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  • Islamic State or Russia? (Shadow governments exposed)

    09/02/2014 4:39:10 AM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | DK Matai
    Islamic State or Russia? Ten Key Questions Towards Pragmatism Politics / GeoPolitics Sep 01, 2014 - 01:03 PM GMT By: DK_Matai There are insufficient resources and bandwidth to counter the rising threat of global destabilisation from the barbaric ambitions of the Islamic State operatives and Russia’s increasing belligerence and military interventions in Eastern Europe simultaneously. At some stage, a clear and present danger based priority needs to be established. At that point, some strategic questions need to be asked. It is in the context of prioritisation that the ATCA 5000 Research and Analysis Wing and the mi2g Intelligence Unit have...
  • U.S. Attorney presses Cuomo on witness tampering

    07/31/2014 10:15:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    Gannett News Service | 11:12 a.m. EDT July 31, 2014 | Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief
    Gannett news is reporting that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to shutter a corruption-busting panel, threatening to investigate potential obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Link here: http://www.stargazette.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/31/cuomo-pressed-witness-tampering/13405579/
  • No One Like's Ike's Memorial

    07/30/2014 3:26:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7-29-14 | Stephanie Wang
    House report could doom Frank Gehry design After more than a decade of planning and $44 million spent, a proposed memorial for President Dwight D. Eisenhower may never be built. A House Committee on Natural Resources report published last week revealed the extent of the money wasted on the already controversial project. Construction for the Eisenhower memorial has not begun and the proposed design has not been approved, but the Eisenhower Commission, which was established as a staff of 12 in 1999, has already spent tens of millions of dollars on the project. Much of that money has gone to...
  • Holder bypasses U.S. Sentencing Commission in mandatory minimums, angers U.S. Attorneys

    04/10/2014 12:33:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/10/14 | Kelly Ridell
    Attorney General Eric Holder has infuriated U.S. Assistant Attorneys by not waiting for the U.S. Sentencing Commission to recommend reductions of sentencing guidelines for drug offenders and pushing them to prosecute based on his new guidelines. “We do not join with others who regard our federal justice system as ‘broken’ or in need of major reconstruction,” the National Association of U.S. Assistant Attorneys said in a letter to Mr. Holder in January. “Instead we consider the current federal mandatory minimum sentence framework well constructed and worth preserving.” In August, Mr. Holder unveiled his “Smart on Crime” initiative, seeking to “reserve
  • U.S. Civil Rights Comm. Panel Blasts Policy Making Job Background Checks Discriminatory

    02/21/2014 5:01:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 21, 2014
    A new Obama administration policy that says criminal background checks are discriminatory against minority job applicants is “deeply flawed,” according to half of the commissioners who sit on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the independent and bipartisan federal agency created by Congress decades ago. The administration has gone after companies that use criminal background checks to screen job applicants, claiming in lawsuits that the probes disproportionately exclude blacks from hire. In the last year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, has sued two large companies that screen criminal background...
  • George Washington: A Victor in Battle, a Freeman at Heart

    12/24/2013 10:12:59 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 24, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On December 23, 1783, the Continental Congress met in their temporary home – that’s all they had, temporary home after temporary home, since the United States had no permanent capital city, let alone capitol building – to listen to a history-making speech. General George Washington had arrived at Annapolis to resign his commission. The Continental Congress represented an odd cross between a country and an organization. The United States, under the Articles of Confederation, was more like today’s European Union than the America of today. There was no direct election of the delegates to the Continental Congress; they were selected...
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things [flag@whitehouse.gov]

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Van Rompuy scorns direct election of (European) Commission president

    10/14/2013 5:09:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14 October 2013 | Laurens Cerulus
    Having public candidates for the Commission presidency during the next EU elections is not the panacea for Europe’s credibility woes, says European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. While European parties look for figureheads for their EU election campaigns, the president of the European Council feels this will not resolve Europe’s democratic deficit. “You don’t have to look for solutions to things that aren’t a problem. To go and look for ‘faces’ to guide the EU: that’s not a solution,” Van Rompuy said at a debate last Thursday (10 October). … Giving his predictions for the upcoming May 2014 elections at...
  • The IRS Is Defying An Obama Administration Order To Give Employees $70 Million In Bonuses

