Daily Archives: July 19, 2011

Report: Bachmann Aides Shove ABC’s Brian Ross

This is only July 2011.  At this rate how in the world will Bachmann’s campaign survive  to November 2012?

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Michele Bachmann’s relationship with the press has always been tense at best, but it spilled over into open conflict on Tuesday as aides to the Congresswoman allegedly shoved ABC reporter Brian Ross.

Ross was chasing after Bachmann after an event to ask about a Daily Caller story on her migraine condition. According to TIME’s Swampland blog, things went downhill from there:

“That’s when things got interesting. Ross dashed after Bachmann, repeatedly asking whether she had ever missed a House vote due to a migraine. She ignored him. Ross pursued her into a parking area behind the stage. Her aides grew alarmed. When Ross made a beeline for the white SUV waiting to carry Bachmann away, two Bachmann men pounced on him, grabbing and pushing him multiple times with what looked to me like unusual force. In fact, I have never seen a reporter treated so roughly at a campaign event, especially not a presidential one. Ross was finally able to break away and lob his question at Bachmann one more time, but she ignored him again.Afterward, I asked Ross-a hard-nosed pro who nevertheless seemed slightly shaken-whether he’d ever been treated so roughly. “A few times,” he told me. “Mostly by mafia people.”

TPM reached out to Bachmann’s camp for comment and will post their response.

Update: ABC Vice President Jeffery Schneider condemned Bachmann’s behavior in an interview with the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent. He added that ABC has footage of the incident and will likely post it on their website soon.

“He was certainly shoved around and pushed,” Schneider said. “It’s unfortunate when physicality is involved. He was just doing his job.”

Second Update: The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake posted a response from Bachmann’s campaign on Twitter: “We didn’t have time for any questions and we made it clear … he disregarded repeated requests to stay back.”

 

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Allen West: Obama Supporters Are ‘A Threat To The Gene Pool’

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People in the GOP love to get attention by saying the most outrageous things about Dems and President Obama in particular.   I get that.  However, I’m noticing that the Black GOP participants in this “game” seem to have to try harder by saying the most absurd things about Obama and people who support Obama.

The most offensive part of West’s statement comes in the form of identifying Obama supporters by their Obama 2012 bumper stickers!

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Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is no stranger to controversy and seems to relish in making outrageous statements just to provoke a reaction. But the freshman congressman may have outdone himself with a rambling, far-ranging post on the site “Red Country” in which he calls supporters of President Obama “a threat to the gene pool”:

I believe we are headed towards the ultimate ideological clash in America. There is a widening chasm which has developed between those who believe in principled fiscal policies and those desiring the socialist bureaucratic nanny-state. [...]

And all we hear from the President is talk about “shared sacrifice,” “tax the rich,” and “increase revenues by tax hikes.” It was just December 2010 that President Obama and the Democrats extended the Bush era tax rates for two years…now less than a year later they are FLIP-FLOPPING! [...]

I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.

In the same post, West equated the Libyan rebels fighting against dictator Muammar Qaddafi to the Taliban, and falsely claimed that “47 percent of wage earning households in America do not pay federal income taxes.” He also accused Obama of threatening “our nation’s senior citizens and Military Veterans/Retirees,” when it is in fact proposals and demands by members of his own party that are doing that.

West’s disdain and harsh rhetoric for those who don’t agree with him is nothing new. He frequently disparages political opponents – often personally. He once said anti-war congressmen should “get shot a few times,” and claimed “if you support Medicare…you can kiss the United States of America goodbye.”

West, who was discharged from the Army for abusing an Iraqi, has also said he can’t possibly be Islamophobic because he brought “the light of freedom into the Islamic world.”

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News Corp. scandal: A timeline of arrests and resignations

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April 5
Neville Thurlbeck, 50, a chief reporter at the paper is arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and unlawful interception of voicemail messages

Police also arrest Ian Edmondson, 42 who was fired from his post as assistant editor in January following an internal inquiry.

April 14
James Wetherup
, 55, a senior reporter at the the News of the World, is arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to unlawfully intercept communications and unlawful interception of mobile phones. Mr. Weatherup also served as news editor at the British tabloid between 2004 and 2006 while Andy Coulson was editor.

