Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Judge Blocks Key Sections of AZ Immigration Law

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Yahoo! News reports that a federal judge dealt a serious rebuke to Arizona's immigration law on Wednesday when she put most of the crackdown on hold just hours before it was to take effect.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton sets up a lengthy legal battle as Arizona fights to enact the nation's toughest-in-the-nation law. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said the state likely appeal the ruling and seek to get the judge's order overturned.

But for now, opponents of the law have prevailed: The provisions that angered opponents will not take effect, including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws. the judge also put a hold on the law that requires immigrsnts to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Party of "NO" Derails the Disclose Act

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Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation requiring fuller disclosure of the money behind political advertising, derailing a major White House initiative and virtually ensuring an onslaught of attack ads during this year's midterm election season.

The vote -- in which Democrats fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to avoid a GOP filibuster -- marks a major setback for President Obama, who has railed against the influence of special interests in elections and pushed for the legislation as a counterpoint to court rulings freeing up the use of corporate money in politics.

The development also represents a significant victory for Senate Republicans and business groups, which portrayed the measure as a Democratic attempt to tilt the playing field by discouraging corporations and other likely critics from spending money on political ads. The measure is the latest in a series of Democratic initiatives that have been approved by the House only to die in the Senate, including comprehensive climate-change legislation abandoned last week.

Opponents of the Disclose Act -- which would force corporations, unions and other groups to reveal the donors behind their political ads -- said the vote marked a victory for free-speech rights, including the rights of corporations to spend as much as they want on political advertising.

"This bill is a partisan effort, pure and simple. . . . This bill is about protecting incumbent Democrats from criticism ahead of the November election," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said before the vote.

Democrats, however, portrayed the legislation as an attempt to force transparency on political advertising by outside groups and corporations, activity that is often cloaked in anonymity and is now largely unrestrained by campaign finance restrictions. Party leaders signaled Tuesday that they will seek to make the issue part of a broader line of attack on Republicans as backing corporate interests on such issues as Wall Street reform and the health-care overhaul.

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GOP: Same Old Song-Tax Cuts for Rich

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The financial crisis changed the world two years ago, but it didn't change talking points in Washington. Debates today over whether to extend or repeal the Bush tax cuts are being argued in exactly the same terms as they were five years ago, Peter Beinart writes in The Daily Beast. Except back then, as Dick Cheney infamously said, deficits didn't matter. Now Republicans pretend deficits are all that matters—and yet they still favor holding onto those tax cuts that will add $2 trillion to the federal deficit over the next 10 years. A changed economy hasn't changed their polities in the slightest. "The Republicans were for cutting taxes when they didn't care about deficits and they are for cutting taxes when they do care about deficits, which is another way of saying that they don't really care about deficits," Beinart argues.

If allowed to lapse, repeal of Bush's tax cuts for the rich improve the deficit outlook by about $4 trillion over the next 10 years. The "party of NO" Republicans appear not to care about everyday working folks, but they have a big Yes on issues for the rich.  Same old song, different day!
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Levi Johnson's Music Video

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Levi Johnston will make his music video debut as a lover whose romance is thwarted by his girlfriend's disapproving mother, according to a Universal Music Group record label and Johnston's attorney.

Johnston, 20, who is Bristol Palin's fiance, has agreed to appear in the video with singer-songwriter Brittani Senser next month in Los Angeles. The project is based on the song "After Love" by Senser, 26, a sultry-looking R&B and pop performer from Minneapolis.

When I first read the story, I said "who cares".  There are so many important issues facing the American people, I almost didn't include Levi's upcoming venture in a blogpost.  Ultimately, I allowed myself the continuing luxury of including things that caught my eye and/or interest, so here's Levi!

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Khmer Rouge Jailer Sentenced for War Crimes

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – A U.N.-backed tribunal sentenced the Khmer Rouge's chief jailer to 35 years for overseeing the deaths of up to 16,000 people — the first verdict involving a senior member of the "killing fields" regime that devastated a generation of Cambodians.

