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  • US borrowing tops 100% of GDP: Treasury (More good news!)

    08/07/2011 2:58:22 AM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 4 replies
    MSN Malaysia ^ | 4 August 2011 | Agence France-Presse
    The new borrowing took total public debt to $14.58 trillion, over end-2010 GDP of $14.53 trillion, putting the United States in a league with highly indebted countries like Italy and Belgium. Public debt subject to the official debt limit -- a slightly tighter definition -- was $14.53 trillion as of the end of Tuesday, rising from the previous official cap of $14.29 trillion a day earlier. The official limit was hiked $400 billion on Tuesday and will be increased in stages over the next 18 months. With the latest borrowing, the United States joined a small group of countries whose...
  • House Dems trim health bill to $871B (Whew! Now I'm relieved...)

    10/20/2009 11:59:50 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 8 replies · 332+ views
    Associated Press ^ | ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON – House Democrats are aiming to scale back the cost of their health care bill to well below President Barack Obama's preferred price tag by giving the government a strong hand in selling insurance in competition with the private market. Obama has sought to spend no more than $900 billion over a 10-year period. The initial cost of the House bill was more than $1 trillion. On Tuesday, House Democratic leaders received a new cost estimate of $871 billion from congressional budget umpires who measured a robust version of a so-called public option for health insurance, according to a...
  • Sex Ed for Kindergarteners 'Right Thing to Do,' Says Obama

    07/31/2008 4:21:28 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 62 replies · 1,484+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 18, 2007 | ABC News
    ABC News' Teddy Davis and Lindsey Ellerson Report: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told Planned Parenthood Tuesday that sex education for kindergarteners, as long as it is "age-appropriate," is "the right thing to do." "I remember Alan Keyes . . . I remember him using this in his campaign against me," Obama said in reference to the conservative firebrand who ran against him for the U.S. Senate in 2004. Sex education for kindergarteners had become an issue in his race against Keyes because of Obama’s work on the issue as chairman of the health committee in the Illinois state Senate. "'Barack...
  • Mark Steyn: Your car can't run on Congress' hot air

    05/24/2008 7:34:57 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 39 replies · 77+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 24 May 2008 | Mark Steyn
    I was watching the Big Oil execs testifying before Congress. That was my first mistake. If memory serves, there was lesbian mud wrestling over on Channel 137, and on the whole that's less rigged. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz knew the routine: "I can't say that there is evidence that you are manipulating the price, but I believe that you probably are. So prove to me that you are not." Had I been in the hapless oil man's expensive shoes, I'd have answered, "Hey, you first. I can't say that there is evidence that you're sleeping with barnyard animals, but I...
  • Mark Steyn: Impudent citizens got Sen. Lotthorn's goat

    07/01/2007 5:12:13 AM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 99 replies · 3,514+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | July 1, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    On the eve of Independence Day, the people of this great republic declared their independence from the United States Senate under the stirring battle-cry, "No legislation without explanation!" The geniuses who'd cooked up the "comprehensive" immigration bill's "grand bargain" behind the scenes in the pork-filled rooms had originally planned to ram it through in 48 hours before Memorial Day. And, right to the end, the bipartisan Emirs-for-life of Incumbistan gave the strong impression they regarded it as an affront to be required by the impertinent whippersnappers of the citizenry to address the actual content of the legislation.
  • Editorial: What can Jack Bauer do for you? (SPOILER)

    01/23/2007 8:10:20 AM PST · by Right_Wing_Madman · 192 replies · 2,981+ views
    Stanford Daily ^ | January 23, 2007 | Editorial Board
    For Senior Jonathan Goldstein, Monday nights from 9-10 p.m. are off limits for everything except FOX’s hit drama, “24.” “My friends know not to call me during that hour,” he said. “It’s not that I’m anti-social about it, I’ll watch it with other people. I just want to be fully focused on what’s happening.” As most people familiar with the show already know, Goldstein is hardly alone. Since its debut in 2001, “24” has become one of the most popular and compelling shows on television. Its debut this season garnered 33 million viewers and the DVD sales of its past...
  • New Zealand Had Coldest December in 78 Years (Global Warming Alert!)

