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  • Good Bye and best wishes to all!

    01/26/2011 6:08:38 PM PST · by devere · 240 replies
    January 26, 2011 | devere
    It seems that for whatever reasons Free Republic has now become an "anti-birther" website, and dedicated itself to protecting those who shielded Obama by mocking and insulting the people who questioned his obviously fraudulent qualifications. Since my thoughts are no longer in sympathy with those of the management of this website, I'll be finding a different Internet venue to post on in the future, where I am not censored in a manner I find unreasonable. Thanks to all sharing your thoughts with me over the past several years. Whether you agreed or disagreed with me, it has always been stimulating...
  • Giffords Shooting: Trigger-Happy Left Sees Incitement Everywhere But The Mirror

    01/12/2011 3:26:45 PM PST · by devere · 10 replies
    The Jewish Week ^ | January 9, 2011 | Jonathan Mark
    If a black man or an illegal alien shot Congresswoman Giffords in the head, would leftists blame blacks or Hispanics? No, the left would blame poverty. If a Moslem shot Giffords in the head, would the left blame militant Islam? No, leftists would build a new mosque in Tuscon, reaching out to moderates, refusing to get into the gutter with extremists and hysterics, insisting that we use this tragedy to find ways to heal. But Giffords was not shot by a Moslem but by a white paranoid schizophrenic so the left, the great healers, have to blame somebody, everybody, millions...
  • Chris Christie shows his political genius in first State of the State address

    01/11/2011 9:04:03 PM PST · by devere · 36 replies ^ | January 11, 2011 | JOSH McMAHON
    When Chris Christie walked into the Assembly chamber to deliver his State of the State message his reputation for being a different kind of governor – one always itching for a fight – accompanied him. In his first year Christie had made it clear he harbored no self-doubts and was all to ready to stiff-arm anybody who got in his way. Some saw him as a bully. So how would this blunt, confrontational governor handle himself in what was his first serious talk to the public and lawmakers about the state's condition? When Christie walked out of the Assembly Chamber...
  • Jerry Brown pitches a shift to local governments

    01/06/2011 1:00:46 PM PST · by devere · 50 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 5, 2011 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown, beginning the "complex undertaking" of shifting responsibility for many state programs to local agencies, started pitching the plan Tuesday to local leaders. Brown has said he will propose a realignment of services, possibly far-reaching, as part of a proposal to resolve a state budget deficit estimated to be at least $25 billion over 18 months. "To realign responsibilities, it involves welfare, it involves Medi-Cal, it involves parole, probation, many other things," Brown said before meeting with county leaders on his second day in office. "So, it's the kind of complex reordering that I want to be very...
  • Former President of Israel Is Convicted of Rape

    12/30/2010 3:35:18 PM PST · by devere · 21 replies · 86+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 30, 2010 | Isabel Kershner
    An Israeli court convicted the country’s former president, Moshe Katsav, on two counts of forcible rape on Thursday, a verdict that many Israelis described as a low point in the nation’s history but also redemptive, in that it upheld the value of equality before the law. “There are no two states of Israel, just one state,” said Shimon Peres, Mr. Katsav’s successor as president. “There are no two kinds of citizens here, citizens of only one kind exist in Israel — and all are equal in the eyes of law.” The verdict capped an unusual four-year spectacle that began with...
  • Merkel sees politics behind Khodorkovsky sentence

    12/30/2010 12:35:46 PM PST · by devere · 12 replies · 13+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 30, 2010 | Christiaan Hetzner
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised on Thursday the sentencing of former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to six additional years in prison, saying the ruling appeared to be politically motivated. "The impression remains that political motivations played a role in this trial," Merkel said in Berlin. "This contradicts Russia's frequently repeated intention to pursue full adoption of the rule of law." The sentencing of Khodorkovsky by a Russian judge on charges of multi-billion dollar theft and money-laundering means he will serve a total of 14 years in prison and not be freed until 2017.
  • Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky again found guilty

