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Dick Armey's FreedomWorks has been a reliable grassroots partner within the Tea Party movement but today has made a surprising decision to pull out of the Tea Party Express "Re-claiming America Tour."

FreedomWorks is protesting the decision to allow Governor Mitt Romney the opportunity to speak to Tea Party activists at one of the Eastern seaboard stops.

More on the controversy here.

For more information on the Tea Party Express tour, including the CNN Republican Presidential debate co-sponsored by the Tea Party Express, go to


I just recieved news this morning that a friend of mine has passed away ...a true heroine for the conservative cause.

Jane Jamison, 55, blogger and broadcaster, died sometime in the between August 26th when she last posted about a family emergency, and last night.

Jane ran the conservative aggregator "". She was an investigative television journalist from Michigan before she moved to the Bay Area in the 1980's where she appeared on the air as a news reporter for Metro Shadow traffic. She auditioned for a spot on KSFO's morning show with Brian Sussman, but decided that she really belonged in Texas (she was disgusted and discouraged by the political changes in California foreshadowed in 2008.) We lost touch shortly after that, but I continued to post her bloggings on my site.

I am truly shocked. And very much saddened. She was a "glamazon" ...gorgeous, smart and VERY funny. She was a real warrior for conservative ideology and a fearless searcher for truth.

Jane leaves behind two adult daughters.

Rest, Janey. Rest.

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On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action. Although a paragraph from this letter was excerpted in David Remnick's biography of Obama, The Bridge, I had not seen the letter in its entirety before this week.  Not surprisingly, it confirms everything I know about Barack Obama, the writer and thinker.

The Superintendant of the Schools in Fresno, Ca. has stepped up to the plate and renounced his $800,000 contract...and asked the district to hire him back at $31,000 ( less than a rookie teacher plus NO benefits.)

It's a gesture much appreciated in these lean times.

But my question is: why are taxpayers allowing school boards to pay these kind of salaries to begin with?

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Some people give back to their community. Then there's Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell, who's really giving back. As in $800,000 — what would have been his compensation for the next three years.

Until his term expires in 2015, Powell will run 325 schools and 35 school districts with 195,000 students, all for less than a starting California teacher earns.

"How much do we need to keep accumulating?" asks Powell, 63. "There's no reason for me to keep stockpiling money."

Powell's generosity is more than just a gesture in a region with some of the nation's highest rates of unemployment. As he prepares for retirement, he wants to ensure that his pet projects survive California budget cuts. And the man who started his career as a high school civics teacher, who has made anti-bullying his mission, hopes his act of generosity will help restore faith in the government he once taught students to respect.

In this Friday Aug. 26, 2011 photo, Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell poses for a photo in his office, in Fresno, Calif. Powell is forgoing $800,000 in compensation over the next three years of his term. Until his term expires in 2015, Powell will run 325 schools and 35 school districts with 195,000 students, all for less than a starting California teacher earns. As he prepares for retirement, he wants to ensure that his pet projects survive California budget cuts. (AP Photo/Tracie Cone)

In this Friday Aug. 26, 2011 photo, Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell …

Wow!  Check out this coverage of yesterday's events in Napa and SF.  Is local coverage of the Tea Party a' changin'?  

"...They've been dismissed as the inconsequential, angry, funny-hat-wearing political fringe. But conservatives and Tea Party activists at lively celebrations in the Bay Area say they're beginning to be recognized as something else as the 2012 elections loom: a mainstream movement.

With two big gatherings - a California Young Republican Federation convention in San Francisco on Friday and a Tea Party Express gathering in Napa on Saturday - it wasn't so lonely being a conservative in the Democratic bastion of the Bay Area."

Click Here.

And here

And Finally, Here.

Ruth Ney (second from right) and others form a chorus line during a Tea Party Express rally at the Napa Valley Expo

From Radio Host Andrea Shea King (on the road with the Tea Party Express)

Today's rally in Elko, NV will run about 90 minutes if we can keep to the schedule (we are notorious for running behind - but that's another story, LOL). Following our get-together with the good folks from Elko...


We have a long drive to make our Salt Lake City fireside chat later this evening.  Out of respect for the strong LDS presence in our local tea party groups, the format for this event will be totally different.  It is an educational fireside chat that allows Mormons to participate on a Sunday. 


Thus, Mike Holler is the featured speaker on The Constitutional and Religious Freedom.  We also will have the Governor Gary Herbert, and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch joining us.  The TPX team will have limited speaking and entertainment opportunities at this stop, making it a unique event on our national tour.

Here are links to the posts I've written so far.  I invite you to click and follow along with us!  And check back for new entries in my "On the road diary with the Tea Party Express" at
The Radio Patriot.


Meet Kylie, keeping you up to date on Twitter!

The Daily Beast is reporting that Rick Perry is a Tea Party favorite?


Miles and miles to go.


God's hand.


Jimmy Labriola and fun in Napa Valley



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First Lady Michelle Obama is treating herself to multi-million dollar vacations on the taxpayers dime....and some folks are reacting with outrage and demands for it to stop.

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"...With the United States facing a national debt of more than $14 trillion, the largest since World War Two, wouldn’t it make sense for the White House itself to start trimming its own spending? A good place to begin cutting would be Michelle Obama’s rather generous vacation programme. Keith Coffler, who edits the influential White House Dossier, notes that Michelle Obama spent no less than 42 days on vacation over the past year--that’s one in every nine days: Her vacations, the cost of which are mostly borne by taxpayers, include trips to Panama City, Fla., Martha’s Vineyard..."

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MONTERREY, Mexico — Two dozen gunmen burst into a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with a flammable liquid and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing at least 28 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said. The fire at the Casino Royale in Monterrey, which has seen a surge in drug cartel-related violence, represented one of the deadliest attacks against an entertainment center in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late 2006.
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an arson attack on a casino in Monterrey, Mexico. - Firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an arson attack on a casino in Monterrey, Mexico. | Victor Hugo Valdivia/Reuters
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Every single Hurricane season we hear frightening predictions of doom and diaster from mainstream media.

Usually, it's hot air.

Hurricane Irene is coming,though, and the fear associated with it is blowing up ratings.

Good luck, East Coasters. Let's hope the hysterics are just that.


Kinky Friedman once ran against Rick Perry for the Texas governorship. So would the singer and writer vote for him for president? Hell, yes! The world’s most famous Jewish cowboy on why he wants to live in Rick Perry’s America.

| August 24, 2011 7:45 PM EDT

Rick Perry has never lost an election; I’ve never won one. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with the world. On the other hand, I’ve long been friends with Bill Clinton and George W., and Rick Perry and I, though at times bitter adversaries, have remained friends as well. It’s not always easy to maintain friendships with politicians. To paraphrase Charles Lamb, you have to work at it like some men toil after virtue.

