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Awesome htowns. It must have been bad because that story hit before lunch and they were backing off around two.
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This dude is TD Ameritrade's founder? Time to close that account. Confused
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Joe Ricketts' Plan: Jeremiah Wright Super PAC Ad Attack Drafted For Billionaire Looking To Increase Clout
Posted: 05/17/2012 8:55 pm


WASHINGTON -- Perhaps it wasn't how he hoped to make a splash, but TD Ameritrade founder J. Joe Ricketts hit the political big time this week when The New York Times reported that the Wyoming-based billionaire had commissioned a plan for a super PAC ad campaign attacking President Barack Obama over his past association with the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Although Ricketts has now renounced the effort -- one document states his preliminary approval to draft it -- and Fred Davis, the advertising maven who wrote up the plan, said it was just one of many not adopted, the proposed $10 million campaign has caused a furor.

Ricketts clearly has designs on joining that group of billionaires -- like Sheldon Adelson, Charles and David Koch, and Harold Simmons -- who are sweeping through the 2012 election as forces of their own nature.

He has already contributed more than a half-million dollars to super PACs in the 2012 cycle. The Campaign for Primary Accountability, which backs primary challengers to congressional incumbents, reported a $500,000 contribution, and Ricketts' own super PAC, the Ending Spending Fund, spent $250,000 to support Senate candidate Deb Fischer in her victory in Tuesday's Nebraska GOP primary.

Like many a staunch fiscal conservative, Ricketts is a self-made man. Born in Nebraska City, Neb., in 1941, he put himself through college, taking nine years to graduate from Creighton University while working to pay the bills.

In the 1970s, he co-founded the firm that would eventually become Ameritrade (later to merge with TD Waterhouse). The company was a pioneer in providing individual investors with the tools to trade, first through touch-tone phone services and later through the Internet with its well-known $8-a-trade offer.

As for Ricketts' politics, he had shifted away from the Democratic Party he supported in his youth.


"I started my political life as a Kennedy Democrat, and Johnson pushed me out because he spent too much money," Ricketts explained in a video announcing the launch of his Taxpayers Against Earmarks, the precursor group to the Ending Spending Fund.

Ricketts continued, "Reagan pulled me into the Republican Party, and [George W.] Bush pushed me out because he spent too much money."

A staunch opponent of both partisanship and wasteful spending is how Ricketts portrays himself and his political activism. But theory doesn't always conform to reality. Ricketts' monomania about spending drives very one-sided giving.

Ricketts' political contributions and his super PAC's actions are those of a person strongly based in the Republican Party. Since 1989, he has contributed more than $2.25 million to candidates and political action committees at the federal and state level. Only $11,600 has gone to Democrats, the biggest recipient being Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) with $5,100.

The Ending Spending Fund judges lawmakers based on whether they support capping federal spending, a singular interest that puts it squarely in line with the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. The super PAC's website characterizes lawmakers as "sheriffs" and "bandits." Only five House Democrats and two Senate Democrats make the "sheriffs" list and only two House Republicans appear on the "bandits" side.

The group's spending is even more telling. In 2010, the super PAC spent more than 90 percent of its funds attacking Democrats. Only $29,000 of the total $1.15 million went to ads trying unsuccessfully to save ousted Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho), who had voted against practically every bill endorsed by the Democratic majority.

In the past, Ricketts' anti-spending mantra had zeroed in on congressional earmarks and wasteful spending. "I think it's a crime for our elected officials to borrow money today, to spend money today, and push the repayment of that loan out into the future on people who are not even born yet," he said in the video announcing Taxpayers Against Earmarks.

The Ending Funding Fund defines earmarks as provisions "inserted in the text of a Congressional bill or report that allocates money or a tax benefit for a specific project, program, or organization, circumventing a merit-based or competitive allocation process."

But Ricketts' intense dislike of wasting taxpayer dollars, especially those not procured through a "merit-based or competitive allocation process," didn't exactly extend to his own business.

In 2009, the Ricketts family won a bidding war to purchase the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the Chicago Tribune Co. for nearly $1 billion. Within 12 months, the family was pushing the state of Illinois to borrow $300 million to revamp the famed Wrigley Field where the Cubs play. But the proposal has yet to be approved, and now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Obama and a master of political hardball, has made it clear he's incensed about the Rev. Wright ad proposal and what an aide called the Ricketts' "blatant hypocrisy."