    12/27/2010 10:27:56 AM PST · by devere · 11 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | December 27, 2010 | LYNN BERRY and NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky was convicted Monday of stealing oil from his own company and laundering the proceeds, a verdict likely to keep the oil tycoon who once challenged the power of Vladimir Putin behind bars for several more years. The unrelenting legal attack on Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, has come to define the country's transformation under Putin. The outcome of the second trial exposes how little has changed under President Dmitry Medvedev despite his promises to strengthen the rule of law and make courts an independent branch of government. Putin, now prime minister, remains the more powerful leader. Any lingering...
  • Medvedev Says Russia Must ‘Purge’ Criminal Officials

    12/25/2010 10:09:14 AM PST · by devere · 12 replies · 4+ views
    Business Week ^ | December 24, 2010 | Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov
    Russia needs to “purge” criminals from government, President Dmitry Medvedev said today, as he promised to step up his fight against corruption. “I believe we’ve managed to clean things up at the federal level in recent years,” Medvedev said in a live question-and- answer session with the heads of Russia’s three main television channels. “But at the regional level, there are a lot of people who work according to a different code and there we need to carry out purges.” In the capital Moscow, which accounts for nearly a quarter of Russia’s gross domestic product, there is “unprecedented” corruption, which...
  • Khodorkovsky says Putin is ‘pitiable’

    12/25/2010 7:50:38 AM PST · by devere · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Financial Times ^ | December 24, 2010 | Isabel Gorst
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed Russian tycoon, has lashed out at Vladimir Putin, describing his nemesis as a pitiable but dangerous leader steering his country towards degradation and chaos. In a newspaper article published on Friday, three days before a judge begins reading the verdict in a fresh trial that could keep him in jail until 2017, Mr Khodorkovsky said the Russian prime minister was trapped in the cynical political establishment he had created, indifferent to the fate of its people. “I suddenly realised I was sorry for this man – no longer young, but vigorous and horribly lonely in the...
  • Swedish queen's family 'made fortune from Jewish factory seized by Nazis'

    12/01/2010 5:33:13 PM PST · by devere · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | December 1, 2010 | Allan Hall
    Swedish TV4 broadcast a documentary detailing how Walter Sommerlath, a German Nazi Party member, had bought the factory from Efim Wechsler, a Jew. The transaction was part of the so-called "Ayranisation" of such enterprises according to the Nuremberg Laws which stripped Jews of their rights and property. The factory allegedly made Ack Ack guns for the Luftwaffe and also parts for tanks. When she married in 1976 the Queen's German father denied he had ever been a member of the Nazi party. That fiction was exposed some years later by a Swedish newspaper which proved he joined the movement in...
  • I Am Ashamed Of What Russia Has Become

    11/27/2010 12:37:38 PM PST · by devere · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | November 6, 2010 | Mikhail Khodorkovsly
    I can recall October 2003. My last day as a free man. Several weeks after my arrest, I was informed that president Putin had decided: I was going to have to “slurp gruel” for 8 years. It was hard to believe that back then. Seven years have gone by already since that day. Seven years – quite a long stretch of time, and all the more so – when you’ve spent it in jail. All of us have had time to reassess and rethink many things. Judging by the prosecutors’ presentation: “give them 14 years” and “spit on previous court...
  • Chess Players Ticketed by NYPD for Using Inwood Hill Park Chess Tables

    11/17/2010 5:45:14 PM PST · by devere · 22 replies · 1+ views
    DNAinfo,.com ^ | November 17, 2010 | Carla Zanoni
    A group of seven mild-mannered chess players are due in criminal court next month after police officers from the 34th Precinct issued them summonses for playing their favorite board game in Inwood Hill Park. The men were ticketed on Oct. 20 for being inside of Emerson Playground, a children's play area off limits to adults unaccompanied by minors. But the men were in an area furnished with stone chess and backgammon tables — separated from the play area by a fence. "There is a problem in this area with drug dealing, but the police have time to write tickets to...
  • "China must fix the global currency crisis"

