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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Restaurant Chain Cuts Hours to Avoid Obamacare Costs
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/09/2012 08:23 || Comments || Link || [336075 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Something that government never does while planning our economy, thinking of market reaction.

Wait for some lame brain, knee jerk reaction that will solve nothing, make the market react again, cost more money in regulation and generally make worker's lives more costly and difficult.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/09/2012 13:47 Comments || Top||

#2  The market sees regulation as 'damage' and routes around it.
Posted by: Iblis || 10/09/2012 14:36 Comments || Top||

#3  So the Bambi minions will change the "rules" to 25 hours = full-time.

Posted by: Barbara || 10/09/2012 15:36 Comments || Top||

#4  My self-employed brother in Mass. had been paying a penalty for not signing up for Romneycare in that state. Last week he told me he doesn't have to pay a penalty any more - he's too poor.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/09/2012 17:47 Comments || Top||


Thank goodness dats cleared up.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/09/2012 21:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Last week he told me he doesn't have to pay a penalty any more - he's too poor.

They'll fix that! Just wait until they move the goal posts!
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/09/2012 22:19 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
U.S. 'Congratulates' Venezuela on Election
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hugo's not dead YET?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 10/09/2012 6:27 Comments || Top||

#2  They have zombies coming up from the dead in Venezuela as in Chicago? Hugo's rigged election. Do we really want to congratulate someone who wins a rigged election. Well maybe this administration does.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/09/2012 10:55 Comments || Top||

Gov. Brown takes emergency action to try to reduce gas prices
Gov. Jerry Governor Moonbeam Brown
... those who ignore history are bound to repeat it ...
took "emergency steps" Sunday to try to bring down record gas prices in the state.

He directed the Caliphornia Air Resources Board to increase the fuel supply by allowing the immediate sale and import of cheaper and more available winter-blend gasoline.

The move would reduce the price of gas in Caliphornia by 15 to 20 cents per gallon, probably within a few days, said energy expert Chris Faulkner of Dallas-based Breitling Oil and Gas.

"This would immediately increase the supply of gasoline in Caliphornia," Faulkner said, but he cautioned that it would take a few days for the governor's move to be reflected at the pump.

"Gas goes up quickly and comes down slowly," Faulkner said.

Winter-blend gasoline is a mixture that evaporates more quickly than gas sold in summer months. It's considered more detrimental to air quality during warm weather.

Winter-blend gasoline typically isn't sold until after Oct. 31.

"Gas prices in Caliphornia have risen to their highest levels ever, with unacceptable cost impacts on consumers and small businesses," Brown said in a statement.

"I am directing the Air Resources Board to immediately take whatever steps are necessary to allow an early transition to winter-blend gasoline."

On Sunday, gas prices hit a record average of $4.655 for a gallon of regular in Caliphornia. The national average is at $3.814.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336078 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IOW, more Policies-Regulation, NOT less.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/09/2012 2:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Simple and easy, just eliminate YOUR "Tax" and the price reverts to normal.
See how easy that was?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 10/09/2012 6:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Jerry, the high prices are a direct consequence of your policies. You do believe in your policies, right? Tell them: the high prices are good for you - you'll pay and like it!
Posted by: Spot || 10/09/2012 8:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Fox is reporting gas prices are reaching $6.oo per gallon. I guess this is one way to keep people from leaving California.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2012 8:35 Comments || Top||

#5  The gas prices might turn the state light pink if they don't do something. Perhaps it won't change a lot of votes but it will suppress turnout for one team and increase it for the other which is the same effect. Thus Brown and Feinstein reacting quickly and blaming others.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 8:47 Comments || Top||

#6  If I were Mitt I'd play adds with the Obama energy secretary saying they might have to raise gas prices up to $4 to force people into greener ways or whatever he said. Just let his words do the talking, and then say you can judge a politician by those they surround themselves with. Boom. Let people fill in the rest themselves.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 8:48 Comments || Top||

#7  ..a lot of people "can't" leave because they're stuck with property and mortgages that won't sale. Instead of allowing the banks and leading institutions fail and let the price of the paper float to its natural level, the peasants have literally been tied to the land to protect those institutions. If you try to leave the land, you'll be financially punished. Welcome to government implemented 21st Century Serfdom.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2012 8:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Why is Jerry worried about high gas prices? When prices are high, people drive less. This leads to less air pollution, which is a good thing. He should stand firm and add additional taxes to make (poor) people drive even less.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/09/2012 9:04 Comments || Top||

#9  This leads to less air pollution, which is a good thing. He should stand firm and add additional taxes to make (poor) people drive even less. Posted by Rambler in Virginia

I recommend mileage taxes be levied... based on "need" of course. Oh wait!

