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  • CBS Reporter Worries that Tea Party "Has Too Much Power"

    Newsbusters, by Matthew Balan    Original Article
     
    CBS's Erica Hill channeled the overblown worries of liberals about influence of the Tea Party on Thursday's Early Show, asking Newt Gingrich, "The Tea Party has really made some big inroads...But there's a feeling by some folks that this very small group of people is starting to control the conversation. Do there need to be more voices at the table, in general, at this point?" Hill brought on Gingrich to discuss his new Contract With America package, due to be released later in the day. Just as in The Early Show's interview of Herman Cain the previous morning,

     

  • Americans Disgusted By Nancy Pelosi More Than Commie Leader Putin

    Daily Mail [Charleston, WV], by Don Surber    Original Article

    Rasmussen polled American voters on Congress in general and certain members in particular and found that the least popular member of Congress is Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. 57% of American voters dislike her, while 29% like her. In fact, she is more disliked by the American voter than Vladimir Putin of Russia, who is hated by 52% of the nation’s voters. To be fair, only 11% of American voters like Putin. The most “liked” is President of the Senate Joe Biden (yes, Sarah Palin was right; that’s what the vice president’s job is).

    But contrast these poll numbers with what the liberal WaPo is writing about Nancy Pelosi and her role in the upcoming Presidential elections. And then you will understand why there is a disconnect between what we see and read from MSM and the REAL world.

    The newly reenergized House minority leader could prove crucial to Obama in 2012.

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    After nine months in the wilderness, Pelosi seems to have found her footing and her voice. At 71, she is careening around the country using the same tactics that helped propel her to the speaker’s job in 2006—slamming Republicans and talking about America’s tradition of helping the disenfranchised. She has raised nearly $20 million this year for congressional races—proving again that she is one of the best fundraisers in either .

    In a series of conversations Pelosi told Newsweekshe has urged Obama to finally take off the gloves and fight for core Democratic priorities. She’s also had many conversations with White House chief of staff William Daley. In the last few weeks, Obama seems to be heeding the advice.

  • Solargate Silence

    In my imagination, I'm watching the Fox News shot of the press room at the White House, as a gaggle of MSM reporters clamor for the opportunity to question the leader of the most powerful nation on earth.

    "Mr. President, Mr. President! Did you personally approve the $500 million dollar loan to Solyndra Corporation of Fremont, California? Did you know that your advisors had already warned that the deal was risky? Did you approve this loan personally? Did you profit personally, or others who have campaigned for you? What did you know about Solyndra and when did you know it? "

    Okay, I've already snapped out of this ridiculous fantasty and returned to the real world where President Obama has no accountability and no one in the media wishes to force the tough questions.

    Original Article

    (via Lucianne.com)

    President Obama has remained silent weeks after a green-energy firm that received a more than $500 million loan from his administration went bust, avoiding a brewing controversy on Capitol Hill even as new details trickle out about the firm facing multiple investigations by Congress and the Justice Department. Yet, some analysts say the president is helping keep a potentially damaging story alive by failing to even acknowledge Solyndra -- a solar manufacturer he said was "leading the way to a brighter and more prosperous future" during a stop at its Northern California offices last year -- since FBI....
  • This Time, He's REALLY Dead

    The American born traitor who inspired the Fort Hood massacre is now taking the long dirt nap, thanks to the fierce fighters of our Air Force.

    The hottest corner of hell has been reserved for eternity. Burn, Anwar, Burn.

    SANAA, Yemen — Anwar al-Aulaqi, a radical U.S.-born Muslim cleric and one of the most influential al-Qaeda operatives wanted by the United States, was killed Friday in an airstrike in northern Yemen, authorities said, eliminating a prominent recruiter who inspired attacks on U.S. soil.

    In Washington, a senior Obama administration official confirmed that Aulaqi is dead.

    A U.S. counterterrorism official said intelligence indicates that the 40-year-old cleric, a dual national of the United States and Yemen, perished in an attack on his convoy by a U.S. drone and jet, the Associated Press reported.

    The news agency later reported that a second U.S. citizen, who edited an al-Qaeda magazine, was killed with Aulaqi in the airstrike.

    The Yemeni Defense Ministry, in a text message sent to journalists, announced that “the terrorist Anwar al- Aulaqi has been killed along with some of his companions,” but did not provide further details. Aulaqi has been falsely reported killed before. He has been the target of previous U.S. strikes and was quoted as laughing off an attempt to kill him in May.

    In a separate e-mailed statement, the Yemeni government said Aulaqi was “targeted and killed” five miles from the town of Khashef in Yemen’s northern Jawf province, 87 miles east of the capital Sanaa. The attack, the statement said, was launched at 9:55 a.m. Friday local time.

    While the Defense Ministry said Aulaqi was killed in Marib province, other government sources said he was killed in neighboring Jawf province.

    A Yemeni security source, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said Aulaqi was killed in an airstrike, possibly by an unmanned American drone. The Obama administration in recent months has escalated the use of drones to target al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen and Somalia.

