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  • Program Ray Rice in is rarely granted

    09/12/2014 4:18:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 12, 2014 | John Barr and Don Van Natta Jr.
    TRENTON, N.J. -- The pretrial intervention program offered to Ray Rice in the assault case involving his wife was granted in less than 1 percent of all domestic violence assault cases from 2010-13 that were resolved, according to New Jersey Judiciary data obtained Friday by "Outside the Lines." Rice and his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, were arrested on Feb. 15 and charged with simple assault after an incident at an Atlantic City casino. Janay's charges were later dropped, but on March 27, an Atlantic City grand jury increased Rice's assault charge to aggravated assault-bodily injury in the third degree causing bodily...
  • Hillary Clinton And The Decision To Intervene In Libya

    07/31/2014 6:17:57 AM PDT · by libstripper · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | Jul. 30, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    Hillary Clinton has been working full-time to control the story of her time as Secretary of State. That was the point of her clunky, largely unread book, and the point of her awkward, gaffe-laden book tour. Clinton argues (plausibly) that she wanted a more activist approach to Syria than that served up by her boss. She argues (implausibly) that she wasn’t really sold on the “reset” with Russia. As to Libya, Clinton’s priority must be to duck, to the extent possible, the political fallout from the killing of our ambassador and three other Americans by terrorists in Benghazi. But what...
  • Zyuganov: It is necessary to declare a no-fly zone over South-East of Ukraine

    06/02/2014 2:29:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Rusvensa ^ | 6-2+2014 | Rusvensa
    Gennady Zyuganov (head of the Communist Party of Russia)at the meeting with journalists on Monday made several constructive ideas: the introduction of a no-fly zone, border control and cross-border corridors for Russian volunteers, riding on Donbass. "We have a full right member of the security Council to declare a no-fly zone over this territory and to contribute to any military objects, which will appear on this territory, were eliminated," he said. He added that this must be done for the security of the local population. "To watch them from planes shot of the city and civilians, to look at the...
  • Russian Troops Testing Ukraine Border: Officials

    04/24/2014 3:15:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4-24-2014 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    Russian military forces are “pulsing the border” and making a “run toward Ukraine” — but pulling up well short — in their “training exercise," U.S. officials told NBC News on Thursday. But it’s not clear whether the Russian forces are actually preparing to cross the border into Ukraine or simply putting on a “show of force,” the officials said. They added that there is no strong indication that the Russians are preparing to invade but still stick by their earlier estimate that from their current positions, these troops could launch a complex invasion and be inside Ukraine in less than...
  • Polls: Americans Repeatedly Say "No!" to U.S. Intervention in Ukraine

    03/21/2014 7:00:37 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 82 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 March 2014 | William F. Jasper
    Polls: Americans Repeatedly Say "No!" to U.S. Intervention in Ukraine 21 March 2014 In polls taken over the past few weeks by a number of opinion survey and news organizations, the American people have sent a remarkably unified message to President Obama and the U.S. Congress: “Stay out of Ukraine!” Despite being peppered with a constant onslaught of dramatic news video footage from Kiev and the Crimea, as well as a visit to the Obama White House by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, and the usual stable of policy “experts” from the Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign...
  • South Africa's Economy: Strangers will not always be so kind

    12/06/2013 6:37:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Economist ^ | 10/7/13
    A costly strike by carworkers in South Africa was at last called off...
  • Just called my Senators and House Representative: Missouri

    09/05/2013 1:02:56 PM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 8 replies
    none | 9/5/13 | self
    Syria intervention and where they stand! US Rep Blain Luetkemeyer 573-635-7232 -Leaning: no. US Senate Roy Blunt 816-471-7141 -Leaning: no to troops on the ground. US Senate Clair McCaskill 816-421-1639 -Leaning: I have no idea, no one answered the phone and her voice mailbox was full. Go figure! I encouraged no anything in regards to intervention.
  • Obama Pushes Syria Intervention with Same Argument He Ignores on Iran

