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  • How Empires End

    09/09/2014 7:00:47 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 17 replies
    internationalman.com ^ | September 2014 | Jeff Thomas
    “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson Histories are generally written by academics. They, quite naturally, tend to focus on the main events: the wars and the struggles between leaders and their opponents (both external and internal). Whilst these are interesting stories to read, academics, by their very nature, often overlook the underlying causes for an empire’s decline. Today, as in any era, most people are primarily interested in the “news”—the daily information regarding the world’s political leaders...
  • Houston braces for invasion of 'Crazy Ants'

    03/27/2014 6:43:30 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 118 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2014 | Robert Gearty
    This is one horror film plot that may be all too real: Billions of voracious ants are about to descend on the Houston area, destroying entire homes and anything else that gets in their way. Rasberry Crazy Ants, even more destructive and mobile than their angry cousins, fire ants, are just weeks away from descending on the largest city in Texas. Since 2008, the ants, which entomologists believe came to Texas from South America aboard a cargo ship in the 1930s, have expanded their presence to 27 counties from just eight. Once in a home, they zero in on electrical...
  • Congressman Gohmert: I got into politics to stop paying poor women to have kids

    01/18/2014 5:30:34 AM PST · by listenhillary · 29 replies
    bizpacreview ^ | 1/9/14 | Joe Saunders
    Liberal heads probably exploded all over the Beltway on Wednesday when Texas conservative Congressman Louie Gohmert took to the House floor to do something libs truly hate: Tell the truth about welfare checks and unwed mothers – and say he got into politics to do something about it. President Lyndon Johnson’s so-called War on Poverty led directly to an explosion of illegitimate births in the United States, Gohmert said, which led directly to Gohmert going into national politics. “If it weren’t for the policies in this War on Poverty declared 50 years ago, it may well be that I would...
  • Republican State Gives Free Houses to Moochers, Cuts Homelessness by 74 Percent

    12/28/2013 4:35:06 AM PST · by listenhillary · 68 replies
    slate.com ^ | 12/20/2013 | David Weigel
    Speaking of our coming congressional debates about food stamps and waste, I've been looking for a reason to share Kerry Drake's column about Utah's Housing First initiative. Eight years ago, under Gov. Jon Huntsman, Utah started an experiment in which chronically homeless people—first 17, then 2,000—were given apartments and full-time caseworkers. The goal: Instead of shrugging and cursing when the homeless showed up half-dead at emergency rooms, they'd try to get them into shelter and, hopefully, independent living. If that didn't work, they'd still keep the apartments. Data from other cities made the bureaucrats' argument for them. From the 10-year...
  • Beam of darkness makes objects invisible from a distance

    12/16/2013 12:31:37 PM PST · by listenhillary · 46 replies
    Wired.co.UK ^ | December 16, 2013 | Olivia Solon
    A research team from the University of Singapore has developed a device that can make objects invisible by bathing them in a beam of darkness. The system takes the conventional approach to optics -- which generally aims to make images as sharp and clear as possible -- and turns it completely on its head. Usually imaging systems focus light into a pattern known as a point spreading function, which consists of a spiked central region of high intensity (the main lobe) surrounded by a concentric region of lower intensity light and a higher intensity lobe after this. In order to...
  • GE, WALMART, AT&T, GOOGLE AMONG CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS DONORS

    12/13/2013 6:45:47 PM PST · by listenhillary · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/13/13 | BEN SHAPIRO
    On Friday, the Obama- and Clinton-allied Center for American Progress finally revealed its long-sought corporate donor list after heavy pressure arising from CAP’s quasi-lobbying history. That scrutiny ratcheted up following the announcement that CAP founder John Podesta would be formally joining the Obama administration. Both Politico and The New York Times called for the donor list to meet the public eye.
  • 9:10 11/12/13 Last consecutive date this century

    11/12/2013 7:09:30 AM PST · by listenhillary · 34 replies
    9:10 11/12/13 | Numbers
    Can I get it to show up at the right time?
  • Down and Out in Vermont (Heroin in the hills)

