · 935+ views ^ | Thursday, July 14, 2005 |
    1.) Wilson Insisted That The Vice President’s Office Sent Him To Niger: Wilson Said He Traveled To Niger At CIA Request To Help Provide Response To Vice President’s Office. “In February 2002, I was informed by officials at the Central Intelligence Agency that Vice President Dick Cheney’s office had questions about a particular intelligence report. … The agency officials asked if I would travel to Niger to check out the story so they could provide a response to the vice president’s office.” (Joseph C. Wilson, Op-Ed, “What I Didn’t Find In Africa,” The New York Times, 7/6/03)
  • Inclusionary Housing is a Pea Shell Game

    07/01/2005 8:51:12 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 2 replies · 329+ views ^ | July 1, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Inclusionary Housing Is A Pea Shell Game by Wayne Lusvardi “Shell game. A form of the game thimblerig in which spectators bet on the final location of an object hidden under one of three walnut shells or cups that have been shuffled.” Encarta Dictionary Politics has been defined as the art of promising something for nothing and of concealing who really bears the burden of taxation. This was demonstrated recently when Bill Bogaard, the mayor of the City of Pasadena, California was quoted as praising affordable housing advocates for pushing for an amendment to the city’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance that...

    03/13/2005 8:29:22 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 34 replies · 735+ views
    Quorum Report ^ | March 13, 2005 | Harvey Kronberg
    Buzz By Date Legislators brace for perilous record votes on Monday The committee substitute for House Bill 3 is a fascinating read and may work. But it also appears to have all types of political pitfalls other than the obvious one of cutting taxes on high income Texans while raising the taxes of the working and middle class. Talk radio around the state has been ripe with questions about why a payroll tax is not a backdoor income tax. I know. I was asked that question on four different radio programs last week. Of course, the answer is that the...
  • 'Promises Made - Promises Kept' - Just A Political Shell Game

    03/01/2005 7:22:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 448+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | February 28, 2005 | Thomas D. Segel
    In the early days of Vietnam I commanded a 150 Marine replacement unit arriving in country by ship. As we entered port the ship's Captain summoned me and ordered a perimeter established around the Seabee compound where we docked. It had been receiving probing attacks by the Viet Cong. When the unit was in position I called my four Staff NCOs and told them to move up and down the line all night to keep everyone alert and their spirits high. I reminded them these were very young Marines and that they had never heard a shot fired in anger....
  • CA: Did Secretary Shelley run a shell game?

    08/13/2004 8:10:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 407+ views
    OC Register ^ | 8/13/04 | Op/Ed
    If any California politician must be above reproach, it's the secretary of state, who runs state elections. But Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, who has a reputation of clean politicking, has gotten himself into an ethical scandal. "A San Francisco nonprofit group paid $108,000 from a state grant to two individuals and two companies who then made donations of nearly identical amounts to Kevin Shelley's successful 2002 campaign for California secretary of state," the San Francisco Chronicle, his home-town newspaper, reported on Sunday. "The money came from a $500,000 taxpayer-financed grant that Shelley himself arranged in 2000 when he was...
  • UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after

    06/11/2004 1:17:07 PM PDT · by freebilly · 207 replies · 9,577+ views
    The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003. The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program. The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite...
  • Syria and the WMD Shell Game

    04/21/2004 7:35:16 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 13 replies · 231+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | April 21, 2004 | Joe Mariani
    Syria and the WMD Shell Game April 21, 2004 by Joe Mariani Since the day the first American soldier stepped across the Kuwait-Iraq border in March 2003, everyone who supported the removal of Saddam Hussein from power has been under a relentless attack from the Left. Led by the "mainstream" media, the attack began on the very first day, at the very first CENTCOM briefing, and has continued like a relentless mosquito whining to this day. Despite the fact that every intelligence service in the world agreed, members of the US government agreed, the United Nations agreed and Iraqi officials...
  • Why No WMDs? Saddam Was Playing a Shell Game-Saddam was clever, too clever in fact for his own good.

    02/03/2004 5:22:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies · 131+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 2-3-04 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    <p>A key question raised in the big political brouhaha over the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq: Why didn't Saddam just come clean? Had he opened up fully to U.N. inspections and proved he had no WMDs, he would still be in power rather than behind bars facing the gallows.</p>
  • FEC Eyes 'Shadow' Democratic Party

    02/01/2004 4:16:04 AM PST · by sopwith · 48 replies · 457+ views
    THE WASHINGTON POST ^ | February 1, 2004
    <p>Major liberal donors are demonstrating their willingness to fund a new shadow Democratic Party, according to reports filed Friday by a network of nominally independent organizations committed to defeating President George W. Bush in November. Meanwhile, a drive to bar their activities has gained strength. On Thursday, the legal staff of the Federal Election Commission proposed regulations that could stifle the groups' plans, with backing from Republican Party leaders and campaign watchdog groups.</p>
  • CA: Smoke & mirrors? Schwarzenegger budget filled with gimmicks ...

