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A mild earthquake shook northern Illinois this morning. The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported a 4.3-magnitude quake at 3:59:33 a.m. centered about 5.5 miles east of Sycamore and 3.1 miles underground. But it later revised the magnitude to 3.8, and said the epicenter was just south of Gilberts. The quake was felt over a wide area — from Wisconsin to Tennessee — but there were no reports of any damage so far, according to the Kane County and DeKalb County sheriff’s departments, which are closest to the epicenter. “We got hundreds of calls,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott. “But we have no reports of damage or injuries.” The magnitude and epicenter were revised after the U.S. Geological Survey studied the “wave forms” from the quake, said Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist with the geological survey in Golden, Colo. [No word yet if Danny Glover will be releasing a statement claiming this quake was caused by global warming…ed]
Phil Harris, the fishing boat captain whose adventures off the Alaska coast were captured on the television show “Deadliest Catch”, has died, the Discovery Channel said Tuesday night. He was 53. Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke on Jan. 29 while the fishing vessel he captained, Cornelia Marie, was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. The fisherman was flown to Anchorage for surgery. The reality show, which has filmed five seasons, has been one of the Discovery Channel’s most popular and depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska. [R.I.P. Captain Harris. Maybe your sons will quit smoking now…ed]
Record snowfall has buried Washington — and along with it, buried the chances of passing global warming legislation this year. Cars are stranded in banks of snow along the streets of the federal capital, and in the corridors of Congress, climate legislation also has been put on ice. Democratic senators say a bill that was once a top priority for the party and for President Barack Obama cannot be dug up again during 2010. Voters are mostly concerned with jobs and the economy. Global warming is at the bottom of their list. And now, on top of that, the paralyzing snowfalls have made the prospect of winning support for a climate bill this year even less likely. [Cap and tax dead for this year? Don’t bet on it. Obama and the Democrats know they are going to lose big in November and this is probably their only chance to ram this disaster through for years to come…ed]
Unannounced, President Obama took to the lectern in the White House briefing room today to give a personal readout of his meeting earlier with congressional leaders of both parties. “Despite the political posturing that often paralyzes this town, there are many issues upon which we can and should agree, he said. (SNIP) When a sitting president calls for bipartisanship by the opposition – he really means surrender. And if they block his proposals, its “obstinacy” and not political views they hold as strongly as he holds his. [How can this guy blame Republicans for “obstinacy” when they can do NOTHING to stop ANY Democrat initiated legislation due to their overwhelming majority in Congress? At least half this country doesn’t buy what Obama is trying to sell and the Republicans are the ones representing US!…ed]
Oh-oh, Obama. A new Washington Post-ABC News Poll less than nine months before midterm election day finds the same proportion of Americans pondering a change in their congressional representation as were thinking the same thing back in 2006 and 1994, the last two times that control on Capitol Hill changed parties dramatically. Only a few months ago, experts predicted the usual historical pattern in the first midterm elections of a new Democratic president, with some decline among his party’s members, who currently control the White House and both the House and Senate. But no one foresaw anything so dramatic as could be developing this early in 2010. The new survey finds seven out of 10 Americans disapproving of the job Congress is doing under the leaderships of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. [Another day, another poll, more bad news for Obama, Democrats, RINOS and incumbent legislators in general…ed]
Most voters think the country would be better off if the majority of the current Congress wasn’t reelected this November, and their confidence in their own congressman continues to fall. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of likely voters believe, generally speaking, that it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November. Just 19% disagree and say it would be better if most congressional incumbents were reelected. Another 18% aren’t sure. [Naturally the “Political Class” (read the professional politicians) disagrees. Goes to show just how out of touch with mainstream media these “ruling elites” really are. Vote all the bums out in November!…ed]
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The Senate Tuesday failed to advance President Barack Obama’s nomination of a union lawyer to the National Labor Relations Board, as the debate and vote became a test of union clout in Congress. The vote on Craig Becker’s nomination — the first controversial vote since the Senate Democrats’ 60-seat majority shrank by one last week — highlighted the difficulty that Democrats will have trying to push union-friendly legislation through Congress. Only 52 senators voted to cut off debate on the nomination, eight short of the number needed, and 33 were opposed. Many senators weren’t present because of an impending snowstorm. [The thumbs down for this radical left wing SEIU lawyer nominee is the most recent slapdown for Obama since Scott Brown won big in Massachusetts…ed]
