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Posted by zeakster on October 30, 2009


DO YOU  know why presidents dont do this? its because it looks like a photo op. if he really wanted to do it and i can understand why he would he should have done it without cameras with out press. the salute was outrageous his time would have been better spent either adding more troops to fix the problem or getting our troops the hell out of harms way. come on mr president do one or the other stop showing up for photo ops with dead soldiers. make a damn decision and live with it.

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Posted by zeakster on October 27, 2009


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Posted by zeakster on October 23, 2009

THE RALLY PLANNERS EMAIL HAS GONE DEAD. id take this rally with a grain of salt.

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Posted by zeakster on October 23, 2009

All 5 commissioners vote to seek public comment on rule
* Two Republican commissioners have some reservations

* Draft rule would allow for ‘reasonable’ net management

* Public comments accepted until Jan. 14

* Telecom firms worry rule would hamper network management (Adds vote by commissioners, quotes, background)

By John Poirier and Sinead Carew

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO, Oct 22 (Reuters) – U.S. communications regulators voted unanimously Thursday to support an open Internet rule that would prevent telecom network operators from barring or blocking content based on the revenue it generates.

The proposed rule now goes to the public for comment until Jan. 14, after which the Federal Communications Commissions will review the feedback and possibly seek more comment. A final rule is not expected until the spring of next year.

“I am pleased that there is broad agreement inside the commission that we should move forward with a healthy and transparent process on an open Internet,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

The vote came despite a flurry of lobbying against the net neutrality rule by telecommunications service providers like AT&T Inc (T.N), Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and Qwest Communications International Inc (Q.N), which say it would strip them of the ability to manage their networks effectively and would stifle innovation and competition.

The rule would prevent operators from discriminating against any legal content a third party wants to deliver to consumers on their networks, though it allows for “reasonable” network management to unclog congestion, clear viruses and spam, and block unlawful content like child pornography or the transfer of pirated content.

The full FCC slate of three Democrats, led by Genachowski, and two Republicans voted in favor of issuing a proposed network neutrality rule for public comment.

But the two Republicans, Robert McDowell and Meredith Attwell Baker, did express concern with the content of the rule, saying they do not share the majority’s view that the Internet is showing breaks and cracks and that the government is the best tool to fix it. They also questioned whether the FCC has the legal authority to regulate the Internet network.

Nonetheless, the vote was 5-to-0 for proceeding with the rulemaking, and 3-to-2 for approving the notice’s language in its entirety, said Jen Howard, an FCC spokesman.

The FCC will accept public comments until Jan. 14; then it will review them and can ask for further comment, with replies due by March 5.

“We commend the FCC for beginning the process,” said Senators Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, and Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, in a joint statement. They proposed a net neutrality bill in the last session of Congress.



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Posted by zeakster on October 22, 2009

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Posted by zeakster on October 22, 2009

LIKE alot of you my kids ….well the whole family has caught the flu it started with me almost a week ago now and im just now starting to feel well. my little ones started yesterday spiking fevers and throwing up. we did indeed getthem the flu vaccinations unfortunatly they take 2 weeks to take affect. taking this seriously as i believe everyone should we called the family physician. we were informed it probably wasnt worth bringing them in tamiflu is not working. the advice we weregiven was to watch the temperatures alternating fever reducing over the counter meds and to make sure they didnt become dehydrated. they told us if the fever hits 103 to call back to the on call dr.

very reassuring
very disconcerting that the one medicine they have to combat flu isnt working and isnt even being tried anymore.

i have also been in contact with some local school nurses or their proxys and they have informed me they have never been so busy. hopefully this peaks soon and we have a good rest of the year.

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Posted by zeakster on October 22, 2009

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Posted by zeakster on October 20, 2009

Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.

The Justice Department’s ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their “candidates of choice” – identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.

The department ruled that white voters in Kinston will vote for blacks only if they are Democrats and that therefore the city cannot get rid of party affiliations for local elections because that would violate black voters’ right to elect the candidates they want.

Several federal and local politicians would like the city to challenge the decision in court. They say voter apathy is the largest barrier to black voters’ election of candidates they prefer and that the Justice Department has gone too far in trying to influence election results here.

Stephen LaRoque, a former Republican state lawmaker who led the drive to end partisan local elections, called the Justice Department’s decision “racial as well as partisan.”

