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3DHS / "If I wanted America to fail"
« on: April 25, 2012, 11:54:38 AM »

3DHS / Besides the obvious what wrong with this plan?
« on: November 07, 2011, 05:31:17 PM »
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said his plan to raise taxes, fines and fees by $220 million in 2012 includes higher fines for a laundry list of offenses, but he has yet to air that laundry list.

Now, the mayor’s 2012 revenue ordinance makes the details public. It’s a doozy.

If your car is impounded for carrying drugs, driving drunk, soliciting a prostitute or carrying a firearm registered to someone other than the driver, the penalty will double — to $2,000. But, if the violations occur within 500 feet of a park or school, the fine will triple — to $3,000.

If your car is seized for drag racing on Chicago streets, there’s a new, $1,000 fine in addition to the towing and storage fee. For playing a radio too loud, the new fine will be anywhere from $500 to $750.

If the vehicle is snatched for driving with a suspended or revoked license or displaying altered temporary registration permits, the fine would double — to $1,000. Vehicles towed after being used in an unlawful attempt to flee or elude police officers would also double — to $2,000.

Tampering with parking meters or pay-and-display boxes — something motorists have done on occasion to vent their anger at the deal that privatized Chicago parking meters — would carry a fine ranging from $500 to $750.

The mayor isn’t just throwing the book at criminals.

He’s also raising nuisance fines. They include:

†Allowing weeds to grow to a height that exceeds 10 inches — $600-to-$1,200-a-day, up from $500-to-$1,000.

†Illegal dumping or allowing trash to accumulate in a way that provides a food supply for rats — $300-to-$600, up from $250-to-$500.

†Accumulation of materials or junk on any open lot or other premises not placed on open racks “elevated not less than 18 inches above ground”: $300-to-$600, up from $250-to-$500.

†Failure to maintain vacant lots and keep them clear of debris: $300-to-$600.

†Neglecting to register or renew registration of a vacant building: $500.

The revenue ordinance introduced at last week’s City Council meeting also ends the bargain fee that Chicago businesses have paid to create loading zones that tie up traffic or deprive other motorists of on-street spaces.

In the Central Business District, there’ll be an annual fee of $500 for up to 20 linear feet of curb space used and $50 for every linear foot above that amount.

Outside the downtown area, the loading zone fees will be $110 for up to 20 linear feet of curb space and $50-per-foot after that.

The mayor’s budget also includes a plan to raise the city’s hotel tax, impose a $2-weekday congestion fee on downtown and River North parking; double water and sewer rates over the next four years and lock in annual cost-of-living increases after that.

And thanks to a budget compromise aimed at appeasing Chicago aldermen, there will be an across-the-board increase in city sticker fees. The only exceptions will be senior citizens and motorcycle riders.

3DHS / Ha Ha Ha Herman Cain raises $2 million, heads to late-night TV
« on: November 06, 2011, 11:52:27 PM »
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has raised $2 million in campaign contributions in the week since sexual harassment allegations against him became public, his spokesman J.D. Gordon said today.

By comparison, the Georgia businessman collected $2.8 million in political donations in the entire June-to-September fundraising period.

The release of the fundraising numbers came as Cain's GOP rival Jon Huntsman urged Cain to disclose all the information about the allegations, which have dominated the GOP contest in recent days.

"It's got to come out in total," Huntsman said, during an appearance earlier today on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Legitimate questions have been raised." Huntsman, a former U.S. ambassador to China who trails in the polls, said the allegations have "taken all the bandwith" in the primary.

Cain has repeatedly denied allegations he sexually harassed women in the 1990s when he headed the National Restaurant Association. During an appearance Saturday in Texas, Cain refused to answer reporters' questions about the issue. "We are getting back on message," Cain said. "End of story."

Gordon blamed journalists for the controversy, saying "not a single shred of evidence" supports the allegations. "The American people see it for what it is, a malicious smear campaign," Gordon said in an email today. "And it has not impacted Mr. Cain's poll numbers."

He said Cain is eager return to discussions about the economy, taxes and national security.

