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  • 5 reasons not to retire in the U.S.: Number of retirees overseas has more than doubled in 10 years

    08/08/2014 5:22:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 08/08/2014 | By Quentin Fottrell,
    More than half a million retirees receive their Social Security benefits abroad, according to International Living , a monthly newsletter focusing on retiring overseas. The Social Security Administration currently sends 613,650 retirement-benefit payments outside the U.S., more than double the 242,128 benefit payments sent abroad in 2002. And even that data likely under-represents the actual number of Americans retired overseas, says Dan Prescher, 60, special projects editor of the newsletter. (International Living gets much of its financial support from advertisers who sell overseas real estate to retirees, and other services for those wishing to relocate.) “San Diego has some of...
  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    07/28/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 16 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/28/14 | Dina Cappiello
    As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution of this exported pollution to global warming is not something the administration wants to measure, or even talk about.
  • Obama court nominee wrote memos justifying drone strikes on U.S. citizens

    05/08/2014 1:59:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/08/2014
    Harvard Law School scholar David Barron is an Obama administration nominee for a federal appeals court. He is also the author of government memos that make legal justifications for killing U.S. citizens overseas with drone strikes, which is why his selection to the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals has been delayed. The White House has agreed to allow lawmakers to review at least one of the drone memos after U.S. senators and the the American Civil Liberties Union expressed concerns, technology website Ars Technica reported Wednesday.
  • temporary replacement sim cards for overseas calling on personal cell phone

    05/08/2013 9:54:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    myself ^ | 5-8-13 | TZ
    does anyone know where to get some that are legit? it seems lately that ones bought locally in Spain or Greece work for 5 minutes when they were allegedly loaded with 30 minutes worth of time to be able to call the US. are there ones that can be purchased at a legit source here in the US ? do they have any that allows my actual cell number to come up on caller ID so people will know it is me?
  • Who Let the Jobs Out? Who is sending jobs overseas

    12/02/2012 7:18:33 AM PST · by Moseley · 92 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | December 2, 2012 | Joathon Moseley
    Okay, who stole our jobs? Democrats accuse Republicans of out-sourcing American jobs. But no one knows how this is happening. Republicans have no idea how they supposedly outsource jobs. If someone started a petition saying “Let’s repeal section 99 U.S.C. Section 1234 to stop outsourcing jobs,” probably 80% to 90% of citizens and elected officials would rush to sign. The repeal of such a mythical section would probably take 48 hours to pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the President. But how can you repeal something if you don’t know what you want to repeal? One of...
  • OT: Best places overseas to work/retire? (Mediterranean vs Argentina/Chile/Brazil/Nicaragua/Panama?)

    11/08/2012 1:34:19 PM PST · by Javeth · 74 replies
    Just curious especially to hear from anyone else who’s planning to do this, about the best countries overseas to retire and work in. My wife and I have done pretty well with our import/export business, worked hard and saved up, and are starting to make retirement plans. We’re not much enthused about giving out our hard-earned and saved money, to support the spendthrift socialist incompetence and excesses of Obama and his successors. So we’re looking to retire abroad, and if possible to even continue some of the business overseas in a lower key, part time context. Our trading is mostly...
  • Hey Overseas Service Members/Expats, Still Waiting On Your Absentee Ballot-?

    10/20/2012 3:38:47 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 20, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    You're not the only one: perhaps some funny business going on with absentee ballots this cycle, even intentional foot-dragging... I know personally of instances where the regular ballot request was sent in 8 months ago... and still nothing, here on the dawn of the most important election in US history. But you certainly don't have to stand there and have your right to vote taken by those complicit with this vile regime... DO NOT let Obama steal this thing! Here's what patriots can do to vote NOW (for those of you who haven't received an overseas absentee ballot yet): go to the...
  • VANITY: Where can I see the debate online? (Overseas/no TV)

    10/03/2012 7:30:41 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 14 replies
    Bon Mots ^ | October 3, 2012 | Bon Mots
    I live overseas and would like to watch the Presidential debate online... if possible... any suggestions? Links? I do not have a connected television, but have two fast internet connections.
  • U.S. Firms Move Abroad to Cut Taxes

