Sorry for the Delay This Evening

I apologize that I am unable to post the regular guest commentary for this evening. As some of you may remember, today was a big day for my company as we launched a groundbreaking new product. As a result of the launch and my tenure, we had all the VIP’s at my location today, which made for a very long day. IT is also the major contributor for my limited participation over the last two weeks. Important VIP visits inevitably mean two or three weeks of long hours of preparation in order to make one day perfect. Things will be getting back to normal for me for a few weeks going forward. The guest commentary is going to be part three of Jon Smith’s series and I will get it up as soon as possible on Friday.

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  1. PeterB in Indianapolis says:

    Since there was no guest commentary today, we could always use this as a “guest commentary”. You will see some familliar things here:

    http://www.kitco.com/ind/Summers/oct112010.html

    • I watched a Stossel show last night on the US debt, scary. All politicians talk about cutting our debt, balancing the budget, etc, but when asked about specific entitlements, most will not answer. They will only talk about 15% of the budget, leaving 85% taboo. The vast majority of Americans oppose cuts to that 85%, social security, medicare, medicaid & the military.

      Paul Ryan was the only politician mentioned who would address SS, even Newt avoided answering that question.

    • next meeting Nov. 2-3…. No, I don’t see anything funny with the timing on that meeting. Need some kool-aid to get me going this AM.

      Bernanke: Fed Wrestles With Size of Aid Program

      Published October 15, 2010

      | Associated Press

      WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the central bank is prepared to take steps to rejuvenate the economy through the purchase of Treasury bonds but is wrestling with how big the program should be.

      Bernanke also says the Fed could use its communications powers to prevent the United States from slipping into a deflationary spiral.

      But Bernanke says the Fed must proceed cautiously in deciding how big a program to buy Treasury debt should be. Bernanke said it is a challenge for Fed policymakers to determine the size of the program and how the debt purchases would be paced.

      Many economists predict the Fed will announce a new program at its next meeting Nov. 2-3.

    • Writer’s voice there sounds just like you at points PeterB hehe.

  2. This is the big one, the 20 state lawsuit against healthcare.

    Federal Judge Allows Multi-State Suit Against Health Care Law to Proceed

    Published October 14, 2010
    FoxNews

    In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 file picture, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum speaks during a gubernatorial candidate debate in Tampa, Fla. (AP)

    A multi-state lawsuit against the federal health care overhaul will go forward, after a Florida federal judge on Thursday rejected the Obama administration’s request to dismiss the case.

    District Judge Roger Vinson dismissed four of the six counts in the lawsuit led by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, who is representing a challenge from 20 states. But he allowed two counts, including one challenging the law’s controversial requirement that Americans buy health insurance, to proceed. Opening arguments are scheduled for mid-December.

    McCollum, hailing the decision as a “victory” of sorts, said the move confirms the “significance” of the states’ challenge.

    “This ruling is a victory for the states, small businesses and the American people. It is the first step to having the individual mandate declared unconstitutional and upholding state sovereignty in our federal system,” he said in a written statement.

    Vinson noted in his decision that he was not weighing in on the constitutionality of the law, but said the plaintiffs at least have a “plausible” argument.

    “I have not attempted to determine whether the line between constitutional and extraconstitutional government has been crossed,” he wrote, saying that question will be answered after the arguments. “I am only saying that … the plaintiffs have at least stated a plausible claim that the line has been crossed.”

    Vinson let stand a count challenging the so-called “individual mandate” as unconstitutional. In his ruling, he cited a government report calling the requirement to buy insurance legally unprecedented and said the issue is worth examination in the court.

    “The individual mandate applies across the board. People have no choice and there is no way to avoid it. Those who fall under the individual mandate either comply with it, or they are penalized. It is not based on an activity that they make the choice to undertake. Rather, it is based solely on citizenship and on being alive,” he wrote. “Of course, to say that something is ‘novel’ and ‘unprecedented’ does not necessarily mean that it is ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘improper.’ There may be a first time for anything. But, at this stage of the case, the plaintiffs have most definitely stated a plausible claim with respect to this cause of action.”

    He also let stand a count challenging the law’s effect on Medicaid. The states and the administration disagree over whether states should pay additional Medicaid costs not covered by the federal government.

    The decision does not necessarily provide guidance as to the final ruling. A federal judge in Michigan dismissed a similar lawsuit last week.

    Vinson dismissed counts that claimed the law interfered with state sovereignty, challenged the mandate on “due process” grounds, claimed it violated a constitutional ban on a “direct tax,” and claimed it represented “coercion and commandeering” of health insurance.

    • This is going to be interesting when it reaches the SCOTUS…because it certainly will. States rights….yet again….coming in to play. This is going to be huge either way…..preserve state’s rights and individual freedom OR change the basic premise of the United States and the Constitution back again to a new form of slavery.

