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  • The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy: Reviving the 'vigilant and manly spirit' of republicanism

    08/18/2014 6:16:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 18, 2014 | Professors David Corbin and Matt Parks
    In what might have appeared to be a minor political event a few weeks back, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) “insignificant” and “inconsequential” in a debate on the House floor. Why would the former House Speaker insult a colleague in such a manner? She didn’t count her way to this assessment; Democrats do not hold a majority of the House. Nor did she reason her way to this position, as there was nothing in Rep. Marino’s argument on the immigration issue that raised empirical red flags. Perhaps it was a momentary lapse in judgment in the midst...
  • Satirist Dan McCall battles Hillary Clinton PAC over "Ready for Oligarchy" design [IMAGES]

    06/13/2014 11:33:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    city pages ^ | 6-13-14 | Aaron Rupar
    Earlier this year, Sauk Rapids satirist Dan McCall won a legal victory over the federal government after National Security Agency reps tried to get online retailers to stop selling shirts emblazoned with the the agency's seal and slogans like this: "The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens." The NSA essentially claimed their logo is copyrighted and couldn't be used without permission, an argument that didn't pass muster in light of the First Amendment's protection of satire. Now, a pro-Hillary Clinton group is making a version of that same argument to once again get McCall's products pulled from...
  • Would you vote for Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton for president?

    05/16/2014 1:20:15 PM PDT · by ncfool · 156 replies
    St. Louis Business Journal ^ | 5-16-2014 | St. Louis Business Journal
    Who would you vote for in 2016 St. Louis Journal Business Journal poll....
  • Effort to Approve Keystone Collapases in Senate

    05/12/2014 4:18:02 PM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | May 12, 201 | Fred Barrett
    A bipartisan Senate effort to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline collapsed Monday making it unlikely a politically potent vote on the project will take place before November’s midterm election. A vote on Keystone was tied to the fate of an unrelated energy efficiency bill that has support in both parties. But that measure failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward after getting bogged down in partisan fighting over whether GOP amendments would be allowed.
  • The Five Things Hillary is Known for are Bad Things

    05/13/2014 1:22:55 PM PDT · by opentalk · 25 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | May 13, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    Here’s why Boko Haram is awful news for Hillary: Because it adds to the list of things she is known for. AND ALL OF THEM ARE BAD.Hillary Clinton is running on fumes. The fumes of fame. There is no other reason that people will vote for Hillary Clinton other than that she is famous. Many others share her ideas. Some state them more eloquently. But Hillary is more famous.Hillary’s problem is that, at a certain point in the Democratic primaries, someone else will become equally famous....Because her record, you see, in the public mind, consists of these five things:1. Benghazi: Clinton has...
  • Bunkerville remains the flash point

    05/02/2014 7:11:22 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies
    Christian Mercenary ^ | 5/2/14 | T. L. Davis
    Bunkerville represents the first action of the people's resistance against an unconstitutional governmental bureaucracy turned paramilitary unit. We are likely to see more as time goes on, because there is not a bureaucracy that has not been turned into a paramilitary unit. The principle lost in all of this militarization of bureaucrats is that they generally interact with citizens, not enemy combatants or criminals; they are not headed by someone who can be voted out of office, like a sheriff, or held to account by a city council who can be voted out of office. We are not capable of...
  • Poll: GOP presidential race wide open; Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush in theoretical matchup

    04/30/2014 11:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/30/2014 | By Philip Rucker and Scott Clement
    The 2016 Republican presidential nominating battle is shaping up as the most wide-open in a generation, with a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showing five prospective candidates within four percentage points of one another at the top and a half-dozen more in the mix. The picture is very different on the Democratic side, where former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is the clear front-runner. In a hypothetical matchup, Clinton leads former Florida governor Jeb Bush — seen by many GOP establishment figures as the party’s strongest general-election candidate — 53 percent to 41 percent. Clinton’s commanding position is fueled...
  • Oligarchy in the Twenty-first Century

