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  • Durbin to GOP: Accept health care change

    03/24/2010 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies · 1,127+ views
    washington times ^ | 3/24/10 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The No. 2 Senate Democrat accused Republicans on Wednesday of refusing to accept the finality of health care changes, a day after President Barack Obama signed the most sweeping medical system remake since Medicare. "This is a political exercise for too many on the other side of the aisle," said Sen. Dick Durbin. "We're going to tell our people back home, 'It's time to govern. It's time to lead.' "
  • A nation in decline

    02/03/2010 8:51:01 AM PST · by antisocial · 13 replies · 401+ views
    enterstageright ^ | web posted February 1, 2010 | By Tom DeWeese
    A nation in decline By Tom DeWeese web posted February 1, 2010 Many politicians are asking the question today: "Why are the American People so angry?" The following may lend a clue to the clueless. According to the annual "Index on Economic Freedom," produced by the Heritage Foundation, the United States now ranks 8th, just behind Canada. That's a drop of two full points since last year, and the largest drop of all nations in overall economic freedom. . The index ranking is based on 10 measures of economic openness, regulatory efficiency, the rule of law, and competitiveness. The basic...
  • Skyrocketing debt figures don't tell the whole story

    01/12/2010 10:15:56 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 493+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 10, 2010 | Will Deener
    Some take comfort in pointing out that the national debt is "only" 60 percent of gross domestic product. That ranks the United States about 25th in the world. By comparison, Japan's public debt is 180 percent of its GDP. So we are at least better off than the Japanese, right? Wrong, says Robert D. Arnott, chairman of Research Affiliates, an institutional money management firm based in Newport Beach, Calif. Our debt burden only appears to be lighter than Japan's because we don't count all of it. State and local government debt is not included; neither is corporate debt nor household...
  • U.S. Consulate Declares Mexico Safe

    12/11/2009 9:37:51 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies · 1,162+ views
    KRGV ^ | 12/11/2009 | Lisa Cortez
    MCALLEN - The U.S Consul General at Matamoros visited McAllen today. U.S. Consul Michael Barkin says Mexico is a safe place visit, but security is also the number one concern for Americans traveling there. Barkin was honored today at a reception at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. He has been on the job as U.S. Consul General in Matamoros since September. CHANNEL 5 NEWS asked him, given the ongoing shoot-outs and violence in Mexico, is it safe to visit? We wanted to know what people who call his office are most concerned about. Barkin says, "People are concerned about the...
  • Army asks Palin not to give speech at book signing

    11/23/2009 8:11:49 AM PST · by Dacula · 221 replies · 10,511+ views
    The AP ^ | 9:05 a.m. Monday, November 23, 2009 | The AP
    <p>FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin promises to limit her enthusiasm during her visit to North Carolina's Fort Bragg.</p> <p>The former Republican vice presidential candidate planned to sign copies of her new memoir at a post store Monday. Army officials say Palin will not make a speech, pose for photos, or personalize notes in the books she signs.</p>
  • D.C. board turns away ballot initiative (gay "marriage")

    11/18/2009 12:50:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies · 555+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/18/2009 | Tim Craig
    The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics ruled Tuesday that a proposed ballot initiative defining marriage as between a man and a woman cannot go forward, reaffirming an earlier ruling that such a vote would be discriminatory. The board cited the city Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination against gay men and lesbians. The board decision, which will probably be challenged in court, means the D.C. Council can move forward with its plans to vote on a bill next month to legalize same-sex marriage. The council on Tuesday scheduled a vote for Dec. 1. "We have considered all of the...
  • READY TO REVOLT: Oath Keepers pledges to prevent dictatorship in United States