    08/29/2012 11:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/29/2012 | JOHN D. MCKINNON And SCOTT THURM
    More big U.S. companies are reincorporating abroad despite a 2004 federal law that sought to curb the practice. One big reason: Taxes. Companies cite various reasons for moving, including expanding their operations and their geographic reach. But tax bills remain a primary concern. A few cite worries that U.S. taxes will rise in the future, especially if Washington revamps the tax code next year to shrink the federal budget deficit. "We want to be closer to where our clients are," says David Prosperi, a spokesman for risk manager Aon AON +0.03% plc, which relocated to the U.K. in April. Aon...
  • Obama has investments in companies that ship jobs overseas

    07/17/2012 11:35:25 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 17, 2012 | Philip Klein
    President Obama has accused Mitt Romney of raking in profits from investing in companies that ship American jobs overseas, but according to his most recent financial disclosure, he and First Lady Michelle Obama have hundreds of thousands of dollars in a mutual fund that has large holdings in corporations that outsource jobs. “(Romney) invested in companies that have been called ‘pioneers’ of outsourcing,” Obama said at a Saturday campaign event in Glen Allen, Va. “I don’t want a pioneer in outsourcing. I want some insourcing.” But Obama’s own portfolio shows a willingness to invest in American corporations that have shifted...
  • Uruguay Government Plans To Sell Marijuana

    06/25/2012 9:21:35 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 50 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | 6/25/ 2012 | Bryan Nash
    In an attempt to lower crime and raise government revenue, Uruguay is planning on legalizing marijuana. Currently, it is legal to possess less than 25 grams of cannabis, but it is illegal to grow or sell it. If the proposal passes, Uruguay’s government would oversee the growth and distribution of the $75 million business. Buyers would be required to register with the government. “It’s a fight on both fronts: against consumption and drug trafficking,” said defense minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro. “We think the prohibition of certain drugs is creating more problems for society than the drugs themselves.” Congress must approve...
  • Ann Romney: 'I doubt' we'll take as many overseas vacations as the Obamas

    06/18/2012 9:31:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    The HIll ^ | 6/15/12 | Justin Sink -
    Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said Monday that she doubted she and her husband would vacation overseas as frequently as the Obamas if her husband were elected. Romney was responding to a question from WJR Detroit's Frank Beckmann, who asked Romney if her family would be vacationing abroad as frequently as the Obamas. "I doubt that," Romney replied. "Our vacations and our happiness come from being with our children and our grandchildren."
  • Riots cast shadow over plans for Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations

    08/11/2011 2:08:48 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8:44 AM on 11th August 2011 | By Richard Kay
    There may have been no rioting in the Highlands, but no one has been watching the arson and looting of Britain’s cities more closely than the Queen. With fewer than six months to her Diamond Jubilee, when celebrations are planned for the length and breadth of the kingdom, the disorder has alarmed aides planning the extravaganza. Central to their concern is not just the damage to the country’s image overseas, but also how quickly the feelgood factor engendered by April’s Royal Wedding has been lost. From her summer home in Balmoral, the Queen has kept in touch with developments and...
  • Dollar to drop on S&P move; safe-haven demand seen

    08/07/2011 3:57:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 8/7/11 | Saikat Chatterjee
    The U.S. dollar may weaken and Treasury yields rise when Asian markets reopen on Monday, though any selling in response to ratings agency S&P's downgrade of the United States is likely to be tempered by the escalating crisis in the euro zone. The S&P cut in the U.S. long-term credit rating by a notch to AA-plus is an unprecedented blow and results from concerns about the nation's budget deficits and climbing debt burden. It called the outlook "negative," signaling another downgrade is possible in the next 12 to 18 months. "The initial reaction will be a high degree of uncertainty...
  • Obama Administration will Seek to Encourage Business Investments -- in the Philippines

    06/22/2011 11:23:42 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 22, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A U.S.-funded program whose aim is to “address the constraints that impede the overall business climate of the Philippines and consequently improve levels of investments in the country” is on the horizon. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to launch the 2-3 year endeavor, known as the Investment Enabling Environment (INVEST) Project, so that it can help make “regulations less cumbersome” for Philippine business owners. USAID ultimately intends to accomplish that task by lowering the cost of compliance with and “limiting the scope” of excessive bureaucratic oversight, according to a presolicitation notice (#SOL-492-11-000011) that the Monitor located via...
  • Billion-Dollar Global Health Care Plan Unveiled

