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God Bless Kentucky

Politicians in Kentucky look to have the unhealthy obsession of feeling compelled to mention God almost nonstop, including in their laws ... or on its Web site. The law passed under former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who prominently credited God in annual reports to state leaders. But Gov. Steve Beshear's administration didn't credit God [more...]

Date: 2008-12-01 18:52:00

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Kentucky Needs A New God For Homeland Security

This is in today's Johnson City Press: Kentucky Law Requires Homeland Security to Credit God LEXINGTON, Ky ... , who prominently credited God in annual reports to state leaders. But Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration didn’t credit God in its 2008 Homeland Security report issued last month. “We certainly expect [more...]

Date: 2008-11-30 00:23:51

Was Palin's SSN published on Web?

Part of vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov ... routinely appear on reports anyone could obtain on their neighbor or their nanny. A report ... after Democratic staffers obtained Republican Senate candidate Michael Steele’s credit report [more...]

Date: 2008-09-05 09:00:00

Budgetary Corrections

With Illinois' budget stretched and the outlook for the national economy looking bleaker by the day, ... a dirty urine sample – and aren’t the result of new crimes being committed. To his credit, Gov ... , the Illinois prison system is a giant mess. According to the Pew Center on the States' February report [more...]

Date: 2008-10-20 19:52:36

Legislative outlook: Aquaculture, growth, climate and budget cuts?

In a year when the state's fiscal woes seem likely to dominate, ... guess. As I reported in The Baltimore Sun earlier this week, Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to tweak ... the state tax credit for rehabilitating historic buildings, which could boost redevelopment [more...]

Date: 2009-01-13 17:11:32

Saturday quick hits

Murdoch despises O'Reilly I guess we know what he is, and now he is just negotiating the price? ... establish a requirement that the federally funded agency credit God with keeping the state safe, is upset that under Gov. Steve Beshear, the department's 2008 annual report did not do so. "We certainly [more...]

Date: 2008-11-29 20:37:39

Kentucky State Law Mandates Mission of Dept. of Homeland Security is to promote Religion

State legislators amended Homeland Security's religious duties to come before all else, ... than others. Under previous Gov. Ernie Fletcher, a lay Baptist preacher, Homeland Security interpreted the law at face value, prominently crediting God in its annual reports to state leaders [more...]

Date: 2008-11-30 01:46:00

Blagojevich woes to cost Illinois money

Blagojevich woes to cost Illinois money Posted December 16, 2008 1:27 PM by Frank James Many people may not know (I didn't until a few minutes ago) that Gov. Rod Blagojevich's problems could potentially cost Illinois taxpayers significant money. How so? A Bloomberg report explains: Fitch Ratings cut the credit [more...]

Date: 2008-12-17 17:28:14

Glory Be

A Kentucky state legislator wants the Almighty to receive His props: ... didn’t credit God in its 2008 Homeland Security report issued last month. ... in its mission statement or on its Web site. The law passed under former Gov. Ernie Fletcher [more...]

Date: 2008-12-01 18:43:00

In governors' request for federal infrastructure aid, only a hint of (indirect) help for Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards Report So New York State Gov. David Paterson, along with governors from other large states, ... in rules regarding the Low Income Housing Credit Program could make it easier to fund affordable housing [more...]

Date: 2009-01-04 14:53:14

Bookmarks for November 28th through November 29th

A few interesting links for November 28th through November 29th: Lawmaker to Homeland Security: ... that under Gov. Steve Beshear, the department's 2008 annual report did not do so." I don't ... Don't forget to credit God for keeping Kentuckians safe - "A lawmaker is upset with his state's [more...]

Date: 2008-11-29 19:00:14

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spread this information...

Good news today for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin:  "Among "likely voters" which uses the traditional models of historical voting habits, ... '?  Will it be Joe the Terrorist?  ACORN? According to a report authored by Rob Paral and Associates, “The New ... credit for Obama's lead? Quite Possibly. How? Why? Joe the Terrorist does not want John [more...]

