WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Sunday declined to rule out a filibuster to block President Barack Obama's next
nominee for the Supreme Court, but they said it will only happen with an extremist pick.
"I'm never going to take it off the table," said Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, appearing on ABC's "This Week."
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said any nominee with a "judges know
best" philosophy will prompt a big fight with the GOP.
Obama was given the choice to fill a Supreme Court seat after moderate Justice John Paul Stevens, who will be 90 soon,
announced last week that he would retire.
The prospect of a political fight over the next High Court nominee would play out during the politically sensitive time
before the mid-elections. With a nation angry at Washington over all manner of things, including its handling of the ongoing
financial crisis, a divisive nominee from Obama or a nasty confirmation battle by Republicans could easily provide more ammunition
to a disenchanted electorate.
For now, however, the Republicans are talking tough.
A fight, Sessions said during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" is "in the president's hands." Republican Sen. Lamar
Alexander of Tennessee said he's reserving the prerogative to deny an up-or-down vote on any Supreme Court nominee but said
a filibuster would happen if "the president picks someone from the fringe instead of the middle."
Scott Ashjian (T-NV), the Tea Party of Nevada candidate for US Senate has taken all kinds of political
heat from the GOP since he and his Party were recognized by the State of Nevada, and like a Timex watch, Ashjian takes his
lickings and keeps on ticking.
After he and the Tea Party of Nevada were officially recognized the Republicans spread the rumor that
he was a stalking horse for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and was only in the race for the US Senate to bleed votes
from the republican candidate that will be on the November ballot. The conservative Las Vegas newspaper the Review-Journal
even printed a
poll showing that Senator Reid would lose to Sue Lowden (R-NV) and Danny Tarkanian
(R-NV) the two current front runners for the Republican Party. The Review-Journal even showed that Reid would lose to an un-named
Republican. But when the poll added Scott Ashjian into the mix, sure enough Reid was ahead in the poll.
Then after the GOP in D.C. got a hold of these poll numbers they knew they had to marginalize Ashjian
some way, some how. That’s when Nevadan’s started to hear rumors that Ashjian was not a real Tea Party type of
a person and that all the other Tea Party organization in Nevada had never heard of him or even seen him at their meeting.
But that wasn’t good enough, so the GOP sent party officials to Nevada to help organize various
Nevada Tea Party groups in opposition to the only recognized Tea Party candidate in the country for the US Senate. And now,
the Republican run Tea Party organizations in Nevada
signed a statement saying that the Tea Party of Nevada and its candidate will not be associated
with the so-called “real” Tea Party groups and should withdraw from the race.
Next up for Scott Ashjian were headlines stating that an arrest warrant had been issued for bouncing
a check for $5,000.00 last year. But no arrest warrant was issued and the Headline in the Review-Journal was wrong.
Scott Ashjian said in a
press release the that he put a stop payment on a check to a contractor he had discovered
was not legal to do business in the state. Ashjian said that there was no “bounced check” as reported by the media,
and that the media reports are “inaccurate” and “defamatory.” Ashjian paid restitution on the check
and that was it.
So after all this you would think that the Republicans had marginalized Ashjian enough to the point
that he would have little affect on this Novembers ballot.
No, not yet.
The Independent American Party (IAP), Nevada’s biggest third party, filed a lawsuit questioning
Ashjian’s candidacy as a member of the Tea Party of Nevada. When Ashjian filed the Tea Party of Nevada constitution
and bylaws as required to be considered as a Third Party, Ashjian had not yet changed his Party affiliation from Republican
to the Tea Party of Nevada, which was done a couple of hours later. The IAP argued that Nevada law states that a candidate
must first change his Party affiliation before he can become a candidate for a different Party.
Yesterday the judge in Carson City ruled that Scott Ashjian will be on this Novembers ballot.
"The best approach is to look at the end of the day on March 2, 2010, to determine if all laws have
been complied with," Carson City District Judge James Todd Russell said in his decision. "A technical sequential filing of
documents should not control, but an overall good faith attempt to comply should control."
