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  • American Express to cut more than 4,000 jobs over this year

    01/21/2015 2:32:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1/21/15 | Everett Rosenfeld
    American Express said it plans to cut more than 4,000 jobs over the next year. A representative for the company told CNBC that it is planning to cut the jobs, but that this is only a gross figure, and that the firm will also continue to hire selectively in parts of the organization. Additionally, American Express reported quarterly earnings that slightly beat analysts' expectations on Wednesday, and CEO Ken Chenault said in a release that "tight controls on the cost side of the ledger" had benefited the company. The company posted fourth-quarter earnings per share of $1.39 per share, compared...
  • 5-Year-Old Christian Boy Cut in Half by Islamic State Jihadists

    08/12/2014 2:56:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 8/12/14 | pamela geller
    These are devout Muslim practicing pure Islam, authentic Islam in the cause of allah. Obama say, “respect it!” Oppose this savagery – then join us on August 17th in NYC at Union Square. Join here. “5-Year-Old Christian Boy Cut in Half by ISIS Terrorists,” By Christian Post, August 12, 2014 A 5-year-old boy, who’s the son of a founding member of St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, was slaughtered by Islamic State terrorists, better known as ISIS, who cut the boy in half during an attack on the Christian town of Qaraqosh. “I’m almost in tears because I’ve just had...
  • Lynching of Christian man by Muslims is sign of chaos in Central African Republic (throat cut)

    02/10/2014 5:01:10 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 9, 2014 | Sudarsan Raghavan
    BANGUI, Central African Republic — Polin Pumandele was killed about 9:30 a.m. He was a Christian walking in a Muslim enclave, carrying wood to sell. In these tense days, that is enough reason to die in the Central African Republic. A Muslim mob confronted Pumandele, 23, on a side street and pushed him around. Then, they threw him into a ditch. At least one man stabbed him before his throat was slit. As the slaughter unfolded, some of his killers ordered a Washington Post journalist witnessing the attack Sunday to leave. “Allez, allez — go, go, ” one yelled, wagging...
  • Army to cut up to 4,000 captains and majors

    12/17/2013 6:25:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/17/13 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army is sending roughly 19,000 active-duty captains and majors to a screening board for early separation this spring, the Army Times reported. Up to 20 percent of those screened — approximately 3,800 officers — could be scheduled to leave the service by the Officer Separation Board and Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board. Officers with fewer than 18 years of federal active service will have their screening process done by OSB, and those with more than 18 years of service will see the E-SERB, according to the Army Times. “The Army’s drawdown plan is a balanced approach while maintaining
  • How Democrats Plan to Cut Food Stamps Without Enraging Their Base

    12/10/2013 4:50:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 12/09/13 | Meredith Shiner
    For Democrats especially, any talk about cutting billions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is uncomfortable and certain to create internal strife. But negotiators on the farm bill believe they’ve found a way to make about $8 billion in savings from the program palatable for most Democrats. The key is eliminating a loophole that enables states to help some low-income residents with nominal subsidies to pay for their heating in the winter in order to trigger much higher food stamp benefits. Some states, such as New York, will make a $1 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program payment to low-income...
  • Military Fireworks Show Cut, Even Though Local Company Volunteered To Do It For Free

    07/04/2013 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Military veterans are upset after the annual Camp Lejeune fireworks show for military members and their families was cut. What makes it even worse: A Pittsburgh area company offered to do the show for free, but the government said, thanks, but no thanks. The military says the show meant for more than 47-thousand Marines and Sailors was cancelled due to federal cutbacks.
  • 2.5 percent salary cut for state employees could become permanent

    05/05/2013 9:27:07 AM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 1:13 p.m | By Andrew Doughman (contact)
    State and university employees may see a temporary 2.5 percent salary reduction solidified into a permanent pay cut. Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget director Jeff Mohlenkamp told a legislative committee Saturday that the administration may amend a bill to make those salary reductions permanent. As written now, Senate Bill 483 extends current 2.5 percent salary reductions until June 30, 2015, at which time they’d go away and employees would get 2.5 percent of their salaries back. “We would seek to modify that bill to make the pay cut permanent, and then we would make the affirmative decision to restore the pay...
  • Man Shouts Allah Akbar and Tries to Cut Rabbi’s Throat: Police Say Motive Unclear