    04/28/2011 1:38:43 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 12 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | 04/28/2011 | Steve Peacock
    A trio of additional healthcare projects of the Obama Administration are slated to be administered by a handful of private-sector vendors at a cost of nearly $1 billion—initiatives that contractors will carry out in Africa, Asia/Middle East and the Latin America/Caribbean regions.
  • VIDEO: This is why Obama isn't helping us overseas

    11/24/2010 7:32:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Laura Ingraham ^ | 11/24/10 | Staff
    Remember a few weeks ago when the Obama administration made an unprecedented move and put the United States' human right record up for review in front of the UN? Well, sure enough, the "human rights abuses" by America were called into question by Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, Iran, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and North Korea. This is just another piece of evidence that the Universal Periodic Review at the UN is a complete farce and President Obama should have never let the United States be called into question by these regimes.:
  • Earthquakes Dog Clinton On Overseas Trips

    11/05/2010 7:22:35 AM PDT · by Dahoser · 19 replies
    AP via My Way News ^ | 11/5/2010 | Matthew Lee
    What is it about Hillary Rodham Clinton and earthquakes? Seems the secretary of state rarely takes an overseas trip that is not in some way affected by a temblor.
  • Living Abroad by Country: The Essential Expatriate Resources

    11/05/2010 4:09:35 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 3 replies
    Transitions abroad ^ | (Ongoing) | Unknown
    The number of Americans living abroad has steadily grown over the past decade, as more people have become interested in living abroad, exploring another language and culture, or finding an overseas job. According to recent estimates by the U.S. State Department, there are 6.6 million Americans living overseas, a little more than the entire population of the state of Massachusetts. Faced with the numerous challenges of adapting to a new way of life in a foreign country, the best tool for expatriates is to be well informed about their host country and to know how to deal with the various...
  • Halperin: Why Obama Is Losing the Political War

    10/11/2010 11:56:15 AM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 10/11/10 | Mark Halperin
    Barack Obama is being politically crushed in a vise. From above, by elite opinion about his competence. From below, by mass anger and anxiety over unemployment. And it is too late for him to do anything about this predicament until after November's elections. With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, the media, the business community or working-class voters. This view is held by Fox News pundits,...
  • U.S. jobs continue to flow overseas (Lure of cheaper labor more irresistible than ever)

    10/06/2010 10:42:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/06/2010 | Don Lee
    Though some American firms are bringing overseas work back home, evidence is growing that companies are moving more jobs than ever to China and other countries — a trend that could exacerbate efforts to bring down the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate. One sign of increased offshoring is the rising number of applications for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance, which usually goes to factory workers who lost their jobs because their work was sent overseas or was undercut by cheaper imports. For the six months that ended Sept. 30, workers at about 1,200 offices and plants nationwide were approved for federal...
  • The Middle Class in America Is Radically Shrinking. Here Are the Stats to Prove it

    07/25/2010 10:26:23 PM PDT · by sfwarrior · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | July 15, 2010 | Michael Snyder
    The 22 statistics detailed here prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in America. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer at a staggering rate. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a blinding pace. So why are we witnessing such fundamental changes? Well, the globalism and "free trade" that our politicians and business leaders insisted would be so good for us have had some...
  • Ex-Pat Freepers Living Overseas

    07/17/2010 2:51:38 PM PDT · by STD · 96 replies
    self ^ | 7/17/10 | self
    Ex-Pat FReepers, Please sound off about what you like and dislike about living overseas. I'm retired and need to stretch my retirement dollar. Let me know why you would come back to the USA also.Need a fourth for bridge? I might just become your neighbor and friend. Who knows? Thank You for your kind responses.DrMike
  • WSJ: Oil jobs start moving overseas

