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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Calif. Teacher Fired for Appearing in Porn Movie | TheBlaze.com

Calif. Teacher Fired for Appearing in Porn Movie | TheBlaze.com: Stacie Halas, 31, a science teacher at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School, had been on paid administrative leave while the Oxnard Unified School District investigated the allegations after they surfaced last month. Oxnard is approximately 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The investigation started when students approached school administrators and said they had seen a female teacher in a pornographic movie, the Los Angeles Times reported. Officials initially couldn’t confirm whether it was Halas — performing under the name Tiffany — because filters on the school’s computers blocked access to explicit websites. The probe was restarted after teachers came forward with cell phone images appearing to verify Halas’ participation.

Fringe: Why Did God Make Me This Way?

Fringe: Why Did God Make Me This Way?: Even in the Latin slogan on the courthouse, ”Dei judicium fiat justitia” – “By the judgment of God, let justice be done” – there is a theological component.

On the one hand, the vision of the young prophetess who is at the center of the story seems to predict the inevitable, and yet – just as with those known as prophets in ancient Israel, for instance – it turns out that by taking her warning to heart, it is possible to avoid the predicted outcome.

Meme of the Week: Obama Eats Dog (Photos) - The Daily Beast

Meme of the Week: Obama Eats Dog (Photos) - The Daily Beast

Muslim businessman angers wealthy villagers with plans for 50ft-high Islamic mausoleum close to his farmhouse | Mail Online

Muslim businessman angers wealthy villagers with plans for 50ft-high Islamic mausoleum close to his farmhouse | Mail Online

Homes abandoned amid riot warnings in Chicago

Homes abandoned amid riot warnings in Chicago: By Aaron Klein

In a sign of what may be coming, residents of a Chicago condo building located near the site of next month’s NATO summit have been asked to leave for the event or risk being caught in a storm of rioters.

WND first reported in August 2011 that radicals, some with ties to President Obama, were planning to riot during the NATO summit.

FOX Chicago News reported the people living in the 17-floor Library Tower building at 520 South State Street were warned in a letter from condo management that “we are STRONGLY recommending that all residents find places to stay during the conference from May 18 through May 21.”

Alton Hayes III | Suspect: I Beat Up White Man Because I Am Mad About Trayvon Martin Case

Alton Hayes III | Suspect: I Beat Up White Man Because I Am Mad About Trayvon Martin Case: Maywood, Ill. - Alton L. Hayes III, a west suburban man charged with a hate crime, told police he was so upset about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida that he beat up a white man early Tuesday.

Ten popular and irrefutable online put-downs – Telegraph Blogs

Ten popular and irrefutable online put-downs – Telegraph Blogs

 


Readers occasionally have a go at me for not engaging enough in the comment thread. I do try to when I can but, as other readers like to remind me, I have another job. Some comments, in any case, defy engagement. Here are ten generic examples from Twitter, blogs and, indeed, radio or television debates. In each case, I have been unable to come up with any way to counter them. Except, perhaps, by using the Lebowski Riposte (see above clip).
1. ‘That’s completely different!’ A mystifyingly effective way to end the argument. They say: ‘I wouldn’t travel on a privatised train that puts profits before safety!’ You say: ‘So do you ever fly on a privately-owned airline?’ They say: ‘That’s completely different!’ Cue cheers and whoops from the Question Time audience.
2. ‘Yeah, well, they took Nazi gold’. Cite any foreign example, however narrow and specific, and you are guaranteed – guaranteed – to be told something wholly unrelated about the same country. You think we might be able to learn from Singapore’s healthcare system? ‘It’s a dictatorship!’ You admire Swiss-style direct democracy? ‘Nazi gold!’ Even if these things were true, so what? Again, though, it always generates applause.
3. ‘I’ve obviously touched a nerve!’ This one can be trotted out whenever you respond to anything, however politely and factually. Not replying, of course, prompts the converse complaint: ‘You obviously can’t answer my point!’
4. ‘As a Tory, you support…’ Anything said by anyone who has stood in the interest of your party becomes your personal responsibility. How can you possibly favour, say, more democracy at local level when ‘the Tories’ oppose an elected House of Lords? Your own views on the House of Lords are suddenly irrelevant.
5. ‘So what you’re really saying is…’ You write ‘We need to cut the deficit’, they read ‘I don’t care about the poor’. You write ‘Brussels has too much power’, they read ‘I hate foreigners’. You write ‘taxes are too high’, they read ‘I am a rich bastard’. Think of the acres of newsprint devoted to proving that the Tea Party is really about social issues or race or pretty much anything except the thing it’s actually about: small government. Communication, in such circs, becomes quite impossible.
6. ‘Why didn’t you mention X?’ Because I was writing about something else, obviously, but don’t expect that one to appease your critics. ‘How can you complain about Brussels sleaze when Westminster MPs have their snouts in the trough?’ Well, it’s my job as an MEP; if I were a Westminster MP, I’d no doubt be writing about other things. At a recent meeting of London Conservatives, I spoke about the euro crisis. One man in the audience went redder and redder as I spoke so, when the time for questions came, I thought I’d better come to him first. ‘What you said was all very well,’ he blurted out, purple by now, ‘but I was astonished that you had nothing to say about EU regulations on salmon farming.’
7. ‘Ah, suddenly you’re in favour of peace/democracy/freedom/the survival of the human species’. An especially effective one this, as there is absolutely no need to dig up an example of where you were supposedly against the thing in question.
8. ‘So why have you never said this before?’ A variant of the last point. Of course, if you have said it before – and I confess that, writing a blog every day, I do occasionally come back to the same themes – you open the door to ‘Haven’t you got anything else to say?’
9. ‘I think your piece makes my argument for me’. The ultimate lazy man’s way to end the discussion. QV ‘You’ve just condemned yourself,’ ‘You are so full of sh*t’,  ‘What else did you expect from a Tory?’ etc.
10. ‘F*ck you you f*cking Tory f*ck’. The Comment is Free version of the last.
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Comedian weighs in on Ga. principal controversy | WSAV TV

Comedian weighs in on Ga. principal controversy | WSAV TV: COLUMBUS, Ga. --

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) When blue-collar comedian Ron White visits Georgia this month, he plans to focus his standup routine on a Columbus high school principal who was reassigned after showing one of White's video clips at a faculty meeting.

The comedian tells the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (http://bit.ly/I1GUOU ) he also offered to speak if students hold a rally supporting the principal.

Columbus High Principal Marvin Crumbs was reassigned last week after showing teachers a clip of White's "Can't Fix Stupid" routine. The clip made vulgar references to women's breasts.

White tells the newspaper he plans to fan the flames of the controversy in his upcoming April 28 performance in Columbus. He says the people in charge of the school system exemplify the point of his routine.

The transfer provoked student protests and a petition drive.

LEAKED STRATFOR EMAILS: Democrats Tampered With 2008 Election - Business Insider

LEAKED STRATFOR EMAILS: Democrats Tampered With 2008 Election - Business Insider

Left-Wing Teachers Plan to ‘Occupy’ Justice Department to Defend Cop-Killer

Left-Wing Teachers Plan to ‘Occupy’ Justice Department to Defend Cop-Killer: This coming Tuesday, radicals of all stripes will descend upon the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. to rally in support of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Paul Ryan responds to White House Ultimatum in Budget Battle | Politics and Economics Right Side News

Paul Ryan responds to White House Ultimatum in Budget Battle | Politics and Economics Right Side News: Martha McCallum: I'm doing just great. I want to read something to you that came out from the White House yesterday which is a response, really, to your budget proposal, and here's what that letter to the House of Representatives and Senate leaders says: “Until the House of Representatives indicates that i will abide by last summer's agreement, the President will not be able to sign any appropriations bills, so that pretty much lays it out there.” What's your reaction to that?

Congressman Ryan: What we're simply trying to do is get spending under control. The Budget Control Act has a ceiling on spending, and we propose to go about $19 billion below that ceiling. We're not going to have a government shutdown. We'll get ourselves to compromise at the reasonable levels of spending, but here’s the deal: we can't keep spending all this money we don't have. We're borrowing 40 cents on the dollar and what we're trying to show is a little fiscal prudence and discipline. Unfortunately, the President is more interested in playing politics than anything else.

Tonight's Fringe is like a pilot for a new and totally excellent show

Tonight's Fringe is like a pilot for a new and totally excellent show

 [ Fringe: Episode 4:19 Letters of Transit - #FightTheFuture ]

Tonight’s Fringe is like a pilot for a new and totally excellent show

This past season, Fringe got bogged down in exploring an alternate timeline where Peter Bishop didn't survive his near-drowning in 1985. As a result, Walter Bishop was sidelined, and everybody else was grumpier. In retrospect, it hasn't been my favorite season of the show — although recent episodes have shown more of a return to form.
The good news is, tonight's episode of Fringe is a pitch (to Fox, as well as to the viewers) for how the premise of the show could be completely reinvented. And it's the most fascinating hour of Fringe since the show's creative peak, back in 2010. The other good news is, tonight's episode doesn't require you to have seen Fringe before — and it certainly doesn't reference anything that happened in the past year. So if you strayed away from Fringe, you don't have to worry about being confused.

