House Majority Leader Cantor finds his mind…Emergency Aid will be forthcoming…Offsets or Not…

Good for him….

The guy sometimes ‘just says things’ we know, right?

Backing the offset thing is sure way to lose your job…..

He seems to have wised up….

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (center) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left) speak Aug. 24 in Mineral, Va., with businessman B.J. Singh after his store was damaged by last week's earthquake. The distribution of disaster-relief funds has caused political backlash in Virginia.(AP)

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (center) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor(left) speak Aug. 24 in Mineral, Va., with businessman B.J. Singh after his store was damaged by last week’s earthquake. The distribution of disaster-relief funds has caused political backlash in Virginia.

“I believe there’s an appropriate federal role, and the monies will be there,” Cantor told reporters in his district, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

In a tweet later in the day, he doubled down on that promise.

“As I’ve said continuously, we will find the monies for disaster relief,” he tweeted.

Cantor churned headlines this week after telling Fox News that congressional lawmakers “are going to have to make sure” that federal aid in response to the storm is accompanied by “savings elsewhere” in the budget.

Asked by Fox on Monday if “any federal money that comes out for Hurricane Irene needs to be met dollar for dollar with spending cuts,” Cantor responded, “Well, yeah.”

“Just like any family would operate when it’s struck with disaster, it finds the money to take care of a sick loved one or what have you, and then goes without trying to buy a new car or [putting] an addition onto the house,” Cantor told Fox.

Cantor’s office softened that position Tuesday, saying Congress should “find offsets whenever possible,” because “that is the responsible thing to do.”

Still, the Fox remarks caught the attention of the White House, which questioned why Cantor didn’t push harder for offsets under the Bush administration, when Republicans ran up trillions of dollars in debt on unfunded programs…..


Photo Source…..Washington Times

Daily 2012 polls for 8/31/11….

Obama STILL leads the GOP field……

But he could use a better lead, eh?

These polls are from Realclearpolitics…..

Wednesday, August 31

Race/Topic   (Click to Sort)PollResultsSpread
2012 Republican Presidential NominationQuinnipiacPerry 24, Romney 18, Palin 11, Bachmann 10, Giuliani , Paul 9, Gingrich 3, Cain 5, Santorum 1, Huntsman 1Perry +6
General Election: Perry vs. ObamaQuinnipiacObama 45, Perry 42Obama +3
General Election: Romney vs. ObamaQuinnipiacObama 45, Romney 45Tie
President Obama Job ApprovalGallupApprove 39, Disapprove 54Disapprove +15
General Election: Bachmann vs. ObamaQuinnipiacObama 48, Bachmann 39Obama +9
General Election: Palin vs. ObamaQuinnipiacObama 51, Palin 37Obama +14
President Obama Job ApprovalRasmussen ReportsApprove 42, Disapprove 57Disapprove +15
Generic Congressional VoteQuinnipiacDemocrats 38, Republicans 38Tie

People are getting pissed at the slow Hurricane Irene cleanup and electric restore….

One of my son’s doesn’t expect his power back until Friday….

Which will be 6 days…


One of my son’s survived the from Saturday till Monday…

Then lost his electric….

I’ve been talking to people who have gotten used to NO electric…..

They don\’t like it….

I’m still driving down side streets because local politician’s are arguing about WHO will be responsible for removing tree’s

(That have landed in the middle of the street and weight tons)…

Their dime…?

Or the Utility’s dime…?

Does anybody remember the problem’s NYC Mayor John V. Lindsey got into after he presided over a lousy 6 day snow pick up in New York City????


Ah Barry, that is just rude….Whatever Works…and a little Counterpoint…Update.. Obama switches by one day….

And stupid too.

The next Republican candidates’ debate has long been scheduled for September 7 in California. Today Obama’s office announced his big jobs’ speech will be the same night just before the debate – and it will be delivered to a joint session of Congress. (This is assuming John Boehner permits it – it’s his decision.)

I hope I’m reading this wrong, but I think my prez just effectively shifted the focus from the jobs issue to the politics of the freaky scheduling. And precluded any serious discussion following his speech. It’s all spectator sport now for the political class.

Let’s leave rude to the lower life forms…..

Whatever Works….

Here’s my comment on Moe’s post…..(I consider her a fellow family blogger )

He, he, he…..

Now Moe if Rick Perry decided to do the same thing everyone would be saying brillant, eh?

Everytime Obama does something political people get bent….
Next November everyone will be complanining he and his handler’s where ‘soft’……because they didn’t play hard ball….

Look at Gore….He wasn’t rude…
And Bush stole the job from under his feet…

jamesb , the Dog….


He switched his speech by one day

The SC GOP Debate will have NO legs….

