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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Saturday August 29 -- Got news or an update?
If you have news or an update, leave it in comments. . . .
White House sued for free speech violations (sfgate.com)
Two conservative organizations, a physicians' group and a social policy think tank, are suing the Obama administration for privacy and free speech violations over a recent attempt to get people to e-mail the White House about any "fishy" misinformation they hear regarding health-care reform.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, claims that the call for such information was designed to shut up opponents of President Obama's health-care reform proposal and to chill free speech.
When Out of Hope, Feign Change (CATO / Town Hall)
The Obama administration's offer to drop a Medicare-like health insurance option for Americans under age 65 is neither a surprise nor a comfort, because it does nothing to change the administration's dangerous plan for health reform.
Rather, it is a tactic designed to change the debate - one that fits nicely within the administration's broader strategy of deception.
On Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that a new government program modeled on Medicare is "not the essential element" of reform, and that the president is open to a government-chartered "co-operative."
It was inevitable that the administration would back away from a new Medicare-like program, the demands of left-wing House Democrats notwithstanding. For weeks, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has been telling the world that such a program would never pass the Senate: "There are not the votes in the Senate for the 'public option," Conrad recently told Fox News Sunday. "There never have been." The only question was when the president would distance himself from the idea.
President Obama chose this moment because he is losing the debate on health reform, and he needs to change the subject. The administration no doubt hopes that the conversation will be about how the president has moderated his approach to health reform.
Bi-Polar Liberals? (American Thinker)
I have to ask myself, are the Liberal/Progressive/Democrats, or LPDs, among us, aware of how crazy they sound?
I'm sure a lot of them are kind to children and puppies, and very few are hard-core crazy but they certainly sound like there is a serious wiring problem in their heads.
For example, they talk incessantly about "choice", as in a woman's right to choose. Or "choosing a life style", which is code for appeals to the gay and lesbian community.
But even though the LPDs preach "tolerance" and "diversity" in terms of certain other "choices" they are utterly intolerant.
School choice comes to mind. As does any healthcare choice other than the so-called public option for health care insurance.
So, are they for or against the concept of individual choice?
MSM LIE OF THE DAY
Experts: Media today would demand Chappaquiddick answers (CNN)
Sen. Ted Kennedy would have had a "very, very difficult" time politically surviving the drowning death of a young woman if it happened in the era of blogs, talk radio and 24-hour news cycles, experts said. Sen. Ted Kennedy hit the airwaves to say it was "indefensible" he didn't immediately report the accident.
THE TRUTH: The press had 50 years to ask him! Democrats get a pass. This age-old homicide proves it.
The Democrat newsrooms are even worse today than they were then. CNN would blame the incident on Mary Jo, and that her death tarnished his reputation, and the MSM would have poor Mary Jo turned into a slut within 24 hours.
I can hear them now, "What was THAT girl doing out late with the married senator in the first place?"
What kind of “experts?” The MSM is so in the tank for the left that most would have never even heard the name “Chappaquiddick”, that Kennedy ever had an accident, or the name “Mary Jo Kopechne.”
Translation: Since McClatchy, NBC, ABC, CBS, the NYT and WAPO no longer hold a monopoly on what gets reported they would be unable to conceal a prominent Democrat's wrongdoing.
The only answers would come from internet and talk radio investigations into the matter.
As Teddy's biographer Adam Clymer wrote:
Edward Kennedy's "achievements as a senator have towered over his time, changing the lives of far more Americans than remember the name Mary Jo Kopechne."
You can't make an omelet without breaking chicks, right?
I don't know how many lives the senator changed – he certainly changed Mary Jo's – but you're struck less by the precise arithmetic than by the basic equation:
How many changed lives justify leaving a human being struggling for breath for up to five hours pressed up against the window in a small, shrinking air pocket in Teddy's Oldsmobile?
If the senator had managed to change the lives of even more Americans, would it have been OK to leave a couple more broads down there?
Ted Kennedy just wasn’t White House material (The Mirror UK)
Teddy lived until the ripe old age of 77. And unlike his handsome, martyred siblings, it wasn’t an assassin’s bullet that stopped him getting to the White House.