Down in Arizona, the Ricketts were successful in obtaining taxpayer money to build a new Cubs spring training facility. The voters of Mesa approved a ballot initiative to provide $99 million in taxpayer funds in 2010.

Publicly funded stadium expansions are just the type of wasteful spending that an article in the magazine of the conservative American Enterprise Institute argued against in 2008. Ricketts sat on AEI's board of trustees from 1999 to 2007.

Another area where Ricketts' political activism may come up against his personal interests is in his newly burgeoning media business. DNAInfo.com is a hyper-local journalism project founded by Ricketts as an alternative to both the mainstream press and partisan outlets. Even if DNAInfo.com maintains its objective stance, its founder and CEO's newfound political infamy has raised eyebrows.
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From what I understand, Ricketts' kids (the ones who own the Cubs) are Obama supporters. However, Poppa Ricketts' move is gonna cause some serious blowback for the Rickett kids. Imagine the hubris that it takes to ask for taxpayers to fund your stadium, while your family uses its own money to trash the mayor's former boss... in the city that happens to be the President's hometown.
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So last week, we talked about Joe Cricketts and his $10 million attempt to resurrect the Rev. Wright/Obama issue from 2008. Well, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the RNC, goes out and says that [url=http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/05/20/487292/reince-priebus-obama-attack-ads-race/]Obama and the Democrats are to blame[/url] for it. These people have clearly lost it.
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[quote="DamnYouAll"]So last week, we talked about Joe Cricketts and his $10 million attempt to resurrect the Rev. Wright/Obama issue from 2008. Well, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the RNC, goes out and says that [url=http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/05/20/487292/reince-priebus-obama-attack-ads-race/]Obama and the Democrats are to blame[/url] for it. These people have clearly lost it.[/quote]

Wow... just... wow. Obama Derangement Syndrome with a side order of sociopathic tendencies.
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Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban
Propaganda that was supposed to target foreigners could now be aimed at Americans, reversing a longstanding policy. “Disconcerting and dangerous,” says Shank.


Posted May 18, 2012 4:27pm EDT
An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned.

The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee's official website.

The tweak to the bill would essentially neutralize two previous acts—the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987—that had been passed to protect U.S. audiences from our own government’s misinformation campaigns.

The bi-partisan amendment is sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State.
In a little noticed press release earlier in the week — buried beneath the other high-profile issues in the $642 billion defense bill, including indefinite detention and a prohibition on gay marriage at military installations — Thornberry warned that in the Internet age, the current law “ties the hands of America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others by inhibiting our ability to effectively communicate in a credible way.”

The bill's supporters say the informational material used overseas to influence foreign audiences is too good to not use at home, and that new techniques are needed to help fight Al-Qaeda, a borderless enemy whose own propaganda reaches Americans online.

Critics of the bill say there are ways to keep America safe without turning the massive information operations apparatus within the federal government against American citizens.

“Clearly there are ways to modernize for the information age without wiping out the distinction between domestic and foreign audiences,” says Michael Shank, Vice President at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Washington D.C. "That Reps Adam Smith and Mac Thornberry want to roll back protections put in place by previously-serving Senators – who, in their wisdom, ensured limits to taxpayer–funded propaganda promulgated by the US government – is disconcerting and dangerous."

“I just don’t want to see something this significant – whatever the pros and cons – go through without anyone noticing,”
“ says one source on the Hill, who is disturbed by the law. According to this source, the law would allow "U.S. propaganda intended to influence foreign audiences to be used on the domestic population."

The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.”

According to this official, “senior public affairs” officers within the Department of Defense want to “get rid” of Smith-Mundt and other restrictions because it prevents information activities designed to prop up unpopular policies—like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Critics of the bill point out that there was rigorous debate when Smith Mundt passed, and the fact that this is so “under the radar,” as the Pentagon official puts it, is troubling.

The Pentagon spends some $4 billion a year to sway public opinion already, and it was recently revealed by USA Today the DoD spent $202 million on information operations in Iraq and Afghanistan last year.

In an apparent retaliation to the USA Today investigation, the two reporters working on the story appear to have been targeted by Pentagon contractors, who created fake Facebook pages and Twitter accounts in an attempt to discredit them.

(In fact, a second amendment to the authorization bill — in reaction to the USA Today report — seeks for cuts to the Pentagon’s propaganda budget overseas, while this amendment will make it easier for the propaganda to spread at home.)

