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U.S. Bishops’ final plea to Congressmen: Do not pass pro-abortion health care bill

Washington D.C., Mar 20, 2010 / 09:41 pm (CNA).- In a final, urgent plea to prevent the passage of the current form of the Senate health care bill, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Saturday evening sent a letter to Congressmen asking them to vote “no.”

“For decades,” the letter says, “the United States Catholic bishops have supported universal health care. The Catholic Church teaches that health care is a basic human right, essential for human life and dignity.”

Rich Iott to attend Children of Liberty Rally Today in Downtown Toledo

News Editors, Reporters, Producers: This is only an advisory that businessman Rich Iott, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in Ohio's 9th District, will attend the rally sponsored by the Children of Liberty in downtown Toledo this afternoon.

The rally is to voice opposition to the national health care bill under consideration in Congress.

Iott is opposed both to the health care bill itself and to the manner in which the Democratic leaders in the House are considering passing it by "deeming it to have passed" without an actual vote.

LATTA MAINTAINS SUPPORT FOR KEY U.S. ALLY

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement in response to the intense and public disagreement between the Obama administration and Israeli officials after the announcement of housing construction in East Jerusalem.

ANOTHER company that is "too big to fail"! Quick! THROW MONEY AT THEM!

One of the largest companies of it's kind in America, Blockbuster Video may file for bankruptcy. AREN'T THEY "TOO BIG TO FAIL"?

Blockbuster Says May File for Bankruptcy

By Joseph Woelfel 03/17/10 - 12:44 AM EDT 



DALLAS (TheStreet) -- Blockbuster(BBI), the video rental chain, said it could be forced to file for bankruptcy if cash flows don't improve and it's unable to restructure its debt.

Blockbuster's debt load has been reported to be as high as $1 billion.

Ethics Committee Clears Seven, But Questions Persist

Maybe it's time for the House ethics committee to find a new name.

Last week, the bipartisan committee, known formally as the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, cleared seven lawmakers who had been accused of trading millions in federal dollars for campaign contributions.

The exoneration came despite a report from a separate group, the Office of Congressional Ethics, that found defense contractors that received the federal money (which came in the form of earmarks) believed their contributions were directly tied to federal money coming their way.

Critz Requests Release of Ethics Transcripts

Mark Critz — the Democratic nominee to replace the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and a former Murtha staffer — on Wednesday asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to release the transcripts of the interviews conducted with him when the office was investigating Murtha’s earmarks.

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003353977

Flake Resolution Seeks Details on PMA Earmark Probe

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) offered a privileged resolution Tuesday that would require the House ethics committee to tell Congress how many witnesses it interviewed, how many subpoenas it issued and how many documents it reviewed in its investigation of earmarks Members provided to clients of the PMA Group lobbying firm.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/44033-1.html

Bob Latta budget update

WASHINGTON- This is the second in a series of updates from Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the House Budget Committee.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Roll Call: Stench - Washington Post: Sleazy

There seems to be a disconnect between those who know the PMA scandal vs those who casually glance at the scandal. Most people in Northwest Ohio have glanced at the story, but if you go through and see when money is given and by who, then when those people get an earmark, there is a pattern and even with Marcy Kaptur. When this all started, someone who talks about news in the area dismissed it all as everyone is doing it. The facts can't be ignored regardless of the incorrect assumption that everyone is doing it; everyone is not doing it.

Drive foreign while married to Senate Majority Leader

The wife and daughter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) were involved in a serious accident today in Virginia. Apparently Mrs. Reid has both broken neck and back, while his daughter has lesser injuries. I wish both a speedy and full recovery.

However, I must point out the irony to those here on Swampbubbles who whine about autos from foreign makers, even if they are built here in the states.

The Reids were driving a Honda Odyssey minivan.

Unemployment up in 30 states due to "Hope and Change". BWAHAAAAA! SUCKERS!

How's that "Hope and Change" working out for you Democrats?

