Posted by: Lipstick Piggy | November 2, 2008

Obama Vows to Shut Down the Coal Industry

I guess this means that Coal is not on his list of energy sources.  What does this really mean to the folks who live in the Appalachia’s?  I don’t many will hear this before Tuesday.  But see what is exposed in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

First the interview on how he will bankrupt the coal industry

 

Hidden Audio: Obama Tells SF Chronicle He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry

(Please read update about the San Francisco Chronicle neglecting to mention Obama’s willingness to bankrupt the coal industry at bottom of this blog.)

Imagine if John McCain had whispered somewhere that he was willing to bankrupt a major industry? Would this declaration not immediately be front page news? Well, Barack Obama actually flat out told the San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) that he was willing to see the coal industry go bankrupt in a January 17, 2008 interview. The result? Nothing. This audio interview has been hidden from the public…until now. Here is the transcript of Obama’s statement about bankrupting the coal industry (emphasis mine):

 Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.

The only thing I’ve said with respect to coal, I haven’t been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a (sic) ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It’s just that it will bankrupt them.

 Amazing that this statement by Obama about bankrupting the coal industry has been kept under wraps until this time. 

UPDATE: NewsBusters’ Tom Blumer has found out that the San Francisco Chronicle story published on January 18 based upon this January 17 interview did not include any mention of Obama’s willingness to bankrupt the coal industry which you can hear on the audio. You can read the story here when you scroll down to the “In His Own Words” section. Way to cover up for The One, SF Chronicle!

—P.J. Gladnick is a freelance writer and creator of the DUmmie FUnniesblog.

You can see the full article here: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/11/02/hidden-audio-obama-tells-sf-chronicle-he-will-bankrupt-coal-industry

Posted by: Lipstick Piggy | November 4, 2008

Daily Dish API | Claims to be airing Michelle Obama Racist Tape today

[Editor's note:  this feels like that movie Ground Hog Day. ]

API Counsel in the final stages in his arrangements to have Michelle Obama tapes aired

by africanpress on Nov 4, 2008

Notice to cancel the deal to air the Michelle Obama tape was send yesterday the 3rd of November to Fox News Network’s Senior Counsel Cassidy. API expected a reaction from Fox N.N but got none and that opens the way for API to look for other means to have the tape aired.

Now that API has got no reaction  from Fox News network, it is to be assumed that they are not ready to act tonight. API Counsel is now in the final stages in his arrangements to try and have Michelle Obama tape aired one way or another as soon as it is practically possible in collaboration with willing partners that he is now negotiating with as we go to press.

For us in API, we now have to leave things to the lead counsel who, together with his colleagues, will take all necessary steps so that the tape is released within the legal framework and in accordance with the laws of the United States.

After we issued the last bulletin informing the readers that API was cancelling the deal, some readers who would like to see the tape released immediately have been very critical on us. It is very important that when one is releasing sensitive information there is absolute need to be very careful because of the repercussions that may follow.

We should not forget that politics is a very deadly game and can hit back very hard on those who have information that may lead to disqualification of ambitious and non-ambitious candidates.

API, even through the pressure mounted has been high, had to thread very carefully. The tape contains highly sensitive information and what API and the legal advisers have been doing the whole day is to ensure API does not get hurt in the end or faced with many lawsuits to be initiated by those affected with the contents of the tape.

The fact that the legal team wants API to thread very carefully is because API risks being sued if when releasing the information is not careful enough in blocking any loopholes that enable those mentioned in the tape to take legal action.

This however, does not mean the tape will not be released. The people who do not want to believe,

- that API is speaking the the truth,

- that API has had agreement with Fox since the 28th of last month,

- that API is not lying to the readers, fooling any one, or trying to scam any persons, are at liberty to leave the site instead of complaining all the time and accusing API of malice.

Nobody is holding the legs of those complaining forcing them to come to the site here. Readers have a right to choose where to get information and if some readers do not believe in us and are only interested to call us Fraudsters, scammers and other dirty names, such people know only too well that they can decide not to visit our site at all. We will not miss them, if they do not visit this site at all, because they must not assume that their presence here is giving us any financial gains. Instead, we have to endure disrespect and abuse all the time, even after allowing non-moderation commenting system.

Some have become professional abusers on the site and some are professional doubters. When people call for the release of the tape, we understand them, but they should understand us as well when we tell them that we have to do so in a manner that does not kill API. To accuse us is that we may have written a letter to a non-existing Fox News Counsel is unbelievable.

