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  • What Does Sheriff Joe Know?

    Controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio plans to endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the GOP presidential nomination this week, NBC News reports.

    Arpaio, the self-proclaimed the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America who prices himself on his uncompromising stand on illegal immigration, will campaign with Perry in New Hampshire this week, NBC News quotes a source as saying.

    Perry is one of several Republican presidential candidates, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who have sought the Maricopa County sheriff’s endorsement.

    Perry received widespread criticism after a Florida debate in which he said anyone who opposed giving tuition breaks to the children of illegal immigrants “did not have a heart.” He later apologized for the remark.

    And, in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV after that Sept. 22 debate, the Texas governor acknowledged that he had chosen his words poorly, but he stood by his view that the decision in his state to extend tuition breaks was the right one.

    “I was probably a bit over-passionate by using that word and it was inappropriate,” Perry said. “In Texas in 2001 we had 181 members of the Legislature — only four voted against this piece of legislation — because it wasn’t about immigration it was about education.”

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  • Popeye Politics

    Bored with the Penn State scandal because it didn't implicate any prominent Republicans, the mainstream media have suddenly become obsessed with Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge." They are monomaniacally fixated on luring Republicans into raising taxes.

    If Democrats could balance the budget tomorrow and quadruple government spending, they'd refuse the deal unless they could also make Republicans break their tax pledge. That is their single-minded goal.

    But the media are trying to turn it around and say that it's Republicans who are crazy for refusing to consider raising taxes no matter how much they get in spending cuts.

    At Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate on foreign policy, for example, CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked the candidates for the one-millionth time if they would agree to raise taxes in exchange for spending cuts 10 times larger than the tax hikes.

    Terrorism can wait -- first, let me try to back you into a corner on raising taxes.

    Amazingly, Blitzer cited Ronald Reagan's statement in his autobiography, "An American Life," that he would happily compromise with Democrats if he could get 75 or 80 percent of what he wanted -- implying that today's Republicans were nuttier than Reagan if they'd refuse a dollar in tax hikes for $10 in spending cuts.

    Wolf should have kept reading. As Reagan explains a little farther in his autobiography: He did accept tax hikes "in return for (the Democrats') agreement to cut spending by $280 billion," but, Reagan continues, "the Democrats reneged on their pledge and we never got those cuts."

    Maybe that's why Republicans won't agree to raise taxes in exchange for Democratic promises to cut spending.

    For Americans who are unaware of the Democrats' history of repeatedly reneging on their promises to cut spending in return for tax hikes, the Republicans' opposition to tax increases does seem crazy. That's why Republicans need to remind them. Read More »

  • Newt's Boost

    Politico   Original Article
    By endorsing Newt Gingrich for president, the New Hampshire Union Leader opted to reject local frontrunner Mitt Romney in favor of the latest – and maybe last – anti-Romney conservative. Just as striking is how firmly the paper rejected Romney’s framing of the Republican primary and the 2012 general election. In his front-page editorial Sunday, publisher Joe McQuaid did not mention the words “jobs,” “economy,” “employment” or “growth” – the core vocabulary of Romney’s campaign. Instead, he focused on the more subjective qualities of leadership and character, explaining that the Union Leader wanted a candidate with “courage and conviction,”
  • A Quick Refresher Course in Discussing HRC

    The Missourian [Washington, MO]   Original Article
    "...There really isn’t much being said or written at this point about Hillary Clinton replacing President Barack Obama on the Democratic ticket in 2012 as the candidate for the White House. [Snip] The reason is because they don’t think Obama can be re-elected and that Clinton would be a stronger candidate. This brought to mind an item about Hillary that was in “The Secrets of the FBI” book authored by Ronald Kessler, who also wrote “In the President’s Secret Service.” Because of his research, he qualifies as an expert on the two agencies. “The Secrets of the FBI” was published this year..."
  • Occupy Brain Dead College Students

     Original Article

     

    (via Lucianne.com)

     

    Student Loans: It's no wonder the public increasingly dislikes the Occupy crowd. Among their brilliant ideas is a campaign to encourage pampered students to default on college loans. Yeah, that'll win over Middle America. The left-wing Huffington Post quoted New York University professor Andrew Ross as telling the Occupy crowd in New York recently about the "harrowing personal testimony" and the "suffering and humiliation of people who believe their debts will be unpayable in their lifetime." The horror! So Ross and a variety of other Occupy miscreants have started up something called the Occupy Student Debt campaign, which hopes
  • SuperFailure! Who Gets the Blame?

    Wall Street Journal    Original Article
    "...All now know that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has failed to reach an agreement. While there will still be $1.2 trillion of spending cuts as guaranteed under the Budget Control Act, we regrettably missed a historic opportunity to lift the burden of debt and help spur economic growth and job creation. Americans deserve an explanation. President Obama summed up our debt crisis best when he told Republican members of the House in January 2010 that "The major driver of our long-term liabilities . . . is Medicare and Medicaid and our health-care spending."
  • Base Doesn't Hate Romney....