June 8
Lawrence Jacobs, worldwide corporate general counsel for News Corp., resigns to pursue “new challenges,” according to a press release.

June 20
News international turns over documents that contain “information relating to alleged inappropriate payments to a small number of MPS officers,” Paul Stephenson, former head of the Metropolitan wrote in a statement. British police launch Operation Elveden in response to the new allegations.

June 24
Police arrest an unidentified 39-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications. The BBC and national British newspapers say they believe the woman is Terenia Taras, a freelance journalist who contributed to the News of the World until 2006, and used to date a former assistant editor at the paper.

June 27
Laura Elston, 34, a reporter for the British Press Association news agency is the first person arrested who has not worked for News of the World. Police arrest her on suspicion of unlawfully intercepting voicemail messages.

July 7
News Corp. announces plans to close Britain’s best selling Sunday newspaper.

July 8
Andy Coulson, 43, is arrested on suspicion of corruption and attempting to intercept communications, and released on bail. After serving as editor for four years, he resigned in 2007 when the paper’s royal reporter and a private investigator were jailed for hacking cellphone voicemails. He went on to become Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief, but quit that position in January.

Clive Goodman, 53, the former royal editor at the News of the World, is arrestedfollowing allegations that he bribed police for stories. He served four months in jail back in 2007 for writing stories that made use of information gleaned from phone hacking by private detective Glen Mulcaire.

In Surrey, police arrest an unidentified 63-year-old man on suspicion of corruption. Media reports describe him as a private detective.

July 10
The News of the World – founded in 1843 – publishes its last ever issue.
“After 168 years, we finally say a sad but very proud farewell to our 7.5 [million] loyal readers,” the paper said.

July 13
News Corp. drops their bid for full control of British Sky Broadcasting.

Tom Crone, a legal advisor with News International – the publishing division of News Corp. – for the past 20 years, resigns over his involvement with the phone hacking scandal. Mr. Crone told parliament in 2009 that he advised News International to pay £700,000 (CDN $1.1 million) to Gordon Taylor, a soccer executive, and victim of phone hacking.

July 14
The FBI announces they have launched an inquiry into the alleged hacking of the cellphones of victims of 9/11 by News Corp. reporters.

Neil Wallis, 60, who served as deputy editor under Andy Coulson between 2003 and 2007, and as executive editor since then, is arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications.

July 15
Les Hinton, 67, announces his immediate resignation as publisher of The Wall Street Journal, and chief executive of Dow Jones & Co. after 52 years working for Mr. Murdoch’s News Corp. He was chairman of News International from 1995 to 2007, during which time, News of the World employees allegedly hacked phones.
“That I was ignorant of what apparently happened is irrelevant and in the circumstances I feel it is proper for me to resign from News Corp, and apologize to those hurt by the actions of the News of the World,” he said in his resignation letter.

July 17
Paul Stephenson – head of the Metropolitan Police since 2009 – resigns over his ties to Neil Wallis, a former deputy editor at News of the World. A media company owned by Mr. Wallis provided “strategic communication advice and support to the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service),” from 2009 to 2010, while the deputy director of public affairs was on sick leave, the Guardian reported. Earlier this year, Mr. Stephenson allegedly accepted a five-week stay at a luxury health spa where Mr. Wallis worked as a public relations consultant.
“I may wish we had done some things differently, but I will not lose sleep over my personal integrity,” he said in a statement.

British police arrest Rebekah Brooks, 43, two days after she resigned as chief executive of News International, a position she has held since 2009. Ms. Brooks went from secretary to CEO in 22 years at News Corp. She became editor of News of the World in 2000, and The Sun‘s first female editor in 2003. She is also a friend and neighbour to British Prime Minister David

July 18
John Yates – assistant commissioner at London’s Metropolitan Police Authority, and Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism chief – resigns amid the phone hacking scandal. In 2009, Mr. Yates decided not to re-open investigations into alleged phone hacking by journalists at the News of the World, but a probe launched in January this year, revealed that the police had 11,000 pages of evidence that detectives did not thoroughly examine.

