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  • NC governor recommends suspending democracy to focus on jobs

    09/27/2011 2:01:44 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 235 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/27/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending Congressional elections for the next couple of years. “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, North Carolina, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.” Perdue said she thinks that temporarily halting elections would allow members...
  • As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe (NY Slimes Cheerleading for Dictatorship)

    09/28/2011 3:34:16 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies · 2+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 27 Sep 2011 | NICHOLAS KULISH
    MADRID — Hundreds of thousands of disillusioned Indians cheer a rural activist on a hunger strike. Israel reels before the largest street demonstrations in its history. Enraged young people in Spain and Greece take over public squares across their countries. Their complaints range from corruption to lack of affordable housing and joblessness, common grievances the world over. But from South Asia to the heartland of Europe and now even to Wall Street, these protesters share something else: wariness, even contempt, toward traditional politicians and the democratic political process they preside over. They are taking to the streets, in part, because...
  • No Way To Treat A Dictator

    08/03/2011 5:51:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2011 | Staff
    Rule Of Law: What does it say about the prospects for democracy in Egypt when its military rulers put former dictator Hosni Mubarak, caged and on a gurney, through a show trial? Very little, if history is any guide. The Arab world is cringing with apprehension at the hasty, desperate trial of the former despot, who until February ruled Egypt with an iron hand for 30 years. It's not that the charges against Mubarak — corruption and violence against protestors — are likely false. It's that this trial has all the earmarks of mob-pleasing revanchism that will shake citizens' trust...
  • Black Caucus urges Obama to use 14th Amendment debt fix (Compare to Emancipation Proclamation!)

    07/31/2011 10:03:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 30, 2011 | Mike Lillis
    The Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) urged President Obama on Saturday to sidestep Congress and hike the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit on his own. In a letter to the president, the lawmakers argue that he has "both the authority and a moral obligation" to invoke the Constitution's 14th Amendment "to avoid an economic catastrophe of historic proportions." "We must not allow a political deadlock to cause the United States to default for the first time in our history," the CBC members wrote. "Now that Congress has borrowed money and incurred debt, we cannot – as a...
  • DNC Chair Says Opposition to President Is Dangerous

    07/30/2011 5:48:38 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 40 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 29 July 2011 | John Semmens
    Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla), chair of the Democratic National Committee, accused House Republicans of acting like dictators for their persistent opposition to President Obama’s Government. “President Obama is trying to lead this country through perilous times,” Wasserman-Schultz said. “We need all hands to pull together toward a common goal. Yet, the Republicans adamantly refuse to accept his leadership. They cling to their own agenda of lower taxes and lower spending despite being told repeatedly that the President rejects these goals.” “The president was elected to rule over all of America,” Wasserman-Schultz insisted. “It is our obligation as members of Congress...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz says GOP seeks ‘dictatorship … spark panic'

    07/27/2011 3:43:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 125 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/27/11 | MIKE ALLEN
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Wednesday that House Republicans are trying to impose “dictatorship” through their tactics in the debt-ceiling negotiations. She said the GOP rhetoric could “spark panic and chaos,” which she called “potentially devastating” to the economy. The chair telephoned POLITICO to express “significant disappointment in where … Republicans have allowed this debate to degenerate.” “Aren’t we at the point where the closer we get to chaos, the more concern that there should be about coming to the table and compromising with Democrats?” Wasserman Schultz asked. “This is not leadership. This...
  • La Raza wants a dictator (Incredible excerpt from the Obama speech yesterday) Obama's in favor

    07/26/2011 7:00:16 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 35 replies
    He goes into this at about 15 minutes into the video. You need to hear these people. The text does *NOT* do it justice. This is what danger we are in. Obama's La Raza speech And I promise you, we are responding to your concerns and working every day to make sure we are enforcing flawed laws in the most humane and best possible way. Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. (Applause.) And believe me, right now dealing with Congress -- AUDIENCE: Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes,...
  • Obama: "It's tempting to bypass congress and change the rules on my own."