    01/04/2007 1:36:13 PM PST · by Right_Wing_Madman · 18 replies · 731+ views
    Telegu Portal ^ | 3 JAN 07
    Wellington, Jan 3 (DPA) New Zealanders shivered in December, with the capital recording its coldest start to the southern hemisphere summer for 78 years, according to official figures released Wednesday. The National Climate Centre said that Wellington's average temperature was 12.9 degrees Celsius, 2.4 degrees below normal and the lowest since records began in 1928. Even Kaitaia, the country's northernmost town, suffered a 2.5-degree drop in the average December temperature to 15.6 Celsius, the lowest since records were first taken there in 1948. The chill has continued into the New Year as most New Zealanders are taking their summer vacations....
  • Mark Steyn: War is Not the Answer...It is a Question

    08/19/2006 2:16:33 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 6 replies · 477+ views
    SteynOnline ^ | 14 AUG 06 | Mark Steyn
    Across Vermont and Massachusetts and even parts of New Hampshire the bumper stickers proclaim confidently: “WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER.” And they have a point. War isn’t the answer so much as a question: What are you? And is what you are worth defending? There have been two answers to that recently. Jens Orback, Sweden’s Minister of Democracy, said on a radio discussion: "We must be open and tolerant towards Islam and Muslims because when we become a minority, they will be so towards us." Who knows? Maybe he’s right. In Malmo, where the Muslim population is 40 per cent,...
  • Israel admits air war has failed to end the Hizbollah rocket threat (DUmmies discuss Middle East)

    08/05/2006 3:30:51 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 3 replies · 229+ views
    TEL AVIV, Israel - The Israeli military began preparing to reoccupy southern Lebanon on Thursday, and Israeli officials conceded that their three-week bombing campaign has had no significant impact on Hezbollah's ability to fire short-range rockets into northern Israel. The dispatch of thousands of Israeli soldiers to retake as much as one-fifth of Lebanon - the operation must still be approved by the Israeli Cabinet - would mark a major expansion in Israel's Lebanon campaign and would reverse Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon six years ago after a troubled 18-year occupation. It also would complicate efforts in the United Nations to...
  • Liberals Prepare to Celebrate Fourth of July

    07/03/2006 6:31:09 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 5 replies · 397+ views
    Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a sadist. Sometimes I like to wander over to Daily Kos and Democratic Underground and see what the wacky liberals are saying. As you know, America, the greatest country on God's green earth, will celebrate its 230th birthday tomorrow. And here's what liberals have to say about it today. I believe it's against FR policy to direct links to DU and Kos, but I've cut and paste these quotes without any editing. DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND "America, America, God shed His grace on thee...what a ridiculous song" - Philosoraptor "the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in...
  • Mark Steyn and Hugh Hewitt fighting the global war on cultures

    05/20/2006 11:47:04 AM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 13 replies · 676+ views
    Radioblogger ^ | 18 May 2006
    HH: Mark Steyn joins me as he does most Thursdays, Mark, it is reported at this hour that President Ahmadinejead of Iran is writing a letter to Benedict. What do you think he's going to talk about? MS: I should imagine it will be another 18 page masterpiece, full of great rhetorical flourishes. But basically, it's a kind of wind up. I mean, he's got...a lot of these fellows that we think of as just kind of primitive guys, they're not really media savvy, they're not tuned in to spin cycles and things, they're actually quite ingenious at hitting all...
  • Mark Steyn reacts to the President's immigration speech (Hugh Hewitt Show)

    05/16/2006 4:26:00 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 37 replies · 1,303+ views
    HH: Joined now by Mark Steyn,, columnist to the world. Mark, your reaction to the President's speech, and the Majority Leader's comments? MS: Well, I think the President has, in fact, actually not damaged himself, but I wouldn't say he's done anything that is going to reassure people who take this issue seriously. I think the overall tone, that sort of moderate tone, will appeal to people who are uncommitted on this issue. But I think it aggravates those of us who were hoping for a bit more daddy party talk, rather than the kind of mommified, family values...
  • Mark Steyn: With a Majority Like This...