    06/20/2013 7:46:33 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    Business Insider - AP ^ | 6-20-2013 | ;Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
    The IRS Is Defying An Obama Administration Order To Give Employees $70 Million In Bonuses Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated PressJune 20, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses. The Obama administration has ordered agencies to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts, but the IRS says it's merely following legal obligations under a union contract. The agency is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses, said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior Republican on the...
  • Israeli president seeks Pope Francis' help on stalled peace talks - (Peres)

    04/30/2013 9:28:36 PM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | April 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM | UPI
    ROME, April 30 (UPI) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Pope Francis in the Vatican Tuesday, inviting him to Israel and seeking help restarting the Palestinian peace process. Peres told Francis he has a unique and potentially very helpful role in restarting the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians, Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported. "The citizens of Israel see in you a leader of peace and good will," Peres said. "The sooner you visit the better, as in these days a new opportunity is being created for peace and your arrival could contribute significantly to increasing the trust and belief...
  • Michelle Obama Commission On Religious Child Abuse Is Now Urgent

    02/08/2013 3:27:30 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Chrisian Catholicism ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Jerry Slevin
    Two events within the last few months confirmed conclusively that local law enforcement in the USA cannot prevent Catholic Church leaders from facilitating predatory priests who sexually abuse children. Documents just released in Los Angeles and others released in Philadelphia a few months earlier show this. Two Cardinals, Mahony and Bevilacqua, oversaw numerous predatory priests who were enabled to continue to abuse children repeatedly even after the Cardinals knew the priests were predators. It is the same old story that played out with Cardinal Law in Boston a decade before and in many other U.S. dioceses since. Local prosecutors beholden...
  • Calif. Panel Rejects Quake Study

    11/15/2012 3:33:25 PM PST · by Calpublican · 11 replies
    weather.com ^ | 11/15/2012 | Associated Press Uncredited
    LOS ANGELES -- Citing harm to marine life, California coastal regulators on Wednesday soundly rejected a utility's plan to map offshore earthquake faults near a nuclear power plant by blasting loud air cannons. The unanimous vote by the California Coastal Commission came after an hours-long public hearing attended by environmentalists, fishermen and residents who were overwhelmingly opposed to the seismic testing. The proposed survey by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. involves firing sonic pulses into the ocean. Sensors on the seafloor would pick up the echoes to create 3-D maps of geologic faults that the utility said are needed to...
  • Debate Commission dismisses Raddatz-Obama connection

    10/10/2012 5:10:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/10/12 | DYLAN BYERS
    The Commission on Presidential Debates is downplaying a new report by the conservative website 'The Daily Caller' about President Barack Obama's ties to Martha Raddatz, the moderator of tomorrow night's vice presidential debate. The article, currently atop Drudge Report, notes that Obama worked on the Harvard Law Review with Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later appoint chair of the Federal Communications Commission, and was a guest at his 1991 wedding to Raddatz -- raising accusations that Raddatz has a conflict of interest heading into tomorrow's debate, despite the fact that Raddatz has long-since divorced Genachowski and remarried. (Also on POLITICO:...
  • Dave Says on Business Commission Only is Rare

    08/01/2012 1:31:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2012 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, I own a small business, and I pay my people on straight commission. We’ve started growing a bit, and I’m having trouble finding good, new reps who want to work under this kind of compensation structure. Does your team work on commission, and if so, how do you do it? Gary Dear Gary, I love commission plans that rely heavily on incentives. I just plain love the idea of commissions. I mean, I’d put my receptionist on straight commission if I could figure out how to make it work. But honestly, there’s hardly anyone on my team that...
  • Sanford Commission Rejects Police Chief's Resignation

    04/25/2012 1:04:57 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    April 25, 2012 Sanford commission rejects police chief's resignation Commissioner Patti Mahany on her decision, Zimmerman case
  • PA Official: PLO Corruption Dates Back to 1964