    07/25/2011 3:56:08 PM PDT · by freemike · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/25/11 | freemike
    Second time in a few days Obama has stated publicly he wishes he could be a dictator.I called Rand Paul's office and Boehner's office and my own Senator's. The GOP needs to call Obama out on this crap! American Presidents don't go around repeatedly giving speeches fantasizing about how tempting it is to be a dictator! Obama
  • Whether it's health care or cars, Obama knows best

    06/29/2011 7:48:26 PM PDT · by Clairity · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 29, 2011 | Philip Klein
    Having already passed a law telling Americans what kind of health insurance they must buy, President Obama is preparing to dictate what type of cars everybody must drive. If Obama opts for the higher goal, it could increase car prices by nearly $10,000, and cost 1.7 million jobs, according to a study by the Center for Automotive Research, as cited by Popular Mechanics. Not only do CAFE standards restrict choice, they can kill. A 2002 report by the National Academies of Sciences found that the increase in fuel economy standards in the 1970s and 1980s boosted the production of lighter-weight...
  • Progressives target the constitution (Time shreds it, CNN shrugs it off)

    06/24/2011 8:49:11 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Time and CNN
    This is how the progressives do it. Plant some seeds, then before you know it these kinds of ideas will be all over the media. Time magazine cover features shredded U.S. Constitution, asks if it still matters And This Exists: Iceland Rewrites Their Constitution Using Suggestions Through Twitter This second link has me more troubled than the first. The things that Fareed Zakaria are saying could practically be lifted right out of the pages of The Road to Serfdom. I don't think it's possible to state just how much danger we are in. These progressives are out for blood.
  • book publishing announcement - I AM JOHN GALT by Don Luskin

    05/24/2011 11:50:58 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 9 replies
    You've sent me emails in the past, commenting on my appearances on CNBC's Kudlow Report, my columns for the Wall Street Journal, National Review, SmartMoney or, my Krugman Truth Squad column, or my blog The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor & Stupid. So I thought you'd like to know that thanks to the encouragement of people like you, I've written a book that brings together all the ideas I've been talking about, writing about and blogging about over the past ten years. My new book, written with Andrew Greta, is called I Am John Galt, and it was...
  • Senate Seeks to Create Caesar (Republic to Dictatorship in senate bill)

    05/08/2011 7:42:03 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 27 replies ^ | 5.8.11 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    While all of America is distracted and focused on the death of Osama bin Laden, our President and his minions have been fast at work laying the groundwork for S. 679: Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 to speed through the Senate and then make its way into the House and then to the President to sign. Yes, the other hand is quickly forming into a dictatorial fist that is about to smash our Constitution. As you will recall, the beginning of the end of liberty in Rome commenced with Augustus Caesar who compromised the authority of the...
  • Democracy's demise in Latin America: Ecuador on brink of a 'perfect dictatorship'

    05/05/2011 6:47:37 AM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies
    Christian Science Monitor: ^ | May 4, 2011 | Osvaldo Hurtado
    Quito, Ecuador – The 2010 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa, used the term “perfect dictatorship” to describe Mexico’s political system under the absolute control of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for most of the 20th Century. That term also fits the current governments of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia – and now Ecuador – like a glove. Even though Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa is the most powerful president that Ecuador has had since the early 20th Century, he is still determined to gain full control of the two institutions over which his sway is incomplete: the justice system and...
  • State Department Wants To Make It Harder To Get A Passport

    04/26/2011 7:04:34 PM PDT · by Yet_Again · 81 replies
    If you don’t want it to get even harder for a U.S. citizen to get a passport — now required for travel even to Canada or Mexico — you only have until Monday to let the State Department know. The U.S. Department of State is proposing a new Biographical Questionnaire for some passport applicants: The proposed new Form DS-5513 asks for all addresses since birth; lifetime employment history including employers’ and supervisors names, addresses, and telephone numbers; personal details of all siblings; mother’s address one year prior to your birth; any “religious ceremony” around the time of birth; and a...
  • The coming American dictatorship By John Silveira Has anyone else read it? Opinions?