    10/31/2013 11:35:31 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 4, 2013 issue | GEOFFREY NORMAN
    Rutland, Vt. On his way into town, Dana Gray wondered about the number of cars and pickups parked at a local health care clinic. It was Saturday morning, and normally the clinic would be closed. A little further down the road, he drove by the St. Johnsbury farmers’ market where the local organic gardeners and farmers set up Saturday mornings and do a nice weekend trade in vegetables, eggs, and cheese. There were a few vehicles parked nearby. Fewer, though, than there had been back up the road, at the clinic. At the office of the Caledonian-Record, St. Johnsbury’s daily,...
  • This could be the largest Fed stimulus yet

    10/28/2013 7:41:41 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 9 replies
    money.cnn.com ^ | 10/28/2013 | Annalyn Kurtz
    QE3 is on track to be its largest bond-buying program yet, if it follows the path predicted by Wall Street. The Fed was expected to wind down its third round of quantitative easing, known as QE3, at the end of this year. But most predictions are now well into 2014, with some as far out as June. Economists largely believe the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate have forced the Fed's hand, creating a weaker economic outlook and muddying the data the central bank relies on to make decisions. Given this environment and the leadership transition as Ben Bernanke's term...
  • America Held Hostage On The Edge Of Constant Crisis

    10/24/2013 6:07:57 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 14 replies
    alt-market.com ^ | October 23, 2013 | Brandon Smith
    Torture, or what our government calls “enhanced interrogation”, is not a tactic so much as a darkly artistic process. The subject of this process has something that the torturer wants; it might be information, or a forced confession to a crime the subject did not commit, but most often, torture is designed to gain nothing more than psychological compliance. The goal is to manipulate the subject into believing that submission is the only possible future, and that such submission is inevitable regardless of the will of the victim. The torturer often builds himself up as a kind of parent figure...
  • Ten Things to Expect from Obamacare in 2014

    10/17/2013 9:19:07 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 28 replies
    caseyresearch ^ | October 16, 2013 | Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
    It's been clear to anyone paying attention that the October "rollout" of Obamacare has been a turbulent, confusing disaster. Sloppy IT systems and technological failures combined to cripple Obamacare's sign-up systems. Security flaws put Americans at risk for identity theft. In an almost comical understatement, President Obama summarized these massive failures as "a few glitches." I think that Luke Chung, IT expert and president of database solutions firm FMS, explained the situation much more accurately: "What should clearly be an enterprise quality, highly scalable software application felt like it wouldn't pass a basic code review. It appears the people who...
  • Obamacare's coverage gap: The poor caught in between

    10/04/2013 9:21:07 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 5 replies
    Cnn.com ^ | October 4, 2013 | Dr. Sanjay Gupta,
    (snip) As we spoke about South Carolina's sign-up process, I realized I was explaining some unwelcome news: Yvonne is not eligible for any assistance toward buying health insurance. Let me try to explain: In a state that has chosen not to expand Medicaid, Yvonne is in the staggering position of now making too much money to qualify for Medicaid, and too little to obtain subsidies through the Affordable Care Act. This wasn't how it was supposed to go down for Yvonne and others like her all over the country. When you imagine the people likely to benefit the most from...
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (Both sides in Syria are war criminals)

    09/01/2013 9:49:04 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 19 replies
    Amnesty International ^ | March 14. 2013 | Amnesty International
    The dead bodies found every day in towns and villages across Syria bearing marks of execution style killing and torture are the grim evidence of mounting war crimes and other abuses being committed not just by government forces, but also by armed opposition groups – some but not all more or less loosely affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA)1 – in the context of the country’s bitter internal armed conflict. Such groups are summarily killing people with a chilling sense of impunity, and the death toll continues to rise as more towns and villages come under the control of...
  • Egyptian politicians red-faced after hatching plots on live TV (Mohammed Mursi)

    06/05/2013 11:06:22 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 25 replies
    ZEENEWS ^ | 6/5/13 | ZeeNews
    Cairo: Top Egyptian politicians were left red- faced after they were caught on live TV hatching plots to sabotage a dam in neighbouring Ethiopia during talks with President Mohammed Mursi, leaving viewers stunned. The gaffe happened as an official failed to inform them that they were live on air during talks with Mursi. "It was initially planned that the national meeting would be recorded and aired the next day, as is usually the case, but due to the importance of the topic it was decided at the last minute to air the meeting live. I forgot to inform the attendees...
  • Are you paying the iTunes tax?

