Springsteen calls Wal-Mart deal a mistake
Jan 31 12:50 AM US/Eastern
NEW YORK (AP) - The Boss is owning up to a mistake.
In an interview with The New York Times, Bruce Springsteen says he shouldn't have made a deal with Wal-Mart. This month, the store started exclusively selling a Springsteen greatest-hits CD.
Some fans were critical because Springsteen has been a longtime supporter of worker's rights, and Wal-Mart has faced criticism for its labor practices. Springsteen's team didn't vet the issue as closely as it should have, and that he "dropped the ball on it," he told the Times for a story to be published in Sunday editions and previewed on its Web site.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Daschle's spokeswoman, revealing only the back payments for the car service, said he "naively" believed it was "nothing more than a generous offer from a friend." The spokeswoman, Jenny Backus, said that last June Daschle asked his accountant whether the car could be construed as a reportable gift or payment. The accountant intended to correct the error with Daschle's 2008 tax filing, she said.
So you see it was just a common mistake made all the time. I wonder if that excuse would work for me?
“Take a look at the audience, though -- and I want to show our viewers a picture of the audience. Michael Steele, the first African-American leader of the RNC -- Leslie, I don’t see a whole lot of black people, at least in that group over there.” He went on to say, “It’s encouraging. I’m sure you’re encouraged that all these white people basically elected an African-American to be their leader
Who says the left isn't obsessed with race? Also Jan Larimer elected co-chair and Sharon Day elected Secretary of the RNC. Both of the female persuasion. By the way, which Clinton retread has Obama picked lately?
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The legislation calls for the creation of what [Rep. John Carter, R-Texas] calls the, “Rangel Rule,” — drawing attention to the recent legal issues of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., enabling citizens who fail to pay taxes on time to do so later with no additional fees.
Rangel, who writes the country’s tax policies, acknowledged last fall that he failed to pay thousands in real estate taxes for rental income he earned from a property in the Dominican Republic.
As of September 2008 the Harlem Democrat reportedly paid back more than $10,000 in taxes but that did not include any IRS penalties.
“As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, I believe you set an example for all American taxpayers in your dealings with the IRS, and that you must do so in a way that enforces blind justice without regard to wealth or status,” he wrote in the January 6th missive.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
For better or (probably) worse, this is totally owned by the Dems now.
12 Dems also voted no...doesn't say much for Pelosi's power of persuasion!
This should be some party after the stimulus vote...
Washington Post has the official count...all 177 Republicans vote no with 11 Dems also voting no.
"He said he wanted action, bold and swift, and that is exactly what we are doing," Pelosi told reporters before the vote.
And it's all yours baby!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
A ‘Winter Storm Watch’ has been posted for the nation’s capitol and there is a potential for significant snow… sleet… or ice accumulations. “I can’t imagine the Democrats would want to showcase Mr. Gore and his new findings on global warming as a winter storm rages outside,” a Republican lawmaker emailed the DRUDGE REPORT. A spokesman for Sen. John Kerry, who chairs the committee, was not immediately available to comment on contingency plans.
Friday, January 23, 2009
"Why did the administration believe it was important for the American people not to know the name of the two senior administration officials who briefed us this morning on Guantanamo?" one reporter asked in the packed and steaming hot briefing room just off the White House West Wing.
"I hope that you all found the exercise that we did this morning helpful," Mr. Gibbs offered helpfully.
"Do you know," the reporter followed, "that you've used ... one of those senior officials' first names several times in this briefing?" A very long pause ensued.
"I do," the spokesman said, his cornflower-colored tie suddenly looking a bit too tight. "Are we allowed to repeat that name?" Mr. Gibbs answered by citing as precedent of Brazilian soccer stars being known only by a single name—sure to one day be a classic White House non-answer.
The emergence of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee as the deputy leader of Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has underscored the potential complications in carrying out the executive order President Obama signed Thursday that the detention center be shut down within a year.
The militant, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, in September. He was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Posted on 20 January 2009 by Robert Seidman
Final Update: The Obama inauguration was watched by 37.8 million, second only to Reagan’s 41.8 million in 1981.
