Tom Coburn Clashes With Grover Norquist On How To Solve Fiscal Crisis

Anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist provided a fresh rebuttal to an old critic Monday, accusing Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) of standing "alone" in his claim that solving the fiscal crisis will require more open-mindedness when it comes to a balanced approach.

In a New York Times op-ed published Sunday, Coburn accused Norquist of becoming "increasingly isolated politically" by pushing a no-new-taxes pledge on Congressional Republicans that forbids tax hikes unless accompanied by dollar-for-dollar deductions.

Coburn also wrote that Norquist only gives Democratic legislators the political fodder they need to paint the GOP as receiving its "marching orders" from a stubborn ideologue.

"The majority of Democrats and Republicans understand the severity of our economic challenges," Coburn concluded. "They know they have to put everything on the table and make hard choices. Legislators who would rather foster political boogeyman only delay those critical reforms."

OFA REWARD For Information

OFA is cooperating with law enforcement agencies that have opened criminal investigations into illegal activity by James O'keefe’s Project Veritas at the DC Board of Elections. This person has been identified as the man who entered the BOE on April 3rd, falsely identified himself, and surreptitiously video recorded BOE staffers.  OFA wants this man’s ID so we can provide it to Law Enforcement officials who are investigating. 

Mitt Romney Will Never Tell The Truth About Bain...Or Anything Else

Mitt Romney cannot tell the truth. It isn't that he won't. It is that he cannot. He cannot because he is afraid of what it might mean and the damage it might do.

One of the most revealing passages in The Real Romney is the author's description of how young Mitt Romney took the demise of his father's campaign for President after George Romney claimed he had been "brainwashed" by the generals and diplomats into believing war in Vietnam was justified.

Is Mitt Lying To Cover Up How He Was Sole Shareholder Of Brookside Capital Funds - And Its Purchase Of Abortion Waste Firm?

There's a great diary over at Daily Kos and if the author's information is correct, Mittens has quite a situation on his hands - he's lying about his departure date from Bain to cover up his personal connection to Stericycle, the company that disposed of aborted fetuses. Obviously, that information would cause a real problem with getting out the religious fundamentalists on election day. Do read the whole thing, but here's the pertinent part:

He's running from Bain's acquisition of Stericycle stock in November 1999.According toJohn King's article entitled "John King: Why is 1999 so important in 2012?":

Inside The Investigation Of Leading Republican Money Man Sheldon Adelson

A decade ago gambling magnate and leading Republican donor Sheldon Adelson looked at a desolate spit of land in Macau and imagined a glittering strip of casinos, hotels and malls.

Where competitors saw obstacles, including Macau's hostility to outsiders and historic links to Chinese organized crime, Adelson envisaged a chance to make billions.

Adelson pushed his chips to the center of the table, keeping his nerve even as his company teetered on the brink of bankruptcy in late 2008.

The Macau bet paid off, propelling Adelson into the ranks of the mega-rich and underwriting his role as the largest Republican donor in the 2012 campaign, providing tens of millions of dollars to Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and other GOP causes.

Now, some of the methods Adelson used in Macau to save his company and help build a personal fortune estimated at $25 billion have come under expanding scrutiny by federal and Nevada investigators, according to people familiar with both inquiries.

National Occupy gathering set for July 4 in Philly

Occupy groups from across the country are headed to Philadelphia for a national gathering on Independence Mall, seeking to unify their far-flung movement against economic inequality a half-year after police evicted protesters from encampments in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York and other cities. The event, which starts Saturday and runs through July 4, is expected to bring about 1,500 protesters for marches, speakers and camping during the city's annual Independence Day festivities.

That has Philadelphia officials bracing for extra people during a week that already brings more than 1 million tourists to town for concerts, fireworks and other celebrations. While the Occupy Philadelphia protests last year were largely peaceful, the city eventually became frustrated with protesters' refusal to leave a City Hall plaza and police evicted those who remained in late November; several dozen protesters were arrested in the raid's aftermath.

Philadelphia Managing Director Rich Negrin said city officials have been preparing for the Occupy gathering, a conference being held by a spinoff group known as The 99% Working Group and other events planned by tea party activists.

