Jeremy Page, South Asia Correspondent
Friday, January 22, 2010
On first glance, it could be the ultimate Valentine’s Day card — a gigantic billboard that towers over New York’s Times Square, featuring a happy couple with the text: “You are my soulmate forever, Charles & YaVaughnie.”
But as every scorned lover knows, looks can be deceiving. This billboard — which also has gone up in Atlanta and San Francisco — is the ultimate act of revenge — a very public retaliation by a dumped mistress aimed at a very wealthy, and married, businessman who is an adviser to President Obama.
YaVaughnie Wilkins posted the signs after she learned that her lover, Charles E. Phillips — president and director of the tech conglomerate Oracle Corporation and a member of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board — had reconciled with his wife, the New York Post reported.
The billboards — there are three in New York and one apiece in Atlanta and San Francisco, where Phillips lives — may have cost Wilkins up to $250,000, at an estimated $50,000 each.
After the billboards surfaced, Phillips fessed up to his longtime affair through a spokesman on Thursday.
“I had an 8-and-a-half-year serious relationship with YaVaughnie Wilkins. The relationship with Ms. Wilkins has since ended, and we both wish each other well,” he said.
The billboards also feature a URL of the Web site www.charlesphillipsandyavaughniewilkins.com, which features photos of Phillips’ and Wilkins’ lengthy relationship.
In an Oracle newsletter from 2006, Phillips was described as an ex-marine and “family man” who has a wife and 10-year-old son, Chas, the New York Times reported.
January 23, 2010
By Bob Beers Friday, January 22, 2010
Rasmussen Reports is one of the few polling companies you can trust to give you real numbers rather than those the Obama Administration uses to skew the results. After the Massachusetts debacle, the west wing of the White House went into a major spin overdrive in an attempt to prove what had just happened hadn’t. The reality is something else entirely.
Check out this link on how America really feels about the Marxist Messiah,
Here is the first paragraph:
“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday, shows that 27% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15.”
Jimmy Carter has the dubious honor of being known as the most incompetent President this country ever had. Ronald Reagan’s quip, “Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?” may be changed to, “Are you better off now than you were a year ago?” Because Barack Hussein Obama has proven that he knows even less about economics than his peanut-pushing compatriot Carter.
Like Carter, Obama is attempting to blame his disastrous results on the previous administration. The message isn’t being believed, not even by a majority of those who voted for him. Admittedly, Ford was essentially a buffoon much like Bush, but neither man could be honestly accused of creating the economic disasters that came into play after they left office. Unlike Carter, Obama has managed to work his voodoo onto the American economy into less than half the time. The GOP is literally salivating at its improved prospects. Also like Carter, Obama is completely clueless in regard to public opinion. Apparently, so is the Mainstream Media. You have to search long and deep for any article criticizing Obama’s agenda for the Democrat losses in Virginia, New Jersey and now what is known as the most liberal state in the union, Massachusetts. There is a simple reason for this, most of the managers and directors of America’s media outlets are now aging hippies; the same people who decided in the 60’s to abandon every cultural aspect that they associated with their parents, cleanliness, chivalry, loyalty to kin and country, manners and patriotism; and the big one, the sanctity of innocent human life.
These people, Obama included, found avenues of employment that allowed them to continue their steadfast belief in the communist agenda without having to deal with the economic realities the rest of us cope with on a daily basis. They did so, covering their walls with posters, not of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Adams, but with the likenesses of Mao, Lenin, Ho, Guevara and Castro. Insulated from economic reality, they developed a cocoon of self-righteousness that continues today. There can be no other rational explanation for the headlines that preceded the Massachusetts election. Words such as “shocking” give an indication as to how the results of the voting hit them.
If you peruse the archives concerning the Brown/Coakley campaign, you will notice several articles trumpeting Obama’s decision to stump for the Democrat candidate. Nowhere will you find one warning the President off because his lack of popularity may do more harm than good. You actually have to travel into the Tweetsphere (my coined term) to find mention of Obama’s deadly pucker. There was a brief glimpse of the term “Kiss of Death” on The Drudge Report, but that was it.