Another update: still haven’t seen the viewer
numbers but James Hibberd reminded me that a household ratings point is
larger today than it was in 1981, so Reagan’s record might not be
safe after all. We’ll see!
Update: Reagan looks safe, but Obama appears headed for second most-watched inauguration.
Ronald Reagan’s inauguration twenty-eight years ago on January
20, 1981 set the inaugural ratings record, averaging almost forty-two
million (41,800,260). Will Barack Obama break the record?
I was in the nearby Safeway about five minutes after the
inauguration ended and it was a barren ghost town. But that’s a
bit anecdotal for my tastes.
We won’t likely know the results until tomorrow, but in the
meanwhile here’s some real data for today, though it is based on
Internet rather than television. According to the Silicon Alley Insider
based on data from Akamai the early numbers for the inauguration among
news web sites was that they saw 5.4 million visitors per minute.
Peak total visitors per minute were 5.4 million, making it one of
the top five events ever, trailing both the 2008 presidential election
(#1 with 8.572 million visitors per minute at peak traffic) as well as
the first day of the NCAA college basketball tournament last March (#3
with 7.01 million visitors/minute ).
We’ll have to see if Obama can dethrone Reagan as the
inaugural Nielsen ratings champ, but in the meanwhile you can see the inauguration numbers back to 1969 via the Nielsen Wire.
And here is some miscellaneous inaugural trivia.
More of the same from the do as I say not as I do crowd...
“She has a tax problem that came up in the vetting and a potential nanny issue,” the soruce said. “And reporters are starting to look at her marriage more closely,” the soruce continued, refusing to provide any specifics.
Gossip columns have reported for more than a year that Kennedy’s marriage to Ed Schlossberg is essentially over, and the gossip site Gawker.com has reported rumors that she’s been linked to New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger.
Kennedy denied any issue over her marriage in an interview with The Post last month…
Several sources said the governor, who has sole power to replace Clinton, was unimpressed with how the daughter of John F. Kennedy handled media interviews and private sessions with various officials.
Three sources said Paterson had conveyed to Kennedy on Tuesday that she wasn’t likely to get picked. She, too, was at Obama’s inauguration, but kept a very low profile.
But the orders would leave unresolved complex questions surrounding the closing of the Guantánamo prison, including whether, where and how many of the detainees are to be prosecuted. They could also allow Mr. Obama to reinstate the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation operations in the future, by presidential order, as some have argued would be appropriate if Osama bin Laden or another top-level leader of Al Qaeda were captured.
The new White House counsel, Gregory B. Craig, briefed lawmakers about some elements of the orders on Wednesday evening. A Congressional official who attended the session said Mr. Craig acknowledged concerns from intelligence officials that new restrictions on C.I.A. methods might be unwise and indicated that the White House might be open to allowing the use of methods other the 19 techniques allowed for the military.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
And he says that TurboTax did not ask him if he was self-employed and if he needed to pay self-employment income taxes.
You have got to be kidding me.
I use TaxCut, its primary competitor and I can tell you that it ALWAYS asks if you are self-employed or if you have any 1099 forms you need to enter. And many readers of The Campaign Spot on NRO are in disagreement with Geithner's answer.
Experts say Obama should retake the oath
Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
(01-21) 04:00 PST Washington - -- Several constitutional lawyers said President Obama should, just to be safe, retake the oath of office that was flubbed by Chief Justice John Roberts.
The 35-word oath is explicitly prescribed in the Constitution, Article II, Section 1, which begins by saying the president "shall" take the oath "before he enter on the execution of his office."
The oath reads: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
In giving the oath, Roberts misplaced the word "faithfully," at which point Obama paused quizzically. Roberts then corrected himself, but Obama repeated the words as Roberts initially said them.
A do-over "would take him 30 seconds, he can do it in private, it's not a big deal, and he ought to do it just to be safe," said Boston University constitutional scholar and Supreme Court watcher Jack Beermann. "It's an open question whether he's president until he takes the proper oath."
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Under the “agenda” portion of the site regarding Katrina, it reads: “President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.”
“President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina,” the statement on the site continues. “Citing the Bush Administration’s ‘unconscionable ineptitude’ in responding to Hurricane Katrina, then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims.”
Couldn't wait could they...
'Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen'...
You know because we whites we're bad!
Let's check back in 1 year and see how their pledges are doing...
“My president is black, he’s black, he’s half white/ So even in a
racist mind, he’s half right/ So if you got a racist mind, it’s
alright/ My president is black, but his house is all white,”
Monday, January 19, 2009
Bruce Springsteen: "We've lived through a nightmare like that in the past eight years here. We had a historically blind administration who didn't take consideration of the past; thousands and thousands of people died, lives were ruined and terrible, terrible things occurred because, there was no sense of history, no sense that the past is living and real.
"So the song is about this happening to this character. He moves ahead. He tries to make the right moves. He awakes from a vision of his death, and realises: life is finite. Time is with me always. And I'm frightened. And he rides west where he settles down. But the past comes back in the form of this bounty hunter, whose mind is also quickened and burdened by the need to get his man. And these possessed creatures meet along the shores of this river where the bounty hunter of course is killed, and his last words are: 'We can't undo the things we've done.'
"In other words, your past is your past. You carry it with you always. These are your sins. You carry them with you always. You better learn how to live with them, learn the story that they're telling you. Because they're whispering your future in your ear, and if you don't listen, it will be contaminated by the toxicity of your past."
Mark Hagen: So do you think that kind of nightmare is going to change? That to an extent America has now taken account of that?
Springsteen: "Yes, because, you know... the whole place practically has come crashing down. [laughs] Yes, there is severe accounting being taken of it right now. We're going through something that we haven't gone through in my life. Foreign policy, domestic policy - driven to its breaking point. Everything got broken.
"And the philosophy that was at the base of the last administration has ruined many, many people's lives. The deregulation, the idea of the unfettered, free market, the blind foreign policy. This was a very radical group of people who pushed things in a very radical direction, had great success at moving things in that direction, and we are suffering the consequences."
Yes its really hysterical that the country is in a recession right now. So funny funny that it won't affect multi-billionaire Springsteen one iota. But he can laugh about how it may be affecting everyday Americans who still are working on their dreams. Nice that he finds that so humorous.
On one of its incessantly running Inauguration Day promos, a narrator gushes, “When a new President inspires the nation, one day Americans will ask: where were you when Barack Obama became President?”
Besides the confusing timeline of that sentence, there’s something almost bludgeoningly hortatory about it. Mind you, I voted for Barack Obama enthusiastically, in the primaries and the general election–and yet hearing stuff like this (Obama = The Moon Landing) I can empathize with the people who didn’t.
Refresh my memory if I’m forgetting something, but when President Bush was inaugurated in 2001, I don’t remember promos this blatantly triumphalist even on Fox News. It passive-aggressively defies you to disagree with it, as it asserts that this guy who hasn’t even been sworn in yet will undeniably be an inspirational, nay, an historic figure. Even if you didn’t vote for him, you have to admit that Jan. 20 will be a truly amazing day. Right? You have to admit it, right? Well, admit it!
Watch your back Jim, don't you know you cannot speak against the Dear Leader.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
"Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Every time you exhale, you exhale air that has 4 percent carbon dioxide. To say that that's a pollutant just boggles my mind. What used to be science has turned into a cult. ... All the evidence I see is that the current warming of the climate is just like past warmings. In fact, it's not as much as past warmings yet, and it probably has little to do with carbon dioxide, just like past warmings had little to do with carbon dioxide." ...
Happer said he is dismayed by the politicization of the issue and believes the community of climate change scientists has become a veritable "religious cult," noting that nobody understands or questions any of the science.
He noted in an interview that in the past decade, despite what he called "alarmist" claims, there has not only not been warming, there has in fact been global cooling. He added that climate change scientists are unable to use models to either predict the future or accurately model past events.
"There was a baseball sage who said prediction is hard, especially of the future, but the implication was that you could look at the past and at least second-guess the past," Happer explained. "They can't even do that." ...
"[Climate change theory has] been extremely bad for science. It's going to give science a really bad name in the future," he said. "I think science is one of the great triumphs of humankind, and I hate to see it dragged through the mud in an episode like this."
