Now, thanks to Jack Cashill, the literary mask has been removed. Obama is a literary pretender. Case closed. The evidence is overwhelming that Bill Ayers ghost-wrote Dreams from my Father, the book which established Obama's pose as a brilliant writer (and therefore a fine mind, in the estimation of many). The stylistic resemblance between the Dreams and Ayers' work is stunning. Now we know, thanks to Chris Andersen's new book,that Obama hit a brick wall trying to fulfill his contract to produce a book, and shipped off his notes and tapes to Ayers. That is the classic description of a ghost writer's assignment. And it completely fits the theories Cashill had inferentially reasoned from the data of his literary studies.
The revelation that Chris Andersen had two separate sources means that this fact meets the journalistic standard of reliability, provided by a respected, established bestselling author. Obama's dismissal of Ayers as "just a guy in the neighborhood" has been shown to be an outright lie.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
U.S. Northeast May Have Coldest Winter in a Decade (Update2)
By Todd Zeranski and Erik Schatzker
Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Northeast may have the coldest winter in a decade because of a weak El Nino, a warming current in the Pacific Ocean, according to Matt Rogers, a forecaster at Commodity Weather Group.
“Weak El Ninos are notorious for cold and snowy weather on the Eastern seaboard,” Rogers said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Washington. “About 70 percent to 75 percent of the time a weak El Nino will deliver the goods in terms of above-normal heating demand and cold weather. It’s pretty good odds.”
Warming in the Pacific often means fewer Atlantic hurricanes and higher temperatures in the U.S. Northeast during January, February and March, according to the National Weather Service. El Nino occurs every two to five years, on average, and lasts about 12 months, according to the service.
Hedge-fund managers and other large speculators increased their net-long positions, or bets prices will rise, in New York heating oil futures in the week ended Sep. 22, according to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data Sept. 25.
“It could be one of the coldest winters, or the coldest, winter of the decade,” Rogers said.
U.S. inventories of distillate fuels, which include heating oil, are at their highest since January 1983, the U.S. Energy Department said Sept. 23. Stockpiles of 170.8 million barrels in the week ended Sept. 18 are 28 percent above the five-year average.
Heating oil for October delivery rose 1.38 cents, or 0.8 percent, to settle at $1.6909 a gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
I know it wasnt rape-rape. It was something else but I dont believe it was rape-rape.Just to remind people of the facts;
I met Roman Polanski in 1977, when I was 13 years old, wrote Samantha Geimer, in a 2003 editorial for the Los Angeles Times. He told my mother that he wanted to shoot pictures of me for a French magazine. Thats what he said, but instead, after shooting pictures of me at Jack Nicholsons house on Mulholland Drive, he did something quite different. He gave me champagne and a piece of a Quaalude [a hypnotic drug, also used as a sedative and a muscle relaxant]. And then he took advantage of me.And that's the sanitized version, click here for the excruciatingly detailed version.
Geimer now a 45-year-old mother of three who lives in Hawaii and works as a bookkeeper wrote these words a few weeks before the 75th Annual Academy Awards, at which Polanski was nominated for an Oscar in absentia for The Pianist, about a Jewish musician living in the Warsaw ghetto of the Second World War. Much to Americas surprise, the French-born director prevailed, and the golden statue was collected on Polanskis behalf by a beaming Harrison Ford, who described the win as delicious.
But not everyone in Hollywood felt the same way especially those who had young daughters of their own at the time of Polanskis 1977 arrest. But the US-led invasion of Iraq was about to begin and Michael Moores anti-Bush speech during the Oscars ceremony dominated the headlines that night so the controversy soon disappeared. A three-decade-old sex case involving a foreign director was the last thing on the countrys mind.
Still, in spite of Geimers forgiveness of Polanski (in the same editorial, she wrote that she had no hard feelings towards him and that I believe Polanski and his film should be honoured according to the quality of the work), many never forgot the shocking details of the original charges against the director of Chinatown and Rosemarys Baby, which included committing a lewd act upon a person less than 14, rape of a minor, rape by use of a drug, oral copulation, and sodomy.
