The Senate on Tuesday morning defeated a proposal from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to ban congressional earmarks.
In a 39-56 vote, members defeated a temporary ban on the appropriations procedure. The moratorium was offered as an amendment to a food-safety bill that is scheduled for a final vote Tuesday morning.
Senate Republicans have already passed a voluntary ban on earmarks in their caucus, but several GOP senators have objected to it. Democrats have so far declined to ban earmarks from their members.
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who supports the ban, alluded to the issue in remarks about the current debate over tax cuts.
"Republicans have heard the voters loud and clear," McConnell said. "They want us to focus on preventing a tax hike on every taxpayer, on reining in Washington spending and on making it easier for employers to start hiring again."
On the Democrat side, Dick 'Turbin' Durbin said this: "I believe I have an important responsibility to the state of Illinois and the people I represent to direct federal dollars into projects critically important for our state and our future," And the good folks in Illinois DON'T WANT EARMARKS.
And the list of RINO's who voted against banning earmarks:
Thad, I've been at this to long, Cochran (Miss.)
Susan, I love liberalism, Collins (Maine)
James, I can't make up my mind on whether I am a liberal or conservative, Inhofe (Okla.)
Dick, Flip Flop, Lugar (Ind.)
Lisa, this is my seat, Murkowski (Alaska)
Richard, I was Dem for 30 years, but I think I want to be a Republican, maybe I'll switch back in 2014, Shelby (Ala.)
Retiring Sen. George, I was a shitty mayor of Cleveland, lets see if I can fuck up Washington DC, Voinovich (Ohio)
Sen. Bob, I've been shit can by the electorate, Bennett (Utah)
But it's no surprise to me that these so called Republicans voted against this. You might as well put a big fat socialist D next to their names. They've done nothing but dig us deeper in to debt hell.
Today, President Obama’s former Senate seat is now held by a Republican, Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Senator Kirk has been formally sworn in by VP Biden, not once, but twice, (on the Senate floor and another in the Old Senate Chambers for the media) and will now sit in the lame duck session, plus for his elected term of 6 years.
Kirk beat Giannoulias(D) for Obama old seat, in a bitter contest this past Nov 2nd. But Illinois got smart about this seat. With the controversial appointment of Roland Burris by then Governor Blago, and Giannoulias’s shady bank dealings, Illinoisans wanted something a little less of the old school Chicago style politics that seem to cling to this seat.
It’s been reported that Kirk took the oath on an 1827 Bible that once belonged to Adm. David Farragut.
IL GOP Chairman, Pat Brady said Kirk would help guard against Obama’s “over-reach”.
“Mark believes in limited and effective government, and will be there to stand against the over-reach of the Obama White House or the Democratic majority in the Senate.”
Kirk is simply a moderate who has, while in the House, made some controversial votes, the voter of IL held that against him and they were reassured by him during the campaign that he’ll vote in a manner Illinoisans expect him to vote.
Personally, I love it that a right of center congressman has taken the Presidents old Senate seat. Says a lot about what the folks of Illinois real think of Obama.
Back in 2007, then Senator Barack Hussein Obama said this:
“It is absolutely clear that this administration and President Bush continues to not let facts get in the way of his ideology.. They need, now, to aggressively move on the diplomatic front… They should have stopped the saber rattling — should never have started it.”
In 2007 the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) claimed that Iran has halted it's nuclear weapons program. BUT now, thanks to the WikiLeaks document exposure, the report by lefties in the NIE was VERY inaccurate. In less than four months after the NIE report was released the Saudi regime was pleading with the US to “cut off the head of the snake” and put an end to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Guardian posted the document:
So now to sum up this lack of action by the US because of pressure from the left, we can assess this: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia asked America to attack Iran to stop its nuclear programme. And he warns that if Tehran develops a nuclear weapon, then so will the Saudis and other countries in the region.
Now that the ball is in Obamas court, what will he do? ... Most likely NOTHING! -------------------Update------------------- In a statement made just a few minutes ago, Hilary Clinton confirmed my last line of this post, with regards to what their agenda, going forward, will be on Iran.... and that will be.... NOTHING.
Iran’s neighboring countries are very concerned of Iran’s nuclear programmed, but the administrations policy will be to pursue stronger sanction as possible and to work with our friendly allies to reduce or abandoned any idea of their own arsenal to protect them from Iran.
Guess Obama will have a new agenda once Iran launches its first nuclear strike.