Victims and their relatives burst into tears after learning that Kaing Guek Eav — also known as Duch — will actually serve only 19 years after being convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity after taking into account time already served and other factors.

That means the 67-year-old could one day walk free, a prospect that infuriated many who have been demanding justice for victims of the regime that killed an estimated 1.7 million people between 1975-79.

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Sarkozy Confirms Death of French Hostage

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PARIS (AFP) – President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed Monday to avenge the murder of a 78-year-old French aid worker who was kidnapped and killed in the Sahara desert by Al-Qaeda's North African wing.

Sarkozy spoke after Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) declared it had killed Michel Germaneau as revenge after French and Mauritanian soldiers stormed one of the group's camps in Mali and killed six militants.

"Dear compatriots, this crime committed against Michel Germaneau will not go unpunished," Sarkozy said, warning French nationals to avoid the arid Sahel region running through Mauritania, Mali, Niger and southern Algeria.

Sarkozy did not reveal what France plans to do in response to the killing, but experts and military officers told AFP to expect an increased use of spies and special forces to target militant groups in the Sahel.

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White House Condemns Leak of Afghan War Documents

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The monumental leak of classified Afghan war documents threatened Monday to create new conflict with Pakistan, whose spy agency was a focus of much of the material, and raised questions about Washington's own ability to protect military secrets. The White House called the disclosures "alarming" and scrambled to assess the damage.

The documents are described as battlefield reports compiled by various military units that provide an unvarnished look at combat in the past six years, including U.S. frustration over reports Pakistan secretly aided insurgents and civilian casualties at the hand of U.S. troops., a self-described whistleblower organization, posted 76,000 of the reports to its website Sunday night. The group said it is vetting another 15,000 documents for future release.

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Tony Hayward to Leave BP

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Tony Hayward, who became the face of BP's flailing efforts to contain the massive Gulf oil spill, will step down as chief executive in October and be offered a job with the company's joint venture in Russia, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made by the British company's board, which was meeting Monday in London to decide Hayward's fate. The decision is the board's to make, and it was unclear if it had formally done so.

It's not yet clear what Hayward's role will be with TNK-BP. He left the board meeting Monday without speaking to reporters, climbing into a silver Lexus that sped off.

BP owns half of the oil firm, which is Russia's third-largest.

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Huge Salaries Exposed

A resident of Bell, Calif,. holds up a placard calling for the ouster of city officials during a special city council meeting, Thursday, July 22, 2010, in Bell, Calif. Council members emerged from an hours-long closed session at midnight Friday and announced that they'd accepted the resignations of Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo, Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia and Police Chief Randy Adams. Rizzo was the highest paid at $787,637 a year — nearly twice the pay of President Barack Obama — for overseeing one of the poorest towns in Los Angeles County. Spaccia makes $376,288 a year and Adams earns $457,000, 50 percent more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Stop the Madness!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

President Signs Finance Reform

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Congratulations to President Obama.  He signed into law the most ambitious overhaul of financial regulation in generations, saying he was acting to protect ordinary consumers and to "rein in the abuse and excess" on Wall Street that pushed the U.S. economy to the brink of collapse.

As always, this achievement is being overshadowed by various other sensational news stories that have much less affect on the welfare of the American people.  The thing I love about my president is that he keeps his head cool, his words calm and his action focused on the country's welfare. Despite "The Party of No", Fox News, Somalian Pirates, BP's Gulf Oil Spill, the Tea Party. Sarah Palin, the Birthers, the "Death Panels" etc. etc., he keeps the chopping away at all the country's major issues.

Hang in there, Mr. President.

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Ballot Language Get the Boot

Ieshuh Griffin, an independent candidate, is running to replace retiring Rep. Annette "Polly" Williams (D-Milwaukee).

Unlike candidates from the established Democratic and Republican parties, independents are allowed a five-word statement of purpose on the ballot to explain to voters what their candidacy is about.

