Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bombshell: DOJ Considering Elimination of ATF

Katie Pavlich, News Editor at Townhall reports:

Multiple sources, including sources from ATF, DOJ and Congressional offices have said there is a white paper circulating within the Department of Justice, outlining the essential elimination of ATF. According to sources, the paper outlines the firing of at least 450 ATF agents in an effort to conduct damage control as Operation Fast and Furious gets uglier and as election day 2012 gets closer.

Governor Rick Perry: Americans Aren't Soft, We've Got a Soft President



“Americans aren't soft,” Perry said. “We've got some bad policies on tax and regulation in D.C. that are kicking people out of jobs every day. That's the real tragedy. What we've got is a soft president.”
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Hot Air Candidate Survey Results: October Edition


Herman Cain leads the pack for the first time, taking 39% of the vote. Cain also wins the second choice and declared candidate ballots. Sarah Palin takes second for a third consecutive week. Rick Perry drops from first to third. Mitt Romney takes fourth, and Chris Christie returns to the survey in fifth.

Marco Rubio is again the top pick for vice president, taking 40% of the vote. Complete results.

New Fast and Furious documents released by White House


Late Friday, the White House turned over new documents in the Congressional investigation into the ATF "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal. - CBS

The documents show extensive communications between then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office Bill Newell - who led Fast and Furious - and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O'Reilly. Emails indicate the two also spoke on the phone. Such detailed, direct communications between a local ATF manager in Phoenix and a White House national security staffer has raised interest among Congressional investigators looking into Fast and Furious.

What did Napolitano know about Fast and Furious? - Ken Klukowski/Washington Examiner
The cover-up is undeniable. Grassley & Issa drop a nuke on Phoenix US Attorneys Office. Emails utterly damning. Newell perjury certain. - Sipsey Street Irregulars

New Fast and Furious details indicate gov’t cover-up, White House involvement - The Daily Caller

Friday, September 30, 2011

SOLYNDRA Won't Reveal Contracts, Customers or Executive Bonuses


Top executives at Solyndra have refused to tell U.S. officials whether they received executive bonuses after the company began to fail, and they have frustrated bankruptcy proceedings by refusing to answer questions about the solar firm's sudden and dramatic shutdown, according to papers filed by Justice Department lawyers late Friday. - ABC

The fresh allegations that Solyndra is refusing to cooperate in bankruptcy proceedings come just days after two top Solyndra executives declined to answer questions from Congress, invoking their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

Krauthammer: Obama's Going to suffer a landslide

Democrat's Solar Fire Sale: All Taxpayer Money Must Go!

With Fund for Companies Like Solyndra About to Expire, Democrats are Rushing to Mint More Solyndra-Like Loan Guarantees Before the Clock Runs Out on Friday - NRCC

Today is the last day of stimulus funding for the loan guarantee program that infamously backed now-bankrupt Solyndra with a $535 million loan—and Obama’s Department of Energy is doing its best to make sure there’s no money left in the bank when the fund expires at midnight.

Democrats appear to have learned nothing from the Solyndra fiasco, which was similarly characterized by a rush to issue loans before they were properly vetted to make sure taxpayers were protected.

Instead, a troublesome pattern is emerging of Obama energy loans going to long-time Democrat donors, a number of whom have deep ties to the Obama administration and Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Florida Flouts GOP Rules, Sets Jan. 31 Primary

◼ Newsmax reports: Florida decided Friday to hold its Republican presidential primary on Jan. 31, snubbing a party rule against fast-track delegate-selection for 2012 and triggering angry responses from traditional early voting states which will now likely rejigger their calendars to stay ahead.

The move actually thwarts efforts by both major political parties to delay presidential primaries and caucuses. Their aim has been to avoid a repeat of the 2008 scenario, when states jumped ahead of each other at that time in attempts to increase their influence in the process.

In Florida, a special nine-member committee appointed by legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Scott voted 7-2 to set the January date two days after House Speaker Dean Cannon announced that's what it was expected to do.

Cannon and other Florida GOP leaders said they didn't want to jump the traditional early states but wanted to make sure Florida was fifth, even the move was a violation of party rules.

"We're the biggest swing state in the union," said Republican former Gov. Bob Martinez, a member of the selection panel. "Texas is red, New York is blue, California's blue, and we're 10 electoral votes greater than Ohio. ... So I think this is a real, real election in Florida."

Ann Romney files for Mitt to run in SC

Ann Romney made her husband Mitt’s candidacy in South Carolina official today, handing his filing papers and a check for the $35 thousand filing fee to state Republican Party chairman Chad Connelly. - MSNBC
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Obama's former campaign funders on Wall Street turn against him


The president's fundraising difficulties speak to his contentious relationship with the financial community. - LA Times

The president's campaign struggled this week to sell out a fundraising dinner Friday at Manhattan's gilded Four Seasons restaurant despite its being hosted by America's No. 1 capitalist, Warren Buffett, according to people close to the campaign who were not authorized to speak publicly. The dinner for 100 was also a relative bargain at $10,000 a plate; recent fundraisers in Hollywood and New York have gone for $35,800 a pop.

The episode highlights a worrying trend for the Obama campaign. Wall Street, a key contributor to Obama in 2008, seems to be switching allegiances.

Dick Morris: 'Very Possible' Obama Will Bow Out of Presidential Race - CNS News

Mark Steyn: Due diligence never done on Obama - Our ludicrously unqualified chief executive would have been regarded as a joke candidate in any serious nation. - OC Register

"Obama's Wall Street Donors Look Elsewhere" (UPI). Gee, aren't you the fellows who, when you buy a company, do something called "due diligence"? But you sunk everything into stock in Obamania Inc. on the basis of his "perfectly creased pant leg" or whatever David Brooks was drooling about that day? You handed a multitrillion-dollar economy to a community organizer, and you're surprised that it led to more taxes, more bureaucracy, more regulation, more barnacles on an already rusting hulk?

...Obama says America has "gotten a little soft." But there's nothing soft about a dead-parrot economy, a flat-line jobs market, regulatory sclerosis, "green jobs" multibillion-dollar squandering – and a mountain of dead Mexicans. In a soft nation, "centrist" government is hard and cruel. Only the media coverage is soft-focus.

“Obama Grammar: Using the President’s Bloopers to Improve Your English”

GAFFE-OLOGY - Jennifer Harper/Washington Times

“The first wordsmith is, in fact, an occasional stem-winder who is grammatically challenged,” says author and Harvard-educated historian William Proctor, who pored over 3,000 pages of the president’s official speeches and remarks. He’s convinced that Americans — particularly students — can learn a little something from Mr. Obama.