Date: 2008-10-28 20:54:49

A (Sort of) Rousing Endorsement

Today's Press & Argus editorial, "Rogers for Gov.? It's opportunity worth exploring", rehashed a recent MIRS report and gave it a little "local boy" ... .  Given all that, it was heartening to read that Mike Rogers was proposing a tax credit for purchasing [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 12:36:00

No Tax Man Cometh For Cunningham

No Tax Man Cometh For Cunningham October 28, 2008 The man replacing Charles O'Byrne (at least on an interim basis) as Gov ... Cunningham III lists on his state ethics disclosure forms are two credit cards, Citi Platinum Select and Chase Mastercard, Dn Capitol Bureau Chief Ken Lovett reports. Cunningham is also still benefitting [more...]

Date: 2008-10-28 21:53:19

Grand jury indicts Democratic legislator's son as hacker of Sarah Palin's e-mail account

Last month, as The Ticket reported here, someone hacked into the private e-mail account of Alaska Gov. Sarah[ ... and sign up for free automatic and instant alerts of every new Ticket item sped directly to your cell. Photo credit: Associated Press [more...]

Date: 2008-10-09 08:08:51

Obama Formally Announces Tim Kaine As DNC Chairman

ABC News' David Chalian and Sunlen Miller Report: President-elect Barack Obama made a quick appearance at the Democratic National Committee ... , Howard deserves enormous credit for helping usher in a new era in Washington,” President-elect ... headquarters in Washington, D.C., this afternoon to announce Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the next [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 22:48:55

He Gets Credit For Candor

He Gets Credit For Candor Jennifer Rubin - 12.18.2008 - 2:56 PM Pro-business groups and conservatives aren’t the only ones, we learn from this report, who see a problem for “card check” legislation in Blago-gate: Gerald ... when the FBI linked a competing union to Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich’s effort to sell Illinois’ U.S. Senate [more...]

Date: 2008-12-18 19:56:56

Gov’t and Economic Interests as Bedfellows

Recently there have been a number of observers from all corners of the political spectrum increasingly worried about the growing collusion between Washington, DC and the powerful economic interests in our country. The discourse on this issue reminds me of the “governmental support” German economist Wilhelm Röpke spoke of in A Humane Economy : “The market and power do not go well together, and anyone who wished to use his strong position vis-à-vis some buyer or seller to establish a dominating [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 16:44:41

Did ACORN Get Too Big For Its Own Good

WASHINGTON – Activist group ACORN started in 1970 to help the poor in Arkansas and quickly went national, growing into a multimillion-dollar conglomerate with a mission so far-flung that schools now bear its name, two radio stations are affiliates and a man it backed is the president. Oh yeah, it’s also the unwilling star of a hot Internet video featuring a couple dressed as a hooker and her pimp. And that last bit is just one of its problems. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-20 02:25:53

Palin’s Advocacy: The Turning Point in Health Care Reform Debate

For an uneducated, unsophisticated rube and former governor from a backwater state, Sarah Palin sure can drive a debate.  With prospects for passage of his sweeping overhaul of the American health care delivery system fading with every speech, President Barack Obama is making  it increasingly clear that Palin will be recognized, for good or ill, as perhaps the most prominent single political figure responsible for stopping it in its tracks.It’s a remarkable story. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-19 07:01:30

"Paranoia Strikes Deep..."