    If true, Aulaqi’s death would be considered a significant victory in the U.S. war against global terrorism. It comes less than five months after U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaeda network, in a raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

  • I'd Like a Glock To Go, Please

    SHOCKER: Gun crime continues to decrease, despite increase in gun sales.

     

    Despite increases in gun sales, gun crimes continued to decrease in the United States for the fourth straight year in 2010, according to the FBI.

    The FBI recently released its Crime in The United States statistics for 2010. Overall, murders in the U.S. have decreased steadily since 2006, dropping from 15,087 to 12,996. Firearms murders — which made up 67 percent of all murders in the U.S. in 2010 — have followed this trend, decreasing by 14 percent.

    At the same time that firearms murders were dropping, gun sales were surging. In 2009, FBI background checks for guns increased by 30 percent over the previous year, while firearms sales in large retail outlets increased by almost 40 percent. The number of applications for concealed carry permits jumped across the country as well.

     

    Wow, you could write a book about this phenomenon, if you could just come up with a title or something.

  • Obama Poll #'s Cratering

    Business Insider   Original Article
    President Barack Obama is in deep trouble in the key swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, which combined with Florida will determine the outcome of the 2012 election. A pair of polls released by Quinnipiac University Wednesday show Obama in a statistical tie with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Ohio, with Obama holding a slight lead over Perry in Pennsylvania. Most strikingly, a majority of voters in both states do not believe Obama deserves another term — with majorities also disapproving of the president's job performance. In the race for the...
  • Solargate II

    It’s as if Solyndra never happened. The Obama Administration is giving $737 million to a Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve. PCG is an investment partner with SolarReserve. Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law happens to be the number two man at PCG.


    Obama admires solar panels during a trip to Florida. (Yahoor)

    Team Obama is spending $737 million to create 45 permanent jobs.
    The Hill reported, via Free Republic:

    The Energy Department announced Wednesday that is has finalized a $737 million loan guarantee for a Nevada solar project.

    The decision comes several weeks after a California-based solar manufacturer that received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration in 2009 filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1,100 workers, setting off a firestorm in Washington.

    The $737 million loan guarantee will help finance construction of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, a 110-megawatt solar-power-generating facility in Nye County, Nev. The project is sponsored by Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve.

    Crescent Dunes is the latest solar project to receive a loan guarantee from the Energy Department in recent weeks. The department announced a $1.2 billion loan guarantee to Abengoa Solar for a solar generation project in California and a $150 million loan guarantee to 1366 Technologies for a Massachusetts solar manufacturing project earlier this month.

    The Energy Department says the project will result in 600 construction jobs and 45 permanent jobs.

    It looks like Rep. Allen West was right.
    Obama IS trying to destroy the economy.

  • Obama for Former President

    Anti-Obama merchandise was on sale last week at the Republican Party of Florida's Presidency 5 conference in Orlando.

    Washington (CNN) -- Florida is now expected to hold its presidential primary on the last day in January 2012, a move likely to throw the carefully arranged Republican nominating calendar into disarray and jumpstart the nominating process a month earlier than party leaders had hoped.

    Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon told CNN on Tuesday that a state commission exploring potential primary dates is likely to choose January 31 to hold the nominating contest.

    If that happens, it would almost certainly force the traditional early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to leapfrog Florida and move their primaries and caucuses into early- to mid-January.

  • The Correct Perspective

    INDEED: Mitt? Rick? Herman? How much does it matter? “I am thinking more and more that the GOP presidential candidate is a distraction. Whoever it is will be better much than Mr. Obama, so don’t worry about it. Mr. Obama makes Mitt Romney look like George Washington. So, what does matter? Making sure we have a Tea Party Congress in 2012 is the most important thing.”

    (Glenn Reynolds)

  • Watching the Horizon

    The gathering clouds on the political horizon are ominous, boiling up and roiling over for the Obama one-term Presidency. Write it down. Whenever there is a "gate" attached to a political scandal, there is no happy ending.

    SOLARGATE UPDATE: L.A. Times: Obama advisors raised warning flags before Solyndra bankruptcy. “Long before the politically connected California solar firm Solyndra went bankrupt, President Obama was warned by his top economic advisors about the financial and political risks of the Energy Department loan guarantee program that boosted the company’s rapid ascent.”

    (via Instapundit.com)

  • Getting to Know Him, Getting to Know All About Him...

    Some folks call him the Hefty Lefty, but I for one would never engage in such trash talk. I just like to repeat it. Sorry, I am a petty person at times. I'm workin' on it!

    What we can say is that Chris Christy is giving the most important speech of his political career (so far) and it may signal a final resting place for some Republican Presidential aspirations for the tough talking New Jersey Governor.

    Or not.

    Original Article
     

    Amid contrasting reports over his rumored presidential ambitions, all eyes will be on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday as he prepares to speak before a sold-out crowd at the Reagan Library in California. Aides to Christie say the speech will focus on American exceptionalism and the example of Reagan’s leadership. That said, the library is the ideal setting for Christie to cast himself as the heir to Reagan’s legacy, or finally dispel any speculation that he’s considering a presidential run. (Snip) The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin agreed that Christie is unlikely to formally enter the race on Tuesday.

