Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thursday December 3 -- Got news or an update?

If you have news or an update, post it in comments.


Anonymous said...

Democrats: Answer These Questions Or It's Buh-Bye In 2010 (Irish Examiner)

After the Senate voted to start the debate on the so-called health-care reform bill, the Democrats held a press conference, patting themselves on the back for the success of their underhanded tactics in thwarting the will of the people.

How I'd have loved for some journalist to demand that the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, answer one particular question:

"Sir, is it true that this bill won't kick in till 2014 but taxpayers will start paying for it immediately?"

Of course, no one in our elite media had the gumption to demand an answer from Democrat leaders. Nor are they likely to pose the following commonsense questions:

Anonymous said...

Anderson Cooper's Ratings Plummet (The Business Insider) The one true Teabagger!

Anderson Pooper is fading in the ratings. His 10 p.m. show, "Anderson Pooper 360," has declined 62% in total viewers and 70% in adults 25-54 from November 2008, according to Nielsen figures.

Last month, in Pooper's time slot, Fox News' "On the Record" attracted an average viewership of 1.9 million while "360" averaged 672,000... From the start of 2009, he began losing a huge chunk of his nightly audience.

I guess the metrosexual crowd has moved over to Maddow

Anonymous said...

Obama to Terrorists: You Win In 2011 (FOX NEWS)

When President Barack Obama addressed the cadets at West Point and the American people in a prime time television address he did so with immense expectations on his plate Tuesday night.

After all, how would he explain the fact that it took five months to claim that his strategy "was not 'wavering'" from his own policy as it was expressed in March of this very year?

President Obama's lengthy speech on Tuesday night was a bag of confusion, poorly defined terms, badly defined objectives and even less overall clarity.

In one sentence President Obama proclaimed that the effort in Afghanistan was the greatest threat to peace for the worldwide community and in the next sentence he declared the deadline by which the military objectives must be completed.

Message to the terrorists? Wait it out. Blend in. Pretend to be a non-terrorist until July of 2011, then all will be well. But since he can't come out and say that...

Anonymous said...

Obama's Afghan Surge Is Not About Winning The War, But Managing Our Looming Failure (Daily Mail (UK)

The decision by President Obama to dispatch a further 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan represents the biggest gamble of his presidency.

Two years from now, he will be starting his campaign for re-election. This commitment makes Afghanistan 'his' war.

If Obama has nothing to show for it by 2012, he will be in deep trouble with the American people.

Anonymous said...

Barack Obama gives with one hand and takes with the other (Telegraph (U.K.)

The most-played sound bite from Barack Obama’s speech on Afghanistan will be the following:

“I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 US troops to Afghanistan. After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home."

It sounds odd because it is: we’re coming in heavy, but then we’re off.

“If you put in a timeline you encourage the enemy to outwait you, to regard the strategy as not enduring,” said Zalmay Khalilzad, a former US envoy to Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

Text of Hussein's Speech (Hussein used "I" 45 times, "victory" zero.)

A great drinking game for last night’s speech would’ve been to take a drink every time he mentioned himself, as in “I” or “we”. You’d have been wasted in 20 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Lyndon Baines Obama takes Afghan reins (Washington Examiner) Never uses the word “win” in any of its forms throughout the entire speech.

Earlier this year, President Obama described the conflict in Afghanistan as a "war of necessity," but the plan he announced last night at West Point bears disturbing reminders of the doomed strategy doggedly pursued by the last Democratic president to commit the United States to a major land war in Asia.

President Johnson's Vietnam strategy rejected decisive military action in favor of a policy of gradual escalation that conveniently allowed more funding for his Great Society programs at home.

Johnson's "guns and butter" approach handcuffed America's warriors, tragically wasted the blood of thousands of our finest young men, sparked enduring domestic political division, and eventually forced millions of people in Southeast Asia into the enslavement of communist tyranny.

The vision of a U.S. helicopter fleeing from the roof of the U.S. embassy in Saigon forever reminds us of America's shameful debacle.

Anonymous said...

Michael Moore mocks Obama for setting a deadline. Calls it crazy talk. (Larry King Live) WTF?

