March 31, 2015

Footage Of Illinois Sen Candidate Mark Kirk Making False Military Claim Surfaces #p2 #tcot #teaparty

  Rep. Mark Kirk's (R-Il.) false claim that he was named the Navy Intelligence Officer of the Year in the late 1990's was made at a committee hearing before the YouTube era began, but the long arm of C-SPAN can reach back and bring it up as if it happened yesterday. What is striking about Rep. Kirk's assertion in the video is that it appears scripted and thought out, which belies Kirk's recent defense that the false claim on his website -- that was only removed last week after a Washington Post investigation -- regarding the award was little more than an administrative oversight. At the very beginning of Kirk's testimony, he makes the claim, which he has since confessed is false: "I've been in office just one year. Before that I was a Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer--was the Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year in 1998," Kirk said in a March 2002 House committee hearing. In today's politics, such transgressions seem to gain currency only when there is video evidence that … [Read more...]

Republican calls for TCEQ Investigation & Audit of TxDOT released

Rep. Burgess and the Fort Worth City Council were briefed on issues related to gas drilling in North Texas by TCEQ, and given inaccurate test results of air quality.  When TCEQ realized they had given bad information, they didn't attempt to contact anyone they had previously briefed.  Here is an excerpt from a Fort Worth Star Telegram article: Burgess said he was recently briefed by the TCEQ on air quality issues related to gas drilling and found it disturbing that he hadn't been presented with all the data. "I relied on the information I was given, as did many others in North Texas," Burgess said in a statement. "I find it personally offensive to find out that what I have been told may not be the full story on the air quality issues in the area that affect millions of North Texans. There are a lot of questions that TCEQ needs to answer, and the public is right to demand accountability." The TCEQ conducted air tests in Fort Worth in December and told city officials at a public … [Read more...]

Sestak Job Offer To Exit Senate Race Is Ethical. Afterall GOP Messiah Reagan Did It Too #p2 #tcot #teaparty

  Let us be real. This is not a real story. It is a GOP talking point that is filtered to the mainstream media who have be abdicating their duty to be the research arm of our democracy. If GOP or Democratic talking points are the catalysts for media coverage, as a country we are in trouble. This story must be shut down so we can move on to real issues. … [Read more...]

Robert Reich: How Conservatives Made the Case for Increased Regulations #p2 #tcot #teaparty

  How Conservatives Made the Case for Increased Regulations According to a new CBS News poll 70 percent of Americans disapprove of how BP has handled the oil gush, compared with 45 percent who disapprove of how Obama has handled it. This could change in the days or weeks ahead if the spill continues to worsen and the White House looks and acts powerless. The poll also points out a danger for Obama: Only 35 percent approve of his words and deeds so far during the crisis. He seems too willing to defer to BP executives, even as Bad Petroleum Ltd. tries to shift blame to Transocean Ltd., the rig operator, which is trying to put blame on Halliburton, which made the cement casings. But it's not just the oil gush. Most Americans continue to be livid at Wall Street executives and traders -- for which they blame an economic crisis that's cost many their jobs, savings, and homes -- a crisis that's still costing taxpayers a bundle even as the bankers are back to collecting huge compensation … [Read more...]

Sestak Job Offer To Exit Senate Race Is Ethical. Afterall GOP Messiah Reagan Did It Too #p2 #tcot #teaparty

The non-scandal of the Obama administration offer of a non-paying high level job to prevent a divisive senate race is neither unprecedented or unethical. The mainstream media is again being puppeteered by the GOP talking points to give this the semblance of a Whitehouse scandal. Here is proof positive that even the Republicans Messiah Ronald Reagan did it. … [Read more...]

#TeaParty Candidate Wants To Wipe out Social Security, Education Dept. #tcot #p2

  MICHAEL R. BLOOD | 05/27/10 11:25 AM PAHRUMP, Nev. — Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security, shutter the Education Department and return to the days almost a century ago when the federal income tax was unconstitutional. A tea party conservative testing the limits of anti-government sentiment, she's also the Republican on the rise in an unpredictable race to pick an opponent for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a top Democrat in Washington who's in trouble at home. What's more, she is evidently the Republican whom Reid would like most to run against. Witness a costly television campaign financed by the majority leader's backers to erode the support of the shaky Republican front-runner, Sue Lowden. "I am the tea party," said Angle, a 60-year-old former Nevada lawmaker. With early voting under way for the June 8 primary, Angle has nearly erased Lowden's double-digit lead in recent polls, thanks in part to endorsements from the Tea Party Express and other … [Read more...]

Obama’s News Conference Shows The Impotence Of Government When Corporations Not Fully Regulated #p2 #tcot #teaparty

While everyone is clamoring for the government to be in charge and while the president seems to acquiesce to that point, it must be noted that previous to this event additional government involvement to either regulate the private sector or create more governmental oversight was met with chants of socialism and communism. … [Read more...]

Kingwood Observer Article (2010-05-26) Make Gulf State Politicians Ask For Big Government Help #p2 #tcot #teaparty

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Stimulus-Critic Rick Perry Only Able To Balance His State’s Budget Because Of Stimulus #p2 #tcot #teaparty

  Back when the economic recovery package (i.e. “the stimulus”) was being debated, a handful of Republican governors garnered headlines by rejecting various portions of the funding. One of the loudest critics of the legislation was Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX). At the time, Perry said rejecting the money “was pretty simple for us. … We can take care of ourselves.” “I am so concerned about the belief that has gained a foothold in our national consciousness that the best and only way to solve our nation’s problems is to drown them with taxpayer dollars,” Perry also said, adding that, with regard to the stimulus, Texas should “look a gift horse in the mouth.” The Texas state legislature eventually pushed Perry to accept the money, but even in his official acceptance letter, Perry wrote that “I believe there are better ways to reinvigorate our economy and believe [the bill] will burden future generations with unprecedented levels of debt.” However, as the Wall Street Journal noted this morning, the … [Read more...]

Rasmussen’s polls mediocre. Research 2000 Poll Much More Accurate #p2 #tcot #teaparty

Nate Silvers has mathematically shown the reliability of polling organizations. It turns out Rasmussen is but a mediocre poll skewed to Republicans while Research 2000 polling has been much more accurate. In that light while President Obama’s Approval Rating under Rasmussen is under 50%, Research 2000 has it at 54%. Who should on believe? Do you need to ask? Blast from Rasmussen's Past by Nate Silver @ 2:23 PM Have to be briefer than I'd like here, but I'm in the midst of putting together a new set of pollster ratings. In addition to populating the database with 2008 General Election results (as well as contests held in 2009 and 2010), I'm also doing a fair amount of backfilling to try to make the database, which goes back to 2000, more comprehensive. Previously, for instance, we did not have Rasmussen's polling in place for 2000, which can be hard to come by. But thanks to the magic of The Internet (as well as a tip from Chris Bowers) I was able to track it down. Here are the results of … [Read more...]