Bob Bauer, Obama Campaign's Top Lawyer, Demands Retraction From Karl Rove

The Obama campaign's top lawyer fired off a letter to Karl Rove Thursday, demanding a retraction of a "mystifying" comment Rove made and raising questions about his upcoming appearance at a Mitt Romney campaign event.

The letter is the second that Bob Bauer has sent to Rove this week. The first argued that Rove could no longer insist that his advocacy group, Crossroads GPS, was policy oriented -- a distinction that allowed it to shield the names of its donors. The follow-up letter, obtained by The Huffington Post, makes that same point, arguing that there is no "social welfare" component to the group's operations.

Obama prepping thousands of lawyers for election

President Barack Obama's campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year's election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate.

Conservative Southern Values Revived: How a Brutal Strain of American Aristocrats Have Come to Rule America

It's been said that the rich are different than you and me. What most Americans don't know is that they're also quite different from each other, and that which faction is currently running the show ultimately makes a vast difference in the kind of country we are.

Right now, a lot of our problems stem directly from the fact that the wrong sort has finally gotten the upper hand; a particularly brutal and anti-democratic strain of American aristocrat that the other elites have mostly managed to keep away from the levers of power since the Revolution. Worse: this bunch has set a very ugly tone that's corrupted how people with power and money behave in every corner of our culture. Here's what happened, and how it happened, and what it means for America now.

$10,000 REWARD LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO HAVE ENGAGED IN SWATTING POLITICAL ACTIVISTS.

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SEND TO TIPS@VELVETREVOLUTION.US AND WE WILL PASS THEM ON TO THE FBI WHICH WE HAVE BEEN COOPRATING WITH FOR MONTHS.

ON AT LEAST FOUR OCCASIONS OVER THE PAST YEAR, A PERSON OR PERSONS MADE PHONE CALLS TO COUNTY ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, SPOOFING THE VICTIM'S PHONE NUMBER, AND/OR REPORTING FICTITIOUS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY CALCULATED TO BRING A SWAT TEAM READY TO DEAL WITH AN ARMED AND DANGEROUS RESIDENT.

THESE FOUR EVENTS INCLUDE:

ALLEGED SWATTING OF MICHAEL STACK, MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY, JUNE 23RD, 2011.

ALLEGED SWATTING OF JOHN PATRICK FREY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, JUNE OR JULY 2011.

ALLEGED SWATTING OF ERICK ERICKSON, MACON, GEORGIA, MAY 27TH, 2012.

ALLEGED SWATTING OF BRETT KIMBERLIN, BETHESDA, MARYLAND, MAY 31ST, 2012.

FALSE REPORTING OF CRIMES ENDANGERS THE VICTIM, THE RESPONDERS, AND UNINVOLVED CITIZENS WHO HAPPEN TO BE IN THE AREA.

FEDERAL PENALTIES FOR PARTICIPATION IN A FALSE REPORTING CASE ARE VERY SEVERE.

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM, FIRST RESPONDER, OR REPRESENT A MUNICIPALITY THAT HAS SUFFERED ANY SUCH EVENT PLEASE CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

Ending Spending: Another Joe Ricketts AstroTurf Operation

Ending Spending is another Astroturf operation owned by Joe Ricketts. The connections run far and deep. When will Joe Ricketts be stopped? 

OFA EXCLUSIVE: Secret Operations Plan Against Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Otis Moss & Trinity United Church

Recently, VR and OFA received a trove of emails and documents from a whistleblower who worked for Project Veritas.  We have spent weeks authenticating, compiling and categorizing these documents. Over the next several months, we will be breaking stories, here and in other publications, based on these documents as they relate to matters in the public interest.  Readers will be shocked by the revelations that will be made in these stories as well as the persons who funded, planned and participated in clearly unethical and criminal activity. And now to the first story. 

National Bloggers Club Legal Action Notice

A document hold request has been sent today June 4th 2012 to the National Bloggers Club Inc and Foster Friess and Stephen Friess. The text for this request is below:

 

Velvet Revolution
PO BOX 9576
Washington, D.C. 20016
legal@velvetrevolution.us

May 31, 2012

Ali Akbar

Director-National Bloggers Club

8116 Heritage Place Drive

Fort Worth, TX  76137

 

Foster Friess

POB 9790

Jackson, WY 83002

 

Stephen Friess

POB 11855
Jackson, WY 83001

 

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