Unemployment rises in 30 states in January

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber, Ap Economics Writer – 2 hrs 17 mins ago
WASHINGTON – Unemployment rose in 30 states in January, the Labor Department said Wednesday, evidence that jobs remain scarce in most regions of the country.

The data is somewhat better than December, when 43 states reported higher unemployment rates, but worse than November, when rates fell in most states.

Figures can Lie and Liars can Figure

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Just read Matt Welch for the details:

http://reason.com/archives/2010/03/09/obama-and-the-l-word

We're in the very best of hands...

Roll Call: PMA investigation outcome is suspicious - the questions

As you all know, you will only get the full story on the PMA scandal here. Roll Call has the latest chapter in the book which you can read below.
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The Feb. 26 ethics committee report concluding that no House Members colluded with the PMA Group lobbying firm to exchange earmarks for campaign contributions indicated that the committee had been investigating the matter since the spring of 2009.

LATTA STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT’S HEALTH CARE DEBATE ANNOUNCEMENT

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after President Obama’s announcement today on the current health care reform debate.

“President Obama has once again defied the will of the American public who continue to reject the House and Senate passed health care reform bills, in addition to the framework the President laid out in his health care reform proposal last week.

Full Congressional Ethic's Committee report on Marcy Kaptur

While the PMA group is still being investigated by the FBI and while Marcy still has apparently funneled money in her campaign coffers, here is a copy of the Office of Congressional Ethics report on Marcy. There is some interesting stuff in here, like why Marcy wants to give taxpayer money to a company so they can build TVs here as well as who was not forthcoming on the interviews and what Marcy actually calls "earmarks" (sort of a PC way to make her feel good I guess). More on it another day, but you can read everything for yourself right now.
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You can also see a copy of the full report at:
http://greatopenswamp.com/20100301/office-congressional-ethics-report-pm...

Kaptur cleared of wrongdoing by ethics committee

The House of Representatives Ethics Committee has cleared 7 lawmakers, of wrongdoing in the PMA Scandal-including Kaptur. So, Congress clears their own saying there was no evidence of asking for votes. One has to wonder what questions they asked. It is too bad we citizens can't hold the same committee hearings that Congress puts others through and question them on this. This does not absolve Kaptur of all of the questionable donations she has received from what appears to be funneled to her campaign coffers from the PMA lobbyist Paul Magliochetti. This story is not done yet and you will get the complete story here, not speckled articles-as you all know and come to expect.

Public Apology From Fred LeFebvre

I must apologize publicly for something I said on air a few months ago, and am doing it here as well as on air Thursday.
When the Cash For Clunkers program began under the auspices of the Federal Govt. I jokingly said on air that "next we'll have Cash For Kitchens". Obviously I was joking because the idea of using tax dollars to help people buy appliances is so obviously ludicrous.

Latta Announces 2010 Congressional Art Competition

BOWLING GREEN- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is proud to announce the 2010 Congressional Art Competition for Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District. The competition is open to all high school students who reside in the Fifth Congressional District.

“The Congressional Art Competition is an excellent chance for high school students across our great nation to showcase their artistic ability, and I look forward to seeing the great artistic talent students in the Fifth District possess,” Latta said in today’s announcement.

Voinovich: The REAL Inconvenient Truth

Latest newsletter from Senator Voinovich:
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Currently, the U.S. Debt is estimated at: $12,264,478,112,700

Your share of today's public debt is: $39,934

Spearheading Debt Reduction Task Force Legislation

Kaptur votes to raise debt limit - will soon commence complaining about foreigners owning too much American debt

Thankfully the Atlanta Journal Constitution has a habit of printing votes on major issues that come up before Congress. Well, we now know Kaptur voted yes to raise the debt limit. That would not be notable if Marcy was not going around complaining foreign entities own too much American debt. Truly a hypocrite.
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Roll Call: House agrees to $1.9 trillion more debt
Democrats — Boccieri, N; Driehaus, N; Fudge, Y; Kaptur, Y; Kilroy, Y; Kucinich, Y; Ryan, Y; Space, N; Sutton, Y; Wilson, Y.

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