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  • Andrew Sullivan: Why Give Up On Huntsman? [Andy endorsed Ru Paul last week] (Spew warning)

    12/21/2011 9:02:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 20, 2011 | Andrew Sullivan
    Many readers are scratching their heads over my endorsement of Ron Paul last week. One writes: Let me add a few more reasons to vote for Ron Paul: If you want all federal student aid eliminated, vote Paul. If you want the Department of Energy, Commerce, Interior, Education and Housing & Urban Development eliminated, vote Paul. If you want the department of Transportation Security Administration eliminated (meaning security is the sole responsibility of private property owners), vote Paul. You can't just ignore Paul's "nuttier policy proposals". These proposals are Paul. If you endorse Ron Paul, you're endorsing his proposals. There...
  • Reid Went to Mat to Get Jaczko on NRC

    12/20/2011 7:45:29 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    Rollcall ^ | Dec. 20, 2011 | Humberto Sanchez
    2003, Harry Reid, pulled all the stops, twice putting blanket holds on executive branch nominations to get Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko in place... It seemed to me that Reid extracted the nomination out of the administration,” said Sarah Binder, a historian of Congress. To kill the Yucca Mountain project, (and) the Majority Leader has largely succeeded. // snip // “This letter is not about politics; it is signed by two Democratic and two Republican members of this commission,” NRC Commissioner George Apostolakis said. “It is not about Yucca Mountain. It is not about other policy disagreements.” NRC Commissioner...
  • Dont Mute Newt: Electing Gingrich could accomplish the impossible: motivate Americans to rebel

    12/19/2011 11:16:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Nolan Chart ^ | December 19, 2011 | Joel S. Hirschhorn, libertarian
    The trick to maintaining the US delusional democracy is feeding the illusion for citizens that voting and elections really matter. But when both major parties are owned by rich and corporate elites it matters less than most people think whether Republicans or Democrats win and control Congress or the White House. Their seeming differences are a clever distraction that keeps fooling and manipulating Americans. With the help of the mainstream media, making entertainment out of political races, Americans are deceived into thinking that elections deserve their respect and participation. As power shifts periodically from one party to the other partner...

    12/17/2011 10:24:32 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies ^ | July 16, 2009 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Thank you. It is good to see you. Hello, New Jersey! (Applause.) All right, everybody have a seat. Everybody have a seat. I want to begin by just making a few acknowledgements. First of all, I'm going to have a lot to say about this guy, but I just want everybody to know that one of my earliest supporters, somebody who had faith and confidence in me before I was a United States senator was the man standing next to me right here -- Jon Corzine. (Applause.)
  • NRC says new South Texas nukes don't pass ownership test

    12/16/2011 10:12:30 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | Wed Dec 14 | Scott DiSavino
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it would suspend review of the non-foreign ownership requirements of the proposed new reactors at South Texas because Japanese multinational Toshiba effectively controls the project. ("Suspend review" = drop dead in place.)
  • R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens

    12/15/2011 9:12:53 PM PST · by Arthurio · 285 replies
    R.I.P. Christopher Hitchens December 15, 2011 11:51 P.M. By Daniel Foster     Vanity Fair reports that Christopher Hitchens has passed away. Often frustrating, usually provocative, always brilliant. He added to the culture, and the conversation. I’m sure I join many in hoping he is in for a glorious, glorious surprise.
  • Inside President Obama's War On The Fast & Furious Whistleblowers

    12/12/2011 7:17:46 PM PST · by Rabin · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/07/2011 | Frank Miniter
    Senator Grassley then pointed out that the first whistleblower to come forward about Fast and Furious (ATF Agent John Dodson) had recently been attacked by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). According to Senator Grassley, “Someone in the Justice Department leaked a document to the press along with talking points in an attempt to smear [Dodson.]” The letter insinuated that Dodson went rogue and started a gun-walking operation on his own... Dodson would have been left dangling in these political winds,
  • The Birther Posse AD!

