VA Debate: McDonnell – Deeds

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Politico headline reads ‘Deeds points finger at Washington’ .

BWAAHAAA Remember: ‘Obama’s Long coattails gonna keep a Dem majority’ they said! BWAAAHAA!! More like an anchor baby! Go McDonnell!!

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds said in an interview that he was lagging in the polls entering the final weeks of the campaign in part because of voter concerns over his national party’s agenda.

“Frankly, a lot of what’s going on in Washington has made it very tough,” Deeds said in a “Battleground Virginia” interview sponsored by ABC 7/WJLA-TV, POLITICO, Google and YouTube. “We had a very tough August because people were just uncomfortable with the spending; they were uncomfortable with a lot of what was going on, a lot of the noise that was coming out of Washington, D.C.”

As one of two off-year governor’s races — the other is New Jersey — that are being closely watched for signals about the 2010 midterm election landscape, the factors behind Deeds’s struggles to date are being studied closely in both parties….

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October 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics. 1 comment.

Trick ‘r Treat screening – Q&A with Michael Dougherty: why is Hollywood afraid to produce original films? Plus Sneak Peek of Trick ‘r Treat!

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Q/A Part II and 9 minute sneak peek of TRT after the break:

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October 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, graphic art, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

CWConnect :The Vampire Diaries – Nina Dobrev answers fan questions…

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October 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Warner Bros.. 1 comment.

Update 5: Sheriff Joe on Americas Newsroom; Videos fixed:Pt 3 & 4 of Sheriff Joe presser added; DHS batting 1000: awards 1 million in firefighting funds to..ACORN! DHS strips Maricopa County Sheriffs of their 287G agent status: Sheriff Joe Press Conference..

Videos update

Nice work Janet! Our former  Arizona Governor, now head of DHS, strips our county sheriffs of their 287G authority. Way to keep the borders open…Our previous posts on the program, and ACORN, Rev Al Sharpton and Holder’s politicized attempts to end it  here.

Sheriff Joe, as always, pulls no punches. He says this is purely political, he backs that up with evidence, they have finally gotten the DHS Audit report (from back channels) MCSO got an A+ and they are still the only agency having their agent status stripped away.  Sheriff Joe makes it clear the WH is playing politics with local law enforcement and the safety of Arizonans and ALL AMERICANS as they leave our border wide open.

Sheriff Joe is represented by the former head of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Dept. He got the complaint opened of the much reported ; FBI investigations for profiling’ CNN et al covered. One complaint was filed on Sheriff Joe with the FBI AZ AIC , it was filed by Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (see our April 2008 post of MCSO Deputies saying ‘Mayor Gordon shut up. How dare you call us racist!?!’)

Recall it was Bertha Lewis and ACORN who got this ball rolling,. At whose instructions I wonder?? Who has an interest in our illegal population dropping 30% as they prepare amnesty for a presumed permanent voting bloc? Yeah exactly. Again politics ahead of national security in Team TOTUS.

AZ brave MCSO has MiM’s full support. Sheriff Joe is our sheriff and we are proud of him. He is currently enjoying his fifth term here and has wonderful approval ratings.

Courtesy of AZGOPCommunication

*Tom Petty courtesy of the 333redwaster

Update 4: The Corner notes the 1 mill ‘firefighting’ grant to ACORN is now frozen:

From The Hill:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday announced it would halt its $1 million fire prevention grant to ACORN — a decision Republican lawmakers have since praised.

The Department of Homeland Security initially earmarked the money for ACORN before House and Senate lawmakers mobilized to cut the group’s access to federal dollars. But news of the award emerged much later, after the ACORN furor had subsided.

Update 3: Part III of Sheriff’s Joe presser yesterday, the Q/A:

Update 2: DHS awarded 1 million in firefighting grant funds to ACORN. DHS is totally off the rails of the Crazy Train. I would rather have OZZY run it than Napolitano if she is so WEAK she wont protect the border and doles out grant funds to corrupt vote garnering organizations

Nearly $1 million in Homeland Security funding typically earmarked for fire departments has been awarded to ACORN, despite a clear signal from Congress that it intends to cut off federal funding to the embattled group.

The grant to ACORN’s Louisiana office became public on Oct. 2, less than three weeks after the House and Senate voted to cut off ACORN funding after employees were caught on video advising a fake prostitute and pimp on scams.