“His speeches reveal that at this point, he is simply not in the same rhetorical-grammatical league as a Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan,” Mr. Proctor says. “Even as we explore Mr. Obama’s errors, we should not lapse into smug, finger-pointing complacency. His mistakes should serve as a reminder to the rest of us that we, too, may need to clean up our technical language skills.”

The author also sets the record straight on presidential pronunciation bloopers of several persuasions and provides the “Great Obama Grammar Face-Off.” From Inkslingers Press, the ebook is available for $10 on Kindle, via Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

California's debt share more than doubled since 2003

In a new report, Treasurer Bill Lockyer estimates California will devote 7.8 percent of its budget to paying off debt this fiscal year, more than twice the share in 2003-04. - Sacramento Bee

The state's debt share will actually rise higher in 2012-13 to 9.2 percent even without any new borrowing, according to Lockyer's report. That's because the state must pay back $1.9 billion next year that it borrowed to balance the budget in 2009.

Saving Money in Wisconsin

Walker Budget Works for More Local Governments, Saving Taxpayers More Money - wisconsin.gov via Scott Walker on Facebook

Germantown School District - saved $1 Million
Hudson School District - will save an estimated $1.1-1.2 million annually
Ashland School District - A health insurance provider switch saved Ashland School District nearly $378,000
Kimberly School District - The district saved $821,000 by dropping WEA Trust
Baraboo School District - will save about $660,000 next year after deciding to change insurance providers
Pittsville - will see up to a 9% decrease in the school portion of their property tax levy
Appleton Area School District - will save $3.1 million just in health insurance costs alone due to competition among health insurance providers
Oshkosh school board OKs new insurance provider, saving $3.7 million - The Northwestern

The California budget is beginning to look like a slow-motion train wreck, which everyone can see is coming but no one can do much about.

California Budget Disaster Looms, but Slowly - Fox & Hounds

All the friendly backslapping and bonhomie was easy in June, since the budget was passed and December was a long ways away. Even when the state's July revenues came up $531 million short of estimates, hey, that's just one month.

But then the August numbers came up another $65 million below forecast and folks started to get nervous.

The prospect of watching as much as $2.5 billion in automatic cuts to K-12 schools, the university and state college systems and other state programs convinced legislative Democrats to come up with a bill that required state financial types to give 10 days notice if they decided those "trigger" cuts were needed and force the state Department of Finance to "consult" with the Legislature on alternatives to the cuts set out in the budget agreement.

Brown quickly vetoed the bill, saying the changes would undermine the budget plan.... read the rest...

To the dismay of Democrats, Jerry Brown has become trigger-happy. - Peter Hannaford for The American Spectator

We have a systemically dysfunctional state government. Until it is changed – radically – to align it with our 21st century reality, it will not and cannot deal effectively with the state's major issues. - Dan Walters.Sacramento Bee

Schwarzenegger at least tried to make reforms. If Brown really wants a legacy for the history books, he would revive that crusade.

Allen West with Michael Berry, in studio

Anwar al-Awlaki: Assassination of an American Citizen?

al–Awlaki was a key player in the Ft. Hood Massacre, 9-11 and other failed attacks in the US. But what we never got with this thug was a trial and a guilty verdict - Strata-Sphere

Anwar al-Aulaqi gets new designation in death - Greg Miller and Alice Fordham/Washington Post

U.S. officials have given Anwar al-Aulaqi a newly elevated designation on the day of his death by drone strike, describing him as “chief of external operations” for al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen.

The new title, cited by officials at the White House and the CIA, reflects Aulaqi’s evolution from Muslim cleric to alleged terrorist plotter, as well as a desire by American officials to persuade the public that the extraordinary killing of a U.S. citizen overseas was warranted.


Anwar al-Aulaqi had ties to Falls Church, Virginia mosque; under scrutiny by investigators for its connections to terrorist cases - William Wan/Washington Post

SNAP: Oregon Gets $5 Million Bonus For Food Stamp Sign Up

In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls. - Judicial Watch

It’s part of the administration’s campaign to eradicate “food insecure households” by improving access and increasing participation in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Incidentally, the program was recently changed to SNAP to eliminate the stigma that comes with a name like food stamps. Just a few months ago the federal agency that administers the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), launched a multi-million-dollar initiative to recruit more food-stamp participants even though the number of recipients has skyrocketed in the last few years.

Warren Buffett: Obama's Buffett Rule At $1 Million Is Not My Buffett Rule



That awkward moment - Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Won’t endorse American Jobs Act. - Weasel Zippers
Warren and Barack’s Gift to America - White House Dossier
The ‘Buffett Rule’ is bad news for tech start-ups - Washington Post
Warren Buffett Unsure Exactly What Obama’s ‘Buffett Rule’ Is - Michelle Malkin

Vice President Joe Biden: What's relevant on the economy is 'we're in charge'

"Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that's not relevant," - The Hill

"What's relevant is we're in charge. And right now, we are the ones in charge and it's gotten better but it hasn't gotten good enough and in states like Florida it's become even more stagnant because of the real estate market."

Biden said the upcoming presidential elections would be a referendum on himself, President Obama and the economy.

"Right now, understandably, totally legitimate, this is a referendum on Obama and Biden and the nature of the state of the economy," Biden said. "It's soon going to be a choice."

Surprise! ObamaCare doesn’t lower health-insurance costs

If you get the impression that no one at the White House knows what’s going on, well, you’re right. That was clear enough when the bill got introduced in the summer of 2009 and then extensively debated that the Obama administration had confused costs with prices. - HotAir

Health Insurance Premiums Rise Sharply in 2011 - ABC

Health insurance premiums shot up 9 percent this year, nearly three times the rate of inflation and the most since 2005, a new study shows

White House Admits Obamacare Raised Insurance Premiums - Mark Hemingway/The Weekly Standard

Now the White House is saying that they'll lower premiums by only $2,000 a year, and that won't happen until 2019 -- three years after the president's supposed second term comes to an end?

“Solyndra was the product of a bad bet rushed out the door and taxpayers are now on the hook... We cannot afford DOE rushing out more Solyndras in these final hours.”

DOE Pushing On With $5 Billion In Solar Energy Loans - CNBC
FBI Said to Be Probing Solyndra for Possible Account Fraud - Bloomberg
Energy Secretary Steven Chu acknowledged Thursday making the final decision to allow a struggling solar company to continue receiving taxpayer money after it had technically defaulted on a $535 million federal loan guaranteed by his agency. - Washington Post
Obama still silent on brewing Solyndra debacle - Brian Hughes/Washington Examiner

President Obama has remained silent weeks after a green-energy firm that received a more than $500 million loan from his administration went bust, avoiding a brewing controversy on Capitol Hill even as new details trickle out about the firm facing multiple investigations by Congress and the Justice Department.

GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD - Powerline

Thursday, September 29, 2011

In 1866: Republicans Passed the 14th Amendment

The 14th Amendment guarantees due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens. It enshrines in the Constitution provisions of the GOP’s 1866 Civil Rights Act. The original purpose of the 14th Amendment was to defend African-Americans from their Democrat oppressors in the post-Civil War South.

The principal author of the 14th Amendment was U.S. Rep. John Bingham (R-OH). In Congress, all votes in favor of the 14th Amendment were from Republicans, and all votes against it were from Democrats.

In 1868, the Republican Governor of New Jersey vetoed an attempt by the Democrat-controlled legislature to rescind the state's ratification of the 14th Amendment.

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Poll: Ron Paul (and Mitt Romney) v Obama a dead heat in Florida


Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning polling firm, shows Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., trailing President Obama by a mere one point in their latest poll of Florida voters. Obama has a 56 percent disapproval rating in the swing state. - Joel Gehrke/Washington Examiner

It’s gotta be hard to fire up the liberal base with class-warfare rhetoric demonizing the “rich” when you’re collecting tens of millions from Wall Street special interests.

Fund-Raising E-Mail Claim: Obama Campaign ‘Refused to Take Money From D.C. Lobbyists and Corporate Special Interests’ - The Other McCain
Our operation is fueled by people inspiring each other to take ownership of this campaign. That’s why we’ve been emailing this week, and that’s why I’m obligated to remind you once more that the deadline is coming up in a matter of hours... If you’re able to, will you chip in just $3 today?
...(Fundraiser) Rufus Gifford’s problem in a nutshell: The small fry on the OFA ('Organizing For America') e-mail list — who gave $20 or $50 or $100 to Obama four years ago — didn’t get any $737-million federal loans.

Even Democrats aren’t so stupid that they can’t understand what “green jobs” means: They get the green, you lose your jobs.

'Dinner with Barack' competition down to $3 - Politico
First Lady Marks Down President - Michelle Malkin

PETITIONS: Help The California Republican Party FIX the Faulty Senate Maps

REFERENDUM TO OVERTURN STATEWIDE SENATE MAP CERTIFIED BY THE CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION


The California Republican Party has always supported the idea of having an independent commission draw Congressional, Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization legislative lines. However, the process as it stands now, has been contaminated with partisanship and secrecy, and is far from the independent and fair process Californians expected when they approved Propositions 11 and 20. Help us gather signatures to restore transparency to California's Redistricting process and to put the issue before voters in 2012!

Petitions must be in the mail on October 12th to make the October 15th submission deadline. Signatures are being gathered now to overturn the state Senate districts that were realigned by the Citizen Redistricting Commission last August. Petitions are available at the GOP headquarters (311 5th Street, Eureka) or go online to ◼ http://www.cagop.org/fairlines/ to have petitions sent to you.

This referendum campaign means a lot of signatures in a small amount of time. Your signature and help to gather other signatures are needed over the next two weeks.

If enough registered voters sign the petition by the deadline the referendum will do two things. It will place the revised Senate boundaries on a ballot and prevent them from taking effect unless approved by the voters at the next statewide election. The second thing this referendum will do is require court-appointed officials to set interim boundaries for use in the next statewide election.

Background

Districts are revised every ten years following the Federal Census. Voters approved Prop.11 and Prop. 20 to put the state Legislature and Congressional redistricting process in the hands of a citizen commission instead of the state Legislature. The citizen commission has been criticized that some didn’t disclose their political activist backgrounds and the resulting districts may not be as impartial as voters intended.

Who is proposing the Referendum?

While the Assembly, Senate and Congressional boundaries have been criticized the California Republican Party is targeting the Senate districts for the challenge. The petition that is being circulated is actually a packet. Attorney General, Kamala Harris, has required a copy of the formal resolution certifying the districts, the entire statewide map, and maps of all 40 Senate districts.... thus running as much as eight pages.

The state party is funding a referendum with a short timeframe. The cost of circulating a ballot measure, be it a referendum or an initiative, is borne by the proponents not the taxpayers. These extra pages are likely a huge cost. So far, the committee has reported only about $117,000 in contributions -- mostly from five sitting GOP state Senators most affected by the redistricting. (These efforts aren’t cheap, it is estimated that online giant Amazon will spend $5.25 million to overturn the state’s new online sales tax.)

If you would like to donate to the challenge, send a check to the CRP at 1215 K Street, Suite 1220, Sacramento, CA 95814. Make sure you note your desire to help fund the referendum.

California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro statement in response to the Citizens Redistricting Commission's final approval of the redrawn Senate maps
STOP ONE PARTY RULE IN CALIFORNIA! - Contra Costa GOP

Obama: A disaster for civil liberties

He may prove the most disastrous president in our history in terms of civil liberties. - Jonathan Turley/LA Times

Ironically, had Obama been defeated in 2008, it is likely that an alliance for civil liberties might have coalesced and effectively fought the government's burgeoning police powers. A Gallup poll released this week shows 49% of Americans, a record since the poll began asking this question in 2003, believe that "the federal government poses an immediate threat to individuals' rights and freedoms."

...In time, the election of Barack Obama may stand as one of the single most devastating events in our history for civil liberties. Now the president has begun campaigning for a second term. He will again be selling himself more than his policies, but he is likely to find many civil libertarians who simply are not buying.

The Chavez cancer circus show

The cancer seems almost a godsend for him as it allows him to play it for the masses as a victim, or a superhero that comes form the grave and what not, incubus included. That it is successful or not is not the issue, but that he manages to distract political discourse from his failures to his diseases is no mean feat. - Daniel in Venzuela

CHAVEZ RUSHED TO HOSPITAL - Chavez, who has been fighting cancer, was rushed to a military hospital for emergency care following kidney failure, according to reports. - Telegraph
In 'bad shape' - FOX
Chavez denies - Yahoo

Democrats are really not thrilled about 2012

In a potentially bad sign for President Obama's re-election chances, nearly half of Democrats say they are not exactly excited about voting in the upcoming 2012 elections. - Yahoo News The Ticket

By comparison, roughly 6 in 10 Republicans are excited about the upcoming elections, compared to just 30 percent who say they are "less enthusiastic."

According to Gallup, the current disparity between Democrats and Republicans on election enthusiasm is the largest they've measured in more than a decade.

REPORT: Dem-Donor Companies Got $500M From Feds...

More solar companies led by Democratic donors received federal loan guarantees - Daily Caller

A Daily Caller investigation has found that in addition to the failed company Solyndra, at least four other solar panel manufacturing companies receiving in excess of $500 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration employ executives or board members who have donated large sums of money to Democratic campaigns.

And as questions swirl around possible connections between political donations and these preferential financing arrangements, the Obama White House suddenly began deflecting The Daily Caller’s questions on Wednesday to the Democratic National Committee.

Asked Wednesday to comment on the connection between large Democratic donors and Obama administration loan guarantees to the companies they represent, the White House responded to TheDC with a single sentence: “We refer your question to the Democratic National Committee.”

Crony Capitalism: $737 Million Green Jobs Loan Given to Nancy Pelosi's Brother-In-Law

Despite the growing Solyndra scandal, yesterday the Department of Energy approved $1 billion in new loans to green energy companies -- including a $737 million loan guarantee to a company known as SolarReserve - Weekly Standard

On SolarReserve's website is a list of "investment partners," including the "PCG Clean Energy & Technology Fund (East) LLC." As blogger American Glob quickly discovered, PCG's number two is none other than "Ronald Pelosi, a San Francisco political insider and financial industry polymath who happens to be the brother-in-law of Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives."

But wait... there's more!...

It's increasingly hard to tell the government's green jobs subsidies apart from the Democrats' friends and family rewards program.

Obama admin approves 2 solar loans worth $1B - AP

Sarah Palin: Now He’s Blaming Europe

On Monday, during a fundraiser in California, President Obama declared that Europe’s debt problems and their inability to solve them was “scaring the world.” He went on to explain that Europeans “have not fully healed from the crisis back in 2007 and never fully dealt with the challenges that their banking system faced” and that “they’re trying to take responsible actions, but those actions haven’t been quite as quick as they need to be.”

This of course is coming from a President who has done nothing to deal with our own country’s enormous debt crisis and who is in fact eager to incur even more debt with another useless stimulus bill (now called a “jobs bill” though the last stimulus failed to produce the jobs it promised, which is perhaps why Harry Reid doesn’t seem too eager to bring this new bill to a vote despite the President’s demands to “pass this bill”). Yes, Europe has serious debt problems, but for President Obama to be lecturing our allies about not being “quite as quick” in dealing with a debt crisis is downright hypocritical.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vernon Robinson for running for Congress in North Carolina with an interesting message:


Dear Fellow Conservative:

I happen to be a black man, but the only thing I have in common with Barack Obama is a good tan! If you share my belief that Obama's socialist policies and his Democrat allies in Congress are destroying America, please read every word below.

Obama and I have traveled distinctly different paths.

When Obama was consorting with Communist mentors like Frank Marshall Davis, I was earning my Eagle Scout rank.

When Obama was smoking various controlled substances, I was defending our country as an Air Force Officer and Air Force Academy graduate.

When Obama was palling around with terrorist Bill Ayers and attending Jeremiah Wright's "G..D... America" church, I was raising a family.

The most dangerous special interest in Washington is BIG government and Barack Obama is its chief lobbyist.


I am running for Congress in North Carolina's newly redrawn 8th District because we cannot shrink big government and grow the economy unless we replace the Democrats in Washington with stalwart constitutional conservatives...
robinsonforcongress.com

"Real American Exceptionalism" Chris Christie Speech At Reagan Library

Pt. 1


Pt. 2


Pt. 3 Chris Christie Answers Questions After Reagan Library Speech pt.3


Pt. 4


'Earned American Exceptionalism' - Christie's critique of the Obama era - Wall Street Journal
Christie takes swipe at Perry on immigration - Philip Klein/Washington Examiner
Christie discusses run for President - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner
Text: Christie's speech at Ronald Reagan library

Full Text of Governor Chris Christie's Speech at the Ronald Reagan Library: "Real American Exceptionalism"

California cities, highest unemployment

Cities with the highest, lowest unemployment rates - AP
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Highest unemployment rates August 2011
El Centro, Calif. 32.4
Yuma, Ariz. 29.4
Merced, Calif. 17.5
Yuba City, Calif. 17.0
Stockton, Calif. 16.1
Modesto, Calif. 16.0
Fresno, Calif. 15.8
Visalia-Porterville, Calif. 15.7
Hanford-Corcoran, Calif. 15.3

Palm Coast, Fla. 14.9

League of California Cities sues to block vehicle tax shift

In another budget-related lawsuit, the League of California Cities went to Sacramento Superior Court on Wednesday to pursue $130 million in vehicle taxes that cities previously received from the state. - Kevin Yamamura/Sacramento Bee

All in: DOJ appeals ObamaCare ruling to the Supreme Court

Obama bets health reform on SCOTUS - Politico
It could be one of the smartest political moves the Obama administration has made — or a historic mistake that could kill not just the health care reform law but the president’s chances for reelection, too.

By asking the Supreme Court to rule so quickly on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the administration is taking a huge risk that the justices will rule against the law right in the middle of the 2012 race — either striking down the whole law or just slicing out the requirement for nearly all Americans to buy health coverage.

It’s also taking a huge political risk: Supreme Court arguments, and possibly a ruling in summer 2012, could generate headlines and wall-to-wall cable news coverage that would just remind millions of voters about the least popular parts of the health care law. If all voters hear about is the individual mandate — the most hated piece of the law — they may not hear about the parts they do like....

The states and the NFIB want the high court to strike down the entire law, not just the coverage mandate. But even if it’s just the mandate that falls, the change could create havoc with the rest of the law. That’s because the unpopular mandate is closely tied to other key provisions of the law — not the entire law, but important pieces of it — in ways that much of the public is still learning.
And by going to the Supreme Court now, the Obama administration addresses a painful practical reality: A second Obama term is no longer as safe a bet as it was a few months ago. - HotAir
DOJ Press Release

Cain’s alternate narrative — self-help, entrepreneurial skill, hard work and self-improvement — stands in stark contrast to the victimization/class warfare argument that the president has adopted

Blacks leave Obama - Dick Morris at The Hill

...With only 26 percent of Americans approving of Obama’s handling of the economy (Fox News poll), the president’s ratings are bound to drop further, until and unless he can post real economic gains on the scoreboard, something his rhetoric alienating the GOP House of Representatives and scaring the daylights out of the business community is unlikely to achieve...

Ron Paul Beats Obama in Latest Poll

In a new Harris Poll, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul beats President Obama 51 percent to 49 percent in a general election race. - Yahoo
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North Coast Honor Flight takes off Oct. 4, 8:AM


North Coast Honor Flight will be taking off from the Arcata Airport on the morning of Tuesday, October 4, for our flight to Washington, DC! We have chartered a jet that will carry over 100 WWII veterans and 30 guardians.

