Weekend Recession: Video – Baby Amazed By Dad’s Motorboat Impression

January 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm (Babies, Baby Is Amazed, Baby Is Amazed By Dad's Motorboat Impression, Cute Videos, Dads, Funny Baby Videos, Parenting, Video, Weekend Recession)

This video at Fatherhood Is shows a baby girl absolutely amazed by her father’s ability to make motor boat sounds.

The Huffington Post writes:

Daddy blogger Fatherhood Is recently posted this video of a new way he’s discovered to calm his daughter Charlotte when she gets fussy, and it’s probably not the first thing you’d think to do to comfort a crying baby.

Granted, Charlotte’s facial expression is more one of sheer amazement than relaxation, but hey, if dad’s motorboat impression is enough to keep her from crying, it’s good enough for us.

Please place the child’s eyes back in her head.  đź™‚

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Video: Change Has Come, Now Change It Back

January 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm (Change, Economy, Hope, Jobs, Misery Index, President Obama, Unemployment)

Our friends at All American Blogger were kind enough to share this terrific video that compares statistics in various categories when Barack Obama took office, and where they stand now.

The description:

In 2008, President-elect Barack Obama announced that change had come to America. After three years, the results of that change make many Americans ready to change it back.

The video is based on a chart from Doug Ross’ website, showing sharp increases in gas prices, unemployment, misery index, debt, and poverty since the President’s inauguration.

Watch it and decide if you think we need to change things back.

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Legislator Proposes Perfume Ban For State Employees

January 20, 2012 at 11:32 am (Americans With Disabilities, Detroit, Health, Michele Peckham, New Hampshire, Over Regulation, Perfume Ban, Regulation)

In which government regulation jumps the shark…

Via Shine (h/t Matt):

State representative Michele Peckham is sponsoring House Bill 1444 which hopes to ban state employees who work with the public from wearing perfume. Apparently a constituent with extreme allergies approached Peckham with the proposal. “It may seem silly, but it’s a health issue,” Peckham told the Union Leader. “Many people have violent reactions to strong scents.”


The story cites an example in which one woman sued the city of Detroit under the Americans With Disabilities Act, claiming that a co-workers perfume made it hard for her to work.  She was awarded $100,000.

The city ended up warning it’s employees city “to avoid using scented products like perfume, cologne, deodorant, lotion, and aftershave.”

Do these people realize the alternative to using deodorant?  How hard will it be to work then?  Just go ask Occupy Wall Street, they aren’t dabbling in any scented products, and they haven’t worked for months.

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Federal Justice Department Official to Plead Fifth on Fast and Furious

January 20, 2012 at 10:59 am (Brian Terry, Darrell Issa, Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Justice Department, Patrick Cunningham)

Looks like there’s some dissention in the ranks.

Patrick J. Cunningham, a top justice department official was issued a subpoena by the committee investigating the Fast and Furious scandal.  We told you about a press release issued yesterday by Congressman Darrell Issa which stated, “Mr. Cunningham’s repeated refusals to testify voluntarily have forced the Committee to use compulsory process.”

Today, through his lawyer, Cunningham is pleading the fifth.

Fox News reports:

The chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona is refusing to testify before Congress regarding Operation Fast and Furious, the federal gun-running scandal that sent U.S. weapons to Mexico.


Patrick J. Cunningham informed the House Oversight Committee late Thursday through his attorney that he will use the Fifth Amendment protection.


I’m sure this means he has nothing to hide.

Further, it appears that there is trouble in Eric Holder’s corrupt little paradise.  Cunningham is claiming that he is being set up to take the fall in this scandal, because witnesses that are supporting the Attorney General are either “wrong or lying.”

“Department of Justice officials have reported to the Committee that my client relayed inaccurate information to the Department upon which it relied in preparing its initial response to Congress. If, as you claim, Department officials have blamed my client, they have blamed him unfairly,” the letter to Issa says.


Romero claims Cunningham did nothing wrong and acted in good faith, but the Department of Justice in Washington is making him the fall guy, claiming he failed to accurately provide the Oversight Committee with information on the execution of Fast and Furious.


The report concludes that, “This schism is the first big break in what has been a unified front in the government’s defense of itself in the gun-running scandal.”

Let’s hope so, for the sake of Brian Terry’s family.

UPDATE:

Congressman Issa responds, noting that the only information Cunningham is willing to provide is his name and title.  Clearly, something is being covered up here. 

Issa’s statement:

“The assertion of the fifth amendment by a senior Justice official is a significant indictment of the Department’s integrity in Operation Fast and Furious. The former head of the ATF has previously told the committee that the Justice Department is managing its response to Operation Fast and Furious in a manner designed to protect its political appointees. This is the first time anyone has asserted their fifth amendment right in this investigation and heightens concerns that the Justice Department’s motivation for refusing to hand over subpoenaed materials is a desire to shield responsible officials from criminal charges and other embarrassment.


“Coming a year after revelations about reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious were first brought to light, the assertion of the fifth amendment also raises questions about whether President Obama and Attorney General Holder have made a serious and adequate response to allegations raised by whistleblowers. Did Attorney General Holder really not know a senior Justice Department official fears criminal prosecution or is this just another example of him hiding important facts? The committee will continue to demand answers.”

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Video: CNN’s John King Gets the Newtron Bomb

January 20, 2012 at 12:24 am (2012 Election, CNN, Debate, John King, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republicans)

Newt Gingrich is on fire right now, and the liberal elite media had better watch out.

At tonight’s debate in South Carolina, John King made the unfortunate mistake of leading off with a tabloid level question.  A question I might add, that nobody ever asked John Edwards when he was being outed for having an affair.  We’re still wondering about President Obama’s character flaws – 3 years into his term – including relationships with Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, college transcripts, law degrees, etc.  We’re still begging for more information from the ‘most transparent administration in history’ on such current scandals as Fast and Furious, Solyndra, CH2M Hill, etc.

But an ex-wife from twenty years ago? Now that’s worthy of coverage.

Why are they so willing to go after Gingrich?  He has an “R” in front of his name.

Via the Daily Caller:

Talk about a scolding.

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich slammed CNN’s John King for starting Thursday’s presidential debate with a question to him about his ex-wife’s recent claims that he requested an “open” marriage that would allow him to have a girlfriend on the side.

Asked by King if he’d like to explain his side, Gingrich coldly responded, “No.”The former House speaker then went on to blast the “destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media.”

“I’m frankly astounded that CNN would take a question like that and use it to open a presidential debate,” Gingrich said to King.

One correction I’d like to add is that last line, in which Gingrich actually said “I’m frankly astounded that CNN would take trash like that…”

It actually gets better when Gingrich tosses out an additional jab at the media for their blatant bias in reporting Republicans or reporting President Obama.

“I am tired of the elite media protecting Barack Obama by attacking Republicans.”

That’s a big Amen.

The other candidates rallied around Gingrich as well, with Romney essentially telling King to stick to the issues.

Here’s the video:

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