    ....but Republican voters don't love him, either.

    Poor Mitt.

    "...The Purple Poll, a survey of 12 swing states produced by the consulting firm Purple Strategies, spots some slight bleeding for Mitt Romney over the last two months of GOP primary season. It's not that he's making himself unacceptable to a general election audience, but Romney's unfavorability rating has crept noticeably in the direction of the 50-percent mark:

    Mitt Romney’s position in the Purple Electorate has weakened slightly over the past two months. In September, 32% of Purple state voters had a favorable view, with 39% holding an unfavorable view. Today, his favorability has decreased by 2 points (30%), and his unfavorable level has increased by 6 points (to 45%). …

    Data in this survey indicate trouble in the Purple electorate for both Rick Perry and Herman Cain. Asked which GOP candidate they would definitely NOT support, 22% said Perry, and the same percentage said Cain. Just 10% said the same about Romney. Interestingly, among Republicans, just 10% said they would definitely not vote for Romney, compared to 26% who wouldn’t vote for Rick Perry

  • # Of Obamaville's Startle Census

    WASHINGTON — They drive cars, but seldom new ones. They earn paychecks, but not big ones. Many own homes. Most pay taxes. Half are married, and nearly half live in the suburbs. None are poor, but many describe themselves as barely scraping by.

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    Down but not quite out, these Americans form a diverse group sometimes called “near poor” and sometimes simply overlooked — and a new count suggests they are far more numerous than previously understood.

    When the Census Bureau this month released a new measure of poverty, meant to better count disposable income, it began altering the portrait of national need. Perhaps the most startling differences between the old measure and the new involves data the government has not yet published, showing 51 million people with incomes less than 50 percent above the poverty line. That number of Americans is 76 percent higher than the official account, published in September. All told, that places 100 million people — one in three Americans — either in poverty or in the fretful zone just above it.

    After a lost decade of flat wages and the worst downturn since the Great Depression, the findings can be thought of as putting numbers to the bleak national mood — quantifying the expressions of unease erupting in protests and political swings. They convey levels of economic stress sharply felt but until now hard to measure.

  • # Of Obamaville's Startle Census

    WASHINGTON — They drive cars, but seldom new ones. They earn paychecks, but not big ones. Many own homes. Most pay taxes. Half are married, and nearly half live in the suburbs. None are poor, but many describe themselves as barely scraping by.

    Multimedia
     
    Down but not quite out, these Americans form a diverse group sometimes called “near poor” and sometimes simply overlooked — and a new count suggests they are far more numerous than previously understood.

    When the Census Bureau this month released a new measure of poverty, meant to better count disposable income, it began altering the portrait of national need. Perhaps the most startling differences between the old measure and the new involves data the government has not yet published, showing 51 million people with incomes less than 50 percent above the poverty line. That number of Americans is 76 percent higher than the official account, published in September. All told, that places 100 million people — one in three Americans — either in poverty or in the fretful zone just above it.

    After a lost decade of flat wages and the worst downturn since the Great Depression, the findings can be thought of as putting numbers to the bleak national mood — quantifying the expressions of unease erupting in protests and political swings. They convey levels of economic stress sharply felt but until now hard to measure.

  • The Occupation Devolution

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    Occupy Oakland is riddled with the steady drumbeat of intimidation, violence and destruction; and the anarchists are not the only players.   You will see the Occupation devolve into chaos and experience the violence as if you were there. Mayors like Oakland's Jean Quan and most in the press would have you believe that the violence is attributable to a rogue group of anarchists who have infiltrated the Occupation.  But you will witness firsthand how masked and unmasked, anarchist and occupier march together, chant together and incite together.

    Video produced by Sally Zelikovsky & Steve Kemp.

    Read the companion article, "The Occupation Devolution" by Sally Zelikovsky at

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/the_occupation_devolution.html

    You can also read the first article in this two-part series "The Revolutionaries' Revenge"  and the accompanying video, "The Occupation Manifesto" at

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/the_revolutionaries_revenge.html

  • Newt Story Burns Brightly

    Brent Bozell's Media Research Center has correctly pointed out the media bias (shocker!) involving Newt Gingrich's financial enrichment bonuses from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae...because the MSM has failed to report the LARGER story of bonuses taking place when the pair of mortgage backers lost $1.4 BILLION last quarter.

    But...but....Gingrich remains a hypocrite and a professional politican and I still don't trust him.

     

    ABC's World News on Wednesday and Good Morning America on Thursday both reported on the revelation that Newt Gingrich received almost $2 million while consulting for Freddie Mac over an eight year span. Yet, the network ignored the fact that the company (with a Democratic President) is still giving massive bonuses and will now be asking the federal government for an additional $6 billion.

