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Rest in Peace, Senator Kennedy

August 26, 2009

Ted_Kennedy,_official_photo_portrait_cropI just wanted to quickly take reflect on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) late last night.  While I disagreed with him in almost every way politically, I still recognize that he was a great American and a great politician, somebody who I truly believe had the best interests for America at heart.

Over the past year and a half, he battled a brain tumor, living longer than his doctors thought he would – and that was was Senator Kennedy was all about – continuing the fight and never giving up.

He was somebody who never backed down from what he believed in.  He did a lot of good for America, and while I may not miss most of his political positions, I will surely miss him.

Senator Kennedy, you were a great American.

My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Senator Kennedy.

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Former Congressman and Vice Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp Has Died

May 2, 2009

This is news that just came in – Jack Kemp, the former Republican Congressman from New York, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and the running mate for Bob Dole in the 1996 Presidential elections has died.

The details of Representative Kemp’s death have not yet been released; however, he had been battling cancer.

Kemp was a great conservative.  He, like myself, was a libertarian-leaning Republican.  He was strong in his opposition to abortion, and he was a great economic conservative, two areas that have always been really important to me politically.

I just wanted to pay a little tribute to Mr. Kemp.

To his friends and family: my thoughts and prayers are with you.  Jack was a great man, and may he rest in peace.

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Terri Lynn Land Announces Bid for Michigan Governor

February 19, 2009

Well, it’s a move that we here in Michigan have been expecting for a while, but now it’s official.  I literally got the message just moments ago: Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has filed for the Michigan Governor’s race.  Unfortunately, I don’t have time to post any commentary, as I’m headed out of town, but here’s the press release that I got:

LANSING – Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced today that she has filed paperwork forming a gubernatorial exploratory committee.

“I am excited to announce the formation of this committee,” she said.  “Our state is in dire need of strong leadership right now, and I am eager to join the discussion of how to get it back on track.”

As Secretary of State, Land has overseen numerous improvements to her department since taking office in 2003.  Increasing online services, modernizing branch offices and implementing comprehensive updates to the elections process are just a few of her accomplishments.

“Michigan residents have been forced to tighten their belts in these tough economic times but government should be setting the example of fiscal restraint.  As Secretary of State, we have demonstrated time and again that there are ways to reduce costs while still delivering outstanding customer services.  I will bring that fiscally conservative approach to all of state government.

“I was born and raised here, and I love this state,” she continued.  “Michigan has incredible resources – from our Great Lakes and abundant natural beauty to our world-class businesses and hardworking families.  This is a state worth fighting for and I am up to the challenge.  I look forward to building a strong team that is committed to finding creative solutions while focusing on the many assets we have as a state.”

Land was elected Secretary of State in 2002 and reelected in 2006.

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Alright, so there you have it: Terri Lynn Land is in the running.  So far, the only other declared candidates are Attorney General Mike Cox (R) and Lt. Governor John Cherry (D).  I’m sure that will be changing in the coming weeks.

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Breaking: Senate Passes Revised Economic Stimulus Plan: 60-38

February 13, 2009

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) just got back  from Ohio, where he was attending his mother’s memorial services, and has casted an “Aye” vote for the economic stimulus package.  That was the 60th Aye vote needed, since Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was not voting.  The 3 Republicans who sided with the Democrats before, Arlen Specter (R-PA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Susan Collins (R-ME) voted with the Democrats.

“Mr. Brown.  Mr. Brown, Aye.”  Those were the words that just came from the Dick Durbin (D-IL) who was presiding over the Senate.  The Senate has just agreed to the bill as it was revised by the conference committee.

This is such a shame, and I’m still angry that they actually made Senator Brown come back to vote.  They couldn’t get Ted Kennedy to come back?  Sure he’s sick, but he wasn’t at MEMORIAL SERVICES for his MOTHER!

Additionally, this bill is a TERRIBLE BILL!  I’m not happy right now.

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Déjà vu : Senator Judd Gregg Withdraws Nomination for Commerce Secretary

February 12, 2009

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) has just withdrawn his nomination for the position of Commerce Secretary.  This is breaking news coming in now, but there’s not yet word on the reason behind it.

Just in – there are 2 reasons:

  1. He is unhappy with the economic stimulus package.
  2. He is unhappy that the census moved from being controlled by the Commerce Department to the White House.

So, President Obama is going to have to AGAIN find another person for Secretary of Commerce (since Governor Bill Richardson [D-NM]).  I’ll try to update this when there’s more information.

UPDATE:

Here’s what Obama said during an interview on Air Force One:

“Judd is a good man.  And I think that he sincerely wanted to work with us.  I think he had a change of heart on the idea of leaving the Senate.  [Gregg is] somebody that we’re going to work with on issues like fiscal responsibility, the fiscal summit that’s coming up.  And the one thing I want to make sure of is that people don’t take from this the notion that we can’t get Democrats and Republicans working together.  I’m going to keep on working at this, and eventually, we are going to break down some of these barriers because the American people need it.  They are desperate for us to find common ground.”

He was then asked, “What do you see in terms of common ground potential that perhaps we in the media do not?”

Obama: “I’m an eternal optimist.  I can tell you, generally speaking, Judd Gregg and I agree on 80% of things that matter to the American people.  There’s 20% that we disagree on.  I’ve always felt that we can find areas to work on that we share, and then have a vigorous, heated debate on some of the things that we don’t.  And I think we’re going to get there. [Gregg and I] had a discussion over the last couple days.  I wasn’t sure whether he had made a final decision or not.  But clearly, you know, I think he was just having second thoughts about leaving the Senate, a place where he’s thrived and been there for a long time.  You know I think the one thing I give him credit for is having searched his heart before he took on the job because obviously you don’t want somebody having a change of heart after they have been confirmed and are in the process of building a team.”