    03/13/2011 7:09:08 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 23 replies
    3/13/11 | chickensoup
    The coming American dictatorship By John Silveira Has anyone read this? I would like to hear the opinions. Particularly about the information about the Constitution and presidential executive orders.
  • Soros: The Chinese Model Of Suppressing Individuals Could Become The Envy Of The World

    03/10/2011 7:32:01 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 03/09/11 | Courtney Comstock
    Soros: The Chinese Model Of Suppressing Individuals Could Become The Envy Of The World Courtney Comstock Apparently, Soros is considering the possibility that people might some day want to be censored and live in a socialist society like China's. He said yesterday at the Traveller’s Club in Paris, according to Dealbook: “The world does need order, and that order needs maintenance. The idea that markets can correct their excesses turned out to be false. “Perfect order and global governance are not realistic expectations. However, it is a sad fact that Western democracies provide less successful leadership than China.”
  • China For A Day Or America For Eternity

    02/27/2011 10:20:59 AM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 6 replies
    www.absolutelynobama.alan ^ | 02/27/11 | Alan Levy
    Back in 2008, the Clown Prince of the New York Slimes' editorial page, Thomas Friedman, wrote this in his book, "Hot, Flat, and Crowded" (What's that, you say ? You haven't read it ? Most of America hasn't. Like most lib books, Hot, Flat, and Crowded was a dud. The only reason I read it is the fact that I bought it for one measly dollar at the library.) : -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "That night I thought a lot about our conversation. I replayed it several times in my head, and eventually a mischevious thought occurred to me: If only...If only America...
  • Forget the Facebook idealists. It's the Brotherhood we should fear

    02/10/2011 9:31:15 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | By Richard Pendlebury | By Richard Pendlebury
    For an organisation that claims a following of millions and is feared by most Arab leaders – and many in the West – it is a very discreet HQ. My path there takes me up the cramped and dusty staircase of an apartment block overlooking the Nile in the Giza district of Cairo. Only a small sticker, which someone has tried to tear off, tells me that I am in the right place.
  • Just Another Arab Dictatorship

    02/03/2011 9:58:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/30/2011 | The Strategy Page
    Changes in government in Lebanon and Egypt bring Israel closer to war, on two fronts. In Lebanon, Hezbollah has bullied and bribed its way into creating a majority coalition in parliament. While representing only a minority of Lebanese (most of the Shia), Hezbollah is backed by Iran and Syria (which is also dependent on Iranian cash). Lebanon has always been divided by religion (many different strains of Islam and Christianity) and clan politics. Long considered part of Syria, but what is, and was, Syria has been part of other empires for over a thousand years. In the 1940s, Lebanon and...
  • Internet Kill Switch(controlled by Obama, exempt from judicial review) Act On Senate's Agenda

    01/25/2011 8:28:09 AM PST · by Innovative · 34 replies
    TMCNet ^ | Jan. 25, 2011 | Tracey E. Schelmetic
    ...once again the topic of an executive branch-controlled "Internet kill switch" has reared its head in Washington, on the tech blogs and in the national media. The bill ... granted the President authority to shut down part of the Internet for an indefinite time. A later version of the bill reduced that time to 120 days, unless Congress approves an extension. A relatively new part of the bill that exempts the legislation from judicial review is once again firing up the bill's critics. According to CBS News, the revised version of the bill, introduced in December, includes new language saying...
  • Venezuela Becomes New Stalinist Nation

    01/20/2011 10:09:54 AM PST · by cj in tx · 13 replies
    Gulag Bound (+ Canada Free Press, etc.) ^ | January 20, 2011 | Sher Zieve
    In their game of “Who can Create the Fastest Slave State," Venezuelan Dictator (now official) Hugo Chavez is now ahead of US Dictator Barack Hussein Obama. Not long ago, Chavez made the comment “Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right.” Slowly at first but recently more quickly, intensely and more violently every day, Hugo Chavez has become one of the current incarnations of Josef Stalin. Over strong objections from the opposition, in December, Chavez’ ruling and majority Socialist Party...
  • Dictatorship by Executive Order Could Be Headed Our Way; We Must Stop It

