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Shea-Porter Urges House Leadership to Extend Tax Credits for First-Time Home Buyers  

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter urged House Leadership to extend the tax credit for first-time home buyers and to consider including a smaller credit for other home buyers.  In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Shea-Porter outlined why extending these credits would be beneficial to the housing market and help with our economic recovery.  

A fully copy of the letter is below:

October 9, 2009


The Honorable Nancy Pelosi                                     

Speaker of the House                                           

H-232 US Capitol                                               

Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Steny Hoyer

Majority Leader

H-107 US Capitol

Washington, DC 20515


Dear Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer:

I write to urge that the House of Representatives take quick action to extend the tax credit for first-time home buyers, including the important changes made in the Recovery Act, and consider including a smaller credit for other home buyers as well. In these tough economic times, Congress must continue to enact sound fiscal policies that help our economy recover. The Recovery Package is working, and we should not let this important tool expire.

The tax credit for first time home buyers has obvious benefits for the housing market and the economy as a whole. Some 400,000 home sales have been directly attributed to the tax credit. Those purchases lead directly to increased sales of home appliances, furniture, and other household items. The National Association of Realtors has estimated that every home purchase injects more than $60,000 into the economy. All of this leads to companies retaining or creating more jobs. Creating a smaller tax credit for other home buyers could lead to even greater economic benefits and job creation.

The 111th Congress has faced uncharted economic territory. Congress must continue to carefully weigh the benefits and costs of every piece of fiscal policy. I believe the tax credit for first time home buyers has proven to be a reliable and sound investment, and Congress should immediately extend and consider expanding it.

Thank you for your continued leadership and for your attention to this most important matter.



Carol Shea-Porter

Member of Congress



PJTV EXCLUSIVE: Turmoil in Iran? Khameni in coma - May be dead 

By Michael Ledeen. Pajamas Media Xpress Blogger,

UPDATE (Wednesday Oct 14th):  According to a bulletin from the Greens (Moussavi/Karroubi et al), there are widespread rumors in the Tehran Bazaar that Khamenei has died.  The Greens say they cannot confirm it, but that there is an “abnormal atmosphere” in the streets, which almost certainly means there are more security people than usual.

The bazaar will apparently be closed tomorrow, and perhaps Friday as well, pending developments.


October 13th, 2009 6:55 am

Khamenei Said to be in Coma

 By Michael Ledeen. Pajamas Media Xpress Blogger,

This story has been floating around the net for the past day or so, but this report comes from a person who is in a position to know such things.  As I know very well (having been gulled into wrongly announcing Khamenei’s death a while back), it is easy to be misled, and Khamenei has had previous medical emergencies in the past, and recovered, but the source is excellent. Nonetheless, it’s always smart to apply the Reagan Caution:  Trust, but verify.  I’m doing my best.

Here is what he/she says:

Yesterday afternoon at 2.15PM local time, Khamenei collapsed and was taken to his special clinic. Nobody – except his son and the doctors – has since been allowed to get near him. His official, but secret, status is: “in the hands of the gods”.

Reportedly this collapse is natural. Many would like him to move to his afterlife but reportedly the collapse was not ‘externally induced’ [no poisioning]. The few insiders who know about the collapse see this development “as a gift from the gods”.

His condition had already seriously deteriorated over the last months, aggravated by his nervous condition due to [1] his inability to solve the problems created by his manipulation of the election results and the refusal of [a large part of] the population to accept this, plus [2] his loss of religious authority by means of the repeated condemnations of events by senior clerics

Reportedly the principal aims of Khamenei of the last couple of weeks, if not months, were to ensure [1] a positive reputation as his legacy and [2] the physical survival of his family members and their wealth, reportedly now largely in Syria and in Turkey (remember the truck convoy of $8.5 billion in cash and gold that was seized by the Turks?).

Outlook is uncertain but speculation is – considering that he is in coma since more than 24 hours – that he may not come out of his coma and/or that he may die very soon.

If he dies it is expected that immediately a bloody clash will develop between the powers behind Rafsanjani, who will immediately claim temporary religious authority and overall control, and the powers behind Achmadinejad who will scramble in order to regain control and ensure their survival.



Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

Exposed and Revealed

A Fake Warrior and the Wall That Heals

by Larry Stimeling, Staff Writer

Here is an update on last month's story about James Richard Lyons, the driver of the truck that carries the Wall That Heals from one location to another.

James, as you may recall, has claimed to be a gunny in the Marines who enlisted in the Navy and served 4 tours in Vietnam from 64 to 68 even though he was in high school in 66. Here, as Paul Harvey would say is the rest of the story.

James Richard Lyons no longer works for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

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One-day news/media literacy confab at MIT on Saturday Oct. 24 

Are you concerned about a generation of youth who aren't paying attention to the news? Find out about at least a half-dozen initiatives in American classrooms to do something about it -- at a one-day Media/News Literacy symposium at MIT, in Cambridge, on Saturday, Oct. 24.

For details of a key breakout session on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., go to:

Hope to see you there.


Wilson for NH CD2 - What the Media Are Not Reporting About Health Care

I have just signed a grassroots-led petition demanding the media tell the truth about President Obama's socialist health care takeover plan. Throughout the health care debate, the media have been the willing pawns of the Obama Administration-helping him to manufacture a health care "crisis", then selling his socialist solution.

Stand with me and thousands of other citizens who are holding the media accountable and demanding they tell the truth about "ObamaCare." Take a moment to join with me by adding your name to the Media Research Center's national petition, and stand against the liberal media's role in the latest big government power grab.

Click here to add your name:

Mr. Howard L. Wilson
Andover, NH 03216
Libertarian for US House, 2nd district, NH