    11/12/2010 7:26:27 PM PST · by devere · 16 replies
    Financial Times ^ | October 7, 2010 | George Soros
    I share the growing concern about the misalignment of currencies. Brazil’s finance minister speaks of a latent currency war, and he is not far off the mark. It is in the currency markets where different economic policies and different economic and political systems interact and clash. The prevailing exchange rate system is lopsided. China has essentially pegged its currency to the dollar while most other currencies fluctuate more or less freely. China has a two-tier system in which the capital account is strictly controlled; most other currencies don’t distinguish between current and capital accounts. This makes the Chinese currency chronically...
  • AFP-NJ plans rally at Capitol for lame-duck session

    11/11/2010 4:40:40 PM PST · by devere ^ | November 9, 2010 | Terry Hurlbut
    The last session of the 111th Congress will begin on Monday, November 15, and the New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity intends to be there in force. Mike Proto, spokesman for Americans for Prosperity/New Jersey, announced this morning that AFP-NJ will participate in a nationwide rally on November 15, at 12:00 noon EST, on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The theme of the rally will be, "November Speaks." AFP-NJ Director Steve Lonegan said that the message of the rally would be simple: The people have spoken and we will not tolerate ramming through your liberal agenda in the...
  • TSA accused of sexual molestation of passengers and pilots

    11/09/2010 9:43:51 PM PST · by devere · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Natural ^ | November 10th, 2010 | Mike Adams
    When I recently wrote about opting out of the TSA's naked body scanners and then being patted down by a TSA agent, that pat-down was conducted by the agent using the back of his hand ( As of today, that technique is no longer in place. The TSA's new guidelines call for agents to use their "palms and fingers" to "probe" your body for hidden weapons. This means TSA agents will now be feeling up your crotch, palming your breasts and fingering your testicles as part of their increasingly humiliating "X-rated pat down" technique. This new "palms and fingers" pat-down...
  • Obama regrets distortion of Islam to justify violence

    11/07/2010 9:05:20 AM PST · by devere · 47 replies
    The Hindu ^ | November 7, 2010 | Staff
    U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday regretted that the “great religion” of Islam has been distorted by a few extremists to justify violence towards innocent people and called for isolating these elements. Mr. Obama also said that people will have to fundamentally reject the notion that violence is the way to mediate differences among them. “I think all of us have to fundamentally reject the notion that violence is the way to mediate our differences,” he added. The US president expressed these views when a Muslim student A. Ansari lobbed a question asking for his views on ‘jihad” during his...
  • On the aetiology of autism

    10/04/2010 6:00:24 AM PDT · by devere · 24 replies
    Acta Pædiatrica ^ | ay 2010 | John J Cannel
    I have suggested that the primary environmental trigger for autism is not vaccinations, toxins or infections, but gestational and early childhood vitamin D deficiency (1,2). Subsequently, the title of an article in Scientific American recently asked, ‘What if vitamin D deficiency is a cause of autism?’ (3) Since then, an article on vitamin D and autism in Acta Paediatrica (4) and the accompanying commentary (5) have added to the accelerating suspicion that vitamin D deficiency – either during pregnancy or early childhood – may be an environmental trigger for the genetic disease of autism.
  • Wilders' trial verdict postponed

    10/02/2010 11:54:48 PM PDT · by devere · 9 replies
    Dutch News ^ | October 1, 2010 | Staff
    The verdict in Geert Wilders' trial for inciting hatred will be announced two days later than originally planned, the Amsterdam court said on Friday. The leader of the PVV anti-Islam party faces five charges of religious insult and anti-Muslim incitement in the trial, which begins on Monday. The court says it needs seven days to hear the evidence.
  • Czech president tells UN to stay out of economics

