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  • Democrats Fear New York, Nevada Losses (Hussein has only 62% approval among Dems in NY district)

    09/12/2011 8:42:14 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 9 replies
    national journal ^ | 9/11/11 | J Taylor
    Democrats are facing the very real possibility that a pair of special elections on Tuesday will shake the foundations of the 2012 political landscape. The party is at serious risk of losing a House race in New York City that few thought would be close, and campaign officials are already close to writing off a Nevada House race they had once hoped to contest.
  • Mt. Pleasant, Iowa Old Threshers Reunion, 2011

    08/18/2011 7:37:48 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 4 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | June 29th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Tractor and Steam Engines- There are literally rows of vintage tractors and the mighty steam engines of the past. Every day when the noon whistle blows, there is a parade of tractors and steam engines in front of the grandstand. Work horses -- You can find some of the greatest work horses in the country at the Old Threshers Reunion. Watch them work at designated times during the day. They may be threshing, helping drill and much, much more. This link shows you some work horse teams and singles from last year
  • “The Sequel”: How 2011 Is A Repeat of 2008—Only Bigger, Longer, and Uncut by Bailouts

    08/15/2011 2:28:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/15/2011 | Gonzalo Lira
    I might have missed it, but I don’t think anyone has noticed this simple truism: The structural causes that led to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 are identical to the structural causes that are leading us to another systemic financial crisis in 2011. The only difference is the kind of debt at the core of the looming crisis: Mortgage-backed securities in 2008, as opposed to European sovereign debt in 2011. And of course, the debt hole in 2011 is bigger than in 2008—a lot bigger. That’s why I am confident in predicting we are about to have another Global...
  • Bill Clinton Scoffs At Rick Perry’s Platform: ‘I Mean, This Is Crazy’ (VIDEO)

    08/15/2011 1:01:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    TPM ^ | August 15, 2011 | Bill Clinton
    Former President Bill Clinton spoke Monday morning to the International Association of Fire Fighters conference in Manhattan, The New York Observer's PolitickerNY reports -- and he had some tough words for the newest entrant into the GOP race for president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. "I got tickled by watching Governor Perry announce for governor, for president," Clinton said -- perhaps stumbling a bit in the wind-up of a joke. "He's a good looking rascal." The former president elaborated: "And he's saying 'Oh, I'm going to Washington to make sure that the federal government stays as far away from you as...
  • Is Obama Finished?

    08/11/2011 11:56:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Cleveland Leader ^ | August 11, 2011 | Larry Durstin
    The conventional wisdom is in and the verdict is unanimous: The Republicans ran roughshod over President Obama in the laborious debt-ceiling/budget debate and his prospects for re-election are now looking fairly remote. In addition, the Tea Party has emerged as the most powerful force in American politics, having totally eliminated tax hikes as part of the solution to cutting the deficit while striking a devastating blow against the usefulness of government in general and the spineless Obama in particular. Plus, troops are still dying in Afghanistan and Standard & Poor’s just lowered the boom. What’s more there’s evidence that the...
  • Perry says U.S. is 'in trouble,' Texas offers better way on economy

    08/10/2011 9:04:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | August 10. 2011 | Robert T. Garrett/ Trailblazers
    Gov. Rick Perry can't cheer about the nation's economic jitters, but they sure offer him chances to tout Texas as another, "bottom up" source of wisdom on the economy. Appearing Wednesday before state legislators gathered in San Antonio , Perry blasted President Barack Obama's stimulus package as a failure. He called it "top down" and denounced those who preach the economic philosophy of John Maynard Keynes , who has influenced presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Obama on the timing of cuts and increases in government spending. "The fact is, government doesn't create jobs," Perry said in a 20 minute...
  • Texas is bigger than Perry [Dem rallies special interests to march against prayer event and GOP)

    08/04/2011 12:53:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 4, 2011 | Andy Brown, Travis County, TX Democratic Party Chairman
    Our country is supposed to be a place where people of many faiths and beliefs can freely come together as a community, put aside differences and solve problems. Now more than ever, Texas and our nation need true leadership, not political rhetoric. All eyes will be on Texas when Gov. Rick Perry announces his bid for president. As governor of Texas, he has the capacity to bring together people of all backgrounds, faiths and beliefs. But instead of taking the high road in addressing our state's problems (whether he chooses to actually speak or not), Perry has chosen to align...
  • Let The Games Begin: Straw Poll Candidates Announced