Study Links 45,000 U.S. Deaths to Lack of Insurance Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday. "We're losing more Americans every day because of inaction ... than drunk driving and homicide combined," Dr. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-19 04:23:00

Swift Boater Keeping Blunt-Connected Committee Afloat

Randy Turner flagged an interesting pair of hefty campaign donations yesterday : Texas home builder Robert Perry, who bankrolled the Swift Veterans for Truth campaign that gunned down John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, is meddling in Missouri politics again. A 48-hour report filed today with the Missouri Ethics Commission, shows Perry and his wife Doylene donated $100,000 to the Seventh District Congressional District Committee. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-30 18:37:06

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: September 24, 2009

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. WASHINGTON/POLITICAL For the latest political news: www.CNNPolitics.com. CNN: Calls for cooperation mix with raw rhetoric in U.N. speeches World leaders, many reeling from a year marked by global economic freefall and a growing threat from global warming and nuclear proliferation, exhorted one another Wednesday to work together to meet those challenges. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-24 08:54:22

Posts about Obama Health Care Failure as of October 1, 2009

Conference call: Tim Pawlenty and the Freedom First PAC - hotair.com 10/01/2009 We had an opportunity to talk with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to discuss the launch of his Freedom First PAC.  Pawlenty says that he’s worried that freedom is being corroded by a “tyranny of a creeping bureaucracy.”  Pawlenty wants to re-elevate the principles of freedom and liberty, including an effort to educate people on their value and to impact current policy.  Pawlenty plans a particular effort to [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 12:59:05

The Recession has Technically Ended: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Bernanke!

by Bob Chapman Global Research September 19, 2009 To borrow from an old joke about politicians, we ask our subscribers if they know how to tell when Helicopter Ben Bernanke, the current Fed Head, is lying. Answer: Whenever his lips are moving. Now we hear from the Dollar-Destroyer that our recession has technically ended (heaven forbid that we should call our current Fed-caused calamity a depression, which is what it has been since Obama took office). [more...]

Date: 2009-09-20 12:02:50

With or without abuse, value of Iowa film incentives is difficult to measure

Even before allegations of misconduct emerged last week, lawmakers and government officials should have been suspicious of the state’s film tax credit program and demanded more transparency and oversight, critics of the program contend. Victor Elias, a senior policy associate with the nonpartisan Child and Family Policy Center, said his organization, along with the nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project, began looking at the tax credit program this summer. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-22 19:15:00

The Recession has Technically Ended, Is Bernanke Joking?

Economics / Recession 2008 – 2010 Sep 19, 2009 – 12:37 PMBy: Bob_Chapman To borrow from an old joke about politicians, we ask our subscribers if they know how to tell when Helicopter Ben Bernanke, the current Fed Head, is lying. Answer: Whenever his lips are moving. Now we hear from the Dollar-Destroyer that our recession has technically ended (heaven forbid that we should call our current Fed-caused calamity a depression, which is what it has been since Obama took office). [more...]

Date: 2009-09-20 13:34:31

Paterson Signs 60 Bills, Vetoes 18

Posted on Friday, 18 of September , 2009 at 4:45 pm ALBANY—Gov. David A. Paterson has signed 60 bills that he says together will improve the safety of families and children; increase access to, and quality of, health care for New Yorkers; and increase accountability among government contractors.  Additionally, he vetoed 18 bills, some that would have aided the disabled,  that, if signed, would have cost State taxpayers $28 million dollars over the next two years, according to himThe signed bills [more...]

Date: 2009-09-18 21:45:50

Senate Climate Battle Is On

Progressive Breakfast: Senate Climate Battle Is OnProgressive Breakfast10/1/09 7:11 AM Isaiah J. Poole Health Care for All An Economy for All 501c(3) Progressive BreakfastThe legislative battle to lower greenhouse gas emissions is finally getting into full gear in the Senate with Wednesday’s introduction of a comprehensive climate change bill.McClatchy News Service reports:The landmark legislation — called the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act — would force the U.S. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-02 00:03:18

A New Carry Trade Currency?

