TROOP INCREASE DIFFICULT
A further increase could be politically difficult for Obama, with members of his Democratic Party increasingly uneasy about the war and congressional elections due next year.
The White House sought on Monday to pin the blame for the grave state of the war in Afghanistan on the Bush administration, which made Iraq its top military priority.
Monday, August 31, 2009
...but that initial concern that Senator Ryder said, that original cloud continued over it, because industry, and industry lobbyists, insurance lobbyists here in Springfield had been engaging in such fear-mongering among its agents, suggesting that this was a single-payer bill that in fact a lot of concerns were raised that had nothing to do with the bill that was before the body today. And what I was, what I would strongly suggest is people take the time to look at the three-page bill that is before them as opposed to some of the mischaracterizations (of) this legislation that have been raised by others.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 30% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11.
Twenty-nine percent (29%) are confident that Congress knows what it’s doing when it comes to the economy. If Americans could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, 57% would throw out all the legislators and start over again. Just 25% would vote to keep the Congress.
Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. That’s the lowest level of total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-three percent (53%) now disapprove. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Democrats approve while 83% of Republicans disapprove. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 66% disapprove.
The Dem and Republican numbers are not surprising, the independent number is.
57% Would Like to Replace Entire CongressSunday, August 30, 2009
If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote.
Overall, these numbers are little changed since last October. When Congress was passing the unpopular $700-billion bailout plan in the heat of a presidential campaign and a seeming financial industry meltdown, 59% wanted to throw them all out. At that time, just 17% wanted to keep them.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet
by Declan McCullagh
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.
The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.
"I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness," said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board. "It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill."
Representatives of other large Internet and telecommunications companies expressed concerns about the bill in a teleconference with Rockefeller's aides this week, but were not immediately available for interviews on Thursday.
Update August 27 11 a.m: Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center says in e-mail: "We would oppose section 431(a) of the bill because it violates the intent of the Privacy Act which generally requires agencies to obtain information directly from individuals and not from other agencies." EPIC still hasn't updated their Web site to reflect this sentiment, but it's good to know that other folks have concerns too.
What could possibly go wrong?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Led by a new hour of America’s Got Talent at 9pm, NBC won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers, edging out ABC.
At 8pm, ABC’s Wipeout led the hour with a 2.5/8 rating/share with adults 18-49 and 7.56 million viewers. Second was a recap hour of America’s Got Talent (1.8/6, 6.93M) followed by a Bones rerun (1.2/4, 4.5M) and a Ted Kennedy tribute, Ted Kennedy: The Last Brother on CBS (0.9/3, 4.6M). CW ran an America’s Next Top Model repeat (0.5/2, 1.25M).
At 9pm the aforementioned America’s Got Talent led the way (2.9/8, 10.87M), with the premiere of ABC’s Crash Course a distant second (1.9/5, 5.06M), followed by a Criminal Minds repeat (1.3/4, 5.65M) and another Bones rerun (1.3/4, 4.35M) and another repeat hour of America’s Next Top Model (0.5/1, 1.09M).
At 10pm a Law & Order: SVU (1.8/5, 6.05M) episode on NBC led the way followed by a CSI: NY (1.6/5, 6.36M) repeat and ABC’s Ted Kennedy tribute, Remembering Ted Kennedy (1.1/3, 3.97M).
ABC, NBC Won't Air Ad Critical of Obama's Health Care Plan
The refusal by ABC and NBC to run a national ad critical of President Obama's health care reform plan is raising questions from the group behind the spot -- particularly in light of ABC's health care special aired in prime time last June hosted at the White House
By Joshua Rhett Miller
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The refusal by ABC and NBC to run a national ad critical of President Obama's health care reform plan is raising questions from the group behind the spot -- particularly in light of ABC's health care special aired in prime time last June and hosted at the White House.
The 33-second ad by the League of American Voters, which features a neurosurgeon who warns that a government-run health care system will lead to the rationing of procedures and medicine, began airing two weeks ago on local affiliates of ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS. On a national level, however, ABC and NBC have refused to run the spot in its present form.
"It's a powerful ad," said Bob Adams, executive director of the League of American Voters, a national nonprofit group with 15,000 members who advocate individual liberty and government accountability. "It tells the truth and it really highlights one of the biggest vulnerabilities and problems with this proposed legislation, which is it rations health care and disproportionately will decimate the quality of health care for seniors."
