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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 11:42pm

Shame on Bobby Rush

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed former Attorney General Roland Burris, who is African-American, to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat in Illinois.. Senate Democrats vowed not to seat the pick as they had previously stated that they would not seat anyone selected by the embattled Blagojevich.

As soon as the selection was announced, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) told the press that Senate Democrats should not "hang and lynch the appointee".  The incendiary language by Rush was purposely designed to play the race card, even though race has nothing to do with denying this candidate a Senate seat.

Congressman Rush knew full well that the selection would be immediately met with resistance simply because Governor Blagojevich is under indictment and had tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

Playing the race card is not the way to get African-Americans in the U.S. Senate.  Bobby Rush should be ashamed of himself.

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Monday, December 29, 2008 - 10:30pm

Treasury Bails Out GMAC

Another day, another bailout for incompetent Detroit automakers.  This time, the Treasury Department handed $6 billion to the financing division of General Motors, GMAC.

If a Republican President and his Treasury Secretary are willing to give this much money to hopeless, union-controlled companies, just imagine how many taxpayer dollars the Democrats will bestow upon them.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 7:45pm

Israeli Government Continues Bombing

Why is it that when Hamas kills innocent people it's called terrorism, but when the Israeli government kills innocent Palestinians, it's called collateral damage?  In two days of attacks by Israel on the Gaza Strip, 298 Palestinians have been killed.

The government was responding to almost daily rocket and mortar fire by Hamas after a cease-fire ended last week.  The attacks by Hamas have yet to kill anyone.

Clearly the Israeli government is well within their rights to return fire.  However, the level of response is not only disproportionate, it is also sloppy and reckless.  If they really want to kill Hamas members, they need to go in on the ground.  Dropping bombs on densely populated areas is equivalent to terrorism.

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Friday, December 26, 2008 - 7:15pm

Pakistan Moving Troops to Border

Tensions are rising between India and Pakistan after thousands of Pakistani troops were moved to their border with India.  The government in Islamabad defended the move as they fear a potential cross-border attack by the Indian military.

Both countries are nuclear powers, so an armed conflict between them could have devastating consequences.  India is believed to have 100-140 nuclear warheads, while Pakistan reportedly has around 60.  It wouldn't take much to annihilate each other.

After the terrorist attack in Mumbai, diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan have completely deteriorated.  It seems only a matter of time before these two countries go to war.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008 - 11:12pm

Inside the Obama Vacation Home

Not a bad place to spend your Christmas vacation.  The Hawaii home costs only $3,000 per night.  Life is good for the President-elect.

 

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 7:55pm

Still Undecided in Minnesota

We'll have to wait until at least December 30th to determine the winner of the Minnesota Senate race between Norm Coleman (R) and Al Franken (D).  The canvassing board decided to take a week off rather than make a decision about an election that took place six weeks ago.

The latest tally has Franken ahead by 46 votes out of 2.4 million.  The new Congress is set to get together on January 6th, so it would help if Minnesota could learn how to count between now and then.

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Monday, December 21, 2008 - 12:30am

Canada Follow U.S. into Bailout Nation

The little known fact about the auto industry bailout in America is that it also triggered an additional $4 billion from Canada.  The Canadian government decided to kick in the money provided the Americans gave Detroit the initial bailout.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is seen here with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty on Saturday as they announce the "short-term loans" for the incompetent companies in Detroit.

The Big 3 automakers in the U.S. have subsidiaries in Canada that account for 20 percent of production in North America.  As a result, the government in Ontario felt compelled to throw good taxpayer dollars after bad....just like Bush did.

Like their American counterparts, autoworkers in Canada for U.S. firms are overpaid relative to their competitors.  Unfortunately, the Canadian bailout package didn't address that major issue.  They didn't attach any strings to the money.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 11:10am

Big Labor Owns America

I have seen it all.  A Republican president just bailed out the auto industry to the tune of $13.4 billion.  We already know that Democrats are owned by the unions, but if the GOP is too, we're all in trouble.

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Friday, December 19, 2008 - 7:35pm

Al Franken Takes the Lead

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Democrat Al Franken has pulled ahead of Republican Norm Coleman in the Minnesota Senate Race.  Franken had been losing since the recount began, but is now in the lead by about 250 votes.

This race is effectively a tie, but it will be awarded to the guy with the best lawyer.  Right now, that appears to be Al Franken.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 10:05pm

Throw a Shoe at Bush

The Bush shoe-throwing incident has already spawned an online, interactive video game.  Just click on the picture to play the game.

The Bush shoe-throwing game: Sock and Awe

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 11:39pm

Obama Finally Picks Another Republican

The guy who claims there is not a blue-state America and a red-state America has not been living up to his rhetoric.  His Cabinet appointments have been almost entirely Democrats.

