Archive for December, 2009

Rep. Parker Griffith switches to GOP

Posted in Cool Beans, politics, Tea Party with tags , , , , on December 22, 2009 by spikestl

By JOSH KRAUSHAAR | 12/22/09 10:57 AM EST

POLITICO learns Rep. Parker Griffith will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican.

According to two senior GOP aides familiar with the decision, the announcement will take place this afternoon in Griffith’s district in northern Alabama.

Griffith’s party switch comes on the eve of a pivotal congressional health care vote and will send a jolt through a Democratic House Caucus that has already been unnerved by the recent retirements of a handful of members who, like Griffith, hail from districts that offer prime pickup opportunities for the GOP in 2010.

The switch represents a coup for the House Republican leadership, which had been courting Griffith since he publicly criticized the Democratic leadership in the wake of raucous town halls during the summer.

Griffith, who captured the seat in a close 2008 open seat contest, will become the first Republican to hold the historically Democratic, Huntsville-based district. A radiation oncologist who founded a cancer treatment center, Griffith plans to blast the Democratic health care bill as a prime reason for his decision to switch parties—and is expected to cite his medical background as his authority on the subject.

While the timing of his announcement was unexpected, Griffith’s party switch will not come as a surprise to those familiar with his voting record, which is one of the most conservative among Democrats.

He has bucked the Democratic leadership on nearly all of its major domestic initiatives, including the stimulus package, health care legislation, the cap-and trade energy bill and financial regulatory reform.

He was one of only 11 House Democrats to vote against the stimulus.

“Look at his voting record – he’s had substantial differences philosophically with the Democratic agenda here in Congress,” said an Alabama ally who is familiar with Griffith’s decision. “It’s something that’s been discussed for the last several months… talking to people in his family. And it genuinely is a reflection of where he feels. It’s his own personal conviction.”

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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1209/30896.html

Schiff For Senate – Who Is Peter Schiff? A True Patriot

Posted in politics on December 22, 2009 by spikestl

The muscle car world will have a moment of silence…..

Posted in Global Warming, Hate, My E-mail, politics, terrorism on December 22, 2009 by spikestl
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — General Motors on Friday marked the end of the line for a class of V-8 engine that’s been in production for 51 years.The auto maker’s western New York plant stopped production of the latest variation of the “big block” V-8 engines. Plant manager Steve Finch called it “the end of a remarkable era.”The big engine was developed in 1958 to keep up with the growing size and weight of American automobiles. Over the years it’s been redesigned, with the latest version, the L18, going into production in 1999. Made only in Tonawanda, it powers full-size trucks like the Chevrolet Avalanche and some boats.
Its end puts about 150 employees on indefinite layoff.“Although it bears older technology by today’s standards, the reliability, ease of maintenance and the overall quality of this engine have made it a steady performer for many years,” Finch said before the last engine rolled off the line at GM’s suburban Buffalo complex.It was the second time in a year the western New York plant has stopped work on an engine. Over the summer it wrapped up production of a “high value” V-6 engine, which accounted for about 43 percent of the site’s total production volume last year. The company will continue manufacturing smaller-displacement “small block” V-8s at other plants.The large V-8 was the plant’s longest-running engine line, but has accounted for only about 3 percent of total volume lately as emphasis has shifted to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.The phaseout of both engines was announced in June as part of the auto maker’s bankruptcy restructuring, which spared the plant from closing but not from the loss of 25 to 30 percent of its work force.The Tonawanda engine plant — which 20 years ago employed 4,350 people — currently has about 663 hourly and 140 salaried workers, spokeswoman Nina Price said.
The facility’s main engine line now is the L850, a four-cylinder, 2.2-liter engine found in the Chevrolet Cobalt and Malibu.

Raw Video: Copenhagen – Unarmed Protesters Beaten By Police P2

Posted in Global Warming, Hate on December 20, 2009 by spikestl

Khallid Muhammad – Kill the White Man

Posted in Hate, Racism on December 20, 2009 by spikestl

This is truly frightning.

Code Red Tea Party–Liberal Stereotype Attacked, Reality Revealed

Posted in Cool Beans, politics, Tea Party on December 20, 2009 by spikestl

What Does “The Tea Party Street” Have to Say? Code Red Rally

Posted in Cool Beans, politics, Tea Party on December 20, 2009 by spikestl