    04/27/2014 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 25 Apr 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    “To see what is in front of one’s nose,” George Orwell famously wrote, “needs a constant struggle.” In front of my nose as I write this is a copy of last Sunday’s New York Times. I have opened it to the business section. Below the fold is one of many Times articles on Thomas Piketty, the French economist and author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which argues that America has entered a second Gilded Age of vast inequality, inherited fortunes, and oligarchic politics, where the shape of public discourse and public policy is determined by a wealthy few. Capital...
  • EXCLUSIVE--TEXAS AG ABBOTT TO BLM: 'COME AND TAKE IT'

    04/22/2014 1:56:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 270 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 22, 2014 | By Bob Price
    After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM’s authority to take such action. “I am about ready,” General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.” Gen. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, asking for answers to a series of questions related to the potential land grab. “I am deeply...
  • The Bundy Paradigm: Will You Be a Rebel, Revolutionary or a Slave?

    04/21/2014 2:59:47 PM PDT · by xzins · 42 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | April 21, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”—John F. Kennedy Those tempted to write off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as little more than a show of force by militia-minded citizens would do well to reconsider their easy dismissal of this brewing rebellion. This goes far beyond concerns about grazing rights or the tension between the state and the federal government. Few conflicts are ever black and white, and the Bundy situation, with its abundance of gray areas, is no exception. Yet the question is not whether Cliven Bundy and his supporters are domestic terrorists, as...
  • Princeton Study Confirms 'US Is An Oligarchy'

    04/17/2014 7:20:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/17/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened. - From a recent...
  • Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy

    04/16/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/16/2014 | Business Insider
    The U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded. The report, "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens" (PDF), used extensive policy data collected between 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the U.S. political system.
  • US oligarchy study: Eye-opening study reveals disturbing facts about the US

    04/16/2014 5:54:13 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 31 replies
    Jacksonville Top News Examiner ^ | April 15, 2014 | Christian Savoy
    A first of its kind US oligarchy study yielded a rather troubling discovery and the results of the study are definitely cause for concern for most Americans. The US oligarchy study was conducted by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities and the study showed that the United States is not a republic in substance, but rather an oligarchy where the rich rule and the majority of Americans have virtually no impact on policy decisions, today's report from FDL explained.
  • Ohio Representative Moves to Impeach (Federal) Judge for Pro-Gay Rulings

    04/09/2014 7:06:18 PM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | Wednesday, April 09, 2014 | Carrie Dedrick
    Representative John Becker of Ohio has called to impeach a federal judge due to his recent rulings involving gay marriage. Becker says that U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black has abused his power and went against the state and federal constitution through his pro-gay decisions. Becker’s office released a statement writing, “In an epic display of arrogance and incompetence, Judge Black announced that he will require the people of Ohio to disregard the Ohio Constitution and force the recognition of ‘homosexual marriages’ performed outside of Ohio. He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence.” In December the...
  • The Political Party Elites Have Spoken: It’s Bush vs. Clinton in 2016

    03/31/2014 9:36:59 AM PDT · by yoe · 167 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 31, 2014 | Ron Rodash
    I have no objections to Jeb Bush running for president. He obviously has a wide appeal as a potential candidate. With a Mexican wife, and as a man who speaks fluent Spanish, he would be able to increase the Hispanic vote in the GOP column. On the other hand, many in the Republican base find his position on immigration untenable, and would fight him tooth and nail during primary season. He is also a serious advocate of education reform. His support of Common Core, however, will also find many who are in the conservative ranks objecting, since they fear that...
  • How Vladimir Putin Stashed Away A Secret $70 Billion Personal Fortune

