Archive for August 19th, 2009

August 19, 2009

“Firms with Obama ties profit from health push”

by lewwaters

And we thought Democrats hated profits.

Guess it is only when others profit that they get angry and take it away.

SOURCE

From the article,

“They also hired AKPD Message and Media, which was founded by David Axelrod, a top adviser to Obama’s campaign and now to the White House. AKPD did work for Obama’s campaign, and Axelrod’s son Michael and Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe work there.”

Also,

“There is no evidence that Axelrod directly profited from the group’s ads. Axelrod took steps to separate himself from AKPD when he joined Obama’s White House. AKPD owes him $2 million from his stock sale and will make preset payments over four years, starting with $350,000 on Dec. 31, according to Axelrod’s personal financial disclosure report.”

What was all the noise about Cheney and Halliburton these last few years?

I’d also be interested in knowing what their CEO’s make, since highly paid CEO’s are considered detrimental to the country by the Democrat cartel.

Or, is that also only SOME CEO’s?

August 19, 2009

Brian Baird Steps On His Tongue Again

by lewwaters

Washington States congressman, 3rd District, fresh off of a controversy over referring to constituents as “brown shirts” and “lynch mobs” apparently hasn’t learned anything.

He claims to have apologized for the references in a press release saying, “Frankly, I have had concerns about how we can have constructive dialogue and, unfortunately, in response to some of the things we’ve been seeing across the nation I have said some things myself that I regret.”

Again last evening, at Baird’s first townhall this recess at the Clark County Amphitheater, he again reiterated to the audience that he “had taken the words back” and “apologized” for them.

The sincerity of that apology is highly in doubt after a comment he made at a Vancouver, Washington Rotary Club luncheon today, August 19, 2009.

The following is a press release from Ryan Hart, Chairman of the Clark County GOP. I was with Ryan at Party headquarters late this afternoon as he received confirmation from others of Baird’s words,

BAIRD DOES IT AGAIN!

“Congressman Brian Baird reverted back to making the same comparisons and comments today that he apologized for last week. Baird was the guest speaker at the Downtown Rotary Club on Wednesday where he was quoted to say “if there is a Ryder truck parked out front, it has my name on it.

Clark County Republican Party Chairman Ryan Hart said he received a call from an individual who attended the meeting informing him of the comment. “I called several other people who attended the meeting and they all confirmed that Baird made the remarks.

Baird’s remarks were a reference to domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh. “This is just unbelievable,” Hart said. “You would think he would have learned a lesson or two over the past two weeks,” he added.

Hart said the comparison linking critics of the Democrat’s health care reform proposals to domestic terrorists makes one doubt the sincerity of his Baird’s apology.”

Is Baird that out of touch that we do not know what he is talking about? Is he trying to milk this alleged death threat he says he received?

Congressman Baird, if you really desire to see death threats issued to a politician, look no further than what was thrown towards President Bush during his time in office.

I suspect in the next few days will we hear an exasperated Brian Baird telling us to get a sense of humor, just another “botched joke,” ala John ‘F’in Kerry in 2006 when he disparaged our Troops saying, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

We didn’t laugh at Kerry’s disparaging comment and congressman Baird, we are not laughing now.

Most people who apologize take steps to not recommit the offense the very next day.

UPDATE: Is the Columbian running cover for Baird? I’ve tried 12 times to post this quote in their comments section on various articles and it will not take. It just disappears. I’ve made other comments after trying to post this quote and they readily take.

They claim they don’t censor, but I find it very odd that I can post other comments, but this particular quote is not accepted.

August 19, 2009

Brian Baird Gets Scolded by Constituents

by lewwaters

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August 18, 2009, Clark County Amphitheater was the setting for Brian Baird’s first townhall after stating he would not hold any due to alleged death threats. Attendance was about 2800 according to the Columbian article on the event.

In all, the townhall went off with any major distractions, although a comment early on stating that many nations, Cuba included, had a lower infant mortality rate than the U.S. did, brought out the first loud grown and heavy boos from the audience.

Organizing for America sent out an email earlier calling on their followers to show up at 5 PM for the 7 PM event, to “make sure that the most powerful voices in this debate are those calling for real reform, not angrily clamoring for the status quo.”

