Tag Archives: July 30

Senator Reid debt ceiling vote, Cspan live coverage, July 30, 2011

Senator Reid debt ceiling vote, Cspan live coverage, July 30, 2011

***  UPDATE  ***

House rejects Reid Bill. Democrats joined Republicans to vote it down.

The vote on the Senate version of a debt ceiling bill is about to occur. Watch this live on Cspan.

http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN/

From the Chicago Tribune July 30, 2011.

“Tense mood as lawmakers struggle for debt deal”

“A bitter mood prevailed on Capitol Hill as lawmakers struggled on Saturday to find a compromise measure to lift the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit three days before a deadline to avert a ruinous default.

A day after the Republican-led House of Representatives passed a bill to cut the deficit and raise the cap on government borrowing, the debt saga shifted to the Democratic-led Senate.

Democrats there pushed ahead with their own plan and sought to attract bipartisan support by adding some elements of a plan offered by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

But 43 Senate Republicans signed a letter rejecting the plan, a sign the measure does not have the support it needs to advance in Congress.

“What will they vote for? Do they have any ideas? Let me know,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor.

Back-channel talks held the best hope for a compromise. Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling, the government would be barred from further borrowing after Tuesday, according to the Treasury, and could quickly run out of money to pay all its bills.

The world has watched with growing alarm as political gridlock in Washington has brought the world’s largest economy close to an unprecedented default, threatening to plunge financial markets and economies around the globe into turmoil.

McConnell called on Reid to move up a vote that had been set for 1 a.m. EDT on Sunday so the two sides could begin talks with the White House.

“We can’t do it by ourselves, it has to have the only person in America who can sign something into law,” McConnell said.”

Read more:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-usa-debttre7646s6-20110705,0,7498607.story

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Blagojevich trial jury requests transcripts of all testimony, July 30, 2010, Judge James Zagel

Blagojevich trial jury requests transcripts of all testimony, July 30, 2010

From the Chicago Breaking News Center July 30, 2010.

“Jurors in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial may be settling in for a long haul after sending a note to the judge this morning asking for a transcript of all the testimony.

“Is it permissible to obtain a transcript of the testimony?” the note signed by the jury’s foreman read. “It would be helpful.”

U.S. District Judge James Zagel said he took the note to mean the jury wanted transcripts of the testimony of all 27 witnesses in the seven-week trial.

The judge said he planned to respond by telling the jury he would consider requests for specific witnesses, which seemingly will invite the jury to list those whose testimony the panel wants the most.”

Read more:

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/07/blago-jury-wants-transcripts-of-all-testimony.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChicagoBreakingNews+%28Chicago+Breaking+News%29

2010 commitment and beyond, 2010 elections beginning not end, Citizen Wells open thread, July 30, 2010

2010 commitment and beyond, 2010 elections beginning not end

Phil, from The Right Side of Life, and I have been in regular contact for several years. He has done a great job of covering eligibility lawsuits and other topics. He has a new article up about commitment.

“The question: Do you really want change? As in, honest-to-goodness change towards freedom and liberty for individual rights?

To be perfectly honest, through the end of 2009 and the first part of 2010, while I have supported the proposition of the Tea Party movement, I questioned its ability (and presently still do) to truly effect change in the body politic. Granted, when the likes of Senator Arlen Specter got “primaried” in Pennsylvania’s voting (there have been other poignant examples; this just happens to be the key point I could think of at the moment), I began to realize that this Tea Party thing truly meant business and wasn’t a huge fad; but can it keep it up?”

“Are you really ready to make that kind of commitment to America? It’s not just about one election; after all, modern liberalism in all of its forms has been building the welfare/nanny state over the past several decades. You do realize that it’s going to take more than one election to turn things back towards individual freedom and liberty for the American society, yes?”
“Oh, you thought that politics and religion were mutually exclusive? Then you’ll have to ask yourself why the American founding fathers decided to invoke the Creator in the Declaration of Independence.”

“Please realize that this year’s election is but one step on the journey of a thousand miles. And those with whom we disagree are not going to go away silently into the proverbial night. They are going to fight at least as strongly against those who believe in individual freedom and liberty as we (hopefully) will be fighting towards that end.

Are you willing to make that kind of commitment beyond 2010?”

Read more:

http://www.therightsideoflife.com/2010/07/29/a-commitment-is-required-for-those-who-want-change/

Obama Hopium, Hopium helps you forget several unpleasant facts, John Kass, Chicago Tribune, July 30, 2008, John Kass MSM hero

John Kass of the Chicago Tribune has written one of the best articles I have read about Obama. The title of the article is:

“Hopium helps you forget several unpleasant facts”

Hopium is the addicting substance that let’s Obama supporters and the MSM ignore the ties to crime, corruption and dubious asscociations that Obama has.

Here are some exerpts from this exceptional article:

“Hi, my name is John. I’m a hopium addict. It’s true. Yes, I’m a journalist. And that led to the harder stuff. Then one day, Barack phoned the Tribune and called me “bro.”

Now, I’m addicted to hopium.”

“It’s America’s most powerful drug. Once on hopium, you won’t care if Iran has nukes or if taxes are raised during a recession or whether Obama keeps flipping and flopping on everything from foreign wiretaps to withdrawing troops from Iraq.

Who cares? Relax. Hopium is your friend.”

“Obama hopium was so powerful, that that first rush of it, well, it sent a tingle up my leg. Or down my leg. Then up. So now, when I read newspaper stories about Obama’s political history, like a recent gooey, puffy profile in the Washington Post and it didn’t mention Obama was a willing member of Chicago’s Daley machine, well, I didn’t get angry.”

“Now, I don’t get upset when foreign and national journalists fail to mention Tony Rezko, or the Daley boys, or how the Chicago machine plans to staff the Department of Justice, and the new Department of Homeland Casinos.”

John Kass and the Chicago Tribune are covering stories that few in the MSM bother to research. I applaud them. In fact, I am so impressed that I may subscribe to the Chicago Tribune.

John Kass has received personal attacks on the blog for his honest reporting. That is what happens when anyone questions the “holy” Obama, reminiscent of the church inquisitions, when anyone dared question corrupt Popes and church officials.

John Kass, I salute you, and challenge others in the media to step up to the plate and do your job.

Read the rest of the article here and make sure you read the Chicago Tribune’s coverage of the Tony Rezko trial and associated indictments:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-kass-30-jul30,0,915294.column?page=1