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  • Nothing Clever about Winning with Lies and Special Interest Riches

    05/03/2014 9:05:11 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies
    redstate ^ | 5/2/2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Over the past few weeks, political news outlets have been filled with articles beaming about the masterful strategy of the GOP establishment in crushing grassroots challenges. They smugly celebrate the wily tactics of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Chamber of Commerce, and Crossroads in counterattacking the Tea Party. But when you think past the initial headline, you will find that there is nothing special, clever, or innovative about their strategy. It is quite simple. Members of the political class, which is comprised of the leaders in both parties, support unconstitutional policies, corporate welfare, amnesty for illegals, consistent debt ceiling increases, federal...
  • White House Draws Closer To Occupy Wall Street, Says Obama Is Fighting For Interests Of The 99%

    10/16/2011 6:04:27 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 48 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Oct. 16, 2011 | Zeke Miller
    The White House continued its embrace of the Occupy Wall Street protests on Sunday, using the strongest terms yet to identify President Barack Obama with the growing movement. In a call previewing Obama's upcoming bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama "will continue to acknowledge the frustration that he himself shares," about Washington's laggard response to the financial crisis. Earnest added that while on the trip, Obama will make it clear that he is fighting to make certain that the "interests of 99 percent of Americans are well represented" — the first time...
  • D.C. Disconnect: Congress Represents Big Interests, Not YOUR Interests, (Jeffrey) Sachs Says

    03/14/2011 10:16:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/14/11 | Stacy Curtin - Tech Ticker
    If all goes accordingly, a government shutdown will be averted yet again this week. A new stopgap measure that would cut $6 billion in spending and fund the government through April 8 is gaining bipartisan support and likely to pass by Friday when the current funding measure expires. Although a shutdown is unlikely, President Obama is growing impatient with Congress. "We can’t keep on running the government based on two-week extension," he said Friday Politico reports. "That's irresponsible.” Jeffrey Sachs, professor of economics at Columbia University, agrees, but says President Obama is part of the problem, too, because of his...
  • Follow the Money: Could Mayor Bloomberg’s Media Business Interests in the Middle East Have ..

    08/27/2010 4:54:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Big Journalism ^ | 8/27/10 | Mondo Frazier
    Call us cynical but we wonder whether Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s passionate backing of the building of a controversial mosque near Ground Zero stems as much from Bloomberg’s belief in America’s “freedom of faith” as it might from the Mayor’s belief in the “virtues of Islamic finance?” Does the Mayor’s unshakable support have anything to do with The Bloomberg (company) becoming a ‘single provider of information that caters to the Islamic business market’? A Bloomberg five-year business plan for an Islamic finance portal via a Bloomberg hub at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is already a reality.
  • Why do people vote against their own interests?

    02/02/2010 9:31:29 PM PST · by Theophilus · 41 replies · 988+ views
    BBC ^ | 1/30/2010 | A. Coward
    Why do people vote against their own interests? Americans voicing their anger at the healthcare proposals at a "town hall meeting" The Republicans' shock victory in the election for the US Senate seat in Massachusetts meant the Democrats lost their supermajority in the Senate. This makes it even harder for the Obama administration to get healthcare reform passed in the US. Political scientist Dr David Runciman looks at why there is often such deep opposition to reforms that appear to be of obvious benefit to voters. Last year, in a series of "town-hall meetings" across the country, Americans got the...
  • Massa's (D-NY) final health care town hall turns raucous

    08/27/2009 8:28:32 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies · 941+ views
    More than 1,000 people filled the Victor High School auditorium and 250 people — initially left in the halls — listened on a speaker in the school gym to Rep. Eric Massa's town hall session on health care Wednesday. The meeting quickly turned boisterous. People booed, applauded and shouted out comments periodically as Massa, D-Corning, took questions and comments from the audience. Staff members handed out 100 numbers in random order to organize those asking questions. Massa took 48 questions by the time he ended the meeting after four hours, by which time the crowd had shrunk to fewer than...
  • CA: Deep-pocket interests alter state's initiative process

    11/02/2008 4:43:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 287+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 11/2/08 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    SACRAMENTO – When Hiram Johnson championed an initiative system for California nearly a century ago, he sold it as a grass-roots way to “arm the people to protect themselves.” California's 23rd governor foresaw citizen campaigns that would spring to life and put propositions on the ballot when the Legislature failed to address a pressing need. --snip-- But 97 years after Californians voted to allow themselves to put measures on the ballot, overturn laws adopted by the Legislature and oust elected officials in midterm, Johnson's experiment in direct democracy has changed dramatically. He couldn't have envisioned the multimillion-dollar campaigns for Proposition...
  • Would a Palestinian State Advance U.S. Interests?