Unfortunately for them, they were met by between 20 or 30 conservatives who arrived even earlier, yours truly included.

The gates were not to open until 6 PM and the line grew back out into the parking lot. Several Obama followers came with professionally made signs or those printed off of Organizing for America’s email.

A table was set up inside the gates entrance for registering to ask question. A group that had been milling around went in, identified as “volunteers,” although not one Republican was included in that group.

No signs were allowed in the auditorium, causing boxes of signs to be left outside the gate.

While the line was, for the most part, orderly, there were a couple Dem activists there who did try to incite trouble with bullhorns.

One, a Black lady passing out pro-Obamascare literature, tried to provoke confrontations, several times stepping very close to me as I handed out my flyers and eventually, following a man who brushed passed her after she stepped in his way, screaming in her bullhorn, and in his ear, that he shoved her and she wanted Police to arrest him.

Obviously a paid professional activist, if not an ACORN member.

Nothing came of it and seeing my wife starring at her, she began her bullhorn act again, right in my wife’s face.

Organizing for America met an unexpected flop as they set up their gazebo to give out professional signs in support. But with no signs allowed, they wasted their time trying to overpower this townhall.

Too bad, so sad.

Another supporter claiming to be a Viet Nam Veteran, tried to confront me for not supporting VA Healthcare for all and who seemed to be offended that I said he and I earned our VA Healthcare benefit. His wife stepped and got in my face to let me have it, informing me that her husband was alive due to VA Healthcare.

I lowered my head allowing her to see my Viet Nam Veteran hat and even her husband let her know that I was not the run of the mill conservative they could yell down easily.

Not too surprisingly, shortly before 7, I decided to walk through the lot just to see license plates, discovering a couple dozen Oregon Plates in the first 4 rows. I did not check on the 6 or 7 more rows back, but would bet money there was dozens more. No buses, though, that I saw.

Inside, questions were randomly chosen and were not pre-selected, as some have said they were. In all, 37 people were selected to ask their questions.

The first two were fairly softball in nature, but many others weren’t.

Of the first in support, single payer or a public option was mentioned as essential. One Dem woman made more of a speech than a question, exceeding her 3 minute limit and stating it was obscene that a CEO should be paid $6,000 an hour.

Another male complained about $900 a month insurance premiums, but then stated he was in a Union, destroying any credibility he might have had with the claim.

Several Veterans rose up and let Baird know they weren’t too pleased with his conduct of late, especially the ‘brown shirt’ comments. Baird sasid he was wrong and had apologized for it, but others still rose up to scold him over that.

One Marine rose mentioning the parenting skill section of the Pelosi bill and told Baird to “keep your hands off of my kids!” He received a standing ovation from the better than 2 to 1 conservative audience.

Several expressed distrust of the government with one stating he had taken an oath to protect and defend the constitution and was doing just that. He ended asking Baird when would he begin upholding the constitution.

I’d say the bulk of questions Baird was asked were against the Obamascare plan, but give Baird credit for being a slick politician and deflecting some, just not answering others.

The audience was loud at times, but mostly just with disagreement with a claim in an answer, occasionally in agreement. No violence for the 11 O’Clock news, although I saw both KGW 8 and KOIN 6 news crews there and also Eric the Great from KPAM 860 AM radio’s Victoria Taft, who was doing a live feed from the Amphitheater.

KATU also covered the event live.

5 Minutes from the end of the event, one Dem stood up and grabbed the microphone to yell out “single payer for all,” but left right after, the event close to being over anyway.

The audience expressed their anger with the proposed plan and Baird’s poor comments a couple weeks ago, but did not get out of hand. Baird had to face angry constituents, but was not threatened

Many properly scolded him, expressing our anger, frustration and fear of this socialist takeover robbing us of our liberties.

Did he listen and take our words and anger to heart?

Most likely not.

Come November 2010, Baird needs to be put in the unemployment line so we can elect someone who will actually represent our best interests.

CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, my profound apologies. You expected another out of control townhall with confrontations and maybe violence.

Even your paid goons could not incite it.

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CVTV Video of last evenings townhall

UPDATE: Brian Baird Steps On His Tongue Again