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Does GOP Cocaine= Koch-Cain? Are Koch bros Buying GOP Pres Nomination by Supporting Herman Cain?
Post Date: 2011-10-17 19:10:18 by Brian S
Could the Koch brothers be buying the Republican presidential nomination with a Koch-Cain (pronounced like cocaine) campaign. They've been funding Cain as their mouthpiece for a long time? Supposedly independent Herman Cain has been funded by the Koch brothers for at least six years, giving dozens of talks across the nation for the billionaires' Americans for Prosperity policy promotion organization. An AP article, Long Ties to Koch Brothers Key to Cain's Campaign, reports that Herman Cain has had a long standing relationship to the billionaire Koch brothers. He's been a regular speaker at the Koch brothers Americans for Prosperity (AFP) for years and an AFP ...
Norquist Compares Cain’S ’9-9-9′ Plan To Putting ‘Tapeworms In Your Tummy’
Post Date: 2011-10-17 17:22:31 by Brian S
Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist gave a peculiar analogy to ABC news Monday afternoon in expressing some concern over Herman Cains 9-9-9 tax plan. When asked by Top Line host Amy Walter if he was expressing fear over the first nine the personal income tax in Cains well discussed plan being adjusted by Congress over time, Norquist actually shared his skepticism over the entire plan. Im very concerned about three different taxes, every one of them can grow, he said. To put tapeworms in your tummy to try and maintain your weight they may have their own idea about their growth patterns and what they want to do. Creating new ...
Tea Party King Erickson Grits Teeth, Concedes Occupy Movement Basically Right
Post Date: 2011-10-17 14:52:01 by Brian S
First came the broke unemployed drummers and poets, then the debt-ridden students, then the retired couples whose pensions and real estate holdings have withered, then the tourists, then, slowly, the journalists. on Friday, the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has been thrumming along gathering force and supporters across the country and around the world for more than a month now, won a reluctant endorsement from a chief critic, Tea Party blog king Erick Erickson at Red State. A friend of mine chastised me the other day. He said I was being too hostile toward the occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere, wrote Erickson in the Friday blog. [A]round the country there ...
Gingrich Says Iran and North Korea Must Be Destroyed
Post Date: 2011-10-17 12:00:33 by Brian S
In an interview with CNN, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said that the U.S. "would never, ever, be safe if the North Korean and Iranian dictatorships survive." Gingrich said that he would use "all the techniques that President Reagan, Prime Minister Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II used to destroy the Soviet empire." Gingrich outlined his plan stating, "I think our goal should be the replacement of the Iranian dictatorship with a maximum amount of effort to arouse students, arouse young people, arouse ethnic dissent, to finance every possible element of opposition, to build a radio and television free Iran, and to apply every possible economic sanction, ...
The Black Self-Loathing Of Herman Cain
Post Date: 2011-10-16 17:27:02 by Brian S
This is for those who keep asking what I think of Herman Cain. In particular, it's for those who want to know what the tea party's embrace of this black businessman turned presidential candidate says about my claim that the tea party is racist. I might eat the plate of crow those folks proffer if I'd ever actually made that claim. What I have said, fairly consistently, is something more nuanced: Racial animus is an element of tea party ideology, but not its entirety. As I once noted in this space, the tea party probably would not exist if Condoleezza Rice were president. Modern social conservatives, in my experience, do not hate black people en masse. To the contrary, there ...
Cain: ‘The War In Iraq Wasn’t A Mistake’
Post Date: 2011-10-16 17:12:47 by Brian S
In his interview with David Gregory on Meet The Press Sunday, Herman Cain revealed some interesting foreign policy thoughts. When asked about his perspective on the war in Iraq, Cain believed the decision by the Bush administration to go there was justified. I dont think the war in Iraq was a mistake, because there were a lot of other reasons we needed to go to Iraq, and there have been a lot of benefits that have come out of Iraq, he said. Cain also disagreed with President Barack Obamas decision to withdraw troops from Iraq. I dont agree with the presidents approach to draw down 40,000 troops and basically leave that country open to attack by ...