The liberal messiah is planning on traveling to my state of Nevada to champion Harry Reid’s reelection. Reid’s numbers are just above those of the good President, which is to say, they are both cellar-dwellers. There is every chance that when Obama leaves Nevada and we finish cleaning up the stench, that Harry Reid will find campaigning against the Searchlight High Prom King an uphill battle. And now, they face an additional obstacle, the Supreme Court has taken the shackles off of corporate giving.
In a 5-4 decision, the court found the McCain-Feingold restrictions on political giving to be unconstitutional. Of course they were. The problem was that McCain either didn’t understand the Constitution or didn’t care. We know that Obama’s choice of Justice doesn’t care because she voted in the minority. If you read the very small paragraph:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Nowhere in this short passage can you find or even infer that a collective has any more or less right to contribute to a campaign than the other. In fact, corporations, the great Satan of the mushy-brained type, aren’t even mentioned, unless you want to include them in the last clause. McCain Feingold was a violation of our constitution pure and simple.
Sotomeyer’s vote in this is very telling of both her opinion and the one who appointed her. What is also telling is that the great flock of the American Sheeple is changing into a wolf pack and the Democrats haven’t a clue. 0 for 4 and counting.
By Colin Moore
LAS VEGAS — In the parallel world where the likes of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi live, the enlightened govern the ignorant masses by applying one set of universal rules, and it’s not the Constitution of the United States.
In Hillary’s world, radical ideas progress at first with baby steps that ultimately become great strides to harness the destructive forces in society. That’s why the current Secretary of State and the other Hillarys in her world are drawing a bead on gun owners, mainly those in the United States.
In 2012, the United Nation’s will push for the Arms Trade Treaty, which, among other things, will establish goals regarding the ownership and disposition of firearms on a global basis. This new world order is apt to take various forms, but none of them are likely to be good for gun owners in this country.
The Arms Trade Treaty, along with attempts to reconstitute the so-called “assault weapons ban,” and efforts to ban lead-based ammunition are among the biggest challenges facing the shooting sports industry in the coming years, according to Steve Sanneti, president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
It’s been a while since the ban on any firearm that looked remotely like an assault rifle was in effect. Thankfully, the public has become better educated about the firearms and the fact that just because they look like something that Rambo might wield, basically they do the same thing as any other rifle.
Talk of outlawing black guns was a topic that once scored points for politicians in the “blue states,” but there’s no current movement to return the ban. Still, Sanneti said, it only takes one lunatic with a rifle to re-energize the issue.
The lead ban is an ongoing project for anti-hunters and their allies, the gun control crowd. Banning lead shot on wildlife refuges and other federal lands was the first stage, and now various advocates in the northern tier of states, and California, have taken up the cause. In the Bear State, pro-raptor groups managed to convince the powers-that-be that condors were being poisoned en masse after ingesting lead bullets or shot in the remains of deer or various other game animals and birds.
In truth, more California condors have died from eating the poisoned carcasses of sheep and other domestic animals intended for coyotes. Still, lead was a convenient villain. More recently, anti-hunters tried to stampede food banks and others from accepting donated game meat shot with lead ammo by well-meaning hunters. Eventually, the wheels fell off that campaign when even the Center for Disease Control said it was a bogus issue.
“Anti-hunters will do or say anything to curtail hunting, and they’ll settle for winning small battles and advancing their cause in incremental stages,” Sanetti said. “What is so insidious about the various lead ban proposals is that they ignore the fact that there are no wildlife populations that have been threatened or endangered because hunters use lead ammunition. It just doesn’t happen, and we’ve got to continue to remind people of that and present the truth.”
As for the Arms Trade Treaty, Sanetti said he thinks it might pose the greatest danger if only because there are so many different permutations it could take, any of which could be disastrous to gun owners.
Sanneti is no stranger in Hillary’s world, and as a former executive of the Ruger Arms Company, knows of the subtle ways that gun control advocates employ to advance their cause. Convince the general public that if all guns are banned, and nobody has them but governments, then there would be no more wars and no more crime. In effect, the Arms Trade Treaty is one of those baby steps in that direction.