Barack Obama’s Family Trees…The Oligarch Kings…

Ethan Hein’s genealogy of Obama

Genealogy trees tend to be a bit, well, technical, and some might whisper dull. Boring even.  They sit there informatively enough in a starched, stiff edged sort of way.  They usually follow the male line only, generation on generation, producing a tree that resembles something more a portrait, than a landscape.  Like mine below.

And while they are clear and informative, they may lose something in this.  As readers of this blog will have noted it is the cross connections, the genealogical landscape of a family that is as important as anything.

So it was a delight to be pointed in the direction of Ethan Hein’s innovative web of a family tree shown above.  Ethan, a musician, appears as an artist, as much interested in the interconnections that create bands, or styles of music, or which give rise to tunes we all love, as genealogy itself.  This leads to his wonderful spider like creations which are as decorative as they are interesting.

His blog is here…..

The Oligarch Kings…..

Q poll has Obama bearly leading top Republican two, Romney and Perry…..15 months out….

Too bad it’s 15 months out, eh guys?

Quinnipiac: Obama Matchups With Romney, Perry In A Dead Heat

Kyle Leighton

President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)

A new national poll from Quinnipiac University shows that national races on both the presidential level and for Congress are in a dead heat as Washington prepares to return to work in September. Tex. Gov. Rick Perry now leads the announced GOP field in his quest for the presidential nomination, the first choice of 26 percent of Republican voters, followed by former frontrunner former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney at 20 percent, in what is now the fifth national poll Perry has taken the lead.

The poll also shows that President Obama, whose approval rating has been weakened by a slow economy and general disdain for Washington, is running very closely with both Perry and Romney. Obama leads Perry with 45 percent to the Texas governor’s 42, and ties Romney at 45 percent. Both matchups are within the poll’s margin of error and therefore a statistical dead heat.

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13 keys to re-election – Obama wins 9…Talk And Politics….


Nice framework for predicting general elections here.

If you get more than 7 keys, you’re a safe win. This applied to every election since 1984.

(This piece is the nuts and bolts from my earlier piece here at the Dog…..Thanks T&P)

Another media failure: everyone should know this stuff, but there isn’t really time. Ya’ know?…Whatever Works

You know the endless and annoying hysterical script that goes like this:

  • OMG Social Security is a Ponzi scheme!
  • OMG it’s going broke!
  • OMG people live longer!
  • OMG fewer workers per retiree!
  • Et-freacking-cetera.

A little reality:

  • Social Security has run a surplus since it began
  • has a trust fund in the trillions
  • is completely sound for at least 25 more years
  • cannot legally borrow so cannot contribute to the deficit, and
  • life expectancy is a false issue; people today who reach 65 live about the same number of years as earlier generations. (Our stunning achievement in nearly defeating infant mortality is what changed  life expectancy figures.)

Try to memorize this – makes for great dinner table conversation.

via links at Bartcop which mostly go here

Whatever Works….


Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest..8/31/11

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

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• SC-Sen: Sen. Jim DeMint reiterated that he has no plans to seek re-election… in 2016. Believe it or not, that makes him the second Republican to broadcast plans this far out, the other being Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn.

• WI-Sen: Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, who last week said he was “99% sure” he’d run for Senate, is now 100%. He confirmed to the Wausau Daily Herald that he’d join the GOP field. If ex-Gov. Tommy Thompson also gets in, I wonder if Fitzgerald and ex-Rep. Mark Neumann might wind up splitting the movement conservative vote, allowing Thompson to sneak through much like Dan Coats did in Indiana last year… though as commenters point out, can Thompson really hang on until September of 2012? Coats had a much shorter primary season.

Meanwhile, via Dave Catanese, the Victory Fund’s Denis Dison reminds us of some comments from Neumann’s past:

In 1996, Neumann said, “If I were elected God for a day, homosexuality wouldn’t be permitted.” Years later he clarified the remark, explaining he would not want God’s job.Neumann has also suggested he wouldn’t hire an openly gay staffer. “If somebody walks in to me and says, ‘I’m a gay person, I want a job in your office,’ I would say that’s inappropriate, and they wouldn’t be hired because that would mean they are promoting their agenda,” Neumann said in an address to the Christian Coalition. “The gay and lesbian lifestyle (is) unacceptable, lest there be any question about that.”

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Minorities accounted for 98 percent of the population growth in the Big cities for the past decade….

By minorities we DON’T mean Black’s…..

Their numbers are minimal (12%) ….

By minorities …..We mean Latinos/Hispanics and Asian’s…

American is getting darker….

The White population growth was 1%….

America is changing right before your eyes people….

Hispanics and Asians led population growth in the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas over the past decade, growing by 41 percent and 43 percent respectively. The population of blacks grew by 12 percent, and the aging white population was largely flat, increasing by less than 1 percent.

