I think we need to ask some pretty serious questions as to whether this whack job (Angle) has stepped waaaaay over the line…
I think we need to ask some pretty serious questions as to whether this whack job (Angle) has stepped waaaaay over the line…
An anonymous woman claims that Rand Paul was getting his freak on, with the Aqua Buddha!
The woman who sparked a national firestorm by recounting Rand Paul’s youthful indiscretions to GQ magazine is now clarifying her account: She says she was not kidnapped nor forced to do drugs by Paul.
But she reiterated other odd aspects of her earlier story, including her claim that Paul and another college friend blindfolded her, tied her up, and told her to smoke pot and worship the “Aqua Buddha,” even if they didn’t physically force her to do these things.
The woman — who was made available to me for an interview by GQ reporter Jason Zengerle in response to the Paul campaign’s denunciations of his article — said she didn’t mean to imply that she was kidnapped “in a legal sense.”
“The whole thing has been blown out of proportion,” she told me. “They didn’t force me, they didn’t make me. They were creating this drama: `We’re messing with you.’” (more…)
A Republican senator blocked a measure on Thursday that would have compensated black farmers in one of the largest civil rights settlements in U.S. history, again delaying action on a decades-old bias lawsuit.
The settlement, agreed to in February, would provide $1.25 billion to compensate black farmers who were left out of federal farm loan and assistance programs for years due to racism.
Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan requested unanimous consent to approve funding for the settlement but an objection from Republican Senator John Barrasso scuttled the attempt.
This was the last opportunity to finalize the settlement before the Senate breaks for the August recess.
While the 2008 farm bill earmarked $100 million for the farmers, the remaining $1.15 billion to uphold the deal requires approval from Congress.
The U.S. House of Representatives twice passed legislation that would appropriate the funds, but equivalent action stalled in the Senate.
Measures for the funding have come to the Senate floor seven times, and each time failed to pass due to partisan squabbles, said John Boyd Jr, head of the National Black Farmers Association.
Boyd likened the delays in funding the settlement to the discrimination experienced by black farmers involved in the lawsuit.
“It shows that some of the same treatment that happened to the black farmers at the Department of Agriculture is transpiring with the Senate’s inaction to help black farmers,” he said.
The unanimous consent request also sought to appropriate funds for American Indians in the Cobell class-action lawsuit against the Interior Department over the mismanagement of Indian trust fund accounts.
Previous objections to the funding requests have centered on the mega-spending bills they were attached to, as well as a lack of clarity on how the compensation would be paid for.
The measure brought to the floor on Thursday was solely about the settlements, and included offsets required under congressional ‘pay-as-you-go’ rules mandating new spending be offset with cuts elsewhere so not to add to the deficit.
Barrasso objected to portions of the Cobell settlement and called for a full chamber vote when the Senate returns from the August recess in September.
With an August 13 deadline for the black farmers settlement looming, Boyd said he would seek an extension from the Obama administration as well as more engagement in speeding up the funding process.
“This is a shameful situation,” Boyd said. “(Senators) can’t put aside their political bickering and pass a bill so that the black farmers can get on with their lives.”
Boyd said the pressure is on President Barack Obama to step forward with more concrete plans to help since “the Senate dropped the ball.”
The original Pigford class-action lawsuit, named after North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford, was settled in 1999.
The first case awarded more than $1 billion in payments and debt relief to black farmers, but tens of thousands of farmers missed the filing deadline. The new settlement allows these farmers to pursue their claims.
Boyd said earlier in the week that black farmers would turn their attention to midterm elections and look to oust the senators not supporting the measure, especially in southern states where they represent a large portion of the voting block.
“Why do we want to send somebody back to the Senate that won’t help us at a time of need?” he said.
This is a real picture of Mary, a Circus Elephant which was lynched by an angry mob in 1916.
Seems California Senate candidate Meg Whitman has a “black problem”…
And a “brown problem”.
Hopefully she loses to the “old guy”!
Hope you were able to TiVo that campaign ad Meg Whitman ran during the primary with her endorsement from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Because if Whitman continues her strategy of avoiding African Americans, that may be probably the only time you’ll see the former EBay CEO around many other African Americans between now and November election.
African Americans are unhappy with Whitman’s decision to skip this Saturday’s candidate’s forum at the San Francisco Christian Center on black and Latino issues sponsored by the California Foundation. The event, billed as the California Gubernatorial Faith Forum, will not be a debate – but an event where each candidate for Governor and Lieutenant Governor will separately answer questions from an audience of mostly African American and Hispanic church members.