Michael Moore: I can understand why Republicans and some of the people on the right, lol, are like, 'What are you doing setting a deadline?'. It's like CRAZY.

If they're truly the enemy, you don't say, 'Okay, we're going to fight you until 2:00 on ummm (looks at watch), on July 2, 2011.

I mean it's like, if they are the enemy, you fight them until they're done. Until you win, and they lose. And that's not what he said. He just provided more fodder for his opponents by giving a deadline.

Larry KIng: Right

Michael Moore: If somebody is trying to kill you, if that's his case, that people in Afganistan are trying to kill us, then how can you set a deadline?

The deadline is maybe a week from now or maybe it's 10 years from now, but it's going to be, 'We're going to stop you from killing us".

Anonymous said...

The Left Turns Off Obama (

While the smoke rises from the Capitol building where the health care debate proceeds, Obama is losing his political base on the left.

His decision to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan, an odd move for a peace candidate, his failure to close Guantanamo, our continued military presence in Iraq, and his failure to act on liberal priorities like gays in the military and immigration reform are all sapping his support from those who voted for him.

And, even in the health care debate, the under-30 voters are learning that they are targeted -- just like the elderly -- for special punishment in Obama's health care bill.

When they realize that they must spend $15,000 on average per family for health insurance or face a fine of 2.5 percent of their income or go to prison, the bill loses its appeal.

And, when they find out how shallow the subsidies are (only after they spend 8 percent of their paychecks if their household income is $45,000 a year and 12 percent if it is $65,000), they begin to turn off both the bill and the president for whom they were once so enthusiastic.

Anonymous said...

The Germans weren’t impressed with Obama’s strange speech last night either. Der Spiegel reported:

Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America’s new strategy for Afghanistan.

It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric — and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.

One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best to ensure that Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama’s speech would be well-received.

Just minutes before the president took the stage inside Eisenhower Hall, the gathered cadets were asked to respond “enthusiastically” to the speech.

But it didn’t help: The soldiers’ reception was cool.

One didn’t have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea upon hearing Obama’s speech.

It was the least truthful address that he has ever held. He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics.

He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly.

An additional 30,000 US soldiers are to march into Afghanistan — and then they will march right back out again.

America is going to war — and from there it will continue ahead to peace. It was the speech of a Nobel War Prize laureate.

Anonymous said...

Obama “Overexposed” PATTERICO
The Administration is limiting President Obama’s exposure to the White House press corp:

“After months of what some critics called overexposure, President Obama has of late avoided questions from the White House press corps at large, closing the Oval Office to traditionally informal question-and-answer sessions with reporters and pulling back from the fast pace of news conferences he established when taking office.

The president, whose job-approval ratings have been on a steady slide, hasn’t held a formal news conference in 19 weeks, since July 22.

That one ended badly, when Mr. Obama waded into a racial controversy by saying a white police officer “acted stupidly” when he arrested a black Harvard professor.”

Obama reportedly also limited media questions during press conferences on his Asia trip and during the Indian Prime Minister’s recent visit to Washington.

Further, there were no press or photographers allowed in yesterday’s White House visit by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Of course, “overexposure” is fine when the polls are good. This is the real problem:

Anonymous said...

Obama White House Social Office will step up vigilance at upcoming holiday parties (50,000 expected) (Chicago Sun Times)

As Congress and the Secret Service probe how Tareq and Michaele Salahi gained entrance to President Obama's state dinner last week without being on the guest list,

I've learned that the Obama White House has 28 holiday parties planned over the few weeks with more than 50,000 people expected.

And social office staffers--who were not posted near the entrance to check off guests coming into the state dinner--now will be more visible at the upcoming events.

Anonymous said...

Rumsfeld: Obama Is Bald-Faced Liar About Us Not Supporting the Troops (GatewayPundit)

Former Secrtary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld responded to Barack Obama’s claims that US commanders were repeatedly refused support in Afghanistan.

The Weekly Standard Blog reported:
“In his speech to the nation last night, President Obama claimed that ‘Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive.’

Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as Secretary of Defense, deserves a response.”

“I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001and 2006. If any such requests occurred, ‘repeated’ or not, the White House should promptly make them public.

The President’s assertion does a disservice to the truth and, in particular, to the thousands of men and women in uniform who have fought, served and sacrificed in Afghanistan.”

“In the interest of better understanding the President’s announcement last night, I suggest that the Congress review the President’s assertion in the forthcoming debate and determine exactly what requests were made, who made them, and where and why in the chain of command they were denied.”

It’s not the first time the Obama White House made this complaint.

And, it’s not the first time they’ve been corrected.

Stephen Hayes wrote this back in early November: Perhaps more infuriating for Bush veterans was the suggestion by
Gibbs that the Bush administration ignored requests for more troops.

It’s nonsense, they say. McKiernan wanted more troops–he asked for three additional brigades in the summer of 2008–but he understood that he could have them only when they became available.

“McKiernan was making requests down the line,” says a Pentagon official, “and late in 2008 we did have the ability to commit more forces. So we did.”

Indeed, Bush sent nearly 7,000 additional troops to Afghanistan before he left office, including one brigade that had been repurposed from Iraq.

Anonymous said...

Critics not invited to White House's 'jobs summit' (Washington Times) Typical Tin Pot Dictator ‘methods’, much like Climategate no dissenting opinion allowed. Just Now drink the Koolaid and shut up.

Facing rising unemployment rates and having seen uncertain results from the stimulus bill, President Obama is hosting a "jobs summit" at the White House Thursday that will be packed with business leaders and economists supportive of White House policies but lacks a diversity of opinion, several analysts say.

Missing from a partial list of attendees released by the White House are the self-proclaimed voices of business - the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business - both of which have been critical of Mr. Obama's proposed health care overhaul.

Confirmed attendees include liberal economists credited with shaping the $787 billion stimulus package, union leaders, environmental advocates and executives from Google and other blue-chip firms.

"He's going to get lots of recommendations to spend more money," said Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

"These are the very same people who gave us the stimulus package.

My feeling is we're not going to get what we need, and that's a complete change in direction on economic policy."

A spokeswoman for the White House would not comment for the record on the format or how the list of participants was drawn up. A full list of attendees is expected to be released Thursday.

Very typical Leftist tactic. Stack the deck, manipulate the debate, hear what you want to hear.

As always, the Left begins with its conclusions, then tries to figure out some sort of plausible path that might justify what they've already decided.

Anonymous said...

Lord Monckton’s summary of Climategate and its issues (Watts Up With That?)


The whistleblower deep in the basement of one of the ugly, modern tower-blocks of the dismal, windswept University of East Anglia could scarcely have timed it better.


The gallant whistleblower now faces a police investigation at the instigation of the University authorities desperate to look after their own and to divert allegations of criminality elsewhere.

His crime? He had revealed what many had long suspected:

A tiny clique of politicized scientists, paid by unscientific politicians with whom they were financially and politically linked, were responsible for gathering and reporting data on temperatures from the palaeoclimate to today’s climate.

The “Team”, as they called themselves, were bending and distorting scientific data to fit a nakedly political story-line profitable to themselves and congenial to the governments that, these days, pay the bills for 99% of all scientific research.

•The Climate Research Unit at East Anglia had profited to the tune of at least $20 million in “research” grants from the Team’s activities.

•The Team had tampered with the complex, bureaucratic processes of the UN’s climate panel, the IPCC, so as to exclude inconvenient scientific results from its four Assessment Reports, and to influence the panel’s conclusions for political rather than scientific reasons.

•The Team had conspired in an attempt to redefine what is and is not peer-reviewed science for the sake of excluding results that did not fit what they and the politicians with whom they were closely linked wanted the UN’s climate panel to report.

•They had tampered with their own data so as to conceal inconsistencies and errors.

•They had emailed one another about using a “trick” for the sake of concealing a “decline” in temperatures in the paleoclimate.

•They had expressed dismay at the fact that, contrary to all of their predictions, global temperatures had not risen in any statistically-significant sense for 15 years, and had been falling for nine years.