    01/14/2004 9:59:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 185+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/14/04 | Op/Ed
    Same old game, just new players. Although Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promised during last fall's recall election to end the smoke and mirror state budgeting game, the plan he released last week includes many of the gimmicks he vehemently criticized. He described former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis' recent budgets as "shell games" that depended on borrowing and shaky financial assumptions. Guess what? So does Schwarzenegger's $99 billion budget. The largest chunk of proposed borrowing will come in March, when voters will be asked to approve a $15 billion bond measure to keep California from toppling over the brink of bankruptcy. Like...
  • California: 10 little words generate another state-local budget confrontation

    01/14/2004 7:25:14 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 1 replies · 114+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 14, 2004 | Dan Walters
    <p>Remember the aphorism about giant oaks growing from little acorns? It's as true in politics as it is in botany, as the experience with 10 obscure words in the state constitution would attest. Proposition 13, enacted by voters in 1978, limited property taxes to 1 percent of market value, and said that the taxes would be "apportioned according to law to the districts within the counties."</p>
  • Schwarzenegger unveils California spending cuts in bid to stem financial black hole

    01/09/2004 7:25:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 194+ views
    Yahoo News via Drudge ^ | 1/9/04 | AFP - San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) unveiled his first state, including cuts to education and healthcare spending in a bid to curb the largest state's multi-billion-dollar deficit. AFP/Getty Images Photo   The former actor-turned-politician said he had been forced to make radical spending cuts in the face of a projected 12-14 billion dollar budget shortfall for 2004. Aides say Schwarzenegger's plan will balance the state's precarious finances. "Over the past five years the politicians have made a mess of the California budget, and now it's time to clean it up," Schwarzenegger said in a...
  • CA: Proposed funding shift angers city officials in region

    01/09/2004 6:43:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 206+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/9/04 | Michael Kolber, Jamie Francisco and Cathy Locke
    <p>Part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's $99.1 billion budget proposal unveiled Friday calls for shifting $1.3 billion in property taxes from cities and counties to help pay the state's bill to schools.</p> <p>Even in conservative south Sacramento County, the governor's proposal elicited howls from local officials.</p>
  • CA: Property tax shift proposed (Budget Preview)

    01/09/2004 10:36:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 404+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/9/04 | John Hill
    <p>The budget proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today will take $1.3 billion of property tax from local governments to offset the state's obligation to pay for schools, sources said Thursday.</p> <p>The proposal would closely resemble the property tax shift that occurred in the early 1990s and has been a sore point in the state's relationship with local governments ever since.</p>
  • Schwarzenegger's shell game

    12/19/2003 7:09:24 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 17 replies · 199+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 19, 2003
    <p>GOV. ARNOLD Schwarzenegger moved Thursday to declare an emergency of his own creation.</p> <p>There is no doubt about the authenticity of the crisis. Cities and counties throughout the state were reeling at the prospect of losing a combined $2.6 billion from the governor's inauguration-day rollback of vehicle license fees.</p>
  • MP3s Are Not the Devil

    09/22/2003 12:40:54 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 56 replies · 764+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | 9-7-2003 | Orson Scott Card
    MP3s Are Not the Devil Since every penny I earn depends on copyright protection, I'm all in favor of reasonable laws to do the job. But there's something kind of sad about the recording industry's indecent passion to punish the "criminals" who are violating their rights. Copyright is a temporary monopoly granted by the government -- it creates the legal fiction that a piece of writing or composing (or, as technologies were created, a recorded performance) is property and can only be sold by those who have been licensed to do so by the copyright holder. Without copyright, once a...
  • Saddam reveals 'true colors': hiding Scuds in trucks, rigging bridges to blow

    03/26/2003 2:48:25 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 148+ views ^ | Wednesday, March 26, 2003
    After a week of continuous pounding by coalition forces, Saddam's "true colors," as one U.S. general puts it, are starting to show, as reports of atrocities on the part of the Iraqi regime mount. Israeli television Channel 1 reports Iraq is playing a shell game with coalition forces, hiding missile launchers and Scud missiles on specially constructed trucks that move around the country and hide beneath bridges to escape detection by satellite and air surveillance. Master Sgt. Joe Cross ropes off safe area far from uncontrolled natural-gas fire in Rumaylah oil fields Iraq has so far launched 10 missiles toward...