I have been quoted as saying that when I die, I am to be cremated, and the ashes are to be thrown in Rick Perry’s hair. Yet, simply put, Rick Perry and I are incapable of resisting each other’s charm. He is not only a good sport, he is a good, kindhearted man, and he once sat in on drums with ZZ Top. A guy like that can’t be all bad. When I ran for governor of Texas as an independent in 2006, the Crips and the Bloods ganged up on me. When I lost, I drove off in a 1937 Snit, refusing to concede to Perry. Three days later Rick called to give me a gracious little pep talk, effectively talking me down from jumping off the bridge of my nose. Very few others were calling at that time, by the way. Such is the nature of winning and losing and politicians and life. You might call what Rick did an act of random kindness. Yet in my mind it made him more than a politician, more than a musician; it made him a mensch.

These days, of course, I would support Charlie Sheen over Obama. Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay. Obama has been perpetually behind the curve. If the issue of the day is jobs and the economy, Rick Perry is certainly the nuts-and-bolts kind of guy you want in there. Even though my pal and fellow Texan Paul Begala has pointed out that no self-respecting Mexican would sneak across the border for one of Rick Perry’s low-level jobs, the stats don’t entirely lie. Compared with the rest of the country, Texas is kicking major ass in terms of jobs and the economy, and Rick should get credit for that, just as Obama should get credit for saying “No comment” to the young people of the Iranian revolution.

More to the point, could Rick Perry fix the economy? Hell, yes! Texas is exhibit A; Rick’s fingerprints are all over it. He’s been governor since Christ was a cowboy. The Lone Star State is booming. The last time I checked, Texas is kicking in a hell of a lot of the U.S. GDP. Unemployment is lower than the vast majority of the other states. Hell, we could probably even find a job for Paul Begala.

As a Jewish cowboy (or “Juusshh,” as we say in Texas), I know Rick Perry to be a true friend of Israel, like Bill Clinton and George W. before him. There exists a visceral John Wayne kinship between Israelis and Texans, and Rick Perry gets it. That’s why he’s visited Israel on many more occasions than Obama, who’s been there exactly zero times as president. If I were Obama I wouldn’t go either. His favorability rating in Israel once clocked in at 4 percent. Say what you will about the Israelis, but they are not slow out of the chute. They know who their friends are. On the topic of the Holy Land, there remains the little matter of God. God talks to televangelists, football coaches, and people in mental hospitals. Why shouldn’t he talk to Rick Perry? In the spirit of Joseph Heller, I have a covenant with God. I leave him alone and he leaves me alone. If, however, I have a big problem, I ask God for the answer. He tells Rick Perry. And Rick tells me.

So would I support Rick Perry for president? Hell, yes! As the last nail that hasn’t been hammered down in this country, I agree with Rick that there are already too damn many laws, taxes, regulations, panels, committees, and bureaucrats. While Obama is busy putting the hyphen between “anal” and “retentive” Rick will be rolling up his sleeves and getting to work.

A still, small voice within keeps telling me that Rick Perry’s best day may yet be ahead of him, and so too, hopefully, will be America’s.


August 24, 2011 7:45pm

NBC News is refusing to give credit to Senator Marco Rubio (R) from Florida for saving former First Lady Nancy Reagan from a fall. How small.

It's enough to make a skunk vomit.

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While both ABC's Good Morning America and CBS's Early Show on Tuesday gave due credit to Senator Marco Rubio for catching former First Lady Nancy Reagan as she tripped at Reagan Library event, NBC's Today strangely avoided making any mention of the Florida Republican being present, even as video footage clearly showed him holding Reagan's arm.In a news brief on Today, Natalie Morales reported: "And a scary moment for former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who tripped over a post used for crowd control during an event

FRUGALITY IS FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations.

Plus this: “The Obamas’ summer break on Martha’s Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.” And, yes, I don’t want to hear one more goddamned thing about my carbon footprint.

Ditto, Glenn.

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Posted 8/23/11 2:42 p.m.

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Police in Tennessee were called to a funeral home where workers found two intruders sleeping inside caskets.

The employees at Weaver's Funeral Home in Bristol called police around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday after finding two men asleep in caskets. The men fled through a window after police were alerted, the Bristol Herald Courier reports.

One man escaped, but police caught and arrested Barrett Lance Hartsock, who was charged with burglary and vandalism over $1,000.

Police said there was more than $9,000 in damage done to the caskets the two men were sleeping in.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

WASHINGTON -- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family has charged the foundation building a monument to the civil-rights leader on the National Mall about $800,000 to use his words and image -- and at least one scholar thinks that Dr. King would find such an arrangement offensive.

The memorial is being paid for almost entirely through a fund-raising campaign led by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.

"I don't think the Jefferson family, the Lincoln family [or] any other group of family ancestors has been paid a licensing fee for a memorial in Washington," said Cambridge University historian David Garrow, author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Dr. King. ". . . [He would've been] absolutely scandalized."

Financial documents revealed that the foundation paid $761,160 in 2007 to Intellectual Properties Management Inc., an entity run by the King family. They also showed that a $71,700 "management" fee was paid to the family estate in 2003.

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There is going to be a lot more to this story than greets today's headlines ....and I'm betting that Newsweek's John Soloman will get to the bottom of this sordid mess. Until then I withold judgement.

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She sobbed in recounting a fictitious gang rape, only to tell more lies as she admitted she'd made it up. She lied about her whereabouts after the so-called attack, only to tell new lies after promising to come clean. And when confronted about these layers of lies upon lies, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's hotel-maid sex-accuser collapsed in a roll-on-the-floor tantrum. "But I wasn't under oath!" she told prosecutors. Manhattan prosecutors yesterday filed a 25-page document asking that the charges be dropped in the Strauss-Kahn case -- a document that literally labels the horndog Frenchman's accuser a liar and a fraud.

The eyes of the world are on strong man Muammar Ghadfi alive or dead? We prefer dead, but no one can say for sure.