Event organizers said the forum would be an excellent opportunity for the candidates to introduce themselves to African American and Hispanic voters, and to answer questions about race, crime, drugs, discrimination, gentrification, police brutality and other issues important to African Americans and Hispanics not normally asked by the mainstream media or the handpicked (and usually White) audience members at scripted campaign events.
Saturday’s forum will be significant because none of the three debates between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman announced yesterday will be held in major urban communites. Two of the three debates will be held in the Central Valley cities of Sacramento and Fresno, with the other debate held at Dominician College in Marin County, the richest county in the state where less than two percent of the population is African American. No debates are scheduled for Southern California or any of the state’s largest cities and representatives of Black owned media outlets day it’s unlikely that any reporters from their papers or stations will be on the media panels asking questions of Brown and Whitman during the three debates.
KTVU last week reported that California Foundation forum producers sent invitations to both Whitman and Democratic Party candidate Jerry Brown in May, two months before Saturday’s forum. Brown immediately accepted, but organizers said the Whitman campaign had not scheduled any events for July and would contact the forum’s organizers as soon as Whitman’s July schedule was finalized. The KTVU story said that the Whitman campaign only informed the forum’s producers last week about Whitman’s “scheduling conflict.” The forum will also feature Republican Lt. Governor candidate Abel Maldonado. Forum producer Loren Simon said the Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Gavin Newsom had not yet responded to the group’s invitation.
The Whitman campaign has been criticized for spending millions of dollars on campaign ads while avoiding interviews and press conferences, and staging tightly orchestrated events that provide reporters and the general public with little, if any opportunity to ask Whitman serious and hard hitting questions.
If you watch TV, cable or listen to radio you can’t go more than a half hour without hearing or seeing a Meg Whitman commercial. Whitman’s ads were running non stop months before the June primary and Whitman barely waited a week after her June 8th primary win over state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner before continuing the torrent of campaign commercials. Whitman’s has reportedly spent a record $50 million dollars on TV, radio and print ads with the promise of spending just as much, or more between now and the November election. African American owned media outlet throughout the state say that the Whitman campaign has not spent a dime on radio or print ads with the Black owned media. (more…)
Obviously unpolished and nervous, Alvin Greene makes his first public speech hosted by his hometown NAACP.
“South Carolina and America cannot afford six more years of my opponent,” Greene said of DeMint. “We cannot let my opponent keep this country hostage.”
This is J.D. Hayworth, the Tea Bagger Republican, who is trying to unseat John McCain as the Republican candidate for senate in Arizona.
Republican Senate challenger J.D. Hayworth appeared in a 2007 television infomercial in which he helped convince viewers that they could rake in big bucks by attending seminars that would teach them how to apply for federal grants that they wouldn’t have to pay back.
National Grants Conferences, the Florida-based company that hosted the classes and produced the informercial, has faced criticism from multiple state attorneys general and Better Business Bureaus.
Hayworth, a former Arizona congressman who is running against incumbent Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the Aug. 24 GOP primary, made the infomercial after losing his U.S. House seat in the 2006 election. References to his TV appearance on behalf of National Grants…
The infomercial promotes seminars that ostensibly instruct attendees how to get the “free money grants.” Tucson TV station KVOA did an investigation of National Grants Conferences that you can watch here. The TV station’s investigative team found that the workshops cost from $999 to $1,200 and federal government grants really aren’t even available to individuals.
“A grant expert tells us that the information they’re trying to sell you is available for free – on the Internet or here, at the Pima County Public Library,” KVOA’s Tom McNamara said in the 2009 report. “No. 2, a simple Internet search inputting just the company’s name reveals hundreds of complaints from people all across the country about National Grants Conferences. And No. 3, some Better Business Bureaus nationwide rate the company an ‘F.’ Separately, the attorney general in Vermont sued the company and forced them to tone down their advertising and the claims they were making.”
Those “free Government Grants”?
“You may have seen an ad, gotten a call, or received an email offering “free government grants.” The people making these offers claim to represent the United States government or groups assisting the federal government with grant distribution. They might ask for personal information such as your Social Security and bank account numbers and promise to deposit the grant directly into your account. They might ask you to pay a “processing fee” for the grant. But instead of giving you a grant, their real plan is to steal your identity, your money, or both.”
You don’t need to join the Federal Grant Association to receive a Federal grant. Fall for this telemarketing scam and you could be out as much as $5000
Lastly – the Government doesn’t give money away for free. Almost all of these grants require work of a technical or skilled nature, and some experience in delivering the same technology or job on your resume. If the grant is to build a rest stop in a National Park – you need to show you have all the construction licenses, certifications, and have built similar structures. If the Grant is for Cancer Research, you need academic and professional credentials in that area of research. And no – looking though a microscope in 9th Grade Biology ain’t gonna cut it.