    On World News, Jon Karl highlighted only the Gingrich connection, highlighting attacks by Michele Bachmann. Yet, while ABC focused on this, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell explained, "So, here's what set off the latest round of outrage. $13 million in bonuses for the two mortgage giants that had to be bailed out by taxpayers. Now these bonuses come after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac actually lost $4 billion last quarter."



    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/#ixzz1dzSDoCmp
  • Newt Gingrich Enriches Newt Gingrich at Taxpayers Expense

    Newt Gingrich's explanation about taking north of $2 million in "consulting fees" from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac between 1998 and 2007 is just plain insulting to anyone with a political IQ over room temperture. Arguing about the amount when the numbers are publicly available is even more annoying.

    The former Speaker of the House expects us to believe that he was acting as a "historian" and not a paid political lobbyist, despite reports from the prinipals involved that was not the case.

    Puh-lease.

    Newt Gingrich is a brilliant man. And a VERY flawed person. He has spent decades amassing personal power, only to blow it in a spectacular fashion during the Impeachment Hearings of his identical twin brother Bill Clinton.

    What did we learn from that awful time? I'll remind you.

    CHARACTER COUNTS.

    URBANDALE, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich acknowledged Wednesday that he received personal compensation from Freddie Mac, the federally backed housing agency, but says he doesn't know exactly how much he was paid.

    Speaking with reporters while campaigning in Iowa, the former House speaker left open the possibility that his consulting firm received between $1.6 million and $1.8 million over almost a decade. Gingrich said he received a portion of that for providing "strategic advice for a long period of time" after he left Congress.

    Bloomberg reported this week that the amount is significantly higher than the $300,000 figure Gingrich cited during a debate last week.

  • Do as I say, Not as I DO

    The hypocrisy of liberal Democrats in general, and Joe Biden in particular, always provides amusement for those of us who play in the political sandbox.

    Today is no exception. Headline from Politico.com reads "Biden Meeting on Transparency Forbids Press." Saaaweeet.

    VP's closed-door transparency chat
    There's a bit of irony in Biden's schedule today. AP Photo Close

    Spot the irony in Vice President Biden’s schedule today, from the White House’s daily guidance:

    “At 1:00 PM, the Vice President will attend a meeting of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. At 2:30 PM, the Vice President will meet with representatives of the National Sheriffs' Association in the Roosevelt Room. These meetings are closed press.

    (It was only two months ago that State Department officials briefed reporters on transparency efforts but refused to have their names be printed; and in March, the White House postponed a pooled-press ceremony for President Obama to get an openness award -- it was later rescheduled and carried out in an undisclosed meeting

  • It's ALWAYS About the Money

    Bobby Kennedy, Jr. may act like a idiot on TV, but he appears to be smart enough to grab a billion bucks and change from our pockets.

    Author Peter Schweizer has been following the money crumbs and discovers political cronyism has plumped up Kennedy's coffers.

    Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
    "....President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s..."
  • Ethics Question Put Gingrich on Defense

    Can you hear an "I told you so" echoing around the blogosphere? No? Well, read this tidbit posted over at Lucianne.com

    ABC News, by Michael Falcone & Amy Walter    Original Article
    "....that was fast. Newt Gingrich spent much of Monday and Tuesday touting his surge in the Republican presidential primary race, but thanks to a Bloomberg News report that broke overnight, he’s going to spend much of today trying to explain his prior work with the mortgage company Freddie Mac. Bloomberg’s Clea Benson and Dawn Kopecki noted last night that the former House Speaker “made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from two contracts with” Freddie Mac — an amount that was “significantly larger than the $300,000 payment from Freddie Mac that Gingrich was asked about”
  • Southern States, Red Skies

    The South, once solidly Democratic, is more solidly Republican than ever after the 2011 elections.

    As the last state legislative races were called this week from the Nov. 8 votes in Virginia and Mississippi, the party of Abraham Lincoln now controls both chambers of every state legislature in the 11 former states of the Confederacy, with the sole exception of Arkansas. And Arkansas Republicans need to flip only a handful of seats in 2012 to make the trend unanimous.

    None of this comes as welcome news for President Obama's re-election campaign. In 2008, Mr. Obama was propelled to the White House in large part with breakthrough victories in such states as Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, but all three states now have Republican-led legislatures, with the GOP's biggest gains in the 2010 elections.

    The shift means that in swing states such as Florida, the GOP 2012 nominee will have a home-field advantage given the local balance of power.

  • Rising from the Political Ashes

    Last week, my brother (and only sibling who is a conservative) called to talk politics. I come from a long-winded family, so I settled in.

    Mark was particularly anxious to discuss the Presidential race and breathlessly pronounced that he had FINALLY settled on a GOP candidate.

    "Who might that be, Mark?" I asked listlessly.

    "Newt. Newt is the only one who can pull off this election," my brother responded.

    At this point, I think I blacked out a little bit because I didn't quite catch his finer points involving Newt's grasp of constitutional law. When my brother finally wound down, I pointed out that GOP voters are not going to be thrilled to re-visit 1998, when Newt the Lout was recieving oral sex from a staffer (whom he later married after divorcing his second, or was it third wife?)