      • Perhaps I am becoming a pessimist in my older age, but I don’t see the Feds giving way to states rights, even though I believe just the opposite. This is a power grab…nothing less.

        • MountainHome says:

          I agree. It’s fearful cause all power should not be vested in one group, person, govt., but that is what we are seeing with the federal govt. They want to control & tax all of us.

          Might read a book out where all of us take a stand on our freedoms. I recommend it.
          http://www.booksbyoliver.com

          • MountainHome,

            Welcome & Good point. That was the founders biggest fear, and the reason for checks and balances in our government. Sadly, the system has been subverted.

            Sorry, you link does not work.

            • The link is good, it worked for me. I’ve been seeing this book being pushed on other sites as well. Looks interesting, it’s on my buy list.

      • “I don’t see the Feds giving way to states rights”
        No, they will fight every challenge.

        “to prevent a fair hearing on the significant issues we raise. The federal government doesn’t want any questions about the extent of its power.”

        http://conservativezone.com/blog/2010/09/30/montana-firearms-freedom-act-suit-moves-to-ninth-circuit-appeals/

        Montana Firearms Freedom Act Suit Moves To Ninth Circuit Appeals

        September 30, 2010

        MISSOULA, MONT. – In MSSA v. Holder, the lawsuit to validate the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (MFFA), plaintiff Montana Shooting Sports Association announced today that it is now free to take this lawsuit to the next judicial level, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

        MSSA president Gary Marbut commented, “We’ve believed all along that the federal District Court cannot grant the relief we request. We seek to overturn a half-century of bad precedent. Only the U.S. Supreme Court can do that. In that light the pending dismissal by the District Court means little except that we are now free to move to the next step of the process.”

        MSSA and its partner the Second Amendment Foundation filed MSSA v. Holder on October 1, 2009, to validate the principles of the MFFA. Enacted by the 2009 Montana Legislature, the MFFA declares that any firearms made and retained in Montana are simply not subject to any federal authority under the power given to Congress in the Constitution to “regulate commerce … among the states.” The MFFA is part of a growing national effort by states to reject federal authority and control over everything. It is an assertion of states rights, and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

        Since the MFFA was enacted in Montana, it has been cloned and enacted in seven other states: Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Alaska, Idaho and Arizona. Other clones have been introduced in the legislatures of 20 other states.
        (See: Firearms Freedom Act)

        MSSA v. Holder has attracted numerous amicus curiae parties that have filed supporting briefs, including the State of Utah (also representing other states), the Goldwater Institute, the Paragon Foundation, Gun Owners of America, the Weapons Collectors Society of Montana, Montana Legislators, and Legislators from other states. It is expected that other amici will join as this suit is appealed to the Ninth Circuit.

        Once the Ninth Circuit rules on the appeal, plaintiffs intend to appeal any continuation of the dismissal to the U.S. Supreme Court, at which point in the process plaintiffs could get an actual ruling on the merits of the case. Or, the Ninth circuit could recognize the merit of the issues involved and remand the matter to the District Court for an actual trial.

        “That the U.S. is so desperate to keep this matter from going to trial,” Marbut said, “tells me that they are very afraid of any precedent that might be established. Normally, a Motion to Dismiss is to preserve judicial economy. In this case it is to prevent a fair hearing on the significant issues we raise. The federal government doesn’t want any questions about the extent of its power.”

        “The vehemence of the recommendations by the magistrate involved” Marbut continued, “demonstrates the desperation of the federal government, including its judicial branch, to prevent a fair adjudication of the issues underlying the MFFA.”

  3. What you will not read in the papers or hear on the news.

    Reported: The chief investigator of the Jet Ski murder in Mexico has been found…dead….beheaded.

    Not reeported: The chief investigator on the United States side has been threatened with the same action and his pet dog and cat hung by the neck on the childrens back yard swing set as a warning.

    Reported: Mexico has dropped the search effort as being too old and no new leads.

    Not reported: The body and jet ski is being held as ransom by Zeta.

    Reported: The US state department has no official comment on the investigation into the alleged slaying of the Jet Ski murder on Lake Falcon.

    Not reported: Janet Napolitano has instructed homeland security to classify all documents pertaining to the investigation and all statements to the press will be from her office.

    Not reported: Armed boats of Zeta cartel openly patrolling Mexico side of Lake Falcon and Lake Amistad and Mexican officials doing nothing.
    Not reported: United States Immigration and Department of Public Safety ordered away from the lakes by Federal authorities to avoid armed confromtation.
    Not reported: Fishermen and boaters and recreational users of the lakes are being disarmed by United States officials prior to navigating international shared waters.
    Not reported: Increasing incursions into rural areas by mexican cartel with the beheading and killing of pets and farm animals and messages written in blood on barn walls.