    04/29/2013 8:11:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 76 replies
    Front Page ^ | 4/24/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s another one of those baffling mysteries. Muslims attack non-Muslims while shouting Allah Akbar and no one can figure out a motive. Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office, said the two victims had been wearing Jewish skullcaps, and the attacker was detained after a chase through the synagogue. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, said in a statement that the assailant screamed “Allah-u-Akbar” — or “God is great” — during the attack. The rabbi, who is in his late 40s, was recovering from surgery for a neck injury and his 18-year-old son sustained lesser...
  • Sequester: Not Even a Cut

    03/06/2013 4:21:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2013 | John Stossel
    If you're reading this, you've survived the "sequester" cuts! That may surprise you, since President Obama likened the sequester to taking a "meat cleaver" to government, causing FBI agents to be furloughed, prosecutors to let criminals escape and medical research to grind to a halt! The media hyped it, too. The NBC Nightly News said, "The sequester could cripple air travel, force firefighter layoffs -- even kick preschoolers out of child care!" The truth is that the terrifying sequester cuts weren't even cuts. They were merely a small reduction in government's planned increase in spending. A very small reduction. After...
  • Obama to Renew Drive for Cuts in Nuclear Arms (ours)

    02/10/2013 9:28:13 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 10, 2013 | DAVID E. SANGER
    President Obama will use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to reinvigorate one of his signature national security objectives — drastically reducing nuclear arsenals around the world — after securing agreement in recent months with the United States military that the American nuclear force can be cut in size by roughly a third. -snip But Mr. Obama, according to an official who was involved in the deliberations, “believes that we can make pretty radical reductions — and save a lot of money — without compromising American security in the second term. And the Joint Chiefs have signed off...
  • UK Muslim cut his sister-in-law's throat then left her bleeding to death in her children's arms

    11/21/2012 12:37:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 11/21/12 | Pamela Geller
    This is a manifestation of Islam's shame/honor culture. She laughed at him, so she had to die. "Man cut his sister-in-law's throat then left her bleeding to death in her children's arms because he was envious of his successful brother" Daily Mail Foyez Ahmed, 31, was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years in jail after killing Razu Khan in Oldham, Greater Manchester Mrs Khan was found fatally injured on the sofa by three of her children who held her hand and tried to revive her Ahmed felt he had been 'treated badly' by his brother Mohammed Rahman and his...
  • Should Conservatives Cut a $646-Billion Defense Budget?

    In 1989, the year President Ronald Reagan left office and the Berlin Wall came down, total spending by the Department of Defense equaled $468.7 billion in constant 2005 dollars, according to the Office of Management and Budget. In 2005, when President George W. Bush started his second term, and the U.S. was at war in both Afghanistan and Iraq, DOD spent $473.4 billion in constant 2005 dollars. This year, under President Barack Obama, DOD will spend $582.5 billion in constant 2005 dollars. In inflation-adjusted dollars, Obama is spending 23 percent more on defense than Bush did when the United States...
  • Alternator Belt Cut on Romney Bus

    07/09/2012 4:09:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/9/12 | Bridget Johnson
    The Romney team today confirmed grass-roots reports that a campaign bus was sabotaged by an unknown vandal over the weekend. The bus, which was being used for campaign events but not transporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was parked in Richmond, Va., when the vehicle was tampered with late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. A Romney campaign official told PJM that the alternator belt was cut. Repairs were under way Monday to get the bus back on the road for a voter registration event in Springfield, Va., from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Springfield Metro Commuter Lot....
  • Obama plans to cut tens of thousands of ground troops

    01/04/2012 5:24:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Rueters ^ | 1/4/12 | Laura MacInnis and David Alexander
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration will unveil a "more realistic" vision for the military on Thursday, with plans to cut tens of thousands of ground troops and invest more in air and sea power at a time of fiscal restraint, officials familiar with the plans said on Wednesday. The strategic review of U.S. security interests will also emphasize an American presence in Asia, with less attention overall to Europe, Africa and Latin America alongside slower growth in the Pentagon's budget, the officials said. Though specific budget cut and troop reduction figures are not set to be announced on Thursday, officials...
  • Army, Marines could cut 150K troops