    09/01/2013 8:20:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/1/13 | Anne Bayefsky
    President Obama has turned to Congress to save him from staggering political isolation on the global stage. It is an isolation that is the inverse of the promise of a passionate and reciprocal multilateral embrace that carried him into office. Asking Republicans to rescue him from a foreign policy catastrophe entirely of his own making is not a neat political trick. It dramatically cheapens the office of commander-in-chief. Contrary to the President’s devious portrayal, therefore, the coming vote is so much more than a response to “this attack” or “the massacre” in Syria. The President had the audacity to ask...
  • Obama leery of intervention in Mideast

    07/03/2013 6:19:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 3, 2013 3:03 AM EDT | Lara Jakes
    From Egypt to Syria to Iraq and beyond, the Obama administration is determined to show it will only go so far to help save nations in chaos from themselves. President Barack Obama has long made it clear that he favors a foreign policy of consultation and negotiation, but not intervention, in the persistent and mostly violent upheavals across the Mideast. And he appears determined not to deviate this week even to help reverse turbulence in Egypt, one of the United States’ most important Arab allies. U.S. officials say the Obama administration delivered pointed warnings Tuesday to three main players in...
  • The Palin Doctrine

    06/21/2013 6:23:46 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | Friday June 21, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    On U.S. military intervention in Syria's civil war, where "both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line 'Allahu akbar' ... I say let Allah sort it out." So said Sarah Palin to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference. And, as is not infrequently the case, she nailed it. Hours later, Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times, at length, echoed Palin: "Those who are urging the US to get more deeply involved in the Syrian conflict now are living in the past." Four fundamental changes make it "no longer realistic, or even desirable, for the...
  • R2PAQ (‘Responsibility to Protect Al-Qaeda’)

    03/29/2011 12:36:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 28, 2011 | John Rosenthal
    The supposed “responsibility to protect” has taken America into a war on the side of the ultimate killers of innocents. (See also "Rebel Libya: ‘Brothers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, now is the time to defend your land!" on the Tatler.) In the absence of any evident national interest justification for bombing Libya, the Obama administration is said to have been motivated by the so-called responsibility to protect — or “R2P” per the wonkish English acronym. In American discussions, “R2P” has quickly come to be associated with Obama advisor Samantha Power. But “R2P” did not emerge full-grown from the...
  • Obama the Job-Killing Owl-Killer

    11/28/2012 5:50:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Welcome to the pretzel logic of liberal environmental protection: In order to "save" owls, the Obama administration is going to shoot them dead. This is not -- I repeat not -- an Onion parody. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House released a big fat policy turkey: its final critical habitat rule for the endangered northern spotted owl. The Obama plan will lock up 9.6 million acres of land (mostly, but not all, federal) in Oregon, Washington and northern California. This is nearly double the acreage set aside by the Bush administration. Thousands of timber workers (along with untold thousands...
  • Turkish parliament approves military intervention in Syria

    10/04/2012 11:27:18 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10-4-2012 | Ilan Ben Zion
    he Turkish parliament on Thursday approved a government proposal to use military force against Syria “when necessary” in response to Wednesday’s cross-border bombardment that killed five civilians. In an emergency meeting of parliament convened on Thursday morning, the Grand National Assembly voted 320-129 in favor of a bill calling for “a one-year-long permission to make the necessary arrangements for sending the Turkish Armed Forces” into Syria in light of the “negative impact of the ongoing crisis in Syria on our national security, as well as on regional stability and security.” Turkey’s deputy prime minister Besir Atalay explained that the bill...
  • Rubio Praises U.N., World Bank, IMF for Not Asserting ‘Narrow American Interests’

    04/26/2012 6:52:25 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 109 replies
    cns news ^ | Thursday April 26, 2012 | Michael W. Chapman
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who was elected to his first term with help from the Tea Party in 2010 and who is sometimes cited as a potential GOP vice presidential pick, lauded the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for following their respective visions instead of asserting “narrow American interests” in a speech today on U.S. foreign policy. In remarks at the liberal Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Rubio sketched the advances made globally since the end of World War II as a result of America’s leadership. “The purpose of the institutions we established, from...
  • Obama Sends 100 US Troops to Uganda to Help Combat Lord’s Resistance Army