State elections officials Wednesday narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate's attempt to run with the slogan "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch' " under her name on the ballot.

Read more about the story.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

USDA Rethinking Racism Charge Against Sherrod

Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is rethinking the Shirley Sherrod incident which resulted in Sherrod's resignation.  It appears that the incident happened more than two decades ago, that Sherrod did provide the farmer in question with assistance and additional resources, and that the initial information was not straight forward. Meanwhile, Sherrod says she might not want her job back, fearing adverse treatment in the future.

It's a story that we need to keep our eyes on.  We'll keep you posted.

Sherrod not sure she would go back to Ag Dept - Yahoo! News
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jan Brewer: Winners and Losers

Some thought AZ Governor Jan Brewer was stepping on a land mine when she signed AZ immigration law. But, some think she's crazy like a fox.

The way the story played out, it was little Jan Brewer defending her state against the rest of the country, against the Justice Department, and against the big bad wolf, President Barack Obama himself.

Most people know the whole story. Brewer came into the national spotlight when, on April 23, 2010, she signed the controversial Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act. The act makes it a state misdemeanor crime for an alien to be in Arizona without carrying registration documents required by federal law, authorizes state and local law enforcement of federal immigration laws, and cracks down on those sheltering, hiring and transporting illegal aliens. Brewer is seeking a full term as Governor of Arizona in the 2010 Arizona gubernatorial election.

But, few outside AZ knew or cared that before little Jan signed the immigration legislation, her  political future was bleak.  Now, she has a new lease on life and a bunch of new supporters.

Some ask was if this was the strategy all along or did little Jan just fall into a situation that worked in her favor. Who knows, but Little Jan went from a little fish in a big pond to hanging with the big boys, all with the stroke of a pen.
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Bachmann Top Fund Raiser in the House

While everyone was busy speculating about Sarah Palin’s fundraising ambitions, Minnesota Republican star Michele Bachmann quietly banked $4.1 million in the first six months of 2010. That’s twice as much as Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and more than any other member of the House of Representatives besides top Republican leaders John Boehner of Ohio and Eric Cantor of Virginia. Bachmann, 54, has been making headlines as a conservative firecracker since she first gained attention in the 2008 election, and her profile has only risen with the support of her Tea Party affiliation. Though Bachmann doesn't hold any leadership positions in her party, she recently started her own Tea Party Caucus in the House. Most of her money comes from small-dollar donations, but her biggest contributions—surprisingly, given her politics—come from organized labor.

Source: Daily Beast

Senate Committee Approves Elena Kagan's Nomination

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-6 on Tuesday to confirm Elena Kagan and move her Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was the only Republican to vote for her. "I'm going to vote for her because I believe the last election had consequences," Graham said. "This president chose someone who is qualified, who has the experience and knowledge to serve on this court ... and understands the difference between being a liberal judge and a politician." The full Senate will take up her nomination in early August.

You have to admire Lindsey Graham for voting his conscience and bucking his party.  He can expect retaliation of some form, just watch and see.

Source: The Daily Beast

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Congress Now Has a ‘Tea Party Caucus’ - The Caucus Blog -

It's official. Thanks to Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Congress now has a "Tea Party Caucus".

Read all about it:

Congress Now Has a ‘Tea Party Caucus’ - The Caucus Blog -
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Anne Applebaum - A government of the people's every wish?

I thought this was an interesting article, worth sharing.  Applebaum's bottom line is "we (Americans) not only demand ludicrous levels of personal and political safety, we also rant and rave against the vast bureaucracies we have created -- democratically, constitutionally, openly -- to deliver it. "

Take a look using the link below, then let me know what you think:

Anne Applebaum - A government of the people's every wish?
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Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

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Legislation to reinstate Unemployment Benefits to millions who have been out of work for six months cleared another hurdle.  Senator Carte Goodwin, W. Va's replacement for deceased Senator Robert Bryd, was sworn in and immediately voted for the measure. 