    09/26/2011 9:06:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/26/11 | CHARLES HOSKINSON
    Automatic cuts to defense spending could leave the Pentagon with its lowest share of the federal budget since before World War II, shrinking the Army and Marine Corps by some 150,000 troops and leaving fewer warships and combat aircraft to project U.S. power around the world, according to an analysis prepared for House Armed Services Committee Republicans. The analysis, distributed Friday as part of panel Chairman Buck McKeon’s efforts to lobby against deeper defense cuts by the deficit-reduction supercommittee, paints a dire picture of a “hollow force” unable to meet national security needs and forced to return to a draft...
  • Left-Right coalition lists counterproductive programs to cut

    08/24/2011 10:54:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/24/11 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    A coalition of environmental and taxpayer groups have come up with $380 billion in savings over five years -- that is roughly three quarters of a trillion over 10 -- from programs they conclude both waste money and harm the environment.Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Public Citizen and The Heartland Institute all manage to agree that subsidies to corn, crop insurance, nuclear power, oil, timber, mining, flood insurance and the like should go. They are urging the new deficit supercommittee, which has to come up with $1.5 trillion in deficit savings by Thanksgiving, to take a look....
  • U.S. Senator seeks to cut aid to elite IDF units operating in West Bank and Gaza

    08/15/2011 9:47:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/15/11 | Barak Ravid
    U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is promoting a bill to suspend U.S. assistance to three elite Israel Defense Forces units, alleging they are involved in human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Leahy, a Democrat and senior member of the U.S. Senate, wants assistance withheld from the Israel Navy's Shayetet 13 unit, the undercover Duvdevan unit and the Israel Air Force's Shaldag unit. (Snip) According to a senior Israeli official in Jerusalem, Leahy began promoting the legislation in recent months after he was approached by voters in his home state of Vermont.
  • Obama tries to turn the tables on GOP with call for tax cut extension

    08/14/2011 7:32:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/14/11 | Russell Berman and Bernie Becker
    Obama tries to turn the tables on GOP with call for tax cut extensionBy Russell Berman and Bernie Becker 08/14/11 06:00 PM ET President Obama’s call for an extension of a payroll tax cut could upend the political dynamics in Congress heading into the fall, as Democrats adopt a trademark Republican tactic: warning against a looming tax hike. With the economic recovery stalled, the Obama administration is pushing aggressively to keep in place the payroll tax holiday that was enacted as part of the bipartisan tax deal Congress passed in December. Republican leaders have resisted that idea, preferring instead to...
  • Soldier allegedly cut fingers off dead Taliban

    08/08/2011 10:17:22 AM PDT · by MadMitch · 26 replies
    bbc ^ | 8/8/2011 | bbc
    The Ministry of Defence is investigating claims that a soldier sliced fingers off dead Taliban fighters to keep as souvenirs.
  • Leon Panetta: Pentagon will cut carefully

    08/03/2011 10:00:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/3/11 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Cuts to Pentagon spending won’t be done in a “hasty, ill-conceived way,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a letter to reassure to his department’s staff Wednesday. Acknowledging that defense cuts “must be” part of the solution to trim the national debt, Panetta said military leaders will be able to make $350 billion in cuts over the next decade that were laid out in the compromise bill to raise the debt ceiling “while maintaining the excellence of our military.”
  • Inside the Beltway: Where an Increase Becomes a Cut

    08/01/2011 11:44:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2011 | Bill Tatro
    I just love Washington-speak which offers heartfelt phrases such as “baseline spending,” “debt ceiling,” “drop dead dates,” and my ultimate favorites, “the cut,” “to cut,” “a cut,” or just simply “cuts.” Like the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” a “cut” means different things to different people. Let me explain by first discussing common-speak, which is very easy to understand. When someone takes a cut in pay, it could mean going from $20 per hour to $15 per hour. Or, they’re paid $30,000 per year for a job that used to pay $35,000 per year. To most...
  • Veterans Summoned to White House, Told to Brace for Cuts

    07/28/2011 7:09:56 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 34 replies
    59 WVNS ^ | 27-july-2011 | Anne Moore
    “The fact that the President comes out and threatens to take away our social security checks and not pay the veterans is despicable,” said David Hern, a veteran who fought in Korea.
  • An Important Message To DeMint, McConnell, Boehner, et al.