    Reported: Texas Governor appealing for Federal help on the border but being rebuffed and no answer from the White House.
    Not reported: Texas Legislature has taken up requests for additional funding for the Texas National Guard to militarize the Texas border.

    the list goes on…but there is no problem here….Obama and Napolitano and Gibbs say so.

    • amazing, thanks for the real reports that you supply us with.

    • I keep looking at this situation and trying to figure out any logical reasoning for what we are doing. It seems to me that by not closing the border and allowing this kind of thing to continue-we are causing the tensions and the anger to intensify, which would increase the possibility of an all out war on the border.

      • The Mexican government is unstable, and may collapse. We don’t want to
        cause that, as things at the border will get worse, with thousands turning into millions fleeing to the US. Not that I agree with how this is being handled, but we need to step carefully.

        • That certainly makes sense but it sure seems like we are simply making the cartels feel more powerful by not responding forcefully. At least with any incidents that occur on our side of the border. Allowing them to camp out on our land and intimidate our people seems the wrong way to handle the situation.

          • Agreed. Obama and Clinton have blamed America for Mexico’s problems, and refused to address ARMED invasions of US soil. And only the federal government can legally deal with foreign countries.
            But, a state and governor can act within their borders.

            That will be an interesting legal confrontation, the federal government requiring state militia to disband, but also refusing to secure a border.

    • oh my.

  4. More “not news”. Imagine if Laura Bush had done this….

    “Mrs. Obama — a Harvard-educated lawyer — may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it unintentionally.”

    First Lady breaks election law by campaigning inside voting place
    Rick Moran, American Thinker

    Most states have strict laws that keep any campaigning several dozen yards from a polling place. It’s to prevent voters from having to run a gauntlet of political sign wavers, leaflet droppers, etc.

    Well, as it turns out, as in everything else, laws are only for little people. Michelle Obama dropped by an early voting location in Illinois and proceeded to tout the Democrats:

    The drama began after Mrs. Obama stopped off at the Martin Luther King Center on the south side of Chicago to cast an early vote.

    After finishing at the machine, Obama went back to the desk and handed in her voting key.

    She let voters including electrician Dennis Campbell, 56, take some photos.

    “She was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband’s agenda going,” Campbell said.

    According to a pool reporter from the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES at the scene, the conversation took place INSIDE the voting center, not far from the booths.

    Illinois state law — Sec. 17-29 (a) — states: “No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place [or] within 100 feet of any polling place.”

    A top Ilinois State Board of Elections official tells the DRUDGE REPORT that Mrs. Obama — a Harvard-educated lawyer — may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it unintentionally.

    “You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?” the official explained late Thursday. “I mean, she’s pretty well liked and probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.”

    If you’ve been involved in politics for one election, you know darn well that there is no politiking at a polling place. And what does it matter if she’s “well liked” and “probably doesn’t know what she’s doing?” She broke the law.

    Predictably, the White House refused to acknowledge wrongdoing:

    When questioned about the brazen nature of Mrs. Obama’s campaigning, press secretary Robert Gibbs defended the action.

    “I don’t think it would be much to imagine, the First Lady might support her husband’s agenda,” Gibbs smiled.

    That wasn’t the question but the answer is revealing.

  5. In Nevada Debate, a Clash of Philosophies
    By ADAM NAGOURNEY
    Published: October 14, 2010

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    LAS VEGAS — The debate Thursday evening between Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, and Sharron Angle, the Republican running with Tea Party support, had been promoted as a climactic duel between two opponents for a Nevada Senate seat, locked in an exceedingly tight contest in what may well be the most closely watched race of the fall.
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    What viewers saw here was a vivid contrast of philosophy between two competing forces in American politics this election cycle: Mr. Reid, the face of the Democratic establishment and champion of President Obama’s policies, and Ms. Angle, the hero of the Tea Party. They offered fundamentally different visions of the role of government in dealing with issues including health care, regulating banks and the insurance industry, and using government programs to create jobs.

    Mr. Reid said that in a time of economic turmoil, he viewed the role of government as creating jobs, pointing, for example, to federal projects like the Boulder Dam, now known as the Hoover Dam, which was built during the Depression.

    “My job is to create jobs,” he said, looking into the camera as he addressed a state burdened with the highest unemployment rate in the nation. “What she is talking about is extreme: We have to do it.”

    Ms. Angle looked over at her opponent and also to the camera. “Harry Reid,” she said, “it’s not your job to create jobs. It’s your job to create policies that create confidence in the private sector so they can create jobs.”

    Ms. Angle said she opposed forcing insurance companies to cover any kind of procedures — including mammograms and colonoscopies — arguing that these decisions should be left to the private market. “America is a country of choices, not forcing people to buy things they don’t need,” she said, adding, “The free market will weed out those companies who don’t offer as many choices.”

    Mr. Reid, defending the health care law, argued that that kind of coverage was essential to hold down insurance costs by allowing doctors to catch diseases before they progressed too far and by guarding the public’s health. “Insurance companies don’t do anything out of the goodness of their hearts,” he said. “They do it out of the profit motive.”

