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Reader Selected News, Week Feb 9 – Feb 15

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Reader Selected News, Week Feb 9 – Feb 15”

  1. canary says:

    Senator Jim Inhofe calls for filibuster to block Chuck Hagel’s appointment for SOD for his anti-American comments that won him Iran’s support. This is all over the news, but I can’t find the video and interview that was on FOX.

    The Daily Caller: Senator threatens to invoke filibuster to block Hagel defense secretary nomination [VIDEO]


    According to Inhofe, Hagel is unfit to take the top defense post, in part because of remarks he has made about the United States.

    “Does it occur to you — are you at all concerned that the Ministry of Iran is endorsing his candidacy? …

    The Al-Jazeera interview where he agreed that America is the world’s bully.

    He agreed that Israel is guilty of committing war crimes.

    You know, this is the type of thing that you can’t accept. I know he is popular, and I know that he is going to do his best. I will do my best to see that he is not the secretary of defense.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/10/senator-threatens-to-invoke-filibuster-to-block-the-hagel-defense-secretary-nomination-video/#ixzz2KY2SF7Hf

  2. canary says:

    Main Media not reporting real reason Muslim Air Force veteran who lives in Qatar and traveling with CAIR on no flight list.

    AP: Muslim U.S. Air Force vet barred from flight

    By Dan Holtmeyer – Feb 7 2013

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A Muslim U.S. Air Force veteran, who had trouble entering the country last year to visit his ailing mother, was barred Wednesday from boarding a flight in Oklahoma City to return to his home in Qatar.

    Adam Soltani, director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who had joined Long for his departure, said they asked, “Well, who do we contact?” They then were referred to the FBI, Soltani said.

    Long said he had been visiting his mother, who suffers from congestive heart failure, for several months. He was attempting to return to Qatar, where he lives with his wife and children and teaches English. He intended to travel via Amsterdam.

    Long said last year he also had difficulty entering the country and that the FBI harassed him and his sister after his arrival. The harassment stopped after Long requested a Department of Justice inquiry, Soltani said.

    Long said he plans to stay in Oklahoma City until the FBI instructs him on what he can do to fly.

    read more…


    Birds of feather flock together.
    The disgruntled former Muslim Air Force Vet wants to travel with a CAIR chapter deemed by the FBI to fund Islamic terrorists.
    CAIR has become very active in fund-raising since Palestine was allowed to join the global country club .

    • Mithrandir says:

      NO FLY LIST.

      This just doesn’t make any sense. If the TSA is doing its job, why is there a no fly list? I thought airports were secure all over the world?

      I can understand a little if he was flying INTO the country, but he is returning to Qatar, voluntarily! For g*d’s sake, get him out of here! It’s like a homeless man entering your home, and you have a “no entry, no exit” policy, so he just sleeps on your floor. Great idea.

    • canary says:

      He is traveling with CAIR. CAIR has become very bold thanks to the Obama’s DOJ not going forward with charges and CAIR is back to funneling money to terrorists.

      He could be another Maj Hasan the FBI is watching and they don’t want want to mess up like
      they did in not stopping Hasan.

      He could be teaching terrorists English in Qatar to come over and blend more.

      Today I was approached by a middle-easterner with a stack of papers with 4 questions, all about flying. Strange questions. I asked him why and he said for school. I asked him what school and he couldn’t even name it. Something like Eh (not sure he meant E or A) C U
      and I really engaged him like I was trying to help him. The papers also wants a signature.
      I signed a fake name. It would be insane to be approached like that and give your name to a stranger. So bizzare. The questions were if flights were overbooked, cancelled, late, and something else. I told him it was very strange that he could not even name the school he went to, etc. etc.

      Me and others having dealt with CAIR are used to having a pictures taken, car tags written down, and intimidation and so maybe I’m on a hit list. lol. heh heh.

  3. canary says:

    Media trend growing in simpler shorter more convenience name of “Islamists” for Islamist extremists.

    Egypt Islamists say clerics must approve IMF loan

    By Tom Perry – Feb 13 2013

    CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s main hardline Islamist party says an IMF loan agreement requires the approval of a body of Muslim scholars under the new constitution and it is considering legal action to make sure the government sticks to the law.

    Abdullah Badran, head of the Nour Party’s bloc in the upper house of parliament, told Reuters the move was intended to “activate the role of the Senior Scholars’ Authority in all matters pertaining to sharia (Islamic law)”.

    The Nour Party believes the IMF agreement must be vetted by the scholars because it includes a loan on which Egypt will pay interest – something that is forbidden under Islamic law.

    The interest on any IMF loan is expected to be around 1.1 percent, far below market rates.

    “There are many reasons which must be researched for either taking the loan or not,” he said.

    (Editing by Paul Taylor)

    I guess that’s called Musliming down the IMF.

  4. canary says:

    The Jerusalem Post: Blaming ‘el Yahud’

    02/07/2013 14:11 By Zvi Mazel

    With the Muslim Brotherhood in power, anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel are now part of Egyptian culture

    The Muslim Brotherhood gave a new slant to the age-old hatred. Hassan Banna, who founded the movement in 1928, transformed what was a “passive” phenomenon into a virulent doctrine, part of both his vision to restore the caliphate and his fight against the British occupation and Western influence on his country.

    However, Banna corresponded with Hitler; there were contacts between the Brotherhood and the Nazis, and the Brothers published a translation of Mein Kampf under the title My Jihad. Caricatures from Der Stürmer and Nazi texts were translated and printed in their publications.

    The Brothers found willing allies in the strong German community living in Cairo in the ’30s, which included a number of Nazi agents.

    Those agents also helped the new pro- Nazi party, Misr Elfatat (Young Egypt), established at that time to destabilize the regime and fight the Jews.

    With the onset of World War II, Banna offered his services to Hitler while asking him to help Egypt in its fight against the British and the Jews.

    THE MAN who set down the religious basis for the fight against the Jews and developed its propaganda themes was Sayyid Qutb, often called the father of the Brotherhood ideology and grandfather of present-day jihadi extremists.