A bias to buy dollars remains…The Fed was warned as far back as 1999! Fujii gets “the memo”! A ton o’ data all around the globe this week! And Now… Today’s Pfennig! Good day… And a Marvelous Monday to you! My weekend turned out to be quite grand, as all the things I said that would make it special came to pass! My Cardinals clinched their division. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-28 19:07:49

Juarez murders already surpass total for 2008

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS Visit our website: http://www.nafbpo.org Foreign News Report The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-22 17:03:12

State offers total of $500 million in tax credits

Iowa administers 28 different state tax credits with an estimated total value of nearly $500 million , according to reserach done by Radio Iowa’s O.Kay Henderson. In the wake of allegations of misconduct surrounding the state’s film tax credit program, Gov. Chet Culver said there needs to be a review of all tax credits that the state offers. Henderson found a report by the Iowa Department of Revenue showing each of the tax credits and their potential cost. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-24 18:06:04

Classified: 500,000 More Troops for Afghanistan

Classified McChrystal Report: 500,000 Troops Will Be Required Over Five Years in Afghanistan by Tom Andrews - The Huffington Post/Common Dreams Embedded in General Stanley McChrystal's classified assessment of the war in Afghanistan is his conclusion that a successful counterinsurgency strategy will require 500,000 troops over five years. This bombshell was dropped by NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday: "The numbers are really pretty horrifying. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-25 03:02:00

Hubris In; Hubris Out

“Arrogance diminishes wisdom”                                          - Arabian Proverb In his final press conference on Monday, George W ... after-the-fact report contradict Bush’s “opinion” of the response, the governors of both Mississippi and Louisiana saw things entirely differently.  Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 13:51:48

Where's the Outrage for Unemployed, Underemployed and Paycheck-to-Paycheck Living?

60% Living Paycheck to Paycheck by Karen Datko - MSN.com Counting down the hours until payday? You're not alone. As the economic downturn trudges on, many workers are struggling with household budgets. About six in 10 workers -- 61% -- report they always or usually live paycheck to paycheck just to make ends meet, compared with 49% last year and 43% in 2007, according to a new nationwide survey of more than 4,400 workers by CareerBuilder. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-24 05:57:00

Updates & Taxes on the 2009-2010 Economic Stimulus Credits and Payments

As 2009 draws to a close many folks have been wondering what is happening with the numerous economic stimulus credits and payments dispensed under President Obama's E conomic Stimulus package . I have written extensively about the key stimulus credits and deductions over the last 6 months as covered in some of the following posts, but here is a summarized update on each of them and the tax implications for those who have or will receive these payments. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-18 04:01:00

Jindal Was The Only Governor To Skip Biden’s Conference Call On The Stimulus

Yesterday, the White House held a conference call between Vice President Biden and governors of U.S. states and territories. The purpose of the call, according to the White House pool report, was to “exhort the states to collect and submit quarterly numbers of jobs created and saved by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act by the deadline of Oct. 10.” Forty-nine state governors or their representatives joined the call. The one person who skipped it? Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). [more...]

Date: 2009-09-25 16:40:52

Census Worker Hanged

Terror probe widens…Kennedy law approved…Census worker hanged … – Reiten Television KXMB Bismarck AP NEW YORK (AP) The government has intensified its investigation of a possible terrorism plot involving an alleged al-Qaida associate. …. Census Worker Hanged – Suomen Kuvalehti In this undated 2008 photo, Bill Sparkman speaks to a 7th grade class during a lesson about sound waves. A law enforcement official says Sparkman, …. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-24 17:07:03

Forget the gaffes, Obama eloquently knocks one out of the park

... in Washington's Hay-Adams Hotel were not seen falling on the sidewalk laughing. Secret Service personnel kept ... not do a skit or news report mocking the unbelievable occurrence. Most important for a male who wants [more...]

Date: 2009-01-12 14:53:31

In Case You Forgot, AP Still Reminding Palin’s a ‘Failed Republican Vice Presidential Candidate’

-By Warner Todd Huston I don’t know. Maybe the Associated Press thinks that no one is aware that John McCain lost his race for the White House? ... report on the latest doings in Alaska is concerned, anyway. After all, right in the middle of a report on Alaska state workers having sent around some race tinged joke emails, the AP helpfully reminds [more...]

