If you were wondering when it was your turn to collect from the government then tomorrow morning is your time to cash in on your “government bailout”. At 2 a.m. this Sunday, November 1st, most of the United States, and all of Los Angeles will set their clocks back one hour and collect an extra hour of sleep as the end of daylight saving time is here. [It’s that time again folks…ed]
The embattled Republican nominee for a New York House seat announced Saturday that she is suspending her campaign, citing a recent poll that shows her too far behind the Democrat and a third-party candidate to win. According to a Siena Research Institute poll released Saturday, Dede Scozzafava has 20 percent of the vote in the upstate New York district, trailing Democrat Bill Owens and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, who are neck and neck at 36 percent and 35 percent, respectively. (SNIP) Mrs. Scozzafava’s withdrawal is a huge boon to Mr. Hoffman in the Republican-leaning district. [True Conservatives came out in strong support of Hoffman as the usual cast of RINOs supported the left wing plant Scozzafava. Scozzafava has now dropped out of the race. The implications should be clear to all of the other RINOs running for office in 2010…ed]
Starting Sunday, cash-strapped California will dig deeper into the pocketbooks of wage earners — holding back 10% more than it already does in state income taxes just as the biggest shopping season of the year kicks into gear. Technically, it’s not a tax increase, even though it may feel like one when your next paycheck arrives. As part of a bundle of budget patches adopted in the summer, the state is taking more money now in withholding, even though workers’ annual tax bills won’t change. Think of it as a forced, interest-free loan: You’ll be repaid any extra withholding in April. Those who would receive a refund anyway will receive a larger one, and those who owe taxes will owe less. But with rising gas costs, depressed home prices and double-digit unemployment, the state’s added reach into residents’ regular paycheck isn’t sitting well with many. [With the Christmas shopping season coming up the timing of this stupidity couldn’t be worse. Naturally, those who depend on the largess of taxpayers through forced government confiscation won’t be bothered a bit by this…ed]
In Ansonia, Conn., $2.3 million in federal stimulus funds is being used for insect research, specifically the “rearing [of] large numbers of anthropoids” which includes the “Asian long-horned beetle, the nun moth and the wooly adelgid,” the New Haven Advocate reported. Duluth, Minn., rarely known for its high temperatures, received $6 million in economic stimulus funds for a snowmaking facility, even though it is the 15th snowiest city in America, according to City-Data.com. As much as $30 million in federal funds will go to spring training facilities for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, two Major League Baseball teams. The full cost of the training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., is $100 million. These were just three projects – ranked numbers five, six and 10 respectively – being funded by the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law by President Barack Obama in February. The goal of this economic stimulus bill was to revive the ailing economy. [Your children’s children’s hard earned income has been taken away from them long before they are born for crap like this…ed]
White House officials announced Friday that they had counted exactly how many jobs were created or saved by recent stimulus spending: 640,329. So how many were saved and how many created? They don’t know. In a briefing with reporters, officials acknowledged they can’t tell the difference between jobs “saved,” and jobs “created” by the $787 billion stimulus package. They said they also can’t tell the difference between private sector jobs and government jobs. And they said that they had found and corrected significant errors in the data submitted in 57,000 separate reports to the federal government by Recovery Act funding recipients. [This whole jobs created and saved crap is an absolute joke. Does this administration really think anyone believes this nonsense? Hell they freely admit THEY don’t know what the hell they are talking about!…ed]
The federal government reported Friday that Colorado created or saved 8,094 jobs through grants, loans and contracts funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Problem is, the figure is wrong, according to an analysis of recovery.gov data by The Denver Post. Although a Colorado Springs Head Start program reported it had created or preserved 269 jobs, the real number was three, according to an interview with a program manager. And although the largest private contract in the state funded with stimulus dollars was estimated at $166 million, the number was off by tens of millions, apparently because of a data-entry error, contract information shows. Despite the government’s bid to provide unprecedented details of spending, figures for stimulus awards in Colorado, as with an earlier data release, are inconsistent, inaccurate or incomplete so far. [This web of lies surrounding the Democrat Party 2010 reelection slush fund aka the stimulus program is going to start to rapidly unwind as more and more folks start taking a much more discerning look at the completely bogus numbers coming out of the Obama administration…ed]