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
For Obama, who repeatedly insisted during the 2008 presidential campaign and the transition period that “America doesn’t torture,” a classified loophole would allow him to back up his vow to end harsh interrogations while retaining a full range of presidential options in conducting the war against terrorism.
The proposed loophole, which could come in the form of a classified annex to the manual, would satisfy intelligence experts who fear that an outright ban of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques would limit the government in obtaining threat information that could save American lives. It would also preserve Obama’s flexibility to authorize any interrogation tactics he might deem necessary for national security.
However, such a move would frustrate Senate Democrats and human rights, retired military and religious groups that have pressed for a government-wide prohibition on methods they describe as torture…
“That would not be good,” said the Rev. Richard Killmer, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. “We don’t need to be able to torture and we don’t need to engage in any interrogation techniques that are not humane. And unless we have absolute clarity that these interrogation techniques will not be used, they are not going to be able to say that.”
I wonder if he'll be faced with screams of "Obama-Hitler"...
Big Coal is on a roll in the nation’s capital, winning early rounds this week in what promises to be a long fight over fossil fuels and climate change.
Despite a well-funded ad campaign by environmentalists attacking the industry, and a huge coal-ash spill in Tennessee that has led to calls for more regulation, the industry has received positive assurances this week from President-elect Barack Obama’s nominees that the new administration is committed to keeping coal a big part of the nation’s energy source.
On Wednesday, Mr. Obama’s choice to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, described coal to a Senate panel as “a vital resource” for the country. A day earlier, Mr. Obama’s nominee to run the Energy Department, physicist Steven Chu, referred to coal as a “great natural resource.” Two years ago, he called the expansion of coal-fired power plants his “worst nightmare.”
The comments indicated the new administration is trying to steer toward the center in the debate over the costs associated with curbing fossil fuels and the greenhouse gases they produce.
In a wide-ranging 70-minute interview with Washington Post reporters and editors, the president-elect pledged quick action on the Middle East once he takes office, promised to support voting rights for D.C. residents, and said he will consider it a failure if he has not closed the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by the end of his first term in office.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
US Airways Plane Crashes Into Hudson River - wcbstv.com
Plane Lands Upright In Water Near USS Intrepid
Bird Strike Said To Have Caused Both Engines To Malfunction
Witness: 'It Wasn't Wobbling, There Was No Smoke'
NEW YORK (CBS) ―
A U.S. Airways airplane has crashed into the Hudson River, CBS 2 has learned. The plane appears to be in one piece and passengers are being evaucated by rescue teams.
Officials tell CBS 2 the airplane is Flight 1549, an Airbus a320 that took off from La Guardia Aiport and headed to Charlotte, N.C. There are reports that there were 151 people on board. It went down around 3:30 p.m.
There are reports that the a bird strike may have caused the plane to go down, meaning a bird may have entered the engine, causing a malfunction. A large flock of geese was said to have flown in front of the plane at the time of the bird strike.
The bird strike disabled both engines
Protesters label Redford an enemy of the poor - Salt Lake Tribune
Oil and gas drilling » Clergymen link famed moviemaker's stance to racism.
By Patty Henetz
The Salt Lake Tribune
Updated: 01/15/2009 11:59:48 AM MST
Hollywood's Sundance Kid is hurting poor people.
So say some East Coast ministers and conservative activists, who took to the streets in front of a downtown Salt Lake City theater on the eve of Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival to accuse the actor of holding down low-income Americans with his opposition to oil and gas drilling near national parks in Utah.
The protesters, led by the Congress of Racial Equality's national spokesman Niger Innis, suggested Redford should "relinquish his wealth" and live like a poor person. They complained that the filmmaker's anti-drilling stance could lead to higher energy prices for inner-city residents, forcing them to accept a lower standard of living.
Waxman promises quick action on climate
Jan 15 12:44 PM US/Eastern
By H. JOSEF HEBERT
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of a key House committee said Thursday he will move "quickly and decisively" to push legislation curbing greenhouse gases with a goal of passing climate legislation out of his committee before Memorial Day.
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., opening the new Congress' first hearing on the threats from global warming, said inaction on the climate issue is causing uncertainties that make it more difficult to emerge from the recession.
Hey Henry, have you seen this article, DailyTech - Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979
or maybe this one Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age
or maybe all these;
Chicago has most consecutive days of snowfall since records began in 1884...