    "Well, uh, maybe. But Newt is the only one who can save the country."

    Apparently, others are beginning to see my Big Brother's point of view. The newest PPI poll shows Newt is on top(reportedly his favorite position.)  More from  Josh Richman at the Oakland Tribune.

    "....In July, it was Michele Bachmann; in September, Rick Perry, and in October, Herman Cain. Now Newt Gingrich is poised to be the ascendant Republican presidential candidate of the month -- or perhaps a lasting contender, if his past isn't held against him.

    As former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has held relatively steady in the polls, the Minnesota congresswoman, Texas governor and former Godfather's Pizza CEO have taken their turns near the top. Cain is still there, but recent sexual harassment accusations may be taking their toll; his days at the top of the roller coaster seem numbered, and Bachmann and Perry are waving a welcome to him from halfway down.

    Recent polls show a modest surge for Gingrich, the wonkish former House Speaker from Georgia, pushing him ahead of Perry with Romney and Cain still ahead. It's been a long slog back to double digits for Gingrich -- he'd seemed to have shot himself in the foot right after declaring candidacy in May, both by criticizing the Paul Ryan budget plan beloved by many in the GOP and by fumbling his response to a Tiffany jewelry credit line that was seemingly at odds with his fiscally conservative image.

  • David Axelrod's Pattern of Sexual Accusations

    Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the
    country -- Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington,
    D.C. -- but never in Chicago.
        So it's curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against
    Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama
    consigliere David Axelrod.
        Suspicions had already fallen on Sheila O'Grady, who is close with
    David Axelrod and went straight from being former Chicago mayor Richard
    M. Daley's chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant
    Association (IRA), as being the person who dug up Herman Cain's personnel
    records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA).
        The Daley-controlled IRA works hand-in-glove with the NRA.  And
    strangely enough, Cain's short, three-year tenure at the NRA is evidently
    the only period in his decades-long career during which he's alleged to
    have been a sexual predator.
        After O'Grady's name surfaced in connection with the miraculous
    appearance of Cain's personnel files from the NRA, she issued a
    Clintonesque denial of any involvement in producing them -- by vigorously
    denying that she knew Cain when he was at the NRA. (Duh.)

  • Woman Survives Attacker Who Stored Body in Freezer

    "I can talk," said Lydia Tillman with pride and great effort. For a woman who spent over five weeks in a coma after being sexually assaulted, strangled and doused in bleach, this is no small feat.

    "I'm tough," said Tillman, an acclaimed sommelier and a seasoned world traveler.

    At a 4th of July fireworks celebration in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado, Tillman, 30, met a stranger who returned with her to her apartment, sexually assaulted and strangled her, beat her head, shattered her jaw, and left her for dead. To cover his crime, police say the man then poured bleach on her body and throughout her apartment, then started a fire.

    Despite the physical trauma, Tillman found the strength to survive by leaping out of her second-story window and running into the awaiting ambulance. When the medics asked whether she knew the assailant, Tillman repeatedly told them "No, no, no" before suffering a stroke that left her in a coma for over five weeks.

    Tillman would later learn that police had already been building a case against her attacker for an assault on another woman -- an assault that ended in murder.

  • We (Heart) Marines!

    Semper Fi, Happy Birthday, We LOVE the U.S. Marine Corps and ALL THE HEROES who serve!

    DON'T STOP SUPPORTING TROOPS IN IRAQ
    30,000 STILL SERVING THIS VETERAN'S DAY

    Politicians are so eager to gain political capital from the withdrawal of our troop in Iraq that they've been acting like they troop have already come home. In truth, we still have as many as 30,000 troops still in harm's way and they'll be there this veteran's day, November 11th.

    We must remain committed to supporting our troops in Iraq who have already sacrificed so much. It would be a travesty to forget about them in these last few months before they can return home.

      Please support our troops for Veteran's Day.

     

     

  • It's Enough to Chap My A**

     

    Fannie & Freddie Executives - Millions In Bonuses
    Ten Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the quasi-governmental companies that caused the financial crisis, received $12.8 million in bonuses at taxpayer expense. Franklin Delano Raines, an old Clinton guy and the former CEO of Fannie Mae should be in jail rather than retired and sunning himself at the Country Club.

    http://www.webmover.com/NFA/

     

  • What is Happening to Local Radio?

    “Is local radio dead”, asks programmer Mark Edwards. “Not yet” – but properties are “dying slowly in a hospice called AM and FM.”

