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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...
  • THE WHITE HOUSE

    12/17/2011 10:24:32 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies
    www.whitehouse.gov ^ | 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
  • IS NEWT LIKE CHURCHILL?

    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
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 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.