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  • Things that will happen if Venezuela implodes

    03/25/2015 2:33:39 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 45 replies
    cnbc ^ | 3-25-2015
    An economic implosion is becoming increasingly likely in Venezuela , and the country's debtholders, trade partners and neighbors are bracing for the fallout. The country's energy-dependent economy requires oil prices above $100 per barrel in order to sustain itself. Oil accounts for 95 percent of the country's export earnings, and combined with gas, it's 25 percent of the country's gross domestic product. Internationally traded Brent crude prices have fallen more than 48 percent in the past year. Meanwhile, a combination of inflation and currency controls have generated scarcity of basic needs such as flour, toilet paper and medicine. Venezuelans stand...
  • World Overpopulation? Hold On, Buddy!

    01/01/2015 4:47:26 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    New Eastern Outloook ^ | 01/01/14 | F. William Engdahl
    In Germany, the birthrate has sunk to just 1.36, worse even than low-fertility Spain (1.48) and Italy (1.4). Western Europe as a whole will most likely shrink from 460 million to just 350 million by the end of the century. And barring dramatic reversal of the foolish One (sometimes Two) Child Policy, China’s population will be reduced in half. Even the USA where a large immigrant Hispanic population immigration has kept birth rates higher, is now facing reduction. A Pew Research Center report found that immigrant births fell from 102 per 1,000 women in 2007 to 87.8 per 1,000 in...
  • Two Midterm Elections Have Hollowed Out The Democratic Party

    11/09/2014 8:38:25 PM PST · by goldstategop · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/08/2014 | Dan Balz
    The more serious problem for Democrats is the drubbing they’ve taken in the states, the breeding ground for future national talent and for policy experimentation. Republicans have unified control — the governorship and the legislature — in 23 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Democrats control just seven. Democrats hold 18 governorships, but only a handful are in the most populous states. In California, Gov. Jerry Brown won again at age 76, his fourth, non-consecutive term in the governor’s office. His victory means that younger Democrats will have to wait until 2018 to compete for one of...
  • US and China discuss North Korea contingency plan

    01/14/2014 4:02:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 2014/01/14 | Julian Ryall
    US and China discuss North Korea contingency plan Countries discussed courses of action if North Korea implodes By Julian Ryall, Tokyo 11:20AM GMT 14 Jan 2014 Washington and Beijing are discussing potential courses of action should the North Korea regime implode and have previously come up with contingency plans before Kim Jong-il's death. Washington and Beijing discussed possible scenarios in North Korea when it appeared that Kim Jong-il was close to death it is believe they are again discussing potential courses of action should the present regime implode. In a recent report by the US Congressional Research Service, Kurt Campbell,...
  • Boston bombing suspect put on terrorist watch list at CIA request

    04/24/2013 2:39:54 PM PDT · by Enchante · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/24/2013 | Greg Miller and Sari Horwitz
    The CIA asked the main U.S. counterterrorism agency to add the name of one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers to a watch list more than a year before the attack, according to U.S. officials.
  • Is Economic Implosion Inevitable?

    04/19/2013 9:14:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2013 | Leonid Chuzhoy
    The last three centuries have been a period of unprecedented economic growth. The world's GDP doubled in the 18th century, increased six times in the 19th and then shot up 40 times in the 20th. Understandably, the public now considers growth to be the natural state of economy, while periods of recession are viewed as temporary aberrations. Unfortunately, the recent recession is qualitatively different. Consider the basic economic equation: Size of economy (GDP) = Individual productivity x Working age population x Employment rate The economic expansion in recent centuries was due to two factors: a) exponential population growth that followed...
  • When Babies Disappear (What to Expect When No One's Expecting)

