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  • Going Underground in Hard Times

    01/29/2012 9:05:32 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies · 2+ views
    ips news (Lisbon) ^ | Jan 28, 2012 | Mario Queiroz
    The underground economy generates more than 52.6 billion dollars a year - half the amount of the international troika's bailout plan… The study indicates that the size of the unreported economy in Portugal is larger than average for the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) countries, where it varies between 16 and 18 percent of GDP. Portugal has the third largest underground economy relative to GDP in the EU, after Italy and Greece.
  • John McCain and Sarah Palin: Like Two Peas in a Pod - Not Anymore

    01/29/2012 4:22:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Moderate Voice ^ | January 29, 2012 | Dorian De Wind
    Of course two people — even if they were once on the same ticket for president and vice president of the United States — can, three years later, change some of their views and root for and endorse different candidates in the GOP presidential primaries. It happens to the best of us, and in the best of families, including husband and wife — just look at James Carville and Mary Matalin … Thus it should not be surprising to see, today, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, John McCain, fervently endorsing Mitt Romney for President and his running mate, Sarah Palin,...
  • It will be Romney/Rubio vs Obama/Clinton

    01/28/2012 6:23:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 2+ views
    The Examiner ^ | January 28, 2012 | Dwight L. Schwab Jr.
    One future presidential nominee needs someone with a totally different ethnic and social background. The incumbent needs someone who doesn't trip over their tongue and has star power to rekindle his fading one. The future looks bright for a showdown of major proportions this November. The stakes have never been higher and both sides will send their biggest players to the sandbox for the tournament that produces just one winner. Hillary Clinton is tired of traveling the world as this country's Secretary of State (who can blame her) and she's ready to park it for four years. Where better than...
  • The 10 Worst Moments of Disrespect Towards President Obama (Sniff, sniff ... Boo-hoo!)

    01/27/2012 1:48:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies · 1+ views
    Politic365 ^ | January 27, 2012 | Lauren Victoria Burke
    It starts from the Superiority Syndrome: People acting as if they’re more important than a U.S. President — when they clearly are not. To fingers in the face. To people questioning his already established and proven citizenship. The incidents of disrespect towards President Obama continue. When people criticize Administration policy, that’s just politics. But several incidents directed at this President appear to find new lows. Of course, people can disagree with the President. But, why can’t people respect the Office of the Presidency? The very public nature of disrespect towards President Obama is noteworthy. Did Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) have...
  • Obama and his attorney are acting like frightened 5 year olds.

    01/25/2012 1:40:28 PM PST · by jcsjcm · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Orly Taitz web site | January 25, 2012 | Orly Taitz
    Obama and his attorney are acting like frightened 5 year olds. In his letter he ignores the other 2 attorneys, but is pretty much saying ‘I am afraid of Orly”. See the letter attached. What Obama is asking now, is totally insane. He is asking the Secretary of State of GA to take the trial away from the judge on the eve of the trial. He is mostly crying on the shoulder of the Secretary of State of GA and saying that Orly is bad, because she issued all of those subpoenas. So after the judge told Obama, that the...
  • [Daily Kos Founder/Owner] Markos Moulitsas: Dems happy for Gingrich (Bucket suggested)

    01/24/2012 4:40:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2012 | Markos Moulitsas
    Just one week ago, I used this column to concede that the GOP establishment had prevailed in its primary process, and that Mitt Romney was likely headed to the nomination. What a difference a week makes, huh? Fueled by his performance in the two pre-primary debates last week, as well as lingering distaste for Romney, Newt Gingrich enjoyed a breakout electoral win in South Carolina. His double-digit blowout has translated to serious momentum. Gallup’s tracking poll, which had given Romney a 10-point national lead over Gingrich early last week, clocked in Monday with a statistically insignificant 1-point Romney edge. And...
  • Georgia Mom Arrested for Allowing 10-Year-Old to Get Tattoo