They had admitted that their inability to explain it was “a travesty”. This internal doubt was in contrast to their public statements that the present decade is the warmest ever, and that “global warming” science is settled.

They had interfered with the process of peer-review itself by leaning on journals to get their friends rather than independent scientists to review their papers.

•They had successfully leaned on friendly journal editors to reject papers reporting results inconsistent with their political viewpoint.

They had campaigned for the removal of a learned journal’s editor, solely because he did not share their willingness to debase and corrupt science for political purposes.

•They had mounted a venomous public campaign of disinformation and denigration of their scientific opponents via a website that they had expensively created.

•Contrary to all the rules of open, verifiable science, the Team had committed the criminal offense of conspiracy to conceal and then to destroy computer codes and data that had been legitimately requested by an external researcher who had very good reason to doubt that their “research” was either honest or competent.

Anonymous said...

Comedy Central Scoops Network News on Climate-Gate Scandal (Where is the MSM?) FOX NEWS

ABC didn't cover it. CBS didn't either. And NBC apparently wouldn't go near it.

The network news broadcasts have ignored a growing scandal over evidence of a potential climate cover-up — and now they've even been scooped by the fake news at Comedy Central.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" produced its "reporting" on Climate-gate Tuesday night, when Stewart quipped, “Poor Al Gore.

Global warming completely debunked via the very Internet you invented. Oh, oh, the irony!”

Anonymous said...

Jon Stewart on ClimateGate: 'Poor Al Gore - Global Warming Debunked Via Internet You Invented' (Newsbusters)

'Poor Al Gore - Global Warming Debunked Via Internet You Invented'

If people around the world needed any more assurances the growing ClimateGate scandal is far more significant than America's media has been portraying, they got it Tuesday night from Comedy Central's Jon Stewart.

Somewhat surprisingly, "The Daily Show" host in his opening sketch tore apart the scientists involved in sending the obtained e-mail messages involved for showing "a clear effort to raise fears about global warming, and hide evidence against it."

Stewart even mocked the man responsible for spreading more fear on this subject than anyone on the planet:

Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very Internet you invented. OH. OH the irony.

Anonymous said...

E-mails that set climate skeptics buzzing (Times Online)

1. Professor Phil Jones "I've just completed Mike's Nature [the science journal] trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie, from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline”

Sceptics say This is evidence of manipulating data to suit the ends of the researchers.

Researchers respond "Scientists say 'trick' not just to mean deception.

They mean it as a clever way of doing something — a short cut can be a trick”

My favorite part:

Michael Mann (Pennsylvania State University) to Phil Jones "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't . . . Our observing system is inadequate"

Hide the decline!

Anonymous said...

The (Climategate) Dominoes Fall (IBD)

Warming Scandal: The architect of climate fraud steps down, the creator of the infamous "hockey stick" is investigated, and Australia's parliament defeats cap-and-trade.

We love the smell of truth in the morning.

As the high priests of what Czech President Vaclav Klaus has called a "religion" prepare their pilgrimage to worship the earth goddess Gaia in Copenhagen, complete with humanity being sacrificed, the heresy of climate truth is finally being heard.

The gospel of climate change, once expressed with the messianic fervor of an Elmer Gantry by Al Gore, is now expressed with the stammering incoherence of an Elmer Fudd by the defenders of doctored and destroyed data.

This environmental house of cards has started to collapse and hopefully heads have begun to roll.

Phil Jones, director of the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, fast becoming the Bernie Madoff of climate change research, has agreed to step aside for a time while his and the perfidy of his peers are reviewed.

Anonymous said...

Big developing states reject Copenhagen climate plan (Ruh-ROH!)
(Reuters on Yahoo)

NEW DELHI/LONDON (Reuters) – China and other big developing nations rejected core targets for a climate deal such as halving world greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 just five days before talks start in Copenhagen, diplomats said on Wednesday.

China, the world's top emitter, together with India, Brazil and South Africa demand that richer nations do more and have drawn "red lines" limiting what they themselves would accept, the diplomats told Reuters.

