Happy Independence Day! Open Thread

John Adams to Abigail Adams

July 4, 1776

It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of the country to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Happy 4th of  July to all of our authors, readers, commenters, and friends.  Remember our troops today, without whom there would be no freedom for us to enjoy barbecue, games and fireworks.  Pray for them and for our Republic.  May God bless the United States of America.  Long may she endure. From this time forward forever more.

140 responses to “Happy Independence Day! Open Thread

  1. And I’m proud to be an American,
    where at least I know I’m free.
    And I won’t forget the men who died,
    who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up,
    next to you and defend her still today.
    ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
    God bless the USA.
    –Lee Greenwood

    Happy 4th Everyone! Wave those flags and attend those parades!

    Thanks to all of our military who are to this day still defending and protecting us and our freedom and liberty!
    We honor and salute you!

    • I’m appropriating all the symbols of America and being very patriotic today.

      “There ain’t no doubt I love this land; God bless the USA!”

      Yes, thanks to the brave ones who stand on that wall to defend us today and every day. Semper Fi!

      • The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth’s Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

        In its original form it read:

        “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
        In 1923, the words, “the Flag of the United States of America” were added. At this time it read:

        “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
        In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God,” creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy’s daughter objected to this alteration. Today it reads:

        “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
        Section 4 of the Flag Code states:

        The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”, should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.”
        The original Bellamy salute, first described in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who authored the original Pledge, began with a military salute, and after reciting the words “to the flag,” the arm was extended toward the flag.

        At a signal from the Principal the pupils, in ordered ranks, hands to the side, face the Flag. Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute — right hand lifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it. Standing thus, all repeat together, slowly, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” At the words, “to my Flag,” the right hand is extended gracefully, palm upward, toward the Flag, and remains in this gesture till the end of the affirmation; whereupon all hands immediately drop to the side.

        The Youth’s Companion, 1892

        Shortly thereafter, the pledge was begun with the right hand over the heart, and after reciting “to the Flag,” the arm was extended toward the Flag, palm-down.

        In World War II, the salute too much resembled the Nazi salute, so it was changed to keep the right hand over the heart throughout.

  2. The nation’s birth certificate
    July 4

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=318473

  3. a thoughtful piece to ponder; a gift that continues to give even to the ungrateful entitled as well as those that are as guilty as sin yet free a bird.

    http://uppitywoman08.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/happy-independence-day-americans-do-you-know-the-price-they-paid/

  4. Our imperial POTUS believes that the Constitution gives him whatever power he thinks he needs. He now has telegraphed through Geithner and Chuckie Schmuckie that he doesn’t need Congress to raise the debt limit. He can do it all by himself! Well, of course he can. He’s “The One,” isn’t he?

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/03/cornyn-obama-bypassing-congress-on-debt-limit-is-crazy-talk/

    Sen. John Cornyn warned President Obama on Sunday to not even consider interpreting the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment to bypass Congress and raise the debt limit without its approval.

    ‘That’s crazy talk. It’s not acceptable for Congress and the president not to do their job and to say somehow the president has the authority then to basically do this by himself,’ Cornyn, R-Texas, a former judge on the Texas Supreme Court, told “Fox News Sunday.”

    The proposal that Obama re-interpret Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment to justify raising the $14.3 trillion debt limit has been gaining traction in Democratic circles since Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told reporters that the Constitution’s language could support the president’s raising the limit without congressional approval.

    ‘The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for the payments of pension and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion’ — this is the important thing — ‘shall not be questioned,’ ” Geithner read during a discussion hosted by Politico in May.

    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and others on Capitol Hill reportedly acknowledged that the idea is percolating, and had been presented to the president.

    ‘It’s certainly worth exploring. I think it needs a little more exploration and study,’ he said during a conference call with reporters held Friday.

    Without addressing efforts to invoke the Constitution, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said Sunday the president and congressional negotiators shouldn’t even be discussing a debt deal privately.

    ‘Congress is the constitutional place for this to be decided,’ said Sessions, who is the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.”

    If Barry doesn’t like what laws Congress passes, Barry ignores them and rules by fiat.

    If Barry doesn’t like what SCOTUS rules, Barry ignores it and rules by fiat.

    Of what use is Cornyn’s “warning” to Barry when these asshats in Congress don’t ever back up their warnings?

    Barry will smugly do what he wants and dare them to oppose him. IF they even bother to oppose him, then he will simply play the litigation game, running out the clock whilst his fundamental communist transformation of America continues apace.

    • It appears as if the lamestream media are setting Barry up to use his “nuclear option” wherein he declares unilaterally that the 14th amendment gives him the Constitutional power to raise the debt limit all on his own. This story explains what I predicted about running out the clock. (He’s so transparent; it doesn’t take much to see through him.) http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-national/could-president-obama-pursue-nuclear-option-on-the-debt-ceiling

      For the past few months it has been assumed that the Congress would have to increase the debt limit in order for the Treasury Department to borrow more money. However, analysts are increasingly discussing a “nuclear option” that may be available to the executive branch. Citing the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, some scholars are arguing that President Obama does not need authorization in order to borrow more to pay the debt obligations of the United States. …
      It would take weeks if not months for the judicial branch to settle the question, and by that time sufficient pressure may have built up to force Congress to act to raise the debt limit. Even if the courts rule that it is unconstitutional, the “nuclear option” may buy President Obama time, and that time may be the most precious thing of all in the standoff over the debt.”

      As well he knows, and that’s why he doesn’t care. Just rule by fiat, ignore the law and the Constitution, do what you want and dare the rest of the government to sue you. Then run out the clock. What I said the other day: Imperial POTUS.

      What else can one expect from a man who as a child admired and longed to be tinpot dictator Suharto? Who admires Hugo Chavez, the King of Saudi Arabia, Fidel Castro, Che Guevarra, Chairman Mao, among others?

      The media is setting it up for Barry. The GOP will solely be at fault if the US “defaults”:
      http://www.businessinsider.com/will-the-gop-agree-to-a-debt-deal-2011-7
      It’s not worth quoting. There are numerous stories planted in the Cabalistic propaganda-arm of the WH known as the mainstream, independent, unbiased and non-partisan media. All designed to set the stage to blame the Republicans, no matter what happens.

      Obama, imho, would like nothing better than a default and a crisis. All the better to RULE you with, my dears.

      Here are the provisions of the 14th amendment within which Geithner and “some scholars” think they read authority for the PRESIDENT to raise the debt limit:

      “Section. 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

      Section. 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

      Note the phrase, “authorized by law.” Who makes law? CONGRESS.

      Then note the entire Section. 5.: Who has the “POWER TO ENFORCE, BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION?” THE CONGRESS.

      The POTUS is not mentioned anywhere IN the 14th amendment, except as regards a right to vote for president or losing the right to become president if a person has engaged in rebellion.

      Nowhere does the 14th amendment take away the power of the purse and give it to the POTUS.

      A perfect example of what Sunstein means when he talks about his progressive 2020 Constitution. Just redefine the meanings of words and read into the CLEAR text whatever you want people to think it means, do what you want, and dare the peons to object. Then run out the clock. Forever. Or until you’ve seeded all the courts with like-minded progressives who will overturn the Constitution of this country, by any means necessary, without firing a shot or letting the PEOPLE have a say.