    The 60-minute encounter at the PBS station here, the only one the candidates are scheduled to have, included attacks from both sides that were often personal. Mr. Reid repeatedly used the word “extreme” to describe Ms. Angle, echoing a central theme of his campaign advertisements.

    Ms. Angle started attacking Mr. Reid in her opening remarks.

    “The contrast is, I’m not a career politician; I’m a grandmother,” she said, also noting that Mr. Reid lives at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington. And in the closing moments, she said he had gone from a hardscrabble life as the son of a miner in Searchlight to being, as she put it, one of the wealthiest men in the Senate.

    “How did that happen?” she demanded.

    Mr. Reid seemed taken aback by the suggestion that he had somehow profited from his job as senator. “That really is kind of a low blow,” he said. “I think everybody knows I have been a very successful lawyer. I lived off what I made. Her suggestion that I made money being a senator is false.”

    Mr. Reid and Ms. Angle — two candidates who have proved to have an unusual propensity to make the kind of misstatement that haunts them for days — did not appear to make any kind of egregious mistake on Thursday that could, by itself, turn the course of this campaign.

    Ms. Angle smiled and laughed, sometimes a bit nervously, at the start of almost every answer. Mr. Reid looked pale and slightly wan at the start, but loosened up — at least for him; his strengths, as he acknowledges, do not include public speaking — as the night went on.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/15/us/politics/15nevada.html?_r=2&hp

    • I loved when she asked how he went from a modest incomed guy to one of the wealthiest in the Senate. Should be a manditory question for every incumbent. Insider information? Backroom deals?

    • Networks Pan Reid Debate Performance, But CBS, NBC Still Skip Democrat’s Embarrassing Moments

      Viewers who watched the three morning shows on Friday were greeted with a less than enthusiastic review of Harry Reid’s debate performance on Thursday. On ABC’s Good Morning America, Jon Karl announced, “Reid often rambled.” On CBS’s Early Show, Ben Tracy called the event “a debate that, at times, found Harry Reid exasperated.” NBC’s Today was the least critical, announcing only that Reid had “the most to lose.”

      Yet, only Karl on Good Morning America played a clip of a confused Reid at the podium, fumbling for his notes: “Okay. Got to find my little notes here…Okay. A lot of paper here.”

      Karl was also the only journalist who, after Reid denied that he got rich by being a senator, featured the Democrat asserting, “I’ve been on a fixed income since I went to Washington.” Karl quipped, “By the way, the fixed income for a Senate Majority Leader is $193,000, $193,400. ”

      However, though the coverage skewed negative against Harry Reid’s performance, the morning shows still left out several of the hard hitting questions from moderator Mitch Fox asked. On Iraq, he pressed:

      MITCH FOX: Senator Reid, you were quoted as saying the following: ‘The war is lost, and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence.’ Do you believe that your statement demoralized the troops, and were inaccurate as judged by the success of the troop surge?

      Early Show and Today completely skipped this query. Yet, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell informed viewers that it was Angle who “was challenged on some controversial things she said.” One wouldn’t know it, but so was Reid.

      In response to Fox’s debate question about, Reid argued:

      HARRY REID: Mitch, I first met General Petraeus in Iraq. The statement that I made was made following General Petraeus saying the war cannot be won militarily. He said, and I said, the war can only be won militarily, economically, and diplomatically. That’s why after I made my statement, and General Petraeus made his statement, we did the surge then, not later. And it was the right thing to do.

      None of the networks fact checked the Majority Leader’s comments. In fact, in January of 2007, he created a petition against the surge in Iraq. On January 10, 2007, he announced, “Again, speaking for me, I know I’m at a loss as to what’s going to happen with these additional troops.”

      On GMA, Karl was the only reporter to even allude to this part of the debate. He played a clip of Angle attacking, asserting that Reid “demoralized our troops and endangered them. And you need to apologize.”

      In follow-up segments, the network hosts appeared disappointed as to why Reid didn’t do better. GMA co-host George Stephanopoulos talked to DNC chairman Tim Kaine and worried, “Sharron Angle really held her own last night. No knockout blow from Harry Reid. What does your Senate leader need to do to pull this out?”

      On the Early Show, co-anchor Harry Smith complained to political analyst John Dickerson: “You’re a guy who’s been in this business forever and ever and ever, it seems to me Harry Reid did not do himself any favors last night.”

      Other debate topics that were discussed by the moderator, but downplayed or ignored in the morning coverage: Coverage of abortion in the health care bill, illegal immigration and the Supreme Court.

      A transcript of the GMA segment, which aired at 7:03am EDT, follows:

      7am tease

      GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Political punches.

      SHARRON ANGLE: Man-up, Harry Reid.