    09/25/2010 4:39:47 PM PDT · by devere · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 25, 2010 | Louis Charbonneau
    Czech President Vaclav Klaus on Saturday criticized U.N. calls for increased "global governance" of the world's economy, saying the world body should leave that role to national governments. The solution to dealing with the global economic crisis, Klaus told the U.N. General Assembly, did not lie in "creating new governmental and supranational agencies, or in aiming at global governance of the world economy." "On the contrary, this is the time for international organizations, including the United Nations, to reduce their expenditures, make their administrations thinner, and leave the solutions to the governments of member states," he said.
  • Egypt to strip men married to Israelis of citizenship

    06/05/2010 6:27:39 PM PDT · by devere · 23 replies · 628+ views
    AFP ^ | June 5, 2010 | Jailan Zayan
    A Cairo court on Saturday upheld a ruling to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women of their citizenship in a case that has highlighted national sentiment towards Israel. Judge Mohammed al-Husseini, sitting on the Supreme Administrative Court, said the interior ministry must ask the cabinet to take the necessary steps to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women, and their children, of their citizenship. The court said that each case should be considered separately, in a ruling that cannot be appealed. The ruling reflects Egyptian sentiment towards Israel, more than 30 years after Egypt signed an unpopular peace deal...
  • US urges Israel probe flotilla incident, not int'l inquiry

    05/31/2010 7:29:53 PM PDT · by devere · 9 replies · 379+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 1, 2010 | Associated Press
    US deputy ambassador to the UN Alejandro Wolff did not support the Turkish and Arab demand for an independent international probe at the special UN Security Council session Monday overnight, saying: "We expect a credible and transparent investigation and strongly urge the Israeli government to investigate the incident fully."
  • Slain Jersey City couple had just returned from their engagement party

    04/04/2010 5:46:31 PM PDT · by devere · 68 replies · 2,831+ views
    The Jersey Journal ^ | April 4, 2010 | Charles Hack
    The families of a Jersey City couple are grieving after the two young people were killed during what authorities are describing as a botched carjacking. Michael Muchioki, 27 and Nia Haqq, 25, had just returned from their engagement party in New Brunswick when they were gunned down at around 3 a.m. this morning a few doors down from their Randolph Avenue home. "There were great together," Amanda Muchioki, 31, said about her brother and Haqq. Erastus Muchioki, 58, Michael's father, called the killers "animals." "They did not need to do this. This was done in cold blood," Erastus Muchioki added....
  • Pacquiao says he plans to sue Mayweather

    12/25/2009 4:22:38 PM PST · by devere · 26 replies · 806+ views
    AP ^ | December 25, 2009 | AP
    SARANGANI, PHILIPPINES(AP) —Manny Pacquiao says he is planning to file a defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr., the fighter’s father, and Golden Boy Promotions In a statement posted Friday on his Web site, Pacquiao claims that his character has been damaged and tarnished by accusations he says are untrue. “Enough is enough,” Pacquiao said in the statement. “These people, Mayweather Sr., Jr., and Golden Boy Promotions, think it is a joke and a right to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy but I...
  • Ryan N. Maue's Seasonal Tropical Cyclone Activity Update

    11/01/2009 9:07:45 AM PST · by devere · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Florida State University ^ | October 30, 2009 | Ryan N. Maue
    North Atlantic Hurricane Season slowest since 1997. Global and Northern Hemisphere Tropical Cyclone Activity remains near 30-year historical lows -- three years in a row now of considerably below-average activity globally. Consequence of the transition from La Nina to El Nino during the past year. Oct 29: The North Atlantic hurricane season has not produced a storm in over 3-weeks and, if no more develop, the season overall would rank as the slowest since the El Nino year of 1997. Hurricanes Bill and Fred accounted for over 82% of the Accumulated Cyclone Energy [ACE**] -- a metric that combines intensity,...
  • Let the Red States Secede

    10/12/2009 10:30:04 PM PDT · by devere · 421 replies · 8,574+ views
    Market Watch ^ | October 12, 2009 | by Brett Arends
    The biggest question about the new Schumer-Carper health-care plan on Capitol Hill is the one nobody's asking. Why stop there? In case you missed it, Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and Tom Carper, D.-Delaware, are considering a proposal that may, at long last, break the logjam over health-care reform. They would create a public health insurer, the so-called "public option," but allow individual states to opt out if they wanted. In other words: the blue states can have public health insurance, and the red states can go without. You may wonder why it took so long to get here. If...
  • Orly Taitz asks Land to recuse himself