The four rejected key targets proposed by the Danish climate talks hosts in a draft text -- halving global greenhouse gases by 2050, setting a 2020 deadline for a peak in world emissions, and limiting global warming to a maximum 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, European diplomats said.

Developing nations want richer countries to do much more to cut their emissions now before they agree to global emissions targets which they fear may shift the burden of action to them, and crimp their economic growth.

"We cannot agree to the 50/50 (halving emissions by 2050) because it implies that ... the remaining (cuts) must be done by developing countries," South Africa's chief climate negotiator Alf Wills said, partly confirming the EU diplomats' comments.

Rich nations' carbon offers so far were far below those recommended by a U.N. panel of scientists, Wills told Reuters, making clear that developing nations could change their stance if industrialized states tightened their carbon targets.

The dispute underscored a rich-poor rift which has haunted the two-year talks to agree a new global climate deal to succeed the Kyoto Protocol in 2013 and dampens hopes of rescuing the December 7-18Copenhagen summit.

A legally binding deal is already out of reach for the U.N. talks, with only a political deal possible.

Anonymous said...

CRUdGate - Why this can't be swept under the carpet (The Devil's Kitchen)

"Slice your average environment ( reporter ) through the middle and you're going to find a left-leaning liberal arts graduate who is utterly out of his/her depth........

Anonymous said...

Universities take action on Climategate (Washington Times)

The Obama administration might think Climategate is a nonevent, but on Monday, Pennsylvania State University announced it was launching an investigation into the academic conduct of Michael Mann, director of the school's Earth System Science Center.

Yesterday, it was announced that Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, would step aside while his university conducts an investigation.

With so much fraud being exposed in the academic community that studies and promotes global-warming theories, an example has to be made of someone.

There are dozens of researchers at other institutions involved in this scandal surrounding leaked e-mails that discuss covering up evidence of global cooling and destroying research that discounts global warming.

For example, in the United States, the National Center for Atmospheric Research is in the thick of the e-mail chain. . . .

Anonymous said...

Think 'Climate-Gate' Is Nonevent? Think Again (Fox News) Gee, it looks like climate change was man-made after all!

President Obama's climate czar, Carol M. Browner, and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs might think that Climate-gate is a nonevent, but on Monday Pennsylvania State University announced that it was launching an investigation into the academic conduct of Michael Mann, the school's Director of the Earth System Science Center.

And Tuesday, Phil Jones, the director of the Climatic Research Unit at Britain's University of East Anglia, announced that he would stand aside as director while his university conducted an investigation.

Dozens of researchers at other institutions could soon face similar investigations. . .

Anonymous said...

Day 12 of Network ClimateGate Cover-up (Media Research Center)

ABC, CBS and NBC’s collective silence on “ClimateGate” has reached ridiculous levels as the broadcast networks continued to ignore the great and growing scandal.

The bias by omission has now become scandalous.

Phil Jones announced yesterday that he is temporarily leaving his post as head of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit pending the investigation into the controversial e-mails and documents that started ClimateGate.

Yet none of the broadcast network weekday morning and evening news shows addressed ClimateGate or the incriminating Jones development since the news broke yesterday.

This marked 12 days since the information was first uncovered that they have ignored this global scandal.

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell reacted:

“The networks’ silence on ClimateGate is deafening. Scandal, cover-ups and conspiracy are the bread and butter of the media.

Yet they have selectively and deliberately decided not to report this bombshell – or any of the incriminating details surrounding the scandal – because it goes against their left-wing agenda.

“To pretend this story simply doesn’t exist is damning to journalism. The so-called ‘news’ media are protecting scientists because it exposes their underbelly.

That’s not journalism. That’s a cover-up. And we will continue to call them out for ignoring these allegations and the mounting, inconvenient evidence against them.”

Anonymous said...

Climategate: it's all unravelling now (

So many new developments: which story do we pick? Maybe best to summarise, instead.

After all, it’s not like you’re going to find much of this reported in the MSM.

