Here is a bit of the Change that happened.
I Hope it is only one term.
President Obama has shattered the budget record for first-year presidents -- spending nearly double what his predecessor did when he came into office and far exceeding the first-year tabs for any other U.S. president in history.
In fiscal 2009 the federal government spent $3.52 trillion -- $2.8 trillion in 2000 dollars, which sets a benchmark for comparison. That fiscal year covered the last three-and-a-half months of George W. Bush's term and the first eight-and-a-half months of Obama's. Fox NewsI just pass on what I read about this pompous ditherer in chief.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas —
Inmate Robert Lee Thompson was executed Thursday evening for his part in a fatal Houston store holdup after the Texas governor rejected a parole board's recommendation to spare him because he wasn't the gunman.
Thompson, 34, was an accomplice to triggerman Sammy Butler who gunned down 29-year-old store clerk Mansoor Bhai Rahim Mohammed 13 years ago.
Butler received life in prison. A jury gave Thompson death.
Thompson's lawyer told the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles Thompson's punishment wasn't fair and the panel voted 5-2 Wednesday to recommend his sentence be commuted to life.
Gov. Rick Perry was not obligated to follow that rare recommendation and the execution was carried out about 45 minutes after his decision.
Thompson, in brief comments from the death chamber gurney, invoked Allah as his God, and thanked friends and his mother for their love and support.
"I know Allah will forgive me," he said. The Seattle Times
Athens, GA (AHN) - A man who killed an elderly woman and felt like he was being treated subhuman on death row was put to death on Wednesday. Texas officials executed Danielle Simpson, 30, a murderer who earlier this year pleaded with a court to be put to death, because he felt death row was akin to torture.
In the days before his death Simpson waived his appeals against execution because he said being confined to a small metal cage was unbearable. In published reports he said the Texas correctional system viewed inmates on death row as less than human, as animals.
However, he then again changed his mind and asked his lawyers to issue a new appeal. They issued appeals paperwork on the grounds that a condemned man was mentally ill and unfit to make a decision to die. But it was too late shortly before the execution, the Texas board of pardons rejected the claim and the U.S. supreme court opted to not intervene.
A federal appeals court in a previous ruling said that Simpson was in fact mentally competent because the decision to choose over life confined to a small cell was indeed a rational decision. GantDaily
JARRATT, Va. (AP) — A former Army counterintelligence worker was executed by electric chair Tuesday for killing a Virginia couple, becoming the first U.S. inmate to die by electrocution in over a year.
Larry Bill Elliott was pronounced dead at 9:08 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. He was convicted of the January 2001 shooting deaths of 25-year-old Dana Thrall and 30-year-old Robert Finch.
Prosecutors said Elliott killed the couple to win the love of former stripper and escort Rebecca Gragg, who was involved in a bitter custody dispute with the man who was killed.
Elliott said in the death chamber that he had prepared a final statement for his attorneys to read after the execution. In the typed statement, Elliott maintained his innocence.
Source: The Baltimore Sun
HUNTSVILLE — In a rambling final statement that alternated between English and Spanish, Yosvanis “El Cubano” Valle apologized Tuesday for the 1999 robbery-murder of Houston drug dealer Jose Junco and assured his family he was ready to die for his crime.
“I am sorry with all my heart,” he said moments before the lethal drugs began to flow. “That's the reality of life. I am sorry. I got to pay for it.”
Turning to face the witness chamber containing members of his family, Valle said, “I love you, be strong. ... Thank you, brother, don't hate nobody. I feel good. I love my family. I love you, Jesus. Be strong, Mama.”
Then, addressing prison warden Charles O'Reilly, he said, “I am ready.”
Valle continued speaking in Spanish, halting only when the deadly drugs were administered at 6:12 p.m. He was pronounced dead nine minutes later. Chron
JARRATT, Va. -John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind of the sniper attacks that terrorized the nation's capital region for three weeks in October 2002, was executed Tuesday. Muhammad died by injection at 9:11 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, prison spokesman Larry Traylor said.
He said Muhammad had no final statement and that Traylor didn't hear him utter any words during the execution.
Muhammad was executed for killing Dean Harold Meyers, who was shot in the head at a Manassas gas station during a spree that left 10 dead across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Source
WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rate tops 10 percent for first time since 1983; 190,000 jobs lost in October. Source al-AP
CQ TranscriptionsThis so called leader in the white house shows respect to no one but socialists and their ilk.
Thursday, November 5, 2009; 5:42 PM
SPEAKER: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
[*] OBAMA: Please, everybody, have a seat. Let me first of all just thank Ken and the entire Department of the Interior staff for organizing just an extraordinary conference.
I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow (ph) was around, and so I want to give a shout out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It's good to see you.
My understanding is is that you had an extremely productive conference. I want to thank all of you for coming and for your efforts, and I want to give you my solemn guarantee that this is not the end of a process, but the beginning of a process and that we are going to follow up.
We are going to follow up. Every single member of my team understands that this is a top priority for us. I want you to know that, as I said this morning, this -- this is not something that we just give lip service to. And we are going to keep on working with you to make sure that the first Americans (ph) get the best possible chances in life in a way that's consistent with your extraordinary traditions and culture and values.
Now, I have to say, though, that beyond that, I had planned to make some broader remarks about the challenges that lay ahead for Native Americans as well as collaboration with our administration.
But as some of you might have heard, there has been a tragic shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas. We don't yet know all the details at this moment. We will share them as we get them. Transcript Source.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A man convicted of fatally beating and shooting an East Texas man during a burglary almost 12 years ago was executed Thursday, in a case that gained notoriety because jurors consulted a Bible to justify his death sentence.
Khristian Oliver, 32, was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 6:18 p.m.
He told his victim's children, who watched through a window a few feet away, that he wished them the best. After telling his parents, watching through an adjacent window, that he loved them, he started reciting the 23rd Psalm, getting through several verses before the drugs took effect.
Oliver was condemned for the March 1998 slaying of 64-year-old Joe Collins who interrupted the break-in at his rural home outside Nacogdoches, about 140 miles southeast of Dallas.
A witness to the attack on Collins, in which the then-20-year-old Oliver beat and shot him with a rifle, compared it to someone getting bashed with an ax or a golf club. Source al-AP