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  • Eric Holder Asks State Attorneys General To Ignore Law

    02/28/2014 10:11:02 AM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 28, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Corruption: Attorney General Eric Holder wants his counterparts at the state level to treat the rule of law with the same contempt and selectivity that he and his boss in the White House employ. 'We the people" and "consent of the governed" are important American concepts that Holder and his boss, President Obama, do not understand. They've made it clear by spreading their creeping lawlessness among the attorneys general of the 50 states. We acknowledge the doctrine of prosecutorial discretion, which provides those charged with enforcing our laws in the courts with the authority to decide which particular cases merit...
  • Stalinist Lawlessness: Companies Must Swear to IRS They Didn´t Fire Employees Because of Obamacare

    02/12/2014 11:53:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies ^ | 2/12/14 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, there´s so much going on out there. The lawlessness of this Regime knows no bounds. There´s nothing stopping this man from doing anything. If he wants to raise marginal tax rates, he can just do it. Nobody´s gonna stop him. Here is the latest. As you know, the Regime recently delayed the implementation of the employer mandate for three years, until 2016. This means that employers who have a hundred or less employees will be subject to the mandate. (Snip) I mean, this is absolutely lawless. It is against the law. They cannot, ladies and gentlemen,
  • Philippine Police Used 'Wheel of Torture' to Abuse Suspects w/ One Punishment Named Manny Pacquiao

    01/28/2014 7:45:00 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 28 January 2014 | Kieran Corcoran
    <p>Police in the Philippines abused suspected criminals with a 'wheel of torture' game, according to human rights groups.</p>
  • Bachmann: Obama's Legacy Is 'Establishment Of Lawlessness In United States'

    01/23/2014 6:46:09 PM PST · by Manic_Episode · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | Michelle Bachmann
    Because he did not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and now unilaterally adjusts the Obamacare law as it unfolds, President Barack Obama is sending a signal to liberal federal judges to mirror him and, as a result, the president's long-term legacy will be "the establishment of lawlessness in the United States," said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). Bachmann also compared Obama's actions to those of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi -- "whatever he said was law."
  • America has gone from government of laws to semi-political banana republic

    11/22/2013 10:36:17 AM PST · by yoe · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 21, 2013 | Patrick Caddell
    The rule of law has been replaced in Washington by "yes we can." The events we witnessed Thursday in the Senate, that is Majority Leader Harry Reid's success at invoking the so-called 'nuclear option,' stripping the minority party of its primary power to block nominations, have become a stunning capstone to what has been already a steady erosion of a government of laws down to a sort of semi-political banana republic. We are now living in a republic in which politicians do what they want without regard to tradition or the best interests of our country. The rule of more...
  • The Democrats’ naked power grab

    11/22/2013 12:47:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Dana Milbank
    ......Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.), one of just three Democrats who opposed his colleagues’ naked power grab, read those words on the Senate floor Thursday after Reid invoked the nuclear option. The rumpled Levin is not known for his oratory. But he is retiring next year and free to speak his mind — and his words were potent. “We need to change the rules, but to change it in the way we changed it today means there are no rules except as the majority wants them,” Levin said. “This precedent is going to be used, I fear, to change the rules...
  • DOJ sends letter to Universities telling them to ignore SCOTUS ruling on using race in admissions…

    10/07/2013 12:47:52 PM PDT · by blueyon · 73 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 10/07/2013 | The Right Scoop
    I was listening to Attorney Joe DiGenova this morning on WMAL and he pointed out how the DOJ had recently sent a letter to universities telling them they could ignore the June ruling by the Supreme Court on using race in admissions. The Supreme Court, in a nearly unanimous ruling, said that universities could use race in admissions but not as a dominant factor. But in this letter the DOJ is instructing universities to continue with the same racial preferences that the Supreme Court had just barred them from using: WSJ – Obama Administration regulators have made a specialty of...
  • American Banana Republic

