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When You've Lost the Porn Star Vote...

Jan 31, 2013 4:01 PM PT

In response to Porn Stars In The News:

Javier, where have you been???  The most famous (former) porn star of all time is on our side.  Jenna Jameson's endorsement of Mitt Romney was lukewarm at first, but once she took to Twitter and saw all the negativity from the Left it pushed her over the edge and she became a lot more vocal about her political beliefs.  Twitchy has documented much of the hate she gets for daring to criticize the President.

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Salacious, yes ... Influence peddling, Oh Yes ... and in Boomtown

Jan 31, 2013 2:37 PM PT

In my quirky way I want to put this under the category "Foreign Affairs."

Anyone else wonder why an Opthamologist aka Dr. Salomon Melgen is in the business of donating to Senator Bob Menendez, Hillary Clinton, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz; Florida Republicans Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. He's the lynchpin in this salacious story, but ... influence peddling is the likely reason.

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Unions: Maybe Obamacare Wasn't Such a Great Idea

Jan 31, 2013 1:29 PM PT

Nancy Pelosi once said of the Affordable Care Act, "we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it." Nearly three years later it has finally dawned on some unions that the changes they publicly supported may not be great news for them or their employees. The WSJ has a story worth reading on the change of heart. A quote from one disgruntled Obama supporter captures the mood:

John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health, the insurance plan for 260,000 union workers at places including hotels, casinos and airports, recalls standing next to Barack Obama at a rally in Nevada when he was a 2008 presidential candidate.

"I heard him say, 'If you like your health plan, you can keep it,' " Mr. Wilhelm recalled. Mr. Wilhelm said he expects the administration will craft a solution so that employer health-care plans won't be hurt. "If I'm wrong, and the president does not intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law."

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Porn Stars In The News

Jan 31, 2013 12:27 PM PT

As been reported on several news outlets, including Fox News, legendary 'Porno Horno' Ron Jeremy has been admitted to a Los Angeles  area hospital with a heart aneurysm. Jeremy is reported to be in critical condition, and no new details have been release since yesterday. The moral of this post is this, nothing. To my fellow  "Conversationalists," Jerome Hudson and Larry O'Connor, who are probably die hard fans of "The Hedgehog," I extend my condolences. Don't worry, Ron will probably be ok

While Jeremy is considered by many to be  liberally mined, one of my sources that has worked in the adult entertainment business, and has spoken politics with him, tells  me that he leans Libertarian. Another Porn Star, Jenna Haze personally told me that she disliked Obama, and was a registered Libertarian. Who knew?!

The Case for Christie

Jan 31, 2013 12:03 PM PT

Remember back in 2011 when there were people literally begging Chris Christie to run for President on an almost daily basis? All of that heat evaporated over the last two months, starting with Christie's praise of Barack Obama after hurricane Sandy. But George Will makes the case that Christie is still a GOP front-runner or should be by 2016:

His budget for 2013 calls for spending less than did the state’s 2008 budget. He has vetoed a tax on millionaires three times. He has scrapped, exuberantly, with public employee unions. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, 41,000 families are still homeless. Nevertheless, 61 percent of his constituents think the state is on the right track, more than twice the 27 percent who thought so when he entered office three years ago. His 74 percent job approval rating includes 56 percent among Democrats and 78 percent among independents. This in a state where only 29 percent view the Republican Party favorably. And New Jersey is one of just three states (with New York and Maryland) in which Barack Obama improved upon his 2008 margin of victory (18 points, up from 16).

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Obama Shuts Down Jobs Council

Jan 31, 2013 9:18 AM PT

Congratulations, America!  In a clear sign that unemployment is no longer a priority or concern for President Obama, The white house has announced that the Obama jobs council has been shut down as of Thursday, January 31.  

President Barack Obama will let his jobs council expire this week without renewing its charter, winding down one source of input from the business community even as unemployment remains stubbornly high.

When Obama in January 2011 formed his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, unemployment was hovering above 9 percent. Two years later, more than 12 million people in the U.S. are out of work. The unemployment rate has fallen to 7.8 percent, but both parties agree that's still too high.

A provision in Obama's executive order establishing the council says it sunsets on Thursday. A White House official said the president does not plan to extend it.

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IL Democratic Speaker to AFL-CIO: Drop Dead

Jan 31, 2013 8:56 AM PT

Last week S&P downgraded Illinois to the worst debt rating in the nation. The reason was simple: Illinois still has not done anything about its unsustainable pension system for state workers. Maybe the downgrade caused some soul searching on the union side of the bargaining table because AFL-CIO president Michael Carrigan wrote a letter to state leaders proposing a "pension summit" be held next month.

Michael Madigan who is the House Speaker in IL as well as the state's Democratic party chairman didn't take the suggestion very well. He wrote a blistering two-page response to Carrigan which the State Journal Register succinctly summarized as "Drop dead":

The residents of Illinois have been asked to shoulder a higher tax burden in recent years.

For several years, Illinois has had to address very serious issues, including rising pension, Medicaid and state healthcare costs, all of which have contributed to the state’s massive budget pressures. The state has reduced spending in many areas, but costs for pensions continue to increase and unions representing state employees insist that salaries be increased. Many state lawmakers understand the difficult situation before us, having voted to cut their own legislative pay the last four years.

To date, we have received no cooperation from the labor unions representing state employees on addressing these challenges. In fact, these unions often have been strongly opposed to any attempt to solve the problem. For example, AFSCME recently said it will not ratify a contract that decreases the take-home pay of its employees. [Emphasis added]

It is worth noting a recent editorial points out that of the 12 most populous states, Illinois has the fourth highest average state worker pay, including overtime, and information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Kaiser Family Foundation shows that Illinois state workers pay significantly less for their insurance premiums than those in the private sector.

It is time for labor to come to the table with an honest proposal that recognizes the state’s serious fiscal condition and puts government employees on par with those in the private sector relative to a benefits package.

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