Daily Archives: April 9, 2011

Edited on Fri Apr-08-11 02:00 AM by Snoutport

Hugh Grant was hounded mercilessly by the Rupert Murdoch press for any tidbit of gossip they could publish. Hugh Grant’s car broke down and low and behold, the guy who stopped to help was one of the journalists who had hounded him all those years. The reporter had retired so the two ended up having a couple of pints and the journalist blabbed all about how Murdoch’s top British Harpy and Chief of Newscorp, Rebekah Brooks was often horseback riding with the new Prime Minister, that she 100% knew of the phone hacking, and then he admitted to a whole bunch of other things going on at Murdoch’s newspapers. Bad things. Illegal things…

And best of all? Hugh Grant hated this reporter for making his life so miserable…so he taped the conversation. So this adds another level into the phone hacking. Two of Murdoch’s top paper people were arrested this week AND Murdoch is pulling his son out of England…perhaps out of fear the arrests will go higher up the Murdoch chain of command!

Extra, extra, read all about it!

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/04/…

The Budget Deal

Wall Street Journal Photo 

It was a give and take for both sides. The R’s settled for two separate votes for the pro abortion planned parenthood support and others. See deets here. WSJ quote:

One apparent winner was Mr. Boehner, who parlayed his majority in the House into a series of cuts that a few months ago would have been hard to envision. Democrats’ opening position was for no cuts at all. The final deal is evidence Washington has now decisively turned from spending federal cash to cutting it.

So they say but I’m not so sure. Stay tuned. Story here

Here’s what Boehner’s office says what they negotiated:

KEY FACTS: Bipartisan Agreement on Spending Cuts to Support American Job Creation
Posted by Speaker Boehner Press Office on April 08, 2011

Just a short while ago, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced a bipartisan agreement on historic spending cuts – the largest cuts in American history – to help create a better environment for private sector job growth. Watch Boehner’s announcement here:

You can read the joint statement by Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) here. Boehner said the agreement will “cut spending and keep our government open” – this agreement alone will cut hundreds of billions of dollars in spending over the next decade – and will “help create a better environment for job creators in our country.” Here are some key facts on the bipartisan agreement:

* THE LARGEST SPENDING CUT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. The agreement will immediately cut $38.5 billion in federal spending – the largest spending cut in American history in terms of dollars – just months after President Obama asked Congress for a spending “freeze” that would mean zero cuts.

* HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS IN SPENDING CUTS OVER THE NEXT DECADE. The agreement will cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the federal budget over the next decade – “real money,” as the Wall Street Journal editorial board recently noted.

* OFFICIALLY ENDS THE “STIMULUS” SPENDING BINGE. The agreement begins to reverse the “stimulus” spending binge that began in 2009 – signaling the official end of a period of unprecedented government intervention that former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and other economists say hurt job creation in America by crowding out private investment.

* SETS STAGE FOR TRILLIONS MORE IN SPENDING CUTS. Clears the way for congressional action on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget – The Path to Prosperity – which cuts trillions in spending and offers a long-term blueprint for American job creation.

* GUARANTEES SENATE VOTE ON REPEAL OF OBAMACARE. The agreement reached with Senate Democrats guarantees a Senate debate and vote on legislation that would repeal President Obama’s government takeover of health care in its entirety. The House passed such legislation in January as part of the Pledge to America.

* NEW TOOLS IN THE FIGHT TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. The agreement will generate new tools for the fight to repeal Obamacare by requiring numerous studies that will force the Obama Administration to reveal the true impact of the law’s mandates, including a study of how individuals and families will see increased premiums as a result of certain Obamacare mandates; a full audit of all the waivers that the Obama Administration has given to firms and organizations – including unions – who can’t meet the new annual coverage limits; a full audit of what’s happening with the comparative effectiveness research funding that was in Obamacare and the president’s failed “stimulus” spending bill; and a report on all of the contractors who have been hired to implement the law and the costs to taxpayers of such contracts.

* DENIES ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO THE IRS. The Obama administration has sought increased federal funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – money that could be used to hire additional agents to enforce the administration’s agenda on a variety of issues. This increased funding is denied in the agreement.

* GUARANTEES SENATE VOTE & DEBATE ON DE-FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD. The agreement with Senate Democrats guarantees a Senate debate and vote on legislation that would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

* BANS TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTION IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. The agreement includes a complete ban on local and federal funding of abortion in the District of Columbia, applying the pro-life principles of the Hyde Amendment (“D.C. Hyde”).

* MANDATORY AUDITS OF THE NEW JOB-CRUSHING BUREAUCRACY SET UP UNDER DODD-FRANK. The agreement subjects the so-called Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by the job-destroying Dodd-Frank law to yearly audits by both the private sector and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to monitor its impact on the economy, including its impact on jobs, by examining whether sound cost-benefit analyses are being used with rulemakings.

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Congrats to Tim Eyman for His Sammie Award!

Washington state activist, Tim Eyman has been chosen as the winner for a “Sammie” Award for Activism.

CHICAGO – Tonight, the Sam Adams Alliance (SAM) announced the winners of the 4th annual Sammies awards. Nearly 400 guests, including John Stossel, Andrew Breitbart, and Brad Thor, took part in the celebration of ordinary Americans who take extraordinary steps to advance freedom. The winners from across the country were recognized for their engagement as watchdogs, reformers, messengers, and strategists.

“Once again, the Sammies brought together the freedom lovers and freedom fighters who love their country and, in their way, engage to advance our freedom,” said Yvonne Ralsky, executive director of SAM. “The winners tonight would make [the real] Sam Adams proud.

Ken Cucinelli is another award winner tonight.

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As Expected, Government Shutdown Avoided

Both sides are announcing no government shutdown as they have reached a budget deal,,,,, finally. All of that fearmongering, hyperbole and hate rhetoric from the Democrats to score political points wasted.

Washington Post

Earlier, New York Democrat and tax cheat Charlie Rangel appeared on Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Show and admitted his party did not pass a budget in the 2010 congressional session, when they had total and complete power in government, because it “was a political hot potato.”

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