    03/16/2014 9:27:50 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 59 replies
    celebritynetworth ^ | February 7, 2014 | By Brian Warner
    In order to prevent corruption and conflicts of interest within government, many major countries around the world require that their highest level leaders release annual reports disclosing their most recent income, tax returns, salary and personal net worth. For example, Barack Obama's, tax return last year showed that he and Michelle grossed $608,611 for the calendar year 2012 (his 2013 tax forms should be released soon). Most of that income came from Barack's book royalties and $400,000 Presidential salary. Believe it or not, Russia actually has the same requirement for its leaders. Including current President, Vladimir Putin. Last April, Putin...
  • Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years

    03/12/2014 6:30:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Quartz ^ | March 11, 2014 | Noah Smith
    The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is also a change to which almost no one is paying attention. I’m talking about the coming obsolescence of the gun-wielding human infantryman as a weapon of war. Or to put it another way: the end of the Age of the Gun. ........................................................... The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is...
  • Technocracy - Human Instincts in Reconstruction

    03/01/2014 8:23:04 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    1919 | William Henry Smyth
    Technocracy (Alternate link) PART I. Human Instincts in Reconstruction. An Analysis of Urges and a Suggestion For Their Direction. By William Henry SmythNote The author shows that the forces of the four great human instincts to live, to make, to take, to control are as essential in modern social life as at any time in the past. But all of these urges in a living democracy should be controlled without being controlled. To achieve this seeming paradox we must have a great national purpose, and unselfish leadership such as could come through a National Council of Scientists. Mr. William Henry...
  • Just How Out of Touch is the Ruling Class?

    01/16/2014 1:24:26 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 1/16/14 | Daniel Horowitz
    As House Republicans prepare for their aptly-named “GOP Retreat” at the end of the month, they are planning to make immigration the centerpiece of their legislative strategy. Both Politico and Roll Call offer a glimpse into their grand scheme. They will offer a lot of window dressing about enforcement and all the things the GOP base wants to hear. But ask yourself this question: why the urgency? According to a new Gallup poll, immigration ranks among the lowest priority issues in the minds of voters. Only 3% listed it as a top issue, whereas most people felt the economy, jobs,...
  • America in the Age of Myth ... Victor Davis Hanson

    04/02/2013 1:14:09 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    PJM ^ | 1 Apr 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We live in a mythic age — but mythic in the sense of made-up.The Coastal AristocratIn the last thirty years, I have probably spoken 200 times at a coastal university of some sort, most of which were on the Eastern seaboard. I spent eight years at UC Santa Cruz and Stanford. I go to Palo Alto every week to work, and often lecture or teach in southern California. So I know the Bay Area and Los Angeles almost as well as I know the San Joaquin Valley and the culture of the Eastern seaboard. I talk sometimes with the media,...
  • Go Jeb Bush Go (Frum & Friends push compassionate conservatism and Bush45)

    03/19/2013 12:08:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast's David Frum Blog ^ | March 18, 2013 | Justin Green
    I have my problems with Jeb Bush, but this passage of his speech at CPAC is not one of them. "It is not a validation of our conservative principles if we can only point to the increasingly rare individual who overcomes adversity and succeeds in America," Bush said. "Here’s reality: if you’re fortunate enough to count yourself among the privileged, much of the rest of the nation is drowning. "In our country today, if you’re born poor, if your parents didn’t go to college, if you don’t know your father, if English isn’t spoken at home, then the odds are...
  • The Red Flag and the Red Blazer

    03/06/2013 5:49:51 AM PST · by expat1000 · 2 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 05 Mar 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Somewhere in the first half of Moscow on the Hudson, a bedraggled Robin Williams huddles on the luxurious first floor of Bloomingdale's clamoring in an unconvincing Russian accent that he wants to defect. Standing between him and a furious KGB officer is a minimum wage store security guard in a red blazer. The KGB officer hisses that he protests the defection the name of the Soviet Union. The security guard retorts that his own jurisdiction runs "from Style Boutique, through Denim Den, all the way up to Personal Fragrances." And the Soviet Union and the KGB have no jurisdiction in...
  • The Road to Oligarchy

