He Can Do One Thing For Sure

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Hawaii’s Governor Abercrombie (D)  wants something  revealed and he believes he can be the revealer.  In an Associated Press (AP) dispatch, through YahooNews, Abercromie muses about President Obama’s lack of revelation which could quell the controversy surrounding his place of birth (POB.)  I have written a couple of articles regarding the “birthers” and what I consider their silly incessant banging and clanging around Obama’s family closet.  Obviously, no one has paid attention to my articles, except for a couple of folks commenting when the articles were new.  The main points I attempted to raise in my posts, was all the federal employees having anything to do with the President’s security clearance, and any other background information, would have been involved in a large conspiracy to cover for the President’s having been born in Kenya, Pakistan, Indonesia or on the moon.  Another point, I attempted to make  in the past, was we are wasting our time with his  POB, when there are so many other Obama proclivities toward progressive ideas through which he could be attacked or brought to accountability.   Those who read my posts know (I hope) I am no supporter of President Obama for the most part, but I do believe in respecting the office, which after all, comes to us from the United States Constitution.    So, let us get to Mr. Abercromie’s desires regarding President Obama’s POB:

Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants to find a way to release more information about President Barack Obama’s Hawaii birth and dispel conspiracy theories that he was born elsewhere.

Abercrombie was a friend of Obama’s parents and knew him as a child, and is deeply troubled by the effort to cast doubt on the president’s citizenship.

The newly elected governor will ask the state attorney general’s office about what can be done to put an end to questions about Obama’s birth documentation from Aug. 4, 1961, spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said Tuesday.

Abercrombie says he was a friend of young Obama’s parents and he attended events where they and young Obama were present and his desire for now is to query Hawaii’s attorney general to find if there is a way to get proof of the President’s POB.  While I believe the governor is sincere, my first question to Mr. Abercrombie would be: why not ask the person most affected by the POB controversy … that would be POTUS.  Here’s some more from the AP article:

“He had a friendship with Mr. Obama’s parents, and so there is a personal issue at hand,” Dela Cruz said. “Is it going to be done immediately? No, the first thing on our list is the economy.”

It’s unclear what Abercrombie could do because Hawaii’s privacy laws have long barred the release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who doesn’t have a tangible interest.

It appears anyone looking to perch on one of the limbs of Mr. Obama’s family tree, while examining the leaf that would resolve the issue, will fall out of the tree, unless Mr. Obama decides to allow the scrutiny.

Here is a link to the complete referenced article and don’t forget to pursue links found below.

A flap of the cap to YahooNews and AssociatedPress.

Did They Truck Them In, Or?

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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We’ll be posting a link to the story of  Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) and his long-lasting solo act, but the partial question above has to do with the many posters on the comment sections under the linked article, that have given the Senator hero status against or over the Co-President Bill Clinton and our current President Barrack Obama AND all the Republicans.  I’m sure you know how to access the comments and I’ll only caution you to remember some of the inconsiderate posters have juvenile potty mouths … so you are forewarned.

As to the link to the story, I’m sorry it has no video.  But I wouldn’t subject you to eight or nine hours of great speeches from our nation’s founding fathers, much less what some would call harrumphing and haranguing  from a seasoned citizen.  A hero to Vermonters and others he may be, and you have to respect him his energy and dedication, whether well placed or off-track, but he should consider his vocal cords and cut the time he spends on his effort to take away tax breaks for those who may need and want them.

The article makes reference to the Senator as “Filibernie,” but I just know someone else will come up with “FullofBernie,” so I’d like to lay claim to the nickname or appellation before someone else grabs it .  That is not to say that he is full of himself, but it signifies that the Senate chambers was full of his speechifying for at least a third of a day.  The article comes from, The Hill’s, BLOG BRIEFING ROOM and it is by Jordan Fabian.  You’ll find it below:

Mr. Sanders Talks, And Talks, And Talks To Washington

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Bubba Clinton Set To Become The First Co-President

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Yes, the first Co-President as some are saying on the comment boards.  In a story posted by Yahoo Finance (originally from AP Associated Press) it is reported that Mr. Clinton may have saved (at least he tried) President Obama’s bacon  This is after he met with, and then decided after the meeting, to appear before the press corpse corps in defense of the President’s and Republicans’ new tax deal.  The President, apparently showing extreme confidence in President Clinton, walked away to attend a party and left it with him:

Bill Clinton implored Democrats to back the tax-cut deal that President Barack Obama negotiated with Republicans as the former president made a surprise appearance at Obama’s side in the White House briefing room Friday.

“I don’t believe there is a better deal out there,” Clinton told reporters who’d been summoned at a moment’s notice to see the former chief executive back the current one. Clinton and Obama had just finished a private meeting in the Oval Office.