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The man who could expose Britain’s tangled relationship with Colonel Gaddafi apparently made a dramatic return to the heart of Tripoli last night. The Libyan leader’s son Saif al-Islam, who had earlier been reported captured by rebel forces, was seen arriving in an armoured vehicle at the back of a hotel used by reporters and TV crews.During a brief exchange, one journalist asked Saif if his father was safe and in Tripoli. ‘Of course,’ he replied.
The Hill [DC], by Michael O'Brien    Original Article
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) would beat President Obama among registered voters, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) would tie the president if the election were held today, according to a new Gallup Poll. Obama leads both Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) among registered voters, but by 2 and 4 percent margins, respectively. The numbers reflect a worrying slide for Obama heading into the 2012 campaign season, and the poll gives each of those four Republican candidates the ability to sell their electability to primary voters.
FrontPage Magazine, by Matthew Vadum    Original Article
The Obama administration’s new immigration amnesty is a purely political calculation intended to shore up the president’s sagging support among Latino voters. President Obama has a habit of not enforcing laws he doesn’t like. He doesn’t like the Defense of Marriage Act so he won’t defend it in the court. He doesn’t like energy exploration so he has ignored court order after court order that would allow deep-water oil drilling. He doesn’t like the free speech protections in the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC so he’s planning an executive order to undermine it.


Unit protecting Gadhafi surrenders...


'End of regime in 10 days'...


Libya’s leader, Moammar Gadhafi, spearheaded the most deadly crackdown of any Arab country against the wave of protests sweeping the region.


U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart their vacation home in Chilmark to go to the beach on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts August 21, 2011. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama departs his vacation home to go to the beach on Martha's Vineyard

 Vacation freeze in sunny Martha's Vineyard? I've been wondering about the state of this marriage for awhile.

Separate airplanes to and from the island. Separate trips to visit in-laws and out-laws.

Separate lives, it looks like (from the outside.)


The Presidential vacation during the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, is sheer stupidity on the part of Mr. Obama, according to political pundits. And the American public. 

Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner    Original Article
President Obama begins his 10-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard today, the third year in a row he has taken his summer holiday in one of America’s most expensive resorts. During his time there he will be experiencing the kind of luxury that the vast majority of ordinary Americans can only dream about: Barack Obama will be staying in a compound which costs more to rent for a single week than most American households earn in a year. In previous years Obama’s expensive vacations have attracted relatively little attention from the US media, with the...


Thousands of unemployed waited overnight, camping out in their business suits and office heels and braving the tormenting heat in Atlanta to stand in line for a job fair Thursday. Authorities treated 20 people for heat exhaustion as they struggled to keep the line moving and get people moved inside.

The incredible turnout at the job fair comes on the heels of the state labor commissioner's announcement that Georgia's jobless rate rose.

The state unemployment rate increased to 10.1 percent in July from the 9.9 percent in June. The unemployment rate for African-Americans stands at 15.9 percent, far above the national rate of 9.1 percent.

July marks the 48th consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate.

The line was full of hopefuls who waited for hours in a line that wrapped around the Atlanta Technical College where the event was held.

The For the People Jobs Initiative, hosted by U.S. Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson and sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, is a series of job fairs and town halls at some of the urban areas hit hardest by unemployment and the financial crisis.

Rick Perry's last minute jump from the Texas statehouse to the (hoped for) White House has set off a GOP explosion ...and the salvos are coming from some of his so-called friends in the Republican party.

Who, or what, is behind this politcal warfare? A fascinating read today from Matt Latimer at the Daily Beast on the onslught from Karl Rove, and by extension, the Bushies.

"...Just because Karl Rove is behind a plot doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t work.  That we’re still talking about the former Bush aide at all is a testament to his singular tenacity. 

How has he done it? The man helped elect the Pelosi Congress—it was Rove who in 2006 was in charge of holding on to GOP majorities in the House and Senate. He helped elect Barack Obama—insisting that John McCain was the only “electable” Republican in 2008 and bad-mouthing most of the others running. His indispensable support of his boss' overspending and government bailouts even helped create the Tea Party, which has bedeviled Rove and other GOP establishment figures ever since. 

And yet billionaire donors to the Republican Party seem oblivious to the record, handing Rove big, fat checks to fund his activities further. Perhaps this is because he is charming and witty, has a statistic for every occasion, never stops calling people until he gets what he wants, says all the right things about battling “them liberals,” and wallpapers himself across The Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages and Fox News Channel, where his words are rarely challenged.  To his everlasting credit, Rove has truly lived up to his Bush-conferred nickname, “Turdblossom.” He can make any mess he's involved in still smell sweet.

His brazen and transparent attacks on a leader of his own party, Texas Gov.  Rick Perry, may be the greatest test yet of Rove’s remarkable resilience. Some, in fact, are starting to question if we have at last reached “the moment.” Years from now, will we look back at the 2012 primary season as the time when Rove put on his Fonzie jacket, flashed a thumbs-up sign, and then—finally—jumped the shark?

Yes, at long last, the 2012 race is actually starting to get interesting."

Read more here.

In a bizarre incident, former Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell today walked out of the taping of an interview for CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, which is set to air tonight. The tipping point was Morgan's question about her stance on gay marriage. (By that point, he had already quizzed her on witchcraft and sex with the tension between the two visibly escalating, especially when Morgan repeatedly asked O'Donnell to address old comments about masturbation she had made in an 1990s MTV documentary special.) "You're being a little rude," she told him several times before asking her handlers "Are we done?" and taking off her microphone. But not before schooling Morgan on conducting interviews: "Don’t you think as a host if I say 'This what I wanna talk about', that’s what we should address?" O'Donnell was on the show promoting her book Troublemaker. “My first ever walk-out in 25 years of interviews,” Morgan wrote on Twitter. “I guess viewers can decide if I was 'rude' or not tonight.” Here is the video, judge for yourselves. UPDATE: After airing the unfinished interview on his show tonight, Morgan invited O'Donnell to return tomorrow and promised not to be rude.
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U.S. Presidential candidate Rick Perry find himself between a rock and a hard place with the conservative base over support for the former Democrat Vice-President Al Gore and his whack-a-doodle global warming nonsense.

In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.”

VandeHei on Perry's fundraising woes

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But in fact, global warming was already a significant theme for Gore in 1987 and 1988 — long before his activism led to several books, a Nobel Prize and a part in an Academy Award-winning film. It was also well before the right gave him the "Mr. Ozone" nickname and talk radio heaped endless mockery on the future vice president.

Gore, then a young Tennessee senator trying to break out in a crowded Democratic field, mentioned the warming planet as one of his priorities for his presidential campaign in April 1987, according to news coverage at the time.

“He laid out a broad list of national objectives, from combating AIDS and Alzheimer's disease to curbing the ‘greenhouse effect’ — the threat to the Earth's atmosphere from the burning of oil, gas and coal,” The Los Angeles Times reported in covering Gore’s announcement. In May 1987, according to The Washington Post, his stump speeches included a call for the nation to “confront the emerging problems of the greenhouse effect and the threat to our ozone.”