    01/15/2013 6:23:44 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 73 replies
    RealClearBooks ^ | January 14, 2013 | Heather Wilhelm
    Do We Love Kids? Five years ago, on a quiet, leisurely Thursday night, my husband and I sat at the dining room table with a yellow notepad, discussing when we should start having kids. "See, here's how it works," he said, drawing a graph. "With a dog, you put in a medium amount of work, and you get a medium amount of reward. If you were to, say, purchase a lion, you'd put in a lot of work, but you'd get pretty much no reward - and you might even get eaten. Horrible deal." He paused, drawing a straight...
  • As Predicted Democrats Abandoning Obama

    05/26/2012 4:05:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 230 replies ^ | May 26, 2012 | John Ransom
    Love is always being able to tell liberals I told you so. Ok, I don’t know if it’s love exactly, but man it sure does feel good.A few weeks ago, after West Virginia’s Democrat governor and US Senator both refused to endorse Obama for reelection in 2012, I wrote:Scores of Democrats running for reelection will defect from Obama before the campaign is done. And scores of Democrat voters will reject him too. Why? The same reason voters will likely vote to kick Obama out of the White House: self-interest, if not outright self-defense.      Democrat Governor Earl Ray Tomblin of West...
  • Frankfurt Group, Europe’s hit squad

    11/16/2011 6:08:23 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    The Spectator, London ^ | 11/16/2011 | Fraser Nelson
    Gathered around Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, a small group of unelected EU officials have been assigned the task of governing the eurozone and removing leaders who fail to toe the line, writes the British conservative weekly The Spectator. Fraser Nelson The Old Opera House in Frankfurt – once Germany’s most beautiful postwar ruin and now its most stunning recreation – has become a symbol of European rebirth. And it was here, last month, that Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy met the EU’s bureaucratic elite in what would, in another era, be described as a putsch. They had grown tired...
  • Newt's one-man RLC show

    06/16/2011 10:47:12 PM PDT · by jageorge72 · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/16/11 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    No longer constrained by campaign advisers who insisted on such conventions as “message discipline,” Gingrich fulminated against President Obama, the news media, activist judges and assorted other liberal bogeymen for 41 minutes here Thursday night. It was classic Newt – slashing attacks, an array of ideas, and a few plugs for his website. All jumbled together with little cohesion. The former speaker, it seems, is very much enjoying the post-consultant phase of his candidacy. Read more:
  • How About Adding a North Korea Crisis to the Mix?

    02/26/2011 5:40:31 AM PST · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 26, 2011 | Dan Miller
    With much of the rest of the world — Egypt, Iran, Libya, and others — in escalating turmoil and with other potential hot spots getting hotter, events on the Korean peninsula may well be getting less coordinated attention from the Obama administration even than they normally do, and even than they got when the still simmering Korean mess erupted late last year. More recently, the Obama administration found itself wallowing in bad intelligence and conflicting administration statements as to Egypt. That deficiency continues even as to Libya, the current hot spot de jour; the worldwide economic consequences of the situation...
  • Pak ex-minister Sherry Rehman fit to be killed, says cleric (hitting the fan soon)

    01/09/2011 5:45:22 PM PST · by mewykwistmas · 6 replies ^ | 1/10/2011 |
    Islamabad: Several clerics have issued fatwas against former Pakistani minister Sherry Rehman and declared her an infidel for calling for changes in the blasphemy law, prompting civil society activists to register a complaint with police in the port city of Karachi today. Media reports said the imam of Sultan Masjid, one of Karachi's biggest mosques, declared Rehman a 'kaafir' (infidel) and 'wajib-ul-qatl' (fit to be killed) while delivering a sermon after the Friday prayers. The mosque has close ties to the Saudi Arabian government. Islamic hardliners who organised a massive rally in Karachi today also issued a pamphlet that named...
  • The Increasingly Self-Pitying Obama White House

    08/11/2010 10:33:35 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | August 9, 2010 | Peter Wehner
    SNIP...I’ll reserve final judgment until I read the entire piece. But based on these excerpts — which presumably reflect the thrust of the 10,000-word article — what is striking is the degree of self-pity we find in Obama’s advisers, which is reflected in the president’s words and attitude as well. Team Obama sounds nothing so much as overmatched and overwhelmed, unable to understand what has gone wrong, and increasingly bitter toward the nation’s capital and the pace and nature of politics.
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Agitated McCain: Don't call me a maverick (McCain loses temper, Graham defends him)