    07/26/2011 5:55:23 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 207 replies · 3+ views
    vanity | July 26, 2011 | Jim Robinson
    This ain't rocket science. The country is going bankrupt because of big spending, big taxing, big government Marxists, socialists, liberals, progressives, moderates and RINOS!! We don't need a higher credit limit or higher taxes. We need to cut the damned government! Cut the spending! Cut the stifling regulations! Cut the taxes!! Cut it NOW!! Not ten years from now, not five years from now, not two years from now, CUT IT NOW!! Get the government out of our pockets, out of our faces, out of our business, off our backs and OUT of our lives!! Set our people free, turn...
  • Senate Votes to Set Aside 'Cut, Cap and Balance' Plan Proposed by House GOP

    07/23/2011 4:38:15 AM PDT · by Son House · 33 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | July 22, 2011 | FoxNews.com
    With Friday's vote over, senators quickly moved to vacate the floor. Cars were waiting outside to whisk members to airports to take flights home. Though the Senate was originally scheduled to be in session, Reid, D-Nev., noted that would not be the case and no votes would be taken before Monday afternoon. Reid said that the session wasn't necessary because Obama and Boehner were working on a compromise measure. He said he understands the plan addresses both taxes and revenue, and therefore must originate in the House, giving the Senate no reason to work. Another person hot about the talks...
  • Conservatives push back: Cut, Cap and Balance *is* the plan

    07/21/2011 10:36:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/21/2011 | Tina Korbe
    To listen to the president, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the mainstream media and even some of my favorite conservative pundits, you’d think the House of Representatives hadn’t passed “Cut, Cap and Balance” Monday. The plan, carefully crafted by the Republican Study Committee and then improved upon by various members of the House, is routinely dismissed as extreme — if it’s acknowledged at all.Reid yesterday actually said he’s waiting for Speaker John Boehner to inform him what kind of deficit reduction and debt limit increase deal would pass the House. RSC Chairman Jim Jordan quickly put Reid in his place,...
  • Tea party debt plan to go to vote in House

    07/18/2011 10:49:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    cbsnews ^ | July 18, 2011 12:17 AM | AP
    ********************************************** (AP)  WASHINGTON — The next step in the weeks-long saga over how to increase the government's borrowing cap is to let House tea party forces try it their way. A Republican "cut, cap and balance" plan set for a House vote Tuesday would condition a $2.4 trillion increase in the so-called debt limit on an immediate $100 billion-plus cut from next year's budget and adoption by Congress of a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget. "Let's let the American people decide," said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on "Fox News Sunday." "Do they want something common sense as cutting...
  • Breaking: White House threatens veto of GOP Cut, Cap, and Balance bill

    07/18/2011 10:09:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/18/2011 | Ed Morrisey
    With the House poised to vote on a debt-ceiling increase tomorrow, the White House has released a threat to veto the bill if it reaches the President’s desk. This statement was just released by e-mail, emphasis in the original: The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 2560, the “Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011.” Neither setting arbitrary spending levels nor amending the Constitution is necessary to restore fiscal responsibility. Increasing the Federal debt limit, which is needed to avoid a Federal government default on its obligations and a severe blow to the economy, should not be conditioned on taking these actions....
  • House Republicans Push Ahead With Their Own Deficit Reduction Plan (Cut, Cap and Balance)

    07/15/2011 1:10:58 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 21 replies
    Time ^ | Friday, July 15, 2011 | Alex Altman
    With White House negotiations stalled and an Aug. 2 deadline looming, House Republicans will bring an alternative solution to rein in spending while raising the U.S.’s borrowing authority to the floor next week in a bid to break the debt-ceiling deadlock that threatens the U.S.’s credit and could spark a spreading fiscal calamity. -snip- The new plan isn’t new, exactly. Known as Cut, Cap and Balance, the three-pronged proposal would cut some $2.4 trillion from the federal budget, fulfilling Republican promises not to vote to raise the debt limit through 2012 unless they secure commensurate spending cuts. It would establish...
  • DeMint "Disappointed" Bachmann Has Not Signed "Cut, Cap, Balance" Pledge

