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Failure To Pass Job Bill May Give Rise To An InabiltyTo Respond To 911 Calls

Republicans led by Rush The Oxycotin Moron Limbaugh jumped on Vice President Joe Biden last month when he spoke candidly about the correlation of the upward mobility of crime statistics with a decline in police protection. The usual suspects accused Mr. Biden of using scare tactics to invoke the U.S. citizens to urge the U.S. Congress to pass President Obama’s job bill.

In Smithfield, North Carolina, some residents may experience first hand that the Vice President is not scare tactics but is indeed a reality. The police department in this small town is running out of gas money. As a result, the citizens may not get an answer to their 911 calls.

According Raleigh News and Observer, Smithfield’s Police Chief Michael Scott asked officials in a recent town council meeting to let him use $30,000 meant for office supplies to buy gas for patrol cars. If he doesn’t get the money, Smith said the police force may stop responding to some 911 calls and investigating misdemeanors because he’s already cut patrols.

Smithfield isn’t the only town looking for ways to cut costs to contend with budget woes. High unemployment and a struggling housing market have pushed more than half of U.S. cities to cut staff, boost fees or cancel infrastructure projects, according to the National League of Cities. The situation has gotten so dire that deep state and local budget cuts may be slowing U.S. economic growth, according to The Associated Press.

City officials in Allen Park, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, announced that they would lay off more than 30 police officers, firefighters and city workers, the Detroit Free Press reports. In Santa Ana, California a budget analysis found that the city may need to take steps including closing some fire stations at night to close a projected $30 million budget gap.

Some localities are looking for other creative ways to trim budgets. Nearly 300 school districts are moving to a four-day week, the Washington Post reports. In Grand Rapids, Flint and Lansing, Michigan city officials will use a $550,000 award from the state’s governor to buy a machine to process income tax returns, which will cut down on the cities’ manpower needs, according to the Grand Rapids NBC affiliate.

One county is taking what some might argue is a more extreme approach to deficit reduction. Officials in Camden County, Georgia floated hiring prison inmates as firefighters last month to curb costs.

In Smithfield, town council members say there’s no way the police will be forced to stop performing necessary services, even in tight economic times.

The American Jobs Act, which had been introduced by President Barack Obama in September, was a $447 billion plan that proposed a number of tax cuts and spending adjustments to reduce the national deficit, boost hiring and push the stalled economy into motion. It also included funding for Police Officers and First Responders.

The U.S. Senate rejected the bill last month. Senate members voted 50-49 in favor of the bill, but the measure failed to receive the 60 votes needed for advancement. Two moderate Democrats facing difficult re-election campaigns, Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana, joined a solid phalanx of Republicans in opposition. In addition, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, switched from yes to no so that he could move to reconsider the vote in the future.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) backed the failed vote, calling the measure a “lousy idea.” He went on to say, “If voting against another stimulus is the only way we can get Democrats in Washington to finally abandon this failed approach to job creation, then so be it.”

McConnell has not offered an alternative to get the country back to work, but only political rhetoric. “Democrats have designed this bill to fail — they’ve designed their own bill to fail — in the hope that anyone who votes against it will look bad,” Mr. McConnell said. “This whole exercise is a charade that’s meant to give Democrats a political edge in an election that’s 13 months away.”

The jobs bill calls for $175 billion in new spending on highways and other public works, an extension of jobless benefits and aid to states to prevent police, first responders and teacher layoffs. The bill would provide $272 billion in tax relief for individuals and businesses.

Fourteen million Americans are unemployed.

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    Bill O’Reilly Taps Lightly About Jay-Z’s New Recording About Bill “O” The Clown and Oxy Limbaugh

    Jay-Z may not be Otis Redding, but Bill O’Reilly gets the message loud and clear. Jay-Z is no Ludacris.

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      The New Adventures of Old Christine star Wanda Sykes and her wife, Alex, welcomed twins on April 27 (Alex gave birth to the babies).