Please come to the airport to send our vets off. We'll be departing at around 8:00 A.M. the morning of the 4th. Our return will be late Wednesday, October 5---probably around 10 or 11 P.M. and we hope to have a HUGE Humboldt County welcome. Please bring flags to wave.

You won't want to miss this opportunity to cheer these heroes as they return from this trip. (Bring Kleenex as well---you'll need them)
(But no balloons, they're bad for airplanes.)

Many thanks to Republican Women for all that you have done and for your ongoing support.

For more information, please call Kathrin at 677-0490 or visit KathrinBurleson.blogspot.com KathrinBurleson.com

northcoasthonorflight.com

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans oppose Palestinian statehood

...American opposition remains stalwart, even if less so among Democrats, women and young people... - HotAir

Green jobs a bargain at … $23 million per?

So far, the number of jobs created through Barack Obama’s green-tech stimulus programs have remained far below administration estimates, and at a far higher cost. - HotAir

Instead of creating 65,000 jobs with $38.6 billion, the first half of the money has created less than 3600 jobs at a cost of $4.85 million per position. Investors Business Daily notes that even this looks like a bargain compared to the deals that the Department of Energy is about to approve with the remaining funds in its green-tech subsidy programs... Read The Rest...

Inefficiency isn’t the only problem with this model, either. Taxpayers will have to pay off the bonds created to give away this cash... Had we not borrowed this money to feed Obama’s green-jobs-explosion delusions, taxpayers in the future would have that capital to invest, expand and create businesses, and create jobs that make far more efficient use of the capital than $4.853 million per worker. We have not only failed in the present, we have set ourselves up for failure in the future as American capital has to get redirected into paying off the debt Obama hung on us for his green-jobs subsidy program.

That’s Obamanomics in a nutshell. Which is, by the way, exactly where it belongs.
- Investors Business Daily

The Energy Department on Wednesday approved federal loan guarantees for two green energy projects totaling more than $1 billion. It approved $337 million for a Mesquite Solar project in Arizona and $737 million for a Solar Reserve project in Nevada. The projects would create a total of 52-55 permanent jobs, according to earlier DOE figures and company statements.

Solyndra Watch and the First Rule of Holes; Update: $1 billion in new DOE loans approved - Michelle Malkin

Governments Don't Create Prosperity

Politicians say they create jobs, but they really don't.- John Stossel

Unfortunately, most politicians still don't understand -- or have no incentive to understand -- that economic freedom, and therefore less government, creates prosperity. Well, maybe that's changing. This year is first I've heard so many presidential candidates talk about the private sector. Indeed, one candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, told me he created "not one single job. ... Government does not create jobs."

CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY NORTHWEST REGIONAL MEETING

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POLL SHOCK: OBAMA 39%, CAIN 34%

via Drudge
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Obama's lecture to Europe 'overbearing, arrogant, absurd'...

Germany slams 'stupid' US plans for EURO - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard/Telegraph

Germany and America were on a collision course on Tuesday night over the handling of Europe's debt crisis after Berlin savaged plans to boost the EU rescue fund as a "stupid idea" and told the White House to sort out its own mess before giving gratuitous advice to others.

Obama's Euro-Crisis Lecture Is 'Pitiful and Sad' - Spiegel

US President Obama has given the Europeans a harsh lecture on the dangers of their ongoing debt crisis. Offended by the unsolicited advice, Europeans have suggested the US get its own house in order first. Obama's remarks were "arrogant" and "absurd," German commentators say on Wednesday....

On Wednesday, German media commentators slam Obama's criticism of Europe.

The mass-circulation Bild writes:

"Obama's lecture on the euro crisis … is overbearing, arrogant and absurd. … In a nutshell, he is claiming that Europe is to blame for the current financial crisis, which is 'scaring the world.' Excuse me?"

"The American president seems to have forgotten a few details. The most important trigger of the financial and economic crisis was US banks and their insane real-estate dealings. The US is still piling up debt … The American congress is crippled by a battle between the right and the left. The banks are gambling just as recklessly as they did before the crisis. The president's scolding is a pathetic attempt to distract attention from his own failures. How embarrassing."

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All the way to the top: Obama Was Personally Briefed on Risks of Solyndra Loan Program


Worse and Worse: - Townhall

Long before the politically connected California solar firm Solyndra went bankrupt, President Obama was warned by his top economic advisors about the financial and political risks of the Energy Department loan guarantee program that boosted the company's rapid ascent. At a White House meeting in late October, Lawrence H. Summers, then director of the National Economic Council, and Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, expressed concerns that the selection process for federal loan guarantees wasn't rigorous enough and raised the risk that funds could be going to the wrong companies, including ones that didn't need the help.


...In late October 2010, administration officials took their opposing views directly to Obama. In preparation, a memo was drafted by Summers, who remained wary of the program, and two others who were more supportive: then-energy advisor Carol Browner and Ron Klain, then chief of staff to Vice President Joseph Biden. The memo laid out their different concerns and options to fix a "broken process" for getting loans approved.
The president discarded their advice, the White House gave a green light to the loans, and the rest is history. That history includes a presidential visit to Solyndra's factory, a vice presidential speech to Solyndra employees about "permanent jobs,"

...Bush-era DOE officials rejected Solyndra's loan application prior to Obama's inauguration in January of 2009. A few months later, Obama OMB actuaries reached a similar conclusion -- arguing that the $535 Billion deal was "not ready for prime time," and accurately predicting that Solydra would implode in September of 2011.

So for all of the sloppiness of the overall process, the Solyndra ticking time bomb was discovered and repeatedly flagged as too risky by two separate administrations. Every conceivable red flag was flapping in a stiff wind, yet the loan was fast-tracked anyway because Obama's political team insisted on it.


RNC Chairman Priebus Responds To Latest Solyndra Development

Ron Paul within 4 points


If you are looking for signs of President Obama’s vulnerability, there are plenty to be found in the latest CNN poll. But one number stands out: If that hypothetical election were held tomorrow, Obama would beat Ron Paul—yeah, that Ron Paul—by just four points. - LA Times

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn't changed his mind: He reaffirmed in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday that he's not running for president.


Nonetheless, the speech — delivered at a shrine to America's 40th president, with former first lady Nancy Reagan in the audience — was likely to stoke fresh speculation about his presidential ambitions. - AP

Obama’s Unpresidential Contempt for the GOP

The president is president of all of us. Not just the Democratic Party. Even during a campaign. - White House Dossier

It’s one thing to lambaste your opponents and their ideas. But the president of the United States should not be describing the other Party as un-American. It’s worse than sordid, divisive politics. It’s an ignominious, even somewhat frightening thing for a president to do, and it demonstrates a real ignorance on the part of Obama about the Constitutional role of his position.