    06/29/2010 11:00:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    WSJ ^ | 6/29/10 | David Freddoso
    Thanks to President Obama and the soon-to-be-reimposed drilling moratorium, our loss is becoming West Africa’s gain. WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–Executives from oil and gas companies on Monday concluded an hour-long meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar without securing promises from the government to lift a deepwater-drilling moratorium imposed after a disastrous BP PLC (BP) oil spill…
  • Feds Remove Foreign Drugs Arriving In Miami (Hussein stops legal drugs from south, but not aliens)

    05/14/2010 12:24:05 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 7 replies · 435+ views
    See B.S. "news" Miami ^ | 05/14/10 | Lisa Cilli
    Fifty million packages of pharmaceuticals from other countries come into the U.S. through the mail. Much of the pharmaceuticals are unapproved, counterfeit, or fraudulent which puts American consumers at serious health risk. Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced results of a 3-day drug inspection blitz at the Miami International Mail Facility, located at 11698 NW 25th Street in West Miami-Dade.
  • More Americans Give Up Citizenship As IRS Gets Aggressive Overseas

    04/09/2010 11:47:25 AM PDT · by Rodebrecht · 70 replies · 3,003+ views
    Dow Jones Newswire ^ | 4-9-2010 | Martin Vaughan
    The number of American citizens and green-card holders severing their ties with the U.S. soared in the latter part of 2009, amid looming U.S. tax increases and a more aggressive posture by the Internal Revenue Service towards Americans living overseas. According to public records, just over 500 people worldwide renounced U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the fourth quarter of 2009, the most recent period for which data are available. That is more people than have cut ties with the U.S. during all of 2007, and more than double the total expatriations in 2008. An Ohio-born entrepreneur, now based in Switzerland, told Dow...
  • Thinking of Investing Abroad? Think Again (Most countries are doing worse than us)

    02/23/2010 8:38:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 389+ views
    Smart Money ^ | 02/23/2010 | Donald Luskin
    A lot of investors I talk to are so discouraged by the mess the American economy is in that they're looking to put all their money overseas. Doesn't matter where. As long as it's not America. That's a real mistake. It's a form of myopia. Sure we've got problems. But because we all live here, we see those problems up close and personal. What we don't see is that right now everyone has problems. It's just that the problems in other economies seem smaller because they're farther away. So if you invest outside this country -- for no better reason...
  • Defense Civilians Prepare For Overseas Deployment

    02/18/2010 3:37:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 267+ views
    CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, EDINBURGH, Ind., Feb. 18, 2010 – The Civilian Expeditionary Workforce, introduced in January 2009, is up and running at full speed. A range safety official shows Julia Schoenfeld her results after she fired an M-9 pistol. Schoenfeld is with the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce, which trains and equips Department of Defense civiliansto deploy oversees in support of worldwide military missions. She was among the first CEW students who graduated Feb. 3, 2010. U.S. Army photo by T.D. Jackson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. After an intense 10-day course held from Jan. 25 through Feb....
  • Cramer: Obama Forcing U.S. Investors Overseas

    02/01/2010 12:45:40 PM PST · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 27 replies · 1,115+ views
    Moneynews ^ | Feb 1, 2010 | Dan Weil
    CRAMER: OBAMA FORCING US INVESTORS OVERSEASCNBC commentator Jim Cramer says President Obama is picking a fight with the stock market and that investors should turn overseas as a result. “We have a president who is kind of turning on the stock market in a populist way,” Cramer said on the air. “If you’re a populist, you think that the stock market is for rich people. I hear that kind of thing in his voice, and it makes me say, ‘Maybe I should now focus on foreign stocks.'” Cramer recommends that investors lift foreign stock holdings to 25 percent of their...
  • Obama vows to cut tax breaks of firms that ship jobs abroad

    01/28/2010 10:28:06 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 38 replies · 949+ views
    Yahoo India News (IANS) ^ | January 28, 2010 | Arun Kumar
    Washington, Jan 28 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has revived the bugaboo of outsourcing by vowing to slash tax breaks to American firms that move jobs abroad and to help those who create employment within the country. 'Job creation would be the country's number-one focus in 2010,' Obama said, pushing for a new jobs bill in his first State of the Union address to a joint session of the Congress Wednesday even as he acknowledged the step would not compensate for the seven million jobs lost over the last two years. 'To encourage ... businesses to stay within our borders,...
  • US bill aims to crack down on overseas tax cheats (Tax-cheat Charles in charge of cheaters)