The evaporation of Smith-Mundt and other provisions to safeguard U.S. citizens against government propaganda campaigns is part of a larger trend within the diplomatic and military establishment.

In December, the Pentagon used software to monitor the Twitter debate over Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing; another program being developed by the Pentagon would design software to create “sock puppets” on social media outlets; and, last year, General William Caldwell, deployed an information operations team under his command that had been trained in psychological operations to influence visiting American politicians to Kabul.

The upshot, at times, is the Department of Defense using the same tools on U.S. citizens as on a hostile, foreign, population.
A U.S. Army whistleblower, Lieutenant Col. Daniel Davis, noted recently in his scathing 84-page unclassified report on Afghanistan that there remains a strong desire within the defense establishment “to enable Public Affairs officers to influence American public opinion when they deem it necessary to "protect a key friendly center of gravity, to wit US national will," he wrote, quoting a well-regarded general.

The defense bill passed the House Friday afternoon.
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I guess weeding out the kiddie fuckers isn't high on their priority list.

Notre Dame Suing Obama Administration Over Birth Control Mandate
By RACHEL ZOLL 05/21/12 01:06 PM ET


NEW YORK — Dozens of Roman Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions sued the Obama administration Monday over a government mandate requiring most employers to provide birth control coverage as part of their employee health plans.

The lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country represent the largest push against the mandate since President Barack Obama announced the policy in January. Among those suing are the University of Notre Dame, the Archdioceses of Washington, New York and Michigan, and the Catholic University of America.

"We have tried negotiation with the administration and legislation with the Congress, and we'll keep at it, but there's still no fix," said New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "Time is running out, and our valuable ministries and fundamental rights hang in the balance, so we have to resort to the courts now."

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department adopted the rule to improve health care for women. Last year, an advisory panel from the Institute of Medicine, which advises the federal government, recommended including birth control on the list of covered services, partly because it promotes maternal and child health by allowing women to space their pregnancies.

However, faith leaders from across religious traditions protested, saying the mandate violates religious freedom. The original rule includes a religious exemption that allows houses of worship to opt-out of the mandate, but keeps the requirement in place for religiously affiliated charities.

In response to the political furor, Obama offered to soften the rule so that insurers would pay for birth control instead of religious groups. However, the bishops and others have said that the accommodation doesn't go far enough.

Health and Human Services spokeswoman Erin Shields said Monday that the department does not comment on pending litigation.

Notre Dame's president, the Rev. John Jenkins, said in a statement that the school decided to sue "after much deliberation, discussion and efforts to find a solution acceptable to the various parties." The university argued that the mandate violates religious freedom by requiring many religiously affiliated hospitals, schools and charities to comply.

"We do not seek to impose our religious beliefs on others," Jenkins said. "We simply ask that the government not impose its values on the university when those values conflict with our religious teachings."


Other religious colleges and institutions have already filed federal suit over the mandate, but observers had been closely watching for Notre Dame's next step.

The university, among the best-known Catholic schools in the country, has indicated past willingness to work with President Barack Obama, despite their differences with him on abortion and other issues. Notre Dame came under unprecedented criticism from U.S. bishops and others in 2009 for inviting Obama, who supports abortion rights, as commencement speaker and presenting him with an honorary law degree.
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just because it made me giggle:

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Why didn't yall tell me Mittens got booed out of West Philly? Laughing



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Romney ventures onto Democratic turf, gets earful in Philadelphia

May 24, 2012|By Paul West


PHILADELPHIA – Making a rare inner-city campaign stop, Mitt Romney preached the merits of traditional, two-parent families and touted his platform of educational choice at a West Philadelphia charter school.

The Republican presidential candidate had little political reason during the primaries to visit heavily Democratic neighborhoods such as Carroll Park. And his initial foray as the likely GOP nominee had more to do with outreach to suburban moderates than to African Americans, who are likely to give President Obama almost universal support.


When Romney's campaign bus rolled up to the Universal Bluford Charter School on Thursday morning, he could see signs on the row houses across the street, including one that bore President Obama’s picture and the words, “We got your back.” Another read, “Stop Privatizing.”

Inside the neat, two-story brick school building, the welcome was much friendlier, though Romney was challenged during a roundtable discussion with educators to defend his claim that reducing class size doesn’t improve student performance. The former governor contends that smaller classes are a ploy by teachers unions — one of his favorite targets — to get more teachers hired.