    IT WOULD be impossible to enumerate the countless books, essays, pamphlets and fatwas that the Muslim Brothers have published against the Jews – and are still publishing.

    Egyptian-born Sheikh Yusuf Kardawi, who lives in Qatar, is the Brotherhood’s main theologian.

    He attacks the Jews relentlessly; in an Al Jazeera interview on January 28, 2009, he declared, “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption…. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler.

    Interestingly the Koran acknowledges the claim of the Jews to the Holy Land.

    Following the 2001 terror attack at the popular Dolphinarium nightclub in Tel Aviv, headlines in the state-owned Al Gomhuria daily screamed, “Pieces of Israeli flesh were thrown in the air as a result of the heroic operation.”

    Editorials in the Egyptian media routinely accuse Jews of all crimes under the sun, including treacherous actions such as “infiltrating into Africa to incite Africans against Egypt.”

    A recurrent theme is making the Jews responsible for the ongoing struggle between Egypt and upper Nile countries regarding the distribution of the river’s waters.

    They ask why Arabs should have to pay for something that involved Europe and the Jews. In any case, they say, Jews are worse than Nazis.

    • When Shimon Peres visited Egypt in April 2001, a photomontage in the Nasserist weekly Al Arabi showed him wearing a Gestapo uniform.

    After Morsi’s election, there was a sharp increase in attacks against the Jews in the Egyptian media from intellectuals, journalists and clerics. The most extreme can be found on the site of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

    Last October, movement leader Mohamed Badie, who holds the title of “supreme guide,” renewed the tradition of Koran and Shari’a teachings that Banna had initiated and that had stopped with his death.


    long article

  5. canary says:

    NJ Gov Chris Christie fundraising with liberal Celebrities and bragging NJ is 2nd strictest state with tough gun-control laws.

    NewsMax: Chris Christie Feted in Hollywood, Silicon Valley

    12 Feb 2013 10:10 AM

    On Monday, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie was in Beverly Hills “courting the left-leaning California business community” and liberal Hollywood types for cash to help get re-elected this year.

    Media and entertainment figures turned out, including, Allen Shapiro, former CEO of Dick Clark Productions, Richard “Skip” Bronson, head of US Digital Gaming, and popular “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara.

    The paper noted that “within hours of the fundraiser,” Trenton lawmakers had indicated they will push through an online gambling law. Christie has indicated he will support the law subject to several conditions, including special taxes.

    The paper said other attendees included “Los Angeles office landlord Dan Emmett, former Disney Executive Vice President Gary Wilson, and Mandalay Entertainment CEO and Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber.”

    On Tuesday, Christie is heading to Silicon Valley, where Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will host the New Jersey governor at his home for a fundraiser. Zuckerberg supported President Obama in the last election.

    Christie noted that New Jersey has the second toughest gun control statutes in the country.


    Chris Christie is beginning to remind me of Micheal Moore.

  6. canary says:

    CNN Panelists root for Dorner


    Feb. 13, 2013 – Jason Howerton

    During a panel discussion on CNN Wednesday, Marc Lamont Hill, host of HuffPost Live and associate professor at Columbia University, said he understands why people were rooting for Dorner. He also made some shocking remarks about his murderous rampage.

    “As far as Dorner himself goes, he’s been like a real life superhero to many people,” he added.

    Dorner’s supporters were rooting for him because they wanted to see him get vengeance against the system that wronged him, according to Hill.

    “It’s almost like watching ‘Django Unchained’ in real life,” Hill explained. “It’s kind of exciting.”

    Another panelist said “the narrative of Christopher Dorner” resembles a Denzel Washington movie, in which “he was “wronged and stands up for himself and goes out in a blaze of glory. It’s hard for it not to turn into a movie.”

    Watch the entire segment via CNN/Mediaite:

    Isn’t anti-white Marc Lamont Hill a scientist that went to Columbia University.

  7. BillK says:

    Your tax dollars at work, again.

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    U.S. Grant Funded Workers’ Play at LG Chem Factory

    By Ryan Tracy

    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration’s electric car efforts took another hit on Wednesday after a federal inspection found a South Korean advanced battery maker never scaled up U.S. production despite receiving $142 million in federal grants.

    A Holland, Mich., factory owned by LG Chem Ltd., part of LG Corp., was half-funded by a government grant and estimated to add some 440 jobs building battery cells for General Motors Co.’s GM +0.18% Chevrolet Volt and other vehicles.

    When demand for the plant’s batteries didn’t meet expectations, the company filled orders with cells made at a factory in South Korea, leaving the Michigan plant largely idle, according to the report by the Department of Energy’s Inspector General, Gregory Friedman.

    LG Chem said in a statement that production delays at the Michigan facility were “market-driven,” adding that it is “developing specific plans for the start of production.” The company said it regretted that it applied for reimbursement for “employment costs that were not allowed” under its U.S. grant.

    The inspector general said that to avoid layoffs at the factory LG Chem paid idle workers $1.6 million in the third quarter of last year, about half of which was covered by its U.S. grant, even though there was nothing for them to do. The workers played board games, watched movies, and volunteered at local animal shelters during regular work hours, Mr. Friedman said. LG Chem has since paid back the government’s share of those charges.

    Until the shift in production takes place or some alternative use for the plant is developed, U.S. taxpayers will receive little direct benefit from a plant for which they provided up to half of the funding,” Mr. Friedman said in his report. …


  8. BillK says:

    Not really shocking, but watch as Democrats destroy more jobs in the name of “feel good” measures that will not actually affect anything.

    From the Boulder, CO Daily Camera:

    Colorado ammo magazine maker Magpul threatens to leave state over gun bill

    By Kurtis Lee

    Colorado’s largest and most profitable manufacturer of high-capacity ammunition magazines has vowed to leave the state if lawmakers pass a measure banning the devices — a move officials with the company say could cost hundreds of jobs and upward of $85 million in potential spending this year.

    Magpul’s threat has Democratic lawmakers scrambling to strike a balance that remains true to their goal of limiting the number of rounds a magazine can hold without frightening off businesses.

