A Complete List of Historic Firsts For Our President

January 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm (Doug Ross, Fast and Furious, Golf, Historic, Obamacare, Oil Drilling, President Obama, War Powers Act)

Doug Ross provides a handy rundown of just how historic our beloved President has been…

A few examples:

Read on for nearly 30 more historic firsts…

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Video: Mother Asks Dispatcher For Permission to Shoot Intruders – Then Does

January 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm (2nd Amendment, Armed Intrusion, Daily Caller, Mama Grizzly, Sarah McKinley)

Bada** doesn’t begin to define this woman.  In an attempt to protect her infant son during a break in, an Oklahoma woman requested permission from a police dispatcher to shoot the intruders – and then in fact, pulled the trigger.

Via the Daily Caller:

Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKinley called police as two men were trying to break into her home on New Year’s Eve. One was armed with a 12-inch hunting knife, Good Morning America reported. McKinley, whose husband died of cancer on Christmas day, was at home alone with her baby.

As the men were trying to gain entry to her house, McKinley reportedly “quickly got her 12 gauge, went into her bedroom and got a pistol, put the bottle in the baby’s mouth and called 911.”

That’s when the mama grizzly’s claws came out:

 She then explained the situation to the dispatcher.

“I’ve got two guns in my hand — is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?” she asked, explaining, “I’m here by myself with my infant baby, can I please get a dispatcher out here immediately?”

“I can’t tell you that you can do that,” said the dispatcher in response to whether McKinley could shoot the intruders, “but you do what you have to do to protect your baby.” 

One of the intruders managed to get into the woman’s home, and went after her with a knife.  That particular intruder experienced an unfortunate outcome.  He was shot and killed.

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Video: Super-Blonde Meghan McCain Describes a Santorum Nomination,"I mean, it is going to be bedlam and hysteria like you have never seen.”

January 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm (Alex Wagner, Blonde, GOP, Meghan McCain, MSNBC, Republican, Rick Santorum)

Like, she’s so insightful…

Via Mediaite:

On Wednesday’s edition of Now with Alex Wagner, the eponymous host asked MSNBC commentator Meghan McCain if her party was in crisis. McCain trashed the Iowa caucus and dreaded the rise of surging Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. “My father did not become the nominee having anything to do with the Iowa caucus. I find it completely irrelevant. If Rick Santorum becomes the nominee of this party, I mean, it is going to be bedlam and hysteria like you have never seen.” 

Betting odds on her knowing what the word hysteria means?  That’s three syllables longer than any other words she comprehends.

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Orrin Hatch Gets Some Conservative Competition

January 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm (Congress, Conservative, Dan Liljenquist, Orrin Hatch, Utah)

SALT LAKE CITY – Today, Dan Liljenquist formally launched his campaign to be Utah’s next Republican U.S. Senator.
“It’s time for real reforms to come out of Washington. An entire generation of politicians have pulled power and money to D.C., abusing the original intent of the Constitution and resulting in crushing debt, over-regulation and an erosion of our God-given rights,” he said. “This country desperately wants leadership, while all we’ve seen for decades are members of Congress who are either unwilling or incapable of providing it.”
Liljenquist is running for the U.S. Senate in part because he is willing and capable of addressing this country’s single largest problem: $15 trillion in debt. As a new state senator in 2008, he was told his ideas to reform pensions and entitlements were too much, too fast. But he forged ahead, drafting legislation and creating coalitions to enact reforms that will save the state billions of dollars going forward.
Those reforms have become model legislation all across the country, and for his efforts he was named a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine in 2011 and has been called a “policy pioneer” by the Wall Street Journal.
“Washington, D.C., is broken,” he said, “and some of our own Republican lawmakers share in the blame. It’s time for new conservative ideas from those who have the energy to see them through.”

“We have an amazing campaign team that is already building momentum across the state. I am delighted by the outpouring of support that has already come our way,” Liljenquist said.
Liljenquist has named Lynn Taylor as his campaign manager and Adrielle Herring Bowler as his Grassroots Coordinator. Taylor is a former Air Force officer and A-10 fighter pilot. He has been active in the Utah Republican party for several years and has previously worked on the original campaigns for Congressman Jason Chaffetz and Senator Mike Lee.  Herring Bowler recently resigned as the vice-chair of the Utah County Republican party and has been active in Utah politics and grassroots efforts for some time.
More information can be found on his campaign website, www.DanforUtah.com

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Oversight Committee Chairman Issa Statement on President Obama’s Recess Appointments to NLRB

January 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm (Darrell Issa, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, National Labor Relations Board, NLRB, President Obama, Recess Appointments)

Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision to make “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):
“As President Obama gets closer to the election, he seems more and more willing to take highly controversial actions that put the interests of union bosses ahead of job creators and workers.”  
“These appointments underscore the importance of the Oversight Committee’s ongoing investigation as the only real check on NLRB’s misuse of its authority to assist key political allies of this Administration.”

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French Fashion Chain Publishes Photo For Children’s Clothing Line Complete With Some Naked Guy

January 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm (Fashion, Huffington post, Kids Ad, La Redoute, Naked Guy, Style News)

Oh, those rascally French clothing companies.  Seems La Redoute, a French clothing company, published a photo of four young children frolicking happily on the beach.  Each was sporting swimsuit and beachwear from the fashion designer.

One small problem – there is a clearly visible pantsless man walking in the water behind them. How this got through editing is anybody’s guess…

Via Stylist UK (Warning – Graphic Imagery)  (h/t Huffington post):

Upmarket French fashion chain La Redoute landed itself in hot water today (4 January) after inadvertently publishing a photo of a naked man on its website.