Obama Fundraising Suffers Huge Drop-off

This helps explain the vitriol Obama has been dumping out on the campaign trail. He needs to get people motivated to send him their money, and if he can get the hating thing going – hate Republicans, hate the rich, hate EVERYONE – maybe they’ll part with some cash. - White House Dossier
The campaign manager, Jim Messina, told Democratic Party officials recently that the campaign expected to raise $55 million in the third quarter, compared with $86 million in the previous quarter. - NYT
Small Donors Are Slow to Return to the Obama Fold - NYT

No Rocky Mountain high for Barack Obama

...the most distressing trend for Obama, Colorado Democrats say, is the souring of many younger voters, the soul of the president’s support here, and a group that has been hit especially hard in the recession... - Politico

Fidel Castro calls Obama UN address 'gibberish'

Cuba's Fidel Castro blasted Barack Obama's speech to the United Nations as "gibberish" on Monday, saying the US president used a rambling address to justify the "unjustifiable." = Breitbart

"It blows my mind when I am asked for money as a donation at the same time I am getting blasted as being a bad guy!"

Obama backer: Enough with the class-warfare rhetoric - HotAir

He’s vice-chairman emeritus of AOL’s board, which last year purchased Huffington Post. He’s also a big, big donor to the Democratic Party and its candidates, including Barack Obama... Ted Leonsis rips Obama for demonizing the successful in a lengthy rant at his website.

"Hit a reset button ASAP. ...Rethink how to talk to businesses and sell business leaders on your plan to make America great! ...Many of us want to be a part of the solution. We aren’t the problem."

Discussion at Gretawire

Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan



A Vision for Economic Growth

Monday, September 26, 2011

Decision on health-care law means Supreme Court will likely determine constitutionality next summer

The constitutionality of the 2010 health-care law will likely be determined by the Supreme Court this term, meaning the decision could come next summer in the thick of the 2012 presidential campaign. - Washington Post

In June, a divided panel of the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati upheld the health-care law in a separate case. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va., turned down a challenge to the law.

Congressman: House Democrats won’t touch Obama’s jobs bill

Republican Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma told The Daily Caller on Friday that no House Democrat wants to put his or her name behind President Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan, a necessary step before the legislation can be introduced for consideration. - Daily Caller

He also claimed the bill would not lower the current 9.1 percent unemployment rate.

“The focus right now from him [Obama] is ‘pass my whole bill, pass my whole bill,’ [and] some of the struggle with that is no Democrat in the House has even taken his bill and filed it yet. So we can’t even pass the bill because no one wants to put their name on it and say, ‘this is my bill’ and file it in the House...”

Illinois budget deficit to hit $8 billion despite 67% tax increase

(W)hile lawmakers cut spending for state agencies this year, the reductions were offset by higher pension costs and the growing cost of paying back years of increased borrowing to keep Illinois afloat - Chicago Tribune

"What we're seeing is that even after a considerable tax increase and a commitment by the Illinois General Assembly to set expenditures based on revenues, because of the manipulations to under fund Medicaid and the growing debt service and pension contribution costs, the state remains in an unstable and unsustainable fiscal situation," said Laurence Msall, Civic Federation president.

BREAKING: Herman Cain Now Leads GOP Field Among Primary Voters, Says New Zogby Poll

Rick Perry has tumbled by more than 20 percentage points over the past month among Republican presidential primary voters and is now second to Herman Cain, who leads the field with 28%.... Mitt Romney received little benefit from Perrys fall, garnering 17% of the vote for third place. - Breitbart's Big Government
IBOPE Zogby Poll: Perry Plummets to 18%; Trails Cain For Lead Among GOP Primary Voters - Zogby

Herman Cain: What you need to know about the GOP presidential candidate - Washington Post

Random House's expensive legal headache: Palin stalker Joe McGinniss

Attorneys representing former Alaska governor Sarah Palin have written to Crown Publishing, a division of Random House, serving notice of possible litigation for defamation in connection with Joe McGinniss’s recent anti-Palin biography, and warning the company not to delete or destroy relevant documents. - Michelle Malkin
Gov. Sarah Palin Sends Letter to Crown/Random House, Warns Not to Destroy Documents Ahead of Potential Defamation Suit - Breitbart's Big Government

The letter...reads, in part: ...since both your company, and the author, clearly knew the statements were false, admitted they had no basis in fact or reality, but decided to publish in order to harm Governor Palin’s family, you and Mr. McGinniss have defamed the Palins. This letter shall serve as written notice under AS.09.30.070 (b) that a claim may be brought against you, your company and Mr. McGinniss for knowingly publishing false statements.

In the interim, please take note of the following: It is unlawful to delete emails or destroy records upon being notified of the need of business records for litigation purposes....

Dennis Miller Endorses Herman Cain

Obama’s rhetoric cynically turns things upside down

Now that his “Blame Bush” hobby horse finally has retired to the glue factory, Obama resorts to pinning America’s woes on the “Do-Nothing Congress.” - Deroy Murdock

Congress consists of a do-something House of Representatives, run by Republicans, and a do-nothing Senate controlled by Obama’s very own Democrats. Obama evidently believes that if he can keep spouting clever lies and distortions, no one will call him on it. Well, it’s time to do so.

The 112th Congress has been characterized by a very active legislative pace in the Republican House, featuring the passage of many measures designed to revive America’s exhausted economy.

The Democratic Senate, meanwhile, is a much lazier place, where House Republicans’ measures go to die.

Photojournalism behind the scenes

Photojournalism Behind the Scenes [ITA-ENG subs] from Ruben Salvadori on Vimeo.


The action behind the camera - AMAZING VIDEO - Caroling Glick
Media – Photo journalism behind the scenes - PLANETNEXT
When in his reportage we see a youth standing in defiance, stone in hand, face covered, flames and smoke in the background, we normally assume he is in the midst of a raging battle. But, as Salvadori shows, that may not necessarily be the case, because there may be no battle at all at the time the picture is taken. The subject is simply posing for the camera.

Tea Party Nation founder endorses Gingrich

After last Thursday’s debate, in which both Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich outshone both of the purported frontrunners, the question of whether primary Republican voters will choose their nominee according to conventional wisdom as to what makes a candidate electable or according to personal preferences and conservative principles has been (somewhat) reopened.