    If we’re able to stay in Colorado and manufacture a product, but law-abiding citizens of the state were unable to purchase the product, customers around the state and the nation would boycott us for remaining here,” said Doug Smith, Magpul’s chief operating officer. “Staying here would hurt our business.”

    House Bill 1224 bans individuals from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds — an amendment earlier in the week raised this number from 10 rounds — but allows manufacturers to stay in Colorado and produce the devices. …


    The key phrase in the article:

    Still, neither Kagan or Salazar said they would be willing to vote against the bill banning high-capacity ammunition magazines in an effort to keep Magpul in Colorado.

    Hey, those people can find other jobs, right?

    • canary says:

      heck yeah. Colorado need handguns with magazines to shoot an over population of bears of and cougars. These animals don’t stand still for people like targets.

  9. canary says:

    Cocaine & Heroin cut with flesh eating additive growing; most coming from Afghanistan and South America over the Mexico border. CDC stopped studying herion after the 2009 leap in heroin when Obama stopped Bush’s policy of eradicating poppy fields accord.

    ConsumerAffairs: Cocaine users warned about flesh-eating additive

    02/04/2013 – By Mark Huffman

    Drug dealers increasingly use a veterinary de-worming agent, levamisole, to cut both cocaine and heroin. In a study based on U.S. emergency room reports, CDC says levamisole-contaminated cocaine is “an important emerging public health concern” in view of the nearly two million cocaine users in the U.S.

    The drug, also used in the past as a cancer treatment, has caused infectious diseases and skin lesions among cocaine users. In fact, the effects of the drug have, in some cases, caused large patches of flesh to die.

    Keeping ERs busy

    Dermatologists were the first to call attention to the problem.

    Over the last several years they have been called upon to treat gruesome wounds in patients that all reported cocaine use.

    The levamisole in the cocaine attacks the blood vessels running through the skin. Without blood, the skin dies. The condition is called necrotising vasculiti, meaning an interruption of blood flow to critical cells.

    By 2009, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimated that 69% of the cocaine seized contained levamisole. The current estimates of U.S. cocaine containing the drug are as high as 80 percent.

    Other health problems included fever, sore throat, body aches, abscesses and chest pain.

    Vagi said. “Our small sample size is likely an underestimation of the problem, given reports from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration showing that more than two-thirds of cocaine seized before arriving in the U.S. is laced with this dangerous contaminant.”

    read more

    NOTE: See map of Cocaine and Heroin drug trails through Mexico into the US

    BusinessInsider: FOLLOWING THE COCAINE TRAIL: How The White Powder Gets Into American Hands

    Eric Goldschein Dec. 8, 2011

    Where does America’s cocaine come from?

    Moving north, cartels will pass through the biggest coca producer in the world, which traditionally has been Colombia — but not anymore

    That distinction now belongs to Peru.

    As the final cocaine product leaves South America, Mexican and Colombian drug trafficking organizations link up with groups in Central American countries to facilitate the drug trade

    Mexican drug cartels like the Zetas have been linked to local drug traffickers in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Colombian groups, mainly FARC and smaller criminal bands, also have established trade routes that wind up through Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border.

    As a result of the trade, more than $7 billion dollars a year is made in Guatemala.
    Most cocaine comes through the southwestern border of the U.S., but shipments also come through the Caribbean to the eastern seaboard as well

    The majority of the cocaine in the United States travels through the Central American-Mexican corridor, most prominently along the Pacific coast because of a lack of government oversight.

    An increasing amount of cocaine is also shipped through the Caribbean, particularly Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Haiti.

    The total worth of the industry is equivalent to 10 percent of the total worth of all U.S.-Mexico trade.

    In 2009, Americans consumed 157 tons of cocaine, enough to carve out 36 percent of the total cocaine market.

    (read more and see map of Mexican drug trafficking trails)
    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/cocaine-facts-2011-12?op=1#ixzz2L0psU3os

    The Redding: Heroin on rise, numbers show Americans of all ages using drug

    By Lee Bowman Scripps July 17 2012

    Heroin has become the deadly crest of a wave of addictive drug use in communities around the country.

    In Ohio, state officials say drug overdoses from heroin increased 25 percent from 2008 to 2009, and are continuing to rise.

    Data from death certificates compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2009, the most recent year available, showed heroin killed nearly 3,500

    Americans, almost double the number that perished a decade ago.

    A third of the 3,358 deaths recorded in 2009 occurred among people under age 30, including 93 deaths among teens. The bulk of the deaths — 2,178 — clustered among people in their 30s, 40s and 50s.

    A national surveillance network of hospital emergency rooms estimates that of nearly a million visits for illicit drug abuse in 2009, more than 219,000 were due to heroin.

    In San Diego County, 721 people under age 25 were admitted to treatment centers for heroin addiction last year, three times the number admitted just five years before.

    Although it follows much the same distribution channels as marijuana, heroin has become more available in some areas, experts say.

    The Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center noted last year that heroin is “readily available throughout the U.S.”

    The threat assessment also spotlighted the growing involvement of Mexican drug gangs in expanding the distribution of heroin the heartland America.


    Obama’s new crops to replace Opium in Afghanistan Fails

    The guardian.co.uk.: Afghan drug war debacle: Blair said smashing opium trade was a major reason to invade but 10 years on heroin production is up from 185 tons a year to 5,800

    By David Williams – Feb 2012

    The West is losing the heroin war in Afghanistan – ten years after Tony Blair pledged that wiping out the drug was one of the main reasons for invading the country.

    Despite spending £18billion and a conflict which has so far cost the lives of almost 400 British troops, production of the class-A drug by Afghan farmers rose between 2001 and 2011 from just 185 tons to a staggering 5,800 tons.

    It increased by 61 per cent last year alone.

    Warning: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said the drug problem in Afghanistan threatens the entire country with organised[sic] crime and trafficking

    But ten years later, the UN figures reveal how the outcome has been so dramatically different.

