Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Obama an 'Afro-Nazi!?, 'GOP waging 'holy jihad' to extend tax cuts, Is America regressing? Octomom, Obama, and Public Assistance, Republicans Raise Money for Gay Agenda, Karl Rove Is No Conservative, Dem operative 'involved' in New Black Panthers call

Sen. Kaufman: GOP waging 'holy jihad' to extend tax cuts

Republicans are fighting to extend tax cuts for high earners with the intensity of a "holy jihad," a Democratic senator charged Monday.

Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) said he didn't see any room for compromise with Republicans on the extension of income tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of the year, blaming the GOP for being unflinching on tax rates.

"We talk about bending — it's incredible. There's no bending! Pick up your morning Washington Post and find out what Republicans are willing to bend on," Kaufman said during an appearance on CNBC. "This is like a holy jihad to keep the tax cuts going."

At issue are the tax cuts passed early in the presidency of George W. Bush, which will revert to their rates preceding the tax cuts, unless Congress acts. Democrats, led by President Obama, want to extend all the breaks except for households earning more than $250,000 per year and individuals earning over $200,000 per year.

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Is the government using classified tax information to target individuals and their companies that are anti-Obama?

Koch Industries Lawyer to White House: How Did You Get Our Tax Information? - Weekly Standard

Lately, the White House and its allies have been drawing attention to the political activities of libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch. In an August 9 speech, President Obama singled out Americans for Prosperity, a free-market political group founded by David Koch in 2004. In the wake of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, Obama said:
Right now all around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates all across the country.  And they don't have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are.  You don't know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation.  You don't know if it’s a big oil company, or a big bank.  You don't know if it’s a insurance company that wants to see some of the provisions in health reform repealed because it’s good for their bottom line, even if it’s not good for the American people.
"Using a great deal" of research by the left-wing Center for American Progress, the New Yorker's Jane Mayer reported in the magazine's August 30 issue that the Kochs are "waging a war against Obama." Reason's Nick Gillespie argued that Mayer's report was nothing more than "sly innuendo and revelations as lame as they are breathless," but that hasn't stopped top Democrats from blasting the Kochs for funding the Democrats' political opposition.

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Most Economists Want All Tax Cuts Extended; CNN's Roberts Sees Need to 'Bump Up' Govt's 'Revenue Stream' - Newsbusters

A new CNN/Money survey of 31 top economists found a majority of them say the top priority — given the weak state of the economy — is for Congress to extend the Bush tax cuts for all income groups. But talking about this policy recommendation with CNN/Money’s Paul La Monica on Monday’s American Morning, co-anchor John Roberts rued the conundrum of needing to keep tax rates low for economic reasons — putting “more money in the pockets of people” — while at the same time, because of the “frightening” trillion-dollar deficits, “you’ve got to bump up your [the government’s] revenue stream.” Roberts fretted:

You want to put more money in the pockets of people, particularly when you look at unemployment over 9 percent. But then at the same time you have these deficits that are running at an absolutely frightening rate of a trillion-plus dollars a year. So, you’ve got to bump up your revenue stream but at the same time you want to keep your money coming into the economy. So how do you reconcile that calculation?
It seems not to have occurred to Roberts that the way to avoid either monstrous deficits or suffocating tax increases is to reduce government to a more affordable size.

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Matthews Scolds Obama: 'Stop Saying Cutting Taxes Is Giving People Money - It's Their Money!' - Newsbusters

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Octomom, Obama, and Public Assistance - Palousitics

Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman Guiterrez (born Natalie Denise Suleman), is popularly known as "Octomom". She is most widely known for giving birth to octuplets in January 2009.

She is a controversial figure, having used in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in all her pregnancies. She had six prior children, was unemployed, and on public assistance when she gave birth to her eight youngest children. Octomom is a high school graduate, has a four-year college degree, and even has taken some graduate level courses.

Suleman gained much attention following the highly unusual birth of eight children. She received monetary contributions, TV deals, and has been in numerous magazine articles as well. Now that some of the initial reaction to her unprecedented situation has worn off, she apparently is spiraling back down to the same conditions which allowed her to get pregnant with eight embryos simultaneously in the first place: dependence on government run public assistance programs.

With a record-high 40 million people on food stamps in Obama's America, and free healthcare being promised in the future, what are the odds of more such Octomom-style debacles taking place?
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Broke Octomom refuses $500K porn offer

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Snap! More People Like Palin’s Views Over Obama’s! - Pirate's Cove

No matter how much the left, the media, and the Democrats try to demonize and marginalize Palin (it probably would have been wiser to simply ignore her, libs), her message resonates with the People

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Likely U.S. Voters say their own views are closer to Sarah Palin’s than they are to President Obama’s, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Just 40% say their views are closer to the president’s than to those of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.

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Republicans Raise Money for Gay Agenda - AIM

The emergence of former McCain aide Nicolle Wallace in the pro-gay movement has raised questions about whether Palin’s charges against her, made in her best-selling book, were true.

The civil war in the Republican Party takes another turn on Wednesday night when Sarah Palin basher Nicolle Wallace lends her name to a fundraiser for a pro-homosexual group called American Foundation for Equal Rights. Wallace, an adviser to the 2008 McCain for President campaign, figures prominently in Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue, as someone determined to get her on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric so that she could be sandbagged by the left-wing anchorwoman.
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Karl Rove Is No Conservative - The American Conservative

And thanks to the Tea Parties, even Rush Limbaugh has to acknowledge it, as Jack Hunter explains.