“Essentially, the international community doesn’t understand why Americans respect and protect their Second Amendment rights because in most countries no such rights exist,” said Sanetti, who is presiding over the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show. “Of course, the Founders added the Second Amendment as one of the safeguards, and it’s not something open for discussion as far as we’re concerned.
“The current (Obama) administration has gone on record as saying it’s time for this country to rejoin the community of nations and get more in line with various international goals. So, definitely, gun control is moving to the forefront, though not in such an-in-your-face, confrontational manner that we’ve seen before in this country. Gun control advocates go in one direction, try and fail, and then go in another direction. That’s been the pattern.”
Sanetti notes that prior to the current administration, UN delegates routinely gave such notions as international gun control a no-way, Jose response. However, recently Secretary Clinton has noted that the administration is not opposed, per se, to an Arms Trade Treaty that inhibits the manufacture and distribution of guns, but rather that the U.S. might go along with it if there is a consensus among the nations.
“Our salvation might be that 2012, which is when the UN will put the Arms Trade Treaty on the front burner, is an election year,” Sanetti said. “We feel reasonably confident that this administration is not going to push the treaty or even avow any ownership, but there’s no certainty of that. If the administration sidesteps the issue and there is no unanimity among nations, the treaty is probably dead, but we’re definitely keeping an eye on developments there.”
Eternal vigilance and all that, but it’s the price to pay for living in the world next to Hillary’s. The neighbors will do whatever they can to get rid of as many guns as possible, perhaps by curtailing the international flow of component materials that go into the manufacture of firearms and ammunition.
It’s a long shot, but such ideas have merit in Hillary’s world, where even little victories lead ever closer to the big prize: no guns, just government.
IS ANYONE OF US SURPRISED AT THAT?
News organization Raw Story has obtained an exclusive analysis that shows President Obama received a staggering $20,175,303 from the healthcare industry during the 2008 election cycle.
I’ve got a feeling I wasn’t the only one up past midnight watching the Scott Brown election coverage! Having moved to Tucson from Boston, I must admit that I never expected this to happen in a million years. But, you know, 2009 has been a crazy and exciting year; a year so exciting that it resulted in a one-in-a-million electoral upset!
I spent 2005-2007 studying, writing about, and connecting with the people involved in the democratic revolutions sweeping the former Soviet bloc states of Georgia and Ukraine, among other countries. After the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, I traveled to the capital Kiev and did some work with democracy activists there and in Belarus — the last dictatorship in Europe.
Some commentators are drawing comparisons, calling this win the “Brown Revolution“. My friend Andy Ignatov, whose work in the Orange Revolution helped connect and organize activists using the internet, used Facebook to type up his agreement, “Yep :)”.
So let me get to the point: If it can happen in Massachusetts, it can happen anywhere. We already know it can happen in Tucson. Nina Trasoff (D), who won 65% of the vote in the 2005 City Council race, was beaten by Steve Kozachik (R) this past November. And it will happen again this year.
2010 must be a year of resistance and revolt against oppressive government policies, culminating in the overthrow of our elected leaders who have lost touch with the people of this region. This means are city and town council-members, county supervisors, and obviously our congressional representatives.
So what can we all do right now to get the fight started early?
There is a recall campaign called Take Back Tucson that has been launched against Mayor Walkup and Council-members Regina Romero and Karin Uhlich. Getting involved in this effort is your chance to start setting the politicians in Tucson straight.
The recall campaign is launching the petitions this Saturday, January 23 at Reid Park, Ramada 28 between 8 to 9 am.
The campaign will be set up at the ramada to pass out petitions to anyone interested in collecting signatures. This will include information on how to properly circulate petitions, as well as a walking list to direct volunteers to high-efficacy areas.
I hope that you plan to join us out there! If you do, here is all the information you need:
You can easily park at Hi-Corbett Field (map) where the volunteers will direct you to Ramada 28. After picking up petitions and walking lists, everyone will gather signatures for a few hours. Everyone will then meet at Ramada 28 again at noon for a free volunteer barbecue!
I truly believe that this is the next step in reclaiming Tucson and turning it around. It is also the first step in organizing for the congressional campaign later in the year. I hope to see many of you there, as this will be the year that we take back Tucson!
Co-Organizer, Tucson Tea Party