    The most recent was Senior Aircraftman Ryan Tomlin, from 2 Squadron RAF Regiment, who was fatally wounded by small arms fire during an insurgent attack on Monday in Helmand Province – the heart of the opium industry.

    There was some success but, commanders said, the ‘reality’ was that forces were too thinly stretched to focus on crop destruction – a move that, anyway, turned farmers against the troops.

    This fell in figures for 2010 because of crop disease, but the UN figures show that it increased sharply again last year when 131,000 hectares were under cultivation, producing some 5,800 tons of opium.

    The rise came even though the Afghan government and Nato have boosted crop eradication measures by 65 per cent and made significant seizures in recent months.

    The UN says there are now 17 provinces in Afghanistan affected by poppy cultivation, up from 14 a year ago.

    A report by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime said revenue from opium production in Afghanistan soared by 133 per cent last year to about £900million after the crop recovered from a 2010 blight and approached previous levels.

    Ban Ki-moon, in his opening comments, cited a 2011 UN survey saying that poppy cultivation has increased by 7 per cent and opium production by 61 per cent in the past year.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2102158/Heroin-production-Afghanistan-RISEN-61.html#ixzz2L0wsKbEH

    “Ban Ki-moon, in his opening comments, cited a 2011 UN survey saying that poppy cultivation has increased by 7 per cent and opium production by 61 per cent in the past year.”

    I read else where this rise from 7 % to 61% was heroin from Afghanistan coming to the U.S.

    So, I guess the 2010 heroin blight might have been the most dangerous batch from Afghanistan
    who hates the world and dogs. No telling what is coming into this country.

    I saw a military documentary and it showed the Afghanistan police departments with bags of opium with snakes and evil marks on the bags.

    Time to grow our own coffee and nuts.

  10. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Seattle Times Writer Laments Gun Bill Overstep


    Misstep in gun bill could defeat the effort

    One of the major gun-control efforts in Olympia this session calls for the sheriff to inspect the homes of assault-weapon owners. The bill’s backers say that was a mistake.

    You have to follow this writer’s path..he says that he’s for “common-sense” gun control but never states what, exactly that is.

    It seemed in recent weeks lawmakers might be headed toward some common-sense regulation of gun sales.

    ….the case for the perfectly reasonable gun-control bills in Olympia just got tougher.

    OK, so he’s for “common-sense” gun control, like the banning of “assault rifles” which, again, is a totally fabricated term and like pornography, everyone seems to know what it is, but cannot define it in writing. But how do you enforce such a ban unless the authorities can come see and seize what they find?

    That it’s part of one of the major gun-control efforts pains me. It seemed in recent weeks lawmakers might be headed toward some common-sense regulation of gun sales. But then last week they went too far. By mistake, they claim. But still too far.

    “They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away. But then you see this, and you have to wonder.”

    So, perhaps we have the tipping point. It’s ok to ban guns while actually enforcing the ban is ridiculous. Aside from the obvious drop-out in connecting the dots, and the ignoring of the Constitution, this guy has a very subjective set of standards. He wants those nasty, evil, “assault weapons” banned…but tries to act as if he cares about rights by lamenting the searching of homes annually.

    Say….Rape is illegal…but….having the girl who claimed rape subjected to a medical exam is a violation of her rights, right? But then, if I brought that argument up to him, his head would probably explode. I can see him short-circuiting in my mind already.

    So he says that having house searches is “going too far”. So that’s (I guess) the liberal’s limit on gun control. But he then gets some interesting statements from elected officials who supported this bill.

    “I’m a liberal Democrat — I’ve voted for only one Republican in my life,” Palmer told me. “But now I understand why my right-wing opponents worry about having to fight a government takeover.”

    He added: “It’s exactly this sort of thing that drives people into the arms of the NRA.”

    And we wouldn’t want that, now would we? We must slowly turn the flame up on the kettle…this was way too fast…(they will notice!)

    I spoke to two of the sponsors. One, Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, a lawyer who typically is hyper-attuned to civil-liberties issues, said he did not know the bill authorized police searches because he had not read it closely before signing on.

    “I made a mistake,” Kline said. “I frankly should have vetted this more closely.”

    That lawmakers sponsor bills they haven’t read is common.

    *GASP* Say it isn’t so!

    Still, it’s disappointing on one of this political magnitude. Not counting a long table, it’s only an eight-page bill.

    The prime sponsor, Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, also condemned the search provision in his own bill, after I asked him about it. He said Palmer is right that it’s probably unconstitutional.

    *Newsflash. “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”

    “I have to admit that shouldn’t be in there,” Murray said.

    Sure, they say that now that they got caught. If this journalist hadn’t actually had an accidental moment of really doing his job, they would never be on record as saying they made a boo-boo. But…it’s always easier to say you’re sorry than it is to get permission in the first place, isn’t it?

    He said he came to realize that an assault-weapons ban has little chance of passing this year anyway. So he put in this bill more as “a general statement, as a guiding light of where we need to go.” Without sweating all the details.

    So…in other words, like the Obama-care bill, it has stuff in it that nobody read, that is probably unconstitutional, that no one knows is in there and they submitted it in a “hail mary” kind of way, knowing it would “probably not pass”…like Obama-care. And what if it does? Who will “sweat the details” then? Just as who’s sweating the details in the Obama-care law?

    Later, a Senate Democratic spokesman blamed unnamed staff and said a new bill will be introduced

    Wow, taken directly from the national socialist playbook. “It’s not my fault! Did the people elect YOU or “unnamed staff”? Who is responsible? I say it’s YOU.

  11. JohnMG says:

    If a democrat is speaking, common sense, and gun control should never be taken at face value…….especially if used in the same sentence. In fact nothing any Democrat says should be taken at face value. Consider every utterance a lie.

    But where Obama is concerned, listen very carefully to what he says, because what he will do next will be the exact opposite.

  12. captstubby says:

    “It wasn’t a big deal,” she said.