    01/02/2012 12:38:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/1/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    The Palestinian Authority anti-corruption commission announced Monday it was seeking to restore plundered public funds hidden abroad by PA officials. Rafiq al-Natsheh told the PA affiliated Ma'an News Agency that the commission is chasing corruption suspects living outside PA enclaves pending an agreement with their countries of residence. Natsheh's remarks follow a report in the Jordanian newspaper al-Dustour last week that PA officials were moving deposits from Jordanian banks to foreign accounts. "If suspects accused of stealing public money (are moving funds abroad), that falls within our jurisdiction," al Natsheh said. "We will ask these countries to help us restore...
  • Op-Ed: The End of Religious Freedom

    12/07/2011 11:24:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/12/11 | Phyllis Chesler
    President Obama must prevent the shutting down of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. The need for its work has never been so acute as Islamists gain power. Prof. Phyllis Chesler Prof. Phyllis Chesler is the author of fifteen books, including Women and Madness (Doubleday, 1972), The Death of Feminism: What's Next in the Struggle for Women's Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and most recently, The New Anti-Semitism. She is the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology and the National Women's Health Network. â–º More from this writer Time has run out for the cause of worldwide religious...
  • Exclusive: Tea Party Would Cut $9 Trillion

    11/17/2011 9:32:38 AM PST · by mdittmar · 62 replies
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | November 17, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    Scoffing at Washington's troubled effort to cut just $1.2 trillion in federal debt over 10 years, the Tea Party's own debt commission today unveiled a shocking plan to slash nearly $10 trillion over the next decade, in part by eliminating several federal agencies, balancing the budget by 2015, and killing foreign aid to unfriendly nations. "Go bold or go home," says the report from the Tea Party Debt Commission. "Are you listening, Washington?"The FreedomWorks-led effort started months ago by asking Tea Party members for ideas on what to cut from the federal budget. They ended up going much further than...
  • In Maryland, panel seeks 60% more in gas tax

    10/26/2011 7:50:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland commission recommended Tuesday that the state raise its gas tax by more than 60 percent over the next three years, but members acknowledged that taxpayers facing a dire economy could find the increase hard to swallow. The proposed hike, approved by the state-appointed Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding, would raise the gas tax on wholesalers by 5 cents a year for three years, from the current rate of 23.5 cents per gallon. The move could generate nearly $500 million in annual revenue and is part of $870 million in annual tax-and-fee increases recommended by...
  • CA: Redistricting commission losing its way?

    07/16/2011 10:19:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 7/16/11 | Union-Tribune Editorial Board
    Republicans’ increasing complaints that the commission appointed to oversee the redrawing of borders for state legislative and congressional seats has gone partisan are “absolutely not true,” according to Gil Ontai, a San Diego architect who is on the panel. In an interview with a U-T editorial writer, he cited a lack of appreciation of the “complexity of this process.” We have no reason to question Ontai’s honesty or sincerity. Nevertheless, some of the criticism aimed at the commission seems valid. Plans to release a second draft of proposed borders this week were scrapped. Instead, interested parties can go online to...
  • Climate change is now critical, says the Climate Commission (the doomsday hoax escalates)

    05/22/2011 8:06:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 5/23/11 | Malcolm Holland, Padraic Murphy
    Climate change is now critical, says the Climate CommissionMalcolm Holland, Padraic Murphy From: Herald Sun May 23, 2011 12:00AM "THE atmosphere is warming, the ocean is warming, ice is being lost from glaciers and ice caps, and sea levels are rising." This is the dramatic conclusion of scientists who say climate change cannot be denied, and carbon offsetting is not enough to stop it. The findings are included in the first report by the Government's newly created Climate Commission. It warns people are to blame for rising temperatures, with the last decade the hottest on record. "The biological world is...
  • Obama's Worst Enemy

    05/09/2011 1:11:09 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 09, 2011 | J.R. Dunn
    Obama's worst enemy is Obama, and his downfall will commence when voters awaken to the fact that many of his current "crises" -- and all the most critical ones -- are self-inflicted. They don't simply come out of nowhere, in the form of "events," unforeseen and random, but are generated through acts of omission or commission by none other than Obama himself. This creates an opening that must not be overlooked by the GOP candidate, whoever that may be. The gas crisis is something that, in its impact on the daily life of voters, should have a serious effect on...
  • Redistricting Commission tries to repeal One Person, One Vote