Later that summer, Gore joined Republican Sen. John Chafee in calling for urgent action on climate change and the threat of coastal flooding.

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President Obama needs to fire someone, anyone on his campaign staff. This mortuary bus that he is riding around in (2.2 million for 3 days of political campaigning) doesn't read well with the American public.

Our tax dollars are going to pay for this?

Obama's $2,000,000+ non-campaign bus will drive him around
his non-campaign 3 day whirl giving non-campaign speeches.

The Tea Party confronts one of the most partisan Presidents in American history.

President Obama came face-to-face with the Tea Party last night in Iowa, clashing with members during and after a town hall last night.

Ryan Rhodes, a group leader in the Hawkeye State, stood up and shouted a question during a town hall asking the president how he can call for more civility when "your vice president is calling people like me, a Tea Party member, a 'terrorist.'"

Obama, who had not called on the man, said the town hall wouldn't work "if you just stand up when I asked everybody to raise their hand ... I didn't see you. I wasn't avoiding you ... Please."

After calling another person, Obama circled back to address Rhodes' question: "First of all, in fairness to this gentleman who raised a question, I absolutely agree that everybody needs to try to tone down the rhetoric."

President Obama vs. the Tea Party
By Carolyn Kaster, AP
Obama added: "Now, in fairness, since I've been called a socialist who wasn't born in this country, who is destroying America and taking away its freedoms because I passed a health care bill, I'm all for lowering the rhetoric."

After the event, Obama came up to speak with Rhodes and another Tea Party.

It's hard to quote their conversation exactly, because of the music, but Rhodes again raised "the terrorist" comment and Obama defended his vice president, Joe Biden.

Biden has denied calling the Tea Party "terrorists." A House Democrat used the term during a group meeting with Biden over the debt ceiling debate, but the vice president denied news reports that he echoed the comment

American Spectator, by William Murchison    Original Article
So, to the surprise of exactly no one, he's in. A single question remains, concerning Rick Perry, governor of Texas. If he wins the Republican presidential nomination, as well he may, can he be counted on to send Barack Obama, Joe Biden​, and Tim Geithner to the unemployment lines (pending their recruitment by the lobby or the universities)? Will America accord him that chance? (Snip)My governor, as a presidential candidate, brings various strengths to the table:(Snip) Rick Perry loves business and the spirit of enterprise even more than Barack Obama seems to look down his nose...
President Obama's summer woes have dragged his approval rating to an all-time low, sinking below 40% for the first time in Gallup's daily tracking poll.

New data posted Sunday shows that 39% of Americans approve of Obama's job performance, while 54% disapprove. Both are the worst numbers of his presidency.

Obama's approval rating has hovered in the 40% range for much of 2011, peaking at 53% in the weeks following the death of Osama bin Laden.

But Americans' view of his job performance continued to tick downward as the debt-ceiling debate heated up. By the time he signed legislation averting a federal default, he was mired in the low-40% range.

The polling setback comes as the Republican race to unseat him has kicked into overdrive. The past week has been dominated by the activity in Iowa ahead of the Ames Straw Poll, and the entrance of a new contender in Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The candidates have routinely assailed Obama's leadership in appealing to conservative activists who dominate this stage of the nominating contest.

Obama is set to launch something of a counter-offensive on Monday with a three-day bus tour of the Midwest, a trip that includes two stops in Iowa. The White House denied that the itinerary was politically motivated, however.

The three-day tracking poll was conducted from Aug. 11-13.

Gotta hand it to Mitt Romney ....The "Magical Misery Tour" has a nice ring to it.

"..A new web video and harsh criticism emerged from the Mitt Romney camp today as President Barack Obama launched his three-day bus tour that will make stops in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.

Dubbing the president’s trip the “Magical Misery bus tour,” Romney said in a statement that “it is unlikely President Obama will speak with unemployed Americans, to near-bankrupt business owners, or to families struggling to survive in this economy.”

“He is more interested in campaigning in swing states than working to solve the economic crisis that is crushing the middle class,” said Romney. “Turning this economy around will require real leadership and the experience of someone who has actually worked in the private sector.”

And in the web video titled “Obama Isn’t Working: Minnesota,” the campaign interviews several Minnesotans ahead of the president’s visit today.

One such interviewee, Joseph Bromley of Minnetonka, Minn., says in the video, “In the last election I voted for Barack Obama and I just feel like I can’t.”

This is the 14th web video the campaign has produced since making the campaign officially in early June."

Emily Freidman, ABC's The Note.

The feisty lady from Wisconsin serves up Tim Pawlenty's Waterloo in Ames!

Pawlenty ends bid for White House

Pawlenty ends bid for White House

Former Minnesota governor decides to drop out of the race after a disappointing third-place finish in the Iowa straw poll.

It was highly enjoyable watching last night's GOP debate sponsored by Fox News and the Examiner newspapers. Usually, I find them quite boring, even when I am highly motivated to watch.

Not so last night. Tim Pawlenty looked small, Michele Bachman, despite her diminutive stature, loomed large. The only one missing was Texas Governor Rick Perry, and it won't be long before he arrives at his Waterloo (Iowa.)

Original Article
Ames, Iowa - A slow-moving Republican presidential campaign came to life Thursday night in a GOP candidates' debate that featured the fiercest face-to-face exchanges of the 2012 contest. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has lagged behind in national public-opinion polls, came out swinging: He jabbed front-runner Mitt Romney, mocking his wealth, and he criticized surging fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann for what he called her lack of experience and successes. (Snip) Mr. Romney was also asked about his record as the head of Bain Capital, a private-equity firm, and about cases where he laid off many workers from some of...

I dare anybody on the Left to read this article from my friend Sally Zelikovsky and call her a crazy "teabagger" ...instead, you may find that you agree with her on many points, as well you should.


"..AMERICA is in big trouble, but with the recent passage of the Budget Control Act, we took a giant leap toward SMART government and sustainable governance.

SMART (Save My America by Representing The People) government empowers citizens to elect representatives who listen and enact legislation according to the majority. Sustainable governance occurs when legislation yields a sustainable budget and a viable, prosperous economy with minimal intrusion into individual liberties.

While the debt ceiling fiasco didn't produce perfect results, it did generate SMART and sustainable outcomes.

Primarily, the voice of the people prevailed.