    10/08/2007 9:55:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 203+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | October 8, '07 | Hillel Fendel
    (IsraelNN.com) American-Israeli relations expert Yoram Ettinger, a former Congressional liaison in Israel's Washington embassy, says the Palestinian Authority has always taken a pro-terror slant - in opposition to U.S. policy and interests. In the latest edition of his "From the Jerusalem Cloakroom" newsletter, Ettinger continues what sometimes appears to be a one-man crusade against the creation of a Palestinian state. His latest theme is that the PA openly supports Moslem terrorism and incitement, in opposition to US policy and interests. The newsletter has dealt with the issue of a Palestinian state of late, in anticipation of the Middle East conference...
  • Tehran warns US against attacks ["Iran will strike against US interests"]

    02/08/2007 4:53:23 AM PST · by familyop · 10 replies · 469+ views
    BBC ^ | 08FEB07 | BBC
    Ayatollah Khamenei says Iran has a right to nuclear power Iran will strike against US interests worldwide if it is attacked, the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned. "The enemies know well that any aggression will lead to a reaction from all sides," he said. Washington accuses Tehran of secretly trying to develop a nuclear weapon, and has not ruled out using military force. The Iranians insist their nuclear programme is purely civilian and aimed at meeting their energy needs. The BBC's Frances Harrison in Tehran says Ayatollah Khamenei was defiant about the prospect of a possible...
  • Iran leader: U.N. serves U.S. interests (Post your 60 Minutes interview comments here)

    08/13/2006 4:36:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,436+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/06 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blames the U.S. for growing violence in the Mideast, saying fighting has continued in Lebanon because the United Nations only serves U.S. interests. In an interview airing Sunday on "60 Minutes," Ahmadinejad said it was Hezbollah that had a right to defend itself in its war with Israel. Even so, he said Iran joined others in calling for an immediate cease-fire only to have it thwarted by U.S. support for Israel. "We are not at all happy with war," he said. "People, innocent people are being killed." Saying the U.N. has failed to provide...
  • Soros Infiltrates Conservative Movement (know thy enemy)

    02/25/2006 1:32:04 PM PST · by jb6 · 10 replies · 571+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 7, 2006 | Cliff Kincaid
    Calvina Fay of the Drug Free America Foundation has pulled out as a speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which begins in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, because a "mini-debate" she was scheduled to appear in had been stacked against her. As it now stands, the event will feature two advocates of drug legalization, both of them funded by leftist billionaire and anti-Bush activist George Soros. Having put most of the left-wing political movement and many liberal Democrats on his payroll, it is apparent that Soros is now working to manipulate the conservative movement. It is surprising that CPAC...
  • Albany Inc. - the special interest conglomerate that runs NY

    01/16/2006 9:07:49 AM PST · by xcamel · 7 replies · 326+ views
    The Manhattan Institute ^ | recently | The Manhattan Institute
    A State in Disarray A tour of colonial New York soon after the Revolutionary War is said to have inspired George Washington to describe the nascent state as the “Seat of Empire.”[1] For much of the next two centuries, the Empire State would more than live up to his assessment and would have few serious rivals in global commerce, finance, and manufacturing. Nurturing new enterprise and creating millions of new jobs, New York was truly an economic empire unto itself. More recently, however, the New York State economy has been far from imperial. Between 1979 and 2004—a period that saw...
  • Democrats' special interest problem

    09/26/2005 8:25:50 AM PDT · by Fun Bob · 28 replies · 1,459+ views
    CNN ^ | Monday, September 26, 2005 | Mark Shields
    For several elections, Democrats have been hurt by the widespread perception that the party consists of a confederation of interest groups to which Democratic leadership is slavishly beholden. You know the knock: Democrats are forever meeting with special interests like the Irish-Jewish Home for the Short or Transvestite Taxidermists Against the Metric System and then caving to the groups' non-negotiable demands.
  • Rumsfeld in Peru to Discuss Mutual Security Interests

