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  • Obama: Is it too soon to judge his presidency?

    12/30/2011 1:25:43 PM PST · by thecodont · 76 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | December 29, 2011 | 12:34 pm | Alexandra Le Tellier
    [...] And yet, here we are at the end of 2011, with Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and discussion boards still teeming with intemperate quick takes. President Obama has taken considerable heat this year, but isn't it too soon to accuse him of being an ineffectual leader? Isn't that one lesson from the Tucson incident? On a Christmas Day episode of "GPS" on CNN, Fareed Zakaria interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, who reminded us that it's too early to cast Obama's legacy in stone. Here's an excerpt from their interview: I admire him very much, and I think that his...
  • Fourth-Best President? The Unbearable Heaviness of Obama’s Ego

    12/22/2011 12:26:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Media ^ | December 22, 2011 | Barry Rubin
    In his interview with 60 Minutes, Barack Obama said he was the “fourth-best president.” This was cut from the program. Since it is such a compelling statement, I can only presume it was cut — like so many other things that were great in journalistic terms — to keep Obama from looking bad. But those making fun of Obama for this statement have just skimmed the surface. Actually, there is a lot to be discovered from further examining what he said. And, before proceeding, I should note that my main professional training was in U.S. history, just to make...
  • Disaster Is Always a Call to Repentance!

    12/09/2011 7:23:24 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 3 replies ^ | 12/09/2011 | Clay Jones
    I need to begin with a qualification: I’ve been embarrassed when some famous evangelical leaders (no, I’m not going to name names) have blamed people for the disaster they’ve suffered through. For example, I didn’t agree with blaming 9/11 on this sin or that or blaming the Haitian earthquake victims for the earthquake because they practiced Voodoo. We aren’t in a position to say why a particular disaster strikes a particular group. Now, that being said, that doesn’t mean that disaster isn’t always a call to repentance. God certainly uses disaster, every disaster, that way. I’m just saying we shouldn’t...
  • Maine congressional delegation asks for fisheries disaster declaration

    12/01/2011 9:41:54 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | Nov. 30, 2011
    Maine’s congressional delegation is supporting Gov. Paul LePage’s request seeking a federal fisheries disaster declaration to provide aid to Maine’s groundfishing fleet. ... His request followed a recent report documenting a sharp decline in Maine’s fishing fleet due to changes in federal fishery management plans.
  • Courting Disaster: Two Gaping Loopholes in the Debt Deal That Will Drive Up Spending

    11/07/2011 1:16:27 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation ^ | November 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Patrick Louis Knudsen
    Among the more egregious failings of the Budget Control Act (BCA)—the proxy fiscal plan spawned by the summer’s debt ceiling debate—are a pair of gaping loopholes allowing Congress effectively to blow through the agreement’s advertised spending limit. The Senate has already begun to exploit one of these openings. The House should not let it happen. Loophole No. 1, little noticed when the BCA was enacted, is called “disaster relief.” It allows Congress to “adjust” the BCA’s $1.043 trillion discretionary spending cap for fiscal year (FY) 2012—that is, to simply raise the limit—for weather events the President terms “disasters” (an exceptionally...
  • The Collapse of Our Corrupt, Predatory, Pathological Financial System Is Necessary and Positive

    11/06/2011 2:15:23 PM PST · by Space Patrol Hoppa · 35 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | November 5, 2011 | Charles Hugh Smith
    We are being throttled by the Big Lie: we're told that if the predatory financial system implodes, we'll all be ruined. The opposite is true: the only way to save our economy is to let the corrupt, pathological and flawed financial system implode. I was recently challenged by a contributor to write something positive, and so I decided to write about the single most positive outcome of the current financial crisis in Europe: the complete collapse of the corrupt, predatory, pathological global banking sector and its dealers, the central banks. Exploring why this is so reveals the insurmountable internal conflicts...
  • [Obama Disaster] Employers Consider Dropping Insurance Plans [once ObamaCare in place]