    10/27/2009 11:26:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 546+ views
    Newsday ^ | 10/27/09 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    US bill aims to crack down on overseas tax cheatsSTEPHEN OHLEMACHER October 27, 2009 By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Key lawmakers unveiled a bill Tuesday aiming to crack down on wealthy U.S. tax dodgers hiding money overseas. The bill would impose new reporting requirements on foreign financial institutions doing business in the U.S., and on American advisers who help U.S. residents make investments overseas. Foreign firms that don't comply would be hit with a 30 percent withholding tax on income from their U.S. assets. The bill, which would raise an estimated $8.5 billion over the next 10 years,...
  • American moving to Germany or Austria

    07/26/2009 2:27:34 PM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 46 replies · 1,322+ views
    self ^ | 7-26-09 | self
    I am considering some extended travel - basically living in either Germany or Austria.. Any comments about what I should look for? I want a base over there to explore the rest of Europe for a 6-12 month period. Rent an apt or house? As an American, what issues would I have to deal with?
  • Companies are already moving employees overseas

    07/09/2009 11:49:05 AM PDT · by bareford101 · 30 replies · 1,463+ views
    personal interaction | July 9, 2009 | barefoot prince
    Since obama took over and the whirlwind of pushing and shoving and lies started pouring from D.C., one tends to forget a "crisis" because another "crisis" takes it's place. At least that is what I have found happening to me, and I do think it is very intentional.... olenski's radical instructions gives the map. Here in Texas metro area, we have not seen severe drops in employment which is occurring in several other states. However, I keep running into various people, in the grocery store, or simple business transactions who tell me that THEY ARE BEING SENT OVERSEAS by their...
  • Addressing Overseas Tax Dodge Questions (Myths about American multinational companies)

    05/11/2009 10:24:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 518+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 5/11/2009 | Robert Samuelson
    The U.S. tax code is "full of corporate loopholes that makes it perfectly legal for companies to avoid paying their fair share." -- President Obama, May 4 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Like it or not, ours is a world of multinational companies. Almost all of America's brand-name firms (Coca-Cola, IBM, Microsoft, Caterpillar) are multinationals, and the process works both ways. In 2006, the U.S. operations of foreign firms employed 5.3 million workers. Fiat's looming takeover of Chrysler reminds us again that much business is transnational. For most people, the multinational company is a troubling concept. Loyalty matters. We like to think that "our...
  • Obama seeks tax changes for U.S. firms overseas (No more deducting overseas operations expenses)

    05/04/2009 5:24:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies · 1,446+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/4/2009 | Kim Dixon and Caren Bohan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday will propose changing provisions in the tax code that he says encourage U.S. companies to move jobs overseas, as part of a broader package aimed at saving $210 billion over 10 years. Obama will seek to follow through on a campaign promise to change the tax treatment of American firms with overseas operations. That portion of his plan -- opposed by such firms as Pfizer Inc and Oracle Corp -- would raise more than $100 billion in revenue over the next decade. Obama vowed in a February address to the U.S. Congress...
  • Why We Need Healthy Overseas Tax Havens (They keep the U.S. feds from being too greedy)

    03/30/2009 5:59:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 1,124+ views
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 3/30/2009 | JOhn Tamny
    For those of us interested in taxes, probably the most important words Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis ever wrote had to do with the essential importance of U.S. states to the country's economic health. Brandeis viewed states as "laboratories" of democracy, whereby individuals would choose a given locale in the U.S. based on how much or how little government they wanted. Brandeis' thinking might now seem quaint or dated, but back when he served (from 1916 to 1939) the Constitution was correctly seen as a limiting document. And rather than a document meant to limit infinite individual rights, the more...
  • Tim Geithner In The Glass House

    03/09/2009 6:35:04 AM PDT · by nateriver · 2 replies · 331+ views
    “The Budget also seeks to “close the “tax gap” by tackling tax shelters and other efforts to abuse our tax laws, including international tax evasion efforts.” -Spoken by an upstanding American Citizen
  • Has anyone sent flowers overseas? (vanity)

