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Big money buying influence in elections

Some of the country’s biggest Democratic donors — including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros — are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union bigwigs and progressive superstars like Bill de Blasio to plan how to pull their party — and the country — to the left.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/democrats-democracy-alliance-liber...

Space below left empty for obligatory video on Koch Brothers, right wing radio, Heritage Foundation, etc etc

138 of Stainbrook Central Committee candidates request absentee ballots

Absentee ballots are being requested by Stainbrook/Gallagher Central Committee candidates in unprecedented numbers.

http://toledoteaparty.com/138-of-stainbrook-central-committee-candidates...

Many of these candidates are also first time voters. Stainbrook not only collected the 5 signatures to get these candidates on the ballot, he also submitted their voter registration cards, signing them up as new voters.

Aren’t the Central Committee people supposed to be the “Mr or Mrs Republican” in their neighborhoods?

Activists want to change college tests because they are just too hard for us.....

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140422/SCHOOLS/304220081/Activists-ask-U-M-drop-discriminatory-ACT-SAT-scores-from-admissions?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE Maybe they should revamp the tests to be more inclusive like a NACT and a NSAT, although I can't imagine what would be on those tests.

John Kerry’s State Dept. Funds I Love Islam Program in Czech Republic with American Tax Dollars

In a 2003 interview with the Boston Globe, John Kerry said that he and his wife Teresa regularly attended Mass, but added that he still had some policy differences. Nothing changed in the last decade. To these folks, everything is political, even God.

"I believe in the separation [of church and state]. I believe in not wearing it on my sleeve," Kerry said. "I have my obvious, clear differences with respect to some of the liturgy." He added, "There are other parts that are quite stirring and meaningful."

legalizing marijuana is good for people who have something going for them

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I saw a news report on Monday about a big pot-smoking gathering--somewhere and something to do with April 20. I'll be the first to admit that my understanding of stoner holidays is lacking. Anyway, the participants in this gala were so stereotypical of the types you would expect to find at this type of extravaganza--it was comical.

To anyone who doesn't look favorably upon legalizing marijuana let me suggest something--it's the best thing that could ever happen to those of us who have ambition, want to make something out of our lives, and/or aspire to having a future we can look back on (and recall) with satisfaction.

Do you know any habitual pot smokers? I do--and to-a-person they are the dictionary definition of "loser." The more losers there are in this Country, the easier the competition for the rest of us.

You can't fire me, I quit

Big Labor realizing it is fighting a losing battle gives up before getting their butts handed to them again http://www.freep.com/article/20140421/BUSINESS0104/304210054/UAW-Volkwwagen
I wonder how the dangerously obese Ed Schultz will spin this one.

Michael Bloomberg to Spend $50 Million on New Gun Confiscation Group & Propaganda

(I know Bloomberg being an ass is not exactly breaking news, but bear with me, I do have a valid point.)

Michael Bloomberg, the 13th richest man in the world with a net worth of $27 billion, has a whole lot of money and a lot more free time now that he’s no longer the mayor of New York.

Apparently, he plans to spend some $50 million of that money forming a brand new gun control network according to AP:

Labeling It's Own Citizens as Domestic Terrorists - The Ultimate Betrayal by the Federal Government

When a young man or woman joins the United States military, one of the first things they do before even being shipped off to boot camp is take the loyalty oath. "I (state your name) do solemnly swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same." The oath of enlistment goes on to say that the service member will follow orders of the president and the officers appointed over them per the regulations of the uniformed code of military justice.

Obama & Holder Demonstrate the Need for Having an Autoloading Rifle in the Closet

Government officials are only people, subject to all the infirmities and limitations involved with being human. Some are insane, others myopic, others power hungry, and a few are men and women of good purpose. The problem with government officials being fallible is that, in the case of the United States, 300 million people depend upon them always doing the right thing.

Hard working middle class Americans to be left holding bag and dead relatives

Scarcely two weeks after its new CEO publicly apologized for her company’s delay in recalling millions of defective ignition switches, General Motors took steps Tuesday to shield itself from liability for deaths and injuries stemming from that delay.

Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes


The War Resisters League- Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes
http://www.warresisters.org/

Dems Want To Rig Electoral College.

http://www.newsmax.com/Morris/morris-democrats-electoral-college/2014/04...

Dems Want To Rig Electoral College, The hell you say.

i've gotta start flying southwest

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Jim Tressel and UT Provost compete for the same job

What do former OSU football coach Jim Tressel and UT Provost Scott Scarborough have in common? Well, along with both being forced from their previous jobs as a result of scandals--they now are competing for the presidency of the University of Akron.

Tressel and Scarborough are among 19 applicants vying to be president of Akron (a link to a related article appears at the end of this posting). Tressel is currently UA's executive vice president for student success.

Obviously, the activities leading to Tressel's OSU departure were well-documented; but publicity regarding Scarborough's suspension and subsequent resignation from DePaul University was primarily limited to the Chicago media. In 2007, the DePaul Board of Trustees suspended Scarborough from his position as executive vice president for what a DePaul spokesman described as "Something we investigated thoroughly." Scarborough later resigned.

DePaul never publicly disclosed what he did, but Scarborough did not receive severance pay--which is very unusual for a person at his level of administration.

is cbs hiring a white male instead of minority to replace letterman racist?

Of course it isn't! CBS and Colbert are liberals--they can't be racist. Glad we got that out-of-the-way.

JEB BUSH IS SERIUOSLY CONSIDERING A RUN AT BECOMING OUR NEXT POTUS

First of all, let me make it clear that Jeb Bush is NOT the person I want to be POTUS. I want a mainstream Democrat to win the 2016 election. I just believe that too many strongly ideological conservatives are blinded to any candidates other than the Rick Santorum/Ted Cruz/Rand Paul/Sarah Palin types. BTW -- This is NOT meant to be an exclusive nor exhaustive list of candidates "acceptable" to the right-wingers. But it seems as though, Republicans who see some value in compromise on some issues have no chance at all of winning the Republican nomination for POTUS.

New Prostitute Pelosi Photo Ad Enrages Liberals: “It Is a Disgusting New Low”

Democrats are furious over a new Breitbart News ad depicting Congressional Representative Nancy Pelosi as a prostitute willing to do anything to further her political agenda.

The ad superimposes Pelosi’s face onto the body of Miley Cyrus. The ad, which was denounced by the Democratic National Committee, also takes a shot at California Governor Jerry Brown.

Wasserman Schultz issued a statement Monday about Breitbart’s new California politics ad, which featured an image of a bikini-clad Pelosi sprawled on the floor on her hands and knees, The Hill reported.

Tax Freedom Day three days later

While the little people see their tax burden increase, big business hides in offshore accounts.
‘Tax Freedom Day’ falls three days later this year
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/07/tax-freedom-day-falls-three-days-later...

Today in corporate tax avoidance: Caterpillar's 'pink elephant'
http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-caterpillars-pink-eleph...
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toledo in top ten of most obese cities

Could we be any prouder of Toledo? According to Gallup, Toledo is the 7th most obese city in the Country.

The problem with Toledoans is not that we're fat, it's that we're too truthful. The Gallup rankings were based on telephone interviews. Honestly, when Gallup asked, "How much do you weigh?" you couldn't have knocked off 15 or 20 pounds?!

I don't think we should be ashamed that we rank above the beer-guzzling, brat and cheese-eating residents of Green Bay--their winters are typically colder and keeping warm burns-off a lot more calories.

Obama to get Special Forces recognition?

By now, we are all aware of how tough Obama is. So when I read this report about Obama becoming an honorary Green Beret, well I said to myself, “It’s about TIME!”

I interject quickly that this is SATIRE (sad that I would have to actually point this out), but the report is funny nonetheless. Let’s face it, in the Era of Obama nothing is impossible, when it comes to giving out laughable lauds.

As was farced in Red Flag News:

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