      They’ll impose their vision on us, whether we want it or not.

      The people had better wake up and SEE what’s happening to our country. This is a coup and nothing less.

      Barry will not allow the law and the Constitution to stand in the way of his Marxist fundamental transformation of America. He simply does not care about the law or the Constitution, as Leo Donofrio has proven. Nor do his supporters care about the law, the Constitution, the TRUTH, or morality, as Leo Donofrio has proved. Barry will RULE, as Michelle said, by any means necessary.

      And the media will lay the groundwork for him and applaud him when he rolls over the law and the Constitution. This is Obamamismo. Like the Venezuelan tyrant/messiah after whom Barry models himself.

      This writer says it’s an impeachable offense to do it, but will Congress give a rat’s patoot? Will the Democrats in Congress put their party and their power and wishes ahead of this COUNTRY and its Constitution, which they’re sworn to uphold? I’m not counting on it:

      http://spectator.org/blog/2011/07/05/is-obamas-end-run-around-congr#

      “The latest impeachment ground, if President Obama follows through on it, is his kingly proposal to raise the federal government’s debt ceiling without congressional approval.

      Liberals are often impervious to reason, preferring to see the Constitution as authorizing everything they see as good and prohibiting everything they see as bad. “When a crisis occurs, instead of solving it, Democrats use it as an excuse to expand their power,” notes Republican historian Michael Zak.

      So it wasn’t terribly surprising the other day when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner waved the Fourteenth Amendment around like a magic wand.

      Obama zombies like liberal Bruce Bartlett seem to think that because “[t]he validity of the public debt of the United States … shall not be questioned” somehow this means a) that the debt ceiling is unconstitutional and b) the president gets to authorize borrowing without congressional approval. Maybe in their eyes there is also an option c) which fantasizes that because debts are falling due borrowing is automatically authorized or mandated by operation of law.

      In other words, even though Article I, section 8 of the Constitution provides that Congress has the power “[t]o borrow money on the credit of the United States,” it doesn’t matter. Congressional control over borrowing is irrelevant because the Dear Leader says so.”

      You know, it really doesn’t matter what they say to try to justify what Barry does and it’s a useless exercise to try to get around their logic and grok their rationale. It IS rational and rationalization. It means nothing. It’s ALL Kabuki theater. They know what they’re prepared to argue is a lie, a farce, ridiculous. They simply DON’T CARE. They want what they want and they want it now, despite the law and the Constitution and the FACT that the American People don’t WANT what they want. They aren’t interested in the truth, they have no respect for contrary opinions or viewpoints, they want ONLY to steamroll over anybody and anything standing in the way of their Marxist ideal global order. This we have learned, if nothing else, over the past three years, from arguing with idiot obots.

  5. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=316621

    WND story about how the progressives plan to create a progressive Constitution by 2020. (Of course we’ve written about this and covered this already. Playing catch up again.)

    “In April 2005, Sunstein opened up a conference at Yale Law School entitled “The Constitution in 2020,” which sought to change the nature and interpretation of the Constitution by that year.

    The event was sponsored by Soros’ Open Society Institute and the Center for American Progress, which is led by John Podesta, who served as co-chair of Obama’s presidential transition team. Podesta’s center is said to be highly influential in helping to craft White House policy.

    The Yale event on the Constitution was also sponsored by the ACS, which has been described as a group meant to counter the work of the Federalist Society, which has been at the forefront of the push for a more conservative judiciary since its launch in 1982.

    The ACS is the main organization behind the movement to ensure a more “progressive” Constitution. It has received more that $2.2 million from Soros’ Open Society since 2002.

    Brown, Obama’s staff secretary, wrote an entry on the blog for the “Constitution 2020” conference at Yale Law School in which she decried conservative interpretations of the Constitution.

    She wrote: ‘Conservatives have captured the intellectual initiative in popular and even much elite discourse. Their success in framing and communicating fundamental conservative principles has contributed to real legal and political change over the last two decades. Will we allow narrow and sterile conservative interpretations of our Constitution’s vital principles and protections to reshape our national character and control our daily lives? Our answer, on this weekend and on every day of the coming years, is a resounding No.’

    Who is it who want to CONTROL our daily lives? Progressives!

    All this is to be done simply by having progressives “reinterpret” the Constitution, of course, not by democratically amending it in the way provided by the Founders because, of course, the American people aren’t THAT STUPID, although they think we’re stupid. Do note how Ms. Brown puts “popular” and “elite” on opposite ends of a spectrum. Conservative equals popular; progressive, I suppose, equals “elite”.

    More from that story:

    “In his book, [Cass] Sunstein laid out what he wants to become the new bill of rights, which he calls the Second Bill of Rights:

    His mandates include the following:

    •The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation; [Nationalized institutions? Sounds like. Welcome to the collective.]

    •The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation; [Doesn’t government supply all that? We have to earn it? Bummer.]

    •The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return that will give him and his family a decent living; [Nationalized farms? Sounds like. Welcome to the collective.]

    •The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

    •The right of every family to a decent home; [Supplied by Uncle Sam? Sounds like. Welcome to the collective.]

    •The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health; [Opportunity to achieve health? Sounds like a mandate: You’d better achieve health. Eat your veggies. Don’t eat fat. Don’t eat white potatoes. Nanny Michelle Antoinette says so.]

    •The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident and unemployment; [Don’t forget the right to die when we tell you to.]

    •The right to a good education.” [Oooh. That’s a good one. If we all go to Harvard, then we’ll all be among the elites. Right? Probably a “good” education is a “progressive” one. Surely they want the masses to continue on at community college.]

  6. I say may Yahweh bless America, since it’s him who gave us this land for his benefit to put out his work, his truth.

  7. Rosemary Woodhouse

    And another amen.

    I hope all of you had a celebratory and happy Independence Day! I look forward to more of this team’s fantastic research this year. And not to sound corny, but to quote Tiny Tim, God Bless Us, Everyone!

  8. Obama’s 2012 Campaign Merry-Go-Round: Andrew Cuomo to Replace Joe Biden, Biden to Replace Hillary Clinton?
    July 5

    Could President Obama be growing tired of Vice President Joe Biden’s seemingly endless gaffes, or of what some perceive is Biden’s increasing irrelevance? So tired he would actually choose another running mate to lead him into 2012? If
    prominent political strategists including William Powers — the GOP power broker responsible for electing Rudy Giuliani mayor – are correct, Obama might consider replacing his current Vice President with freshman New York governor Andrew Cuomo. In turn, strategists predict Biden might then fill Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s shoes. Seriously?

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obamas-2012-campaign-merry-go-round-andrew-cuomo-to-replace-joe-biden-biden-to-replace-hillary-clinton/

    • Well, if we had a foreign policy, we’d expect it to go up in smoke if Biden becomes the SOS! I believe it was Biden that wanted Iraq spit into 3 countries..his idea.

      Hillary to go to the World Bank? What does georgie want?

    • He might consider replacing Biden with Alfred E. Neuman. What is this, a trial balloon?

