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TARP I.G. Unloads On Team Obama Over Mortgage Modification Program

Via Reuters:
Even if the loan modification program ends up with 1.5 million to 2 million homeowners with new, more-favorable terms on their loans, “the program will not be a long-term success if large amounts of borrowers simply re-default and end up facing foreclosure anyway,” the report said. Neil Barofsky, the Treasury’s Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, said the Obama administration’s $75 billion Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has a definition of success that is “essentially meaningless.”
Imagine that. Obama's sunny predictions on a multi-billion dollar program not accurate? But let's believe the HCR numbers. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Coming Soon: The Breast-Implant Suicide Bomber?

Via The Sun:
FEMALE suicide bombers are being fitted with exploding breast implants which are almost impossible to detect, British spies have reportedly discovered. The shocking new al-Qaeda tactic involves radical doctors inserting the explosives in women’s breasts during plastic surgery — making them “virtually impossible to detect by the usual airport scanning machines”. It is believed the doctors have been trained at some of Britain’s leading teaching hospitals before returning to their own countries to perform the surgical procedures.
I'm not sure I buy this, however. - Greg Pollowitz

CatholicTV, Now In 3-D!

Via AP:
BOSTON – Avatars and Mad Hatters are already performing before American audiences in 3-D, and Shrek is coming soon. Now, a national Catholic television network is throwing priests into the mix. CatholicTV debuted 3-D programs Tuesday in an effort to reach younger people and to make the faith message more vivid. The network posted several 3-D shows on the Internet, released its monthly magazine in 3-D — complete with glasses — and said it will eventually broadcast some programs in 3-D.
Next: Mass in Dolby surround sound! - Greg Pollowitz

Prviate Guards 1; Somali Pirates 0

Via AP:
NAIROBI, Kenya — In the first killing of its kind, private security contractors shot dead a Somali pirate in a clash that left two skiffs riddled with bullet holes, officials said Wednesday. The killing raises questions over who has jurisdiction over a growing army of armed guards on merchant ships flying flags from many nations. There’s currently no regulation of private security onboard ships, no guidelines about who is responsible in case of an attack, and no industrywide standards, said piracy expert Roger Middleton from the British think tank Chatham House.
Read the entire piece. It seems the UN is more worried about policing the security guards than the pirates. - Greg Pollowitz

About That ‘USA Today’/Gallup Poll

Here’s a reality check: One-night polls sometimes pick up momentary reactions that quickly fade. On June 9, 2009, Criegh Deeds won a dramatic, come from behind victory in Virginia’s Democratic primary for governor. The next night, Rasmussen Reports fielded a one-night survey in Virginia and found a startling result: After having trailed on all previous polls, Deeds led Republican Bob McDonnell by six points (47% to 41%), after having trailed on all previous polls. Five days later, the DailyKos/Research 2000 poll had Deeds down by a point (45% to 44%). Two weeks later, PPP had him down by six. Thirty-six more polls followed over the next four months, and McDonnell led on every one. Chuck Todd is right: At times like this, we just need to be patient and wait. In a week or so, we should have a good sense of whether this instant reaction is real or the artifact of a one night poll.
Stay tuned... - Greg Pollowitz

Obamacare DOES NOT Cover Pre-existing Conditions In Kids

Via AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children. Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage. Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.
Well, Nancy did tell us we'd have to pass the bill first to find out what's in it. - Greg Pollowitz

Israel Announces More Construction In Jerusalem Minutes Before Bibi Meeting With Obama

Via Jerusalem Post:
After the publication of another east Jerusalem building permit threatened to further deepen US-Israel tensions, an aide to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu insisted that the premier did not know about the move in advance. The aide, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the press, said that Netanyahu was caught off.guard by the announcement, made minutes before his White House meeting with US President Barack Obama on Tuesday night.
Hilarious. - Greg Pollowitz

Stupak Gets A Primary Challenger

Via Connie Saltonstall For Congress:
Bart Stupak threatened to block healthcare reform unless an Amendment that bears his name was included in the final bill. I believe that he has a right to his personal, religious views, but to threaten to deprive constituents of needed healthcare reform because of those views is reprehensible. I’m going to beat him. But I need your help. Please join our brand-new campaign
Will MI-01 Dems vote for a pro-choice lib? - Greg Pollowitz

Panic: Vermont Turning Red?

Via Rasmussen Reports:
Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie leads all five of his potential Democratic opponents in the first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey of this year’s race for governor in Vermont. A telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows Secretary of State Deb Markowitz to be the most competitive Democrat for now. Dubie leads her by seven points, 46% to 39%. He posts a 48% to 35% lead over State Senator Doug Racine, a former lieutenant governor.
Taking a look at Dubie's website, jobs are his top priority. Take note GOPers. - Greg Pollowitz

Aretha Giving Condi Some R E S P E C T

Via Reuters:
. . .FRANKLIN: Yes, I am working on some arias. Speaking of the arias, I am going to be doing three concerts over the summer, myself and Condoleezza Rice. Ms. Rice is a consummate classical pianist, and (since) I sing the arias, I thought that we could do something, a bipartisan effort for our favorite charities.
Cool. - Greg Pollowitz