      STEPHANOPOULOS: A Tea Party favorite challenges the senate leader in their first and only debate. With just 18 days to go, is it the tipping point in the Senate’s top race?

      7:03

      STEPHANOPOULOS: With just 18 days to go until the midterm elections, there was a critical debate last night in Nevada where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in a tight race with Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. Jonathan Karl is ringside and he joins us live from Las Vegas. Hey, Jon.

      ABC GRAPHIC: Taking on the Leader: Angle to Reid: “Man Up”

      JON KARL: Good morning, George. This is the closest, nastiest and most important Senate race in the country. And last night was the one and only chance for voters to see the Senate Majority Leader versus the Tea Party candidate. Sharron Angle set the tone, telling Harry Reid to man up.

      SHARRON ANGLE: Man-up, Harry Reid. You need to understand that we have a problem with Social Security.

      KARL: The zingers continued throughout the debate.

      HARRY REID: That’s really extreme.

      ANGLE: There you go again.

      REID: Absolutely wrong.

      ANGLE: Demoralized our troops and endangered them. And you need to apologize.

      KARL: And that’s been the tone of the entire campaign, where brutally-negative attack ads fill the air waves.

      ANGLE AD: What else do we need to know about Harry Reid?

      REID AD: She says rape victims should be forced to have the baby.

      ANGLE AD: Harry Reid, the best friend illegals have ever had.

      ANGLE AD: Reid actually voted to use taxpayer dollars to pay for Viagra for convicted child molesters.

      REID AD: Introducing Sharron Angle’s crazy juice!

      KARL: And on stage, no middle ground, especially on the number one issue here in Nevada, which has the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

      REID: My job is to create jobs. What she’s talking about is extreme.

      ANGLE: I believe that my job is to create the policies that will encourage the private sector to do what they do best and that is to create jobs.

      KARL: They clashed on how Washington should work.

      REID: She simply doesn’t understand what went on in Washington.

      ANGLE: : I submit to you, Senator, that I do know the process. The process is, read the bill first, and then pass it.

      KARL: There was no clear winner. But Reid often rambled.

      REID: Okay. Got to find my little notes here.

      MITCH FOX: Closing statement.

      REID: [Fumbling with papers on his podium]: Okay. A lot of paper here.

      KARL: And Angle was more aggressive, launching the debate’s harshest attack. Accusing Reid of using his Senate seat to make himself rich.

      ANGLE: I’d like to know, we’d like to know, how did you become so wealthy on a government payroll?

      REID: That’s really kind of a low blow. I’ve been on a fixed income since I went to Washington.

      KARL: By the way, the fixed income for a Senate Majority Leader is $193,000, $193,400. And, George, from now on, there’s little opportunity for either of these candidates to change the course of the race. Voting in Nevada begins tomorrow.

      Read more: http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2010/10/15/networks-pan-reid-debate-performance-cbs-nbc-still-skip-embarrassing#ixzz12SNtSPPG

  6. D13, any info on the Ft. Hood shooting trial? The silence, and then articles like this?

    Soldier says ordered to delete Fort Hood videos

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101015/ap_on_re_us/us_fort_hood_shooting

  7. 8)

  8. MountainHome says:

    Good Lord!! I read where 250+ congress/senate members are now millionaires. No wonder they don’t understand our problems. Most weren’t millionaires until they got into office. Imagine that.

    Need to read this book cause it’s getting scary nowadays. Americans organizing & standing up to federal tyranny. I recommend it.
    http://www.booksbyoliver.com

    • “in some cases, [lawmakers’] wealth is being derived from the very companies that in many cases benefit from the taxpayers.”

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-5553408-503544.html

      Even in tough times, it’s good to be a lawmaker: According to a report released this week by the Center for Responsive Politics, there are

      237 millionaires serving in Congress, according to 2008 figures.

      That’s a slight decline from the previous year, when there were 239 millionaires in the House and Senate. But it still reflects the fact that the average lawmaker is far wealthier than his or her typical constituent. While about one percent of Americans are millionaires, 44 percent of those serving in Congress can claim as much.

      “The biggest takeaway from all of this is that even thought the collective wealth of members of congress appears to have declined, members of Congress are still so much more wealthy than the average American – and even more wealthy than a lot of wealthy Americans,” CRP spokesman Dave Levinthal told Hotsheet.

      The richest member of Congress is Republican California Rep. Darrell Issa, whose net worth is estimated to be in excess of $250 million. He’s followed by four Democrats: California’s Jane Harman (approx. $245 million), Wisconsin’s Herb Kohl (approx. $215 million), Virginia’s Mark Warner (approx. $210 million) and Massachusetts’ John Kerry (approx. $209 million).

      Among the top 25 wealthiest legislators – which includes boldface names Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein and Olympia Snowe – there are 14 Democrats and 11 Republicans, suggesting no clear wealth divisions between party.