    Did Obama supporter vote 6 times in 2012? Ohio poll worker target of investigationBy Eric Shawn
    Published February 19, 2013
    | FoxNews.com
    The Obama/Biden lawn sign remains proudly planted in front of Melowese Richardson’s Cincinnati home, three months after the presidential election.
    It seems that President Obama has an especially ardent supporter in the veteran Ohio poll worker.
    Richardson told a local television station this month that she voted twice for Obama last November. She cast an absentee ballot and then voted at the polls as well.
    “Yes, I voted twice,” Richardson told WCPO-TV. “I, after registering thousands of people, certainly wanted my vote to count, so I voted. I voted at the polls.”
    Authorities also are investigating if she voted in the names of four other people, too, for a total of six votes in the 2012 presidential election.
    “I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States,” Richardson vowed when asked about the voter fraud investigation that is now under way.
    Richardson is one of 19 people suspected of illegal voting by the Hamilton County Board of Elections in the last election.
    “I’m outraged, and every voter, regardless of their political affiliation, should be outraged,” said Hamilton County Board of Elections member Alex Triantafilou, who is also chairman of the county Republican Party. “It causes folks to have real doubts about the fabric of our very democratic process, and it’s dangerous. It is disconcerting that someone would be so bold as to admit their conduct in such a fashion … We fully intend to prosecute these cases.”
    Richardson claimed she had submitted an absentee ballot, but was afraid her vote would not count so she also voted in person. She also said she voted in the name of her granddaughter and yet another person.
    “There was absolutely no intent on my part to commit any voter fraud,” she insisted.
    Richardson’s granddaughter, India Richardson, confirmed to Fox News that her grandmother voted for her, by submitting an absentee ballot in her name. India told Fox News that she is not angry, and gave her permission to cast her absentee ballot.
    “It wasn’t a big deal,” she said.
    But election authorities say voting more than once, or in someone else’s name, is a big deal because it is illegal and threatens the credibility of the nation’s election system.
    “It appears she not only attempted to vote more than once, but was actually successful at it and having those additional votes counted,” Ohio Secretary of State John Husted, who is in charge of the state’s elections, told Fox News.
    “She appears to have used her position as a poll worker to cover her tracks. That would be someone who is an official in the elections process, using that position to commit a fraud. That is especially troubling to me, as the chief elections officer of the state, because it is my responsibility to make sure the system runs effectively, that it has integrity. When I find issues like this, I know that it undermines voter confidence in our elections, and we must pursue it.”
    Three other absentee ballots in the names of different people were submitted to the Board of Elections from Richardson’s address on Nov. 1. Officials say the handwriting on those ballots is similar and that they were all received together, on the same day that Richardson’s absentee ballot arrived at the office. Richardson maintains that some of the other voters live at her house.
    Attempts by Fox News to reach Richardson were unsuccessful, but she claimed to the local station that the votes were “absolutely legal votes.”
    In written reports detailing the 19 cases, Board of Elections investigators described their findings. In one instance, an investigator called a suspected double voter and was hung up on.
    “I explained that she voted twice and she told me not to bother her and get off her phone and she hung up,” the investigator wrote.
    Another voter admitted to double voting, but did not think it was an issue.
    “The voter said yes she ‘voted early’ and then voted again, then she asked ‘what’s the problem?'” according to the report.
    Yet another voter was at a loss for explaining why he voted more than once.
    “Voter said he remembered both times. He doesn’t know why he voted twice,” the report said.
    The documents show that another voter said he had received a phone call before Election Day telling him his absentee ballot would not count. When investigators questioned him about voting two times, the voter replied “‘as usual, you guys are wrong.’ … he was curious about the investigation and asked ‘Now what will you do’ and ‘are you taping me now?”
    The Hamilton County Board of Elections is holding hearings to further investigate these cases.
    “It is so fundamental to people’s faith in the democratic process, that we need to act very strong to make sure that we are doing everything we can to keep people’s faith,” declared Triantafilou. “There is always the concern, though, that there are those situations where we didn’t catch folks.”
    As part of a new effort to root out any voter fraud, Secretary of State Husted has ordered all 88 of the state’s county Board of Elections to hold public hearings on any credible voter fraud allegations or claims of voter disenfranchisement during the 2012 election. He said any substantiated allegations should be turned over to prosecutors.
    “Once the election is over, and once the winner is declared, everybody forgets about it. I want to make sure that we don’t forget about it, that we make sure we do, essentially, an audit of that process to ensure that we know what happened, and then use that evidence to guide us going forward. … We need to learn from that last election so that we can be better before the next one gets here.”
    “Fraud does happen,” noted Husted. “Most attempts are caught by the system. But there are cases that do slip through, as this one does, and we need to make sure that we really send a strong message, that if you do this, you are going to be held accountable. It might mean fines, it might mean jail time.”
    Voter fraud, said Husted, “undermines public confidence in democracy, and that’s why we need, whether you are a Democrat or Republican, to root out all cases of voter fraud.”

    now how the hell this guy thinks Democrats are going to win any elections?

    the president brings a undocumented worker to the state of the union speech,
    this lady boasts she broke the law,
    see, this is the White House new “what does it matter now anyhow” in action.

    “do what you like.”

  13. BillK says:

    Why vote for Republicans at all?

    From state-run NPR:

    In Reversal, Florida Gov. Scott Agrees To Medicaid Expansion

    By Julie Rovner

    Perhaps Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s motto should be “never say never.”

    After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the administration’s Affordable Care Act but made the expansion of the Medicaid program voluntary last June, Scott vowed that his state wouldn’t participate in the expansion of the program for low-income Floridians.

    The vast majority of the cost would be paid by the federal government, but that didn’t matter to Scott. “Florida will opt out of spending approximately $1.9 billion more taxpayer dollars required to implement a massive entitlement expansion of the Medicaid program,” said the governor in a statement last July.

    But Wednesday, Scott, a Republican, pulled a complete turnabout. He said Florida would accept the federal government’s offer of funding, at least for the three years it has promised to pay the entire bill.

    The decision “is not a white flag of surrender to government-run health care,” he said. Instead, he called the Medicaid expansion a common-sense solution for real health care problems.

