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$60,000 per speech?

According to the Associated Press (AP) Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential frontrunner Newton “Stay Puffed” Gingrich says he didn’t need to be a lobbyist after his congressional career because he was paid $6ok a pop to give speeches; in fact Newton has bilked his devoted followers of millions of dollars.

While talking with South Carolina voters at a shopping center Stay Puffed confronted the on-going suggestion he sought to turn his tenure as the House’s top Republican into a role of for-hire powerbroker.

“I did no lobbying of any kind – period,” Gingrich said. “I’m going to be really direct, OK? I was charging $60,000 a speech. And the number of speeches was going up, not down. Normally, celebrities leave and they gradually sell fewer speeches every year. We were selling more.”

Make to remember this line, “I did no lobbying of any kind – period,” because it smacks of, “I did not have sex with the woman,” and now that he’s the alpha male of the campaign the others are going to start digging and seeing if he’s telling the truth, and if he’s not, he’ll plummet from first place the same way Reverend Perry and Pizza Man Cain have so recently done.

The legal definition of lobbying is fairly narrow, encompassing only those who directly contact members of Congress or executive branch officials in an attempt to influence them. Many ex-lawmakers decline to do that kind of work, but instead offer their advice to groups that do lobby, as Gingrich did in the case of Freddie Mac.

Gingrich has been paid huge sums over the past decade by the mortgage giant, an institution roundly criticized by Republican Tea Partistas, and one of which Newton himself criticized President Obama in 2008 for accepting contributions from executives of Freddie Mac and its larger sister institution, Fannie Mae, and said the Democrat should give the money back.

When asked about his “salary” from Freddie and Fannie, Stay Puffed has dismissed any speculations of lobbying saying he gave “strategic advice for a long period of time.” A person familiar with the Freddie Mac consulting contracts said they paid at least $1.6 million from 1999 to early 2008. The person spoke on condition of anonymity in order address a personnel matter.

Newton has claimed over-and-over that he was a “historian” for the organization; a story that doesn’t ring true for most of us. First, exactly why does a mortgage company need a historian; and second, why hire a mediocre one like Gingrich? Things aren’t ringing true on the lobbying issue and Newton Leroy had better hope he’s better at cover-ups than Cain was.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Adam J. Buyes

As reported on OregonLive.com, a 21-year-old Marine from Salem has died while fighting in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday that Cpl. Adam J. Buyes, a 2008 graduate of McKay High School, died Saturday in combat operations in Helmand province.

He was assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Okinawa, Japan.

The circumstances surrounding his death were under investigation, the Defense Department said.

Buyes became the 150th service member from Oregon and Southwest Washington to die in the Middle East conflicts. He was the 31st Oregonian to die in Afghanistan. To see a list of fatalities, go to Farewell to the Fallen, a list maintained by The Oregonian.

His brother, Joshua, is a fellow graduate of McKay High and member of the Marines.

Buyes was a three-sport athlete at McKay, participating on the bowling, track and field, and football teams.

Jay Minyard, McKay’s varsity football head coach, got to know Buyes both on the football field and in the classroom. “He had high morals, a great work ethic,” Minyard said. “His peers loved him; his teachers loved him.”

OregonPrepSports.net named Buyes a Central Valley 6A honorable mention all-star in his senior year.

“It’s not easy to lose such a good kid at such a young age,” Minyard said.

McKay Principal Ken Parshall sent an email informing students and staff of Buyes’ death.

“Our counselors are available for any of you who may need assistance processing this tragic event. Please know that our staff is here to support you,” he wrote.

CPL Buyes is the 1,843rd American killed in Afghanistan … Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in War on Terror

 

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Run Sarah Run?

Huffington Post is reporting that a new political ad is urging former part-time Alaska governor Sarah Palin to reconsider her decision not to run in the 2012 election. The ad allegedly from the group Conservatives4Palin pleads with Palin to “Run Sarah Run!”

