Obama Playing Politics With The Troops’ Pay

WaTimes: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio (left) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada meet Thursday with reporters outside the White House after their meeting with President Obama regarding the budget and possible government shutdown. (Associated Press)

The Republicans were given control of the  House, last November to stem the Dems’  cataclysmic spending tsunami, but the Dem-Socialists won’t allow them to do the job they were elected to do.

Look at the stress on Speaker Boehner’s face, up above. He’s not taking this lightly. He’s not using the troops as political pawns –  Obama and Reid are.

Ace has the flaming skull up:

… Obama is taking the position — for political reasons — that the military is “non-essential.” They can’t be furloughed, but he has decided (or Gates has; I rather think it’s Obama’s call) that they’ll show up for work but won’t get paid until later.

Mike Flynn, citing Federal Times, notes this is not what happened during Clinton’s shutdown.

When the government was shut down in 1995, military personnel continued to report to work and were paid, but the planning guidance sent to the services and defense agencies says a shutdown this time will be different.

This is Obama’s choice, then, and he’s doing it because the military are among the few government employees held in high regard. So they’re camera-friendly props and pawns.

But don’t be fooled, then: It’s Obama, and not Boehner, withholding their checks. Clinton sent out the checks on time. Obama’s choosing to stick it to them to make a political point.

Via Maggie’s Notebook, Obama called the bill to fund the military a “distraction”:

For the past several weeks, the Administration has worked diligently and in good faith to find common ground on the shared goal of cutting spending. After giving the Congress more time by signing short-term extensions into law, the President believes that we need to put politics aside and work out our differences for a bill that covers the rest of the fiscal year. This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and avert a disruptive Federal Government shutdown that would put the Nation’s economic recovery in jeopardy. Source: MajorityLeader.gov

When the President’s party controlled  both Houses of congress, why did he opt to not pass a full budget for the fiscal year 2011? Was it a malicious decision intended to lead to a sequence of events that would culminate in a government shutdown, asks Rep Mike Lee:

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Because Republicans always get blamed for government shut-downs.

They think.



Report: Prosser Takes The Lead In Wis. Supreme Court Race! (With Updates)

Lib heads explode

Via Gateway Pundit:

A discrepancy has been found in the Winnebago County tally:

1:36 PM: Winnebago County Clerk numbers boost Prosser

Winnebago County returns posted by the clerk’s office give Justice David Prosser 244 more votes there than JoAnne Kloppenburg compared to the results The Associated Press tallied.

Kloppenburg led Prosser in the final AP statewide tally by 204 votes.

Both candidates received more votes in the clerk’s office numbers than the AP tally. Prosser netted 710 votes for a total of 20,701, while Kloppenburg netted 466 votes for a total of 18,887.

Those numbers are not official and could still change. The county was working on its canvass today and tomorrow, according to the clerk’s office.

The clerk was participating in the canvass and not immediately available for comment.

Prosser now leads by 40 votes.


JSOnline: Winnebago County vote-count change alters Supreme Court race

A tally compiled by The Associated Press Wednesday and used by news organizations statewide, including the Journal Sentinel, indicated Kloppenburg was leading the race by 204 votes. Figures on Winnebago County’s website are now different from those collected by the AP.

Winnebago County’s numbers say Prosser received 20,701 votes to Kloppenburg’s 18,887. The AP has 19,991 for Prosser to Kloppenburg’s 18,421.

The new numbers would give Prosser 244 more votes, or a 40-vote lead statewide.

An editor at the AP said the news service became aware of the discrepancy in the past hour. The AP last checked figures with Winnebago County at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday, according to the AP. The county adjusted its figures at 2:27 p.m.


Ace has….no additional information, but he does have an awesome flaming badger gif.


Via Hot Air , Christian Schneider at NRO notes, (before this latest tally emerged):

Democrats are trying to spin Kloppenburg’s tentative .013 percent win (recounts forthcoming) as a statewide rebuke of Governor Walker’s attempt to rein in public-sector-union bargaining power. Democratic state chair Mike Tate told Wispolitics.com the results showed Wisconsin had swung back to his side and “voters were rejecting Walker’s policies.”

Yet without the electoral bloodbath in Dane County, Prosser would have won Wisconsin by a comfortable 53.3 percent to 46.7 percent margin. The non-Dane County Prosser vote actually exceeds the 52.3 percent Walker received statewide in November. It wasn’t the state’s voters rejecting Walker’s agenda — it was Dane County’s government workers attempting to keep their paychecks intact.