    (via Lucianne.com)

  • "I'm Not as Horrible as the Next Guy"

    Apparently, that headline reflects the highest paid, most successful political consultant's strategy to re-elect Barack Obama to another term as President.

    Bravo.

    Fox News, by Douglas E. Schoen    Original Article
    President Obama made clear in his Rose Garden speech on September 19 that he has abandoned all efforts to seek accommodation with the Republicans. The president in his Rose Garden speech made it abundantly clear that he will be aligning himself with the left wing of the Democratic party going forward-- a faction which has previously accused him of selling out to the Republicans. There will be no more grand bargains, no more efforts to reach broad accommodations on tax reform, on reforming entitlements, on cutting defense, and putting together a fiscal plan for our nation's future.
  • The Murdered Missing

    Did you know that 100,000 Cold Cases are languishing across America?

    Did you know that 40,000 sets of human remains have never been identified?

    On TV, Jerry Bruckheimer’s CSI cases are solved in 42 minutes, but tragically, our police departments are overwhelmed and undermanned. If we can't even name the murdered missing, how can their families get justice?

    I have been working with some of the best homicide investigators in the country to form a new organization that you will be hearing more about - it's called "International Association of Cold Case Investigators." ( www.cold-case.org)

    "IACCI are the best detectives in the world going after the worst criminals in the world, to solve some of the most complex ice-cold cases in the country," as Sgt. Mike Huff (ret.) explains.

    Huff, along with Det. Mike Nance (ret.) Tulsa Police Department, Lt. Wayne Farquhar (ret.) San Jose, Ca. PD,  Jack Weakley (volunteer Tulsa Cold Case investigator) and dozens of other exceptionally qualified individuals from varying fields, are donating their time and efforts to name killers in cases that are forgotten in police departments across the country.

    Maurice Kanbar, San Francisco's most generous philanthropist, made the first large dollar donation and has given IACCI meeting space in his Tulsa First Tower office complex.

    This combination of high powered law enforcement talent and civilian volunteers is also going to offer training and accreditation to newly minted cops who need their knowledge. The gray guys are now balding guys, and retiring in droves.  The young guns need their help. IACCI has offers from Scotland Yard, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and includes forensic specialists as well as former FBI agents.

    In 1978, 29-year old Louise Vilott, the first female attorney to work for Phillips Petroleum Company, was shot to death behind a locked door in one of Kansas City’s swankiest hotels. No one has ever been prosecuted for her brutul murder.

    “Louise Vilott didn’t deserve to die. And her murder was easily solvable when it happened, but justice has been denied to her family,” said John Wylie, a former Kansas City Star reporter who has covered this tragedy.

    I was a young radio reporter who happened to be on the scene when her bullet riddled body was found. I have worked 33 years to move this case forward for her 92-year old mother and her surviving sister. What did I learn?

    The way investigations are conducted in this country needs to be super-sized and that’s exactly what IACCI intends to do – with your help.

    Our portal to progress is our website - just up and running - and we are making daily improvements, but we need some financial contributions to expand its interactivity. Cold-Case.org will be a one-stop shop for victims families, law enforcement personnel, resources, advocacy and amateur sleuths.

    We need your help to make our website the gold standard for Cold Case Investigations.

    Join us in this historic effort. Your donation is  tax deductable.

    Warmest Regards, Melanie Morgan

    Co-Founder, International Association of Cold Case Investigators, former ABC News journalist and co-author of the best selling “American Mourning, The Intimate Stories of Two Families Joined by War, Torn by Beliefs.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Looking Fabulous as I Saunter Down the Jetway

    Yes, I'm spending the next few days out-of-town doing some detective work so feel free to make yourself at home... just make sure to clean up after yourselves. There is beer in the fridge.

    Or just leave comments, explore the site, patronize some sponsors.

    I'll be back in a few.

  • NYT Former Editor: Blame Sarah Palin for Disgusting Book About Sarah Palin

    Newsbusters   Original Article
    Palin-trashing author Joe McGinniss is booked for several TV interviews this week. The New York Times reports the list includes Morning Joe, The View, The Joy Behar Show, and The Colbert Report. On CNN's Reliable Sources, Howard Kurtz added Piers Morgan Tonight. "TV seems to have the idea that if it's a book, if it's between hard covers, it has a certain stature that allows it to be covered, but there are a lot of crappy books out there." Wrong. Tabloidish books about Barack Obama have generally not been featured like McGinniss.
  • 1.5 TRILLION in New Taxes

    Can you say "one-term President?" Because that's exactly what Barack Obama is about to become with this dangerous talk of jacking up taxes in the middle of the Great Recession.

    Stupid is, as stupid does.

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will propose $1.5 trillion in new taxes as part of a plan to identify more than $3 trillion in long-term deficit reduction and slow the nation's escalating national debt.