July 19
Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and Rebekah Brooks will testify before the Culture, Media and Sport committee. The three of them will be questioned about allegations of phone hacking and police bribery, as well as reports that News International misled parliament during earlier hearings. At her last committee appearance in 2003 Ms. Brooks admitted: “We have paid the police for information in the past,” though she later said she was referring to the industry in general.

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The most “direct shot” video showing Murdoch attack and wife coming to his aid…

This is the only video thus far that shows the entire event clearly…

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Michele Bachmann Says Migraines Are ‘Under Control’

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Michele Bachmann is butting heads with ex-aides over their anonymous claims that her chronic migraines may disqualify her from the presidential race.

A piece in The Daily Caller reported that Bachmann suffers from serious headaches, which she treats with medication, and has even been hospitalized several times. An ex-aide described the attacks as “incapacitating”

“As president, when she’s in crisis management mode, is she going to have the physical ability to withstand the most difficult challenges facing America?” the ex-staffer asked in the piece.

Bachmann’s full statement:

Aiken, S.C. – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has issued the following statement in response to reports of her experiencing migraines:

“Like nearly 30 million other Americans, I experience migraines that are easily controlled with medication. I am a wife, a mother, a lawyer who worked her way through law school, a former state senator who achieved the repeal of a harmful piece of education policy in Minnesota, and a congresswoman who has worked tirelessly fighting against the expansion of government and wasteful spending.

“Since entering the campaign, I have maintained a full schedule between my duties as a congresswoman and as a presidential candidate traveling across the nation to meet with voters in the key, early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. I have prescription medication that I take whenever symptoms arise and they keep the migraines under control. Let me be abundantly clear – my ability to function effectively has never been impeded by migraines and will not affect my ability to serve as Commander in Chief.

“The many questions I have received on this subject have allowed me to discuss this important condition that impacts individuals in nearly one in four households. However, as a presidential candidate and office holder, I am focused on performing my job, which has never been more important given the state of our economy and the millions of Americans that are out of work. While I appreciate the concern for me and my health, the greater concern should be the debate that is occurring in Washington over whether or not we will increase our debt, spending and taxes.”

In a statement to reporters, Bachmann said her condition was not an issue. “I have prescription medication that I take whenever symptoms arise and they keep the migraines under control,” she said. “Let me be abundantly clear – my ability to function effectively has never been impeded by migraines and will not affect my ability to serve as Commander in Chief.”

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Watch Live: Murdoch Faces Parliament Grilling Over Hacking

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Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch, Sir Paul Stephenson And John Yates All To Appear Before Parliament

The hearings should  produce some interesting facts about the Murdoch newspaper empire and the people behind the hacking scandal…

Huffington Post UK

Westminster is bracing itself for one of the biggest days in recent parliamentary history, as two select committees prepare to quiz some of the key players in the News of the World phone hacking and police corruption scandals.

At stake is the reputation of the police, News International and the abilities of two dozen MPs, who’ll seek answers from those at the centre of a conspiracy which has rocked both the British government and one of the world’s largest companies. Eyes across the globe will be watching the evidence.

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At midday the Home Affairs Committee will quiz two men who, until 48 hours ago, were among the most senior police officers in Britain. Sir Paul Stephenson and John Yates have both resigned from the Metropolitan Police in connection with the scandals.

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Bill Clinton: I’d use 14th amendment

Former President Bill Clinton would invoke the 14th Amendment – “without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me,” he says – to raise the debt ceiling if he were in President Barack Obama’s shoes, with the deadline to raise the limit just two weeks away.

“I think the Constitution is clear and I think this idea that the Congress gets to vote twice on whether to pay for [expenditures] it has appropriated is crazy,” Clinton said in an interview with journalist Joe Conason.

Clinton said he would turn to the Constitution “if it came to that,” but doesn’t think that Obama will need to. “It looks to me like they’re going to make an agreement, and that’s smart,” he said.

Obama has sidestepped direct questioning about invoking a clause in the amendment to the Constitution that has been interpreted by some to mean that the president has the authority to take all necessary steps to maintain the good credit of the United States. But a lawyer for the Treasury Department has publicly refuted that interpretation, saying that Secretary Timothy Geithner has “never argued that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows the president to disregard the statutory debt limit.”