    01/19/2011 5:40:11 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies ^ | January 19, 2011 | Jerry McConnell
    On Wednesday, November 03, 2010, the day following the national elections, Barack Obama proclaimed, “They ‘shellacked’ us” meaning the conservative Republicans won a hugely significant number of seats in Congress along with a large number of state governorships that had been held for the previous four years by the Democrats; and more specifically, the liberal Democrats. Since that date, now two plus months ago, this same bunch of losers have done nothing to correct the mistakes and terribly bad moves they made to cause such a drubbing, in fact, they have done nothing but complain, label the voting public as...
  • Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans

    01/07/2011 8:57:35 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 320 replies
    CBS News | CNet ^ | 1/7/10 | Declan McCullagh
    STANFORD, Calif. - President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today. It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said. That news, first reported by CNET, effectively pushes the department to the forefront of the issue, beating out other potential candidates including the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Pimping America's Next Reichstag Fire

    12/21/2010 10:50:46 AM PST · by STD · 22 replies · 2+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 12/21/10 | self
    Just as we are about to celebrate Christmas among families and friends, we are told to fear the next attack by Obamas Attorney General. Talk about preparing the victim. These people are much too obvious! WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 Attorney General Eric Holder has an urgent message for Americans: While he is confident that the United States will continue to thwart attacks, "the terrorists only have to be successful once."
  • As Chávez Gets Decree Powers, NYT Admires 'Political Sagacity,' Press Avoids Dictatorial Details

    12/19/2010 10:23:41 AM PST · by La Lydia · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 18, 2010 | Tom Blumer
    Having been given the power to rule by decree for 18 months, Hugo Chávez appears to be in the midst of completing a de facto statist takeover of the country institutions and levers of power. No journalist is daring to directly call it dictatorship. You won't find any form of the word at a December 15 New York Times story by Simon Romero or at a December 17 Associated Press item by Fabiola Sanchez. In a Reuters story ("Venezuela assembly gives Chavez decree powers"), reporters Daniel Wallis and Frank Jack Daniel took note of outraged "opponents who accuse him of...
  • Hugo Chavez Joke Gets Airline Crew Detained In Venezuela

    12/14/2010 11:34:18 AM PST · by KingOfVagabonds · 12 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 12/14/10 | Justin Hyde
    WikiLeaks cables reveal the crew of an American Airlines jet was detained in Venezuela in 2008 after making a minor joke over the plane's PA about President Hugo Chavez, forcing American to fly the plane empty to get them home.
  • Big Sis Is Out Of Control

    12/12/2010 10:39:28 AM PST · by AmericaTalks · 84 replies · 1+ views
    America Talks ^ | 12/12/10 | David Zublick
    Revelations that the Department of Homeland Security is instituting a program by which citizens will be asked to rat one another out has sent reverberations throughout the land. Has 1984 finally come to America? First, it was the invasive body scans and pat-downs at U.S. airports. These sexual assaults on the American people may soon be extended to other forms of mass transportation. And in at least one major U.S. city, pat- downs are already being conducted by police on the streets targeting people who act suspicious, by doing things such as putting their hands in their coat pocket. How...
  • Juan Williams, Welcome To Imusville

    10/22/2010 12:10:15 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 18 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 22, 2010 | By C. Edmund Wright
    Welcome Juan Williams. You are the latest citizen of Imusville. And by Imusville, I mean a place where people who make their living talking end up when their buddies on the left forget the First Amendment and sacrifice them on the altar of political correctness. And yes, I submit the Williams-Imus comparison is valid because at the time of his firing, Don Imus was about five years into an exploration of his inner liberal. More on that later. As you might remember, Imus was canned for an impolitic bit on his show about Rutgers women basketball players being "nappy headed...
  • Laying the Ground for Widespread Vote Fraud (Axelrod Suggests Dem Upset- so Stay Up Late)

    10/20/2010 2:05:58 PM PDT · by STD · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/20/10 | Real Clear Politics
    Axelrod Suggests Dem's Stay Up late for an Upset on Election Night; that's the headline today folks. What does ace Dem insider and Obama Campaign Chairman know that the media, the pundits and the rest of the voting public doesn't? Perhaps the answer lays in the testimony of a Florida computer programmer M. Curtiss, who under sworn testimony admits helping to create a computer program that steals one out of every ten votes cast while remaining undectable to outside investigators. You can listen to his testimony on YouTube
  • We Don't Need No (Leftist) Education