    07/23/2011 12:31:08 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Glittarazzi ^ | July 23, 2011 | Kelly Ann Collins
    Who will be on the official ballot for the Iowa straw poll in Ames on Aug. 13? Nine GOP candidates -- including three who will not participate in the festivities: * Michele Bachmann (will have a tent at the event) * Herman Cain (will have a tent at the event) * Thaddeus McCotter (will have a tent at the event) * Tim Pawlenty (will have a tent at the event) * Ron Paul (will have a tent at the event) * Rick Santorum (will have a tent at the event) * Mitt Romney (will NOT have a tent at the...
  • Perry Surges to Second Place in Two National Polls

    07/22/2011 3:04:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 22, 2011 | Caitlin Huey-Burns
    With speculation mounting as to whether Rick Perry will make a White House run, two national polls released Friday morning show the Texas governor within close reach of front-runner Mitt Romney. The Massachusetts governor edges Perry by 16 percent to 14 percent, in a CNN/ORC International survey and by 17 percent to 14 percent in a Fox News poll. The CNN survey shows an increased enthusiasm for a Perry presidential bid. In May, only 40 percent of Republican respondents wanted him to jump into the candidate pool, a number that's now risen to 50 percent. Fifty-five percent want former Alaska...
  • The Shanghai Gesture (Bipartisanship. Yessireebob, that’s the ticket)

    06/29/2011 1:37:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 29, 2011 | David Kahane
    If you’re the basic, ignorant wingnut whose only source of “information” is Faux News — and you know you are — then you’re probably unaware that the race for the Rethuglican nomination is already over. Yes, troglodytes, since we are far more enlightened and evolved than you Neanderthals — not that there’s anything wrong with Neanderthals! — we and our compadres in the mainstream media have already selected the top of the ticket for you. No muss, no fuss: Why go through all the tsuris, agony, and expense of the primary season when you can just get it all over...
  • Herman Cain, "I can jump start the economy" if elected president, Rightonline 2011

    06/20/2011 9:29:26 AM PDT · by justsaynomore · 72 replies · 1+ views
    Youtube ^ | 6/19/11 | Herman Cain
    Herman Cain's speech at RightOnline, 2011, Minneapolis, MN
  • Comparing 2011 with 1937. One more time -- We are NOT in a depression.

    06/10/2011 5:19:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Economic One ^ | 06/10/2011 | John B. Taylor
    In today’s article in Bloomberg View I explore reasons for the current weak recovery, and in particular whether there is an analogy with what happened in the recession of 1937-38 which interrupted the recovery from the Great Depression. Several charts elaborate on numbers provided there which argue against such an analogy. The first one relates to fiscal policy. It shows the ups and downs of real GDP growth in the 1930s and the contributions to that growth coming directly from government purchases and other components of GDP. (The data come from this interactive table at the Bureau of Economic...
  • Gingrich's 2012 campaign in tatters as his entire high command resigns

    06/09/2011 3:27:07 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 6/9/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Newt Gingrich's presidential dreams are in tatters this afternoon after his entire high command resigned in a mass exodus today. The Republican hopeful's campaign manager, senior strategists and key aides in early delegate-selection states all walked out this afternoon, but refused to say why - other than a 'difference in direction'. Rick Tyler, Gingrich's spokesman, said he, campaign manager Rob Johnson and senior strategists were among those who had resigned. 'When the campaign and the candidate disagree on the path, they've got to part ways,' Mr Tyler told the Washington Post this afternoon.
  • Friends in High Places: Bilderberg 2011 Kicks Off

    06/09/2011 6:47:31 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 22 replies ^ | Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 | 4:29 AM ET | Peter Guest
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, naturally, isn't attending this year, and his likely successor Christine Lagarde is in China, but the Bilderberg Conference which kicks off in the Swiss resort of St. Moritz on Thursday retains its conspiratorial chic and pulling power. The attendee list of Bilderberg is still pretty much the only thing that is not a closely guarded secret, as 120 of the world's richest and most powerful people meet behind closed doors, this time at the Suvretta House hotel in Switzerland, a venue which not only boasts a "fairytale castle" design, but also its own "Teddy World." U.K. Prime Minister...
  • Palin grabs coffee with Ayotte in New Hampshire