Clinton said that raising the debt ceiling “is necessary to pay for appropriations already made.” Congressional Republicans, he said, “can’t say, ‘Well, we won the last election and we didn’t vote for some of that stuff, so we’re going to throw the whole country’s credit into arrears.”

The former president also noted that he could have faced a similar crisis during his own time in office, when congressional Republicans weighed blocking a debt ceiling hike. Republicans “did think about doing that … and I knew they were thinking about it,” but they decided against it because “they didn’t want to get caught” in a position where they might be seen as attacking Clinton’s two immediate predecessors, both Republicans.

“The reason that raising the debt limit is so unpopular is that people think you’re voting to keep [increasing] deficit spending, instead of voting to honor obligations that were already incurred,” he said. “I think [the Gingrich Republicans] figured I’d be smart enough to explain to the American people that they were refusing to pay for the expenses they had voted for when Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were president. And that would make ‘em look bad.”

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Parker: “Too Many Blacks Still Don’t Want To Be Free”

Star Parker is a Black woman.  She has her opinion and I have mine and I guarantee you, she and I could never see eye to eye on her political views.

Right Wing Watch

Religious Right activist and unsuccessful Republican congressional candidate Star Parker has a new column today lamenting that African Americans have yet to embrace her ultraconservative ideology. The outspoken anti-choice and anti-gay activist bemoans that African Americans are still predominantly Democrats since they don’t watch Fox News and because “too many blacks still don’t want to be free” despite advances in civil rights. Parker, who received just 23% of the vote in her failed bid for Congress, writes:

The message that massive government spending and borrowing does not grow the economy has not reached blacks. Rather, like our president, they seem to believe that the problem is we just haven’t yet dug the fiscal hole deep enough.

Is this a racial thing? Whites will jump off the ship run by a black captain in a minute while blacks will ride it out until it hits the iceberg?

No, I don’t think so. I think it’s both a liberal information thing and a moral thing.

The liberal information thing is that blacks overwhelmingly get their information from liberal sources.

Blacks watch CNN and MSNBC, not Fox. They listen to urban black radio.

But I think more corrosive is the moral thing.

Almost a half century since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, too many blacks still don’t want to be free and accept the responsibilities that go with it. Too many blacks still believe that the condition of their lives is caused by what someone else does or has.

It is sad that this is true despite the fact that blacks go to church more often, pray more often, and say religion plays a central part in their life more than any other ethnic group in the nation.

Why does a people so inclined to turn to God so readily violate the Tenth Commandment’s prohibition on covetousness and measure themselves in terms of what others have? And then use this sin to justify violating the Eighth Commandment and give government license to steal what others have in order to redistribute?

Perhaps most fundamentally, how can a church-going people buy into the materialism of socialism?

 

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29 Companies Had More Cash Than The U.S. Treasury As Of July 13

Is this America or some Banana Republic?

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As of July 13, 29 public companies had more cash on hand than the U.S. Treasury Department, according to the site Zero Hedge based on numbers from Capital IQ. It’s a stark reminder that if Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling, the government won’t have nearly enough money to continue funding essential services and programs.

In the first half of July alone, Treasury cash balances were depleted from from $130 billion to just $39 billion. That means the most powerful nation on earth currently is tied with Google for the amount of cash that it has, and is less flush than Bank of America, JP Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs, among others.

American companies are highlighted in yellow

Two of the top three companies are Chinese, while Bank of America comes in third. The numbers effectively rebut Republican claims that the government has plenty of money to keep funding essential services while paying down its debt. It also belies GOP claims that companies are in need of lower corporate taxes. American corporations have a record amount of cash — they are just refusing to invest domestically while lobbying for tax breaks.

Several Republican candidates have called for drastically lowering the corporate tax rate, while congressional Republicans are refusing to concede in debt ceiling negotiations that corporate tax loopholes should be closed to give the government more much-needed revenue.

The Treasury’s cash balances will go back up once more revenue comes in, but on Aug. 3, the government’s savings account will be nearly empty and President Obama would be relying on daily tax revenue to pay the nation’s bills. But there won’t be enough — in fact, there would be a $134 billion shortfall in August alone. The small amount of money available to the Treasury will leave the government facing impossible choices about what to cut.

 

 

 

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