    12/10/2011 1:41:57 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 5 replies
    My fevered Imagination | 12 10 2011 | yours truly

    12/09/2011 6:30:34 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 52 replies
    The National Review ^ | 12/08/2011 | Steven F. Hayward
    THE TWO HAVE MUCH IN COMMON As one of the most polarizing figures in modern American politics, Newt Gingrich has racked up a huge inventory of pungent criticism of both his ideas and his character — much of it from his fellow conservatives. National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru, for example, notes Newt’s “erratic behavior, lack of discipline and self-absorption” and “need to justify his every petty move by reference to some grand theory.” But before becoming prime minister, Winston Churchill was often dismissed in similar terms by members of his own party, who complained that “his planning is all wishing and...
  • December 10: Stand For Freedom March in NYC (NAACP goes to UN to protest "right to vote")

    12/09/2011 9:58:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Stand For Freedom ^ | December 6, 2011
    This year, two-thirds of state legislatures have introduced laws that undermine the right to vote. Early voting and Sunday voting are under attack, photo ID requirements will introduce the first financial and document barrier to voting since the poll tax, and racially-motivated bans on ex-felons will wipe tens of thousands off the rolls. This effort is unprecedented, it is coordinated, and it is targeted. African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, students, working women, seniors and immigrants of all colors will be disproportionately affected. The right to vote is the heart of our democracy. Throughout our history Americans have been...
  • Sarah Palin: vicious? You betcha! (Look at the source!)

    12/06/2011 12:31:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Socialist Worker ^ | The December 10, 2011 Issue | Siân Ruddick
    Nick Broomfield’s new documentary Sarah Palin: You Betcha! shocks and entertains, writes Siân Ruddick For the millions who hate Sarah Palin and her reactionary politics, the rise and fall of the former governor of Alaska makes a gripping spectacle. Nick Broomfield uses his documentary to find out the truth about the Tea Party Republican in a funny and engaging way. There is little in Sarah Palin: You Betcha! that people with an eye on US politics would have missed in terms of the big events. It charts her sacking of state employees who oppose her and the high profile scandals...
  • Justices Hear Arguments in a Police Search Case

    12/05/2011 9:15:59 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 5, 2011 | ADAM LIPTAK
    Police officers in Los Angeles stormed Augusta Millender’s home early one morning in 2003. They were looking for Ms. Millender’s foster son, Jerry Bowen, and for a shotgun he had used in a domestic assault. They found neither. But they did seize a gun owned by Ms. Millender, who was 73. The gun was legal, and she said she kept it for self-defense. Scalia, “If he’s so stupid that he executes a warrant that no reasonable officer could think was correct,” the justice said of a hypothetical officer, “he’s in the pot, right?” Both the National Rifle Association and the...
  • Insects Find Crack In Biotech Corn's Armor

    12/05/2011 8:02:28 PM PST · by Rabin · 37 replies
    NPR ^ | December 5, 2011 | Dan Charles
    Hidden in the soil of Illinois and Iowa, a new generation of insect larvae appears to be munching happily on the roots of genetically engineered corn… It's (also) bad news for the biotech company Monsanto, which inserted the larvae-killing gene in the first place. In fact, the gene's apparent failure… may be the most serious threat to a genetically modified crop in the U.S. since farmers first started growing them 15 years ago. The economic impact could be huge.
  • Micah White - an architect of Occupy movement

    12/05/2011 6:03:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 5, 2011 | Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer
    As a teenager, Micah White faced insults and intimidation when he started an atheists' club at his Michigan high school. This year, White, now 29 and a Berkeley resident, has found a more receptive climate for his ideas. In collaboration with a colleague at the anticonsumerist magazine Adbusters, White conceptualized and ignited a worldwide mass movement: Occupy Wall Street. White, a senior editor at Adbusters, and Kalle Lasn, 69, its editor in chief, came up with the idea of an American version of Egypt's Tahrir Square protests. They started using the Twitter hashtag #OccupyWallStreet and developed a striking poster of...
  • George Will Calls Herman Cain ‘Entrepreneurial Charlatan’ Who Used Campaign ‘As A Book Tour’