We're still waiting to see if Fringe gets a fifth season (probably a shorter one, like 13 episodes instead of 22). By all accounts, we should have heard something last week or early this week — but no news is probably good news, in this case. It's possible that Fox is waiting to see how people respond to tonight's pitch for season five's storyline — in which case that's all the more reason to convince any friends who you suspect might have a Nielsen box or whatever to watch.

I'm not going to give any spoilers here — just know that tonight's episode turns the show's mythology on its side, in a way that actually works for the most part. And John Noble is given free rein to steal the show as much as he wants, which is usually a formula for greatness. If you want more spoilers, we posted some clips in morning spoilers today.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Now real: 'Doctor Who' sonic screwdriver, 'Star Trek' tricorder

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57418142-1/now-real-doctor-who-sonic-screwdriver-star-trek-tricorder/

DARPA releases cause of hypersonic glider anomaly

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/D9U8R6U00.htm

How Humans Grew Fruitful by Devouring Meat

http://www.livescience.com/19770-meat-eating-humans-weaning.html

Dark matter search turns up empty

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/340170/title/Dark_matter_search_turns_up_empty

What The Heck is Metallic Glass?

 http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2012/04/20/what-the-heck-is-metallic-glass/


"To scientists, a glass is any material that can be cooled from a liquid to a solid without crystallizing. Most metals do crystallize as they cool, arranging their atoms into a highly regular spatial pattern called a lattice. But if crystallization does not occur, and the atoms settle into a nearly random arrangement, the final form is a metallic glass."

Infected Mac network may be expanding, not shrinking

Infected Mac network may be expanding, not shrinking

Diablo III out for open beta this weekend

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/diablo-iii-out-for-open-beta-this-weekend/2012/04/20/gIQAOZaQWT_story.html

$1 Million in Dues Stolen from Cops

$1 Million in Dues Stolen from Cops

From the Chicago Tribune:
The former head of the Chicago Police Sergeants Association pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $1 million from the sergeants union to fund a lavish lifestyle that prosecutors said included gambling trips, steak dinners and a down payment on a home on the city’s Northwest Side.
Sgt. John Pallohusky, 56, made a blind plea, which means he doesn’t have any deal with prosecutors.
During a court hearing Tuesday at which Cannon tersely ordered Pallohusky to spit out his gum, defense attorney Rick Beuke said his client has enough in assets to pay back $1.1 million in restitution.
Pallohusky also still faces charges of official misconduct, money laundering and another theft charge, all tied to the same 2009 arrest, assistant state’s attorney LuAnn Snow and Bill Conway said.
Pallohusky has been suspended without pay from the Chicago Police Department and relieved of all police powers, according to police spokeswoman Melissa Stratton.

Another Gov't Spending Scandal: NOAA's $300k "Love Boat"

Another Gov't Spending Scandal: NOAA's $300k "Love Boat"

News - MADE IN DC: Obama’s Deficit-Expanding 2013 Budget to Devastate Economic Recovery

News - MADE IN DC: Obama’s Deficit-Expanding 2013 Budget to Devastate Economic Recovery

CNN Chart Disproves CNN Claim About Cost Of Social Security | Media Matters for America

CNN Chart Disproves CNN Claim About Cost Of Social Security | Media Matters for America

CNN Money published an article today on Social Security and Medicare that, as is characteristic of mainstream reporting on these programs, misinforms readers about the country's long-term fiscal picture. Fortunately, the misinformation can be easily debunked -- in part, by looking at the chart CNN used with the article.
The very first sentence of the CNN Money article:
Critical to reining in the United States' long-term debt will be finding ways to control the burgeoning costs of Medicare and Social Security, both of which will face serious funding shortfalls over the next two decades.
But immediately above this sentence, CNN Money was kind enough to include this chart:

The chart shows that "entitlements' growing share of [the] economy" is really just Medicare's growing share of the economy -- and higher spending on Medicare is a result of rising health care costs. Social Security costs are not "burgeoning," and to claim that they are does a disservice to CNN's readers.
This is one of the most common and pernicious pieces of misinformation surrounding Social Security, the nearly universal social insurance program that keeps 20 million Americans out of poverty. The CNN Money article conflates spending on Social Security and Medicare, asserting that it is "[c]ritical" for the costs of both programs to be "control[led]" if the U.S. is to overcome its long-term debt challenges. This is false.
The truth about long-term Social Security costs is that they are projected to rise slightly in the coming decades, stabilizing at just over 6 percent of GDP for the next 75 years. There is no legitimate reason to conflate Social Security and Medicare when talking about spending and debt.
The article closes by saying that "one thing is certain" -- that the political debate surrounding soon-to-be released reports on the financial status Social Security and Medicare "will likely spawn more of a rhetorical firestorm than a serious bipartisan debate." CNN Money, along with the most of the mainstream media, seems intent on making that prediction a reality.

New Hampshire Watchdog » NH Stimulus- $985 million for 845 jobs » Print

New Hampshire Watchdog » NH Stimulus- $985 million for 845 jobs » Print

(CONCORD) New Hampshire has been awarded over $1.1 million in stimulus funds for every full-time job funded under the three-year old federal spending program, according to state and federal reports. The influx of federal cash also led to the creation of 56 full-time and 26 part-time positions within New Hampshire government.
[1]According to the federal stimulus reporting website, Recovery.org [2], New Hampshire has been awarded more than $985.7 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), of which $766.5 million had been received as of December 31, 2011. According to quarterly report submitted by project recipients, ARRA has funded enough hours to fill just 845 full-time jobs since the bill’s passage.
The Obama Administration predicted that the stimulus package would “create or save” 16,000 jobs in New Hampshire alone, but soon had to abandon that metric. Most of New Hampshire’s stimulus funds went to jobs that were already filled and unlikely to go away. The largest block of jobs funded in New Hampshire first quarterly report in 2009 were for education grants to local school districts that replaced state funds. New Hampshire used that federal money to help balance a growing budget deficit, but did not create or save any jobs with it.
The Obama Administration soon abandoned tracking the number of jobs “created or saved”, and instead reported the number of jobs funded by the stimulus, dividing the hours paid for with federal funds by the number of hours and weeks that ARRA had been in effect. Since many of the jobs funded under the program are no longer receiving funds or no longer exist, the number of jobs funded in New Hampshire has plummeted. The New Hampshire Office of Economic Stimulus reported that 3,522 jobs were funded in the third quarter of 2009. But over the life of the program, ARRA has paid for just 845.6 full-time jobs.
ARRA funding for the New Hampshire Office of Economic Stimulus expired last year, and Director Chris Clement has taken over the state Department of Transportation. But a report given to the Legislative Fiscal Committee last week tracks the number of temporary state positions created under the stimulus. According to the report, the state created 56 temporary full-time positions and 22 temporary part-time positions, most of which were in Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010. The report finds no new state positions created in FY2012 or so far in FY13.

» Climate Alarmist Calls For Burning Down Skeptics’ Homes Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

» Climate Alarmist Calls For Burning Down Skeptics’ Homes Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!: Comparing climate change skeptics to residents in Tennessee who refused to pay a $75 fee, resulting in firemen sitting back and watching their houses burn down, Zwick rants that anyone who actively questions global warming propaganda should face the same treatment.

Obama Admin Seeks Gitmo Release of Terrorist who Killed US Soldier

Obama Admin Seeks Gitmo Release of Terrorist who Killed US Soldier

Occupiers Use Children as Human Shields--Again

Occupiers Use Children as Human Shields--Again

Are we set to get Fringe season 5? - Den of Geek

Are we set to get Fringe season 5? - Den of Geek: It's also heading there without pandering or dumbing down, making it one of the most interesting genre shows in recent times as a result.

In keeping with the mysteries of the show, it was revealed last week that two different endings for season four have been shot, and there’s a sense being conveyed in interviews that the storyline itself it being wrapped up, or at least being left in a position where it wouldn’t feel unnatural to end the show.

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Windows RT: Are You Prepared? - Computing - Blog - Computing - CompTIA IT Pro Community

Windows RT: Are You Prepared? - Computing - Blog - Computing - CompTIA IT Pro Community: In case you haven't heard, Microsoft will release a new OS version named Windows RT. It will be available with Windows 8 later this year, and I think it's worth getting excited about. Here are the highlights:

Designed for touch screen applications and saving battery life.
Stands for "Windows Run Time."
Pre-installed by OEMs on new PCs and tablets.
Runs on ARM processors (used for the majority of tablets and smart phones).
Upgrades are not available for existing Windows systems.
Based on the thin-client concept.
Services will focus on cloud and web-enabled applications.
Touch-based version of Office will be pre-installed (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote).
Probably will not replace Windows 7 Phone. See article Windows 8 Phone "Apollo" Should Be Windows RT.