Steven Morris, who teaches music, told Romney, “I can’t think of any teacher in the whole time I have been teaching, 13 years, who would say that more students [in the classroom] would benefit. And I can’t think of a parent that would say I would like my teacher to be in a room with a lot of kids and only one teacher.”

Ronald Benner, whose technology classes range from 23 to 28 students, chimed in that “you can give more personalized attention to each student if you have a smaller class size.” Another teacher stressed the importance of keeping classes to no more than 18 students in the critical early primary grades.

Romney, in a blue tie and white dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up, acknowledged that “if you had a class of five that would be terrific. If you had a class of 50, that’s impossible.” But he said a McKinsey Global Institute study had compared U.S. student performance with countries like Singapore, South Korea and Finland and found that class size didn’t matter.

“Gosh, schools that are the highest performing in the world, their classroom sizes are about the same as in the United States. So it’s not the classroom size that is driving the success of those school systems,” Romney said. Instead, parental involvement and top-flight teachers and administrators are what makes the difference, he said.

[b]Romney reiterated his contention that “the gap in educational opportunity and achievement of people of color in this society, I believe, is the civil rights issue of our time.” He added that “having two parents in a home makes an enormous difference. And so if we’re thinking about the kids of tomorrow, trying to help move people to understand, you know, getting married and having families where there’s a mom and a dad together has a big impact. That’s, in my view, that’s a critical down-the-road for those that are already in a setting where they don’t have two parents.”[/b]
Creating jobs for minority parents is also crucial, Romney said, adding that “in many cases” it’s not possible to have “intact families.”

Later, as Romney was touring the all-black school, which the city school district turned over to a charter operator two years ago in an effort to improve student achievement, Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference on a sidewalk outside blasting the Republican’s visit.

“I don’t know why this guy’s here,” said Nutter, standing behind an Obama campaign sign. Romney “has suddenly somehow found West Philadelphia, somehow now wants to talk about education.”

But the Democrat questioned whether Romney would learn much in a visit lasting less than two hours.

“I don’t know that a one-day experience in the heart of West Philadelphia is enough to get you ready to run the United States of America,” said Nutter, surrounded by several dozen chanting Obama supporters and neighborhood residents.

“Mitt Romney running his financial services firm put people out of work, damaged Americans, damaged families, caused people to lose their jobs, possibly lose their homes and all of that,” the mayor said.

“So let’s talk about that. You want to have an urban experience? You want to have a West Philly experience? Then come out here and talk to somebody in West Philly.”

paul.west@latimes.com
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[quote="westphilly37"]Why didn't yall tell me Mittens got booed out of West Philly? Laughing



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Romney ventures onto Democratic turf, gets earful in Philadelphia

May 24, 2012|By Paul West


PHILADELPHIA – Making a rare inner-city campaign stop, Mitt Romney preached the merits of traditional, two-parent families and touted his platform of educational choice at a West Philadelphia charter school.

The Republican presidential candidate had little political reason during the primaries to visit heavily Democratic neighborhoods such as Carroll Park. And his initial foray as the likely GOP nominee had more to do with outreach to suburban moderates than to African Americans, who are likely to give President Obama almost universal support.


When Romney's campaign bus rolled up to the Universal Bluford Charter School on Thursday morning, he could see signs on the row houses across the street, including one that bore President Obama’s picture and the words, “We got your back.” Another read, “Stop Privatizing.”

Inside the neat, two-story brick school building, the welcome was much friendlier, though Romney was challenged during a roundtable discussion with educators to defend his claim that reducing class size doesn’t improve student performance. The former governor contends that smaller classes are a ploy by teachers unions — one of his favorite targets — to get more teachers hired.

Steven Morris, who teaches music, told Romney, “I can’t think of any teacher in the whole time I have been teaching, 13 years, who would say that more students [in the classroom] would benefit. And I can’t think of a parent that would say I would like my teacher to be in a room with a lot of kids and only one teacher.”

Ronald Benner, whose technology classes range from 23 to 28 students, chimed in that “you can give more personalized attention to each student if you have a smaller class size.” Another teacher stressed the importance of keeping classes to no more than 18 students in the critical early primary grades.