    12/04/2011 8:11:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 4, 2011 | Josh Feldman
    Now that Herman Cain is out of the Republican presidential race, we have officially kicked off the phase where everyone reflects on the ups and downs of his campaign. And on This Week today, George Will wasted no time in calling the ex-candidate “disrespectful” and a “charlatan” for using his candidacy to promote his book and not be a serious candidate bringing ideas to the table like everyone else. Christiane Amanpour asked the panel if Rick Santorum had the best chance of getting more support in Iowa, particularly from Cain supporters. Will argued there was indeed room in the GOP...
  • Palin: I Know What Cain Is Going Through

    12/02/2011 2:12:58 PM PST · by VinL · 163 replies · 1+ views
    Fox ^ | 12-2-11 | Palin
    SNIP if the media only gave as much scrutiny to Obama in 2008, you got to wonder if there might have been a different outcome. He's so adamant in his denial, though, and that's why I was a little surprised when he said -- it's not a time to play detective. But it seems to me that this charge, 13 years, if he's flying women around the country and he's showing up in hotels with them over this long period of time, that this is easily proven or disproven. No? PALIN: Yes. And maybe I'm a little bit more sympathetic...
  • Loved ones not always told their relative is on controversial 'death pathway

    12/01/2011 10:10:36 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10:00PM GMT 01 Dec 2011 | Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
    Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses are being placed on a "death pathway"
  • Ron Paul: Imposing Sanctions And Blockades Are Acts Of War (Hurl, you will)

    11/29/2011 11:48:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 1+ views
    EurAsia Review ^ | November 29, 2011 | Congressman Ron Paul
    Many people have the misconception that sanctions are an effective means to encourage a change of behavior in another country without war. However, imposing sanctions and blockades are not only an act of war according to international law, they are most often the first step toward a real war starting with a bombing campaign. Sanctions were the first step in our wars against Iraq and Libya, and now more sanctions planned against Syria and Iran are leading down the same destructive path. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) latest report, just out this month, there is no evidence...
  • International banks have aided Mexican drug gangs

    11/28/2011 10:46:01 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    latimes ^ | November 27, 2011 | Tracy Wilkinson and Ken Ellingwood
    Reporting from Mexico City— Money launderers for ruthless Mexican drug gangs have long had a formidable ally: international banks... Banking powerhouse Wachovia Corp. last year agreed to pay $160 million in forfeitures and fines after U.S. federal prosecutors accused it of "willfully" overlooking the suspicious character of more than $420 billion in transactions between the bank and Mexican currency-exchange houses — drug money HSBC Bank, is being monitored by U.S. regulators after a probe last year focused on bulk cash that the bank's U.S. branch received from Mexican exchange houses, money suspected to be drug proceeds....
  • Deal fails to put end to violence

    11/26/2011 10:13:37 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    The News ^ | 25 November 2011 | JAMAL AL-JASHIMI
    President Barack Obama welcomed the decision, saying the U.S. would stand by the Yemeni people “as they embark on this historic transition.” Saleh signed the U.S.-backed power-transfer deal; (ending his 33-year rule), brokered by neighboring countries, Wednesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh in exchange for immunity from prosecution. If the deal holds, he’ll be the fourth leader to lose power in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings this year, following longtime dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
  • City offers Occupy L.A. office space

    11/22/2011 2:33:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 22, 2011
    The office space city officials have offered Occupy L.A. protesters to woo them off the City Hall lawn is only a few hundred feet away from the encampment...
  • Occupy that Next Level: Four Ideas for the Movement (You'll love this!)

    11/21/2011 7:13:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Oakland Local ^ | November 21, 2011 | Josh Healey
    From the massive student strike at OccupyCal in Berkeley to the police crackdown of the OccupyWallStreet movement's birthplace in New York City and dozens of actions and headlines in between -- from coast to coast, last week was an important, up-and-down week for the growing Occupy movement. Where the movement heads in the weeks and months to come, however, will be even more critical to the fate of this people's uprising -- and possibly to the fate of equality in America. So the eternal question presents itself again: what is to be done? After missing out on the fun of...
  • Top US senator unveils Iran central bank sanctions .