A liberal commenter here actually called it an “overwhelming” victory. Obviously, this is a statistical tie, and we won’t have the final result for months.

Allahpundit reports that Madison is currently recanvassing, “so Prosser’s lead might be short-lived.”


This story just got much, much better:

“Political bombshell”

In a political bombshell, the clerk in a Republican stronghold is set to release new vote totals giving 7,500 votes in the state Supreme Court race back toward Justice David Prosser, swinging the race significantly in his favor.


Hot Air: Video: The greatest press conference of all time

Ann Althouse noticed the discrepancy in the vote count, Tuesday night, and mentioned it in her reporting. Good eye.

Ace is gloating like a maniac.

So is Jim Hoft.


Big Hollywood: Michael Moore Freaks Out Over WI Recount: Demands Obama Impound Ballots

The Political Ticker reports that Klopps wants there to be an investigation:

Kloppenburg’s campaign released a statement committing to investigate the controversial vote counts saying, “Wisconsin voters as well as the Kloppenburg for Justice Committee deserve a full explanation of how and why these 14,000 votes from an entire City were missed. To that end, we will be filing open records requests for all relevant documentation related to the reporting of election results in Waukesha County, as well as to the discovery and reporting of the errors announced by the County.”

“We are confident that election officials in Waukesha County will fulfill these requests as quickly as possible so that both our campaign and the people of Wisconsin can fully understand what happened and why.”

Good grief, did she not watch the Waukesha County Clerk’s presser? It was all explained in minute detail, and the Waukesha Democrat who helped tabulate the vote, confirmed the new numbers.

Da TechGuy and some others have been doing some speculating about something I’m not devious enough to have thought of:

…in my opinion thanks to that error, the people who wished to say tweak the election reported the numbers that they did when they did in order to bring their candidate just over the line.

If the correct numbers had been reported the first time then I suspect we’d still have counties out to allow for further necessary “corrections”.

I would be so impressed if  this were true:

Reader Stu Wagner writes: “My suspicious, cynical side says that the Republicans delayed the full count to flush out any Democrat tricks. God bless ‘em, I hope they’re just that smart.” I’d be very surprised if they were that smart. . . .

A gloaty Robert  Stacy McCain speaking for a lot of us: Wound + Salt = ‘Hey, Liberals, How Are You Liking That Wisconsin Result?’

So when I’d stayed up until the wee hours Tweeting election results as they were updated, woke up five hours later to see Prosser hanging on to a slender lead, and then in the afternoon seen Kloppenburg declared the winner by 204 votes, I was ready to say, “To hell with Wisconsin.”

Write ‘em off. Screw those losers. Might as well be California.

But now? Yeah, that was beautiful. Way to go, Wisconsin GOP: Get the liberals all gloaty for about 24 hours and then break their little hearts.

The objective suck is now on the other foot.

See also:

VA Right: Left Wing ‘Media Matters’ Claims Voter Fraud Charges in Wisconsin Judge Race Baseless – When They Thought Democrat Won

Exit question:

Since Kloppenburg  claimed victory with a mere 200 vote lead, will she show some class, and concede, now that Prosser’s ahead by a much larger margin?


Oh Joy: Two Major Soros Conferences In One Weekend

Beloved philanthropist, George Soros is so dedicated to improving American lives, he’s scheduled two major conferences in one weekend:

The emphasis of both conferences is a familiar one to American voters – change. Soros wants to begin changing the global economy in one event. In the other, his flunkies want to “Change the world. Change the media.”

Now that is change you can believe in. Sadly, those who actually report the news must believe in it because they sure as heck aren’t reporting on Soros or either event. And that’s even though staffers or even executives from Reuters, the Financial Times, NPR, PBS, The Washington Post and other major media outlets are speaking at one event or the other.

The first gathering in Bretton Woods, N.H., is an economic conference Soros once described as “a grand bargain that rearranges the entire financial order.” In October 2009, Soros committed $50 million to the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). A week later, the glib lefty investor wrote a column calling for a new Bretton Woods event, to recreate the one that helped design the post-WWII economy. Only he wants this one to knock America down a peg or three.

The announced speakers include a lot of prominent lefties, globalists and economists on the board of the organization he has throwing the event – more than two-thirds of the overall total have ties to Soros. To underscore their connection to history, INET is hosting the conference at the Mount Washington Resort, the very same hotel that held the first gathering.
And if that wasn’t enough, a Soros-funded media conference will be held just three hours away in Boston.