    10/19/2009 5:02:46 AM PDT · by RoadTest · 114 replies · 4,759+ views
    Depending on your perspective, the Oath Keepers are either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia. In the age of town halls, talk radio and tea parties, middle ground of opinion is hard to find. Most Popular Stories READY TO REVOLT: Oath Keepers pledges to prevent dictatorship in United States U.S. SENATE SEAT: Two could beat Reid, poll finds NORM: Garth Brooks, Wynn to team up NORM: Yearwood exacts her recompense Woman struck, killed by car while crossing street Friends, co-workers honor fallen police officer Friends, co-workers honor fallen police officer NORM: Rumor about ring wrong, Fator says...
  • Judd Gregg: We are on a Path to a Banana Republic

    10/19/2009 9:49:12 AM PDT · by Ruby Slippers · 5 replies · 692+ views
    Ruby Slippers ^ | 10/19/09 | Mary Sue
    Senator Judd Gregg made an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" yesterday. Gregg described the budget deficit under the current administration and the devastating impact it will have on quality of life for us and our children: See video at the link
  • Gregg: U.S. Could Be On Path To A 'Banana Republic' Situation

    10/18/2009 8:04:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 1,200+ views
    PoliticalTicker ^ | October 18th 2009
    October 18, 2009 Gregg: U.S. Could Be On Path To A 'Banana Republic' Situation From CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart WASHINGTON (CNN) – A leading fiscal mind on Capitol Hill and a one-time Obama Cabinet pick sounded the alarm Sunday over the projected long-term financial challenges the country faces. “This deficit is driven by us,” New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg candidly said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union when asked about the federal government’s projected $1.42 trillion operating deficit for the 2009 fiscal year. “You talk about systemic risk. The systemic risk today is the Congress of the...
  • LA passes law limiting roosters to 1 per household

    09/23/2009 11:21:54 AM PDT · by craum · 48 replies · 2,057+ views
    Breitbart ^ | September 23, 2009 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chickens have come home to roost for Los Angeles city dwellers who keep roosters. The City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance that—with few exceptions—allows only one rooster per property. It was spurred by complaints over noise and hygiene and concerns over illegal cockfighting. Janice Hahn, who authored the bill, says it will give residents of her district some peace and quiet. Neighborhoods from the harbor to the San Fernando Valley are sometimes annoyed by concerts from crowing roosters. Real estate developer Michael Mekeel says tenants of his Panorama City development have had to turn...
  • Warren Buffett Should Take Ownership of The "Banana" Republic

    08/21/2009 9:02:39 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 403+ views
    NY TIMES/THE LID/national post ^ | 8/22/09 | Yidwithlid
    In a NY Times Op Ed this week, the financial guru of gurus, Warren Buffett warned of the dangers of the Federal Deficit: The United States economy is now out of the emergency room and appears to be on a slow path to recovery. But enormous dosages of monetary medicine continue to be administered and, before long, we will need to deal with their side effects. For now, most of those effects are invisible and could indeed remain latent for a long time. Still, their threat may be as ominous as that posed by the financial crisis itself. one...
  • U.S. To Become "Banana Republic," Says Senator

    08/05/2009 6:08:30 PM PDT · by Rodebrecht · 20 replies · 2,212+ views
    The New American ^ | 8/5/09 | Steven Yates
    According to Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), the United States is on its way to becoming a “banana republic” within 10 years. Wikipedia defines a banana republic as “a country that is politically unstable, dependent on limited agriculture (e.g., bananas), and ruled by a small, self-elected, wealthy and corrupt elite.” Such nations have “a small, leisurely class on the top, and a large, poorly educated and poorly paid working class of peons, though it might have the (fake) trappings of modernity (such as styling itself as a republic with a president, etc.).” A banana republic “typically has large wealth inequities, poor...
  • Rush Limbaugh Declares U.S. a "Banana Republic"; Plays "New National Anthem" - Video 8/5/09

    08/05/2009 2:47:02 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 19 replies · 1,177+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 5, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from today where Rush Limbaugh officially declared the United States a "Banana Republic," and played what he called "the New National Anthem of the Banana Republic of the United States." . . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • L.A. Won't Save Jobs Without Fair Play