O'Reilly: 'Obama Doesn't Understand Economics, Doesn't Live In The Real World' - Bill O'Reilly - Fox Nation

O'Reilly: 'Obama Doesn't Understand Economics, Doesn't Live In The Real World' - Bill O'Reilly - Fox Nation

Interesting sound bite. Number one, Mr. Obama is responding to criticism from this program and other places that he is a social justice guy who wants government to somewhat control individual outcomes. The President denies that but there is no question that his administration has embraced the entitlement culture spending trillions of taxpayer dollars on it.

Now, what Mr. Obama said about Abraham Lincoln is also very interesting. We should do together what we cannot do as well on our own. Ok. What did Mr. Lincoln actually mean by that? Let's take slavery, for example. No American could defeat that on his or her own. We had to fight a war for emancipation. Americans in the north had to band together to defeat pro-slavery forces. That's a legitimate function of the federal government. Is it not? Of course it is.

Now, I believe President Obama would say that a just society is what Abraham Lincoln stood for. And that's true. But collective justice is far different than individual justice. All of us get hosed in life. Nobody escapes unharmed. The federal government can't alter that reality. We will pay for our mistakes and for the bad things people do to us.

What President Obama does not seem to understand but Abraham Lincoln did is the limitations of the bureaucracy. If the President continues spending the way he has in the past, he'll bankrupt the country. Is that justice for all? Economic chaos is not far away. And that is what this year's presidential election will be about.

Unlike some of you, I believe Mr. Obama is a sincere man. But I do not believe he understands economics. And I don't think he lives in the real world. But he should. He should.

For years Barack Obama worked on the south side of Chicago. He saw millions of dollars poured into that neighborhood. And he saw the money did very little to improve the lives of the people there.

In fact, the south side of Chicago is worse now than it's ever been. But President Obama has his story and he is sticking to it. But Abraham Lincoln's story, that's another matter.

Weasel Zippers » Blog Archive » Kuwait: New Law Mandates Death Penalty For Anyone Who Insults Islam…

Weasel Zippers » Blog Archive » Kuwait: New Law Mandates Death Penalty For Anyone Who Insults Islam…: CAIRO: Regional human rights organizations expressed concern over Kuwait’s recently passed law that mandates the death penalty to anyone who criticizes God or Islam’s prophet Mohammed or his wives. The Kuwaiti National Assembly passed the law last Thursday, April 12, confirming the capital punishment to those insulting or criticizing God, the prophet or any of his wives, specially from the Muslim community in the country. A number of assembly members asked for consultation with the Ministry of Justice and Muslim scholars over the law first, before implementing it.

“This law pulls freedom of opinion and expression a hundred steps back in Kuwait, as it will restrict freedom of expression significantly, and will make all citizens threatened with death, based on their opinions and what they write, as on the other hand the law can be used by authorities to get rid of opponents, as it’s a vague expansion of the use of the words, such as daring or abuse,” said the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) on Thursday.

Zimmerman head photo bloodies those who politicized the case

Zimmerman head photo bloodies those who politicized the case

Twitter / @mjbanks: Now do you believe me that ...

Twitter / @mjbanks: Now do you believe me that ...: Now do you believe me that she's insane? RT Pelosi: Amend the First Amendment (VIDEO)  http://t.co/JnizfKBP

Coulter: Black Americans Should Arm Themselves - Ann Coulter - Fox Nation

Coulter: Black Americans Should Arm Themselves - Ann Coulter - Fox Nation

WSJ: Fed Buying 61 Percent of US Debt

WSJ: Fed Buying 61 Percent of US Debt: Fed intervention in the government debt market makes demand for Treasury bonds appear higher than it really is, as foreign creditors and other investors have fled U.S. government debt instruments and are looking elsewhere until the government makes serious attempts to curb spending and narrow its gaping deficits.

Barack Obama's re-election bid is already in deep trouble - Mail Online - Toby Harnden's blog

Barack Obama's re-election bid is already in deep trouble - Mail Online - Toby Harnden's blog: Newt Gingrich may not have got the memo but the battle for the Republican nomination is over. Some in the Romney campaign were hoping for a February end but others were fearing it would go on until June and a small number of Republicans even predicted a convention fight in August.

All in all, April is not a bad result for Mitt Romney - long enough to test him, short enough to allow him to focus solely on the general for the final six months.

Despite the very recent and ugly and negative primaries, Romney's struggle with conservatives and the relative difficulty he had in overcoming a lacklustre field, Republicans - who tend to fall in line more readily than Democrats - are already uniting behind him.

Moe Lane » Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D, MT): having a polygamous family history is bad! …if you’re a Republican.

Moe Lane » Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D, MT): having a polygamous family history is bad! …if you’re a Republican.: Via Hot Air comes this… I’m not sure what it is, besides pathetic. Anyway, Brian Schweitzer is apparently reveling in the curious freedom of being term-limited as the (Democratic) Governor of Montana; he decided to give The Daily Beast an earful, and I’m not entirely certain that Schweitzer has realized yet just how badly he stepped in it. Certainly badly enough that if he was hoping for a Senate gig in ’14, he should probably… stop hoping for that.

The Daily Beast contacted the office of Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today to talk about whether his state would be in play in the 2012 presidential election. About a half hour later, the governor called back, and he had a lot to say. He didn’t think that Montana would be a swing state, but the Democrat did say that Mitt Romney could have issues nationally because his father was “born on a polygamy commune in Mexico.”

Eugene Robinson: Crazy Right Wing Talk Is Different From Crazy Left Wing Talk : Stop The ACLU

Eugene Robinson: Crazy Right Wing Talk Is Different From Crazy Left Wing Talk : Stop The ACLU: Have you ever noticed that when Progressives talk about some subject, there is always some sort of exclusionary point? The want higher taxes, but, not for themselves. They want globull warming laws, but, not for themselves. They want national health care, but not for unions and other left wing groups and companies.

Steve Forbes Warns of New Obama Recession if Re-Elected

Steve Forbes Warns of New Obama Recession if Re-Elected: Forbes explains why he is backing Mourdock: “I think that Richard Mourdock brings a kind of perspective you need today, a kind of dynamism. I think he earned the gratitude of the nation when he tried to uphold a thing called the rule of law when Obama put in his imposition of a bailout on Chrysler and General Motors. He tore up the rule of law. He tore up precedent in bankruptcy. That’s what you do in Argentina, not the United States of America. He resisted.

“Unfortunately the courts did not have the backbone to stop this usurpation of the rule of law. But since then, because of his efforts and the efforts of others, the atmosphere’s changed dramatically where the challenge to Obamacare is now treated with a seriousness that would have been inconceivable two years ago.

Rush: Obamacare Is Leftist Power Grab to Rewrite Constitution

Rush: Obamacare Is Leftist Power Grab to Rewrite Constitution: “They believe the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. In their mind, what that means is the Constitution’s problem and the deficiencies in the Constitution are that nowhere does it describe what government can do. The Constitution is a document which specifically and purposefully limits the federal government. That’s why it was written — to avoid massive takeover of the federal government.”

While the White House Wastes Time on Gimmicks, GOP Takes Action to Address Gas Prices & Create Jobs | Speaker of the House John Boehner | speaker.gov

While the White House Wastes Time on Gimmicks, GOP Takes Action to Address Gas Prices & Create Jobs | Speaker of the House John Boehner | speaker.gov
While the White House Wastes Time on Gimmicks, GOP Takes Action to Address Gas Prices & Create Jobs
Posted by Katie Boyd on April 20, 2012
More than two-thirds of American families are facing financial hardship on account of President Obama’s failed energy policies that have driven up the price of everything from gas to groceries, according to a recent CBS News/New York Times survey.  While President Obama recycled a tired gimmick this week that will do nothing to address high gas prices (and could even make them worse), House Republicans continued taking action under the American Energy Initiative to unlock America’s resources, create jobs and ease the pain at the pump and the checkout line.  Here’s how:
  • PASSED KEYSTONE PIPELINE APPROVAL WITH VETO-PROOF MAJORITY.  In an overwhelming 293 – 127 vote on Wednesday, the House thwarted President Obama’s veto threat and passed legislation requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.  As Speaker Boehner said after the vote, “With a veto-proof majority in the House supporting Keystone, the president is becoming increasingly isolated in his opposition to this job-creating energy project.”
  • ADVANCED TWO MORE AMERICAN ENERGY INITIATIVE BILLS.   On Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power approved two more American Energy Initiative bills that will help address gas prices.  The Gasoline Regulations Act continues House Republicans’ effort to prevent excessive red tape from choking off small business growth and driving up gas prices, key tenets of the Republican jobs plan.  The Strategic Energy Production Act will require the president to increase energy production on federal lands – which is down an average of 14 percent for oil and 11 percent for gas – if he once again chooses political expedience over America’s security and taps the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. 
  • INTRODUCED THREE MORE BILLS TO BOOST ONSHORE AMERICAN ENERGY PRODUCTION.   On Wednesday the House Natural Resources Committee unveiled three new American Energy Initiative bills that “would streamline government hurdles and regulations that block and delay development of our onshore renewable, oil and natural gas resources,” according to the committee.  The committee will hold a hearing on these bills, and several others, next week.  
Under the framework of the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators, House Republicans have sent nearly 30 jobs and energy bills to the Democratic-controlled Senate where they continue awaiting action.  In remarks earlier this week, Speaker Boehner challenged President Obama to set aside the gimmicks and campaigning, and work with Congress to help get these bills enacted and provide some measure of relief to the families and small business that desperately need it.  The president says he supports Republicans’ all-of-the-above energy policy, it’s time he shows the American people his support is more than just words by calling on Senate Democrats to act.  Follow the progress of the American Energy Initiative by “liking” it on Facebook, and learn more about the Republican jobs plan at jobs.gop.gov
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Just ‘jump’ over debt—Frank J. Fleming - NYPOST.com

Just ‘jump’ over debt—Frank J. Fleming - NYPOST.com: Well, the economy hasn’t been soaring, but that’s the private sector’s problem. The government has grown greatly — all thanks to not having a budget. No longer weighed down by the foolishness of limiting how much money we can spend, we’ve picked up speed and are ready to make that daring jump.