    02/15/2012 11:28:30 AM PST · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10 oct 2011 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Luis Martinez report: Two days ago President Obama authorized the deployment to Uganda of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces to help regional forces “remove from the battlefield” – meaning capture or kill – Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and senior leaders of the LRA. The forces will deploy beginning with a small group and grow over the next month to 100. They will ultimately go to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the permission of those countries. The president made this announcement in a letter...
  • Gingrich says he would "replace" Assad

    12/07/2011 11:57:04 AM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 29 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7th, 2011 | Sarah Huisenga
    Taking a hard line on a U.S. foe in the Middle East, Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich indicated Wednesday that he would unilaterally "replace" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because he is running a "bad dictatorship." The former House speaker was asked on a morning radio show in Chicago to offer a "30-second" answer to what he would do about Syria, where anti-government protests have led to a violent crackdown. Gingrich said, "I can give you a three-second answer. Replace Assad. I mean Assad is our enemy. He is an ally of Iran. It is a bad dictatorship. It is to...
  • Report: Russia warships to enter Syria waters in bid to stem foreign intervention

    11/18/2011 7:45:00 AM PST · by jhpigott · 51 replies
    Russian warships are due to arrive at Syrian territorial waters, a Syrian news agency said on Thursday, indicating that the move represented a clear message to the West that Moscow would resist any foreign intervention in the country's civil unrest.
  • Propaganda offensive played role in increasing sanctions on the Iranian regime

    11/04/2011 2:09:14 PM PDT · by se99tp · 1 replies
    Beyond Popular Propaganda ^ | 11/04/2011 | Beyond Popular Propaganda
    Israel and the United States may successfully harm Teheran through the overt propaganda operation. It was launched last week by Israeli daily Yediot Ahoronot. And it was carried by Israeli politicians for few days. It appears to be coordinated effort of Israel and the Western states.
  • Contact info for Darden Restaurants (Hussein Worshipers Get $0 From Me From Now On!)

    09/15/2011 6:46:58 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Darden.com ^ | 9/15/11 | Recovering_Democrat
    Contact Information Mailing Address: PO Box 695011 Orlando, FL 32869-5011 Office Location: 1000 Darden Center Drive Orlando, FL 32837 407-245-4000
  • Facebook director calls for an end to internet anonymity

    07/28/2011 1:58:33 PM PDT · by Rider of the Storm · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28th July 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Facebook's marketing director has called for an end to on-line anonymity, saying internet users would "behave a lot better" if everyone had to use real names when surfing or posting on the internet. Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook’s marketing director and sister of multi-millionaire founder Mark, made the comments during a round table discussion on cyber bullying... Mrs Zuckerberg argued the end of on-line anonymity could help curb the trend of trolling and harassment on the web. Speaking at a Marie Claire panel discussion on social media, she said: "I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away." "People behave a...
  • Lacking aim, support and cash, Nato still bombs Libya

    06/29/2011 9:54:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 27 June 2011 | Andrew Murray
    <p>Mourners carry coffins during funeral for nine clerics allegedly killed in a Nato airstrike in Tripoli on 14 May.</p> <p>Over 100 days of war and counting. The news from David Cameron's high-altitude attempt to pick winners in Libya's civil war is gloomy for those who believed, back on day one, that a quick win in the north African desert was going to rehabilitate the damaged doctrine of "liberal interventionism".</p>
  • Administration Weighing Whether to Invade Belgium

    06/17/2011 12:45:52 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 16 June 2011 | John Semmens
    Giddy with its success in fending off Congressional interference with its Libyan intervention, the Obama Administration is said to be assessing whether to take similar steps toward Belgium. “For more than a year now Belgium has had no government,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton observed. “There hasn’t been any panic yet, but how long can we rely upon the traditional lethargy of the Belgians to keep things from getting out of hand?” It’s not as if everything has come to a halt in Belgium. Shops are open. Factories continue to manufacture goods. Even government offices and officers are still on...
  • Why attack Libya and not Syria?