According to a July 2011 CNN poll, 74 percent of Americans supported a balance budget amendment and 66 percent supported "Cut, Cap and Balance."

While the Budget Control Act doesn't accomplish what "Cut, Cap and Balance" would have, it comes closer to public sentiment than anything the Democrats proposed — and, as demonstrated when Democrats rammed through health-care reform, ignoring public opinion is how they govern.

Senate Democrats emerged as obstructionists, prohibiting debate on the bipartisan "Cut, Cap and Balance" favored by 66 percent of Americans. Before any vote, Sen. Harry Reid announced the legislation would be dead on arrival.

Worse, President Barack Obama​ threatened to veto anything with a balanced budget amendment or spending


caps tied to debt-ceiling increase.

This isn't some cockamamie scheme — 49 states and most municipalities require balanced budgets. With a $14 trillion deficit and frenzied spending, the Democrats refused to govern sustainably, putting a pernicious "tax-spend-and-raise-the-debt-ceiling" ideology ahead of real solutions.

The Tea Party​ emerged at the vanguard of American sentiment. Together with their conservative House brethren, they brought the debt-ceiling debate to the kitchen table and kitchen table solutions to Washington.

This is big news.

Predictably, the press revealed its bias. While excoriating Republicans for being "intransigent" on taxes, the press applauded Democrats for their willingness to compromise when, in fact, they stubbornly insisted on raising the debt ceiling and taxes.

An inflexible and out-of-touch president and Democrat-controlled Senate were on full display. The president emerged as an impotent negotiator whose stubborn ideology and failed policies exacerbated the economic outlook.

In the debt-ceiling debate, the winners were clearly the American people. They regained their collective voice and took the first steps toward SMART government and sustainable governance.

Every president has raised the debt ceiling, but that doesn't make it right. While hard-working citizens watch their dreams slip away because of Washington's spending addiction, they understand that this intervention is the first step toward eliminating the unsustainable practice of "spend-raise-spend-raise."

Fortunately, the people are more fiscally judicious than the politicians. They urged Washington to hold firm and save the country for our children by clinging, not to their "guns and bibles," but to the principles of cutting the size of government and reducing spending without debilitating tax hikes.

Sen. Reid said "The Tea Party direction ... has been very, very disconcerting, and very unfair to the American people."

What's unfair is that Senate Democrats and President Obama​ refuse to exercise fiscal restraint.

What's disconcerting is that they do so on the backs of average folks.

That's neither smart nor sustainable."

Sally Zelikovsky of San Rafael is founder of Bay Area Patriots and coordinator of the San Francisco Tea Party.

The internals of the Washington Post poll released yesterday were so surprising that WaPo forgot to headline the results. Gee, I wonder why?

   Original Article
Buried deep in the internals of The Washington Post's latest poll, and not reported at all in their front-page write up, is some troubling news for President Obama's reelction prospects. Fourty-four percent of American adults, and 46 percent of registered voters, told The Post they definitely will not vote for Obama's reelection. Only 20 percent of respondents said they deifinitely will vote for Obama in 2012. Thirty percent said they would consider it. The 46 percent that say they definitely will not vote for Obama also matches Obama's 46 percent disapproval rating.

As usual, it takes awhile to sort out the actual facts in any story from a war zone.

Leave it to the highly talented Rowen Scarborough at the Washington Times to do so.

    Original Article
The top NATO commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday that the doomed Navy SEALs mission that claimed 30 American lives was intended to stop fleeing Taliban fighters and not necessarily a rescue mission as first reported. After the crash Saturday, news reports quoted NATO officials as saying commanders dispatched the CH-47 Chinook helicopter with 22 SEALs onboard to rescue an Army Ranger team pinned down by the Taliban. (Snip)U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, told Pentagon reporters via a teleconference from Kabul that the mission was to stop Taliban fighters from fleeing

Let us bow our head in prayer and give thanks to the hard work and amazing discovery about to change the world. Thank you God. Thank you Leukemia researchers around the world and at the University of Pennsylvania!

Original Article

In a potential breakthrough in cancer research, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have genetically engineered patients' T cells--a type of white blood cell--to attack cancer cells in advanced cases of a common type of leukemia. Two of the three patients who received doses of the designer T cells in a clinical trial have remained cancer-free for more than a year, the researchers said. Experts not connected with the trial said the feat was important because it suggested that T cells could be tweaked to kill a range of cancers, including ones of the blood, breast and colon

Ultra Left-wing financier George Soros is accused of slapping his girfriend around while playing a real life real estate monopoly game - in bed. I swear I didn't make this up. No one can.

Original Article

A beautiful Brazilian soap star has the lead role in her own daytime drama, which casts George Soros, the billionaire financier of lefty causes, as a heavy who not only broke her heart, but also reneged on a promise to give her an Upper East Side apartment worth $1.9 million. The drama will be staged in Manhattan Supreme Court, where 28-year-old Adriana Ferreyr yesterday filed a blockbuster $50 million suit charging, among other things, that the frisky octogenarian slapped her around while they were in bed discussing his real-estate betrayal.

Tea Party Made Up of 'Freaked
Out White Men': Whitney


Last time I checked, I am neither freaked out, nor a white man. And I'm sick of the characterization. Tea Party people are loyal Americans who are legitimately concerned about the direction of the failed socialist policies of President Obama. Jobs disappearing. Credit ratings evaporating. Economic stability vanishing.

Way to go, O.


CNBC, by Jeff Cox    Original Article
Tea Party members are primarily “freaked out white men” who pose the greatest political threat to Democrats in 2012, according to banking analyst Meredith Whitney. Speaking in the broader context of a discussion on CNBC regarding the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of US debt, Whitney said the dissenters represent the type of problems that have led to the current predicament in Washington. “Call it Tea Party, whatever you will, the fringe element is I characterize (as) freaked-out white men who are unemployed and have been unemployed for three years and they’re scared to death,” she said.

For all the bitter bluster from the Wisconsin (and national) labor unions....the Recall of Republican Senators voting for sensible reforms last year fizzled yesterday.

"The protelariat did not take over the streets", said former Democratic lawmaker Mordecai Lee.

This is an important lesson for all GOP poltiicans who are holding the line against the special interests who are shouting revenge, and throwing millions of dollars down ratholes.

Stay strong.

"..After tens of millions of dollars spent by outside interest groups, dozens of attack ads and exhaustive get-out-the-vote efforts, Democrats on Tuesday fell short of their goal of taking control of the state Senate and stopping the agenda of Gov. Scott Walker.

