[Fox Baltimore] Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is facing new charges in connection with the corruption case that forced her out of office.
Dixon is now being charged with violating her probation stemming from a plea deal to perjury charges. As part of the plea agreement, Dixon was ordered to pay restitution but has fallen behind in payments.
Dixon resigned in January of 2010 after she was accused of stealing about $500 in gift cards intended for needy families.
Jesse Jackson Jr. won re-election to Illinois' 2nd Congressional district by a landslide Tuesday night, beating his two opponents, Marcus Lewis and Brian Woodwoorth.
As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, and with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Jackson had captured 63 percent of the vote.
"My deep and sincere thanks to the people of the 2nd Congressional District, I am humbled and moved by the support shown today," Jackson said in a written statement. "Everyday, I think about your needs and concerns. Once the Doctors approve my return to work, I will continue to be the progressive fighter you have known for years. My family and I are grateful for your many heartfelt prayers and kind thoughts. I continue to feel better everyday and look forward to serving you."
Republicans retained control of the House, confronting President Barack Obama with a continuing partisan obstacle to his second-term agenda.
The results left the chamber's balance of power intact despite a restive electorate. The House's dwindling band of conservative Democrats shrunk further, as Republicans defeated two Democratic incumbents in the South and picked up several open seats held by "Blue Dog'' Democrats who had decided to retire.
Still, Democrats offset some of their losses by defeating several GOP incumbents, including tea-party-backed freshmen who had been a big part of the GOP 2010 landslide.
By 1:45 a.m., Republicans were set to win 239 seats and Democrats 193, according to the Associated Press.
Strategists in both parties expect the House's bottom line will change little, in a departure from the last three so-called wave elections that brought major swings in the party makeup of the House--toward Democrats in 2006 and 2008 and toward Republicans in 2010.
"We're humbled to have again been entrusted by the American people with the responsibility of leading the People's House,'' said House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio), in a statement prepared before the outcome of the presidential election was known. "We stand ready to work with any willing partner--Republican, Democrat or otherwise."
The pubs in the house will have to grow a spine and get into the faces of the dems. However, O will crank out executive orders like fatwas, and congress will do nothing. Nothing will happen until congress gets shaken up. and that ain't happening for two years, theoretically.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
Obama Addressing Congress on the State of the Union .... ?
Posted by: Au Auric ||
Congress should spend like drunken sailors -- I mean even more than they have been doing. Print money and send it home to their districts. If the US wants bankruptcy, let's give it to them.
Give him all the rope he needs to hang himself? That sounds like a dangerous game. The noose is likely to end up around our necks and they will keep on blaming the Republicans anyway. With the MSM in their pocket they can do that.
Given his administration's behavior, what exactly would he have to do to not be reelected? At least we have the House. Until another idiot Congressman starts blathering on about how God says we should run the USA.
This is not my country anymore; the Long March through the institutions has succeeded, and it's just plain over. Instapundit reader Zach White says it better than I can:
If Obama is reelected, good hardworking people should give up and go Galt. The tipping point is the 2012 election. Will the makers finally succumb to the takers? It's pointless to think that if America reelects the most unqualified disastrous president in recent memory, we should stand our ground and continue fighting. it's a signal that marxist free-lunchism and free birth control for everyone trump economic well-being and prosperity in the minds of the masses. Give up. Go Galt. Protect what few assets you have left, and start to hunker down for the coming storm.
America is beyond screwed, well past the fiscal insanity of a number of EU countries. Think of it this way -- we sit and watch California destroy itself and wonder who could be so foolish as to remain there and dedicate himself to indentured servitude in a state headed for disaster. Why don't those fools just leave!! Same for Venezuela. as they descend into chaos and totalitarianism, do they reject Chavez more? The answer is plainly no. The spiral down the drain is irreversible and obvious. The more the government creates misery, the more they create programs to help people cope with the misery they've created, and we achieve a perpetual negative feedback loop.
