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Truth Behind Kennebec County GOP “Secret Meeting” One Issue Agenda Revealed

Posted on August 6, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

(I knew all those weeks of drinking Ovaltine were sure to pay off…)

Apparently there is some serious higgledy-piggledyness going on over at Schwatrz’s, er, Kennebec County Republicans and they are holding a special meeting this week to clean some house.

But rather than be honest and straight forward to their members as to the real reason for the 1 item special meeting, KCGOP Chair Garfield Holmes decided to send a super-duper, double dog dare, secrety email message in code that fortunately, Dirigo Blue’s Lil Orphan Annie Decoder was able to decipher.

So set your pins; here is…

An official communique from Lil Orphan Annie herself! (emphasis mine)

Ladies and Gentlemen of Kennebec County Republican Committee,

There has been much speculation about the special meeting I called for August 8. Here are the details of what will be discussed. It is one issue only but Cyndi Redmond is requesting all to stay and watch a video she is adamant must be seen by all concerned citizens of this Country. The video has nothing to do with the cause of the meeting.

Since even before the Convention there have been some of our Committee that have had hard feelings and may think they have been slighted in some way or another. I have fielded many problems I felt were dividing our Committee, some of those attempts more well known than others. Most recently one of our members has run amok of Election Campaign Laws and served 7 days in County Jail for the part he admittedly played in that scheme. I have attached the results of the Ethics Committee investigation so we all know without doubt what happened.

The name of the individual involved is Mike Hein.

At our last Executive Committee meeting I called a closed session so that this issue could be discussed. It was the unanimous decision of the Executive Committee to bring before you, our Full Committee, this issue and to ask you to vote on whether or not you feel Mr. Hein should be removed from our Kennebec County Republican Committee.

That is the purpose of our Special meeting on August 8th this week in Augusta at 6:30 P.M. I am very concerned and intend for this process to be fair to all, especially Mr. Hein. I hope that Mr. Hein will be in attendance and willing to present his arguments as to why he should not be removed. I should point out that Mr. Hein was a Republican candidate at the time he committed the fraud in violation of election laws.

Another very serious problem has been discovered when it was brought to my attention that someone in attendance at our Executive Committee meetings was making notes and then sending them to a Liberal Blog site that was printing them for all Democrats and Liberals of all persuasions to read unrestricted. It need not be voiced here how destructive those blog comments can become, especially the closer we get to election time.

Our meetings, both Full Committee and Executive Committee, must be guarded and protected for their content or we are undermined as an effective committee. Some of the discussions we must have involve Candidates and individuals as well as campaign strategies which, of course, must be kept secret.

After careful consideration it seems the common denominator to each of the compromised meetings may have been Mr. Hein. It has been told me, though I have not determined the voracity of this information, that Mr. Hein is a close friend of the owner of the liberal blog involved in reproducing discussions of our Committee.

This is unthinkable subterfuge to the efforts of our committee and continued even after a distinct directive went out from me at the involved meetings for anyone in attendance not to reproduce or distribute any conversations or conclusions of our committees.

I don’t know if there has been another time when a member of KCRC has been removed but I am prepared to do just that if the Full Committee votes in favor of this course of action. I hope to see every member of KCRC turn out on Wednesday night, 8/8, to address this vital issue.

Very truly yours,

Garfield H. Holmes Jr.

So, kids, “BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE” on August 8th! Annie is counting on YOU!

The mentioned PDF of Hein’s ethics report can be seen below.

Micheal Hein – Criminal Complaint and Summons

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Fake Shopping With Mitt!

Posted on August 6, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Because last I knew, NO market puts a carpet out the doorway in such a way that it will prevent the automatic doors from closing… especially in the heat of summer.

(Source: Huffington Post Caption Contest)

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(VIDEO) NASA Rover Curiosity Lands on Mars

Posted on August 6, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |


Video of the press conference, for those (like me) who were asleep at 2am EDT.