It was the American people who decided, in 1980, that they preferred a peanut farmer with a cheesy grin to the Third Brother.
Jack and Bobby died when they were still young and handsome, and potent enough to pull Marilyn Monroe.
Teddy lived into porky middle-age, and then into XXL old age, with eight decades of the good life written all over his soft, pampered, poor-little-rich-boy features.
Ted couldn’t even pull off the favourite Kennedy sport and pastime – adultery – with much aplomb.
JFK got away with seducing starlets and gangsters’ molls on the Oval Office shag pile.
But when required to drive Mary Jo Kopechne home from a night on the tiles, blundering Ted couldn’t even get that right.
Ted drove his car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick, Cape Cod. He got out. Mary Jo was left to drown.
Ted took nine hours before he got around to reporting this fatal accident to the police. With rumours of pay-offs flying, Ted got off lightly – a two-year suspended sentence for leaving the scene of the accident. But the American people never really forgave him.
Obama thinks Surrogates Partisan Attacks are the President's Fault
Media Neglects Tale of Obama's Kennedy Insult (newsmax.com)
It seems that in 2003 Obama, then a little-known Illinois state senator, uttered one of his infamous, off-the-cuff gaffes -- on camera. Speaking to a gathering of AFL-CIO members, Obama urged union members:
"We've got to call up Ted Kennedy and say, 'Ted, you're getting a little old now, and you've been a fighter for us before. I don't know what's happening now. Get some spine and stand up to Republicans.'"
Health-Care Secrets (WSJ)
Chris Dodd keeps his Senate bill under wraps.
President Obama has promised a "new era of transparency" in Washington, so perhaps he should talk to the Senate about getting with his program.
On July 15, six weeks ago, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed an amended $1 trillion health-care bill, with acting Chairman Chris Dodd calling it a "historic achievement."
Too bad the committee won't reveal this history even to other Senators, much less to the public.
[New Mexico Governor] Richardson visits Cuba (WAPA.tv) ANOTHER CRIMINAL, COMMIE VISITS HIS CUBAN MASTER
HAVANA (AP) — The United States should implement the announced permission for Cuban-Americans to travel to Cuba, and the island should respond by eliminating exit restrictions on its citizens, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson recommended.
This was one among a list of suggestions the American devised during his visit to the island, which ended on Friday.
"There is a very good environment, the best I have seen in many years," Richardson stated in relation to a possible approach between the two countries.
Senior Citizens Abandoning Obama
The White House's handling of the health care debate has been nothing short of a disaster, and if you have any doubts, let's take a look at the latest Gallup Poll.
Support for President Obama among senior citizens is in a free fall. In only one week there was a 5-point drop-off from 48 percent to 43 percent. Gallup also found that for the first time since his inauguration, more seniors now disapprove of the president than approve.
I guess all those seniors attending town halls across the country are not Republican operatives after all!
CHARLIE'S MORTGAGE BARES HOME UNTRUTH (NY Post)
Rep. Charles Rangel claimed on mortgage papers that a Harlem brownstone was his principal residence -- even though he was living elsewhere at the time, The Post has learned.
When the Democrat -- who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee -- took out the mortgage in 1990, he said the property on West 132nd Street was his "principal residence," records show.
But Rangel has been living since the 1970s in Harlem's Lenox Terrace apartment complex, where he improperly amassed four rent-stabilized properties.
State law requires that rent-regulated apartments be the tenant's residence.
Oh wait! Charlie’s a DEMOCRAT! Therefore, he didn’t LIE, he simply ‘mis-spoke’!
Summer of our discontent: Why is America so angry? (McClatchy Newspapers)GEE, ANY GUESSES WHERE THIS MARXIST, DNC TALKING POINT ARTICLE IS HEADED?
At the dawn of the Barack Obama era, the promise of hope has faded. America's public square is an angry and bitter place.
Mark Steyn: Airbrushing out Mary Jo Kopechne (National Review) Home run Sir Mark Steyn
We are enjoined not to speak ill of the dead. But, when an entire nation — or, at any rate, its “mainstream” media culture — declines to speak the truth about the dead, we are certainly entitled to speak ill of such false eulogists.