    09/22/2013 10:54:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/20/13 | Mark Steyn
    The decay of a free society doesn’t happen overnight, but we’re getting there. "This is the United States of America,” declared President Obama to the burghers of Liberty, Mo., on Friday. “We’re not some banana republic.” He was talking about the Annual Raising of the Debt Ceiling, which glorious American tradition seems to come round earlier every year. “This is not a deadbeat nation,” President Obama continued. “We don’t run out on our tab.” True. But we don’t pay it off either. We just keep running it up, ever higher. And every time the bartender says, “Mebbe you’ve had enough,...
  • New U.S. labor chief urges immigration reform, wage increase

    09/10/2013 5:44:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2013 | By Amanda Becker
    In his first major speech since being sworn in last week as the new U.S. labor secretary, Thomas Perez vowed on Tuesday to work with President Barack Obama for comprehensive immigration reform, a higher minimum wage and implementation of new healthcare laws. Perez spoke to more than 1,600 people gathered at the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles. He described a "direct relationship" between the economic security of middle-class workers and organized labor.
  • OBAMA THREATENS: Race Relations “May Get Worse” if He Does Not Get His Way

    08/01/2013 12:57:12 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 86 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 31 Juky 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Obama threatened the GOP this week that “racial tensions may get worse” if he does not get his way with the economy.The White House Dossier reported: President Obama said that if economic prescriptions of the type he supports to increase economic growth and reduce “income inequality” are not adopted, then race relations in the United State may deteriorate further. “If we don’t do anything, then growth will be slower than it should be. Unemployment will not go down as fast as it should. Income inequality will continue to rise,” Obama said in an interview published Sunday by the New York...
  • Former Nolensville (TN) police officer pleads guilty

    07/31/2013 8:54:57 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants
    1510 WLAC Nashville ^ | 7/31/2013 | Unknown
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A former Nolensville police officer has pleaded guilty to a federal mail fraud charge for demanding $200 from a woman in exchange for not arresting her for driving without a license.</p> <p>Acting U.S. Attorney David Rivera announced Tuesday that Kenneth D. Lee had made the plea a day earlier in Nashville federal court. Prosecutors said Lee acknowledged receiving the $200 in three separate money orders in 2011.</p>
  • Obama’s Alinskyite Administration: The DOJ’s involvement in the Zimmerman case is highly suspect.

    07/12/2013 7:09:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/12/2013 | John Fund
    Judicial Watch, a conservative legal foundation, has used the Freedom of Information Act to uncover documents that show Eric Holder’s Justice Department used a “community relations” unit to support and stage-manage public protests in Florida against George Zimmerman after his controversial February 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS) even helped organize a meeting between Sanford, Fla., public officials and the local NAACP. The result was the resignation of police chief Bill Lee over his handling of the Martin case. While his resignation was rescinded after a few weeks by local officials, Chief Lee faced further pressure...
  • Docs: DOJ Provided Support for Trayvon Rallies

    07/10/2013 1:17:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Docs: DOJ Provided Support for Trayvon Rallies by Ben Shapiro 10 Jul 2013, 10:28 AM PDT On Wednesday, Judicial Watch announced that the Department of Justice had turned over documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request showing that the Community Relations Service (CRS), a small division of the DOJ, was sent to Sanford, Florida after the Trayvon Martin shooting to help manage rallies and protests. In April 2013, Breitbart News' Lee Stranahan first reportedthe role of the CRS in Sanford. The new documents show that from March 25 through April 12, 2012, the CRS spent thousands of...
  • Report: Holder Felt 'Remorse' over FNC James Rosen Subpoena

    05/28/2013 9:06:08 AM PDT · by blueyon · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 28, 2013 | Elizabeth Sheld
    According to an interview with the Daily Beast, Attorney General Eric Holder felt a sense of "remorse" when the Washington Post ran a story about "how agents had tracked Rosen’s movements in and out of the State Department, perused his private emails, and traced the timing of his calls to the State Department security adviser suspected of leaking to him." Aides reportedly told the publication that Holder felt "a creeping sense of personal remorse" upon reading the affidavit obtained by the WaPo describing Rosen as "at the very least ... an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator." I guess Holder didn't feel...
  • Obama Plans 3 Nominations for Key Court