Flint, Michigan breaks 95-year-old record...
Blowing snow, frigid temps pound nation...
40 BELOW ZERO...
Frigid air, perhaps coldest of winter...
Live Chill Map...
"In validating the government’s wide authority to collect foreign intelligence, it may offer legal credence to the Bush administration’s repeated assertions that the president has constitutional authority to act without specific court approval in ordering national security eavesdropping."
So now what happens to the whistler-blower? He exposed a valuable tool in the fight against terror and crippled the program. Now the court has concluded it is legal. Should the
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So you're attending an inaugural ball saluting the historic election of Barack Obama in the worst economic climate in three generations. Can you get away with glitzing it up and still be appropriate, not to mention comfortable and financially viable?
To quote the man of the hour: Yes, you can. Veteran ballgoers say you should. And fashionistas insist that you must.
"This is a time to celebrate. This is a great moment. Do not dress down. Do not wear the Washington uniform," said Tim Gunn, a native Washingtonian and Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne, Inc.
"Just because the economy is in a downturn, it doesn't mean that style is going to be in a downturn," agreed Ken Downing, fashion director for Neiman Marcus.
And if anyone does raise an eyebrow at those sequins, remind them that optimism is good for times like these. "Just say you're doing it to help the economy," chuckled good manners guru Letitia Baldridge.
Just a quick reminder, from AP 2005;
President Bushs second inauguration will cost tens of millions of dollars $40 million alone in private donations for the balls, parade and other invitation-only parties. With that kind of money, what could you buy?"Start by canceling your inauguration parties and festivities."
? 200 armored Humvees with the best armor for troops in Iraq.
? Vaccinations and preventive health care for 22 million children in regions devastated by the tsunami.
? A down payment on the nations deficit, which hit a record-breaking $412 billion last year....
The questions have come from Bush supporters and opponents: Do we need to spend this money on what seems so extravagant?
New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, suggested inaugural parties should be scaled back, citing as a precedent Roosevelt's inauguration during World War II.
"President Roosevelt held his 1945 inaugural at the White House, making a short speech and serving guests cold chicken salad and plain pound cake," according to a letter from Weiner and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. "During World War I, President Wilson did not have any parties at his 1917 inaugural, saying that such festivities would be undignified."...
Billionaire Mark Cuban, owner of the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks, voted for Bush -- twice. Cuban knows a thing or two about big spending, once starring in ABC's reality TV show, "The Benefactor," in which 16 contenders tried to pass his test for success and win $1 million.
"As a country, we face huge deficits. We face a declining economy. We have service people dying. We face responsibilities to help those suffering from the...devastation of the tsunamis," he wrote on his blog, a Web journal.
Cuban challenged Bush to set an example:
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Massa needed 2 cars for D.C. trip
By Jeff Murray • Elmira Star-Gazette • January 8, 2009
A hydrogen fuel cell car driven by U.S. Rep. Eric Massa to Washington, D.C. on Monday didn’t actually get him all the way there.
Massa had to be in the nation’s capital Tuesday for his swearing in as the 29th Congressional District’s new representative. He drove the General Motors Equinox prototype car to draw attention to the technology, some of which is being developed in the district.
The problem is the car can go about 150 to 200 miles without a refill, and the trip from Corning to Washington, D.C. is 282 miles. And there are no hydrogen refilling stations along the way.
As a result, Massa had to switch to another GM hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that was standing by in Harrisburg.
After the trip, both cars were towed back to their original locations by two Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid SUVs.
Iranian protesters burn Barack Obama pictures - Times Online
Hardline demonstrators burn posters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama
Barack Obama was the subject of an anti-US rally in Tehran
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Iranian demonstrators burned photographs of Barack Obama today as they protested against America’s inaction over Gaza.
Dozens of people gathered in Tehran waving Palestinian flags and defacing and setting fire to images of the President-elect.
Iranian demonstrators have often burned effigies or pictures of US presidents in the past but this appeared to be the first time Mr Obama’s picture had been defaced, a week before his inauguration as president.