    06/05/2013 6:14:42 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 24 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 6/5/13 | Meanlie Hicken
    That $1.29 iTunes song or $9.99 e-book may be more expensive than you think. If you live in one of the nearly 25 states that charge sales tax on digital goods or services you likely pay more for everything from downloaded music, e-books and ringtones to streaming TV shows and video. And a growing number of states are finding ways to tax our digital diversions. While some states rely on existing sales tax laws, more than a dozen have enacted sales tax laws specifically targeting digital goods. In July, Minnesota's residents will be the latest consumers to pay tax on...
  • Study: 97% Agreement on Man made Global Warming (Counting scientific papers)

    05/16/2013 6:38:08 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 38 replies
    wunderground.com ^ | May 16 2013 | Angela Fritz
    The scientific agreement that climate change is happening, and that it's caused by human activity, is significant and growing, according to a new study published Thursday. The research, the most comprehensive analysis of climate research to date, finds that 97.1% of the studies published between 1991 to 2011 that expressed a position on man made climate change agreed that it was happening, and that it was due to human activity. The study looked at peer reviewed research that mentioned climate change or global warming. Peer review is the way that scientific journals approve research papers that are submitted. In peer...
  • Highway patrol gave feds Missouri weapon permits data

    04/10/2013 7:41:39 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 35 replies
    columbiatribune ^ | 4/10/13 | RUDI KELLER
    JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri State Highway Patrol has twice turned over the entire list of Missouri concealed weapon permit holders to federal authorities, most recently in January, Sen. Kurt Schaefer said Wednesday. Questioning in the Senate Appropriations Committee revealed that on two occasions, in November 2011 and again in January, the patrol asked for and received the full list from the state Division of Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing. Schaefer later met in his office with Col. Ron Replogle, superintendent of the patrol. After the meeting, he said Replogle had given him sketchy details about turning over the list,...
  • Man Charged For Hunting In A Walmart Parking Lot

    03/27/2013 9:11:20 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 49 replies
    Cbslocal ^ | 3/24/2013 | CBS
    BURRELL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – An Indiana County man is facing several charges, after wildlife officials say he went deer hunting in a Walmart parking lot. The Pennsylvania Game Commission says 40-year-old Arcangelo Bianco Jr., fired several rounds from a handgun at a 10-point white-tailed deer from within the Burrell Township store’s parking lot, and then bagged the animal near Old William Penn Highway. The alleged shooting happened last November, while Bianco was shopping at the store, and then saw the buck in the parking lot. According to charging documents, the deer ran around a corner of the store, and Bianco...
  • Why Price Controls Won’t Fix American Health Care

    03/22/2013 7:54:22 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 12 replies
    Reason.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Peter Suderman
    Anyone looking for a clue about the future of health policy debates should take note of a Center for American Progress panel convened earlier this month. The topic at hand was journalist Steven Brill’s Time magazine story on high medical bills, which compared rates charged to uninsured and privately insured patients with the negotiated, lower per-service rates charged to Medicare. But rather than push for a government-run, single-payer system—what liberals often term “Medicare for all”—several of the left-leaning health experts on hand talked up a technocratic alternative known as "all-payer": Instead of the federal government serving as a universal insurer,...
  • House passes Ryan budget

    03/21/2013 10:35:55 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/21/13 | Alan Silverleib
    Snip The measure is believed to have no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate. The vote was 221-207.
  • California businesses fuming over retroactive $120M tax grab

    03/20/2013 6:10:14 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/19/13 | Lee Ross
    California's top-end taxpayers -- already steamed over a recent hike in the nation's highest state income tax -- are now fuming over a new $120 million retroactive tax grab on small business owners. In December, the state's tax authority determined that a tax break claimed over the past few years by 2,500 entrepreneurs and stockholders of California-based small businesses is no longer valid and sent out notices of payment. "How would you feel if you made a decision, which was made four years ago, (and) you absolutely knew was legally correct and four years later a governing body came in...
  • DHS use DMV offices to build database with your photo,birth certificate & CCW info (MO)