IRVINGTON, N.J. (AP) — Six people face charges after an anti-violence rally in northern New Jersey allegedly turned into a melee. Wednesday night's march in Irvington — which was intended to honor two women who were fatally shot near a school in the Essex County community last week — began peacefully. But Police Chief Michael Chase told The Star-Ledger of Newark that tempers flared when members of the Newark's Anti-Violence Coalition tried to move the demonstration into the street, despite an officer's warning to stay on the sidewalk. Coalition member Bashir Akinyele claimed the group's permit allowed them to block the intersection at Myrtle and Madison avenues. But Chase said it only allowed them onto the sidewalk.
The six people arrested face various charges, including obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. But one faces a charge of inciting a riot.
In attendance at the melee/rally was none other then... the New Black Panther Party.
What is there to give thanks for, in our country, today?
You might think NOTHING, but you know that that would not be entirely true.
Things that I give thanks for each and every day:
My Wife for her love, companionship and having the patients with me while I push back at the liberals of our world.
My 3 children, for their love and caring.
My brothers who stand with me, not only as brothers would, but understand and support my conservatism frame of mind and love of country.
My Liberal sister for being just that, my sister.
My Parents for their love and caring and showing me just how great this nation can be with a positive attitude.
My friends, through thick and thin, left and right, they don't let politics cloud their friendship.
My fellow bloggers. They might, at times, have a different opinion then mine, but can listen and appreciate my input (and I to them) and still remain respectable blogger friends.
My fellow countrymen (and women, of course) for their engagement to restore our republic to a Constitutionally vibrant nation with the guiding light of freedom showing them the way.
My Country, for being the greatest nation to ever grace our planet, even though our leadership is taking this nation in a direction it was never meant to be, the awaken American sprit of 'We The People' warms my heart and that not all is lost. My ancestors would be very proud of you ALL!
May God Bless you all and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Now I didn't say that. You know when we refer to terrorist in the last 40 years, we know who we are talking about.
Arabic, Muslims, Middle Eastern, Radicals.
Nope, 2 years ago white people were terrorist....
“What do you mean 90% of the terrorists come out of that region? Terrorists come from everywhere. Right now everyone can say the Muslims are the terrorists. Two years ago it was the white people that were the terrorists.”
See what Hollywood does to people. When the camera's stop filming, the lights go dim and the props are stowed away, Hollywood folks keep playing 'Make Believe'
This video was post on my previous post of Nov 20th and shows a child who was subject to improper screening by TSA agents.
Now the man who videotaped this unacceptable incident has informed us that after this took place he was harassed and followed by TSA agents until he boarded his flight.
In his words:
After I finished videotaping the incident I went through the check point myself. I collected my things and went over to talk to the father and son. Before I could get to them a man in a black suit who had been talking with the other TSA officials approached me. He asked to speak to me and I obliged, wondering what was to come. He then proceeded to interrogate me about why I was videotaping the “procedures of the TSA”. I told him that I had never seen such practices before on a young child and decided to record it. The man being frustrated at this point demanded to know my plans with the video, of which I didn’t respond. Repeatedly he asked me to delete the video, hoping his mere presence could intimidate me to obey, but I refused. By this point it became obvious that he felt TSA had done something wrong and that I caught it on tape. After the interview, I left for my gate. I called my brother who told me I should put the tape on YouTube because this had been a recent hot topic in the news.
My gate was a long way off, but about 15 minutes after arriving 2 TSA agents came and sat 15 feet or so away from me. I stood up and moved so that they were in front of me and then took a picture. A 3rd and then a 4th agent came and sat down with the others. They would occasionally glance at me and talk on their walkie-talkies. I don’t know why they were there or if it was a huge coincidence but they stayed for 30-45 minutes and left just before I boarded the plan. Interesting to say the least, intimidating? Maybe a little…
If you don't want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season. TheTransportation Security Administration(TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport. That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest. "Once a person submits to the screening process, they can not just decide to leave that process," says Sari Koshetz, regional TSA spokesperson, based in Miami.
Koshetz said such passengers would be questioned "until it is determined that they don't pose a threat" to the public.
So you refuse to be photographed naked. You refused to be touch in a personal area. And if so, you COULD be fined and arrested. WTF??? F*&% the Federal agencies who believe they have a right to go to this extreme. I think everyone who plans to fly less then 700 miles should take a car, bus or train. F*&# the flying and see how fast the airlines jump in on stopping this stupid way of screening flyers.