Close to 350 left-wingers from a variety of organizations are gathering there for the National Conference for Media Reform.That “change the world” conference includes two commissioners from the FCC, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bernie Sanders, four Democratic representatives, the head of Columbia University, and assorted left-wing journalist types, from Salon’s Glenn Greenwald to disgraced former MSNBC host David Shuster, who now works for a Soros-funded investigative operation.

The rest of the list reads like a “Who’s Who” of left-wing organizations and talking heads, including the president of PBS, a senior vice president with American Public Media, an Al Jazeera English executive, the president of the Newspaper Guild – CWA and Washington Post columnist Rob Pegoraro. Many others have Soros connections, such as:

Common Cause, which has been going after conservative Supreme Court justices who have some connection to the Koch brothers. Common Cause seems immune to similar investigations of their own gravy train.

Columbia Journalism Review’s Dean Starkman. He is chief of the review’s “The Audit” section and a 2006 Katrina Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute, the primary Soros charitable foundation.

Free Press, which is holding the conference. Free Press has received more than $1 million from Soros since 2003 and has 18 presenters pushing for things like “strong public media” or an extremely expensive national broadband plan they quaintly describe as “universal access to communications.”

Think Progress’sKoch-hating Lee Fang. Think Progress is a project of Democrat John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, which was founded with Soros money. Fang is on the panel for: “Real Issues vs. Astroturf: Confronting the Koch Brothers,” and makes the laughable claim “this is not about liberals versus conservatives” when the entire goal of the left is to shut down the Kochs to defund the right.

Meanwhile, those evil Koch brothers have been engaging in one nefarious deed after another — “stealing our democracy”

I remember hearing the account of how the Koch brothers amassed a $10 Billion position in the British pound and then sold it short causing “Black Wednesday.” The evil brothers made $1.1 Billion and set England on a course towards a recession which hurt millions of people as businesses failed and the housing market collapsed. They essentially bankrupted an entire country to make a profit. That’s pure evil.

The Kochs broke the Bank of England via  their enormous, largely unregulated, derivative based hedge funds which aren’t even headquartered in the US!! Lord knows how many taxes those evil rich guys have avoided over the decades of their funds’ existence. The Leftists are always telling us how shady it is to offshore an operations’ headquarters and the Koch brothers are a prime example. Crashing economies and undermining currencies. Making billions of dollars. And then they have the audacity to not even use that money to create jobs in the US?? PURE. EVIL.


They’ve been convicted of insider trading. They fund organizations dedicated to silencing opposing view points (literally, they don’t just disagree, they want them shut down). They operate a network of organizations which fund, directly or indirectly, nearly every radical movement in the US and abroad. They have declared themselves the “world’s conscience” as if their history of pure evil doesn’t exist.— Keep reading here.

Those bastards!


Reports of Election Fraud In Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

Where there’s smoke, there’s  often fire when it comes to voter/election fraud in hotly contested races in liberal strongholds. But normally, it takes months/years before an investigation proves that large numbers of illegal votes, (enough to sway the election) were cast, and by that time, of course, it’s too late to do anything about it.

The Daily Caller talked to Madison and Milwaukee conservative radio show host Vicki McKenna,  who  spent almost her entire two-hour show taking audience calls, in which listeners detailed what may be considered full-blown voter fraud.

One caller, McKenna said, talked about a “missing box of ballots,” a voter overheard poll workers talking about. On air, McKenna said the ballot box could have contained blank ballots or it could have been filled with Wisconsin voters’ completed ballot. Either possibility presents a dilemma, though, as blank ballots in the hands of the wrong people could be used to illegally influence counts after the election.

“There are reports of 17-year-olds voting because they didn’t need to show proof of their age or anything like that,” McKenna told TheDC. “There were folks allegedly using their husbands’ or relatives’ utility bills in voter registration, ballots weren’t being counted because they were using the wrong kind of pens. There’s an over-count of 10,000 votes in Dane County.”

Some more stories flying around out there:

Pundit Press:

For some reason one of the counties in the state is destroying ballots that ‘were not counted’ yesterday. Apparently this is a very bizarre and egregious move.