    Obama's tax plan is aimed predominantly at the wealthy and draws sharp contrasts with congressional Republicans.

    It comes just days after House Speaker John Boehner ruled out tax increases to lower deficits. It also comes amid a clamor in his own Democratic Party for Obama to take a tougher stance against Republicans. And while the plan stands little chance of passing Congress, its populist pitch is one that the White House believes the public can support.

    The core of the president's plan totals just more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years. It combines the new taxes with $580 billion in cuts to mandatory benefit programs, including $248 billion from Medicare.

    The administration also counts savings of $1 trillion over 10 years from the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The deficit reduction plan represents an economic bookend to the $447 billion in tax cuts and new public works spending that Obama has proposed as a short-term measure to stimulate the economy and create jobs. He's submitting his deficit fighting plan to a special joint committee of Congress that is charged with recommending deficit reductions of up to $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

    In a defiant note, administration officials made clear Sunday that Obama would veto any Medicare benefit cuts that aren't paired with tax increases on upper-income people.

  • So a Comatose Guy Walks Into a Bar...

     Liberals are on their high horses about a single audience member at CNN's Republican debate whom they believe wanted a hypothetical man without health insurance in a hypothetical coma to die -- hypothetically.

    (Democrats want people in comas to die only when they are not hypothetical but real, like Terri Schiavo.)

    I concur with the audience member who shouted "Yes!" This has nothing to do with any actual people in comas -- the people Democrats want to kill -- it's just a big "screw you" to the moderator.

    Following up on Brian Williams' showboating questions at last week's Republican debate about the execution of the innocent and starving children with distended stomachs, this week, CNN's Wolf Blitzer launched his question about an imaginary comatose man without health insurance.

    As Rep. Ron Paul began to discuss the pitfalls of collectivism, Blitzer kept interrupting him, concluding with, "But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?"

    That's when an audience member yelled out "Yes!" -- allowing liberals to luxuriate in self-righteousness, the likes of which we have not seen since the Jersey Girls demanded a Homeland Security Department be created because their husbands died.

    Normal people are sick of liberals' emotional stories that play to soccer moms, but always seem to pave the way for disastrous social policies that benefit only left-wing special-interest groups.

    Whenever liberals start loftily insisting on our obligation to our fellow man with these tear-jerkers, you know some heinous public policy is coming. As soon as the dust settles, you won't see any innocent victims being helped, only trial lawyers, government employees and other Democratic constituencies.

    Obama campaigned for his national health care bill with a sad story about a campaign supporter who died of breast cancer soon after his election because -- he said -- she couldn't afford health insurance, so she didn't get a breast cancer scan in time to stop the disease. Read More »

  • Want to Live Longer? Go to Church

    Be an atheist or agnostic at your own peril.

    No, this isn’t about what happens to you in the hereafter. It’s about what happens to you in the here and now.

    One of the best things you can do to improve your physical and mental health is attend religious services regularly.

    If you don’t, statistically you’ll live an average of seven fewer years than frequent church-goers, according to an academic study.

    Atheists and agnostics suffer, on average, higher rates of physical ailments, depression, suicide, alcohol use and drug addiction. They have greater marital instability, weaker parent-child relationships, lower lifetime earnings, lower educational attainment and higher rates of criminal activity.

    These aren’t some trumped-up claims made by people with a religious ax to grind. These are the conclusions of many scholars in the sciences and social sciences whose work appears in numerous non-religious scholarly journals including Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Personality and Clinical Studies, Social Science Research, Preventive Medicine, Demography and many more.

    Headlines in LiveScience.com — hardly a religious or conservative publication — include “Churchgoers live longer,” “Online prayer helps cancer patients,” “Churchgoers breathe easier” and “Why religion makes people happier.”

    Why would preparation for your well-being in the afterlife lead to greater physical and mental well-being in this life?

    On the physical side, religious belief often prompts one to view one’s body as sacred and a gift from God, which reduces the likelihood of such factors as smoking, drinking, unhealthy eating, unsafe driving, physical inactivity and substance abuse. Religious persons also tend to have a greater support network of family and friends, which encourages healthier lifestyles.

    People prone to anxiousness and depression tend to die sooner than would otherwise be the case, and religious practice often reduces those negative mental conditions. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that very religious persons are less likely to have been diagnosed with depression during their lifetimes than the moderately religious or nonreligious.

    The evidence that religion has such a strong positive effect on health and well-being is so compelling that some non-religious mental health professionals even recommend religion therapy for their patients. “Religious therapy resulted in significantly faster recovery from depression when compared with standard secular cognitive-behavioral therapy,” according to a study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.



    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/16/want-better-health-go-to-church/#ixzz1YJqlO0WB
  • Run, Michael, Run

    New polling shows that California Senator Dianne Feinstein is vulnerable to a challenge from the right, and now we might actually see someone step up and do it.

    Run, Michael, Run!

    "...Two years ago, two major Republican campaigns swarmed the California GOP fall convention, confident that they could drum up the support to beat three-term incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer, who was considered vulnerable because of her low voter-approval ratings.