    08/18/2005 3:52:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 512+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 18, 2005 | Donna Miles
    LIMA, Peru, Aug. 18, 2005 – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is slated to meet here today with Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo and his new defense minister to show support for Toledo's democratic initiatives and further bolster on what a senior defense official traveling with the secretary called the warmest defense relationship between the two countries in 40 years. Rumsfeld and Toledo are expected to discuss ways to build on Toledo's progress in cracking down on narcotics trafficking, cooperating with its neighbors in countering threats to the region, and modernizing Peru's armed forces and their obsolete 1970s-era Soviet equipment. The leaders...
  • Help Wanted: New UN Secretary General - (thorough house cleaning needed or US should get out)

    06/16/2005 5:41:27 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 314+ views
    FREEDOM ALLIANCE.ORG ^ | JUNE 15, 2005 | Editors
    Dulles, VA – " Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell today released a congressionally requested report on the issue of United Nations reform. Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon commented on some of the major findings in the Gingrich-Mitchell Report. "While this report states the obvious – that that the United Nations is run by a poor management team with no oversight or accountability," explained Kilgannon, "the obvious was reinforced yet again as new allegations emerged against UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his role in the Oil-for-Food scandal. "Far from being exonerated in this matter,"...
  • Aiding and Abetting Terrorists: The New Focus of the Old Media - (undermining, betraying America!)

    06/14/2005 8:08:15 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 454+ views
    MENS NEWS DAILY.COM ^ | JUNE 14, 2005 | JB WILLIAMS
    The old media is on the ropes. Newspaper circulations are at an all time low and still slipping. Network news is having trouble competing with PBS for ratings, having lost many of their viewers to cable news, notably - the much hated and loved Fox. Once respected news journals like Time and Newsweek now share rack space with other sensationalized headline merchants like The Globe and The Enquirer, which sell better because their headlines are more reliable. Even the household term old media itself describes the fading glory of a once mainstream news establishment turned tabloid rag, now permanently engaged...
  • NYT: Less Cursing, Better Pictures: 10 Suggestions

    06/10/2005 6:27:22 AM PDT · by OESY · 45 replies · 1,456+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 8, 2005 | DAVID POGUE
    1. End shutter lag. 2. Don't believe the megapixel myth. 3. Ignore digital zoom. 4. Ditch the starter card. 5. Beware the format factor. 6. Do your research. 7. Know your class. 8. Turn off the flash. 9. Turn on the flash. 10. Turn off the screen.
  • Legion of Amateurs -- How China Spies - (Peter Brookes is an expert on this threat!)

    05/31/2005 6:16:48 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 506+ views
    MILITARY.COM ^ | MAY 30, 2005 | PETER BROOKES
    "One good spy is worth 10,000 soldiers." - Sun Tzu, ancient Chinese military strategist Islamic terrorism is still the greatest threat to our national security, but Chinese espionage against the United States is gaining ground. The FBI says China will be America's greatest counterintelligence problem during the next 10 to 15 years. China has seven permanent diplomatic missions in the States, staffed with intelligence personnel. But the FBI believes that as many as 3,500 Chinese "front companies" are involved in espionage for the People's Republic of China (PRC) as well. And with the bureau focused on terrorism, the China challenge...
  • R.J. Rummel: The American Vs. French Revolutions, A Freedomist Interpretation

    05/02/2005 12:57:32 PM PDT · by Tolik · 18 replies · 2,142+ views
    R.J. Rummel ^ | 5/1/2005 | R.J. Rummel
    The intellectual struggle worldwide today is now between the beliefs encapsulated in the American Revolution and those in the French. It is interests versus reason.First, some background. During the Middle Ages, the power of kings was checked by the a belief in the higher laws of God, to which kings and commoner alike - the nation, country, or kingdom, in short, the State -- were subject. But with the 16th century Reformation and the conflict between Protestantism and Catholicism, the battle was decided for the State. The Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 ended the Wars of Religion, and established the...
  • The Profitable Politics of Division - ("diversity" keeps special interests in business)