    07/13/2009 6:32:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 985+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 13, 2009 | RICK NEWCOMBE
    A week ago, I didn't know Sean Hannity beyond the television personality. Recent events, however, brought us together through our shared philosophy that freedom and the rule of law, rather than arbitrary and inconsistent actions by government bureaucrats, provide the foundation for economic prosperity.I wrote a column that appeared in the Wall Street Journal last Friday telling the story of how the city of Los Angeles has unfairly harassed my business, Creators Syndicate. Hannity invited me on his show to talk about it, and I knew I had an ally. Creators had a tax dispute with the city 15 years...
  • Holder considering torture probe

    07/11/2009 10:33:36 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 60 replies · 2,580+ views
    AP/NECN ^ | 7-12-09
    Attorney General Eric Holder is considering whether to appoint a prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's interrogation practices. A Justice Department official told the Associated Press that Holder plans to make a final decision within the next few weeks. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on a pending matter. *snip* Obama has expressed reluctance to having a probe, saying the nation should be "looking forward and not backwards" when it came to Bush-era abuses.
  • WSJ Update: Obama Worked To Prevent Ouster of (Marxist) Honduras President

    06/29/2009 12:49:44 PM PDT · by pissant · 146 replies · 7,261+ views
    Nasdeq/WSJ ^ | 6/29/09 | Jay Solomon
    <p>The Obama administration worked in recent days to prevent President Manuel Zelaya's ouster, said a senior U.S. official. The State Department, in particular, communicated to Honduran officials on the ground that President Barack Obama wouldn't support any nondemocratic transfer of power in the Central American country.</p>
  • Obama "concerned" over expulsion of Honduran leader

    06/28/2009 8:43:21 AM PDT · by libh8er · 63 replies · 1,810+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6.30.09
    WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama expressed deep concern on Sunday at the Honduran military's arrest and expulsion of President Manuel Zelaya from the country. "As the Organization of American States did on Friday, I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter," Obama said in a statement. "Any existing tensions and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue free from any outside interference," he said. (Editing by Patrick Rucker)

    06/02/2009 10:47:35 AM PDT · by hecht · 56 replies · 2,126+ views
    OBAMA'S JUSTICE DEPT WILL ALLOW NON-CITIZENS TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN GEORGIA Any shot for Americans to take back this country from the hard left in 2010/2012 is looking increasingly dim .... Obama Justice Department Decision Will Allow Non-Citizens to Register to Vote in Georgia (hat tip Clyde) Decision Bars Georgia From Continuing Voter Verification Process Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel issued the following statement following the U.S. Department of Justice’s denial of preclearance of Georgia’s voter verification process Atlanta - “The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to deny preclearance of Georgia’s already implemented citizenship verification...

    03/16/2009 2:15:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies · 766+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 16, 2009 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    THE furor over the huge federal spending under President Oba- ma - a $1.75 trillion deficit, 13 percent - obscures an even more basic question: Does he know what he is doing? That is, does he know how to do anything other than spend? His stimulus package, of course, took no special ability: He left the details to Democrats in Congress. But his two other major initiatives - his banking- and mortgage-relief plans - are both flawed and unlikely to solve their respective problems. Indeed, they're so wide of the mark as to prompt questions not of Obama's ideology but...
  • Does [Caroline] Kennedy deserve to be Senator?

    12/16/2008 10:42:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 1,350+ views
    WSTM-TV Syracuse ^ | December 16, 2008 | Laura Hand
    Caroline Kennedy's interest in the U.S. Senate seat now held by Hillary Clinton is making for lots of talk, about whether having the Kennedy name is enough to qualify her for the position. Kennedy, who's 51, has been a very private person until her very public support of Barack Obama, and this week she's saying publicly she's interested. Reaction here in Syracuse: Outgoing Congressman Jim Walsh, honored by the Onondaga County Legislature for 20 years of service to the area, says 'Well, I think you have to earn this." He points to Clinton's tenure and asks 'Why did she come...