    04/26/2011 4:00:48 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 26, 2011 | Alan Silverleib
    (CNN) -- Two countries, two cases of extreme violence committed against citizens by their own government. In one case, the Obama administration responds with military force. In the other, it doesn't. Why? The question has been raised in response to the radically different U.S. reactions to the bloodshed in Libya and Syria. More than 400 people have been killed in Syria over the past several weeks as Damascus has cracked down on protesters seeking reform, according to the Syrian Human Rights Information Link, a prominent human rights group. The United Nations says it has information that 76 people were killed...
  • McCain against attack on Syria (U.S. war on Syria?)

    04/25/2011 7:39:23 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-04-25 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Monday that he doesn't think it would be appropriate for the U.S. or NATO to intervene militarily in Syria the way they had in Libya. "I don't see a scenario right now or anytime in the near future where the injection of U.S. or NATO military action would in any way beneficially help the situation, I'm sorry to say," McCain said on NBC's "Today" show.
  • Republicans Show Divisions Over the U.S. Intervention .

    03/30/2011 2:40:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 30, 2011. | NAFTALI BENDAVID
    WASHINGTON—Republicans are grappling with internal divisions on their approach to the U.S. intervention in Libya, making it harder to present a unified front as Congress ratchets up its scrutiny of President Barack Obama's decision to act there. While some Republicans chastise Mr. Obama for not intervening earlier and more forcefully, others are demanding the president consult Congress or pull out of the operation altogether. At the same time, a faction powered in part by tea-party activists and strengthened by the last election is complaining about the cost as well as the policy of foreign interventions. Rep. Raul Labrador, a Republican...
  • White House: Obama Triggered Libyan Uprising

    03/29/2011 4:57:49 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 9 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-29-11 | The Region Rat
    AIDE CLAIMS GORE STOLE IDEA OF INTERNET FROM PRESIDENT AS WELL The debate as to whether or not Barrack Obama should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize effectively ended today when White House aide Samantha Power informed the world that it was none other than Obama himself who was responsible for the popular uprising in Libya. (In a related announcement, Ms. Power also said it was in fact Obama who invented the internet – not Al Gore, who could not be reached for comment.) “The president has argued our interests and our values cannot be separated,” Power said, speaking...
  • Power: Obama gave 'meaning and content' to human rights, democracy

    03/28/2011 8:02:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | March 28, 2011 | Ben Smith
    A foreign policy adviser to President Obama said this evening that the Administration has "rehabilitated" the concept of human rights, tarnished by the Iraq war, in a way that laid the groundwork for international collaboration. Samantha Power, a senior director on the National Security Council best known for her human rights advocacy before she entered the White House, spoke at Columbia University in New York City two hours before the president's planned speech in Libya tonight. Obama "has used his pulpit and a number of speeches ... to kind of clear the brush that had gathered around the norms in...
  • You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby ( Bill Kristol slobbering over Obama's speech tonight)

    03/28/2011 7:58:23 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 74 replies
    weeklystandard ^ | Monday March 28, 2011 | Bill Kristol
    President Obama’s unapologetic, freedom-agenda-embracing, not-shrinking-from-the-use-of-force speech. I knew pretty early on during tonight’s speech that President Obama had rejoined—or joined—the historical American foreign policy mainstream. It was when he mentioned Charlotte (the city, not the spider): At this point, the United States and the world faced a choice. Gaddafi declared that he would show “no mercy” to his own people. He compared them to rats, and threatened to go door to door to inflict punishment. In the past, we had seen him hang civilians in the streets, and kill over a thousand people in a single day. Now, we saw...
  • Cost of Libya Intervention $600 Million for First Week, Pentagon Says

    03/28/2011 7:48:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    abc ^ | 3/28/11 | George Stephanopoulos
    One week after an international military coalition intervened in Libya, the cost to U.S. taxpayers has reached at least $600 million, according figures provided by the Pentagon. U.S. ships and submarines in the Mediterranean have unleashed at least 191 Tomahawk cruise missiles from their arsenals to the tune of $268.8 million, the Pentagon said. U.S. warplanes have dropped 455 precision guided bombs, costing tens of thousands of dollars each. A downed Air Force F-15E fighter jet will cost more than $60 million to replace.
  • No UN mandate to attack Gaddafi forces: Russia

    03/28/2011 12:16:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    reuters.com ^ | March 28, 2011 | Steve Gutterman
    Russia said on Monday attacks on forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi amounted to intervention in a civil war and were not backed by the U.N. resolution authorising no-fly zones. In the latest Russian criticism of military action by the Western-led coalition, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the resolution passed by the U.N. Security Council on March 17 had the sole aim of protecting Libyan civilians. "And yet there are reports -- and nobody denies them -- of coalition strikes on columns of Gaddafi's forces, reports about support for actions by the armed insurgents," Lavrov said. "There are clear...
  • Ted Koppel: Why Did Libya Win The ‘Humanitarian Defense Sweepstakes Of 2011?’