Republicans won four of six recall races, meaning the party still holds a narrow 17-16 majority in the Senate — at least until next week, when Sens. Robert Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie, and Jim Holperin, D-Conover face their own recall elections. A third Democrat, Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, easily survived a recall attempt last month.

Sens. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, and Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, successfully defended their seats Tuesday.

Challengers state Rep. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, and Jessica King unseated incumbent state Sens. Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse, and Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac.

Going into Tuesday, Republicans controlled the body 19-14, so Democrats needed to win at least three seats and hold onto two more next week to take over.

"The revolution has not occurred," said UW-Milwaukee political science professor Mordecai Lee, a former Democratic lawmaker. "The proletariat did not take over the streets."

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A perfect storm of horrible economic news is raining down on President Obama's approval ratings. So here is the news flash for the dopes at ....what Obama is selling, America ain't buying.

"Gallup delivers two blasts at the Obama administration today for its handling of the economy.  The first comes in its daily tracking poll, which reacted rather badly to Barack Obama’s speech from the White House yesterday.  His approval rating dropped three points to its previous low of 40% after only one cycle of polling.  Disapproval rose back to 50%, up two points from the day before.  That sharp drop could amplify over the next couple of days, especially considering the beating Obama is taking across the political spectrum for his ill-considered rehash of an address.  It’s possible that we will see Obama drop below 40% for the first time ever as Saturday and Sunday responses roll out of the survey data.

In not unrelated news, economic confidence plunged to its lowest level since shortly after Obama took office:

Americans’ economic confidence plunged to -53 in the week ending Aug. 7, a level not seen since the recession days of March 2009. This deterioration coincided with the final wrangling over the U.S. debt ceiling and Standard and Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ debt rating. Economic confidence is now far worse than the -43 of two weeks ago and the -34 of a month ago.

U.S. economic confidence deteriorated even faster in July and the first week of August than it did in June compared with May. This plunge in confidence contrasts with the relatively flat trend in 2010. It also places consumer perceptions of the economy in the range of March 2009 during the recession. Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index hit its recession/financial crisis weekly low of -65 — just 12 points worse than now — during the week of Oct. 6-12, 2008.

Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index combines two measures: one assessing Americans’ views about whether the U.S. economy is “getting better” or “getting worse,” and the second involving Americans’ ratings of current economic conditions as “excellent,” “good,” “only fair,” or “poor.” The Index’s inception was in January 2008. Both weekly ratings are at their lows since early 2009.

Friend and fellow conservative George Mason University Economics Professor Walter Williams is convinced that Barack Hussein Obama is most certainly going to be re-elected President, clinging to power through a second term...despite raging unemployment, a downgraded credit rating, and a plunging stock market. This, according to an email circulating around today.

I hate to say this, but are wrong.  Or at least I disagree with you, and that may be the same thing. If the election were held today, (and last I checked, my polling place is closed) Obama would be drop kicked from the Oval Office, and Michelle would be clinging to the doors of Air Force One.

STOP THE PRESSES! Williams email claiming Obama can't win is a hoax - mostly likely perpetuated by 

Now, for the rest of my thesis for the panicked, curious or mildly irritated reading public.

....Proof? Just look at what his friends in the MSM are writing today about him.

A familiar air of indecision preceded President Obama’s pep talk to the nation.

The first draft of his schedule for Monday contained no plans to comment on the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating by Standard & Poor’s. Then the White House announced that he would speak at 1 p.m. A second update changed that to 1:30. At 1:52, Obama walked into the State Dining Room to read his statement. Judging from the market reaction, he should have stuck with his original instinct.

“No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a AAA country,” Obama said, as if comforting a child who had been teased by the class bully.

When he began his speech (and as cable news channels displayed for viewers), the Dow Jones industrials stood at 11,035. As he talked, the average fell below 11,000 for the first time in nine months, en route to a 635-point drop for the day, the worst since the 2008 crash.

It’s not exactly fair to blame Obama for the rout: Almost certainly, the markets ignored him. And that’s the problem: The most powerful man in the world seems strangely powerless, and irresolute, as larger forces bring down the country and his presidency.

The economy crawls, the credit rating falls, the markets plunge, and a helicopter packed with U.S. special forces goes down in Afghanistan. Two thirds of Americans say the country is on the wrong track (and that was before the market swooned), Obama’s approval rating is 43 percent, and activists on his own side are calling him weak.

Yet Obama plods along, raising gobs of cash for his reelection bid — he was scheduled to speak at two DNC fundraisers Monday night — and varying little the words he reads from the teleprompter. He seemed detached even from those words Monday as he pivoted his head from side to side, proclaiming that “our problems is not confidence in our credit” and turning his bipartisan fiscal commission into a “biparticle.”


The Stunning Demonization
of Fiscal Responsibility
Big Government, by Frank Salvato    Original Article

Just when you thought the Progressive Movement could be more deeply invested in denial, now comes the absurd notion that somehow, the TEA Party Movement, whose pinnacle tenet is fiscal responsibility; which has devoutly insisted that the federal government cease the practice of spending beyond the tax revenue it gleans from taxpayers, that somehow it is the TEA Party Movement and their affiliated members of Congress who are responsible for the downgrade in the US credit rating by S&P and not the glad-handing spendthrifts of the big government, nanny state Progressive Movement. “Bottom up, top down…inside out.”


Tim Gunn mocks Hillary
Clinton’s pantsuits
Yahoo! News, by Laura Rozen    Original Article

The Twitterverse was abuzz at the undiplomatic critique leveled this week at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's pantsuits-favoring fashion sense by style expert Tim Gunn. "Why must she dress that way?" Gunn lamented, in an appearance on TBS' "Lopez Tonight" Tuesday, after host George Lopez asked for Gunn's judgment on the style of various U.S. female politicians. "I think she's confused about her gender [with] all these big, baggy menswear tailored pantsuits. "The audience gasped. "No, I'm really serious,"


Tea partiers take on McCain
at Gilbert town hall meeting
Ahwatukee Foothills News [Phoenix, AZ], by Dan Zeiger,    Original Article
Local tea party activists felt that Sen. John McCain had some explaining to do. As a result, McCain, R-Ariz., spent some of a town hall meeting at Gilbert Municipal Center on Monday defending his comments last week in the U.S. Senate, where he read from a Wall Street Journal editorial referring to "tea party hobbits." McCain said he quoted the editorial to make a point about some Republicans' insisting on a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution in exchange for agreeing to raise the nation's debt limit. "What apology is in order?" McCain responded

Standard & Poor’s historic downgrade of the U.S. credit rating is an attempt to bring adult oversight to the political squabbling over out-of-control government spending. But rather than “eating his peas,” President Obama is throwing a tantrum.