    Mark says PPM is part of the picture, and so is local TV’s encroachment on radio’s lucrative morning drive daypart. How has radio responded? Edwards cites a couple of case studies - #1, “A major radio company has moved all its stations to its own app for smartphones and tablets. But after testing the Android app on six different devices over three carriers, the app was only able to stream listenable audio on two of the devices.” #2, "Clear Channel Media Holdings recently hired Bob Pittman to run the company. Pittman is a very smart man and understands the future of content delivery as shown by the company's huge investment in iHeartRadio…They may have some of the right ideas, but have eliminated hundreds of jobs in the last month as they add more centralization to their programming, completely ignoring the fact that being local is one of traditional radio's most important ways to differentiate itself and keep listeners, regardless of how the content is delivered.” Read Edwards’ “Uncensored” column here.

  • Who is Sharon Bialek?

    Herman Cain’s first public accuser is a former Chicago radio staffer.

    Sharon Bialek worked at Tribune’s WGN radio (720) from 2001 to 2004, when WLS-TV News says she left and soon afterwards accepted a gig at CBS Radio’s WCKG (105.9). Bialek encountered Cain in 1997, when she claims he reached under her skirt as she asked about potential employment. He was running the National Restaurant Association and she’d already been let go from the association in Chicago – but had traveled to Washington DC to meet with Cain, because she needed a job. Channel 7 says Bialek has a history of changing jobs and “appears to have struggled financially.” She filed for personal bankruptcy twice, the second time due to large legal bills. That was in 2001, the year she joined WGN. Her fiancé Mark Harwood says "this is truly an American girl who’s got a big heart and wants to do the right thing” by coming forward with her story about what she says happened 14 years ago. Rush Limbaugh talked about Bialek yesterday - making a produced audio joke out of the pronunciation of her last name.

  • Obama's Last Play is Nixonian in Nature

    Whenever you can place the names Nixon and Obama in the same sentence is a VERY good day.

    year left: Obama
    running against history

     

    Washington Post, by Dave Boyer    Original Article

     

     

    With today marking the one-year countdown to Election Day 2012 and his approval rating stuck in the low 40s, President Obama will have to defy American electoral history if he is to win re-election. At 43 percent approval in a Gallup poll conducted Oct. 28-30, Mr. Obama recently referred to himself as an “underdog” — with good reason. Of all the presidents since World War II whose job-approval scores were lower than 50 percent one year before Election Day, only one went on to win a second term. That was President Nixon,
  • About that Debate

    Did you watch it?

    I did.  Twice.  Talking about the Herman Cain/ Newt Gingrich “Lincoln-Douglas” style debate carried live on C-Span.

    It was marvelous… a breath of fresh air. And as some Twitterers observed, we felt we were watching the next president and vice president… either way. Some comments:

    David Limbaugh
    @DavidLimbaugh

    This is just great so far; I love this mutual display of respect and substantive tackling of issues. No gratuitous squabbles. 2 Adults here.

    EdMorrissey
    @EdMorrissey

    Wife after debate: “I want that ticket. I don’t care which way it goes, but I want that ticket.” #caingrich

    Jedediah Bila
    @JedediahBilaJedediah Bila

    Thank you to @newtgingrich &@TheHermanCain for talking solutions, leaving out the silly bickering, and holding our President accountable!

    ***

    Cain has a last word on harassment allegations…

    After a generally cordial and policy-filled debate between Cain and fellow Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, the former businessman took questions from reporters during a press conference in which event organizers told reporters the focus needed to be entitlement spending.

    “Don’t even go there,” Cain told a reporter who began asking about the harassment allegations. Cain then asked his chief of staff, Mark Block, to deliver the reporter a copy of the “journalistic code of ethics.”

    [ snip ]

    “Are you not going to answer questions about this ever again?” a reporter asked Cain.

    With a grin he said, “You got it,” and began to leave the room to a barrage of shouted questions.

    But before making it to the door, he stopped and said, “I was going to do something that my staff told me not to do and try to respond, OK?”

    As he began talking, Cain staffers told him he needed to leave – but Cain sat back down.

    “We are getting back on message, end of story. Back on message. Read all of the other accounts, read all the accounts, where everything has been answered in a story. We’re getting back on message,” he said

  • Adios, Jesse!

    ...and don't let the door slam your ass on the way out.

    (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is so upset by the dismissal of his airport security lawsuit that he threatened Friday to apply for dual citizenship so he can spend more time in his beloved Mexico — or run for president of what he labeled "the Fascist States of America."

    Ventura, also a former wrestling star, sued the U.S. government in January, alleging that airport scans and pat-downs amounted to unreasonable search and seizure. A district judge threw out his lawsuit Thursday, ruling it should have been filed in a Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Ventura has said a titanium hip implanted in him in 2008 sets off metal detectors and that agents previously used hand-held wands to scan his body. He said he was subjected to a body pat-down after an airport metal detector went off last November. Ventura said he hasn't flown since and won't fly commercially again.

    Outside the federal courthouse in St. Paul, with a crew from his "Conspiracy Theory" cable TV show filming, Ventura said he hadn't decided whether to continue pressing his lawsuit. He said he wanted to make his case before a jury, not a panel of judges.

  • Oakland Lefty Officials Excuse Violence

    Original Article

    Jean Quan is a disgrace. She has disgraced Oakland. OWS idiots are disgraceful!

