Noah Lamaide’s grandma needed $10,000 to stave off foreclosure of her home, so he did what any 12-year-old would do: He turned to the online charity he set up to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and asked for assistance.
The preteen from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, launched Noah’s Dream Catcher Network in 2010 to raise money for people affected by the natural disaster.
When he learned that his grandma has fallen behind on her mortgage due to illness and would need at least $10,000 to keep her family home from being auctioned off, he began soliciting donations through the charity.
“I didn’t think I was going to make it,” Noah said, so when he ended up raising $10,500, effectively saving his grandma’s house, “it was surprising.”
“I’m grateful for all the people who donated,” Noah told local reporters. “There’s a lot more good people in the world than I thought.”
(but I doubt that this would work for all the grandmas and grandpas right now in danger of losing their home)
(E2 Wire) — Just days before the White House unveils a post-Solyndra review of the Energy Department’s loan program, Energy Secretary Steven Chu defended the program Wednesday against sustained Republican attacks.
Chu said the Energy Department made a series of changes to the program before and after the collapse of Solyndra, the California solar panel maker that received a $535 million loan guarantee in 2009.
“Long before Solyndra became a common word, we have been looking at how, in everything we do in the Department of Energy, to constantly improve how we do these processes,” he said.
Chu promised that the Energy Department will continue working to improve the program.
“Certainly, there’s a lot going forward that the Department of Energy has to be on top of and make sure that the taxpayer investments are protected as much as possible while trying to help these companies,” Chu told reporters after delivering remarks at an energy conference.
“There’s going to be a lot of work going forward with the loan program.”
(do you get the feeling that obama and all his people are just so damn happy spending money foolishly because they know it is not their money?)
The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would reverse President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
Read the article here.
(and know what else the republicans should be doing? constantly approve legistlation to repeal obamacare. this way, they can keep obama on notice that any program he legislates, they will unlegislate.)
The public’s perception of Congress has sunk to yet another new low, with 43 percent of likely voters believing that a random name pulled from the White Pages would be better than the gang they’ve installed in Congress. According to Rasumssen polls, that is essentially equal to the worst public reading they have on record: 45 percent.
What’s more, the pollster found that lawmakers are ignorant of constituents, with 82 percent of likely voters believing that their House and Senate members listen to party leaders in Congress. Only 10 percent said that lawmakers listen to voters they represent.
The phone book rating results were pretty much even across the board, with Republicans and Democrats in near agreement. In the poll, just 38 percent disagreed that a Congress made up of random picks would do better than the current group.
(really, congress listen to people? hahahahhaa….them and obama could care less about the people who pay their salaries)
(TPM) — In a statement set to go out to reporters today, EMILY’s List praises the White House and Democrats on the progress they’ve made so far on expanding women’s health access — but warns them against backing away from the plan to require all health insurance plans, even those at religious-run institutions like hospitals and universities, to provide contraception coverage.
“Respect for people’s religious beliefs does not mean that your boss gets to decide what kind of health care you get,” EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock says in the statement. “Respect for people’s religious beliefs and their individual liberty means individuals get to decide what kind of religion they practice and what health care is right for them.”
“A person may decide not to use a medication, but that’s their decision,” she continues. “Institutions that serve a broader public have an obligation to respect our nation’s core value of individual liberty, as we respect their religious beliefs.”
In the past 24 hours, the White House has appeared to signal an intention to compromise on the contraception plan with religious institutions. The issue has become a firestorm in the presidential race, with Mitt Romney attacking President Obama on the issue, and conservative groups and Catholic leaders joining in.
Schriock tells the White House to stand its ground.
“The core of our democracy is at stake if Romney and the right wing impose a structure where some women have to choose between second class citizenship and diminished access to health care or their job,” she says in the statement.
(let me see, he caves and loses this bunch of idiots as voters…he does not cave and he keeps them but loses the catholics?)
The Council on American Islamic Relations is defending four Michigan High School football players who ignored a referee and assaulted a quarterback, saying the charges are based solely on their race.
On Oct. 21, during a football game between Star Academy and Westland Lutheran High School in Dearborn Heights he quarterback for Westland planned to bow his knee to end the game with a 48-6 victory.
Referees reportedly instructed players not to have contact after the snap. While the quarterback, P.J. Kruse was taking the knee, Star players burst through the offensive line and threw him to the ground. During the ensuing melee, Kruse suffered a grade three concussion.
Following a three month investigation into the incident, The Wayne County prosecutor filed aggravated assault charges against Star Academy seniors Mohamed Ahmed, Fanar Al-Alsady, Hadee Attia and Ali Bajjey.
In a news conference Jan. 24, CAIR said there was new video that said the incident was “greatly exaggerated” and that no charges would have been filed happened if the players had been any other religion. At this time the organization has not released the supposed video that vindicates the students.
CAIR Executive Director Dawud Walid said “We believe that from the very beginning that, if these young men may have been of a different ethnicity, of a different religion, different skin color, that Dearborn Heights police officer most likely would not have been so aggressive in the means in which he carried out his investigation.”