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2012 9:08 Comments || Top||

#10  Jerry is concerned with his job, legacy and party. He doesn't want to be the Gov that lost California to the republicans and i believe high gas prices are the one thing that could do that if not dealt with fast. We have tolerated high gas before but this is insane and at a time where consumers can lash out.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 10:04 Comments || Top||

#11  It's all a phony move.

The regulators tightened the screws on the gas refineries to deliberately jack up prices. Higher prices = higher sales tax revenue. A short term way to generate extra cash to cover the budget deficit.

He could cut gas prices in half by mandating changes to the crazy crap multiple gas blend stuff, having six or seven different blends in one state, and with one or two blends, gas prices would drop like a rock but then so would the sales tax revenue.

Nothing is a coincidence, everything they do is carefully planned. They are very astute economists and this turmoil in our economy is deliberate.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 10/09/2012 10:37 Comments || Top||

#12  Seems to me that they are drowning in their red tape and regulations now. Swim Brown. If you can.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/09/2012 13:49 Comments || Top||

#13  Mitt needs to run a quick ad in Caliphornia showing the tape of Bambi declaring that "energy prices will necessarily skyrocket under my plan" - then show a couple of Cali gas stations' signs.

Make sure at least one of them is a brand name, not cut-rate.

Then, maybe, run the tape of Bambi saying "I'll have more flexibility after the election" if there's time.
Posted by: Barbara || 10/09/2012 15:41 Comments || Top||

#14  So..what does that do to the winter supply?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/09/2012 15:51 Comments || Top||

#15  Apparantly it extends the supply by up to 25%. We dont use the winter mix during summer because it causes a lot of engine knocking and pinging. Or so i am told.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 16:10 Comments || Top||

#16  1920's

The answer to combustion engine knocking noise led the GM scientists early 1920s to recommend adding a lead compound, tetraethyl lead, to gasoline. It will cost a bit more, but quiet down the engine and make it run more efficiently.


Leaded gasoline was phased out in the US from 1975-1986. Unleaded gasoline will cost a bit more (gotta get the lead out you know), but your car will run cleaner and more efficiently.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2012 16:20 Comments || Top||

#17  2010

Adding bio fuel to gasoline will raise the cost of gas and food but your tank will be fuller and both your stomach and wallet will be thinner.
Posted by: Airandee || 10/09/2012 18:16 Comments || Top||

#18  "We dont use the winter mix during summer because it causes a lot of engine knocking and pinging."

How do the engines know what the season is, rj?
Posted by: Barbara || 10/09/2012 19:18 Comments || Top||

#19  Summer-grade fuel has a different Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) than winter-grade fuel, which contributes to its being (marginally) more eco-friendly. RVP is the vapor pressure of gasoline measured at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Fuels with higher RVP evaporate more easily than those with lower RVP. A particular fuel blend's RVP is based on the combined RVP of the ingredients that make up the blend. Regulators worry about this evaporation because it contributes to ozone formation.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 10/09/2012 19:32 Comments || Top||

#20  I suspect engines run slightly hotter in the summer and that causes knocking and pinging but I'm guessing since my info on winter blend was third person and not my expertise.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 21:02 Comments || Top||

#21  I guess I'm wondering if there is winter mix stowed away, being tapped, and IIUC CA gasoline must originate in CA, if CA refinaries are currently on summer blend, will that make the buggering harder and dryer in a month or two - whenever the usual switch would take place?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/09/2012 21:44 Comments || Top||

Businessmen pulling out of France as tax-hit looms
While it is not yet on the scale of the exodus of rich French after the election of Socialist president Francois Mitterrand in 1981, real estate agents said, the tax plans of La Belle France's new Socialist President Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, and a fine job he's doing of it...
are having a noticeable effect.