1. Australia’s Senate rejects Emissions Trading Scheme for a second time. Or: so turkeys don’t vote Christmas. Expect to see a lot more of this: politicians starting to become aware their party’s position on AGW is completely out of kilter with the public mood and economic reality.

Kevin Rudd’s Emissions Trading Scheme – what Andrew Bolt calls “a $114 billion green tax on everything” – would have wreaked havoc on the coal-dependent Australian economy.

That’s why several opposition Liberal frontbenchers resigned rather than vote with the Government on ETS; why Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull lost his job; and why the Senate voted down the ETS.

Anonymous said...

Five eco-crimes we commit every day (New Scientist)

WHEN the UN Climate Change Conference opens in Copenhagen next month, all eyes will be on the delegates' efforts to broker a deal that will prevent catastrophic global warming.

Yet amid all the talk of caps, targets and trading, it is easy to forget who is ultimately responsible for the mess we find ourselves in.

I have long argued that climate change begins at home. Each of us in the developed world has played our part in creating this problem and, while there is no doubt that coordinated global action is needed to tackle it, we can each be part of the solution....

• Coffee ...

• Toilet paper...

• Fast fashion...

• Laundry...

• Food wastage...

Anonymous said...

Upfront money needed to ease UN climate deal (UN wants taxpayer's money to continue the fraud) AP

Money on the table — perhaps $10 billion a year or more — could help close a deal in Denmark next month and keep climate talks moving toward a new global treaty in 2010.

But if poorer nations see too little offered up front, the U.N. conference could end in discord.

The money would help developing countries cope with ocean flooding, drought and other effects of climate change, while also helping them cut down on emissions of global-warming gases.

The funds might eventually come from new sources, such as a tax on airline flights, but negotiators for now are seeking quicker infusions.

"Rich countries must put at least $10 billion a year on the table to kick-start immediate action up to 2012," the U.N. climate chief, Yvo de Boer, told reporters last week in a preview of the two-week conference opening next Monday in Copenhagen.

His goal gathered backing in recent days, including from French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who said his nation would contribute $1.3 billion over three years.

"The rest of Europe will do so," Brown told a Commonwealth summit in Trinidad on Friday. "And I believe America will do so as well."

U.S. President Barack Obama and the Chinese leadership energized lagging climate talks last week by announcing modest targets for controlling their countries' emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for warming the atmosphere.

Anonymous said...

Show Me State Has Seen Enough… Obama’s Approval Rate Sinks to 33% in Missouri (GatewayPundit)

Hey, Claire McCaskill!… Are you paying attention? Barack Obama’s approval rating dropped to 33% in swing state Missouri.

Via Soren Dayton, I learn SurveyUSA polls adults in Missouri, and finds Obama at 33 percent approval, 65 percent disapproval among independents, and at 27 percent approval, 67 percent disapproval among those ages 18 to 34.

Wait until they find out he’s drained the US treasury…

Anonymous said...

No Justice-No Peace… Dems Plan Jobs March On Washington to Protest Their Own Failed Policies

The Rats Are Jumping Ship—The US unemployment spiked from 7.6% to 10.2% this year under Obama...the highest rate in 26 years.

Chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics- via Sweetness and Light
Obama promised his stimulus plan would create 3.7 million new jobs.
Instead America has lost 3.6 million jobs.

Democratic Reps are threatening a jobs March on Washington to protest their own failed economic policies.

CNN reported: Members of President Obama’s own political party are charging that the White House and the Democratic Congressional leadership are not doing enough to help the unemployed and are threatening to organize a march on Washington of jobless Americans.

“Obviously there’s something that’s not getting through to them,” said Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois. “And we’re going to let the White House and everybody who’s concerned know that we have got people in our districts who are depending on us to deliver for them.”

Rush and Reps. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and Candice Miller, R-Michigan, chair the new Congressional “Jobs Now Caucus,” which is comprised of 112 Democrats and 17 Republicans.

Rush and Kaptur argue that a new jobs program is more important than health care reform, but stop short of threatening to hold up a vote on one of Obama’s most important domestic policy initiatives.