      Considering how it is that Biden is VP in the first place, and why he is, what makes these asshats think Barry could replace him, even if he wanted to, if Biden didn’t go along? Of course, there’s always the bribe of the Sec. of State job. What is this, musical chairs? What a way to run a government. But does it matter who sits in the seats, considering who really runs the show?

      If Biden’s a gaffe machine, why then would they replace Hillary with him? Why not just push him under the bus like so many others with treadmarks? I think we can guess.

      What about Hillary then? What will keep her quiet and happy? Oooh. A big ambassadorship? Head of the UN maybe? The possibilities are endless when you know where the bodies are buried. I’m sure Cuomo is pure as a newborn babe, himself. Huh?

  9. From the Blaze – Rush Limbaugh speaks in Joplin, MO, 7/4/11

    Do you know what we’re celebrating today?” Rush Limbaugh asked the electric crowd. “We are celebrating a revolution. We are celebrating the most unique revolution in the history of humanity.”

    That’s how Rush began his rousing speech to residents of the tornado-ravaged town of Joplin, MO yesterday. He continued to talk about how America is not a country “chosen” by God but rather “blessed” by God.

    Rush delivered a message about American Exceptionalism that focused on the uniqueness of our country’s founding 235 years ago. He spoke of the importance of freedom as well as America’s tradition of helping those in need.

    • It’s wonderful that he went there. And inspiring. The people of Joplin needed a boost. The newspaper said that they were going all out this July 4th. To have the biggest celebration ever, so they’d have one day to forget their woes and celebrate this country. God bless them all. And God bless Rush, too.

  10. The Verdict in the Casey Anthony Murder Trial is to be announced at 2:15 EST.

    The Judge said the jury has reached a verdict. Jury is being returned to the courtroom. Court form is given to the deputy who gives it to the judge. He is reading it. Defendant please rise. The jury reads the verdict.

    First degree murder – not guilty
    She is breaking down.
    Aggravated child abuse – not guilty
    Aggravated man slaughter – not guilty
    Providing false information to law enforcement officer – guilty
    Providing false information to law enforcement officer – guilty
    Providing false information to law enforcement officer – guilty
    Providing false information to law enforcement officer – guilty

    Polling the jury asking if they were their true and correct verdicts. All saying yes.

    Thursday at 9:00 am is sentencing.
    Casey Marie Anthony can live! No death penalty. Her parents left the the courtroom. She walks on a homicide charge. Incredible.

    Discussion
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2744151/posts?q=1&;page=801

    • It is incredible. If that farce wasn’t the OJ trial redux, I don’t know what was, complete with a grandstanding “judge” allowing that travesty to go forward. Persecution of her father over irrelevant and downright FALSE stories, like they persecuted Mark Furhman in the OJ trial. How in the world can they find her not guilty? A baby disappears for a month, and her mother says nothing but goes out partying instead. When the baby’s body is found in a swamp, there’s duct tape wrapped around her head. Why would someone wrap duct tape around a baby’s head AFTER she’s dead? Why would someone wrap duct tape around a baby’s head in the first place? Logic tells you why and it also points to the perp. Of course, all circumstantial but where’s the justice for that poor child? Where’s the justice for her grandfather, while we’re at it?

      Amazing and sad. I hope they can throw the book at her on lying to investigators. It’s all they have now.

    • what did she need with the shovel she borrowed?

      OJ re-do. Nullification.

      Ashton had a lot of guts guffawing in court.

    • Today, the judge gave the sentencing for time served for each of the four counts of lying. Casey Marie Anthony will walk out of jail a free woman next Sunday 7/17. “Good” behavior while in jail and time served already have shortened her stay.

      I thought (hoped) the judge would make a ruling that she couldn’t make money off her trial and the lawsuit..he didn’t. If she writes a book, who could believe a word that is written?

      Her fate is now in God’s hands; he can be her judge.

      Where will she go that she is not vilified? Who hires felons…and especially a known liar. Do you think her parents will “welcome” her home? Hardly, in my opinion. The neighbors don’t want her there. She can change her name..Casey Acorn. I bet her lawyer wants her to get a book deal or speaking deal..so he can get some money. Was he a public defender?

      • A representative from Boca Raton has introduced a law in Florida called “Caylee’s Law” that will make it a felony if a parent or guardian does not report a missing child. I guess Caylee will live on if all state’s adopt this law. Much in the same way that little Amber lives on. (Just reported on Bill O’Reilly’s show).

        • Don’t they have an “abandonment of a corpse” law in Florida? Do you think somebody will sue Casey in civil court, like Nicole’s family sued OJ? The brother comes to mind. Not only did he lose a niece, her defense slandered him by accusing him, with no evidence, of molesting Casey and being the father of her child. How about her poor dad, who was falsely accused, slanderously, of molesting Casey?

          Did you hear the amazing news that the pine tree at the site where Caylee’s body was found–the tree where people left mementoes in Caylee’s memory–was struck by lightning?

      • I heard that a porn movie producer planned to contact Casey to make her one of his stars but his clients objected, en masse, so he changed his mind. So even porn addicts have scruples and don’t want to see her “partying” on video.

  11. House Ethics Committee Investigating Rep. Gregory Meeks
    07/05/2011
    The House Ethics Committee on Friday announced that it would “extend” a previously unacknowledged review of Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY).

    In January 2010, we exposed Meeks involvement in a charity called New Direction Local Development Corporation that raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims who never received it, among other questionable dealings. In March 2010, we asked the House Ethics Committee to investigate Meeks for paying $830,000 for a newly built home in 2006 that was worth more than $1.2 million.

    Meeks was in the headlines in early 2010, but the Ethics Committee is only now reviewing these events. The Committee’s announcement was made on Friday afternoon of the July 4th holiday weekend, suggesting that it sought to minimize media coverage.

    http://nlpc.org/stories/2011/07/05/house-ethics-committee-investigating-rep-gregory-meeks

  12. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/07/04/ap/politics/main20076687.shtml

    “The Secret Service said Monday it will investigate the hacking of Fox’s political Twitter account over updates claiming that President Barack Obama had been assassinated.

    Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie says the law enforcement agency whose job it is to protect the president will conduct a probe of the false postings and that “we will conduct the appropriate follow up.”

    Hackers broke into the FoxNewsPolitics account early Monday, leaving a series of six tweets reporting that Obama had been shot to death in Iowa and the shooter was unknown.

    In a statement posted on its website, Fox News called the tweets “malicious” and “false.””

    Well, I have a lot of faith that they’ll find the culprits and when they do they’ll let us know who they are and why they did this. Wanna guess why? To trick the birthers and everybody else they hate and figure are right-wing conservatives into applauding, as they expect them to do but which they wouldn’t. All to “prove”, they think, that the “right” and FOX News, in particular, only hate Obama on account of his (alleged) race and are racist bigots out to destroy him and NOT his MARXIST communist policies.

    It’s how they tried to smear the Tea Party. When that didn’t work, they just sent plants to Tea Party rallies with racists signs and made sure the media were there to photograph them, report on Tea Party bigotry, and NEVER report the truth that the sign carriers were astroturfing, union thug plants.