    11/19/2011 9:21:32 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Iran Focus ^ | Thursday, 17 November 2011 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Looking to heap economic pressure on Iran over its suspect nuclear program, US senators on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at collapsing the country's central bank with tough new sanctions... The measure, crafted by Republican Senator Mark Kirk, would empower President Barack Obama to cut off any foreign financial institution that does business with Iran's central bank from the US economy and to freeze its US assets... "Without immediate and serious action, the Islamic Republic of Iran will have a nuclear weapons capability in the near future," Kirk said, adding: "We must act now or face the consequences...
  • Wall Street Analysts Everywhere Are In Agreement: THE WORLD IS ENDING

    11/19/2011 5:32:16 PM PST · by blam · 61 replies
    TBI ^ | 11-19-2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    Wall Street Analysts Everywhere Are In Agreement: THE WORLD IS ENDING Joe Weisenthal Nov. 18, 2011, 5:55 PM Image: Wikimedia Commons If you like your Wall Street analysis with a heavy dollop of rapture and Armageddon, today was the day for you. Blame the weighty issues of the day (Europe, mostly), and yesterday's big selloff for the spasm of bearishness. It started off with Nomura's Bob Janjuah. He said that any talk of the ECB saving Europe was a mere pipedream, and that if the ECB did go whole-hog buying up peripheral debt to suppress yields, then that would prompt...
  • Gay Porn Company Shoots New Film on Location at Occupy Oakland

    11/19/2011 4:52:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1+ views
    SFist ^ | November 19, 2011 | Andrew Dalton
    This one's bound to catch the attention of the anti-Occupy sect: porn company Dirty Boy Video, which (we're guessing) specializes in videos of boys who are dirty, used a tent at in the middle of Frank Ogawa Plaza as the set for a recent video shoot. As Le Fag reports, along with the promotional stills: "this video could be a nice historical document in years to come, should the movement prove more than a flash in the pan." Obviously, there's a trailer, which is obviously Not Safe for Work or public Wi-Fi, of the "hipster twink themed" piece of performance...
  • Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives

    11/18/2011 10:38:44 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 436 replies
    Texas DPS ^ | November 18, 2011
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  • SEIU Members Continue to Stand With Occupy Protesters

    11/16/2011 8:31:23 PM PST · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Service Employees International Union (SEIU) ^ | Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | Marcus Mrowka
    "The brave students, unemployed Americans, families and others Occupying Wall Street …. There's an economic emergency in America, and it's time for dramatic action to get our leaders to stand with the 99% instead of the 1%. "That's why on November 17th, SEIU members will be marching arm in arm with… the 99% protesting the failure of politicians in Congress to pass a (POTS latest) jobs bill. This movement of the 99% is only beginning. We will not rest..
  • Bill Maher wants Romney to win to stop “the rise of the apes”, referring to Herman Cain

    11/15/2011 4:26:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Conservative Guild ^ | November 14, 2011 | Chakam
    Yes, you read that right. Bill Maher, after the mention of Herman Cain’s lead over Romney, says Romney is the only thing standing between us and the rise of the apes. This comment was made during an interview given by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America, Monday morning. If this doesn’t make the headlines tomorrow, and if this isn’t one of the top stories on the MSM news programs, we will all know for certainty the double-standard hypocrisy of the Leftists. From Newsbusters, via Weasel Zippers. STEPHANOPOULOS: Yet, he’s, he’s still leading the field. Still is. I mean, he’s...
  • Four Signs Herman Cain Isn't Really Running for President (Consider the source!)

    11/13/2011 10:37:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Nation ^ | November 14, 2011 | Ari Melber
    Herman Cain is running a pretty strong presidential campaign, depending on whom you ask. The press covers him intensely: In early November, Cain was the “dominant” newsmaker in a whopping 72 percent of all campaign news stories, (according to a Pew report). Cain’s rivals now see him as a threat, attacking him regularly. And Republican voters are following these cues, at least in theory, telling pollsters that they support him. But what about Herman Cain? A review of his recent activities, commonly referred to as a presidential campaign, suggest four big reasons why he is not really running for president...
  • Walmart ruining holidays for workers

