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  • Cheney Axes Canada Trip Because It's Too Dangerous

    03/14/2012 6:38:54 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 23 replies
    Newser ^ | Mar 13, 2012 | Kate Schwartz
    Today's "we swear we're not the Onion" story: Dick Cheney has canceled a planned appearance in Toronto ... because he fears it could be too dangerous a trip to take. "He felt that in Canada the risk of violent protest was simply too high," explained the head of the promotions company that had scheduled the April 24 event at the apparently risky Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The National Post reminds us that Cheney reportedly got stuck inside a Vancouver building for seven hours during a September speech after a protest outside indeed turned violent and a security guard was choked.
  • Unemployment Claims at Lowest in 3 1/2 Years

    12/15/2011 4:17:27 PM PST · by Dick Holmes · 24 replies
    ABC/AP ^ | December 16, 2011 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    The job market is healthier than at any time since the end of the Great Recession. The number of people filing for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest since May 2008, a sign that the waves of corporate layoffs that have defined the past few years are all but over. "This is unexpectedly great news," said Ian Shepherdson, an economist at High Frequency Economics.
  • Why Amazon Can't Make A Kindle In the USA

    08/24/2011 10:45:19 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 74 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/17/2011 | Steve Denning
    How whole industries disappear Take the story of Dell Computer [DELL] and its Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. The story is told in the brilliant book by Clayton Christensen, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang, The Innovator’s Prescription : ASUSTeK started out making the simple circuit boards within a Dell computer. Then ASUSTeK came to Dell with an interesting value proposition: “We’ve been doing a good job making these little boards. Why don’t you let us make the motherboard for you? Circuit manufacturing isn’t your core competence anyway and we could do it for 20% less.” Dell accepted the proposal because from a...
  • Arizona to Legalize Lane-Splitting, France to Ban it?

    03/31/2010 7:29:11 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 170 replies · 2,120+ views
    motorcycledaily.com ^ | March 30, 2010 | Gabe Ets-Hokin
    One barrier to widespread adoption of motorcycles as transportation in the USA is that of practical advantage. In most places, two-wheeled transport offers few advantages over the four-wheeled kind. That's partly because unlike almost every other country on Earth, the practice of "lane-splitting"-riding in between lanes of stopped or slow-moving vehicle traffic-is outlawed in what is allegedly the Home of the Free. That means that in every state but California, not only do motorcyclists have to endure the privations of motorcycle travel, they also have to bump along at the maddeningly slow pace of traffic-snarled trucks and automobiles, even though...
  • Coleman warns donors after purported data breach

    03/11/2009 8:18:30 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 8 replies · 682+ views
    AP ^ | 3-11-09 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL, Minn. - Republican Norm Coleman has asked federal authorities to investigate whether financial data related to his Minnesota Senate campaign donors was breached. Coleman campaign manager Cullen Sheehan mentioned the investigation in an e-mail sent to supporters Wednesday. It was in response to cryptic warnings many got the night before informing them of the possible leak of credit card information connected to their contributions.The Coleman campaign e-mail advised donors to contact their credit card company and cancel the card at issue.
  • Debt Doesn't Have to Be A Burden [Good for laugh/barf]

    03/03/2009 11:23:01 PM PST · by Dick Holmes · 8 replies · 549+ views
    The Washington Post Company ^ | Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | Steven Pearlstein
    By the middle of 2008, for example, American households had build up debt of $13.9 trillion, more than double what it was a decade before. Businesses had accumulated debt of $10.9 trillion, also doubling in a decade. And financial institutions had piled up debt of $16.6 trillion, up from $6.3 trillion in 1998. And the federal government? During that same period -- drum roll -- its debt rose from $3.8 trillion to $5.3 trillion. The thing to remember is that debt is debt, no matter where it is, and unless it's paid back, all of it will get passed on...
  • McCain in a Bear Market

    10/08/2008 11:27:18 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 12 replies · 645+ views
    WashPost ^ | 10-9-08 | George F'n Will
    Time was, the Baltimore Orioles' manager was Earl Weaver, a short, irascible, Napoleonic figure who, when cranky, as he frequently was, would shout at an umpire, "Are you going to get any better or is this it?" With, mercifully, only one debate to go, that is the question about John McCain's campaign.In the closing days of his 10-year quest for the presidency, McCain finds it galling that Barack Obama is winning the first serious campaign he has ever run against a Republican. Before Tuesday night's uneventful event, gall was fueling what might be the McCain-Palin campaign's closing argument. It is...
  • How Financial Madness Overtook Wall Street