      The net worth calculated for the lawmakers is not exact, and CPR offers a wide range of possible net worths for each member. Levinthal said that lawmakers tend to report assets and liabilities, income, gifts and asset transactions, as required by law, in very broad ranges; the listed figure, he said, represents an estimate between two possible extremes. (Primary residences and government salaries are not reported, and thus not included.)

      The least wealthy member of Congress, the report found, is Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings, whose net worth is calculated to be negative $4,732,002 (!). Other lawmakers to make the bottom 25 are Montana’s Max Baucus and Ohio’s Dennis Kucinich. Keep in mind, however, that these lawmakers likely have substantial unreported assets, including their residences.

      In the executive branch, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the second wealthiest, with a net worth of about $21 million; she trails only Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary L. Schapiro. The least wealthy administration figure is Vice President Joe Biden, whose net worth is estimated at just $27,012. (President Obama comes in at $3,670,505.)

      The median reportable net worth of senators declined from $2.27 million to a still-robust $1.79 million between 2007 and 2008. Kerry, Warner, Feinstein and Sen. John McCain all experienced double-digit percentage declines in their average, estimated wealth between the two years.

      The median reportable net worth for members of the House in 2008 was $622,254.

      Levinthal notes that “in some cases, [lawmakers’] wealth is being derived from the very companies that in many cases benefit from the taxpayers.”

      “The top companies at which members of Congress are investing, many of them are TARP recipients that have received billions and billions of dollars from you and me,” he said.

      Among the companies in which members of Congress hold assets are Bank of America and Goldman Sachs.

  9. Never saw this coming 🙂

    Subj: Trouble on the Northern border

    The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration. The recent actions of the Tea Party are prompting an exodus among left-leaning citizens who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, and to agree with Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck.

    Canadian border farmers say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, animal-rights activists and Unitarians crossing their fields at night.

    “I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn,” said Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota. The producer was cold, exhausted and hungry. He asked me if I could spare a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I didn’t have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?”

    In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields. “Not real effective,” he said. “The liberals still got through and Rush annoyed the cows so much that they wouldn’t give any milk.”

    Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals near the Canadian border, pack them into Volvo station wagons and drive them across the border where they are simply left to fend for themselves.

    “A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions,” an Ontario border patrolman said. “I found one carload without a single bottle of imported drinking water.

    They did have a nice little Napa Valley Cabernet, though.”

    When liberals are caught, they’re sent back across the border, often wailing loudly that they fear retribution from conservatives. Rumors have been circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer and watch NASCAR races.

    In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans in powdered wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior-citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the ’50s. “If they can’t identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age,” an official said.

    Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage and are renting all the Michael Moore movies. “I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can’t support them,” an Ottawa resident said. “How many art-history majors does one country need?”

    In an effort to ease tensions between the United States and Canada, Vice President Biden met with the Canadian ambassador and pledged that the administration would take steps to reassure liberals. A source close to President Obama said, “We’re going to have some Paul McCartney and Peter, Paul & Mary concerts. And we might even put some endangered species on postage stamps. The President is determined to reach out,” he said. The Herald will be interested to see if Obama can actually raise Mary from the dead in time for the concert

  10. October 15, 2010
    Arrest warrant filed for Rahm’s Chicago press thug
    Thomas Lifson
    In one of the most outrageous examples ever of liberal media doing the dirty work for a liberal politician, last Monday Jay Levine, a reporter for the CBS affiliate in Chicago assaulted WIND radio talk show host as he tried to ask penetrating questions of Rahm Emanuel. Dana Loesh wrote up a good account on Big Journalism:

    Kelly didn’t account for was the manner in which Chicago reporters behaved. Are these reporters or palace guards? In the video you see them physically move to shield Emanuel from Kelly’s questioning, as though their backs alone would deflect the questions. Kelly is berated and shoved by mainstream media journalists, but the scene stealer is when CBS2’s Jay Levine (who has not responded to my requests for comment) screams at Kelly, “Let him finish or I’m gonna deck you!”

    Fireworks begin at about the 1:00 mark:

    Now, Kelly writes us that he has filed an arrest warrant against Levine:

    This morning, I filed a police report and signed an arrest warrant against Jay Levine for assault. The Chicago police have already reviewed the video and agreed that an assault was committed.

    Here is his press release:

    (CHICAGO) – A police report and request for arrest warrant is being filed this morning against CBS2 chief correspondent Jay Levine by broadcaster William J. Kelly. On Thursday evening, Chicago police reviewed a video tape submitted by Kelly of an incident that occurred on Monday at Columbus and Balboa, prior to the Columbus Day Parade, and agreed that Levine’s actions qualified as assault. During the incident, Levine erupted in an outburst and threatened “to deck” Kelly, who had been asking Emanuel tough questions about his Chicago residency and the failed White House stimulus plan. ABC7’s Charles Thomas was also on-tape interrupting Kelly’s questions and knocking his microphone away from Emanuel.