    03/27/2011 1:57:26 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 28 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 03/27/2011 | Matt Schneider
    There is still no consensus amongst liberals or conservatives whether President Obama should have used military action in Libya. Lining up on the side of those critical of Obama is the BBC’s Ted Koppel who wonders of all the countries worldwide that face a potential humanitarian crisis, why do the citizens of Libya deserve America’s focus and protection more than the citizens of any other country? Koppel argues that many countries throughout the world have had much greater civilian loss than Libya, including the Congo, Sudan and the Ivory Coast. Therefore, Koppel asks, “why it is that Libya, of all...
  • 28% Say Libya Important To U.S. National Security, 42% Disagree

    03/26/2011 5:40:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | March 26,2011 | Scott Rasmussen
    While the Obama administration presses on with the military mission in Libya, few voters view the North African country as important to America’s own security. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% of Likely U.S. Voters think Libya is a vital national security interest for the United States these days. Forty-two percent (42%) disagree and say Libya is not important to U.S. national security, while a sizable 29% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) A plurality (45%) also thinks the United States should not get involved in conflicts like Libya for humanitarian...
  • How Killing Libyans Became a Moral Imperative

    03/25/2011 6:33:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2011 | Pat Buchanan
    "Who would be free themselves must strike the blow." So wrote the poet Byron, who would himself die just days after landing in Greece to join the war for independence from the Turks. But in that time, Americans followed the dictum of Washington, Adams and Jefferson: Stay out of foreign wars. America "goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own," said John Quincy Adams in his oration of July 4, 1821. When Greek patriots sought America's assistance, Daniel...
  • Obama's Women Advisers Pushed War Against Libya

    03/20/2011 1:48:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    fox ^ | 3/20/11 | Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation
    So three or four of Obama's advisers, all women, wanted war against Libya.   We'd like to think that women in power would somehow be less prowar, but in the Obama administration at least it appears that the bellicosity is worst among Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Samantha Power. All three are liberal interventionists, and all three seem to believe that when the United States exercises military force it has some profound, moral, life-saving character to it. Far from it.
  • French plane fires first shot in Libya intervention

    03/19/2011 1:04:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/19/11 | Mohammed Abbas - Reuters
    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – The French air force destroyed Libyan tanks and armored vehicles on Saturday, the first shots fired in a U.N.-mandated military intervention to protect civilians from attacks by Muammar Gaddafi's forces. A French defense ministry official said "a number of tanks and armored vehicles" were destroyed in the region of Benghazi, with initial action focusing on stopping Gaddafi's forces from advancing on the rebels' eastern stronghold. Gaddafi's troops pushed into the outskirts of Benghazi on Saturday after a unilateral ceasefire declared by his government failed to materialize, prompting leaders meeting in Paris on Saturday to announce the...
  • What Does This Have To Do With Us -- Our America Last Foreign Policy

    03/18/2011 8:12:26 AM PDT · by VAactivist · 10 replies
    Youth for Western Civilization ^ | 3/18/2011 | Kevin DeAnna
    Our government has one basic job. Before anything else, the federal government has to ensure the physical security of the nation. This includes securing the borders, preventing foreign invasion, and discouraging attacks against the national territory and American citizens. Obviously, our government doesn’t do any of this. Nor does it seem to care. And of course, it’s hard to see what any of this has to do with taking sides in Libya’s civil war. The arguments raised in support seem remarkably unconvincing. This action seems to increase the danger to the oil supplies from Libya rather than reducing it. If...
  • SAS unit, diplomat 'held' by Libya rebels