Ashjian of course was pleased with the out come and said that he was “100 percent sure”
that he would beat Reid and the Republican candidate this November, and the way Ashjian keeps coming back, I am starting to
believe him, or at least I believe that he believes he can win.
The Republican Party has been relentless in their attacks against Ashjian, and while he continues to
prove himself, he should continue to keep an eye out for the next smear job that will certainly becoming his way.
Yesterday while at a fund raiser in Miami, FL. on Tax day, President Obama said to the audience "I've
been a little amused over the last couple of days where people have been having these rallies about taxes,"… "you would
think they would be saying thank you. That's what you'd think," as the audience cheered and applauded.
President Obama went on to say that he "cut taxes for 95 percent of working Americans” through
his stimulus package, just one of the campaign promises he has kept in his first year as President. But by the reactions of
teabaggers across the country yesterday it is obvious that they are not aware of the tax cuts because Fox has told them just
the opposite and the mainstream media has been almost as quiet.
Obama said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 also offered tax relief for small businesses
and parents whose children are in college, proclaiming the effort "strengthened the cornerstone of the American Dream."
"In all, we passed 25 different tax cuts last year," the president said.
A CBS/New York Times
February Poll found that a mere 12 percent of Americans believed their taxes have been
slashed. Among Tea Partiers, a mere 2 percent realized this fact.
The Tea Party will continue to be mocked by the majority of Americans as long as they see Glenn Beck
as the only sane voice in “journalism”.
Last Saturday’s Weekly Address by President Obama:
It seems like it was only yesterday, one year ago today, where Americans came out in droves to Washington D.C. to protest
Taxes and everything Obama. Fox News was promoting Tea Parties across the country and the republican Party was looking to
co-opt the movement into their fold. They have succeeded.
Now, while Fox News still promotes the Tea Party rallies, so do the republicans with their shill the Tea Party Express
which ended its 44 day cruise across America today where Republican candidates at each stop where biting at the bit to get
a little stage time in front of the “Tea Party Folk”. Democrats for the most part were NOT invited to speak.
Well, yesterday was Tax day again as it is each and every April 15th, and below you will find a slideshow featuring
pictures from rallies across America.
Letterman's Top 10 Thoughts That Go Through Every Accountant's Mind On April 15
10. 'If I see one more tax return, I'm gonna jam a No. 2 pencil through my eye' 9. 'I think my calculator is talking
to me' 8. 'If I screw up, they go to jail, not me' 7. 'Why didn't I become something exciting like a claims adjuster?' 6.
'Should I wear the navy blue suit or the navy blue suit?' 5. 'Get through today and then a 364-day weekend' 4. 'Who
knew the bright-eyed little boy I once was would grow into such a bitter man with a soul crushing job' 3. 'Time to fake
my death and move to the Cayman Islands' 2. 'Why did I waste time doing a stupid Top Ten at Letterman?' 1. 'This would
be a lot easier if I was sober'
Why are so many republicans so quick to kick a man or women whose down on their luck because they lost
their job? Why do so many republicans find it so easy to target this group by continuously voting against Job Bills and unemployment
Maybe its because demographically the unemployed voter block is small. Maybe that’s why Senator
Tom Coburn (R-OK) in an
interview with The Hill yesterday classified the unemployed as being “the
relatively small amount of people who will be affected by this delay”, referring to the current $9 billion unemployment
extension that he has so proudly said he will block along with all future unemployment extensions because he wants it to be
paid for with money from the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), the $700 Billion that former President Bush used for bailouts
for Wall St.
Senator Coburn said, “The easiest thing in the world is to pass this bill unpaid for, but consider
the millions of Americans whose financial futures would be damaged, versus the relatively small amount of people who will
be affected by this delay," Coburn went on to say, "Now you tell me which vote takes the most courage.”
No Senator, now you tell me which voter needs your help, not your so-called courage. You and your Party
show NO courage when you vote
No on everything, what you do show is your disloyalty to our nation by putting your Party
According to Coburn the “financial futures” of Americans will be in jeopardy if another
$9 billion is spent on an extension, and the money will only affect an insignificant and “relatively small amount of
people” or in GOP political speak, a small block of voters who will most likely not vote.