Obama said it was a “terrific meeting” and then turned the podium over to Clinton.

There is a bit more to the story accessible here.  We only wish to add that Bill Clinton lived through 8 years of gory and glory filled nights and days and he demonstrated his power of persuasion on many occasions — some Presidential and some not so.  If he can quell the screeching of the Democrats and Progressives long enough to bring things back to a path toward normal, he will do well.

There is this short clip showing the Billster at work.  I’m sure there will be more of the same appearing on television and other moving venues.

Thanks and a flap of the cap to AP, Yahoo  and Real Politics.

Pigford, Another Day — Another Dollar

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The third day of exposure for the Pigford mess of a promised five to seven days.  How long will it actually last?  As long as there are crooked politicians, scam-artist citizens and we Americans who do not care that the crooks are laughing and thumbing their noses at us … without consequence.

The image to the right?  Not a pig — just Boss Hog.

Here’s is the link to Big Government’s offering for today. Click here.

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A Picture Is Worth … Words Escape Me





“Congrats to Marine Bonnie Cox for sending out this outstanding poster.

I hope it gets sent around the world.”


What’s It All About, Ralphie — ObamaCare Waivers, We Mean

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Ralphie not Alfie, but what are the 111 exemptions from health care enrollment under ObamaCare all about.  To start with there are unions, large firms and others who have garnered exemptions and if business proceeds as usual when folks have big lawyers or have made contributions to the party in power before, during or after the bill  passed this probably won’t be the last of the exemptions or delays.

I’d urge all interested people and groups to pay attention as things zing along to see where it goes from here.  There is more than a little information at the United States Health and Human Services web site which deals with the muck and mire involved in this large, thick and hard to understand piece of law. Here it is … click.

What is it all about?  I didn’t know when it first passed and I don’t know now, but here’s a video that might help you understand … another click.

Good-Bye Mumbai Extravagance — Sorta


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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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On October 24, 2010 we posted an article (see here) regarding POTUS and FLOTUS and their entourage’s travel to India.  The article attributed a newspaper source and their publication of the story.  We have to say that since we published our article the story has spouted wings and has become what we would consider a global legend/huge bowl of bull butter.  At least in-so-far as the incredible sky-high amount for dollars spent, numbers in the entourage, numbers of ships and other equipment, and probably the kilometer long tunnel allegedly constructed in order that Potus, etc. could visit the Gandhi museum.

While  we published an article based on an unknown source, in that his title was given, but his name was not, we believe the information to have been close to correct as to cost, entourage, hotel rooms and equipment.  Nonetheless, we should have looked for more information which named sources.

We now provide a source of refutation on the stories being reported in the last 3-4 days.  FactCheck.org is trusted and they name their sources; therefore check out their information, both printed and audio, at the links found below:

Trip To Mumbai — Quoted Price Too High


We hope you enjoy the FactCheck version of the truth.

A flap of the cap to FactCheck and a tail between the legs for myself ….

Say It Ain’t So, Mr. & Ms. POTUS


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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Wow!  Tell us it is untrue or a conspiracy of lies from Republicans.  The following should be required reading for those who fail to understand the true cost of so-called governance.  While millions of ordinary citizens in the United States are trying to hold on to the few disposable dollars they might have, we have top-level government officials galloping with the gold outside the United States.  Read it and weep and if you don’t weep, I’m not sure you are giving this story due consideration.  According to an article in The Economist – India Times:

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will be extremely busy in Mumbai, upon landing on November 6 for a two-day India visit. As the world’s most powerful man and his wife zip around the city visiting the 26/11 memorial on Marine Drive, the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mani Bhawan and other locations in south Mumbai, the security obviously will be water-tight .

Water-tight, well maybe, but the cash belonging to the crazy citizens of the United States is sure  going to flow.  Ridiculously and outrageously, we believe, because there seems  no semblance of good old American common-sense for anything like this to happen during these  terrible economic times.  It will help India at a time when they need little help from this administration … even if we could find anything in our pocket books besides space.  Look at more of this story, but don’t faint at the money being thrown away:

To ensure fool-proof security, the President’s team has booked the entire the (sic) Taj Mahal Hotel, including 570 rooms, all banquets and restaurants. Since his security contingent and staff will comprise a huge number, 125 rooms at Taj President have also been booked, apart from 80 to 90 rooms each in Grand Hyatt and The Oberoi hotels. The NCPA, where the President is expected to meet representatives from the business community, has also been entirely booked. (emphasis, all mine)
The officer said, “Obama’s contingent is huge. There are two jumbo jets coming along with Air Force One, which will be flanked by security jets. There will be 30 to 40 secret service agents, who will arrive before him. The President’s convoy has 45 cars, including the Lincoln Continental in which the President travels.” (emphasis, again mine)

Since Obama will stay in a hotel that is on sea front, elaborate coastal security arrangements have been made by the US Navy in consonance with the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. “There will be US naval ships, along with Indian vessels , patrolling the sea till about 330-km from the shore. This is to negate the possibility of a missile being fired from a distance,” the officer said.

