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Mclean, VA

#1601 Jan 24, 2013
ILLogic of the Topix Racist 3 Stooges wrote:
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Mclean, VA

#1602 Jan 24, 2013
ILAL of the Topix Racist 3 Stooges wrote:
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ILAL

Paramus, NJ

#1604 Jan 24, 2013
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Just Saying

Mineola, NY

#1606 Jan 24, 2013
ILAL wrote:
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I never said he took office in 2008.
Pay attention before responding.
You said that from Jan.'08 to Jan.'13 President Obama took a total of 84 vacation days. I merely pointed out that he didn't become President until January 2009.

Since he wasn't President in Jan., 2008, then what did you mean by that comment?
Just Saying

Mineola, NY

#1607 Jan 24, 2013
ILAL wrote:
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He was never convicted of anything.
Too bad, because he deserved to be.
ILAL

Paramus, NJ

#1608 Jan 24, 2013
Just Saying wrote:
<quoted text>You said that from Jan.'08 to Jan.'13 President Obama took a total of 84 vacation days. I merely pointed out that he didn't become President until January 2009.
Since he wasn't President in Jan., 2008, then what did you mean by that comment?
Anybody with a brain knows he didn't take office until Jan.'09.
Wasn't Obama campaigning in 2008?
So he wasn't supposed to take vacation time with his family?
He took a total of 84 vacation days from '08 to '13 where as Bush took 250 days over a 5 year period and the reichwing kooks in the media had nothing to say about it.
He takes 10 days with his family and it's a big deal, most know the reason for the vitriol.
ILAL

Paramus, NJ

#1609 Jan 24, 2013
Just Saying wrote:
<quoted text>Too bad, because he deserved to be.
Based on what?

Please enlighten.
Just Saying

Mineola, NY

#1610 Jan 24, 2013
ILAL wrote:
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Based on what?
Please enlighten.
Too much to list here, but here's a sample.
Rangel failed to report rental income on propety he owned in the Dominican Republic, which is tax evasion. He was also censured by the House of Representatives (when it was controlled by Nancy Pelosi and his fellow Democrats) after being found guily of mulitple ethics violations. Would you or I have avoided jail like he did?
Just Saying

Mineola, NY

#1611 Jan 24, 2013
ILAL wrote:
<quoted text>Anybody with a brain knows he didn't take office until Jan.'09.
Wasn't Obama campaigning in 2008?
So he wasn't supposed to take vacation time with his family?
He took a total of 84 vacation days from '08 to '13 where as Bush took 250 days over a 5 year period and the reichwing kooks in the media had nothing to say about it.
He takes 10 days with his family and it's a big deal, most know the reason for the vitriol.
No one says he's not entitled to a vacation, but your facts are wrong, which affects your credibility. Mark Knoller, the CBS News White House correspondent who keeps track of Presidential vacations, said that Obama has taken 84 vacation days since he took office in Jan., 2009, not 2008 as you claimed.

You just don't like to admit when you're wrong.
ILAL

Paramus, NJ

#1612 Jan 29, 2013
Just Saying wrote:
<quoted text>Too much to list here, but here's a sample.
Rangel failed to report rental income on propety he owned in the Dominican Republic, which is tax evasion. He was also censured by the House of Representatives (when it was controlled by Nancy Pelosi and his fellow Democrats) after being found guily of mulitple ethics violations. Would you or I have avoided jail like he did?
I want to know what felonies was he indicted, prosecuted and convicted for?
ILAL

Paramus, NJ

#1613 Jan 29, 2013
Just Saying wrote:
<quoted text>No one says he's not entitled to a vacation, but your facts are wrong, which affects your credibility. Mark Knoller, the CBS News White House correspondent who keeps track of Presidential vacations, said that Obama has taken 84 vacation days since he took office in Jan., 2009, not 2008 as you claimed.
You just don't like to admit when you're wrong.
Regardless, Bush took more vacation days for the same amount of time.
TrollBot

Houston, TX

#1614 Jan 30, 2013
ILAL of the Topix Racist 3 Stooges wrote:
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Paramus, NJ

#1615 Jan 30, 2013
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ZCs

Brooklyn, NY

#1616 Jan 31, 2013
An Ode to Bush

A public interest group has released the results of a multi-state Freedom of Information Act request concerning the lobbying efforts by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), the nonprofit led by Jeb Bush. The e-mails confirm previous reporting showing that Bush’s policies are designed to benefit businesses seeking to privatize public education—particularly the companies that finance Bush's nonprofit.

What's new in this release, however, is the revelation that Bush could be using his education reform crusade for personal gain.

