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  • Gingrich Reveals His Pick For Secretary Of State, But He May Have Broken The Law Doing It

    12/07/2011 5:15:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 12/07/2011 | Zeke Miller
    Former Speaker of the House is facing questions over whether he broke the law by announcing on Wednesday that he would appoint former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton as his Secretary of State if elected. Gingrich made his remarks at the Republican Jewish Coalition's Candidates Forum, saying he would first get Bolton to agree to change the State Department's culture of "appeasement." But Taegan Goddard at Political Wire notes that Gingrich may have run afoul of federal law barring a candidate from promising a political appointment for the purposes of personal political gain. Here's Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29,...
  • The Welfare State Neutralizes Opponents by Making Them Dependent on Government

    12/07/2011 9:29:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Big Government ^ | 12/7/11 | Robert Higgs
    From time immemorial—from Etienne de la Boitie to David Hume to Ludwig von Mises—political analysts have noted that because the number of those in the ruling elite amounts to only a small fraction of the number in the ruled masses, every regime lives or dies in accordance with “public opinion.” Unless the mass of the people, no matter how objectively abused and plundered they may appear to be, believe that the existing rulers are legitimate, the masses will not tolerate the regime’s continuation in power. Nor need they tolerate it, because they greatly outnumber the
  • War College’s Identity Crisis

    12/06/2011 7:06:27 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 6, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Last summer, Philip J. Crowley stepped down from his post as a State Department spokesman before stepping into a War College fellowship in conjunction with Penn State. What preceded his exit from Foggy Bottom were some undiplomatic comments that he made about the Army’s treatment of Private Bradley Manning, who leaked classified documents to WIkiLeaks. “The unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a serious crime under U.S. law,” Crowley stated in his resignation letter on March 13, 2011. “My recent comments regarding the conditions of the pre-trial detention of Private First Class Bradley Manning were intended to highlight the broader,...
  • China drift toward more state control "troubling": U.S.

    12/02/2011 6:56:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/30/11 | Doug Palmer
    China drift toward more state control "troubling": U.S.By Doug Palmer | Reuters – Wed, Nov 30, 2011 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday criticized China for backing away from free market reforms and moving toward more state control of its economy as Beijing approaches the tenth anniversary of its entry into the World Trade Organization. "China seems to be embracing state capitalism more strongly each year, rather than continuing to move toward the economic reform goals that originally drove its pursuit of WTO membership," U.S. Ambassador to the WTO Michael Punke said in remarks delivered in Geneva and...
  • EU: Water does NOT hydrate

    11/19/2011 4:36:52 PM PST · by Cato in PA · 68 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/18/11 | Victoria Ward and Nick Collins
    EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact. Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month. Last night, critics claimed the EU was at odds with both science and common sense. Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: “This is stupidity writ large. “The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of...
  • GOP takes over Mississippi State House for first time since Reconstruction

    11/14/2011 6:35:54 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 16 replies
    The Republic.com ^ | 11/14/11 | Jeff Amy
    JACKSON, Miss. — Republicans will control the Mississippi House of Representatives for the first time since Reconstruction. Though some counties were still counting absentee and affidavit ballots Monday, Republicans will hold at least 63 of the 122 seats when the Legislature convenes Jan. 3. Totals confirmed Monday show Republican Gene Alday defeated incumbent Democrat John Mayo in House District 25, putting the GOP over the top for control of the House. Also Monday, Perry County officials finished counting votes in House District 105, where Republican Dennis DeBar Jr. beat Democrat Dale Kimble and independent Latricia Cornelson in a seat formerly...
  • Penn State's Sex-abuse Scandal Far From Unique

    11/13/2011 9:14:37 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 46 replies
    The New American ^ | Friday, 11 November 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    The Penn State University sex-abuse scandal certainly seems unique. College-football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky (shown at left) could have been investigated as early as 1995 for abusing young boys, but instead was allowed to commit his crimes for another 10 years. School athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz face charges of lying to a grand jury investigating Sandusky, and university president Graham Spanier has been fired. And even more headline-grabbing, famed head football coach Joe Paterno has also been discharged. While not accused of any criminally actionable behavior, the gridiron legend is...
  • What is the "Proper Size" of the US Federal Government?