Date: 2008-12-19 14:09:24

Anchorage Daily News Pushing Debunked Fake Palin Pregnancy Story Again: Threatens her Doctor with Bad Coverage if he Refuses to Violate Patient Doctor Confidentiality

January 12, 2009 — iusbvision Gov. Palin’s Press Spokesperson Bill McAllister went on the Eddie Burke Radio Show on 1/09/09 to discuss media bias ... her its your fault. Report it every time one of the Bush twins has a beer. Hands off Chealsea ... parachuted into Alaska in  a race to report every allegation made by a political enemy as a fact [more...]

Date: 2009-01-12 06:52:14

Rick Warren and Rev. Wright

scrubbing his church Web site to remove language that talked about banning gays from membership (though the church's apparent PR firm (what church has a PR firm?) just emailed me to say they have no rescinded their language on homosexuality, but rather they've "repurposed" it (repurposed?) in a series of videos. Whatever [more...]

Date: 2008-12-23 19:18:14

Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/2/2009

In tonight’s news: Israel is poised to send ground troops into Gaza.A Muslim family was removed from a plane before takeoff, and is being compensated by the airline for the error. CAIR is in high dudgeon about the incident.Thousands of shoes were dumped on a Miami expressway — is that a message for President-eject Bush? [more...]

Date: 2009-01-03 04:42:00

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: September 23, 2009

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. WASHINGTON/POLITICAL For the latest political news: www.CNNPolitics.com. CNN: Borger: Congress needs 'Boss Obama' First of all, let me stipulate that, as a purely political matter, I take no issue with President Obama's concern that Democrats could take a shellacking in 2010. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-23 08:54:36

Bozell Column: What Democrat Scandal?

In October 2006 the national media projected Rep. Mark Foley’s online sex chats with House pages into a disaster that would swallow the Grand Old Party whole. CBS, for example, proclaimed it the "congressional equivalent of Katrina." In 2008, when federal investigators found Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich trying to put Barack Obama’s Senate [more...]

Date: 2008-12-17 18:36:18

Meet Joe the Plumber and Caribou Barbie, ladies and germs.Each week, their hilarious misadventures tickle the funny bone of a nation. Watch their ZANY, madcap antics, a virtual LAFF RIOT of thrills, chills, spills and dollar bills.Just think of our past episodes:Joe the Plumber ‘writes’ a book in only a few days! Now, he’s Joe the Author! [more...]

Date: 2009-01-12 04:26:49

Fed “Shock & Awe,” What 0% Means, 2008 Pay Raises, Controversial Auto Survey and More!

Fed saves us from ourselves… details of the historic FOMC decision… Dan Amoss and James Turk on the implications of 0% interest rates… Dollar gets ... to further support credit markets and economic activity.” “This announcement,” Dan Amoss wrote ... metals.” In anticipation of this “shock and awe” rate decision, Dan helped his Strategic Short Report [more...]

Date: 2008-12-18 19:08:51

Are We A Nation Of Pigeons?

Another fantastic Kaia Larsen photo The question in the title asks, are we a nation of pigeons? ... of that. Supposedly Rahm already took care of Howard Dean. But to give the president elect credit ... ? With the exception of McCain placing Gov. Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket, I would have to say yes [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 03:24:00

DrumBeat: December 13, 2008

Greed, hatred, warfare and the race for fossil fuels NEITHER an optimistic nor a pessimistic prophet on energy, the author of "A Thousand Barrels a Second" states a simple fact: "civilization" makes us silly and greedy. Although Peter Tertzakian does not mean it, his vivid historical account of mankind's thirst for energy to pump up " [more...]

Date: 2008-12-13 14:32:05

Friday wrap

Dem Congress to pump raw sewage into nation's workplaces ... The AFL-CIO advanced an argument detailing why a "majority sign-up" is the best option for preserving "the freedom of working people." Below is a syllogism that encapsulates an argument found on the AFL-CIO website.1. The workplace environment has been poisoned by browbeating employers.2 [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 11:30:00

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