    From the story, “An online magazine at New York’s Stony Brook University, Think, reported that initial posts around midnight indicated the Fox News Twitter account had been hacked by a group called the Script Kiddies. Harmless posts announcing the group’s hacking of the Fox News account were followed by the false posts about Obama, according to Think.

    A Think staffer, Adam Peck, wrote on the magazine’s website that he had exchanged electronic messages with a person claiming to be with the Script Kiddies shortly after the initial hacking. Later, however, the unidentified person would not confirm that the group was behind the Obama posts, Peck wrote.”

    I’ll bet he wouldn’t, once they were busted. I wonder if they were ready to plant comments celebrating the lie?

    By any means necessary. Huh?

    • Darn, it was a false posting! Guess no one bit on it. That would have been a July 4th real Independence Day celebration. No mourning from me. Will we ever know who was really responsible and who they represented? I’m betting on the slime of the Left.

      • Gateway Pundit has screen shots where the perps admitted it and they even gave their own personal Twitter account name, so shouldn’t be hard for the Secret Service to find the perp in question. IF they want to, which they may not be allowed to or if they do, allowed to tell. Remember how that Secret Service guy tweeted about right wingers and FOX blather? So they’re not exactly ALL on the side of good. Check out the comment by Illini Patriot. “At a minimum, the Secret Service needs to have a conversation with Progressive PST, a political advocacy contracting firm that has advertised and provided services that utilize Twitter and other social media to misrepresent and disparage.

        The head of Progressive PST, was also known to brag about script kiddies extensively when he was active on the IRC #hack channel and as it was part of his nomenclature, could be seen as a reference to throw off investigators.

        I don’t have specific knowledge that this entity was involved in the Fox incident, but do know of their prior and current services offered for progressive candidates, and their leadership’s hatred of Fox News. Their head also has an extensive hacking reputation, though most of those who know of his skills would concur that he is nothing more than a script kiddie when it comes to meaningful expertise.

        At a minimum, it would be beneficial for the authorities to have a conversation with an unregistered political action group that claims to offer such services for hire.”

        Have we encountered or researched that group yet? Progressive PST? Let me guess at the connections.

  13. Anyone that read parts of that Stimulus knew that jobs wouldn’t be created by what they were funding. It was a pure scam on the taxpayers. It gave “ear marked” projects the go ahead when they couldn’t get them passed in a normal legislature or in a normal bill. As it was dubbed the Democrats Wish List…they got their wishes and we got the bill.

    Obama Economists Admit: ‘Stimulus’ Cost $278,000 per Job… The stimulus is now causing the economy to shed jobs.
    July 3, 2011 Snips

    When the Obama administration releases a report on the Friday before a long weekend, it’s clearly not trying to draw attention to the report’s contents. Sure enough, the “Seventh Quarterly Report” on the economic impact of the “stimulus,” released on Friday, July 1, provides further evidence that President Obama’s economic “stimulus” did very little, if anything, to stimulate the economy, and a whole lot to stimulate the debt.

    The report was written by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors, a group of three economists who were all handpicked by Obama, and it chronicles the alleged success of the “stimulus” in adding or saving jobs….. the “stimulus” has added or saved just under 2.4 million jobs — whether private or public — at a cost (to date) of $666 billion. That’s a cost to taxpayers of $278,000 per job. In other words, the government could simply have cut a $100,000 check to everyone whose employment was allegedly made possible by the “stimulus,” and taxpayers would have come out $427 billion ahead.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-s-economists-stimulus-has-cost-278000-job_576014.html

  14. Let them starve! Guess it isn’t about what they proclaim it to be. Guess they are really intent on causing a revolutionary clash. Wonder what all the media people are doing now? Will they go on a hunger strike too?

    Greece Offers to Send Flotilla Aid Directly to Gaza
    The activists decline.

    10:37 AM, Jul 5, 2011

    Flotilla organizers are always insistent that their mission to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is strictly humanitarian. So although the latest flotilla has been prevented from leaving Athens by Greek authorities, one might think that the organizers would at least be willing to accept Greece’s offer to deliver the supposed aid that would be on board to the Palestinians themselves. But that’s not the case.

    Instead, the flotilla organizers have declined Greece’s offer, and are planning to hunger strike until Greek authorities let them leave the port. The Jerusalem Post reports: Organizers of the flotilla seeking to break Israel’s blockade over the Gaza Strip on Sunday rejected an offer by Athens to allow Greek Navy ships to transfer the humanitarian aid they had planned to bring with them to Gaza on their behalf.

    Earlier on Sunday, activists on the flotilla ship The Audacity of Hope announced an open-ended hunger strike aimed at pressuring the US government [Obama] to allow the ship to set sail to the Gaza Strip, organizers said.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/greece-offers-send-flotilla-aid-directly-gaza_576311.html

    • Good for the Greeks. They’ve proved what liars these people are and exposed their true colors. RED! Liars. If they cared about the people, they’d let Greece deliver the “aid”. You’re right, Bridgette. Let them starve. Let’s see how dedicated they REALLY are to the cause. They should be ready to starve to death for freedom for 1 1/2 million. I mean, what are their measly lives worth, compared to the “starving” people of Gaza who, btw, have fresh fruits and veggies and everything else they need? Been proven. Have they searched these ships to see exactly what this “aid” consists of and whether it even exists? If Greece won’t let the ships out of port, how the hell is Obama going to “allow the ship to set sail to the Gaza Strip?”

  15. Does this suggest they are worried about union votes?

    Video of Biden to Teamsters: Don’t vote Republican, or else…
    As Byron York noted in his column, Joe Biden last week told the International Brotherhood of Teamsters,“Don’t any of you guys vote Republican…Let me put it this way: Don’t come to me if you do. You’re on your own, Jack!”

    Jake Tapper has now posted the video.


    http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/07/video-biden-teamsters-dont-vote-republican-or-else

    • I heard that quote played on the radio this morning, as if it were a funny joke. Yuk. Yuk. What would they come to Biden for, anyway? Is he admitting that he pulls strings for the unions? Nah. That can’t be it.

  16. The NEA is radical, it’s in favor of wealth redistribution, it’s in favor of indoctrination of America’s children, and it stands AGAINST America’s children, America’s taxpayers, America’s families. Not only does the NEA have a radical, anti-family agenda, and not only does the NEA promote Saul Alinsky’s books and teachings (and remember, Saul Alinsky gives a shout out to Lucifer in Rules for Radicals), but both their words AND their actions prove that they’re about one thing, and one thing only: money and power: What better reason to expend whatever amount of energy is necessary to take them down?
    http://www.the912project.us/forum/topic/show?id=2881797%3ATopic%3A2203306&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic

    Major Teachers Union Endorses Obama’s Re-Election
    Jul 4, 6:04 PM EDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The nation’s largest education union has endorsed President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Members of the National Education Association voted to support Obama on Monday at their annual convention in Chicago.In a statement, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel says Obama and the union share a vision and members wanted early and strong support to help his election.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EDUCATION_UNION_OBAMA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-07-04-18-04-01

    • I just got done reading a story in the WSJ about how they were considering NOT giving an EARLY endorsement to Barry. Figures they’d go ahead and do it after the trial balloon flew and probably strings were pulled.

