(h/t Secrets of Vancouver)
BC TURNS PROGRAMMING OVER TO OBAMA; NEWS TO BE ANCHORED FROM INSIDE WHITE HOUSEAnd the "useful idiots" at ABC of course retorted:
Tue Jun 16 2009 08:45:10 ET
On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care -- a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!
Highlights on the agenda:
ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House.
The network plans a primetime special -- 'Prescription for America' -- originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate.
The Director of Communications at the White House Office of Health Reform is Linda Douglass, who worked as a reporter for ABC News from 1998-2006.
Late Monday night, Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay fired off a complaint to the head of ABCNEWS:
Dear Mr. Westin:
As the national debate on health care reform intensifies, I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABC's astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue on June 24, 2009. Next Wednesday, ABC News will air a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.” This does not include the promotion, over the next 9 days, the president’s health care agenda will receive on ABC News programming.
Today, the Republican National Committee requested an opportunity to add our Party's views to those of the President's to ensure that all sides of the health care reform debate are presented. Our request was rejected. I believe that the President should have the ability to speak directly to the America people. However, I find it outrageous that ABC would prohibit our Party's opposing thoughts and ideas from this national debate, which affects millions of ABC viewers.
In the absence of opposition, I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime. The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.
Republican National Committee
Chief of Staff
As an aside, I just watched a global warming
ABCNEWS Senior Vice President Kerry Smith on Tuesday responded to the RNC complaint, saying it contained 'false premises':
"ABCNEWS prides itself on covering all sides of important issues and asking direct questions of all newsmakers -- of all political persuasions -- even when others have taken a more partisan approach and even in the face of criticism from extremes on both ends of the political spectrum. ABCNEWS is looking for the most thoughtful and diverse voices on this issue.
How many folks actually think that ABC, having complete control in selecting those who will be so lucky as to be able to question "the messiah," will be nonbiased in selecting that audience?
"ABCNEWS alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president. Like any programs we broadcast, ABC News will have complete editorial control. To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience."
Tough questions are a bitch, aren't they, Barry?
Subject: FW: Obama on CNBC
CNBC Interview with Obama (aired June 16 @ 4:43) - question about the favorable press he's been getting:
OBAMA: I've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration
CNBC: I assume you're talking about FOX
OBAMA: That's a pretty big megaphone and you'd be hard-pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.
President Obama on Monday made his most detailed pitch yet for a $1-trillion overhaul of the nation's burdened healthcare system, calling it a "ticking time bomb" that threatens the nation's prosperity.Remember when we "had to do something" when Obama and the democrats in Congress passed the "Bailout" to nowhere, saying we just *had* to act to pass an abomination of taxpayer-funded largesse that no one even took the time to read? At the very least, I gotta give the LA Times credit for reporting at least some of the truth:
The challenges of advancing major healthcare legislation were underscored Monday by a preliminary report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which estimated that the first major Democratic health bill -- prepared by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) -- could cost about $1 trillion over the next decade, while covering only about 16 million more people.It appears that Senator Edward Kennedy wishes on taxpayers the same fate he dealt to Mary Jo Kopechne, but I digress. Just suffice it to say that when President Barack Hussein Obama (or any liberal democrat, for that matter) labels anything a "crisis," hold on to your wallets.
"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free."'Nuff said.
what she would say to Megatron to keep him from destroying the world. "I'd barter with him," she muses to the July issue Total Film UK, "and say instead of the entire planet, can you just take out all of the white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super bible-beating people in Middle America?"I was planning on seeing this movie. But after reading this, I guess this "hillbilly, white-trash anti-gay super midwest bible-beater" will stay home, and as far as Megan Fox is concerned, she can shove Megatron, sideways, up her pernicious, spiteful, arrogant backside.
It was a carefully crafted coup -- five weeks in the making, with independent Tom Golisano in on the plotting.The democrats, powerless to stop the inevitable, took their ball and went home:
And when it was over Republican Sen. Dean Skelos of Rockville Center was back in power as Senate Majority Leader. Dumped was former Democratic leader Malcolm Smith.
During the coup, Democrats fled the chamber, turned out the lights, and cut off the Internet feed of chamber proceedings, leaving Republicans and their two Democratic friends to take the vote in the dark.And with that bit of information, I think I'll just check out the window to see if any pigs are flying.
"we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…"How is it, that during this brave, new, enlightened age, that we should hear about significant job layoffs in, of all places, a wind turbine plant?
How can this be, that a company that was literally booming during the Bush Administration, would have to actually lay off workers during the environmentally-conscious, environmentally-pristine era over which which the lord and savior Barack Hussein Obama presides?
Pipestone, Minn. (AP) — A wind power company in southwestern Minnesota has announced it will eliminate 70 jobs this summer with another 90 layoffs possible by the end of September.
According to a letter sent to city officials, Suzlon will make the first round of layoffs at the Pipestone turbine blade plant by Aug. 2. Another 90 job losses will likely be added to that tally.
Pipestone Mayor Laurie Ness says the news is "crushing blow" to the city.
Perhaps a quick jaunt from the small town of Pipestone, Minnesota, to the small town of Willmar, Minnesota, may give us a clue:
WILLMAR (AP) - Two wind turbines are expected to be upLet's see... two wind turbines will provide the city of Willmar with two mega-watts of power. Pretty impressive, eh? Well, hold the phone, as Paul Harvey would say:
and running in Willmar by the end of July.
The city is finishing up construction of the turbines, which
will each generate two megawatts of power.
Wesley Hompe of Willmar Municipal Utilities says the turbines
will keep 236,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Hompe says Willmar hopes to add more turbines in the future. The
initial project has a $10 million budget.