    03/03/2013 5:29:12 AM PST · by expat1000 · 30 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 02 Mar 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Regardless of how many wars on poverty are declared and how often calls are issued to make the rich pay their fair share, neither the rich nor the poor will be going anywhere anytime soon. The question is what forces will keep the poor impoverished and where the rich will derive their wealth from. The founder of Subway recently said that he could not have started up his company today. Similar messages have come from the founders and heads of other major companies. That isn't to say that companies will cease to exist. What we think of as business has...
  • How the US Government Really Operates

    01/30/2013 12:08:55 PM PST · by Codetrader · 8 replies
    New York Daily Sun ^ | January 30, 2013
    The federal government is, in practice, a one-party state controlled by an oligarchy, which is a relatively small group, composed of financiers, politicians and journalists. Written by Lawrence Sellin The oligarchy is roughly divided into two types of individuals: ideologues and pragmatists. Ideologues are adherents to uncompromising and dogmatic policies and are determined and unyielding in achieving their goals. Pragmatists have no solid core principles and will adjust their political positions for the purpose of remaining accepted members of the oligarchy. The ideologues always drive the political agenda, which is only moderated or delayed when met by sufficient resistance. Think...
  • The New Liberal Aristocracy (Exactly why we had a revolution +200 years ago)

    01/08/2013 11:05:50 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/8/13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ‘Limousine liberal” is an old American term used against those who inherited lots of money and then became “traitors to their class” by embracing populist politics. The Roosevelts and Kennedys enjoyed the high life quite apart from the multitude that they championed. And they were exempt, by virtue of their inherited riches and armies of accountants and attorneys, from the higher taxes they advocated for others. Few worried about how their original fortunes were made long ago, or that as lifelong government officials they had their needs met by the state. Most were relieved instead that as very rich people...
  • Breaking: Obama hosts George H.W. and Jeb Bush at White House

    01/27/2012 5:32:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 235 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/27/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Unbeknownst to the press, President Obama met this evening with former president George H.W. Bush and his son, former Florida governor Jeb Bush in the Oval Office. White House officials did not list the meeting on the president's schedule but released a photo through Flickr and Twitter. According to the date and time stamp on the photo, it was taken shortly after 5 p.m. That's about the time Obama returned to the White House from a fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. White House officials did not immediately respond to questions about the subject of the meeting and its exclusion...
  • Go Daddy spanks SOPA, yanks support

    12/23/2011 8:34:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    C|Net ^ | 12/23/11 | Josh Lowensohn
    Following criticism from customers for its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act, domain registrar Go Daddy today said that it's no longer backing the legislation. "Fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation - but we can clearly do better," said Go Daddy CEO Warren Adelman in a statement. "It's very important that all Internet stakeholders work together on this. Getting it right is worth the wait. Go Daddy will support it when and if the Internet community supports it." In addition, the company...
  • The Winter of Our Economic Discontent

    12/06/2011 4:30:23 AM PST · by expat1000 · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Dec 5, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    What do the United States, Russia and the Middle East have in common? They all have unpopular regimes run by out of touch kleptocrats who faced popular uprisings. The opposition groups in all those place don't have much in common, but the governments do. Obama might have sneered at Mubarak or Putin, but for all the pretense of democracy he was sitting at the top of his own kleptocracy, doling out fortunes to supporters out of the emergency bailout and stimulus plans. The Tea Party was the outraged and vocal response of a working middle-class that was seeing its taxes...
  • And Congress’ Rich Get Richer

    11/05/2011 11:01:40 PM PDT · by Utmost Certainty · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Nov. 1, 2011 | Paul Singer and Jennifer Yachnin
    Members of Congress had a collective net worth of more than $2 billion in 2010, a nearly 25 percent increase over the 2008 total, according to a Roll Call analysis of Members' financial disclosure forms. Nearly 90 percent of that increase is concentrated in the 50 richest Members of Congress.
  • THE WALL STREET PROTEST