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Texas Republicans on Friday ridiculed claims by the White House that President Obama’s stimulus package had created or saved exactly 19,571 jobs in Texas — and 640,329 jobs nationwide. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio. Citing recent Labor Department figures, said the Obama administration promised the stimulus would create 269,000 jobs in Texas “but we lost 225,300.” “In this case, the administration is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts,” Smith said. Rep. Tom Price, the Republican Study Committee chairman, was even harsher. “It’s always nice to start a day off with a laugh,” the Georgia Republican said. White House officials didn’t see the Republican humor and released a detailed report explaining where and how the jobs were created. [More guffawing over stimulus program job fantasyland numbers. “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”…ed]
Hatch Point Road in San Juan County is in the midst of a makeover, courtesy of the federal economic stimulus program. A crew from Henderson Builders is about a week away from finishing the $850,000 resurfacing project, which the Moab company reported has saved or created 25 jobs. But the actual count is fewer than eight. A number of Utah companies and local governments misstated the number of jobs owed to Recovery Act money, according to a Salt Lake Tribune review of federal reports that were made available Friday. The result is a significantly inflated picture of the program’s employment impact. The White House on Friday claimed that nationwide, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created or saved more than a million jobs, more than 640,000 of those directly reported by recipients of the stimulus funds. In Utah, the administration said 6,598 jobs had been retained or added because of the extraordinary federal help. But discrepancies were easy to find. [And the beat goes on…ed]
What’s all the fuss about? After all the noise over Democrats’ push for a government insurance plan to compete with private carriers, coverage numbers are finally in: Two percent. That’s the estimated share of Americans younger than 65 who’d sign up for the public option plan under the health care bill that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is steering toward House approval. The underwhelming statistic is raising questions about whether the government plan will be the iron-fisted competitor that private insurers warn will shut them down or a niche operator that becomes a haven for patients with health insurance horror stories. Some experts are wondering if lawmakers have wasted too much time arguing about the public plan, giving short shrift to basics such as ensuring that new coverage will be affordable. [If only we had an honest to goodness press corp in this country that would expose this Democrat party healthcare scam for what it really is…ed]
Most voters trust themselves more than either Congress or President Obama when it comes to the economy, but they have way more confidence in themselves when it comes to the news media. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 85% of U.S. voters trust their own judgment more than the average reporter when it comes to the important issues affecting the nation. Only four percent (4%) trust the average reporter more. Eleven percent (11%) aren’t sure. Ninety percent (90%) or more of voters ages 40 to 64 trust themselves more than the average reporter. In part, this is because just 23% of all voters say the average reporter is about the same as they are ideologically. Fifty-three percent (53%) think the average reporter is more liberal than they are, while 16% say more conservative. Two-out-of-three voters (67%) say most reporters when covering a political campaign try to help the candidate they want to win. Just 21% say most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage. These findings are identical to those found throughout last fall’s presidential campaign. [So much for an honest to goodness press in this country. Oh well…ed]