    “Quality health care services must be accessible and affordable for all — not just those in certain ZIP codes or tax brackets,” he said at the briefing. “No mother, or father, should despair over whether or not they can afford — or access — the health care their child needs. While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost of new people in Medicaid, I cannot, in good conscience, deny the uninsured access to care.” …


    Aside from the wildly biased sentence:

    Scott vowed that his state wouldn’t participate in the expansion of the program for low-income Floridians

    it’s clear he really drank the Kool-Aid; his entire statement reads like an Obama administration press release.

    (Oh, and let’s not forget it’s illegal to deny medical care based on financial status at ERs and the like.)

    No wonder no one votes for Republicans; they cave faster than an overweight eight year old to the bullies that took his lunch money.

  14. captstubby says:

    Virginia community braces for impact of defense cuts
    | FoxNews.com

    Hampton Roads, like so many communities in Virginia, has an economy that centers around the military — in their case, the Navy.

    And with eight days left for Congress to act to halt looming budget cuts known as the sequester, residents are increasingly worried that Naval Station Norfolk — the lifeblood of the community — will be hard hit.

    Tom Taylor, who runs MF&B Marine Warehouse in Hampton Roads, is already watching contracts with the Navy dry up at his small ship-repair business.

    “It’s not like turning on a spigot. You don’t turn it on and turn it off,” Taylor said in an interview with Fox News. “These (contracts) are months or years in the planning stage, so if they are canceled, you know, they don’t come right back. … So that’s pretty alarming.”

    Like many small business owners in Virginia, Taylor will be directly impacted by the freeze in defense spending. Seventeen percent of the sequester defense cuts will come from Virginia’s Hampton Roads area. Estimates show that the entire state, factoring in major defense contractors in Northern Virginia, could lose as many as 200,000 jobs.

    Most of the nation’s naval fleet is maintained from ports in Norfolk and San Diego. The Pentagon has already canceled the deployment of the carrier fleet USS Harry S. Truman to the Persian Gulf citing fiscal constraints. Pentagon officials say ship maintenance is one of the first items on the chopping block come March 1, the day the sequester takes effect.

    Taylor says that every day Congress stalls puts added stress on him and his community.

    “It does keep you up at night,” Taylor said. “When you have a small business, it’s more of a personal nature. People become your friends. You know them, you’ve been with them through ups and downs, birth of children, weddings, graduations — whatever it may be. And it’s not like a big company, when they lay people off they have an outside firm do it, or the HR department does it. … I have to look these people in the eye.”

    Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Pentagon also announced that by late April it will have to furlough more than half of its 800,000 civilian employee staff.

    And on Thursday the deputy defense secretary warned that by the end of the year “two-thirds of all Army units will not be ready to fight other wars.”

    Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott told a community forum in Hampton Roads that he wants Congress to cancel the sequester. “Our nation is facing a serious, self-inflicted crisis that could cost our economy millions of jobs across the nation, and hundreds of thousands of jobs here in Virginia, if sequestration takes effect on March 1st.” Until then, Scott said, “we have total confusion, and no one knows exactly what’s going to happen.”

    Randy Windley, who owns Doumar’s diner near the naval station, says everyone in the area is at risk. “I think it’s going to have a trickle-down effect,” Windley said. “We’re a small business and the military is so tied to this area that it’s going to hurt the economy and the surrounding cities.”

    Steve Jackson, a local resident and truck driver, spoke to Fox News after the community forum with Scott and said he’s frustrated by the whole process. “I want to know, when am I … getting laid off in March, or in April. And I think that’s what a lot of people want to know, and the answer to that, tonight, is — we don’t know from the higher ups.”

    “A lot of people on the outside of the military and the government will lose their jobs all the businesses around here will be affected restaurants, car lots, grocery stores — everyone’s going to be affected by this,” said Phil Swain, a retired Pentagon civilian employee who lives the Hampton Roads area with his wife Jeanee, also a retired DoD civilian.

    “I think we’re all worried about it,” Jeanne said. “The military supports us either indirectly or directly. It affects all the businesses, the real estate, our tax base — it’s our lifeline.”

    “never let a good crisis go to waste.”
    the Campainer In Chief is bypassing a golden gift by not “giving in” to the evil Republicans to save our Military.

    he’s a hero of the people,
    keep and grow new jobs,
    will get votes from military communities that he may have never got before.
    the media will make him a martyr who “did the right thing” ,putting politics aside.
    and he still gets to spend your money.

  15. captstubby says:

    How bad is the Republicans’ demographic problem?

    Chris Wilson’s Yahoo! News column examines the stories that are told by the numbers and data we see in the news.

    Just to get out ahead of the pack a little, I’m going to go ahead and call the 2020 presidential election for the Democrats.
    I’m less sure about 2016, though it’s not looking good for the GOP. These forecasts are based on extremely simple math: Take the current rates of turnout and party preference for the four major racial and ethnic groups and plug them in to the Census Bureau’s population projections for the 18-and-over population for the next 50 years.

    If you simply project the present into the future, then it’s pretty clear that Democrats have this thing in the bag—”thing” referring to the future of democracy. But we can assume that the future will not look exactly like the present, which is why this widget allows you to manipulate the percentages of each group that turn out to vote and which party they vote for. It’s when you start messing with the dials in this interactive that you realize the massive amount of trouble the GOP faces if it does not change its image with minority voters—or, as we’ll soon be calling them, “plurality voters.”

    four major racial and ethnic groups are things in the bag

    to the Democrats.

    if the GOP said anything like the idiot above,

    the outrage would be in your face for weeks.

  16. captstubby says:

    yesterday Chicago open and closed its seasonal one day only performance
    of what is considered the longest running off Broadway comedy,
    “Democratic Elections In Cook County.”