Romney, in a blue tie and white dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up, acknowledged that “if you had a class of five that would be terrific. If you had a class of 50, that’s impossible.” But he said a McKinsey Global Institute study had compared U.S. student performance with countries like Singapore, South Korea and Finland and found that class size didn’t matter.

“Gosh, schools that are the highest performing in the world, their classroom sizes are about the same as in the United States. So it’s not the classroom size that is driving the success of those school systems,” Romney said. Instead, parental involvement and top-flight teachers and administrators are what makes the difference, he said.

[b]Romney reiterated his contention that “the gap in educational opportunity and achievement of people of color in this society, I believe, is the civil rights issue of our time.” He added that “having two parents in a home makes an enormous difference. And so if we’re thinking about the kids of tomorrow, trying to help move people to understand, you know, getting married and having families where there’s a mom and a dad together has a big impact. That’s, in my view, that’s a critical down-the-road for those that are already in a setting where they don’t have two parents.”[/b]
Creating jobs for minority parents is also crucial, Romney said, adding that “in many cases” it’s not possible to have “intact families.”

Later, as Romney was touring the all-black school, which the city school district turned over to a charter operator two years ago in an effort to improve student achievement, Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference on a sidewalk outside blasting the Republican’s visit.

“I don’t know why this guy’s here,” said Nutter, standing behind an Obama campaign sign. Romney “has suddenly somehow found West Philadelphia, somehow now wants to talk about education.”

But the Democrat questioned whether Romney would learn much in a visit lasting less than two hours.

“I don’t know that a one-day experience in the heart of West Philadelphia is enough to get you ready to run the United States of America,” said Nutter, surrounded by several dozen chanting Obama supporters and neighborhood residents.

“Mitt Romney running his financial services firm put people out of work, damaged Americans, damaged families, caused people to lose their jobs, possibly lose their homes and all of that,” the mayor said.

“So let’s talk about that. You want to have an urban experience? You want to have a West Philly experience? Then come out here and talk to somebody in West Philly.”

paul.west@latimes.com
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Joe Ricketts is at it again. Now he's helping to finance a documentary that asserts that [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/26/us/politics/joe-ricketts-finds-new-role-in-anti-obama-campaign.html?_r=1]"Mr. Obama is carrying out the “anticolonial” agenda of his Kenyan father."[/url]
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[quote="DamnYouAll"]Joe Ricketts is at it again. Now he's helping to finance a documentary that asserts that [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/26/us/politics/joe-ricketts-finds-new-role-in-anti-obama-campaign.html?_r=1]"Mr. Obama is carrying out the “anticolonial” agenda of his Kenyan father."[/url][/quote]

Boss Rahm is gonna tell 'em "You gon' learn today."

I hope.
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Pay close attention to the state of Florida. They are trying to remove so-called ineligible (i.e. minority) voters from the rolls, but they have messed around and removed eligible voters as well. Read all about [url=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/27/voter-purge-florida-showdown-minority-voting_n_1547541.html]the shenanigans here.[/url]
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Anti-Obama display draws attention of Secret Service
‘There wasn’t nothing in there like threatening,’ Valley truck driver says



TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute truck driver is attracting attention with a controversial yard display he built depicting a smiling President Obama being crucified.

Edward Willis first put the display in front of his South 19th Street home around Easter. He said he did it to show his opposition to an “executive order” signed by the president affecting truckers’ work schedules.

“He seems to me like he thinks he’s God or something,” Willis said Thursday in an interview with the Tribune-Star, adding that he chose to use Obama on a cross because he got his idea around Easter.

“I didn’t put him up there above God. He put himself up there. I just helped put him on the cross,” he said.

Willis’ display also includes a large wooden casket with a picture of a smiling Obama at its head. The casket includes bold lettering stating: “Obama’s Ballot Box, [b]Send His Socialism to the grave.”[/b] When all else fails, use the old "socialism" argument.

The U.S. Secret Service visited Willis in April to discuss the display. Willis said the agency, which is charged with protecting national leaders, wanted to see whether his display was threatening.

“There wasn’t nothing in there like threatening or racial or nothing threatening and that’s especially what they was looking for,” Willis said in a telephone interview.

Willis said he greeted the Secret Service agent, whose visit was taped live by WTWO-TV, with a sign reading: “Welcome Secret Service. Do you come with peace pipe or forked tongue?”

“I put it out there for everybody to enjoy it,” Willis said of the sign.