According to police, the alleged assault happened at the home of the actor Jack Nicholson
As Geimer herself wrote: I said no, repeatedly, but he wouldnt take no for an answer. I was alone and I didnt know what to do. It was scary and, looking back, very creepy. Nevertheless, the charges against Polanski were later reduced under a plea-bargain agreement to a mere unlawful sexual intercourse with an underage girl. But then the judge reneged on the deal and Polanski, fearing up to half a century in a California prison, fled to France. It was as much of a disaster for Polanskis victim as it was for him. Geimer says that the continuing publicity is a just another kind of rape, and that all she wants is for the saga to end.
So Whoopi, are you standing by your expert legal analysis that it wasn't a "rape-rape"?
Tell me Whoopi, would you feel the same if it wasn't a famous Hollywood director but instead a Catholic priest who didn't commit a "rape-rape" and fled to France for the last 30 years and then was arrested when he tried to attend a religious event?
Monday, September 28, 2009
The military general credited for capturing Saddam Hussein and killing the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq says he has only spoken to President Obama once since taking command of Afghanistan.
Ive talked to the president, since Ive been here, once on a VTC [video teleconferece], General Stanley McChrystal told CBS reporter David Martin in a television interview that aired Sunday.
Youve talked to him once in 70 days? Mr. Martin followed up.
That is correct, the general replied.
Is anybody really that surprised? Obama has retreated on just about every campaign promise so the fact that he apparently is laying the ground work to pull back on the "war of necessity" should come as no real shock to anyone.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
The dead end kids
Young, unemployed and facing tough future
By RICHARD WILNER
Last Updated: 4:45 AM, September 27, 2009
The unemployment rate for young Americans has exploded to 52.2 percent -- a post-World War II high, according to the Labor Dept. -- meaning millions of Americans are staring at the likelihood that their lifetime earning potential will be diminished and, combined with the predicted slow economic recovery, their transition into productive members of society could be put on hold for an extended period of time.
And worse, without a clear economic recovery plan aimed at creating entry-level jobs, the odds of many of these young adults -- aged 16 to 24, excluding students -- getting a job and moving out of their parents' houses are long. Young workers have been among the hardest hit during the current recession -- in which a total of 9.5 million jobs have been lost.
Iran said it successfully test-fired short-range missiles during military drills Sunday by the elite Revolutionary Guard, a show of force days after the U.S. warned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility it was secretly constructing.
That sternly worded warning from our young President did wonders didn't it?
President Obama dreams of a world without weapons ... but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite. Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993. I support the extended hand of the Americans, but what good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state off the map.
Probably prompted by this idiotic statement from Dear Leader;
"No nation can or should try to dominate another nation."
I guess its time for another strongly worded letter...
Friday, September 25, 2009
Ensign receives handwritten confirmation
This doesn't happen often enough.
Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staft Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.
Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."
The note was a follow-up to Ensign's questioning at the markup.
Iran Reveals Existence of Second Uranium Enrichment Plant
By Michael D. Shear and Debbi Wilgoren
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, September 25, 2009 9:55 AM
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 25 -- President Obama and the leaders of France and Britain on Friday blasted Iran's construction of a previously unknown uranium enrichment facility and demanded that Tehran immediately fulfill its obligations under international law or risk the imposition of harsh new sanctions.
"Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow," Obama said, detailing how the facility at Qom had been under construction for years without being disclosed, as required, to the International Atomic Energy Association. "International law is not an empty promise."
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused Iran of "serial deception" that he said "will shock and anger the whole international community, and it will harden our resolve."
"We will not let this matter rest," Brown said. " . . . Iran must abandon any military ambitions for its nuclear programs."
Iran acknowledged the existence of the facility for the first time on Monday, in a letter to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. The letter said "a new pilot fuel enrichment plant is under construction in the country," said Marc Vidricaire, a spokesman for the watchdog agency. "The letter stated that the enrichment level would be up to 5 percent."
Sacred Heart University's third annual "Trust and Satisfaction with the National News Media Survey" found that Fox News topped the list when people were asked which news source they trust the most.
Fox News had 30% of the vote, then CNN (19.5%), NBC (7.5%) and ABC (7.5%).
When asked for which organization they trusted the least, people picked Fox News again (26.2%), then NBC (9.9%), MSNBC (9.4%) and CNN (8.5%).
Thursday, September 24, 2009
There's been some theories based on comparing Bill Ayers writing style in his books and Obama's "Dreams of my Father" with some suggesting that Ayers may have ghost written the book for The One. But now in Christopher Andersen's new book "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage" he seems to be very close to confirming that theory;
In his new book, "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," Best-selling celebrity journalist, Christopher Andersen, has blown a huge hole in the Obama genius myth without intending to do so.