He did keep Robert Gates from the Bush Administration as the Defense Secretary, but Obama had not selected another Republican until now.  Today, he picked Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL) to be his Transportation Secretary.

Unfortunately, LaHood is yet another politician from Illinois.  He will join a growing legion of Illinois pols in Washington.  If you've been paying attention, politics in Chicago and the surrounding area is wrought with corruption and shady dealings.

Thus far, Barack Obama's selections have been a disappointment.  If he takes another politician from his crooked home state, it won't be long before sleaze, bribery, and dishonesty dominate his Presidency.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 11:05pm

Rahm Emanuel Taped By Feds

President-elect Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been taped by the FBI in conversations with disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Emanuel was recorded a whopping 21 times discussing Obama's Senate seat with Blagojevich.

It remains to be seen what these recordings will uncover, but it is not a good sign for Team Obama, especially considering Blagojevich was trying to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

Expect the future president to have constant problems with Rahm Emanuel for the next four years.  He is the Democrats' equivalent of Tom Delay.

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Monday, December 15, 2008 - 11:19pm

Not Another Kennedy

As much as I like Caroline Kennedy, I am starting to get sick of the "royalty" in this country. Since when are you qualified for a job on the basis of your last name?  Have we really become a nation of Kennedy, Bush, and Clinton?

Collectively, the Kennedy's are among the most unscrupulous and immoral politicians.  The current Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) has a long history of unethical behavior.  His nephew, Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) is even worse.  The good Congressman is an admitted drug addict who pushes female security guards at airports.

Caroline is probably the best Kennedy left, but that's hardly the point.  You should not be able to walk into the United States Senate without earning it. 

Governor Patterson needs to appoint an individual with actual experience who is at least somewhat reflective of our society.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 12:25pm

Palin's Church Gets Torched

Sarah Palin's controversial church in Wasilla, Alaska has been damaged by a fire.  Arson is expected.  Nobody was injured at the Wasilla Bible Church, but the Governor apologized if the fire was caused by "undeserved negative attention" during the recent Presidential election.

If you recall, this is the church that preaches the end of the world.  The Wasilla Assembly of God believe Americans will seek refuge in the State of Alaska when the lower 48 states are destroyed.  They believe their members speak in tongues...that God suddenly comes down to speak gibberish through individual churchgoers.  The church has also invited anti-gay, anti-Jewish, and witch hunting preachers to speak before their people.

This "religion" apparently angered other Alaskans when their bizarre philosophy came to light during Sarah Palin's campaign.  Gee, I can't imagine why anyone would be upset.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 10:22am

Saturday Morning Humor

And to think the late-night comedians were worried that Barack Obama wouldn't provide them any good material.  They forgot that politicians will always steal and philander.

 

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 10:49pm

Bank of America to Cut 35,000 Jobs

President-elect Obama was dead-on when he said the economy will get worse before it gets better.  Every day in December has seen a handful of firms announce layoffs, but today's news was one of the most severe.  Although it will be over three years, Bank of America will slash a staggering 35,000 jobs from their payrolls.

The November unemployment report was one of the worst on record, but December figures to be even worse.  By the time January 20th rolls around, Barack Obama will likely inherit an economy that lost 2.5 million jobs in 2008 and an unemployment rate north of 7.0%.

I hope our future President knows what he's doing.  We're going to need some leadership.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 10:58pm

Scandal Comes to the Democrats

If you were misled these last eight years into believing Republicans were the only crooks in politics, think again.  First comes the Governor of Illinois and then comes Jesse Jackson Jr. 

Although Jackson maintains his innocence, he's not looking so good considering his role as Senate Candidate #5.  He is reportedly the candidate that Blagojevich believed would pay upwards of $500,000 to become the next Senator of Illinois.

Who else will Governor Blagojevich bring down with him?  His office has been bugged for a couple of months now.  The FBI has every conversation he's had with every politician.  Today, it's Jesse Jackson Jr.  Tomorrow could bring another name.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 7:15pm

For Sale:  U.S. Senate

Typical American politics.  The media may act like what the Illinois Governor did was unusual, but if the FBI wiretapped all the politicians in America, you'd find lots of corruption and many things for sale.

The scary part is that Governor Blagojevich still has the power to appoint anyone he wants to the U.S. Senate, including himself.  He is currently out of prison on bail.

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Monday, December 8, 2008 - 8:55pm

Should We Bail Them Out Too?

The Tribune Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.  The media giant owns the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Times, and dozens of other newspapers and television stations.  The firm employs 20,000 people.  They also decided to halt severance payments to all of their previously laid off workers.