    03/17/2005 4:00:30 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 334+ views
    JB WILLIAMS.COM ^ | MARCH 17, 2005 | JB WILLIAMS
    Though many hopelessly clamor for unity in America, most also blindly take part in the politics of division and don’t even know it… The truth is, we not only accept divisive principles and policies today, we celebrate them… Division permeates everything in American culture today and oddly enough it is done in the name of unity. A good example is the fact that nothing in American culture is as openly celebrated today as this word “diversity”. Above all things, freedom, liberty, prosperity, security…we celebrate “diversity”… In other words, it is now of utmost importance to celebrate those things which divide...
  • CA: Teachers are not a 'special interest'

    01/21/2005 11:26:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 813+ views
    OC Register ^ | 1/21/05 | Christian Milord
    From time to time the Register seems to enjoy marching out editorials and opinion columns trashing public schools. In this chorus of critiques are periodical columns by talking heads such as Lloyd Billingsley, Alan Bonsteel and Lance Izumi. Recently, ex-teacher Kathleen Miller ["Here's a word for governor: Brave," The Orange Grove, Jan. 7], echoing the governor of this state, tried to blame teachers for the problem of underachieving students. Gov. Schwarzenegger's clever slogan, "This is a battle between the special interests and the children's interests," does nothing to solve California's budget mess. When the governor lumps all teachers together as...
  • Another soft-focus photo ad for foreign investment

    01/10/2005 10:14:15 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 1 replies · 379+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Jan. 10, 2005 | A.M. Mora y Leon
    Countries the world over jockey hard to attract foreign investment. They care about it enough to make it a national priority, to send spies against their competitors, to build infrastructure, and to change laws to make their investment climate attractive. Most know of the economy-developing potential of foreign capital. The United States itself was developed this way, largely on British capital which built its great railroads, mining ventures, universities and corporations. China is now the giant of this game opf attractring foreign investment, aptly offering favorable business conditions and great opportunities to businesses the world over. But it's not just...
  • CA: Interests fear an "ugly" budget from Schwarzenegger / Schwarzenegger releasing budget plan

    01/09/2005 9:58:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 467+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/9/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Whether by necessity or design, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget plan due out Monday will propose cuts in spending next year that will touch all corners of state government - even public schools. Bound by promises not to raise taxes and more recently not to paper over debts with accounting maneuvers, the Republican governor appears to have little choice but to cut vigorously in closing the $8 billion shortfall. And interest groups from schools to health care to transportation are nervously awaiting what they expect to be plans for them to receive far less money than they had...
  • An open letter to opponents of the War in Iraq

    01/04/2005 6:37:05 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 9 replies · 760+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Jan. 4, 2004 | Herbert E. Meyer
    I am not writing to quarrel with your judgment about the war in Iraq. Rather, I am writing to protest your attitude toward the war. And the point I want to make is this: sometimes, you have to choose between proving yourself to have been right, or helping make a project succeed despite your opposition to it. Since all our tempers are running hot, it might be best to illustrate my point with a non-political example: Imagine that a husband and wife are planning their vacation. One wants to spend it on the beach at Puerto Vallarta, and the other...
  • RUDY INC.

    12/14/2004 10:24:59 AM PST · by immigrationreformactivist · 14 replies · 429+ views
    www.giulianipartners.com ^ | Feb 22, 2004 | Giuliani Partners - NYT
    Only months later, the Department of Justice, the cabinet agency charged with combating drug crimes and abuse, including traffic in OxyContin, also turned to Mr. Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, and the consulting firm he had set up with a dozen of his aides. The dual contracts only hint at Mr. Giuliani's remarkable success in building a business empire since leaving City Hall in December 2001. In its two years of existence, his firm, Giuliani Partners, has earned tens of millions of dollars by assembling an extremely broad range of clients, jumping almost immediately into the ranks of the nation's...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • In Reply