    06/03/2011 1:14:59 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | June 3, 2011 | Peter Hamby
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire (CNN) - For all the speculation about her motives, Sarah Palin ended the first leg of her unconventional nationwide bus tour by doing something very candidate-like: Meeting a top elected official over coffee at a quaint New Hampshire diner. The potential White House hopeful sat down with Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, one of Palin's so-called "Mama Grizzlies" from the 2010 election cycle, at the Golden Egg Diner in Portsmouth. [snip]Before heading to the airport for a flight back to Alaska, Palin said she plans to take her bus tour out West, following an upcoming Midwest swing...
  • Memorial Day 2011 (Oliver North)

    05/26/2011 4:03:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 26, 2011 | Oliver North
          QUANTICO NATIONAL CEMETERY — When I was a kid, we called May 30 "Decoration Day." It was an occasion for Boy Scouts to be up before dawn and report, in uniform, to the American Legion hall. There, Cub Scouts would be paired with older Boy Scouts, organized into detachments of a dozen or so and issued bags of small American flags. The groups then "deployed" in station wagons and pickup trucks to local cemeteries and churchyards, where we placed Old Glory on every veteran's grave. Later in the morning, there was a parade down Main Street, led by...
  • Glenn Beck Responds to Huckabee and Bugga Bears

    04/22/2011 8:17:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    April 22, 2011 | Vanity
    Just caught Beck on the car radio. A quick summary. After Huckabee emailed Beck about Beck calling him a "progressive" on air, Huckabee also followed it up with a piece on his site ridiculing Beck and his "bugga bear" conspiracy theories. Beck played it on the air this morning. After playing Huckabee's comments, Beck detailed how Huckabee (a Christian and someone who he has met, interviewed and knows many people who are friends of Mike Huckabee -- and that his comments are in response to Huckabee's big government politics) isn't a conservative and is someone who raised taxes when he...
  • Republican Yost announces for delegate seat in VA, to replace D Jim Shuler

    04/13/2011 6:34:07 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke
    Blacksburg, VA, April 11 – Long time New River Valley native Joseph Yost announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination to Virginia‟s 12th District House of Delegates seat. Yost is a dedicated Republican and has been an active member of the Montgomery County Republican Party since 2009. During that time, he has served in various leadership positions including secretary of the Party, precinct captain during the last two election cycles, and Parliamentarian. He also serves as Chair of the Roanoke/New River Valley Young Republicans. When asked what issues he sees as the forefront of his campaign, Yost said, “the needs...
  • Mark Levin Talks Budget Deal

    04/09/2011 2:34:10 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr 9, 2011 | FoxNewsInsider
  • Democratic Party Engineers 2011 Shut Down During 2010 Session

    04/08/2011 4:04:31 PM PDT · by Walt Griffith · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, April 8, 2011 | 2:03 a.m. | Joseph Schillmoeller, Las Vegas
    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government ‘shutdown’ a result of politics Joseph Schillmoeller, Las Vegas Friday, April 8, 2011 | 2:03 a.m. First, let’s put this hysteria to bed. The government “shutdown” being contemplated is not a shutdown at all. Essential services like the Homeland Security Department (including the Transportation Security Administration), the FBI, the CIA, the Defense Department (military personnel) and many other federal offices will be fully operational and functioning. Thus, the use of such doomsday language is disingenuous at best. Second, the reason we are in this situation is due to political strategy. The Democratic Party controlled the...
  • US forecasters predict busy 2011 hurricane season

    04/06/2011 9:50:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/6/11 | AFP
    MIAMI (AFP) – Last year's record hurricane season will be followed by another unusually busy one, with 16 named storms expected this year, US weather forecasters predicted on Wednesday. Forecasters at Colorado State University are predicting that nine of the named storms that form in the Atlantic will develop into hurricanes. "We expect that anomalously warm tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures combined with neutral tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures will contribute to an active season," said Phil Klotzbach of CSU's Tropical Meteorology Project. Weather-watchers at CSU said the unusually busy hurricane activity expected this year, like last year's record storm...
  • Palin announces endorsement of Prosser