Relying on inside sources, quite possibly Michelle Obama herself, Andersen describes how Dreams came to be published -- just as I had envisioned it in my articles on the authorship of Dreams. With the deadline pressing, Michelle recommended that Barack seek advice from "his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers."
To flesh out his family history, Obama had taped interviews with various family members. Andersen writes, "These oral histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers." Andersen quotes a Hyde Park neighbor, "Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together. It was no secret. Why would it be? People liked them both."
Andersen continues, "In the end, Ayers's contribution to Barack's Dreams From My Father would be significant--so much so that the book's language, oddly specific references, literary devices, and themes would bear a jarring similarity to Ayers's own writing."
Hmmm...Not bad for some guy in the neighborhood as Obama described him.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Democrats Kill Amendment Requiring Bill To Be Fully Written Before a Vote
By Philip Klein on 9.23.09 @ 12:18PM
Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee killed an amendment proposed by Sen. Jim Bunning that would have required the committee to have the legislative language of its health care bill evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office before voting on it.
The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak
It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits Barack Obama when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, writes Nile Gardiner.
By Nile Gardiner
Published: 8:34AM BST 23 Sep 2009
Barack Obamas Gallup approval rating of 52 percent may well be lower at this stage of his presidency than any US leader in recent times with the exception of Bill Clinton. But he is still worshipped with messiah-like adoration at the United Nations, and is considerably more popular with many of the 192 members of the UN than he is with the American people.
The latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey of international confidence in Obamas leadership on foreign affairs shows strikingly high approval levels for the president in many parts of the world 94 percent in Kenya, 93 percent in Germany, 88 percent in Canada and Nigeria, 77 percent in India, 76 percent in Brazil, 71 percent in Indonesia, and 62 percent in China for example. The Pew survey of 21 countries reveals an average level of 71 percent support for President Obama, compared to just 17 percent for George W. Bush in 2008.
As the figures indicate, Barack Obama is highly likely to receive a warm reception when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, whereas his predecessor in the White House was greeted with undisguised contempt and stony silence.
It is not hard to see why a standing ovation awaits the president at Turtle Bay. Obamas popularity at the UN boils down essentially to his willingness to downplay American global power. He is the first American president who has made an art form out of apologizing for the United States, which he has done on numerous occasions on foreign soil, from Strasbourg to Cairo. The Obama mantra appears to be ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do to atone for your country. This is a message that goes down very well in a world that is still seething with anti-Americanism.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Budget chief contradicts Obama on Medicare costs
By ERICA WERNER (AP) – 4 hours ago
WASHINGTON — Congress' chief budget officer is contradicting President Barack Obama's oft-stated claim that seniors wouldn't see their Medicare benefits cut under a health care overhaul.
The head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, told senators Tuesday that seniors in Medicare's managed care plans would see reduced benefits under a bill in the Finance Committee.
The bill would cut payments to the Medicare Advantage plans by more than $100 billion over 10 years.
Elmendorf said the changes would reduce the extra benefits that would be made available to beneficiaries.
Critics say the plans are overpaid, while supporters say they work well.
Obama says cuts to Medicare providers won't reduce seniors' benefits.
Latif is one of the leading climate modellers in the world. He is the recipient of several international climate-study prizes and a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has contributed significantly to the IPCC's last two five-year reports that have stated unequivocally that man-made greenhouse emissions are causing the planet to warm dangerously.
Yet last week in Geneva, at the UN's World Climate Conference--an annual gathering of the so-called "scientific consensus" on man-made climate change --Latif conceded the Earth has not warmed for nearly a decade and that we are likely entering "one or even two decades during which temperatures cool."
What? The earth has been cooling for the last 10 years and we may even be entering a one or two decade period of cooling? I haven't heard this. So I guess the "irreversible catastrophe" has been in fact reversed and is no longer a pending catastrophe! Thank goodness!
According to McClatchy, military officers close to General McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources (read "troops") to implement a change of direction in Afghanistan.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Gird you loins: “If they take them back, this the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,”
ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:
Vice President Joe Biden said today that if Democrats were to lose 35 House seats they currently hold in traditionally Republican districts, it would mean doomsday for President Obama’s agenda.