    10/13/2010 2:31:22 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 45 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2010 | By Robin of Berkeley
    David Horowitz is one of those rare people who change lives. I know, because he changed mine. When I started snapping out of my Leftist trance three years ago, I had nowhere to turn. I didn't have the foggiest idea why thugs were surrounding Obama. Weren't the progressives the good guys? I turned to my local Borders bookstore for some answers. There I found the writings of David Horowitz, to which I could immediately relate. Like me, Horowitz was a Jew from New York who was hoodwinked by radicalism. But that's where the similarities stopped. My parents were JFK-type liberals...
  • Obama reshapes administration for a fresh strategy

    10/07/2010 9:37:23 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 6, 2010 | Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons
    As President Obama remakes his senior staff, he is also shaping a new approach for the second half of his term: to advance his agenda through executive actions he can take on his own, rather than pushing plans through an increasingly hostile Congress..."It's fair to say that the next phase is going to be less about legislative action than it is about managing the change that we've brought," White House senior advisor David Axelrod said... So the best arena for Obama to execute his plans may be his own branch of government. That means more executive orders, more use of...
  • Paul Henry- New Zealand Falls To Fascism

    10/06/2010 3:11:40 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 28 replies
    Crusader Rabbit ^ | October 5, 2010 | Redbaiter
    The Paul Henry issue shouldn’t be an issue. That it has rocked NZ with a force three times the power of the Christchurch earthquake is evidence that there is a critical malaise abroad in the country. Well, more evidence actually, and it shows that the country is far far sicker collectively than I had ever imagined. (and I think you can guess how bad that makes it) So much that is so much more important is deliberately sidelined by a nation of lemmings so infected by the neo-fascist disease they make the boiling frog fable look like a complete understatement....
  • New health law to require some obesity care

    09/22/2010 9:15:50 AM PDT · by Innovative · 6 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Sept. 22, 2010 | Sandra G. Boodman
    Provisions of the new health care overhaul law that take effect this week will require insurers to cover preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a group of experts that assesses the effectiveness of preventive care.
  • Energy Department Says It Has ‘Mandate’ to (Force) Market Transformation’ for Household Appliances

    09/18/2010 12:26:58 PM PDT · by goldendays · 57 replies ^ | Friday, September 17, 2010 | Penny Starr
    Energy Department Says It Has ‘Mandate’ to Force ‘Market Transformation’ for Household Appliances Assistant Secretary of Energy Cathy Zoi said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Energy has a “mandate” to issue regulations that will determine what household appliances are available to Americans in the future. as a “mandate” to issue regulations to determine what household appliances are available to Americans in the future. Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the recently reestablished Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB), Zoi pointed to four tactics the Obama administration intended use to advance the “deployment of clean energy.” The first three were...
  • United Nations to Consider Implementing a Worldwide Tax.

    09/16/2010 9:16:39 PM PDT · by LeaveAmericaNow · 33 replies, CFAM ^ | Thursday September 16, 2010 | Amanda Pawloski By Amanda Pawloski NEW YORK, September 16 (C-FAM) - Sixty nations will present a declaration to implement an international currency transaction tax during the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) summit that begins next week at United Nations headquarters in New York....
  • Implementing Obamacare: A New Exercise in Old-Fashioned Central Planning

    09/11/2010 10:12:16 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 24 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Sept. 10, 2010 | John S. Hoff
    Obamacare - the massive health care law passed in March - constitutes the largest expansion of government since the Great Society. Americans have voiced their strong opposition, but the Obama Administration is determined to force-feed the new medicine. The Administration's vision of health care is based on the premise that the federal government can - and must - control the details of health care financing and delivery across the country. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is the scaffolding for this control. The new law gives the Administration extensive authority to achieve broadly outlined goals, allowing it to...
  • Save the Light Bulb

    09/06/2010 12:39:10 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 147 replies
    Red State ^ | September 3, 2010 | Erick Erickson
    Dear John Boehner, Ted Poe, and Members of the incoming 112th Congress: If you do only one thing in your time in Washington, and frankly I hope you do only one thing given your propensity to expand government (other than eradicating Obamacare), it is this: SAVE THE LIGHT BULB. People may not realize it, but one of the first acts of the Democratic Congress in 2007, was to ban the light bulb effective in 2014. Seriously. Now, you may say that this is an exaggeration, and it is a bit, but the incandescent light bulb is the light bulb of...
  • Obama's DOJ threatens Colleges over free Kindles. WTH?