    05/28/2013 6:26:35 AM PDT · by onyx · 61 replies
    NYT ^ | May 27, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — President Obama will soon accelerate his efforts to put a lasting imprint on the country’s judiciary by simultaneously nominating three judges to an important federal court, a move that is certain to unleash fierce Republican opposition and could rekindle a broader partisan struggle over Senate rules. In trying to fill the three vacancies on the 11-member United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at once, Mr. Obama will be adopting a more aggressive nomination strategy. He will effectively be daring Republicans to find specific ground to filibuster all the nominees. White House officials declined...
  • Seven Countries Sending the Most People to America

    04/03/2013 12:16:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/03/2013
    Roughly 138 million people worldwide, or about 2% of the world’s adult population, want to immigrate to the United States. In China, as many as 19 million adults would like to move to the land of opportunity — the largest number of any country. Based on data provided by Gallup, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the seven countries where the most people want to come to the United States. Not surprisingly, these countries are all among the most populous in the world. All seven are among the 12 largest by population. While the numbers are quite large, given that these countries...
  • Go Jeb Bush Go (Frum & Friends push compassionate conservatism and Bush45)

    03/19/2013 12:08:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast's David Frum Blog ^ | March 18, 2013 | Justin Green
    I have my problems with Jeb Bush, but this passage of his speech at CPAC is not one of them. "It is not a validation of our conservative principles if we can only point to the increasingly rare individual who overcomes adversity and succeeds in America," Bush said. "Here’s reality: if you’re fortunate enough to count yourself among the privileged, much of the rest of the nation is drowning. "In our country today, if you’re born poor, if your parents didn’t go to college, if you don’t know your father, if English isn’t spoken at home, then the odds are...
  • Jeb Bush: There Is No ‘Bush Fatigue’ in America (Video)

    03/10/2013 8:51:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Human Events ^ | March 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday that there is no Bush fatigue in America. Chris Wallace: Do you think there would be any Bush baggage? Do you think that would be a problem? Jeb Bush: No. I don’t think there is any Bush baggage at all. I love my brother. I’m proud of his accomplishments. I love my dad. I am proud to be a Bush. And, if I run for president, it’s not because there is something in my DNA that compels me to do it...
  • Report: Podesta Group Urges Military Contractors to Give Money to Support Hagel (Gangster Gov't)

    01/07/2013 11:25:51 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    SNIP Hagel, however, has friends in Democratic lobbying circles. The powerful Washington D.C. organization known as the Podesta Group is reportedly asking defense contractors for financial support to run ads defending the Hagel nomination. Fox News White House Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry reported on Friday: (2:15 in) "Sources confirm to Fox [that] Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta has been hired by a firm known as the Bipartisan Group to help mobilize support for Hagel. And defense contractors received calls this week urging them to be ready for a Hagel pick as soon as Monday, and asking them for...
  • Can a $1 Trillion Coin End Debt Ceiling Crisis?

    01/04/2013 6:27:47 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    What if the threat of a voluntary default by the United States could be erased by simply turning one tiny scrap of platinum into a coin? That's right. No debt ceiling problem. No bickering in Congress. No market jitters. The only thing needed is for the Treasury Department to mint a platinum coin with a face value of $1 trillion. ---- If Congress does not act to raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. will default on its debts. Not good. But this is where the platinum coin comes in. Normally, the Federal Reserve is charged with issuing currency. But U.S....
  • Asian Tigers Maul Obama and TPP – Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

    12/17/2012 4:57:42 AM PST · by IbJensen · 5 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | December 11, 2012 | Staff
    On November 20, 2012 Asian nations gave President Barack Hussein Obama a finger in the eye. The meeting in Phnom Penn, Cambodia included 15 Asian nations, representing about half the world’s population. These nations informed the world of the creation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. That partnership excludes the United States. Meantime, Obama was in Cambodia selling Western snake oil: A noxious brew created behind closed doors in the bowels of the secretive Obama Administration. Titled grandly, the ‘Trans Pacific Partnership,” or TPP, could have been called Tales of Narnia and would have meant about as much to the...
  • Romney internal polls mystery deepens after New Republic report