    09/18/2008 7:39:16 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 36 replies · 189+ views
    Time ^ | Thursday, Sep. 18, 2008 | Andy Serwer and Allan Sloan
    Didn't the folks on Wall Street, who are nothing if not smart, know that someday the music would end? Sure. But they couldn't help behaving the way they did because of Wall Street's classic business model, which works like a dream for Wall Street employees (during good times) but can be a nightmare for the customers. Here's how it goes. You bet big with someone else's money. If you win, you get a huge bonus, based on the profits. If you lose, you lose someone else's money rather than your own, and you move on to the next job. If...
  • Why McCain is still in it (LATimes excusing Obama's poor polling)

    08/04/2008 2:33:22 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 31 replies · 113+ views
    LATimes ^ | August 4, 2008 | Nate Silver
    In terms of party principles, the Democrats have already won the election. The party's liberal base didn't have to compromise on its candidate, whereas a substantial number of conservative Republicans did. But the Republicans seem wise to have compromised, because polling showed that Obama was headed for a landslide victory if his opponent was an identifiably right-wing candidate. According to polling averages compiled by the website RealClearPolitics, at the time they discontinued their respective presidential bids, Fred Thompson trailed Obama by 12 percentage points, Mitt Romney was behind by 15 and Mike Huckabee by 17. For that matter, a recent...
  • Life in Putin's Russia

    06/24/2008 9:17:29 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 19 replies · 90+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, June 22, 2008 | Julia Latynina
    MOSCOW On Nov. 9, 2007, during a special operation in the village of Chemulga, in the republic of Ingushetia, Russian special forces shot and killed an individual by the name of Rakhim Amriyev. Eyewitnesses said that they shot him in the head and placed an automatic rifle beside his body. Then, as dozens of villagers who had run out of their homes looked on, the troops used an armored personnel carrier to demolish a wall of the one-room house where Amriyev lived and announced that he had died in a shootout. You may ask how I can be sure that...
  • 3 A.M. Girl Wants Obama to Answer Call

    03/09/2008 9:33:20 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 22 replies · 1,082+ views
    abcnews ^ | March 9, 2008 | IMAEYEN IBANGA
    An image of an eight-year-old Knowles appears in the ad, shown sleeping soundly in bed. The Clinton campaign legally purchased the file footage of Knowles from Getty Images. Clinton's ad aimed to emphasize her experience and say she'd be a strong national security candidate. The ad was a play on a 1980s-era advertisement with a similar theme: if there was a middle-of-the-night national security emergency, who would you want to have answer the phone and deal with it? Ironically, though, the now-17-year-old Knowles would want Clinton rival Barack Obama to answer any important 3 a.m. calls coming into the White...
  • Questions for Dr. Retail

    02/08/2008 8:42:10 AM PST · by Dick Holmes · 2 replies · 29+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 8, 2008 | David Brooks
    QUESTION: Dr. Retail, now that the Democratic presidential race has entered its long, bloody slog phase, I figured it was time to get a fresh perspective. Can you explain to me what it’s all about? DR. RETAIL: Why do you bother me with simple problems? Listen, the essential competition in many consumer sectors is between commodity providers and experience providers, the companies that just deliver product and the companies that deliver a sensation, too. There’s Safeway, and then there is Whole Foods. There’s the PC, and then there’s the Mac. There are Holiday Inns, and there are W Hotels. There’s...
  • Congress's Power To Compel

    07/26/2007 12:36:09 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 12 replies · 769+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, July 21, 2007 | Frank Askin
    Congress can enforce its own orders against recalcitrant witnesses without involving the executive branch and without leaving open the possibility of presidential pardon. And a Supreme Court majority would find it hard to object in the face of two entrenched legal principles. First is the inherent power of Congress to require testimony on matters within its legislative oversight jurisdiction. So long as Congress is investigating issues over which it has the power to legislate, it can compel witnesses to appear and respond to questions. That power has been affirmed over and over in prosecutions for contempt.In modern times, this congressional...
  • The New Middle East