    08/24/2010 12:51:41 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | august 3, 2010 | Byron York
    Why did feds claim Kindle violates civil rights? By: Byron York Chief Political Correspondent August 3, 2010 _________________________________________________________ The Justice Department threatened several universities with legal action because they took part in an experimental program to allow students to use the Amazon Kindle for textbooks. (AP) Did you know the Justice Department threatened several universities with legal action because they took part in an experimental program to allow students to use the Amazon Kindle for textbooks? Last year, the schools -- among them Princeton, Arizona State and Case Western Reserve -- wanted to know if e-book readers would be more...
  • Obama signs bill that requires Texas to maintain education spending to receive federal funds

    08/12/2010 9:12:55 PM PDT · by Innovative · 61 replies
    Dallas News ^ | Aug 11, 2010 | TOM BENNING
    Texas would have to preserve its current education spending levels through 2013 to qualify for more than $830 million in federal aid under a Texas-specific provision signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama. The mandate passed the House on Tuesday afternoon as part of a $26 billion jobs protection bill, despite strong opposition from Texas Republicans. Several said the amendment unfairly singled out the state and jeopardized its ability to receive the funds. Gov. Rick Perry said the provision, which applies only to Texas, is unconstitutional because state officials can't guarantee future spending. And only days after Lt. Gov....
  • Obama's Soft-Core Socialism (by Steve Forbes)

    07/24/2010 11:24:29 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 19 replies · 2+ views
    Forbes ^ | July 24, 2010 | Steve Forbes
    The truth is that not even the Franklin Roosevelt Administration was as hostile to and ignorant about free enterprise as this Administration is. Almost every action Obama officials take underscores their belief in the stereotype that businesspeople are mostly amoral, corner-cutting, consumer-shafting, pollution-loving menaces. The economy itself needs to be tightly controlled and rigidly guided by Washington mandarins because free markets are inherently and destructively unstable. Incrementalism and the velvet glove over an iron fist are Obama's preferred methods. Thus, it will take several years for surviving health care companies to become full-fledged vassals of the federal government, which will...
  • Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    07/22/2010 11:15:40 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 74 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/22/2010 | Allan Hall in Berlin
    Germany's health system is funded by a series of mandatory health insurance funds, all of which are reporting serious deficits as the system is overused. Recently the German Teachers' Association recommended weighing children in class each day and reporting the seriously overweight to social services, who would have the power to remove them to clinics. "The question must be admitted whether the immense costs that, for example, arise from excessive consumption of food, can be permanently paid out of the consolidated health system," said Marco Wanderwitz, the conservative MP for the state of Saxony. "I think it's sensible that people...
  • Obama names three out-of-work Americans as newest Administration Czars

    07/21/2010 8:06:19 AM PDT · by orwell2112 · 12 replies
    Wine and Excrement (Satire) ^ | July 21, 2010 | Sisyphus
    WASHINGTON – Even as the Senate overcame a Republican filibuster that sought to prevent a $33.9 billion extension of unemployment benefits from being “financed” with more debt, President Obama single-handedly reduced the unemployment rate of the three Americans who joined him at a press briefing Monday in the Rose Garden from 100 to zero percent by crowning them as his latest White House Czars ...
  • A bitter taste of the North

    07/20/2010 3:56:47 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 27 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | July 20, 2010 | Cho Dong-ho
    [Viewpoint] A bitter taste of the North The North Korean waitress sweet-talked us: ‘How can you call yourself a man when you can’t even eat dog?’ July 20, 2010 The Internet was abuzz last week about a Kim Tae-hee look-alike in a North Korean restaurant. Someone found a photo of a North Korean waitress with a strong resemblance to the popular South Korean actress known for her impeccable beauty. The photo was joyously received and disseminated among young Internet users on the southern side. Some even referred to her as a goddess. Her workplace was a North Korean noodle shop...
  • Mass. may join effort to bypass Electoral College