    “This morning, I am filing a warrant for CBS reporter Jay Levine’s arrest,” says Kelly. “To date, I have not received any word of apology from Jay Levine or from CBS’ management. I know Jay Levine and CBS still believe that they had every right to threaten me and interfere with my questions to Rahm Emanuel and that is precisely the problem. That is why I think it is important to take a stand and counter media hypocrisy and arrogance in Chicago and everywhere else and that is what I am doing today.”

    William J. Kelly pens Bill Kelly’s Truth Squad and the Tea Party Report for the Washington Times Communities and is a contributor to Breitbart.com. He is the host of the Kelly Truth Squad which airs locally on WIND-AM (560).

  11. SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s media on Saturday threatened “1,000-fold” military buildup as the United States ruled out lifting sanctions to try to coax Pyongyang into resuming talks aimed at its nuclear weapons programs.

    Last year, North Korea quit the nuclear disarmament talks and later tested an atomic device that drew tightened U.N. sanctions. But the North has recently expressed willingness to rejoin the negotiations, which include the U.S., South Korea, China, Japan and Russia.

    North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said this week that his country will not return to the disarmament-for-aid talks unless sanctions are lifted, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

    U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley responded Friday that sanctions exist because North Korea consistently has failed to live up to its international obligations. “We have no intention of removing those sanctions as an enticement for dialogue,” he told reporters.

    OK, Cool…..do not lift the sanctions and starve the country. This is simply the same ploy…give us aid and we will stop for awhile until we need aid again. So, this time….let the country starve. even strengthen the sanctions and cut off all aid and make China get on board and the refugees flood China. There will be no war. North Korea does not…..DOES NOT…have the resources to fight a war for more than 72 hours….let them try.

    Remember that having 10,000 tanks means nothing unless you can move them. On paper, they are formidable…in reality they can do nothing except give us a headache for a couple of days. They cannot overrun the DMZ….and, as I said before….they cannot amass enough of an offensive that amounts to nothing more that a fart in a whirlwind. Let em starve. To move men and materials, you need fuel. China will not supply it. They do not want a war because of the refugee problem on their borders….so…Kim Jung, my man……bring it on. Your fuel reserves are targeted and we know where your underground fuel storage is…good luck.

    However, there are those in washington that have all the guts of an earthworm.

    • D13,

      Seems a lot of things are happening internationally to keep pressure on the US.

      Russia Vows to Help Venezuela Build Nuclear Power Plant. Hugo Chavez is a Kim Jung wantabee.

      China is still mouthing off about our S. sea exercises as well
      as our efforts to balance trade and currency.

      Pakistan/Afghanistan violence could result in Pakistan’s governments falling,
      wonder what happens to their nuk’s then?

      Mexico has lost control over multiple regions to the drug cartels.

      S. Korea has a bigger, better military than N. Korea. How about we bring our guys home from Korea and Germany to start with, and run some border exercises? Make taking care of the home front a higher priority!

      • Agreed….that is the thing to do.

        China will mouth off about everything and they do not want us to balance trade.

        Mexico is a real problem…remember the 15 year old that was killed in El Paso that every one got their panties in a wad over? That 15 year old was part of the Zeta gang, it has now been revealed and had already fulfilled two hit contracts. Mexico is in deep trouble.

        What galls me themost is that federal park in Arizona, I think, or So Cal (can’t remember) where WE have posted signs warning about travel and camping due to the drug crossing area,…..warning us when we should be in there guns blazing and clean it out. Our government is so weak and klilly livered when it comes to this.

        All the worlds regions are going to escalate because they know we will not be coming in to the rescue any longer. And good…cut off the food aid, the military aid, and pull our ass out of the UN and us that money domestically.

        No guts.

        • True words! It’s funny, Clinton says we will “stabilize” Mexico. How will we do that when she & Obama keep saying we are the cause of all their problems. I read yesterday that Mexico is protesting California legalizing pot, that it will cause them more problems.

          You cannot please someone that is out to better themselves, at your expense. The US has become the worlds patsy.

  12. More liberal only reporting.

    COURIC : And there was unanimous agreement in this group, the Tea Party isn’t their cup of tea.

    BARCLAY: I see it more as another voice from the fringe.

    FONTECCIO: They make statements that are just absolutely terrorizing.

    SADLER: Making a lot of noise doesn’t necessarily mean you have the right answers.

    REICE: It shouldn’t be the Tea Party. It should be the inflammatory party.

    COURIC: And just as the Founding Fathers learned the art of compromise more than 220 years ago, these independent voters hope their elected officials will somehow meet them in the middle.

    YORDY: I mean, just being here at Independence Hall and thinking of what happened here a few hundred years ago, this is where our country began, and we just need to take a look at it and go back to our roots and pick up and go forward.