    05/03/2011 6:14:52 PM PDT · by americanophile · 13 replies
    Fairthelines ^ | May 2, 2011 | Tony Quinn
    In one of its first acts, the new Citizens Redistricting Commission has decided to ignore the United States and California Constitutions by in effect repealing the historical “one person one vote” rule that has been law in America for 47 years. They did this by telling their staff to draw districts that will clearly violate constitutional population standards. This is so their final maps can over represent liberal areas of California that are losing population, such as Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and then under represent the more conservative inland areas of California that are growing.
  • Ministry of Plenty ( Obama / Mondale to raise taxes )

    04/18/2011 12:07:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    wsj ^ | APRIL 18, 2011 | JAMES TARANTO
    Obama wants to raise taxes. So does Mondale. Obama won't tell you. Mondale just did. Remember Walter Mondale? Oddly enough, we do, mostly for this fun fact: He's the only major-party American politician to have lost elections in all 50 states. In 1984, he told Americans to take a hike, and they told him the same thing. In a Washington Post op-ed piece over the weekend, Mondale quotes his own speech to that year's Democratic National Convention in San Francisco: "Taxes will go up. . . . It must be done. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I....
  • Facebook post upsets father of 23

    01/23/2011 9:36:41 AM PST · by chemicalman · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | January 23, 2011 | John DeSantis
    THIBODAUX — Larry Luther didn’t see the Facebook post by a Terrebonne Parish child-support hearing officer about a barroom bouncer appearing before him who has 23 children and “too much time on his hands.” But people who read a Courier and Daily Comet story containing questions about the posting’s propriety had little trouble determining who the posting was about and called Luther to tell him. Now the 41-year-old grandfather says he is preparing to file a Louisiana Judiciary Commission complaint against the hearing officer, William Dunckelman. “I am waiting on the papers in the mail,” Luther said Friday night. “I...
  • Financial crisis panel refers cases to Justice

    01/25/2011 12:19:01 PM PST · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    Reuters/YahooNews ^ | 1/25/11 | Dave Clarke and Kevin Drawbaugh
    A bipartisan panel investigating the financial crisis has referred cases of potential wrongdoing by financial industry officials to the Justice Department, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The 2009 law creating the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission instructs the congressionally appointed panel to refer anyone who may have violated the law to the Justice Department and state attorneys general
  • Financial Meltdown Was ‘Avoidable,' Inquiry Concludes

    01/25/2011 10:38:06 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 14 replies
    CNBC / NYTimes ^ | January 25, 2011 | Sewell Chan
    The 2008 financial crisis was an “avoidable” disaster caused by widespread failures in government regulation, corporate mismanagement and heedless risk-taking by Wall Street, according to the conclusions of a Congressional inquiry. The government commission that investigated the financial crisis casts a wide net of blame, faulting two administrations, the Federal Reserve and other regulators for permitting a calamitous concoction: shoddy mortgage lending, the excessive packaging and sale of loans to investors, and risky bets on securities backed by the loans. < snip > ..... Many of the findings have been widely described, but its synthesis of interviews, documents and testimony,...
  • Lopsided Spill Commission Doesn’t Single Out BP

    01/11/2011 5:32:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 1/11/11 | Lou Dolinar
    The While House oil-spill commission made it official today: The entire oil industry, not BP, is evil and potentially the source of another Deepwater-sized spill. Thus the entire oil industry, which has already been punished by the administration with its drilling moratorium and slowdown in permitting, should be punished further with massive new regulations and fees. Those conclusions were virtually predetermined when the administration appointed a panel heavily stacked with academics and environmentalists. And those findings are wrong. Why? A simple reality check:
  • Government commission on jobs hasn't met, two years after being created

