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Obama's break from vacation: How unusual is that? (Omg Terry Schiavo mentioned

http://m.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Buzz/2014/0818/Obama-s-break-from-vacation-How-unusual-is-that

But, it must be noted, the two-day hiatus was on the books before Obama decided to launch airstrikes in Iraq and before rioting in Ferguson erupted over a policeman’s killing of an unarmed black teenager.

Most of them involve President George W. Bush, who spent a lot of time at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, almost treating it at times as a second White House. Mr. Knoller cites these examples:

President Bush left his ranch for the White House on March 20, 2005, to sign legislation aimed at keeping alive Terry Schiavo, the young woman with severe brain damage who became a national cause célèbre. Then, he returned to Crawford.


In August 2005, Bush cut short a ranch visit by two days because of hurricane Katrina.
In August 2007, Bush interrupted a ranch stay to attend a Summit of the Americas in Canada. He then returned to Crawford by way of Minnesota and Kansas for other events. <----- fund raisers???

Remember SEQUESTRATION? Comm. Va has new $882M budget shortfall due to less DoD spending

There is a total of $2.4B short - the first part was due to bad capital gains expectations made by the Va Dept if Planning and Budget.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/mcauliffe-announces-24-billion-projected-virginia-budget-shortfall/2014/08/15/acb5ea88-247f-11e4-958c-268a320a60ce_story.html

RICHMOND —Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Friday announced a $2.4 billion projected budget shortfall that he largely blamed on cuts in defense spending mandated by sequestration — a situation, he said, that will force the state to rethink how it generates tax income.

MSM doesn't seem to know what to report on the second press conference

I keep refreshing google news CNN and Fox but it is just the same articles of the robbery and short articles about now finding out that Wilson didn't know Brown was a suspect.



They got caught selling Jackson's smear story all day.

Who is Hannity going to hitch his wagon to next?

Cliven Bundy
Rick Perry
Ollie North - fake payola theory on Bo Bergdahl
His whisper buddy Netanyahu

Now Ferguson Chief of Police Thomas Jackson
http://crooksandliars.com/cltv/2014/08/foxs-hannity-lets-ferguson-police

The guy on my car radio just explained why police forces have been militarized

You can probably guess who the guy on the radio was.

~paraphrased~
Do you remember the bank robbery in Los Angeles in the '90s in which men in body armor out gunned much of the LAPD? It was then that law enforcement needed to upgrade their equipment.....

And so on


He was speaking of the North Hollywood shoot out Feb 28, 1997
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hollywood_shootout


See, it makes perfect sense!
Except that the 1208 program was initiated in 1990 and changed to the 1033 program in 1996.
http://www.newsweek.com/how-americas-police-became-army-1033-program-264537

Ok who needs a bit of a chuckle at Fox News's expense?



Greta Van Susteren Makes Obama’s Ferguson Comments About Benghazi

As I wrote in my last post, in which Fox host Laura Ingraham used the wrongful arrest of two reporters to attack Obama, it’s a testament to how praiseworthy Obama’s statement was that Fox needs to scrape the bottom of the credibility barrel to find reasons to attack him over it.

But you have to give Van Susteren an E for effort. She blogged about Obama’s statement in a post titled, “President Obama is right but he needs to “practice what he preaches” (I wish he felt this way about the Benghazi investigation!)”

Van Susteren wrote:

President Obama is right — we need “open and transparent” but I don’t think he thinks “open and transparent” applies to him and to his administration. Getting information out of the Obama Administration about Benghazi (and other investigations) has been like pulling teeth.






Pulling teeth? In May, Politico reported there have been 13 hearings, 25,000 pages of documents and 50 briefings.


Read more at http://www.newshounds.us/greta_van_susteren_makes_obama_s_ferguson_comments_about_benghazi_08152014#oDETUr14oRkeKEmo.99

See! W *did* win the war!!

It's the same military equipment it's just in a different country than we emptied the Treasury to buy it for. Specifically the Missouri part.


On a related note - what was the plot line of "Red Dawn" again?

RW media seems to be toning down Ferguson pro-police coverage

I tuned into the local RW radio station here in Richmond on the way home last night to hear the typical DO AS YOU ARE TOLD and exaggeration of the looting and non-peaceful protests. This morning, totally different tone. The morning guy still referred to "the unrest" by he was actually critical of the Ferguson police chief- " it was just too much" "didn't learn his lesson from the first nights" and even question the heavy military equipment presence.

Look at the top Fox News article below. Yes "Protests turn peaceful" is BS but the article's content is vastly different than the RW storyline of the last few days. Just an observation.

ON EDIT- even the Morning Joe crew was beside themselves over the picture of the cop "He is pointing his gun at unarmed protestors!!!" on top of the vehicle from a few days ago. Mike Barnackle actually did bring up the "militarizing of police forces" yesterday but was quickly talked over to stick with the standard RW - blame the protestors - theme.


Ferguson shooting: Protests turn peaceful as Highway Patrol takes over security
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/15/missouri-state-highway-patrol-to-take-over-ferguson-security/

The latest protests had a light, almost jubilant atmosphere among the racially mixed crowd, more akin to a parade or block party. The streets were filled with music, free food and even laughter. When darkness fell --the point at which previous protests have grown tense -- no uniformed officers were in sight outside the burned-out QuikTrip convenience store that had become a flashpoint for standoffs between police and protesters.

"You can feel it. You can see it," protester Cleo Willis said of the change. "Now it's up to us to ride that feeling."

"All they did was look at us and shoot tear gas," said Pedro Smith, 41, who has participated in the nightly protests. "This is totally different. Now we're being treated with respect."

The standardized test results are in

for my daughter
Virginia's S.O.L.'s (Standards of Learning) - name was created during the Gilmore administration, I think.

3rd grade. First official SOL's.
4 tests - History & Social Science, Reading, Math, Science

40 questions per test. Max score is 600 per test.

My daughter got 155 of the 160 total questions correct.
My daughter got 2,301 points out 2,400 possible points.


I still don't like the endless testing and prepping for the testing. The kid doesn't study. We did review a bit but we don't have to grill her like we know some of our friends do.

I would mostly credit my wife going full foodie- healthy food-organic as soon as we found out we are pregnant. My daughter had the best natural food as soon as she started eating real food. Until the local farm was closed down by the regulations (Big Agra) my wife and her went every Saturday to get the grass fed meat that we would eat the next week. Garden grown veggies including corn. She still eats well (loves beets) even when we go out to dinner.


Can't post in on Facebook because I don't want to sound like I am bragging.... but DU affords me anonymity. Very proud but really not surprised. I have a great kid with a big heart who also loves art --> that probably played a part too.



"When the cops give you an order, it's like your drill sergeant giving you an order.

Full context so it's not, you know, "taken out of context"

When the cops give you an order, it's like your drill sergeant giving you an order. "Right now" doesn't mean in 30 seconds. We've got tense circumstances, heightened awareness on the part of everybody and everything, and the cops know the journalists are not on their side. The cops know the journalists are looking to make them look bad. So you talk about trying to keep everything in perspective, there's that aspect of this as well.
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