  17. red herring? what’s a commy? a dumb libtard setup, no doubt.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/07/05/commy-obama-presidents-campaign-website-hacked/

    • If it’s for real, it’s probably done to redirect attention away from the FOX hack because they know who did that and don’t want it exposed. This makes Obama a victim and will get the obots yammering about the right-wing trying to hack Barry’s sites because they’re RACIST, you know. If they were hacked, they hacked themselves. The “crime” will never be solved. In either case, is my guess.

  18. And we can expect nothing to happen, as usual. No one has investigated his fundraising from the 2008 elections and the source of money from foreigners!

    Obama’s Record Fundraising Comes Under Legal Scrutiny
    1 Jul 2011 Snips

    A 1979 Justice Department ruling found that presidential fundraising in the White House is legal, but only when it occurs in the residential portion of the historic mansion.

    But election-law experts told CNSNews the raffle video was taped in an area frequently used for official business. It’s a criminal offense,” high-powered GOP attorney Cleta Mitchell, who sits on the ABA’s election-law committee, told the website.

    It appears the Obama video, which has been criticized by some observers for demeaning the presidency, was taped in the Map Room. The Map Room is located on the ground floor of the White House. Obama has used it for media interviews and for a meeting with the Dalai Lama. Most voters know the Map Room as the venue for the second Obama oath-of-office ceremony, which was conducted by Chief Justice John Roberts in January 2009 after the first ceremony was flubbed.

    http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/BarackObama-2012PresidentialElection-Fundraising/2011/07/01/id/402258?s=al&promo_code=C8C3-1

  19. https://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/obama-long-form-gaggledygook/comment-page-2/#comment-58433

    Link to an update on document expert Vogt and the news gaggle where the LFCOLB was presented. FYI.

  20. Adding more fear to the airline industry. Aren’t you sick of people talking but who can’t be identified? Either they are accountable or they aren’t!

    US Warns Terrorists May Try to Surgically Implant Bombs in Humans

    July 6, 2011

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is warning airlines that some terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into humans to carry out attacks. There is no intelligence pointing to a specific plot, but the U.S. has shared this information with executives at domestic and international carriers.

    The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security information.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/us-warns-terrorists-may-try-to-surgically-implant-bombs-in-humans/

    • I heard this somewhere months ago. If it’s speculation, then why warn the airlines? The ONLY solution, then, IS PROFILING. How else will you screen people? Will everybody have to have a CAT Scan before boarding? How ridiculous. It sounds like more Alinsky tactics to stir people up about TSA invasion of privacy AND to harm the airlines right during vacation season.

      If it’s “sensitive security information,” then why is this official blabbing it? Can’t Barry control his administration? Can’t Holder and Panetta or whoever control these leaks? Is there an investigation? A similar leak: Today’s paper reports that the administration is preparing to present Pakistan with proof that a journalist was murdered by their security forces because he was critical of them. It’s supposed to be sensitive because Pakistan is already upset with us about OBL’s killing and the fact that we know their security forces sympathized with and protected him. If it’s so freaking sensitive that they have to be careful how and when to present it to Pakistan, then why are we reading it first in the newspapers? Is Barry’s administration THAT incompetent? What other sensitive information is being blabbed all over the place, to the detriment of this country? Why won’t Congress investigate these dangers to national security?

      • I thought they were putting this out there so they could add more intrusive body scanners at airports. Yeah, scare the pilots as if they don’t already understand the high risks they take. Will the airline execs let this information trickle down to the airline staff members too? Will TSA be given more authority to do their pat downs?

        I read that Ron Paul wants to totally dismantle TSA..Good idea? How about just reining them in?

        • I know this ridiculous but I am going to say it anyway.

          Americans should refuse to use the airlines for any reason whatsoever for a 60 day period, at the very least. A consolidated effort is the only way to scream solidarity.

          Where there is a will, there is a way. But, unfortunately. Americans need to be gratified instantly, no matter what.

          The commies know this and that is why we are being strangled. We permit them to enslave us.

          just like those foreign-made poison-filled light bulbs. everyone screams about them while they stand in the check out line purchasing them

          we have no fortitude. they get us incrementally. just look at the past 3 years. all talk, complain, no action.

        • The paper today says that people flying into the US will be screened more thoroughly, and will be questioned and observed more closely (body language, etc., like the Israelis do). Maybe this is the cover story for starting to do things like the Israelis do, without admitting that’s why they’re changing their politically correct methods that only annoy innocent people and don’t catch terrorists. They also talk about swabbing people’s hands, clothing, bags to detect traces of explosives and using dogs. Since those body scans seem to show SO MUCH, do they or could they show surgical scars?

          Part of Al Qaeda’s goal is just to make the USA spend tons of money wastefully, to help bring our economy down. Of course, this goal nicely parallels the goals of those who want to destroy America as we know her and rebuild this country into a Marxist/communist state (fundamental transformation).

          Will they really put bombs inside of people? It’s possible they could find a loon to do it, but just putting out the threat causes panic and more money being spent. The cheapest and most sensible way to deal with this IS profiling. To hell with political correctness. It’s the price people pay when “their people”, who they will not disavow, declare war on OUR PEOPLE.

          Time to stand up and choose sides. Muslims in America are either AMERICANS or they’re Muslims who side with and defend potential terrorists, in which case they’re not Americans.

        • IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN TEXAS…START STOCKING UP ON LIGHTBULBS!! THE IDIOTS IN CONGRESS DIDN’T REPEAL THE LIGHTBULB LAW! ENJOY PAYING $6.00 + for a bulb!
          All those new bulbs are coming from China!

          House turns out light on old-style bulbs
          Republicans unable to overturn law on efficiency

          Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Snips

          The incandescent light bulb failed to earn a last-minute reprieve in the House on Tuesday, leaving the old-style bulb still facing a government-imposed death sentence when new regulations kick in at the end of this year.

          Republicans, who took control of the House this year, had promised to try to overturn the law, but failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed to pass the bill Monday under expedited rules of debate. “The party is over for the traditional incandescent light bulb,” said Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican.

          The vote was 233-193, with most Republicans voting for it and most Democrats opposed.

          But Democrats said to turn their backs on the bulb would be equivalent to embracing the Model T Ford over modern cars. “There’s a point to this, and the point is, it reduces the amount of greenhouse gases we have to send out into our atmosphere. It reduces the amount of energy we have to think about importing from other countries,” said Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat.

          Texas Gov. Rick Perry last month signed a bill letting any bulb manufactured and sold in Texas skirt the federal standards. The federal law relies on Congress‘ authority to control interstate commerce to impose the new efficiency standards.

          http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/12/house-turns-out-light-old-style-bulbs/

          • Now, I’m no expert on history, but I believe that the free market is what caused the Model T-Ford to become extinct because FREE people CHOSE freely to buy those “modern cars.”

            Why did they need 2/3? Why did they do it this way? Is there something stopping the HOUSE from putting out a bill that addresses only that light bulb dictate for an up or down vote? What will they do when people go to Texas to buy incandescents? CLOSE DOWN THE TEXAS BORDER to “lightbulb contraband?” Wait for it. They’ll interdict people who buy incandescents in Texas for the CRIME of taking money out of the pockets of FOO (friends of Obama, like GE); Barry will do a good job closing THAT border, but he won’t close the US border to drugs, guns, gangs, violence and illegal aliens. Mark my words.