    10/03/2009 10:12:08 PM PDT · by devere · 121 replies · 3,859+ views
    edger- ^ | October 4, 2009 | ALAN RIQUELMY
    Attorney Orly Taitz, the “birther” lawyer under threat of sanctions by U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land for filing a “frivolous” lawsuit, filed a motion Friday asking the judge to recuse himself because of personal contacts and financial stakes he may have with President Barack Obama’s administration. Land was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush. Taitz represented Army Capt. Connie Rhodes when she filed a Sept. 4 complaint arguing Rhodes shouldn’t be deployed to Iraq because Obama couldn’t legitimately hold office. Land not only ruled against Rhodes, but ordered Taitz to explain why he should not fine...
  • Afghans turn to Taliban in fear of own police

    07/12/2009 1:22:47 PM PDT · by devere · 27 replies · 985+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 12, 2009 | Peter Graff
    PANKELA, Afghanistan (Reuters) – As British troops moved into the village newly freed from Taliban control, they heard one message from the anxious locals: for God's sake do not bring back the Afghan police. U.S. and British troops have launched a campaign to seize control of Helmand province, about half of which was in Taliban hands, and restore Afghan government institutions. But as they advance, they are learning uncomfortable facts about their local allies: villagers say the government's police force was so brutal and corrupt that they welcomed the Taliban as liberators. "The police would stop people driving on motorcycles,...
  • 'I'm better off dead. I'm done': How Michael Jackson predicted his death six months ago

    06/27/2009 8:26:15 PM PDT · by devere · 89 replies · 4,342+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 28, 2009 | Ian Halperin
    Whatever the final autopsy results reveal, it was greed that killed Michael Jackson. Had he not been driven – by a cabal of bankers, agents, doctors and advisers – to commit to the gruelling 50 concerts in London’s O2 Arena, I believe he would still be alive today. During the last weeks and months of his life, Jackson made desperate attempts to prepare for the concert series scheduled for next month – a series that would have earned millions for the singer and his entourage, but which he could never have completed, not mentally, and not physically. Michael knew it...
  • Murder Foretold

    05/16/2009 8:42:21 PM PDT · by devere · 13 replies · 799+ views
    The Economist ^ | May 16th, 2009 | Staff
    IT COULD have been a scene from Gabriel García Márquez’s novella, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. But there was nothing magical about the realism of the video recorded by Rodrigo Rosenberg, a Guatemalan lawyer, four days before he was shot dead on Sunday May 10th while cycling on a busy avenue. “If you are hearing this message,” he intoned, “it is because I, Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano, was assassinated by the president’s private secretary, Gustavo Alejos, and his partner, Gregorio Valdez, with the approval of Álvaro Colom and Sandra de Colom [Guatemala’s president and first lady]”. Political murders are sadly nothing...
  • Federer announces marriage to Mirka

    04/11/2009 3:07:31 PM PDT · by devere · 1 replies · 1,118+ views
    Tennis Talk ^ | Aprile 11, 2009 | Ricky Dimon
    Roger Federer and long-time girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec were married on Saturday, according to a post Federer made on his official website. As if his girlfriend's pregnancy did not make it obvious enough, Roger Federer is off the market. The 13-time Grand Slam champion and long-time girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec were married on Saturday, April 11 in Basel, Switzerland. Federer posted the following on his official website, "Dear Fans Earlier today, in my hometown of Basel, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family, Mirka and I got married. It was a beautiful spring day and an incredibly joyous...
  • Saudi King Greeting Spurs Obama ‘Power Bow’ Craze

