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Home country: USA
Current location: Lost in the world
Member since: Wed Sep 30, 2009, 06:25 AM
Number of posts: 24,802
First Posted: 12/21/11 12:00 PM ET Updated: 12/21/11 01:55 PM ET
"RECALL THE KOCHSUCKER NOW!" it reads in block letters, likely a reference to reports that the billionaire oil magnate Koch Brothers provided funding to Walker through their PAC, or perhaps to the ensuing prank call made to Walker by a Buffalo journalist pretending to be David Koch.
"You know, people with kids are driving by. And you know there are little kids who are 8, 9, 10 years old who are old enough to be able to read that and might say, 'Mommy, what does that mean?'" Andrea Lombard, first vice chairwoman of the Sauk County Wisconsin Republican Party, told the Baraboo News Republic. "Well, how does Mommy explain that? I'm not sure."
And while supporters of the Walker recall effort continue to near their target, reports of their opposition getting in trouble for alleged actions against volunteers continue to pop up around the state.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Tuesday that a 32-year-old River Falls woman was arrested over the weekend after workers collecting recall petitions claimed that she had screamed profanity at them, then thrown their table toward the street and spat at them.
more at ~~~~~~ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/21/scott-walker-recall-kochsucker_n_1163033.html?ref=politics
Go get them Wisconsin ........... show them what the Midwest can do
Posted by Angry Dragon | Sat Dec 24, 2011, 10:45 PM (3 replies)
By DAVID BARSTOW
Published: December 24, 2011
A Pentagon public relations program that sought to transform high-profile military analysts into “surrogates” and “message force multipliers” for the Bush administration complied with Defense Department regulations and directives, the Pentagon’s inspector general has concluded after a two-year investigation.
The inquiry was prompted by articles published in The New York Times in 2008 that described how the Pentagon, in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, cultivated close ties with retired officers who worked as military analysts for television and radio networks. The articles also showed how military analysts affiliated with defense contractors sometimes used their special access to seek advantage in the competition for contracts. In response to the articles, the Pentagon suspended the program and members of Congress asked the Defense Department’s inspector general to investigate.
The inquiry found that from 2002 to 2008, Mr. Rumsfeld’s Pentagon organized 147 events for 74 military analysts. These included 22 meetings at the Pentagon, 114 conference calls with generals and senior Pentagon officials and 11 Pentagon-sponsored trips to Iraq and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Twenty of the events, according to a 35-page report of the inquiry’s findings, involved Mr. Rumsfeld or the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff or both.
Wesley K. Clark, a retired four-star Army general who worked as a military analyst for CNN, told investigators he took it as a sign that the Pentagon “was displeased” with his commentary when CNN officials told him he would no longer be invited to special briefings for military analysts. General Clark told investigators that CNN officials made him feel as if he was less valued as a commentator because “he wasn’t trusted by the Pentagon.” At one point, he said, a CNN official told him that the White House had asked CNN to “release you from your contract as a commentator.”
more at ~~ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/us/pentagon-finds-no-fault-in-its-ties-to-tv-analysts.html?_r=2&hp
No wonder it is so hard for people to find out what is happening in this country............
Posted by Angry Dragon | Sat Dec 24, 2011, 10:27 PM (1 replies)
December 23, 2011
PEABODY, Mass.—A woman who just flew back home from Las Vegas says an airport security officer confiscated her frosted cupcake because he thought the icing on it could be a security risk.
Rebecca Hains said the Transportation Security Administration agent at McCarran International Airport took her cupcake Wednesday, telling her its frosting was enough like a gel to violate TSA restrictions on allowing liquids and gels onto flights to prevent them from being used as explosives. She said the agent told her the frosting was conforming to the jar it was inside.
Hains, who lives in Peabody, just north of Boston, said the agent didn't seem concerned that the cupcake could actually be explosive, just that it fit some bureaucratic definition about what was prohibited. She said he even offered to let her eat it away from the airport security area.