While the Socialists' plan to raise the tax rate to 75 percent on income above 1.0 million euros per year has generated the most headlines, a sharp increase in taxes on capital gains from the sales of stock and company stakes is pushing most people to leave, according Didier Bugeon, head of the wealth manager Equance.

French entrepreneurs have complained vociferously against a proposal in the Socialist's 2013 budget to increase the capital gains tax on sales of company stakes, which they argue will kill the market for innovative start-up companies in La Belle France.

Entrepreneurs in the high-tech sector in particular often invest their own money and take low salaries in the hope they can later sell the company for a large sum.

They say a stiff increase in capital gains tax would remove incentives to do this in La Belle France. They also argue that capital has already been taxed several times in the making.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336075 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Strange how that works. Taxes go up on businessmen, the businessment and jobs go elsewhere. Perhaps our Champ should take note.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2012 5:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Naah, He'll only say"It's the fwench."
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 10/09/2012 6:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Next step is to pass a law against leaving. They can call it the Camembert Curtain.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2012 9:35 Comments || Top||

#4  You might think, if you were president of the United States, that it might be beneficial for this country to encourage these wealthy French businessmen to immigrate here. They would be France's loss and our gain. I mean, these are the kind of industrious, wealthy, entrepreneurial people who could help our economy much more so than millions of poor peasants from Third World countries and religious whackos from Pakistain. That would be logical, would it not?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/09/2012 11:36 Comments || Top||

#5  If Canada was smart they'd make it very favorable for these rich folks to move to Quebec.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 14:30 Comments || Top||

#6  According to what I've read, Canada is #3 behind Belgium and England as destinations, Canada being specifically Quebec.
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/09/2012 15:17 Comments || Top||

#7  They can call it the Camembert Curtain.

Or Brie Barricade.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/09/2012 15:18 Comments || Top||

#8  OOOOOOOOO, you can just hear wily MARLON "THE GODFATHER" BRANDO telling scion Michael - "...But I didn't know until tonite it was BIG BIRD all along".

Even in France, no one evar! suspects LE BIRD!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/09/2012 21:42 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Romney takes four-point lead over Obama after debate victory
Mitt Romney has effectively erased Barack Obama’s lead in the polls after last week’s one-sided presidential debate, according to Pew Research.

Romney now leads Obama by 4% among likely voters, according to the newly release poll. That’s a 12-point turnaround from last month.

Among registered voters, Romney and Obama are now tied at 46%. Just a month earlier, Obama held a 9% lead over his Republican rival.
“Fully 66% of registered voters say Romney did the better job in last Wednesday’s debate, compared with just 20% who say Obama did better,” Pew said in a release Monday. “…More generally, the poll finds Romney’s supporters far more engaged in the campaign than they were in September. Fully 82% say they have given a lot of thought to the election, up from 73% in September.”

The poll was conducted between October 4 and 7 and included 1,511 U.S. adults — 1,201 of whom were registered voters and 1,112 who were likely voters.

Romney also achieved gains over the past month among women, white non-Hispanics and those younger than 50, Pew said. It noted that likely women voters are now evenly divided at 47% each for Obama and Romney, when last month, Obama led Romney by 18 points among women likely to vote.
Posted by: tipper || 10/09/2012 02:33 || Comments || Link || [336072 views] Top|| File under:

#1  DC's "News Radio" says it's a statistical dead heat.

Big swing in the women's polls. I guess maybe Mitt didn't scare them as much as 0's ads about Romney.

Regardless of his personal feelings, Mitt could not overturn Roe v. Wade - that takes a vote of Congress.

Only The One can rule without the Congress! "Valerie! Which one of my Czars can fix this for me?"
Posted by: Bobby || 10/09/2012 5:59 Comments || Top||

#2  World tuned in sand saw a digferent Romney and a different Obama than the ones theyd been told about. I suspect trust im the media took a dive st the same time as the worst was confirmed.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Regardless of his personal feelings, Mitt could not overturn Roe v. Wade - that takes a vote of Congress. Posted by: Bobby

The above (Roe vs Wade) may certainly be a major factor, but I believe the curse of the "old white man" is much in play as well. Decades of teevee viewing depicting caucasian men as bumbling, out of touch idiots, misogynists, and racists is taking it's toll. Deference to age and acquired knowlegdge in the digital age is definately in decline. Provided the battery is fully charged, all people need to know today can be found in the palm of their hand.

Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2012 8:00 Comments || Top||

#4  The election must be soon.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 10/09/2012 8:42 Comments || Top||

#5  I think that was a factor before the debates. But after the debates the stodgy cheap banker Romney image and the competant cool Obama image were both crushed.

What we had was someone that looked like they could fix things and wanted to fix things against someone who wanted to be elsewhere.

Obama can't wait to be an ex-President but he thinks he needs 4 more years to cement in his legacy first. Thus mixed feelings. That's my read.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 8:45 Comments || Top||

#6  That's a 12-point turnaround from last month.

You really think there was a 12 point swing?
Or maybe, it's been there all along and the debate gave the pollsters their out to start talking real numbers to cover their asses and not be caught on election day with explaining why their numbers failed so miserably against the actual and real vote. Playing the 'bandwagon' propaganda machine for one party or the other only works till your credibility tanks royally. Staying in business has got to last beyond one day in November.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2012 9:01 Comments || Top||

#7  I agree with what besoeker said above about the influence of "decades of teevee viewing depicting caucasian men as bumbling, out of touch idiots, misogynists, and racists."

And I'd add to that the effects of decades of the media portraying corporations and the businessmen who run them as greedy, corrupt, cold, uncaring, inhuman and as all-around evil enemies of the common man.

Dishonesty, thy name is Liberal.
Posted by: Knuckles McCoy1911 || 10/09/2012 9:01 Comments || Top||

#8  P2K - prolly largely on the money. Also a combination of Bradley Effect and Zero's bumbling has made it OK to go for competence (AKA - Eastwoods' "you gotta let em go")
Posted by: Frank G || 10/09/2012 9:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Forget the poll numbers: gimmie the R/D/I breakdowns used to "adjust" those poll numbers. 2008? 2010?
Posted by: Ptah || 10/09/2012 11:36 Comments || Top||

#10  Not even Congress can overturn Roe v. Wade. It will take a Constitutional amendment.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/09/2012 11:44 Comments || Top||

#11  Roe V Wade won't be overturned. The battle has moved to the insistance/avoidance of ultrasounds. The ultrasounds are getting so clear these days that most people who see one no longer see lumps of tissue, they see a baby and the abortion option seems less desirable.

Shows how insane the dems are on the issue because they are fighting mandatory ultrasounds and still trying to be the champion of women. Unfortunately the right hasn't hammered them on that.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 14:30 Comments || Top||

#12  It will take a Constitutional amendment.

That's one way.
The other is what all the fight is over SCOTUS appointments. You change the composition of the courts, you reverse decisions.
Actually the original RvW written by Justice White stipulated three trimesters. The first of which the court said government had no say, the last of which it did [as premies were at the time viable] and said the middle third was a gray area [because of anticipated advances in medical science which was the basis for the position on the third]. The first step would be a return to the original decision.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2012 18:07 Comments || Top||

#13  Forget the poll numbers: gimmie the R/D/I breakdowns used to "adjust" those poll numbers. 2008? 2010

Supposedly 2010.

Pew said they oversampled Rs by 5%, the reason reported as "that's what the people being polled identified themselves as".
Posted by: Pappy || 10/09/2012 21:03 Comments || Top||

#14  IIRC FOX NEWS this AM > POTUS Bammer would likely still be elected oer "Mittens" iff the election were held today, but Mitten's popularity is now par wid the Bammer despite slight edge [MOE +/- 4%].

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/09/2012 22:00 Comments || Top||



Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/09/2012 23:53 Comments || Top||

-Election 2012
Sesame Street - Please take down the ad with Big Bird, Obama
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/09/2012 12:14 || Comments || Link || [336082 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The One will simply issue an executive order taking the rights for the public good.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 10/09/2012 13:25 Comments || Top||

#2  You know Rambler, I can see him doing that since PBS gets 12% of its budget from the Feds.