    12/01/2012 6:40:57 AM PST · by dirtboy · 110 replies (Inquirer and Daily News) ^ | 11/30/2012 | Scott Bomboy
    It may take election experts years to unravel the mystery of why Mitt Romney was convinced he had won the 2012 presidential election, as a new report shows some skewed internal poll numbers, and explains Romney’s two trips to Pennsylvania. But at the same time, the article from The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber shows inconsistencies with reports from November 5 and November 6 about the numbers that might have convinced Romney and his team that he had a good chance of beating President Obama in Ohio. Obama’s resounding win is starting to take on more of a resemblance to Harry...
  • Top U.S. Military Officer Calls Pastor Over Film

    09/12/2012 12:09:03 PM PDT · by kristinn · 369 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Phil Stweart and David Adams
    General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with Pastor Terry Jones by phone on Wednesday and asked him to withdraw his support for a film whose portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad has sparked violent protests - including one that ended with the death of America's envoy to Libya
  • LA County Finds Health Code Violations in Skid Row (Well, Duh!)

    06/04/2012 3:36:04 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    AP ^ | June 4, 2012 | CHRISTINA HOAG
    LA County Finds Health Code Violations in Skid Row LOS ANGELES (AP) — The city of Los Angeles is violating the county health code for hazardous conditions on Skid Row, including nearly 90 rats' nests, a dozen hypodermic needles and piles of human excrement and trash on sidewalks, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has found. The notice of violation stems from an extensive Health Department inspection last month of the 10-block area of downtown Los Angeles that houses the nation's densest population of homeless people, most of them mentally ill and substance abusers. Health officials ordered the...
  • Did threats silence media on Obama probe?

    03/07/2012 7:44:33 PM PST · by Smokeyblue · 163 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | March 07, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    The lead investigator in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s review of the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate today unloaded a bombshell about the case: that he was told by sources members of the media were threatened with federal investigations should they continue to report on the birth certificate issue. Lead investigator Mike Zullo told WND that as he was preparing information to be presented to the public “it was clear that the mainstream media was not going to be in attendance” at the sheriff’s scheduled new conference, where he revealed facts suggesting both fraud and forgery in the image of a...
  • Bachmann: Obama Is “Acting Like We’re In a Banana Republic.”

    12/19/2011 4:42:00 PM PST · by ElIguana · 8 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 12/19/2011 | Ben Johnson
    "We’re acting like Greece and like Italy,and that’s what people are frustrated with. They want us to act like a first-world nation,not like what President Barack Obama is doing. He’s acting like we’re a banana republic. We’ve got to get our act together and stop spending money that we don’t have."
  • Gap to shutter a third of US stores, expand globally

    10/15/2011 10:18:43 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 14 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/14/2011 | Al Olson
    Gap, ubiquitous in malls across America, will reduce the number of its U.S. stores to 700 by 2013, a 34 percent decline from 2007, the company announced Thursday. Although it is shrinking its retail footprint in the U.S., the company announced it is expanding Gap and Banana Republic stores in China, Italy and South America. It is planning on tripling its Gap stores in greater China from roughly 15 at the end of this year to about 45 by the end of 2012, according to the press release. Another one of its brands, Old Navy, will make its debut outside...
  • Rubio Vs. Univision

    10/05/2011 6:31:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 5, 2011 | Editor
    Media: The president of Univision, the top Spanish-language network, made an apparent attempt to extort a TV appearance from Sen. Marco Rubio in exchange for not broadcasting dirt on a relative. Can it go any lower? Last July, representatives of the Florida-based Hispanic national television network contacted the Florida Republican to urge him to appear on "Al Punto," a Spanish-language talk show whose host, Jorge Ramos, is a loud proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens. Like most Americans, Rubio is no amnesty proponent and said no to an appearance on the show. But Univision wouldn't take no for an answer....
  • The Duty to Retreat for Cops