William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution and the author of the report, also said the United States had reached a demographic milestone: About half of all recent births were to minority parents, a shift that will have broad policy implications in the years to come.

The country’s largest cities are changing the fastest, Dr. Frey said, and provide a snapshot of what the country might look like in the future. Hispanics were 20 percent of the population of large metropolitan areas — defined by the Census Bureau as cities and their suburbs — up from 15 percent in 2000, and 11 percent in 1990. Blacks, the second-largest minority group, accounted for 14 percent of the population of large cities in 2010, unchanged from 2000. Asians totaled 6 percent.

The population increases added 11 million Hispanics to the populations of the largest American cities, nearly 4 million Asians, and 3 million blacks, Dr. Frey said. The number of whites increased by just over 400,000.

“Where these large metro areas are now is where the rest of America is headed,” he said. “The old image of the white and black American population is obsolete.”

The non-Hispanic white population is aging, with the share of women in their childbearing years shrinking. Hispanics, by contrast, are much younger, with a relatively large part of Hispanic women in their prime childbearing years.

In large metropolitan areas, the white population represented 57 percent of the total in 2010, down from 71 percent in 1990. Whites accounted for a bigger share in smaller cities, at 73 percent, and in rural areas, at 80 percent, Dr. Frey said….


Political Roundup for August 31, 2011…Red Racing Horses….

by: James_Nola

Happy last day of August!


Romney: Another flip flop? Romney, who previously said he would not attend Jim DeMint’s Presidential forum, now announces that he will be there, after resolving a “scheduling conflict” in New Hampshire.

Palin: Some people just don’t know when to quit. Sarah Palin will fly to New Hampshire on Saturday, after her appearance at an Iowa Tea Party rally. There has been much speculation that she will announce her decision on a Presidential race on Saturday.

Giuliani: Another person who has dragged his decision making for way too long (and I say this as someone who will probably support him if he runs) says he will decide after September 11th.

Huntsman: Could the forming of a pro-Huntsman SuperPac and Fred Davis’ exit to the PAC be a sign that Huntsman’s campaign is running on E?

Perry: RNC Committeeman and nephew of Haley, Henry Barbour sets the bar high for Perry’s fundraising. He said that campaign is on track to raise more than Bush in 2000. Barbour has pledged to raise $500,000 for Perry.

Polling: Ouch. Obama trails Generic R 48-40. Unfortunately, Perry and Romney are far from Generic R. Where’s T-Paw when you need him?


Shoe falls on ATF head after the ‘Fast and Furious’ op troubles…He’s moved out…..

ATF(E) has always been a step child agency….

Starting with a long history of the ‘A’…..Alcholl….

The ‘T’, Tobaccoo has been no trouble for the agency , either…

But the ‘F’…..

Firearms…… has brought the agency grief….

The ‘E’ is new and silent almost, the one place where the agency IS good….

American’s like their guns…

And ATF has ALWAYS been swimming against a political tide in enforcing the nations gun laws…

Some say that is the principal reason that ATF gets kicked around and cut out of funding from Congress…

When the headlines screamed in the last two years about guns and Mexico..

ATFE joined other federal agencies like ICE, and FBI  and the US Military in turning it’s resources on that problem…

A TFE ‘buy and bust’ operation got into big trouble when it turned out that it’s special agents where sent out unarmed and uninformed on the people it was working it’s ‘stings’ against…

The last straw was other agencies NOT sharing intel with the ATF people which resulted in a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed…

The temporary head of the beleaguered agency, Kenneth E. Melson, has admitted before Congress that the agency made mistakes….

That is turning into a political liability for the Democratic White House and Melson has been relived….


So has the US Attorney for the district, Dennis Burke, who was also involved in the ‘Fast and Furious ‘operation and his assistant…

The changes follow months of investigations into the agency’s “Operation Fast and Furious.”That now-defunct initiative, which focused on Mexican gun traffickers, resulted in a congressional inquiry after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed in an incident in which Fast and Furious guns were found at the scene.

Law enforcement officials said the personnel moves were the Justice Department’s answer to accusations from congressional Republicans, who have blasted the operation and are pushing to learn whether senior Justice officials in Washington were involved.

Before his resignation, Burke took full responsibility for Fast and Furious in testimony to congressional investigators that was released by House Democrats on Tuesday. “When our office makes mistakes, I need to take responsibility,” he said on Aug. 18. “This is a case . . . it should not have been done the way it was done, and I want to take responsibility for that, and I’m not falling on a sword or trying to cover for anyone else.”

But the personnel moves failed to satisfy the department’s critics on Capitol Hill, who vowed to continue their investigation of Fast and Furious and suggested that other senior officials could be held responsible. The Justice Department’s inspector general is also investigating, at the request of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said the changes were “warranted,” but he added that the committee “will continue its investigation to ensure that blame isn’t off-loaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department.’’