House Republican Leader John Boehner gave the Republican radio address today, and in 568 words made a simple and compelling case for what is wrong with the Democrats’ 1,990-page health care proposal — and for what should be done instead. “This 1,990 pages of bureaucracy will centralize health care decision making in Washington, DC,” Boehner said. “It’ll require thousands of new federal employees. It’ll put unelected boards, bureaus, and commissions in charge of who gets access to what drug and what potentially life-saving treatment.” “The best way to get a sense of what Speaker Pelosi’s takeover of health care looks like is to actually look at it,” Boehner continued. “Just shy of 2,000 pages, it runs more than 620 pages longer than the government-run plan Hillary Clinton proposed in 1993.” [The Republicans HAVE been trying to offer solutions to this country’s healthcare issues despite the lies Obama and his Congressional minions have been telling the American people. Want to check them out? Then research: H.R. 77; H.R. 109; H.R. 198; H.R. 270; H.R. 321; H.R. 464; H.R. 502; H.R. 544; H.R. 917; H.R. 1086; H.R. 1118; H.R. 1441; H.R. 1458; H.R. 1468; H.R. 1658; H.R. 1891; H.R. 2520; H.R. 2607; H.R. 2692; H.R. 2784; H.R. 2785; H.R. 2786; H.R. 2787; H.R. 3141; H.R. 3217; H.R. 3218; H.R. 3356; H.R. 3372; H.R. 3400; H.R. 3438; H.R. 3454; and H.R. 3478…ed]
U.S. authorities seized nine failed banks on Friday, the most in a single day since the financial crisis began and the latest stark sign that substantial parts of the nation’s banking industry are being crippled by bad loans. The move brought the total number of failed banks in 2009 to 115 — their highest annual level since 1992 — with analysts expecting more to come. Among the lenders seized Friday was Los Angeles-based California National Bank, in what was the fourth-largest U.S. bank failure this year. The largest institution to fail in the current financial crisis was Washington Mutual, which boasted $307 billion in assets when it was shuttered in September 2008. U.S. Bancorp on Friday acquired the nine banks that had been held by FBOP Corp, picking up $18.4 billion in assets and $15.4 billion of deposits. [115 banks go Tango Uniform in Obama’s first year on the job. Something is going on here and it appears as though the goal might be to snap up as many smaller banks as possible, hand them over to the shrinking number of mega banks then place administration people into positions of power within these institutions to do the bidding of the White House…ed]
The Pentagon will offer the H1N1 vaccination to detainees at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, officials there said Friday. The Pentagon made the decision based on U.S. government assessments that people held in detention facilities are at high risk for the pandemic, said Maj. Diana R. Haynie, a spokeswoman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, which is in charge of holding the suspected terrorists. “Detainees at JTF Guantanamo are considered to be at higher risk and therefore they will be offered the H1N1 vaccination,” Haynie said. [Yeah it would be rough being a terrorist in custody AND coming down with the flu bug. I wonder if the aclu had anything to do with pushing this?…ed]
Visitor logs released by the White House late Friday show that a host of prominent people have been spending time at the executive mansion, including liberal powerhouses George Soros and former vice president Al Gore. Soros, the global financier and philanthropist, for example, visited the White House on Feb. 25 for a visit with Obama’s top economist, Larry Summers. The records show Soros also had meetings in the Old Executive Office Building on March 24 and March 25. Soros is one of the wealthiest investors in the world, and has become a controversial figure for his currency trading and for investing part of his vast fortune in liberal causes. (SNIP) The White House warned prominently of false hits among the names. Names like Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayres are on the list, but are not the same people who caused problems for Obama in the campaign. The “John Edwards” listed in the records is not the same as the disgraced former Democratic presidential candidate, a White House spokesman said. [HAHAHA, names like Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers are on the list but it’s not the same racist America hating pastor Obama worshiped with for 20 years or the domestic terrorist who ghost wrote at least one of Obama’s books. Yeah sure thing. These guys wouldn’t know how to tell the truth if their very lives depended on it…ed]
Muslim leaders called for justice today at the funeral of Luqman Ameen Abdullah, the Islamic leader killed by FBI agents this week during a shootout in Dearborn. ‘We are looking for justice,” said Imam Mohammed Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom to a packed crowd that spilled outside. ”The closest road to Allah is justice. May Allah bless his soul.” Elahi said. ”Allah Akbar,” God is great, the packed crowd said at times during the funeral. The casket of Abdullah is now on its way to a cemetery in Canton. (SNIP) The crowd consisted mostly of African-American Muslims, but also included Muslims with roots in Pakistan, India and the Arab world. [When someone pulls a gun and starts shooting at law enforcement officers the chances of them quickly attaining room temperature status increase dramatically regardless if they are black and or muslim. Deal with it Luqman Ameen Abdullah fans…ed]