    04/02/2011 12:21:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    For the second time, Sarah Palin is weighing in on a major Wisconsin election. The former Republican governor of Alaska is endorsing incumbent David Prosser in Tuesday’s contest for the State Supreme Court. Prosser is running against Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg – and a Prosser victory would continue a 4-3 conservative majority on the state’s highest court. Palin announced her support for Prosser on Twitter this morning. It comes a day after Prosser lost one of his honorary campaign co-chairs, as former Democratic Governor Pat Lucey decided to back Kloppenburg instead. Last year, Palin ruffled feathers by endorsing prosecutor...
  • Bolivia blames capitalism (for climate change - UN needs to approve the rights of Mother Earth)

    12/10/2010 1:25:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies · 3+ views
    Daily News ^ | 12/11/10
    Bolivia blames capitalism Mexico: Bolivian President Evo Morales said capitalism was responsible for climate change in his speech at the Climate Change Summit Thursday and he insisted on the need for the developed countries to make new commitments to reduce their greenhouse effect gas emissions. “We are sometimes debating only the effects of global warming, and not the causes, and we should be responsible and debate those causes,” said the Bolivian President in the high level segment of the 16th Climatic Change Summit in Cancun. Morales recalled the responsibility of the Governments so that key decisions are adopted to face...
  • Obama seeks to cut deficit by $1.1 trillion ($78B from defense over 5 years)

    02/13/2011 8:30:09 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/13/2011 | Staff
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's proposed budget for fiscal 2012 will seek to cut the record federal deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years, White House budget director Jack Lew said Sunday. Lew, speaking on CNN, said the president was also on track to halve the budget deficit by the end of his first term in office, which goes through 2012.
  • Poll: Record disapproval rate for Obama

    02/05/2011 9:04:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Press TV ^ | February 6, 2011
    President Barack Obama's second year in office has polarized the US as a 68 point gap divides the two major political camps in the country over his performance, a recent Gallup poll shows. In fact, no president since President Dwight Eisenhower, over 50 years ago, has had a more polarizing second year than Obama. Results revealed that 81 percent of Democrats and only 13 percent of Republicans have expressed their approval of the condition, indicating a whopping 68 point approval gap between the two parties. The poll linked Obama's disapproval rating to the poorly performing economy, adding that "the other...
  • Do Not Underestimate Sarah Palin

    02/02/2011 3:12:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 2, 2011 | Jon Friedman
    It's clear why American liberals hate Sarah Palin. It's obvious why she gets under their skin. The woman is on their minds all the time. Palin has emerged as the spokeswoman of the right — a speaker for all seasons and all situations. When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot by a crazed gunman on Jan. 8, Palin became the designated spokeswoman for the conservative movement in the United States. A few weeks later, after President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address, sure enough, Palin appeared as the rebuttal voice. The woman is a 2011 phenomenon....
  • Bleak future for California, says new report

    01/27/2011 5:53:00 PM PST · by JoeA · 20 replies ^ | 1/27/2011 | Joe Alfieri
    A report by the University of the Pacific’s Business Forecasting Center says that California can expect to see little change in the economic climate for the next three years. The Stockton, California based university’s forecast, released this week, concentrates on Northern and Central California, though it projects a statewide unemployment rate above 10 percent for the next three years. Currently at 12.4 percent, the rate is not expected to dip below double digits until 2014, when the school sees the number at 9.6, currently the national average. California has lost approximately 1.3 million jobs since the summer of 2007, when...
  • Budget deficit to hit $1.48 trillion

    01/26/2011 2:11:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/26/11 | Richard Cowan and Kim Dixon - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. budget deficit this year will jump nearly 40 percent over prior forecasts, mostly due to the mammoth tax-cut package brokered by President Barack Obama and lawmakers last month, the Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday. The CBO said the fiscal 2011 deficit will hit $1.48 trillion, up from last August's $1.07 trillion estimate, which was crafted before Bush-era tax rates were extended at a cost of $858 billion over 10 years. The CBO "estimates that the act (renewing tax cuts) will increase the deficit by $390 billion in 2011, by $407 billion in 2012 and...
  • The year 2011, according to Thomas Edison in 1911