    Robin Kelly wins democratic race for 2nd District
    Turnout for the hotly contested special election to replace disgraced U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been very low.
    CHICAGO (Associated Press) –
    Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC.
    The nomination all but assures that Kelly will sail through the April 9 general election and head to Washington, because the Chicago-area district is overwhelmingly Democratic. The race among the lesser known Republican candidates was too close to call Tuesday night.
    From a crowded field of Democratic contenders, Kelly emerged early as a leader on gun-control issues — a central theme during the race — which helped her win support from Bloomberg’s super PAC, Independence USA. It poured more than $2 million into the race by airing anti-gun ads in her favor and against another Democratic front runner, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, who unlike Kelly is against banning assault weapons.
    “We worked really, really hard,” the former state representative from Matteson, a south Chicago suburb, told The Associated Press. “We were on the right side of the issue and our message resonated.”
    Kelly also defended the financial support from Bloomberg, saying: “No one complains when the NRA was spending big money.” In her victory speech she vowed to fight for gun control until “gun violence is no longer a nightly feature on the evening news.”
    Halvorson conceded Tuesday evening, saying the outside money certainly played a roll.
    “It shows, unfortunately, you can’t go up against that big money. …That’s the problem with super PACs,” Halvorson, who unsuccessfully challenged Jackson in a primary last year, told the AP. “There is nothing I could have done differently.”
    Halvorson had warned that if the ads were successful, Bloomberg would try to “buy seats” across the country.
    Another Democratic front runner, Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale, also took issue with the ads, saying people were “extremely upset” that someone from New York was trying to tell people in Illinois how to vote.
    “That’s what money gets you,” he told the AP after conceding late Tuesday. “We earned every vote.”
    Bloomberg called Kelly’s win an important victory for “common sense leadership” on gun violence, saying in a statement that voters nationwide are demanding change from their leaders. His PAC, launched weeks before the November election, has spent more than $12 million backing candidates nationwide.
    Guns were a leading issue at candidate forums and email blasts from candidates, even as Jackson’s legal saga played out in court and frustrated voters who’ve seen two other congressmen in the office leave under an ethical or legal cloud.
    Jackson resigned in November, after a months-long medical leave for treatment of bipolar disorder and other issues, then pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges that accused him of misspending $750,000 in campaign money on lavish personal items, including a Rolex watch and fur coats.
    Jackson’s exit created a rare opening in a district where he was first elected in 1995. The primary featured 14 Democrats, including former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, who held the seat in the 1990s but served prison time after being convicted of fraud and for having sex with an underage campaign volunteer. There were four Republicans on the ballot.
    Voters heading to the polls Tuesday indicated that guns, ethics and economic woes were on their minds. Attention to the gun-control debate came as Chicago experienced a spike in homicides last year and was reignited in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut.
    Mary Jo Higgins of south suburban Steger said she voted for Halvorson because the former congresswoman is “the only Democrat who believes in the Second Amendment.”
    But Country Club Hills minister Rosemary Gage said she voted for former state Rep. Robin Kelly because Kelly is “standing with (President Barack Obama) and trying to get rid of guns.”
    “It’s really bad in Chicago and across the country,” Gage said. “Too many children have died.”
    The issue of ethics was also on the minds of voters, particularly as Jackson’s legal saga has been playing out in federal court. David Berchem, a retired painter, said he voted for Halvorson because he believes she would represent all residents of the district and was “as honest a person as you can find.”
    Turnout at the polls was low, with participating hovering near 10 percent in several areas of the district, according to early estimates. Election officials said the weather might have kept some voters on the fence at home.

    “Halvorson says she doesn’t know what she’ll do next.”

    the only honest Democrat in Chicago.

  17. captstubby says:

    yahoo has reached a new plateau of B.S.

    Is the National Debt Really Too Big?
    By Yahoo! Finance |By Joel Kurtzman, Senior Fellow, Milken Institute
    Nobody is arguing that the national debt isn’t big. Sixteen-plus trillion dollars is a lot of money – roughly 102 percent of GDP. But does that mean it’s too big? If we only compare the size of today’s debt with what was owed in the past, $16 trillion seems like a lot. But is that the right way to determine if we should bring the government, and perhaps the country, to a halt by imposing sequestration? I don’t think so.

    Whether our national debt is too big is a matter of affordability, not size. The kind of credit card debt many of us had in college, and which kept us up at night, is most likely far smaller than the amount of debt we would have to rack up today to have those same worries. That’s not because we worry less, it’s because we earn more.
    Similarly, when financing the purchase of a car, whether the finance company grants us the loan is only partly determined by the price of the car; how much we earn and the size of our other debts are other key factors. If two people with the same income apply for a loan, one might get the loan and one might not, depending on whether they can afford more debt. Isn’t this how we should be approaching our national debt discussion, from the standpoint of affordability, and not simply size?
    Our Debt Is Getting More Affordable
    The affordability of our national debt is an issue that gets little attention. Fortunately, the Federal Reserve of St. Louis keeps track of how well the economy is handling our debt. It does so in the form of a chart that measures the percent of GDP devoted to paying interest on the nation’s debt. What that chart says is illuminating. According to the Fed, the percent of our nation’s GDP devoted to paying interest on the debt has fallen to its lowest level since 1973.
    Presently, we spend roughly 1.4 percent of GDP to pay the interest on what the Federal government has borrowed. Since 1940, the largest share of GDP devoted to pay the interest on our debt was in 1990, when the U.S. spent roughly 3.25 percent of GDP on interest payments.
    The share of GDP going to pay interest on the debt began falling in 1994. And, with the exception of the period of the Great Recession, has continued falling ever since. My guess is that if America’s credit rating was measured the same way consumers are measured when they finance the purchase of a car, we would get the car.
    Of course, interest payments on our debt fell sharply because interest rates came down as a result of actions by the Federal Reserve to overcome the recession. But that’s not the only reason. The long-term reason our debt became more affordable is that the country has been growing steadily since the mid-1990s, except for the period immediately following the financial crisis. These two factors – growth and lower interest rates — pushed down the country’s interest payments, as a percent of GDP, to levels not seen since Gerald Ford was in the White House.
    With the threat of sequestration looming, there is a lot of argument about the size of the debt – and with good reason. But there is no discussion about whether a country our size, with a $15-plus trillion GDP, can afford the debt we have. Judging by the numbers, we can afford the debt we’ve taken on. After all, we’re not in college anymore.

    even large amounts of Wild Turkey could not make anyone believe this is a real report.