Biden said Republicans are pinning their political strategy on flipping these seats.
“If they take them back, this the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,” the vice president said at a fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) today in Greenville, Delaware.
Republicans need to pick up 40 seats next November to take back control of the House.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
And of course they confirm it with this from ABC News;
As President Barack Obama goes on an unprecedented presidential blitz of media appearances, the White House is in a war of words with the network that did not get an interview: Fox.
"We figured Fox would rather show 'So You Think You Can Dance' than broadcast an honest discussion about health insurance reform," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told ABC News.
2. Giles’ and O’Keefe’s mission failed in many locations. Bertha and her buddies say with vigor and Reverend Wright unction that Giles and O’Keefe tried this trick in hundreds of locations without success. Marc Lamont Hill was on O’Reilly’s show this past week parroting the same smack. I heard one lunatic say they visited thousands of centers nationwide (there are under 200. Oops). Hey, guys: Why stop at hundreds and thousands? Why not say gazillions or quadrillions of ACORN centers?! Go Dr. Evil with the numbers. The truth of the matter happens to be that Hannah and James visited just a few locations—I won’t say how many—and struck gold, or sewage, everywhere they went.
I think its extremely important that I blame the Obama loving media for the Obama hate that's been coming my way...
"I think it's important for the media, you know - not to do any media-bashing here - to recognize that right now, in this 24-hour news cycle, the easiest way to get on CNN is or Fox or any of the other stations, MSNBC is to say something rude and outrageous," Obama said on CNN's Sept. 20 "State of the Union." "If you're civil and polite and you're sensible and you don't exaggerate the-bad things about your opponent and you know, you might get on one of the Sunday shows. But you're not going to be on the loop. And, you know, part of what I'd like to see is all of us reward decency and civility in our political discourse."
Obama: Mandate is Not a Tax
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Saturday, September 19, 2009
First Media Matters lying video and then the actual video of what Beck actually said;
And now the truth...
Like I said its so easy to check out you've gotta think that Media Matters is just a bunch of incompetent fools or they think their audience are a bunch of incompetent fools who don't know how to do a simple Google or YouTube search...
Published: September 18, 2009
Updated September 18, 2009
(Wellford, SC)—The Mayor of Wellford is defending her policy which bans police officers in that city from chasing suspects. Sallie Peake says the policy also includes vehicle chases along with pursuits on foot.
A memo issued on September 2nd from Peake to all Wellford officers reads:
“As of this date, there are to be no more foot chases when a suspect runs. I do not want anyone chasing after any suspects whatsoever.“
WSPA first reported the mandate on Wednesday after an anonymous citizen faxed a copy of the memo to our newsroom. Peake was out of town and unavailable for comment. On Friday, reporter Chris Cato caught up with her in her office and questioned her about the origin of the policy. Peake says she issued the mandate because several officers have been injured during chases, driving up insurance costs for the town.
“The officers are costing us more money on insurance than most citizens here in the city of Wellford are even earning,“ says Peake.
She says the city is paying out $20,000 annually in workers’ compensation claims, much of it due to the police force. In July, two officers wrecked their cruisers while chasing suspects and had to go to the hospital for minor treatment. The police chief says three officers have been injured during foot chases in the last two years.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also dont simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken, Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Thats why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.
Mr. Obama added, If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
President Barack Obama, seeking to make a case for health-insurance regulation, told a poignant story to a joint session of Congress last week. An Illinois man getting chemotherapy was dropped from his insurance plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn't known about.
"They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it," the president said in the nationally televised address.
In fact, the man, Otto S. Raddatz, didn't die because the insurance company rescinded his coverage once he became ill, an act known as recission. The efforts of his sister and the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan got Mr. Raddatz's policy reinstated within three weeks of his April 2005 rescission and secured a life-extending stem-cell transplant for him. Mr. Raddatz died this year, nearly four years after the insurance showdown.
Obama aides say the president got the essence of the story correct.
The essence of the story is correct? Mr. Raddatz did not die because of the insurance company. He received his treatment on schedule and the insurance company eventually paid for it on appeal. After the first transplant had enable him to live another 3 1/2 years, he was scheduled for a second transplant when his donor suddenly died.
So the president was entirely wrong about the essence of the story.