    01/25/2011 10:43:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    io9. We come from the future. ^ | January 23, 2011 | Matt Novak
    On June 23, 1911 the Miami Metropolis published predictions about the year 2011 from the one and only Tommy "Dumbo Killah" Edison. Edison makes some amazing predictions about a future of golden automobiles, the discontinuation of gold as currency, the rise of steel and the death of the steam engine. I'm especially interested in his prediction about books of the year 2011. Edison claimed that books would be printed on leaves of nickel, "so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume." On June 23, 1911 the Miami Metropolis published predictions about the...
  • Oscar nominations 2011: Academy Award season is here (list of nominees)

    01/25/2011 9:17:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Star-Ledger ^ | 01/25/2011 | Anthony Venutolo
    The nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced live this morning in Beverly Hills, California. They were read by Academy President Tom Sherak and last year's Best Supporting Actress winner, Mo'Nique. The British monarchy saga "The King's Speech" led the pack for this year's Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. The Coen brothers' western remake of "True Grit" snagged 10 nominations, just ahead of "The Social Network," David Fincher's Facebook drama which racked up eight. Entertainment's most esteemed award ceremony will take place from the...
  • Famous people turning eighty in 2011

    01/18/2011 1:38:44 PM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Famous people turning eighty in 2011. Unfortunately, this list is not sorted by either birth date or name. If anyone can figure out how to do that, thank you. :) This is not a comprehensive list, of course. It's just a list from NNDB.
  • Golden Globes 2011: did Ricky Gervais jokes go too far?

    01/17/2011 5:58:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/17/2011 | Anita Singh
    Ricky Gervais is unlikely to be invited back as Golden Globes host after he mocked the organisers and insulted Hollywood celebrities. The British comedian's jokes were so near-the-knuckle that when he mysteriously disappeared from the ceremony for an hour, the internet was abuzz with speculation that he had been sacked midway through the broadcast. He eventually returned, but in subdued form. His critics included Robert Downey Jr, who told the audience: "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the show's going pretty good so far, wouldn't you?" The most controversial gag of...
  • Gerald Celente: What's in store for 2011 (From one of the most accurate forecasters)

    01/10/2011 11:16:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 01/04/2011
    Click ths link to view the forecast.
  • Goldman Sachs predicts 1,500 for S&P 500 in 2011

    01/09/2011 5:49:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 01/07/2011 | Sam Mamudi
    Analysts at Goldman Sachs on Friday predicted that the Standard & Poor's 500 will hit the 1,500 level by the end of 2011. Such a move would represent a 21% total return for investors this year, including a 2% dividend yield, said the Goldman analysts. The analysts posited a three-month target of 1,325 and a six-month target of 1,400. They based their predictions on an expected 5% growth of the U.S economy in 2011 and 8% sales growth. They noted that, while the economy was 16% larger at the end of 2010 than at the end of 2005, the S&P...
  • The politics of New Year’s resolutions

    01/05/2011 9:21:45 PM PST · by AustralianConservative
    Positively Churchillian ^ | January 6, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Getting healthy is a top priority One of my New Year’s resolutions is health-related. I’m not alone. Steve Vernon of states: “According to a recent poll taken by the Society of Actuaries, about 80 percent of respondents said that taking care of their health was their top strategy for managing their medical bills, well ahead of buying medical insurance.” He advises: “Take just a few steps in January to establish good nutrition habits, and you’ll be well on your way to improving your health and increasing your lifespan.” (In America, it will take energy to escape Obama-approved death panels.)...
  • Obama 2011, I miss Hoover

    01/03/2011 10:19:43 AM PST · by jpf · 1 replies
    my big mouth blog ^ | 01/03/11 | flood
    As you know On Friday my post was a list of New Years resolutions for President Obama. They were a joke because no wise politician would ever make his resolutions public. But as I've noted before, the President doesn't have much of a sense of humor and so in his Saturday radio address he resolved to do all he could to fix the economy. Resolutions are things you haven't gotten around to doing in the past, is he seriously saying that he didn't get around to this before? Oh, he's going to try harder this year? God help us if...
  • Psychic's prediction for 2011: Obama will have to make way for a newcomer at the White House