    11/01/2011 8:24:36 PM PDT · by topher · 25 replies ^ | 11-1-2011 | By Jim Angle
    Three years before the new health care law takes full effect, a survey of employers has found 30 percent of them are thinking about dropping coverage, in part because most employees will have an alternative -- government-subsidized insurance exchanges. McKinsey & Company commissioned a survey of 1,329 private sector employers in February and found that three out of 10 respondents who said their companies offered employer-sponsored health insurance said they would "definitely" or "probably" drop coverage in the years following 2014, the year the Affordable Care Act takes full effect. "The employer knows there's no reason to provide private, expensive...
  • Obama Has Declared Record-Breaking 89 Disasters So Far In 2011

    10/28/2011 9:39:58 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo News ^ | 28 Oct 2011 | Amy Bingham
    From Hurricane Irene , which soaked the entire East Coast in August, to the Midwest tornadoes , which wrought havoc from Wisconsin to Texas, 2011 has seen more billion-dollar natural disasters than any year on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center. And as America’s hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and wildfires set records this year, so too has President Obama in his response to them. During the first 10 months of this year President Obama declared 89 major disasters, more than the record 81 declarations that he made in all of 2010. And Obama has declared more disasters — 229...
  • Caught on camera: 6,810 bottles of wine crashed to floor when store's shelves collapsed

    10/24/2011 10:39:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10-24-11 | Mike O'Brien
    It's a wine lover's nightmare - thousands of bottles of the world's finest grape juice crash on the floor, leading to a tsunami of undrinkable vino. At Superior Discount Liquors in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, that disastrous scenario really did happen. A 78ft long shelving unit suddenly becoming detached from its anchoring wall. Standing four shelves high, a total of 6,810 bottles of wine and champagne smashed on the floor. The liquor turned into a sea of red and broken glass. Managers at the store are stumped as to why or how it happened, but did admit the shelves are 31 years...
  • Japan: March disaster debris may reach Hawaii next year(huge debris field spotted)

    10/15/2011 12:11:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 1+ views
    NHK ^ | 10/15/11
    March disaster debris may reach Hawaii next year US researchers say some of the huge amount of debris that has been drifting in the Pacific Ocean as a result of Japan's disaster in March may reach Hawaii next year. Nikolai Maximenko, senior researcher at the University of Hawaii's International Pacific Research Center, says a huge amount of debris was spotted by a Russian training ship heading for Vladivostok from Hawaii in late September. The debris was found in a wide area in the northern Pacific Ocean about 3,200 kilometers east of Japan and about 900 kilometers west of the Midway...
  • Include your Pets in your Evacuation and Disaster Planning

    10/05/2011 6:49:33 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 24 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | October 5, 2011 | ARA
    All too often when a disaster strikes, our four-legged friends are left to fend for themselves and sometimes end up lost, injured or killed. The best way to avoid this tragic scenario is to have a well-thought-out disaster plan that includes pets...
  • No Big Fight Over Disaster Aid — Too Bad

    09/27/2011 10:43:46 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 5 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 9/27/2011 | David Hogberg
    A government shutdown has been avoided as Congress reached a deal on the latest contentious budget issue: financing federal disaster aid. As the New York Times reported: “The Senate reached a bipartisan spending agreement on Monday to avert a government shutdown, sidestepping a bitter impasse over disaster financing after federal authorities said they could most likely squeak through the rest of this week with the $114 million they had on hand.” There is no guarantee that a “bitter impasse” would have resulted in reforming disaster aid, but it’s almost certain that it won’t happen without any serious debate. That’s too...
  • House of Representatives passes spending bill (Dingy Harry Reid, Senate need disaster aid)

    09/23/2011 5:23:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/23/11
    House of Representatives passes spending billNEWSCORE Last Updated: 5:45 AM, September 23, 2011 WASHINGTON -- The US House of Representatives early Friday morning passed a temporary spending bill -- with lawmakers reversing their opposition to the short-term funding measure rejected about 30 hours earlier. On Wednesday, 48 House Republicans had joined Democrats in opposing the GOP-crafted temporary spending bill to keep the government funded through Nov. 18. **SNIP** "The bill the House will vote on tonight is not an honest effort at compromise," Reid said in a statement before the vote. "It will be rejected by the Senate. ... The...
  • American Generosity