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday she is clueless about an amendment to prohibit government funds for embattled ACORN, although it overwhelmingly passed the Senate Monday and the White House is calling for the group to be held accountable.
"I don't even know what they passed," Pelosi told The Post yesterday. "What did they do? They defunded it?"
The amendment to suspend housing grants was a stunning blow to the community-activist group -- and came as some Democrats and the White House have been backing away from the group.
The vote was preceded by the release of videos by conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute soliciting -- and receiving -- tips from ACORN employees about how to shield income, avoid taxes and set up a brothel.
The issue now goes to a House-Senate conference committee for a spending bill. Its fate is up to Democratic leaders, particularly Pelosi, since the House passed no such provision.
Some fellow lawmakers were surprised that Pelosi wasn't following the issue.
"I think that she's not focused on the issue of corruption," said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has been hammering ACORN.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.
The poll contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors own lobby the powerful American Medical Association both of which suggest the medical profession is behind the proposed overhaul.
It also calls into question whether an overhaul is even doable; 72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administrations claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.
EXCLUSIVE: W.H. collects Web users' data without notice
By Audrey Hudson (Contact)
The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama's promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet.
Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the White House signaled that it would insist on open dealings with Internet users and, in fact, should feel obliged to disclose that it is collecting such information.
"The White House has not been adequately transparent, particularly on how it makes use of new social media techniques, such as this example," he said.
Defenders of the White House actions said the Presidential Records Act requires that the administration gather the information and that it was justified in taking the additional step of asking a private contractor to "crawl and archive" all such material. Nicholas Shapiro, a White House spokesman, declined to say when the practice began or how much the new contract would cost.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Its one of the most persistent and potent Republican arguments against health reform: that President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats want a U.S. government takeover of health care.
And what evidence do they have to back it up?
Obama said so. Just check out YouTube.
I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer, universal health care plan, then-U.S. Senate candidate Obama said at an AFL-CIO event in 2003, using the terms that commonly refer to a government-run health insurance system.
Everybody in, nobody out, a single-payer health care plan, universal health care plan thats what Id like to see, he said. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately, because first weve got to take back the White House. And we got to take back the Senate, and we got to take back the House.
[C]ritics of Obama-style reform have been able to exploit the mixed messages to sow doubts about Obamas true intent in pushing a trillion-dollar overhaul of the health care system with powerful evidence, captured on videotape, to back up their claims.
You dont have to go back to 2003 to find leading Democrats supporting a so-called single-payer health system. The most damaging examples are from this year.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The tweet image is from Politico...
“I’ve seen you do some pretty shitty things, but you just keep amazing me with your tactless, asshole ways. It’s absolutely fascinating how much I don’t like you. I like everyone. I even like my asshole ex that cheated on me over you… which is pretty odd since I don’t even personally know you,” Clarkson wrote on her IAmKelly blog. “The best part of this evening is that you weren’t even up for THIS award and yet you still have a problem with the outcome. Is winning a moon man that much of a life goal?? You can have mine if it will shut you up. Is it that important, really??” Clarkson was nominated in the Best Female Video category last night, but added that she was “excited” when Swift was named the winner.
Pink, who also lost in the Best Female Video category, reportedly had to be restrained by security from approaching West after his rant. Unable to lash out in person, Pink instead turned to her Twitter to attack Kanye, MTV reports. “Kanye West is the biggest piece of shit on earth. Quote me,” Pink wrote. “My heart goes out to Taylor Swift. She is a sweet and talented girl and deserved her moment.”
American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert wrote on his Twitter, “Kanye needs to chill. He freaks out every year. It ain’t that deep man,” while Danny Gokey simply used Kanye’s words against him, writing “How could you be so heartless?” Katy Perry was less subtle in her tweet, posting “Fuck U Kanye. It’s like u stepped on a kitten.” Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill said, “We lost damnit. Maybe next year. At least we got to see the worst haircut since 1984 try to steal the spotlight from lovely Taylor Swift.”
ACORN Story Grows But Mainstream Media Refuse to Cover It
This story has everything you could ever want corruption, sleazy actions at tax-funded organizations, firings, government ties, sex, hookers. It is a network news directors dream. Imagine the ratings. But almost no one is covering it.
Bruce Springsteen once wrote: From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come). I doubt he expected that story of love gone wrong would become ideal political commentary for the group known as ACORN.