Called “The Challenge,” the ad features Palin’s famous remarks against “crony capitalism” and images of tea party protesters mashed up with faded footage of Barack Obama. According to Mediaite, the ad will begin airing in Iowa tomorrow, roughly five weeks ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

“If this ad is able to build some momentum for the Governor, the best way to keep that momentum going may be to commission a national GOTP primary poll that includes the Governor as one of the options,” the group said in an announcement, according to The Hill. “We’ll see if it’s possible given our resources.”

If Palin would decide to launch a presidential campaign, she would only have time to register for the South Carolina primary — the deadlines for Florida and New Hampshire have passed. Palin has already stated that she will not be seeking the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) nomination, making an official announcement in early October.

Yes, by-all-means, please run Sarah; with the probable bailing out of Herman “Pizza Man” Cain, the campaign needs additional comic relief and fo’ paws as only somewhat as excruciatingly politically, historically and economically ignorant as yourself can bring. We miss you Sarah, please run, and help Tina Fey find additional work in the New Year!

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Payroll tax extender bill unvieled?

Senate Democrats have stepped up and released a bill to extend and expand on the payroll tax cut that would otherwise expire at the end of this year.

The Middle Class Tax Cut act, S. 1917, would cut the employee and employer payroll tax to 3.1 percent, half of the 6.2 percent tax they would normally face. The bill applies this cut to the first $5 million in payroll for companies, which Senate Democrats estimate will cut payroll taxes in half for 98 percent of U.S. companies with payroll below that cap.

The bill also includes a “surtax on millionaires,” which applies a 3.25 percent tax on modified adjusted gross income over $1 million or $500,000 for a married individual filing separately. This tax would take effect in 2013.

Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) is the chief sponsor of the bill, which is also co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

Democratic leaders said they’d look to take up the tax bill soon, but had not scheduled any votes on the bill as of Monday night.

While the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) do-nothing House has wasted an entire year with grandstanding tactics like reading the Constitution, validating that our nation’s motto is “In God We Trust”, and introducing more than 100 bills aimed at limiting abortion; the Democratic Senate has introduced a bill aimed at helping Americans during a recession, cutting taxes to those of us who need them cut, and raising taxes on those who can easily afford an increase and who’ve benefited far too long on everyone else’s backs; it doesn’t bode well for a GOTP that ran on “jobs” and which has produced zero.

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Taxes

 

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Mittens mews back?

"I firmly support a woman's right to decide!"

According to the Associated Press (AP), Republican Tea Party (GOTP) perpetual presidential bridesmaid Mittens Romney is fighting back against a Democratic National Committee (DNC) commercial that portrays him as a flip-flopper; it’s the first time Mittens has mewed about what many see as his biggest political liability.

The Romney camp threw together a hasty defense, arranging for supporters to hold conference calls with reporters in an attempt to combat the ad which highlights Mitten’s changed positions on abortion, immigration, guns and other issues.

"I firmly support overturning Roe v Wade"!

But Mittens isn’t just getting bashed by the DNC, fellow GOTP candidate Newton “Stay Puffed” Gingrich, who just won an important endorsement in New Hampshire, told a South Carolina radio audience “it’s wrong to go around and adopt radically different positions based on your need of any one election.” Finally, a GOTP contender is attacking his primary opponents!

Unlike Mitten’s recent ad where he took a remark the President made in 2008 quoting his opponent John McCain and editing it to sound as though it were today and the President was referring to himself, the DNC ad simply takes statements Romney has made and then flipped on.

"I'm an Independent who never supported Reagan/Bush!"

If nothing else, the urgency of Mittens campaign’s reaction to the Democratic ad suggested he sees the flip-flop accusations as serious, and a wound that could prove mortal to his aspirations to be president.

The DNC launched its multi-state attack, portraying Romney as a politician in conflict with himself. The TV ad’s airing in the battleground states of North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and New Mexico. Democrats also held events in Iowa, Florida, Michigan, Maryland and Massachusetts calling attention to a longer and more detailed version of the criticisms on the website mittvmitt.com.

