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Repub Stole $844K from Party

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2010 4:47 am by HL

Repub Stole $844K from Party
A former treasurer of the National Republican Congressional Committee admitted in court Friday that he stole more than $844,000 from the NRCC and several other political fundraising committees. Christopher J. Ward, 41, formerly of Bethesda, pleaded guilty in federal court to interstate transportation of stolen property. Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will seek a 37-month prison term and Ward will have to pay back his victims.



Late Late Night FDL: Tugboat Granny

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2010 4:46 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Tugboat Granny
Tugboat Granny starring Tweety and Sylvester. This Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon was released on June 23, 1956. Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your spitballs at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?

Tugboat Granny starring Tweety and Sylvester.  This Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon was released on June 23, 1956.

Directed by Friz Freleng.  Produced by Edward Selzer.  Story by Warren Foster.  Film Editing by Treg Brown.  Animation by Gerry Chiniquy, Arthur Davis, and Virgil Ross.  Layouts by Hawley Pratt.  Backgrounds by Irv Wyner.  Voices by Mel Blanc (Sylvester, Tweety) and others.  Original Music, Musical Direction, and Orchestration by Milt Franklyn.

Grab your popcorn, put your feet up on the seatback in front of ya, and aim your  spitballs at the ushers please. This is Late Late Night FireDogLake, where off topic is the topic … so dive in. What’s on your mind?


‘Left, Right & Center’: Looming Doom for the Dems?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2010 4:45 am by HL

‘Left, Right & Center’: Looming Doom for the Dems?
Is it all over for Obama or can he revive and ride his ’08 caravan of hope through the upcoming midterm election, not to mention his next presidential bid? Does anyone still think invading Iraq wasn’t a mistake, now that our combat troops have “withdrawn”?

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Is it all over for Obama or can he revive and ride his ’08 caravan of hope through the upcoming midterm election, not to mention his next presidential bid? Does anyone still think invading Iraq wasn’t a mistake, now that our combat troops have “withdrawn”?

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U.S. Gets Cold Feet in Arctic Drilling
With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the government’s lackluster performance in responding to that crisis, U.S. regulatory agencies have waved the yellow flag in allowing new offshore drilling in the Arctic. In polls of voters, meanwhile, support for offshore drilling is slipping, especially drilling in the environmentally fragile Arctic. —JCL Los Angeles Times: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is making it clear that he’s in no hurry to open the door to new exploratory oil and gas drilling in the offshore Arctic—not, he said, until more is known about the potential pitfalls. Winding up a two-day trip to Alaska’s North Slope that included a town hall in Barrow, a stop at the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, and a flight over the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, Salazar said reports on what caused the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico will have to be in before Shell Alaska can be allowed to commence drilling new wells off Alaska’s northern shores. That may or may not happen in time for the oil company to begin operations in time for next summer’s drilling season, he added. Read more

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With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the government’s lackluster performance in responding to that crisis, U.S. regulatory agencies have waved the yellow flag in allowing new offshore drilling in the Arctic.

In polls of voters, meanwhile, support for offshore drilling is slipping, especially drilling in the environmentally fragile Arctic. —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is making it clear that he’s in no hurry to open the door to new exploratory oil and gas drilling in the offshore Arctic—not, he said, until more is known about the potential pitfalls.

Winding up a two-day trip to Alaska’s North Slope that included a town hall in Barrow, a stop at the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, and a flight over the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, Salazar said reports on what caused the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico will have to be in before Shell Alaska can be allowed to commence drilling new wells off Alaska’s northern shores.

That may or may not happen in time for the oil company to begin operations in time for next summer’s drilling season, he added.

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Victoria Jones: Wow! Newsweek and Globe Tabloid Agree: Obama Really Is a Muslim (*Critics Say)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2010 4:44 am by HL

Victoria Jones: Wow! Newsweek and Globe Tabloid Agree: Obama Really Is a Muslim (*Critics Say)
So President Obama might just as well be one. A Muslim, that is. Why not? What’s the worst that can happen politically? Armageddon in November…

Florida Foreclosure Courts Rush Despite Questionable Practices, Doctored Deeds
Earlier this year, Florida earmarked $9.6 million to set up foreclosures-only courts across the state, staffed by retired judges…. lawyers representing troubled borrowers contend that…

Arthur Goldwag: A Grand Gesture of Reconciliation for the Ground Zero Mosque
“Now that it’s been documented that a clear majority of New Yorkers prefer the site of the Islamic center to be moved,”a letter in today’s…


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2010 4:43 am by HL

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In $1.2 Million Fraud Plot, Four Women Invented A Man Then Killed Him Off
Just how low did four California women go to make a quick buck ripping off an insurance company? Six feet under.


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Whatever Happened to Sue Lowden, AKA the Nevada ‘Chicken Lady’?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2010 4:40 am by HL

Whatever Happened to Sue Lowden, AKA the Nevada ‘Chicken Lady’?


The Great Jobs Depression Worsens, and the Choice Ahead Grows Starker

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2010 4:39 am by HL

The Great Jobs Depression Worsens, and the Choice Ahead Grows Starker
The Great Jobs Depression continues to worsen. The Labor Department reports this morning that companies created ony 67,000 new jobs in August. That’s down from the 107,000 they created in July. And because the government laid off temporary Census workers,…



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The French Connection & Middle East Talks
European High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy Baroness Catherine Ashton decided to head to China instead of participating in the Middle East stakeholders dinner hosted by President Obama in the Old Family Dining Room this week. Former British…



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GOP Establishment Derides Delaware Tea Party Candidate As ?Reckless,? ?Hypocritical,? And ?Dishonest?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2010 4:38 am by HL

GOP Establishment Derides Delaware Tea Party Candidate As ?Reckless,? ?Hypocritical,? And ?Dishonest?

Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell

Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell

Fresh off its victory over Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the Tea Party Express is setting its sights on taking down Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) in Delaware’s Republican Senate primary. Castle, regarded as the moderate in the race, is facing a spirited challenge from Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell. A new poll shows the race within single digits and the Tea Party Express is committing over $250,000 on O’Donnell’s behalf.

As with Tea Party candidates Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Mike Lee in Utah, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Ken Buck in Colorado, Joe Miller in Alaska, and Marco Rubio in Florida, the Republican establishment is trying to fend off O’Donnell’s primary candidacy. However, rather than learn from these defeats and take a more muted approach in future contested primaries, the Republican establishment is doubling down on its anti-Tea Party strategy.

Yesterday, the Republican Party of Delaware released a statement, calling O’Donnell “reckless,” “hypocritical,” and “dishonest”:

As the facts continue to emerge regarding perennial candidate Christine O’Donnell’s reckless and hypocritical behavior, I wanted to highlight some of the key media coverage her dishonest campaign has received over the last 24 hours…

Days earlier, Delaware GOP Chairman Tom Ross derided O’Donnell as a “troubled perennial candidate” who is “not electable in Delaware or anywhere else for that matter”:

Ross noted ‘while it is disappointing that the Tea Party Express has not done any due diligence on troubled perennial candidate Christine O’Donnell, it is our hope that they will investigate her half-truths and outright lies before squandering tens of thousands of dollars on a candidate who is not electable in Delaware or anywhere else for that matter.’

Indeed, the Delaware GOP doesn’t even list O’Donnell as a candidate on its website.

As Dave Weigel notes, these statements are “some swipe from the GOP.” If O’Donnell wins next Tuesday’s primary, will the Delaware GOP even support a candidate they view as dishonest and unelectable?

GOP Congressional Candidate Says He Wants To ?Choke Off? Funding To Health Care Legislation

Scott3Since Congress passed its health care legislation expanding health insurance to tens of millions of Americans earlier this year, leading conservatives have debated about the best way to oppose it. Some have advocated for simply repealing the entire bill wholesale, while others have argued for a “repeal and replace” strategy that would replace the legislation with a yet-to-be-determined conservative plan for health care.

Scott Tipton, the Republican candidate for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, is advocating for a third option: rather than repealing the legislation or replacing it with something else, he wants to “choke off funding” for the legislation, effectively stifling its effectiveness without doing anything to improve the U.S. health care system:

The Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District called for reductions in the size of the federal government and said he would vote to “choke off funding” for health-care legislation passed by the current Congress. Scott Tipton spoke to about 110 people, most of them supporters, Thursday night in a town-hall meeting in the Grand Junction City Council chambers. […]

Health-care legislation will cost $2.2 trillion over the next 10 years, Tipton said, and the only way to bring those costs under control is to cut them in the House, which controls the nation’s purse strings.

Tipton’s desire to “defund” health reform has previously been floated by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Newt Gingrich.

Purely on the facts, Tipton is wrong to imply that cutting off funding for the recently passed health care bill would rein in the deficit. The bill already serves to cut the deficit, and repealing certain provisions or denying them the funds to be utilized would only end up costing the country more in the long run.

Putting deficit concerns aside, a far greater cost to denying funding for the legislation would be borne by the 3rd District Coloradans that Tipton is running to represent. As of estimates made in 2009, a quarter of the people in the district lacked any sort of health care coverage whatsoever. Hospitals in the district who have to care for these uninsured residents without compensation have calculated that they’ve paid “$94 million in annual uncompensated care costs in recent years.” When a surgery center in the district offered free care to residents one day late last year, people were so desperate to be able to be one of the few the center was able to take care of that some of them slept in its parking lot (less than half were actually offered care).

Thanks to Congress’s recently passed bill, an additional 106,000 district residents will be able to get insured and hospitals will be able to reduce the funds they spend on uninsured residents by $84 million annually. That is, if the legislation is fully funded. If Tipton gets his way, more than a hundred thousand people in his district will be unable to get health insurance, and hospitals will continue to expend countless tens of millions of dollars on caring for the uninsured.


Obama reasserts commitment to helping middle class

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Obama reasserts commitment to helping middle class
Saying that his policies have “stopped the bleeding” in the job market, President Obama called Saturday on the country to “recommit” to helping the middle class.


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Tea party’s Joe Miller: What he plans if Alaska sends him to Washington
Miller’s win in the Republican primary left the rest of the country – including shocked political handicappers and the Senate GOP leadership – asking: “Who is this guy?”


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The polarizing president
The country was polarized by President Obama earlier than many people realize, scholars say. Since he took office, things have gotten worse, and undoing it isn’t likely.


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Back To School

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2010 4:31 am by HL

Back To School
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest
The anxious emails from students are hitting my in-boxes once again: What time are office hours? Are places in the seminar still available? Where can they get advance copies of the syllabus?I don't have answers to these questions yet; by this time next week I will.Another school year is ready to begin, and for the first time in decades I will be teaching full-time.Unfortunately, I'm returning to a profession in crisis.  Over at Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds has been blogging up a storm over what he calls the "˜bubble"˜ in higher education.  Parents and students are…

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Obama Shouldn’t Dismiss America’s Uniqueness
Mallory Factor, Forbes
For nearly four centuries, we as a people have believed that America has a special and unique role to play in the world. Here is a land of new beginnings and new promise, not merely one nation among others. But we have to ask: Do our leaders still believe this?Americans have believed in American exceptionalism since John Winthrop wrote 380 years ago that America would be a “city on a hill,” shining for all the world to see. When de Tocqueville visited the young United States in the 1830s, he concluded that we were a “unique” nation. He pointed to the truly democratic…

Dems Want GOP To List $700B in Spending Cuts