  18. captstubby says:

    DePaul Punishes Pro-Life Student for Releasing Names of Vandals
    By Todd Starnes

    The head of a conservative student organization at DePaul University has been sanctioned by the university and could be expelled after he released the names of vandals who destroyed a pro-life flag display.

    Kristopher Del Campo, the chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter, was found guilty by the university on two counts – “Disorderly, Violent, Intimidating or Dangerous Behavior to Self or Others” and “Judicial Process Compliance.”

    The charges were a result of posting a copy of the university’s incident report on the YAF’s website. Click here to read the posting.

    DePaul University did not return calls seeking comment.

    Last January Del Campo and other pro-life students received permission from the university to erect a pro-life display featuring 500 flags. Vandals later destroyed the display – stuffing a number of the flags into trash cans.

    The university’s public safety department launched an investigation and eventually identified 13 students who confessed to the crime. Those names were then released by the university to Del Campo.

    On Feb. 5 the national Young Americans for Freedom organization posted the names of the vandals on their website. The posting generated negative comments directed at the vandals – and the university held Del Campo responsible.

    Flags were thrown in garbage cans around campus.

    Three days later, Del Campo was informed that he had violated DePaul’s Code of Student Responsibility. He was formally charged ten days later.

    “Instead of supporting a student whose free speech rights were violated, DePaul University bullied Kristopher Del Campo for daring to expose the 13 vandals,” said Young America’s Foundation President Ron Robinson. “They put him through a Soviet-style show trial.”

    Free speech and conservative groups said they are shocked that the university is punishing the victim of a crime.

    “Simply publishing the names of the students who confessed to vandalizing YAF’s display does not place them at ‘substantial risk of physical harm,” wrote Pete Bonilla, of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in a letter to the university’s president.

    “The 13 DePaul students named in the public safety report admitted not only to vandalizing YAF’s display but also planning to do so,” he wrote. “Students who purposefully vandalize the works of other students should not expect to be shielded from the public consequences of their actions.”

    According to an email obtained by Fox News, the dean of students warned Del Campo that he could ultimately be removed from the university.

    “It is unfortunate that this incident is part of your educational career,” wrote Dean of Students Art Munin. “Any further infractions of the Code of Student Responsibility during your probationary period may result in additional disciplinary action including removal from the university.”

    Del Campo, a 23-year-old psychology major, is about to graduate. He agreed to speak to Fox News knowing that he could face expulsion.

    “I lost my dignity as a person,” he told Fox News. “They told me I couldn’t say anything and I had to keep all of this confidential.”

    Del Campo said he is speaking out because he doesn’t want other conservatives to suffer through the ordeal he’s been subjected to.

    “The dean told me not to fight,” he said. “He told me it wasn’t worth it – that I just have 13 weeks left at the university. But I’m going to fight this. This is wrong. This university has a problem with free speech rights and this time they met a challenger who is not backing down.”

    Kate Edwards, of YAF, said they are demanding that DePaul University drop all charges against Del Campo.

    “His free speech rights were completely violated,” she told Fox News. “They intimidated him. They threatened him. They placed a gag order on him.”

    Edwards said the university even forbade Del Campo from contacting YAF and was not allowed to have any counsel during his tribunal.

    “He couldn’t get a lawyer – he was completely intimidated,” Edwards said.

    you are now entering Amerika.

    just as in the 19th century millions of Americans held slavery to be wrong although both Court and Constitution held it was within the rights of states to uphold it.

    “John Rawls’ A Theory o f Justice (1971), argued that justice was categorically paramount, superior to any other consideration, so that one aspect of justice could be sacrificed only to another aspect, not to any other desired goal. Rawls argued that a policy which benefited the entire human race except one should not be adopted (even if that one person was unharmed) because that would be an `unjust’ distribution of the benefits of the policy.”

    “protesters were arrested for picketing abortion clinics, and some were jailed for up to two and a half years for non—violent actions chiefly consisting of chanting and prayer. In 1994, under pressure from the ProChoice Lobby, Congress passed the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, making peaceful picketing a federal crime punishable by ten years in prison.”

  19. canary says:

    Palestinians Warn Obama not to Visit Muslim Mosque in Jerusalem

    AFP: Palestinians warn on possible Obama visit to Al-Aqsa

    Feb 24, 2013

    Palestinian political and religious leaders on Sunday stressed that US President Barack Obama should not visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem in a way that might compromise its “Muslim sovereignty.”

    “The visit shouldn’t have a political theme to it because Al-Aqsa belongs to Muslims only and it is their place of worship and we refuse that any Israeli official accompanies the visitor,” said Sabri.

    The head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, said the Jewish state had “no sovereignty over Al-Aqsa or Jerusalem.”


    Let’s hope Obama’s ODD* and OCD is in full blown mode. He should defy those bigoted Muslims he has stood up for, and perform his Muslim washing ritual to include cleaning behind his ears four times.

    *ODD (Opposite Defiant Disorder – medical diagnostic code DSM-IV 313.81 (or ICD-9 313.81)

  20. canary says:

    ynet: Israel only country in West to reduce debt

    Government’s debt-to-GDP ratio expected to total 73.5% in 2012 compared to 74.1% in 2011. Israel also only country in West whose credit rating has increased since 2008

    By Gad Lior – 02.26.13 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4349610,00.html

    I thought Israel was a Middle-East country, but Israel and Russian’s new gas deal is under the Asian section in the WSJ. What a plentiful earth.

    Wall Street Journal: Gazprom Signs Deal to Market Israel’s Tamar LNG Project

    By James Marson – Feb 26 2013

    MOSCOW–OAO Gazprom OGZPY -1.69% has signed a deal to market liquefied natural gas from the Tamar floating project in Israel, the Russian gas company said Tuesday.

    In recent years large amounts of natural gas have been discovered off Israel’s coast.

    Gazprom is increasing its involvement in LNG as demand for gas delivered by pipeline to Europe, its most lucrative market, declines.


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