    09/08/2011 6:16:45 PM PDT · by Revtwo · 20 replies ^ | 9/8/2011 | PGNH
    Various Chiefs of Police and other law enforcement representatives have gone on a public tour with the Governor proclaiming how important the “Duty to Retreat” is to New Hampshire’s self defense law as it applies to honest citizens under RSA 627:4. Given that they feel that way, we propose adding it to the self defense requirements for law enforcement found under RSA 627:5. (Note that this applies only to a law enforcement officer's self defense, not to making an arrest.) We have taken the exact language that they support and just modified it to fit law enforcement. Here is how...
  • It is the U.S. turn to be banana republic

    07/14/2011 8:59:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 07/14/2011 | William Watson
    Half a generation ago a Wall Street Journal editorial declared Canada an “honorary member of the Third World.” The shock of that scolding helped return a country that had begun to think of itself as ungovernable back to fiscal and economic sanity. Might a similarly sharp rebuke from its friendly northern neighbour aid in turning an apparently increasingly ungovernable United States back to sanity? Probably not. But we would feel bad for not trying: This summer’s disgraceful spectacle of a U.S. political system seemingly incapable of addressing the country’s dire fiscal condition makes the United States worthy of honorary banana...
  • (CBS NEWS) Analyst: Even Dollar Stores Struggling In ‘Obama Depression’

    07/11/2011 1:39:51 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 64 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 07/11/2011 | CBS Los Angeles
    More stores across the U.S. that offer deeply-discounted products are seeing their sales decline after years of growth amid America’s “Great Recession” — and one analyst said on Monday it’s another sign of even deeper downturn. SNIP “I think what’s going on in those stores is that we are in a depression for 80 percent of Americans,” SNIP “In other words, the economy is continuing to be worse, the Obama depression continues to explode,” he added.
  • 'Mama Kaye' Wilson, godmother to the Obama girls, is a low-profile member of president's inner...

    04/06/2011 6:46:02 PM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 3, 2011 | Katherine Skiba and Lolly Bowean
    For her long friendship with the Obamas, 65-year-old Kaye Wilson has been lavished with invitations to state dinners, Camp David and trips aboard Air Force One. But the Olympia Fields woman — "Mama Kaye" to the president and other friends — is one of the least known people in his inner circle and seems to like it that way. Her ties to the Obama family are many, and in some cases, uniquely hers.
  • Hidden Inflation: Food Prices Flying Under the Fed's Radar

    01/28/2011 1:14:42 PM PST · by FromLori · 52 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 1/28/2011 | JASON SIMPKINS
    Soaring food prices have been, perhaps, the most pressing global issue of the past two years – yet the U.S. Federal Reserve has taken a "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" approach to the global crisis. Instead, the Fed has dutifully maintained its focus on so called "core inflation" in the United States – even as Americans suffer the consequences of the "hidden inflation" the government refuses to account for. The Federal Reserve excludes food and fuel prices from its preferred gauge of inflation because they are often influenced by erratic weather patterns and political turmoil. That...
  • Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps

    11/05/2010 12:44:42 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Search Engine Land ^ | 11/04/10 | Matt McGee
    "An error on Google Maps has caused an international conflict in Central America. A Nicaraguan military commander, relying on Google Maps, moved troops into an area near San Juan Lake along the border between his country and Costa Rica. The troops are accused of setting up camp there, taking down a Costa Rican flag and raising the Nicaraguan flag, doing work to clean up a nearby river, and dumping the sediment in Costa Rican territory. La Nacion, says the Nicaraguan commander, Eden Pastora, used Google Maps to “justify” the incursion even though the official maps used by both countries indicate...
  • The Coming Collapse of the Real Estate Market

    10/14/2010 3:15:56 AM PDT · by Palter · 32 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 14 Oct 2010 | Charles Hugh Smith
    The system for financing mortgages and regulating that financing has failed, completely and utterly. The mortgage and real estate markets are now in collapse. Yesterday I wrote about how positive feedback loops lead to collapse. Welcome to the U.S. housing and mortgage markets. As I have documented here numerous times, the entire U.S. mortgage market has already been socialized: 99% of all mortgages are backed by the three FFFs--Fannie, Freddie and FHA--and the Federal Reserve has purchased a staggering $1.2 trillion in mortgage-backed assets in the past year or so to maintain the illusion that there is a market for...
  • Shaking Down the Slush Fund (Saturbray)

    06/19/2010 7:13:55 AM PDT · by bray · 6 replies · 133+ views ^ | 6/20/10 | bray
    Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will LOVE him more?” Luke 7:42 The BP shakedown is the perfect example of the brainwashing of America. We have been transformed over the past 70 yrs into believing in an all compassionate gummit over capitalism. We have been taught from baby to grave into believing our govt is the only interest powerful enough to stand up to evil industry so the slaves can get their fair share of the pie when nothing could be farther from the truth....
  • Another patriot is being killed.