There is  a call for an injunction to preserve  ‘discarded’ ballots:

I have filed a Wisconsin Open records request with the City of Mequon demanding any ballot
submitted but not cast in yesterday’s election, including any remnant of a shredded ballot. We
have received reports Mequon poll workers destroyed submitted ballots before poll closing time, demanding a driver’s license number from the absentee voter. This request is unusual and the destruction of ballots is of grave concern, given the closeness of the state Supreme Court election. I will consider seeking an injuction to back up my request if Mequon officials are not copperative [sic].
Mark Belling,
April 6, 2011

Mark Belling is  a local radio host.

A word of caution from Ed Morrissey on the radio talk show stories:

Having been a radio show host for several years in the Twin City through four elections, I can attest that not every allegation made on the air is the absolute sterling truth.  That doesn’t mean they’re all false, either, and Wisconsin has a recent history of voter fraud that certainly serves to reduce the trust in the system there.  Talk radio can help focus a spotlight on fraud, but it can also provide a lot of red herrings, too.  Wisconsin voters should demand transparency, but also should not jump to conclusions before assuming the entire election was stolen.

Pundit Press:

Now we look at today, with the I Stand With Walker Facebook page reporting firsthand fraud:

I Stand with Scott Walker

BREAKING VOTER FRAUD: Poll workers conducting registration on election day, voting, then registering again to vote. High school students registering other high school students under 18. When complained, the poll worker said mind your own business.
It appears that this may have been heaviest in the liberal safehaven of Dane County, where Madison is located. Kloppenburg’s margin was over 100,000 more than Prosser. During the count last night the county ‘accidentally’ added 10,000 additional votes to her total before retracting them.


And there is evidence of voter intimidation as well.

Village of Grafton Police were called to the Grafton Town Hall because election officials were concerned that protesters were too close to the polling place and were not following the rules established by Wisconsin’s Election Authority or Government Accountability Board (GAB). Two witnesses confirmed that a Police Officer who reported to address the incident apparently refused to deal with the protesters initially. Jessica Schmidt, Grafton Town Clerk, and another witness heard the officer say, “I used to be a conservative but I’m not anymore.” Apparently, this behavior was a result of the recent debate over union rights that has consumed Wisconsin. The officer then walked outside and without addressing the issues presented by the protesters and refused to do his job, allowing the intimidation to continue. The officer’s behavior was apparently upsetting enough that an elderly poll worker was shaking immediately following the incident and needed to be calmed down by a nurse that was present at the polling place.

And then there’s this via Gateway Pundit: Report: 500 Votes Found in Waukesha County Wisconsin …Update: It’s 500-600 Votes:

This comes from Josiah Cantrall in Wisconsin:

” A discrepancy was discovered in vote totals from a community in Waukesha county. More votes were cast for the school board race than the state supreme court one. Now local precinct workers are claiming they’ve found 500-600 ballots which would explain this discrepancy. This community voted 70% for Justice Prosser. Officials are confirming if these “lost” ballots are valid. These ballots could give Prosser a majority.

However, this all may be a technical error. The village and town both voted for the school board candidate and thus, votes may have simply been double counted.

Investigation is under way.”

Ann Althouse responds to a liberal attempt, (already?!) to discredit Republican concerns about election fraud:

So… because past claims of fraud have been “methodically debunked” — have they? — we should stop even looking for fraud? We’ll only suffer if we keep checking for cheaters? This sounds way too preemptive to me. I’ve spent the last 2 months in a vortex of political ugliness and saw it grafted onto the judicial election. I saw frantically impassioned protesters grasping at the symbolism of this election and building an intense shared feeling of entitlement to shift the politics of this state. I heard the phrase “by any means necessary” more than once.

In this context, Prosser proponents have every right to drag us through the search for fraud one more time. I hope they don’t find it, and Professor Hasen can add this new example to his next there-is-no-fraud column. But there’s a 204 vote margin in this crazy election. We need to feel confident that the outcome is correct.

I couldn’t agree more.



Video: Chris Christie Calls NJ Teachers Union “Political Thugs”

This man doesn’t mince words. When Diane Sawyer brought up the resentment some teachers are feeling towards his rhetoric, Christie  responded by saying teachers in NJ “in the main are wonderful public servants”, then went on to describe their union leaders as “political thugs.”

Later on in the same interview, (you can watch the entire thing at Breitbart TV), Christie was asked, once again, about a possible presidential run in 2012, and he reiterated that he has no intention of running. I found his comments concerning his “very good friend”, Donald Trump,  intriguing. He doesn’t think “The Donald” is really interested in running?

What’s he up to then?

More Christie goodness at Eyeblast: Spending Money is No Excuse for the Failure of Our Education System