Sunday, June 28, 2009

Gerstner Interview on Obama Policies, Economy - video

Gerstner is the former American Express Co. and RJR Nabisco Inc, IBM chief and former chairman of Carlyle Group, the world’s second-largest
private equity firm.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Four banks fail, bringing 2009 tally to 44

Villa Rica, Ga.-based Community Bank of West Georgia and Newman, Ga.-based Neighborhood Community Bank were closed, as were Irvine, Calif.-based MetroPacific Bank and Pine City, Minn.-based Horizon Bank. The closures brought the national tally this year to 44, and marked the ninth so far in Georgia.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Limbaugh suggests Obama may be catalyst for Sanford's affair

Now I have an excuse!
I heard a caller on C-Span blame former Governor Sanford's tryst on President Obama, now King Rush is spinning the same web.

Climate Bill to Cost Average Consumer $175 a Year: CBO - WashPo

Climate-change legislation would cost the average household $175 a year by 2020, according to the Congressional Budget Office, far below the figure commonly used by GOP critics of the House bill.

The CBO said yesterday that the poorest 20 percent of American households would actually receive a $40 benefit in 2020 from the legislation, which would establish a cap-and-trade system to limit greenhouse gas emissions, while the richest 20 percent of households would see a net cost of $245 a year. The costs would result from higher prices for carbon-based fuels, offset by a complex series of tax breaks and free allowances, new technologies and behavioral changes, and impacts on corporations and their profits.

Bachmann’s Latest Irrational Fear About The Census: It Was Used To Intern The Japanese

Beck asks Bachmann "the odds" the gov't will fine those who don't complete census, says he's "considered" not filling it out
Beck agrees with Rep. Bachmann that on cap-and-trade, "You're either for freedom or you're not"

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Conservatives make Governor Sanford a Republican

Today on Sirius radio Tom Sullivan directed Conservative callers to believe that Sanford "isn't a Conservative, he's a Republican!"

The Family Research Council group use Photoshop to make Sanford a Republican - Conservative no more.

Mark Sanford - Don't Cry For Me Argentina

Gov. Sanford Says The Stimulus Will Create Slavery - Then Says The Country Wasn't Founded On Slavery: Video

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Rohrabacher Blasts Gingrich On Uighurs - Video 2:19

Guantanamo: two more detainees release to old Europe

LISBON - Portugal will accept "two or three" prisoners for resettlement from the U.S. detention camp of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, state news agency Lusa quoted Foreign Minister Luis Amado as saying Saturday.

In December, Portugal became the first country to press publicly for a coordinated European Union resettlement plan for Guantanamo prisoners. Monday, the EU announced European nations are ready to help Washington and take detainees on a case-by-case basis.

In Iran, One Woman\'s Death May Have Many Consequences

Without a doubt this changes the track of this issue! A young girl protesting with her father was shot in the chest.

In Iran, One Woman\'s Death May Have Many Consequences

EU leaders step up Iran criticism

Now I believe the President has found the correct balance. Instead of the US commenting on Iran as an empty voice, a larger international voice has chimed in!

European Union leaders condemned Iran's handling of protests against its disputed election on Friday, urging Tehran to refrain from violence and to launch an investigation into the staging of the poll.

Christian Science Monitor: The weight of Iran's electoral crisis is turning into a tug-of-war over the fate of the country's Islamic revolution, as opposition leaders continue to defy the orders of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei to accept defeat and halt protests.

Iranians convinced that the landslide victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a fraud have turned out by the hundreds of thousands in the past week in Tehran and other cities.

But despite street violence on Saturday that officially claimed 13 lives – sources in Tehran suggest the real toll may be several times higher – opposition leader Mir Hussein Mousavi again on Sunday called for the election results to be annulled.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Drug firms reach $80 billion deal

Are you kidding me, Drug companies find another 80 billion!

The official added: “We recognize that there has to be a shared sacrifice if we’re going to extend health-care coverage to everybody in America.”

Drug manufacturers have tentatively agreed to provide as much as $80 billion worth of discounts on medicines purchased for government programs such as Medicare, providing a bit of cash for President Obama's expensive and ambitious attempt to give health coverage to every American.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Living in Glass Houses: The GOP

Living in Glass Houses: The GOP’s Own Man is Convicted of Voter Registration Fraud

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The commemoration of June 19, has become known as "Juneteenth."