    04/06/2009 3:29:15 PM PDT · by devere · 24 replies · 1,630+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | April 3, 2009 | Scott Ott
    When the most powerful man in the world bent at the waist, and lowered his gaze to greet a Muslim monarch at the G-20 summit in London this week, he could not have known how the gesture would catch on back home. But that’s just what’s happened. The so-called ‘Obama Power Bow’ has become a new craze embraced by the rich and famous, as they continue to emulate everything about their chic new American president. Saudi Arabian King Abdullah received the traditional expression of fealty and servitude from the U.S. commander in chief with evident glee, smiling broadly — his...
  • US gives 50,000 dlrs for quake-hit Italy

    04/06/2009 1:02:42 PM PDT · by devere · 52 replies · 2,459+ views
    AFP ^ | April 6, 2009 | AFP staff
    The United States said Monday it would donate 50,000 dollars in emergency aid to Italy after a powerful earthquake killed at least 100 people. "We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in the earthquake. Our embassy in Rome will provide 50,000 (dollars) in emergency relief funding," State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters. Italian authorities told the United States they did not need rescue teams, Wood said. President Barack Obama earlier offered his condolences on a visit to Turkey and voiced hope that the United States could send rescuers. The earthquake killed at least 100 people...
  • US Awards Iran Role as Military Partner, Sells Israel Short

    04/04/2009 6:17:08 PM PDT · by devere · 14 replies · 947+ views
    DEBKAfile ^ | April 4th, 2009 | DEBKA staff
    Only two weeks ago, Israel's chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi, then visiting Washington, was denied interviews with US defense secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the US chiefs of staff Adm. Mike Mullen. ... Since then, the US president has decided the snub was ill-judged. During 2008 and up until his exit from the White House, George W. Bush found Ashkenazi useful for conveying to the former prime minister Ehud Olmert and defense minister Ehud Barak his administration's strong objections to an Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear sites. The US effort to hold Israel's hand brought...
  • Medical helicopter debate flares

    03/21/2009 9:45:23 PM PDT · by devere · 27 replies · 1,068+ views
    The Montreal Gazette ^ | March 21, 2009 | Marianne White and David Johnston
    The death Wednesday of British actress Natasha Richardson after she tumbled on a beginner's ski hill at Mont Tremblant is raising questions about Quebec's lack of an emergency helicopter system. The wife of actor Liam Neeson, and member of the Redgrave acting dynasty, suffered what was at first deemed to be a minor fall Monday. Richardson, 45, refused to be taken to hospital after the accident, but her condition worsened about two hours later. The actress was then transported to a hospital in Ste. Agathe, a 40-minute ambulance ride from the Mont Tremblant ski resort. After she was stabilized, Richardson...
  • Once she fell, Natasha Richardson was doomed (Vanity)

    03/20/2009 4:04:53 PM PDT · by devere · 195 replies · 5,276+ views
    It seems that there was no neurosurgeon at the local hospital, and no medical helicopter in the entire province of Quebec, so once she fell poor Natasha was doomed, even if she had asked for immediate medical assistance. It seems almost unbelievable in the 21st century, but that's what socialized medicine brings you. Death.
  • Zombie science

    03/15/2009 5:07:57 PM PDT · by devere · 11 replies · 1,264+ views
    Medical Hypotheses ^ | September 2008 | Bruce G Charlton, MD
    Although the classical ideal is that scientific theories are evaluated by a careful teasing-out of their internal logic and external implications, and checking whether these deductions and predictions are in-line-with old and new observations; the fact that so many vague, dumb or incoherent scientific theories are apparently believed by so many scientists for so many years is suggestive that this ideal does not necessarily reflect real world practice. In the real world it looks more like most scientists are quite willing to pursue wrong ideas for so long as they are rewarded with a better chance of achieving more grants,...
  • Interview, Orly Taitz: Chief Justice Roberts Calls Conference on Obama Challenge: Lightfoot v. Bowen