    01/03/2011 6:15:45 AM PST · by Zakeet · 78 replies
    (London) Daily Mail ^ | January 3, 2011 | David Gardner
    A leading psychic has predicted that there may be new force to be reckoned with in the White House this year - a baby for Barack and Michelle Obama. Canadian soothsayer Nikki claims to have predicted the collapse of Tiger Woods’s marriage and the mine disaster in Chile. Now she has revealed her 2011 predictions to the Toronto Sun. The 'first couple' may even have twins as siblings for daughters Malia and Sasha. The psychic told the Toronto Sun newspaper: ‘There will be a sense of togetherness and a return to family life.’ [Snip] Nikki says that former vice...
  • Graham: Romney leads possible 2012 GOP candidates

    01/03/2011 3:02:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2010 | Joseph Weber
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said Sunday he thinks Mitt Romney is the party's leading potential presidential candidate for 2012. "He's got his problems, but so does everybody else," Mr. Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
  • Islamists, "Merry Christmas . . . Now Die!"

    01/02/2011 10:13:31 AM PST · by Texas Peartree · 12 replies
    The Voice of Reason ^ | January 2, 2011 | Texas Peartree
    Ayatollah Khomeini once observed that there is no humor in Islam. Well, perhaps there is no intentional humor in Islam. However, the fact is that each of our religions probably has an ounce of human unintended humor to mix with the divine aspects. My Baptist friends joke that Baptists are the ones who yell "sinner!" at other Baptists next to them in the checkout line at the liquor store. Lutherans joke about the church potlucks laden with mayonnaise-filled recipes. Jewish friends joke that a room with four Jews also contains five opinions. What of Islam? Is there a faith on...
  • EDITORIAL: The year ahead (Likely and not so likely news of 2011)

    01/01/2011 4:56:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2010 | The Washington Times
    Shock nuptials: Harry Reid, Scott Brown to wed Death panel unplugs Grandma First lady admits Twinkie/Hawaiian Punch diet Bin Laden found working as TSA screener, Napolitano says his skills 'useful for the job' President: balanced budget proposal “irresponsible” Media Matters declares fatwah on 'right-wing' NYT Redskins announce new stadium in D.C. Haiti offers aid after U.S. bond collapse China forecloses on United States, Vacate order to take effect in 2 weeks Mayor Emanuel to Cubs: Win pennant or else Pelosi reads Obamacare bill: 'Shocking what's in there' Steele quits RNC, doesn't blame racism Toyota plagued by record recalls, Ford overtakes...
  • Five Predictions for the ETF Industry (Investor will question the Gold ETF's)

    01/01/2011 12:09:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Minyanville ^ | 12/31/2010 | Don Dion
    With total US assets recently crossing the $1 trillion mark, the ETF industry has continued to swell in 2010, becoming an undeniable force in the financial universe. The story of this rapid growth has had plenty of triumphs as well as controversy. Looking ahead to 2011, here are five predictions of what's next for ETFs. 1. Physically backed gold ETFs stir up controversy. While the rumor mill has buzzed about the trio of US-listed physically backed gold ETFs -- SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), iShares Comex Gold (IAU), and ETFS Physical Swiss Gold Shares (SGOL)-- for some time now, controversy may...
  • 2011 The Year Ahead (Predictions from the writers at the American Thinker)

    01/01/2011 7:31:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/01/2011 | The Staff
    Several AT contributors offer their predicitions for the year ahead.  They range from the insightful to the silly, and are offered for entertainment purposes only (in other words, don't hold anyone to them). Thomas Lifson The phrase "witch hunt" will enjoy sudden new media popularity as Rep. Darrell Issa becomes Chairman of the House Committee on Investigations and Government Oversight. Correspondingly, the phrase "the public's right to know," ubiquitous during the Bush administration, will appear not at all in the mainstream media. John Edwards will be indicted by a federal grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina in connection with use...
  • Next Year's Wars: The 16 brewing conflicts to watch for in 2011.

    12/31/2010 3:29:26 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 27 replies
    FP, Foreigen Policy ^ | DECEMBER 28, 2010 | Gwenn Dubourthoumieu
    "Across the globe today, you'll find almost three dozen raging conflicts, from the valleys of Afghanistan to the jungles of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the streets of Kashmir. But what are the next crises that might erupt in 2011? Here are a few worrisome spots that make our list."
  • Happy New Year!