            I’m ready for a vacation in the Lone Star Republic. It might turn into a move to one of the last bastions of states’ rights and FREEDOM.

          • Ya’ll all come down here to TX! We’ll be selling light bulbs by the truckloads! To tell the truth..I don’t know if we have a light bulb factory here..but I bet some enterprising free marketers will get right into business soon, if not already. They will hire all those guys that were let go when the last plant on the east coast closed a few months ago because of this stupid law. But why would Gov. Perry sign a bill to safeguard the lightbulbs if they aren’t manufactured here? Well, he might be thinking ahead! I found two I think..one in Houston that employs 4 people and another in Wichita Falls.

            • That’s good! Unemployment will go down in Texas because of federal gummint dictates. A brand new black market will exist. It will be like cigarettes. Oh, bad analogy. Watch for the jihadis to start raising terror funds by trafficking in light bulbs, as well as cigarettes, drugs, and other contraband. Legalize lightbulbs! You can’t interdict them. They’re like marijuana. You may as well legalize and regulate them. (Don’t give them ideas!) Right now, many smokers drive over to Missouri from Illinois to buy cigarettes because the taxes are much lower on the MO side. Every so often, the authorities put up a lame show of trying to interdict people smuggling untaxed cigarettes into Illinois. It’s amusing, to say the least. But I can seriously envision lots of people routing their road trips through the Lone Star state and picking up a year’s supply of incandescents. I wonder what’s next? Will Barry’s brownshirts cruise neighborhoods with electronic contraptions that analyze the spectrum of light shining out of peoples’ windows, in the same way they spot people growing marijuana in their attics or basements by spotting grow light emanations? Invest now in light-blocking drape companies!

  21. Egyptian Party Leader Claims Holocaust is ‘a Lie,’ 9/11 Was ‘Made in the U.S.A.’
    July 6 Snips

    It’s hard to imagine people in the modern age claiming — with a straight face –that the Holocaust never occurred. Yet, this is exactly what Ahmed Ezz El-Arab, a vice chairman of Egypt’s Wafd Party, believes. In addition to dubbing this monumental historical occurrence “a lie,” in a recent interview with The Washington Times, the political leader claims that Anne Frank’s memoir is “a fake” and that the 9/11 attacks were “made in the U.S.A.

    In addressing 9/11, he claims that Osama bin Laden was not responsible for the attacks. He told the Times, “He could not have the know-how or the ability to do it,” then he dubbed bin Laden “an American agent.” Instead of placing blame on the deceased terror leader, Ezz El-Arab claims that the CIA, Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency and the “military-industrial complex” are responsible.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/egyptian-party-leader-claims-holocaust-is-a-lie-911-was-made-in-the-u-s-a/

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/…/egypt-party-leader-holocaust-is-a-lie/

  22. Is Ahmed Ezz El-Arab one of the guys that Obama is asking to unclench his fist…so we can become friends? Is he a member of that “moderate” group, the Muslim Brotherhood, who want to destroy our country? He sounds like the idiot from Iran. Great idea, wasn’t it, to get rid of the Egyptian ruler who was maintaining some kind of peace with its neighbors and Israel? Now we can be pals with people of this ilk.

    Wafd Party
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wafd_Party

    New Wafd Party
    On 13 June 2011, the Wafd Party announced to ally with the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, to present a joint list of candidates for the parliamentary election in September of this year.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Wafd_Party

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  24. I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again because it’s just so true and appropriate…

    To fully understand this:

    In Congress, July 4, 1776

    One must first understand this:

    In Congress, March 16, 1776

  25. So much going on it’s hard to keep up. Did you see how the 9th Court of Appeals, ON CUE, lifted their stay and they now say that “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” must be removed (repealed) immediately because it’s unconstitutional? They actually cited in their reasoning that OBAMA has said that it’s unconstitutional. So now a COURT doesn’t make its own determination on constitutionality, it defers to the POTUS? All they’re waiting for now, to put the repeal into effect, is certification from the military that this won’t harm the troops. In light of the discovery that the survey OF the troops was rigged, can we expect the military leaders who REPORT to Barry, after all, to say it will be harmful to repeal DADT? Where is Congress on this travesty? http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2011/07/07/ninth-circuit-orders-end-to-dont-ask-dont-tell/

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303544604576430220514309008.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird

    No mention of the investigation that proved the results were written up even before the survey was taken. Congress was misled, which caused them to vote for the repeal because they believed the troops were fine with it. And We the People were misled, too.

  26. Our favorite and sometimes ahead-of-the-pack tabloid, The Globe, is reporting that MO is leaving Barry:
    http://www.globemagazine.com/story/688

    • That’s funny! I read part of the article when I was at the drug store (I wasn’t wearing glasses, so I only looked for what might have been a juicy part!). They didn’t get the normal front page headlines. I think the story started on page 16. She doesn’t want him to run for reelection..she hates her life! [Again, didn’t we read this before?] She wants to go back to Chicago. [Yes, and we want you out of the WH too..go for it MO!] Lots of fights have ensued over the issue. Of course, the Globe got the information from an anonymous “inside” source. Now that you mentioned it, I will have to read it for comprehension with extra eyes.
      *****
      If there are fights..might they be about both of them being indicted? Anyone that doesn’t think they worry about this are deluding themselves. If they are holding this huge secret..and you can bet it is on their mind, they are just waiting for the day. Just because the media won’t investigate isn’t stopping the information from flowing to the public. People are still writing their Congressmen and Senators..they can never say they never were informed.

      • She hates her life? Well, she “was never in her adult life proud to be an American” anyway”. So, now, what? who, or is that whom?, will she now blame for her miserable life? The Obamas, the most powerful man and woman in the whole entire world, fighting amongst themselves. It’s the Alinsky way.

  27. http://www.beaufortobserver.net/Articles-c-2011-07-06-254264.112112-Once-again-our-President-lies-to-usbrRead-this-to-see-the-proof.html

    That guy has an interesting article showing how Barry lies when he claims, as he did today, that they didn’t know how bad the economy was when he took office.

  28. Breaking: Texas just executed the Mexican, Garcia, that Obama and his administration along with the UN and Mexico was “trying” to save. Justice was done for that little girl who was so violently violated by the illegal alien. Obama didn’t get his way with Governor Perry and the State of TX.

    Supreme Court refuses stay of Texas execution
    July 7, 2011

    By a 5-4 vote along ideological lines, the Supreme Court refused to stay the execution of convicted killer Humberto Leal Garcia.

    “The Court ignores the appeal of the President in a matter related to foreign affairs, it substitutes its own views about the likelihood of congressional action for the views of Executive Branch officials who have consulted with Members of Congress, and it denies the request by four [Liberal Members of the Court to delay the execution until the Court can discuss the matter at Conference in September, [Liberal judge} “Breyer wrote. “In my view, the Court is wrong in each respect.”
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20077712-503544.html

    My cynical side said that Obama got involved just for politics to say that he was trying to save a Hispanic person. Would that make the Hispanics beholding to him? I can’t believe that they want a man like that on the streets either.