    11/10/2011 10:01:32 AM PST · by Graewoulf · 2 replies
    Graewoulf | November 10, 2011 | Graewoulf
    John "Never-met-a-bank-that-should-not-be-made-smaller" Huntsman in last night's CNBC debate made a solid case for "properly sized banks." Perry strengthened John-the-Bank-Hunter's plan by saying: "If you are to big to fail, you are just to big." Both Presidential Candidates were borrowing heavily from the Former Head-of-the-Fed, High Poo Bah, Renowned Socialist, and Inventor of the Current Intellectual basis for Banks, and Governments Worldwide, the Ultimate Socialist Safety Net/ Hammock: TO BIG TO FAIL. Yes indeedy! If you stumble we will catch you! If you even "feel" you MIGHT stumble we will give you green pillows stuffed full of a never-ending supply of...
  • How I Learned to Love the State

    11/09/2011 7:38:59 AM PST · by Vintage Freeper · 8 replies
    Mises.org ^ | 11/07/2011 | Justin Hayes
    While we were students of the state education apparatus, how many of us had to write research papers where we were asked to "change the world"?I'm sure we can all remember a writing prompt similar to this: "If I could change one thing about the world, it would be …" or "How I can make the world a better place."Often, these writing prompts were given to us when we were not even old enough to think about abstract concepts like war and politics.Were these assignments teaching us to think critically? In some cases, this is possible. For the most part,...
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court Upholds Pension Right-to-Know Ruling

    11/07/2011 12:40:46 PM PST · by Stayfree · 7 replies
    Lawyers & Lawsuits ^ | Nov. 4, 2011 | Greg McDonald
    The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ordered that the names of public-pension recipients be disclosed, ruling that the public has a right to know the amount of their retirement-benefit payments. The Union Leader had sought to have the names of the 500 highest-paid recipients publicly disclosed by New the Hampshire Retirement System in early 2010 when the state legislature was considering making changes to the state pension fund.
  • Fed agent from mainland arrested for killing man in Waikiki

    11/05/2011 8:51:44 PM PDT · by red flanker · 55 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | November 5, 2011 | Star Advertiser
    A  U.S. State Department law enforcement agent from the mainland was arrested for fatally shooting a man in his 20s early this morning on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki, sources said. Honolulu police identified the alleged shooter as Christopher W. Deedy, 27, and sources who asked to remain anonymous confirmed that he is a federal agent who was off-duty at the time of the shooting. A State Department spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., said only, "We are aware of the incident and we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation." She would not confirm whether he was here for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference...
  • Obama's Swing-State Cash Problem

    10/31/2011 6:11:35 PM PDT · by South40 · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/31/2011 | Laura Colarusso
    If raising cash is the first presidential primary, the latest round of campaign filings contains early warning signs for Barack Obama in key states that were crucial to his election in 2008. Though he’s raised almost three times as much as Mitt Romney—the former governor of Massachusetts has brought in $32 million—the president is trailing his GOP rival in a handful of battleground states. In both Florida and Nevada, Romney nearly doubled the president’s haul, despite a crowded field of Republican candidates who are also vacuuming up donations. And Romney, of course, doesn’t enjoy the power of incumbency.
  • State Department defends bulk buys of Obama’s books

    10/26/2011 7:12:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/11 | Jim McElhatton
    The State Department on Wednesday defended spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on books authored by President Obama, while White House spokesman Jay Carney called the book-buying an “embassy-based decision.” The comments followed a report Wednesday by The Washington Times that found the State Department had spent more than $70,000 on books by Mr. Obama. Most of the purchases came in the months after Mr. Obama won the White House, though the embassy in Paris spent more than $8,000 for copies of “Dreams From My Father” as recently as March.
  • State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama memoir (Huh??)