“We’re not there yet,” Kaptur said.
Some of the proposals being floated by the caucus include:

redirecting existing stimulus and TARP money to jobs programs and pressing for a new jobs bill, which they’re careful not to call a “stimulus.”

Anonymous said...

New York State Senate Votes Down Gay Marriage Bill (New York Times)

The State Senate defeated a bill on Wednesday that would legalize same-sex marriage, after an emotional debate that touched on civil rights, family and history.

The vote means that the bill, pushed by Gov. David A. Paterson, is effectively dead for the year and destroys the optimism of gay rights advocates.

The bill was defeated by a decisive margin of 38 to 24. The Democrats, who have a bare, one-seat majority, did not have enough votes to pass the bill without some Republican support, but not a single Republican senator voted for the measure.

Anonymous said...

Islamist group claim Russian train bomb attack (

An Islamist militant group has reportedly said it carried out last week’s bomb attack on a Russian train – on the orders of Doku Umarov, leader of the Caucasian Mujahadeen and one of the country’s most wanted rebels.

The claim published on a website can’t be verified. But previous statements it’s posted by North Caucasus groups have proved correct. The attack on Friday night’s express between Moscow and St Petersburg killed 26 people.

The militants’ letter vowed more acts of sabotage against what it called strategic economic targets.

Anonymous said...

Outrage on Swiss minaret vote, but how do Muslim states handle churches? (Christian Science Monitor)

Muslim reaction across the world to Sunday’s Swiss referendum banning the construction of further minarets for mosques in the tiny Alpine nation has been almost entirely negative.

Indonesia’s Maskuri Abdillah, leader of the largest Muslim organization in the world’s most populous Muslim nation said the vote reflected Swiss “hatred” of Islam and Muslims.

Egyptian Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, close to the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, said the ban was an attempt to “insult the feelings of the Muslim community in and outside Switzerland.”

Yet the referendums outcome pales in comparison to restrictions on non-Muslims who aim to practice their faith in Muslim lands.

In fact, the vote only brought Swiss legal practice closer to that of many majority Muslim states that also place limits on the construction of houses of worship.

Here’s a review of practices in four large majority Muslim states:

1. Indonesia. In a state with large minority populations of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and animists, the US State department reported in 2009 that at least 9 churches – and 12 mosques associated with the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect (which mainstream Muslim groups consider heretical) –were forced shut by violence or intimidation from community groups, and that a number of churches and Hindu temples have struggled to receive official permits in recent years.

The Indonesian government has on a number of occasions stepped in to prevent church construction, largely over fears that it would stoke sectarian violence.

But religious practice, by and large, is freer in Indonesia than most other Muslim majority states.

2. Egypt. The country has a sizeable minority of Eastern Orthodox Christians, or Copts.

By law, their churches must receive the permission of local Muslim communities before new construction is allowed.

Anonymous said...

While ABC/NBC/CBS ignore the "ClimateGate Scandal," once again the fake news guy Jon Stewart humiliates them. Saw this on Fox News site:

"The network news broadcasts have ignored a growing scandal over evidence of a potential climate cover-up — and now they've even been scooped by the fake news at Comedy Central.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" produced its "reporting" on Climate-gate Tuesday night, when Stewart quipped, “Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very Internet you invented. Oh, oh, the irony!”

It's a funny, right-on story. Check it out!

Anonymous said...

**The Washington Times will lay off... 40 percent of its workforce** The French press tells the tale.
Washington Times firing 370
employees, Miami Herald 24

Agence France-Presse, by Staff

The Washington Times will lay off 370 employees, reportedly around 40percent of its workforce, as part of a major overhaul that will also see the paper distributed for free in some places. In a statement, the Times' president and publisher, Jonathan Slevin, said the cuts were part of a strategy to transform the paper into a 21st century media company.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious, has a picture of Obooma looking so creepy after his latest phony speech and this caption:

It's okay, you can applaud....waiting....waiting....(crickets.)

Anonymous said...

Obama’s West Point Address
Canada Free Press
by Judi Mcleod

Some folk have been asking why Canada Free Press (CFP) didn’t cover President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night speech at West Point Military Academy. CFP was tuned in on the speech through Mark Levin’s syndicated radio show. Our coverage of the speech is as follows: “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”, “I”. Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me,

Anonymous said...