     

    "....Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is quickly solidifying her reputation as one of the most spineless public officials in the country. After throwing her support behind the Occupy Oakland’s plan to “shut down the city” this week, Quan now seems surprised that the protest quickly spiraled into a violent riot that left eight people injured, dozens of businesses vandalized, and untold financial damage in cleanup cost and police overtime pay. Unfortunately for the besieged people of Oakland, the destruction hasn’t convinced Quan to kick the Occupiers out of the city parks. In fact, she’s now defending the movement...)

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  • Retirement is a Killer, So They Say

    Long time TV reporter/commentator and liberal activist retired from CBS just a few weeks ago ..and now he is dead. Condolences to his framily.
    (CBS News) 

    Andy Rooney, the "60 Minutes" commentator known to generations for his wry, humorous and contentious television essays - a unique genre he is credited with inventing - died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92, and had homes in New York City, Rensselaerville, N.Y. and Rowayton, Conn.

     

    "It's a sad day at '60 Minutes' and for everybody here at CBS News," said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of "60 Minutes." "It's hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much."

     

    Rooney had announced on Oct. 2, 2011 in his 1,097th essay for "60 Minutes" that he would no longer appear regularly.

     

    Rooney wrote for television since its birth, spending more than 60 years at CBS, 30 of them behind the camera as a writer and producer, first for entertainment and then news programming, before becoming a television personality - a role he said he was never comfortable in. He preferred to be known as a writer and was the author of best-selling books and a national newspaper column, in addition to his "60 Minutes" essays.

  • Bruce Writes With a Nice Suggestion...

    Thank you, Bruce!

    Hi Melanie, have you heard of ASBP - militaryblood.dod.mil - have you considered promoting it via any of your support troops causes ?? I have been donating for about 1 year now, starting last year at Thanksgiving and donating at Walter Reed.  Since it's closure I have been going to the Pentagon to donate my platelets.  Donating blood products is a way to help all our troops and their families. I don't know how much help they need, but they have asked me if I could visit them twice this month due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  I live in Richmond and am happy to go as often as I can.  A chance to help the troops and a chance to assooiate with the men and women.  Please check it out if you haven't done so in the past. 

  • Occupy Radio Whatever....

    Thousands of people have lost jobs in the radio industry in the past few months and years, (including myself and my husband) andespecially hard hit has been the spoken word format. I have serious concerns about talk radio, and whether it will survive, particularly conservative talk radio.

    It's time for re-regulation of radio.

     And that DOESN'T mean the Fairness Doctrine.

    HEDGECOCK OUT AT KOGO?
    (rumor has it)

    "...It appears that Roger Hedgecock’s run at KOGO is over. Info we get is that Hedgecock’s ad endorsement clients have been notified that he will depart KOGO in January (unless taken off the air sooner?) and re-surface at KFMB. Word further that Rick Roberts will be gone at KFMB opening the 3p-6p slot for Hedgecock.

    Hedgecock has been a fixture at KOGO (formerly KSDO) since 1985 when he was forced to resign as Mayor of San Diego. Radio legend Jim Price ran KSDO at the time and wisely decided that Hedgecock needed a job, that public interest in Hedgecock and his scandal at city hall was a commodity and hired Hedgecock to do a radio talk show. It was a very creative decision by Jim Price, one that gave Hedgecock a new lease on life both professionally and financially. He has done well.

    As memories dim Hedgecock is viewed less as a defrocked former Mayor and more as a stalwart conservative talk show host who at times has had great influence on the radio industry and his audience.

    Details of Hedgecock’s departure from KOGO are still sketchy. He has always been a difficult and demanding employee and has scuffled with management since the departure of Jim Price many years ago. His salvation has been his generally good audience ratings and his ability to lure advertisers who buy radio time and pay him for his product endorsements.

    Complicating a clear picture of events is Hedgecock’s nationally syndicated radio show which he launched in January 2009 under the banner of the Radio America Network. My understanding of that deal is that he left the payroll at KOGO and was compensated by Radio America (to the tune of about $300-Thousand a year). KOGO provided radio studios for his national broadcast and cleared his national show to air in the San Diego market. While Hedgecock was required to focus on national topics by his syndicator KOGO continued to sell spots with Roger’s endorsement for air in the San Diego market. Hedgecock thus supplemented his wage with lucrative endorsement fees paid by local advertisers. The radio station benefited as well.

    What prompted a departure from KOGO? Not sure, but details will surely surface shortly. If KOGO was not on the hook for Hedgecock’s wage and he is paid by Radio America then there would seem to be no financial incentive for KOGO to boot Hedgecock?