Nice for "Juneteenth."

Politico: Almost 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, the Senate has adopted a resolution that formally apologizes for slavery and the racial segregation of the Jim Crow era.
The nonbinding resolution, sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), includes a disclaimer that rules out reparations for descendants of African slaves — something that has been a sticking point in previous efforts at such apologies.

Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus criticized the inclusion of the disclaimer, but it passed the Senate on a voice vote Thursday.
“Congress’ condemnation of the legalized slavery and segregation of millions of our own is long overdue,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a statement. “No one pretends that a mere apology — or any words — can right the wrongs of the past. But it represents our recognition of that past and our commitment to more fully live up to our nation’s promise in the future.”

The Senate passed a resolution Thursday calling on the United States to apologize officially for the enslavement and segregation of millions of African Americans and to acknowledge "the fundamental injustice, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws."
The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, passed on a voice vote. It is headed to the House, where it may meet an unlikely foe: members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

WashPost: Still, Cohen said, "there are going to be African Americans who think that [the apology] is not reparations, and it's not action, and there are going to be Caucasians who say, 'Get over it.' . . . I look at it as something that makes people think."

Even among proponents of a congressional apology, reaction to yesterday's vote was mixed. Carol M. Swain, a professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University who had pushed for the Bush administration to issue an apology, called the Democratic-controlled Senate's resolution "meaningless" since the party and federal government are led by a black president and black voters are closely aligned with the Democratic party.

"The Republican Party needed to do it," Swain said. "It would have shed that racist scab on the party."

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Guantánamo Uighurs at James Bone in Hamilton Parish, Bermuda

Guantánamo Uighurs hope to open restaurant in millionaires’ paradise
The four fled to Afghanistan to escape political oppression in the poverty-stricken Xinjiang province of western China and then escaped from US bombing to the tribal regions of Pakistan, before being taken to Guantánamo. Now they are at leisure to marvel at the natural splendour of Britain’s oldest colony.

Britain snubbed over Bermuda Uighur deal
Guantánamo Uighurs go shopping in Bermuda
“This is the first time I have seen such a beautiful place,” Abdullah Abdulqadir, 30, said. “Our feelings are incredible. We did not think we were going to be this happy.”

The four former Guantánamo inmates — members of China’s Muslim Turkic-speaking Uighur minority — are dreaming of opening the first Uighur restaurant, serving noodles and lamb in the millionaires’ playground. “Uighur food is delicious. These kind and generous people of Bermuda, we want to do something for them. Of course, we want to have a Uighur restaurant,” Mr Abdulqadir said.

New York Times

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed a Palestinian state: video

Reuters - Netanyahu bows to Obama, accepts Palestinian "state"
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded on Sunday to uncommon pressure from Washington by finally giving his endorsement -- with conditions -- to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

But in a speech answering President Barack Obama's address to the Arab world 10 days ago, the right-wing leader's defense of Jewish settlement on occupied land may fail to dispel tension with the White House, as the two men try to set new terms for the Middle East peace process in their first months in office.

Right-Wing Media And The Fringe: A Growing History Of Violence (And Denial) (Video)

GOP activist says escaped gorilla was "ancestor" of Michelle Obama

First - I don't think this will reflect on Republicans

Listen to the video where he says that FLOTUS said the same thing.
GOP activist says escaped gorilla was "ancestor" of Michelle Obama
A state Republican activist has admitted to and apologized for calling a gorilla that escaped from the Riverbanks Zoo Friday an "ancestor" of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Cheney almost wishing US be attacked

Do you remember talking about this twice; in January and last year August? I showed you a timeline of historical attacks. So, you and I know what the timeline is for Terrorist attacks on the US with in regards to a new President or upcoming elections.

1. PAN AM 103 in 1988.
2. Clinton the World Trade Center in 1993.
3. Khubar Towers in 1996.
4. USS Cole in 2000.
5. Bush in 2001.