Goodwin was joined by Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, two Republicans from Maine, while one lone Democrat, Ben Nelson, voted 'no".  This ensures another victory for President Obama.

Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle - Yahoo! News

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Republicans Embrace George Bush-Again

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It seems that the Republicans feel so secure in their quest to retake seats in the House and Senate that they feel comfortable letting the world know their real feelings about former President George Bush.

The chairmen of the two Republican campaign committees defended the presidency of George W. Bush in television appearances over the weekend, a preview of the GOP's planned pushback against expected Democratic attacks on the last president.

"People had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge but George Bush was there," said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press".

John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program that "Bush's stock has gone up a lot since he left office," adding: "I think a lot people are looking back with more fondness on President Bush's administration, and I think history will treat him well."

The rhetoric from Cornyn and Sessions reflects a gamble by Republicans that Bush, who left office in 2008 deeply unpopular with broad swaths of the American public, will, as almost every president does, rebound in terms of his public image as time passes.

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) was asked about what Republicans would do with a majority. After struggling badly to think of anything substantive, he eventually said, "We need to go back to the exact same agenda that is empowering the free enterprise system rather than diminish it."

"We need to go back to the exact same agenda." In context, the agenda Sessions seems to want "to go back to" was that of the Bush/Cheney administration and the Republican Congress.

Indeed, GOP leaders are not only urging a return to failed Bush policies, they're even praising the failed former president.

Personally, it amazes me that polls show Americans trust President Obama to make the right decisions and  trust Democrats more than Republicans, yet, prefer to kick incumbents out of Congress and vote the GOP back in. Go figure.

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USDA official resigns amid race controversy

If you thought racism died when Barack Obama was elected U. S. President, guess again.  Racism rears its ugly head on all sides and can't be tolerated in any form. The NAACP recently targeted rscist elements within the Tea Party. Now, Shirley Sherrod resigned her USDA job after withholding help to a white farmer based on his race. 

More information is avaiable in the related links below.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Murkowski's Opponent Gets Palin Support

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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s political action committee raised $865,815 in the year’s second quarter and she used some of that money to help a primary challenger to incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski, a fellow Republican, in her home state.

Maybe it's no surprise to Lisa Murkowski that Sarah Palin has thrown her support to her opponent attorney Joe Miller.

Voters were more than happy to toss Murkowski's father, former Gov. Frank Murkowski (R), out of office in a 2006 primary. (He won just 19 percent in the 2006 GOP primary, a race won by a little known, small town mayor named Sarah Palin.)

Murkowski's father was her predecessor in the Senate. Pa Murkowski was elected Governor of Alaska, resigned his senate seat, and then appointed his daughter, little Lisa, to be his successor! Well you can imagine the shit storm of criticism that caused. The voters of Alaska even stripped the governor of the power to appoint an interim senator in case of a vacancy.

To make a long story short, Lisa survived it all winning a competitive primary and whipping a popular former Democratic Alaska governor. Six years later she is in excellent shape and about the only opposition she has on the horizon has the same weight as the numerous flies in the short Alaska summer.

It'll be interesting to see how all of this plays out.

Sources: The Fix Blog, Washington Post; Rate it all; Bloomberg Businessweek

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Glenn Beck says he may go blind - Local News - Seattle, WA - Seattle -

If you are interested, check out the link.  Enough said.Glenn BeckImage via Wikipedia

Glenn Beck says he may go blind - Local News - Seattle, WA - Seattle -
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President Makes Policies Personal

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In an effort to let all Americans know that He can identify with their day to day struggles, President Obama is making a renewed effort to personalize his plans and policies. 

In his search to find a face to us in this effort, Obama is not shy about using his own — and his wife's and his kids'. It is a natural move given his life experiences, including a childhood in which his dad was not around and his mom turned to food stamps at times when her salary wasn't enough.