My advice is simple -- if Obama is reelected, get a lawyer and a financial advisor, cash out as much of your assets as you can, and prepare yourself for a nosedive off a cliff. anything else would be imprudent and irresponsible to yourself and your dependents. Who wants to be a Dagny Taggart dedicating themselves to a life of indentured servitude trying to correct the wrongs of a heavy handed government? i will not be volunteering. I didn't give up on America, America gave up on me.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) ||
Afraid we're going to be hearing stories about how America used to be. We're essentially a EU now, pining for the glory days while the younger generation(Mine) eat what's left of the rotting corpse.
I fully expect not only a market collapse in small business and unemployment to skyrocket in the following months, but within the next few years a WMD terrorist attack.
Also big shout out to Governor Christie for giving Obama the appearance of competence. Sure your states in ruin and FEMA is nowhere in sight, but you FEEL better don't you? Freagin hack.
Posted by: Charles ||
Apparently Americans want to go the Greece route. This isn't the country and ideas I fought and bled for.
The first state that declares secession I am moving to.
IMHO, the Trunks shouldn't do a fucking thing to stand in the way of Ogabe's 2nd term aganda. The attitude should be "you told us what you wanted, so we're going to make sure you get it...good and hard." Maybe after a few years of 40% unemployment followed by hyperinflation and a city or two under radioactive mushroom clouds, some minds just might get a little concentrated.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) ||
Which will be spun to blame the Republicans. It might work if we weren't in charge of the House. Though it is Boehner.
More than anything I blame Sandy and Christie. Gave Obama the last-minute look of Competence he needed. My Generation are idiots. I'm so ashamed. But this isn't over, as long as we breathe it isn't over. 2004 Democrats must have felt like this. And we're still here.
Keep on trucking.
Posted by: Charles ||
I have been mulling this over in recent weeks and it seems apparent to me that the America I grew up in has changed. I considered this election a simple crossroads. I had hoped for a large victory for Romney, repudiating Obama's ideology within the Democratic Party, but this did not happen. Even a Romney victory of a miniscule margin would have been a signal within that party that the ideology he espouses may not be the direction for the Dem.'s. How this translates to me is that the voter population and their ideology is swinging to one that approves of Obama's performance and, therefore, his ideology. 8% unemployment is now "ok", $4000 in average lost wages of the middle class is now "ok", over a trillion a year in debt is "ok", these are fundamental economic failures of a presidency, but at least 50% of the voters do not think so. There is a serious disconnect there. I do not feel that Obama won, I feel like Romney lost. This game was for all the marbles, we just lost them. I do not know if we can get them back.
But this isn't over, as long as we breathe it isn't over. 2004 Democrats must have felt like this. And we're still here.
Keep on trucking.
Charles, I wish I could be even as teeny-tiny optimistic as you are - God knows, you gotta love anyone who can keep searching for the pony in this unmitigated pile of horseshit. But the fact is that the 1960's Left has been working toward exactly this moment for the past forty years and more. It began when the SDSers went to grad school and J-school, or became public-school teachers; it advanced even further when Slick Willy used triangulation and a rightward political tack to hide his throwing open of the Mexican border and his corruption of the voting rolls via the "motor voter law." Obama is the poisonous fruit of a tree with roots that are now very, very deep. The ultimate objectives of the "Long March through the institutions" have been visible to anyone who cared enough to do a little research - economic collapse at home and weakness abroad. That's what the majority has chosen.
Posted by: Ricky bin Ricardo (Abu Babaloo) ||
Goodbye, America - Hello, Amerika, of the OWG Mighty USSA versus OWG Weak USRoA Global SSR, at least until our Socialist comrades in either Chinese or Radical Islam take over from us ideo andor spiritually "impure" Westies.
You'll just have to move forward plans to cope with the economic suicide you will see around you. Yep.
-- I can only hope the future is not a variation on this tune:
"Economic meltdown is unfortunately not far off. You cannot keep borrowing (in reality printing) money for ever, without consequences"
The US spends more on "defence" than the rest of the world put together. Its economy is nowhere near 50% of global GDP. It isn't rocket science. Billions spent in Iraq, looking for WMDs that didn't exist.
But you're right - it can't go on, and it won't go on. The US can't afford these adventures - but the guys who sell the weapons are driving much nicer cars than you now.
A reminder - THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.
- Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 1776
Don't forget that Obama will now be able to appoint 1 and possible 2 Supreme Court Justices.