Strategy - Cheney is setting up the Republicans to say “See, they couldn’t protect you!” Now the CIA director comes out and says how Cheney is ploying (maneuvering) this. Really, I had this observation last summer and the republicans have been exploiting it since then while republican voters sat there regurgitating the talking points because they don’t have an internet connection. Or more sadly, they didn’t remember at list of attacks. Think about it. Cheney, who give CIA briefings to Congress, had this CIA observation from the Black ops community. I’m I a frickin’ genius? No. I just pay attention to strategy.

I was wondering how Pres Obama would address it. Okay, get the CIA director to bust out the Republican fear factory. I respect Cheney and the conservative media for the strategy, but I have a problem with republican voters being that gullible.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Senators who opposed tobacco bill received top dollar from industry

Among the 17 senators who voted against allowing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco are some of the top recipients of campaign contributions from the tobacco industry, which has donated millions of dollars to lawmakers in the past several campaign cycles.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Pro Western Lebanon

A U.S.-backed alliance of Lebanese factions successfully defended its parliamentary majority in an election on Sunday, defeating an alliance including the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah.

Led by Sunni politician Saad al-Hariri, the anti-Syrian "March 14" coalition won a majority in parliament, according to politicians in his alliance and the rival bloc. The new parliament convenes for the first time later this month.

The Obama Effect? Pro-Western Majority Declares Victory Over Hezbollah In Lebanon

Early Test Of President's Efforts To Forge Middle East Peace

Gingrich: Sotomayor is a 'racialist,' not a racist.

What the heck is a racialist? Strike up the music, another tap-dancer!

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Texan killed in Iraq by Americans

FAYETTEVILLE – Five American security contractors from Fayetteville-based Corporate Training Unlimited have been detained in Iraq in connection with the death of another contractor.

Donald Feeney, his son Donald Feeney III, Micah Milligan, Mark Bridges and Jason Jones are being held as part of the investigation into the killing of a Texas man in Iraq's Green Zone.

Obama's man called shots on bankruptcy - Detroit Free Press

Details emerge on White House role in Chrysler bankruptcy
Not since President Harry S. Truman seized the American steel industry in 1952 has America seen such a bold exercise of federal power over a vital organ of the U.S. economy.

As details emerge in bankruptcy proceedings, it is clear Rattner has both the president's absolute trust and a go-for-the-jugular instinct. He was not interested in a mundane, outpatient treatment for suffering Chrysler. The president wants major surgery on Detroit's auto industry, and Rattner is running the operating room.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

39th Failed bank

Bank of Lincolnwood in Illinois was closed by a state regulator, pushing the toll of failed U.S. lenders to 37 this year as unemployment and home foreclosures continue climbing amid the worst recession since the 1930s.

Bank of Lincolnwood, with $214 million in assets, was shut by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was named receiver, the FDIC said today in a statement. Republic Bank of Chicago in Oak Brook, Illinois, will assume the failed bank’s $202 million of deposits.

May jobs report

The unemployment rate rose steeply in May, jumping by half a percentage point to 9.4 percent. Yet employers cut far fewer jobs than in recent months.

How can the unemployment rate increase so sharply even as monthly job losses drop by half? And what do these numbers, taken together, tell us about the economy?

Bedford boys Perriello to the rescue: video 1:08

Col. William A. McIntosh, President of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation said: “The foundation is extremely gratified that on the 65th anniversary of D-Day, our legislators have seen fit to introduce a long overdue measure to place the National D-Day Memorial under the umbrella of the National Park Service. This memorial is national in scope—indeed, over half its annual visitation is from outside Virginia—but it remains an important chapter in the history of Central Virginia, the region in our nation that experienced some of the severest losses of World War II.”

Bedford, Virginia memorial in economic trouble! Video

Monday, June 1, 2009

Scott Roeder harbored a burning, "eye-for-an-eye" anger toward abortion doctors.

Guardian UK - The hatred directed at George Tiller by the likes of Bill O'Reilly obscures the debate on abortion that America needs.
Scott Roeder harbored a burning, "eye-for-an-eye" anger toward abortion doctors. He once subscribed to a magazine suggesting "justifiable homicide" against them, and apparently likened Dr. George Tiller to the Nazi death-camp doctor Josef Mengele.
Roeder, 51, was in jail Monday on suspicion of murder, accused of shooting Tiller to death on Sunday as the doctor served as an usher at his Lutheran church in Wichita.