    09/15/2011 4:12:00 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 25 replies
    September 15, 2011
    As you open your pockets for the next natural disaster, please keep these facts in mind: The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans' salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause The Salvation Army's Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this...
  • Leveraging a Hurricane (Dems put funding electric cars ahead of disaster relief)

    09/03/2011 9:04:19 AM PDT · by Clairity · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 2, 2011 | WSJ Editorial
    Rahm Emanuel may have decamped to Chicago, but Democrats in Washington still won't let a good crisis go to waste. Their current gambit is to use Hurricane Irene as a pretext to prevent spending cuts to one of Washington's most notorious boondoggles. This week the left-wing press has been attacking House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for holding disaster relief funding "hostage." A more accurate way to put this is that Senate Democrats won't approve new funding for disasters unless they get the funding they want for corporations that make electric cars.
  • Obama’s FEMA Breaks Disaster Declaration Record

    08/10/2011 9:09:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies ^ | Matt Mayer
    On August 8, President Barack Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a disaster declaration for flooding in Utah. With that declaration, FEMA hit 158 declarations in 2011 and in so doing surpassed the 15-year record of 157 declarations, set in 1996 by President Bill Clinton’s FEMA, led by James Lee Witt. At this pace, FEMA will end the year with roughly 288 declarations, or almost twice the previous record. When FEMA issues a declaration, costs shift from the state where the declaration occurred to the federal government—which really means the states where the disaster did not occur are paying...
  • (Vanity) I want to know--IS OBAMA PLAYING GOLF THIS WEEKEND?

    08/06/2011 9:26:49 PM PDT · by Mamzelle · 18 replies
    8/07/11 | Mamzelle
    The market crashed, the debt skyrocketed over one day, our credit downgraded and the worst casualties in Afghanistan since the war began. And it was his big party week. High rollers in Chicago. Hollywood in the WH. He's in Camp David. Will he pay his nation the expected insult, the gesture of contemptuous indifference--by devoting himself yet again to his favorite form of leisure?
  • How Pilots Wrestled In Vain to Save Air France Jet

    07/31/2011 9:31:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 122 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tim Hepher
    "What do you think? What do you think? What should we do?" The 37-year-old Air France co-pilot with over 6,000 flying hours was running out of ideas as a stall alarm bellowed through the Airbus cockpit for the sixth time in exactly two minutes. His junior colleague with two years on the job was already in despair as he battled to control the jet's speed and prevent it rocking left to right in pitch darkness over the Atlantic, on only his second Rio de Janeiro-Paris trip as an A330 pilot. "I don't have control of the plane. I don't have...
  • O's Unemployment is a Disaster

    07/11/2011 3:42:48 AM PDT · by Son House · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | July 8, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Some people think that the unemployment rate today going up to 9.2% pretty much means that there's no way a responsible Republican leader would cave, with the unemployment news continuing to be bad, therefore Obama's policy obviously being destructive, there is no way, Rush, don't worry about it, Rush, there's no way a responsible leader's gonna cave, that 9.2% unemployment figure's a game-changer. What do you mean? It just went up one-tenth of a point. Why wasn't 9.1% a game-changer? What, on Thursday they're talking about possibly caving so go from 9.1 to 9.2, well, that takes the cave...
  • The Key To Disaster Survival? Friends And Neighbors (NPR article)

    07/06/2011 11:25:50 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 30 replies ^ | 7-4-11 | Shankar Vedantam
    I found this of interest, about half way down: "Governments and big nongovernmental organizations — which are keenly aware of the big picture — are often blind to neighborhood dynamics. In Southeast Asia, Aldrich found that well-intentioned NGOs actually hurt the fishing communities they were trying to help. They saw the damage caused by the tsunami in fishing villages and started giving new boats to all the fishermen. Really, at the end of the day, the people who will save you, and the people who will help you, they're usually neighbors. - Daniel Aldrich "Fishing is a very social activity....