    04/14/2010 7:19:36 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 68 replies · 1,406+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-04-14 | Manu Raju & Jonathan Martin
    John McCain — who built his political persona and his 2008 presidential campaign around the claim that he’s a “maverick” — told Newsweek recently: “I never considered myself a maverick.” When POLITICO asked McCain about the contradiction at the Capitol this week, the Arizona Republican grew visibly irritated and snapped: “I’ve been called a thousand things. It’s absolutely ridiculous.”He said 48 percent of the homeowners in his state are underwater on their mortgages. He said he’s always “done what’s best for my state and the nation.” Then he said it again, adding, “People can consider me whatever they want.” And...
  • Implosion of Texas Stadium - Former Home of the Dallas Cowboys - Video 4/11/10

    04/11/2010 5:49:51 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 41 replies · 1,253+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 11, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of the implosion of Texas Stadium this morning, April 11, 2010. Texas Stadium was the home of the Dallas Cowboys from 1971-2008. They moved into Cowboys Stadium to begin the 2009 season.
  • One Election Changed Everything But Nothing Ever Changes Liberals (They Won't Change Alert)

    01/21/2010 6:55:24 PM PST · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 486+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 1/21/2010 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Nancy Pelosi says she does not have the votes to pass health care reform in the House of Representatives. She made that announcement not long ago. House Dems do not have the votes to pass the Senate bill. Don't have the votes. It's amazing. It's an amazing thing what one election can do, just one election. I have always said that elections have consequences. RUSH: You gotta hear this. Scott Brown shows up in Washington today, folks. This is hilarious. It's hilarious and predictable. I told Cookie, I want a montage of the questions, the initial questions that he...
  • Consumer Credit Plunges $17.5 Billion On Consensus Of -$5 Billion, Largest Drop On Record

    01/08/2010 6:52:53 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 1,226+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/08/10
    Consumer Credit Plunges $17.5 Billion On Consensus Of -$5 Billion, Largest Drop On Record Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/08/2010 15:15 -0500 US consumers have said "enough" - in November consumer borrowing plunged by seasonally adjusted $17.5 billion, the largest drop in history, on a -$5 billion consensus... and the market doesn't move one bit. Quants 1: Efficient markets 0. In November total credit dropped at a whopping 8.5% annualized rate, and while auto-related nonrevolving loans dropped a mere -2.9%, revolving credit plunged a stunning 18.5% annualized. This is a full blown consumer borrowing revolt. Here is the month over...
  • Why We'll Be Seeing Stimulus 2.0, 3.0,[$1 of $5 in Personal Income comes from Federal Government]

    10/18/2009 9:25:09 AM PDT · by Son House · 18 replies · 738+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | October 18, 2009 | Seeking Alpha
    Funny things happen when the government borrows trillions and transfers a rising chunk of it to individuals: GDP goes up and so does the dependence on government borrowing. Frequent contributor B.C. submitted a fascinating and deeply disturbing chart which depicts government transfers skyrocketing to 22% of personal consumption and 20% of personal income. That means that one out of every five dollars in personal income now comes from the Federal government. Note that this is fully triple the 7% rate at the end of the great postwar Bull market (1967). Also note that the percentage of income has leaped from...
  • Asian Central Banks Intervene as Dollar Tumbles, NY Fed next to try

    10/08/2009 11:03:41 AM PDT · by FromLori · 10 replies · 882+ views
    Comm ^ | 10/8/09
    The U.S. dollar continued to tumble against most Asian currencies Thursday, prompting a wave of foreign-exchange intervention by central banks in South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand seeking to limit damage to their export industries. Traders said the dollar selloff is unlikely to fade soon, given the prospect for a long period of low U.S. interest rates to support a sluggish U.S. economy and increasing signs central banks in Asia will begin tightening monetary policies in the months ahead. Surprisingly strong employment data in Australia bolstered speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia — which Tuesday became the first among...
  • Why the 'O'-ministration will implode in weeks