WASHINGTON (AP) - A key House liberal suggested Thursday that party moderates who've pushed for changes in health care legislation are "brain dead" and out for insurance company campaign donations.
Moderate Blue Dog Democrats "just want to cause trouble," said Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., who heads the health subcommittee on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.
"They're for the most part, I hate to say, brain dead, but they're just looking to raise money from insurance companies and promote a right-wing agenda that is not really very useful in this whole process," Stark told reporters on a conference call.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
'Win One for Teddy,' Say Dems Pushing for Health Reform
Key Question Is Whether Kennedy's Death Can Rally Fellow DemocratsBY TEDDY DAVIS
Aug. 26, 2009
Democrats are hoping that the memory of Sen. Ted Kennedy will revive the Democratic Party's flagging push for health care reform.
President Obama's senior advisor remembers the "Lion of the Senate."
"You've heard of 'win one for the Gipper'? There is going to be an atmosphere of 'win one for Teddy,'" Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care, told ABC News.
Some Surprised By 'Clunker' TaxThe Cash For Clunkers program is adding to the activity at treasurers' offices all around South Dakota. First, people were asking for proof of ownership, so they could show they owned their vehicle for a full year, allowing them to cash it in. Now, they'll be returning to register their new vehicle. And when they do, new owners need to bring every bit of paperwork provided to them by their dealer.
"That means they need their title, their damage disclosure, their bill of sale and the dealers have 30 days to get that to them," Minnehaha County Treasurer Pam Nelson said.
But many of those cashing in on the clunkers program are surprised when they get to the treasurer's office windows. That's because the government's rebate of up to $4500 dollars for every clunker is taxable.
"They didn't realize that would be taxable. A lot of people don't realize that. So they're not happy and kind of surprised when they find that out," Nelson said.
For now, the biggest impact of the program hasn't hit this office yet, as most of the paperwork is still in the hands of the dealers. But Nelson expects to see move activity in her office in the next month.
"I'm anxious to see what it's going to be like. I have no idea how many people we're going to see. Hopefully the dealers can process their paperwork in 30 days," Nelson said.
And that's when the line at this office will give some indication of how many cars the government program moved off of local lots.
Nelson adds that if you did recently purchase a vehicle, ensure your dealer gets you the paperwork in time because if they don't you could pay extra interest and penalties.
UPDATE: Hmmm...seems to be some confusion about this report. There are some saying that it is not taxable to the buyer but to the dealer instead. I am sure the dealers will be thrilled to hear that.
Im hearing a very credible rumor that Leon Panetta has dispatched a resignation letter to Barack Obama on vacation.
Panetta is said to be extremely angry about the possible prosecution of CIA officers doing their job and has decided to resign in protest.
The rumor is unconfirmed, but given the sourcing I think it is safe to treat it credibly.
Update 2: Or not...
What's interesting and rightly mentioned in the article is the law was changed in 2004 to also protect the Dem's Senate seat. The Mass. legislature assumed Kerry would be the next President and they did not want Republican Governor Mitt Romney selecting the next Senator.
The succession law was changed in 2004, when Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., became his party's presidential nominee and Republican Mitt Romney was the state's governor. Before the change, the governor would have appointed a replacement to serve until the next general election.
That would have created the opportunity for Romney to install a fellow Republican in office, a move that Democrats who control the state legislature sought to prevent.
And now when that change does quite work in the Dems favor they of course will change the rules, again. BTW, Ted Kennedy urged the change back in 2004...
Kennedy health reform 'dream' will be real this year: Pelosi
Aug 26 09:21 AM US/Eastern
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Wednesday to push through embattled health reform legislation this year following the death of Senator Ted Kennedy, who called the effort "the cause of my life".
Who says? The outside panel CBS brought into to get to the bottom of
the so-called "Rathergate" mess says. I recently re-examined the
panel's report after a source, Deep Throat style, told me to "Go to
page 130." When I did, here's the startling piece of information I
Mapes had information prior to the airing of the September 8 
Segment that President Bush, while in the TexANG [Texas Air National
Guard] did volunteer for service in Vietnam but was turned down in
favor of more experienced pilots. For example, a flight instructor who
served in the TexANG with Lieutenant Bush advised Mapes in 1999 that
Lieutenant Bush "did want to go to Vietnam but others went first."