So it took a Republican Senate primary in Delaware for Rush Limbaugh finally to realize that Karl Rove sucks. When the Tea Party-anointed Christine O’Donnell defeated establishment Republican Mike Castle in Delaware’s GOP primary Tuesday, Rove chastised GOP voters on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program for not being politically practical, in defeating the allegedly more mainstream and electable candidate. With Rove claiming that O’Donnell’s victory ensured a Democratic win in the general election, Limbaugh went after Rove as representing the “Republican establishment” and viciously attacked that establishment for always shortchanging conservatives.

I remember well listening to Limbaugh one afternoon last spring as he interviewed Rove, who was promoting his new book. I had been on the radio that morning, singing the conservative praises of then Kentucky GOP senatorial primary candidate Rand Paul, who I lauded as a potential new, powerful Tea Party leader. One caller asked, “Jack, this sounds great, but why have I never heard of this guy?”

And the caller had a point. Outside of Kentucky and a few liberty-minded bloggers, no one had really heard of Rand Paul at that time. Hannity was too busy gushing over Scott Brown to mention him, Fox News barely acknowledged Paul’s existence, and Limbaugh, who never does interviews, was busy breaking his cardinal rule to do just one high-profile interview — not with any rising Tea Party candidate, but with Karl freaking Rove. The same Karl Rove Rush attacked this week for betraying conservatives is the same guy whose book Limbaugh was heavily promoting in March, the title of which, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight, Rush plugged many times without the slightest hint of irony.

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Debasement Is Not Just a Damp Room Under Your House - The American Spectator

When I opened my Sunday New York Times to a story on Derek Jeter this week I was stumped from the first word. I had to ask my daughter to define OMG. "I use it all the time," she said. "Where have you been?"

"Oh my God," I reminded her. "In France."

Visitors, foreign and American-born, are finding communication increasingly difficult as catchwords proliferate. Often they seem to come from the schoolyard.

Just how debased can the English language become and still be called English? I pondered this question as I attempted to function in the U.S. after living an extended period in Europe.

The day before my OMG experience, an angry motorist in Boston wanted to share his opinion of my driving skills. He held up his right hand to his forehead and formed an "L" with his thumb and index finger extended. "Loser," my 12-year-old grandson translated. As I grumbled unintelligibly, my grandson held up three fingers and rotated his hand to the left. The "W" became an "E", shorthand for "whatever."

I assume American adults will be doing the "whatever" sign to each other eventually, just as they picked up the l-word. ("Whatever" as a spoken word regrettably seems here to stay.)

Kids used to borrow language from adults. Now the opposite is happening. Is this country regressing?

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The Politics of Resentment - Human Events

By Thomas Sowell

Few things have captured in microcosm what has gone so painfully wrong, where racial issues are concerned, like the recent election for mayor of Washington, D.C.

Mayor Adrian Fenty, under whom the murder rate has gone down and the school children's test scores have gone up, was resoundingly defeated for re-election.

Nor was Mayor Fenty simply a passive beneficiary of the rising test scores and falling murder rates. He appointed Michelle Rhee as head of the school system and backed her as she fought the teachers' union and fired large numbers of ineffective teachers-- something considered impossible in most cities across the country.

Mayor Fenty also appointed the city's chief of police, Cathy Lanier, who has cracked down on hoodlumism, as well as crime.

Either one of these achievements would made mayors local heroes in most other cities. Why then was he clobbered in the election?

One key fact tells much of the story: Mayor Fenty received more than 70 percent of the white vote in Washington. His opponent received more than 80 percent of the black vote.

Both men are black. But the head of the school system that he appointed is Asian and the chief of police is a white woman. More than that, most of the teachers who were fired were black. There were also bitter complaints that black contractors did not get as many of the contracts for doing business with the city as they expected.

In short, the mayor appointed the best people he could find, instead of running a racial patronage system, as a black mayor of a city with a black majority is apparently expected to. He also didn't spend as much time schmoozing with the folks as was expected.

So what if he gave their children a better education and gave everybody a lower likelihood of being murdered?

The mayor's faults were political faults. He did his job, produced results and thought that this should be enough to get him re-elected. He refused to do polls and focus groups, and he ignored what his political advisers were warning him about.

No doubt Mayor Fenty is now a sadder and wiser man politically. While that may help him if he wants to pursue a political career, Adrian Fenty's career is not nearly as important as what his story tells us about the racial atmosphere in this country.

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Dem operative 'involved' in New Black Panthers call - WND
'This scandal has just gotten a whole lot worse for the Justice Department'

Information obtained from the Obama Department of Justice by the Washington-based government monitor Judicial Watch appears to document that a political operative participated in the decision to drop large portions of a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party that essentially already had been won.

Judicial Watch announced in a statement today that it has forced the disclosure of the existence of documents "indicating Democratic election lawyer Sam Hirsch was involved in the DOJ decision to dismiss its voting rights case against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense."

"These documents show the Obama Justice Department's decision to drop the Black Panther case was certainly political and potentially corrupt," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said today.

"The Black Panther decision is a scandal for the Obama administration, and it merits serious attention by investigators," he continued. "Assistant Attorney General Perez seems to have been less than candid in his sworn testimony when he said no political appointees were involved in the decision.

"The scandal has just gotten a whole lot worse for the Obama Justice Department," he said.

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From the N-Word to Code Words
The evolution of the race card in American politics.

At the beginning of the summer, my conservative friend David Frum made a joking remark that stayed with me. The evolution of right-wing abuse of President Barack Obama, he said, was not unlike the evolution of American pornography. It took a long time for the appearance of things like bare breasts and pubic hair to occur, but once those thresholds had been crossed, it didn't take long for the most lurid things to be freely depicted and for the competition for obscenity to become ever more extreme. "Everybody's afraid now of being outdone from the right," he told me. "So when somebody eventually comes out and calls Obama an 'Afro-Nazi,' it will go mainstream quite fast."

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