----------------------------Update--------------------------- DISTURBING VIDEO SURFACED
Child is subject to partial strip search. (notice the TSA agent woman at the end)
---------------------------------UPDATE------------------------------ And it begins. A man refuses to submit to the X-Ray and pat down, but goes one step further and takes off his cloths to his underwear to show he is not carrying any illegal contraband but that was not good enough for TSA and was then arrested for refusal and paraded through the airport nearly naked.
That equates to 5.12820513 × 10-6% of US millionaires that want Obama to raise taxes.
They call themselves Patriotic Millionaires.
Here is their petition letter to the President.
We are writing to urge you to stand firm against those who would put politics ahead of their country.
For the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens, we ask that you allowtax cuts on incomes over $1,000,000 to expireat the end of this year as scheduled.
We make this request as loyal citizens who now or in the pastearned an income of $1,000,000 per year or more.
We have done very well over the last several years. Now, during our nation’s moment of need, we are eager to do our fair share. We don’t need more tax cuts, and we understand that cutting our taxes will increase the deficit and the debt burden carried by other taxpayers. The country needs to meet its financial obligations in a just and responsible way.
Letting tax cuts for incomes over $1,000,000 expire, is an important step in that direction.
However, the group includes many big-time Democratic donors such as Gail Furman, trial lawyer Guy Saperstein and Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's ice cream (Wonder what Jerry thinks?)
For the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our people…STOP SPENDING.
These millionaires didn’t get rich solely by spending.
If they are so concerned for our fiscal health of our nation, whip out the old W4, there is a line on it that says “Additional amount, if any, you want withheld from each paycheck” and place this figure of $395,000 (39.5% of $1M) on it and "Do your fair share" then.
And don’t speak for the rest of the 99.9999999487% of millionaires.
The Obama Administration plans to withdraw National Guard troops from the Texas, New Mexico and California borders by the end February under a new Southwest security plan, even as turmoil in Mexican border cities grows, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner.
A letter sent to various members of the Texas Congressional delegation from Texas' Gov. Rick Perry's office says, "In February, 2011, the Texas, New Mexico, and California National Guard forces that were deployed to the border in September, 2010, under President's Obama's Southwest Border Augmentation Plan, will have 30 days to complete a total draw down of forces."
Could it be he is taking the advice from the new deficit commission panel?
Obama's original Southwest border plan would have ended in July, 2011. According to officials familiar with the new initiative the "Administration budgeted only $135 million for the entire deployment."
The funds, which were originally budgeted to those three states, are expected to be reallocated to allow Arizona an additional 100 troops from March through September, 2011 or, "until such time as that money is exhausted," the letter from the governor's office stated.
"This new plan was designed without any input from the States, and without any significant DHS resources being deployed to the border since the beginning of operations," it said.
Soon to be the House minority have not learned their lesson.
Nancy Pelosi, with just a 6% approval rating by Americans, will continue leading Democrats in the House of Representatives during the 112th Congress, winning a vote of her caucus, 150-46, today.
Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, has lead the Democratic caucus for eight years, including the past four as the speaker of the House.
After losing more than 60 seats in the midterm elections during which Republicans made her a frequent target, some Democrats said it was time for new leadership. Rep. Heath Shuler, a conservative Democrat from North Carolina, had pledged to run against her.
An earlier proposal to delay the leadership vote failed, 129-68.
WOW, I really had no idea just how dumb the Democrats have become. She single handily, with her arm twisting and iron fist leadership destroyed her party with in the House. Lost 60+ seat to the opposition and they vote her back in?
I am sure you have heard by now about the California school who ordered a boy, Cody Alicia, to remove his American flag from his bike while riding to school.
It’s a heartbreaking example of where we are as a country.
Last spring, the Mexican kids at the school where Cody attends flew their Mexican flags during Cinquo de Mayo, and it created quite a disturbance. And because of that, the Denair School decided to make Cody stop riding with his flag waving. Well THAT didn't sit well with Americans across the nation who rained hell down on the school for its decision. Wisely, the school administrator retracted its decision.
And so, with the American flag-waving Patriot Guard Riders in tow, this brave American youth made his way to school, with his pride of country tied to his bike, waving proudly behind him. And what a reception he got upon his arrival.
God bless you, Cody. You stood up for your country, your freedom, but most of all, YOURSELF! GOOD JOB, Young Man!
Jeremy Dodge with a new youth anthem for the tea party movement.
ROCK ON AMERICA!
There is a generation rising up, one that will not be defined by its politics but one defined by its principles. A generation unwilling to just sit and watch as our country is transformed into something we didn't ask for. We are that generation. We are Americans.
