What a difference a month makes! When my last controversial column posted on Salon in the second week of August, most Democrats seemed frozen in suspended animation, not daring to criticize the Obama administration’s bungling of healthcare reform lest it give aid and comfort to the GOP. Well, that ice dam sure broke with a roar. Dissident Democrats found their voices, and by late August even the liberal lemmings of the mainstream media, from CBS to CNN, had dramatically altered their tone of reportage, from priggish disdain of the town hall insurgency to frank admission of serious problems in the healthcare bills as well as of Obama’s declining national support. [A true old school liberal Democrat has finally realized she’s been had by the fascists running the government these days…ed]
Actor Charlie Sheen is demanding a meeting with President Obama to discuss his belief that the September 11 terror attacks were perpetrated by the federal government. In an interview with PrisonPlanet.com, The “Two and a Half Men” star unveils a fictional 20-minute exchange he imagines having with Obama – whom he supported in the November election – during which he implores the president to get on “the right side of history.” [Since Charlie is so worried about the hijacking of our Constitution maybe he can take a few moments with Obama and get to the bottom of this birth certificate issue…ed]
Time is running out and options are dwindling for President Obama to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by his self-imposed deadline of January. His administration is facing a tighter deadline next week: transfer some detainees held at the prison or ask a military court for a third delay, a request the White House wants to avoid. When Obama announced in January that he would close the prison within a year, about 10 cases already under review by the military commissions, including the one involving Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed architect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, were put on hold. [It doesn’t matter if Obama closes Gitmo or not. The only reason the place ever became an issue was because the leftists wanted more ammo with which to attack George W. Bush. Obama will get a free ride from the left wing media no matter what he does with this group of terrorists…ed]
Only 12 percent of U.S. homeowners eligible for loan modifications under the Obama administration’s housing rescue plan have had their mortgages reworked, and millions more foreclosures are coming, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday. A Treasury report showed 360,165 people had their monthly payments reduced through August, up from 235,247 through July, but a senior Treasury official conceded much more must be done to soften the impact of a severe and prolonged housing crisis. [Half the homes in this country will have upside down mortgages come 2010 and millions of people will continue to simply walk away from their houses because of this…ed]
How big is too big when it comes to TV screen size? How much energy does the U.S. gobble up watching television? If you ask the Environmental Protection Agency, the answers would be (a) anything over 50 inches and (b) about 4 percent of all household electricity. “There are about 275 million TVs currently in use in the U.S., consuming over 50 billion kWh of energy each year – or 4 percent of all households’ electricity use. This is enough electricity to power all the homes in the state of New York for an entire year,” according to the Energy Star program, a joint effort of the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. [Another assault on the freedom of Americans to choose the product that they prefer to own…ed]
The ball is in President Obama’s court to reach out to Republicans if he wants a bipartisan bill on healthcare reform, House GOP Leader John Boehner (Ohio) said Monday morning. Boehner told reporters that the president has not invited House GOP leaders to the White House for meetings on healthcare reform since the end of April. Earlier this year, GOP leaders sent a letter to the president in May stating that they would like to work with the administration to find “common ground” on healthcare reform. But the administration responded with a tersely worded letter indicating that they had healthcare reform under control. [The despicable lying Democrats, including the Liar-In-Chief Obama, continue to deliberately mislead the American people concerning the Republicans and their attempts to contribute to the healthcare debate. Research H.R. 3400 when you get a chance…ed]
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Gov. Jennifer Granholm has released a plan to cut spending by more than $550 million while raising a similar amount in additional revenue through a combination of tax increases and reduction of business tax breaks. The governor put out written details Tuesday on how she would close a $1.8 billion gap in the general fund in the budget year that starts Oct. 1. Michigan faces a budget shortfall of at least $2.7 billion, but Michigan will be able to fill some of its budget shortfall with federal recovery money. [Maybe the good people of Michigan can get together and run this Canadian socialist right back into her own country on a red hot rail…ed]
Arrest warrants have been issued in Miami for 11 people suspected of falsifying information on hundreds of voter registration cards last year. The FBI and state authorities were making arrests Wednesday. The workers being sought were hired to register voters by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. Prosecutors say they were first notified by ACORN about problems with workers in June 2008. [It’s the people running acorn who should be perp walked right into the local state prisons not the grunts in the field who are simply following orders…ed]