Statement from President Obama:

Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history.

The successful landing of Curiosity – the most sophisticated roving laboratory ever to land on another planet – marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future. It proves that even the longest of odds are no match for our unique blend of ingenuity and determination.

Tonight’s success, delivered by NASA, parallels our major steps forward towards a vision for a new partnership with American companies to send American astronauts into space on American spacecraft. That partnership will save taxpayer dollars while allowing NASA to do what it has always done best – push the very boundaries of human knowledge. And tonight’s success reminds us that our preeminence – not just in space, but here on Earth – depends on continuing to invest wisely in the innovation, technology, and basic research that has always made our economy the envy of the world.

I congratulate and thank all the men and women of NASA who made this remarkable accomplishment a reality – and I eagerly await what Curiosity has yet to discover.

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Details Emerge on WI Shooter- Ties to Hate Rock Bands, Racist Skinheads, Neo-Nazi Groups and More

Posted on August 6, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Mourners take part in a candle light vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting in Milwaukee Sunday, Aug 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Late last night his name was released and now more details about Wade Michael Page are being shared by media:

  • He had ties to extreme groups End Apathy (racist skinheads) and National Alliance (Neo-Nazis).
  • As a musician, he proudly attended hate rock festivals, per this 2010 interview.
  • He served at Fort Bliss in Texas and Fort Bragg, N.C. from 1992 to 1998, at which time he was discharged for “patterns of misconduct”. He had been ranked as sergeant, and later as a specialist. Page’s job was as a Hawk missile system repairman and he later became a psychological operations specialist.
  • He used a 9mm semiautomatic pistol and carried extra ammunition in a military-style tactical belt.
  • An ATF official confirmed that Page was “heavily tattoed” with white supremacy and 9/11 marks.
  • He was 40 years old and recently broke up with his girlfriend.
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  • LePage Issues Statement on U.S. Credit Rating Downgrade, Despite S&P’s Own Credibility Issues

    Posted on August 6, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

    Governor LePage’s office released the following press release minutes ago:

     


    Governor LePage’s Statement on the U.S. Credit Rating Downgrade

    For Immediate Release: Saturday, August 06, 2011Contact: Adrienne Bennett

    The following statement from Governor Paul LePage was released Saturday morning from the Office of the Governor.

    “It’s clear now, Congress and the White House antics over raising the nation’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit has cost Americans. The U.S credit rating downgrade from AAA to AA+ will deeply affect our Nation in a way that we have not experienced since 1917.

    The political posturing and last minute decision by Congress proves to be part of S&P’s downgrade. Using debt default as a bargaining chip rather than putting our fiscal house back in order was an enormously risky maneuver that failed. It is a major setback for our future and economic credibility of our Country and it’s time our leaders in Washington start working to get our economy back on track instead of worrying about upcoming elections.”

    In addition, spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett offered:

    “Maine has chosen to do the right thing in not taking on new debt and reducing our unfunded liability long-term. Maine has done exactly what S&P’s John Chambers said is what Washington should have done. We can take away a very valuable lesson from this downgrade decision, in that, it is important to not separate the budget process from debt authorization. In order to achieve fiscal stability we must examine both and acknowledge the impact they have on our State.”

    This is very odd, considering that last night there was wide speculation what had occurred.

    First, there were reports that the S&P’s decision to downgrade was based upon a $2 trillion dollar calculating error:

     

    Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the U.S. credit rating was flawed by a $2 trillion error, according to a Treasury Department spokesman.S&P lowered the nation’s AAA grade one level to AA+ yesterday, after warning on July 14 that it would reduce the ranking in the absence of a “credible” plan to lower deficits even if the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit were lifted. The outlook was kept as “negative.”

    The Treasury disagreed with S&P’s assessment because the analysis was carried out hastily, said a person familiar with the matter who declined to be identified because the discussions were private. The ratings firm erred in estimating discretionary spending levels at $2 trillion higher than Congressional Budget Office estimates, the person said.