And now this - The Dow dives 350 plus points afer its open today.

Fasten your seat belts...we're in for a bumpy ride.

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Futures were off their worst levels, but were still sharply lower Sunday after Standard & Poor's cut the nation's AAA credit rating. Futures for all three major indexes had sank as much as 2 percent at the open. This comes after all three major averages tumbled to log their steepest decline in over two years last week. The 7.19 percent decline the S&P 500 over the first week of August marks the worst start to the month in the index's history.

With great sadness and sympathy in our hearts today, we must report a tragedy for the American people, and especially for the small, but close-knit community known as The Navy SEALS.

"...[Last night] insurgents shot down a Chinook transport helicopter on Saturday, killing 30 Americans, including some Navy Seal commandos from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as 8 Afghans, American and Afghan officials said.

The helicopter, on a night-raid mission in the Tangi Valley of Wardak Province, to the west of Kabul, was most likely brought down by a rocket-propelled grenade, one coalition official said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, and they could hardly have found a more valuable target:
American officials said that 22 of the dead were Navy Seal commandos, including members of Seal Team 6"

- Reported by The New York Times
6 August 2011

This tragic loss of life is a reminder that these SEALS (as well as all of our troops who serve overseas) put themselves in a great deal of danger because they are willing to sacrifice
ANYTHING to serve the country that they love so much.

They do it to keep us safe. Please support them today,
send a care package to troops on the front lines who are putting themselves in harm's way for our sake.

It is the least we can do as a sign of our thanks and gratitude for all they have done and given up for us.


Believe it or not, the headline above is an exact quote from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney-Barker.

Really? Then why does the administration take credit for private sector job growth (when it rarely happens?)

Yes, Jay, we know that the White House doesn't create jobs. Business creates jobs. So why don't you cut business some slack, quit attacking it and threatening to raise taxes and levy crushing regulations?

These people and their stupidity astonish me.

Carney: "The White House Doesn't Create Jobs"

Carol E. Lee of the Wall Street Journal asks White House press secretary Jay Carney about creating jobs and the point of the President's upcoming bus tour in the Midwest. The White House denies this is a campaign event, instead calling it an "official event." Transcript from today's briefing below:

Q Sort of to follow on that, why should Americans believe that the White House can create jobs when the unemployment rate has been so stagnant and the record is sort of anemic?

MR. CARNEY: Well, the White House doesn’t create jobs. The government together -- White House, Congress -- creates policies that allow for greater job creation. And that can be through tax cuts, for example, for working Americans; everyone who works pays a payroll tax. And the tax cut that this President pushed for, for one year, for this calendar year, he’s pushing for to be extended next year.

They can -- he can work to do the things that I just talked about, in terms of fuel-efficiency standards or clean energy investments. He very much supports the creation of an infrastructure bank, which has bipartisan support, which would leverage very relatively minimal amount of taxpayer dollars to allow private companies to hire folks to rebuild our infrastructure, which in turn will help create a more solid foundation for economic growth and job creation.

All the gains made from the year have now been wiped out by the falling Dow. Clearly, the President's economic policies are not working.

U.S. eats up most of debt limit in one day
So what do we do now?
Poll: Thumbs down on the debt-ceiling deal
People more disgusted with the way they did it than
what they did. Go figure.
Analysis: Obama, Bernanke out of ammo to boost jobs, growth
Still, GOP pleased with the few peas they made Obama eat.
Obama: Congress to blame for economy
Obama's "dog ate my homework" blame game growing old.
Hackers infiltrate computer networks of thousands of companies
Report released yesterday shows deep and astonishing
penetration and theft.
Must Reads for Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Yesterday's Must-Reads for those who missed.


Poll: Debt ceiling fight
hurts Obama in Florida
    Original Article
President Barack Obama is losing support among Florida voters, especially among independents, a poll released Thursday shows. Fifty percent of voters surveyed randomly by landline telephone between July 27-Aug. 2 by Quinnipiac (Conn.) University said Obama would not deserve a second term in the election were held today. However, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the only announced Republican candidate with enough support in the poll to give the president a strong challenge.

Gotta love any story that starts with "Emboldened Tea Party" ...and yes, it does get better (which is to say more fair) in its coverage of a national movement that has changed the direction of this country.

Read this unusual article from today's SFgate, written by Joe Garofoli.

Tea Party activists gather on Capitol Hill for a "Hold the Line" rally on June 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. With the debt limit impasse reaching a critical juncture, activists from all sides of the debate are reaching out to members of the U.S. Congress.

National Tea Party leaders in California were thrilled about one by-product of the political bloodbath over raising the federal debt ceiling: The fight showed that after two years of rabble-rousing from outside the Capitol, the Tea Party has real power to shape the debate in Washington.

Their challenge now that President Obama has signed the debt limit law: Can the Tea Party transform its government-shrinking mantra into long-term power, or will it be a one-hit wonder?

They're not stopping to think about it. This month, Tea Partiers will storm town hall meetings of Republican and Democratic members of Congress and demand even more cuts. It's the same strategy Tea Party groups used two years ago to protest - and ultimately water down - the health care reform law when they burst on the national scene.

"You're going to see a lot of heat at those meetings," said Mark Meckler, a Grass Valley (Nevada County) resident and co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, a national organization that called House Speaker John Boehner's plan to lift the ceiling "an embarrassment."

Tea Partiers say the debt deal didn't cut enough federal spending, was crafted behind closed doors, and assigned responsibility for further cuts to a small, joint committee of Congress.

That heat will be stoked further on Aug. 27 in Napa, when thousands of supporters and at least two GOP presidential candidates are expected to attend a rally to start a Tea Party Express bus trip across the country. It will end in Tampa, where the group will co-host a Republican presidential debate with CNN.

Two years ago, the idea of the Tea Party co-hosting a debate with the self-proclaimed "most trusted name in news" was unimaginable.

'Fundamental switch'

"They've changed the debate," said Sal Russo, a longtime Sacramento GOP operative who is now the chief strategist for the Tea Party Express. While the Tea Party has minimal impact in California, several of its national leaders are based here.

"They haven't been able to get the government turned around, but this is a fundamental switch in how they're talking about cutting government and not growing it," Russo said.

The strategy of Tea Partiers during the debt-ceiling debate, "whether it was thought through or not, was ingenious," said Sarah Binder, a professor of political science at George Washington University and author of "Stalemate: Causes and Consequences of Legislative Gridlock."