    • 5 to 4 again. I pray for this country should that balance ever shift the other way. We’ll be toast, if we aren’t already.

      SCOTUS “substitutes its own views” for the president’s? They must be joking. Do they KNOW which branch decides these things? After that fiasco with the rigged survey of the troops with regard to DADT, it’s very wise to ignore what any Executive Branch officials have to say about what people think, believe, or want.

      Barry got involved for the politics of it (he thinks Hispanics will thank him for siding with a murdering slimeball) and he gets cred from those who oppose the death penalty, but more important is that he will always side with the WORLD against a sovereign state or even our sovereignty as a Republic. He believes that treaties (allegiance to the world community) should always come before state law and US law.

      • Yesterday, while putting gasoline in my car, a Mexican man who spoke in broken english ask me, “why does Obama try to kill America”?

        • And you said?

          Hey Harvey…we’ve missed seeing you!

          • Yes, we’ve missed you, Harv! You ought to have given that guy a link to WTPOTUS! We’d tell him why Barry hates America. That’s the kind of immigrant we need–one who can see through bullcrap! Next time you see him, tell him, “Welcome to America.” At least HE seems to love this country.

          • Yall would most likely ban me if I repeated here what I said to the Mexican at the gas pump in regards to my thoughts of all things Obama. Even so, the Mexicano agreed with me, and I can’t begin to repeat what my nuevo amigo said either. All I know is he said Obama was “culo grande and Se portó muy ojete conmigo” and a “pandeo”. My Tex Mex understanding and christian upbringing, cough cough cough, will not permit me to decipher the the exact translation.

          • I agree with the last one, Harvey, if he meant pendejo. Cough, cough!

  29. Yes, but will the Senate pass it?

    House Vote on Incandescent Lights Planned
    7/7/11 8:06 PM EDT

    House Republicans are finally ready to make good on their promise to stay the execution of incandescent light bulbs.

    After months of fiery rhetoric from the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, GOP sponsors of the legislation confirmed they’re on track for a floor vote Monday on a bill that stops the federally mandated transition to more eco-friendly home lighting. Republicans plan to bring their bill up under suspension of the rules, a House procedure usually used for noncontroversial items like Post Office namings that requires two-thirds support and prohibits amendments.

    “It is one of those issues out there that just inflames people,” said Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas),[my rep], another lead co-sponsor. “What in the world were you doing restricting the kinds of light bulbs in my home?”

    The Obama administration has come out against the measure. [Of course they have; no doubt GE was going to make those expensive bults!]

    [Idiot from Houston – she represents a low income district] Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) removed her name from the measure Thursday evening. “My goal in co-signing H.R. 2417 was to make light bulbs less expensive and more accessible for low-income families, however many of my constituents feel differently about the bill and have asked that I remove my name,”
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/58520.htmls

    • Hogwash.. Rep. Johnson is a typical democrat. if you believe her constituents want to pay upwards of $6.00 for a light bulb! They want to give up food for a light bulb? By the way, she is the one that gave her 4 nephews/nieces Federal school scholarships (money donated privately to the Black Caucus) – and she got out of the charges by “unknowingly” violating the rules! She is having to repay the fund. She didn’t know the rules? She served on the Board that oversees the fund! No ethics. She stole the money for family and still has a job! Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded at least 15 scholarships to her relatives and to children of an aide since 2005. No one brought her up on ethics charges in Congress!

      • Would it be crass of me to state that Rep. Johnson may not have knowingly violated the rules because this is how business is regularly done in third world countries, Democrat machine politics, black politics, the Mob, and places like Kenya, Chicago, and Nigeria? Payola. Nepotism. Pay to play. Graft. Embezzlement. Theft. Redistribution. Reparations. It’s all the same to them. They deserve it. The elites. The “minorities”. The special people.

        I bet somebody’s repaying the funds FOR HER.

    • inflames people.” That’s good. (I like Rep. Burgess even though he backtracked on the NBC issue.)

      We’ll be back to using candles if the Progressives get their way. But wait! Candles produce carbon, too.

      Lightning bugs in a jar? Nope. PETA will be on our butts for using lightning bug butts for lighting.

      Light bulbs would be less expensive for Johnson’s constituents under this regime. I’d be willing to bet that somewhere buried in all that legislation is a provision for the taxpayers to pay for light bulbs for low-income families, whereas if it’s repealed, they have to buy their own light bulbs again. GE will probably have a program for low-income folks and then GE will probably be repaid for these giveaways, via a taxpayer-funded grant, and then GE will get to skim off for themselves at least a fourth of the grant money. I’m speculating but it would NOT surprise me in the least.

      More redistribution. Another way to make the “rich” (aka middle class, mostly white) people pay MORE for all their energy needs (including light bulbs and gas for their SUVs) but make sure you balance that by GIVING the “poor” those necessities OUTRIGHT.

      Does GE make lighting fixtures, too? I checked the prices of LED and CFL bulbs for the fixtures in my home. Outrageous ($7 apiece) AND in some instances, there were none available for the fixtures I have–like chandelier bulbs. Many people, including me, will consider changing out fixtures altogether rather than to pay almost $100 for new bulbs for a 12-light chandelier. This is insane!

      The vote SHOULD BE a no-brainer, but since it’s debatable whether there’s the equivalent of even one brain amongst the entire Congress, it may not pass.

  30. http://storyballoon.org/blog/2011/07/07/new-g-w-bush-statue-unveiled-in-albania/

    “Somewhere Barack Obama is seething and planning to reenact the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Iraq.”

    A town in Muslim Albania has erected a statue of GWB, in GRATITUDE for all he did for them.


    h/t Gateway Pundit.

    Here’s another from GP:
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/07/figures-top-st-louis-democrat-indicted-for-planting-bomb-in-parking-garagevideo/

    “Top local democrat Milton Ohlsen III was indicted today for planting a bomb in a parking garage that injured a local attorney.”

    This was a great story (well, not for the poor guy mistakenly targeted by the bomber) in that there were multiple levels of Democratic corruption exposed. While searching this guy’s apartment for evidence about this bombing and other crimes, the cops uncovered evidence in his computer of marching orders from Democrat MO state politicians to break campaign laws. Politicians had to resign and do time, iirc. (It was a Dem on Dem political dirty trick–Russ Carnahan being the “victim”.) http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2009/08/rft_reporters_make_milton_skip_ohlsen_shit_list_items_seized_by_feds_clayton_bombing.php

    Nice people.

  31. H/T Apuzzo – Note that the article is written by Dr. Milton R. Wolf, who “is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist and cousin of President Obama. He blogs daily at MiltonWolf.com.”

    WOLF: ‘No drama’ Obama losing his cool
    White House shows early signs of re-election panic

    July 6, 2011

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/6/no-drama-obama-losing-his-cool/

  32. New day, new lie.

    House asks: Did Obama’s auto bailout chief say, ‘I did this all for the unions’
    By: Byron York
    07/08/11 Snips

    Investigators for the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform are asking the White House official who oversaw the government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler whether he told the truth in recent testimony before the committee. Ron Bloom, Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy, is quoted in a 2009 newspaper account and a 2010 book saying of the auto bailouts that he “did this all for the unions.” But when Bloom appeared before the committee on June 22, he flatly denied ever saying those words. Other White House officials have reportedly defended Bloom by suggesting that he did indeed say those words but was joking. And that has led committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa to ask what is going on.