In its coverage of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s passing, America’s TV networks are creepily reminiscent of those plays Sam Shepard used to write about some dysfunctional inbred hardscrabble Appalachian household where there’s a baby buried in the backyard but everyone agreed years ago never to mention it.
In this case, the unmentionable corpse is Mary Jo Kopechne, 1940–1969. If you have to bring up the, ah, circumstances of that year of decease, keep it general, keep it vague. As Kennedy flack Ted Sorensen put it in Time magazine:
“Both a plane crash in Massachusetts in 1964 and the ugly automobile accident on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969 almost cost him his life.”
That’s the way to do it! An “accident,” “ugly” in some unspecified way, just happened to happen — and only to him, nobody else.
Ted’s the star, and there’s no room to namecheck the bit players. What befell him was . . . a thing, a place. As Joan Vennochi wrote in the Boston Globe: “Like all figures in history — and like those in the Bible, for that matter — Kennedy came with flaws.
Moses had a temper. Peter betrayed Jesus. Kennedy had Chappaquiddick, a moment of tremendous moral collapse.”
Van Jones and His STORMtroopers Denounced America the Night After 9/11 (American Spectator)
Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), the revolutionary group formed by self-described "communist" and "rowdy black nationalist" Van Jones, held a vigil in Oakland, California, "mourning the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world" on the night after Sept. 11, 2001....
Van Jones is now President Obama's green jobs czar. He does not appear to have distanced himself from his past communist activities and is now part of the Obama administration's push to turn Sept. 11 into a National Day of Service focused on the promotion of the radical environmentalist agenda.
How far-right zealots reach decisions:
At a town hall meeting Wednesday Sen. Jim Inhofe told Chickasha, Okla., residents he does not need to read the 1,000 page health care reform bill, he will simply vote against it.
"I don’t have to read it, or know what’s in it. I’m going to oppose it anyways," he said.
For over four decades, Sen. Ted Kennedy gave voice to the voiceless, refusing to let us forget about their plight. As our economic crisis threatens to turn the American Dream into a living nightmare for millions of our citizens, there is a newfound urgency to Kennedy’s message.
Sac Bee has "promoted" another blazing lib to head its Opinion section. This guy (Stuart Leavenworth) had been on leave from the Bee and working as a chef in Oakland!
Sounds like he worked with Melanie Sill in Raleigh and he's married to a Bee copy editor! Cronyism and that tried and true job security perk at Sac Bee - be married to another Bee employee. Plus they get him cheap and don't have to hire from outside. So much for telling people this was an "important hire." In other words, more of the same fantasyland editorial crap in Sac.
Thanks for the update 7:34. Sac Bee buried the story on its Web site. Funny how the Opinion page boss opening has been vacant since June, the in-house scuttlebutt said Sill was looking for a bigtime player for this important position and they end up promoting one of the Indians? Sounds like a lot of people turned it down or they cheaped out and allowed Sill to fill it with another suckup. Look for more paid subscriptions to be dropped in the near future.
Why the Democrats Should Call It ‘KennedyCare’ (Pajamas Media)
All in all, no matter how this legislation ends up in terms of content or fate, it’s a towering pile of doo-doo and it will be decided in the Senate. Why not name it for Senator Kennedy?
Either way, pass or fail, the bill symbolizes everything that Senator Kennedy represented.
It should also be noted that Senator Kennedy, like all fabulously wealthy people, had nothing to gain or lose with this legislation.
This law, should it pass, will be for the great unwashed masses subjected to government-run health care because their businesses will save money with the public option. Senators, as the Democrats voted in committee, will still get their own special plan.
Stuart is a very nice person and extremely talented writer. He's very well liked in Sacramento. Let's hope he'll be allowed to offer much more balance in Bee editorials. Why he would want this thankless position, manipulated by fringe left bosses, is beyond rational thought. We wish him well!
At a town hall meeting Wednesday Sen. Jim Inhofe told Chickasha, Okla., residents he does not need to read the 1,000 page health care reform bill, he will simply vote against it.