...the Phillips endorsement, like Cain’s straw poll victory, underscores the reality of what Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich bring to the table: The affable articulation of conservative principles as successfully applied in the private sector and in politics, respectively. read the rest at HotAir
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California group vows to back candidates with 'courage'

Three wealthy Californians have launched a new effort aimed at helping elect state legislators who demonstrate the "courage" to tackle major issues facing the Golden State. - Sacramento Bee

"Govern for California" is backed by Democrat David Crane, who worked as an advisor to former GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican investor Ron Conway, and Greg Penner, a WalMart Board of Directors member who is registered decline-to-state.

The group has created a website website to educate voters about the importance and actions of the state's 120 legislators, arguing that the Golden State's governance woes "will never turn around unless the good people of California start paying attention to the legislators who run our state."

The three founders also plan to form and help fund an independent expenditure committee that will act "in support of courageous candidates regardless of party and from any part of the state" in the upcoming elections....

Facebook Live with House Republican Leaders

Tune in to Facebook Live on Monday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET for a live discussion between Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. The House Republican "Young Guns" will talk about what they're doing in Washington D.C. to help the U.S. economy rebound and how technology is changing the way government works.

Ask questions for our guests on the wall of this event. They might answer your question during the live show. ◼ Congress on Facebook

Please -- Don't Shoot!

To the dismay of Democrats, Jerry Brown has become trigger-happy. - Peter Hannaford for The American Spectator

Most state constitutions require an annual balanced budget. In California this has been honored in the breach for some time. In recent years, it has often been September by the time the legislature cobbled one together (despite the fact it was required by June 30).

Last year, the voters decreed that the legislators would not be paid after the deadline date if they hadn't produced said balanced budget. They missed it by about a week. (Fortunately, they don't get paid retroactively for the lost days.) The bad news was, they achieved a budget dependent on 40 percent wishful thinking (that is, $4 billion in new revenue) and 60 percent on accounting sleight-of-hand tricks.

The problem with the former is that wishes aren't dollars.

Already, new funds are coming in at an annual rate about $600 million short of the target. As for the sleight-of-hand accounting, this year as in recent ones it involves shifting funds from one place to another and they must be replenished on a short timetable. In effect, this has resulted in the legislature coming up with two budgets every year: the first (and fake) one, and the second a few months later which should be geared to reality but is actually about as realistic as the old stage trick of sawing a woman in half in a box.

The wishful thinking was for about $4 billion in new revenue from an economic "recovery" about as fanciful as Obama's of last year. If the revenue shortfall continues a fearsome aspect of this year's budget will become a reality: mandated budget cuts.

To "sell" the budget, the legislature agreed to certain automatic cuts if, after six months, the budget is not balanced. Without new revenue, the chance of accounting tricks doing the job evaporates. The State Controller's office will pretty much know in October how the year will turn out.

Before the heavily Democratic legislature completed its current session, its leaders pleaded with Governor Jerry Brown to ease up on the "triggers" for the budget cuts. No dice, he said, adding that to do so would reduce the confidence of investors in California. It was hard enough getting the banks to buy the "revenue anticipation" bonds based on the state's wishful thinking. No, Jerry Brown hasn't become a Republican. He can read polls and he knows that Californians are getting fed up with their dysfunctional state government.

What a dilemma. There is nothing a Democrat likes less than to tell constituents whose votes he has bought by passing their pet legislation that they will have to do with less. The howls will be long and loud. Demonstrators will surround the state capitol, keening about the cruelty of the legislators. Some bureaucrats will be terminated. Some lobbyists will remind their Democrat beneficiaries that their largess will be a lot less large next year.

O tempora! O mores! O thank goodness for tough times in Sacramento.
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Peter was closely associated with the late President Ronald Reagan for a number of years, beginning in the 1970s. He was vice chairman of the Governor’s Consumer Fraud Task Force, then the governor’s sole public appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s governing board, then Assistant to the Governor and Director of Public Affairs in the Governor’s Office, Sacramento.

When Mr. Reagan’s second term expired, Peter and another senioir aide, Michael Deaver, founded a public affairs/public relations firm in Los Angeles (Deaver & Hannaford, Inc.) and Mr. Reagan became their lead client. They managed his public program until his election as president. In his 1976 campaign for the presidential nomination, Peter was his co-director of issues and research. In the 1980 campaign he was senior communications consultant to Mr. Reagan.

With the Reagan victory in November 1980, both men could not go into the White House. Mike Deaver did, as deputy chief of staff, while Peter continued with the company to manage it. He movedits headquarters to Washington, D.C. During the Reagan years he was involved in a number of volunteer activities including membership on the United States Information Agency’s Public Relations Advisory Committee, the board of trustees of the White House Preservation Fund, consultant to the President’s Privatization Commission and active in the President’s Private Sector Initiatives program.

After nearly three decades in Washington, Peter returned to his native state of California in 2006.
He remains a member of the board of directors of the Washington-based Committee on the Present Danger and a senior counselor of APCO Worldwide, a Washington-based public affairs/strategic communications firm. Currently, he is chairman of the Humboldt County Republican Party and lives in Eureka.

He is the author of 11 books (most of them about U.S. presidents) and a frequent contributor to opinion magazines and their online editions.

Friendly Fire? First, Ailes dialed back the Tea Party talk. Now he’s turning the GOP race into a political X-Factor—and steering the election agenda one more time.

Hours before last week’s presidential debate in Orlando, Ailes’s anchors sat in a cavernous back room, hunched over laptops, and plotted how to trap the candidates. - The Daily Beast

It was part political spectacle, part American Idol, part YouTube extravaganza, a pure Roger Ailes production—and the latest sign that the Fox News chairman is quietly repositioning America’s dominant cable-news channel....

"You're not supposed to call the president a liar. Well if you're not supposed to call the president a liar, he shouldn't tell a lie."


Cain calls Obama's rhetoric 'bull****' - Yahoo via Drudge
Cain to Congress: Stop playing with tragedies - CNN
Herman Cain Takes On Morgan Freeman For Calling Tea Party Racist: Calls Freeman remark 'sad': 'This is real life, not a movie'... - Newsbusters
Cain Talks About Big Florida GOP Straw Poll Win: “People are listening to the message and not just, with all due respect, to the media” - Miami/CBS Local

Top 7 Herman Cain quotes - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner
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Perry still leading in new CNN poll

It looks like voters will be more patient with Perry than perhaps some of the pundits have been. - HotAir

After two successive sub-par debate performances, it looked like Rick Perry might have blown his chance to grab the Republican presidential nomination. According to a CNN poll taken in the three days after Thursday’s debate — including the time when Herman Cain won a surprise victory in a Florida straw poll — Perry still has a significant lead over the rest of the Republican field, with or without Sarah Palin included
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GALLUP: Half think govt is 'immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens'...