    COURIC: American voices being heard. If you would like to share your opinion with us, you can go to cbsnews.com and let us hear your voice.

    Read more: http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2010/10/15/cbs-finds-independent-voters-who-all-bash-tea-party#ixzz12XNg4yg9

    • The new hierarchy in news
      Thomas Lifson
      Struggling CNN got a big ratings boost from the rescue of the Chilean miners, but the magnitude of the breaking news viewership growth actually is bad news for the Time-Warner cable net.

      CNN’s sole claim to importance, after being overshadowed by Fox and MSNBC in the ratings, has been that when important news breaks, viewers turn to it. As the first cable news outlet, CNN has gotten mindshare among viewers who normally watch entertainment programming, sports, or no TV at all.

      But the ratings for the miners’ rescue tell a new story. Deadline.com:

      Some 7.1 million viewers tuned into Fox News at 8 PM last night to watch the last trapped Chilean miner, Luis Urzua, making it safely to the surface. That was not only the cable news channel’s largest audience in the hour this year but its biggest viewership since Election Night 2008. It more than doubled what the channel’s flagship series, The O’Reilly Factor, averages at 8 PM. Fox News not only pummeled its entire cable competition, it also beat broadcast networks NBC and Fox in the 8 PM hour. CNN also got a boost with its rescue coverage vs. the miniscule ratings it has been getting in the 8 PM slot with new talkshow Parker Spitzer. The network averaged 2.7 million viewers. That was almost 10 times what the show hosted by former New York Democratic governor Eliot Spitzer and political columnist Kathleen Parker most recently logged at 8 PM but trailed Fox News by a wide margin in the area CNN used to dominate — breaking news. MSNBC (1.1 million) was on par with what Keith Olbermann normally delivers….

      Fox is now the reference standard for news, and not just in the cable universe. CNN’s former status as the breaking news source has been lost, while MSNBC merely manages to retain its viewers, a sure sign that it is a niche ideological player, while Fox is perceived as fair and balanced by viewers — mainstream, in other words, despite years of demonization by the left. It is the go-to source for hard news, not an ideological outlet. That label belongs towhat used to be called “mainstream” media.

      The significance of all this goes well beyond ratings points. The American public realizes the formerly mainstream media is left wing, and appreciates that Fox presents both sides of the story. The mockery and insults hurled at Fox by committed leftists in other media are counterproductive for them, much as the insults directed at tea partiers backfired.

      The move away from progressive propagandists continues, and the sole network to present conservative ideas along with liberal ones is reaping the just rewards of breaking the former monopoly.

  13. Woot Woot Badgers!

    You are welcome, JAC!

  14. The United States should listen carefully…..

    The great German experiment of the 60’s and 70’s (multi-culturalism) has failed miserably.

    New Delhi: As an anti-immigration wave is sweeping in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has made controversial remarks on multiculturalism.

    “The approach to (build) a multicultural (society) and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other has failed, utterly failed,” said Merkel.

    She said this to a gathering of youths of her party Christian Democractic Union, in reference to German President Christian Wulff’s recent remarks that Islam was part of Germany like Christianity and Judaism.

    Going with the present anti-immigration sentiment in Germany, where over 30 per cent people in a poll felt Germany was being run by foreigners, Merkel said immigrants should learn to speak German. “Therefore integration is so important. And so it is above all, that those who want to participate in our society, must not only comply with the law and adhere to the constitution, but above all must learn our language. To learn our language, to know our language. It must be given absolute value,” said the Chancellor.

    Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/multiculturalism-has-failed-says-german-chancellor-merkel-60353?cp

    Riots in France on the entitlement mentality….Greece faltering….the Euro tanking….Italy dying…..Turkey reeling….Spain on last gasps….England about to sink….

    This great European model is not so great. The social experimentation is not so good.

    So…United States….time to get tough and open your eyes. Multiculturalism is a failure. I have always thought it a failure and will always think it a failure. The world is not meant to live together in a “its a small world after all”….”Kumbayah” fever. Suck it up USA and get tough.

    Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/multiculturalism-has-failed-says-german-chancellor-merkel-60353?cp

  15. Anita

    CONGRATULATIONS to you as well this morning.

    That Sparty just keeps rollin along.

    • Yessir! Looks like U of M gets the Little Brother title now. MSU has not lost to Mich in football or basketball for 3 years now. GO Spartans !!

  16. To the Left leaning and willing to give them the benefit of the doubt crowd at SUFA.

    Remember back when Stimulus was being pushed and I said that the “shovel ready projects” were a crock?

    I explained why these projects aren’t sitting around on the shelf and thus Stimulus would turn into political payback.

    You all may have discussed this while I was gone but just in case you missed it.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2010/10/16/david-brooks-obama-told-me-shovel-ready-was-a-crock-a-year-ago/

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