Cantor Backtracks: Protesters’ Frustration ‘Warranted’
Post Date: 2011-10-16 17:10:55 by Brian S
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) did his best Sunday to appear on the side of protesters in the Occupy movement after recently calling them growing mobs. I, for one, am increasingly concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country, the Virginia Republican had told a conservative crowd at the Values Voter Summit last week. But only a week later, Cantor wasnt willing to double down on those remarks. GA_googleFillSlot('RS_V3_STORY_EMBEDDED_300_2');Congressman, do you stand by that comment about mobs? Fox News Chris Wallace asked. Chris, I think more important than my use of that ...
Long Ties To Koch Brothers Key To Cain's Campaign
Post Date: 2011-10-16 17:02:00 by Brian S
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has cast himself as the outsider, the pizza magnate with real-world experience who will bring fresh ideas to the nation's capital. But Cain's economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to two billionaire brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes through their group Americans for Prosperity. Cain's campaign manager and a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, or AFP, the advocacy group founded with support from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending. Cain credits a businessman who served on an AFP ...
Right-Wing Media React To Alleged Assassination Plot: "Bomb Iran Now"
Post Date: 2011-10-15 14:58:56 by Brian S
Newsmax's Kessler: "The U.S. Should Bomb Their Nuclear Facilities." Reacting to the Justice Department's announcement, Newsmax chief Washington correspondent Ronald Kessler reportedly said that "the plot should be answered with a U.S attack on Iran's nuclear facilities." From a Newsmax article headlined, "Kessler: Bomb Iran Now for Washington Terror Plot": Ignoring the magnitude of the plot by treating it as a criminal conspiracy -- rather than an act of aggression by a rogue nation -- would be appeasement on a par with America's acts at the beginning of World War II, said Kessler, an intelligence expert and best-selling author of books on the ...
Cain’s Tarp Talk, Praise Of The Fed Could Hurt Him With Conservative Voters
Post Date: 2011-10-15 12:52:12 by Brian S
Businessman Herman Cain has shot to the top of the polls with support from Tea Party members, but his backing of the Troubled Asset Relief Program and opposition to auditing the Federal Reserve could hurt him with those same voters. Levi Russell, the spokesman for the fiscally conservative group Americans for Prosperity, said that Cain will have to explain his stances on these issues if he is to remain a first-tier candidate. Among the Tea Party audience, the TARP bailout is something theyre adamantly against, and theyre going to absolutely need to hear more from him on this issue to be comfortable with him, said Russell. I dont know one Tea Party ...
Will Herman Cain's Sunday Sit-Down Be A Front-Runner's Star Turn?
Post Date: 2011-10-15 12:48:12 by Brian S
Herman Cain's presidential bid faces a big test Sunday as the newly minted front-runner takes center-stage on NBC's "Meet the Press."The appearance will mark the first time he has appeared on one of the Sunday morning shows since he became a top-tier contender. Cain has not had to answer in-depth questions on some topics since he became the center of attention. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday evening found that 27 percent of voters would pick Cain as their first choice for the Republican presidential nomination followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 23 percent and Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 16 percent. ...
Sean Penn Calls Tea Party the ‘Get the N-Word Out of the White House Party’ Which Wants to ‘Lynch’ Obama
Post Date: 2011-10-15 12:36:23 by Brian S
Left-wing actor Sean Penn slimed the Tea Party as motivated by racism, charging on CNNs Piers Morgan Tonight on Friday evening that an impediment to President Obamas success is what I call the Get the N-word out of the White House party, the Tea Party. At a time when Herman Cain tops polls of Republican primary voters, Penn proceeded to allege, without citing any evidence, that theres a big bubble coming out of their heads saying, you know, can we just lynch him? (video below) In between Penns two jabs intended to discredit the Tea Party, Piers Morgan helpfully boasted of how actor Morgan Freeman, on his show three ...
Tea Party Co-Founder Expresses Support For Occupy Wall Street
Post Date: 2011-10-15 12:20:27 by Brian S
One of the original founders of the Tea Party movement has told RT.com that he believes Occupy Wall Street is not only comparable to the earliest states of the movement he helped launch but can learn from its mistakes. The problem with protests and the political process is that it is very easy, no matter how big the protest is, for the politicians to simply wait until the people go home, financial blogger Karl Denninger observed. And then they can ignore you. Well, Occupy Wall Street was a little different, he continued. And back in 2008, I wrote that when we will actually see change is when the people come, they set up camp, and they refuse to go ...