    10/07/2011 5:53:40 AM PDT · by shortstop · 14 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/07/11 | bob Lonsberry
    Every dog has fleas. Blood-sucking fleas that crawl on it and mooch off it. Just like society. Dogs have fleas and society has Democrats. Or socialists or anarchists or unionists or environmentalists or whatever you want to call the dregs of humanity having free love on the sidewalks of Wall Street. It’s been going on for three weeks now and has in recent days built to a fever pitch. At least among the network reporters. Who honestly seem sexually aroused by the whole thing. Each newscast features some vapid, breathless idiot yammering into a camera about corporate greed and the...
  • Lefties Set To Crash Koch Brothers “Secret Conference” This Sunday In Colorado

    06/25/2011 8:36:52 AM PDT · by invaderzim · 18 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 06.25.11 | Hear Us Now
    Progressives are planning to descend on a meeting of private citizens, the Koch brothers and their conservative guests this Sunday in Vail. This has been organized by Progress Now Colorado who doesn't seem to care about yesterday's news that Barack Obama had a "secret" fund raising meeting with donors in the White House... yet they seem to believe it wrong for private citizens to meet with other private citizens. At least when those private citizens might be conservative.
  • GM chief pushing for higher gas taxes. (Obama Motors Shafts Public)

    06/07/2011 8:23:45 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 68 replies
    The Detroit News ^ | 06-07-11 | David Shepardson
    Detroit — General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson wants the federal gas tax boosted as much as $1 a gallon to nudge consumers toward more fuel-efficient cars, and he's confident the government will soon shed its remaining 26 percent stake in the once-bankrupt automaker. "I actually think the government will be out this year — within the next 12 months, hopefully within the next six months," Akerson said in a two-hour interview with The Detroit News last week. He is grateful for the government's rescue of GM — "I have nothing but good things to say about them" — but...
  • 'Die Welt': Iran building rocket bases in Venezuela

    05/17/2011 11:25:39 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 27 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 17 May 2011 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
    The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela, the German daily Die Welt wrote in its Thursday edition. Iran is building intermediate- range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in February. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force, participated in the visit, according to the report. Die Welt cited information from “Western security insiders.”
  • 911 tapes released in deadly SWAT shooting

    05/17/2011 10:28:58 AM PDT · by petitfour · 77 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | 5/17/2011 | Joel Waldman
    TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) – 9-1-1 recordings from a deadly SWAT shooting reveal some tense moments: 911: Is law enforcement at your house, ma'am? Is law enforcement at your house? (Are they) inside or outside your residence? Guerena: They are outside, but they came inside! They were inside. They were (inaudible) going to shoot me. And, I put my kid in front of me. They were going to hit me! 911: Ok, I need you to calm down. Fear and panic from the wife of decorated Marine Jose Guerena's. Vanessa Guerena called 9-1-1 the morning of May 5th, the day SWAT...
  • GM sponsors and celebrates soon to be released Chi-Com propaganda film

    05/17/2011 10:47:11 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2011 | Kerry Pickett
    In late 2010, General Motors agreed to sponsor a propaganda film celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). ... set to premiere all over the Communist nation on June 15 ... The auto website adds: "According to an announcement posted on Shanghai GM’s official web site yesterday, whose title reads "joining hands with China Film Group, Cadillac whole-heartedly supports the making of the Birth of a Party..." The report goes further: "As the CCP marries totalitarianism with capitalism and fools the people with entertainment, only the "politically correct" or stupid–or those who pretend to be so–can get...
  • UK pledges to cut carbon emissions in half by 2025