The Iranian government has condemned the West, and the United States in particular, for not doing more to stop Israel’s attacks on Gaza. The 17-day-old offensive, which Israel says is to stop rockets being fired at it, has killed more than 900 Palestinians.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Washington Times - Obama climate czar has socialist ties
Group sees 'global governance' as solution
Stephen Dinan (Contact)
Originally published 05:45 a.m., January 12, 2009, updated 05:45 a.m., January 12, 2009
Until last week, Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick as global warming czar, was listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which calls for "global governance" and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age - Pravda.Ru
Front page / Science / Planet Earth
11.01.2009 Source: Pravda.Ru
The earth is now on the brink of entering another Ice Age, according to a large and compelling body of evidence from within the field of climate science. Many sources of data which provide our knowledge base of long-term climate change indicate that the warm, twelve thousand year-long Holocene period will rather soon be coming to an end, and then the earth will return to Ice Age conditions for the next 100,000 years.
Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age (Photo: earthweek.com)
Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age (Photo: earthweek.com)
Israel launches massive military operation against Gaza Strip
America chooses its future
Russia to retrieve its status of world's strongest superpower
US fighter jets
Ice cores, ocean sediment cores, the geologic record, and studies of ancient plant and animal populations all demonstrate a regular cyclic pattern of Ice Age glacial maximums which each last about 100,000 years, separated by intervening warm interglacials, each lasting about 12,000 years.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Baltimore Mayor Sheila A. Dixon was charged today with 12 counts of felony theft, perjury, fraud and misconduct in office, becoming the city's first sitting mayor to be criminally indicted.
The case stems in part from at least $15,348 in gifts Dixon allegedly received from her former boyfriend, prominent city developer Ronald H. Lipscomb, while she was City Council president. She also is accused of using as much as $3,400 in gift cards, some donated to her office for distribution to "needy families," to purchase Best Buy electronics and other items for herself and her staff.
Lipscomb was not indicted in the Dixon case, but he and City Councilwoman Helen L. Holton were charged this week in a separate $12,500 bribery scheme. Both cases grew out of a nearly three-year probe by the state prosecutor into City Hall corruption.
The investigation has hung over Dixon, a Democrat, even as she became the city's first female mayor and oversaw a significant decrease in the city's homicide rate, reducing killings to a 20-year low. Viewed as an energetic and charismatic leader, she has earned praise from residents for implementing an easy-to-use recycling program and displaying a willingness to tackle the city's systemic racial and economic disparities.
Friday, January 09, 2009
A friend on the Hill forwards these headlines along and notes that Obama has been talking about these kind of tax ideas for a year or more. Where were Democrats before? (a rhetorical question, of course):
Politico: Dems quarrel over stimulus plan
AP: Democrats criticize Obama's proposed tax cuts
Reuters: U.S. Democrats skeptical on stimulus tax breaks
Bloomberg: Democrats Criticize Parts of Obama Stimulus Plan
Dow Jones: Senate Finance Panel Democrats Scornful Of Obama Tax Cut Plan
AFP: Democrats chafe at Obama's tax cut plans
WSJ: Democrats Raise Doubts Over Obama's Economic Plan
NY Times: Senate Allies Fault Obama on Stimulus
CNN: Dems give Obama aides 'barrage of criticism' on stimulus plan
Hill: Dems and Obama split on taxes
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Report: Al-Qaida No. 2 blames Obama for Gaza fight - Yahoo! News
CAIRO, Egypt – Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader lashed out at President-elect Barack Obama in a new audio message Tuesday, accusing him of not doing anything to stop Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to an intelligence monitoring center.
The recording purportedly by Ayman al-Zawahiri was al-Qaida's first comments on the Gaza crisis since Israel launched its offensive against the Islamic militants of Hamas on Dec. 27.
The Guardian has spoken to three people with knowledge of the discussions in the Obama camp.
There is no talk of Obama approving direct diplomatic negotiations with Hamas early on in his administration, but he is being urged by advisers to initiate low-level or clandestine approaches, and there is growing recognition in Washington that the policy of ostracising Hamas is counter-productive.