    06/17/2010 8:01:11 PM PDT · by bronkburnett · 29 replies · 1,013+ views
    Atlah Newsletter ^ | June 17, 2010 | michael master
    Lt. Col. Terry Lakin refuses to be deployed to Afghanistan under the orders of Barack Hussein Obama until the government proves that Obama is qualified to be president of the USA according to the Constitution of the USA. The military is using a court martial to force his compliance. Lakin is trying to use discovery in the court martial about Obama’s citizenship as per his rights to defend his actions and the court is blocking his ability..... Obama promised to be transparent. It is time for our courts, our media, and our military to force him to keep his promise….....
  • Magazine mocks California as "the Venezuela of North America"

    05/13/2010 12:22:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,150+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/13/10 | Tom Abate
    When it comes to business climate, California ranks last among the states according to the latest attack on the rules and red tape despised by the respondents to a survey by CEO Magazine.
  • Breaking: Senate Democrats Gather In The Rules Committee To Eliminate The Filibuster

    04/22/2010 2:31:27 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 168 replies · 7,949+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 04/22/10 | Jim Hoft
    The radicals in Washington are giving the Marxists in Venezuela a run for their money. Senate Democrats have gathered in the Rules Committee to eliminate the filibuster. Republican.Senate.Gov reported: THEN-SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “What [The American People] Do Not Expect Is For One Party, Be It Republican Or Democrat, To Change The Rules In The Middle Of The Game So They Can Make All The Decisions While The Other Party Is Told To Sit Down And Keep Quiet.” “What they do not expect is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of...
  • A Banana Republic With No Bananas

    04/13/2010 7:08:09 AM PDT · by Palter · 8 replies · 199+ views
    Washington's Blog ^ | 12 April 2010
    Experts on third world banana republics from the IMF and the Federal Reserve have said the U.S. has become a third world banana republic (and see this and this).Are they right?Well, let's look at Wikipedia's description of the four factors which make a country a banana republic. Profits Privatized and Debts SocializedThe first feature of a banana republic as "A collusion between the overweening state and certain favored monopolistic concerns, whereby the profits can be privatized and the debts socialized." âś“ Check. As I pointed out in November: Nouriel Roubini writes in a recent essay: This is a crisis of...
  • 1.2 Million Households Disappear, Putting Downward Pressure on Home Prices and Rents

    04/08/2010 11:18:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 52 replies · 1,771+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | George Washington
    As I wrote Monday: In really bad times, people who are evicted from their houses will not rent. Instead, they will move in with friends or family for some time. As the Wall Street Journal explained last October: Driving the change [i.e. large numbers of rental vacancies and lower rents] is the troubled employment market, which is closely tied to rentals. With unemployment at 9.8% — a 26-year high — more would-be renters are doubling up or moving in with family and friends during periods of job loss. Landlords have been particularly battered because unemployment has been higher among workers...
  • Now they tell us: NYT says Health Care Bill "attacks wealth inequality" to end "age of Reagan"

    03/24/2010 10:25:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies · 1,079+ views
    washington examiner ^ | 3/24/10 | Mark Hemingway
    If you thought the health care bill was just about, well, health care, guess again! It's about income redistribution as much as anything: For all the political and economic uncertainties about health reform, at least one thing seems clear: The bill that President Obama signed on Tuesday is the federal government’s biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago. Over most of that period, government policy and market forces have been moving in the same direction, both increasing inequality. The pretax incomes of the wealthy have soared since the late 1970s, while their tax...
  • 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
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  • 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