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SPIN METER: GOP Flips On Job Creation For Defense
Post Date: 2011-11-04 12:07:06 by Brian S
(11-04) 07:18 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- The same Republicans who insist that federal spending doesn't create jobs and should be cut in the face of staggering deficits are leading the charge against smaller military budgets because about a million defense jobs would be lost. Pentagon accounts are coming down, and Republicans who repeatedly reject the idea that an infusion of federal dollars can produce new jobs now say the government should keep billions flowing to the makers of guns, tanks, aircraft and ships for the sake of sparing jobs in home districts and states. It's the newest of several arguments against reducing Pentagon budgets. The contradiction undercuts the GOP's ...
Politicians Are Politely Avoiding Tea Party Convention
Post Date: 2011-11-03 19:07:41 by Brian S
The Tea Party opens a long-planned convention tonight in Daytona Beach, expecting 1,200 delegates, dozens of speakers but almost no big-name politicians. None of the leading Republican presidential candidates and only two of the five U.S. Senate candidates agreed to speak at the three-day Florida Tea Party Convention at the Volusia County Ocean Center. And top Republican officeholders who have previously courted Tea Party support Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Allen West of Plantation also sent their regrets. Organizers said they still expect two presidential candidates: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, and former U.S. ...
Jon Stewart On Herman Cain: His Therapist Must Be So Proud
Post Date: 2011-11-03 18:58:34 by Brian S
On last nights Daily Show, Jon Stewart examined the ever-evolving story of what Herman Cain remembers about the sexual harassment charges that were purportedly leveled against him when he was the director of the National Restaurant Association. Perhaps, Stewart suggests, the trauma of the alleged harassment has caused Mr. Cain to repress the memories of the incidents and they are only now gradually returning to him, in which case his therapist must be very proud of the breakthroughs hes making. The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook
Occupy Chicago Shouts Down Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Post Date: 2011-11-03 18:56:35 by Brian S
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) probably felt right at home in Chicago Thursday after protesters from the Occupy movement interrupted his speech on budget reforms. The governor was about to speak at the Union League Club of Chicago when about 50 protesters disguised in suits temporarily delayed him from taking the podium. We are the 99 percent! they chanted. Please, sit down, an emcee from the Union League urged the protesters. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what free expression is all about. And sometimes its very messy! After about 10 minutes the demonstrators peacefully left the room, chanting, Union busting, its disgusting! ...
‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protestors Flood Into Court
Post Date: 2011-11-03 18:55:33 by Brian S
NEW YORK Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York shifted their fight from the streets to the court Thursday, when dozens of people arrested while marching rejected a deal for them to avoid trial. The first batch of 78 protesters from among hundreds arrested for disorder over the last six weeks filed into New York State court, nearly all of them telling a judge that they were innocent and demanding a jury trial to clear their names. Prosecutors had offered a deal in which protesters would see charges dismissed provided they kept out of trouble for six months. The mass refusal raised the prospect of protesters clogging up a court system that will be obliged to provide each ...
Romney Campaign: Tea Party Movement Fueled By Koch Brothers
Post Date: 2011-11-03 18:53:07 by Brian S
The Koch brothers are the financial engine of the Tea Party despite denying they are directly involved in the movement, according to a Mitt Romney campaign memo. Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who own Koch Industries, have long championed libertarian and free-market policies. They have been heavily involved in bankrolling anti-regulation politicians and organizations. The liberal blog ThinkProgress hailed the memo as a confirmation of their claim that the tea party movement was orchestrated by the Koch brothers not a spontaneous uprising of middle class voters. The memo was obtained by The Washington Examiner. It suggested that the ...
