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Saturday Night News Roundup

Saturday Night News Roundup

So, what happened with Benghazi? Hillary Clinton went in front of the Senate and the House and Republicans had nothing. Basically, they rehash the same old arguments and the same old allegations. The bottom line, as I see it, is that our embassy in Benghazi was attacked. Neither President Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton attacked our embassy. Instead, our embassy was attacked by a group that was some sort of offshoot of Al Qaeda. I do not think that the American people learned anything.

I have no idea what’s going on in Mali.

obama shooting skeet

Sometimes I wonder what they are thinking in the White House. How did they decide releasing a photo of the president shooting skeet at Camp David was going to quell the clamor from gun advocates? This is just like the birth certificate debate. Now they’re going to say he didn’t shoot enough. Now they’re going to say that the picture was Photoshopped. Now they’re going to ask for a picture of him shooting a gun when he was a boy because you can’t love guns unless you actually shoot them as a child. Will the nonsense never cease?

Cardinal Roger Mahony stated that he did not know how to deal with the child sex abuse cases. I guess this is supposed to be an excuse.

Last year, I tried to keep up with some financial data. I tried to keep up with the bank problem list. These are institutions that the Federal Reserve worried about. The unofficial list declines to 822 institutions.

I guess I should’ve started this post with Friday’s news that the economy added 157,000 jobs in January. As I’ve stated on a number of occasions, the economy needs to do better. We truly need for the economy to take off. We need more stimulus.

Hey, it is Saturday night. Are you looking for a good scandal? How about the Nebraska lieutenant-governor resigning abruptly after it was found out that he called four different women on his government issued cell phone?

By |2013-11-03T18:18:22-04:00February 3rd, 2013|Economy, Obama administration, Party Politics|Comments Off on Saturday Night News Roundup

Saturday Morning News Roundup

deadly tornadoes

Tornadoes. Death. It is amazing that in the first week of March we are talking about deadly tornadoes across the Midwest and South. Indiana. Kentucky. Tennessee. Alabama.

Last night, a story broke in the NFL in which bounties seem to be paid to New Orleans Saints defensive players for “knockout” hits. The substance of the story is nothing new. Over the past 20 or 30 years, there have been rumors that players have been paid for extra big hits. During the Buddy Ryan era, while he was with the Philadelphia Eagles, there were rumors that bounties were paid in order to knock out key Dallas Cowboys players. In Dallas, one particular game has been dubbed the Bounty Bowl. Yet, the allegations out of New Orleans are somewhat different. This is not only because the New Orleans Saints have suddenly, over the last four or five years, gone from a struggling franchise to an elite team but it’s also because the New Orleans Saints finally won the Super Bowl. The NFL beleives that it has proof with accounts specifically for bounties. Look, the NFL is a violent game. We all know the statistics of the average NFL player and how short-lived his playing days are. Yet, I think that we expect that players are not to go out and intentionally try to hurt each other. The league has clearly taken steps to try to decrease concussions and other injuries, but these new allegations suggest to me that the NFL needs to go much further. Players like James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers who continually seem to be involved in big hits and helmet to helmet contact need to receive gargantuan fines and prolonged suspensions. Look for the NFL commissioner to come down extremely harshly on players and coaches that are found to be involved in these bounties. The NFL is a multibillion dollar business. The NFL commissioner will protect the NFL brand.

For some reason, conservatives have looked at Barack Obama’s interview in the Atlantic Monthly with surprise. The President is talking about foreign policy and specifically talking about the fact that Iran must not have a nuclear weapon. There are a few things in American politics that are clear. One of them is our position towards Iran. Letting Iran get a nuclear weapon is simply unacceptable. It cannot happen. All the nightmare scenarios begin to come your head as soon as you think of Iran with a nuclear weapon. Therefore, as president, you have to do everything in your power to prevent that from happening. This is not about ideology. It is about American security and the security of our friends in the Middle East and around the world. I would encourage everybody to read this article. From a tactical standpoint, Iran cannot have a nuclear weapon. From a political standpoint, the president cannot be seen as weak. He cannot and will not allow any Republican to get to the right of him on this issue. This is the only thoughtful position that he could take.

What stories are you following today?


By |2012-03-03T11:25:29-04:00March 3rd, 2012|Environment, Iran, NFL, Obama administration|Comments Off on Saturday Morning News Roundup

Say it ain’t so – Is the birther movement dead?

The judge in Georgia, who was wasting his time listening to this bogus case, decided that he has had enough.

From Outside the Beltway:

The birther movement suffered yet another totally predictable setback yesterday when a Georgia Administrative Law Judge ruled that President Obama was eligible to be President under the Constitution and would appear on Georgia’s ballot:

President Barack Obama’s name will remain on the Georgia primary ballot after a state law judge flatly rejected legal challenges that contend he can not be a candidate.

In a 10-page order, Judge Michael Malihi dismissed one challenge that contended Obama has a computer-generated Hawaiian birth certificate, a fraudulent Social Security number and invalid U.S. identification papers. He also turned back another that claimed the president is ineligible to be a candidate because his father was not a U.S. citizen at the time of Obama’s birth.

The findings by Malihi, a judge for the State Office of Administrative Hearings, go to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who will make the final determination. Last month, at a hearing boycotted by Obama’s lawyer, Malihi considered complaints brought by members of the so-called “birther” movement.

With regard to the challenge that Obama does not have legitimate birth and identification papers, Malihi said he found the evidence “unsatisfactory” and “insufficient to support plaintiffs’ allegations.”

A number of the witnesses who testified about the alleged fraud were never qualified as experts in birth records, forged documents and document manipulation and “none … provided persuasive testimony,” Malihi wrote.

Addressing the other claim that contends Obama cannot be a candidate because his father was never a U.S. citizen, Malihi said he was persuaded by a 2009 ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals decision that struck down a similar challenge. In that ruling, the Indiana court found that children born within the U.S. are natural-born citizens, regardless of the citizenry of their parents.

Obama “became a citizen at birth and is a natural-born citizen,” Malihi wrote. Accordingly, Obama is eligible as a candidate for the upcoming presidential primary in March, the judge said.

By |2012-02-06T23:20:57-04:00February 6th, 2012|Obama administration|2 Comments
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