They didn't build Big Bird.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/09/2012 13:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Sesame street makes a fortune on marketing. They don't want to jeapordize 50% of their sales because they've become a political football over government funding they don't actually need.

Also the head of Sesame street probably doesn't wand his huge salary discussed in this context.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 14:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Sesame Street - Please take down the ad with Big Bird, Obama

"Sesame Street gives Obama campaign the Bird"

Posted by: Jutch Elmeresh8452 || 10/09/2012 14:30 Comments || Top||

#5  From Instapundit about the Big Bird commercial:

And another reader emails: “Today’s Obama for President commercial was brought to you by the number ’1.1 trillion’ and the word ‘deficit’.
Posted by: Sherry || 10/09/2012 15:48 Comments || Top||

#6  The point was made; Children's Television Workshop simply didn't see any value in continuing.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/09/2012 15:58 Comments || Top||

#7  ....and the PZ team replies:

We Haven’t Decided If We Will Comply With Sesame Street’s Request To Pull Big Bird Ad…

Posted by: Uncle Phester || 10/09/2012 19:21 Comments || Top||

#8  this just proves obama is childish and not fit to run the mighty US of A.
Posted by: Cretinous Humongous || 10/09/2012 19:23 Comments || Top||

#9  "this just proves obama is childish and not fit to run the mighty US of A."

We already knew that, CH.
Posted by: Barbara || 10/09/2012 19:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Becuz God-n-Chicken-Soup trusting US Moms trust Big Bird + Cookie Monster.

Now, now, #5, a "deficit" in good PolSpeak is just inverse or reverse REVENUE, i.e. REVENUE MOVING IN A NEGATIVE OR NON-TRADITIONAL YET PROACTIVE DIRECTION.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/09/2012 21:27 Comments || Top||

#11  "How many sides does a triangle be?"

Actual line, while screening the show for my daughter.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/09/2012 21:36 Comments || Top||

#12  Surprising they'd use him, seeing that he's a well known birther.
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/09/2012 22:10 Comments || Top||

Romney: Obama 'Has Failed to Lead' in Syria, Middle East
[An Nahar] Barack Obama
I inhaled. That was the point...
has "failed to lead" in the Middle East and the strained ties between his White House and Israel have emboldened Iran, presidential challenger Willard Mitt Romney
...former governor of Massachussetts, currently the Publican nominee for president. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney has a record as a successful businessman, heading Bain Capital, and he rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from the midst of bribery and mismanagement scandals. More to the point, he isn't President B.O...
declared Monday.

In a major foreign policy speech, Romney warned the president's dithering had increased instability in a region clamoring for U.S. leadership and left both the United States and its Middle East allies less safe than they were.

With the slowly improving economy providing less ammunition four weeks from the November 6 election, Romney's address at the Virginia Military Institute marked a bid to muscle in on turf largely seen as Obama's preserve.

"The president has failed to lead in Syria, where more than 30,000 men, women and kiddies have been massacred by the Assad regime over the past 20 months," Romney declared.

He said Syria's rebels do not have the necessary weapons to battle Bashir al-Assad's troops and claimed Obama's handling of the crisis was emblematic of a president who does not "shape history" but opts to "lead from behind."

"In Syria, I will work with our partners to identify and organize those members of the opposition who share our values and ensure they obtain the arms they need to defeat Assad's tanks, helicopters, and fighter jets," Romney said.

But Romney stepped carefully, refusing to commit any future U.S. government to directly provide weapons to rebels.

Obama, worried that shoulder-fired missiles and other heavy weapons could end up in the hands of terrorists, has not provided arms for the rebel groups, although he has arranged for the delivery of communications equipment.

Romney acknowledged that Obama had had some foreign policy successes, notably the killing of chief terror suspect the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now neither a strong horse nor a weak horse, but a dead horse...
, but said that the Democrat incumbent would not leave the world a safer place.

"But when we look at the Middle East today -- with Iran closer than ever to nuclear weapons capability... with violent cut-throats on the march, and with an American ambassador and three others dead (in Benghazi, Libya) likely at the hands of al-Qaeda affiliates -- it is clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office," he said.