Fringe - Fight The Future - Friday Apr 20th

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Issa seizes spotlight on GSA’s $822K scandal - TheHill.com

Issa seizes spotlight on GSA’s $822K scandal - TheHill.com: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is aggressively grabbing the spotlight in the controversy surrounding the General Services Administration (GSA).

In between releasing damning GSA videos on YouTube and blasting the Obama administration on the cable-news circuit, Issa locked down the first shot at grilling White House officials over the agency’s spending as he announced his powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearing next Monday.

The assertive approach, however, is not without risk for Issa.

The media-savvy lawmaker has become known as Obama’s chief antagonist by elbowing his way into hot-button political issues over his past 15 months as chairman. But along the way, Issa has ruffled the feathers of his GOP colleagues, who are also eager for the limelight but don’t have his nearly 80 staff members.

Modern law of extreme situations: Every callous man for himself - English pravda.ru

Modern law of extreme situations: Every callous man for himself - English pravda.ru: The motto of modern day youth: "Every man for himself." The generation which is growing up in an era of chaos, has become extremely callous towards events which take place. To be callous means to be indifferent, heartless. You can find the word "indifferent" in an internet dictionary and view an article in which its used: on Nihilism, dementia (the weakening of the mind), Liberalism, Egoism...

Study: Walking speed appears to predict longevity in seniors - USATODAY.com

Study: Walking speed appears to predict longevity in seniors - USATODAY.com: Want to know how long you or your aging parents will live? One simple indicator of well-being and longevity among older people is their walking speed, new research shows.

In an analysis of nine studies involving more than 34,000 people age 65 and older, faster walking speeds were associated with living longer: Predicted years of remaining life for each age and both sexes increased as gait-speed increased, with the most significant gains after age 75.

GSA Heads Slammed During Congressional Hearing - chicagotribune.com

GSA Heads Slammed During Congressional Hearing - chicagotribune.com: "There is frustration just steaming out of our ears," Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said. "And for the President of the United States to look the American people in the eye and say 'Well, we've got a pay freeze in place,' while you're giving bonuses and going on trips is totally unacceptable."

Mandate a lose-lose issue for Obama? - POLITICO.com Print View

Mandate a lose-lose issue for Obama? - POLITICO.com Print View

Ann Romney: Effective political weapon - English pravda.ru

Ann Romney: Effective political weapon - English pravda.ru: She is a 63-year-old grandmother known as "Mamie," a former stay-at-home mother of five boys, and the cookie-baking wife of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. But do not be fooled: Republicans and Democrats alike see Ann Romney as an effective political weapon.

Medieval government

Medieval government


At the head of English government stood the king. The machinery of government existed in order to put his decisions and policies into practice.
bullet The king's ministers were just that - servants who ministered to his will.
 
Central government
Household:
Law Courts:
Military:
Chamberlain Chancellor
Treasurer
Keeper of the Privy Seal
Lord High Steward
Wardrobe



Local government
 


Particular Jurisdictions
 

Investors See Inflation in U.S. at 3-Year High, JPMorgan Survey

Investors See Inflation in U.S. at 3-Year High, JPMorgan Survey

Joe Barton: Obama Must Stay Out of Oil Markets

Joe Barton: Obama Must Stay Out of Oil Markets: Obama, in a move designed to blunt a major election year issue, called for more oversight and regulation of commodity traders and stiffer civil and criminal penalties, raising the penalty for a violation from $1 million to $10 million a day.

Metis - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Metis - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Suggestions for Healing from Mind Control | The Paradigm Salon

Suggestions for Healing from Mind Control | The Paradigm Salon: You may also be encouraged to take pharmaceuticals if they try to pass you off to a psychiatrist. Avoid that if you can! Psychiatrists have bought into a system that was at the very heart of mind control in the first place. One of the worst perpetrators, Ewen Cameron, was the President of both the American Psychiatric Institute and the World Psychiatric Institute, and neither of those organizations have disclaimed him.

Obama Planning More Campaign Attacks on Supreme Court Conservatives

Obama Planning More Campaign Attacks on Supreme Court Conservatives

The $5 Trillion Man: Debt Has Increased Under Obama by $5,027,761,476,484.56 | CNSNews.com

The $5 Trillion Man: Debt Has Increased Under Obama by $5,027,761,476,484.56 | CNSNews.com

A Return to Common Sense » Blog Archive » Were the Founders Wrong? Obama and Progressives Really Don’t Like Our Constitution!

A Return to Common Sense » Blog Archive » Were the Founders Wrong? Obama and Progressives Really Don’t Like Our Constitution!

US economy adds 120G jobs, jobless rate at 8.2 percent | Fox News

US economy adds 120G jobs, jobless rate at 8.2 percent | Fox News: The Labor Department says the economy added 120,000 jobs in March, down from more than 200,000 in each of the previous three months.

The unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent, the lowest since January 2009. The rate dropped because fewer people searched for jobs. The official unemployment tally only includes those seeking work.

Twitter / @snarkninja: Once you turn into a screa ...

Twitter / @snarkninja: Once you turn into a screa ...: Once you turn into a screaming irrational asshole, you've already lost the argument.

To Stop the VAT – Cut Federal Spending | FreedomWorks

To Stop the VAT – Cut Federal Spending | FreedomWorks: o Stop the VAT – Cut Federal Spending

The greatest threat to democracy and freedom in America is our enormous and growing debt. Government debt has destroyed a multitude of powerful societies – Spain, Holland, France, Ottoman and others just since the 16th Century.

Over a year ago, Glenn Hubbard, former chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers for George W. Bush, said, "We must change how we conduct our politics and economics...or we will inevitably go the way of all once-great nations and suffer an irreversible decline."

IN FLAMES DYSFUNCTIONAL HOURS LYRICS

IN FLAMES DYSFUNCTIONAL HOURS LYRICS

Welcome to the boiling point,
You've got a lot to fucking learn.
Experience by dysfunctional hours,
I've seized my apparent.

In progress of getting nowhere,
I catch a glimpse of prosperity.

And I've got this feeling that eats me up inside
I was told to believe in but all I do is hide
So I lose the fight like so many times before
This feeling, eats me up inside

In the valley of the compressed
there's no room for errors
Fighting me, the negative, the less I see
room for the nothingness
Need, something to, build on
but I find nothing at all.

And I've got this feeling that eats me up inside
I was told to believe in but all I do is hide
So I lose the fight like so many times before
This feeling, eats me up inside

Whatever is hiding in the dark,
come forward, show yourself,
I need, to make up the consequence
You've got, what I need.

And I've got this feeling that eats me up inside
I was told to believe in but all I do is hide
So I lose the fight like so many times before
This feeling, eats me up inside 

Democrats punt on Senate budget bill for third year - Washington Times

Democrats punt on Senate budget bill for third year - Washington Times: In a stunning backtrack that virtually guarantees Congress for the third year will be unable to produce a budget, Senate Democrats' top budget writer Tuesday canceled this week's expected votes on a 2013 fiscal blueprint.

Instead, Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, said he will use the next few months to try to breathe life into the shelved 2-year-old Bowles-Simpson deficit commission proposal.

Mr. Conrad said he wasn't going to be able to reach a bipartisan agreement on a budget plan and he decided instead to try to kick-start a longer-term debate.

Twitter / @holysmoke: Hardly a story that greedy ...

Twitter / @holysmoke: Hardly a story that greedy ...: Hardly a story that greedy opportunist Lib Dems don't pay their interns.

Warner Bros. TV Group chief wants better ratings system - latimes.com

Warner Bros. TV Group chief wants better ratings system - latimes.com: LAS VEGAS — Warner Bros. Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum said it is crucial that Nielsen come up with better ways to measure who is watching television.