    Ratings however do matter and it may well be that ratings for his national show in the San Diego market were not good given that his topics and opinions almost exclusively mirror those of Rush Limbaugh and Shaun Hannity (and others) who air before 3pm. By the time a listener gets to Hedgecock at 3p most of the news cycle conservative topics have been hashed and re-hashed. Add to that the fact that Hedgecock’s basic appeal in this market has been his focus and impact on local issues. Over the years (I was his producer for 15 years) we defended the Boy Scouts of America at Balboa Park, fought successfully to keep The Cross on Mt. Soledad, supported charter school education, led the fight to defend traditional marriage in California, labored to secure our local border with Mexico and support our Border Patrol, spearheaded the ouster of former Governor Gray Davis and more.

    Hedgecock’s rejection of localism likely diminished his attractiveness to San Diego listeners.

    A plausible scenario for the station switch….his national show is in trouble? His syndication has been third tier at best. I often joke that he is carried in places like Lonesome Nut, Oklahoma and Parched Butt, Arkansas but the truth is his show failed to crack top markets and he remains little quoted or noted by national media. He is not Glenn Beck or Mark Levin and shows no signs of carving a unique place on the national stage. If his syndicated show is in trouble then it makes great sense for Hedgecock to seek to return to the local airwaves with an exclusively local show.

    I speculate but it’s fun….if Hedgecock were to approach KOGO (read Clear Channel) about the prospects of a local show and CC paying him and his staff once more, the response likely to be lukewarm, tepid or downright chilly. Clear Channel is in process of throwing out employees by the score all across the nation. KOGO has been downsized to the point that local newscasts are being anchored out of KFI in Los Angeles and the news department is reliant on listeners rather than professional reporters for coverage of news. ( see SDG&E blackout ) Add to that Hedgecock’s temperament as a permanently disgruntled employee and you have nearly legal grounds for divorce.

    As for KFMB? Rick Roberts has been in the bulls eye there for a while now. Word I get is that he was not happy with his forced move from AM drive to the 3pm slot. ( He was replaced by Mike Slater ) His longtime producer was ousted and there is speculation his own wage was reduced? For a while he took to doing his radio show out of his home in Oklahoma. Still he remains a strong lure for personal advertising endorsements. I don’t know what Rick Roberts audience ratings look like today but according to Wikipedia his numbers for 2009 were very good (they quote an LA Times article). But all has not been well between KFMB and Rick Roberts for some time.

    KFMB has long been an “out card,” for Hedgecock. We used KFMB several years ago to upscale a new contract with KOGO. During negotiations we met with KFMB and worked out a deal to do a radio show and also appear on their sister TV station. We then used that potential deal to seal a deal with KOGO. A similar scenario possible today? Given Clear Channel’s current challenges KOGO may not have been able to meet a better deal. Or perhaps had no such interest?

    So what next? KOGO puts Jon & Ken into the 3pm slot? This duo already deals with state and regional topics and could easily modify format to include items of interest to San Diego. This plan would also fit the Clear Channel model of clustering programming. Just a guess.

    Hate to end by saying “only time will tell,” but that would be the case. We’ll learn more in the days to come….(keep an eye on sdradio.net…if anyone can ferret this out it will be Chris Carmichael) ….but it is significant in the history of local broadcasting that the Hedgecock era at KOGO is over, if rumor is correct.

    Were I to make a wish it would be that Hedgecock returns to his local roots with KFMB. On balance he has been a force for good in the local community and long provided a place for the community to gather daily and often to organize and act in the manner of responsible citizens with common interests. Given the near total destruction of local radio programming across America….Having Hedgecock back local would be refreshing…but given my luck…his syndicated show will continue and so will his parroting of top tier talkers. Say it ain’t so.

  • REAL Hope & Change in Wisconsin

    My friend Lee Rodgers reminds us that the stupidity of liberal Democrats can NEVER be underestimated.

    From RadioRodgers.com

    "....The Washington Examiner did a followup on this story...
         The Democrats are keeping really quiet about this. Is there any wonder why Obama stayed away from Wisconsin on his bus tour even though he was right next door?
          Remember the violent demonstrations over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doing away with collective bargaining for Teacher's unions?  The results are in.  Some school districts went from a $400,000 deficit to a $1,500,000 surplus as a result.  They are even hiring new teachers, not firing like the Liberals said would happen.  Why?
          It seems that the insurance company that provided all the "so-called" benefits to the teachers was an insurance company owned and operated by the teacher's union.  Since the outfit was guaranteed to get the insurance business from the teachers, and the State had to pay for it (not the teachers) the insurance company was increasing  annual costs every single year to become the most expensive insurance company in the state.  Then the company was donating millions and millions of dollars to its favorite democrat politicians who, when they got elected, guaranteed to keep funding the union's outrageous costs.  In other words, the insurance company was a "pass through" for Wisconsin taxpayer money directly to the democrat politicians."

     
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  • One Less Pelosi to Worry About

    Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has no interest in politics.

    Thank goodness.

    "...Her mom is the first female speaker of the House and her career has revolved around documenting the lives of politicians, but Alexandra Pelosi doesn't plan to hit the campaign trail herself.