    01/23/2012 12:38:16 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 87 replies · 1+ views
    ABC ^ | 01/19/2012 | Christina Ng
    A Georgia mother who was arrested for allowing her 10-year-old to get a tattoo said she had no idea it was illegal for him to get one, even with her consent. When Chuntera Napier’s son Gaquan Napier asked her if he could get a memorial tattoo for his 12-year-old brother Malik who died after being hit by a car, Napier was touched by the request.
  • Rumor: Obama Will Endorse Same-Sex Marriage In Tuesday’s State Of The Union

    01/20/2012 10:02:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 2+ views
    The League of Ordinary Gentlemen ^ | January 20, 2012 | Elias Isquith
    From Washington Blade: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Friday he wouldn’t rule “in or out” the possibility of President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage in the upcoming State of the Union address. Carney made the remarks on whether Obama would announce support for marriage equality during the State of the Union address, which is set to take place Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, in response to a question from the Washington Blade. “I will not rule anything in or out,” Carney said. “I’m just not going to talk about — beyond pointing at his words —...
  • Tanker explodes off Incheon, 5 dead

    01/15/2012 10:18:40 PM PST · by Rabin · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | 1/15/2012 | (AP Soul) HYUNG-JIN KIM
    INCHEON - A freighter exploded in waters off Incheon, killing five sailors and causing six others to go missing. According to the Incheon Coast Guard, the 4,191-ton oil carrier Doola No. 3 exploded yesterday for unknown reasons 4.8 kilometers (3 miles) north of Jawol Island in Ongjin County, Incheon
  • The Republicans' Rancid and All-Too-American Dance With Racism (Expect lots more of this!)

    01/15/2012 1:16:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1+ views
    This Can't Be Happening ^ | January 15, 2012 | Linn Washington Jr.
    As the racist rhetoric oozes from Republican presidential candidates, why are comments contained in Ron Paul newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s being widely considered more offensive than current bigoted banter uttered by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum? One answer to that question is a politics where partisan criticisms are directed at crippling certain candidates feared as rising stars. Thus when Congressman Paul began percolating up in the Iowa Caucus polls late last year, news of his caustic comments in those decades-old newsletters became headline news coverage. Curiously for a candidate tagged racist Paul has a public record of opposing...
  • Communist Party: This is an FDR/MLK moment ("Big progressive change is closer then we think")

    01/14/2012 6:22:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Communist Party-USA ^ | December 21 2011 | Jarvis Tyner, Exec. Vice Chair, Communist Party
    The following is edited from remarks given at the Nov. 11, 2011 meeting of the Communist Party National Committee.2012 is a big election year and as we know the stakes are very high. The right-wing Republican opposition unashamedly defends the wealth and privilege of the 1% over the 99% that includes tens of millions who are struggling to survive. These self-proclaimed patriots are willing to wreck our country in order to defeat Barack Obama in 2012 elections. Our party and youth league are an active part of the great democratic mass that is standing against them. These so called patriots...
  • URGENT: GOP Plan to the steal election (Yes, that's the title)

    01/13/2012 4:11:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 3+ views
    E-Mail from Moron.Org | January 13, 2012
    Dear XXXX: Imagine Mitt Romney in the White House. Tea party Republicans still in control of Congress. No Obama to veto their worst bills. The election is months away, but this scenario could definitely happen, and here's a big reason why: voter suppression laws passed by Republicans in battleground states to make it as hard as possible for students, poor people, African-Americans, and Latinos to vote. Already, Wisconsin, Florida, and Ohio have passed laws to restrict voter registration drives, end early voting, or require voters to present photo IDs at the polls.1 And now Republicans are scrambling to pass laws...
  • The 10 Hottest Conservative Women of 2012

    01/13/2012 6:54:45 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 82 replies · 2+ views
    MrConservative ^ | 13 Jan 2012 | Mr Conservative
    The Hottest (Most Beautiful) Conservative Women of 2012. Whether they would prefer to be recognized as beautiful Republican women or hot Conservative women is a mystery to us. We are simply reporting on their attractiveness.
  • Interview: Sandra Bernhard (Ultra barf alert)

    01/09/2012 11:24:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1+ views
    AV Club Philadelphia ^ | January 10, 2012 | Susannah Breslin
    At 56 years of age, Sandra Bernhard hasn’t become any less outspoken. If anything, she’s become more so. Two years ago, the comedian and singer made headlines after allegedly suggesting that if Sarah Palin were to visit New York City, she may find herself getting “gang-raped by some of my big black brothers.” This is particularly true in her one-woman shows, the latest of which, I Love Being Me, Don’t You?, a mix of comedy, music, and dance, she’ll be performing at the Painted Bride starting today through Saturday. She spoke with The A.V. Club about politics, Playboy, and feminism....
  • How low can liberals go?