    07/19/2010 2:13:49 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 133 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 19, 2010 | Martin Finucane
    The state Legislature is poised to give final approval this week to a new law intended to bypass the Electoral College system and ensure that the winner of the presidential election is determined by the national popular vote. Both the House and Senate have approved the National Popular Vote bill. Final enactment votes are needed in both chambers, however, before the bill goes to the governor's desk, the Globe reported last
  • Iran's president: US a global 'dictatorship'

    07/07/2010 4:19:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/7/10 | AP
    ABUJA, Nigeria – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that the U.S. is a "dictatorship" as it tries to control world affairs. Ahmadinejad made the comments Wednesday night during a speech at the Iranian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria's capital. He is in Nigeria for a summit of an organization known as the D-8, or the Developing Eight nations. In full, Ahmadinejad says the U.S. is "the self-proclaimed leader, and everybody should know that a self-proclaimed leadership is (a) dictatorship. I am going to say, on behalf of you, that the years of dictatorship are over."
  • San Fran Bans Coke

    07/07/2010 7:01:47 AM PDT · by florm15 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The sale of Coca-Cola is now outlawed at San Francisco City Hall. That means if you need to wash down that tofu turkey dog, you’ll need to order a bottle of soy milk. Mayor Gavin Newsome has issued an executive order banning Coke, Pepsi and Fanta Orange from vending machines on city property. The directive also includes non-diet sodas, sports drinks and artificially sweetened water. That means you can no longer “Do the Dew” at City Hall. Dr. Pepper? Not welcome and neither is Mr. Pibb. Even fruit juices have come under the mayor’s scrutiny. Juices must be made from...
  • Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate (Committee)

    06/26/2010 10:03:14 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 97 replies
    Tech World ^ | June 25, 2010 | Grant Gross
    A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack. Senator Joe Lieberman and other bill sponsors have refuted the charges that the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act gives the president an Internet "kill switch." Instead, the bill puts limits on the powers the president already has to cause "the closing of any facility or stations for wire communication" in a time of war, as described in the Communications Act of 1934, they said in a...
  • Hugo Chavez Spearheads Raids as Food Prices Skyrocket (preview of future of US under Obama?)

    06/19/2010 2:37:59 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 20 replies · 865+ views
    CNBC ^ | June 18, 2010 | Reuters
    Mountains of rotting food found at a government warehouse, soaring prices and soldiers raiding wholesalers accused of hoarding: Food supply is the latest battle in President Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution. It is also the latest issue to divide the Latin American country where Chavez has nationalized a wide swathe of the economy, he says to reverse years of exploitation of the poor. Critics accuse him of steering the country toward a communist dictatorship and say he is destroying the private sector.
  • Obama’s Greenhouse Gas Rules Survive Senate Vote

    06/14/2010 4:51:38 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 30 replies · 726+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 6/13/2010 | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON — In a boost for the president on global warming, the Senate on Thursday rejected a challenge to Obama administration rules aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other big polluters. The defeated resolution would have denied the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to move ahead with the rules, crafted under the federal Clean Air Act. With President Barack Obama’s broader clean energy legislation struggling to gain a foothold in the Senate, the vote took on greater significance as a signal of where lawmakers stand on dealing with climate change. “If ever there was a vote...
  • The Obama Agenda: The Fall of America Through Orchestrated Crisis

    06/13/2010 1:26:12 PM PDT · by callisto · 137 replies · 3,958+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog ^ | June 13, 2010 | Liz Blaine
    Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are deliberately and unapologetically engaging in economic sabotage; simultaneously targeting numerous sectors of the American economy using orchestrated systemic crisis in an effort to overwhelm the U.S. economy and effect the destruction of capitalism and America from within. By using the Cloward-Piven Strategy to promote economic and social change through the exploitation of misfortune, national crisis and disorganization the Left is advancing government as the tool for reorganization. The tactics and intended consequences of the Obama administration include: Strategically planned “crises” to systematically takeover private industry. Flooding government with impossible financial burdens until the debt...