Monthly Archives: March 2010

Record Breaking Rains Swamps The Northeast

Heavy Rains have swamp the northeastern US for two-day bring fears of flooding  to an area which was hit major floods earlier this month.

The nor’easter hit the Eastern Seaboard with record-breaking rains,  continued to the Northeast and New England regions of the US. Rivers in this part of the US are at flood stage.

In Cranston, Rhode Island, the Pauxtent River has crested over historic flood stage. Many homes  inundated with flood water. Still other homes may be in danger.

In New York City Metropolitan Area some  streets and roads are under water.Major Airports in New York, Boston, Philadelphia seen delays between 1 to 2 hours.

Meanwhile the Governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island declares states of emergency on Tuesday. Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts said in his declaration the commonwealth experience “beach erosion, major flooding and widespread road closures,” he said on his Web site yesterday.

M Jodi Rell, Governor of Connecticut said the eastern Connecticut is experiencing “extremely dangerous situations.”

Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri warned  the Rhode Islanders to leave work early  to go home. Carcieri through his spokesperson  Amy Kempe, said Rhode Island is experiencing “historic flooding.’

The storm  is causing concern, in Boston the Charles River expected to break flood levels. The Charles is set to crest above  9.25 feet set  In August 1955 when two hurricanes dump 24 inches of rain over a two-week period.

Rain Totals from this storm Central Park for the Month saw 10.55 inch of rain which broke the previous record set in 1983 at 10.54 inches during the last Major El Nino season. Since Sunday the storm brought over 4 inches of rain to Manhattan. Portions of Long Island see 5 to 7 inches of rain.

Boston receive for the month of March of 14.23 inches of precipitation. Providence,RI  receive 15.84 inches of rain.

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Obama Administation May Allow Oil Drilling After All

On Wednesday, The Obama Administration is updating its energy policy including it plans for Drilling  for oil and natural gas off the coastline of the US.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in February that the federal government will update its drilling plans by the end of March.

Two White House source not identified because they are not authorized to speak officially says the President Obama will make a major speech on the energy security .

The White House and Interior Department  declined to make statement. But the sources say the president will make his announcement at Andrews Air Force Base in Clinton,MD.

Reuters has more.

Iowa Community Renames Good Friday Cause Uproar

Don’t Mess with Holidays or you’ll face the wrath of the People. That city officials in Davenport, IA found out This Weekend. Last Week the Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin took suggestion from Davenport Civil Rights Commission to change “Good Friday” to “Spring Holiday” and sent memos to city employees.

Well that set off a firestorm of controversy.  Davenport City Hall fielded hundred of calls on Monday.

“My phone has been ringing off the hook since Saturday,” said city council alderman Bill Edmond. “People are genuinely upset because this is nothing but political correctness run amok.”

Alderman Edmond said the City Administrator  went on his own and carry out the suggestion without the city council approval.

“The city council didn’t know anything about the change. We were blind sided and now we’ve got to clean this mess up. How do you tell people the city renamed a 2,000 year old holiday?” said Edmond.

By Monday afternoon City Hall over turned Malin decision and the phrase “Spring Holiday” came to an end.

Davenport Civil Rights Commission  Chairman Tim Hart defend the change reflecting that today’s Davenport is diverse city.

“We merely made a recommendation that the name be changed to something other than Good Friday,” said Hart,  “Our Constitution calls for separation of church and state. Davenport touts itself as a diverse city and given all the different types of religious and ethnic backgrounds we represent, we suggested the change.”

News on the change from “Good Friday” to “Spring Holiday” spread throughout the Quad Cities like a prairie wildfire.

“If you deny the idea of Good Friday then you have to deny Easter,” Monsignor Robert Schmidt told ABC affiliate WQAD.

Davenport city workers starting with the police  told of their opposition. In particular city union contracts which spell out Good Friday is a holiday. They earn time and a half.

Davenport City officials calls the change an error.

“The City of Davenport will be observing “Good Friday” as a City Holiday on April 2,” read a statement released today.

“City Administrator Malin, in error, forwarded the recommendation to staff for further review and action, leading to release of a holiday notice with the holiday named ‘Spring Holiday,’ rather than “Good Friday,” read the release.

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba said. “I understand why people were so upset” “My position is we have a lot more important issues. We’ll fix this and move on.”

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Reversal of Fortune: Tea Party Movement Better Understnading of Issues Than Members of Congress

If what Scott Rasmussen is reporting in his latest poll the Congress is in for a very rude awakening. The latest Rasmussen Report finds 52% of those surveyed say the tea party movement have move understanding of the issues than members of Congress. Only 30% of those surveyed found Congress have a better understanding of the issues.

In addition 47% of the surveyed said their political views are in line with the Tea Party Movement than Congress. Only 26% say their political views is align with Congress.

In a Reversal of Fortunes an earlier poll  said 16% respondents say they are aligned with the Tea Party Movement.

On the ethics front 46% surveyed say the Tea Party Movement members are more ethical than Congress. While 27% say  Congress is  than the Tea Party.