Rep. Alan Grayson, the Florida Democratic congressman who made headlines recently with his provocative partisan comments, told supporters Friday he’s being stalked by FOX News. In a fundraising email sent out by his campaign, Grayson said FOX News is ambushing him because he’s a “strong voice for justice” but that he won’t be taken down by the cable news network’s “weapons of mass distraction.” The confrontation that sparked the note involved FOX News correspondent Griff Jenkins, who approached the freshman congressman outside his Capitol Hill office Wednesday and repeatedly asked Grayson what he meant when he called Federal Reserve adviser Linda Robertson a “K Street whore” and whether he would apologize to Vice President Cheney for saying “blood drips from his teeth when he speaks.” [Even fellow left wing loons in Congress know this nutjob’s elevator doesn’t go past his kneecaps. Thank God House reps can get the boot after only two years of stupid. Bye bye Grayson…ed]
A group of angry Florida voters has launched the Web site MyCongressmanIsNuts.com in a drive to oust Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson, the outspoken congressman who grabbed national headlines earlier this month by calling an adviser to the Fed chairman a “K Street whore.” The site is raising money to defeat the Orlando-area congressman and the site’s organizers describe it as a “more appropriate alternative” to Mr. Grayson’s CongressmanWithGuts.com, which the Grayson campaign says helped raised more than $250,000 in the first three weeks of October. As of Friday morning, the “Nuts” site took in about $3,335 since its launch Thursday night, according to a donation ticker on the Web page. [Once word gets out I’m sure the donations will start rolling in…ed]
Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl is defending his company’s claim that the Cash for Clunkers program was basically a lemon, saying a recent report simply reiterated what’s well known in the car industry: Incentive programs are “eyewateringly expensive.” After taking on Fox News and the US Chamber of Commerce as part of a new media strategy aimed at perceived political opponents, the White House turned its blog on Edmunds’ critical report of the $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program. In a post titled “Busy covering car sales on Mars, Edmunds.com gets it wrong (again) on Cash for Clunkers,” the White House charged the firm with “trying to grab headlines and get on cable TV” while the analysis doesn’t withstand “basic scrutiny.” Founded in 1966, Edmunds.com is the Santa Monica, Calif.-based publisher of the Blue Book series. Basically a consumer company supplying industry analysis to subscribers, Edmunds.com also offers the “True Market Value” tool. [Yet another target of the Obama administration’s attack machine fights back against their unwarranted smears. Cool….ed]
Instead of arguing over the particulars of the health care bill, let’s just go to the core of the debate. So now that the fifth bill on health care reform is out, here comes the next round of arguments. Meaning that Conservatives will have to restate everything we’ve already said because all the stuff we were opposed to in the first four bills has been combined into the new legislation. Personally, I’m tired of giving Liberal idiots sources they never read, reminding them of political promises now being broken, and pointing out the gross hypocrisy of the liberal Congress. Lefties don’t care. They hear the word “free” and they’re sold. Which is kind of interesting when you consider that they dub anyone opposed to health care reform “greedy” and “selfish.” [The Americanthinker.com post of the day…ed]
Police say a woman pushing a stroller across railroad tracks in western Pennsylvania was struck by a train and both she and her 2-year-old son died. Authorities say the 37-year-old Derry mother and three of her children were returning from a shopping trip early Friday evening. They say she was struggling to push the stroller across the tracks when she and her toddler son were hit by a Norfolk Southern train at about 5 p.m. Her two young daughters managed to dart across the tracks and were not injured. [I wonder how long it will take for some scheister lawyer to “take up this family’s cause” and try and sue the railroad company for this woman’s fatal stupidity?…ed]
Quote of the day.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world’s strongest economy.
-Ronald Reagan. What? Did you think Barack Hussein Obama would have possibly uttered those words last January?