That is going to tip the balance. Goodbye 1st and 2nd amendments - to be followed quickly by the other 7 (the 10th is already dead). Oh they will still be there - but ignored much like the 10th is now.
Domestic energy will be even more limited - driving up fuel prices and everything else. The EPA will have a free reign to destroy businesses. Goodbye coal industry.
I'm going to pick a different book BP: Atlas Shrugged. (Though I liked Fallen Angels.) Rand pretty much predicted this. Next step: hyperinflation, followed by large scale governent seizure of private property. Then the social "die off."
Economic meltdown is unfortunately not far off. You cannot keep borrowing (in reality printing) money for ever, without consequences. All of them bad.
I thought there was some chance of avoiding the meltdown if Romney was elected, but now there is none.
Romney lost because the economy, while anemic, is recovering from the recession of 2008 due to a Federal debt binge and money-printing by the central bank, and Obama is getting the credit, just as Bush got the credit for the boom that followed 9/11, as Greenspan opened the credit spigots and Congress practically forced banks to lend to NINJA (no income, no jobs or assets) borrowers. If the inevitable economic crash occurs before 2016, the GOP will be in a position to participate in another wave election like Obama's in 2008, but this time in the GOP's favor.
'Master - I think following (or more likely during) the large scale seizure of private property some patriot goes Fort Sumpter on a statist and CW2 kicks off. The military will divide up, or, will stand aside. Or, many of them will decide to support and defend the Const against all enemies, foreign & domestic. Business owners will start going Galt during the hyperinflation phase. BTW - I think stock market took dive today - right on cue.
Broadhead - Rand also didn't factor in racial or identity issues into the equation. (She was born Jewish in Russia, and instinctively shied away from that kind of thing.) She tended to see people as acting from rational, individual self-interest. But a lot of us simply aren't individualistic, rationally or otherwise. A shockingly large number of Americans are members of their tribe first (whatever that might be) - and punnishing that tribe's enemies comes before everything else. Even their own interests. Even the interests of their tribe, sometimes.
And now *everyone* is going to get some basic lessons in reality the hard way.
Alexis de Tocqueville is credited with saying that a democracy "can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy.... The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.".
You can only tax the productive society so much before they get unproductive and realize it is a fool's game. You can only print so much money before it becomes valueless and buys nothing. You can only take a person's earnings, property and wealth and give it to someone else before burning resentment results. You can only divide and conquer so much before you reap what you sow. You can only sew vengence and hatred so much before it spills out of its vessel. You cannot have both freedom and statism at the same time. At some point you go beyond the point of no return and the system collapses and anarchy ensues. Governments can only tax and spend. They create no wealth, they create no value. When government over-regulates an economy, it is to the detriment of its people and a free society. If the morality, free speech, education and truth in a society are destroyed then there is no compass for that society; examples of this are abundant.
From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy..
Sherry, or as Bill O'Reilly say "People want stuff"
You can bet your ass I'll make just enough for my needs - to hell with the moochers. I can't control what I earn from my actual job (they say jump, I jump), but I can sure as hell control what (or if) I earn from my part-time business.
If I don't earn it, they can't tax it away to give to the freeloaders. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara ||
You will become like the UK where the people at the top and bottom dont pay tax.
Hence the squeezed middle who are totally pissed off and moving to Canada, Australia etc
Posted by: Barbara ||
"Governments can only tax and spend. They create no wealth, they create no value."
Actually, this one at least creates wealth - for Bambi's cronies - by stealing it from us and forking it over for "projects" that are pre-destined to fail once the big-wigs put millions into their own pockets. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara ||
Barb - not to differ but that is wealth redistribution not wealth creation.
It's wealth "creation" as in "I'll steal from these suckers (calling it "taxes" nudge, nudge, wink, wink) and give it to you and you'll give me some of it back in the form of campaign donations, and then we'll both be wealthy." >:-(
Posted by: Barbara ||
I would like to see some conservatives set up a movie studio in Texas that can create movies full of action and heroes. Start to take the culture back in a format I think would make money.