    03/05/2011 10:33:13 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    AFP ^ | 03/06/11
    SAS unit, diplomat 'held' by Libya rebels LONDON (AFP) – A Special Air Service (SAS) unit and a junior diplomat were being held by rebels in eastern Libya following a bungled mission to put the envoy in touch with them, The Sunday Times said. The broadsheet, citing sources, said the SAS unit, thought to be up to eight men, were captured along with the diplomat they were escorting through the rebel-held east. "We can neither confirm nor deny the report," a Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said: "We neither confirm nor deny the story and...
  • Nick Clegg orders universities to lower entrance requirements - but only for poorer students

    02/08/2011 10:13:07 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:17 PM on 8th February 2011 | James Chapman
    Nick Clegg is to make an explosive attack on British universities as ‘instruments of social segregation’ as he orders them to stop taking so many middle-class students. The Deputy Prime Minister will this week insist that top institutions must ‘throw open their doors’ and lower their entrance requirements for the less well-off.
  • Reason TV: What Happened to the Anti-War Movement

    01/20/2011 4:04:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    big government ^ | 1/20/11 | Reason TV
    Even as President Obama maintains close to 50,000 troops in Iraq and continues to escalate and expandthe war in Afghanistan, the antiwar movement in America continues to shrink (PDF). So, what happened? Reason.tv visited two antiwar protests—one left-leaning, one libertarian—in an attempt to answer that question. Author and historian Thaddeus Russell and Reason Senior Editor Brian Doherty also weigh in. War, it seems, is a bipartisan venture, which is reflected by the fact that Democrats have a favorable view of Obama’s foreign policy, despite its remarkable similarity to George W. Bush’s foreign policy. And though there have been rumblings of...
  • America Needs An Intervention

    10/11/2010 11:56:14 AM PDT · by Watchman72047 · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 11, 2010 | Barry Ritholtz
    The United States has been living a lie. As a nation, we have been kidding ourselves, repeating myths, hoping that if we say something enough times, it will become reality — no matter how untrue. The credit crisis and now foreclosure debacle has revealed to anyone who cares to look what we have sought to ignore: That the past decade has been based on a set of fundamental beliefs that are intrinsically false. Its time for an intervention. Read more at Business Insider
  • The auto industry lives. Can we admit that government intervention worked?

    08/02/2010 9:07:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies · 7+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/2/10 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Who could have imagined that the bailout of the auto industry, one of the single most unpopular moves by the Obama administration, would become one of its best talking points? But don't for an instant imagine that the comeback of the nation's rescued car companies, particularly General Motors, will change the way we debate government's role in the economy. When it comes to almost anything the government does, ideology trumps facts, slogans trump reality, and loaded words ("socialism") trump data. Let there be no mistake: Rescuing GM and Chrysler took political courage, and I want to put in a good...
  • NY TIMES: In Study, 2 Economists Say Intervention Helped Avert a 2nd Depression

    07/28/2010 7:04:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 07/27/2010 | Sewell Chan
    Like a mantra, officials from both the Bush and Obama administrations have trumpeted how the government’s sweeping interventions to prop up the economy since 2008 helped avert a second Depression. Now, two leading economists wielding complex quantitative models say that assertion can be empirically proved. In a new paper, the economists argue that without the Wall Street bailout, the bank stress tests, the emergency lending and asset purchases by the Federal Reserve, and the Obama administration’s fiscal stimulus program, the nation’s gross domestic product would be about 6.5 percent lower this year. In addition, there would be about 8.5 million...
  • Even After (.gov funded) Job Training, Many (read that, most) Still Scrambling for Employment...