Similarly, several others advised Mapes in 1999, and again in 2004
before September 8, that Lieutenant Bush had volunteered to go to
Vietnam but did not have enough flight hours to qualify.
KEITH OLBERMANN: I hate to intrude with the facts but ours is the highest rated cable news program viewers 35 and younger and the highest rated cable news program for all viewers not on Fixed News. And since Fixed News has since now migrated completely over to serving propaganda to tin foil hatters, conspiracy theorists, paranoids and racists it is not a news organization making this show the highest rated cable news program, period.And here's the proof;
The O'Reilly Factor - 3,440,000 viewers
Hannity - 2,937,000 viewers
Glenn Beck - 2,810,000 viewers
On The Record w/ Greta Van Susteren - 2,450,000 viewers
Special Report with Bret Baier - 2,066,000 viewers
Fox Report w/Shep Smith - 1,860,000 viewers
Countdown w/ K. Olbermann - 1,114,000 viewers
Larry King Live - 1,063,000 viewers
See? He really is the number one program when you remove the six shows above him that destroy his little program in the ratings...
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
“House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel, already beset by a
series of ethics investigations, has disclosed more than $500,000 in
previously unreported assets. Among the new items on Rangel’s amended
2007 financial disclosure report were an account at the Congressional
Federal Credit Union worth at least $250,000, an investment account
with at least $250,000, land in southern New Jersey and stock in
PepsiCo and fast food conglomerate Yum! Brands. None of those
investments appeared on the original report, which was filled out by
hand and filed in May 2008.”
Says Damage Caused by WSJ Op-Ed Shows Mackey is a 'Liability'
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The CtW Investment Group called on
the Whole Foods Market (NYSE:WFMI) board to remove CEO John Mackey as
Chairman and to begin the process of naming a new CEO in a letter to
Whole Foods' lead independent director, Dr. John Elstrott, yesterday
afternoon. Citing the risk to Whole Foods' brand reputation caused by
Mr. Mackey's editorial opposing President Obama's proposed healthcare
reform, CtW urged the board to take immediate action to prevent
continued damage in the face of a quickly-growing boycott by Whole
Foods' progressive customer base.
"Mr. Mackey attempted to capitalize on the brand reputation of Whole
Foods to champion his personal political views, but has instead deeply
offended a key segment of Whole Foods consumer base," said CtW
Investment Group Executive Director Bill Patterson. "This is not the
first time Mr. Mackey's unsanctioned communications have damaged Whole
Foods' image with consumers and investors. At a time when shareholders
are looking for Whole Foods' management to focus on improving
operations in an uncertain economy, we can not afford the risk to our
Company's brand reputation caused by Mr. Mackey's indiscretion. He has
become a liability and the board should begin the process of
identifying a suitable replacement."
In this summer of discontent for Mr. Obama, as the heady early days give way to the grinding battle for elusive goals, he looks ahead to an uncertain future not only for his legislative agenda but for what has indisputably become his war. Last week’s elections in Afghanistan played out at the same time as the debate over health care heated up in Washington, producing one of those split-screen moments that could not help but remind some of Mr. Johnson’s struggles to build a Great Society while fighting in Vietnam.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government faces exploding deficits and
mounting debt over the next decade, White House officials predicted
Tuesday in a fiscal assessment far bleaker than what the Obama
administration had estimated just a few months ago.
released by the White House budget office foresee a cumulative $9
trillion deficit from 2010-2019, $2 trillion more than the
administration estimated in May. Moreover, the figures show the public
debt doubling by 2019 and reaching three-quarters the size of the
entire national economy.
Obama economic adviser Christina Romer
predicted unemployment could reach 10 percent this year and begin a
slow decline next year. Still, she said, the average unemployment will
be 9.3 in 2009 and 9.8 percent in 2010.
"This recession was
simply worse than the information that we and other forecasters had
back in last fall and early this winter," Romer said.
administration projections came on a day of competing economic news.
The Congressional Budget Office, which has predicted less economic
growth than the White House in the past, was also scheduled to announce
revised budget projections on Tuesday.
Now fast-forward to Friday's news that lawyers for AQ detainees had shown their clients photographs of CIA agents, outing their identities, I am wondering where is the outrage? The media has been largely silent. Wonder why? If ever there was a violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 this surely would be it, right?