RJ, that is a good idea. Westerns, war flicks, detective shows, no lib horse shit. Damn, wish I'd thought of that - Texas, Carolinas, Flyover states...Wilmington, NC already does a lot of films...And as tongue-in-cheek joke at hollywood we could call it Peckerwood or Redwood...
It's been 22 hours...WHERE'S MY FREE STUFF!!!
You know what I did last night while I was listening to this debacle? I looked into buying a gun. Never owned one in my life. But I got a feeling I may just need one....
Gun and ammunition sales have been high since 2007, as I recall, and on by both sides of the aisle. You may have to shop a list of decreasing desirability if you don't want to deal with backorders, tu3031.
I got an uncle who's got a federal firearms license. Lifetime NRA, the whole deal. He'd be the guy I'd talk to if I decide to do it. Seeing how this is Massachsetts, I sure they make you jump through a million hoops.
Showed me his collection one night. Keeps it in a huge gun safe. Woah...I know where I'm heading if the revolution starts.
A congressman who routinely accused American Muslims of being enemies of the United States looks likely to go down in defeat. Another, a former presidential candidate who warned of a wide-ranging Islamic conspiracy to undermine the government, barely won reelection. A third, who espoused the same conspiracy, opted not to run. It's not been the greatest night for Congress' anti-Islam caucus.
That caucus was a legislative bastion of support for a group of self-anointed counterterrorism analysts that tried to convince the FBI and the military that the Islamic religion was to blame for terrorism. That group is already beleaguered: President Obama has ordered its teachings removed from counterterrorism training across the government, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff declares it "totally objectionable." Now it's got fewer allies in Congress to fall back upon.
Allen West isn't conceding defeat in Florida's 18th district, but challenger Patrick Murphy appears to have beaten the Tea Party favorite. According to Politico, Murphy's narrow vote total is larger than the margin that would trigger a recount. If West has lost his race -- perhaps the most lavishly funded among House candidates -- the House will have lost one of its most prominent exponents of a global Islamic threat.
West, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, professes that Islamist terrorism is merely authentic Islam. "This is not a perversion, [the terrorists] are doing exactly what this book [the Quran] says," West told a 2010 audience, following a disquisition on Charles Martel's fight against a Muslim army at the Battle of Tours in 732. When New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the 2010 construction of an Islamic cultural center a few blocks from Ground Zero, West dismissed Bloomberg as ignorant of "the history of Islamic conquest against western civilization." West has been unapologetic about the act that ended his Army career: firing a gun near the head of a Iraqi detainee in 2003; Glenn Beck dubbed West "a modern-day ronin."
Iff West is a true "Ronin", as in Japan's "47 Ronin", he will not give up until the evil is destroyed and the name + honor of his abused-n- deceived dead Lord + Asano Clan is restored.
* FREEREPUBLIC > [Newly released audio tape]ZAWAHIRI: BENGHAZI ATTACK SHOWED US WEAKNESS.
History + Sun Tzu would argue that WEAKNESS INVITES WAR - THE JIHAD [Nuke-WMD?] WILL COME TO AMERIKA, + ALL THE WHILE THAT AUTHORITARIAN SOCIALIST [Fascist] IS VIOLENTLY? ARGUING OR DIVORCING FROM TOTALITARIAN SOCIALIST [Communist].
Its only a question of "when", not "iff".
* FYI DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Silobreaker.com = KavKaz center] MOSCOW RAPIDLY BECOMES ISLAMIZED, RUSSIAN POPULATION RAPIDLY DIES [dying] OUT.
IMO dare Russia devol into a Muslim State [super-Pakistan?]wid SS-18's + SS-25's ICBMS + DELTA SUBS.
* BHARAT RAKSHAK > US SENATE PANEL TAKES ON SAUDI RADICAL ISLAM. Growth of Saudi-style Wahabism in America may one day devol into a de facto National Security threat.
Ala "RED DAWN II", IFF THE WILY NORTH KOREANS EVER DO INVADE AMERICA = AMERIKA, THEY MAY HAVE TO FIGHT LOCAL HARD BOYZ = ISLAMIST JIHADIS/
MILTERRS ALREADY FIGHTING THE US FED-LOCAL GOVTS.