    12/31/2010 1:02:34 PM PST · by Allegra · 97 replies
    A Leaky Trailer in Baghdad | Little Ol' Me
    I know I'm not the very first FReeper to see 2011 come in, but I beat a lot of y'all in the US (neener, neener) and just wanted to post a fun, albeit completely useless vanity thread. (I really ought to be ashamed, but sorry to say, I feel no remorse.) :-) Yes, it just became 2011 on the Weird Side of the World and so far, it doesn't hurt and I'm rather enjoying that new year smell.
  • Barack Obama's New Years resolutions

    12/31/2010 11:12:07 AM PST · by jpf · 6 replies
    My big mouth blog ^ | 12/31/10 | Flood
    I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but a friend of a friend of mine knows this guy who met a woman who was once hit on at a party by Julian Assange. Julian asked for her phone number but she gave him the number of a drug store in Toledo instead. Julian must have assumed that he wrote it down wrong because he didn't give up but instead used his considerable talents to track her down. We'll call her Sheila because I always change the names to protect the guilty. So Julian kept writing Sheila these strange little love...
  • Most Anticipated Movies of 2011

    12/30/2010 6:43:45 PM PST · by Neoavatara · 45 replies · 751+ views
    Neoavatara ^ | December 30, 2010f | Neoavatara
    This is always a hit or miss list. When you go back and look at the movies that I was really looking forward to a year ago, there were some excellent choices (Toy Story 3) and some complete and utter disasters (The Last Airbender) But anticipation is 3/4 the fun...and so, in chronological order, here are my most anticipated movies of the year...
  • Obama uses recess appointment to backdoor "death panels" for senior genocide

    12/30/2010 3:54:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 197+ views
    The Knoxville Journal ^ | December 30, 2010 | D. Lindley Young
    In George Orwell's "Animal Farm", the pigs took over to replace the people who took advantage of the animals. The mule, old Buck, believed in the project of the other animals running the farm, and tirelessly worked hard day and night, doing back breaking work, carrying stones to the top of the hill to make a well. However, when Buck got old and a little less useful the pigs who were in charge, like the people, they decided that his better days were over and sold Buck to be made into glue. It is not unusual to hear these days...
  • Special Rose Parade float honors 9/11 victims

    12/30/2010 2:35:38 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 53 replies · 194+ views
    ABC7 ^ | Dec. 27, 2010 | Elex Michaelson and Rob Hayes
    PASADENA, Calif. -- Thousands of volunteers were hard at work in Pasadena and Irwindale getting the floats ready for the 122nd Rose Parade Presented by Honda, but one float in particular is much more than just a float. "It's a dream come true for me. This is something I've wanted to do for nine years," said Jerry Thomsen, a firefighter specialist. When America was attacked more than nine years ago, a group of Los Angeles firefighters headed to Ground Zero to help, and Thomsen was among them. Now he and his L.A. firefighting buddies are honoring their fallen comrades in...
  • Happy Hogmanay!

    12/30/2010 1:04:19 PM PST · by SE Mom · 32 replies · 37+ views
    HOGMANAY AND FIRST FOOTING The Scots have become renowned the world over for the manner in which they celebrate the coming of a new year. Many may say that today the Scottish Hogmanay traditions are vanishing, but there are some areas of Scotlandwhere even in these modern times, old traditions die hard! The name "Hogmanay" is said to come from the Anglo-Saxon Haleg Monath (Holy Month), or the Gaelic oge maidne (New Morning). Whatever the origin of the name, it has remained in the conscience of the Scottish people for many centuries. Such was the importance of Hogmanay, it was...
  • The Return of Obama Gravitas

    12/30/2010 12:27:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 9+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 30, 2010 | Professor Stuart Schwartz, Liberty University
    Stay tuned for 2011, when the political and media establishment will declare that indeed, Barack Obama has found his misplaced gravitas. Insiders will celebrate an awesomely deep president who will have sharpened his pants crease and will again bask in the unrestrained praise of the media gods. Amazing media grace: It once was lost, but now it's found, a gravitas for all to see Do not be surprised when the first quarter of the new year brings a flood of stories celebrating the newly found effectiveness of the president and his policies. Official Washington will join with old media to...