Hains, a 35-year-old communications professor at Salem State University, said she told the agent she had passed through security at Boston's Logan International Airport earlier in the week with two cupcakes packaged in jars, gifts from a student. But she said the agent told her that just meant TSA in Boston didn't do its job.
more at ~~ http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/12/23/mass_woman_says_tsa_confiscated_frosted_cupcake/
Posted by Angry Dragon | Sat Dec 24, 2011, 01:21 AM (5 replies)
Mitt Romney: 'If I'm President You'll Have A Job' After Graduating College
The Huffington Post Paige Lavender
Posted: 12/23/11 11:44 AM ET
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made a hefty promise to a college student on Thursday when he claimed that a vote for him meant a job after graduation.
"What I can promise you is this -- when you get out of college, if I'm president you'll have a job," Romney said during a New Hampshire appearance, according to ABC News. "If President Obama is reelected, you will not be able to get a job."
Romney made the promise to 21-year-old Kallie Durkit, who asked why college students should support the former Massachusetts governor over Obama. While he was answering just one student's question, he directed his answer toward all college students.
After revealing his jobs plan in September, Romney said "America should be a job machine: jobs being created all the time, people looking for employees to join their enterprises." His plan was quickly criticized by his GOP rivals, including Huntsman, who blasted Romney's plan as being "sadly similar to that of Obama's."
a little more at~~http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/23/mitt-romney-jobs_n_1167525.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-nb%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D122748
Posted by Angry Dragon | Fri Dec 23, 2011, 08:33 PM (2 replies)
By James Eng, msnbc.com
Jake Finkbonner is bouncing about, teasing his sisters and playing basketball again. That is a miracle – not only to him and his family but also to the Pope Benedict XVI.
The 11-year-old Ferndale, Wash., boy’s stunning recovery from the flesh-eating bacteria that chewed up his face and nearly killed him in 2006 has been officially deemed by the Vatican as a miracle attributable to Kateri Tekakwitha, a 17th-century American Indian woman who converted to Catholicism at a young age.
The pope on Monday signed a decree authenticating the miracle, clearing the way for Tekakwitha to be canonized as America’s first Roman Catholic indigenous saint.
“There is no doubt in me or my husband’s mind that a miracle definitely took place,” Jake’s mother, Elsa Finkbonner, told msnbc.com on Tuesday. “There were far too many things that could have and should have gone wrong with his illness. The doctors went through every avenue they could to save his life and he survived. It’s a miracle that all of the other things that could have gone wrong, didn’t.”
What are your thoughts on this??
Posted by Angry Dragon | Fri Dec 23, 2011, 03:04 PM (16 replies)
An Open Apology to Amy Koch on Behalf of All Gay and Lesbian Minnesotans
Dear Ms. Koch,
On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community's successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage. We are ashamed of ourselves for causing you to have what the media refers to as an "illicit affair" with your staffer, and we also extend our deepest apologies to him and to his wife. These recent events have made it quite clear that our gay and lesbian tactics have gone too far, affecting even the most respectful of our society.
We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry. And we are doubly remorseful in knowing that many will see this as a form of sexual harassment of a subordinate.
It is now clear to us that if we were not so self-focused and myopic, we would have been able to see that the time you wasted diligently writing legislation that would forever seal the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, could have been more usefully spent reshaping the legal definition of "adultery."
Forgive us. As you know, we are not church-going people, so we are unable to fully appreciate that "gay marriage" is incompatible with Christian values, despite the fact that those values carry a biblical tradition of adultery such as yours. We applaud you for keeping that tradition going.
And finally, shame on us for thinking that marriage is a private affair, and that our marriage would have little impact on anyone's family. We now see that marriage is more than that. It is an agreement with society. We should listen to the Minnesota Family Council when it tells us that marriage is about being public, which explains why marriages are public ceremonies. Never did we realize that it is exactly because of this societal agreement that the entire world is looking at you in shame and disappointment instead of minding its own business.
From the bottom of our hearts, we ask that you please accept our apology.
Posted by Angry Dragon | Thu Dec 22, 2011, 06:15 PM (1 replies)
I do not know if this has been posted before
First Posted: 12/21/11 10:35 AM ET Updated: 12/21/11 10:39 AM ET
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Wednesday confirmed that Bob Vander Plaats, CEO of Christian conservative group The Family Leader, had called her earlier to ask her to end her presidential campaign.