We have communication between API and Fox News Network headquarters. If there was no truth in all this, we would have called it quit. The readers may become witnes to all the correspondence from the 15th October to the 1st of November between API and Fox News Network if the need arises.

To continue abusing me and calling me all kinds of names on earth does not make me stop what I am focused on. Those writing bad about me must now get it in their heads that calling me all sorts of names will not change the person I am and will not take my friends who know me away from me, because what is written by some readers about me is simply an attempt to discredit this site, a thing that they will not succeed.

I am not able to update the readers every hour now that the lawyers are working on the Case, but I will not relent until the tape is made public. In the finality of all this, API may end up asking for support from you, but for now the legal team have the control of things and they may not need any help from any one in putting their act together in seeing through what is to be done as immediate as possible.

My silence does not mean ignoring those who support API at this moment. It is just that the legal team have decided that they do the job because they are of the opinion that all I do is releasing a lot of inside information that may be used against API.

I would like to inform those who are against me and API, that when all this is over, despite their abuses, name calling and all the negative they have directed towards me, I will still remain here in API executing my duties deligently because I am a strong-will person who does not get shaken easily because I draw my strength from God who loves you and me.

Original article: http://africanpress.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/api-counsel-in-the-final-stages-in-his-arrangement-to-have-michelle-obama-tapes-aired/

Posted by: Lipstick Piggy | November 4, 2008

No Abuse of Power | Gov Sarah Palin CLEARED of Troopergate issues

I just got this from Greta Van Susteren a little while ago… but things here have been hectic…  If you haven’t seen Greta’s show on Fox — it is a must see.

 

Governor Sarah Palin CLEARED.  See note from my FNC colleague Dan Springer

From: Springer, Dan
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 7:21 PM
To:
Subject: Urgent
Personnel Board investigator assigned to look into Troopergate, found
no probable cause that Palin violated the state’s ethics law.

This is reversal of legislative investigation which concluded she had
abused her power.

Dan just sent a second email that had this note in it…I am not sure if this is language right from the decision or not:

there is absolutely no evidence to support a finding of probable cause
for violation of the executive ethics act against the gov.

[Editor's note:  GREEEAAAAAATTTTTT now we have every anti-american world leader seeking to dominate our country by controling our energy sources.  Because Obama lacks foreign policy experience -- we are doomed if he can't pull his act together and be a leader instead of an orator.]

Chavez offers talks with “black man” in W.House

Mon 3 Nov 2008, 0:30 GMT

 

CARACAS, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Anti-U.S. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez predicted on Sunday the “black man” will win the U.S. presidential race and offered to hold talks with him to improve ties between the superpower and one its biggest oil suppliers.

Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee who would be the first black U.S. president if he wins Tuesday’s election, said this year he would be open to dialogue with leaders like Chavez — a remark that was seized on by Republicans as naive.

McCain, who trails Obama in polls, has labeled Chavez a dictator.

Chavez, a socialist who has mocked President George W. Bush and calls ex-Cuban leader Fidel Castro his mentor, has said there is an inevitable clash between U.S. and Venezuelan interests, although he has at times offered to ease bilateral tensions.

“We are not asking him to be a revolutionary, to be a socialist — no,” Chavez said at a political rally. We just want the black man who is about to be the U.S. president to have enough stature for the times the world is living through.

“I send an overture to the black man, from us here, who are of Indigenous, black, Caribbean, South American race,” he said.

“I am ready to sit down and talk … I hope we can, and I hope we can enter a new stage,” he said later at another rally.

Most Latin Americans would prefer Obama to win the White House over Republican rival John McCain, according to polls. They have felt largely neglected by the Bush administration as the region swung to the left.

Chavez, who expelled the U.S. ambassador in September, urged Obama to end the Cuban embargo, withdraw troops from Iraq and stop what he called U.S. threats against Iran and Venezuela. (Reporting by Ana Isabel Martinez; Writing by Saul Hudson; Editing by Bill Trott)

Original article can be found here: http://africa.reuters.com/energyandoil/news/usnN02487792.html

Posted by: Lipstick Piggy | November 3, 2008

API Daily Dish | API Cancels Deal with Fox News

[Editor's Note:  here is our daily fix of delay and confusion from the API.  I wonder why they just don't create a YouTube video out of it and send us all a link and call it done????  Okay, I admit I'm both laughing and wish it were true.  But even if they release right now... it is too late.  Even though they published emails they allegedly sent to FoxNews -- doesn't mean they had any deal with FoxNews. ]

The Michelle Obama tape has caused a great deal of headache to API from the day the story broke out. Some have argued saying API does not have the tape, whereas others have given API unwavering support all along. It is to the group that believed in API, that is owed an explanation to let them know what is going to happen after we cancel the deal with Fox News Network.