The President will be accompanied by his chefs, not because he would not like to savour Indian cuisine, but to ensure his food is not spiked.

I don’t suppose, Mr. Obama and his spouse could have planned a virtual trip to India, where they could travel by laptops, and the cost could be met with a couple of ten spots.  This small sojourn is completely out of sight, in so many ways,  in this time.

Oh, if you might wonder, I feel the same should apply for past presidents who travel with an entourage of Secret Service personnel and our Congress members and their staff who waste our money on their magic carpets to far distant lands.  Stay home and tend to business … really tend to business.

If you aren’t sick now, perhaps the rest of the story will lead you to the slop jar.  Maybe, India will float a loan to us to pay for the trip.  Any chance this waste might have an impact on the general election, or is the question inappropriate?

Outside Spending, It’s 200 Million

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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The Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog reporting group (more here) reports that spending  for political campaigns has reached the 200 million dollar mark.  The article by Anupama Narayanswamy starts with:
Spending by outside groups trying to influence the mid-term elections increased by a staggering $78 million in the last week, pushing the total spent by non-profits, labor unions and party committees to more than $200 million this cycle. That’s an 80 percent increase from 2006, the last mid-term election.
“Super PACs”–groups that register with the FEC their intention to raise unlimited funds and run independent expenditure ads–have spent a total of $21.4 million so far.
It appears the report tags no favorites and labor unions, both political parties and other big fund-raiser are given equal treatment in the story.
Spending by outside groups trying to influence the mid-term elections increased by a staggering $78 million in the last week, pushing the total spent by non-profits, labor unions and party committees to more than $200 million this cycle. That’s an 80 percent increase from 2006, the last mid-term election.
“Super PACs”–groups that register with the FEC their intention to raise unlimited funds and run independent expenditure ads–have spent a total of $21.4 million so far.
It appears that both major political parties, labor unions and other big dough raisers  are equals when it comes to the overall reporting and no one is left out as sacred (at least among the big elephants, donkeys and labor progressives):
In the last four days alone the top five spending organizations disclosed spending $13.8 million and includes a spike in spending by two of the party committees (the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee). American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS–both of which are advised by Republican strategist Karl Rove–and the National Association of Realtors round out the top five.
A group who has been braying a lot in the last week or so leads the spending increase for the past week.  Perhaps they are hoofing it in a hurry to combat the spending by the Republicans:
The DCCC has upped it’s spending considerably (sic) than previous weeks and has spent more than $6.3 million over the last four days, mostly on opposition ads. Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)4 group that doesn’t disclose its donors, spent $2.4 million mostly on close Senate races.
There’s very little more in the story, but here’s the link if you wish to access it and plunk around where you’ll find more stories.

First Round To ObamaCare

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A Federal Judge in Michigan has ruled in favor of the administration’s health care act, AKA ObamaCare.  According to an article in the Detroit Free Press by David Ashenfelter and Patricia Anstett the judge:
… upheld key provisions of President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform law.
In a 20-page decision, U.S. District Judge George Steeh refused to issue an injunction to halt preparations for putting federal health reforms into full effect in 2014, a law known as the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in March. Steeh also dismissed the major points of the suit — requiring Americans to buy health insurance and penalizing those who don’t starting in 2014.
This judge is the first one to rule that the administration and congress did not overstep their constitutional authority in passing the legislation, as least to the points addressed in this particular lawsuit.  There are other suits waiting for their opposition to the ObamaCare challenges to wend their way to the  court or courts of jurisdiction:
Nation-wide, several dozen lawsuits have been filed to stop the reforms. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and 19 other state attorney generals brought one of the challenges, which is set for oral arguments in Florida Dec. 16, according to Cox spokeswoman Joy Yearout.
The attorney generals’ suit argues that the federal government can’t force people to buy a product merely because they are U.S. citizens. But federal attorneys say Congress can regulate interstate commerce and has imposed laws for more than 200 years requiring men to buy muskets and ammunition, for example.
No doubt, the last decisions in all the cases will be a long-time coming and will outlive some of the folks who might otherwise fall under the requirements of ObamaCare.  You can read the rest of the story at this link.  Don’t forget to read the other provided links at the bottom of the page.