    10/28/2006 12:32:50 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 7 replies · 308+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | November/December 2006 | Richard N. Haass
    U.S. policymakers need to avoid two mistakes, while seizing two opportunities. The first mistake would be an overreliance on military force. As the United States has learned to its great cost in Iraq -- and Israel has in Lebanon -- military force is no panacea.... The second mistake would be to count on the emergence of democracy to pacify the region. It is true that mature democracies tend not to wage war on one another. Unfortunately, creating mature democracies is no easy task, and even if the effort ultimately succeeds, it takes decades. In the interim, the U.S. government must...
  • (Dems admit GOP turnout worth "% points") As G.O.P. Mopes, Bush Adds the Duties of Optimist in Chief

    10/23/2006 12:19:02 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 20 replies · 1,049+ views
    The New York Times Company ^ | October 23, 2006 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and JIM RUTENBERG
    Officials are telling their friends that they believe a final volley of intensive attacks by the White House will return the party to where it was before the Foley scandal, by casting the election as a choice between Democrats and Republicans over national security and taxes. Mr. Bush and Mr. Rove are discounting predictions of Republican demise in part because they believe they have turned out wrong before. "I remember 2004," Mr. Bush said in the interview shown on This Week. "I was history as far as the punditry was concerned." Mr. Rove has told associates that the party's turnout...
  • GOP hopefuls hope Hastert stays away (Novak Barf Alert!)

    10/09/2006 4:39:39 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 14 replies · 536+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 9, 2006 | Bob Novak
    ...The decision to stick it out with Hastert postpones what House Republicans will do about leadership in the wake of probable defeat Nov. 7. Will they look for leaders unafraid of tax and spending reform and who will be more watchful of aberrant behavior by their colleagues?
  • DeLay's Texas Model

    01/10/2006 7:50:37 PM PST · by Dick Holmes · 10 replies · 559+ views
    WashPost ^ | Tuesday, January 10, 2006 | Broder
    If Tom DeLay was blind to the perils of mixing money and politics, business and government, he was true to the tradition of his state, where the long-dominant Democratic Party plumbed all possible permutations of that intimate connection. To take but one example, consider the phone conversation between Lyndon B. Johnson and George Brown, chairman of the board of Brown & Root, the construction giant, on Jan. 2, 1964, soon after Johnson became president, as quoted in "Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964."[snip] [As] Michael Ennis writes in the current issue of the Texas Monthly, "the government --...
  • Others deny DeLay didn't get chance to tell his side

    09/30/2005 10:59:26 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 22 replies · 984+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 30, 2005 | JANET ELLIOTT
    AUSTIN - The day after U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay's grand jury indictment, his lawyer and the jury foreman on Thursday appeared to contradict the Texas politician's assertions that he was not given a chance to speak before the jury. The foreman, William M. Gibson Jr., a retired state insurance investigator, said the Travis County grand jury waited until Wednesday, the final day of its term, to indict him because it was hoping he would accept jurors' invitation to testify. DeLay said in interviews that the grand jury never asked him to testify. In a Wednesday night appearance on MSNBC's Hardball...
  • Putin questions Iraqi poll plan

    12/07/2004 11:19:00 AM PST · by Dick Holmes · 4 replies · 220+ views
    BBC ^ | 2004/12/07 | BBC News
    Putin questions Iraqi poll plan Russia's President Vladimir Putin says he has grave doubts about plans to hold elections in Iraq next month. He told Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi at the Kremlin he could not see how a poll could be held while Iraq was under "full occupation". Correspondents say the Russian leader's comments are a veiled attack on the US. However he also expressed support for government efforts to stabilise Iraq, and voiced hope Russian firms could be involved in reconstruction in Iraq. Mr Allawi is making his first official visit to Russia, six weeks before...
  • The C.I.A. Versus Bush

    11/12/2004 11:50:15 PM PST · by Dick Holmes · 31 replies · 2,741+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 13, 2004 | David Brooks
    The C.I.A. Versus Bush By DAVID BROOKS Now that he's been returned to office, President Bush is going to have to differentiate between his opponents and his enemies. His opponents are found in the Democratic Party. His enemies are in certain offices of the Central Intelligence Agency. Over the past several months, as much of official Washington looked on wide-eyed and agog, many in the C.I.A. bureaucracy have waged an unabashed effort to undermine the current administration. At the height of the campaign, C.I.A. officials, who are supposed to serve the president and stay out of politics and policy, served...
  • Cheney Drops the Ball (BARF ALERT! PLease help me refute this slatevomit)