There is no exaggeration when we say we struck a deal with Fox N.N in good faith and that was done due to information we had at the time causing us to believe that the network was serious to air the tape.

API has waited this long for the release of the tape, while at the same time giving hope to many who wanted to listen to the contents of the tape.

We will not drop the idea to release the tape to the public because we are well aware API’s credibility has been put on the line.

The truth of the matter, the negotiations and the denials must be put into perspective. API would like to inform the readers that we concentrated all our energy on the API/Fox arrangement because the readers advised us to do so.

It is important to point out that it was Fox News Network that took the initiative  to establish contact with us and made us believe in them. When we did not want to continue negotiations with them, they kept on requesting for a deal and their persistence made us bestow our trust upon them in all totality.

The moment the story of the tape was made public by API, Fox News Network was quick to take contact requesting to be given exclusive rights. It took many days of negotiations and finally, API decided to accept Fox News Network’s offer giving the network exclusive rights on the story.

In the deal, Fox News Network was contracted to air the tape anytime after the 28th of October and no later than the 4th of November. The general consensus and understanding was to have the tape released within 24 hours after the final agreement was reached. The agreement opens for change on the airing time but emphasises that if such was to happen due necessity and workload in the Network, the tape is to be aired anytime but not after the elections.

The delay by Fox to air the tape has caused API a lot of inconveniences, unnecessary embarrassment and as a result this has now forced API’s to take this unilateral decision to declare the contract null and void after consultations with Counsel.

As a result of today’s meetings and discussions with the legal team, API has send a letter of cancellation of the deal to Fox N.N., informing them of a breach of contract and intended move to seek compensation for a breach of contract.

Fox News Network can only save the deal if the Network promptly takes a decision to air the tape tonight without any failure.

Here below is the text of the cancellation letter API has dispatched by email to Fox News Network.

—————

—– Original Message —–
From: African Press International (API)
To: Cassidy, Carlotta
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: Cancellation of the deal on the airing of Michelle Obama tape due to a breach of contract

Senior Media Counsel

Fox News Network, LLC

1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York  10036

 

API has written to you a number of times and also called your offices.

Despite all these, your news network has kept quiet and ignored the importance to air the tape in your possession. We have taken a decision today, in consultation with our legal team to cancel the deal. The deal can only be saved by yourselves if your news network can confirm to us immediately that the airing of the tape will take place tonight without any failure.

In the event of the deal being cancelled, we will not hesitate to publish all the correspondence exchanged between us during the negotiations that led to the 28th October agreement.

Here below is the text of our cancellation letter “agreed upon with Counsel”, which is also send to as an attachment to this email:

 

—————————————–

 

November 3, 2008

Carlotta Cassidy

Senior Media Counsel

Fox News Network, LLC, 1211 Avenue of the Americas

New York, New York  10036

 

Dear Sir/Madam 

 

Re: Our contract: anticipatory repudiation

We have to face the fact that you have decided not to comply with the letter and spirit of our agreement entered in good faith insofar as we are concerned.

We hereby anticipatorily repudiate our agreement with you and hold you responsible for all the damages we have incurred and will incur by your breach of the agreement.

It is clear that, with the repudiation of the contract, we are no longer by its confidentiality provisions and its terms and conditions.

We will publish the substance of this letter so as to inform the public and interested organizations of the legitimacy and reasonableness of your actions to perform your obligation to broadcast the tapes as well as any other of the obligations you had agreed to perform.

The genuineness of the tapes has been verified by your organization and we trust that you will advise any interested party accordingly, In any event, this is now a largely theoretical question, since a fair number of independent persons will be able to make their own opinion on the matter.

We wish to thank you for the courtesy you have shown to us at the personal level.

As to the actual damages, our counsel will contact you after we have performed your obligations and reviewed the whole situation.

Yours sincerely,

 

Korir

Chief Editor Korir

African Press International – API

Oslo, Norway

Copy to: API’s Canadian counsel, Ontario – Canada

——————————

We await your reaction to this correspondence. Please treat it with the urgency it deserves.