    12/08/2010 10:55:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/8/10 | David Freddoso
    During his 2008 campaign, President Obama famously mocked blue-ribbon panels and commissions: "A commission. You know, that's Washington-speak for 'we'll get back to you later.' " He couldn't have been more correct in the case of a panel that his longtime friend, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, D, ordered up in late 2008 to address the state's job market. The panel hasn't even met yet, the Boston Herald reports, because the commissioners have only just recently taken their jobs on it. A jobs commission ordered almost two years ago by Gov. Deval Patrick and the Legislature to find ways to create...
  • The Deficit Commission Does Not Get Enough Votes

    12/03/2010 8:13:47 AM PST · by Skeez · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 12/03/2010
    The Deficit Commission did not get the necessary 14 votes to send their proposal to Congress. They did get a majority, for which they are claiming some kind of victory....frpa
  • Nail in the Coffin: Stern to Vote No On Deficit Commission

    12/02/2010 9:32:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/2/10 | Arlette Saenz
    ABC News has learned Andrew Stern will vote no on the deficit commission’s plan to reduce the national deficit by nearly $4 trillion. Mr. Stern, the former president of the SEIU, has informed co-chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson that he will be the fifth member voting no, ending the commission’s hopes of officially passing the plan to Congress. The commission needed votes from 14 of the 18 members in order to pass the plan to Congress. Mr. Stern joins Sen. Max Baucus and Reps. Dave Camp, Paul Ryan and Jan Schakowsky in voting against the plan. He is also...
  • Paul Ryan Says ‘No’ to Deficit Plan (But praises it as a good start)

    12/02/2010 10:26:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/02/2010 | Neil King Jr.
    Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, an influential member of President Barack Obama’s deficit-reduction panel, says he won’t vote for the panel’s recommendations–but praised the proposed package of cuts and tax reforms as a good start. Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, the future chairman of the House Budget Committee said the bipartisan panel failed to tackle the health-care challenge. “It not only didn’t address the elephant in the room–health care–it expanded it.” But Mr. Ryan did heap praise on the overall package, saying it has advanced discussions and highlighted changes on the taxes and budget front that Republicans...
  • 2 Republicans back deficit plan

    12/02/2010 9:52:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/02/10 | JOHN MAGGS & MATT NEGRIN
    Two Republican senators on President Obama's deficit commission -- Tom Coburn and Mike Crapo -- announced Thursday that they support the recommendations put forth by the panel's chairmen, which include $2.2 trillion in cuts to discretionary spending and $1 trillion in tax increases over the next nine years.
  • The Commission to Reinflate the Deficit (Real Estate lobby wants to bring back the housing bubble)

    12/02/2010 7:12:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/02/2010 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The Committee to Reinflate the Bubble — the National Association of Realtors, the builders’ lobby, and the rest of the gang committed to using government policy to artificially increase real estate prices, enriching themselves while undermining the economy and imperiling the nation — is now the Committee to Increase the Deficit. The Simpson-Bowles panel has released its deficit-reduction report, and, to nobody’s great surprise, the proposal to reduce bubblicious tax subsidies for homeowners has drawn a pledge of resistance from the most self-interested parties. Reports the WSJ: Joe Stanton, chief lobbyist for the National Association of Home Builders, said his...
  • Cheat Sheet: Fiscal Commission releases final proposal

    12/01/2010 2:53:50 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 2 replies
    Cheat Sheet: Fiscal Commission releases final proposal Share4 Today, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, or the “Fiscal Commission,” released its final proposal on how to bring the country back from the fiscal brink. The plan, to be voted on this Friday, will almost certainly receive harsh criticism from both sides of the aisle. But before you take any sides, make sure you have the facts.Click on the image below to see our latest Fiscal Cheat Sheet: a break down of the Commission’s final plan. Also, for some context on today’s release, here’s a rundown of past...
  • Obama debt commission: It's almost a wrap

    11/28/2010 2:30:51 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- After working for eight months, the 18 members of President Obama's bipartisan deficit commission will finish their deliberations this week over how to reduce the nation's long-term debt. Expectations are low that the panel, which holds its final public meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, will get the 14 votes required to make official recommendations to Congress. But even if the panel doesn't produce a unified report, the group's efforts may not have been in vain
  • The Deficit Commission’s Trial Balloon: A Few Good Ideas, & Two Horrible Ones that Deserve to Die

