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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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Michigan troops' ballots spark battle

Source: Livingston County Press

An advocacy group said Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson did the "bare minimum" to prevent absentee ballots from being sent late to Michiganders overseas and serving in the U.S. military.

Last week, Johnson and state Attorney General Bill Schuette sued 24 municipalities in county circuit courts seeking extensions for 38 of 8,700 of the absentee ballots to be counted under federal election law. The extensions, if granted, would be for the number of days the ballots were sent late.

The U.S. Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, signed into law in 2009, requires absentee ballots be sent overseas and to military personnel 45 days prior to federal elections in order to counted on Election Day. The deadline for the Nov. 6 election was Sept. 22.

The Michigan Election Coalition accused Johnson of scolding local governments rather than taking action to help them despite a July U.S. Department of Justice complaint against the state for 155 absentee ballots from 70 municipalities sent late for the August primary.

Read more: http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20121018/NEWS01/210180318/Michigan-troops-ballots-spark-battle?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

Michigan local governments were late sending out ballots, but the Secretary of State did little or nothing to help. More republican obstructionism of voters.

TREASON is a strong word

And it applies. Why isn't the Justice Department indicting House GOP Congressman Jason Chaffetz?

While attempting to use the death of American government officials in Libya to help Mitt Romney’s election bid, fellow Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, and his House Republican colleagues on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, outed a classified CIA operation, on C-SPAN no less, endangering American national security.


Oh but, as the saying goes, it gets better.

Chaffetz and company were using the death of the US ambassador to Libya, and others, to try to smear the President for “security lapses,” and as the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank points out in a great scoop, Chaffetz and company managed to create their own massive security lapse.

It would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous.

In a nutshell, the State Department was briefing the congressional Republicans, at an open hearing that the Republicans called, and were showing commercially-available satellite images of the area of the attack. Suddenly, Republican Chaffetz and GOP Committee chair Darrell Issa (another piece of work) both suggested that the images showed classified information that could endanger current ongoing operations in the area. As Milbank points out, this confirmed two things – one, that the picture was apparently of a CIA base, and two, that the base might still be in operation even after the attack that killed our ambassador.


Punished for giving a cold man a blanket

Detroit paramedic: I'm being punished for giving a cold man a blanket

By Charlie LeDuff
FOX 2 News Reporter

DETROIT -- A Detroit paramedic says he is in trouble for breaking the rules. His offense? Giving a cold man a blanket.

Top brass tell us employees must have permission to hand out "department property", but that blanket was one of many donated to the department to help people in need.

Ladies and gentlemen, this might be the most ridiculous and bone-headed Detroit ambulance story yet. It started two weeks ago when a house caught on fire. An old cripple man lived inside. They brought him outside. He was in his underwear. It was cold. He was shivering. You give him a blanket, right? Right. Then guess what happened?

"I'm being punished for giving a man a blanket," said paramedic Jeff Gaglio.

He called in sick Wednesday, sick to his stomach after being punished for giving away city-owned property.

"Yesterday I got notified that I'll be brought up on EMS departmental charges," Gaglio said.

What's that mean?

"I'm being punished. I'm being punished for giving a man a blanket, something that would seem like a common, every day courtesy. Something that any man or woman would do in the City of Detroit, give a freezing man a blanket. I'm being punished for it."

Who's punishing him?

"The chief of EMS Jerald James."

You know what makes this story even more outrageous? The city didn't even pay for the blankets. Matt Cahillane, president of Firefighter Support Services, donated them.

"Anybody who's been displaced by a fire, that's what they're for," he said.

Does he mind people having to keep the blankets?

"I think that's what they're for."



You can send the Paramedic some extra blankets this Christmas-
send blankets to jeff gaglio, c/o detroit fire department headquarters, 250 w. larned, detroit, michigan 48226

BREAKING: Poll - 7% think PBS spending makes up HALF of all Federal Spending.

Polling data says 7% of the American public actually believes that
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting makes up OVER 50% of all
federal government spending.

An amazing 22% believe that
Public Broadcasting accounts for ten percent or more of all
federal government spending.

See question number 39.


(The actual number is 0.012% of 2011's federal spending, by the way)

(What a sad commentary of the state of our Union).

Even country-singers have wised up.

( and another one--the original tune)

Seven-Eleven says....it will be the President

Most Underrated 2012 Poll: The One on 7-Eleven Coffee Cups

The President is ahead, according to this unscientific poll.

It has been right the last three elections too...



Rogers: Group secretly working on budget fix

Source: Livingston County Press

A bipartisan committee of Congress is meeting in secret to prevent members and supporters of both major parties from influencing how to avoid automatic budget cuts Jan. 1, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, (8th MI)R-Brighton, said last week.

By law, the president Jan. 2 will be required to order the automatic cuts, a process known as sequestration, if at least $1.2 trillion in budget-deficit reduction isn't identified by Congress by that time.

Among the victims of the cuts would be the U.S. military.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 followed the failure of a congressional supercommittee to outline $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions over the next decade.


Read more: http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20121001/NEWS01/210010310/Rogers-Group-secretly-working-budget-fix?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

So the House Intelligence Committee chooses to announce his secret meetings in a candidate forum in a small town...

Hey- I think I found where those Intelligence leaks in Congress are coming from!
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