It was one of only three such grants issued to the state and made up almost 80 percent of the firefighting money earmarked for Louisiana, prompting one of the U.S. senators from the state to demand that the funds be taken back.

“I request that you rescind this grant based on a history of abuse of federal dollars by ACORN and their clear lack of expertise in this area,” said Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican….

Update: WSJ covers:

The Obama administration is curbing the powers of an Arizona sheriff who has led one of the most contentious fights against illegal immigrants.

Under an agreement involving local enforcement of federal immigration law, Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies will no longer have the authority to arrest suspected illegal immigrants in the streets in the course of their duty……Unlike others participating in the program, Mr. Arpaio will be restricted to determining the immigration status of inmates booked into Maricopa County jails. Vincent Picard, an ICE spokesman in Phoenix, declined to comment. ICE is a unit of the Department of Homeland Security.

…Since February 2007, Mr. Arpaio has arrested about 30,000 illegal immigrants who were booked into jails in his county…”They took away my authority on the streets. That doesn’t matter because I will still pursue illegals on the streets of Maricopa utilizing the authority I have as the elected official,” Mr. Arpaio said Tuesday in an interview…

October 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics, Terrorism. 1 comment.

Update: TOTUS’ comments from WH/Congressional leadership meeting on AfPak a bad sign?: TOTUS ready to vote present again, this time in Afghanistan?

Update 2: Oh this is IMO a very very bad sign. It sounds like TOTUS will do what McChrystal called the worse case scenario. Send in less troops than the Generals say is needed but not withdraw, leaving our people unprotected:

(…)“Mr. Obama seemed to be searching for some sort of middle ground, saying he wanted to “dispense with the straw man argument that this is about either doubling down or leaving Afghanistan,” as White House officials later described his remarks.”..

Update: Richard Cohen WaPo of all people:

(…)But the ultimate in realism is for the president to gauge himself and who he is: Does he have the stomach and commitment for what is likely to continue to be an unpopular war? Will he send additional troops, but hedge by not sending enough — so that the dying will be in vain? What does he believe, and will he ask Americans to die for it? Only he knows the answers to these questions. But based on his zigzagging so far and the suggestion from the Copenhagen trip that the somber seriousness of the presidency has yet to sink in, we have reason to wonder.

God Bless the troops, their families and the Afghani people. We need leadership, we have an empty suit. Reuters reports TOTUS is about to take the MIDDLE WAY sending in only 10-15k more troops, and McChrystals worse case scenario. Ironic considering he will not meet with the Dalai Lama no? We cannot excerpt Reuters as they are toolz about it Please go read the linky.

Meanwhile General Petraeus is making it known he fully supports Gen McChrystal’s call for 40k troops, courtesy of AllahPundit at HotAir:

(…)he knows how these comments will be interpreted. More military weight thrown at The One:

Gen. David Petraeus, the head of the U.S. Central Command, said that the situation in Afghanistan needs “sustained and substantial” commitment.

His statements echoed the assessment made by the senior U.S. general in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal.

However, Petraeus, in his comments Tuesday to a convention of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), refused to detail what a substantial commitment means and whether it would translate to sending more troops into Afghanistan….

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El-Erian: More job losses, sluggish growth in 2010…

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“We think that the second half of 2009 will be turbo charged by the stimulus and there will be a hand off to the consumer and that’s what you want,” El-Erian said. “But it’s going to be challenging. We worry that 2010 is going to have sluggish growth and high unemployment and lower valuations.”

As for the run up in gold prices, El-Erian said it’s not a good sign for the US economy.“I worry when I see gold doing what it’s doing and the dollar doing what it’s doing,” El-Erian said. “It’s an indication that the world is starting to worry about the US and we have to take these signals seriously.”

As for the run on corporate bonds, El-Erian said caution should be exercised. “It’s been a wonderful run but most recently, money is being pushed into the sector,” El-Erian said. “I would focus on high grade companies, companies that have their financials and operating leverage under control.”

El-Erian also said now is not the time for risk in the stock market. “I would reduce risk and wait for a better time,” said El-Erian. “I think there are a lot of people chasing risk assets now for a lot of reasons, but the long term investor can be patient because the economy is likely to face strong head winds in 2010.”