    The S&P decision went further than Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings, which affirmed their AAA credit ratings for the U.S. on Aug. 2, the day President Barack Obama signed a bill that ended the debt-ceiling impasse that pushed the country to the edge of default. Moody’s and Fitch both said that downgrades were possible if lawmakers fail to enact debt reduction measures and the economy weakens.

    CNBC has this report which clearly states that Standard and Poor’s was aware of their $2 trillion dollar error BEFORE they made the final decision to downgrade, which only fuels speculation as to a motive for the unprecedented move:

     

    Told they had a $2 trillion error in their calculation of US deficits over a 10-year period, Standard and Poor’s scrambled in the afternoon Friday to reconsider its historic decision to downgrade the United States government. Sources familiar with the situation say S&P had to rouse several of its European committee members from bed to hold an emergency conference call as markets headed toward their close in the US.The outcome: the agency affirmed the decision the committee had made just that morning, yanking its triple-A rating from the United States and downgrading it one notch to AA+.

    The error and the time the ratings agency took to reconsider its downgrade are among the controversies surrounding the ultimate decision to downgrade the United States, which has held the agency’s top triple-A rating since 1941.

    What is not at issue is that sometime in the early afternoon Friday, S&P informed the US Treasury that its committee had decided to downgrade US sovereign debt. Ratings agencies typically inform issuers of their decision before a press release is issued. But US officials quickly noticed an error in the agency’s calculations. This resulted in a change in the projected debt to GDP ratio. Instead of the 87 percent in 2021 miscalculated by S&P, it should have been 79 percent, a roughly $2 trillion mistake.

    Neither side disputes the error.

    Another thought is that the historic downgraded rating was a diversionary tactic away from their own culpability in the mortgage crisis. There is an excellent timeline within the linked piece with the following conclusion:

     

    It’s becoming more and more obvious that Standard and Poor’s has a political agenda riding on the notion that the US is at risk of default on its debt based on some arbitrary limit to the debt-to-GDP ratio. There is no sound basis for that limit, or for S&P’s insistence on at least a $4 trillion down payment on debt reduction, any more than there is for the crackpot notion that a non-crazy US can be forced to default on its debt.Whatever S&P’s agenda, it has nothing to do with avoiding default risks or putting the US on sound fiscal footing. It appears to be intertwined with their attempts to absolve themselves from responsibility for their role in the 2008 financial crisis, and they are willing to manipulate not only the 2012 election but the world economy to escape the SEC’s attempts to regulate them.

    It will be very interesting to see how/if Maine media decides to question the Governor and Bennett, as well as how either will respond.

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    HRC Announces $250K Pledge to Mainers United for Marriage Campaign

    Posted on August 6, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

    The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced over the weekend that they are donating $1 million to organizations in four states, including Maine, that have same-sex marriage measures on the November ballot. The money will be divided equally among same-sex marriage advocacy groups in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

    “This is a tipping-point year in the fight for marriage equality that requires significant investment,”
    Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said Sunday in a prepared statement. “We are committed to making sure this is the year that our opponents can no longer claim Americans will not support marriage equality at the ballot box. Bans on marriage for same-sex couples have sent the devastating message to young people that they cannot grow up to live their dreams and be full and equal citizens. This is the year we will change that.”

    Bob Emrich, leader of the Protect Marriage Maine campaign, which opposes same-sex marriage, said that it’s “starting to look more and more like they will be flooding the state with money aimed at changing the definition of marriage.”

    Emrich said he expects more out-of-state money to be invested by same-sex marriage proponents.

    “It’s not because they care about the people in Maine,” he said. “It’s because they care about their movement. They desperately need a victory.”

    Strange slam from Emrich, considering that his Christian Civic League’s support of Chick-Fil-A… which has no stores in Maine.

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