So I am waiting patiently for someone in the WH press corp, anyone other than Major Garret or Jake Tapper, to ask a question about this. Will it happen? I think not...
From his bible, Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals (dedicated to "the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history... the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer”), we learn this: "The first step in community organization is community disorganization. The disruption of the present organization is the first step toward community organization. Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are to be displace by new patterns.... All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new." p.116 And this: ""An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent."
U.S. Says Rendition to Continue, but With More Oversight By DAVID JOHNSTONPublished: August 24, 2009WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration’s practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but pledges to closely monitor their treatment to ensure that they are not tortured, administration officials said Monday.
Just like they were assured the Lockerbie bomber would not receive a heroes welcome like the one he received. How'd that work out?
Monday, August 24, 2009
Beck: Hey you know that "green jobs" czar Van Jones? He founded the group thats trying to get me fired!
President Obama said on Saturday:
"Some are also saying that coverage for abortions would be mandated under reform. Also false. When it comes to the current ban on using tax dollars for abortions, nothing will change under reform."
FactCheck.org reported on Friday:
"As for the House bill as it stands now, it’s a matter of fact that it would allow both a "public plan" and newly subsidized private plans to cover all abortions."
So go ahead, make my day...
President Obama has filled just 43 percent of more than 500 policymaking positions requiring Senate confirmation.
Obama Approves New Team to Question Terror Suspects
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 24, 2009; 11:31 AM
President Obama has approved the creation of an elite team of
interrogators to question key terrorism suspects, part of a broader
effort to revamp U.S. policy on detention and interrogation, senior
administration officials said Sunday.
Friday, August 21, 2009
August 21, 2009 | 3:54 am
Thank goodness The Times is the forthright, ethical institution that it is.
And when a mistake happens, it rushes to set the journalistic record straight with an honest repair.
Here is an actual correction from Page A4 of today's print edition:FOR THE RECORD
TV listings: The Prime-Time TV grid in Thursday's Calendar section mistakenly listed MTV's "Jackass" show on the MSNBC cable schedule at 7 and 10 p.m. where instead MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" should have been listed.
It's not the Worst Mistake in the World.
But without this kind of correction, online too, a few thousand people might have tuned into MSNBC, the Obama administration's favorite cable channel, expecting to see a "Jackass" show, and instead they'd have found Olbermann.
Worse, what if nobody noticed the difference?
-- Andrew Malcolm
August 20, 2009 | 8:48 pm
Time for vacation, even for a presidential Democrat named Barack Obama.
As he prepares for a week off with his family, leaving right after lunch, the president will read in Friday's Washington Post results of a new poll that shows his numbers sharply down.
It almost seems like the harder he's worked to sell his healthcare reform program all summer, the more they've seen him speaking earnestly and well in town hall after town hall, the less confidence Americans have developed in the president.
That's down from 60% at the 100-day mark of his presidency. Worse, only 49% now think he will achieve significant improvements in his hallmark campaign of healthcare reform, a drop of 20 points from last winter.
Fifty-five percent now see the nation as seriously off-track, up from 48% in April.
The president's overall approval now stands at 57%, down 12 points from April. Disapproval has jumped to 40%, the highest of his seven months in office.
Despite all the travel and good talking, fully 42% now "strongly disapprove" of Obama's work on healthcare, with support collapsing especially among seniors and the highly-prized sector of political independents. A bare majority (52%) still support creation of a public option, but that's fading too -- down sharply from late June's 62%.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
While continuing to argue he wants a bipartisan bill, President Obama today for first time publicly blamed Congressional Republican leaders for seeing health care reform in only political terms. And for the first time he acknowledged Democrats might go it alone.
Before a crowd of loyal Democrats this afternoon, President Obama said his party would pass health care reform with or without Republicans…
Earlier, in a radio interview, the President for the first time publicly accused Republican leaders of trying to kill health care reform for political reasons
“I think early on, a decision was made by the Republican leadership that said, ‘Look, let’s not give them a victory. maybe we can have a replay of 1993-94 when Clinton came in. He failed on health care and the we won on the midterm elections. and we got the majority.’ And I think there are some folks who are taking a page out of that playbook.”
Asked whether they approve or disapprove of the president’s job performance, just 45.3 percent of likely voters say they approve. That compares with 50.5 percent who disapprove of the job Obama is doing.