    08/30/2009 4:31:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 434 replies · 12,684+ views ^ | 8-29-2009 | Kevin McCullough
    Never has an administration who had more firepower at their disposal, been set to so totally fail in the next six to eight weeks. It is nearly a foregone conclusion. It is nearly unavoidable. And it defies all logic given the sizable majority the administration has in both houses of Congress. Since I was the first pundit to predict Obama's presidency (Dec 2006) it behooves me to tell you the course I believe the next few weeks will take and effectively halt the radical transformation that the left appeared unstoppable with only months ago. 1. Health Care's long and painful...
  • Video from Turkey Shows How NOT to Implode a Building - Video

    08/01/2009 6:56:02 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 15 replies · 2,138+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 1, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from Turkey of how NOT to implode a building! The building used to house a Flour Factory, and when the planned implosion took place, instead of collapsing, the building rolled over onto its side and ended up upside down on its roof right up against an apartment building. Sky News reports there were no casualties. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Cracks in Democratic Party show split between centrists and liberals [barf]

    07/06/2009 9:15:49 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 693+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-07-06 | Reid Wilson
    Democrats have big majorities in both houses of Congress, but cracks are emerging — both legislatively and politically — that threaten to pit liberals and centrists against each other. Where President Bush was able to enforce tight discipline on the Republican Conference while his political advisers exercised an iron grip on the national party, President Obama and his advisers have been less able to do so. That, political watchers say, is not unusual, especially for a Democratic president. “The Democrats have always been herding cats,” said Rhodes Cook, an independent political analyst. “They’ve always been considered to be the more...
  • RNC Loses Online Director

    03/06/2009 8:24:45 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 50 replies · 1,049+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5 March, 2009 | Jose Antonio Vargas
    The GOP's top Internet official is leaving the Republican National Committee. Arguably the most respected technocrat in the Republican Party, Cyrus Krohn is just the latest in a string of officials to resign from the RNC; last week, the RNC's finance director quit. But because GOP Chairman Michael Steele made leveraging the Internet to attract voters to the Republican Party a top priority ina tech summit two weeks ago, Krohn's departure comes as an especially heavy blow -- not just to the RNC, but to the conservative blogosphere. A veteran of Microsoft and Yahoo, Krohn joined the RNC in July...

    10/31/2008 6:19:12 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 116 replies · 4,616+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 10/31/08 | Drudge
    The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states -- and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president! The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs -- and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. Despite pleas from top editors of the three newspapers that have covered the campaign for months at extraordinary cost, the Obama campaign says...
  • Is Credit Default Swap Litigation the Next Big Thing? (banks sue banks; lawyers get rich)

    10/03/2008 2:40:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 557+ views ^ | 10/03/08 | Robin Sparkman
    Is Credit Default Swap Litigation the Next Big Thing? Robin Sparkman 10-03-2008 It seems that hardly a day goes by anymore without someone predicting with utmost confidence that boom times for litigators are just over the horizon. Thursday's prognostication, courtesy of a media lunch hosted Wednesday by Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker: It's going to be all about the credit swaps. Robert Claassen, chair of the firm's derivatives group, and Keith Miller, chair of the credit crisis group, told reporters that the banking industry's implosion means that banks with a piece of the $43 trillion market in these unregulated instruments...
  • Obama: Lipstick on a Pig (Did he just call Sarah Palin a pig and a stinky fish?)