    07/06/2011 9:46:49 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 35 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | 7/7/11 | realclearpolitics
    (CNN) – Republican Sen. Jim DeMint said he's "disappointed" Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has not signed the "cut, cap, balance" pledge to slash spending and balance the budget. "I am disappointed," DeMint said Wednesday on CNN's "American Morning." "We have to stop spending more than we're bringing in." VIDEO at link
  • Rush: Cut Tax Dollars for the Rich

    04/11/2011 2:34:42 PM PDT · by Son House · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | April 5, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I'll tell you what we'll do. Let's cut tax dollars for the rich right now. Let's defund what remains of TARP. If you want to talk about cutting taxes for the rich, whatever's not spent for stimulus, get rid of it. Who did it go to? It went to the rich, it went to unions. Let's defund what remains of TARP, let's return the money to taxpayers. Let's eliminate General Electric's special tax deals so it actually pays some income tax. No more subsidies for billionaires to promote phony green energy proposals. If you want to talk about defunding...
  • President Obama to call for one-third cut to oil imports

    03/30/2011 5:32:22 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 62 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Wednesday, March 30, 6:00 AM | Steven Mufson
    President Obama on Wednesday will call for a one-third cut in oil imports by 2020, part of a plan he says will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign petroleum. With rising gasoline prices at home and political turmoil throughout the Middle East, Obama will seek in a speech at Georgetown University to rally Americans — and bickering lawmakers — behind a program that draws about half of that import cut from energy savings and about half from greater energy production, according to Obama aides who briefed reporters Tuesday.
  • Obama to Governors: Don’t Cut That Spending!

    03/28/2011 11:34:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 3/28/11 | Jim Geraghty
    This short segment in a Washington Post story on President Obama’s interviews with local television stations is revealing: In some cases, Obama had a message he wanted to send directly to the people in particular states..... Notice the theme there? Here are three Republican governors of three states who face serious budget problems, and Obama — despite a lack of familiarity with the states’ financial circumstances, admitting that he hasn’t “followed exactly what’s happening with the Wisconsin budget” — weighs in on all three, all with the same theme: No, those spending cuts aren’t necessary.
  • CBO: Senate Dems Cut Only $8.7 billion to House GOP's $61 billion

    03/08/2011 3:26:56 AM PST · by Son House · 15 replies
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | March 07, 2011 | by Trish Turner
    This time, while Senate Democrats and the White House are touting another $6.5 billion in spending cuts in the midst of their fight with congressional Republicans over how best to reduce the deficit, CBO indicates in a 513-page report to Congress obtained by Fox that nearly $2 billion of that is emergency funding. That is - spending that is not included in the budget and, therefore, does not affect the deficit. An aide to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, did not dispute the analysis of his boss' bill but merely pointed out that the goal of the chairman...
  • Amazon threatens to cut Calif. affiliates over taxes

    03/02/2011 2:29:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    CNET News ^ | 3/2/11 | Steven Musil
    Amazon.com has threatened to cut off more than 10,000 affiliates in California if state lawmakers pass legislation requiring the Internet retailer to collect sales tax from state residents. Seattle-based Amazon said four bills introduced in the state legislature are unconstitutional because they would require sellers with no physical presence in California to collect sales tax from its residents (Snip) "In no uncertain terms, Amazon has made it clear to me that the checks they send Californians will be cut off overnight if pending legislation aimed at regulating their operations becomes law."
  • NORAD, Northern Command to Cut 79 Positions as Part of Cost-Savings Measure

    02/23/2011 9:54:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    fox news | 2/23/11 | staff
    NORAD and the U.S. Northern Command will cut 79 positions as part of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' cost-savings initiative to improve efficiency that he issued late last year. Commanders said 40 of the positions will be military and 39 will be civilian. Offices most directly affected include chaplains, history, surgeon general and control systems. Most of the people who lose their jobs will be transferred to other posts in the military, and in some cases the military will help individuals find new employment, a NORAD spokesman told Fox News. And some of the positions, which are currently vacant, simply will...
  • Behold The Mighty Budget Ax Of Barack the Barbarian! (Or, maybe not)