Florida Tea Party Convention Rescinds Invitation To Muslim Organization
Post Date: 2011-11-03 18:38:51 by Brian S
Hassan Shibly of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been disinvited by organizers of the upcoming Florida Tea Party Convention. While tea party organizers say it was because CAIR disrespected one of its speakers, CAIR members say it was because an event organizer was called out for trying to shut down an upcoming CAIR convention while he was reaching out to the group. Shibly and Nezar Hazme of CAIRs Florida chapter tell The Florida Independent that an organizer of the convention, Geoff Ross, had invited Shibly to attend the convention after the group had expressed disappointment over the participation of Pamela Geller. Geller is ...
Regulators may approve AT&T merger with T-Mobile after all
Post Date: 2011-11-03 13:28:44 by Skip Intro
Regulators may approve AT&T merger with T-Mobile after all On Wednesday, the District Court of Washington DC issued its ruling on antitrust complaints from Sprint and Cellular South about the proposed merger of wireless carriers AT&T and T-Mobile. Most of the complaints were thrown out. AT&T and T-Mobile moved to dismiss the complaints, arguing that Sprint and Cellular South failed to adequately show the merger would cause them antitrust injury. Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said the majority of the claims would actually be dismissed, but let a few of Sprint and Cellular South's complaints stand. "Having considered the parties' positions and the relevant legal ...
Iraq War Vet: Scott Olsen Injury Created ‘Collective Rage’ Among Veterans
Post Date: 2011-11-03 12:52:48 by Brian S
Iraq War veteran Joshua Shepherd, a friend of the veteran injured by police at an Occupy Oakland protest, appeared Wednesday night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Olsen, a two-time Iraq war veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, sustained a skull fracture in late October after being struck in the head by a teargas canister and has been rendered unable to speak. Shepherd told Olbermann the incident created a sense of collective rage among veterans. About 100 veterans marched from New York Citys Vietnam Veterans Plaza to the Occupy Wall Street protest in Zuccotti Park on Wednesday to show support for Olsen.
Since LIberal Hack Job on Cain...Do you like him more or less?
Post Date: 2011-11-01 09:28:48 by A K A Stone
The liberal media is out there smearing Herman Cain. They say he sexually harassed some unknown unnamed woman. Does this make you more or less likely to vote for him?
The War on Halloween: A Mixed Message from Fox News and the Right
Post Date: 2011-10-31 19:17:14 by Brian S
Have you heard? The War on Halloween is on! But, unlike other culture wars, this one could become very confusing for conservatives to decide which side theyre on. The War on Halloween is not as simple as the War on Christmas, that package of phony fury OReilly and Limbaugh give to the nation annually. The politics of that holiday are clear-cut: Christmas=America. Those who dont obey the equation are essentially crucifying Christ, nailing Him to the cross with the dozens of flag pins they ripped from the lapels of His tunic. But Halloween is a trickier matter. Many on the religious right have long shunned the holiday as a force of evil. As aChristian ...
More On Morons: Are The Neocons Dumb Enough To Believe Their Own B.S.?
Post Date: 2011-10-31 19:15:44 by Brian S
I was listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio the other day. He was whining about about how the Arab Spring and the liberation of Libya will lead to sharia law in the Mideast. To put it rather crudely, No Shiite, Sherlock! I've been saying that since 2004, when George W. Bush's bungled war handed control of Iraq to two terrorist groups formed in Iran, Dawa and the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution. Meanwhile, Limbaugh and every other "neo" conservative on Earth was praising Bush's words about liberation in his second inaugural speech: Some, I know, have questioned the global appeal of liberty though this time in history, four decades defined by the swiftest ...
Cain Plays the Victim Card
Post Date: 2011-10-31 18:50:53 by Brian S
In May, Herman Cain told the Washington Examiners Byron York that liberals were going to target him because he was black. They're going to come after me more viciously than they would a white candidate," he said, continuing, And so, to use Clarence Thomas as an example, I'm ready for the same high-tech lynching that he went throughfor the good of this country. Obviously, Cain had reason to know what was coming. Yesterday, Politico broke a story about past charges of sexual harassment against the GOP frontrunner. During Herman Cains tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees ...