"By taking the issue of the debt ceiling hostage" by taking a hard-line position against raising the debt ceiling, "they were able to keep pulling the policy choices over to the right," Binder said.

"What was so brilliant about this is that the consequences (of not listening to them) were so steep, the White House almost had to blink," Binder said.

Helping the Tea Party's cause was that their supporters were more engaged in lobbying Washington than before.

Twenty percent of GOP Tea Party supporters contacted an elected official about the federal budget deficit in the past month, compared with just 5 percent of Republicans who don't agree with the Tea Party, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

Challenge to sustain power

Another mark of the Tea Party's influence is that its political opponents are name-dropping them - albeit negatively.

Said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland: "We cannot allow the extreme Tea Party Republicans to advance their agenda to dismantle our government by rewarding their extreme tactics with this bad deal."

Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., said, "The Tea Party acted like terrorists in threatening to blow up the economy" in a meeting with Democrats this week.

The Tea Party influence was felt in the debt-ceiling debate, but little more than half of the 60-member House Tea Party caucus voted for the bill Monday. That makes Binder and other analysts wonder whether the Tea Party can sustain its power.

Binder said that "holding hostage" the debt ceiling is an issue - unlike immigration, for example - whose consequences affect every American. She wondered how cohesive the House Tea Party bloc is. Only 41 of them - out of 240 House Republicans - voted against the budget deal in April and the debt ceiling package Monday because neither included cuts deep enough to satisfy them, Binder said.

For now, Tea Party passion is hot in local districts. Some Tea Partiers want to support primary challengers against lawmakers who supported Boehner, such as Tea Party darling Rep. Allen West, R-Fla.

"One minute they're saying I'm their Tea Party hero, and three, four days later I'm a Tea Party defector," West said last week on Laura Ingraham's syndicated conservative radio show.

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..that downward facing dog move in Yoga reminds me of President Obama's cratering approval ratings. This debt-ceiling vote may be his Waterloo.

Obama Tied With Romney,
Santorum in Pennsylvania
National Journal, by Steven Shepard    Original Article
President Obama has seen his popularity dip significantly in the pivotal swing state of Pennsylvania and is now tied in matchups with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released early Tuesday. A majority of Keystone State voters now disapproves of the job Obama is doing as president. Just 43 percent of voters approve of his job performance, while 54 percent disapprove. That marks a significant decline from mid-June, when voters were split evenly on Obama.
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mike Lillis    Original Article
House Democrats on Monday expressed outrage at the White House for how it handled the debt-ceiling negotiations, claiming the administration caved to the GOP and left them in the dark. The irate lawmakers took exception to the lack of balance between cuts and revenues; they railed against the White House for excluding them from the process; and they accused President Obama of bowing to the demands of Republicans without putting up much of a fight. “Our negotiators weren’t tough enough,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Monday. “They didn’t do the work.”

...check it out tonight on ABC at p.m.

Executive Producer Bertram van Munster gives details about ABC's new reality game show

By Lie Shia Ong

What if you were given $100,000 and told you could keep it only if you could hide the money for 48 hours? Seems simple enough, right? Not exactly. In ABC's new show "Take the Money and Run," contestants are given $100,000 in a suitcase and are given exactly one hour to hide it. After the time is up, they're taken into custody by police detectives and are interrogated for 48 hours. The detectives can use cellphone records, any receipts and GPS coordinates to try to figure out where the money is. If the detectives are able to find it, it's theirs. If not, the contestants are $100,000 richer.

Bing: More about 'Take the Money and Run'

MSN spoke with Executive Producer Bertram van Munster ("The Amazing Race") about how the idea for the reality game show came about, and where he'd hide the money if he played the game.

MSN TV: How would you describe "Take the Money and Run"? It seems like a very interesting premise.

It's a reality show that almost becomes like a drama. It is interesting how the show develops into something very original and totally riveting. I don't think it's ever been done before. Every show had a completely different outcome, to our great surprise. ... It has a lot of twists and turns ... and it's completely fascinating.

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How did the idea of the show come about?

Somebody came to me with the concept of the show, and both [producer] Jerry [Bruckheimer] and I loved it. We said, 'This is a very good idea,' and then we developed the show into what it is now.

Where was the show filmed?

It was filmed in San Francisco, Chicago and Miami.

Do you have a memorable moment from the taping?

There were a lot of memorable moments, and I'm not just saying that. The whole thing is just completely riveting. We've shot six shows for ABC, and everyone was just like, 'Wow. I can't believe this is happening!' A great reality show comes from great casting ... and I think we are very fortunate to have a great cast.

How tough are the interrogators and detectives in this show?

It's more of a mind game. They are tough, but the contestants are tough, too. It's really a mind game that's going on. There's no waterboarding, if that's what your question is [laughs].

What sets "Take the Money and Run" apart from other reality TV shows on the air right now?

I think most of the reality shows on TV right now are just copycats. I think people have just run out of ideas. ... I think this particular show is completely unique and it has nothing to do with anything else. It stands on its own.

If you had an hour to hide $100,000, where do you think you would place that money?

I'm going to hide it behind the carport at my ex-wife's. How do you like that? [Laughs]. I hope [everyone] likes the show. It's quite riveting.

"Take the Money and Run" premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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GOP senator threatens filibuster of debt deal... Dem rep calls pact 'Satan Sandwich'... Conyers: People should march on WH... Boehner rallies his troops... 'It's all spending cuts'... Pelosi balks...

"I am concerned about this because we don't know the details. And until we see the details, we're going to be extremely non-committed but on the surface it looks like a Satan sandwich," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri) said on MSNBC.

(CNN)– Sen. Mike Lee of Utah told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Sunday night that he will filibuster Monday's Senate vote.

Breaking a filibuster would require sixty votes in the Senate.

Washington (CNN) - The American people do not want Republicans to compromise on their opposition to any form of tax increase as part of a deficit reduction deal being negotiated with Democrats, veteran Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Sunday.

“The principle of not raising taxes is something that we campaigned on last November and the results of the election was the American people don’t want their taxes raised and they wanted us to cut spending,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “They don’t want compromise.”

Read what other lawmakers said Sunday.

Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Liberals are already licking their wounds from the debt ceiling debate, wondering how it is that Republicans managed to get Democrats to abandon tax increases and shift the terms to spending cuts and entitlement reforms. Though there are many conservatives who are critical of the bill that House Speaker John Boehner passed, and worried about splits within the Tea Party, the fact is that the left feels it lost the deal as well as the debate. The left did lose–or, more precisely, it lost more than conservatives did–partly because it has failed to confront economic and financial reality.