On tonight’s Special Report, Bret Baier’s interview with Sen. Dick Durbin turned heated when he asked the politician why the word “God” was taken out of this year’s platform. Durbin evaded the question, saying “God is not a franchise of the Republican party.”
The good Lord willing. Karma can bite him back. Thunderstorms predicted. Now through Thursday, with storms being isolated Thursday. Hopefully in the right place hey? Meaning all those he bused in and bribed are for naught. He already had major problems filling the 74,000 seats at Bank of American Stadium. JUST checked on my Twitter @ wxbrad, Brad Panovich, Chief Meteorologist at News Channel 36 WCNC-NBC TV Major Weather . His latest tweet?
…there are 40 mph winds in the next wave of storms moving in from York Co. @ 4:25pm cst
2 4pm he said: Big time rain moving in from the SW get ready again Uptown:
I am waiting for Brad to respond to my question on will they need to hold this indoors.
His most recent tweet 4:30cst:
Here’s the line of storms with eyes on #CLT in 20min:
The campaign also lured participants with a program that rewards people with seats in return for nine hours of volunteer time. Called the 9-3-1 program, more than 6,000 people signed up to give nine hours of work over three shifts in exchange for one spot in the stadium.
For the second time in as many weeks, bad weather could play a role in a political convention.
Last week, the threat of Hurricane Isaac forced Republicans in Tampa to scuttle a full day of events and now the chance of storms could force Democrats to alter plans – which could yield to chaos in Charlotte.
The first two days of the convention, which kicks off Tuesday, will be held indoors at the Time Warner arena, home of the Charlotte Bobcats. The main event, Obama’s acceptance speech, is scheduled for the 74,000-seat home of the Charlotte Bobcats.
“[The speech] at the stadium will go forth rain or shine,” pledged Steve Kerrigan, head of the convention, at a Monday morning press conference.
But less confident officials also noted that hazardous conditions, such as lightning, could force the speech inside the arena. The weather forecast currently calls for a 40% chance of thunderstorms Thursday evening.
If Obama’s speech is moved indoors, there will likely be thousands of disappointed fans, as the Time Warner Arena only holds about 20,000 people – far less than the home of the Carolina Panthers.
“It is true that China is the largest foreign owner of our debt. But the vast majority of our debt is held by us.”
– Josh Gordon, Concord Coalition
Who do we owe most of that $16 trillion to? $50,908 for each citizen!
Fully two-thirds of the national debt is owed to the U.S. government, American investors and future retirees, through the Social Security Trust Fund and pension plans for civil service workers and military personnel. China, it turns out, holds less than 8 percent of the money our government has borrowed over the years.
“It is true that China is the largest foreign owner of our debt,” said Josh Gordon, policy director of the Concord Coalition, a Virginia-based nonprofit that advocates getting the nation’s debt under control. “But the vast majority of our debt is held by us.”
“This is a fiat from on high for these utilities to change the way they process energy — an enormous capital expense and many of them are going to close down,” Levin argued. “And they only have eight years to do it as part of this ‘cap-and-trade,‘ ’green’ energy, ‘climate change’ bull crap.”
“You’re going to see your bills go up, up, and up some more. And you’re going to see brownouts and one day blackouts,” he added.
But more than the possible economic burden the order may cause, Levin takes umbrage with the fact that the president keeps issuing these types of orders:
“The fact of the matter is he doesn’t have the power to mandate this. We don’t have a king who decides, ‘you know what? You utilities, this is how you’re going to process energy.’ Imperial president! … [T]he very nature of our government, our very constitution is under attack,” Levin said Friday.
Born in Chicago in 1957, Duncan was raised by a single mother whose resistance to his playing football led to his deciding he wanted to become an actor. But when his mother became ill, he dropped out of college, Alcorn State University, and worked as a ditch digger for Peoples Gas in Chicago, began his Hollywood saga as a celebrity bodyguard in the mid-1990s. He received his first big acting break playing a member of the drilling team sent into space to blow up an asteroid heading to Earth in the big-budget 1998 movie “Armageddon,” starring Bruce Willis. and bouncer to support her. By his mid-20s, he was in Los Angeles, where he looked for acting parts and became a bodyguard for Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and other stars. The murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G., for whom Duncan had been hired to protect before switching assignments, led him to quit his job and pursue acting full-time.
He was born Dec. 10, 1957, and grew up in the North Kenwood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Same neighborhood as Obama. His father left when he was 6, and he and his sister, Judith, were raised by their mother, who steered him clear of gangs, drugs and alcohol.
Clarke died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack, said his fiancee, Reverend Omarosa Manigault, in a statement released by publicist Joy Fehily.
Some of the celebrity tweets on hearing of this sad loss:
“I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike. He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of ‘The Green Mile.’ He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned.” – Tom Hanks
Mark Cuban @mcuban
@OfficialMCD I cant believe you are gone my friend. I will miss our Lakers vs Mavs bets and texts . You will not be forgotten. RIP
Steve Harvey @IAmSteveHarvey
I will miss my friend, Michael Clarke Duncan. What an incredible soldier in God’s Plan.
Niecy Nash @NiecyNash
My fav convo w/Michael Clarke Duncan was at The Ivy. Funny. Real. Warm. Big guy w/ an even bigger heart. Rip friend
* Background: Senator Reid announced that Enel Green Power begun construction on the world’s first-ever hybrid geothermal/solar power plant which is located in Nevada.
The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada.
ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million.
Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried to “pressure Nevada’s largest power company, NV Energy, to sign up as ENN’s first customer.”
Both Rory Reid and Harry Reid deny having ever discussed the $5 billion Chinese solar panel plant deal:
“I have never discussed the project with my father or his staff,” said Rory Reid. Kristen Orthman, a spokeswoman for the senator, said he had not discussed the project with his son.