    05/16/2006 4:17:29 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 23 replies · 985+ views
    National Review ^ | 1 May 2006 | Mark Steyn
    Last year Newt Gingrich was up in New Hampshire and my neighbor Scott went along and expressed various dissatisfactions with the GOP Congress. And Newt said, well, you must remember Republicans are still pretty new at this, we’re not used to being in the majority. That’s it? The Iraqis are expected to pick up the ins and outs of this governing business instantly, but the Republican Party can’t get the hang of it after 11 years? Don’t worry, I’m not predicting electoral disaster this November. It would be nice to think that the GOP might get to enjoy a Geena...
  • Mark Steyn: There's No Alternative to Bush

    01/13/2006 1:34:26 PM PST · by Right_Wing_Madman · 22 replies · 2,159+ views
    The Spectator ^ | 14 JAN 06 | Mark Steyn
    Just because Ted Kennedy is busy working on a children’s book about a lovable anthropomorphised character called Splash (that’s the name of his Portuguese water dog, not his car) doesn’t mean he’s not playing his usual incisive role on the Senate judicial committee. Last week he attacked Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito for having been ‘influenced by the Goldwater presidency’. This week he was back from his alternative universe and more concerned with actual presidencies. ‘Undeterred by the public outcry,’ he fumed, ‘the President vows to continue spying on American citizens.’ What ‘public outcry’? Senator Kennedy is referring to the...
  • "Paradise Now": Anti-Semitic Movie Co-Financed by German Authorities

    10/16/2005 5:21:47 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 3 replies · 228+ views
    David's Medienkritik ^ | 17 OCT 05 | David Kaspar
    “Paradise Now” is the first openly anti-Semitic film I’ve seen in the German cinema. Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of the numerous Germans who collaborated in its production (the film is distributed by Constantin Film/Munich). He would have praised in glowing terms the fact that the German taxpayer ponied up an essential contribution to the production costs. *snip* Our first posting dealt with the plot. In summary, young Palestinian men gratefully accept a command from a Palestinian terror group (my interpretation, not the film’s) to assassinate Israelis in Tel Aviv. After a few false starts one of the men...
  • American Democracy Scares Me (Puke alert)

    10/05/2005 1:33:48 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 37 replies · 1,227+ views
    OhMyNews ^ | 5 OCT 05 | Hong Euntaek
    I don't know why this is not often reported in the United States. Is this something censored not to be known to the public? According to statistics of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in 2000, American workers put in 126, 334 and 371 hours more per year on average than British, French and German workers, respectively. Now, Americans leave behind even workaholic Japanese workers in the race for longer working hours. It is revealing news to me. American leaders, representing the strongest nation, rule the world overbearingly, whereas, under their leadership, American people work the longest hours...
  • Tax Breaks for Katrina May Aid Rich More (Socialist commentary in "AP news")

    09/21/2005 6:07:01 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 5 replies · 228+ views
    AP ^ | 21 Sep 2005 | MARY DALRYMPLE
    WASHINGTON - House and Senate tax writers agreed Tuesday on a package of tax breaks designed to help Hurricane Katrina victims recoup their losses and access needed cash. The Congressional Research Service, an office that provides lawmakers with nonpartisan legislative analysis, said some of those tax breaks could do more for higher income survivors than for the neediest. The tax bill is one avenue lawmakers have pursued in sending relief to hurricane evacuees. Since Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in late August, Congress has approved $62 billion in emergency spending and promised more. House and Senate lawmakers debated Tuesday whether...
  • Challenges of Pax America (Mega-barf!)

    09/11/2005 4:24:33 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 3 replies · 89+ views
    Korea Times ^ | September 8, 2005 | Kim Heong-oek
    The end of superpower wrangling merits contemplation and not only because of its previous role as the longest running cliffhanger in recent times, but also because the deeper significance of the end of the Cold War demonstrates global security interdependence. Disarmament, confidence-building and collective security came to the fore of the international security agenda as the governments of the former USSR, the United States and Europe sought to cooperate in switching from a “bipolar” to “multipolar” structure in order to forge a new world order. In a reversal of the upbeat expectations for a new world order, people had to...
  • Texas Toughest in a Tough America (Korean Marxist visits Texas alert!)

    09/11/2005 2:24:38 PM PDT · by Right_Wing_Madman · 16 replies · 890+ views
    OhMyNews ^ | August 28, 2005 | Hong Euntae
    "Have a seat." We often hear these words, but sometimes there could be none more horrible. I was looking at the electric chair at the Prison Museum in Huntsville, Texas. Its nickname was "Old Sparky," on which 361 people sat and never stood up again. Old Sparky retired in 1964 when the U.S. Supreme Court placed a moratorium on the death penalty as a "cruel and unusual punishment," according to the federal constitution, but it was restored as a novelty in the Prison Museum, built in 1989. After the U.S. Supreme Court changed its mind and lifted the moratorium in...