    05/17/2011 10:28:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    AP/WMCTV ^ | 5/17/11
    The British government on Tuesday pledged to cut the country's carbon emissions in half by 2025 - an ambitious target which could be watered down if other European countries fail to slash their emissions accordingly. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne told Parliament that Britain would reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by about 50 percent from benchmark emission levels in 1990, a step that is part of a longer-term legal commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050. David Cameron, Britain's prime minister, said the 2025 cut would "position the U.K. as a leading...
  • Herman Cain: Trump is a bully who was unsuitable for the presidency

    05/16/2011 9:11:11 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 68 replies
    “That is very good,” Cain said this afternoon of Trump’s exit from the political stage. “…I’m very proud that I have never held public office because most of the people in Washington, D.C., they have held public office.”… “I was never threatened or concerned about Donald Trump in the first place, to be perfectly honest, because bullying, being a bully is not a leadership strategy, not if you want to lead the United States of America,” Cain told a group of Iowa reporters this afternoon. “And so I was not surprised he is not running.”
  • Obama Adds Citigroup's Dick Parsons To Jeff Immelt's Jobs Panel

    02/28/2011 4:14:41 PM PST · by FromLori · 13 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2/28/2011 | Tyler Durden
    And there was a time when people thought Obama was out to get the bankers... From CitiRichard Parsons, chairman of the board of directors of Citigroup, has been named to President Barack Obama's advisory panel on jobs and the economy. The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, to be chaired by General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, will focus on ways to promote growth and hiring in American businesses.We expect someone to tell us that between the two, their respective companies have seen headcuts well into the tens of thousands. As a reminder, under Immelt alone, GE's track record of employment...
  • Abortion Has Caused 300K Breast Cancer Deaths Since Roe

    01/17/2011 1:48:44 PM PST · by julieee · 23 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | January 17, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Abortion Has Caused 300K Breast Cancer Deaths Since Roe Washington, DC -- A leading breast cancer researcher says abortion has caused at least 300,000 cases of breast cancer causing a woman's death since the Supreme Court allowed virtually unlimited abortion in its 1973 case. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/01/17/abortion-has-caused-300k-breast-cancer-deaths-since-roe
  • Video: The American Form of Government

    01/16/2011 10:00:03 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 11 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Video: Illustration of the pros and cons of forms of government on the continuum of communism through fascism. Ideal for kids to observe causes and effects: sort of innoculation against basic propaganda.
  • The Quiet Coup

    09/07/2010 4:07:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 09/05/10 | Simon Johnson
    The Quiet Coup The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises. If the IMF’s staff could speak freely about the U.S., it would tell us what it tells all countries in this situation: recovery will fail unless we break the financial oligarchy that is blocking essential reform. And if we are to prevent...
  • California Chief Justice Ronald George announces retirement

    07/14/2010 7:27:38 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 11 replies · 1+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 14 July 2010 | Howard Mintz
    From issuing historic rulings on gay marriage, affirmative action and abortion rights to ushering in a new era of legal and political clout for California's highest court, Chief Justice Ronald George has cast a long shadow of influence across the state since the mid-1990s. On Wednesday, California's 27th chief justice decided it was time to step aside, unexpectedly announcing he will not seek a new 12-year term in November and will put an official end to the "George Court" on Jan. 2. The 70-year-old George said he will retreat from his notoriously frenetic life to read, run and travel —...
  • Jeb Bush, 2016? (Not this again!)

    06/23/2010 10:13:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 3+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 24, 2010 | E.D. Kain
    Rob Long – riffing off this piece in the New York Times – wonders why Jeb Bush couldn’t be a viable presidential candidate in 2012: I know, I know: the usual stuff. But the "usual stuff" is what small-time thinkers (and political pundits) cling to when they feel like they're expected to predict the unpredictable. The great thing about American politics is how unpredictable it is. Whenever I hear people saying "Here's what's gonna happen...." or "There's no way the voters will accept...." I know two things for sure: it's not gonna happen that way, and the voters will get...
  • Russia, Greece, Chile, and the Narcissism of Harvard Debt Lords