On Tuesday, Vander Plaats announced a personal endorsement for former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Politico later reported that Vander Plaats had contacted Bachmann over the weekend to encourage her to drop out of the race and join him in backing Santorum.
"I did receive a phone call," Bachmann said Wednesday on Fox News. "I've been polling above the Ricks, and so there would be absolutely no reason for me to drop out. Plus, I'm the only one that actually won anything in this state. Plus, I have so much support here, I have the former president of the Family Leader who also has come out and endorsed me, I have the head of Concerned Women of America in Iowa who's come out to support me, and I have over a hundred Evangelical pastors that have come out in public support."
Bachmann continued, sounding confident that she could still carry out a strong performance in Iowa and showing few signs that she would adhere to Vander Plaats' request. The congresswoman has, after all, effectively vowed to bet it all on Iowa with hopes that she can pull out a win in the state's Jan. 3 caucuses.
A couple of comments I found Interesting:
22 minutes ago(12:18 AM)
A view from across the pond : I had really thought that Michele Bachmann had been taking her anti-psychotic medicine, and that it had started to work, but I could not have been more wrong.
Bachmann receives her instructions from higher powers, and will never take any notice of earthly ones.
I am also concerned that Sara Palin may well enter this circus, I think it is such a shame that the American people must be made to suffer in this way. In England these two would never have got on the ballot paper, they woulod have been removed by men in white coats and a padded van.
28 minutes ago(12:12 AM)
So why does this church group still have a tax exempt status? By taking an active role in the election process they are violating the seperation of church and state and as a result should lose thier religious tax exemption.
Posted by Angry Dragon | Thu Dec 22, 2011, 12:56 AM (2 replies)
Served on a jury and got this e-mail in return
bolding is mine
The time stamp is way off..............
At Wed Dec 21, 2011, 04:36 PM an alert was sent on the following post:
the arrest is to intimidate any witnesses who saw what happened
REASON FOR ALERT:
This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See <a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=aboutus#communitystandards" target="_blank">Community Standards</a>.)
advocating violence against cops
You served on a randomly-selected Jury of DU members which reviewed this post. The review was completed at Wed Dec 21, 2011, 04:54 PM, and the Jury voted 5-1 to HIDE IT.
Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT and said: Not good advocating violence
Juror #2 voted to HIDE IT and said: Agree with the alerter. This post is inappropriate.
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT and said: Advocating violance is one of the few reasons I will vote to hide a thread. I understand the anger at this cops actions but violance is inappropriate and counterproductive.
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Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: I will not vote to censor this particular DU member.
Juror #6 voted to HIDE IT and said: Promoting murder is inappropriate and casts a dark shadow on Democraticunderground.
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Added: Went back and checked the post was hidden at 10:54 am
Posted by Angry Dragon | Wed Dec 21, 2011, 12:02 PM (6 replies)
By David Edwards
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats said that while his organization would not endorse a candidate at this time, he could personally Santorum because the former Pennsylvania senator was the “champion for the family” who is the best position to beat President Barack Obama.
Earlier this year, Santorum, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann all signed The Family Leader’s pledge, agreeing to opposes same sex marriage, oppose Sharia law and ban “all forms of pornography.”
Chuck Hurley, head of The Family Leader’s Iowa Family Policy Center, who also endorsed Santorum Tuesday, said that his group had gotten death threats from supporters of other GOP candidates.
“I do regret that one erstwhile friend and culture warrior has threatened to — quote — ‘burn Bob’s body, drag it through the street and hang it from a bridge’ — unquote — if Bob doesn’t endorse who that person wants him to endorse,” Hurley explained, refusing to name the supporter or their preferred candidate. I find this interesting..AD
more at: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/20/anti-gay-leaders-endorse-santorum-hes-one-of-us/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheRawStory+%28The+Raw+Story%29
More pledges ..... good to have all the bigots on the same page ......... and doesn't perry own a part of a porno company??
Posted by Angry Dragon | Tue Dec 20, 2011, 04:09 PM (6 replies)