"This is our bread and butter," Rosenblum said during in a session at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention here. The TV industry, he suggested, needs a more "efficient and effective measurement of all the places content is being watched."

Obama Ruins Kid’s Day | Washington Free Beacon

Obama Ruins Kid’s Day | Washington Free Beacon: Ex-astronaut's advice to child: 'Study Russian'

FRINGE - 419 Title Sequence

Austrian village considers a F**king name change • The Register

Austrian village considers a F**king name change • The Register: An Austrian village with an amusingly obscene name has decided to throw in the towel and vote on whether to change it.

The 100 odd residents of Fucking, in Upper Austria, are to vote this week on whether to change their hamlet's name to something less attractive to English-speaking visitors, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Obamateurism of the Day « Hot Air

Obamateurism of the Day « Hot Air: "And in terms of the Maldives [sic] or the Falklands, whatever your preferred term, our position on this is that we are going to remain neutral. We have good relations with both Argentina and Great Britain, and we are looking forward to them being able to continue to dialogue on this issue. But this is not something that we typically intervene in."

First, the Maldives are on the other side of the globe from the Falklands; they’re in the Indian Ocean. The term Obama wanted — and the one provided by the reporter in the press conference in the question — was Islas Malvinas, the name Argentina calls the British islands in the south Atlantic. Furthermore, the US doesn’t recognize them as the Malvinas; throughout the State Department website, the terms Falklands or Falkland Islands are used, occasionally with Malvinas in parentheses.

Police: Man strips naked at Oregon airport in TSA protest - CNN.com

Police: Man strips naked at Oregon airport in TSA protest - CNN.com

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

(4) The President's...

(4) The President's...: The President's stagnant economy & failed policies remain the #1 threat to American workers, and spreading falsehoods about our budget isn't going to put a single American back to work. His claims cannot be sourced to any of our budget's proposals, and his assumptions about our budget's approach to job training are flatly contradicted by the clearly stated, specific solutions we advance to replace the President's failed approach with accountable career scholarships targeted to those who need them the most. Regrettably, the President continues to distort the truth in order to distract from his broken promises and failed record.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH LYRICS - The Way Of The Fist

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH LYRICS - The Way Of The Fist 

"The Way Of The Fist"

Break this shit down!
Zoltan, open the sky!

[V1:]
You want it, you got it
Everything you needed and more
You said it, I heard it
Careful what you wish for
Deleted, defeated everything you've ever been
No mercy, it's the way of the fist

[Pre-Chorus:]
Strapped with rage, got no patience for victims
Sick and tired of the whole fuckin' world

[Chorus:]
I don't remember asking you about your imperfections
You might win one battle
But know this, I'll win the fucking war!

End of the goddamn road! (Right!)

Step to me, step to me motherfucker
Zip your lip, you've run out of time
Step to me, step to me motherfucker
Talk the talk, now walk the damn line

[V2:]
Deserve it, you earned it, got yourself a fuckin' war
Believe it, you need it, face down on the fuckin' floor
I hate it, can't take it
Wanna break your fuckin' bones
No mercy, you faggot
Should've left it all alone

[Pre-Chorus:]
Strapped with rage, got no patience for victims
Sick and tired of the whole fuckin' world

[Chorus:]
I don't remember asking you about your imperfections
You might win one battle
But know this, I'll win the fucking war!

As you crash and burn
1, 2, fuck you! (Right!)

Step to me, step to me motherfucker
Zip your lip, you've run out of time
Step to me, step to me motherfucker
Talk the talk, now walk the damn line!
Step to me, step to me motherfucker
Shut your face, it's your turn to die
Step to me, step to me anybody
Talk the shit, your ass is mine!

[Chorus:]
I don't remember asking you about your imperfections
You might win one battle
But know this, I'll win the fucking war!

Taxmageddon coming? Answer could cost Americans $500 billion | Fox News

Taxmageddon coming? Answer could cost Americans $500 billion | Fox News: At the end of the year, some $500 billion in tax breaks expire all at once, hitting American households with an average tax increase of $3,800 dollars -- if Congress doesn't act.

Weasel Zippers » Blog Archive » Sarah Palin: Dear America, Our Orwellian President Fails on Energy

Weasel Zippers » Blog Archive » Sarah Palin: Dear America, Our Orwellian President Fails on Energy: Dear America, Our Orwellian President Fails on Energy
by Sarah Palin

Horror… To Ease Gas Prices Barack Obama Moves to Control Oil Industry | The Gateway Pundit

Horror… To Ease Gas Prices Barack Obama Moves to Control Oil Industry | The Gateway Pundit: Under pressure to take action on rising gasoline prices, President Obama wants Congress to strengthen federal supervision of oil markets, increase penalties for market manipulation and empower regulators to increase the amount of money energy traders are required to put behind their transactions.

The White House plan, which Obama was to unveil Tuesday, is more likely to draw sharp election-year distinctions with Republicans than have an immediate effect on prices at the pump. The measures seek to boost spending for Wall Street enforcement at a time when congressional Republicans are seeking to limit the reach of federal financial regulations.

Obama plans to spell out his $52 million proposal Tuesday at the White House, where he will be joined by Attorney General Eric Holder.

REPUBLICANS LEAD IN ALL FOUR SENATE RECALLS IN WISCONSIN

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Twitter / @Karen4Congress: To Follow/Support My Campa ...

Twitter / @Karen4Congress: To Follow/Support My Campa ...: To Follow/Support My Campaign To *DEFEAT* #debbiewassermanschultz Visit: KarenforCongress.com FIREDEBBIE.COM #fltcot #teaparty

Studies - Resources - Joint Economic Committee Republicans

Studies - Resources - Joint Economic Committee Republicans: There are many reasons Americans dislike Obamacare: its tremendous and rising costs, which CBO recently revealed to have risen by $51 billion since just last year; the Administration’s unprecedented mandate that all employers, even religious schools and hospitals, pay for employees’ abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception; and tens of millions of employees soon to be wondering what happened to President Obama’s promise that, “if you like your insurance, you can keep it.”

With the April 15th tax deadline just past and individuals and businesses freshly reminded of the $2.3 trillion they paid in federal taxes in 2011, Obamacare will unload an additional $4 trillion in new taxes onto the economy between now and 2035.

“The standard of living of the average American continues to fall.” | 1913 Intel

“The standard of living of the average American continues to fall.” | 1913 Intel: “The standard of living of the average American continues to fall.”

The reason, in a word: debt. Lacy explains what happens:

“Efforts by fiscal and monetary authorities to sustain growth by further debt accumulation may produce some short-term benefit. Sadly, these interludes fade quickly as the debt becomes more destabilizing. The net result of increased indebtedness then becomes the opposite of what policymakers intend when they promote economic growth by either borrowing funds for increased government expenditures or encourage consumers to borrow with artificial and temporary incentives.”

In other words, you can’t get to real, sustained growth of an economy by growing debt after a certain point –one that, sadly, we have already reached.

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Federal Workers Make Nearly Twice Private Sector Compensation

Federal Workers Make Nearly Twice Private Sector Compensation: In their new book, Debacle: Obama's War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future, Grover Norquist and John Lott, Jr. explain just how bloated the pay and benefits of government workers have become.

Grover G. Norquist: Trickle-Down Taxation - WSJ.com

Grover G. Norquist: Trickle-Down Taxation - WSJ.com

In his 1984 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Walter Mondale announced that if elected president he would raise taxes. He lost the electoral college 525 to 13, carrying only the District of Columbia and his home state of Minnesota.
Since then the two Democrats who won the presidency have promised that to pay for larger government they would only raise taxes on "the rich." Bill Clinton defined the rich as the top 2% of income earners.
In Sept. 2008, candidate Barack Obama said: "I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

