Day: July 22, 2012

Top Clinton Aide Threatened After Bachmann Allegations

Seriously now, it’s time to rein in Looney Bachmann.  She needs to be removed from the Intelligence Committee ASAP.

Think Progress

The New York Post reports Sunday that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was placed under security by authorities after an “unspecified threat.”

The source of the threat is not clear — he was “described as a Muslim man” — but the Post linked the incident to widely-repudiated allegations made by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tying Abedin to the Muslim Brotherhood and suggesting her  nefarious influence on the U.S. government.

New York police and the State Department reportedly questioned the man, who was not charged, according to the Post

Obama Heading To Visit Colorado Shooting Victims, Families

Century 16 Theater AuroraThis is what a leader who cares about “the people” does.  Of course his opponents will suggest that it’s all political because it’s what they do…

The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama again steps into the role of consoler-in-chief during a visit Sunday with distraught families of those gunned down in a minute and a half of horror at a midnight movie showing in Colorado.

While authorities gather evidence on the suspect and the nation tries to fathom what drove the gunman, Obama planned to meet with loved ones struggling with pain and grief.

“We need to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation,” Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.

During the brief visit, just under 2 1/2 hours, he planned to meet with officials in Aurora, where the shots rang out at a multiplex theater early Friday. Twelve of the victims died, and dozens were injured.

“I think the president coming in is a wonderful gesture,” said Aurora’s mayor, Steve Hogan. “He’s coming in, really, to have private conversations with the families. I think that’s totally appropriate.”

Hogan told ABC’s “This Week” that it “certainly means a lot to Aurora to know that the president cares.”

After the Colorado stop, Obama was to fly to San Francisco, where on Monday he’ll begin a previously scheduled three-day campaign trip that includes a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nev., fundraisers in California, Oregon and Washington state, and a speech to the National Urban League convention in New Orleans.

The shock of Friday’s rampage brought the sprawling and sometimes vitriolic presidential campaign to a virtual standstill.

Obama cut short a political trip to Florida to return to Washington. Republican challenger Mitt Romney canceled interviews. Both campaigns pulled ads off the air in Colorado out of respect for the victims.

But with election activities set to resume in the new week, Vice President Joe Biden was to speak to the National Association of Police Organizations in Palm Beach County, Fla., on Monday, and Romney is to address the VFW on Tuesday.

For Obama, the unhappy task of articulating sorrow and loss has become a familiar one.

Indeed, for modern presidents, it’s become an accepted facet of the office – and for some, an opportunity for soaring words that rise above the partisan trench warfare of day-to-day governing.

Not 10 months in office, Obama led mourners at a service for victims of the November 2009 shooting at Texas’ Fort Hood. In January of last year, he spoke at a memorial for the six victims killed in Tucson, Ariz., when a gunman attacked Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she met with constituents.

The following April, when some 300 people were killed in a multi-state series of tornadoes, Obama flew to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to commiserate with residents whose homes were in ruins. A month later, Obama went to Joplin, Mo., after a monster twister claimed 161 lives. This year, he came back on the storm’s anniversary to give a commencement speech at Joplin High School.

In between these public observances have been countless private meetings with families of troops who fell in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For Obama, the Colorado visit was to be his second in just over three weeks. Last month, he flew to Colorado Springs to share the pain of homeowners whose houses had been turned to charred heaps by a record outbreak of wildfires.

Obama had already been a frequent Colorado visitor, which is no surprise given the state’s key role in his re-election bid. He won the state by more than 8 percentage points over Republican nominee John McCain four years ago. But neither Obama’s nor Romney’s camp expects that big a margin this time. Recent polls place Obama’s lead inside the margin of error.

But for one more day, at least, electoral considerations remained on the back burner.

“This weekend I hope everyone takes some time for prayer and reflection,” Obama said in his Saturday broadcast, “for the victims of this terrible tragedy, for the people who knew them and loved them, for those who are still struggling to recover.”

 

Sen. Ron Johnson: 100-round rifle magazine is a ‘basic freedom’

I’d sure like to know what color is the sun on his planet?

It appears most conservative brains are programmed to disregard facts and real life consequences when it comes to just about everything.  Apparently money and power are the only things they concede.

The Raw Story

Tea party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says that the right to own high-capacity ammunitions magazines like the 100-round drum that was used to kill at least a dozen people in Colorado last week is a “basic freedom” that is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday asked Johnson why people needed military-grade weapons like the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and large ammunition clips used by the shooter in Aurora, Colorado where at least 12 were killed and 58 were wounded.

“The left always uses the term ‘assault rifle,’ and they’re really talking about semi-automatic weapons that are used in hunting,” Johnson explained. “That’s what happens in Wisconsin. These are rifles that are used in hunting. Just the fact of the matter is this is really not an issue of guns. This is about sick people doing things you simply can’t prevent. It’s really an issue of freedom.”

“Does something that would limit magazines that can carry 100 rounds, would that infringe on the constitutional right?” Wallace wondered.

“I believe so,” Johnson insisted. “There are magazines — 30-round magazines — that are just common all over the place. You simply can’t keep these weapons out of the hands of sick, demented individuals that want to do harm.”

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Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Rush, Bush, Weiner

AP Photo

The top quotes in politics …

“I give him his own advice.  ‘Stop whining.’”  — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on what Mitt Romney needs to do.

“He and his campaign team leadership need to put their big boy and big girl pants on and defend his record.” — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz  giving Romney more advice.

“Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire-breathing, four-eyed whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane?” — Rush Limbaugh linking a Batman villain to Romney.

“If you goad me into it, I’ll show you my tats.” — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty  insisting that he’s not boring.

“Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful.” — Former President George W. Bush reflecting on his time in the White House.

“That’s a stupid question.” — Sen. John McCain getting annoyed when asked why he didn’t pick Romney as his ’08 running mate.

“It’s a clown story, bro.” — Former Rep. Anthony Weiner knocking down reports that he’s planning a political comeback.

West Wing Week 07/20/12 “The Biennial Bring Back the Gold Edition”

 

The White House

This week, the President attended the Team USA basketball game, hosted the Baylor University Lady Bears basketball team, and proposed a STEM Master Teacher Corps, while the First Lady traveled to Philadelphia for ‘Let’s Move!’ and to Birmingham to tour tornado recovery, the Vice Presidnet spoke to seniors about retirement security, and the administration hosted a Google+ hangout on local foods.