On Friday, Joel Bennett, a lawyer for one of Cain's accusers said a "series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances" by Cain prompted his client to file a sexual harassment claim with the restaurant association. The woman, who has declined to be identified publicly, received a financial settlement. News reports say another woman also received a settlement from the trade group in the 1990s to resolve a separate sexual harassment claim involving Cain.

Cain will remain in the spotlight with an appearance on late-night TV. Gordon confirms Cain will appear Monday night as a guest on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

3DHS / John Kasich, Ohio’s governor
« on: November 06, 2011, 09:27:24 PM »
John Kasich, Ohio’s governor, is known for his no-nonsense, confrontational style. One of the former Fox News presenter’s favourite phrases is: “You get on the bus, or we’re gonna run you over.”

When voters in the Buckeye State go to the polls on Tuesday, the deeply unpopular Mr Kasich looks likely to get run over himself. The battle between public sector unions and state governments, which has been raging cross the US Midwest this year, faces another flashpoint in the form of a referendum on a law that limits state workers’ collective bargaining rights and forces them to pay more towards their healthcare and pension costs.

At stake is much more than the future of public sector workers in Ohio. The vote has broader significance in many other states where benefits for state employees have been the target of reform efforts, such as Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois.

It also resonates nationally: not only is Ohio a swing state that will be critical in next year’s general election, but the referendum also reflects the frustration of America’s squeezed middle class.

The importance of the Ohio vote has been underlined in recent weeks as national campaigning groups on both sides have poured millions of dollars into the state to buy political advertising.

The law upon which Ohioans are voting was passed in March by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature and was enthusiastically supported by Mr Kasich, who scraped into office last year thanks to his courtship of Tea Party supporters.

As in Wisconsin, which passed a similar measure, the bill sparked the fury of Democratic activists and trade unions. Thousands of protesters descended on the state capitol building in Columbus to demand it be blocked.

When they failed, the protesters turned their efforts to securing a referendum to have it overturned. They set out to secure the 231,000 valid petition signatures needed to have the law put on the ballot. Ultimately, they collected 900,000 signatures – indicating the strength of the reaction the law has provoked.

The law bans strikes by all of Ohio’s 350,000 government workers, restricts collective bargaining in the public sector, requires all public employees to pay at least 15 per cent of their healthcare premiums and 10 per cent of their salaries to pension contributions, and forces more meritocratic calculations on pay and job cuts. It also reduces sick leave and caps holiday time at five weeks a year.

Its proponents say decades of over-generous benefits for public workers – including not asking some to contribute at all to their healthcare premiums and guaranteed pensions – have burdened Ohio with one of the US’s highest state tax rates. This preferential treatment of state employees has particularly punished struggling middle-class workers employed by private companies, they say, who effectively pay for both their own benefits and those of their peers in the public sector.

Conversely, opponents have also sought to tap into frustration among the “squeezed middle” class by saying the bill punishes firefighters, police and nurses for the $8bn budget gap Mr Kasich inherited while the state’s Republican leaders have given tax breaks to big corporations.

The campaign has seen a flurry of emotive television advertisements, one of which goes so far as to call the law a life-and-death issue, claiming that it could hamper efforts to hire more firefighters.

That appeal seems to be working. Opinion polls indicate Tuesday’s vote will result in a resounding “No”.

Paul Beck, professor of political science at Ohio State University in Columbus, says Mr Kasich may have made a mistake by not excluding police and firefighters from his reform efforts, as Republican Governor Scott Walker did in Wisconsin. “Police and firefighters tend to get the most generous benefits, but they also have much more public support than teachers,” he notes.

As the “Yes” campaign has floundered, Mr Kasich has increasingly made himself its public face. In recent weeks, as polls continue to show the law heading for defeat, he has stepped up his campaigning, effectively turning the vote into a referendum on his leadership. “I’m not a guy who goes and hides,” he told reporters on the campaign trail last week. “That’s not the way I was raised.”

Should the voters definitively reject the measure, Ohio will be much safer territory for President Barack Obama in 2012, Prof Beck predicts, suggesting that Mr Kasich’s overstep on collective bargaining may have poisoned the state for the Republicans.