    09/09/2008 3:36:33 PM PDT · by kristinn · 1,565 replies · 3,561+ views
    Politico ^ | Tuesday, September 9, 2008 | Ben Smith
    Amie Parnes reports from Lebanon, VA: Obama poked fun of McCain and Palin's new "change" mantra. "You can put lipstick on a pig," he said as the crowd cheered. "It's still a pig." "You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink." "We've had enough of the same old thing." The crowd apparently took the "lipstick" line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: "lipstick."
  • Obama On Palin: "Lipstick on a Pig, Still a Pig"

    09/09/2008 4:03:16 PM PDT · by GOPinCa · 169 replies · 492+ views
    Obama: "Lipstick on a pig, still a pig."
  • Zogby:McCain Leads Obama Narrowly (2nd Major Poll W/McCain Lead Today!)

    08/04/2008 7:07:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 31 replies · 771+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 8-4-08
    A national Associated TV/Zogby International telephone poll of 1,011 likely voters conducted July 31-Aug. 1 finds Republican Sen. John McCain taking a razor-thin 42%-41% lead over Democrat Sen. Barack Obama in the race for the U.S. presidency. The margin between the candidates is statistically insignificant, but demonstrates a notable turn-around from the Reuters/Zogby poll of July 7-9 that showed Obama ahead, 46%-36% in a four-way match-up that included Libertarian candidate Bob Barr of Georgia and liberal independent candidate Ralph Nader. McCain made significant gains at Obama’s expense among some of what had been Obama’s strongest demographic groups. For example: McCain...
  • Giuliani seeks to prove experts wrong

    01/28/2008 6:05:01 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 11 replies · 46+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 28 JANUARY 2008 | AP
    FORT MYERS, Fla. - Rudy Giuliani loves to prove people wrong. He's trying to do it again in Florida. Polls show the former New York mayor, last year's national front-runner, trailing badly in the state where he has bet almost everything in his pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination. If he wins on Tuesday, he will have earned the biggest, brashest "I told you so" of his political career. Lose, and Giuliani may be uttering his final words of the campaign. "Wednesday morning, we'll make a decision," he told reporters between campaign appearances. "In the past, I've done the impossible...
  • Pope Benedict Encourages "Child-Poor" Europe to Open up to Life

    09/12/2007 4:19:33 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 375+ views ^ | September 10, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    Pope Benedict Encourages "Child-Poor" Europe to Open up to Life Called attention to the demographic implosion in Europe By John-Henry Westen MARIAZELL, Austria, September 10, 2007 ( - In his homily delivered Saturday at Mariazell during a Mass to mark the 850th anniversary of the Marian shrine's founding, Pope Benedict XVI called attention to the demographic implosion in Europe for a second time on his pastoral visit to Austria.  "Europe has become child-poor: we want everything for ourselves, and place little trust in the future," he told the assembled crowd. On Friday, Benedict addressed political leaders in the nation pointing...
  • Rebuilding Military Requires Sacrifices But Can Be Done, Experts Say

    06/28/2007 9:57:10 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 11 replies · 387+ views
    CNS News ^ | June 27, 2007 | Monisha Bansal
    Rebuilding Military Requires Sacrifices But Can Be Done, Experts Say By Monisha Bansal Staff Writer June 27, 2007 ( - Asserting that the U.S. military is "stretched thin," policy experts debated Tuesday whether the country can afford to rebuild the military to necessary levels and how it should be done. "We should spend whatever it takes to make sure we're secure, but by doing it in a very candid way," Robert Hormats, vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International, said at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. "Funding the military in the next decade is going to be very...
  • [Outside Column] Europe's Credit Bubble More Dangerous Than China's

    06/09/2007 2:15:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 3,634+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/08/07 | Wolfgang Munchau
    /begin my translation [Outside Column] Europe's Credit Bubble More Dangerous Than China's If a private equity fund collapses, investors could lose part of their wealth, but if Europe's credit bubble implodes, it could completely wipe out many funds and banks in a blink Wolfgang Munchau, Columnist at Financial Times posted at 2007.06.08 14:29 / revised at 2007.06.09 04:39 Currently, there are two bubbles in the world. One is the bubble of China's stock market, and the other is Europe's credit bubble. Most people talk about the China's bubble, but in reality, the Europe's bubble is far more dangerous. The...
  • Some Giuliani Reaction Via E-Mail (National Review)