"No wait, I'm a Republican who thinks Ronald Reagan is the most awesomest thing ever!"

The video calls Romney “an unparalleled flip-flopper.” It shows two late-night comedians mocking his sincerity and three Fox News reporters seeming to question Romney’s authenticity.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Newton said he’s “a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney.” In response to a question about Romney’s eagerness to be elected, Gingrich said: “I wouldn’t switch my positions for political reasons. It’s perfectly reasonable to change your position if facts change. If you see new things you didn’t see – everybody’s done that, Ronald Reagan did that. It’s wrong to go around and adopt radically different positions based on your need of any one election. Then people will have to ask themselves, `What will you tell me next time?'”

Newton is 100% spot on with his appraisal of Mittens; if you can’t hold on to any core values as a candidate, it’s a perfectly reasonable question for the electorate to ask, “What will you tell me next time?”

Don’t get me wrong, Newton’s as loathsome an individual as the GOTP could ever hope to nominate, he’s the Gollum of the race with his sexual liaisons and extramarital affairs and his excuse that only he committed them because of his “great love for his country”; Newton is just as unelectable as Romney, but getting shellacked by the President will at last drive him from the national spot light.”Which way is the wind blowing right now”?

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Romney’s ‘Perfect’ President for the 19th Century?

New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, the Union Leader, has announced Sunday it’s endorsing Newton “Stay Puffed” Gingrich in the 2012 Republican Tea Party (GOTP) primary race. This of course comes as a near devastating blow to fellow GOTP presidential candidate Mittens Romney.

Union Leader editorial page editor Andrew Cline said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that Romney’s a “very play-it-safe candidate” which is not what America needs right now. “Perhaps in the late 19th century, perfect.”

“He doesn’t want to offend anybody, he wants to be liked, he wants to try to reach out and be very safe,” said Cline. “And that’s not very realistic, but imagine what that would be like as president.”

The paper had narrowed down its choices to Gingrich and Reverend Rick Perry, eventually going with Gingrich because of his political experience, Cline said.

“I’m really not sure precisely what we get out of a President Romney — who might very well be a good president — but we don’t really know,” he said. “Given the choice between the candidate who wants to be liked and the candidate who wants to be respected, we would rather have the guy who wants to be respected.”

Publisher Joseph W. McQuaide wrote in the endorsement that Gingrich is “by no means the perfect candidate,” but is the best one in the running.

“We don’t have to agree with them on every issue. We would rather back someone with whom we may sometimes disagree than one who tells us what he thinks we want to hear,” he wrote.

So, Mittens has been passed over by the largest newspaper in the state of New Hampshire for Newton; wow, no matter how you try to spin it, that’s got to sting quite a bit. But the editor’s right, Mittens wants to be liked and he’s been selling his soul to every new audience, flip flopping back and forth on every issue saying whatever he thinks the current crowd wants to hear; and well frankly, eventually that kind of political foosball catches up with you. Gingrich’s the first viable challenger to King Mittens and he could pull it off, the rest of the Crazy Eights are simply courtesans at this point.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Harassment claims have affected support, ya think?

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential has been playah Herman “Pizza Man” Cain’s acknowledging his slip from the top of the Crazy Eights was due to his lack of addressing accusations of sexual harassment and continued abject confusion about his so-called policies.

The former pizza magnet and “playah” insists his campaign’s sound and supporters remain on board what he calls the “Cain train;” and that sounds reminiscent of what a White Star Line ticket agent might have said about the RMS Titanic still sailing into port even as she was floundering at sea.

Cain has denied the accusations and says “nothing has gone wrong” in terms of the campaign’s mechanics. But he tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that some people “are heavily influenced by perception more so than reality.”

Well look who just caught up; perception is reality Pizza Man, especially in politics, and the fact you and your staff didn’t know this shows once more how unprepared you were to be running.

The Pizza Man never had a chance of winning the nomination, and the fact the party faithful are now flocking to Newton “Stay Puffed” Gingrich shows that. It’s way past time for most of the Crazy Eight’s to pack it in.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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