The governor is still hoping for a late mood-swing. On a campaign visit to Independence, Ohio, last week, Mr Kasich compared his chances of a comeback with that of Bernie Kosar, a legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback who helped the team win a dramatic last-minute 23–20 victory against the New York Jets in the 1986 American Football Conference divisional playoffs.

“We never thought Bernie Kosar would bring the Browns back and win that big championship game,” the governor said.

The problem with the analogy was that the match was not the championship game. Rather, a week after they played the Jets, the Browns faced the Denver Broncos in the championship final and were heavily defeated. It could be a worrying portent for the governor.

3DHS / CU4 where have you been lately?
« on: November 06, 2011, 08:35:17 PM »
Hey, CU4, do you have any intell on when Israel will Nuke Iran?

3DHS / Obama finally makes it to Zuccotti Park
« on: November 06, 2011, 07:07:14 PM »

3DHS / I wonder how many of these people will vote for O in 12
« on: November 05, 2011, 08:20:37 PM »

WASHINGTON (AP) — The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America's unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits.

Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent — a shift that points to a growing crisis of long-term unemployment. Nearly one-third of America's 14 million unemployed have had no job for a year or more.

Congress is expected to decide by year's end whether to continue providing emergency unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks in the hardest-hit states. If the emergency benefits expire, the proportion of the unemployed receiving aid would fall further.

The ranks of the poor would also rise. The Census Bureau says unemployment benefits kept 3.2 million people from slipping into poverty last year. It defines poverty as annual income below $22,314 for a family of four.

Yet for a growing share of the unemployed, a vote in Congress to extend the benefits to 99 weeks is irrelevant. They've had no job for more than 99 weeks. They're no longer eligible for benefits.

Their options include food stamps or other social programs. Nearly 46 million people received food stamps in August, a record total. That figure could grow as more people lose unemployment benefits.

So could the government's disability rolls. Applications for the disability insurance program have jumped about 50 percent since 2007.

"There's going to be increased hardship," said Wayne Vroman, an economist at the Urban Institute.

The number of unemployed has been roughly stable this year. Yet the number receiving benefits has plunged 30 percent.

Government unemployment benefits weren't designed to sustain people for long stretches without work. They usually don't have to. In the recoveries from the previous three recessions, the longest average duration of unemployment was 21 weeks, in July 1983.

By contrast, in the wake of the Great Recession, the figure reached 41 weeks in September. That's the longest on records dating to 1948. The figure is now 39 weeks.

"It was a good safety net for a shorter recession," said Carl Van Horn, an economist at Rutgers University. It assumes "the economy will experience short interruptions and then go back to normal."

Weekly unemployment checks average about $300 nationwide. If the extended benefits aren't renewed, growth could slow by up to a half-percentage point next year, economists say.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that each $1 spent on unemployment benefits generates up to $1.90 in economic growth. The CBO has found that the program is the most effective government policy for increasing growth among 11 options it's analyzed.

Jon Polis lives in East Greenwich, R.I., one of the 20 states where 99 weeks of benefits are available. He used them all up after losing his job as a warehouse worker in 2008. His benefits paid for groceries, car maintenance and health insurance.

Now, Polis, 55, receives disability insurance payments, food stamps and lives in government-subsidized housing. He's been unable to find work because employers in his field want computer skills he doesn't have.

"Employers are crying that they can't find qualified help," he said. But the ones he interviewed with "weren't willing to train anybody."

From late 2007, when the recession began, to early 2010, the number of people receiving unemployment benefits rose more than four-fold, to 11.5 million.

But the economy has remained so weak that an analysis of long-term unemployment data suggests that about 2 million people have used up 99 weeks of checks and still can't find work.

Contributing to the smaller share of the unemployed who are receiving benefits: Some of them are college graduates or others seeking jobs for the first time. They aren't eligible. Only those who have lost a job through no fault of their own qualify.

The proportion of the unemployed receiving benefits usually falls below 50 percent during an economic recovery. Many have either quit jobs or are new to the job market and don't qualify.

Today, the proportion is falling for a very different reason: Jobs remain scarce. So more of the unemployed are exhausting their benefits.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has noted that the long-term unemployed increasingly find it hard to find work as their skills and professional networks erode. In a speech last month, Bernanke called long-term unemployment a "national crisis" that should be a top priority for Congress.