In one e-mail from last year, Bush's top aide at his foundation, Patricia Levesque, communicated with school officials to urge them to use a company called SendHub, a start-up that uses cloud computing and text messages. Bush, according to TechCrunch, has a modest "five-figure" investment in SendHub. Garrett Johnson, the founder of SendHub, previously worked for Bush and still serves on the board of Foundation for Florida's Future, another Bush-run education nonprofit.

In November of 2011, I published my first investigation with The Nation and The Nation Institute concerning the rush of for-profit education technology companies to enact radical “virtual schools” across the country. In the reporting, we uncovered that many individuals associated with the education reform universe—even those ostensibly leading major philanthropic foundations—are closely tied to the for-profit interests who stand to gain from these policies. Levesque, we reported, was quietly receiving funds directly from for-profit education tech companies while also serving as the executive director of Bush’s nonprofit.

The new round of FOIA e-mails should send shockwaves through the reform movement. In the Public Interest, the group that filed the request, summarized some of their other findings:

— In New Mexico, FEE acted as a broker to organize meetings between their corporate donors and individual Chiefs [for Change].

— Maine moved the FEE policy agenda through legislation and executive order that would remove barriers to online education and in some cases would require online classes—including eliminating class size caps and student-teacher ratios, allowing public dollars to flow to online schools and classes, eliminate ability of local school districts to limit access to virtual schools.

— In Florida, FEE helped write legislation that would increase the use of a proprietary test (FCAT) under contract to Pearson, an FEE donor.

The simmering scandal with Jeb Bush's nonprofit recalls a similar scandal with his brother, Neil Bush, who led Ignite! Learning, a company the Los Angeles Times found profiting from No Child Left Behind policies enacted by President George W. Bush.
ILAL

Paramus, NJ

#1617 Jan 31, 2013
ZCs wrote:
An Ode to Bush
A public interest group has released the results of a multi-state Freedom of Information Act request concerning the lobbying efforts by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE), the nonprofit led by Jeb Bush. The e-mails confirm previous reporting showing that Bush’s policies are designed to benefit businesses seeking to privatize public education—particularly the companies that finance Bush's nonprofit.
What's new in this release, however, is the revelation that Bush could be using his education reform crusade for personal gain.
In one e-mail from last year, Bush's top aide at his foundation, Patricia Levesque, communicated with school officials to urge them to use a company called SendHub, a start-up that uses cloud computing and text messages. Bush, according to TechCrunch, has a modest "five-figure" investment in SendHub. Garrett Johnson, the founder of SendHub, previously worked for Bush and still serves on the board of Foundation for Florida's Future, another Bush-run education nonprofit.
In November of 2011, I published my first investigation with The Nation and The Nation Institute concerning the rush of for-profit education technology companies to enact radical “virtual schools” across the country. In the reporting, we uncovered that many individuals associated with the education reform universe—even those ostensibly leading major philanthropic foundations—are closely tied to the for-profit interests who stand to gain from these policies. Levesque, we reported, was quietly receiving funds directly from for-profit education tech companies while also serving as the executive director of Bush’s nonprofit.
The new round of FOIA e-mails should send shockwaves through the reform movement. In the Public Interest, the group that filed the request, summarized some of their other findings:
— In New Mexico, FEE acted as a broker to organize meetings between their corporate donors and individual Chiefs [for Change].
— Maine moved the FEE policy agenda through legislation and executive order that would remove barriers to online education and in some cases would require online classes—including eliminating class size caps and student-teacher ratios, allowing public dollars to flow to online schools and classes, eliminate ability of local school districts to limit access to virtual schools.
— In Florida, FEE helped write legislation that would increase the use of a proprietary test (FCAT) under contract to Pearson, an FEE donor.
The simmering scandal with Jeb Bush's nonprofit recalls a similar scandal with his brother, Neil Bush, who led Ignite! Learning, a company the Los Angeles Times found profiting from No Child Left Behind policies enacted by President George W. Bush.
The truth revealed at last.
TrollBot

Houston, TX

#1618 Jan 31, 2013
ILAL of the Topix 3 Stooges wrote:
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(Another juvenile and inane troll snipped)
Troll. Ignore.

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ZCs

Bronx, NY

#1619 Feb 4, 2013
An Ode To Bush

A doggone good dog has chased his last golf ball.

Former President George W. Bush announced that Barney, his beloved Scottish Terrier, died Friday. The furry black canine was 12.

"Laura and I are sad to announce that our Scottish Terrier, Barney, has passed away," Bush said. "The little fellow had been suffering from lymphoma and after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness."

Barney was born in Sept. 30, 2000, in New Jersey but spent most of his life at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., where he was the nation's First Dog from 2001 to 2009.