    11/12/2010 9:27:33 AM PST · by WebFocus · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/12/2010 | Bryan Preston
    The deficit reduction committee, created by President Obama a few months back to kick the can of his irresponsible overspending down the road a few decades, is out with its trial balloon recommendations for reducing the federal deficit. According to the Wall Street Journal, its ideas include: For businesses, it would lower the corporate tax rate but remove a number of deductions currently available. It would make permanent the research-and-development tax credit. Federal subsidies to agribusinesses would begin to be slashed by $3 billion a year. On Social Security, it would gradually increase the retirement age when people can start...
  • Fiscal Commission: Tax Reform I

    11/11/2010 4:42:09 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 4 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | 11/10/2010 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Review of Tax Reform Proposals -By: Larry Walker, Jr. -I am in agreement with the Fiscal Commission's goals on tax reform. Although the details are a little vague, it's clear to me that Option 1 is probably out of the question, Option 2 is promising, and Option 3 is pretty much a joke. I think that those who have discounted this initial 'draft' report at face value are doing the commission a disservice. And as far as the Trash Talker In Chief, who has already started spouting off without even reading it, I have nothing but contempt for the comments...
  • Dispute over New Black Panthers case causes deep divisions (MSM Finally Notices NBP Case)

    10/22/2010 2:41:33 PM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10/22/2010 | Jerry Markon and Krissah Thompson
    On Election Day 2008, Maruse Heath, the leader of Philadelphia's New Black Panther Party, stood in front of a neighborhood polling place, dressed in a paramilitary uniform. Within hours, an amateur video showing Heath, slapping a black nightstick and exchanging words with the videographer, had aired on TV and ricocheted across the nation. Among those who saw the footage was J. Christian Adams, who was in his office in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in Washington. "I thought, 'This is wrong, this is not supposed to happen in this country,' " Adams said. "There are armed men in front...
  • Obama to sign education executive order (Educational Excellence for Hispanics initiative)

    10/19/2010 9:38:34 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | October 19, 2010
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama keeps education in the spotlight Tuesday when he signs an executive order for the Educational Excellence for Hispanics initiative.
  • Yet Another SEIU Lawyer Is Appointed by Obama, Awaits Confirmation (Federal Election Commission)

    09/30/2010 3:35:57 PM PDT · by goldendays · 10 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | 09/30/2010 | Don Loos
    President Obama is looking to fill out the six-member Federal Election Commission (see recent pro-SEIU FEC decision) with someone he can count on to support his views on campaign law. It is not surprising he turned to his friend Andy Stern’s union Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Obama has appointed SEIU lawyer John Sullivan, who was intertwined in the Clinton/DNC/McAuliffe/Teamster scandal that resulted in Jimmy Hoffa’s ascension to the Teamster throne, but for over a year the nomination remains in political limbo. Could it be that Obama appointees have finally reached such a level of ethical absurdity that even the...
  • 9/11 ZOT facts

    09/12/2010 1:01:02 PM PDT · by PeacefulWarrior · 103 replies
    I believe that there is a large body of factual information available, such that, if any reasonable person were to be made aware of just those facts alone, they would conclude several things: 1. The 9/11 terrorists were aided and protected by corrupt elements within this country. 2. It is far more likely, than commonly thought, that Sadaam Hussein had an active role in the 9/11 attack. I would like find a web page which already assembles those facts in a concise, and readable format. I would like to find a book which does the same. A movie should be...
  • Financial Crisis Commission Examining Wachovia/Wells Fargo (Time to ditch?)

    09/01/2010 10:19:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Financial Crisis Commission Examining WachoviaSeptember 1, 2010 Rick Rothacker The panel investigating the U.S. financial meltdown will put Charlotte's Wachovia Corp. under the microscope on Wednesday. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission on Monday said former Wachovia chief executive Bob Steel will be one of the witnesses at a hearing in Washington. He will be joined by Scott Alvarez, the Federal Reserve System's general counsel, and John Corston, acting deputy director of supervision and consumer protection at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. CEO Dick Fuld is slated to testify in an afternoon session. Federal Reserve Chairman...
  • Federal Communications Commission scraps Internet neutrality talks

