The decision came after China stepped up a campaign urging nations to shun the Tibetan spiritual leader. It means Mr Obama will become the first president not to welcome the Nobel peace prize winner to the White House since the Dalai Lama began visiting Washington in 1991. The Buddhist monk arrived in Washington on Monday for a week of meetings with Congressional leaders, celebrity supporters and interest groups, but the president will not see him until after he has made his first visit to China next month. Samdhong Rinpoche, the Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, has accused the United States and other Western nations of “appeasement” toward China as its economic weight grows. [When China owns a huge chunk of your debt you have little choice but to appease them…ed]
Plans for a California company to take over the city’s empty jail were put on hold Monday, following last week’s revelations that the company’s lead figure has a criminal history. The decision came as Hardin’s leaders announced the resignation of Becky Convery, an attorney who helped craft the jail deal for the small city. Hardin officials had tried in vain for two years to fill the 464-bed jail before striking an agreement last month with convicted felon Mike Hilton and his Santa Ana, Calif.-company, American Police Force. But following last week’s news that Hilton has a history of fraud — including several years in jail and three civil judgments against him for more than $1.1 million — Hardin’s economic development authority said it was stepping back from the deal. [It’s time to investigate city officials who were involved with this deal because this whole thing stunk from day one. Some very easy to accomplish background investigations would have quickly turned up enough information on this ‘American Police Force’ outfit to convince any uncorrupted city leaders to pass on this group…ed]
David Letterman apologized to his wife on Monday’s “Late Show,” saying she had been “horribly hurt by my behavior.” The late-night host vowed to repair his relationship with his wife, Regina Lasko. “Let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me,” said Letterman, according to an early transcript of the program released by CBS. Monday’s show was the first Letterman taped since Thursday, when he disclosed that he had had sexual relationships with women who worked for him, and that he had been the victim of an alleged $2 million blackmail threat. [The only thing this sleazy left wing jackass is sorry about is the fact that his useless ass got caught…ed]
Barack Obama’s trip to Copenhagen to pitch Chicago for the Olympics would have been a dumb move whatever the outcome. But as it turned out (an airy dismissal would not be an unfair description), it poses some questions about his presidency that are way more important than the proper venue for synchronized swimming. The first, and to my mind most important, is whether Obama knows who he is. [Holy crap! This is Richard Cohen and the Washington Compost kicking “The WØN” in the raisins! It looks like they may start playing hockey in hell any day now after all…ed]
Louisiana’s attorney general has broadened the scope of an investigation of ACORN to include a possible embezzlement of $5 million a decade ago within the community organization, five times more than previously reported. ACORN Chief Executive Officer Bertha Lewis said the new reported amount is “completely false.” Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has been conducting an investigation of ACORN since June. [Let’s see. I wonder if we should believe this Bertha Lewis who is desperately trying to save her cushy high paying job with this criminal enterprise ACORN or the Attorney General of the state of Louisiana?…ed]
Republican campaign efforts are “far ahead” of where they were the year before the party took back the House in 1994, the leader of the GOP’s midterm campaign efforts said Monday. Republican campaign efforts are “far ahead” of where they were the year before the party took back the House in 1994, the leader of the GOP’s midterm campaign efforts said Monday. Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas) said that in such areas as fundraising and candidate recruitment, the House GOP’s 2010 election campaign is ahead of where the party was at the same point in the 1994 cycle. [When the Republicans do gain control of Congress perhaps they can get together, nut up and start doing what the voters put them in office to do which is to carry the conservative agenda forward aggressively and fiercely fight this Øbama juggernaut that is hell bent on destroying our country as we know it…ed]
Last weekend at the Defending the American Dream Summit, I had the opportunity to talk behind-the-scenes with some Republican staffers. During our back-and-forth exchanges, here are some of the things I told them that I thought their bosses should understand: [Here’s an easy to follow primer for those previously mentioned Republicans who will be taking back Congress in 2010…ed]
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“You don’t need to know. You can’t know.” That’s what Kathy Norris, a 60-year-old grandmother of eight, was told when she tried to ask court officials why, the day before, federal agents had subjected her home to a furious search. The agents who spent half a day ransacking Mrs. Norris’ longtime home in Spring, Texas, answered no questions while they emptied file cabinets, pulled books off shelves, rifled through drawers and closets, and threw the contents on the floor. The six agents, wearing SWAT gear and carrying weapons, were with – get this- the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [There are literally hundreds of thousands of laws on the books and every citizen in the U.S. is expected by law enforcement and the courts to have intimate knowledge of every one of them which of course is impossible. In reality we all live in a perpetual state of non compliance in this country and any time “they” want to “get you” they can and they will…ed]
The Olympics will not be held in Chicago. So has Obama failed Chicago? Not really: hosting the Olympics is a decidedly mixed blessing and this will be forgotten soon. Obama, however, has failed black America, and that failure may linger for a long time. The election of a black president, all other things being equal, is a good sign in American politics. All things, though, were not equal in the case of Barack Obama. He was not and is not wedded to the grand principles of American greatness. The blessings of citizenship are squandered on Barack Obama, just as the honor of being the first black president is wasted on him. It is not that American lacks great black Americans. [Terrific read, too bad so few black Americans will take the time…ed]