At 4:17 in El-Erian notes he is concerned about ongoing govt involvement in the markets..him and 130 million Americans on Main St are worried about it too!!

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October 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

Update 2: Fox and Friends cover Steve Israel town hall;Tea Party Patriots: Steve Israel (D-NY) Townhall – Suffolk, NY & Chuck Schumer (D-NY)protest, NYC, NY…

Update 2: Fox and Friends cover! Only advance prescreened questions were taken!

Photo credit: Pablo Corradi | Anthony Tolda, a financial consultant who lives in Huntington, becomes upset at Steve Israel's answer to his question during the town hall meeting on health care reform at Suffolk County Community College on Monday. (Oct. 5, 2009)

Photo credit: Pablo Corradi | Anthony Tolda, a financial consultant who lives in Huntington, becomes upset at Steve Israel's answer to his question during the town hall meeting on health care reform at Suffolk County Community College on Monday. (Oct. 5, 2009)

Update: Newsday covers the Steve Israel townhall!

Rep. Steve Israel gamely tried to explain the proposed health care reform Monday night, but was often shouted down during his town hall-style meeting at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood.

Israel (D-Huntington) at one point pleaded with those in the crowd yelling at him to “stop calling me a liar and listen.” Judging by the ever-increasing decibel level, he did not win over many converts.

Shouts of — “Stop printing money,”  “We don’t care what you think,”  and “You’re a moron” — permeated the 90-minute session, which drew far more than the 450 people who filled Van Nostrand Theatre.  Scores more were not allowed inside after a Suffolk fire marshal closed the doors.

People opposing the proposed health care reform outnumbered those in favor, though both sides strove to outshout each other during the question-and-answer period.

A typical scene came after Anneliese Lanza of Huntington asked, “Why can’t we just fix the part of health care that is broken when what is needed is tort reform?” The anti-reform portion of the crowd broke into a raucous standing ovation chanting “tort reform.”…

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October 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Taxes, Unemployment Statistics. 5 comments.

Twofer Tuesday: Twilight Zone style for Nancy Pelosi who tells Charlie Rose ‘a VAT tax is on the table’

Golden Earring courtesy of lin1968

It’s official, Nancy Pelosi is in the Twilight Zone. She told PBS last night a VAT tax is on the table (The Hill):

Pelosi, appearing on PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show” asserted that “it’s fair to look at” the VAT as part of an overhaul of the nation’s tax code. “I would say, Put everything on the table and subject it to the scrutiny that it deserves,” Pelosi told Rose when asked if the VAT has any appeal to her.

The VAT is a tax on manufacturers at each stage of production on the amount of value an additional producer adds to a product.

Pelosi argued that the VAT would level the playing field between U.S. and foreign manufacturers, the latter of which do not have pension and healthcare costs included in the price of their goods because their governments provide those services, financed by similar taxes.

“They get a tax off of that and they use that money to pay the healthcare for their own workers,” Pelosi said, using the example of auto manufacturers. “So their cars coming into our country don’t have a healthcare component cost.

Gee, wonder why Nancy is raising AUTO MANUFACTURERS, the PENSION LIABILITIES and a VAT TAX now? Could it be b/c GM has ALREADY BURNED THROUGH THE 50B in taxpayer dollars and the UAW cannot meet their pension obligations? Could be rabbit could be…

“Somewhere along the way, a value-added tax plays into this. Of course, we want to take down the healthcare cost, that’s one part of it,” the Speaker added. “But in the scheme of things, I think it’s fair look at a value- added tax as well.”

Pelosi said that any new taxes would come after the Congress finishes the healthcare debate consuming most lawmakers’ time, and that it may come as part of a larger overhaul to the tax code.

Everyone got that? As soon as they are done ramming healthcare through they will lay a VAT tax on our axxes. Everyone is registered to vote for 2010 right?

Twilight Zone mashup courtesy of FatherMcKenize:

“The segments of intro divide the different seasons. All episodes are in order in which they first aired (instead of production order), I believe, except Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge which is purposely put last, just because I thought it was more climactic at the end (I’m used to seeing it at the end of the Zicree guide also!)”

October 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Entertainment, Fantasy, Horror, Music, Mystery, Popular Culture, Sci Fi, Supernatural, Suspense. Comments off.

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