Bob Corker faces Dem…uh, well Opposing Candidate.

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Here’s one for the presses….Democrats won’t back their vote winning candidate because he’s too conservative. Sounds like someone I might consider voting for….since Alexander, Corker or Fincher of Tennessee have turned out to be closet liberals….from the Mark Clayton website:

Mark Clayton on Disavowed by Party

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2012

Summary

After Mr Clayton won the nomination of the Democratic party for the 2012 Senate seat, the Democratic party disavowed his nomination and urged its members to vote for a write-in candidate. The sole reason for this disavowement seems to be Mr Clayton’s involvement in a group called the Public Advocate of the United States. This group advocates for traditional marriage and pro-life legislation on both the state and national levels. The basis of the Democratic party’s problem with the Public Advocate group seems to be based upon the Southern Poverty Law Center designating the group as a hate group because the Public Advocate Groip opposes same-sex marriage and abortion and opposes teaching children in middle school and younger about homosexuality. The Public Advocate Group appears to have been added to the hate groups list in March of 2012.

 

Press Statement from the Tennessee Democratic Party

On August 3, 2012 the Tennessee Democratic Party released a press statement noting that is was disavowing Mr Clayton’s candidacy and that it would not assist in that candidacy in any way. I asked its members to vote for a write-in candidate. It asserted that Mr Clayton was involved with a hate group, but did not further clarify that statement. It was an article by USA Today that mentioned that the group that MR Clayton is Vice-President of is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

Tennessee Democrats Disavow Senate Candidate Mark Clayton

By TNDP On August 3, 2012 · Leave a Comment

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Democratic Party released the following statement in response to Mark Clayton receiving the most votes in the Democratic Primary for US Senate.

“The only time that Clayton has voted in a Democratic primary was when he was voting for himself. Many Democrats in Tennessee knew nothing about any of the candidates in the race, so they voted for the person at the top of the ticket. Unfortunately, none of the other Democratic candidates were able to run the race needed to gain statewide visibility or support.

“Mark Clayton is associated with a known hate group in Washington, D.C., and the Tennessee Democratic Party disavows his candidacy, will not do anything to promote or support him in any way, and urges Democrats to write-in a candidate of their choice in November.”

 

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CNN: Obama Super PAC Ad “Not Accurate”

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Oops! Say it isn’t so…..Obama ad is a lie…….surely not…..One comment on the video says:

You know BO’s in trouble when CNN starts to tell the truth.

Gibson Guitars Settles with DOJ

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Gibson Guitars has agreed to pay off the federal government in order to settle a wood dispute that had feds knocking down the guitar factory’s doors.

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After being raided twice by “agents carrying weapons and attired in SWAT gear,” once in 2009 and again in 2011, the guitar manufacturer and the U.S. Department of Justice went into negotiations and have finally reached a settlement.

Gibson, located in Nashville Tennessee, was facing heat for the woods used in their guitar fingerboards. The Madagascar ebony wood Gibson used was the main subject of contention.

According to DOJ documents, “Between June 20, 2008, and November 17, 2009, Gibson did not ask for or obtain paperwork or official assurances from officials in Madagascar that the wood it was purchasing from Madagascar through its German supplier was legally harvested and exported from Madagascar…”

The guitar manufacturer caved in to paying a $300,000 “monetary penalty to the United States.” In addition they have been made to pay a “community service payment” of $50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The NY times states that Gibson also “agreed to withdraw a suit seeking to recover about $261,000 worth of ebony and rosewood that was seized during the investigation,” but that the government ultimately agreed to return Indian fingerboard blanks and allow future Indian imports.

The legislation feds exploited to raid Gibson was an amendment added to the 2008 farm bill – an amendment known as the Lacey Act – which “among other things, makes it unlawful, beginning December 15, 2008, to import certain plants and plant products without an import declaration.”

Apparently, the Department of Justice’s case hinged on a semantic. Guitar “fingerboards,” are listed by the Madagascar Ministry of the Environment, Water, and Forests as “finished products;” however, fingerboard “blanks” are “considered “unfinished” and, therefore, considered illegal to export.”