I continue to be amazed at the naiveté of people who keep giving President Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt concerning his radical appointments, saying his administration isn’t doing its job in vetting the appointees. When will they wake up to the reality that Obama is deliberately picking people, such as Kevin Jennings, who share his radical values? When prescient commentators were warning of Obama’s radical friends and colleagues, such as Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers, during the campaign, his apologists diverted proper scrutiny, saying it’s absurd to judge Obama by association. Even flawed cliches can work wonders when you have the entire mainstream media flacking for you. [Judge this guy by the company he keeps…ed]
A Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday will scrutinize the “czar” system used by President Obama and previous administrations. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., who heads the Senate Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee, said he wants to explore whether the dozens of czars appointed by the Obama administration constitute “an end run around the advice and consent process.” Feingold said his probe does not involve Senate-confirmed czars such as the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair. “I am most interested in those advisors who have been given important portfolios without undergoing Senate scrutiny,” Feingold said. [Congressional Democrats investigating these unaccountable czars whispering in Øbama’s Dumbo sized ears every day is like Maxine Waters holding hearings into the criminal activities of ACORN…ed]
What is clear from the record going back over nearly four decades is that White House science czar John Holdren is a climate alarmist, even if he can’t make up his mind whether the crisis is the Earth warming up or cooling down. But long before Holdren was the global warming Cassandra he is today, he was a global cooling alarmist predicting a new ice age. The only consistency seems to be that Holdren has always utilized climate hysteria to argue that government must mandate public policy measures to prevent imminent and otherwise unavoidable climate catastrophes. In the 1970s, Holdren’s theme was that government-mandated population control was essential to prevent “eco-disasters” such as the foreseen coming new ice age; today Holdren urges immediate passage of the Obama administration’s proposed cap-and-trade legislation to control carbon emissions before it is too late to save the planet from global warming. [Another Øbama czar lunatic exposed…ed]
As Congress lurches closer to a decision on an enormous overhaul of the American health care system, pressure is mounting on legislative leaders to make the final bill available online for citizens to read before a vote. (SNIP) “The American people are now suspicious of not only the lawmakers, but the process they hide behind to do their work,” said Michael Franc, president of government relations for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. [Golly, I wonder why the Democrats don’t want their legislation posted on the internet for all to see??…ed]
Green Bay Packers fans are known as cheeseheads. Could fans of the St. Louis Rams soon be dittoheads? Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday he is teaming up with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the Rams, owners of the NFL’s longest losing streak at 14 and just 5-31 since 2007. In a statement, Limbaugh declined to discuss details, citing a confidentiality agreement with Goldman Sachs, the investment firm hired by the family of former Rams owner Georgia Frontiere to review assets of her estate, including the NFL team. Limbaugh also declined to discuss other partners that might be involved in the bid, but said he and Checketts would operate the team. [Limbaugh is a big NFL fan, knows how to run an extremely profitable business empire and doesn’t take shit from anybody which may translate into the Rams becoming competitive again. I like this…ed]
Midtown tourists lining up yesterday for tickets to see David Letterman’s “Late Show” got a free performance more fitting of the World Wrestling Federation when a cabby and a pedicab driver came to blows in the middle of Broadway. But this was no stunt dreamed up by Letterman. The fight, captured by a Fox 5 news crew, happened at about 10:30 a.m. after a verbal dispute between the pedicab driver and the hack as they rolled up to the corner of Broadway and 53rd Street, near the Ed Sullivan Theater. [Nothing like some New York City cabby fisticuffs to break up a rather mundane day…ed]
Apple became the latest in a string of companies to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday over the business group’s conservative approach to climate policy. “We strongly object to the Chamber’s recent comments opposition the EPA’s effort to limit greenhouse gases,” wrote Catherine A. Novelli, the vice-president of worldwide government affairs at Apple. “Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it is frustrating to find the Chamber at odds with us in this effort.” [Consumers can also decide they would rather not purchase Apple’s many overrated overpriced and often maddeningly proprietary products and take their business elsewhere…ed]
A 72-year-old woman whose Tasering by a deputy constable was captured on video and shown nationwide has accepted a $40,000 settlement offer from a Texas county. Kathryn Winkfein was shocked with a stun gun after she dared the constable to do so during a May traffic stop. At one point, she sought more than $135,000 for pain and suffering, medical expenses and humiliation. [I guess the lesson here is go ahead and mouth off to a law enforcement officer, refuse to follow his lawful commands, challenge him to taser you then when he does sue the county and walk with 40 large in your pocket…ed]
The massive security breach that led to millions of Hotmail customers being advised to change their passwords has now spread to users of email services including Gmail and Yahoo! Mail. Up to 21million people and businesses who use the Hotmail service in the UK were warned they are potentially at risk of being defrauded after passwords were acquired illegally. Around 10,000 passwords were obtained by hackers who created a fake website identical to Hotmail’s to fool users into entering their email address and password in a ‘phishing’ scam. [Geez people still fall for these stupid scams? There outta be some kind of government program to protect the idiots out there. sarcasm/off…ed]
Quote of the day.
Life is hard. It’s harder when you’re stupid.
-John Wayne. Just a little reminder for all of those Øbama voters and phishing scam folks out there.