    01/09/2009 8:28:39 PM PST · by devere · 1,229 replies · 19,362+ views
    Fort Hard Knox ^ | January 7, 2009 | Arlen Williams
    Chief Justice John Roberts has sent a full-throated challenge of Barack Obama’s presidential eligibility to conference: Lightfoot v. Bowen (SCOTUS docket page). I.O. interviewed Lightfoot lead attorney, Orly Taitz at 2:20pm CT, today, minutes after she learned of this move. Taitz believes, “This is Chief Justice Roberts telling the Congress… the other eight Justices, that there is a problem with this election.” The Lightfoot case has legal standing, due to litigant, Libertarian Gail Lightfoot’s vice presidential candidacy in California. It also address two major issues of legal merit: 1. Obama’s failure to provide legally evidentiary documentation of citizenship and American...
  • Obama picks global warming expert as science adviser

    12/19/2008 6:01:13 PM PST · by devere · 70 replies · 1,340+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | December 19, 2008 | Renee Schoof
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's choice of John P. Holdren as his science adviser sends a strong signal that Obama sees global warming as an urgent problem and wants bold suggestions for action. The Harvard University environmental policy professor has argued that the world already is experiencing dangerous climate change as a result of fossil fuel combustion. He's said there's still time to avert catastrophe, but only with a strong and rapid global effort. At a recent talk in Washington , Holdren boiled it down to this: "Without energy there is no economy. Without climate there is no environment. Without...
  • Has Berg's website been hacked? (Vanity)

    10/31/2008 9:52:43 PM PDT · by devere · 13 replies · 1,258+ views
    The weekend before the election ... that's a curious coincidence.
  • Obama's Symbols ( vanity )

    10/13/2008 9:58:04 AM PDT · by devere · 10 replies · 2,713+ views
    Some Republicans in Texas have noticed a curious similarity between Islamic radical symbols and the ones Obama has chosen:
  • A Bad Bank Rescue

    09/21/2008 12:43:12 PM PDT · by devere · 39 replies · 93+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 09/21/2008 | Sebastian Mallaby
    With truly extraordinary speed, opinion has swung behind the radical idea that the government should commit hundreds of billions in taxpayer money to purchasing dud loans from banks that aren't actually insolvent. As recently as a week ago, no public official had even mentioned this option. Now the Treasury, the Fed and congressional leaders are promising its enactment within days. The scheme has gone from invisibility to inevitability in the blink of an eye. This is extremely dangerous. The plan is being marketed under false pretenses. Supporters have invoked the shining success of the Resolution Trust Corporation as justification and...
  • Palin electrifies conservative base

    08/31/2008 7:30:27 AM PDT · by devere · 25 replies · 114+ views
    Politico ^ | 8/31/2008 | Jonathan Martin
    The selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate has electrified conservative activists, providing a boost of energy to the GOP nominee-in-waiting from a key constituency that had been previously had been lukewarm – at best – about him. By tapping the anti-abortion and pro-gun Alaska governor just ahead of his convention, which is set to start here Monday, McCain hasn’t just won approval from a skeptical Republican base – he’s ignited a wave of elation and emotion that has led some grassroots activists to weep with joy. Serious questions remain about McCain’s pick – exactly how much he...
  • Miss World final moved from Ukraine over Georgia conflict

    08/13/2008 9:14:16 PM PDT · by devere · 22 replies · 229+ views ^ | August 13, 2008 | Anita Singh
    This year's Miss World final in Kiev has been cancelled amid fears that Russia may turn its military might on the Ukraine. The 120 contestants were due to compete at the Ukraina National Palace on October 4. But the event has been called off and a new host country is being sought, the Daily Telegraph has learned. In a statement, the organisers said: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, it was with deep regret that the decision was taken to postpone the Miss World 2008 Final. This decision was taken in the interest of contestants and the Miss World Organisation."...
  • JonBenet parents cleared of murder

    07/09/2008 5:05:55 PM PDT · by devere · 35 replies · 91+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 9, 2008 | Keith Coffman
    BOULDER, Colo. (Reuters) - New DNA tests have definitively cleared the parents of U.S. child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey of her unsolved murder almost 12 years ago, prosecutors said on Wednesday. In a statement seeking to silence suspicions surrounding relatives of the slain 6-year-old, prosecutors in the U.S. said new testing techniques on male DNA found on JonBenet's clothes did not match any family members. "This new scientific evidence convinces us that it is appropriate ... to state that we do not consider your immediate family, including you, your wife Patsy, and your son Burke, to be under any suspicion...
  • Merrill says GM bankruptcy possible