Regardless of the devious legalities employed, the bottom line is Gibson has been held ransom for conducting, what they believed, was business as usual.

In a press release published on Gibson’s website Monday, CEO Henry E. Juszkiewicz maintained that his company was unjustly targeted and essentially held at gunpoint by threats “that would have forced the business to close.” At one point Juszkiewicz was even told by court ruling that he should move his company to Madagascar.

Regarding their concession, Juszkiewicz stated, “We felt compelled to settle as the costs of proving our case at trial would have cost millions of dollars and taken a very long time to resolve. This allows us to get back to the business of making guitars. An important part of the settlement is that we are getting back the materials seized in a second armed raid on our factories and we have formal acknowledgement that we can continue to source rosewood and ebony fingerboards from India, as we have done for many decades.”

Traveling musicians also worried about illegal wood arrests.

Gibson’s FAQ page addressed concerns musicians had regarding legal paperwork required stating conformity to the Lacey Act: “Q: Will Gibson provide paperwork declaring the wood origins (per Lacey Act) for Customs if I take this new guitar out of the country? A: No. There is no known official form for a manufacturer to provide to a customer.”

The Lacey Act squarely put Gibson in the DOJ’s crosshairs, but for some reason Gibson has been the only guitar company targeted by feds.

Having paid off the federally-funded mafia group, the guitar company can finally cease litigation and concentrate on their main priority: making guitars.

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The First Color Image Of Mars From Curiosity

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NASA’s Curiosity rover has been on Mars for a little over a day now and it’s already beaming back a bunch of incredible images.

The first color image, shown below, was taken on the afternoon of the first day after landing. It was snapped by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) located on the end of Curiosity’s robotic arm. The arm isn’t fully deployed yet, so it takes pictures at a bit of a tilt. The picture has been rotated to correct that tilt. This camera is designed to take very close, high-resolution images of rocks and soil on the Martian surface.

Looking north, the image shows the wall and rim of Gale Crater (where the rover landed) in the distance. The crater is about the size of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined.

The photo was taken with the camera’s transparent dust cover closed. The image looks a little cloudy because of some dust that was blown onto the camera during the rover’s risky landing.

The first images without the dust cover are expected later this week.

UPDATE 1:42 p.m. EDT: NASA released some more photos at a press conference this afternoon. These were taken by a camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at 10:30 p.m. PT on Aug. 6. In the first photo, called “The Crime Scene,” Curiosity is about 4,000 feet from the heat shield, 2,000 feet from the back shell and 2,100 feet from the skycrane. The large white splotch in the second photo is Curiosity’s parachute.

It Begins… Holder Justice Department Goes After Top Romney Donor

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First we had Gibson Guitars…a Republican investigated over nothing, now this.

In early July the DCCC claimedthat Sheldon Adelson was involved in some kind of Chinese prostitution strategy. They later retracted their statements after Adelson threatened to sue them.

Now this…
The Holder Justice Department is investigating the Las Vegas Sands Corporation whose owner Sheldon Adelson is a top Romney donor.
The LA Times reported:

The Justice Department is investigating whether Las Vegas Sands Corp., owned by high-profile Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, broke federal law by failing to report millions of dollars of potentially laundered money transferred to its casinos by two high-rolling Las Vegas gamblers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles is investigating deposits made in the mid-2000s by a Mexican pharmaceutical businessman, later indicted for drug trafficking in 2007, and a California executive with Fry’s Electronics, who later pleaded guilty to taking illegal kickbacks, the newspaper said, citing lawyers and federal officials working on the case.

The Journal said there were no indications that the investigation included actions by Adelson, Sands’ chief executive and a major political donor for the Republican Party. Adelson has pledged to spend as much as $100 million to help Republican candidates in this election cycle.

Federal investigators have begun focusing on casinos amid concerns that the industry’s lax financial systems could be used for money laundering and other illegal activities, according to Justice Department officials cited by the Journal.

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