At the end of his visit, Willis said the Secret Service agent told him that his display was within the bounds of the law but would have to be examined again if it was changed. Willis said, other than converting it from cardboard to wood and removing a few signs, he has not changed it.

After that April visit, the Secret Service met with Terre Haute police to let them know that the display was not illegal, said Chief of Police John Plasse.

Sometime after the Secret Service visit, Willis removed the display because it had become wet in a rainstorm, he said. It is now essentially waterproof, so he intends to leave it up until after the November election, he said.

It was the recent return of the display that apparently promoted calls to the Terre Haute Police Department, Plasse said.

“That’s when I called my commander to make sure nothing had changed. We went and checked it out again, and [the display] was the same as before,” the police chief said.

Jeff Lorick, director of the Terre Haute Human Relations Commission, said he also received a call recently about the display from someone who wanted something done about it. Lorick said he went to observe the display and took some photographs.

“I made sure it didn’t have any historical references in terms of nooses or Swastikas or something that might be threatening or discriminatory toward any particular group,” Lorick said. In this case, the display may be offensive, but it is not illegal, he said.

“It’s certainly concerning,” Lorick said. “But there are certain protections under the law. As long as you’re not intimidating or threatening your neighbors, you have a right to express your opinion about something. That doesn’t mean we have to like it.”

The crux of the matter

A native of Sullivan but a resident of his small Terre Haute home since the late 1980s, Willis said President Obama’s use of executive orders inspired him to make the display. Executive orders are presidential decrees used to direct federal agencies and have the full force of law.

“That ain’t what the Constitution is about,” Willis said, adding he believes that executive orders should be limited to emergency situations. “The Constitution ain’t about one man signing an executive order and forcing his will on other people.”

Executive orders have been used by virtually all U.S. presidents but became far more common in the 20th Century, beginning with Theodore Roosevelt. Through Jan. 20 of this year, President Obama had signed 109 executive orders. His predecessor, George W. Bush, signed 291 in his eight years in office. Bill Clinton signed 364, George H.W. Bush signed 166 and Ronald Reagan signed 381.

But Willis said he was only aware of Obama’s use of executive orders, stating he knew of about eight so far.

[b]“I don’t remember any presidents using it,” Willis said. “It seems he’s used it for everything from the heath care to whatever.”[/b] What a grade A dumb fuck.

The “executive order” Willis said Obama signed that inspired the building of the display was one affecting the time of day truckers must refrain from driving during a 34-hour break period. However, according to the American Trucking Association, that particular rule, which is being challenged in court, actually emerged from the Department of Transportation last December as a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation. While a product of the Obama Administration, it was not the result of an executive order, the ATA told the Tribune-Star on Friday.

The new FMCSA rule is set to take effect next year and would require truckers to include two overnight breaks in any 34-hour period they use to “restart” their allowable hours on the road. Willis is not alone in objecting to the new rule, which is being challenged by the ATA. The trucking industry interest group argues the new regulation is based on incomplete data and will actually lead to more highway accidents because it will result in more trucks on the roads, especially during early morning commuting hours.

“It gets to be a hot topic” among truckers, Willis said of the new regulation. “Sometimes you gotta turn the CB off.”

As for his display, Willis said he has received no complaints about it, although several people do stop to look at it.

“I ain’t got no complaints,” Willis said. “Seems like there are people stoppin’ everyday. I figured by now it would kinda tame down a little bit.”
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First Florida was up to no good when it tried to purge lots of eligible voters from the rolls. Now Texas [url=http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/04/494417/in-texas-300000-eligible-voters-targeted-in-purge/]is trying to do the same thing.[/url]
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[quote="DamnYouAll"]First Florida was up to no good when it tried to purge lots of eligible voters from the rolls. Now Texas [url=http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/04/494417/in-texas-300000-eligible-voters-targeted-in-purge/]is trying to do the same thing.[/url][/quote]

Not sure why TX would do that since clearly they are a red state, it's not a battleground like FL. Oh that's right their governor is an ******* who has a place called niggerhead Mad
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Jesus. Jeff Landry, a state rep from Louisiana, has accused Obama of [url=http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/06/05/congressman-accuses-president-obama-of-allowing-muslims-to-avoid-airport-security/]allowing Muslims to bypass airport security.[/url]

These assholes will come up with anything nowadays.
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