The small scandal showing an embarrassing video of Baltimore ACORN staffers looking like they were giving tax advice on how to set up a brothel, is now national news. -- This story has everything you could ever want corruption, sleazy actions at tax-funded organizations, firings, government ties, sex, hookers. It is a network news directors dream. Imagine the ratings!
Only almost no one is covering it.
Incidentally, the crowd size is estimated to have been well over one million based on USA Today’s method of estimating crowd size, which was used for Obama’s inauguration:
From Fox News:
In response, ACORN officials blamed FOX News and conservatives for fueling the controversy.
"By its actions, Fox is not a news outlet but rather an advocacy organization for rightwing interests that seek to defeat healthcare reform and stymie solutions to the foreclosure crisis," the group said in a statement to FOXNews.com. "That said, with regard to the Census, ACORN has always said it would encourage full participation in the decennial count, and we will continue to do so."
ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis said the videos capturing her former workers were "doctored, edited, and in no way the result of the fabricated story being portrayed by conservative activist 'filmmaker' O'Keefe and his partner in crime."
Lewis said ACORN will take legal action against FOX News and those involved in the making of the videos. She said ACORN offices were also targeted in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Philadelphia, among other places.
Our new ABC News/Washington Post poll out this morning shows that the President’s joint session speech may have stopped his summer slide, but it doesn’t appear to have been the “game-changer” Democrats were hoping for.
No doubt Obama’s passionate presentation energized his partisans and began to unify Congressional Democrats, but this poll is the best evidence yet of where the public stands – and it demonstrates how difficult it will be for Obama to shape the debate and overcome skepticism about his plan.
Bottom line: right now, voters are almost exactly where they were before the speech.
Big question: will praise of Obama’s speech from moderate Dems (Ben Nelson called it a “game-changer” and President’s meeting with 17 Blue Dogs had a positive vibe) begin to impact public, or will more poll results like this shake the confidence of the Congressional centrists Obama needs?
Big question II: is dropping the public option the game-changer? Olympia Snowe says it’s the only way to get a bill through the Senate, and our poll shows a significant shift in support: from 46-48 to 50-42.
See Hot Air for an analysis of the poll results. It only use "all adults" which is the worst sample method to use.
Obama Criticizes Republicans for Blocking Health Care Bill
In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Obama says Republican who are opposing the overhaul of the nation's heath care system are doing it for political gain.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said he is confident Congress will pass "a good health care bill," as months of rancor over reforming the nation's health care system seemed to be easing Sunday, with the White House playing down an immediate role for a government insurance option.
At the same time, Obama was critical of Republican opponents who he said were trying to block an overhaul of the nation's heath care system for political gain.
"I believe that we will have enough votes to pass not just any health care bill, but a good health care bill that helps the American people, reduces costs, actually over the long-term controls our deficit. I'm confident that we've got that," Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes. "There are those in the Republican party who think the best thing to do is just to kill reform. That that will be good politics."
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Two prominent American pictures were shut out of the festival's official jury awards -- Michael Moore's attack on corporate greed, Capitalism: A Love Story, and The Weinstein Company's The Road, which John Hillcoat adapted from Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel. This will no doubt affect Harvey Weinstein' release plans for it. Moore's pic did receive the Leoncino d'oro Award from 26 local youths selected by the festival, but nothing from the official jury -- even though he personally came to Venice to premiere his documentary (see trailer here). So did Oliver Stone, whose South Of The Border debuted out of competition. The screening of this indictment of U.S. media's villification of Huge Chavez (trailer here) prompted the Venezuelan president to walk the red carpet alongside Stone.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), who shouted "you lie!" at President Obama during his Wednesday night address to Congress, admitted to regularly consuming caffeine pills in 2007.
It is unclear if Wilson still takes NoDoz, a brand of pill that contains 200 milligrams of caffeine a pop. By comparison, a seven ounce cup of drip coffee contains 115 to 175 milligrams of caffeine.
Holy crap! He admitted to regularly consuming caffiene pills in 2007! That's it I am officially calling for his resignation from the House.
WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will give a speech about the financial crisis on Monday, marking the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the White House said.
"He will discuss the aggressive steps the Administration has taken to bring the economy back from the brink (and) the commitment to winding down the government's role in the financial sector," the White House said in a statement.