The Republican nominee said he would keep Iran in check, chase hard boyz in Libya and impose conditions on U.S. aid to Egypt.

"I know the president hopes for a safer, freer and a more prosperous Middle East, allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy," Romney said.

"It is time to change course in the Middle East," he stressed.

Romney put adversaries on notice that as president he would not tolerate the anti-American unrest that has been allowed to fester under Obama.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336079 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hmmm, gotten to much for the MSM to overlook?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 10/09/2012 6:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Too much lead, that is.
(No, definately NOT Obama)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 10/09/2012 6:30 Comments || Top||

He said Syria's rebels do not have the necessary weapons to battle Bashir al-Assad's troops...

I dunno. The rebels seem to be having some success with their suicide bombers. That's one weapon these creeps always seem to use quite well.

Sorry, Mitt. I know you'll be better than Obama but I don't see the benefit of helping al Qaeda fight Assad and his Iranian puppet masters. As long as our two worst enemies are killing each other that's a win-win for us. Isn't it? Or would your weapons be carefully rationed so as to merely prolong the killing?

As for Iran, I can't help thinking it would be better to smack them directly and get it over with. Then, without Iran's meddling, the Syrians might be able to take care of themselves.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/09/2012 11:56 Comments || Top||

#4  The Wisconsin State Fishwrap: "US Should Help Arm Syrian Resistance". The A and P reporters apparently didn't listen to the speech at all, and the headline writer didn't either. Grateful to Althouse for the link to the original speech.
Posted by: mom || 10/09/2012 16:37 Comments || Top||

#5  I see benefit in providing support to Turkey, at least then we might have some say in the Kurdish/Israeli issues that might develop.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 21:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Not ground troop support, more along the lines of how we helped the Northern Alliance if we even got that involved.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/09/2012 21:04 Comments || Top||

ObamaPhones Profiting ObamaDonors
One of the major providers of the free cell phones--3.8 million subscribers as of late 2011--is Miami-based TracFone Wireless, a company whose president and CEO, Frederick "F.J." Pollak, has donated at least $156,500 to Democratic candidates and committees this cycle, including at least $50,000 to the Obama campaign.

Pollak's wife, Abigail, is a campaign bundler for Obama who has raised more than $632,000 for the president this cycle, and more than $1.5 million since 2007. She has personally contributed more than $200,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2008.

The Pollaks hosted Obama at their Miami Beach home in June for a $40,000-per-plate fundraising dinner, and hosted a similar event with Michelle Obama in July 2008. The couple personally donated a combined $66,200 to Obama's reelection effort that year.

Visitor logs indicate that Frederick and Abigail Pollak have visited the White House seven times. In 2009, the president appointed Abigail to serve on the "Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino."
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So the US Gov't money buys cell phones for the poor from Fred and Abigail Pollak's TracFone Wireless. Abigail then hosts fund raising dinners and sends laundered that money to Champs reelction campaign ? BTW, TracFone is a subsidiary of América Móvil, hense the "Nional Museum of the American Latino" connection.

América Móvil (BMV: AMX / NYSE: AMX / NASDAQ: AMOV / BMAD: AMXL) is a Mexican telecommunication company headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico. It is the fourth largest mobile network operator in terms of equity subscribers and one of the largest corporations in the world. América Móvil is a Fortune 500 company. A venture of Carlos Slim, América Móvil provides services to 246 million mobile subscribers in 18 countries.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2012 5:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Sorry, I must've nodded off. Just how was my government authorized to hand out free phones?

Don't food stamps fit in a pay phone?
Posted by: Bobby || 10/09/2012 6:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Bobby, they hardly have pay phones anymore. Besides, even if they did, they wouldn't work in the neighborhoods where the free cell phone recipients live. And the recipients 'need' a phone so they can call 911 - and of course, so they can be called with job offers after their interviews, and for their self-esteem.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/09/2012 7:56 Comments || Top||

#4  They need 'em to set up drug deals.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/09/2012 11:25 Comments || Top||

#5  And multiple smartphones for p*rn and solicitation and FB and stuff--phone justice for the class-less.
Posted by: Lumpy Elmoluck 5095 || 10/09/2012 16:04 Comments || Top||

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