Yours sincerely,

Chief Editor Korir

African Press International – API

——————– END——————–

API has decided to publish the above letter send to Fox News Network today in order to enlighten the readers on what is taking place.

The situation, as it is, will require urgent action from API’s part in looking for other outlets that will enter into agreement with API in order to have the tape released. API’s Counsel will now concentrate on getting an agreement as soon as possible (immediately) with any serious willing outlet(s) that will take over the responsibility to release the tape.

Steps taken now is expected to enable API to have the tapes released so that API does not risk losing credibility.

Posted by: Lipstick Piggy | November 3, 2008

Obama’s Grandmother Passes Away

Regardless of politics, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Obama family at this time.  The timing is unfortunate as the Obama’s will likely not be able to properly start the grieving process. 

We should all take a pause and reflect on the greatness of this country and our loved ones. 

Posted by: Lipstick Piggy | November 3, 2008

Is He a Racist? | A Black Man’s View of Obama in His Own Words

I am so sick of hearing the innuendo that if you are not voting for Obama then you are a racist.  I don’t subscribe to this thinking.

This video is a little long but a young man translates Obama’s rhetoric for the Everyday Man. This young man sure has a lot of energy and his vinettes are sometimes comical. Could this be our next Saturday Night Live Political Activist? He discusses everything from taxes, healthcare, disabled children, abortion, Joe the Plumber, and more!

Obama’s Economic Plan

by Lynn Forester de Rothschild (Democrat -Friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton)

In a stunning about face this week, Barack Obama announced that “I’ve got an economic plan that is similar to Bill Clinton’s.” On its face, this would mean that, if elected, Barack Obama would raise taxes on all taxpayers, support NAFTA and reduce welfare, three cornerstones of the Clinton economic legacy. This would be a serious reversal of Senator Obama’s campaign promises and his stated policies. Other than a crass attempt to hitch his fate to the Clinton star, the comment highlights the serious risk to our current economic situation that is posed by Barack Obama’s pledge to raise taxes on the producers of jobs and capital, increase welfare and abrogate our commitment to NAFTA. These policies create a serious probability of leading our economy into further economic dismay.

Barack Obama is wholly disingenuous in implying that his tax policy will have the same success as the Clinton policy when, in fact, the economic environment inherited by Bill Clinton was vastly different from today’s economy. Obama’s assertion is similar to saying that because an aspirin cures a headache it will do the same for cancer. President Clinton benefited from an economy that grew by 4.2% in the first quarter of his Presidency, the Dow was up 5.8% for the year prior to his election, total national debt was 54% of national output and information technology was in its infancy. Tax rates inherited by Clinton had been reduced by 60% under Reagan and Bush Senior since the Carter years. When President Clinton increased taxes, he simultaneously brought our national budget into balance in sixteen months. He signed NAFTA against the will of his own party.

Yesterday, the country’s growth contracted by .3%, providing one-half of the technical verification of the recession being felt around the country and certain to be inherited by the next President. The Dow is down 32.5% for the year, our national debt is at nearly 70% of total GDP (after WWII national debt was 102% of GDP and America was at the beginning of its stunning economic success). Currently, unless investors are able to forcefully advance new energy technologies, there is no analog to the 1990’s information revolution which can give us the necessary economic stimulus for innovation and job growth. Supporters of the Illinois Senator not only ignore the current fragile economy, but also the obvious consequences of Obama’s opposition to NAFTA and his destructive economic philosophy. In fact, Senator Obama’s policy of higher taxes and higher tariffs for our fragile economy at this time is exactly the wrong direction for the country.

One of the reasons that Barack Obama could well lose on Tuesday is because voters are beginning to realize that his policies will tank the economy and the markets. The stock market looks forward, not backward, and there is a direct correlation between the declining Dow and the increasing poll numbers for Barack Obama. According to the June Gallop Poll, by a margin of 87 to 13, Americans care more about improving the economy than they do about redistributing wealth.

According to his rhetoric, Barack Obama is helping working Americans. In fact, John McCain offers bigger tax breaks to the working class than Barack Obama. (The only reason you do not know this is because you have not looked at the fact that no one earning under $50,000 will pay any tax under John McCain and, on the famous “Obama Taxometer”, the untruthful Obama campaign does not include the $5,000 health care tax credit that John McCain in giving to every American). Moreover, almost 75% of Americans making $100,000 have some capital gains. As the value of their investments turns negative they will suffer badly, even if Barack Obama does not raise their taxes. A declining economy is bad for everyone.