    This year, as 1,000 GOP activists gather today in Los Angeles for their fall convention, things are different, as even the California Republican Party chairman has no idea who will take on 19-year-incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year - and no major candidates have stepped up.

    But the landscape may change soon, analysts said, given Feinstein's recent campaign money problems and a Field Poll released today that gives one of California's most consistently popular politicians a 41 percent approval rating, the lowest of her Senate career.

    One person considering a run, The Chronicle has learned, is Michael Reagan, a former conservative talk-radio host and the son of former President Ronald Reagan.

    Republicans may consider a challenge to Feinstein less foreboding after the survey of 1,001 registered voters found that 39 percent disapprove of Feinstein's performance and 20 percent have no opinion.

    For the first time since being elected to the Senate in 1992, a plurality - 44 percent - of Field Poll respondents were "not inclined" to vote for her while 41 percent were. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

    At the same point before each of her three previous re-election bids, at least 52 percent of Field Poll respondents were inclined to support her.

     

  • Shocker: Feinstein Poll Numbers Drop

    Oh, no! Another Democratic senator in possible election trouble for 2012.

    And from California already?

    A new Field Poll just released this morning brings news that California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein is -- how can we put this in a liberal kind of way? -- approved by 41% of voters who want to see her reelected next year.California Democrat senator Dianne Feinstein 9-11

    Unfortunately for her, more voters (fully 44%) disapprove of her continued employment in the U.S. Senate after 2012.

    In blue California that makes for about a magnitude 5.2 quake.

    The same poll finds that only 41% approve of Feinstein's job in Washington, while 39% disapprove.

    That 41 approval number is the lowest the former mayor has ever had in her 20 years of no longer really living in California.

    Another recent Field Poll showed many Californians are falling out of love with the teleprompter guy from Chicago. His California approval has slid below 50% for the first time ever, down to 46%.

    That's a decline of about two points per month recently.

    Is his slide now corroding the election prospects of even such party stalwarts as Feinstein?

    Add to that the overall -- how can we say this in a polite way? -- disgust with the United States Congress (nine out of every 100 Californians now approve of those guys) and this could spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e for Democrats. They or independent allies need to lose only six seats to turn the Senate over to those people that Vice President Joe "#%$&*(@" Biden politely calls "barbarians."

    Democrats next year are defending two-thirds of the 33 Senate seats on state ballots. Good luck with that at 9% unemployment.

  • MItt Romney, Country Clubber

    Final note of the day on the subject of Michele Bachmann's appearance in Marin County: Shaky Hand Productions (aka) San Francisco political reporter Carla Marinucci, interviewed me this morning about the GOP field and the front-runner Mitt Romney.

    "....Among those in attendance was popular conservative activist Melanie Morgan, who said that Bachmann's candidacy underscores a hunger for authenticity among conservatives.

    "It breaks down to the difference between a "country club" Republican and a grassroots activist,'' Morgan said.

    While noting that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is leading the field of GOP presidential candidate in the California Field Poll released today, Morgan dismissed him as "a country club Republican'' who won't even come to this weekend's state GOP convention in Los Angeles.

    "He has a $12 million (La Jolla) home and well-heeled friends,'' she said. "But you can't win an election without the grassroots."



    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/index#ixzz1Y4iNry42
  • "Obama Will Be a One-Term President", Says Bachmann

    I pulled up to the Marin County home of Bay Area Tea Party Patriot leader Sally Zelikovsky this morning for the breakfast fund-raiser for GOP Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

    I nearly fell off my spiked high heels.

    The Peacock Gap home was surrounded by dozens of television camera crews and other media waiting for Bachmann's appearance.

    News media in ultra-liberal Marin? Covering a Tea Party darling?

    Hell has officially frozen over.

    When Bachmann arrived, I introduced myself (again) to the Congresswoman. She remembered me from the Washington, D.C. emergency "housecall" rally where thousands showed up in a futile effort to stop Obamacare. Talk about retail politics! She's a natural!

    Bachmann told the enthusiastic crowd of 150 she was so happy to be in Marin.

    "I am so thrilled to be in Marin County. And to see so many Tea Party members is exciting, too.Here in Marin County, do not lose hope because I truly believe this will be a wave election," Bachmann said. "Marin County could go red, you guys."

    Bachmann attacked President Obama over the now disgraced deal involving Solyndra Solar Company in Fremont that gambled half a billion dollars of taxpayers dollars, and the lack of a coherent policy in the Mideast. Her biggest applause line came when she affirmed her support for the state of Israel and castigated the President not doing the same. And she demanded that the "genocidal monster" Iranian President Achmadinjad be banned from the United Nations appearance and visit to Columbia University.

    Bachmann heads for Hillsborough for another fundraiser later today, and then to Los Angeles for the California GOP convention on Friday.

    Michele Bachmann Visits the Bay Area

  • Broadcast It, and the Ratings Will Come

    News Alert! Conservatives watch TV and are measured by Arbitron ratings. That means that we watch commercials and patronize sponsors. And that means bottom line revenues to networks.