Read more about the president's new strategy in the realted articles listed below.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Biden: Tea Party isn’t racist - Yahoo! News

In an interview with ABC’s This Week, Vice President Joe Biden says neither he nor President Obama believes the Tea Party is a "racist organization," but he acknowledged some elements of the movement have "expressed racist views."

Read the entire artilce:
Biden: Tea Party isn’t racist - Yahoo! News

Expert from the article:
On Meet the Press this morning, Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who is overseeing the Senate's re-election committee, said it's "slanderous" to accuse the Tea Party of racism. "There is no basis for it," he said.

But Cornyn pointedly dodged a question when asked if tea party movement Republican candidates like Rand Paul in Kentucky and Sharron Angle in Nevada that are "too extreme." "These are citizens who should not be demonized or marginalized," he said. "These are people who are concerned about the direction of the country."

My question:  Why demonize President Barack Obama?  He is a citizen concerned about the direction of the country and is making every effort to move the country in the right direction.

Tea Party Federation Expels Group

The National Tea Party Federation expelled a member group resulting in a major split in the political movement. 

The federation gave the Tea Party Express a deadline to rebuke and remove spokesman Mark Williams.  The move was in response to Williams' online post which he called " Colored People" to President Abraham Lincoln. The leader's response clearly stated that there was no intention of taking the action required by the federation to continue as a member of the National Tea Party Federation. The National Tea Party Federation expelled Tea Party Express from its ranks of membership, effective immediately.

During an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation", federation spokesman David Webb called the blog post "clearly offensive".

While it is not clear how many supporters the Tea Party Express has, it boasts 600 Facebook followers.

The National Tea Party Federation claims 61 groups as members, and says it has "affiliate relationships" with 21 other groups.

Sources: Associated Press;

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tea Party Leader Mark Williams Slams NAACP

Tea Party Activist Mark Williams

"On Tuesday, the NAACP passed a resolution denouncing racist elements within the Tea Party movement. Responding to the resolution, Tea Party Express chairman Mark Williams lashed out against the civil rights group, claiming that “they make more money off of race than any slave trader ever.” Williams continued his assault last night on CNN, telling host Roland Martin, “Racists have their own movement. It’s called the NAACP.”

So what does Williams do to refute the charges of racism in the tea party? He posts the following satirical letter on his website. “Apparently Colored People are an entirely new race of people and one to which the title applies. Here NAACP President Precious Ben Jealous explains to President Abraham Lincoln the reasons for the resolution in this newly discovered letter :”

The proud Tea Partier wrote a blog post mocking NAACP president Benjamin Jealous. The post takes the form of a fake letter to Abraham Lincoln, in which Jealous asks the former president to repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments (and to reinstate slavery) because the "coloreds" don't agree with the Tea Party's version of "freedom".

Dear Mr. Lincoln

We Colored People have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop! In fact we held a big meeting and took a vote in Kansas City this week. We voted to condemn a political revival of that old abolitionist spirit called the ‘tea party movement’. The tea party position to “end the bailouts” for example is just silly. Bailouts are just big money welfare and isn’t that what we want all Coloreds to strive for? What kind of racist would want to end big money welfare? What they need to do is start handing the bail outs directly to us coloreds! Of course, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the only responsible party that should be granted the right to disperse the funds. And the ridiculous idea of “reduce[ing] the size and intrusiveness of government.” What kind of massa would ever not want to control my life? As Coloreds we must have somebody care for us otherwise we would be on our own, have to think for ourselves and make decisions! The racist tea parties also demand that the government “stop the out of control spending.” Again, they directly target Colored People. That means we Colored People would have to compete for jobs like everybody else and that is just not right. Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government “stop raising our taxes.” That is outrageous! How will we Colored People ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! The tea party expects coloreds to be productive members of society? Mr. Lincoln, you were the greatest racist ever. We had a great gig. Three squares, room and board, all our decisions made by the massa in the house. Please repeal the 13th and 14th Amendments and let us get back to where we belong.