Prior to his nationally broadcast speech to students on Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a pitch for health care reform in a discussion with 40 freshmen at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. The president traveled to Wakefield High to give a speech on education reform. The speech was posted in advance on the White House Web site to quell fears that the president intended to plug his political agenda to impressionable minds. Although the president avoided controversial topics in his speech, he did promote health care reform in a face-to-face discussion at Wakefield High School. Asked by a student how he stays motivated to do his job, Obama replied that his staff gives him 10 letters every day from “ordinary folks.” [I wonder how many letters his staff passes on telling him to stay the hell out of our healthcare business?…ed]
Public disapproval of President Barack Obama’s handling of health care has jumped to 52 percent, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released hours before he makes his case for overhaul in a prime-time address to Congress. With his health revamp moving slowly and unemployment edging ever higher, Obama’s overall approval rating has also suffered a blow. The survey showed that 49 percent now disapprove of how he is handling his job as president, up from 42 percent who disapproved in July. [Obama is an incompetent fool and the American people are finally beginning to see the light…ed]
The federal government is unlikely to recoup all of the billions of dollars that it has invested in General Motors and Chrysler, according to a new congressional oversight report assessing the automakers’ rescue. The report said that a $5.4 billion portion of the $10.5 billion owed by Chrysler is “highly unlikely” to be repaid, while full recovery of the $50 billion sunk into GM would require the company’s stock to reach unprecedented heights. [The government sucks at running damn near anything let alone vehicle manufacturing companies but then again those billions were nothing more than a payback for union support during the last election anyway…ed]
An airplane was briefly hijacked as it landed in Mexico City on Wednesday from the resort of Cancun, but all passengers and crew were released unharmed, officials said. Television images showed police leading at least five men from the plane in handcuffs. Mexican news media reported the hijackers were Bolivian citizens demanding to speak with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. [Wonder what these Bolivians were needing to talk to Mexico’s president about?…ed]
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) on Wednesday called for President Obama’s “czars,” or appointed high-level advisers, to testify before Congress about their “authority and responsibilities” in the executive branch. The president’s “czars” have become a point of controversy among his opponents because they do not have to be confirmed by the Senate as cabinet-level officials do. McHenry wrote to committee chairman Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) and ranking member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asking the appointed officials to testify. [I wonder just how many more Van Jones types we’ll find hiding under that huge ‘czar’ rock?…ed]
Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), the Blue Dog congressman who battled with Democratic Party leaders for much of July before reaching an agreement on health-care reform legislation, said Tuesday that he could no longer back the government-insurance option included in the bill he voted for before the congressional recess. “I have been skeptical about the public health insurance option from the beginning and used August to get feedback from you, my constituents,” he wrote in a statement his office released publicly. “An overwhelming number of you oppose a government-run health insurance option, and it is your feedback that has led me to oppose the public option as well.” [Imagine that, a Congressman actually listening to his constituents!…ed]
We walked into a trap, a killing zone of relentless gunfire and rocket barrages from Afghan insurgents hidden in the mountainsides and in a fortress-like village where women and children were replenishing their ammunition. “We will do to you what we did to the Russians,” the insurgent’s leader boasted over the radio, referring to the failure of Soviet troops to capture Ganjgal during the 1979-89 Soviet occupation. [Obama’s new rules of engagement are costing the lives of American soldiers in this Afghanistan shithole. Think he cares? Hell no!…ed]
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) late Tuesday told reporters on his first day back in the Senate that the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) last month will affect him and the Senate deeply. The 2008 GOP presidential hopeful, who attended Kennedy’s funeral in Boston on his Aug. 29 birthday, “I miss him every day,” McCain said. “We had a very, very congenial and enjoyable relationship. He had a great sense of humor. Obviously there’s no one else like him.” [McCain, the great RINO loser embraces that pile of human debris Ted Kennedy…ed]
Quote of the day.
I believe that a public option will be essential to our passing a bill in the House of Representatives. Right now, we will have a public option in our bill.
-Nancy Pelosi, the out of touch Speaker of the House who never has to worry about getting reelected to her seat.