     Some of the news executives at CNN have clearly figured that out.

    We're waiting for NBC, ABC, and CBS to get a clue.

    CNN Tea Party Debate Propels Channel To Top Of Cable News For A Night (TVNewser)
    Monday night's CNN Tea Party debate drew 3.6 million total viewers, including 1.1 million adults 25-54 from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET. Those numbers put the network at the top of the heap of cable news in primetime, above Fox News and MSNBC, which placed a fairly distant second and third, respectively. Yahoo! News / The Cutline: CNN also managed to increase the audience from its last GOP debate broadcast, on June 13. That one drew 3.2 million total viewers and 918,000 24- to 54-year-olds. Yahoo! News / The Cutline: Handicapping how presidential candidates perform in debates is a tricky proposition. But in this case, the pundits agree: The co-hosts of Monday night's Republican debate -- CNN and the Tea Party Express -- made for "one of the oddest political matches in recent memory," "strange political bedfellows," not unlike "James Carville and Mary Matalin."

  • Obama Losing in California!

    The Bluest state in the country, (next to New York) is turning against President Obama.

    The latest Field Poll shows that Californians are frightened and discouraged by this administration. (It takes California Liberals a lot longer to figure things out.)

    If New York and California go Red....say buh-bye Barack.

    FIELD POLL, 9.14.11

    #2384: Big drop in Obama's job rating in California. Fewer than half ready to re-elect him. Greater than three to one majority thinks country is seriously off on wrong track.

  • It's a No-Go on Jobs Plan

    The American public is not buying what Obama is selling - snake oil plans to revive the economy. The Jobless bill pitched by Mr. Obama is going nowhere in a hurry, according to Bloomberg.com.

    Here is the current polling:

    "...A majority of Americans don’t believe President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan will help lower the unemployment rate, skepticism he must overcome as he presses Congress for action and positions himself for re- election.

    The downbeat assessment of the American Jobs Act reflects a growing and broad sense of dissatisfaction with the president. Americans disapprove of his handling of the economy by 62 percent to 33 percent, a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Sept. 9-12 shows. The disapproval number represents a nine point increase from six months ago.

    The president’s job approval rating also stands at the lowest of his presidency -- 45 percent. That rating is driven down in part by a majority of independents, 53 percent, who disapprove of his performance.

    “I don’t think he’s done as good a job as I think he could have,” said Paul Kaplan, 58, an unemployed Democrat from Philadelphia. “We were hopeful that things would improve in the economy and they’ve only gotten worse. People in Washington just don’t seem to want to cooperate with each other and work for the people.”

    The poll hands Obama new lows in each of the categories that measures his performance on the economy: only 36 percent of respondents approve of his efforts to create jobs, 30 percent approve of how he’s tackled the budget deficit and 39 percent approve of his handling of health care.

    Jobs Bill Skepticism

    By a margin of 51 percent to 40 percent, Americans doubt the package of tax cuts and spending proposals intended to jumpstart job creation that Obama submitted to Congress this week will bring down the 9.1 percent jobless rate. That sentiment undermines one of the core arguments the president is making on the job act’s behalf in a nationwide campaign to build public support.

    Compounding Obama’s challenge is that 56 percent of independents, whom the president won in 2008 and will need to win in 2012, are skeptical it will work.

  • Bellweather NY Seat Flips for GOP

    And the experts are asking if it was Obama's lack of support for Israel that helped undermine the Democrats.

    My guess? Anthony Weiner was a (rhymes with stick) and orthodox Jews are hard hit in this economy like anyone else. PLUS the incoherent Mideastern policy by this administration.

    "..Did President Obama's positions on Israel cost him a seat in the House? The Republicans have scored an upset victory in a House race that started as a contest to replace New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was forced to step down following a sex-texting scandal, but became a referendum on US President Barack Obama's policies.

    Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Weiner, a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June.

    Related stories:

    According to the New York Times, Turner took advantage of the discontent among the Jewish community with Obama’s policy toward Israel and his conduct pertaining to the Middle East peace process.

    Turner and his wife celebrate victory (Photo: AP) 

  • We Will Never Forget, Never Forgive

    Americans across the country gathered to remember the day our innocents died in the Twin Towers of New York. Much has changed. Much has not. But this much is sure …we will always carry the souls of 3,000 heroes in our hearts.

    Please watch the video of our gathering in Pleasanton, California on Sunday, September 11th.

  • Tea Party Express and CNN GOP Debate

    "What an unusual alliance," said I, after the fifth televised national GOP debate last night. 

    CNN, also known to conservatives as the Clinton News Network, worked closely with the Tea Party Express (a group of firebrand conservatives who have been criss-crossing the country with the Tea Party message) and came up with a fine broadcast. It was interesting to watch (boy, those Paulinistas are dedicated to their guy Ron!) as the field attempted to distinguish themselves from each other and President Obama.

    Nicely done.

    And now for the reviews.

    Original Article
     
    Tonight's tea-party themed debate in Tampa, Florida, was billed by many people (cough) as a Rick Perry Piñata-fest in the making. And that's pretty much how it went. But it wasn't the stick of Social Security that busted Perry open, spilling candy on the jubilant children below. Romney did very aggressively go after Perry on Social Security, but the rowdy and uninhibited audience was clearly on Perry's side, and the assault failed. Two other issues inflicting much more damage to Perry. In the second half of the debate, he was slammed by Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum on the executive order...
  • White House Spin Machine Scrubbing New York

    The White House is girding for a political loss in the heart of New York on Tuesday. They’re also spinning up an explanation that won’t entirely result in the blame landing on the low popularity of the president. As in Massachusetts, where Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley was faulted by the White House and many others for tone-deaf campaigning, Democratic candidate Dave Weprin may see the undercarriage of that new White House campaign bus.

    Original Article

  • Tea Party Debate!

    HISTORIC TEA PARTY PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE TODAY!

    12 Monday Sep 2011

    Hi everyone!

    As you can imagine, we are very excited about tonight's debate.  Watch for us in the CNN audience.  We'll be sitting right up front. ;-)

    Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express sent out this note this morning to the team and TPX supporters:

    Dear Friends,

    You should be very proud! It is stunning to think how far the tea party movement has come in just two short years. We have entered a new era in American politics, as conservative and engaged voters have pushed tea party principles of limited government, free markets, and fiscal responsibility to the forefront.

    Tonight is an important milestone in the tea party movement, as eight candidates for president will face-off in an attempt to win the support of you in the tea party! The debate will focus on a wide-range of topics, including the role, size and scope of government, with a specific emphasis on issue number one to tea party members and all Americans: the economy. The live broadcast starts tonight, Monday, September 12 at 8 pm (ET)

    CNN and the Tea Party Express, along with more than 150 local tea party groups from every state across the country, have teamed up to present a first-of-its-kind debate. The live audience in Tampa, FL is made up of tea partiers from across the country. Questions will be submitted and asked from tea party members in person, as well as at three live watch parties in Arizona, Ohio, and Virginia.

    The two-hour event will air live on CNN from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET)  from the Florida State Fairgrounds.

    Please join in online by submitting your questions for the candidates via comments on CNNPolitics.com, the CNN Politics Facebook page, and by using the #CNNTeaParty hashtag on Twitter.

    The debate will be broadcast live nationally on CNN, CNN International, CNN.com, and CNN Radio. It will also be available via live stream in the CNN Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. It will even be broadcast to military bases around the world!

  • 9/11 TENTH·ANNIVERSARY

    9/11 TENTH ANNIVERSARY JUST 3 DAYS AWAY
    JOIN MAF REMEMBRANCE RALLY !


    Move America Forward is participating in the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to honor the lives of those innocent people lost, and thank our troops for all the sacrifices they have made fighting two wars to bring the terrorists to justice and make sure they can never carry out another attack like 9/11 on American soil ever again.


     
     DONATE NOW TO SUPPORT
    MAF AND OUR TROOPS
    FOR THIS 9/11 RALLY!!

    Rally details below...

    The rally is to be held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Northern California with Melanie Morgan, our courageous leader who has led MAF to Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, and the streets of Berkeley and DC for countless rallies, protests, counter-protests, marches, and ceremonies.

    Please join us if you can, but if you cannot please make a donation to support this event!

    You can also make a donation to support our troops overseas with care packages, to mark the occasion of 9/11 as well as send our troops some desperately-needed support with goodies like coffee, beef jerky, cookies and personal items like antiperspirant deodorant and eye drops!

     


  • Lookee Here!

    FBI agents on Thursday executed search warrants at the headquarters of Solyndra LLC, which was awarded more than $500 million in federal stimulus loans in 2009 to make solar panels in what the Obama administration called part of an aggressive effort to put more Americans to work and end U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

    But the company filed a bankruptcy petition Tuesday in Delaware, asking a court to bar phone, electricity and water and sewer service providers from "altering, refusing or discontinuing service," and now is the focus of an investigation by the FBI and the Energy Department's Office of Inspector General.

    FBI spokesman Peter Lee said he could not provide details about the investigation.

    A little more than a year ago, President Obama hailed Solyndra during a tour of the company, saying it expected to hire 1,000 workers and make enough panels over the lifetime of its planned expanded facility that it would be like replacing eight coal-fired power plants.

    "It's here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future," Mr. Obama said.

    The company's bankruptcy petition came two years after Energy Secretary Stephen Chu and Vice President Joseph R. Biden announced approval of $535 million in federal loans to Solyndra.

    Read more at The Washington Times.

  • "Never Forget"

    I mentioned last week details of a super great event that I'll be involved with as a speaker this Sunday, September 11th.

    I have an unbounding passion, love, support and admiration that I will pour into an electrifying speech in support of our troops, first responders and families of those innocents who were incinerated by the cowards who flew those planes into our Twin Towers.

    Please come to the Alameda County Fairgrounds. The event goes all day. I'll be there at 4:30.