    03/02/2013 6:12:08 PM PST · by listenhillary · 42 replies
    Missouri Family Network ^ | 3/02/13 | Missouri Family Network
    In keeping with restrictions in State Statutes, and faced with federal encroachments of the 2005 Patriot Act, the Missouri Department of Revenue has been requiring Missouri citizens processing driver license applications and renewals to present what is commonly referred to as “source documents” to prove identity and residency. These required documents include birth certificates, Social Security numbers (in violation of original federal laws related to them), and any documents tracing legal name changes such as marriage and/or divorce documents. Alternative military documents are acceptable when applicable. Despite assurances to the public that providing these source documents would be a “one...
  • Federal judge overturns EPA human experiments (EPA can still use humans as lab rats)

    02/14/2013 6:21:03 AM PST · by listenhillary · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | Steve Milloy
    It’s a good thing the U.S Public Health Service called off the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiments in 1972. Had someone sued to stop the horror, a federal judge like Anthony Trenga might have stopped the suit — not the experiments. That’s precisely what Judge Trenga did on Jan. 31 in the case of the American Tradition Institute v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The American Tradition Institute sued the EPA in October to stop an ongoing experiment in which the agency was exposing elderly study subjects (up to 75 years of age) to concentrated levels of a deadly (according to EPA)...
  • Asian astrologers warn of stormy Year of Snake

    02/07/2013 7:02:52 AM PST · by listenhillary · 39 replies
    france24.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | AFP
    AFP - A stock market slide, escalated conflict between Japan and China and more Gangnam-styled success for South Korean singer Psy will shape the incoming Year of the Snake, say Asian soothsayers. Those who make predictions according to the study of feng shui -- or literally "wind-water" -- are influential in many parts of Asia, where people adjust their lives or renovate houses and offices based on the advice. As they bid farewell to the Year of the Dragon, the fortune tellers warn that the "black water snake" that emerges to replace it on February 10 -- the first day...
  • The Battle of Athens: Restoring the Rule of Law (Must see video)

    01/23/2013 4:09:40 AM PST · by listenhillary · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/1/13 | Unknown
    Why we can't give up our guns. This brings back memories of the Gore recount in Florida where the vote counters tried to do their business behind closed doors and the patriots that put a stop to it.
  • The Coming Debt Limit Drama: Government Wins, We Lose (Ron Paul)

    01/21/2013 12:46:47 PM PST · by listenhillary · 4 replies
    Free foundation ^ | January 21, 2013 | Ron Paul
    Last week President Obama bluntly warned Congress that he will not negotiate when it comes to raising the statutory debt limit. If Republicans attempt to use a debt ceiling vote to win concessions on spending from the White House, Mr. Obama threatens simply to raise the limit by executive order or other unilateral action. This is business as usual in Washington. Democrats literally do not believe we have a deficit and debt problem, and reliably propose greater borrowing and spending. Republicans talk a good game when it comes to government debt, but have no credibility to argue against deficits or...
  • What is wrong with this CNN chart? (Obama's economy)

    01/21/2013 6:13:48 AM PST · by listenhillary · 34 replies
    Cnn Money ^ | 1/22/13 | Cnn
    Snap shot in case they change it.
  • NY Democrat pleads with Republican not to share document proposing confiscation of guns

    01/20/2013 8:41:27 AM PST · by listenhillary · 42 replies
    The commentator ^ | 1/20/2013 | The commentator
    The State of New York this week passed some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States, effectively outlawing 'assault weapons' and limiting the size of magazines. But if Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin is to be believed, the New York State Democrats would have gone further if they could have. Much, much further. In a video posted to his Facebook page, McLaughlin has shared the information of a 'secret' Democrat proposal not simply to make the purchasing of the crudely monikered 'assault weapons' illegal in New York, but also to engage in a mass confiscation programme, removing Americans'...
  • Obama bypasses Congress, attempts to force companies to reveal political donations