    08/06/2010 2:38:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    politico ^ | 8/6/10 | TONY ROMM & KIM HART
    The Federal Communications Commission Thursday suspended its weeks-long series of talks with Internet providers on Net neutrality, dealing a blow to efforts to produce a deal that the agency could take to Congress. The decision to cut off negotiations marks a major political setback for Chairman Julius Genachowski, whose office reached out to stakeholders six weeks ago to strike an agreement and avoid a public battle over rules that would treat all users’ Web traffic equally. But the end to industry discussions — which a source close to the FCC talks blamed entirely on news that Google and Verizon separately...
  • Bipartisan Opposition to Obama’s Stacked Oil Spill Commission

    07/11/2010 10:25:29 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-11-10 | Mike's America
    Obama's always pleading for bipartisanship. You think he will listen to this? The White House Gets DrilledWall Street Journal July 9, 2010 How ideologically stacked is President Obama's offshore drilling commission? So much that even many of his fellow Democrats can't support it. Five Democrats on the Senate Energy Committee last week delivered an embarrassing rebuke to the White House, voting with Republicans to have Congress set up an "independent" commission to investigate the BP disaster, bypassing the President's appointees. Offered by Wyoming Republican John Barrasso to broader oil-spill legislation, the amendment that passed the committee on an 15-8 vote...
  • Crisis commission to examine Goldman, AIG ties

    06/29/2010 2:43:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/29/10 | Steve Eder and Kim Dixon
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. commission is planning to focus on the ties between Goldman Sachs Group Inc and American International Group Inc, and how derivatives transactions between the two financial giants may have contributed to the financial crisis. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a congressionally appointed panel, will begin two days of hearings on Wednesday headlined by former AIG Financial Products head Joseph Cassano and Goldman President Gary Cohn. A key focus on the hearing will be "how the interaction of these two financial giants may or may not have contributed to the causes of the financial crisis," Phil...
  • What's Fran Beirnancke Doing On Obama's Oil Spill Commission?

    06/17/2010 8:46:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 679+ views
    fox ^ | 6/17/10 | Andrea Tantaros
    President Obama has announced the creation of yet another federal commission. This time, it will examine the spill in the Gulf and make sure it never happens again. But there are a lot of question marks surrounding President Obama’s latest blue ribbon bunch of greenies. First, the panel is comprised mostly of academics and enviros with zero experience dealing with the oil industry. That’s right. Not one of the seven people named could actually drill a well. Second, they all espouse a similar ideology – one that is opposed to drilling and oil. And one member of the commission, in...
  • Obama Appoints Biased Oil Spill Commission

    06/14/2010 9:02:07 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 6 replies · 356+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 06/15/10 | CaroleL
    Three academics, two environmentalists and two politicians get appointed to a commission. Unfortunately that's not the beginning of a joke; it's the group that President Barack Obama has appointed to his BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission. Given the lack of anyone with real world, oil industry experience and the fact that at least two of his appointees have already publicly stated their conclusions on the issue, perhaps it is a joke after all.
  • Obama's Commission to Study Deficits is Broke (Let's form another commission to learn why /s)

    06/07/2010 7:07:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 18+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 06/07/2010 | Randall Hoven
    As reported by The Fiscal Times, President Obama's commission to study the problem of what to do about the government running short of money is running short of money. "President Obama's bipartisan fiscal commission is operating on a shoestring budget and some panel members and lawmakers worry that it may run short of money. "The 18-member commission faces the daunting challenge of coming up with proposals by Dec. 1 to tame the federal government's trillion-dollar budget deficit.  But the panel's own budget is only $500,000, barely enough to cover office rent and the salaries of four staff members. "...Despite the...
  • BP oil spill commission: the oldest Washington stunt in the book

    06/02/2010 7:58:27 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 6 replies · 231+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 2nd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Barack Obama promised us leadership not commissions when he was running for President: Just today, Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book – you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem. But here’s the thing – this isn’t 9/11. We know how we got into this mess. What we need now is leadership that gets us out. I’ll provide it, John McCain won’t, and that’s the choice for the American people in this election. America took him for his word. Instead the President keeps pulling commission after commission out of his sleeves.The...