Are the employees of the Tribune Company any less important than auto industry workers?  They work just as hard as their counterparts.  Shouldn't we also bail out this company if we're going to give GM, Ford, and Chysler tens of billions of dollars?

The premise is basically the same.  A mismanaged company headed into bankruptcy with thousands of soon to be unemployed people.  Why isn't anyone screaming and yelling to give money to the Tribune Company and the rest of the newspaper industry?  If anything, the news business is in worse economic shape than the auto business.

If we bail out Detroit, don't we have to rescue everybody else?  What's the difference?

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Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 8:28pm

Weekend Humor

Just when we thought we'd gotten rid of Hillary, she's back.  Even Bill makes an appearance.

 

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Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 9:58am

Employment Report Scares Lawmakers

The November jobs report came out yesterday and it was not pretty.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics said it was one of the worst reports they had ever released.  A total of 533,000 jobs were lost in November.  In addition, the September and October employment figures were revised downward, resulting in an additional 196,000 jobs lost.  The unemployment rate increased to 6.7%

At the same time, auto executives were in Washington begging for money to stave off bankruptcy.  Considering how many more jobs will be lost if GM goes under,  it now appears very likely they will get the money.  The employment report literally scared the politicians into finding a way to approve the bailout.

Fortunately, Nancy Pelosi caved to George Bush on an important point.  Previously, $25 billion was slated to go to the carmakers for green, environmental targets.  Rather than allocate additional funds, $15 billion of the $25 billion would go directly to help the Big Three from collapsing.

We still shouldn't bail out these idiots in Detroit.  These funds can be better utilized by our government.  Handing it over to GM, Ford, and Chrysler is just throwing it away.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 11:25pm

Lost Ballots in Minnesota

I'm not sure the Minnesota Senate Race will ever end.  Now there are reports of 130 lost ballots.  It has caused a further extension of the marathon recount.  With a race that is arguably closer than 130 votes, losing that many is a big deal.

We may need a run-off like election in Minnesota to resolve this problem.  The race is too close to determine whether the winner is really Norm Coleman (R) or Al Franken (D).  Another election may be the best alternative.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 11:15pm

When I Grow Up

This ad is nine years old, but just as true today as it was in 1999. With all the layoffs in financial services and elsewhere, I figured it was appropriate.  I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

 

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 6:59pm

Union Agrees to Suspend Job Banks

The Big Three automakers all have programs in which workers are laid off but are still paid.  Yes, you read that correctly.  These so-called "job-banks" pay former employees 95% of their regular pay to literally do nothing.  GM, Ford, and Chrysler pay thousands and thousands of people that don't work for their firm.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has finally agreed to "suspend" this insane program at General Motors.  They are also open to suspending the job-bank at Ford and Chrysler.  Mind you, they are not eliminating the program; they are merely suspending it until some later date.  The UAW believes this is a major concession on their part.

These job-banks are yet another example of union stupidity.  It is just more proof that the UAW has single-handedly destroyed the American auto industry.  They have succeeded in driving GM, Ford, and Chrysler into the ground with exorbitant wages, benefits, and guaranteed pay for ex-employees.

Now these companies want our taxpayer dollars to cover their incompetence.  We need to put an end to this and let them go bankrupt!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 9:12pm

Chambliss Wins Big in Georgia!

So much for a close race.  Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) has won the run-off election in the State of Georgia.  With 78% of the precincts reporting, Chambliss has 60.4% of the vote and Jim Martin (D) has only 39.6%.

The Democrats will not get a sixty seat majority in the Senate.  This is a good thing as we don't need either party to have complete power.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - 7:58pm

A Tight Race in Georgia???

The polls have closed in the Georgia Senate run-off election.  No winner has been determined yet, which could be a good early sign for Democrat Jim Martin.

Saxby Chambliss is expected to win and remove any hope the Democrats have of getting to sixty seats.  Turnout is light, but steady thus far.  We'll have the results here when they come in.

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Monday, December 1, 2008 - 6:24pm

Lawyered-Up in Minnesota

The recount in the Minnesota Senate race is getting ugly.  With 89% of the precincts reporting, Norm Coleman (R) is ahead of Al Franken (D) by only a few thousand votes out of 2.9 million cast.  The close race could get even closer as the counties left to report slightly favor Franken.

Both Franken and Coleman have lawyered up big-time.  Franken's lawyers are trying to include 12,000 absentee ballots that were thrown out and Coleman's lawyers want them to remain rejected.

This election could decide the fate of a filibuster-proof majority for Democrats in the Senate.  Unfortunately, it will probably come down to whichever side has the best legal team.  I would expect Coleman to win, but Franken will not go down quietly.  Expect Al to fight every step of the way.

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