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Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist on how taxes intended to soak the rich inevitably hit the middle class.
In the 2012 election year, President Obama again promises to only target individuals earning more than $250,000—but his public statements on raising taxes focus on those earning more than $1 million a year. In theory this could be a compelling argument.
Yet the GOP congressional landslides in 1994 and 2010 and Barack Obama's current low approval ratings suggest that American voters have figured out that politicians are once again practicing "trickle-down taxation." They're getting elected by promising to tax only the rich and then extending new and higher taxes to the middle class.
During the 2011 debate on combining tax hikes and spending to reduce the deficit by $2.5 trillion, Scott Rasmussen's polling found that 75% of Americans were convinced that any deal in Congress would actually increase taxes on the middle class.
Associated Press
Each of the featured presidents promised taxes on the rich but hit the middle class. Above, President Taft
Even with the president promising to tax only the rich, why did 75% of Americans believe they were the ultimate targets of any threatened tax hike? The history of trickle-down taxation over the last 100 years and the last two Democratic administrations suggests an answer.
The Alternative Minimum Tax was imposed in 1969 because 115 households investing in municipal bonds reportedly paid little or no federal income tax. This tax on the rich who were paying what the president and others call a "fair share" now affects four million households. On Jan. 1, 2013, it is set to hit 27 million more—raising an estimated $120 billion, according to the Obama 2013 budget. In 40 years, a tax on 115 households will have grown to threaten 31 million.
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President Clinton
The personal income tax, brought courtesy of the 16th Amendment, also promised to be a tax on the wealthiest Americans. It began in 1913 with a top rate of 7% and hit only those with a taxable income of $500,000 or more. (According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator, that would be $11.5 million now.) Today, roughly half of American families pay the personal income tax.
Politicians at the state level have also played trickle-down taxation. Maine imposed an income tax in 1969, and the tax that once only hit folks earning more than $308,000 in today's dollars now hits Mainers with a rate of 8.5% and kicks in at $19,950. Almost everyone in Maine is now "rich."
Associated Press
President Nixon
More recently, Bill Clinton's promise to tax only the top 2% lasted about six months before the administration demanded tax increases on every single American in the form of a tax on electricity and a tax on gasoline. Mr. Clinton then replaced those taxes with a gasoline-tax increase of 4.3 cents per gallon. Everyone who drove a car was suddenly, magically rich.
Associated Press
President Johnson
Barack Obama's promise to tax only the rich in the 2008 campaign had a shorter shelf life: He signed his first tax increase 16 days into the presidency—on cigarette smokers, a group whose average annual income is $40,000. One year later, ObamaCare imposed at least seven new or higher taxes that directly hit middle-income Americans—including the individual mandate excise tax, the "medicine cabinet tax" on health savings and flexible spending accounts, and even an indoor-tanning tax.
Yet when a proposal for higher taxes goes directly to the people, voters recognize trickle-down taxation for what it is. In Washington state—which has no income tax—voters were asked in November 2010 if they wanted to create an income tax, but one that would hit only individuals earning more than $200,000. They voted "no" to this virtual carbon copy of Mr. Obama's definition of the rich, and it was a landslide: 64% to 35%.
One other reason voters of all incomes may keep a firm grasp on their wallets is that Mr. Obama's proposed budget for the next decade calls for spending all money raised on his planned tax increases on the rich. Yet despite higher taxes on "them," it never, ever gets to balance. The president's budget increases the national debt by $6.7 trillion in a mere 10 years. So to actually balance the budget, Mr. Obama will be looking for $6.7 trillion (to start) to come out of the hide of . . . guess who.
It appears that American taxpayers have noticed this pattern of trickle-down taxation. Such tactics have a shelf life. There is a reason the Greeks did not conquer the rest of Asia Minor with the Trojan Horse trick that worked so well the first time.
Mr. Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform and co-author (with economist John Lott) of the new book "Debacle: Obama's War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future" (John Wiley & Sons, 2012).
A version of this article appeared April 17, 2012, on page A15 in some U.S. editions of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Trickle-Down Taxation.

O’Keefe Team Offered More Ballots

O’Keefe Team Offered More Ballots: In the aftermath of James O’Keefe’s shock video showing a young white man strolling into a polling place in Washington DC and promptly being offered Attorney General Eric Holder’s ballot, the District of Columbia Board of Elections acted … by condemning O’Keefe. Board chairwoman Deborah Nichols railed:

“I have directed our attorneys to conduct a thorough investigation and refer all evidence to law enforcement authorities for appropriate action. Our polling places are open to the media and observers who want to legally document our procedures for checking in voters. There is never any justification for disrupting the voting process with fraudulent activity. We will take any and all appropriate actions to ensure the integrity of our voting process and we will vigorously seek to hold anyone and everyone accountable for interference with that process to the fullest extent permitted by law.”

Bob Beckel Screams ‘F**k’ Live On Hannity, Refuses To Believe He Was On Air | Mediaite

Bob Beckel Screams ‘F**k’ Live On Hannity, Refuses To Believe He Was On Air | Mediaite: didn’t realize when the commercial break ended during tonight’s final segment of Hannity, caught in a heated off-camera argument with fellow panelist Jennifer Stefano. Off-air debates, we thus learned, are granted a much more colorful range of vocabulary than on-air debates, and as the cameras started rolling, the first words on national television were, “You don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.”

Marvin the Martian

Resist Tyranny: Dearbornistan: A sign of things to come?

Resist Tyranny: Dearbornistan: A sign of things to come?: Our support for freedom of speech also apparently makes us enemies of Islam. Muslim protests like those shown above are the norm in the Islamic world. Sharia law does not permit freedom of expression or association, as our Constitution guarantees.

Gallup Poll: Mitt Romney Is Shredding Obama Among The Most Crucial Voters | The Competent Conservative

Gallup Poll: Mitt Romney Is Shredding Obama Among The Most Crucial Voters | The Competent Conservative

Monday, April 16, 2012

Twitter / @keder: Now that the #BuffettRule ...

Twitter / @keder: Now that the #BuffettRule ...: Now that the #BuffettRule has been rejected, Warren Buffett should go to pay.gov to give what he THINKS he should pay in taxes.

Sen. Paul Statement on The Buffett Tax Hike Rand Paul | United States Senator

Sen. Paul Statement on The Buffett Tax Hike Rand Paul | United States Senator: WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul released the following statement today after the Senate voted 51-45 on a motion to proceed to S.2230, the Paying A Fair Share Act or the 'Buffett Tax':

"This week, Americans final tax bill for 2012 will be due. We will also celebrate 'Tax Freedom Day,' where Americans finally stop working to send money to Washington and start keeping some for themselves. That's why it's appalling that Senate Democrats chose today to show how out of touch with America they are by demanding a vote to increase taxes on our nation's job creators," Sen. Paul said.

"Surely our nation's tax system is broken and in dire need of reform. Yet, the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats' idea of reform is a Buffett Tax hike that has nothing to do with balancing our budget, lowering unemployment or simplifying the tax code - but everything to do with funding more reckless spending in Washington.

"If we are going to solve our nation's debt crisis, restore the struggling economy, and put people back to work we need the kind of reform in this country that simplifies the tax code and reduces the burden for everyone, instead of going in the opposite direction as the Obama Administration has shown in promoting this convoluted legislation."

Twitter / @exposeliberals: Before @BarackObama whines ...

Twitter / @exposeliberals: Before @BarackObama whines ...: Before @BarackObama whines about those evil rich people, he should explain why he dodged taxes with shelters on his 2011 returns #tcot

Spain vows 'forceful' response to Argentine oil move - FRANCE 24

Spain vows 'forceful' response to Argentine oil move - FRANCE 24: AFP - Spain denounced the "hostile" decision by Argentina to nationalise Spanish-owned oil company YPF, a subsidiary of Repsol, and warned Monday that it would take "clear and forceful measures" in response.

Argentina's decision had "broken the climate of friendship" between the two countries, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo told journalists, speaking after a crisis cabinet meeting called by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

The government strongly "condemns... the decision to expropriate" a controlling stake in the Repsol subsidiary, he added.

Occupy Oakland Gets Violent ... Again

Occupy Oakland Gets Violent ... Again

Texas Fully Funds Women's Health Program Without Planned Parenthood | LifeNews.com

Texas Fully Funds Women's Health Program Without Planned Parenthood | LifeNews.com: Abortion advocates complained the state of Texas would leave women high and dry without access to a women’s health program now that the state has decided to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Despite prohibiting it from participating in the legitimate medical program, Texas officials have found a way to fully fund the program to provide women with non-abortion reproductive health care at hundreds of other locations across the state. Billy Milwee, the state’s Medicaid director, discussed the funding in a recent town hall, according to KERA-News.

Fringe Spoilers: Do we already know how Fringe ends?

Fringe Spoilers: Do we already know how Fringe ends?

President Flip Flop: Barack Obama’s Broken Promises, Policy Reversals and Continuous Flip Flops | The Right Sphere

President Flip Flop: Barack Obama’s Broken Promises, Policy Reversals and Continuous Flip Flops | The Right Sphere

President Obama’s reelection campaign has accused Mitt Romney of being a flip-flopper that changes his positions all the time. In actuality, it is the President himself who has a history of doing just that. Here is an extensive list ofn President Obama’s flip-flops, hypocrisies and broken promises:

Running for President

The very first flip-flop that Obama committed since running for President is actually running for the office in 2008. Obama said in 2004 that he would not run for President in the next election. Based on what has happened in the last 3 years, this is one promise that most Americans would likely prefer he had kept.

Taxes & Spending

Adding Debt & Raising the Debt Ceiling

As a Senator, Obama opposed raising the debt ceiling, and said adding 4 trillion in was ”unpatriotic”. As President, he insisted the debt ceiling be raised and has added substantially more than 4 trillion to the debt.

Bush Tax Cuts

In 2008, Obama said that, as President, he would repeal the Bush tax cuts for the rich. In 2010, he extended those cuts.

Capital Gains Taxes

In 2008, Obama said that, as President, he would raise taxes on capital gains and dividends for higher-income taxpayers. He has not done so.

Raising Taxes

In 2008, Obama pledged that, ”no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes. My opponent can’t make that pledge.” However, he has raised taxes on tanning, cigarettes, and those who do not purchase health insurance (regardless of income).