    07/18/2010 10:10:42 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 50 replies · 3+ views
    CNBC ^ | 07/19/2010 | CNBC
    In what was beginning to feel like a previous life, Israel Valle had earned $18 an hour as an executive assistant to a designer at a prominent fashion label. Now, he was jobless and struggling to find work. He decided to invest in upgrading his skills. It was February 2009, and the city work force center in Downtown Brooklyn was jammed with hundreds of people hungry for paychecks. His caseworker urged him to take advantage of classes financed by the federal government, which had increased money for job training. Upgrade your skills, she counseled. Then she could arrange job interviews....
  • Bawney Frank: What we need is a lot more government intervention

    07/18/2010 3:03:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/18/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    Via The Right Scoop, Barney Frank offers Charlie Rose both a blizzard of buffalo dung and the hair of the dog in attempting to defend the Democrats’ economic policies. Frank tells Rose that the recovery was going great until the European crisis this spring — but notably avoids mentioning the nature of that crisis, which was skyrocketing debt. He also claims that private-sector employment has been growing, but that banks aren’t lending, which is choking off the recovery. Frank blames this on over-eager regulators, which he sees as a big problem that can only be solved by a massive purchase...
  • Obama Risks a Domestic Military Intervention

    05/19/2010 11:22:07 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 307 replies · 6,753+ views
    TPM ^ | 5/1/109 | John L. Perry
    There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America's military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the "Obama problem." Don't dismiss it as unrealistic. America isn't the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn't mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it. So, view the following through military eyes:
  • Intervention Is Prolonging Economic Problems For Years

    04/12/2010 8:30:40 AM PDT · by Palter · 3 replies · 389+ views
    International Forecaster ^ | 10 April 2010 | Bob Chapman
    Banks only saved themselves not the economy, Greece singled out in the credit default crisis, the plan for a deflationary depression, every nation is in trouble, Greece now in a situation to default, banks continue to mislead, the floodgates open for lobbyists and special interests, lending costs climb, net neutrality suffers by a court ruling, Internet downgraded by court ruling We have seen the Fed and the US Treasury execute policy that has served to bail out the financial industry that created the conditions that have persisted for more than 2-1/2 years. During that period Wall Street, banking and insurance...
  • The necessity of corporate failure (why government intervention leads to larger disasters)

    03/24/2010 6:35:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 182+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 03/24/2010 | Richard Rahn
    The expression "Failure is not an option" may be a motivator for very high-risk situations, but failure must always be an option for players in a properly functioning market economy. If you had a choice between buying a bond issued by a company considered "too big to fail" - which is an implicit government guarantee of its debt - would you buy that bond or one issued by a company without a government guarantee? Companies with government guarantees will be able to borrow at less cost, and, ultimately, their unfair competitive advantage will drive the companies without guarantees out of...
  • Clinton lifts U.S. ban on Muslim scholar

    01/20/2010 8:45:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies · 1,505+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 1/20/10 | rueters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has lifted a U.S. ban on a planned visit by a leading European Muslim critic of the Iraq war, in a move rights groups hailed as a victory for civil liberties. Clinton signed orders which ended the ban on Professor Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University, who was barred due to alleged terrorism ties which he denies, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said on Wednesday.
  • Job Creation: The Seen and Unseen (Interventionist agenda won't produce the jobs needed)

    12/03/2009 7:33:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies · 276+ views
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 12/3/2009 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    With data on November's unemployment rate and payroll jobs creation due to be released Friday by the Labor Department, President Obama convenes a meeting today at the White House to discuss what many Americans worry about more than health care, Afghanistan, or anything else-jobs. Mr. Obama's challenge is that his legislative and regulatory agenda dampens overall job creation. Mr. Obama's priorities, namely health reform, green jobs, high speed rail, climate change legislation, and increased unionization discourage employers from hiring. Until he abandons this interventionist agenda, the economy won't produce the jobs needed to reduce unemployment significantly. Naturally, these projects' supporters...
  • Mortgage Applications Plummet To Nine-Year Low

    11/12/2009 9:30:37 AM PST · by FromLori · 6 replies · 422+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 11/2/09 | Robert Wenzel
    As if we needed more proof that the mortgage market is currently a totally manipulated market. Mortgage applications to purchase homes in the U.S. plunged last week to the lowest level in almost nine years as Americans waited for the outcome of deliberations to extend a government tax credit, reports Bob Willis at Bloomberg. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index of applications to buy a house dropped 12 percent in the week ended Nov. 6 to 220.9, the lowest level since Dec. 2000. The group’s refinancing gauge rose 11 percent as interest rates decreased, pushing the overall index up 3.2 percent....