This is a critical moment for the country. From the faltering economy to the burdensome deficit to our foreign policy struggles, America is suffering a widespread sense of crisis and anxiety about the future. Under these circumstances, Obama has the opportunity to seize the high ground and the imagination of the nation once again, and to galvanize the public for the hard decisions that must be made. The only way he can do so, though, is by putting national interests ahead of personal or political ones.
To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.
If the president goes down the reelection road, we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it.
Even the WaPo admits the election was a referendum:
We do not come to this conclusion lightly. But it is clear, we believe, that the president has largely lost the consent of the governed. The midterm elections were effectively a referendum on the Obama presidency.
It pains them to say it, but their reasoning is to say:
We are convinced that if Obama immediately declares his intention not to run for reelection, he will be able to unite the country, provide national and international leadership, escape the hold of the left, isolate the right and achieve results that would be otherwise unachievable.
Now I don't believe doing so would isolate the right, but he would come to realize they were correct all along. You can not ignore the will of the people.
As reported by the HumpingThePost, journalist Stu Bykofsky sent an email to Keith Olbermann last Friday and asked for an interview from Olbermann on his current situation on MSNBC and whether he had any bitter feelings towards MSNBC producers and executives for treating him unfairly.
The email address that Stu used, was firstname.lastname@example.org
But if you have been on this planet for the past 5 months, you would know that Keitholbermann.com was purchased by The Daily Caller, aka Tucker Carlson.
So now Stu Bykofsky and The Humping-The-Post are making a stink about Tucker impersonating Olbermann.
Tucker was making a joke about this whole thing when the exchange of emails took place. Probably thinking ‘Where has THIS guy been?’
So with that said, one of two scenarios took place here.
1. Either Stu, knowing full well Tucker (or Daily Caller) purchased the domain name this past summer and was setting this up to make Tucker look bad, to cause controversy…
2. Stu is a poor journalist who just arrived on our Planet and who doesn't follow what's happening with current events, like when Tucker purchased the domain name this past summer, that was widely reported back then.
Here you have it... Obamacare will RATION and allow the Government to determine who gets to win or lose and live or die. For example, healthcare will cover Transvestite surgery but not replace a hip for grandma. And it's not in the Healthcare Affordability Act....It was in the Stimulus Bill, as pointed out by Dr Davis Janda and the fines that will be levied on Doctors.
The seven experts who advised President Obama on how to deal with offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon explosion are accusing his administration of misrepresenting their views to make it appear that they supported a six-month drilling moratorium — something they actually oppose.
The experts, recommended by the National Academy of Engineering, say Interior Secretary Ken Salazar modified their report last month, after they signed it, to include two paragraphs calling for the moratorium on existing drilling and new permits.
Salazar’s report to Obama said a panel of seven experts “peer reviewed” his recommendations, which included a six-month moratorium on permits for new wells being drilled using floating rigs and an immediate halt to drilling operations.
“None of us actually reviewed the memorandum as it is in the report,” oil expert Ken Arnold told Fox
News. “What was in the report at the time it was reviewed was quite a bit different in its impact to what there is now. So we wanted to distance ourselves from that recommendation.”
Interior Secretary Salazar should be investigated by the DOJ because falsifying official documents incurs felony charges for 1st-degree tampering with public records, 1st-degree offering of a false instrument for filing, 4th-degree grand larceny, and 1st-degree falsifying of official records.
In the wee hours of the morning, Nov 3rd, Tim Wise from the Daily Kos explodes with a racially charged rant that has echoed across the net.
You know Tim (based on his Daily Kos Bio)
Tim Wise is among the nation's most prominent anti-racist writers and educators, and the author of five books, including his latest: Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics.
This guy has mistakenly read the election results on the referendum on Obama and the Democrats policy as being that of a country that wants to reverse the nation back to the days gone by of racial divide.
In this piece, he refers to white people 10 times and tosses in an age factor for fluff.
Here are just a few excerpts of this tirade.
For all y’all rich folks, enjoy that champagne, or whatever fancy ass Scotch you drink.
And for y’all a bit lower on the economic scale, enjoy your Pabst Blue Ribbon, or whatever shitty ass beer you favor.
Whatever the case, and whatever your economic station, know this…
You need to drink up.
Because your time is limited.
Real damned limited.
I know, you think you’ve taken “your country back” with this election -- and of course you have always thought it was yours for the taking, cuz that’s what we white folks are bred to believe, that it’sours, and how dare anyone else say otherwise -- but you are wrong.
You have won a small battle in a larger war the meaning of which you do not remotely understand.
‘Cuz there is nothing even slightly original about you.