Senior Income Tax

In 2008, Obama said that, as president, he would ”eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year”. He has not done so.

PAYGO

Shortlyafter entering office, Obama signed PAYGO legislation which demanded that all expenditures be paid for unless they are part of an emergency. Democrats in Congress started using the loophole to bypass the legislation almost immediately. Obama touted that a previous extension of unemployment benefits was fully paid for, but later blasted Republicans for not continuing to extend those benefits without paying for them.

Spending Freezes

In 2008, Obama derided spending freezes as ”using a hatchet where you need a scalpel” and ”unfair burden-sharing”. He said that, although it’s ”proposed periodically”, a spending freeze ”doesn’t happen”. In 2010, Obama announced support for a three-year federal spending freeze on discretionary spending not related to national security.

Earmarks

In 2008, Obama’s campaign said that, as President, he would reduce earmarks ”to less than $7.8 billion a year, the level they were at before 1994″. Earmarks for fiscal year 2010 were more than $15 billion.

Competitive Bidding on Earmarks

In 2008, Obama said that, as President, he would ”ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid”. He has not done so.

Tax Credits for Child Care

In 2008, Obama said that, as president, he would increase the tax credits for child care and dependent care, and make such credits refundable. He has not done so.

Killing NASA Program

“In August 2008, Senator Obama announced, as The Washington Post noted, “a detailed comprehensive space plan that includes $2 billion in new funding to reinvigorate NASA”.
But, as The Washington Post reported in March 2010, President Obama later shattered the dreams of the NASA community with a decision “to kill NASA’s Constellation program, crafted during the Bush administration with an ambitious goal of putting astronauts back on the moon by 2020.”

Foreign Policy

Iraq Timetable

Obama promised to end the war in Iraq and bring the all the troops home in 2009. He later changed his tune to say the withdrawal depends on conditions on the grounds and troops remained in Iraq past 2009.

Iraq Surge

Obama originally opposed the Iraq surge and claimed that extra troops would not do anything to quell sectarian violence. However, after the surge was clearly successful, Obama suggested that everyone knew the surge would decrease violence in Iraq.

Military Action without Congressional Approval

“President Obama has shown a striking lack of consistency with regard to the question of Congressional authorisation and the use of force. In a 2007 interview with The Boston Globe, then Senator Obama declared:
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.”
However, as President in March 2011, Barack Obama authorized military action against the Libyan regime without consulting Congress, a decision which drew heavy fire on Capitol Hill.”

Dropping Missile Defenses in Poland to appease Russia

“In his Prague speech in April 2009, President Obama pledged to move forward with the Bush-era plans for Third Site missile defences in Poland and the Czech Republic…
Just six months later however, the Obama administration surrendered to Russian demands, and dramatically dropped plans for Third Site.”
There has been speculation that Obama’s recent Hot-Mic comments  to Russia’s president about flexibility after the election signal further concessions in this area.

Israel

While giving a speech in front of the Pro-Israel group AIPAC in 2008, Obama proclaimed that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of Israel. However, a few days later his advisers were clarifying that he no longer believes that and the division of Jerusalem is actually an issue to be addressed in negotiations.
Obama repeated the same strategy in 2012 when he promised to “have Israel’s back” on Iran in his 2012 AIPAC speech and backtracked a few days later.

Letting Sudan off the hook for the Darfur genocide

In 2004, Senator Obama was a prominent supporter of a “humanitarian intervention” to halt state-sponsored mass killing in Darfur, declaring in a speech that ‘we cannot, in good conscience, stand by and let the genocide continue.’ He advocated tough UN sanctions against the brutal regime of Omar Hassan al-Bashir, which “should freeze the assets of the Sudanese government, its leaders and business affiliates; outlaw arms sales and transfers to Sudan; and prohibit the purchase of Chinese oil.”
However, as president, Obama dramatically changed his tune, extending the hand of friendship to Bashir, despite the fact the Sudanese government and its proxy Janjaweed Arab militias had butchered hundreds of thousands of people”.

Abandoning Mubarak in Egypt after calling him a “stalwart ally”

Big picture foreign policy strategy has not been a forté of this administration, as demonstrated by its inconsistent policy on Egypt and the Middle East. In an interview with the BBC’s Justin Webb in June 2009, when asked if he viewed President Mubarak as an authoritarian ruler, President Obama declared:
No, I tend not to use labels for folks. I haven’t met him; I’ve spoken to him on the phone. He has been a stalwart ally, in many respects, to the United States. He has sustained peace with Israel, which is a very difficult thing to do in that region, but he has never resorted to unnecessary demagoguing of the issue and has tried to maintain that relationship. So I think he has been a force for stability and good in the region.
20 months later, the White House emphatically called for Mubarak to go”.

Cuba Embargo

Obama opposed the embargo in 2004, but later supported it when speaking in front of a Cuban audience during his run for president. It is still in place today.

Recognizing Armenian Genocide

In 2008, Obama said he would recognize the Armenian Genocide once he is president. He has not done so.

Meeting with Iran Without Preconditions

Obama tried to distance himself from the position that he would meet with Iran without preconditions during the 2008 campaign by claiming there would be “preparations”, before returning to his original position.

Iran Threat

Obama has never had a consistent position on Iran, but one particular shift over a two day period in 2008 is the greatest example of Obama’s waffling on the issue. On one day Obama suggested that Iran does not “pose a serious threat to us”, but the very next day he was describing Iran as a “grave threat”.

Designating Revolutionary Guard as a Terrorist Group

In September 2007, Obama voted against the Kyl-Lieberman bill which would designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. Obama attacked Hillary Clinton for voting for the bill, but later claimed that he supported labeling the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. Obama explained his vote against the bill using a variety of different reasons at different times.

NAFTA

During the 2008 campaign Obama was very critical of NAFTA, but later referred to his own rhetoric as “overheated and amplified.”

Meeting with Chavez

While running for office, Obama stated that he would meet with Hugo Chavez and discuss his support for FARC on one day and then said governments supporting FARC should be isolated the next.

Annual “State of the World” Address

In 2008, Obama said that, as president, he would ”give an annual State of the World address to the American people in which I lay out our national security policy”. He has never given any such address.

Promised to Improve America’s Image

A key foreign policy theme of the Obama presidential election campaign was the notion that President Bush had damaged America’s image on the world stage, with his supposedly ‘cowboy’ policies. In the words of a campaign document, “Barack Obama and Joe Biden will restore America’s standing in the world by providing a new American leadership to meet the challenges of a new century”.
As President, however, Obama has done exactly the opposite, insulting key allies such as Great Britain, Israel and Poland, projecting weak leadership, and undermining the standing of the United States as the world’s only superpower. As I’ve noted before:
“No American president in modern times has invested less effort in maintaining US alliances than Barack Obama. Whether it is siding with Marxists in Honduras against pro-American forces, condemning Israel, throwing the Poles and Czechs under the bus, or trashing the Anglo-American Special Relationship, the Obama administration has gone out of its way to kick its allies in the teeth while kowtowing to America’s enemies. For a president who boasted in his election campaign of restoring America’s “standing” in the world, Obama has done a spectacularly bad job of preserving friendships with Washington’s closest friends.”

Energy

Gas Prices

Obama, along with many other leading Democrats, blamed George W. Bush for high gas prices when he was President. Yet now that prices have reached near record highs under his administration, Obama is claiming that he has no control of those prices. Furthermore, Obama has previously said he supports a gradual shift to higher gas prices, but now laughs off the claim that he is rooting for higher prices to reduce dependency.

Cap and Trade

In 2008, Obama said that, as president, he would “set a hard cap on all carbon emissions at a level that scientists say is necessary to curb global warming – an 80% reduction by 2050″. No cap and trade legislation has been passed.

Selling Oil from Strategic Reserve

In July 2007, Obama rejected selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which he said should be “reserved for a genuine emergency.” A month later, Obama said, “We should sell 70 million barrels of oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve for less expensive crude, which in the past has lowered gas prices within two weeks”, even though gas prices were higher in July 2007 than in August 2007.

Keystone XL

Obama touted the possibility of a pipeline during his 2008 campaign, but rejected rapid approval of the Keystone XL pipeline this year.

Nuclear Power

Obama told a group of Democratic Governors in June of 2008 that he was open to expanding nuclear power after having previously opposed it.

Immigration & Healthcare

Immigration Reform

In 2008, Obama said that, as President, he would introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislation in his first year. He did not. He has now made the same promise for the first year of his second term.

Health Care Mandate

Obama was against the individual mandate before it became a central part of his signature legislation.

Single Payer Health Care

In 2003, as an Illinois state senator, Obama said, ”I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program.” In 2009, Obama said, ”I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter.”

Keeping Your Insurance

Leading up to the passage of Obamacare, Obama promised Americans that they would be able to keep their current insurance plan if they like it. Further analysis by the CBO has revealed that Obamacare would cause many seniors to have their Medicare Advantage coverage cut in half and millions to be dropped from their employer-provided insurance.