ZCs

Brooklyn, NY

#1620 Feb 6, 2013
Leaders of the anti-tax Tea Party are fuming about plans by some Republican strategists, including Karl Rove, to tap the party’s wealthy donors and raise money to help “electable” candidates win primary races.

Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for Conservative Victory Project, said in an e-mail yesterday that Republicans lost some Senate races last year and in 2010 because of “undisciplined candidates running bad campaigns.” The new group “seeks to help elect the most conservative candidates in Republican primaries who can win in general elections.”

Leaders of the Tea Party and other Republican groups that oppose abortion and gay rights responded by calling Texas-based political strategist Rove, a founder of the victory project, a “fake conservative” who had “declared war” on the Tea Party.

The victory project also was attacked as “Orwellian” by Matt Kibbe, the head of the Washington-based FreedomWorks, which identifies itself as a “grassroots” Tea Party booster.

Rove’s group “is created with the sole operating mission of blocking the efforts of fiscally conservative activists across the country,” Kibbe said, according to the FreedomWorks blog.

The exchanges provide the first public glimpse of a power struggle inside the Republican Party in the wake of its November losses, including in the presidential campaign. If neither side backs down, the rift could lead to more costly Republican primary fights, with the nominees forced to quickly recover as they confront Democrats in the general election.
ILAL

Bronx, NY

#1621 Feb 10, 2013
ZCs wrote:
Leaders of the anti-tax Tea Party are fuming about plans by some Republican strategists, including Karl Rove, to tap the party’s wealthy donors and raise money to help “electable” candidates win primary races.
Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for Conservative Victory Project, said in an e-mail yesterday that Republicans lost some Senate races last year and in 2010 because of “undisciplined candidates running bad campaigns.” The new group “seeks to help elect the most conservative candidates in Republican primaries who can win in general elections.”
Leaders of the Tea Party and other Republican groups that oppose abortion and gay rights responded by calling Texas-based political strategist Rove, a founder of the victory project, a “fake conservative” who had “declared war” on the Tea Party.
The victory project also was attacked as “Orwellian” by Matt Kibbe, the head of the Washington-based FreedomWorks, which identifies itself as a “grassroots” Tea Party booster.
Rove’s group “is created with the sole operating mission of blocking the efforts of fiscally conservative activists across the country,” Kibbe said, according to the FreedomWorks blog.
The exchanges provide the first public glimpse of a power struggle inside the Republican Party in the wake of its November losses, including in the presidential campaign. If neither side backs down, the rift could lead to more costly Republican primary fights, with the nominees forced to quickly recover as they confront Democrats in the general election.
Some of the GOPers have realized the Teabagger nuts are a liability and are now distancing themselves from that contingent of kooks.
They won't win or be taken serious with that bunch of loony, outdated, out of step, out of touch wack jobs.
ZCS

Bronx, NY

#1623 Feb 21, 2013
An Ode To Bush

Rep. K. Michael “Mike” Conaway (R-TX) has been among the most vocal critics of federal spending, claiming that massive cuts would actually create more jobs. But as he publicly pushed to stop “wasteful government spending,” he privately lobbied the National Park Service to turn the childhood home of former President George W. Bush into a National Park.

A ThinkProgress review of legislative correspondence with the U.S. Department of the Interior revealed that on September 11, 2012, Conaway wrote Secretary Ken Salazar to request a “reconnaissance Survey” of a potential new national park location. According to the log, Conaway’s letter asked that the National Park Service “look at the possibility of adding the George W. Bush childhood home as a unit of the Park Service.”

Conaway’s official biography claims he has “the credibility to be a vocal proponent in reducing the national debt,” and thinks Congress must make “tough choices” to balance the budget. Last week, Conway criticized the cost-neutral investments proposed in President Obama’s State of the Union, saying:“Halting the rise in borrowing isn’t enough; we must learn to live within our means and break our dependence on deficit spending.”

But Conaway, who was chief financial officer in the 1980&#8242;s for Bush Exploration, George W. Bush’s failed oil business, apparently makes an exception to his opposition to unnecessary government spending in the case of his longtime friend and former boss.

Beyond the cost of conducting the survey itself, every new park location means an new annual cost added to the Park Service budget. The John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, for example, receives more than $500,000 annually. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site receives more than $4 million in public funds each year. While protecting important historical landmarks and other public lands is hardly wasteful spending, it seems odd that Conaway wants to “spend what we do not have” to preserve this of all historical spots.

It is ironic that someone who is so concerned about reducing government spending would push for government funds to go to a federal takeover of the boyhood home of Bush — the President who vastly increased government spending, turned a surplus into a $1.4 trillion budget deficit, and caused many of the economic problems America from which is only beginning to recover.

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