Another Question, This Time Financial, for Herman Cain
Post Date: 2011-10-31 18:31:49 by Brian S
Early in his candidacy, Herman Cain may have accepted tens of thousands of dollars in goods and services for his campaign from a tax-exempt organization founded by his top aide, documents from the organization show, raising the prospect of serious violations of tax and election law by both Mr. Cains campaign and the organization. The documents suggest that the nonprofit organization, Prosperity USA, effectively subsidized some early costs of his presidential bid, paying for computer equipment, charter planes and air travel for Mr. Cain or the aide, Mark Block, who is his chief of staff. Such expenditures would violate federal election and campaign laws, which prohibit tax-exempt ...
Hypocrites: The Tea Party Pork Binge
Post Date: 2011-10-31 13:33:08 by Brian S
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Republican leaderships tether to the Tea Party, flutters the hearts of the government-bashing, budget-slicing faithful with his relentless attacks on runaway federal spending. To Cantor, an $8 billion high-speed rail connecting Las Vegas to Disneyland is wasteful pork-barrel spending. The Virginia Republican set up the You Cut Web site to demonstrate how easy it is to slash government programs. And he made the Department of Housing and Urban Development the poster child for waste when he disclosed that the agency was paying for housing for Ph.D.s. But away from the cameras, Cantor sometimes pulls right up to the ...
Exclusive: 2 Women Accused Cain Of Inappropriate Behavior
Post Date: 2011-10-31 11:13:55 by Brian S
During Herman Cains tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO. The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association. The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures. In a series of comments over the past 10 days, Cain and his ...
Cain Tells Paul Supporters To 'Be Respectful' During Speech
Post Date: 2011-10-30 13:53:20 by Brian S
(CNN) - Herman Cain spoke to a rowdy crowd of supporters in Alabama Saturday they just werent all his. Trying to make a point about foreign policy, Cain was loudly interrupted by spectators in the crowd waving Ron Paul signs and yelling, That is absurd. Click to watch video The former Godfathers Pizza executive stopped making his policy point to tell the group to settle down. With all due respect, I'm going to give this speech today, thank you very much, Cain told the crowd. Moments later, Cain was interrupted again while making a point about the Federal Reserve. One of Rep. Ron Pauls signature positions is eliminating that ...
Herman Cain Plans To Cut Campaign Appearances To Avoid Missteps [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2011-10-29 19:03:25 by Brian S
BIRMNGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Presidential candidate Herman Cain is full of confidence about his 2012 prospects. It's been weeks since he's set foot in first-voting Iowa or New Hampshire, yet he said Saturday he said expects to finish first or second in each state. He's also predicting victory in South Carolina, which will hold the South's first presidential contest in 2012. "And then, look out," Cain said Saturday before plunging into a crowd of football tailgaters at Samford University, a Baptist-affiliated school in Alabama. That win, he says, will set the stage for him to capture the GOP nomination. Cain, however, said he plans to "dial back" his ...
Trending: Ron Paul Wins Both Tallies At GOP Straw Poll In Iowa
Post Date: 2011-10-29 19:02:25 by Brian S
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Ron Paul has won two separate tallies for the National Federation of Republican Assemblies Presidential Straw Poll. Paul won both the Iowa-voters-only count at the Saturday convention in Des Moines as well as a tally of non-Iowans who participated. In the Iowa voters result, Paul took 82%. Following him were Herman Cain with 14.7%, Rick Santorum with 1%, Newt Gingrich with 0.9%, Michele Bachmann with 0.5%, Rick Perry with 0.5%, Gary Johnson with 0.2%, with Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman 0%. The total number of votes cast in that tally was 430. In the tally of non-Iowans who voted, Paul won 26% followed by Cain at 25%, Perry and Santorum tied at 16%, Gingrich at ...
