Posted: April 21, 2012
Ted Nugent was scheduled to play a concert at Fort Knox this Summer but after his recent comments about President Obama the military has decided to cancel the performance.
The U.S. Army made the announcement on its Facebook page:
“after learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation.”
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Nugent was co-headlining the concert with REO Speedwagon and Styx. the army said that it would issue refunds to people who no longer want to attend the show.
Nugent said earlier this month that if Obama got re-elected he would end up “dead or in jail.” Nugent, who was speaking at an NRA event, also said that Republicans need to ”ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.” The comments led to a “conversation” with the secret service.
While some are supporting the military’s decision to pull Nugent from the lineup, the majority of comments on Fort Knox’s Facebook page are from people who think the military is over-reacting.
“He is such a supporter of the troops. such a shame that he was canceled for expressing his freedom of speech. This is America, if you have not forgot.”
“I thought that freedom of speech was one of the very same things that our military fought for. When Obama said he was going to change the military, he did. He made them cowards. Shame on you Fort Knox.”
Do you think Fort Knox made the right decision by cancelling Ted Nugent’s show?
For what it is worth, the view from South Florida is:
- the Democrats were more organized on the redistricting process
- the state level Republicans, in order to win back some ground on the state level redistricting, agreed to give ground on the Federal elections
- Allen West was a key bargaining chip in that process
For this to be true, it suggests:
(a) the RPOF state legislature members were willing to sacrifice at the Federal level to save their own skins or for their own advantage – well, that doesn’t take any imagination to believe
(b) the Democrats were better organized than Repubs on redistricting – well, again, that takes no imagination (see: California)
(c) the local state Democrats were willing to cede some ground in order to attack West
That is the only part that needs close examination. it would be possible if (a) the Dems didn’t feel they were really ceding any ground in the process (e.g., came to the table with a plan that asked more than they expected, and planned to cede some anyway), and (b) they were in closer coordination with their Fed counterparts.
Given the presence of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as DNC chair, embedded in S. Florida and state politics as well, and proximity to Allen West’s district and strong antagonism between the two, then (b) is pretty believable (and also rumored to be true).
So you really only need to believe (a).
Now, this is all speculation, and all of the “off the record sources” don’t offer enough credibility … but the fact remains, West is getting screwed by a Republican legislature not fighting for him, there were warnings ahead of time by Repub state legislatures that this was going to happen (and they have been vindicated), and the RPOF leadership is historically not pro-Tea Party at all and is generally viewed as incompetent by Florida Tea Partiers … (myself included).
So, yeah, I think he was stabbed in back.
PrincetonAl on January 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM
As the Republican caucus in Iowa nears, presidential hopeful Ron Paul is winning at least one race—social media engagement, according to a new analysis.
After tracking seven Republican candidates’ performance on Facebook through the end of December, social media analytics firm Socialbakers found that Paul is the most “viral” contender, with nearly 60,000 users talking about him this past week, followed by Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Socialbakers determined each candidates’ viral reach after pouring over more than 10 million Facebook Pages and Places, as well as billions of individual user interactions, taking into account the number of “likes” and comments about each candidate.
Paul increased his social media engagement rate the most of any candidate over the past month (69 percent), followed by Perry (58 percent), and Newt Gingrich (57 percent), according to Socialbakers.
In terms of raw Facebook fan numbers, President Obama beats out every Republican hopeful, with 24 million individual fans. Romney won out among Republicans with more than 1.3 million fans, followed by Paul, who boasts more than 670,000 and Michele Bachmann, who has more than 460,000.
Social media engagement is an important campaign tool, according to Jan Rezab, CEO of Socialbakers.
“Politicians and brands have a tremendous opportunity to go beyond counting the number of ‘fans’ or ‘likes’—they must pay attention to why people are talking about them and what they care about,” he said in a statement. “Fan and community engagement is the key to success.”
For more, see the infographic below.
Meanwhile, Google on Monday got into election mode with the release of a new Web site where users can follow the digital campaign trail. On the site, users can sort through election information by individual candidate or issue and find real-time Web trends.
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DJIA on 11/3: 11215.13
DJIA now: 11156.21
It seems like the Dow drops every time Boehner opens his mouth, doesn't it?
This question is modeled on questions Republicans were asking about Obama in November, 2008.
Conservatives, I'm reasoning exactly the way you did, so if you think I'm illogical, you have only yourselves to blame.
If the election was the only factor involved in the recent market downturn, it would be odd for the market to be declining after such a strong conservative victory. I believe that the decline has more to do with poor economic decisions; Mainly the devaluation of the dollar by printing so much money.
Remember the DJIA dropping EVERY TIME BUSH opened his mouth? Americans hate stupid people, even tho it has many of them.
Go read the WSJ and learn what the Fed is doing.