Shocking News: Dems Not Quite Sure What’s In The Constitution

Via Alarming News:
One of the brilliant ideas in the healthcare bill passed is that every person must purchase health insurance. Is it constitutional for our government to force us to purchase a good or service? Let’s ask Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman. Why yes, he believes the constitution does allow for the government to require the purchase of a good or service. Under what clause? Well, that’s obvious: “Under several clauses, the good and welfare clause and a couple others. All the scholars, the constitutional scholars that I know — I’m chairman of the Judiciary committee, as you know — they all say that there’s nothing unconstitutional in this bill and if there were, I would have tried to correct it if I thought there were.” Except, of course, there is no “good and welfare clause”.
Maybe Joe Biden has been tutoring everyone. - Greg Pollowitz

Obama’s Ed Secretary From Chicago Did Favors For Powerful Politicians

Via Hot Air:
Chicago Breaking News reported late last night that former Chicago schools chief and current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan manipulated a system to favor powerful political allies by placing their children in the schools of their choice. The discovery of a list, the existence of which had been long denied by the city, and its composition of mainly high-powered political figures calls into question the appeals system used to reconsider applications that had been denied by the top Chicago-area schools
Shocking behavior out of Chicago. - Greg Pollowitz

Joe Biden’s Other Gaffe Today: Greek, Roman, What’s The Difference?

Via Los Angeles Times:
Joe Biden: “As I said just before the president signed the healthcare bill, I quoted Virgil, the classic Greek poet, who once said, ‘The greatest wealth is health.’ The greatest wealth is health. Mr. President, you’ve made us a nobler and wealthier nation by providing for the health of your fellow citizens.”
Virgil was a Roman poet, of course. Smartest. Administration. Ever. EVER. (For the record, President Obama would have read Virgil at Columbia. Transcript please.) - Greg Pollowitz

Man vs. Food vs. The Indian Army: The Weaponization Of The Ghost Chili

Via AP:
The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: the world’s hottest chili. After conducting tests, the military has decided to use the thumb-sized “bhut jolokia,” or “ghost chili,” to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects, defense officials said Tuesday. The bhut jolokia was accepted by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world’s spiciest chili. It is grown and eaten in India’s northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach troubles and a way to fight the crippling summer heat.
And thus begins the chili arms race between Pakistan and India. - Greg Pollowitz

Dem. 2010 Strategy: We’re Better Killers Than Bush

Via Politico:
The best way to sell President Obama’s war on terror? Hype hit lists and body counts, according to a new Democratic strategy memo out Tuesday. Almost three times as many terrorists were killed in Obama’s first year as there were in all of President Bush’s second term, according to the memo from the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way, with more than 600 killed in 2009 compared to 230 killed between 2004 and 2008. Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, killed in August. Top Al Qaeda official Sadam Hussein Al Hussami, killed this month. Saleh al Somali, senior Al Qaeda operations planner, killed in December. Mullah Omar’s deputy, captured in February. The memo puts the words “killed” and “captured” in boldface type.
Yeah! That Bush was a poser! For a real killer-in-chief, vote Obama. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Does Obama Have An Eric Holder Problem?

Via WSJ:
. . .Eric Holder as the new Alberto Gonzales — a lightning rod for controversy throughout his tenure as the nation’s top cop? Yipes. Perez writes that Holder has pleased nearly nobody. Not the right, who criticize him for releasing Bush-era memos on the CIA’s interrogation program. Not the left, who think he’s adopted too many of the old Bush policies. For now, Holder’s still got the support where it counts. A senior White House official says the president stands behind Holder. And Matthew Miller, a Justice spokesman, said many of the department’s biggest controversies this year were held over from the prior administration. “There is no way to make everyone happy dealing with those issues, and if you did, it probably means you did something wrong,” he said.
Resignation watch pool: I say 8 days after the November elections and Holder punts. - Greg Pollowitz

Video of Biden Calling Obmacare A “Big F*&%$*& Deal”

Via Huffington Post:
Vice President Joe Biden, perhaps overcome with excitement during his speech congratulating President Obama on the passage of health care reform, dropped an F-bomb on live television when he turned to Obama and said, “This is a big f****** deal.” The microphone just barely catches it, but listen closely and you’ll hear it. This is surely a high point in Biden’s long history of verbal gaffes.
Biden. Is. Awesome. But check out the expression on Pres. Obama's face. A little bit of, "I can't believe I picked this guy to be V.P.?" - Greg Pollowitz

Nuclear Terror Risk To Britain From Al-Qaeda

Via Telegraph:
Bomb makers who have been active in Afghanistan may already have the ability to produce a “dirty bomb” using knowledge acquired over the internet. It is feared that terrorists could transport an improvised nuclear device up the Thames and detonate it in the heart of London. Bristol, Liverpool Newcastle, Glasgow and Belfast are also thought to be vulnerable.
Instead of worrying about Israel and UK passports, maybe the Brits should worry about how AQ is going to to try to nuke London, no? - Greg Pollowitz

U.K. To Expel Israeli Diplomat

Via BBC:
The UK is to expel an Israeli diplomat over the use of 12 forged British passports by the killers of a Hamas leader in Dubai, the BBC has learned. Foreign Secretary David Miliband will make a statement to Parliament later. Israel has said there is no proof that its agents were behind the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January. BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen said the person to be expelled is likely to be the London head of Israel’s secret service, Mossad.
Allies? - Greg Pollowitz

Mayor Bloomberg No Fan Of Obamacare

Via New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday that President Obama’s health-reform plan does nothing to contain runaway medical costs or deliver better care. “It does not address the total cost of health care in our country, it does not address the fact that we spend double what they do in Western Europe and have a lower life expectancy, but it does address coverage,” Bloomberg told reporters. “It’s a system we can’t afford in total in this country, and a system that’s not delivering the kind of health care that we want.”
Bloomberg: teabagger? - Greg Pollowitz


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