      “All are happy and healthy and at home,” Wanda’s rep Danica Smith tells People.

      Daughter Olivia Lou debuted at 6 lbs., 7 oz., and was 19-inches long. Son Lucas Claude weighed in 7 lbs., 9 oz., and was 20-inches long.

      The couple was married on Oct. 25, 2008. Congrats to the happy couple!

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        Howard University Student Protesters

        Howard University Student Protesters

        Something just didn’t add up — the union of a proud black university and a top Republican strategist and troublemaker credited with one of the most racist presidential campaign schemes of recent memory.

        Harvey Leroy Lee Atwater

        Harvey Leroy "Lee" Atwater died from brain tumor in 1991

        But there it was in news accounts carried across the nation: Howard University names Republican National Committee Chairman (“RNC”) Lee Atwater to its board of trustees. Atwater had just engineered the 1988 presidential victory of George H.W. Bush and had crafted the racist Willie Horton Ad that helped seal his win. …

        The news hit the community like a ton of bricks. Black folks were already a little depressed that Bush won and would likely continue the backward politics of the Reagan administration. But why, would Howard University sell out and give Atwater a platform for his policies?

        Luckily, the Howard student body came to the rescue. I’m not a Howard under-graduate, but instead a proud Howard Law graduate. I’m an Aggie and my Aggie pride spilled over to the main campus when the young Bisons took over the Admin Building to protest Atwater’s appointment.

        The small protest of Atwater’s appointment turned into a firestorm as Howard students took over the school’s main administration building for a sit-in. After a tense four days, and with campus police threatening a violent takeover of the building, Atwater resigned.

        Dr. James E. Cheeks Former Howard University President

        Dr. James E. Cheeks Former Howard University President

        Later that year, Howard President James E. Cheek, who hatched the failed Atwater appointment, also resigned.

        In 1997, Cheeks was forced to take shelter in U.S. Bankruptcy Court when the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) probed his role in the 1991 collapse of the university-owned United National Bank. Cheek was a member of its board of directors.

        The FDIC charged Cheek with gross negligence, among other things, and won a $1.8 million judgement against him and his estate. Possessions of former Howard University President, including those from the period he served as head of the nation’s largest Black university, were put up for auction.

        Dr. Cheek currently lives in Greensboro, NC.

        Atwater died in 1991 of a brain tumor.

        The Howard University Alumni will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the student protests March 26 and 27 at the Blackburn Center on the Howard University campus. And it is an event well worth remembering.

        Those days reminded me of the civil rights protest of the 1960′s. Whether the issue was divestment of university holdings in apartheid South Africa or the appointment of a suspected racist to a leadership position at a black university, students wasted no time in making their voices heard.

        The spirit continues today and is evident by the overwhelming support President Obama received on college campuses across the country. This burst of activism will no doubt ignite another wave of student action like the one that saved Howard University from Lee Atwater 20 years ago.

        Embattled RNC Chairman Michael Steele

        Embattled RNC Chair Michael Steele

        Rush Oxycotin Limbaugh

        Rush "Oxycotin" Limbaugh

        Incidently, Atwater held the same position that Michael Steele holds today. It’s not known how long Steele will remain in that position for there is a protest going on now within the Republican party as to whether he carries the confidence of the current Republican party that is led by Rush “Oxycotin” Limbaugh.

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          New York Times best-selling author Frank Schaffer’s Open Letter to the Republican Traitors (From a Former Republican)

          Dear Republican Leaders: Leaders:

          The Republican Party has become the party dedicated to sabotaging the American future. Check out the sermon I just delivered about the Republican Party on CNN when being interviewed by D.L. Hughley — and/or read on.

          You Republicans are the arsonists who burned down our national home. You combined the failed ideologies of the Religious Right, so-called free market deregulation and the Neoconservative love of war to light a fire that has consumed America. Now you have the nerve to criticize the “architect” America just hired — President Obama — to rebuild from the ashes. You do nothing constructive, just try to hinder the one person willing and able to fix the mess you created.