Cost of Obamacare

Obama promised that he would “not sign [a healthcare bill] if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period.” Yet, a new analysis determines that his bill will add quite a bit to future deficits.

Insuring All Americans

Obama outlined three goals for his health care legislation. Lowering the cost curve and insuring all Americans were two of the three. It has now been determined that Obamacare will add to the deficit and 25 million Americans will remain uninsured.

Reconciliation

In 2010, Obama signed into law health care reform that was passed via reconciliation, contrary to his 2007 insistence that health care reform should not be passed by a bare ”50 plus one majority”, and his 2005 rejection of the ‘nuclear option’ in the Senate.

Televising Healthcare Negotiations

In 2008, Obama said, when it came to crafting health care reform, ”we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN.” Many crucial negotiations pertaining to health care reform were not televised.

Taxing Health Benefits

In 2008, Obama criticized his presidential opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), saying, ”for the first time in American history, he wants to tax your health benefits.” In 2010, Obama signed into law health care reform legislation that puts a 40% tax on some health insurance policies.

Importing Cheaper Drugs

In 2008, Obama said that, as President, his health care reform would allow Americans to import cheaper prescription drugs. The health care reform he signed into law does not allow this.

Cracking Down on Employers of Illegal Immigrants

Obama opposed cracking down on employers of illegal immigrants before running for President, but supported it during his run.

Defense

Closing Guantanamo

In 2008, Obama’s campaign said that, as president, he would ”close the detention facility at Guantanamo.” And, in January 2009, Obama signed an executive order calling for the Guantanamo Bay facility to be closed. It remains open.

Military tribunals for terror suspects

In the 2008 campaign, Obama said that, as president, he would end the use of military commissions with respect to terrorism suspects and detainees. However, they are still in use.

Rendition of Terror Suspects 

“In a 2007 Foreign Affairs article, Senator Obama gave a strong indication that he would end the Bush administration practice of rendition of terror suspects:
“To build a better, freer world, we must first behave in ways that reflect the decency and aspirations of the American people… This means ending the practices of shipping away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far-off countries, of detaining thousands without charge or trial, of maintaining a network of secret prisons to jail people beyond the reach of the law.”
But, as The New York Times reported in August 2009, the Obama administration’s Interrogation and Transfer Task Force announced that it would retain renditions, but with what The Times referred to as “more oversight.’”

Photos of Detainee Abuse

In April 2009, the Obama administration said it planned to release photos depicting abuse of detainees being held by the U.S. overseas. The administration then reversed its decision, and said it would resist court rulings demanding the release of such photos.

Patriot Act

Obama said he would repeal the Patriot Act in a 2003 questionnaire, but later voted to renew it in the Senate.

FISA

In 2007, Obama pleased liberal advocates by promising to filibuster any bill that gave amnesty to telecommunication companies that were assisting authorities with wiretapping activities. Obama voted for a bill that did just that in July of 2008.

Killing Osama Bin Laden

Obama highlighted the importance of killing Osama Bin Laden while running for president and after OBL was killed in Pakistan, but made the claim that it was no longer “essential” when he first got into office.

Other

Public Financing

Obama promised to seek public financing for his presidential campaign in 2008, but ended up rejecting public financing.

2008 Debates

In May 2008, Obama said he would meet McCain ”anywhere, anytime to have a debate about our respective policies in Iraq, Iran, the Middle East or around the world”. But he rejected town hall debates proposed by the McCain campaign.

Voting Along Party Lines

In 2010, Obama decried Senate candidate Scott Brown’s (R-MA) record of voting with Republicans 96% of the time, saying it showed Brown was not ”independent.” When he himself was in the Senate, Obama voted with Democrats 96% of the time.

Minimum Wage

In 2008, Obama said that, as president, he would raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour, up from the current $7.25 an hour. It has not been raised.

Civility

After the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and several others (six people were killed), Obama said, ”at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds”. Yet Obama has frequently described Republicans as Social Darwinists. He has said that the difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats ”have a sense of neighborliness and a sense of community, and we are willing to look out for one another and help people who are vulnerable and help people who are down on their luck”.

In his book, The Audacity of Hope”, Obama lamented the description of abortion opponents as”right-wing ideologues who want to take away a woman’s right to choose”. Obama said the”standard boilerplate” rhetoric had been written — not by himself — but by someone on his U.S. Senate campaign staff, and he had the ”offending words” removed from his website. In recent months, however, Obama has described Republican opponents of abortion as seeking to ”turn back the clock”, ”prevent millions of women from getting basic health care that they desperately need”, and ”stirring up fights over a woman’s right to make her own health care choices”.

Despite advocating civility and civil debate, Obama has appointed Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to chair the DNC, even though she has frequently resorted to name-calling (e.g., herehere,herehere, and here). Rather than chastising her for her incivility, Obama has praised her.

After James “Jimmy” Hoffa, Jr., launched this invective at the Tea Party – ”President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of a bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong” – during an event at which Obama was about to speak, the Obama administration refused to denounce Hoffa’s offensive (and violent) rhetoric, saying they would not act as the ”speech police”. Days later, Obama’s presidential campaign launched AttackWatch.com, a website dedicated to policing the speech of Republicans and denouncing them when they say unfair things about Obama.”

 Questioning Patriotism

In 2008Obama said, ”I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign. And I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine. [...] Patriotism can never be defined as loyalty to any particular leader, or government, or policy.” However, in that same year, he called the Bush administration’s decision to raise the debt ceiling ”unpatriotic”. [Obama] has accused Republicans of putting party before country, and he has stood idly by as others in his party — e.g., Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) — have said Republicans are ”not patriotic.’”

Presidential Commissions

In 2008, Obama derided presidential commissions as ”Washington-speak” for ”we’ll get back to you later.” In 2010, he appointed the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to look for solutions to the debt crisis. The commission did not have the votes to submit their plan to Congress, and Obama has not championed their proposals.
Furthermore, in 2008, Obama said that, as president, he would create a national commission to look at whether programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplementary Security Income, Medicare and Medicaid create an incentive for people to not work. He has yet to do so.

Public Posting of Bills Before Passage

In 2008, Obama’s campaign said that, as president, he would ”not sign any nonemergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days”. He has since signed non-emergency bills without the five-day public review period.

White House Fleet

In 2008, Obama said that, as president, he would convert the White House fleet of cars to plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. He has not done so.

Gay Marriage

Obama’s position on this issue is constantly changing. President Obama openly opposed gay marriage during the 2008 election. Obama also supported states deciding the issue at that point. However, later on Obama opposed California’s ban on gay marriage and has said his views on the issue are “evolving.”

Super PACs

Obama opposed use and coordination of Super PAC’s following the Citizens United decisions, but recently changed course and signaled approval of Super PAC’s that are supporting his re-election effort.

D.C. Handgun Ban

Obama supported the D.C. hand gun ban before agreeing with the Supreme Court decision that it “went beyond constitutional limits.”

School Voucher Program

Barack Obama suggested he would support a D.C. voucher program before opposing it and eventually cutting funding to it.

Decriminalizing Marijuana

Obama told students in 2004 he supported decriminalizing marijuana usage, but opposed it during his run for president. He has yet to take significant steps to decriminalize marijuana as President.

Union Support

“In January [2008], the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and John Edwards as ‘special interest’ money. Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements. Since gaining his own union support, Obama refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of ‘working people’ and says he is ‘thrilled’ by their support.”

Abortion

Obama disagreed with the Supreme Court decision upholding a ban on partial birth abortion and had a 100% NARAL rating in 2006, 2007 and 2008, but while being interviewed by a Christian magazine Obama said that “mental distress” should not count as a “health of the mother” exception to a ban.

Wearing a U.S. Flag Pin

Obama refused to wear a flag pin during the 2008 primaries because he considered them a substitute for “true patriotism”, but he started wearing it again once the primaries were over.

Welfare Reform

Obama called Bill Clinton’s 1996 Welfare Reform legislation “disturbing” at the time it was passed, but he celebrated the reforms and what they resulted in once running for president.

Jeremiah Wright

When videos of the controversial remarks of Obama’s long time pastor and mentor, Reverand Jeremiah Wright, first appeared, the President said he can no more disown Wright than his white grandmother. Once it became even clearer that Wright was an extreme individual, Obama did disown and disassociate himself from Wright.

Accepting Donations from Lobbyists

Obama had a campaign pledge to not accept political contributions from lobbyists, yet Obama accepted money from registered airline lobbyist Ron Klein.

No Lobbyists

President Obama promised and made a campaign issue of not have a revolving door of lobbyists joining and leaving his administration, but has consistently violated this pledge by providing waivers to circumvent this promise.

PolitiFact has a few more broken promises here.
All of the statements above have been fact-checked, but I need to give credit to several sites for being the source of many of the points on this list: Audacity of HypocrisyTelegraphDirector BlueYahoo Voices

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