How much do the lefties hate Breitbart? More than Fox News and Glenn Beck? The last election stinks with fraud, and most of the news is being suppressed by the MSM, as usual.
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Anonymous said...

CNN: Missing Dobbs
Real Clear Politics

Could things get any worse for CNN? Apparently, the answer is 'yes.'

The pioneering and once dominant leader in cable news has been hemorrhaging viewers for some time and earlier this year suffered the indignity of slipping to last place among cable news networks, behind even its sister network Headline News.

Anonymous said...

CNN and MSNBC are done. No viewers, no credibility. Fox News has destroyed them.
Kudos to the Washington Times for actually making a bold move and trying to reinvent itself in the 21st century. The rest of the dinos will rot away, a piece at a time.

Anonymous said...

Ironic, if you want real news you have to go to the French, the Brits!

Anonymous said...

Chrissy Matthews must be feeling another tingle up the oops! His “enemy camp” remark is how he really feels.
Matthews apologizes for `enemy camp' remark -DAVID BAUDER

NEW YORK — MSNBC's Chris Matthews apologized on Wednesday for saying that President Barack Obama had traveled to an "enemy camp" at West Point to address the nation on the war in Afghanistan.

Anonymous said...

Yet another ‘Ignore it, and maybe it will go away’ item from the Lame Stream Media. is staying on the case. Maybe a ‘Watergate’ type award is in order? The dinosaurs are so busy dying before our very eyes, they can’t see the news up their noses.

Why is your government fighting for ACORN?

Creating Orwellian Worldview

The Eric Holder Justice Department has not failed to error on the side of the enemies of the United States of America whether those enemies are either foreign or domestic...

Anonymous said...

Nobody watches Chris Matthews according to recent ratings data. I'm surprised anybody heard him say it!

Anonymous said...

So Cheetah Woods has tips for the Liar-in-Chief? This just can’t get better, no doubt he advises the Bam to keep his putter in his pants!
Tiger Woods Offers Tips to Obama - The Caucus Blog -

December 1, 2009, 11:40 am Tiger Woods Offers Tips to Obama ... on the cover of January’s Golf Digest magazine.. “10 Tips Obama Can Take From Tiger,” the bold headline…

Anonymous said...

"Good old Chris "Tingle" Matthews. We can always look to him to lower his own credibility just one more notch with each and every broadcast, can't we?"

Anonymous said... has a great ratings chart today showing how CNN and MSNBC are falling off the earth in viewership, while Fox News is on a record rise. Since only 20 percent of people call themselves liberals these days, it's pretty easy to see where the future lies.
The mainstream media can't seem to change with the times and it's showing up in decling ratings and subscriber bases. Stay the liberal, Obama-suckup course and go broke.

Anonymous said...

Chrissy Tingle” - Ratings off the chart, the bottom that is.
What, no one watches the prince of wretchedness any longer?

Anonymous said...

who is more annoying - the whiner Matthews, the loud-mouth Olbermann or the airhead Maddow? all of the above. and all of them are being ignored by the public. justice is sweet.

Anonymous said...

Those who seek information on ClimateGate, the ACORN scandal, Obama's radical friends and other topics ignored by the dying mainstream media, go to Drudge,,, Fox News and, among others. It's ridiculous to even say "mainsteam media" anymore because they clearly are not.

Anonymous said...

Katie Couric was actually forced to say something negative about Obama, her mouth was tight, and her face looked pinched. She looked as though she was choking on her own force-fed reporting. That is what happens when you have your head up the ass of the DNC, Katie. It is going to be dark and lonely up there come 2010.

Anonymous said...

The ‘Fringe Media’ is reaping the reward of becoming totally corrupt. They wanted Obama and socialism more they wanted their profession. So they got Obama, and his radical agendas. Are the American people buying the goods? Less every day it would seem. So-called journalists need to stop whining and beg for another chance, but it may be too little-too late, already. I for one, do not believe anything the old media reports.