    01/18/2013 10:15:53 AM PST · by listenhillary · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/18/13 | Vince Coglianese
    The Obama administration is attempting to bypass Congress and force publicly-traded companies to reveal their political donations through regulation. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance has begun the steps necessary to create a regulation that would in many ways mirror the DISCLOSE Act — a bill Senate Democrats have failed to pass through Congress. Created in reaction to the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that said corporations and unions could not have limits placed on their political expenditures, the Senate bill would require political organizations to publicly name their donors and the amounts they give. The...
  • House Democrats Renew Push for Health Insurance Public Option

    01/17/2013 10:46:49 AM PST · by listenhillary · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | William Bigelow
    On Tuesday, 44 House Democrats joined Rep Jan Schakowsky in her bid to submit H.R. 261, legislation supporting a “public option.” When ObamaCare was passed in 2010, the “public option” was removed, but like the seven-headed Hydra, another head has grown in its place. Schakowsky claimed, "Obamacare is already helping millions of Americans get the health care they need, but it can be made even better. The Public Option Deficit Reduction Act will give health care consumers more choice and lower their premiums."
  • Guns and Ammo bubble - Will it pop? When?

    01/16/2013 9:22:16 AM PST · by listenhillary · 20 replies
    I would bet that the gun manufacturers and ammo manufacturers are balanced on a thin line between wanting to expand to take advantage of the demand and holding off so as to not be holding massive inventory when the mania tapers off. If they keep production as it is, prices stay great and no risk of over extending themselves. I hope the quality hold up. It makes me wonder if a gun manufactured in early 2013 might have some corners cut to get them out the door?
  • Sorry, middle class. The VAT may be inevitable.

    01/14/2013 10:16:25 AM PST · by listenhillary · 20 replies
    Cnn Money ^ | January 14, 2013 | Shawn Tully
    FORTUNE -- You can't blame middle-income Americans for wondering whether the new "fiscal cliff" deal really protects them from big tax increases in the future. That's essentially what President Obama promised in championing the hike in rates for high-earners signed into law on January 2. Still, the politicians and pundits keep talking about how our steep deficits and mountainous debt will rise even after the new revenue is counted. So it's only natural for the folks to ask the obvious question: Now that the affluent are paying far more, where's the extra cash supposed to come from? The answer is...
  • Treasury: We won’t mint a platinum coin to sidestep the debt ceiling

    01/13/2013 4:35:01 AM PST · by listenhillary · 8 replies
    WP ^ | January 12, 2013 | Ezra Klein
    The Treasury Department will not mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin to get around the debt ceiling. If they did, the Federal Reserve would not accept it. That’s the bottom line of the statement that Anthony Coley, a spokesman for the Treasury Department, gave me today. “Neither the Treasury Department nor the Federal Reserve believes that the law can or should be used to facilitate the production of platinum coins for the purpose of avoiding an increase in the debt limit,” he said. The inclusion of the Federal Reserve is significant. For the platinum coin idea to work, the Federal Reserve...
  • State Suspends Handgun Carry Permit Of Tactical Response CEO

    01/11/2013 6:53:13 PM PST · by listenhillary · 61 replies
    livewire.talkingpointsmemo ^ | 1/11/13 | IGOR BOBIC
    The state of Tennessee has suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, who recently said he would "start killing people" should President Obama take executive action on gun control. State officials explained they revoked the permit because of Yeager's "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public," according to a local TV station. Tactical Response is a Tennessee-based company that specializes in firearms and tactical training. "The number one priority for our department is to ensure the public's safety," wrote Commissioner Bill Gibbons. "Mr. Yeager's comments were irresponsible, dangerous, and deserved our immediate attention....
  • Where Does The Hatred Of Constitutionalism Come From?

    01/11/2013 4:21:10 AM PST · by listenhillary · 66 replies
    The Constitution of the United States is an undeniably powerful document. So powerful in fact, that it took establishment elitists with aspirations of globalized governance over a century to diminish the American people’s connection to it. It’s been a long time coming, but in the new millennium, there is now indeed a subsection of the masses that not only have no relationship to our founding roots, they actually despise those of us who do! There are a number of reasons for this dangerous development in our culture: A public school system that rarely if ever teaches children about the revolution,...
  • While Obama kicks 2nd Amendment hornets nest, what is the other hand doing?