    02/09/2009 1:21:59 PM PST · by knarf · 10 replies · 397+ views
    self | February 9, 2009 | knarf
    What online service should I use?
  • CA: State lawmakers overseas during budget crisis (India, China and Hawaii 'researching' stuff)

    11/19/2008 11:19:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 284+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/19/08 | Matthew Yi
    Sacramento - -- More than a dozen state lawmakers have missed much of the special legislative session called to tackle the state's fiscal mess, instead traveling to India, China and Hawaii to learn about education, high-speed rail and dams. The legislators include Sen. Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, and several Assembly Budget Committee members who missed a hearing on the crisis on Friday. At least two of the lawmakers are not expected to return by Sunday's planned floor sessions of the Senate and the Assembly, their staff members said. "Obviously, they're not taking the...
  • Speaker Pelosi Failed to Protect our Overseas Military’s Right to Vote (Rep. Trent Franks)

    10/24/2008 2:48:08 PM PDT · by newbie2008 · 18 replies · 1,132+ views
    I was troubled today by yet another story demonstrating the alarming lack of regard for the fact that our military men and women are being disenfranchised from our democratic voting process. In Fairfax County, VA, it has been reported that military ballots are being literally thrown in the garbage because of a “technicality” in the absentee ballot form. Furthermore, the Justice Department has now filed a lawsuit against the State of Vermont and Vermont Secretary of State Deborah L. Markowitz, for failure to comply with the Uniformed Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), legislation intended to ensure that uniformed military...
  • Some overseas soldiers' voting hampered

    10/10/2008 9:41:10 PM PDT · by tomymind · 40 replies · 816+ views
    signonsandiego.com ^ | October 10, 2008 | Deborah Hastings
    American soldiers can hump 60-pound packs through the broiling desert, kill for their country and die for it, but they can't always vote for their commander in chief. A solution has long been proposed: Just get rid of the Byzantine process which forces those in far-flung battle zones to vote by mail that must be delivered to thousands of local election districts across the United States. Advertisement But the Pentagon has found that bringing military voting into the 21st century is not so simple. The number of absentee military ballots applied for that ultimately get counted is consistently low. In...
  • Overseas Vote Foundation Predicts Unprecedented Overseas and Military Voter Participation

    10/06/2008 3:16:12 AM PDT · by tomymind · 13 replies · 563+ views
    votetrustusa ^ | October 02, 2008
    Presidential Campaigns Join Overseas and Military Voter Outreach Effort Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) is fielding record levels of online activity from overseas and military voters and views this as a key indicator of potentially unprecedented high levels of voter participation of overseas and military voters in Election 2008. Over 2 million visitors have come to the OVF website, or an OVF hosted website in 2008. The month of September averaged 25,000 visits per day to the combined total of 17 OVF hosted websites. Of the tens of thousands of voters that OVF has helped to register, 26% are first-time voters,...
  • McCain-Palin 2008 Launches New TV Ad: "Overseas"

    09/19/2008 3:07:40 PM PDT · by flyfree · 28 replies · 167+ views
    ARLINGTON, VA -- Today, McCain-Palin 2008 released its latest television ad, entitled "Overseas." The ad highlights Barack Obama's agenda that opposes providing critical help to Michigan manufacturers that will save jobs. The ad will air in Michigan. VIEW THE AD HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh1GOLylHek Script For "Overseas" (TV :30) ANNCR: Michigan manufacturing jobs are going overseas. Barack Obama and his liberal allies are to blame. When manufacturers needed help making health care more affordable, they voted no. So jobs go overseas. Help to reduce energy costs? No. More jobs overseas. Lower taxes? No. Even more jobs overseas. They don't understand. Their votes...
  • Obama and The Mainstream Media: Obama's Magical Mystery Tour