    02/15/2011 4:45:33 AM PST · by suspects · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 15, 2011 | Michael Graham
    Behold Obama the Budget Barbarian! Tremble in terror, you government trolls, as Barack Obama wields his mighty ax, slashing spending without fear! “Painful cuts,” says CNN. “Tough choices and sacrifices” says the White House. “Deep cuts,” says ABC. How “painful, tough and deep?” I’ve got the numbers right here, and they are so shocking that you may want to stop reading now if you are elderly, infirm or an expectant mother. President Obama has proposed cutting an entire 1/40th of the budget! In just 10 short years! Bow before the awesome budget austerity of the Great And Powerful O! No,...
  • Muslim pupils learn to cut off hands of thieves

    02/10/2011 11:25:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 2/10/11 | Graham Paton
    Up to 5,000 pupils attending weekend schools across Britain are being exposed to textbooks claiming that some Jews were transformed into pigs and apes, and that some offences could be punished with stoning. One book for six year-olds warns that those who do not believe in Islam will be condemned to “hellfire” in death. Another text for 15 year-olds teaches that thieves who break Sharia law should have their hands cut off for a first offence and their feet amputated for a subsequent crime. Teenagers are presented with diagrams showing where the cuts should be made.
  • Cut and Run Was No Strategy for Iraq and Isn't One for Afghanistan

    12/21/2010 9:37:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies · 4+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12/21/10 | Peter Wehner
    Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, has written in the Wall Street Journal that we should “un-surge” in Afghanistan. While arguing against total withdrawal, he says “the U.S. effort there should be sharply reduced.” Mr. Haass’s recommendation on Afghanistan sounds similar to his (flawed) recommendation on Iraq during the debate about the surge. In a November 13, 2006, interview with Der Spiegel, Haass said: “We've reached a point in Iraq where we've got to get real.
  • House refuses to take-up Tax Bill in present form

    12/09/2010 8:44:22 AM PST · by pabianice · 66 replies
    CNN | 12/9/10
    Repubs promised no tax bill, no other bills. Dems refuse to let it come to a vote in Senate.
  • House Democrats defy Obama on tax cut bill

    12/09/2010 8:56:09 AM PST · by BulletBobCo · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | December 9,2010 | Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh
    (CNN) - Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form. "This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus. It's as simple as that," said Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen. "We will continue to try and work with the White House and our Republican colleagues to try and make sure we do something right for the economy and right for jobs, and a balanced package as we go forward," he said....
  • Defeated Veteran Democrat: ‘Taxes Are Going to Have to Go Up’

    11/13/2010 7:18:11 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 31 replies
    The Note ^ | 11/12/2010 | Rick Klein
    Despite President Obama’s suggestion that he’s willing to compromise with Republicans to extend all the Bush tax cuts at least temporarily, not all Democrats are willing to follow him down that path. Amid a liberal backlash against the president, Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., told us on ABC’s “Top Line” today that there isn’t “any way in the world” he would agree to extending the tax cuts for upper-income American – even if it’s only done so temporarily. “I would suspect most Democrats agreed with the president when he campaigned against allowing tax reductions for millionaires and billionaires -- took that...
  • Stimulus by Spending Cuts: Government cuts spending 50%!

    11/02/2010 7:32:41 AM PDT · by dynoman · 12 replies
    cato.org ^ | May/June 2010 | Jason E. Taylor and Richard K. Vedder
    THE DEPRESSION OF 1946 Historically minded readers may be saying, "There was a Depression in 1946? I never heard about that." You never heard of it because it never happened. However, the "Depression of 1946" may be one of the most widely predicted events that never happened in American history. As the war was winding down, leading Keynesian economists of the day argued, as Alvin Hansen did, that "the government cannot just disband the Army, close down munitions factories, stop building ships, and remove all economic controls." After all, the belief was that the only thing that finally ended the...
  • From Obama, the Tax Cut Nobody Heard Of

    10/19/2010 9:24:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/19/10 | Michael Cooper
    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — What if a president cut Americans’ income taxes by $116 billion and nobody noticed? It is not a rhetorical question. At Pig Pickin’ and Politickin’, a barbecue-fed rally organized here last week by a Republican women’s club, a half-dozen guests were asked by a reporter what had happened to their taxes since President Obama took office. “Federal and state have both gone up,” said Bob Paratore, 59, from nearby Charlotte, echoing the comments of others. After further prodding
  • Fuel pipeline to Paris cut as protests escalate