    04/20/2007 7:05:45 AM PDT · by pissant · 15 replies · 1,176+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 4/16/07 | Rich Lowry/NRO Readers
    Some Giuliani Reaction Via E-Mail [Rich Lowry] A sampling of the email reaction. I wonder if Rudy even realizes what he’s doing to his candidacy? —Hi Rich. Giuliani's comments are the kind of talk that is going to ensure that the Democrats win the White House. He's talking about people ignoring their core beliefs. I have respect for him and think he's a great speaker, but as a Christian conservative (ironically, from Iowa) I can honestly tell you that I will not vote for him. Period. And I don't care if it does allow Hillary the presidency… —As an up...
  • Life Lessons for Rudy

    04/06/2007 10:20:13 AM PDT · by Kuksool · 70 replies · 980+ views
    National Review ^ | April 6, 2007 | NR Editors
    When Rudolph Giuliani announced his entry into the race for president, we noted that there were reasons to find his candidacy both compelling and problematic. In the latter category fell, above all, his denial that unborn children have a right to life. Even on that issue, however, we held out hope that Giuliani would try to meet pro-life conservatives halfway. He had already come around on partial-birth abortion, even if he had not come up with a good explanation for his shift. He had said that he favors “strict constructionist” judges, who attempt to determine what the law is rather...
  • I hate abortion, but it's up to states - Rudy

    04/06/2007 9:44:30 AM PDT · by veronica · 172 replies · 1,812+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | April 6th 2007 | DAVID SALTONSTALL
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani ventured to conservative South Carolina yesterday hoping to talk about terrorism and the economy, but instead got hit at every stop with another topic - abortion. A day after the former mayor said he supports public funding of abortion - sparking a firestorm among conservatives - local media here forced him to elaborate on the issue at events intended to underscore new endorsements. And although Giuliani, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, did not waiver from his central belief that abortion is a woman's right, he responded with some of his most...
  • Snap, crackle, pop, crisped Rudy?

    04/05/2007 6:23:18 PM PDT · by Valin · 120 replies · 1,784+ views
    Townhall ^ | 4/5/07 | Mary Katharine Ham
    If you listened closely this week, you might have heard Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign crack. Like the hard smack of a pebble against a car windshield, Rudy’s reiteration of his support for public funding of abortion put a knick in his veneer that will keep snapping, crackling, and popping in all directions if there isn’t some serious repair work done, but quick. First of all, let’s get something straight. I’m a Rudy fan. I like the smile and the strut and the machismo, and all that they portend for both my constant entertainment and consistent protection under a Giuliani administration....
  • Las Vegas' Stardust casino imploded

    03/13/2007 8:16:07 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 1,093+ views
    AP ^ | March 13, 2007 | Ryan Nakashima
    LAS VEGAS --From Stardust to just dust. The Las Vegas Strip's first mass-market casino-hotel was imploded early Tuesday in a hail of fireworks to make way for Boyd Gaming Corp.'s $4.4 billion megaresort Echelon. Hundreds of people partied beneath tents and on makeshift patios before Boyd chairman Bill Boyd's four grandsons pushed a plunger to detonate the former Stardust casino. The blast generated a massive dust cloud that chased the revelers into cars, buses and nearby casinos.
  • The incipient implosion of Islam ( Christianity is Growing Quickly in Muslim Countries )

    01/23/2007 1:36:21 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 65 replies · 2,636+ views ^ | 01/23/2007 | Jim Rutz
    The incipient implosion of Islam -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Let me start you off with a brief, exciting story about a jailbreak in Iran that beats anything Hollywood will do this year. And it's all true! Read about it here. Now, that was just a quick peek at the human drama and divine power you never hear about – despite the millions of noisy words pouring out of the media on Iraq, Iran and the Islamic menace. Last February, Joel C. Rosenberg gave us another astonishing glimpse into the real Muslim world: Last week I took my wife and kids to see the...
  • Hollow Military 2.0

