Monday, November 30, 2009
In early October, The Lodge, a Dallas strip club, was reported to have received an Entrepreneur award from Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF) group, only to have it taken away. When one wins such an award, a $5,000 donation is necessary, and that was refunded, and the cash was redirected to a different cause: an animal shelter.
Dawn Rizos, owner of The Lodge, redirected the money to Animal Guardians of America's sanctuary for rescued dogs in Celina, about 35 miles north of Dallas. The new shelter, called “Newt’s Nook: A Home For Pit Bulls” is now open. For some reason, Gingrich didn't attend the opening of the shelter.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This is incredible (From Daily Kos - Click the link to read more)...
Not content with being Bart Stupak's puppet-masters, pulling the strings to strip all abortion coverage out of healthcare reform, end all of their social service programs in DC if the city goes forward with a proposed gay marriage law, refusing communion to Catholics because of their political beliefs, the Bishops have outdone themselves on this one. David Dayen reports:The US Conference of Catholic Bishops released an "Ethical and Religious Directive" this month that would ban any Catholic hospital, nursing home or hospice program from removing feeding tubes or ending palliative procedures of any kind, even when the individual has an advance directive to guide their end-of-life care. The Bishops’ directive even notes that patient suffering is redemptive and brings the individual closer to Christ....
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Pentagon is mad at the White House because the White House insists on giving an accurate prediction of the cost of troop escalation in Afghanistan.
See, the White House budget office calculated that adding 40,000 troops would cost $40 billion a year. The Pentagon, amusingly, decided to calculate the cost per-troop, instead of a big yearly lump sum, and also their estimate was precisely half what the White House predicted.
But, whoops, one of those Pentagon memos, where they hide the "truth" about things, leaked to the LA Times.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Ryan Grim at Huffington Post has the details on the intrigue going on in the House yesterday with efforts to finally audit the Federal Reserve and find out where all those trillions of dollars are going.
In an unprecedented defeat for the Federal Reserve, an amendment to audit the multi-trillion dollar institution was approved by the House Finance Committee with an overwhelming and bipartisan 43-26 vote on Thursday afternoon despite harried last-minute lobbying from top Fed officials and the surprise opposition of Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who had previously been a supporter.
The measure, cosponsored by Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), authorizes the Government Accountability Office to conduct a wide-ranging audit of the Fed's opaque deals with foreign central banks and major U.S. financial institutions. The Fed has never had a real audit in its history and little is known of what it does with the trillions of dollars at its disposal.
The amendment expressly blocks Congress from interfering with the independence of monetary policy decision-making, but opponents of the measure said that the political pressure would inevitably follow.
From Crooks and Liars
Friday, November 20, 2009
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Saturday, November 14, 2009
Nov 13, 2009 at 1:15 pm
Did Doug Hoffman give up too soon?
At least one of his campaign staffers thinks that might be true, after revised numbers show the race for Congress is closer than it appeared to be on Election Night.
Numbers compiled by Jude Seymour of the Watertown Daily Times show that Democrat Bill Owens still holds a 3,000 vote lead over Conservative-endorsed-by-Republicans-at-the-last-minute Doug Hoffman. The margin on Election Night was 5,000 votes, enough for Hoffman to concede defeat.
Owens was quickly sworn in and provided a crucial yes vote on the House’s health care reform package.
So, the question: Can Hoffman still win after all the absentee ballots are counted?
The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.
Under the bill, headed for a D.C. Council vote next month, religious organizations would not be required to perform or make space available for same-sex weddings. But they would have to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians.
Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.
"If the city requires this, we can't do it," Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said Wednesday. "The city is saying in order to provide social services, you need to be secular. For us, that's really a problem."
Friday, November 13, 2009
You didn't get mad when VP Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy Policy.
You didn't get mad when a covert CIA Operative was revealed.
You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act was passed.
You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded Iraq looking for WMD'S that didn't exist.
You didn't get mad when we spent over 600 Billion dollars(and counting) on Iraq War.
You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.
You didn't get mad when Bush was illegally wiretapping us at home and work.
You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed money to give to the oil companies.
You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.
You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible Conditions at Walter Reed.
You didn't get mad when we let New Orleans drown.
You didn't get mad when Bush got 4,500 soldiers killed.
You didn't get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.
You finally got mad when---- The government decided that people in America
deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.
Illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, giving your tax dollars to super-rich, are all OK with you?
But helping other Americans is the last straw?
Seven presidents have tried to pass a Health Care Plan of some sort and
have failed. None have had the "hate filled" opposition of this president.
THE WORLD IS WATCHING AMERICA