The results are a strong indication that contentious national debate over healthcare reform has taken a major toll on the president’s popularity…
Of greatest concern to Obama may well be his decline among all-important independent voters. Just 37.5 percent of self-identified independents say they approve of how Obama is handling the presidency. That compares with 59.2 percent of independents who disapprove…
Continued evidence of declining popularity there will ratchet up the pressure on congressional blue dogs and other conservative Democrats to go their own way on controversial proposals such as public-option healthcare and energy cap-and-trade, knowing they can’t rely on presidential coattails to prop them up with voters.
If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.
Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." (pdf) It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated "Your Life, Your Choices."
Who is the primary author of this workbook? Dr. Robert Pearlman, chief of ethics evaluation for the center, a man who in 1996 advocated for physician-assisted suicide in Vacco v. Quill before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for his support of health-care rationing.
"Your Life, Your Choices" presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions, much like a political "push poll." For example, a worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks users to then decide whether their own life would be "not worth living."
The circumstances listed include ones common among the elderly and disabled: living in a nursing home, being in a wheelchair and not being able to "shake the blues." There is a section which provocatively asks, "Have you ever heard anyone say, 'If I'm a vegetable, pull the plug'?" There also are guilt-inducing scenarios such as "I can no longer contribute to my family's well being," "I am a severe financial burden on my family" and that the vet's situation "causes severe emotional burden for my family."
So you get that? Bush discontinued the use of this document, Obama reinstated it. Now I see how compassionate Dear Leader is...
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Simply the lowest MSNBC has gone yet....Imagine if Fox News had done this.
The independents who provided the lift for the Democrats' soaring political fortunes in 2006 and 2008 are abandoning the Democratic party. The new Pew poll has Obama's job approval rating at 51 percent, and finds that "Independents, who approved of Obamas job performance by nearly two-to-one in June (56 percent to 29 percent) are now about evenly divided: 45 percent approve while 43 percent disapprove."
The Daily Beast has learned that shortly after his electrifying June 24 disclosure, Panetta spoke personally with each of his three predecessorsGeorge Tenet, Porter Goss, and Michael Haydenand only then realized the mistake hed made about the program. An innocent mistake, but the consequences of his gaffe, which hes unable to admit without damaging his own reputation further, will likely subject U.S. intelligence capabilities to unnecessary and intrusive oversight for years to come.
But once Panetta had spoken with Tenet, Goss, and Hayden, he learned that this secret program wasnt much more than a PowerPoint presentation and a task force assigned to think it through. Sensitive information had been collected in a single foreign country, my sources tell me. Thats about it. It wasnt really a coherent program at all so much as a collection of schemes, each attempting to achieve the same objective: to kill terrorists. This was one of perhaps dozens of ideas that had been kicked around at Langley since September 2001, when George W. Bush issued a presidential finding authorizing the agency to use deadly force against Osama bin Laden or other terrorists.
Under three successive CIA directors, these plans for paramilitary hit squads had been given three different names. (In the CIA, a program isnt real until its given a codename.) But they never got off the ground. The logistical, legal, and political obstacles proved to be insurmountable. George Tenet gave up on ittoo many moving parts. Porter Goss took another stab at it, but nothing, and then Gen. Michael V. Haydens team studied it for a while but envisioned nothing but trouble. So there was a reason that none of the last three CIA directors had briefed Congress about it: There was nothing to brief.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
From NBC's Chuck Todd and Mark Murray
Liberals and progressives -- including Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and the group Health Care for America Now -- have raised questions why our poll measured whether Americans supported the "choice" of a public/government option in June, while in July and this month it removed "choice" and simply asked whether Americans favor or oppose the option.
"One can only wonder why the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll removed the concept of choice of a public option after 76% of Americans say they want that choice," said HCAN national campaign manager Richard Kirsch in a statement. "By dropping what the president proposes and what the public strongly supports - giving people a choice - from their list of questions, the NBC/Wall Street Journal pollsters misrepresent reform and raise questions about their own agenda."
NBC pollsters Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R) released the following statement: "The only agenda that we have is to accurately measure changes in public opinion. To that end, we selected two questions which we think are the best barometers of how and if attitudes on health care are changing in view of the robust public debate that is occurring."
I love the part about raising questions about NBC's agenda. Was she drunk when she said that? NBC stands for National Barack Channel, it did during the campaign and it does even more now...
CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships since July 1, angered over the group’s position on health care.
“I think that probably the seniors are most upset with cuts in Medicare,” said ASA President Stuart Barton.
The American Seniors Association is flat-out against President Obama’s plan, which calls for $313 billion dollars in Medicare cuts over ten years. The AARP is widely viewed as supporting the President.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Speaking in Mexico, Obama Calls American Opponents of Immigration Amnesty ‘Demagogues’
Friday, August 14, 2009
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief
(CNSNews.com) - At a joint press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Guadalajara, Mexico on Monday, President Barack Obama referred to American opponents of amnesty for illegal aliens as “demagogues.”
Here's an aide to Sherrod Brown explaining why he is not holding any townhalls...
(CNN) -- An African-American man has pleaded guilty after being accused of impersonating a white supremacist in a fictitious Facebook account to make death threats against an African-American university student.
Dyron L. Hart, 20, of Poplarville, Mississippi, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt to one count of communicating threats in interstate commerce, according to a Department of Justice statement.
Hart admitted creating the fictitious account in November, pretending to be a white supremacist outraged by the election of Barack Obama as the nation's first African-American president, the statement said.
He then transmitted a death threat via Facebook to an African-American student at Nicholls State University in Louisiana, saying he wanted to kill African-Americans because of Obama's election, according to the statement.
A court document provided by the U.S. attorney's office said Hart told an FBI interviewer that he intended the threat to be a prank "to get a reaction."
The document said Hart admitted creating the Facebook profile under the name "Colten Brodoux" and used a photo of a Caucasian man that he found on a white supremacist Web site.
"This is an extremely odd case, a very unusual case," said U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of the Eastern District of Louisiana. "The contents of the messages were extremely troubling and provocative and very threatening."Hart will face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced November 18, the statement said.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
“I have seen this kind of hate before. I have seen this discussion before,” he said. “I have seen snarling dogs going after people who were trying to peacefully assemble. I have seen the eyes of people who were being spat upon.”
“This is all about activity trying to deny the establishment of a civil right. And I do believe that health care for all is — a civil right,” the House Majority Whip argued. “And I think that is why you see this kind of activity. This is an attempt on the part of some to deny the establishment of a civil right.”
Clyburn, a veteran of the civil rights movement, said he was particularly appalled by the use of the Swastika symbol at some of these town hall events. Noting that one had been painted on the office of Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), an African-American, Clyburn insisted that was proof enough that some of the protests were racially motivated.
“There is no question in my mind,” he said.
"Death to Obama" Sign Holder Detained by Secret Service
Secret Service now involved
By JIM IOVINO
Updated 11:30 AM EDT, Thu, Aug 13
There were signs comparing President Barack Obama to a Nazi and showing him with an Adolf Hitler-style mustache, but federal officials believe another sign referencing the president and his family went too far.
Washington County Sheriff's Capt. Peter Lazich said the sign also read, "Death to Michelle and her two stupid kids."
Lazich said U.S. Secret Service agents took the unidentified 51-year-old man into custody Wednesday afternoon after deputies detained him.
The Secret Service did not immediately return telephone calls from The Associated Press inquiring about the matter.
Obama was not at the meeting held Wednesday by Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Painting Protestors as "Partisan Mobs with Lies About Health Reform," Democrats Rally Their Own Activists to Visit Members of Congress at Town Halls, District Offices
August 09, 2009 3:51 PM
Supporters of President Obama formerly signed up as members of "Obama for America" received an email today from Mitch Stewart, the director of the group's current incarnation, Organizing for America, to show up at town halls and congressional offices as a counter to the protestors against the president's health care reform push.
Painting the protestors as "Insurance companies and partisan attack groups...stirring up fear with false rumors about the President's plan," Stewart's email tells supporters whom their member of Congress is and even provides information about town hall meetings they may be holding.
Writes Stewart: "As you've probably seen in the news, special interest attack groups are stirring up partisan mobs with lies about health reform, and it's getting ugly. Across the country, members of Congress who support reform are being shouted down, physically assaulted, hung in effigy, and receiving death threats. We can't let extremists hijack this debate, or confuse Congress about where the people stand."
Supporters are told to stop by local congressional offices to show support for health care reform with the option of a "quick conversation with the local staff, tell(ing) your personal story, or even just drop(ping) off a customized flyer and say that reform matters to you."