“On top of that, you have an unelected bureaucrat in Washington, D.C., overturning a valid election,” he said. “That is un-American.”

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Posted by zeakster on October 20, 2009

“Hello, 911? This is the Dede Scozzafava campaign. Could you send a police car over to the Elks Lodge? There is a reporter here asking our candidate uncomfortable questions. Thank you.”

Something like this call went out last night when a reporter committed the “high crime” of asking Republican congressional candidate, Dede Scozzafava (endorsed by the Daily Kos), questions that she obviously felt very uneasy about answering. Scozzafava, who was recently the subject of an Open Thread here on NewsBusters, is running in the special election for the open seat in the NY 23rd congressional district. She was being questioned last night by John McCormack of the Weekly Standard when the police were called with a complaint about him for making Scozzafava uncomfortable with his probing questions. Here is how McCormack describes the scene:

Lowville, N.Y.
Tonight, Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate for the November 3 special election in the 23rd congressional district, spoke to about 100 Republicans at the Lewis County GOP dinner at the Elks Lodge 1605. After a dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, Scozzafava fended off criticism that she wasn’t as conservative as third-party candidate Doug Hoffman and urged her supporters to vote for her in order to keep her Democratic opponent Bill Owens from serving as a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama’s agenda in Washington. It was a fairly typical evening–until the speech ended and someone with Scozzafava’s campaign called the police. On me.

Uh-oh! McCormack continues to regale us  with his “criminal” activity:

Earlier today Lindsay Beyerstein reported that Scozzafava responded to an AFL-CIO questionnaire by saying she would support card-check legislation that eliminates the secret ballot requirement for organizing unions. As Beyerstein notes, this contradict statements made by a Scozzafava spokesman in September.

So after the dinner, I asked Assemblywoman Scozzafava if she supports card check. “Yes, yes I do,” she replied. 

Eek! How dare McCormack ask questions of a candidate! An attempt was made to stop this criminal activity but it seems to have failed:

At that point someone from her campaign placed himself between Scozzafava and me and told me I should direct all my inquires to the campaign’s spokesman. I nonetheless asked Scozzafava if her signing of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to vote to raise taxes means she would oppose any health care bill that raises taxes. “What kind of taxes?” she replied. Then another couple of gentlemen interposed themselves between Scozzafava and me as Scozzafava headed for the door.

McCormack later continued his criminal assault outside:

I spotted Scozzafava later as she was walking to the parking lot, and asked her: “Assemblywoman, do you believe that the health-care bill should exclude coverage for abortion?” She didn’t reply. I asked her twice more. Silence.

Finally the police ride to the rescue:

Minutes later a police car drove into the parking lot with its lights flashing. Officer Grolman informed me that she was called because “there was a little bit of an uncomfortable situation” and then took down my name, date of birth, and address.

“Maybe we do things a little differently here, but you know, persisistence in that area, you scared the candidate a little bit,” Officer Grolman told me.

“[Scozzafava] got startled, that’s all,” Officer Grolman added. “It’s not like you’re in any trouble.”

Having escaped the long arm of the law, the alleged perpetrator ponders the situation:

But I do wonder if it’s the Scozzafava campaign that’s in trouble–with a candidate who supports card check, who is unwilling to say she’d oppose a health care bill that raises taxes or includes abortion coverage, and who is so reluctant to answer questions that she has someone with her campaign call the cops when she’s questioned by a reporter who is (if I may say so) polite–if a bit persistent.

You can find out more about Dede Scozzafava and the New York 23rd CD campaign at Michele Malkin where she has been blogging extensively about it or by watching this Neil Cavuto report.

And as for the suspect in this case, John McCormack, here is a serenade for you if you are ever again caught in the act of committing journalism.

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Posted by zeakster on October 20, 2009

FT. WAYNE TEA PARTY OCTOBER 24 10:00am-1:00pm Allen County Courthouse Ft. Wayne, IN I have been granted a permit for a Tea Party on the Allen County Courthouse lawn on October 24 from 10 am to 1 pm. Assuming we aren’t rained out the Lonesome County Bluegrass band out of Michigan (who, incidentally, is one of, if not THE top bluegrass band in the Midwest) will be playing. During the breaks (20 minutes per hour) we will be having an open microphone for 1-minute speeches. Bring your signs, make your voice heard and have a good time.

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