That's enough to cover about 3 percent of the city's annual energy needs.Two turbines provide three percent of Willmar's annual energy needs. According to Wikipedia, the year 2000 census (that was, of course, pre-ACORN estimates--no doubt the 2010 census will half; Willmar leans Republican by over 10%--but I digress) showed Willmar's population to be at 18,351. Some simple math indicates that two turbines will power the energy needs of some 550.3 of Willmar's 18,351 residents.
Record ReportIf the global warming shills can use individual weather events as evidence in their feeble attempt to bolster the global warming sham, then I hereby utilize the above case as solid evidence of global cooling.
Statement as of 11:15 am CST on June 7, 2009
... New record cold high temperature set at Twin Cities MN...
A new record cold maximum temperature of 52 degrees was reached yesterday... June 6 2009... at the Minneapolis/St Paul international Airport in the Twin Cities. This breaks the previous record of 54 degrees set in 1901 and 1937.
Adding car vouchers to the "War bill." How appropriate; since the socialist Nanny-statists in Congress have been at war with SUVs (and on people's freedom, in general) for quite some time now.
WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) - U.S. congressional Democrats are considering fast-tracking legislation to boost auto sales by offering Americans vouchers to trade in older, less fuel-efficient vehicles for ones that get better mileage, a congressional aide said on Thursday.
The legislation, known as "cash for clunkers," would be added to a pending war funding measure in Congress, but "no final decisions have been made" despite wide support for the voucher program, said Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The war funding bill is a must-pass spending bill that is largely for U.S. forces operating in Afghanistan and Iraq. Adding the car program would speed the voucher measure's enactment into law.
Susan Gaertner:That cadre of gubernatorial hopefuls can be made analogous to many of Minnesota's great educational institutions status during the summer months: NO CLASS."Finally, as we move forward it is imperative that we resolve to reject a Republican Party political philosophy that will surely try to maintain the Pawlenty agenda of insensitivity toward those most in need and a fiscal policy that has been disastrous to our state's future." [said she, in a snit--whatever that is--ed]Margaret Kelliher:"We were dealing with a governor who decided to throw in the towel and walk away from the type of Democracy we have," she said Friday afternoon." [Of course, she didn't mention that under Kelliher's leadership, things moved faster in a morgue--ed]Steve Kelley:"Tim Pawlenty's time in office has been devastating to Minnesota. His budget gimmicks have wreaked havoc on the financial stability of our state. In the past six years, school class sizes have exploded, vulnerable adults and children have been left to fend for themselves, working Minnesotans have lost their jobs, college kids have been forced to drop out due to skyrocketing tuition, and much, much more. We must have the courage to challenge the short sighted philosophy that is wrecking our state." [Cats sleeping with dogs! Plagues! Armafriggengedden!"--ed]And we'd be remiss if we didn't include the third-person megalomaniacal rantings of John Marty:"We enthusiastically welcome that news that Governor Pawlenty will not be seeking a third term. This is great news for the entire State of Minnesota. This may be an admission from Tim Pawlenty that he has done as much damage as possible, and is now stepping aside to allow a leader of vision and moral courage to occupy the Governor's Office. That leader is Senator John Marty." [And that's GOD, to you, plebian!"--ed]
I think the governor's announcement today is further evidence of what I've seen very clearly while traveling the state over the last year. The thirst for new leadership in Minnesota is real. But this race has never been about whether governor Pawlenty is running or not - it's about what's best for the future of Minnesota and I look forward to bringing that message to every corner of the state.Not devoid of rancor, but a refreshing change, nonetheless.
"I served with Tim Pawlenty in the Minnesota state legislature for eight years and worked with him as governor for four years. While we had principled disagreements on policy, this is a day to recognize that he and his family have made substantial sacrifices for public service.Good on you, Mr. Entenza! the respectability and decorum award certainly goes to you, and here's hoping the level of "politics as usual" muck and mire in which we've been anchored in Minnesota will take a refreshing turn for the better!
"My campaign for governor is about a new vision for Minnesota, one of making Minnesota work again by embracing the clean energy economy and providing the best education in the nation for our kids. Our state faces major challenges, including huge budget deficits and low job growth. It's time to focus on addressing these challenges and on moving our state forward.
"I look forward to finding out who the GOP candidates will be so we can have a vigorous debate about Minnesota's future."
Read, as they say, the whole thing. As a somewhat frequent critic of Governor Pawlenty, what with his "green" initiatives, and all. I would have to unequivocally say that he's performed his job admirably this last legislative session. My hope is that his replacement performs his job with equal vigor and attention paid to the interest of hard-working, tax-paying Minnesotans.
"Whether one agrees or disagrees with the Republican governor’s deep cuts in vital programs, the claim he’s misusing his power is bogus. The governor has the authority both to veto budgets and apply “unallotment” when there is not enough revenue to pay for everything lawmakers approved. That’s exactly what Pawlenty is doing. His action is generating howls among Democratic leaders who failed to lead.
For example, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, in a column she wrote accused the governor of a “power grab.” She contended that use of allotment power is reserved only for emergency situations. Does she not understand the state’s budget emergency?"
Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.
The incident - which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube - had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.
Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as "the most blatant form of voter intimidation" that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.
A Justice Department spokesman on Thursday confirmed that the agency had dropped the case, dismissing two of the men from the lawsuit with no penalty and winning an order against the third man that simply prohibits him from bringing a weapon to a polling place in future elections.So, he's not allowed to bring a nightstick to the polling place anymore. I mean, how sensitive is that? Are you sure that's a culturally sensitive decision?
Glenn Reynolds says, "psycho who?"
"When you guys win, you get to keep your money. When we win, we take your money."(MN Rep. Cy Thao, DFL 65-A)
"Teacher says, everytime a bell rings, another democrat wants to raise your taxes."-Zuzu Bailey-