Sincerely, Precious Ben Jealous, Tom’s Nephew National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Head Colored Person

Sources: Politics of an Ebony Mom Blog, Joni Hudson-Reynolds; Video Cafe

Tea Party Leader Mark Williams Mocks NAACP "Coloreds" In Online Screed | Video Cafe

Tea Party vs. NAACP -Round 3
Here's the video.  See it for yourself.

Tea Party Leader Mark Williams Mocks NAACP "Coloreds" In Online Screed Video Cafe

Tim Geithner Opposes Nominating Elizabeth Warren To Lead New Consumer Agency

There's a fight looming on Capital. The question is "who will lead the new Consumer Agency created by the recently passed Financial Reform Bill. Of course, the President has to sign the new bill, but, if Tim Geithner has his way Elizabeth Warren won't get the job. Read the details in the link below. Watching Warren grilling Geither will give you a little background on his stance against her.

Tim Geithner Opposes Nominating Elizabeth Warren To Lead New Consumer Agency

Sarah Palin Responds to NAACP

Ben Jealous, CEO, NAACP

During a speech at the NAACP National Convention in Kansas City, Mo, .Ben Jealous, president and CEO, asked the Tea Party  to : "Expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take the responsibility for them and their actions. We will no longer allow you to hide like cowards."

In later contacts and appearances, Jealous went out of his way to emphasize that his group is not making a blanket charge of racism. "We have never called the Tea Party racist". But speaking of Tea Party leaders, he added: "We've seen the signs, we've heard the slurs, and all we're asking is for you to act responsibly and say there's no space for bigots in the Tea Party."

Aunt Sarah (Palin) struck back Tuesday on her Facebook page, declaring herself "saddened by the NAACP's claim that patriotic Americans who stand up for the United States of America's constitutional rights are somehow 'racists.' "

Of course, that's not what the NAACP is saying.  She went on to refer to "America's past racism," and identified herself with Ronald Reagan, who said it was "a legacy of evil." And then Palin brought the conversation back to herself.

"Having been on the receiving end of a similar spurious charge of racism," she said, "I know how Tea Party Americans feel to be falsely accused."

Washington Post Columnist E. J. Dionne, Jr. calls Palin's remarks "a shameless, narcissistic dodge."

 "Palin wants to construct a false argument," Jealous said in the interview with Dionne. "Palin wants the terms of debate to be about people calling her racist, and nobody's calling her racist." The NAACP, he said, is simply challenging her along with other Tea Party leaders to separate themselves cleanly from "racist behavior" by some in the movement.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Aspen Ideas Festival: Obama Loses Support of Nation’s Elite, by Lloyd Grove - The Daily Beast

Wouldn't want you to miss this article.  Are you keeping count of all of those who are supposed to be moving away from President Obama?  Well, on August 4th, the President's birthday, be sure to wear your campaign buttons, shirts, etc. to show your support for him.  It'll be interesting to see how the media covers thst display.

Aspen Ideas Festival: Obama Loses Support of Nation’s Elite, by Lloyd Grove - The Daily Beast

Sarah Palin in '12? Why She's for Real - Yahoo! News

Sarah Palin

I don't have the heart to write about Aunt Sarah (Palin) as a serious presidential candidate in 2012. But, strange things happen in America, so use the link below to see what Time has to say on the subject.

Sarah Palin in '12? Why She's for Real - Yahoo! News

Congress Passes Finance Reform

Congress on Thursday passed the stiffest restrictions on banks and Wall Street since the Great Depression, clamping down on lending practices and expanding consumer protections to prevent a repeat of the 2008 meltdown that knocked the economy to its knees.

A year in the making and 22 months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers triggered a worldwide panic in credit and other markets, the bill cleared its final hurdle with a 60-39 Senate vote. It now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature, expected as early as Wednesday.

Check out the link below for details.

Wall Street crackdown, consumer guards, are passed - Yahoo! News