A record-high 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed - The findings are from Gallup's annual Governance survey, updated Sept. 8-11, 2011. The same poll shows record or near-record criticism of Congress, elected officials, government handling of domestic problems, the scope of government power, and government waste of tax dollars.
Key Findings:

◼ 82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.
◼ 69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch of government, an all-time high and up from 63% in 2010.
◼ 57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010 and well exceeding the 43% who have little or no confidence in the government to solve international problems.
◼ 53% have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office... Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.
◼ 49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.

Most importantly, the "Listening Platform" should be able to "Handle crisis situations, Continuously monitor conversations, and Identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers."

Said otherwise, the Fed has just entered the counterespionage era and will be monitoring everything written about it anywhere in the world. - Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge

Two weeks ago, the media's heart went aflutter when it learned that the president had borrowed a page right out of ole' Joe McCarthy's communist witch hunt book with the launch of Attack Watch. The response by everyone, even fans of Obama, was immediate and brutal. Yet where Obama took about 24 hours to crash and burn, someone else has stepped in with a far stealthier method of ferreting out the traitors amongst us: none other than our old friends, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States, which in a Request for Proposals filed to companies that are Fed vendors, is requesting the creation of a "Social Listening Platform" whose function is to "gather data from various social media outlets and news sources." It will "monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria."

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Cain’s ‘9-9-9’ tax plan is fairer share


Simply put (wait, sorry again, it is simple), the plan calls for setting the personal income tax, including Social Security and Medicare, at 9 percent for everyone; reducing corporate taxes to 9 percent; and establishing a new national sales tax of 9 percent. - Joe Curl/Washington Times

...voters may just be starting to look for someone with actual experience running - well, anything, even a pizza conglomerate. Mr. Obama, former professor and community organizer, had no executive experience whatsoever, which has left him floundering (not to mention relying on aides to tell him what to do).

And it’s becoming more clear that next November, voters won’t like the president’s own 9 percent plan - 9 percent unemployment. Maybe Mr. Cain’s is just a bit better.

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California Democratic Party among Solyndra’s creditors


Beyond being listed as a creditor, the state Democratic Party’s ties to Solyndra aren’t clear, but a fuller picture could emerge as the bankruptcy case unfolds. - Jim McElhatton/Washington Times

Out of the hundreds of out-of-work employees, vendors, investors and other creditors in the bankruptcy of government-backed solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC, one name stands out: the California Democratic Party. Why California Democrats would be creditor to a company that received more than a half-billion dollars in federal loans to build a solar-panel plant isn’t clear. Even party officials say they’re not sure.

Krauthammer: Now that he’s president, Obama has actually gone and done it.

Return of the Real Obama - President Obama shifts from a phony centrism back to his social-democratic core. - Charles Krauthammer/National Review Online

Democrats scramble to replace cash

With funds missing or frozen, a campaign treasurer facing charges and an election 14 months away, many go looking for money. - Richard Simon and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

A suspected embezzlement scheme that has ensnared hundreds of campaign accounts of Democrats has sent candidates scrambling for new cash as they prepare for an election season that could reshape California's political landscape.

Just when they need to start hiring staff and commissioning polls, many candidates have no idea how much might have been taken from them or how much they have left, and they cannot find out: As many as 400 political accounts have been frozen by the banks holding the funds since the Sept. 2 arrest of treasurer Kinde Durkee...

Party officials may not be able to provide their usual help. The Los Angeles County Democratic Party lost $220,000 to Durkee and has $85,000 more stuck in related legal limbo. Durkee also handled the finances of numerous smaller Democratic clubs that provide campaign foot soldiers and are now scrambling to meet payroll....

California's representatives in Washington say they may ask the Federal Elections Commission for leeway on campaign limits, which would allow them to go back to maxed-out donors to replenish their campaign coffers.

In Sacramento, the state Fair Political Practices Commission will meet this week to consider similar requests from state lawmakers.

"We've had a lot of candidates calling us about what they can do," said commission Chairwoman Ann Ravel. "There is a lot of concern and fear."

The Legislature and governor could also raise the contribution limits temporarily, Ravel said.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Controversy erupts over Campus Republicans bake sale plans



it's not your everyday collegiate fundraiser they've got in mind. They've developed a sliding scale where the price of the cookie or brownie depends on your gender and the color of your skin. - CNN

(Campus Republican President Shawn) Lewis says it's a way to make a statement about pending legislation that would let the California universities consider race or national origin during the admission process.

Michael Moore: "Patriotic Americans" Will Wait Longer For Healthcare

On HBO's "Real Time" with host Bill Maher - Real Clear Politics
Patients to wait longer for care under new health law, think tank says - BlueCross: Health law will add nearly 700,000 to TN insurance rolls - The Tennessean

Recent Polls: recap

POLL: Men's' Approval of Obama Hits All-Time Low, 36% in Gallup poll - CNS
Obama's rating among blacks falls - Washington Post
Approval Among Liberals Hits All-Time Low - CNS
POLL: Obama Approval Plummets on Jobs Plan - Bloomberg
Obama hits all-time low approval among women - FOX
POLL: Approval among Jews declines to 45%

About 65 guests were paying $35,800 per couple to listen to Obama at the first of seven fundraisers he was holding from Seattle to Hollywood to San Diego on Sunday and Monday.

Obama says GOP would 'cripple' America - AP

Aiming to renew the ardor of Democratic loyalists who have grown increasingly disenchanted with him, the president mixed frontal attacks on Republicans with words of encouragement intended to buck up the faithful as the 2012 campaign revs up.

◼ At another appearance: Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and "put on your marching shoes" to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity - HotAir

...casting himself as a quasi-martyr for continuing “press on” despite his low approval ratings might not exactly be offensive, but it is at least a little desperate... Obama's speech to the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus was his answer to increasingly vocal griping from black leaders that he's been giving away too much in talks with Republicans -- and not doing enough to fight black unemployment, which is nearly double the national average at 16.7 percent.

ANNUAL REPUBLICAN PICNIC IN FORTUNA TODAY Sept. 25, 12:30 - 4:00


Humboldt County’s Republican Central Committee and Humboldt Republican Women Federated will hold the party’s annual picnic at Rohner Park, Fortuna, from 12:30-4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 25. ◼ MAP

Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will be furnished. Picnicgoers are asked to bring a salad if their last name begins N-Z and a dessert if A-M, according to Debbie Walker, president of the HRWF. “One of our members, Margaret Stafford, is a renowned pie baker and one her pies will be auctioned at the picnic,” she said. There will be brief speeches by several candidates for office.


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