Richard Haass, a diplomat under both presidents Bush who was named by a number of news organisations this week as Obama’s choice for Middle East envoy, supports low level contacts with Hamas provided there is a ceasefire in place and a Hamas-Fatah reconciliation emerges…
Bruce Hoffman, a counterterrorism expert at the Georgetown school of foreign service, said it was unlikely Obama would move to initiate contacts with Hamas unless the radical faction in Damascus was crippled by the conflict in Gaza. “This would really be dependent on Hamas’s military wing having suffered a real, almost decisive, drubbing.”
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
What is with CNN ? KEEPING THEM (CNN) honest: guess what CNN did! CNN put Gov Sarah Palin in same category as John Edwards, Elliott Spitzer, Gov Blago and more!!
by Greta Van Susteren
Wait until you read this one about CNN!! (and yes, I will continue to defend women who are gratuitously insulted! I hope you will, too. You should not agree with all their positions on issues because they are women..but you sure should defend the jerks who just want to trash them - whether it be Senator Clinton or Governor Palin - for ratings.)
So what is CNN’s latest “news?” Their “news” is their conclusion that Gov Palin = some pretty creepy guys.
Governor Sarah Palin falling from grace????? (that’s what CNN says!) The Governor of the largest state in the union who was on the ticket to be VP and that is falling for grace? huh? That’s a fall? Who would not want her success???
So what is the latest that provokes the above?
Get this: CNN put out a list of “falling from grace in 2008″ and put Governor Palin on the list with (get ready!!) this group of men:
Senator John Edwards who cheated on his wife but gave the excuse his wife was in remission from cancer (nice, huh?)…
Governor Elliott Spitzer cheating on his wife with a prostitute (and let’s not forget the black socks!)…
Senator Ted Stevens convicted of crimes….he said he didn’t use the $2000 plus gift chair in his house…that’s a good one!!
…or how about Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick? convicted of felonies!!!
and Governor Blago who is about to be indicted for alleging selling a Senate Seat that was occupied by our next President???
CNN thinks Governor Palin is like these guys? one of these guys? is that fair? Let’s KEEP CNN HONEST…is this right? post your comment…
Check out this article below:
CNN Places Sarah Palin With 2008’s Criminals, Sex Addicts, and the Corrupt
By Warner Todd Huston
January 4, 2009 - 07:06 ET
Monday, January 05, 2009
(CNN) – The secretary of the U.S. Senate on Monday rejected the certificiate of appointment for Roland Burris, named by Illinois' controversial governor to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, according to an aide to the secretary.
The aide said Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson rejected Burris' appointment because it does not conform with the Senate rule requiring that the secretary of state — in this case, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White — must sign the certificate of appointment along with the governor.
White has declined to sign the certificate, siding with some Senate Democrats who say Burris should not be seated because of the cloud over Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat.
According to a Democratic source and a Democratic Senate leadership aide, without the signed certificate Burris will be denied access to the Senate floor.
Or maybe it does...
Aides: Democrats have plan if Burris shows up
Posted: 08:00 PM ET
(CNN) — Senate Democratic leaders think Roland Burris, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, will likely show up on Capitol Hill Tuesday for the opening day of Congress, according to a Democratic aide familiar with Senate Democratic leaders' plans.
They have prepared a contingency plan in case he does, the aide added.
Burris will not be allowed on the Senate floor, according to this aide and a Senate Democratic leadership aide.
Watch: What if Burris shows up?
The aide familiar with Senate Democratic leaders' plans said if Burris tries to enter the Senate chamber, the Senate doorkeeper will stop Burris. If Burris were to persist, either trying to force his way onto the Senate floor or refusing to leave and causing a scene, U.S. Capitol Police would stop him, said the aide.
Richardson Won’t Pursue Cabinet Post
WASHINGTON — Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for commerce secretary, withdrew from consideration for that job on Sunday, saying a pending investigation into whether his administration gave lucrative contracts to a political donor would have “forced an untenable delay” in his confirmation.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Harold Ambler: Mr. Gore: Apology Accepted
You are probably wondering whether President-elect Obama owes the world an apology for his actions regarding global warming. The answer is, not yet. There is one person, however, who does. You have probably guessed his name: Al Gore.
Mr. Gore has stated, regarding climate change, that "the science is in." Well, he is absolutely right about that, except for one tiny thing. It is the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of humankind.