          I used to be one of you. As recently as 2000 I worked to get Senator McCain elected in that year’s primary. (McCain and Gen. Tommy Franks wrote glowing endorsements regarding my book about military service, AWOL.). I have a file of handwritten thank you notes from Presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush I and II. In the 1970s and early 80s I hung out with Jack Kemp and bought into his “supply side” myth and even wrote a book he endorsed pushing his ideas.) There’s more, but take it from me; my parents (evangelical leaders Francis and Edith Schaeffer) and I were about as tight with — and useful to — the Republican Party as anyone. We played a big part creating the Religious Right.

          In the mid 1980s I left the Religious Right, after I realized just how very anti-American they are, (the theme I explore in my book Crazy For God). They wanted America to fail in order to prove they were right about America’s “moral decline.” Soon after McCain lost in 2000 I re-registered as an independent in disgust with W. Bush. But I still respected many Republicans. Not today.

          How can anyone who loves our country support the Republicans now? Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan defined the modern conservatism that used to be what the Republican Party I belonged to was about. Today no actual conservative can be a Republican. Reagan would despise today’s wholly negative Republican Party. And can you picture the gentlemanly and always polite Ronald Reagan, endorsing a radio hate-jock slob who crudely mocked a man with Parkinson’s and who now says he wants an American president to fail?!

          With people like Limbaugh as the loudmouth image of the Republican Party — you need no enemies. But something far more serious has happened than an image problem: the Republican Party has become the party of obstruction at just the time when all Americans should be pulling together for the good of our country. Instead, Republicans are today’s fifth column sabotaging American renewal.

          President Obama has been in office barely 45 days and the Republican Party has the nerve to blame him for the economic and military cataclysm he inherited. I say economic and military cataclysm because without the needless war in Iraq you all backed we would not be in the economic mess we’re in today. If that money had been spent here at home on renovating our infrastructure, taking us toward a green economy, putting our health-care system in order we’d be a very different situation.

          As the father of a Marine who served in George W. Bush’s misbegotten wars let me say this: if President Obama’s strategy to repair our economy, infrastructure and healthcare fails that will put our troops at far greater risk because the world will become a far more dangerous place. So for all you flag-waving Republicans who are trying to undermine the President at home — if you succeed more of our troops will be killed abroad.

          When your new leader Rush Limbaugh calls for President Obama to fail he’s calling for more flag-draped coffins. Limbaugh is the new “Hanoi Jane.”

          For the party that created our crises of misbegotten war, mismanaged economy, the lack of regulation of our banking industry, handing our country to rich crooks… To obstruct the one person who is trying to repair the damage is obscene.

          Just imagine where America would be today if the 14 to 20 million voters — “the rube base” who slavishly follow the likes of Limbaugh — had not voted as a block year after year thus empowering the Republican fiasco. We would have a regulated banking industry and would have avoided our current financial crisis; some 4000 of our killed military men and women would be alive; over to 35,000 wounded Americans would be whole; we would have been leaders in the environmental movement; we would be in the middle of a green technology boom fueling a huge expansion of our economy and stopping our dependence on foreign oil, and our health-care system would be reformed.

          After Obama was elected, you Republican leaders had a unique last chance to send a patriotic message of unity to the world — and to all Americans. You could have backed our president’s economic recovery plan. Since we all know that half of our problem is one of lost confidence and perception, nothing would have done more to calm the markets and project resolve and confidence than if you had been big enough to take Obama’s offered hand and had work with him — even if you disagreed ideologically. You had the chance to put our country first. You utterly failed to rise to the occasion.

          The worsening economic situation is your fault and your fault alone. The Republicans created this mess through 8 years of backing the worst president in our history and now, because you put partisan ideology ahead of the good of our country, you have blown your last chance to redeem yourselves. You deserve the banishment to the political wilderness that awaits all traitors.

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