    01/10/2013 4:15:54 AM PST · by listenhillary · 35 replies
    1/10/12 | listenhillary
    Is it more political theater to distract attention from (Fill in the blank) ?
  • Obama's Staff Uses Autopen to Sign 'Fiscal Cliff' Legislation

    01/03/2013 6:25:07 AM PST · by listenhillary · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/3/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    (Snip) Within thirty minutes, the White House seems to have directed the pool reporter to send this note to reporters, from an unnamed "senior White House official": "We received the ['fiscal cliff'] bill late this afternoon, and it was immediately processed. A copy was delivered to the President for review. He then directed the bill be signed by autopen."
  • Why the gun is civilization. (MARKO KLOOS) Correctly attributed

    12/23/2012 4:10:26 PM PST · by listenhillary · 4 replies
    munchkinwrangler ^ | MARCH 23, 2007 | MARKO KLOOS
    Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it. In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical...
  • Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO

    David Green is the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which is challenging the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. This letter is an excellent illustration of how stupid one-size-fits-all federal policies trample individual freedom. When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn't much bigger than most people's living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God's word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation's...
  • Him (FerFAL Surviving in Argentina)

    11/07/2012 7:16:17 AM PST · by listenhillary · 12 replies
    ferfal.blogspot ^ | 11/06/12 | FerFal
    He came out of nowhere but you still voted for him because you wanted change. Between you and me, at first you could hardly spell his full name. Somehow he managed to win the elections and become President. He did appeal to the masses. He talked a lot even without saying anything meaningful. He had made lots of promises, but didn’t deliver any of them. When he became president, instead of doing anything to improve the situation of the people, he did everything to improve his own position so that he could stay in power. He was supposed to stand...
  • Intrade's betting on Obama (paid out $650,000 already-Obama win)

    11/06/2012 11:21:03 AM PST · by listenhillary · 70 replies
    The race to the White House is neck-and-neck, according to the polls. But in the world of gambling and prediction markets, the outcome of Tuesday's election is plain as day. President Obama has a 71.5% chance of winning the U.S. presidential election, according to Intrade, a website where users place bets on everything from politics to Academy Award winners. That gives Republican challenger Mitt Romney a 28.5% chance of winning. If you don't like those odds, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power said Monday that it was already paying out bets that Obama would win, a day before voters went to the...
  • Obama Responds to Phone Ad (Hillary's 3:00 AM call, February 2009)

    10/27/2012 4:23:16 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 30 replies
    The Caucus ^ | February 28, 2009 | JEFF ZELENY
    Hillary's ad “Who do you want answering the phone in the White House when it’s 3 a.m. and something has happened in the world?” “We’ve seen these ads before. They’re the kind that play on people’s fears to try to scare up votes,” Mr. Obama said. “I don’t think these ads will work this time, because the question is not about picking up the phone. The question is what kind of judgment will you exercise when you pick up that phone?” (snip) “The question is, ‘What kind of judgment will you exercise when you pick up that phone?’” Mr. Obama...
  • Black Monday taught salutary lessons all round (10/19/1987)

    10/18/2012 8:02:26 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 5 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 10/18/2012 | Roland Gribben
    The shock still registers. Twenty five years ago tomorrow stock markets around the word collapsed. Investors, politicians and central bankers pushed a variety of panic buttons. The world as we knew it then looked as if it was heading for, or had hit, the rocks. Black Monday - October 19, 1987 - for some represented the prelude for the financial crisis of the last decade but it is difficult to provide a convincing link, particularly as the main cause of the slump has been attributed to computer programme trading, at the time a Wall Street novelty. There were others, notably...
  • Misery Index predicts Obama will win the election (Smoking Hopium)

    10/17/2012 10:43:55 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 19 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 10/17/12 | Annalyn Censky
    Are Americans feeling more miserable than they were four years ago? According to the so-called "misery index," they're not -- a fact that boosts President Obama's chances of winning re-election. The misery index combines the unemployment rate and the annual inflation rate and has accurately predicted the outcome of nine of the last 12 presidential elections, according to economists at Deutsche Bank. When it rises, it's considered a sign of a weaker economy and a bad omen for the incumbent president and his political party. When it falls, the outcome has been the opposite, with the incumbent or his party...
  • We are on the road to serfdom