Anita Perry blames Obama for son's job loss
Post Date: 2011-10-14 21:54:30 by Skip Intro
Pendleton, South Carolina (CNN) Rick Perry's wife Anita said Friday that she could sympathize with the plight of the unemployed because her son was forced to resign his job to take a more active role on his father's presidential campaign. Anita Perry blamed the Obama administration for her son having to resign his position. "My son had to resign his job because of federal regulations that Washington has put on us," Mrs. Perry said while campaigning for her husband in South Carolina, after a voter shared the story of losing his job. "He resigned his job two weeks ago because he can't go out and campaign with his father because of SEC regulations," ...
Tea Party Support Drops 7 Percent In Michigan Since Debt Ceiling Debate
Post Date: 2011-10-14 12:57:28 by Brian S
A new poll by EPIC-MRA shows that only one-third of Michigan voters approve of the Tea Party now. That's down from 40 percent in August. National polls also have shown the Tea Party plummeting in support since the debt ceiling debate, with one survey showing the group less popular than atheists and Muslims. A combined 43 percent opposed the Tea Party movement in August in the EPIC-MRA poll. That number went up to 44 percent in October with undecideds going from 17 to 23 percent. In August, 19 percent strongly supported the efforts of the fiscal conservatives while 21 percent "somewhat supported" the cause. By October, those numbers dipped to 14 and 19 percent, respectively. ...
Conservatives Smear ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protests As Anti-Semitic
Post Date: 2011-10-14 10:17:59 by Brian S
The Emergency Committee for Israel, a Republican group, has become the latest to claim the Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan is anti-Semitic. The group has created a video advertisement that shows anti-Semitic signs at the protests. The video will air in a substantial buy in New York and Washington, D.C., according to Politico. The ad says that Democratic party leaders are turning a blind eye to anti-Semitic, anti-Israel attacks. GA_googleFillSlot('RS_V3_STORY_EMBEDDED_300_2');Tell President Obama and Leader Pelosi to stand up to the mob, the ad concludes. Conservative media outlets, including Fox Business, have been ...
Lech Walesa, Former Polish President, To Visit New York In Support Of Occupy Wall Street
Post Date: 2011-10-13 18:49:38 by Brian S
Lech Walesa has warned of a "worldwide revolt against capitalism" if the Wall St. protests are ignored. Solidarity hero Lech Walesa is flying to New York to show his support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters."How could I not respond," Walesa told a Polish newspaper Wednesday. "The thousands of people gathered near Wall Street are worried about the fate of their future, the fate of their country. This is something I understand."A former shipyard worker who led Poland's successful revolt against Soviet communism, Walesa said "capitalism is in crisis" and not just in America."This is a worldwide problem," he told the ...
5 Reasons the Right Is Terrified of Occupy Wall St.
Post Date: 2011-10-13 18:35:20 by Brian S
The Occupy Wall Street movement really frightens the Right Wing. It is not frightening to the Right because of Congressman Eric Cantor's feigned fear of "the mob" that is "occupying our cities." It is not frightening because anyone is really worried that Glenn Beck is correct when he predicts that the protesters will "come for you, drag you into the street, and kill you." That's not why they are really frightened -- that's the Right trying to frighten everyday Americans. There are five reasons why the Right is in fact frightened by the Occupy Wall Street movement. None of them have to do with physical violence -- they have to do with politics. ...
Sen. Scott Brown (R- Massachusetts) Caught in Plagiarism Scandal
Post Date: 2011-10-13 18:24:20 by Brian S
WASHINGTON A Democratic group has unearthed a bit of inspirational autobiography on Senator Scott Browns official website that was lifted verbatim from Elizabeth Doles site, language that originated in a campaign speech. In a message to students, the Massachusetts senator uses the exact words as remarks delivered by the former North Carolina senator at her campaign kickoff in 2002. Browns staff acknowledged yesterday the words originally were Doles and said their presence in Browns message was the result of a technical error. I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify ...