There is a great deal of back-and-forth in the blogosphere today on the subject of a Financial Times piece (subscription required) that lays the blame for Obama’s floundering first year in office on an advisory staff geared for campaigning, not governing. Based on extensive anonymous interviews with people around the Obama White House, the Financial Times’s Edward Luce paints a picture of an administration run almost entirely from within the president’s political machine — with campaign-managers-turned-advisers David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, and Robert Gibbs, along with Chicagoan legislative tactician Rahm Emanuel, in the room for every major decision. Many of Obama’s highest-profile cabinet members are, by contrast, largely disconnected from both policy creation and messaging decisions: [Great article. Ever wonder why the lamestream media is so afraid of criticizing or crossing swords with Obama (aside from the fact they were so far in the tank for him during the presidential campaign it’s really hard for them to admit we WERE right about the guy from the get)? Read the last paragraph…ed]
The White House press room was a jovial place to be in the early days of President Barack Obama’s presidency. But times have changed. Back in May, POLITICO analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter — as indicated by “(Laughter)” being noted in the official transcript — occurred more than 10 times per day during press secretary Robert Gibbs’s briefings. But the laughter has been reduced by half in recent months: In the first six months of the Obama administration, briefings produced an average of 179 laughs per month. Over the past six months, the average has dropped down to 89. [Now that the knee pads of White House press corps have worn out they suddenly realize they were nothing more than useful idiots these many months and it kinda sounds like they don’t like it much…ed]
A seemingly grassroots organization that’s mounted an online campaign to counter the tea party movement is actually the front end of an elaborate scheme that funnels funds — including sizable labor union contributions — through the offices of a prominent Democratic party lawyer. A Web site popped up in January dedicated to preventing the tea party’s “radical” and “dangerous” ideas from “gaining legislative traction,” targeting GOP candidates in Illinois for the firing squad. (SNIP) Varoga and Rakis keep a central mailing address in Washington, pulling in soft money contributions from unions and other well-padded sources to engage in what amounts to a legal laundering system. The money — tens of millions of dollars — gets circulated around to different states by the 527s, which pay for TV ads, Internet campaigns and lobbyist salaries, all while keeping the hands of the unions clean — for the most part. The system helps hide the true sources of funding, giving the appearance of locally bred opposition in states from Oklahoma to New Jersey, or in the case of the Tea Party Web site, in Illinois. [Let’s see we have the Tea Party folks who are simply grassroots Americans who love their country and are sick and tired of having they’re voices ignored and their government dismantling our Constitution versus union thugs and left wing snakes hell bent on gaining even more power over our lives by using every subversive method they can…ed]
President Barack Obama said he doesn’t “begrudge” the $17 million bonus awarded to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon or the $9 million issued to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO Lloyd Blankfein, noting that some athletes take home more pay. The president, speaking in an interview, said in response to a question that while $17 million is “an extraordinary amount of money” for Main Street, “there are some baseball players who are making more than that and don’t get to the World Series either, so I’m shocked by that as well.” “I know both those guys; they are very savvy businessmen,” Obama said in the interview yesterday in the Oval Office with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which will appear on newsstands Friday. “I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free- market system.” [WHAT!?! Obama has spent the better part of the last two years HAMMERING everything about corporate America every chance he got including bonuses paid to top executives. Jamie Dimon, Dimon, Dimon…I’ve heard that name before. Oh yeah, seems he’s been to the White House to visit with his good buddy Obama on at least six different occasions…ed]
Despite all the talk of green jobs, the overwhelming majority of stimulus money spent on wind power has gone to foreign companies, according to a new report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University’s School of Communication in Washington, D.C. Nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power, funding the creation of enough new wind farms to power 2.4 million homes over the past year. But the study found that nearly 80 percent of that money has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines. So Where Are the Jobs? “Most of the jobs are going overseas,” said Russ Choma at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. He analyzed which foreign firms had accepted the most stimulus money. “According to our estimates, about 6,000 jobs have been created overseas, and maybe a couple hundred have been created in the U.S.” [And Obama claims he wants Congress to hand him even more billions so he can “create jobs, especially green jobs” as though the president can really create any real jobs outside of government. Y’all get it now that we’ve been badly had by this guy?…ed]