    10/15/2010 6:01:52 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    Reuters via Euronews.net ^ | Catherine Bremer
    smaller_textlarger_textprint_articleReuters, 15/10 14:30 CET By Catherine Bremer PARIS (Reuters) – French refinery workers cut off a fuel pipeline to Paris on Friday as protesters piled on pressure to derail President Nicolas Sarkozy’s unpopular pension reform. Police broke up blockades at fuel depots in southern France but protesters blocked a terminal at Paris’s Orly airport and truckers were set to join the fray as momentum built for a day of street rallies on Saturday. A nationwide strike is planned on Tuesday, a day before the Senate is due to vote on a bill to make people work longer for their pensions....
  • Hospital to cut about 50 jobs Cutbacks blamed on reforms

    08/26/2010 10:18:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    telegram.com ^ | 8/26/10 | Karen Nugent
    LEOMINSTER — About 50 full-time jobs will be eliminated at the HealthAlliance Hospital — Leominster Campus, and one of two planned expansion projects may be cut back. Mary Lourdes Burke, chief communications officer for the hospital, said yesterday the job cuts do not mean 50 layoffs, because some were vacant positions that will not be filled, and some were positions that had hours reduced. Also, she said, some union contracts required moving employees into other posts. The cuts were made from the main Leominster Campus, the Burbank Campus in Fitchburg, and the HealthAlliance Homehealth & Hospice on Tucker Drive in...
  • Historical Effective Federal Tax Rates: 1979 to 2006

    08/23/2010 12:11:01 PM PDT · by justlurking · 4 replies
    Congressional Budget Office ^ | April 2009 | Congressional Budget Office
    This is the latest from the CBO that I could find that detailed the following information: Effective Tax Rate Share of Tax Liabilities Average Pre-Tax and Post-Tax income Share of Pre-Tax and Post-Tax income All of these are displayed in a table that categorizes by quintile (i.e. 0-20%, 20-40%, 40%-60%, 60-80%, and 80%-100%). It also provides this information for the top 10%, top 5%, and top 1%.
  • Maurice Ferré: Cut medical costs for those about to die

    06/10/2010 9:09:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies · 178+ views
    miami herald ^ | 6/10/10 | GEORGE BENNETT
    Senate candidate Maurice Ferré said it is wrong to spend thousands of dollars to prolong the lives of the dying for a short time. Senate candidate Maurice Ferré said it is wrong to spend thousands of dollars to prolong the lives of the dying for a short time. WEST PALM BEACH -- Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Maurice Ferré says the United States spends an ``absurd'' amount on end-of-life care and should gradually move to a universal health system in which the government controls costs by setting prices for medical procedures and capping expenditures based on age and medical condition
  • ACLU closing San Jose office in budget cut

    05/12/2010 4:32:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 387+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/12/10 | Sean Webby
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California is scheduled to shutter its office in San Jose next week. But officials say the organization will maintain a local role in advocating for police accountability. Both employees who have been working at the office at 111 N. Market St. are being laid off. The ACLU, which works to protect constitutional liberties, decided to close the office, opened in 2006, due to budget cuts, according to associate director Kelli Evans. "San Jose and Santa Clara County are critical regions for ACLU work in Northern California,'' said Evans, a former civil rights trial...
  • Postal letter carriers paid more than military per Fox News article

    05/10/2010 10:22:45 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 45 replies · 1,110+ views
    May 10, 2010 | Stayfree
    An average sergeant in the Army with four years of service and one dependent would receive $52,589 in annual compensation, according to the paper. This figure includes basic pay, housing and subsistence allowances, as well as tax benefits. Meanwhile, a U.S. Postal letter carrier, with no supervisory or hazardous duty, makes approximately $80,000 a year when all benefits are factored in.
  • Hung parliament: parties have 15 days to cut deal or face election

    05/09/2010 11:37:59 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 11 replies · 597+ views
    Hung parliament: parties have 15 days to cut deal or face election The major political parties have 15 days to try to thrash out a deal to form the next government before the country faces the prospect of a second general election. By By Andrew Porter, Political Editor Published: 11:30PM BST 09 May 2010 Under a new set of guidelines put in place by the civil service Gordon Brown could remain as Prime Minister until 25 May – the day of the Queen's Speech. By then either the prime minister, David Cameron or Nick Clegg has to show that he...