    11/06/2006 3:12:26 PM PST · by Paul Ross · 20 replies · 763+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | November 6, 2006 | Gary Schmitt
    Hollow Military 2.0By Gary J. | November 6, 2006 The defense budget has grown appreciably since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But too little of the increase has gone to purchase new equipment or to increase the size of the Army and the Marine Corps. The result has been a “hollow buildup” that makes it increasingly difficult for the U.S. military to carry out its part of America’s national security strategy.Unprecedented. In August 2006, General Peter Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, refused to submit an Army budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2008 to Secretary of Defense...
  • Heads Up! All Scheduled Kerry Functions for 11/1/06 cancelled

    10/31/2006 7:14:16 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 820 replies · 33,721+ views
    Just announced on the FNC.
  • Sen. Bill Frist: Kerry Damaging Democrats

    11/01/2006 12:28:12 PM PST · by truthandlife · 7 replies · 1,001+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 11-1-06 | Newsmax Staff
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., weighed in on the Sen. John Kerry firestorm with a comment on his blog. Frist, infuriated by Kerry's comments, suggested the junior senator from Massachusetts may have dealt a blow to his own party by reminding Americans of the destructive beliefs of liberal leaders in that party. Writes Frist: "Yesterday afternoon, Senator Kerry got up in front of the cameras and angrily made "crystal clear, as crystal clear as I know, I apologize to no one for my criticism of the President." Of course, no one ever asked him to apologize to President...
  • Could Bush-Kerry Fight Hurt Republicans (MSM Desperation!!)

    11/01/2006 11:07:09 AM PST · by truthandlife · 55 replies · 1,965+ views
    MSNBC/Newsweek ^ | 11-1-06 | Richard Wolffe and Holly Bailey
    There’s no fight like an old fight. And this week’s emotional exchanges between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry were nothing if not old. Kerry screwed up what he called a “botched joke” about Bush’s brainpower when it comes to Iraq; Bush pounced by challenging his ex-rival’s commitment to the troops. Memo to Bush and Kerry: neither of you are on the ballot next week. And while it may be satisfying to rehash the last election, you both run the risk of looking totally out of touch. The risks for President Bush are greater than they are for...
  • Dean defends Kerry, attacks Bush during home-state swing

    11/01/2006 8:59:51 AM PST · by truthandlife · 65 replies · 1,561+ views
    AP ^ | 11-1-06
    Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean defended U.S. Sen. John Kerry on Wednesday, dismissing as "bloopers" remarks Kerry made that were construed by some to be insulting to American troops. "Kerry made a blooper. Bloopers happen," the former Vermont governor told reporters. On Monday, Kerry told a group of students that people unable to succeed in the U.S. educational system would likely "get stuck in Iraq." The White House has called on Kerry to apologize for the statement, and Kerry has faced fallout elsewhere, too. A Democratic congressional candidate in Iowa canceled a campaign event with him, and Kerry himself...
  • Some Democrats join Republicans in pressing Kerry for apology

    11/01/2006 8:39:14 AM PST · by truthandlife · 40 replies · 1,274+ views
    AP (Houston Chronicle) ^ | 11-1-06 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    A few Democratic candidates joined Republicans today in pressing John Kerry to apologize for a comment critics said appeared disrespectful of U.S. troops as several Kerry campaign appearances were canceled. "Whatever the intent, Senator Kerry was wrong to say what he said," said Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr., running for Senate in Tennessee. "Sen. Kerry's remarks were poorly worded and just plain stupid," said Montana Senate President Jon Tester, a Democrat trying to unseat GOP Sen. Conrad Burns. "He owes our troops and their families an apology." "I'm sorry he did what he did. But I think the issue ......
  • Ford, Tester, Cardin Want Kerry Apology