Talk about a disconnect: the Political Class  is out of touch with the mainstream of America. An astonishing 75% of the Political class say members of Congress are more on the issues. On the other hand 68% of Mainstream America say otherwise. Only 16% believe Congress is better  informed on the issues.

If Congress are not reading the polls they are in for a rude awakening in the Fall.

Talk about OUT  OF TOUCH

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Breaking News: Explosions Rock Two Moscow Trains Near the End of the Morning Rush Killing 37

Two Moscow subway train blew up on Monday morning during the morning rush killing 37 and injuring  dozens more. The two  explosions took place at two separate subway station in the Russian capital.

The first attack took place at 7:56 AM Moscow time at  Lubyanka Metro Station in Central Moscow. A second attack at on a train at the  Park Kultury in Central Moscow at about 8:40 Train service on this line suspended indefinitely.

So far now word of who is responsible for this attack.  Russian Authorities will launch and extensive investigation according to TASS-ITAR.

“An inquiry has been opened according to article 205 of the Russian criminal code — terrorism,” investigative committee of prosecutors spokesman, Vladimir Markin, said.

There is speculation that Chechen Rebels may be involved. Chechen suicide bomber killed 51 people outside of a Northeast Mosccow Station in August 2004. Another terrorist attack on a Moscow train killing 40 people and injuring 100 in February 2004 and 15 people killed during a concert in Moscow in 2003.

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FBI Raids A Religious Militia Cult in Michigan Seven Arrested

Seven people arrested on Sunday near Detroit when Federal Authorities raided a religious militia cult. The FBI lead Terror task force in three states Michigan, Indiana and Ohio in a continuing investigation of a “Christian” Militia group based in Adrian,MI.

Sources tell the Detroit News that the FBI is observing militia group in Washtenaw and Lenawee counties near Detroit.  The News contacted Sandra Berchtold a FBI Special Agent about the investigation. Berchtold says the Federal warrants are under seal and declined further comment.

Sources also say this is the second day of  the raid on the militia group in Adrian. The Group known as Hutaree is an alleged “Christian” militia group who describe themselves as a “christian” Soldiers preparing to go to battle against the Anti-Christ.

WXYZ-TV “Channel 7 Action News” reports helicopters flying over head of the Hutaree compound. The terror task force includes The Department of Homeland Security and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

On Sunday the Associate Press reports according to FBI spokesperson Scott Wilson that two people arrested in Northwest Ohio on Saturday, one person arrested in Illinois and  day after raids in Northwestern Indiana.

The motive was a planned attack against Muslims. Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations of Michigan released a prepared statement: “Don’t allow this news to scare you away from practicing your faith,” said Walid. The speech took placed on Saturday during CAIR’s 10 anniversary celebration after receiving a phone call from a reporter about the raid.

Detroit News has the rest of the story.

President Obama and Democrats has Lost White Male Vote Again

An opinion piece by David Paul Kuhn of the Albany Times-Unions sounds the alarm that President Obama and the Democratic Party has lost a significant member of its base White Men. In 2008 they came home to the party only to leave again.

Thirty years ago, the white male voter largely working and middle class men disenfranchised by the Jimmy Carter Administration they voted in droves for former California Governor Ronald Reagan as President in November 1980.

In 1994 under the previous Democratic President Bill Clinton these voter were not satisfied  with Hillary Care and Congressional  tax increases. This led to Republican Revolution that November. In that election Democrats had 38% of the White Male vote.

In 2008, Obama and Democrats overcame the poll numbers due to  Financial Crisis which saw Obama receiving 41% of white male vote.  This led to Obama victory in November.

However, a reversal of fortune happening  with Democrats losing White male vote which they earned over a year earlier.  Democrats have now 35%  of the white male vote. Three percent lower than their 1994 electoral losses that year according to Gallup,Inc.

The causes this time Financial Rescues of banks, insurance Company AIG, ownership of GM and Chrysler sent voters over the edge. This led election of State Senator Scott Brown(R-MA) to fill the US Senate Seat of the late Ted Kennedy in December 2008. White men support Brown 60 to 38 percent. While Martha Coakley Attorney General(D-MA) receive 52 percent of women vote according to Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates polling.

Now add in the take over Health Care industry and Student Loan industry take over in the health care law voted on this week.

President Obama approval number among white voters has slipped. only 38% of white men approve the president while 46% of white women support the President.

According to ABC News/ Washington Post poll found that 71 percent of white men and 58 % of white women want small government and services.

Apparently no one at the  White House is listening or they just don’t care. 1994 Democrats and the Media were mocking Republicans and white men as the  “Angry White Male” They haven’t learned their lesson.

There is a massive political wave coming and it sweep over Washington  pushing the politicians into the Potomac River  through the Chesapeake Bay into Atlantic  Ocean leaving many Social Democrats into to their political deaths.

The Republicans could benefit from a massive landslide the likes which has never been seen.

Albany Times-Union has the rest of the story.