This is about a sleazy as it gets.
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Two things are fishy about Alving Greene’s candidacy. How did an unemployed guy who was so broke he had to live with his parents come up with the $10,000 registration fee? And, where did those 100,000 votes magically appear from?
I think the problem here is a lot deeper than just the money, and places in question the validity of South Carolina elections, perhaps going back decades.
Time to take a real hard look at what is going on in South Carolina.
The man nominated as Democrats’ candidate for Senate in South Carolina might have been a “plant,” a high-ranking Democrat suggested Thursday.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) called for in South Carolina to investigate the circumstances that led to Alvin Greene winning the Democratic Senate primary in his state earlier this week.
“There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary,” Clyburn said during an appearance on the liberal Bill Press radio show. “I don’t know if he was a Republican plant; he was someone’s plant.”
The third-ranking House Democrat said he found it strange that Greene, a relative unknown prior to Tuesday, was able to produce the money to register and run for Senate despite being unemployed.
Greene allegedly tried to pay the registation fee in cash, and Clyburn said he wondered whether an outside party might have funded both the fee and Greene’s campaign, in violation of federal campaign finance laws.
Despite having no real campaign or prior political support in the state, Greene won the primary to face Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) this fall with nearly 59 percent of the vote — almost 100,000 votes.
The South Carolina Democratic Party called on Greene on Wednesday to drop out of the race after The Associated Press reported that the candidate is facing felony charges for having allegedly displayed pornographic images to a college student.
Adding to the pressure on Greene was Clyburn’s call for a probe to look at the possibility that an outside party might have funded Greene’s campaign beyond legally permissible limits, and without having disclosed the source of those payments. He also called on the U.S. attorney in the state to investigate Greene’s alleged felony.
“I would hope the U.S. attorney down there would look at this,” Clyburn said about Greene’s qualifications for the ballot, also pointing to Greene’s having allegedly tried to pay the fee to run for Senate in cash, despite being unemployed.
“I think there’s some federal laws being violated in this race, but I think some shenanigans are going on in South Carolina,” Clyburn explained. “Somebody gave him that $10,000 and he who took it should be investigated, and he who gave it should be investigated.”
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Remember Alvin Greene?
The black, unemployed, Army vet who won the Democrat Nomination in a huge surprise last night in the South Carolina Primiaries…
Yeah – THAT Alvin Greene!
South Carolina’s surprise Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is facing a pending felony charge.
Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.
Greene said he had no comment when asked about the charge Wednesday and hung up on a reporter.
The unemployed veteran posted bond after his arrest. He has yet to enter a plea or be indicted.
Records indicate Greene showed photos to a woman and talked about going to her room at a university dorm.
On Tuesday, Greene stunned state Democratic Party leaders by winning the nomination. He raised no money and put up no campaign website. He beat former four-term state lawmaker Vic Rawl, 64, who had raised about $186,000 and had to abruptly scrap a late-week fundraiser for the fall.
Greene said he spent a total of 13 years in the Air Force and Army before leaving the Army in August.
DeMint, a conservative Republican and tea party darling pursuing a second term, has marshaled a $3.5 million war chest already to face the bare-pockets Democratic underdog.
Damn! Is it something in the water down there? You got the previous Governor “Nekked Hiking” in dereliction of duty with an Argentine hottie cheating on his wife. You got the current Governor candidate accused of garnering votes on her back. A top lieutenant to S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster was busted last year doing the freak nasty in a …gasp!… cemetary with a 18 year old stripper/prostitute and a large jar of Viagra. The strange story of Kristin Maguire, an Upstate evangelical and one of South Carolina’s most respected social conservatives, one of the governor’s closest education policy advisors for years – turning out to be the prolific author of hardcore erotic fiction on the Internet. Just before impeaching the last errant Governor, Mark Sanford – the holy sanctimonious conservatives in charge found out the current Lt. Governor is a sanctimonious conservo-hypocrite gay basher… closet queen - leaving the legislature with the untenable choice of the adulterer or the closet queen.
In any event, I believe a felony disqualifies Mr. Greene from holding office.
Hat Tip to Alvin Greene! He got both Democrats allowed to vote in South Carolina to vote for him!
Alvin Greene’s surprise victory in South Carolina’s Democratic Senate primary has left much of the state asking: “Who?” The 32-year-old unemployed Army veteran had no campaign funds and no website but still managed to defeat former judge Vic Rawl, and will now be running against incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint this fall, the AP reports.