    07/02/2008 10:31:35 AM PDT · by devere · 71 replies · 191+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/02/2008 | Soyoung Kim
    DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp (NYSE:GM - News) will need to raise as much as $15 billion in cash to shore up liquidity and bankruptcy is "not impossible" if the U.S. auto market continues to slump, Merrill Lynch said. Other analysts have suggested GM, whose shares fell to a new 54-year low on Wednesday, needs to raise funds to ride out the downturn in the U.S. auto market through 2009. But Merrill's estimate of GM's financing needs is the highest yet. It also carried the most stark warning of the bankruptcy risk for the largest U.S. automaker. GM declined...
  • House approves middle-class tax relief bill

    06/25/2008 2:17:59 PM PDT · by devere · 23 replies · 86+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2008 | Donna Smith
    The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would protect about 25 million taxpayers from paying a tax that originally was meant for only the very wealthy. The House passed the alternative minimum tax relief bill on a vote of 233-189 over the objections of the White House, which does not like its revenue raising measures. One provision would require private equity fund managers to pay ordinary income taxes, as high as 35 percent, on their earnings instead of the 15 percent capital gains rate they now pay. That would raise nearly $31 billion over 10 years. "The...
  • Legalize All Drugs

    06/21/2008 3:32:12 PM PDT · by devere · 206 replies · 282+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | June 18, 2008 | John Stossel
    The other day, reading the New York Post's popular Page Six gossip page, I was surprised to find a picture of me, followed by the lines: "ABC'S John Stossel wants the government to stop interfering with your right to get high. The crowd went silent at his call to legalize hard drugs". I had attended a Marijuana Policy Project event celebrating the New York State Assembly's passage of a medical-marijuana bill. (The bill hasn't passed the Senate.) I told the audience I thought it pathetic that the mere half passage of a bill to allow sick people to try a...
  • Urgent: House Democrats call for nationalization of refineries

    06/18/2008 3:50:39 PM PDT · by devere · 57 replies · 319+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 18, 2008 | Staff
    ouse Democrats responded to President's Bush's call for Congress to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling. This was at an on-camera press conference fed back live. Among other things, the Democrats called for the government to own refineries so it could better control the flow of the oil supply. They also reasserted that the reason the Appropriations Committee markup (where the vote on the amendment to lift the ban) was cancelled so they could focus on preparing the supplemental Iraq spending bill for tomorrow. At an off-camera briefing, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said the same. And a senior...
  • Democracy in Decline

    06/17/2008 10:21:03 PM PDT · by devere · 18 replies · 100+ views
    Creators Syndicate Inc. ^ | June 18, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    The broad, sneering European-elite response to the plucky Irish vote to oppose the further centralization of governmental power in the European Union and the emerging opinion in China suggest that from Brussels to Shanghai, democracy may be losing its appeal. Democracy, broadly understood as government by the people being governed, has been the upward aspiration of Western civilization for about 1,000 years -- and of the rest of the world for about 100 years. ... The democratic urge gained further rhetorical support in the post-World War II United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 21: "(1) Everyone has the...
  • Tim Russert (1950-2008)

    06/16/2008 11:06:37 PM PDT · by devere · 43 replies · 261+ views
    Creators Syndicate Inc. ^ | June 17, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    Only with Tim Russert's sudden death at the age of 58 has his true stature as a landmark journalist become as widely recognized as it has long deserved to be. To ask who will replace him as host of "Meet the Press" is to confront the reality that there is no one comparable on the horizon. Those of us who have followed "Meet the Press" since the long ago days of Lawrence Spivak know that Russert was the best of some very good hosts. What made Tim Russert special was not some trademark catchword or contrived persona. What you saw...