Lawmakers will have to decide whether to continue the extended benefits by the end of this year. If the program ends, nearly 2.2 million people will be cut off by February.

Congress has extended the program nine times. But it might balk at the $45 billion cost. It will be the first time the Republican-led House will vote on the issue.

3DHS / This is when Newt will climb to 20%
« on: November 05, 2011, 12:43:25 PM »
Headed for the Gingrich-Cain debate in Houston

3:06 pm November 4, 2011, by jgalloway

Houston – You could call it a debate in the style of America’s most famous series of oratorical confrontations — but only if Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas had addressed each other from comfy, high-backed armchairs.

And spectators had been willing to shell out at least $200.

Georgia’s two Republican candidates for president, friends who have watched each other’s back during much of the early campaign, will go toe to toe at 8 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday evening in a two-man debate in the backyard of a third contender, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Last spring, when a Texas tea party group conceived of it , the 90-minute session might have been considered a mere experiment — an antidote to GOP debates that featured an army of candidates reduced to 30-second sound bites.

But in a Republican primary that has made volatility a byword, the Saturday night debate could mark the beginning of a less-than-friendly, tea party-driven fight for the right to challenge former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Friday showed Cain in a virtual tie for the lead with Romney among GOP voters. Gingrich, whose campaign cratered after a May debut, is essentially tied with Perry right behind the two front-runners.

Perhaps more important, other polls show that — should his campaign falter under the weight of the current charges of sexual harassment — Cain supporters prefer Gingrich as a second choice.

C-SPAN has decided to broadcast the debate live, as has AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB, where Cain once had an evening talk show — and Gingrich often chats with morning host Neal Boortz. The debate will also be streamed live over the Internet at

Cain was invited to the debate months ago, on the strength of an April appearance before the Texas Tea Party Patriots, said Julie Turner, president of the group. Gingrich was invited after complaining in an interview about the confining nature of debates hosted by outlets such as Fox News and CNN.

“The debates were so intensely frustrating because you’d have seven, eight, nine candidates up there on the stage, and they have a minute or 30 seconds to respond to the most important issues facing us,” Turner said. So as not to offend their governor, the group has offered to have a second debate featuring Perry and whoever he would like to square off with.

The tea party group chose to go with a modified version of the famed Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, which were actually a collection of long speeches concerning slavery.

The long-form format of the Cain-Gingrich debate will consist of only three or four basic questions, a moderator who will try to stay out of the picture and a great deal of crossdiscussion.

The debate will focus on federal entitlement spending — on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Gingrich will be specifically required to defend his criticism — later retracted — of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to reduce a $14 trillion deficit.

Cain will be required to explain the intricacies of his “9-9-9” plan — a measure that includes a 9 percent corporate tax rate, a 9 percent personal income tax rate and a 9 percent national sales tax.

Gingrich and Cain go back more than 15 years, when the then-U.S. House speaker appointed Cain, then head of the National Restaurant Association, to a commission on economic growth and taxes.

On Wednesday, calling in to AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB, Gingrich defended Cain as his rival struggled with charges that he had sexually harassed two female employees during his years at the restaurant trade group.

“It is disgusting that the news media, probably led by some leak by some political operative, starts up a witch hunt on a topic where they had no name, no information — there’s no public record — and then they create the whole story,” Gingrich said.

Similarly, in an interview on an Iowa radio station this week, Cain said that he’d certainly consider Gingrich as a running mate — despite the former pizza executive’s distaste for anything that smacks of Washington. “Newt Gingrich is looking well because since he left Congress he’s had a chance to recover,” Cain said.

Expect some polite but strong disagreement Saturday night.

“I imagine they’ll get into the idea of how impractical a sales tax is. I imagine Newt will evaluate [Cain’s “9-9-9” plan] on its merits,” Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said. “These guys have a very cordial relationship. They didn’t just meet. They’ve known each other for more than a decade.”

3DHS / ACORN Officials Scramble
« on: November 03, 2011, 11:06:13 PM »
ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Occupy Wall Street Protests

By Jana Winter

Published November 03, 2011 |

Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York -- operating as New York Communities for Change -- have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a report last week on the group’s involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources.

NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media, the sources said.

“They’re doing serious damage control right now,” said an NYCC source.

NYCC Executive Director Jon Kest has been calling a series of emergency meetings to discuss last week’s report—and taking extreme measures to identify the sources in their office and to prevent further damage, a source within NYCC told

Two staffers were fired after NYCC officials suspected them as the source of the leaks, a source told “One was fired the day the story came out, the other was fired on Friday. (NYCC senior staff) told everyone that they were fired because they talked to you,” a source said.

NYCC spokesman Scott Levenson denied that anyone was fired for talking to the press.’s report identified NYCC as a key organizing force behind the Occupy Wall Street protests. Sources within the group also told NYCC was hiring people to carry signs and join the protests. NYCC -- a nonprofit organization run almost entirely by former ACORN officials and employees --did not reply for comment prior to the publication of the initial article, but later posted a statement on its website dismissing the article and denying that it pays protesters.

A source said that immediately following publication of the report staff were called into the Brooklyn office for meetings headed by NYCC’s organizing director, Jonathan Westin. Westin handed out copies of the article and went through it line-by-line, the source said.

Staffers were also given copies of photos of Senior Fox News Correspondent Eric Shawn and three other Fox News staff members, including this reporter.

“They reminded us that we can get fired, sued, arrested for talking to the press,” the source said. “Then they went through the article point-by-point and said that the allegation that we pay people to protest isn’t true.”

 “‘That’s the story that we’re sticking to,’” Westin said, according to the source.

The source said staffers at the meeting contested Westin’s denial:

“It was pretty funny. Jonathan told staff they don’t pay for protesters, but the people in the meeting  who work there objected and said, ‘Wait, you pay us to go to the protests every day?’ Then Jonathan said  ‘No, but that’s your job,’ and staffers were like, ‘Yeah, our job is to protest,’ and Westin said, ‘No your job is to fight for economic and social justice. We just send you to protest.’

“Staff said, ‘Yes, you pay us to carry signs.’ Then Jonathan says, ‘That’s your job.’ It went on like that back and forth for a while.”

During the meetings, NYCC Deputy Director Greg Basta provided Westin with the copied photos of Fox News reporters to hand out to staff members, the source said. Basta told staffers they might be asked about the article when out in communities working on campaigns or when calling people by phone, the source said.

“They told us if people bring up the article, we’re supposed to say the source and all the stuff in there came from a disgruntled ex-employee who’s not working with us anymore.”

NYCC is also monitoring its staff’s behavior, cracking down on phone use and socialization. Officials have ordered all papers -- even scraps -- to be shredded every night, the source said.

“And all the supplies—everything around the office that said ‘ACORN’ -- is now all in storage until this blows over,” the source said. “People literally have to cover up the cameras on the back of their cellphones in the office.”

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3DHS / This women seems to be unhinged
« on: November 03, 2011, 09:22:51 PM »

"60 Minutes" challenged Nancy Pelosi on her conflict of interest while Speaker and facilitating financial reform while being involved with credit card companies.

I think this proves the Liberal Media might be finished with Nancy. They must be tired of covering for her. And really how can they have any credibility by covering for her?

3DHS / Why to Buddhists set themselves on fire?
« on: November 03, 2011, 06:59:40 PM »
Why to Buddhists set themselves on fire? What a bunch of idiots. There are less painful ways to be a coward than fire.

BEIJING (AFP) - A Tibetan nun died after setting herself on fire in southwest China on Thursday, the official Xinhua news agency said, in the eleventh such incident involving Buddhist monks and nuns in the restive region.

The International Campaign for Tibet confirmed the death of the nun, named Qiu Xiang and aged about 35, saying she called for religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, as she set herself on fire.

London-based rights group Free Tibet also confirmed the latest incident when contacted by AFP.

Xinhua said Qiu set herself alight around 1:00 pm (0500 GMT) in Dawu county, part of Ganzi prefecture in China's Sichuan province, and that local authorities had launched an investigation into the nun's death.

Local police declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

But Xinhua later said an initial police investigation had shown the case was "masterminded and instigated by the Dalai Lama clique, which had plotted a chain of self-immolations in the past months for splitting motives".