    10/06/2004 1:32:02 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 13 replies · 669+ views
    Slate ^ | Oct. 6, 2004 | Chris Suellentrop
    CLEVELAND—Does Dick Cheney know that he told voters watching the vice presidential debate to go to GeorgeSoros.com? In response to a series of attacks from John Edwards on Cheney's tenure as CEO of Halliburton, the vice president said that Kerry and Edwards "know the charges are false. They know that if you go, for example, to factcheck.com, an independent Web site sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, you can get the specific details with respect to Halliburton." One problem with Cheney's rebuttal: He misspoke. He meant to say "factcheck.org," rather than ".com." According to the Wall Street Journal, the company...
  • The Choice on North Korea (Washpost calls sKerry a partisan hack!)

    10/05/2004 12:10:43 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 12 replies · 733+ views
    The Washington Post Company ^ | Monday, October 4, 2004 | editors
    ONE OF THE substantive surprises of Thursday's presidential debate was the detailed exchange between President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry on the critical but neglected subject of North Korea.... As Mr. Kerry put it, "while they didn't talk at all, the fuel rods came out, the inspectors came out . . . and today, there are four to seven nuclear weapons in the hands of North Korea." Some truth-squadding is needed here: While the CIA concluded that North Korea may have built one or two nuclear weapons before Mr. Bush took office, and while U.S. intelligence agencies believe the...
  • Iraq abuse 'came from Guantanamo' (carps Karpinski)

    06/14/2004 10:56:09 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 33 replies · 132+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 15 June, 2004 | BBC
    The US commander at the centre of the Iraqi prisoner scandal has blamed the abuse on the introduction of Guantanamo-style interrogation methods. Brig Gen Janis Karpinski told the BBC the high-level decision meant prisoners had to be treated like dogs. Top US commander for Iraq, Gen Ricardo Sanchez, should be asked what he knew about the abuse, she told BBC Radio 4's On The Ropes programme.Gen Karpinski said Military Intelligence took over part of the Abu Ghraib jail to "Gitmoize" their interrogations - make them more like what was happening in the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She said...
  • Unsung Triumph (Reagan set stage for long economic expansion)

    06/09/2004 10:40:40 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 4 replies · 133+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, June 9, 2004 | Robert J. Samuelson
    It's a magnificent irony. Amid all the affection and adulation for Ronald Reagan, one of his greatest achievements stands all but overlooked. He helped subdue double-digit inflation, setting the stage for the prolonged economic expansions of the 1980s and 1990s. High inflation largely brought Reagan to power; low inflation made his presidency popular and successful. We forget now how much inflation once frightened Americans. In 1979 Daniel Yankelovich -- a leading student of post-World War II public opinion -- wrote this: "For the public today, inflation has the kind of dominance that no other issue has had since World War...
  • Two Are Said to Tell of Libyan Plot to Kill Saudi Ruler

    06/09/2004 10:26:41 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 56 replies · 1,506+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 9, 2004 | PATRICK E. TYLER
    WASHINGTON, June 9 — While the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, was renouncing terrorism and negotiating the lifting of sanctions last year, his intelligence chiefs ordered a covert operation to assassinate the ruler of Saudi Arabia and destabilize the oil-rich kingdom, according to statements by two participants in the conspiracy. Those participants, Abdurahman Alamoudi, an American Muslim leader now in jail in Alexandria, Va., and Col. Mohamed Ismael, a Libyan intelligence officer in Saudi custody, have given separate statements to American and Saudi officials outlining the plot. Mr. Alamoudi, has told Federal Bureau of Investigation officials and federal prosecutors that...
  • Most Iraqi detainees 'arrested by mistake'

    05/10/2004 2:05:39 PM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 55 replies · 215+ views
    Financial Times ^ | May 10 2004 | Frances Williams
    Found on Google News, the story claims:The report, published in full on Monday by the Wall Street Journal, said arrests tended to follow a pattern. "Arresting authorities entered houses usually after dark, breaking down doors, waking up residents roughly, yelling orders, forcing family members into one room under military guard while searching the rest of the house and further breaking doors, cabinets and other property. "Sometimes they arrested all adult males present in a house, including elderly, handicapped or sick people. Treatment often included pushing people around, insulting, taking aim with rifles, punching and kicking and striking with rifles." The...