    07/22/2008 9:18:20 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 4 replies · 120+ views
    DBKP ^ | July 22, 2008 | Nancy Morgan
    Obama's Magical Mystery Tour After a week of intense media foreplay, Obama has finally embarked on his magical mystery tour. As he boarded the plane that took him on the first leg of his anxiously awaited Middle East and European tour, a pair of uniformed Air Force officers saluted simultaneously, as they do each time President Bush boards Air Force One. As the media-anointed President in waiting, Obama is virtually guaranteed superstar non-stop media coverage as he makes his taxpayer financed 'fact finding' tour this week. Joining him on this excellent adventure are all three of the major network anchors...
  • CA: Lawmakers head overseas as Legislature takes spring break (to study high-speed rail & stuff)

    03/16/2008 12:04:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 537+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/16/08 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    Eight California lawmakers are traveling overseas this week to study high-speed rail systems and other matters as the Legislature takes an 11-day spring break. Assembly members Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward, Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, and Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks, are on a trip to Spain sponsored by the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy. Sen. Jim Battin, R-Palm Desert, and Assembly members Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia, Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, and Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, are part of a delegation visiting Japan. One reason for the trips is to study the development of high-speed rail systems in...
  • Proposal to curb waste in government contracts would not apply to overseas work

    02/13/2008 4:55:48 AM PST · by BGHater · 1 replies · 208+ views
    AP ^ | 12 Feb 2008 | AP
    A Bush administration plan to crack down on contract fraud has a multibillion-dollar loophole: The proposal to force companies to report abuse of taxpayer money will not apply to work overseas, including projects to secure and rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan. For decades, contractors have been asked to report internal fraud or overpayment on government-funded projects. Compliance has been voluntary, and over the past 15 years the number of company-reported fraud cases has declined steadily. Now, the Justice Department wants to force companies to notify the government if they find evidence of contract abuse of more than $5 million. Failure to...
  • Entertainers Begin Holiday Tour of Overseas Bases

    12/17/2007 3:20:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 119+ views
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, Dec. 17, 2007 – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael G. Mullen is bringing United Service Organizations entertainers to visit with troops in seven countries in the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe through the next week. Airmen at a Southwest Asia air base enjoy the comedy of Robin Williams during the first stop of the 2007 USO holiday tour, Dec. 17, 2007. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “We want to thank as many servicemembers as we can,” Mullen said. “The holidays are...
  • Asian Stocks Tumble, and European Markets Follow

    10/22/2007 4:15:09 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 3 replies · 160+ views
    New York Times ^ | 22 October 2007 22 minutes ago | Wayne Arnold
    SINGAPORE, Oct. 22 — Renewed concerns about the health of the American economy sent Asian stocks sharply lower today, and European stocks also registered declines in early trading. Following a dramatic decline by stock prices in the United States on Friday — the 20th anniversary of the 1987 “Black Monday” stock market crash — investors in Asia sold off stocks on worries that the United States mortgage crisis would crimp demand among American consumers for Asia’s exports. Hong Kong’s benchmark index of share prices fell by almost 3.3 percent, while in Japan the benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average dropped by...
  • In U.S. presidential race, fund-raising circles the globe.

    09/24/2007 2:48:43 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 7 replies · 190+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 09/23/2007 | Russ Buettner and Marc Santora
    The intense pursuit of money in the U.S. presidential campaigns and the many wealthy Americans working at hedge funds and other businesses worldwide have led candidates to broaden fund-raising overseas, especially in such financial centers as London and Hong Kong. Rudolph Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and a Republican candidate, appeared last week at a fund-raiser at a hotel near Hyde Park in London. He is to be followed there next month by the spouses of two Democratic candidates: former President Bill Clinton, husband of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, and the wife of Senator Barack...
  • FBI Has 'Pretty Good Leads' In Threats

    08/31/2007 2:10:28 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 997+ views
    Bell South ^ | 8-31-1007 | Joe Milicia
    FBI Has 'Pretty Good Leads' in Threats Published: 8/31/07, 4:47 PM EDT By JOE MILICIACLEVELAND (AP) - The FBI is looking overseas for suspects who have phoned bomb threats to more than 24 grocery stores, banks and discount stores in 15 states, including at least six new cases Friday in Ohio. The callers have threatened to set off a bomb unless store employees wire money to an account abroad. At a Dillons grocery store in Hutchinson, Kan., the caller ordered customers and workers to take off their clothes and threatened to force them to cut off a manager's fingers. Store...