‘Occupy Wall St.’ To Resist Mayor’S Order To Vacate Park On Friday
Post Date: 2011-10-13 15:54:18 by Brian S
The protesters at Occupy Wall Street in New Yorks Zuccotti Park have voted to resist an order by the mayors office requiring them to vacate the park on Friday for cleaning, setting the stage for a major confrontation with police. Bloomberg went to the protest site, where several hundred people are camped out, to explain the move, which would be the first time the demonstrators are asked to leave, the mayors office said. Bloomberg claimed the owners of the plaza wanted to exercise their duty in cleaning it and that this was their right, although protestors would be allowed back immediately. But in a general assembly vote, protesters decided they would ...
TIME Poll: Occupy Wall Street Is More Popular Than The Tea Party
Post Date: 2011-10-13 13:50:18 by Brian S
A TIME poll taken on October 9 and 10, with a base of 1,001 people, has turned up some interesting results about how Americans view the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, and dysfunction in Washington. 81% of respondents think the country is on the wrong track, but theyre reluctant to place the blame fully on President Obama for the problems; 50% of the respondents disapprove of the way hes handling the job, but 59% believe that he cares about them, and half of the respondents say he has the toughness necessary to see this through. On an exceedingly grim note, only 4% of the 1,001 polled feel positive about the state of the country today. The poll asked people to identify which ...
Big Guns Open Up on Cain’s 9-9-9
Post Date: 2011-10-13 12:24:21 by Brian S
Herman Cains much-touted 9-9-9 plan, which is fueling his surge to frontrunner status, is a radical departure that would generate plenty of problems, from slashing federal revenue to making it more expensive for the poor to buy everyday goods. That, at least, is what many economists across the spectrum say after studying the sketchy outlines. But not to worry: senior aides in both parties say such a scheme would have 0-0-0 chance of passing Congress. The plan, which became a major focus of Tuesdays GOP debate in New Hampshire, has the appeal of simplicity. I can explain it in a minute, Cain told The Daily Beast. All taxpayers play by the exact same rules. ...
Tea Party Is Losing The GOP Presidential Primary
Post Date: 2011-10-13 12:19:49 by Brian S
During last year's midterm elections, Tea Party activists swamped Republican primaries and helped send dozens of lawmakers to Washington who were committed to fighting big government. But the once-feared constituency is looking more like a paper tiger in the Republican presidential race. The Tea Party movement was fueled by opposition to the Wall Street bailouts, President Obama's health care reform legislation and out-of-control spending in Washington. Yet the current favorite to win the Republican nomination has rejected the Tea Party line on all of these issues. During Tuesday's debate, Romney effectively endorsed the 2008 Wall Street bailout. Though he criticized the ...
Anonymous: James O’Keefe Lives With His Parents
Post Date: 2011-10-13 11:03:54 by Brian S
A group of hacktivists associated with Anonymous and the AntiSec movement on Wednesday published the personal information of conservative prankster James OKeefe online. Going by the name CabinCr3w, the group announced it had published details relating to his age, home address, probation officer, education, family, and work because he worked with conservative Andrew Breitbart and was trying to belittle the Occupy Wall Street protest. The group noted that OKeefe now lives with his parents because of parole restrictions and successfully led a campaign to ban Lucky Charms cereal from his school cafeteria because it stereotyped Irish people. He pleaded ...
Senate panel slams 2004 corporate tax break
Post Date: 2011-10-12 15:54:07 by Skip Intro
Senate panel slams 2004 corporate tax break A Senate panel on Tuesday released a study that concluded a 2004 law that gave U.S. corporations a huge tax break to bring foreign profits back home did nothing to create jobs, undercutting new proposals for a similar initiative to boost the listless economy. The report found that overall, firms that took advantage of the America Jobs Creation Act to repatriate overseas income from 2004 to 2006 actually cut jobs and research and development spending, while raising stock buybacks and executive pay. Although the companies were required to use the money for job growth and other investment stock buybacks and executive compensation were ...
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