As part of his promised new focus on jobs, President Obama yesterday hosted a bipartisan jobs meeting. But he has yet to propose many pro-employment specifics — and his overall economic plan remains unmistakably anti-job. Other than a few odd ideas like using TARP funds paid by banks to fund more government programs, Obama’s main push is for a “jobs” bill like the $150 billion measure the House has already passed, which includes various tax credits and new spending to supposedly create jobs. But the spending there is hopeless — it’s more of the same ideas that failed in last year’s budget-busting “stimulus” bill. Sadly, the tax credits aren’t much better. One problem is that these aren’t broad tax cuts — which have had a job-creating effect in the past. Rather, they’re specific bribes to businesses for doing a few specific things — like boosting their payroll over a certain level. The same approach was an utter failure under President Jimmy Carter in the late ’70s. Worse, the credits — a total of perhaps $33 billion — are dwarfed by the tax hikes that Obama and the Democratic Congress are promising for next year. How many businesses will change the behavior for a small carrot this year — when they know they’re about to be hit by a far larger stick? [Business owners aren’t stupid they know Obama is no friend of America and everything he has done for the last 11 months has proven that. We need to hunker down and ride it out until November then hang tough until 2012 when we can get him the hell out of our White House…ed]
With early voting in the primary starting next Tuesday, a new poll in the governor’s race shows a likely runoff among the Republicans. While some question the automated phone call methodology of the survey firm Public Policy Polling, the organization nailed a major race last month by accurately predicting that Republican candidate Scott Brown would be the next senator from Massachusetts. So what about the race for governor in Texas? This new PPP poll suggests that Debra Medina — with her Tea Party, libertarian message — got a bounce and then some from the two statewide debates with incumbent Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. [Will Debra Medina become Texas’ Scott Brown? Can it happen? Stay tuned!…ed]
Miki Booth is running for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 Oklahoma as an Independent Constitutional Conservative. She founded the Route 66 TEA Party, starting a personal and public crusade championing FairTax and GOOOH. [She’s Miki Booth. She’s from Hawaii, she’s a community organizer with a birth certificate and she is passionate about the Second Amendment. Pass the word…ed]
This Valentine’s Day, the party labeled by Democrats as the Party of No is remaking itself into the Party of Love. The Republican National Committee is sending out a fundraising e-mail that urges donors to send GOP Valentine’s E-Cards to loved ones, with online contributions of anywhere from $10 to $100. (SNIP) One card features White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who apologized last week for calling Democrats who oppose a health care measure “f—king retarded,” sending wishes for a “Happy
Valentine’s Day.” [Hilarious!…ed]
The release of a previously unseen document suggested that Labour’s migration policy over the past decade had been aimed not just at meeting the country’s economic needs, but also the Government’s “social objectives”. The paper said migration would “enhance economic growth” and made clear that trying to halt or reverse it could be “economically damaging”. But it also stated that immigration had general “benefits” and that a new policy framework was needed to “maximise” the contribution of migration to the Government’s wider social aims. [This is what “progressives” do, undermine their own country so they can stay in power and rest assured Democrats are working hard in the same direction in this country. Perhaps it’s time for England to launch their own Tea Parties…ed]
In his State of the Union speech two weeks ago, President Obama claimed that he would strengthen border security. Oh really? I might not be as wise as Mr. Obama, but I’m not sure how removing $319 million in border security funding increases our nation’s security. Indeed, I’m pretty certain that decreasing our border security funding by nearly one-third of a billion dollars in one year will make the United States less secure. While Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano enjoys boasting of how her agency is securing our nation’s border with Mexico, the truth of the matter is that it remains porous and inadequately defended. How do we know? We at NumbersUSA have many friends in the Border Patrol. We inspect the U.S.-Mexican border on fact-finding trips. We talk to the agents. The Border Patrol needs more resources, not less. [It’s tough for Obama to secure the southern border when he’s trying to bring millions of brand new Democrat voters into our country…ed]
A tsunami of smoke, dust and debris roars down the streets of New York City as the World Trade Centre towers collapse. These dramatic images were taken by police photographers in helicopters and it is the first time they have been seen, having been released under a Freedom of Information request made by America’s ABC News. Burning buildings can be seen crumpling in on themselves as plumes of smoke rise up over the New York skyline that terrible September morning. [Amazing pictures. May we never forget…ed]
Even in 2010, growing up gay isn’t easy. Add in the complicating factors of being a mentally challenged, biracial guy who wants to wave around pom-poms in a small town, and you have a recipe for the most hellacious high school experience in Eastern Washington. Benjamin Grundy is a student at Garfield-Palouse High School (local population: 1,100) who says the school is discriminating against his wishes to do what all the other cheerleaders are doing. Namely, dance, wave pom-poms, wear a proper uniform and not just stand like there like a statue moving his arms. [About fell out of my chair just reading the headline of this article…ed]
Quote of the day.
If, God willing, we are fortunate enough to survive this disaster Obama will be the last enemy of the Constitution to ever see the inside of the White House.
-anonymous comment found following this article.