(lord have mercy. islamics yell and want blood if their guys are attacked, but their guys doing the attacking is okay)
Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s. . . a drone, and it’s watching you. That’s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.
The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.
Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.
“There are serious policy questions on the horizon about privacy and surveillance, by both government agencies and commercial entities,” said Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation also is “concerned about the implications for surveillance by government agencies,” said attorney Jennifer Lynch.
(see, this obama regime really wants to control us and our lives!)
(CNSNews.com) – House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that Congress does not need an official federal budget because it can just adopt appropriations bills and authorization policies as needed to keep operating.
At a briefing with journalists on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Hoyer was asked, “Mr. Hoyer, around the same time of the State of the Union [on Jan. 24], I think it was the same day, Republicans were trying to hit Senate Democrats for 1,000 days without passing a budget, and then you talk about this milestone today, 400 days without a jobs bill in the Republican House. But then on Friday [Democratic Senator Harry] Reid said that he didn’t think they needed to bring a budget to the floor this year [and that] the Budget Control Act can serve as a guideline.”
Hoyer said: “What does the budget do? The budget does one thing and really only one thing: It sets the parameters of spending and discretionary caps. Other than that, the Appropriations committee are not bound by the Budget committee’s priorities.”
He continued: “The fact is, you don’t need a budget. We can adopt appropriations bills. We can adopt authorization policies without a budget. We already have an agreed-upon cap on spending.”
(idiots like this need to be removed from office!)
Then we have the official word from the islamic head of state (obama):
Jake Tapper, ABC News: So, therefore, the Senate should pass a budget as well?
Jay Carney, White House: I don’t have — well, I don’t have an opinion to express on how the Senate does its business with regards to this issue. The fact is, because of the negotiations over the debt ceiling, that resulted in the Budget Control Act, we have an unusual situation here in that the top lines for the budget going forward have already been set and agreed to by Republicans and Democrats alike.
Tapper: I’m not actually asking your opinion but the White House’s opinion. The position the White House has?
Carney: Well, I don’t have –
Tapper: The white house has no opinion about whether or not the Senate should pass a budget? The president is going to produce one? The Fed says not having one is bad for growth but the White House has no opinion about whether –
Carney: I have no opinion, and the White House has no opinion on Chairman Bernanke’s assessment of how the Senate ought to do its business. What the president believes is important is that the Budget Control Act that was signed into law by him last year provides the top line spending caps for the coming budget and he will, obviously, need those when the budget is put forward and he looks forward to the Senate acting on the policy initiatives contained within his budget that will reflect the priorities he laid out in the State of the Union. And also will reflect the priorities he laid out when he put forward his deficit and debt reduction proposal back in September. So I don’t think there is any — there will be, nor is there now any doubt about the president’s view on where we ought to move with the budget.
(Hollywood Reporter) — Wanna make money in Hollywood? Release patriotic movies that promote conservative values and do not denigrate Christianity.
For two decades, that has been the message that Movieguide has been pushing, and on Friday when it celebrates its 20-year-anniversary with an awards show airing on The Hallmark Channel, the organization will present a 76-page report designed to back up its assertions.
This year’s annual report sells for $1,000 and the price includes tickets to the Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala at the Universal Hilton Hotel. The report praises such 2011 releases as Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Battle Los Angeles, Moneyball, We Bought a Zoo and Hugo while heaping scorn on the likes of Super 8, Red State, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Bad Teacher and Happy Feet Two.
The Movieguide report rates movies using more than two dozen criteria, such as whether a title promotes capitalism or socialism or if it promotes or denigrates biblical principles. Violence, sex, political correctness, revisionist history, environmentalism, feminism, homosexuality and more hot-button political issues are all taken into consideration.
This year’s report concludes that seven of the Top 10 films of 2011 scored high on Movieguide’s index and, therefore, qualify as films with “strong or very strong Christian, biblical, moral and redemptive content.”
Movieguide identified 91 movies in 2011 that scored high in “conservative/moral categories” and they earned an average of $59 million apiece. On the other hand, it identified 105 movies that scored high in “liberal/leftist categories,” and each of those titles earned an average of just $11 million.
The average movie scoring four stars from Movieguide earned $53.5 million while the ones that scored just one star earned $10.6 million.
(see, there was a good reason no muslims were ever in Star Trek or Star Wars)
DES MOINES, Iowa (CBSDC/AP) — Thousands of students, several well-known athletes and a number of politicians are expected to join Michelle Obama for an event in Des Moines that will promote exercise and healthy eating.
Besides the first lady, participants at the Thursday event include Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, gymnast Shawn Johnson, figure skater Michelle Kwan and NASCAR champion Carl Edwards.
About 10,000 children will be bused to the event from 45 schools in the Des Moines area.
It will be Obama’s first stop on a three-day national tour marking her Let’s Move initiative, which promotes physical fitness and healthy eating for children. She’s been drawn to Des Moines by Iowa’s Healthiest State initiative. That program aims to make Iowa the healthiest state by 2016.