    Now Issa has written a letter to Bloom, giving him “an opportunity to clarify” his testimony to the committee. “Despite your five denials, two independent sources documented you saying these words,” Issa wrote. “It appears that either a respected reporter and your former boss in the Obama administration have both given inaccurate accounts of your comments to the public, or your testimony was not completely truthful. Therefore, if you would like to amend or clarify your testimony for the record, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/07/house-asks-did-obamas-auto-bailout-chief-say-i-did-all-unions#ixzz1Rd61S8AV

  33. Trailing G.O.P. With Cameras, Seeking Gaffes
    July 8, 2011

    AMHERST, N.H. — Aaron Fielding quietly stalks his prey — Republicans — with his video camera, patiently waiting for a political moment worthy of YouTube. At 27, he is a full-time “tracker” for American Bridge 21st Century, a new Democratic organization that aims to record every handshake, every utterance by Republican candidates in 2011 and 2012, looking for gotcha moments that could derail political ambitions or provide fodder for television advertisements by liberal groups next year.

    The organization has hired a dozen professional trackers like Mr. Fielding, outfitted them with the latest high-tech cameras and computers and positioned them in key states where Republican candidates are busy chattering away to voters. If all works as planned, incriminating moments captured by American Bridge will quickly become part of the political bloodstream.

    Combined with a team of 20 researchers in a Washington “war room” that has a large rack of computer servers, the effort is part of a push by Democratic groups to bolster their opposition research. Republicans also have trackers, but so far have not assembled the kind of centralized video archive of political caught-on-tape moments that their rivals envision.

    A veteran of campaigns in Louisiana and New Mexico, he is what American Bridge refers to as a “seasoned political operative.”

    American Bridge is the creation of David Brock, the founder of Media Matters for America, [no doubt, Bridge is a Soros funded operation] which critiques conservative media outlets, particularly Fox News.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/us/politics/09trackers.html?_r=2&hp

  34. KUHNER: Huffington the hater
    With no moral compass, Arianna drags AOL into the gutter
    Friday, July 8, 2011 Snips

    AOL’s stories are starting to reflect her radical views – undermining its credibility as a respectable Internet news source.

    This is what now passes for informative news at AOL? Under Ms. Huffington’s leadership, the popular website has become a pimp for the sexual revolution. It is peddling the Playboy philosophy, hoping to make it mainstream. Perversion and moral indecency are packaged as part of a “healthy lifestyle.” What’s next: the benefits of polygamy or bestiality?

    In short, Ms. Huffington is coarsening American culture and is engaged in an all-out assault on traditional morality and civilized standards. She is a transnational progressive who espouses economic collect- ivism and moral anarchy
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/8/huffington-the-hater/

  35. Former First Lady Betty Ford Dead at 93
    By JAKE TAPPER
    July 8, 2011 Snips

    Betty Ford, wife of former President Gerald Ford and the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction, has died at age 93. In public, she was one of the most visible and outspoken first ladies in history. In private, she triumphed over serious personal adversity.

    She was married to Gerald Ford for 58 years. Shortly after becoming president in 1974, Ford said, “I am indebted to no man and to only one woman, my dear wife.” Ford died Friday at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., ABC News has learned. Her cause of death was not immediately clear. Ford’s family has traveled to California and expects to arrange a service in Palm Springs soon, Barbara Lewandrowski, a family spokeswoman, told The Associated Press. Ford will be buried alongside her husband, the former president, at his library in Grand Rapids, Mich., she added.

    President George W. Bush said he and his wife Laura “admired her as a first lady and valued her as a friend. She made countless contributions to our country, and we especially appreciate her courage in calling attention to breast cancer and substance abuse. Because of her leadership, many lives were saved.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/lady-betty-ford-dead-93/story?id=3348308

  36. 8 Pro-Palestinian Activists Barred From Flying to Israel as Droves Flood Airport
    July 7, 2011 Snips

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel deployed hundreds of extra police at its already heavily guarded international airport Thursday and asked European airlines to bar potential troublemakers from Tel Aviv-bound flights in anticipation of the arrival of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists.

    In Paris, eight activists were blocked from boarding a Malev Airlines flight Thursday. One of those turned away, Philippe Arnaud, said Malev showed him a list provided by Israeli authorities of nearly 400 people being barred from Israel. German carriers Lufthansa and Air Berlin said they also received lists.

    Israel says it will not stop people because of their political beliefs, but that its only concern is to stop people who plan to carry out illegal or violent acts.

    Rosenfeld said airport facilities could hold as many as 80 detainees, and that any overflow would be sent to a prison in southern Israel.

    The “Welcome to Palestine” movement has estimated that between 500 and 700 people would arrive on flights over the weekend. It accused Israeli authorities of badly overreacting, noting that there are strict security procedures before boarding the plane. “This is a total circus by the Israeli authorities, who are painting us as criminals,” said French activist Olivia Zemor. [Well, if the shoe fits Olivia!]

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/8-pro-palestinian-activists-barred-from-flying-to-israel-as-droves-flood-airport/

    • Israel Blocks Pro-Palestinian Protestors From Entering Country, Deports American Activists
      July 8, 2011

      TEL AVIV, Israel (The Blaze/AP) — Scores of pro-Palestinian protesters trying to reach Israel were blocked at airports in Europe and two American activists who arrived in Israel were deported early Friday,[not named] Israeli officials said. Israel increased security at Ben-Gurion International Airport ahead of the activists’ arrival and asked foreign airlines to prevent blacklisted travelers from boarding Israel-bound flights, as hundreds said they would travel to Israel to protest Israeli policies toward the Palestinians.

      At Israel’s request, several airlines barred about 200 would-be protesters from boarding flights to Israel from Europe, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

      The detailed lists showed that Israel had been tracking the activists. According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, police and intelligence units had followed social networks used by the groups organizing the protest.

      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/israel-blocks-pro-palestinian-protestors-from-entering-country-deports-american-activists/

  37. Tom McClintock (R- CA) ‘That’s Why This President Is So Dangerous’

  38. Obama Won’t Become A Dictator, He Already Is!
    Rep. Justin Amash (R) Michigan

  39. Supreme Court May Wade Into Election-Year Politics
    Albert Hunt
    Jul 10, 2011 Snips

    A familiar pattern of past presidential elections is that early in the cycle both parties gin up their base with warnings about dire consequences if the other side controls the next Supreme Court selections; after a few well-timed speeches and fundraising appeals the matter is usually ignored by the electorate.

    Next year could be different by becoming the first time since 1968 that the Supreme Court is a central issue in the American national elections.

    The high court in the 2011-12 term could decide the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health-care initiative; the right of same-sex couples to get married, and if states such as Arizona can fashion their own anti-immigration laws. Each of these issues is controversial and emotional for many Americans.

    While it’s possible the court won’t take up these cases next term, odds are that at least one, maybe all three, will be decided.
    Cont.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-10/supreme-court-may-wade-into-election-year-politics-albert-hunt.html

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