    11/13/2011 11:06:23 AM PST · by eccentric · 500 replies
    vanity | November 13, 2011 | Linda Martine
    Around the country, night workers at Walmart stores are being told to come in five hours early ON Thanksgiving. After having work until 7am that morning, they must get whatever sleep they can and then reutrn to work at 5pm for a 12 hour shift. How much time does this leave for them to spend the holiday with their family? Walmart wants to call their employees associates. No, they are just workers.
  • Progress Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (1st)

    11/11/2011 9:34:45 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    whitehouse ^ | 2010 | Joe Biden
    Annual Report to the President on Progress Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (1st) "Predictions at the outset of the Recovery Act warned of the potential for wide spread fraud. To combat this, Congress and the Administration put in place mechanisms to deter this fraud, including enhanced project reviews by agencies and the Office of Management and Budget, oversight of all spending and contracts by a team of 12 Inspectors General who make up the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, and focused work by the Justice Department’s Anti-Fraud Task Force on ‘Recovery Act activities. " " Today, we are...
  • U.S. War in Mexico

    11/10/2011 9:55:07 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies
    Fred Rosen...
    U.S. Office of Bi-National Intelligence in Mexico City. The OBI is a U.S. Gov. cluster: DEA, DIA, CIA, FBI, ATF, and others, authorized by the Obama administration in a document called “A National Anti-Narcotics Strategy for the Southern Border”
  • Kim Jong-il Death Rumors Rattle Markets

    11/08/2011 9:11:38 PM PST · by Rabin · 7 replies ^ | November 9, 2011 | staff
    Rumors of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death spread through the South Korean stock market on Tuesday, driving share prices down and causing the won to plunge against the U.S. dollar. The KOSPI hovered around the 1,915 point level, similar to Monday's close, but fell steeply at around 2:20 p.m. when the rumors hit the market. A Unification Ministry official said there was no substance to the rumors.
  • Is Putative President Barack Hussein Obama II Really Bari Shabazz, Fugitive from Justice?

    11/08/2011 11:57:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 204 replies · 6+ views
    Obama release Your Records ^ | November 7, 2011 | Mario Apuzzo, Esq.
    On November 2, 2011, I published an article entitled and asking the question, “Is Barack Hussein Obama II Really Bâri′ M. Shabazz, Born October 28, 1959 in New York City? ”, accessed at here. The basis of the question that I asked came from a November 2, 2011 breaking story published by Martha Trowbridge entitled, “Bâri′, Barry, Barack, accessed at here. In her article, Ms. Trowbridge’s contends that putative President Barack Hussein Obama II’s real name is Bâri′ M. Shabazz and that his date of birth is October 28, 1959, and his social security number is 084-54-5926. She says he...
  • 65% of Mexico declared "off limits" to foreign travelers by western nations

    11/06/2011 9:44:25 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    mexico gulf reporter ^ | Sunday, November 6, 2011 | Lic. Edward V. Byrne
    In the past 12 months, the governments of Australia, the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany have warned their citizens to stay out of almost 65% of Mexico's national territory.
  • American Way: A funny thing happened on the way to the Herman Cain lynching

    11/06/2011 7:48:46 PM PST · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | November 5th, 2011 | Toby Harnden
    By any normal rules of politics, Cain should be toast. So what’s going on? Simply put, the media and Cain’s detractors have over-played their hand. By Friday night, Politico, which broke the original story, had published 94 articles on the allegations in under six days. Every other major publication had followed suit. Every time he stepped out of a room, Cain was mobbed by reporters.
  • Whites in GOP find comfort in Cain (You will hurl!)

    11/06/2011 2:52:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 4, 2011 | Tony Norman
    A crude racial calculus has been a part of our national discourse for centuries. Conservative pundit Ann Coulter is America's finest practitioner of it. "Our blacks are so much better than their blacks," she told Fox News' Sean Hannity in a display of pure racial taxonomy we haven't seen since the 19th century. "To become a black Republican, you don't just roll into it," Ms. Coulter said. "You're not going with the flow. You have fought against probably your family members, probably your neighbors, you have thought everything out and that's why we have very impressive blacks in our party."...
  • Occupy George Soros

    11/04/2011 5:40:15 PM PDT · by TBall · 8 replies
    Occupy George Soros
  • MCP Entertainment Announces First Mobile game, Piein' Palin