Luv the "after a nationwide search" phrase in the op-ed boss hire story in Sac. Pinching pennies is more like it. Ya mean Sill searched the country and couldn't find one person more qualified than a burnout on leave who was making a living cooking? Do they think readers are dumber than a box of rocks?
Uggg. Stuart is another midtown living, granola-eating, NPR-listening, bike-riding metrosexual.
If the Bee wanted to continue catering to the trendy elitists, Stuart was the ideal choice.
True nuff, Leavenworth is one of those pudding-brained, Land Park/Curtis Parkies who feel the entire Sac region bleeds Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi and Doris Matsui. MSNBC is loaded with the same sappy types. Oh wait, maybe that's why Fox News has 4-times the viewership. Better wake up Bee if survival is your aim.
McClatchy prefers partisan politics to economic survival and at the expense of their employees and profits. How has that been working for you Gary?
Cable News ratings in for Thursday night:
Fox News' Glenn Beck continues to roar with 5-times the viewers of Chris Matthews on MSNBC!!! And 6-times the age 25-54 viewers!!!!! That's head-to-head, too.
But McClatchy would rather be "right" than stay in business with fair, unbiased reporting and opinion. Look at YOUR numbers McClatchy.
Cyst Matthews is a complete shill for the DNC and Obama White House. No surprise he's getting his ass kicked. Olbermann is getting buried by O'Reilly every night. Do you think the MSM might ever catch on to what the mainstream population believes? They won't be calling themselves mainstream media for much longer.
This site rocks.
The boycott of Beck goes right to the White House. Van Jones, Obama’s environmental advisor is connected to ColorOfChange.org. With more than 600,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the largest African-American online political organization in the country. The boycott of Beck was an organized attack from a black organization.
Who would think any black organization would stifle the free speech of others? What then, were their marches and protests for freedom, and equal rights really about?
If the Black Panthers are allowed to intimidate voters with a big stick, and a black advisor to the ‘Debt President’ can use his appointed position to intimidate sponsors of a TV host that exposed his communist past? One can start to wonder if racism has indeed become alive and well in the USA against white citizens.
The Beck Boycott's
Ameircan Thinker, by Ethel C. Fenig
The organized boycott of Glenn Beck and his program is proving the truth of two public relations fundamentals; "just about any publicity is good publicity" and "I don't care what you say about me, just spell my name right." It seems the boycotters, who are giving Beck loads of free publicity, carefully spelling his name correctly while also conveniently including his network and the times his controversial show airs, have helped Beck. All for free!
Did “ColorOfChange.org., the largest African-American online political organization with more than 600,000 members in the country,” find it objectionable that Beck exposed a black communist advising Obama, or that he had the audacity to expose any black, more objectionable? They must really be in a lather about Barry being exposed as a socialist day after day. That the show sponsors buckled under to a black group so quickly, shows us what is going on in the USA since Barry Soetoro (aka) Barack Obama has been elected. What a colossal mistake he is, far from being a unifier, he has caused a racial divide that has set race relations back twenty years, IMHO.
These fringe liberal boycotts don't work and are working even less today. People have found outlets for their beliefs and won't be fooled by these fools. Only the far left whacks participate, so it's a drop in the bucket. Advertisers who balk do so at their own financial risk. The conservative tide is getting higher and more influential daily!
Sounds like the new SacBee liberal clone for the Opinion page needs our condolences rather than congratulations. He can't go against his ultra lib bosses and will get nothing but grief from the overwhelming conservative readership. you guys ever read the comments over there? Makes Fox News seem centrist. A study case for being out of touch with their readers.
We're refusing to watch any TV news or read the front sections of newspapers until Ted Kennedy is buried and real news is once again covered. The sickening love affair with this overrated liberal is barf inducing. No wonder Fox's ratings have skied this week. They're the only ones not on 24-7 Kennedy.
10:07, you raise good points. Companies should seek to please their customers and meet their needs, except for McClatchy.
They are much smarter and more tuned-in than their customers. They'll continue to believe that bull until Pruitt is the last guy out who forgets to turn off the lights.
US Dems fill inboxes with 419 scams (democrats.org co-opted)
Scammers pumping out emails that try to trick recipients into parting with large sums of cash are getting a helping hand from the Democratic National Committee.