Greene, who paid the $10,000 filing fee and all other campaign expenses out of his own funds, may have won because people unfamiliar with either candidate “voted alphabetically,” says the chair of South Carolina’s Democratic Party. But Greene will take it, he tells Mother Jones: “I’m not concentrating on how I was elected—it’s history. I’m the Democratic nominee—we need to get talking about America back to work.”
Now, wouldn’t it be absolutely beautiful if Greene could pull off another upset come November?
The epitome of stupid-shit brought to you Republicans (And Joltin Joe Lieberman) is a bill to deny American Citizenship to terrorists.
Somebody please explain to me why some terrorist wannabe, who is willing to blow up a damn airplane at 35,000 feet – with his ass going down with everyone else…
Give’s a rat’s ass about being an American Citizen?
I mean…Is this bill going to to apply to our own home grown right wing whack jobs…
Or those with just “A-Rab” sentimentality? I mean – is there an exception for whackjobs who blow up Government Building and Day Care Centers?
And if we do deport our own home grown right wing crazies, unlike Islamic fundamentalists who could find pleasant waterfront homes and new occupations in mayhem in Somalia – WTF wants them?
“Let me get this straight Billy-Bob, you got your dumb, white ass tossed out of the wealthiest country in the world, because you didn’t want to pay taxes… Which are lower than the next 17 richest countries? Which all, BTW happen to be socialized! You better get used to living a country with a brown or black face as President, because your dumb ass is not coming here to cause trouble…”
I’m beginning to think the best way to win the “War on Terror”…
Is to ship them our dumb-assed Republicans (and “Independent”).
A bipartisan group of legislators on Thursday introduced legislation in Congress to strip citizenship from any American found to be involved in terrorism.
If the Terrorist Expatriation Act passes, an American would lose citizenship if found to have provided material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization — as designated by the secretary of state — or participated in actions against the United States.
Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, and Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, co-sponsored the bill. An identical bill is being introduced in the House by Reps. Jason Altmire, D-Pennsylvania, and Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania. (more…)
More fun in the New York Senate, which would be the laughingstock of America sans Arizona and Utah!Apparently Senator Parker’s background is a colorful addendum to the infamous antics of NY pols – being known for a quick temper and facility to engage in fisticuffs with Meter Maids and members of the media.
In his latest off-the-wall behavior, hothead Sen. Kevin Parker Wednesday morning accused Senate Republicans – and even some Democrats – of being white supremacists.Parker updated his Facebook status, saying he was “in Albany fighting the evil of White Supremacy!”And Parker, who exploded in a fury during a public committee meeting Tuesday, defended his outburst during a radio interview as “par for the course of what we have to do up in Albany fighting the forces of evil.”
Asked by Daily News columnist and WWRL host Errol Louis what the forces of evil were, Parker said, “these long-term white supremacist Republican senators.”
He accused the GOP of not being able to handle losing the Senate majority and now having blacks, Latinos, women and gays running the chamber as part of the Democratic majority.
“They have a real problem with that and because of that they do things that are very very inappropriate,” Parker said.
Republicans immediately hit back, saying the Democrats need to reign in their out-of-control colleague – and threatened to launch a formal censure. (more…)
Hat Tip – TPM
It would seem that most of the Republicans who used to get caught with this sort of thing have moved over to the Tea Bagger set…
An online news outlet in New York state has obtained dozens of emails, many of them racist and sexually graphic, which it reports were sent by Carl Paladino, the Tea-Party-backed Republican candidate for governor of New York, to a long list of political and business associates. One email shows a video of an African tribal dance, entitled “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal,” while another depicts hardcore bestiality.
Paladino’s campaign manager, Michael Caputo, would not comment on specific emails, but acknowledged to TPMmuckraker that Paladino had sent emails that were “off-color” and “politically incorrect,” saying that few such emails represented the candidate’s own opinion. Caputo accused Democrats of wanting to change the subject from substantive issues to “having sex with horses.”
The news outlet that obtained the emails, WNYmedia.net, a western New York media company, says it confirmed that at least some of the emails were authentic by contacting several people who had received them.
Paladino, a wealthy western New York real-estate developer, has become a darling of the Tea Party movement over the last year, and launched his campaign for governor last week after being urged to do so by Tea Party leaders. Paladino is staunchly opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage, and has said he considers himself “the only Republican in the race who agrees 100 percent with conservative values.”
But the slew of emails, obtained by WNYmedia.net, a western New York media company, depict a different side of the candidate. Here are descriptions some of the most eyebrow-raising:
• An October 2009 email with a photograph showing President Obama and the First Lady dressed in 70s-era blaxploitation pimp and prostitute costumes while attending a formal event at the White House. Here’s the photo, courtesy of WNYmedia.net: