Mark Lloyd, newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, has called for making private broadcasting companies pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs to allow public broadcasting outlets to spend the same on their operations as the private companies do. Lloyd presented the idea in his 2006 book, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America, published by the University of Illinois Press.
Expect to see a sudden rash of polls from left wing media sources showing Sarah Palin’s (the private citizen) approval numbers dropping now that she has shoved Obama’s healthcare lies back into his face. At least she has taken the time to read the proposed legislation.
Yesterday President Obama responded to my statement that Democratic health care proposals would lead to rationed care; that the sick, the elderly, and the disabled would suffer the most under such rationing; and that under such a system these “unproductive” members of society could face the prospect of government bureaucrats determining whether they deserve health care. The President made light of these concerns. He said:
For the first time in over two years of polling, voters trust Republicans slightly more than Democrats on the handling of the issue of health care. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that voters favor the GOP on the issue 44% to 41%.
It seems that, despite all the media attention lavished on e-mail appeals to his supporters, not everyone pushing for President Obama’s embattled healthcare reform plan these warm August days is an idealistic volunteer in it for the sake of helping move the country forward and gaining medical attention for millions of uninsured Americans. The website’s large-type headline announces: “Work to Pass Obama’s Healthcare Plan and Get Paid to Do it! $10-15 hr!” It’s a web ad on Craigslist: “You can work for change. Join motivated staff around the country working to make change happen. You can make great friends and money along the way. Earn $400-$600 a week.” [Golly, I wonder where all this money to pay these hired hands is coming from?….ed]
Betsey Wright, chief of staff under Gov. Bill Clinton and a long-time familiar figure in state and national politics, has been charged with 51 felony counts of attempting to take contraband items into the Varner Unit of the prison system, which houses Death Row. Prosecuting Attorney Steve Dalrymple of Pine Bluff said Wright was charged wtih attempting to take in an ink pen with tweezers and a needle inside; a Swiss Army-style pocketknife of undetermiend size; a “blue box cutter with razor” of undetermined size, and 48 “tattoo needles.”
The strains of Latin music could soon be wafting from South Carolina’s executive mansion. Embattled Gov. Mark Sanford is considering having his Argentine lover, who he has called his “soul mate,” join him at the Governor’s Mansion now that his wife and four sons have moved out, a Web site claims. [Stay classy there gov., you just ensured Democrat ownership of the top spot in that state for years to come…ed]
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Retail sales disappointed in July and the number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. The latest government reports reinforced concerns about how quickly consumers will be able to contribute to a broad economic recovery. “There is really no positive spin to put on these numbers,” Jennifer Lee, an economist with BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note. “The U.S. consumer remains very weak. The jobs situation, while slowly improving, is still dismal.”
Posters depicting President Barack Obama in makeup similar to the Joker from the most recent Batman movie have popped up across Lake County. A U.S. Post Office in downtown Clermont had a couple of the posters glued to a collection box.
Please check out page 203 of the main House version of health care reform. It contains all the evidence you need that the entire bill is a nasty bait-and-switch. “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax imposed by this chapter. …” Yes, it really says that. The tax shall not be considered a tax. Or at least not “… for purposes of determining the amount of any credit under this chapter or for purposes of Section 55.”
The FBI is investigating the discovery of a painted swastika at the office of Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., who is among the lawmakers drawing the most attention for exchanges with constituents at town-hall meetings on health care. “The Atlanta office FBI has received information from U.S. Congressman David Scott’s office concerning vandalism at his Smyrna, Georgia office.
“For the first time in a long time,” said one “Hispanic” man in the street interviewed on cable television, “I feel really proud.” Others in the “Hispanic community” rejoiced as Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court. (SNIP) Let’s talk about the obstacles, adversity and disadvantages of another Hispanic nominee, one whom many thought — pre-Sotomayor — worthy of future consideration as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
President Obama’s nominee for surgeon general, whose job it is to help encourage Americans to get thinner and healthier, has been working part time as a scientific adviser to the fast-food giant that sells sandwiches like the Whopper and BK Triple Stacker. Dr. Regina Benjamin, hailed by Mr. Obama for her efforts in running a health clinic in hurricane-ravaged rural Alabama, has been paid $10,000 since last year for serving on a scientific advisory board for Burger King, according to newly filed public financial disclosures.
There were signs comparing President Barack Obama to a Nazi and showing him with an Adolf Hitler-style mustache, but federal officials believe another sign referencing the president and his family went too far. A man who was holding a sign reading “Death to Obama” Wednesday outside a town hall meeting on health care reform in Hagerstown, Md., has been turned over to the Secret Service.
JetBlue Airways will offer an “all-you-can-jet” pass for $599 in which passengers can book an unlimited number of flights within a one-month span, the airline said Wednesday. Pass holders can fly to any of JetBlue’s (JBLU) 56 destinations between Sept. 8 and Oct. 8, with no seat limitations or blackout dates, the company said in a release.
To hear federal officials tell it, they’ve got all the answers on health care and it’s up to the rest of us to sit, wait and embrace whatever solution — if any — they may eventually provide. I find this troubling, since states have shown they know a thing or two about solving problems that affect their citizens. Texas, in fact, stands as a good example of how smart, responsible policy can help us take major steps toward fixing a damaged medical system, starting with legal reforms.
Hillary Clinton has risked provoking American conservatives by drawing a parallel between political corruption in Nigeria and George W Bush’s contested election win in Florida in 2000. The US Secretary of State made the comparison while talking to an audience of activists in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, yesterday, during an 11-day tour of Africa.
The driver of a stolen pickup truck who led police on a high-speed chase through several communities died Thursday morning when the chase came to a crashing halt and his vehicle erupted into flames on Detroit’s west side. Taylor police chased the stolen black pickup truck for 10 to 15 minutes around 6:45 a.m., before the truck hit two other vehicles and exploded, WDIV-TV in Detroit reported.
A wildfire that has grown to 2,300 acres has forced the evacuation of about 600 residents in the Bonny Doon area of Santa Cruz County, authorities said today. Some 250 structures and 25 businesses are threatened by the blaze, dubbed the Lockheed Fire, authorities said. The fire is burning along a steep area of timber and heavy brush, and access to fight the blaze is limited, said Dinah Phillips, a county spokeswoman.
Quote of the day.
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.