Answering a question about when he realized Gregg had reached a final decision, Obama said: “Today.  Look, this kind of thing happens all the time, people change their minds.  Just usually there aren’t a lot of reporters around when it happens.”

And here’s a press release that Gregg issued:

“I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce.  This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time.  I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.

“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me.  Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns.  We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.

“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives.

“I greatly admire President Obama and know our country will benefit from his leadership, but at this time I must withdraw my name from consideration for this position.

“As we move forward, I expect there will be many issues and initiatives where I can and will work to assure the success of the President’s proposals.  This will certainly be a goal of mine.

“Kathy and I also want to specifically thank Governor Lynch and Bonnie Newman for their friendship and assistance during this period.  In addition we wish to thank all the people, especially in New Hampshire, who have been so kind and generous in their supportive comments.

“As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision.  I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.

And here’s what he said in an interview right after the news broke that he was withdrawing:

I regret that due to the impending Senate schedule involving the potential of dealing with an extremely large stimulus package, coupled with the ongoing issues of developing fiscal policy relative to the budget and the continuing economic downturn and my responsibility for foreign operations appropriations, it has become difficult to continue service on the TARP oversight board.  I have advised Senator McConnell I will need to step aside from this effort.

Gregg, also a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said that even though he is leaving TARP, he will continue to work with the panel.

I will continue to be involved in ongoing TARP discussions and oversight, and will work to ensure that TARP funding remains focused and targeted in order to stabilize our economy and protect consumers.

Alright, so there’s the press releases / comments that were issued.

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Mark Felt, “Deep Throat” in Watergate Scandal, Has Died

December 19, 2008

This is news that just broke a little while ago: Mark Felt, the number 2 FBI official during the Watergate scandal, also known as the informant “Deep Throat” died on Thursday at 12:45 P.M. at a hospice facility near his home, according to his daughter Joan.  Joan told reporters that he “was fine this morning [and was] joking with his caregiver.”  He then ate breakfast and took a nap, saying he was tired.  He then died in his sleep.  “He slipped away,” she said.

Felt was 95.

In 2005, Felt revealed that he had been “Deep Throat,” the one who had given Bob Woodward of The Washington Post leads in the Watergate affair in the early 1970s, when Woodward and his partner, Carl Bernstein were covering the scandal.  The revelation came as a shock to even Woodward and Bernstein, since they had promised not to reveal his identity until after his death.

My thoughts and prayers will be with his family.  May he rest in peace.  He was a good man.

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Breaking News: Attorney General Michael Mukasey Collapses During Speech

November 21, 2008

This is breaking news coming in now.  Attorney General Michael Mukasey has collapsed while giving a speech.  He has been rushed to George Washington University Hospital in the nation’s capital.  There is no word on his condition or why he collapsed.  I will update this as reports come in.

UPDATE (11:07 P.M. EST): Associate Attorney General Kevin O’Connor just told reporters, “He just started shaking and he collapsed.  They’re very concerned.”

UPDATE (11:16 P.M. EST): A Justice Department and law enforcement official have told reporters that Mukasey was both conscious and talking as he was taken away.

UPDATE (11:35 P.M. EST): An FBI official has told reporters that Mukasey stuttered over a word and then “went down hard.”  Mukasey was talking to the Federalist Society at a Washington hotel.  White House Press Secretary Dana Perino told reporters that President Bush has been informed of the situation, “The president has him in his thoughts and will be kept apprised and hopes that he will be back up and at ‘em again soon.”

UPDATE (11:42 P.M. EST): O’Connor has confirmed that Mukasey is aleter, and conscious, and speaking.

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North Korea Fires Four Short Range Missiles into West Sea

March 28, 2008

This just came in from the YONHAP News Agency out of Seoul, South Korea:

… North Korea test-fired several missiles into the sea off the country’s west coast Friday….

The test, believed to be of Russian Styx missiles [range of 46 kilometers], comes one day after the communist nation threw out all South Korean government officials from the inter-Korean industrial complex in the North in apparent disgruntlement over the Lee Myung-bak government’s hard-line North Korea policy.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the missiles were fired at approximately 10:30 a.m. [local time / 9:30 P.M. EDT Thursday]

They said the North was believed to have fired at least four missiles, but that the type could not be immediately confirmed….

A North Korean Navy vessel was detected earlier this week in the West Sea in what South Korean officials believed to be part of preparations for a missile launch.

Officials here earlier said the communist nation had declared a restricted area for two days in the sea, the site of two deadly clashes between the navies of the divided Koreas, but believed the North decided not to fire any missiles as the two days were only until Wednesday.

As of now it appears that this was nothing other than a test, but the defiance of North Korea in doing this just a day after throwing out South Korea’s officials is disturbing.

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Bill Richardson Just Endorsed Barack Obama

March 21, 2008

This just came in through the Associated Press, a statement from Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM): “I believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America’s moral leadership in the world.”

Why on earth is he making endorsements at 1:45 A.M. local time?  My roommate, Livid Liberal, suggested some possible drunk dialing.

Whatever the reason, it’s official – Richardson is for Obama.

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New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Resigns

March 12, 2008

The New York Governor and former Attorney General just resigned, making his resignation effective on Monday.  This all stems from his scandal where he was caught on a federal wiretap being involved with the prostitution ring Emporers Club VIP, under the alias of Client 9.

David Patterson will become governor on Monday.  Both are Democrats.

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