Senator Tom Coburn’s actions will cause at least 200,000 Americans to have their benefits “interrupted”
this week. Coburn’s fellow republicans have also said they support his action. Surprise, surprise.
Why else would republicans, even those here in Nevada, such as Senator John “ man have I got
ethics problems” Ensign (R-NV) and Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) vote “No” on every Bill that helps to create
jobs both for Nevada and our nation along with Bills to help the Unemployed and help with COBRA subsidies.
Even the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the Obama Stimulus Bill, which helped save our
country from financial ruin and prevented another Great Depression, each and every republican voted NO. Then back in their
home States at least 114 Republicans praised the Obama Stimulus Bill for creating jobs and paying for worthy projects in their
districts. But the republican leadership claims that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act did not create any jobs,
The republicans have said they want to see President Obama Fail, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) said that
the Health Care Reform Bill was suppose to be President Obama‘s “Waterloo“. What they don’t say is
that they want to see President Obama Fail, even if that means we have to watch America Fail. And they are doing just that,
watching. Their actions and their words clearly show that they put their Party above you, your family and our country.
Republicans find the unemployed insignificant and merely a “relatively small amount of people’
because they think that that voting block is merely a “relatively small amount of people” so why bother trying
to help them
Last week it was reported that an arrest warrant was issued for Scott Ashjian the Tea Party of Nevada
candidate for U.S. Senate, the fact is there was no warrant issued because Ashjian simply paid restitution for the check which
ended the matter right there.
Scott Ashjian said in a press release this past Friday that he put a stop payment on a check to a contractor
he had discovered was not legal to do business in the state. Ashjian said that there was no “bounced check” as
reported by the media, and that the media reports are “inaccurate” and “defamatory.”
Elizabeth Crum of the Nevada News Bureau is
reporting that while Ashjian’s claim that no arrest warrant was ever issued
is in fact true, one was requested then recalled after Ashjian covered the check and court fee’s.
Elizabeth Crum posted an update from Deputy DA Bernie Zadrowski:
“A warrant for Ashjian was requested by our office. We requested a warrant for his arrest on
1 count of D&P Checks and 1 count of Theft. The judge was scheduled to sign the arrest warrant on or about Wednesday the
31st or Thursday April 1st.”
“However, Ashjian’s lawyer contacted me on Wednesday and said Ashjian wished simply to
pay the full amount of restitution. I agreed to accept it. With bad checks, it is the common practice of the Bad Check Unit
to agree to dismiss criminal charges if the defendant is willing to pay all of the fees, costs, and restitution.”
“We did not treat Ashjian any differently than we treat any other bad check case.”
“There was no special treatment and no extra attention given to this matter because Ashjian was
“When the cashier’s check for restitution was sent to our office on Wednesday or Thursday
(I don’t remember exactly) I subsequently wrote a motion to recall the arrest warrant and dismiss the case, and then
filed the motion. The judge agreed to forego signing the arrest warrant and granted the State’s motion to dismiss the
“While it was technically inaccurate to say that an arrest warrant was issued for Ashjian, it
is accurate to say the affidavit in support of the warrant and warrant request was sent to the court. This occurred once the
State had filed the criminal complaint in justice court. But for the State agreeing to put the case on calendar to recall
and dismiss, the signing and issuing of the warrant would have happened on Thursday April 1st.”
It does appear that the media was wrong saying that an arrest warrant was issued, but one was requested.
reported yesterday, Scott Ashjian is still in the running for the U.S. Senate seat currently
held by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid along with 21 others.
Two weeks ago conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel
alleged that Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts were “a huge scam,”
then Sean Hannity and the Freedom Alliance quickly and quietly dismissed her as a kook who was trying to make a name
for herself, and the Main Stream Media never picked it up.
But they will now.
It appears that there is merit to her accusations and Debbie Schlussel may get the last word.
CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) filed complaints
with both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Sean Hannity, his Freedom Concerts,
the Freedom Alliance and Lt. Col. Oliver North.