To make matters worse, the shoot featured four children – all dressed in La Redoute swimwear and happily playing on an idyllic-looking beach – with the nude individual just visible in the water behind them.

Whoever edited the photo and published it on the site was apparently unaware of the X-rated mishap, but reaction was swift on Twitter, with the French expressing both amusement and outrage.

“SCANDALE!” one user wrote, as another noted that with the children on the beach, the nudity was “un deuxième Fail pour la Redoute.”

A very unfortunate photo bomb indeed.   

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Attorney General Holder to Testify Feb. 2 on DOJ’s Response to Operation Fast and Furious

January 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm (Chuck Grassley, Congress, Darrell Issa, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

Even I think I should resign…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today announced that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been scheduled to testify on February 2 about the Department of Justice’s knowledge of, and response to, gunwalking that occurred in Operation Fast and Furious.  The Attorney General will be asked to address management deficiencies within the Department that occurred both during and after the conclusion of Operation Fast and Furious.  This will include the Department’s steadfast refusal to disclose information following the February 4, 2011 letter to Senator Grassley, which the Department has withdrawn because it contained false information denying allegations made by whistleblowers about Operation Fast and Furious. The committee’s investigation has found documentation that numerous members of the Justice Department knew the letter to Congress contained false information both before it was sent and later withdrawn.

“The Department of Justice’s conduct in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious has been nothing short of shameful,” said Chairman Issa.  “From its initial denials that nothing improper occurred, to efforts to silence whistleblowers who wanted to tell Congress what really happened, to its continuing refusal to discuss or share documents related to this cover-up, the Justice Department has fought tooth and nail to hide the full truth about what occurred and what senior officials knew.  Attorney General Holder must explain or reverse course on decisions that appear to put the careers of political appointees ahead of the need for accountability and the Department’s integrity.”

Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley have led the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious.  In December 2011, the Justice Department explicitly informed the Committee that it would not deliver subpoenaed documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious created after February 4, 2011.  In interviews with committee investigators, senior Justice Department officials who had management responsibilities for Operation Fast and Furious have also refused to answer questions about decisions and conversations that occurred after February 4, 2011.

The hearing will occur in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.  The start time has yet to be determined.

For more information about the committee’s investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, visit the website at www.FastandFuriousinvestigation.com.

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Upstate New York School Cuts Ties With Planned Parenthood

January 4, 2012 at 11:23 am (Abstinence, Condom Demonstration, Darren Cosgrove, Maureen Shifler, Oral Sex, Planned Parenthood, Sex Education, Shenendehowa, Times Union)

Responding to complaints from local parents, Shenendehowa School district in upstate New York has severed ties with the local Planned Parenthood, over a controversial health education class.  The classes, taught in 46 schools throughout 12 counties, are offered to middle school and high school aged students, though the focus is on teaching abstinence to middle school students.  The lessons clearly provide a different definition of abstinence than some parents would prefer.

Via the Times Union:

In October, a small group of parents raised objections after they learned some students were allegedly told that abstinence allowed for oral sex and that some high school classes had condom demonstrations.

Furthermore, the parents were not provided an opportunity for their children to opt out of such lessons.  Maureen Shifler, a district parent who led the charge against Planned Parenthood explains:

Shifler said a primary concern among the two dozen parents allied to her cause centered around the way abstinence was presented to children and that some parents were not given proper notification about their right to opt out of the coursework. She said that children were being lulled into a false sense of security and that they could still be exposed to sexually transmitted diseases.

Darren Cosgrove, a community educator for Planned Parenthood, placed the blame squarely on school officials:

Cosgrove said teachers gave glowing reviews to the program and that criticism of the coursework is often based on a misunderstanding about what goes on in the classroom. He said district officials requested the condom demonstration years ago and that most schools allow parents to opt out of the program if they don’t want their children to participate.

He further explained:

… the program is more advanced for high school students, who learn about disease prevention and birth control methods.

Is encouraging kids to view oral sex as an acceptable form of abstinence counter intuitive to disease prevention?

Check out the article for a closer view of the Planned Parenthood ‘Sex Education Kit’.

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Romney Defeats Santorum in Iowa Caucuses By 8 Votes

January 4, 2012 at 9:24 am (2012 Election, GOP, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul)

It’s on!

This pretty much solidifies Mitt Romney’s chances at garnering the nomination.  But at least Santorum can make him work, and of Gingrich pulls it out in South Carolina, the vetting process could be extended.

Paul and Bachmann should drop out soon, so we can really focus on the legitimate contenders.

Honestly, I’ve wondered why Santorum hasn’t faired much better in the polls prior to this.  He is a strong conservative candidate, with experience, and Presidential speaking abilities.  Glad to see him pick up the pace with the voters.

From Fox News:

The Republican presidential candidates propelled out of the Iowa caucuses Wednesday with the race looking dramatically different than it did just one week ago.

Mitt Romney won the night, but only by one of the slimmest margins in Iowa election history. 

Rick Santorum landed a second-place finish just eight votes behind Romney, turning a stunning performance out of his long-shot bid for the nomination and ending up toe-to-toe with the presumed frontrunner of the national campaign.

Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn reported the official vote count at 30,015 for Romney and 30,007 for Santorum. Each candidate pulled in about 25 percent.

The results allow each candidate to reasonably claim momentum going into the next race. 

Perry is reported to be considering his options, but he only ended up about 3% behind Gingrich who is still considered viable. And the further he distances himself from that brain cramp about the three departments of government he couldn’t remember, the better he will do.

Should Perry drop out?

Photo Courtesy of the AP

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