    10/12/2012 4:21:58 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 6 replies
    detlevschlichter.com ^ | 10/09/12 | DETLEV SCHLICHTER
    We are now five years into the Great Fiat Money Endgame and our freedom is increasingly under attack from the state, liberty’s eternal enemy. It is true that by any realistic measure most states today are heading for bankruptcy. But it would be wrong to assume that ‘austerity’ policies must now lead to a diminishing of government influence and a shrinking of state power. The opposite is true: The state asserts itself more forcefully in the economy, and the political class feels licensed by the crisis to abandon whatever restraint it may have adhered to in the past. Ever more...
  • Taliban Threatens to Bomb Code Pink Demonstration in Pakistan

    10/08/2012 8:40:04 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 66 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/06/12 | Ericka Ritz
    (TheBlaze/AP) — About three dozen American anti-war activists are headed toward Pakistan’s militant-riddled tribal belt to protest U.S. drone strikes, but a faction of the Taliban has warned that suicide bombers will prevent their demonstration. The anti-war activists– many of whom are from the far left women’s organization Code Pink– are reportedly joined by thousands of Pakistanis in their march, and their motorcade is being led by ex-cricket star turned politician Imran Khan. Militants have dismissed Khan as a mere tool of the West despite his condemnation of the drone strikes, which have killed many Islamist insurgent leaders. Odds are,...
  • Reporter Lara Logan brings ominous news from Middle East

    10/08/2012 5:55:43 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 53 replies
    Chicago-Sun Times ^ | 10/07/12 | LAURA WASHINGTON
    This was no ordinary rubber chicken affair. That was my reaction to the extraordinary keynoter at Tuesday’s Better Government Association annual luncheon. Lara Logan, a correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes,” delivered a provocative speech to about 1,100 influentials from government, politics, media, and the legal and corporate arenas. Such downtown gatherings are a regular on Chicago’s networking circuit. (I am a member of the BGA’s Civic Leadership Committee, and the Chicago Sun-Times was a sponsor). Her ominous and frightening message was gleaned from years of covering our wars in the Middle East. She arrived in Chicago on the heels of...
  • Impossible To Manipulate Labor Survey Data—Former BLS Head

    Even if the U.S. government wanted to manipulate monthly jobs figures, it would be impossible to accomplish, said a former head of the U.S. government’s labor statistics agency. Accusations that the government had manipulated the latest employment report spread across Twitter and other forums Friday after the U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Among those questioning the better-than-expected report was former General Electric Chief Executive Jack Welch, who tweeted the suggestion that the “unbelievable jobs numbers” were fabricated to help Obama’s electoral chances in next month’s presidential election. But, Keith Hall, who served...
  • A Progressive Liberal on Islam (Let's help share this)

    09/27/2012 5:23:06 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 12 replies
    inquiryintoislam.com ^ | July 2012 | inquiryintoislam.com
    An honest, clear-eyed appraisal of Mohammed's desert dogma, from an honest-to-God, tree-hugging, SUV-hating, voted-for-Obama progressive. Sound unlikely? A little surreal, perhaps? Is that the theme from The Twilight Zone you're suddenly hearing? Well, stick around, 'cause it gets weirder! (Click on the link to read more) I don't want to offend the author of the web site by posting his whole treatise on Islam. Thus the excerpt.
  • FedEx says economy is worsening, cuts outlook

    09/18/2012 7:29:42 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 31 replies
    LA times ^ | 9/19/12 | Associated Press
    FedEx Corp. says the global economy is worsening and it's cutting its forecast for the fiscal year ending in May. The world's second largest package delivery company also said Tuesday that net income for the current quarter ending in November should fall well below last year's quarter. The stock lost about 2 percent in premarket trading. The Memphis, Tenn. company now expects to earn between $6.20 and $6.60 per share for the full fiscal year, compared with a previous forecast of $6.90 to $7.40 per share. FedEx is seeing a drop in demand for more expensive priority services. As the...