Go read about to currency war Obama is trying to start.
All this was planned to begin after the election.
Since they won't take office until January the buck still stops on the Libs and Obama.
The question truly is one sad cat based on lack of facts.
I am sure the Federal Reserve has nothing to do with it. LOL
Keep shifting blame back and forth. That way the real culprits will get away scott free with all the loot like they always do.
They haven't taken control yet.
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As the August 2nd deadline for America to pay its bills approaches, the possibility of the nation defaulting on its debt looms ever nearer, with Republicans appearing further than ever from compromise. This morning on Imus, House Investigations leader Rep. Darrell Issa explained the frustrations in his party– Democrats appeared unwilling to agree to short-term cuts, and long-term promises, he argued, “are just crap.”
Host Don Imus opened by noting that he was entirely skeptical of the idea that Congress was negotiating on anything at all in earnest, telling him “I always think you guys are jerking our chain, anyway,” and admitting to not really paying attention to anything the Congressman was saying throughout the interview, which added to the conversation the charm of feeling entirely disposable. Rep. Issa made his points anyway, comparing the talks to something “like a garbage strike in new York” (Imus had compared them to doorman strikes) and explaining the frustration facing Republicans in the talks.
“He [President Obama] signed a funding through September months ago… the truth is, we don’t have to have an August 2 deadline,” he argued. He noted that “the question here was… are we serious about cutting spending this year?” aside from that question, Rep. Issa argued, “there’s all kinds of pejoratives, but it’s just crap– it’s absolute crap to think that promises over ten years mean anything.”
Imus’ response to this was some sort of non sequitur insult to Sen. John Kerry for calling him “The I-Man” on his show, “which made him sound like an idiot.” again, Imus made a concerted effort to give whatever Rep. Issa was saying the minimum amount of respect, confessing, “the rest of what you said, I wasn’t paying that much attention.” He then shifted gears somewhat to the theory being tossed around in certain circles– notably some circles on Fox Business– that “Moody’s was in cahoots with Obama” to downgrade the nation. Rep. Issa didn’t seem to pay too much mind to the conspiracy theory. “you can find a conspiracy theory before or after 10 AM in Washington any day of the week,” he noted, adding that America should be downgraded if it can’t keep up with its debts. “If America can, in fact, pay it’s bills, it’s AAA, and if we can’t pay our bills, it doesn’t matter what rating they give us,” he concluded.
Imus returns to the bizarre side plot that is “how members of Congress should address Don Imus” before asking about the current investigation under Rep. Issa’s purview, the “fast and furious” case, which gave Imus an opening to note that he though Iran-Contra was a “great idea.”
The discussion via Fox Business below:
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The debate over raising the debt ceiling is beginning to play out like the Cuban Missile Crisis of four decades ago.
Only back then, it was John F. Kennedy facing down the Soviets, while today it’s Barack Obama playing chicken with the Republican leadership in Congress. and the stakes today are certainly different — a return to recession rather than nuclear devastation.
Still, the daily press briefings and warnings of economic catastrophe have everyone on edge, as was the case in the fall of 1962. Stock markets around the world are jittery, and Americans wonder whether the nascent recovery might soon be replaced by the great Recession, part II.
A Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll this week indicated that the public is thoroughly confused.
The White House says the debt ceiling must be raised by Aug. 2 or the U.S. will be unable to pay its obligations that run the gamut from the billions it has borrowed from China to the hundreds due that Social Security recipient in Newburyport. But some Republicans, particularly those aligned with the tea party, say the administration is simply trying to scare people and failure to reach a deal in the coming weeks will have few, if any consequences.
Forty-two percent of those polled side with the White House and see great risk in a potential default. But more — 47 percent — see greater risk in allowing the administration to borrow more than the $14.3 trillion currently outstanding.
Obama has agreed to deep spending cuts, but he says a deal can’t and shouldn’t be accomplished without ending some of the tax subsidies currently granted corporations and the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. Republicans say a tax increase of any kind would be a job-killer.
The sad fact is that Americans have lost faith in the ability of government at the federal, state and local levels to spend their money wisely. and reasons for their lack of trust can be seen in everything from the billions spent propping up corrupt regimes in the Middle East to the manipulation of government pension systems by agencies like the Essex Regional Retirement Board and Merrimack Special Education Collaborative.
Curbing governmental profligacy should be as much of a priority in good times as when the economy is stagnant, like now.
No party is blameless. Republicans and Democrats alike have contributed to the deficit problem. more than anything, Americans want this latest crisis to be over and their country headed down a path that gets spending under control, ends the exploitation of government largess and reforms the tax system so that everyone pays their fair share.
Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have shown they can make a decent team on the golf course, having won $2 apiece in their recent match against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. if only they could replicate that success on the big stage where it counts.