    11/01/2006 8:34:35 AM PST · by truthandlife · 40 replies · 1,268+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 11-1-06 | Newsmax Staff
    A few Democratic candidates joined Republicans Wednesday in pressing John Kerry to apologize for a comment critics said appeared disrespectful of U.S. troops as several Kerry campaign appearances were canceled. "Whatever the intent, Senator Kerry was wrong to say what he said," said Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr., running for Senate in Tennessee. "Sen. Kerry's remarks were poorly worded and just plain stupid," said Montana Senate President Jon Tester, a Democrat trying to unseat GOP Sen. Conrad Burns. "He owes our troops and their families an apology." "I'm sorry he did what he did. But I think the issue ....
  • CNN: After remark, Kerry curtails campaigning for Democrats

    11/01/2006 7:59:01 AM PST · by truthandlife · 82 replies · 2,152+ views ^ | 11-1-06 | John King and Andrea Koppel
    Sen. John Kerry has canceled plans to campaign for several fellow Democrats after controversy over his comments to college students about getting "stuck in Iraq." President Bush's 2004 presidential rival -- who explained Tuesday that his comments were a "botched joke" targeting Bush -- will not appear with Pennsylvania Democrat and U.S. Senate candidate Bob Casey on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, as originally planned, a Democratic official said. "I would be surprised if you see him welcomed out there anywhere," the official said, "and certainly not in a race that is meaningful." Strategists at both the Democratic House and Senate...
  • Air America Complaint Department [Air America founder blasts Dem "elites" and Hollywood "phonies"]

    08/25/2006 6:40:00 PM PDT · by summer · 121 replies · 3,184+ views
    Liberal site | Aug 25, 2006 | Sheldon Drobny
    Sheldon's new book, blasting "elites" and "phonies" in Dem Party who were too cheap to help start Air America Believe it or not, I am not trying to offend anyone with my posts. ... many criticisms have been directed at me for the “problems” that Air America has had during its “birth pangs.” Almost 5 years ago I started the Air America project and invested over $3 Million on the start of a liberal radio network. In fact, Arianna invited me to her house in November, 2002 to present some of my ideas with a group of Hollywood elites trying...
  • The Neo-Soviet Economy: No Dollars, and Even Less Sense

    08/15/2006 7:57:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 3 replies · 439+ views
    Publius Pundit ^ | 8-15-06 | Kim Zigfeld
    The image above shows a corpulent former Russian President Boris Yeltsin bedecked in toga and driving the “young farm girl” and “young factory fellow” from a famous Soviet monument like horses before his chariot. The caption reads: “Corruption: An impediment to progress.” Will Russia fall as Rome did, it seems to ask? Yeltsin was justly criticized during his reign for personal and systemic corruption but in fairness we must ask: Was it any difference before or since in Russia? Is Russia making any economic progress now? As this article will show, the answer is a resounding “nyet!” On May 24,...
  • Jane Harman: Military Not Succeeding in Iraq

    06/11/2006 9:03:52 AM PDT · by edpc · 80 replies · 1,607+ views ^ | June 11, 2006 11:14 a.m. EDT | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    Four days after the killing of top terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi brought the U.S. its most stunning military success of the Iraq war, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is calling for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to be fired because the military effort is failing. "I don't think we're succeeding militarily," Rep. Jane Harman told "Fox News Sunday." "Continuing the same course, you know, is not getting us anywhere," she insisted. "What would help with doubters - and there are doubters in both parties all over the country - [would be] if the president decided that Rumsfeld...
  • Gaza on brink of implosion as aid cut-off starts to bite

    04/16/2006 6:16:22 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 51 replies · 1,359+ views
    The Observer ^ | April 16, 2006 | Conal Urquhart
    An empty watchtower overlooks a deserted road lined with rusting vehicle parts. The only traffic is a pregnant bitch and a mule and cart. This is Gaza's economic lifeline, the Karni crossing into Israel, which is supposed to handle 1,300 containers of merchandise and food per day in order to sustain 1.3 million people.But nothing is entering or leaving Gaza, and now the funds to purchase what is available there are also drying up, bringing the dire situation of its people to a new and febrile crisis.