(but none of the stations around here are talking about the cost to us taxpayers to do this just for the queen to have a photo-op)
(Weekly Standard) — In an address recently delivered to an AIPAC audience in New York, New Jersey governor Chris Christie articulated a responsible view of America’s role in the world, stressing the importance of us standing by our friends and taking action against our adversaries.
“America should stand by its friends and its democratic allies, even, and sometimes especially, when it’s unpopular to do so,” Christie said, outlining his foreign policy vision. “And you know I know, that it may not be fashionable in some of the chancelleries, the foreign ministries, and salons around the world to talk about why America stands with Israel – but that’s no excuse not to be saying, and saying it loudly.”
Christie continued: “I read a quote from President Franklin Roosevelt which has thought made this point much better than I ever could. He says, ‘Please judge me by the enemies I have made.’ In that same spirit, I would like to say to all of you tonight: I admire Israel for the enemies it has made.”
The New Jersey governor went on to explain that Israel’s enemies are America’s, and that the two countries share important values. “We both believe in self-government, we both believe in democracy, and unalienable rights,” Christie said.
This morning we went to Des Moines. Our normal friday visit to our dear Aunt Louise. Cold, at 30F, and the van windows were all iced over. So I started the van and then cleared all the windows. Wife came out and got buckled up. And I backed up and got onto the street. There was my little buddy again, just sitting there in his usual spot. A rabbit! He loves to get under the van engine and just sit and/or lay there. He does not even bother to run away when I come out to the van for anything. Just waits until I back out and leave. Then he goes wherever he goes until I come back and park the van. Like now, went out to get some items out of the van and I just looked underneath and sure enough my buddy the rabbit is sitting there, looking at me looking at him (her?).
Anyways, the other day when we were in Osceola the price of gasoline was $3.05 per gallon. For about three weeks, it has been $3.08 per gallon down the street. Did not get gas either at Osceola or when leaving town this morning. My brilliant thinking, and this has been borne out many times in the past years, was that gasoline would be so much cheaper in Des Moines. WTH I said to my self and to my wife! The price of gas was at $3.17 per gallon at every station we passed by in Des Moines! Except at the LOVE station at I80/I35 and Hickman, it was $3.09 there. Well, after leaving Aunt Louise, decided (okay, forgot) to go to the LOVE but was in wrong lane and ended up on the IH. So continued on to Civic Mills, as usually in the past, the stations on that road like Casey’s are lower than in Des Moines proper. PFFT! Casey’s like the rest was at $3.17 per gallon. So just got twenty bucks worth (just over 6 gallons if you are keeping track here). And coming into town here? Still $3.08 at Kum & Go!
What is going on in this area when it comes to gasoline prices???
On the way up this morning, about just past the St Charles exit, started snowing. and by the Norwalk exit, it was coming down real heavy. But that all came to a stop when we got to the bypass and until we got to Aunt Louise, no more snow. Did start lightly coming down while at Aunt Louise’s but only for about 15 minutes. So we did not have to contend with snow at all. Whatever came down is gone. And 35F on the way home. And showing 37F right now here.
Aunt Louise is 99 years old. So you can say that she missed the boat on computers, etc. She is still amazed at the laptop and facebook and movies and pictures and everything. Well, today blasted her mind again! This time with the Kindle Fire. I took it out to play games. Aunt Louise she has used a nook ereader (did not like) so she thought I had just that and was reading a book. Showed her the game and how it worked and she was amazed again. Then I set up the Kindle Fire so it would recognize the wifi there (easy enough password for Calvin Manor). And bam! Aunt Louise was again amazed when my wife started showing her the pictures and movies from facebook. Aunt Louise said, what will they come up with next? Now the internet is in the air all around me. hahahahhahaha
This is freaking hilarious and you have to go to the site and get the full story!
Seems the execs at NBC, who do this on a daily basis (think about it), have had serious thoughts about contestants drinking donkey semen!
Obama Says Encounter With Arizona Gov. ‘Blown Out of Proportion’
President Obama denied in an exclusive interview with ABC News that he was “tense” in his airport tarmac encounter with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Wednesday, as she has described.
“I’m usually accused of not being intense enough, right,” he told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, laughing. “Too relaxed.”
Brewer said in an interview that the president was “somewhat thin-skinned and a little tense, to say the least” and that she was “shocked by the sternness of it all.” The president reportedly raised objections to Brewer’s description of their meeting in June, 2010, when he met her Wednesday.
In her 2011 book, “Scorpions for Breakfast,” Brewer accused Obama of being “condescending” and “patronizing” and complained that she and her aides were treated coldly by White House staffers.
“I think it’s always good publicity for a Republican if they’re in an argument with me,” Obama said of their most recent meeting. “But this was really not a big deal. She wanted to give me a letter, asking for a meeting. And I said, ‘We’d be happy to meet.’
“Last time we met, she wasn’t fully satisfied. But, you know, I think this is a classic example of things getting blown out of proportion.”
(notice, he said she wasn’t fully satisfied. Can you imagine the liberal press letting a republican white guy pass by if this had been said of a woman, black or white?)