    09/24/2004 6:31:50 AM PDT · by LarkNeelie · 8 replies · 790+ views
    09/22/04 | Lark
    My reply to the following (from a Liberal) around the time the Abu G scandal first hit and accusations of “illegal invasion of Iraq“ reached a crescendo:i AM outraged and disgusted in the acts of violence carried out by our governments in OUR names for OUR interests. are you not?And in whose name, might I ask, and in whose interests, should we carry out acts of necessary violence? Antarctica? France? Before I woke up to reality, there was a time when I would have echoed your sentiments because.... well, we were supposed to be ‘better‘. We knew better. We enjoyed...
  • Sandy Berger's Firm to Aid Oil Interests in Iraq

    09/16/2004 3:05:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 428+ views
    Washington Post .com ^ | 9/16/04 | Judy Sarasohn
    Berger's Firm to Aid Oil Interests in Iraq By Judy Sarasohn Stonebridge International, the "global strategy firm" founded by Clinton administration national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger, has taken on an interesting client, Gulfsands Petroleum Ltd., a private Houston-based oil and gas company.
  • Isn't it time to impeach Blair over Iraq?

    08/25/2004 10:15:17 PM PDT · by Brian Allen · 5 replies · 318+ views
    The Telegraph - uk ^ | Thursday August 26 2004 | Boris Johnson
    Put down The Da Vinci Code. Jack in the Grisham. Let Jilly Cooper turn yellow and wilt by the pool. I have before me a beach read more shocking than the schlockiest bonkbuster. It is only 80 pages, so you ought to be able to knock it off after even the most vinous siesta. Like all the best holiday reads, the idea is simple. A couple of academics have taken the words of Tony Blair on the subject of Saddam Hussein and his weapons of mass destruction. They have culled each top-spun, souped-up, over-egged quotation, and set it side by...
  • THE RAW DEAL: John Kerry: "Brought To You By Special Interests"

    08/16/2004 4:54:05 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 642+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | August 16, 2004
    "It is not surprising that a candidate who says the President's policies are creating more terrorists also accuses the President of poisoning workers and trying to harm pregnant women. The fact is that our water and air are cleaner and our workplaces are safer than they were when President Bush took office. Kerry's attacks have no credibility. He is the number one Senate recipient of lobbyist money over the past 15 years and his running mate has yet to reveal his list of major fundraisers." - Steve Schmidt, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman Kerry And Special Interests: Charles Lewis Of The...
  • Blood Money - Former Exec: US Company Paid Terrorist Group to Protect Overseas Interests

    04/16/2004 8:16:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 237+ views
    ABC news ^ | 4/16/04 | Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz
    Blood Money Former Exec: American Company Paid Terrorist Group to Protect Overseas Interests By Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz April 16 — Before his company sent him overseas, Allan Laird, a former Denver-based mining executive, had never heard of Abu Sayyaf. As Laird quickly learned when he arrived in the Philippines, Abu Sayyaf is one of the world's most-feared terrorist organizations, closely connected to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. Laird said he also soon discovered the company for whom he formerly worked, Echo Bay, was regularly paying Abu Sayyaf and other terror groups in the Philippines in exchange for...
  • Democrats risk loss if they heed special interests

    07/31/2003 2:40:21 PM PDT · by bedolido · 5 replies · 162+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 07/31/03 | CARL P. LEUBSDORF
    This year, Democratic presidential candidates have a different agenda. Last summer, many addressed the Democratic Leadership Council, attacking President Bush and stressing their fealty to the centrist, New Democratic philosophy that helped Bill Clinton win two White House terms. Of the nine candidates now seeking the party's 2004 nomination, four were on the program, along with the party's most prominent noncandidate, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. But when the DLC met this week in Philadelphia, the nine hopefuls were absent. DLC officials said they wanted to stress the group's message and didn't invite them. It was unclear if most...
  • World Survey: America's Image Slipping

    12/04/2002 10:55:37 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 16 replies · 310+ views
    Yahoo.com ^ | 12-05-02
    World Survey: America's Image Slipping Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo! By WILL LESTER, Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) - The image of the United States is slipping worldwide, especially in Middle Eastern countries with large Muslim populations, just as this country is trying to rally the world against terrorism and gather allies for possible military action against Iraq. AP Photo In a broad international survey released Wednesday, the Pew Global Attitudes Project found the United States is falling out of favor in 19 of 27 countries where a trend could be identified. The dislike was especially striking in...