White House Turns The Screws On Congress Over 9 Percent Approval
Post Date: 2011-10-29 18:42:16 by Brian S
A number of White House officials, sensing momentum on their side, blasted Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail, mocking recent measures and Congress's 9 percent approval rating. Officials believe Obama's tour around the country to promote his jobs bill is paying dividends, but they continue to acknowledge the president has a tough battle ahead as he works to improve the economy and win reelection. "We have a tough economy," one official said. "The sun comes up in the morning, the sky is blue, the grass is green. We've got a tough economy. We're going to have a tough election. That's just the deal." But the official said that the ...
Ron Paul Should Run For President As A Third-Party Candidate
Post Date: 2011-10-29 18:30:49 by Brian S
Whether liberals, conservatives and true populists like it or not (and many do not), the most likely outcome of the nominating process is a general-election battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This opens up a humongous opening for Dr. Ron Paul to run as a third-party candidate. It has been said of Mitt Romney that he has been a liberal, a moderate and a conservative. What will the next Mitt Romney be? Is there any serious conservative who trusts him? Of course not. If Ron Paul runs for president as a third-party candidate against Obama and Romney, he changes the entire dynamic of the campaign and totally transforms the national debate. Ron Paul would pick up significant new ...
Rick Perry: The Best Little Whore In Texas
Post Date: 2011-10-29 14:00:45 by Brian S
Early morning in a nearly filled corporate ballroom at the Cobb Energy Centre, a second-tier event stadium on the outskirts of Atlanta. It's late September, and a local conservative think tank is hosting a get-together with Rick Perry, whose front-runner comet at the time is still just slightly visible in the bottom of the sky. I've put away five cups of coffee trying to stay awake through a series of monotonous speeches about Georgia highway and port reform, waiting for my chance to lay eyes on the Next Big Thing in person. By the time Perry shows up, I'm jazzed and ready for history. You always want to remember the first time you see the possible next president in person. But ...
Joe The Plumber Visits Occupy Wall Street Protests, Finds ‘Really Great People’
Post Date: 2011-10-28 19:59:23 by Brian S
Samuel Joe the Plumber Wurzelbacher is the real-life Chauncey Gardner character who has become somewhat of a national sensation due to a conversation that he had with then candidate Barack Obama. Since then Joe the Plumber has guested on numerous cable news programs, visited Israel as some sort of dignitary, and recently decided to run for congress for his Cleveland area district. Today he discussed his candidacy on Megyn Kellys America Live and revealed that he wasnt totally against the Occupy Wall Street movement, saying that he found protesters to be really great people with whom he shared similar concerns. Many have seen Joe the ...
Marines Storm Reddit After Occupy Oakland Shooting of Scott Olsen
Post Date: 2011-10-28 19:24:28 by Brian S
Marines have been flocking to the social networking/aggregator site Reddit to voice their anger at the life-threatening injury inflicted on 24-year-old Iraqi war veteran Scott Olsen by Oakland police during the recent Occupy protests. Video showed Olsen go down after taking a tear gas canister to the head. As fellow protesters tried to assist him, police lobbed a flash grenade into their midstright next to Olsens already fractured skull. The picture above, submitted by Reddit user aburger, has generated well over 1,000 comments on the sitemany from fellow Marines who are absolutely livid at the injury to one of their own by police. Heres one from Reddit user 0 ...
Strange Bedfellows: Militias Exercise Their Second Amendment Rights To Protect Occupy Phoenix!
Post Date: 2011-10-28 19:17:04 by Brian S
From Merriam-Webster.com: Irony: Incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result. Once upon a time, Right Wing outfits like Fox News and all of AM radio stoked the fears of conservatives that liberals were going to take over the country and put them all in re-education camps. Militias spread across the country like wildfire, suspicious of a liberal government that, so they were told, was poised to strip away all their rights at gunpoint. It got so bad that wingnuts started showing up at conservative rallies openly carrying their guns in states where it was legal to do so. Of course, the Right Wing ...
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