    "Are you... Are you... I was about to say, 'Are you on crack?' but I realized that's not a politically correct thing to say. Are you serious? Let me just ask you that... are you serious?" Pelosi responded when Yeas & Nays asked about a future career in politics.

    Her response might be partly because the filmmaker and youngest daughter of Speaker Nancy Pelosi considers herself a "nobody." She joked she was going to create a T-shirt saying "I'm almost somebody."

  • Sheriff Joe's Cold Case Posse

    Sheriff Joe promised some surprises while speaking in Surprise, Arizona...and when a lawman gives his word....

    "....Arizona's maverick Sheriff Joe Arpaio promised surprises in his jurisdiction's investigation of Barack Obama's eligibility for the presidential ballot and his Cold Case Posse is delivering – raising questions that touch on the authenticity of the long-form birth certificate issued last April and the possibility Obama is using a fraudulent Social Security Number.

    Sources close to the investigation say the posse has decided it needs to see original birth records before it can conclude whether Obama should be eligible for the presidential ballot in 2012, not an electronic file or scanned copies.

    The sources say the panel needs to examine the microfilm documenting Obama's birth, as well as the ink-and-paper original 1961 birth records the Hawaii Department of Health is holding in its vault.

    The PDF file and various scanned copies of the birth certificate that the White House released April 27 are simply not good enough, the posse has determined.

    Autographed copies of Jerome Corsi's best-seller "Where's the Birth Certificate?" are available only from the WND Superstore

    Earlier this month, WND senior staff reporter Jerome R. Corsi spent 18 hours over a two-day period in Arizona briefing the Cold Case Posse on a wide range of evidence regarding Obama's eligibility.

    "The posse wants to see the entire microfilm roll containing Obama's birth certificate, not just a microfilm copy of Obama's long-form birth certificate in isolation," Corsi explained. "An individual microfilm copy could be forged, but forging the entire microfilm reel on which Obama's birth certificate is in sequence would be almost impossible."

    Also, Corsi said, the posse wants the ink-and-paper original 1961 Obama birth records still held in vault by the Hawaii Department of Health to be released publicly and subjected to independent court-authorized forensic examination.

    Corsi affirmed that the posse's conclusion it needs to see the Obama birth certificate microfilm is part of the "shock" that Arpaio warned would be forthcoming, when he spoke last week to the Surprise Tea Party group meeting in Surprise, Ariz.



    Read more: Sheriff Joe's posse delivers promised Obama surprise http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=362625#ixzz1cZAgkryd
  • Pelosi is Peter Principle's Poster Child

        Original Article
    Policy Errors: The ex-House Speaker who promised millions of jobs from ObamaCare says that not creating jobs is better than creating nonunion jobs. But then she also believes unemployment checks grow the economy. The Peter Principle applies to politics, and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should be its poster child, having risen to the level of her incompetence. Her latest pearl of wisdom came in an interview with CNBC in which she said if you can't be a union worker you should be unemployed.
  • Can't Sleep? Find a Friend

    (Reuters) - People who are lonely may be more likely to have sleepless nights, researchers said Tuesday in a study that suggests loneliness may not only cause unhappiness, it may be bad for your health.

    Reporting in the journal Sleep, Lianne Kurina of the University of Chicago and colleagues studied loneliness and sleep patterns among a group of older residents living in two colonies of Hutterites in South Dakota.

    People in this religious sect live communally, sharing possessions and meals. They are rarely socially isolated.

    She said the findings were similar to those from a 2002 study of college students that compared feelings of loneliness to sleep quality. It found that the lonelier the students felt, the more fitfully they slept.

    The researchers collected information on feelings of loneliness, blood pressure and sleep from 95 residents of the Hutterite communities.

    To measure sleep, study volunteers wore wrist bands that measured their activity and level of restlessness during sleep.

    Among the residents, roughly half said they were not lonely. But among the remaining half, the researchers noted a trend between increasing feelings of loneliness and social isolation and more fitful sleep.

    "Basically, the lonelier individuals had sleep that was more broken up. There was more movement during the night, more periods of short sleep duration, more tossing and turning," Kurina said by phone.

    Kurina said her study does not prove that loneliness causes sleepless nights. Instead, it may help to explain why loneliness has been associated with poor health.

    "It's evidence of one way in which feelings of loneliness might get into the body" and affect health, she said.

    (Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen in Chicago; Editing by Jackie Frank)

  • Occupy Foreclosures

    Business Insider    Original Article

     

    Folks, lawlessness is here. And encouraged by the left-wing so-called government of Oakland. Get used to it. These are frightening times.

     

    "....Last night Occupy Oakland's General Assembly did something that is likely to catch on with occupations across the country. They voted to encourage the occupation of foreclosed properties across their city. After all, the bursting of the property bubble is part of why they're on the streets right now. There is a movement similar to this under the overall Occupy umbrella, It's called Occupy Vacant Properties, and it has been most visible in San Francisco, where families are even reclaiming their old homes post-foreclosures.