    05/24/2010 10:19:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 411+ views
    Canadian Free press ^ | 03/12/10 | Damon Vrabel
    Russia, Greece, Chile, and the Narcissism of Harvard Debt Lords By Damon Vrabel Friday, March 12, 2010 Today marks the beginning of a new administration in Chile as Harvard economist and billionaire Sebastián Piñera eked out a narrow victory in January. Interestingly this is related to the rest of the world as we also see today Greek police, dressed in the Darth Vader costumes used in every country, cracking down hard on their poor countrymen. They have been robbed by the elite financier/politician tag-teams that roam the world attacking whichever country and currency they choose. Since almost every currency is...
  • The Scientific Socialism of Today

    04/09/2010 3:11:15 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 378+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 09, 2010 | Gene Schwimmer
    A certain kind of mind believes that human beings exist as objects to be experimented upon as society is perfected by the privileged class -- a utopia engineered by elites. There's a reason why Engels called it Scientific Socialism. Thomas Sowell alluded to it when he wrote: "The grand delusion of contemporary liberals is that they have both the right and the ability to move their fellow creatures around like blocks of wood -- and that the end results will be no different than if people had voluntarily chosen the same action." But Sowell's insight tells only half the story....
  • The Economic Elite Have Engineered an Extraordinary Coup...

    02/20/2010 4:31:19 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 50 replies · 1,383+ views
    The Silver Bear Cafe ^ | Undated | David DeGraw
    The economic elite have robbed us all. The amount of suffering in the United States of America is literally a crime against humanity "The American oligarchy spares no pains in promoting the belief that it does not exist, but the success of its disappearing act depends on equally strenuous efforts on the part of an American public anxious to believe in egalitarian fictions and unwilling to see what is hidden in plain sight." - Michael Lind, To Have and to Have Not We all have very strong differences of opinion on many issues. However, like our founding fathers before us,...
  • Seniors Should Send This to Young People

    11/09/2009 9:27:31 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 302+ views
    From Sea To Shining Sea ^ | 11/09/09 | Purple Mountains
    One aspect of life that is particularly galling to seniors is the evidence that our schools are not teaching our young people about our form of government and the reasons steeped in history that make it so precious. We are afraid that their ignorance will result in its loss - never to be recovered. Everyone should find a way to have a young person view this video. It is a short explanation of the different forms of governing, and why our Founding Fathers risked so much to create a republic - and not a democracy.
  • McCain Moves to Block FCC Net Neutrality

    10/26/2009 4:43:01 PM PDT · by Right to Arm Bears · 45 replies · 2,461+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tony Bradley
    The FCC voted unanimously yesterday to move forward with the debate in an effort to formalize net neutrality guidelines. Senator John McCain followed up by introducing a bill that would prohibit the FCC from governing communications.
  • What Soros Wanted, Obama Delivers

    10/13/2009 11:02:36 PM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies · 995+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | October 14, 2009 | Kyle-Anne Shiver
    In January 2004, George Soros proclaimed to the world, "I have made rejection of the Bush doctrine the central project of my life." To which he added, "America, under Bush, is a danger to the world. And I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is." Soros then waged a nearly one-wallet war against Bush, put more than $25 million of his own cash into Kerry's election bid and came out of the whole gambit with a tattered I-Voted-for-the-other-guy t-shirt. In 2006, Soros declared in a depressive-mood pity party at the Council on Foreign Relations: "In the future, I'd...
  • The American Form of Government - The United States is a REPUBLIC not a democracy!

    08/24/2009 9:39:06 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 54 replies · 1,643+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | August 24, 2009 | The Capitalist
    EVERY AMERICAN MUST TAKE TEN SHORT MINUTES OUT OF THEIR TIME AND WATCH THIS VIDEO!!! It is imperative that all Americans understand the difference between the different forms of of government, why we are a Republic, and why we must fight to maintain it.