It is dishonest for Senator Obama to claim he will fix this economy by taxing the top 5%. His spending increases on programs alone amount to $300 billion per year. The dishonesty is to say that this will be paid by his tax on the top 5%. It is simply not possible. As the Obama plan makes clear, the additional taxes of the “rich” have already been committed to his “refundable tax credits”. According to the Tax Policy Center, the Obama tax plan will take $70 billion from the top 5% of earners in the country and redistribute it to the 60 million Americans who pay no tax.

Senator Obama’s economic philosophy will make America neither stronger nor fairer. Today, the top 1% of earners contributes 40% of the nation’s $2.6 trillion tax intake and the bottom 50% pay 2.9% of our nation’s total needs. This is in contrast to the 17% of total tax paid by the top filers under the Carter Administration when the top marginal rate was 70%. It has been shown that reductions in tax rates increase tax revenues because incentives to private enterprise strengthen the economy and create jobs and a larger tax base.

As he exploits the current widespread economic uncertainty in the nation and blames the richest, Barack Obama not only ignites an insidious class war, but also ignores the inconvenient fact that America’s top earners have paid double in taxes since the reduction of their tax rates under George Bush. Namely, in 2003 the richest Americans paid $136 billion in taxes and after the tax cut in 2006 they paid $274 billion. Times of economic uncertainty are exactly when our government needs to cling to business and the generators of wealth and jobs, not use them as scapegoats.

Along with my Democratic “friends,” I used to make fun of Republicans by saying that they lived in an “evidence-free zone.” Well, I now see that it is the Democrats, swept away in the “narrative” and “transcendence” of Barack Obama, that are refusing to look at the facts about the likely consequences of electing Barack Obama. The same media outlets that failed to vet the Iraq War are now failing to vet Barack Obama. Unfortunately, they will never accept responsibility; it will be our country that takes the hit. For me, that is very sad.

John McCain may not be the most eloquent or sexiest candidate in this race, but he is the candidate who will best serve this nation for the next four years. He is reducing taxes for all Americans further than Barack Obama, cutting federal spending and encouraging free trade and energy independence as engines for domestic economic growth. More importantly, he and Sarah Palin actually have a record of taking on the vested interests and their own party (while working with Democrats) to make tough decisions. I have yet to be shown the same evidence of the junior Senator from Illinois.

Regrettably, the road kill of Obama’s reckless rhetoric and policies is not the rich taxpayer, but the entire American economy. The pain will be felt mostly by those who lose their jobs in the economic downturn and are the owners of 401ks and other savings who suffer at the stock market continues to decline. Barack Obama has not been held accountable for the obvious consequences of his tax and trade philosophy and policies. If elected, it will be all Americans who will suffer.

PS. Most readers have probably not read this far into the piece, but if you have, I have one more comment…..Since speaking out about this election, I have seen the Obama response is to attack me personally, particularly on the Internet. Fine, but just to let you know, eighteen months ago my husband wrote in the Financial Times that capitalism was in retreat because of the greed on Wall Street. We have subsequently invested only in tax-free government securities. So, my opinion is not driven by my economic interests. I am driven by what I said in the New York Times in June, “I love my country more than my party” ……and it is ok with me if you hate me. xoxoxo

 [Editors note:  I too am a Democrat.  I also love my country more than my party.  Some people hate me for it.  It doesn't mean I will cave into their message because of their hate.  It means I will stand fast for what is right in America.]

Original post can be found at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lady-lynn-forester-de-rothschild/obamas-economic-plan_b_140002.html

Posted by: Lipstick Piggy | November 3, 2008

Spread the Wealth includes the Illegal | Obama

I’ve waited several days to post my thoughts about Obama’s aunt who is here illegally and violating the law.  I’ve been waiting to see a few things but none of them have occured.

1.  Why did Obama return her money instead of donating it to charity as he did the other illegal campaign contributions?  BTW – I wonder what charity that was.  Was it ACORN?  :)

2.  Why hasn’t she been deported since this was discovered?

3.  All of Obama’s votes for benefits for those here illegally totally make sense now.  You have to connect the dots.  But clearly they are benefiting from tax payers already with subsidized housing, welfare, healthcare, etc.   I wonder how many will come with even more benefits available to them?

I shake my head in disbelief as one thing after another is discovered despite the huge machine that is spinning every item and attempting to cover up so much ahead of any  discovery.

With Obama in power, will we become as politically corrupt as the countries the illegal workers are fleeing to come here? Will we become a third world nation?

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