    11/02/2011 11:07:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | November 2, 2011
    PERRY, IA, -- Despite missing numerous release dates, MCP Entertainment is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Piein' Palin. The game offers an exciting pie tossing experience. Even if she isn't running for president, doesn't mean she can't take a pie in the face. This is a fun, fast paced, carnival style game. Fun for the entire family. You choose to throw pies as your favorite Palin hater for three levels of raucous good times. A great soundtrack and Palin quips keeps the game fun and fresh for hours of entertainment. You can get your copy through the Android...
  • Occupy Oakland General Strike gains endorsements, issues press release

    10/31/2011 11:06:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Oakland Local ^ | October 31, 2011 Occupy Oakland organizers are asking Oakland residents, workers and supporters to participate in a General Strike on Wednesday, Nov. 2. They're asking residents to head to downtown Oakland, 14th and Broadway for mass gatherings at 9am, 12 noon, and 5pm. A growing number of local Labor organizations have endorsed the strike, including: 1.SEIU LOCAL 1021 Call to Action for Nov 2U.C. UAW Local Support of General Strike 2.Alameda Central Labor Council endorses Nov 2 – 3.Phillipine Airline Workers Back Oakland General Strike Call of Occupy Oakland 4.Berkeley Federation of Teachers Calls On Teachers to participate in the Wednesday, November...

    10/30/2011 2:42:16 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 139 replies
    The American Reporter ^ | October 30 2011 | Joe Shea
    BREAKTHROUGH POWER TEST A SUCCESS, BUT A.P. SITS ON IT by Joe Shea AR Correspondent Bradenton, Fla . Back to home page Printable version of this story BRADENTON, Fla., Oct. 30, 2011 -- If you went to Google tonight and searched for the terms "E Cat Rossi Associated Press" you'd get 1,430,000 results from blogs, Web sites and magazines like (UK edition). That number will grow . Most are about how an Associated Press reporter attended the demonstration of a device - as the exclusive media person present during the whole test - that proceeded to generate 475,000...
  • Had by trees and liberalese

    10/30/2011 4:27:12 AM PDT · by noodler · 21 replies
    Recuperation from the storms. Nine month saga with the county. major cleanup with branches hauled off house and garage. The trees I planted long ago and had to take down and cut up because otherwise they would disturb the road, pedestrians, parked cars, overhead lines during the storms. Noone told me to do this. It was my responsibilty. So I had some stacks, small stacks on a small parcel of a small house in Arlington as we are into winter and those very storms. The adjoining property has huge trees which rain hell upon me with branches laden with snow...
  • We are the 99 percent, too (Homosexual 'Radical Faeries' among OWS protesters)

    10/29/2011 8:20:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Georgia Voice ^ | October 28, 2011 | Ryan Watkins
    Early Wednesday morning, the Atlanta Police Department, acting on orders from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, arrested 53 Occupy Atlanta protesters who defiantly remained in the city's Woodruff Park beyond an 11 p.m. curfew. During an early morning press conference, Reed said that the city was forced to take action against the protesters after Occupy Atlanta organizers attempted to host a free hip-hop concert in Woodruff Park over the weekend without a proper security plan. When Reed announced Oct. 24 a reversal of his earlier order allowing protesters to remain in Woodruff Park beyond the 11 p.m. curfew for the city's...
  • Protesters want more tax (Here come their real demands!)

    10/29/2011 6:43:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Canadian Television Edmonton ^ | October 29, 2011 | Chandra Lye and Sonia Sunger
    Occupy Edmonton protesters held a march on October 29 to call for a Robin Hood tax. They are calling on G20 leaders to immediately impose a 0.05 per cent tax on banks for financial transactions and currency trades. They claim that profits made from the tax could go back to programs to benefit society. "It's a good way to generate some revenue to deal with global poverty, to deal with climate change," spokesperson Chelsea Taylor told CTV News. According to the group the Canadian government has shown a lack of leadership on a Robin Hood tax. "Finance minster Jim Flaherty...
  • The Mathematician vs. The Rhetorician: Why Paul Ryan Has Become Barack Obama’s Biggest Headache