    "Never Forget", A Tribute to America

     

    Date: 09/11/2011 - 09/11/2011
    Time: Day Event 12pm to 6pm. Evening Event 7pm - 9pm
    Presented By: Impact for America
    For More Information (Details)

    Cost: Day event FREE, Evening event $10, VIP packages $20
    Parking: $8
    Contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Contact phone: 925 321-8600

    The main event is free, and will feature both memorials and entertainment for the whole family. The event is sponsored by local businesses, charities and churches, many of which will be sponsoring their own booths and attractions. Food will be available at the event provided by Bonehead's Texas BBQ!
    The evening event is a ticked event, with tickets available at ImpactForAmerica.com, beginning at $10. The evening event will feature Live Entertainment, starring American Idol Jason Castro. The event will also feature Testimonials, Memorials, Surprise Guest - you won't want to miss it


    www.impactforamerica.com

  • Scenic Stress Buster

    The real Sedona

    The real Sedona.

    Ahh. Doesn't that make you feel better just looking at this picture? This is where I'm vacationing for the next few days.

    When I return next week, I will resume blogging. And, I will have details on my September 11th speech scheduled for the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

    Ten years since the world changed. Hard to believe.

    See y'all soon.

     

  • Obama Blinks

    Well done, Mr. Speaker. Well done.

    Original Article
    WASHINGTON — In a retreat after an hours-long test of wills Wednesday, President Barack Obama agreed to deliver an address on jobs and the economy to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8, yielding to House Speaker John Boehner, who had balked at Obama's request for a Sept. 7 speech. Obama's address still gives him a grand stage to unveil his economic agenda, but it will compete with the opening game of the National Football League season — a conflict the White House wanted to avoid.
  • Zeroing In ...

    Issa to Greta: "We've been gamed."

    Original Article
     
    The Justice Department's recent staff reshuffling can be seen as a result of the criticism of the botched gun tracking operation known as Fast and Furious, but it is unlikely to get the operation out of Congress' crosshairs anytime soon. "We know we are being gamed and we think the time for the game should be up," House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa , R-Calif., told Fox News host, Greta Van Susteren. (Snip) "We have confidential sources that have shown us why the administration's representatives knew these weapons were going to the cartels. Not mostly, not maybe, but virtually all
  • Obama's Half a Billion Dollar Boondoggle

    Original Article
     
    President Obama made a high-profile visit in May 2010 to Solyndra Inc., a solar-panel manufacturing plant in Fremont, Calif. The company received $535 million in loans from the Energy Department and was a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s economic stimulus effort. (Snip) The Solyndra debacle is a case study in the failure of government intervention in the economy. Founded in 2005, the company manufactured a rooftop solar panel designed chiefly for commercial applications. Solyndra was a poster child of the utopian future envisioned by the Obama administration when oodles of green jobs would relieve the nation’s unemployment rate, generate clean....

    solyndra obama visit.JPGPaul Chinn-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Barack Obama on a tour of the Solyndra solar panel company May 26, 2010 in Fremont, California. Solyndra solar panels were used in the LPS installation.

  • Ten Years Later


    SO CLOSE TO 9/11
    ANNIVERSARY, TROOPS IN
    IRAQ ACHIEVE INCREDIBLE MONTH
    WITH NO LOSSES 

    The 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is just around the corner and here at Move America Forward we are preparing a special gift to our troops. 

    As we end the month of August, we are also greeted by some good news, our troops in Iraq have achieved something that has not been done before throughout the entire Iraq War, which started back in 2003. 

    Not a single U.S. serviceman or woman in Iraq lost his or her life in the entire month of August. After a bloody July in which we tragically lost 14 troops due to constant incursions by Iranian-backed incursions, our troops cracked down on the Iranian forces and beat them back. 


    CONGRATULATE OUR TROOPS ON A JOB WELL DONE
    AND HONOR THEM WITH SPECIAL 9/11 CARE PACKAGES


    08292011_packages


    One soldier wrote back to thank us for the care package we sent to her, sponsored by a MAF donor like you.

    Her note proved that Move America Forward sends only the best to the troops in our care packages - far better than what many other groups send.

    When you sponsor a care package through MAF you're sending the troops something special:


    She Writes:

    "Thank you for the box. My soldiers and I are highly appreciative of you and the others who help this process. I would also like to thank you for being the first one who did not send anything that was expired. I am from California [city name removed] near Fresno. I see that you and Move America Forward are in Sacramento. It makes me happy to see stuff from Cali. Thanks again. God bless and take care."

    - SGT Holly     [redacted]   


    09012011_letter


    MAF CARE PACKAGES INCLUDE ITEMS LIKE OREO COOKIES,
    THE ONLY WAY TO SEND CHOCOLATE THAT DOESN'T MELT TO
    OUR TROOPS, AS WELL AS GOURMET COFFEE THAT, FRANKLY,

    TASTES MUCH BETTER THAN THE COFFEE THAT THE
    MILITARY PROVIDES!!
    WE ONLY WISH WE COULD DO MORE!
     

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