There have always been those who wanted to take the country back.
There were those who, in past years, wanted to take the country back to a time of enslavement and indentured servitude.
There were those who wanted to take us back to a time when blacks “had no rights that the white man was bound to respect,” – this being the official opinion of the Supreme Court before those awful days of judicial activism, now decried by the likes of you – and when people of color could legally be kept from voting solely because of race, or holding certain jobs, or living in certain neighborhoods, or run out of other towns altogether when the sun would go down, or be strung up from trees.
This isn’t hubris. It isn’t ideology. It is not wishful thinking.
It is math.
Not even advanced math. Just simple, basic, like3rd grademath.
The kind of math that proves how your kind -- mostly older white folks beholden to an absurd, inaccurate, nostalgic fantasy of what America used to be like -- are dying.
And in the pantheon of American history, conservative old white people have pretty much always been the bad guys, the keepers of the hegemonic and reactionary flame, the folks unwilling to share the category of American with others on equal terms.
Fine, keep it up. It doesn't matter.
Because you’re on the endangered list.
And unlike, say, the bald eagle or some exotic species of muskrat, you are not worth saving.
In forty years or so, maybe fewer, there won’t be any more white people around who actually remember that Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Opie-Taylor-Down-at-the-Fishing Hole cornpone bullshit that you hold so near and dear to your heart.
There won’t be any more white folks around who think the 1950s were the good old days, because there won’t be any more white folks around who actually remember them, and so therefore, we’ll be able to teach about them accurately and honestly, without hurting your precious feelings, or those of the so-called “greatest generation” -- a bunch whose white contingent was top-heavy with ethical miscreants who helped save the world from fascism only to return home and oppose the ending of it here, by doing nothing to lift a finger on behalf of the civil rights struggle.
It's OK. Because in about forty years, half the country will be black or brown. And there is nothing you can do about it.
Nothing, Senõr Tancredo.
Nothing,Senõra Angle, or Senõra Brewer, or Senõr Beck.
Loy tiene muy mal, hijo de Puta.
And by then you will have gone all in as a white nationalist movement -- hell you’ve all but done that now -- thus guaranteeing that the folks of color, and even a decent size minority of us white folks will be able tocrush you, election after election, from the Presidency on down to the 8th grade student council.
Like I said, this is math. And numbers don’t lie.
Bottom line, this too shall pass.
So enjoy your tax cuts a while longer.
Go buy whatever you people buy when your taxes get cut: a new car or two, a bigger house, an island. Whatever.
But what you forget, or more to the point never knew, is that those who lose knowhowto lose, which is to say they know how to lose with dignity.
And those who suffer knowhowto suffer, which is to say they know how tosurvive: a skill that is in short supply amid the likes of you.
You, who could not survive the thought of minimal health care reform, or financial regulation, or a marginal tax rate equal to that which you paid just 10 years earlier, perhaps are under the illusion that everyone is as weak as you, as soft as you, as akin to petulant children as you are, as unable to cope with the smallest setback, the slightest challenge to the way you think your country should look and feel, and operate.
But they are not.
And they know how to regroup, and plot, and plan, and they are planning even now -- we are -- your destruction.
And I donotmean by that your physical destruction. We don’t play those games. We’re not into the whole “Second Amendment remedies, militia, armed resistance” bullshit that your side fetishizes, cuz, see, we don’t have to be. We don't need guns.
We just have to be patient.
And wait for you to pass into that good night, first politically, and then, well...
Do you hear it?
The sound of your empire dying? Your nation, asyouknew it, ending, permanently?
Because I do, and the sound of its demise isbeautiful.
So know this.
If you thought this election was payback for 2008, remember…
Payback, thy name is…
This guy is a piece of work. His claim is there won’t be any ‘white folks around’
SINCE when is THIS past 2 years about RACE???
He’s a sore looser who continues to eject race, hatred for our nation and disgust of the Constitution, on that bloody tampon of a website.
Well I tell you what, Tim. You want to plot our destruction. Bring it on, BITCH!
Americans have been battling your kind for 235 years. You don’t get OUR American sprit. You have no clue the meaning of American patriots.
You and the progressive left spew your vile, regurgitating cud every few years.
Your arrogance for Capitalism loses EVERY SINGLE TIME.
I will gladly pay for your plane ticket to Venezuela, drive you to the airport, check in your baggage, walk with you to the door of the plane and give you one big swift kick in the ass, right in to your seat and slam the door shut.
The nation YOU want will never exists because Americans spoke loud and clear on Nov 2nd.