    10/25/2011 2:11:57 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10-25-11 | Jim McElhatton
    The U.S. Department of State has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release. The U.S. embassy in Egypt, for instance, spent $28,636 in August 2009 for copies of Mr. Obama’s bestselling 1995 memoir. Six weeks earlier, the embassy had placed another order with the same book seller, Kalemat Arabia, for more than $9,000 for copies of the same book, federal purchasing records show. Around the same time, halfway around the world,...
  • Here Are The 10 Most Debt-Ridden States In America

    10/24/2011 1:41:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/24/2011 | Jon Terbush
    While the federal government grapples with its own enormous deficit, individual states are also facing huge deficits that total an astounding combined $4 trillion. That figure comes from the newly-released annual report on state debt from State Budget Solutions, a nonprofit think tank that cuts through state government accounting tricks to find the true extent of their deficit burdens. For their figures, SBS combined states' outstanding debt and their current year budget shortfalls, and then factored in the projected costs of other liabilities, including pension and retirement costs, that have yet to be paid for. On the high end, SBS...
  • Obscene Benefits State of Wisconsin Employees Get

    10/14/2011 7:45:28 AM PDT · by milwguy · 4 replies
    state of wi ^ | 10/14/2011 | m
    VACATION: Vacation is earned from the first day of employment, but cannot be used until the employee has six months classified service. Full-time employees earn vacation based on the following table. Less than full-time employees earn vacation on a pro-rated basis. Employee status under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Years of Service Non-Exempt Hours Earned Each Year Exempt* Hours Earned Each Year During first 5 104 120 5+ to 10 144 160 10+ to 15 160 176 15+ to 20 184 200 20+ to 25 200 216 25 and Over 216 216 * Some Exempt employees do not...
  • State Dept Considering 5,662 'Diversity Visa' Applicants from Terror States

    10/12/2011 7:05:29 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10-11-11 | Elizabeth Harrington
    As part of its 2012 Diversity Visa program, the U.S. State Department is considering 5,662 applicants from countries deemed ‘State Sponsors of Terrorism’ – Iran, Syria, Sudan and Cuba. In 2011, the State Department awarded 2,427 Diversity Visas to people from Iran, Syria and Sudan -- 1,842 for Iran; 553 for Sudan; and 32 for Syria.
  • 69% Oppose In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens (Even 54% of Hispanics are "Heartless")

    10/11/2011 10:48:43 AM PDT · by montag813 · 30 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-11-2011 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Party and ideological divisions are roiling America. Battles over the budget, taxes, jobs and energy have crippled Washington. But there is one issue that people across the political spectrum agree on: they oppose giving in-state tuition to illegal aliens. According to the latest poll numbers, 69% of Americans oppose subsidizing those here illegally with in-state tuitions rates. 73% of Republicans oppose it - as one would expect. An even stronger 74% of Independents oppose it. But the same position resonates across ideological and ethnic lines too. 58% of Democrats oppose it too, as do...
  • Sarkozy: Jewish State a 'Silly' Idea

    10/06/2011 6:28:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10/6/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    French president Nicolas Sarkozy squarely blames Israel for stalled talks and says the Jewish state's national identity is "silly." According to the oft-controversial French magazine Le Canard Enchaîne, President Nicolas Sarkozy thinks the idea of a Jewish state is "silly." "It is silly to talk about a Jewish state," Sarkozy said in reference to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's assertion no true peace could be made until officials in Ramallah accepted Israel's essential Jewish identity. "It would be like saying that this table is Catholic," he added. "There are two million Arabs in Israel." Sarkozy also placed sole blame for failed...
  • Pope in Germany: Without Justice "the State is Great Band of Robbers”

    09/23/2011 7:44:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/22/11
    In his address before the German parliament, Benedict XVI offers ways to renew politics and social life for the world. Positivism is limiting because it marginalises the ethics and culture of politics and society. Berlin (AsiaNews) – “A German pope in the German capital” is the greeting that welcomed Pope Benedict XVI in his first state visit to his native land (the third of his pontificate). The visit began this morning in Berlin and will continue until Sunday, bringing the Pontiff to Erfurt and Freiburg. However, in his addresses the German pope speaks to the entire world and what he...