    10/29/2011 5:36:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Mathematician vs. The Rhetorician: Why Paul Ryan Has Become Barack Obama’s Biggest Headache Ryan Streeter He may not be running for President (despite our best efforts to draft him and continued pleas from the American public), but Paul Ryan is the biggest, thorniest bur in Barack Obama’s saddle. His speech at the Heritage Foundation yesterday was another example of why. He took Obama to task by undermining both the philosophical and mathematical justifications of the President’s desperate campaign to use class to divide America. Among Republicans, Ryan has proved himself the most-skilled at going head-to-head with Obama in the...
  • Are African Americans Part of Pat Buchanan’s America? (Meh!)

    10/27/2011 2:33:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    WAMU-FM's DCentric: Race. Class. The District ^ | October 27, 2011 | Elahe Izadi
    Earlier this week, we asked conservative commentator Pat Buchanan how he proposes eliminating D.C.’s economic racial disparities. Buchanan, who firmly believes diversity hurts America, suggested stopping immigration to combat high national black unemployment, and general national unemployment. “We’ve got to start putting our own people first,” he said. The Root’s Nsenga Burton takes issue with Buchanan’s rhetoric: “Our own people?” Since when did blacks become “our own people” to folks like Buchanan? Invoking the Willie Lynch strategy of dividing and conquering those who would benefit from coming together (African-Americans and immigrants) as opposed to functioning separately is foul. Buchanan and...
  • Mandatory Sex Ed Details May Be Too Racy for Parents: Report

    Details about the new sex education curriculum in New York City public schools are out -- and some are concerned the lessons are too racy. The New York Post obtained workbooks that will be used for the new recommended curriculum, which begins in middle schools and high schools around the city next spring. Parents, they say, may be shocked by details of the work. Middle school students will be assigned "risk cards" that rate the safety of different activities, the paper says, from French kissing to oral sex. The workbooks for older students direct them to a website run by...
  • Bashir Asks Liberal Guest 'Do You Think Herman Cain Can Spell the Word "Iraq?"'

    10/24/2011 12:06:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 21, 2011 | Noel Sheppard
    It's becoming clear that MSNBC anchors, hosts, and commentators are allowed to say any defamatory thing they want about the Republican presidential candidates. On Friday, Martin Bashir asked one of his liberal guests, Goldie Taylor, "Do you think Herman Cain can spell the word 'Iraq?'" (video follows with commentary): (VIDEO AT LINK) For the record, Cain received a Masters degree in computer science from Purdue while working full-time for the Department of the Navy as a ballistics analyst. He went on to be CEO of Godfather's Pizza, CEO of the National Restaurants Association, chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve,...
  • At Occupy Wall Street, People's Trial of Goldman Sachs Set for Nov 3

    10/22/2011 9:25:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Inner City Press ^ | October 22, 2011 | Matthew Russell Lee
    As it got colder in Lower Manhattan on October 22 the Occupy Wall Street meeting of the General Assembly considered a proposal for a people's tribunal against Goldman Sachs, for November 3. While other proposals were confronted by blocks, a form of quasi veto, this one passed by consensus. A block away JPMorgan Chase stood surrounded by fencing and police. It has been the subject of a number of marches from Zuccotti Park, but Goldman Sachs until now as escaped direct action. Goldman does not offer regular bank accounts or student loans, although it trades in both, and in the...
  • EPA issues final air permit to Shell Offshore Inc. for Arctic oil and gas exploration.

    10/22/2011 8:23:51 PM PDT · by Rabin
    yosemite.epa ^ | 10/21/2011 | Suzanne Skadowski, EPA Public Affairs
    (Seattle - Oct. 21, 2011) Today, EPA Region 10 issued a final air permit to Shell Offshore Inc. for oil and gas exploration drilling in the Alaska Arctic. This air permit is one of several federal authorizations Shell needs to explore for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Beaufort Sea starting in July 2012. The permit authorizes air pollutant emissions during Shell’s exploration drilling with the Kulak drill rig and a support fleet of icebreakers, oil spill response vessels, and supply ships for up to 120 days each year…EPA’s final permit significantly reduces the potential air...