Xinhua cited Tashi Omgyene, a local official.

Eight Tibetan Buddhist monks and two nuns have now set themselves alight in Tibetan-inhabited regions of Sichuan since the self-immolation of a young monk at the Kirti monastery in Aba county in March sparked major protests that led to a government clampdown.

At least five monks and two nuns have died in the self-immolations, rights groups have said.

"We heard she called for religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet," International Campaign for Tibet spokeswoman Kate Saunders said, citing sources in the region.

Tibetans in Ganzi prefecture are "known to be strong in their religious beliefs" and the region "has been very restive for some time, particularly since July", Saunders added.

Many Tibetans in China are angry about what they see as growing domination by the country's majority Han ethnic group.

Most of the suicide attempts have taken place around the Kirti monastery, which is also in Sichuan, and which has become a flashpoint for the mounting anger at the erosion of Tibetan culture.

All but two of the incidents occurred in Aba after Chinese authorities in late August jailed three monks for prison terms ranging from 11 to 13 years for their alleged involvement in the March death in Kirti.

Monks in Aba prefecture -- which borders Ganzi -- told AFP last month that the wave of self-immolations are linked to Beijing's refusal to engage with the Dalai Lama and allow the spiritual leader to return to his Tibetan homeland.

The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet following a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, founded a government in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamshala after being offered refuge there.

He remains revered in China's Tibetan areas but is vilified as a "separatist" by China's communist authorities.
The Dalai Lama has long denied he is seeking an independent Tibet, but only desires greater autonomy for his homeland under Chinese rule.

3DHS / Say it is so, Sheriff Joe
« on: October 27, 2011, 01:24:55 PM »
The results of a formal law-enforcement investigation into whether Barack Obama is eligible to be president of the United States could come as a "shock," according to Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Tuesday night, speaking to a tea-party group in Arizona, Arpaio said, "I can't tell you everything, but there could be a shock there somewhere that my guys came up with. I can't talk too much about it. It's in the process."

WND previously has reported that Arpaio has constituted a special five-member law enforcement posse to investigate allegations brought by members of the Surprise, Ariz., Tea Party that the birth certificate released to the public April 27 might be a forgery.

The posse, assembled under the authority of Arpaio's office, consists of three former law enforcement officers and two retired attorneys with law enforcement experience. Members have been examining evidence since September concerning Obama's eligibility to be president under Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution, which requires a president to be a natural-born citizen.

He referenced disputes over the Social Security number attributed to the president and said, "There are a couple of things you and nobody else here knows anything about yet that could be a little bit exciting."

"The investigation into Obama's eligibility to be president is proceeding as planned," Arpaio later told WND. "I expect to have the investigation completed early next year."

He continued, "Yesterday, I met with the leader of the posse conducting the investigation, and I am very satisfied with their progress. The posse is doing a thorough and very professional job, and I am confident the posse is asking the right questions."

Arpaio declined to reveal to WND any specifics of the investigation, but he suggested the issues being examined are comprehensive in their scope.

Attorney Orly Taitz, who has fought for more information about Obama in a number of the court cases she has filed since before Obama's election, flew on short notice from her office in California to attend an evening meeting of the Surprise Tea Party. She brought evidence she claimed proved Obama is using a fraudulent Social Security number.

A video of Taitz's appearance at the Surprise Tea Party meeting has been posted on YouTube:

3DHS / Iraq Vet Critically Hurt in Occupy Protest
« on: October 26, 2011, 11:54:05 PM »
OK Mikey let's see some consistency...

One of the most vivid images from Tuesday night's Occupy Oakland protest shows a man lying in the street bleeding from the head after a tear gas attack by police.

Occupy SF identified the man as 24-year-old Scott Olsen, an Iraq war veteran. Olsen has a fractured skull and is in critical condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Wednesday afternoon, members of Occupy Oakland said Olsen was surrounded by his friends and fellow Iraq war veterans in the hospital.

In the end, other protesters picked him up and took him out of the area.

Huffington Post talked to Olsen's roommate who told them doctors put him under sedation because of swelling to his brain.

The release stated that Olsen is currently sedated at Highland Hospital in Oakland with a skull fracture awaiting examination by a neurosurgeon.

Abele Carpenter, 29, a friend of Olsen's who met him through his anti-war activism, said she visited Olsen in the hospital early Wednesday morning and has been in touch with his family.

Carpenter said the hospital has stopped allowing her to visit Olsen, who was stable but still in serious condition when she saw him last, and is waiting for his family to arrive from Wisconsin.

Carpenter said she first met Olsen over the summer through her work with the Civilian-Soldier Alliance after he moved to the Bay Area in July.

She said Olsen is "really passionate about his work speaking out against unjust wars, and for rights for veterans and service members."

Carpenter said that a few weeks ago, she and Olsen did outreach together for active duty sailors during Fleet Week, and that Olsen was involved in trying to stop the redeployment of traumatized service members.

"He has a real breadth to his politics and social justice commitment," Carpenter said. She said Olsen had been camping at Occupy SF consistently for at least a week.

Joshua Shepherd, a six-year Navy veteran and an activist with Veterans for Peace, attended the vigil, and said he also visited Olsen in the hospital.

"It's unconscionable that you go overseas to protect our country, but you get injured by police officers who are supposed to be protecting us," Shepherd said.

Jason Matherne, an activist and friend of Olsen's, called for protesters to remain non-violent in the face of the escalating protests in Oakland.

"If you agree with Scott about ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and support him, do it peacefully and with civil disobedience," Matherne said.

Another friend at the vigil said a fund is being set up to assist with Olsen's medical expenses and his family's travel expenses from Wisconsin at

Olsen was reportedly a part of San Francisco's Occupy movement, but crossed the Bay to support the effort in Oakland Tuesday night.

A "peaceful" vigil was scheduled for Olsen outside Oakland City Hall at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Occupy Oakland demonstrators also called for a 6 p.m. protest on Wednesday at 14th and Broadway.

When they get there they will find that the city has put up a chain-link fence around Frank Ogawa Plaza, where the Occupy encampment was dismantled Tuesday morning by police.

The protesters vowed to retake the plaza. That effort is what sparked the violence, including several deployments of tear gas Tuesday night.

Olsen reportedly completed two tours of a duty in Iraq and he is an active member of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

OK Mikey let's see some consistency...

3DHS / Army Ranger on 14th deployment killed in action in Afghanistan
« on: October 26, 2011, 08:28:49 PM »
A United States Army Ranger who has served in 14 combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001 was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, ABC News reports.

Sgt. First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, 29, was killed on Saturday in Kandahar Province when his elite unit accidentally set off a roadside bomb.

A member of the U.S. invasion force that went into Iraq in 2003, Domeij served in all in "four deployments in Iraq and another nine stints in Afghanistan," ABC News' Luis Martinez and Christina Caron reported Tuesday.

Domeij had earned many distinctions since joining the elite special unit in July 2001. He was a three-time recipient of the Bronze Star. He was also part of the unit that was involved in the "rescue of wounded [U.S. Private Jessica] Lynch from an Iraqi hospital where she was being held captive," Martinez and Caron wrote.

In addition, they note, with his death Saturday on his 14th deployment, Domeij became the Army Ranger "with the most deployments to date killed in action." Prior to Domejj's death, the U.S. Army fatality with the greatest number of deployments had been Sergeant First Class Lance Vogeler, who "was killed in Afghanistan during his 12th deployment," last year, Martinez and Caron note.

Rangers typically serve in more frequent deployments, which run for shorter intervals. But even by Ranger standards, Domeij served more combat deployments than many of his elite peers.

"Tracy Bailey, a spokesperson for the 75th Ranger Regiment, says Domeij had a combined total of 48 months deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan," Martinez and Caron reported.

Domeij, a native of Santa Ana, California, was married with two young daughters.

3DHS / Bad Dream
« on: October 26, 2011, 12:08:50 PM »
I think Obama's worst nightmare would be a ticket with Marco Rubio.

Clearly Obama hasn't a chance in hell if he can't secure large quantities of Hispanic voters to come out on election day and vote for him. Marco Rubio will kill any chances Obama has to win in 2012. Adios Barry if the ticket includes Marco!

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