Monthly Archives: April 2012
According to news sources the United States Army has cancelled Ted Nugent’s upcoming appearance at Fort Knox, KY, citing inflammatory language while expressing his displeasure with President Barack Obama.
“After learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation,” it’s Facebook posting says.
So far, the 23 Jun 12 concert remains on the Fort Knox schedule, with REO Speedwagon and Styx listed as “co-headliners,” and army personnel are saying they’ll grant requests for refunds in light of their decision to nix the opening act.
Of course, this cancellation’s simply the latest wrinkle in a controversy engulfing the aging rocker since last weekend when, speaking at an NRA convention, Nugent proclaimed he’d be “dead or in jail” if the President’s reelected in November.
Also referring to the President, as well as Democratic candidates in general, he said, “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”
As President Obama’s the Commander in Chief, and as the men and women serving at Fort Knox are his subordinates, and as it’s a violation of the UCMJ for service personnel to threaten the life of the President, the Army’s completely right to cancel Nugent, especially since he clearly has a hard time keeping his yap shut, and who knows what he’d say on an Army post. Words have meaning, and the meaning of Nugent’s misguided words were a threat to the President, hopefully with a few more cancellations he’ll learn to think before he mouth’s off.
According to news reports, freshman Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA) (Joseph McCarthy High School Class of 2012) is evidently campaigning for his second term through fear, gloom, doom and despair claiming if re-elected President Obama will reveal sensitive information relating to national security.
Fitzpatrick, one of the main Tea Party favorites was caught on video at a fundraiser last week telling supporters why Obama should not be re-elected.
“Finally the third reason is … the things that the president may do in a second term,” Fitzpatrick says in the video. “When he left the microphone on in Russia, we all heard what he said … left unrestrained, without the inhibitions of the next election — he’d have flexibility, he said, flexibility to do what he wants to do. Whether it’s trade away … the secrets of our national intelligence, to, what he could do to the United States Supreme Court in the next four years.”
The President has of course done nothing that would lead any “rational” – and that’s the key word – individual to believe he would in any way “trade away” America’s national security to Russia or anyone else; Fitzpatrick’s one of the new conservative breed swept into office through fear mongering, and who hopes to stay there using the same methods. Fitzpatrick’s one of those conspiracy nuts – like Allen West – who when they slip into office you seriously want to take a look at their constituents are and ask them if they were dropped – repeatedly – as children.
According to the history books, Republican presidential candidate George Romney released 12 years of income tax returns when he ran 1968. George Romney’s son however plans to release just two; father released 12, son released two; but now Willard Mitt Romney’s campaign’s looking for a loophole to get him out of the corner of not wanting to release too much of his financial info. What’s their solution? Use the last Democratic loser – John Kerry – as his example.
In an interview with CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, Willard tried to cover his tracks of thus far only releasing one year thus far, and sort of a second year (which is now not accurate because he’s asked for a six month extension to file) claiming, “John Kerry released two years of taxes…I’ve released one already, put the estimate out for the next year. We’ll have two years of taxes.”
There’s only one tiny problem with Willard’s claim about the Senator from Massachusetts; he actually released at least 10 and possibly 20 years of tax returns, not two.
According to news sources, the senator made it standard practice to release five or six years worth of tax returns during each of his Senate campaigns, meaning when he launched his 2004 presidential bid, 18 years of tax returns had already been made public; he then released an additional two years’ worth during the campaign. Hence he’d released the previous 20 years worth of tax returns by the time he ran for the White House.
This one of two things and maybe both; first, Willard’s campaign staff blew it yet again by not doing its homework, thus once again proving they’re not quite ready for the Prime Time; and second, Willard Mitt Romney knew the number was false and used it anyways. Either way it’s just one more time Willard’s been caught red handed stretching things to suit who he’s talking too.
Willard’s either incredibly obtuse, or a liar, or possibly both; if you have to tell lies about your opponent’s record in order to beat him it’s clear your opponent’s not all that bad, and probably doesn’t deserve to be kicked out of office. If you have to lie in order to help cover your own image, i.e., claiming John Kerry also only released two years of tax returns when he obviously didn’t, it’s clear you probably have something to hide, something that would make you look less desirable? One thing’s for certain, every time Willard does this it’s only adding tape to the commercials currently in production for the general election.
It took me less than 20 seconds to find the answer to how many years of tax returns Kerry paid, not including related news stories to Mitt’s comments – note to Willard’s staff, one word, “Google”.
According to the Associated Press (AP) Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presumptive presidential nominee Willard Mitt Romney says he’d “clean house” to remove Secret Service agents involved with Colombian prostitutes ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit.
Willard told uber-conservative radio talking head Laura Ingraham that people should be fired who put “their personal play time” ahead of the nation’s interests. He suggested a lack of leadership led to scandal, which involved at least 20 women, but said he has confidence in Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan.
“I’d clean house,” Willard reportedly told Ingraham when asked how he would address the situation. “The right thing to do is to remove people who have violated the public trust and have put their play time and their personal interests ahead of the interests of the nation.”
In an earlier radio interview, Willard claims he shares the President’s confidence in the Secret Service chief.
“We are a nation, after all, under law and the president has confidence in the head of the Secret Service, as do I,” Willard said. “I believe that the right corrective action will be taken there and obviously everyone is very, very disappointed in these stories, very uncharacteristic of the service.”
Sullivan, facing questions on Capitol Hill about whether the escapades could have jeopardized the president’s security, said he had referred the matter to an independent government investigator.
He said the 11 Secret Service agents and 10 military personnel under investigation were telling different stories about who the women were. Sullivan has dispatched more investigators to Colombia to interview the women, said GOTP Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Obviously – if the allegations are true – it was stupid of the agents and military personnel involved, but it’s equally ridiculous for Romney to be weighing in that he’d fire the people involved when he’s failed to denounce his reported “campaign surrogate” Ted Nugent after he threatened the life of the President over the weekend, announcing to the NRA convention in St. Louis that he (Nugent) would “either be dead or in jail this time next year” if President Obama was re-elected. Time for Willard to show some “core values” and tell everyone what Ted Nugent said was wrong, and he’s cutting all ties with him; otherwise, when he talks about it being “a reflection of leadership” he looks pretty obtuse.