According to a researcher with anti-spam company Cloudmark, 419 fraudsters have been relaying a "significant" amount of messages through the democrats.org domain name. The abuse, which dates back at least to the beginning of this month, helps evade filters that internet service providers employ to block the messages.
"Unfortunately, because they're able to relay mail through the Democratic Party server, it does affect the Democratic Party's IP reputation, as well as their domain sending reputation," Jamie Tomasello, Cloudmark's abuse operations manager, told The Register. "I was surprised."
One such message purports to come from Mrs. Amina Adan and seeks help in recovering $25m in assets belonging to her late husband, said to be the former Somalia security minister who died of an explosives attack in Central Somalia in June.
A second email carries the subject Sign up to volunteer for the Democratic Party and claims to be sent on behalf of a "a wealthy white farmer who was murdered on the land dispute in Zimbabwe." Other messages try to con recipients with a Microsoft lottery scam.
A spokesman for the Democratic Party had no comment.
Who doesn‘t relish a newspaper war? These are fighting words:"He singled out the broadsheet's editor by name, saying Ms. Wells "led the navel-gazing pack." The comment section at Lucianne.com has interesting inside information.
Newspaper War Disturbs
the Peace In a Summer Haven
Wall Street Journal, by Elizabeth Williamson
Oak Bluff, Mass. - President Barack Obama was looking for quiet family time on Martha's Vineyard this week. But the first family's vacation has fanned a long-running newspaper war here between the island's upmarket broadsheet and its scrappy, free tabloid. The Vineyard Gazette, a coffee-table-sized broadsheet, welcomed the president with a 16-page special section headlined: "From Our Island to Our President." [snip]
The tabloid Martha's Vineyard Times teed off on its competitor. In a column titled "Obama Beat: Why Democrats find Martha's Vineyard, oh, so special," the paper's managing editor, Nelson Sigelman, wrote: "The press has adopted a story line of an Island inhabited by happy, clam-raking yeomen." He singled out the broadsheet's editor by name, saying Ms. Wells "led the navel-gazing pack."
Democratic Party chairman of Scranton cited for public drunkenness (The TImes-Tribune) (Scranton, PA)
The chairman of the city Democratic Party was charged with public drunkenness after allegedly intervening in a police investigation of an assault at the Parker House bar late Wednesday.
"Do you recognize the name? Do you know who I am?" the party chairman, Art Moran, asked Patrolman Robert Hegedus, according to an affidavit filed by the officer.
Officer Hegedus, who reported smelling alcohol on Mr. Moran's breath, didn't recognize him and asked, "Should I?"
"Remember my name," Mr. Moran replied, the officer reported.
Mr. Moran, 47, a former Scranton school director, denied in an interview Friday he tried to intimidate the officer, claimed he reacted out of fear related to his political rivalry with Mayor Chris Doherty, and said he plans to challenge the citation.
"It's not a power play," Mr. Moran said of his conversation with the officer.
"It is the most dangerous time in my life for freedom and liberty in this country." Rush Limbaugh
Cop Forces Town Hall Protester
to Take Down Anti-Obama Sign
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard
"It ain't [America] no more, okay?" So amazingly said a police officer at a town hall meeting in Reston, Virginia, Tuesday when he refused to allow a protester to display an anti-ObamaCare sign. I kid you not. If we had an honest media in America, the following video would have been broadcast repeatedly over the past few days to demonstrate how free speech in our nation is indeed under attack. Shocking. Rush Limbaugh was quite right Wednesday when he told Fox News's Glenn Beck, "It is the most dangerous time in my life for freedom and liberty in this country."
See video at :http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/08/29/cop-forces-town-hall-protester-take-down-anti-obama-sign
The sponsors that caved in to an all black organization might do well to remember that blacks are only 13% of the population, and they might consider how many of the 13% fit into their target consumer group. This boycott against Beck is outright thuggery, and I for one am sick and tired of it. Just watch the current TV commercials in use, and see 13% become 50%. Everything white people say becomes racist, while a black communist advises Zero, and to expose it makes Beck a racist? Where does this all end?