The Freedom Alliance was founded by Col. Oliver North Ret. (Fox News Host) to raise money to support
the troops and their children through Freedom Concerts along with private donations, have raised millions over the last several
“FTC complaint alleges Hannity and Freedom Concerts have engaged in illegal and deceptive marketing
practices by suggesting that all money generated by ticket sales for the Freedom Concerts he sponsors each summer goes to
scholarships for children of killed and wounded service members. In fact, the concerts are staged by Premiere Marketing, which
is headed by Duane Ward – also the head of Premiere Speakers Bureau, which exclusively represents Mr. Hannity and Lt.
Col. North. After staging the concerts, Premiere donates an unknown portion of the concert proceeds to the Freedom Alliance.”
“IRS complaint against Freedom Alliance asks the IRS to consider revoking its charitable tax
status because the organization has engaged in prohibited political activities. When Freedom Alliance first formed in 1999,
the IRS conditioned its charitable tax status on the organization removing politically partisan materials from its website
and warned it not to intervene in political campaigns. Despite those warnings, Freedom Alliance’s website includes links
to Lt. Col. North’s columns, which are largely political, rents its mailing list to a communications firm that works
for organizations that “seek to reach Republicans and conservatives across the United States,” and hosts an annual
“Freedom Cruise” with Republican politicians such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Republican National
Committee Chairman Michael Steele. In addition, Freedom Alliance appears to have a relationship with Team America, a PAC formed
by Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), dedicated to anti-immigration efforts and supporting conservative candidates.”
When Hannity promotes the Freedom Concerts on his TV and Radio shows he says, “Every penny, 100
percent of the donations are applied to the Freedom Alliance scholarship fund.”
2006 tax returns for the Freedom Alliance proves that Sean Hannity is lying about “every
penny, 100 percent” going to the Freedom Alliance scholarship fund”. (See more tax returns covering other years
for the Freedom Alliance in the related documents below)
Sean Hannity has said very little about this other than to say “its not true“, conservative
websites such as
Newsbusters have posted their support of Hannity and a statement from the president
of the Freedom Alliance, Thomas P. Kilgannon who surprisingly also says its not true.
While Sean Hannity and Col. Oliver North may wish these allegations would go away, they will not being
going away any time soon since the complaints have been filed with the IRS and the FTC.
As you may recall Tina Fey and SNL have spoofed Palin in the past, and even Sarah Palin, the real Sarah
Palin, has gone on the show to spoof herself with some self-deprecating humor.
Michelle Malkin says there is No hate coming from Tea Party
The Big Bang Treaty... Jon Stewart rips Fox on another LIE!!!
THIS WEEKS FEATURED MUSIC VIDEO
VARIOUS LATE NIGHT QUOTES
"Well, earlier this week, President Obama kicked off the baseball season by throwing out the ceremonial
first pitch. They said President Bush did a better job throwing out the first pitch. But on the other hand, President Obama
can talk." –Jay Leno
"Next week, the president of China will be at the White House. And good news — he has no plans to foreclose."
"Well, give you an idea how important this visit is from the Chinese president, I understand Joe Biden is busy
learning some Chinese curse words." –Jay Leno
"And in a major reversal of U.S. policy, President Obama has narrowed the conditions under which we would use
nuclear weapons. He said we'd only use them against Iran, North Korea or Fox News." –Jay Leno
"The government says the economy is bouncing back. So now we can go back to making cars nobody wants. That will
be good." –David Letterman
"People were standing in line around the block all weekend to get an iPad. Out in Arizona, John McCain was waiting
in line for an IBM Selectric." –David Letterman
"And they've been talking about the iPad for months, maybe years. I'm telling you, it took longer for the iPad
to come out than it did Ricky Martin." –David Letterman
"Experts believe the iPad will revolutionize the way people procrastinate." –David Letterman
"Michelle Obama held a town hall meeting on C-SPAN to answer questions from kids about her anti-obesity campaign.
The most popular question from kids was, 'Why are you doing this to us, lady?'" –Jimmy Fallon
"Tiger Woods will play his first golf tournament in five months, and his first tournament in six years without
lipstick on his lucky underwear." –Jimmy Kimmel
This Week in God!!!
Every Sperm is Sacred...Monty Python
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