    01/09/2012 6:45:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 7+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 9, 2012 | J.R. Dunn
    For much of the last week the news has been filled with discussion of the vicious remarks made by liberal commentators Alan Colmes and Eugene Robinson concerning the Santorum family's farewell to their dead child. How did liberals get to the point of attacking the most private of family matters for purposes of political gain? They got there by way of Sarah Palin and her son Trig. Liberals used the developmentally disabled Trig as a means of getting at the governor repeatedly and in the most nasty terms. Bizarrely, this occurred long after the 2008 campaign had closed and at...
  • Chairman Issa Responds to DOE Announcement that Severstal’s Loan will not be Funded

    01/07/2012 9:15:38 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies · 1+ views
    oversight.house ^ | Friday, 6 January 2012 | staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today responded to the Energy Department's announcement that their $730 million loan to Severstal, a Russian steel company, will not be granted... "While I am pleased that the Department of Energy has reconsidered its decision to fund a $730 million loan to Severstal, it's deeply disconcerting to know that this loan would have gone forward had Congress not raised concerns… Following the waste of taxpayer dollars in the collapse of Solyndra, the Department of Energy needs....
  • Dual-language classes on the rise in Central Florida

    01/07/2012 9:04:49 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 45 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/6/12 | Erica Rodriguez
    When it comes time for math and phonics at Spring Lake Elementary School, first-graders in an experimental classroom stop speaking English and start learning in a language that's foreign to many of them. For about an hour a day, students at the Seminole County school who have never spoken Spanish will learn their numbers and letters, sing and play games completely in Spanish. The goal is ambitious: Teachers aim to have each student speaking, reading and writing both English and Spanish equally by the end of the year with the hope of giving English-speakers a leg up on a new...
  • Halt nuclear panel meltdown

    01/05/2012 9:02:47 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies
    postandcourier ^ | Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | Staff
    Arrogant, abusive, volatile and arbitrary in his use of authority... The chairman of the NRC has been excoriated by scientists who have seen years of research, discarded as Jaczko... terminated the national nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. He has been castigated by congressmen who support a rational system for nuclear waste disposal -- as mandated by Congress and four previous administrations. The NRC inspector general concluded that Mr. Jaczko has manipulated policy by withholding information from his fellow commissioners.
  • Temp worker applicants who signed recall petitions won't be hired to check signatures

    01/05/2012 9:11:11 AM PST · by knittnmom · 2 replies
    The Cap Times ^ | January 5, 2012 6:30 | Steven Elbow
    A client at a local temp agency was a little put off that signing a recall petition made her ineligible for an $8.75-an-hour clerk job with the state. The client, who didn't want to talk on the record and whose husband contacted The Capital Times, didn't know if that was policy for all state jobs because she wasn't told what state agency she would be working for. Turns out, that job was checking signatures on recall petitions for the Government Accountability Board, which plans to hire 50 temp workers to deal with recall efforts against Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov....
  • Afghan girl brutally tortured for months by in-laws for resisting prostitution: official

    01/04/2012 1:10:30 PM PST · by EBH · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 1/2/12
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A 15-year-old Afghan girl severely tortured for months by her in-laws in an attempt to force her into prostitution will be sent to India for medical treatment, an Afghan official said Monday. Sahar Gul's mother-in-law and sister-in-law were arrested and her husband was being sought, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi. The case has shocked Afghanistan, though rights activists say serious abuses against women and girls in the conservative society are common. President Hamid Karzai has said that whoever used violence against Gul will be punished. According to officials in northeastern Baghlan province, the in-laws kept Gul...