First Lady Michelle Obama Hits Head Hard Boarding Air Force One
The first lady was boarding a jet that is the smaller version of Air Force One.
Someone was yelling, “Duck!”, “Duck!” and MO screamed “I don’t walk like a duck!”, then pow she hit her head on the door.
I have never been so damn f#$%^&*@<>?? p..ssed off at all you cracker white people for making me hit my f..kin head on that plane door!
She fell asleep at Teddy’s funeral today - caught on camera
“She fell asleep at Teddy’s funeral today - caught on camera”
Bet she never slept during Rev Wrights sermons?
Re: Cop strong-arms protester. The cop “acted stupidly”. I see another round of beers at the White House ahead. Oboob already has a nicotine addiction, and if he plans a beer blast for his every gaffe, I see another addiction on the horizon.
"It ain't [America] no more..”
"During the Jim Moran Townhall, protesters were outside gathering to go in. A citizen reporter was being harassed by a local Police officer about his Obamacare sign. "
"It ain't [America] no more..” The black cop did say that, and although there were posters all around, he told the white man he had to take his poster down because it had a picture of Obama. The cop could not cite the rule why this one poster could not remain, if the others were allowed. The video is worth a look if it is not near your mealtime. GAG!
America is a mean place; a short door for big heads, is clearly an evil plan by President Bush. The simpering press made such a big deal about President Ford bumping his head, why they even extrapolated it into him being dumb. Now it remains to be seen if Mizhell is made into a dumbbell by the simpering media because she bumped her dome.
Here is an article that the spiteful hatemongers who dominate this blog should read. Peggy Noonan and her former boss Ronald Reagan are true Republicans who embody real conservative values, not hate and bigotry.
Why would I want to read “Peggy the Plagiarizer”?
But let’s make it a twofer.
Since you want us to go to huffpo anyway, give us the huffpo link to the guy Peggy Noonan plagiarized from, so we can go right to her source?
First Lady Michelle Obama Hits Head Hard Boarding Air Force One
They say she drinks like a fish. Probably leftover Champipple from her mom playing Aunt Ester on Sanford and Sons.
If you'll notice, she is a dead ringer.
...Here is an article that the spiteful hatemongers who dominate this blog should read. Peggy Noonan and her former boss Ronald Reagan are true Republicans who embody real conservative values, not hate and bigotry...
You don't understand. The hatemongers here don't want the Republicans to regain power. They need an enemy to talk to each other about and blame for whatever they think is lacking in their lives.
Take heed right wingers. You've just been diagnosed by Dr Sigmund Troll from Anusport.
Anon 3:20 LMAO. You always make me laugh. Thank you!
It will be irate taxpayers that vote the socialists out of office in 2010. That the liars and cheaters are liberal Democrats is beside the point. Any politician that thinks they can shove socialism down the throats of real Americans, will be watching the new revolution from the sidelines.
That the liberal trolls come to this blog is a compliment. They can't stomach the garbage on leftst sites, and come here for the truth.
When the first black president is considered a total flop, his white half will ooze out as the bad guy, and he will become known as the first mixed race president. Oprah will deliver the news that Obama is not really all black, and her happy feet won't be dancing anymore. Mark my words, the new worst president ever, cannot be black.
That the liberal trolls come to this blog is a compliment.
Nah, it is an initiation rite into Gary's Special Club. If they get an invitation to the big guy's place he bends them over his desk and makes them read MW till they cry, while nailing them mercilessly in the behind.
I dunno, it's a San Francisco manly thing I guess.
Heard on Conservative radio...but was driving so I didn't get to note the names of the quotes...
Obama is the last Kennedy Bro.
Teddy wrote a bill 2 weeks before his death that would the governor of his state to appoint a new senator upon his death. This overturns his bill he wrote two years ago that bans the Gov. from appointing a new senator and calls for a 5 month wait. (These details may not be exactly accurate, but that was the gist of the story on the radio).
Another story I didn't get to write notes on,But Apparently Shovel Ready Teddy did something to two judges and their families...anyone want to chime in with the details.
Sorry for all the gaps, but I guess that is what happens after 20 years working for McCrappy.
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