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  • Car-Buying Surge Sparks Best Retail Sales Rise Since April

    12/11/2014 10:43:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 12/11/14
    It's a holiday miracle: give the worst creditors access to cheap money for longer-and-longer terms and hey presto, 'expensive' stuff is available to everyone. Retail sales modestly beat expectations in November (+0.7% vs +0.6% expectations) despite the NRF previously reporting the worst extended Thanksgiving shopping weekend since Lehman which surely got lost in the Arima-X-12 seasonal adjustments - sending USDJPY spiking to confirm what great news this is. What was the great news? A 0.1% beat of the key ex-autos and gas category, which increased 0.6% in November, vs Expectations of 0.5%, and a decline from the upward revised 0.7%...
  • Teen could be deported over alleged rape (caught by Border Patrol in 2013)

    09/18/2014 7:22:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    An 18-year-old teen living in Amherst could be deported for allegedly raping a minor. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office arrested Herwinder Singh on September 9 and charged him with forcibly having sex with a minor.
  • Remember Surge soda? It’s back

    09/15/2014 12:53:39 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 20 replies
    Fox 43 ^ | September 15, 2014 | Matt
    Calling all ’90s kids: Surge is back. Coca-Cola unveiled the citrus-flavored soda in 1996 as an answer to Pepsi’s Mountain Dew. But SURGE couldn’t compete and was taken off shelves in 2001, to the dismay of what had become a cult-like following. Thousands of passionate fans have been fighting for its return for years, and today they tasted victory. This is just a test, said Coca Cola spokeswoman Sheree Robinson. “It has a big fan base, however, we’re not sure how that will translate into sales,” she said.
  • Surgery Prices Surge With Innovation and Consolidation Under Obamacare

    09/01/2014 11:53:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    wrcbtv ^ | 8/31/14 | NBC News
    NBC News - The price to remove a gall bladder or replace a hip has spiked more than 20 percent during the past five years, according to an analysis of data collected for NBC News. Surgery has bloomed into a $500 billion industry in the United States, where 80 to 100 million procedures are performed annually — a per-capita rate that's some 50 percent higher than in the European Union, said Dr. John Birkmeyer, a researcher and adjunct professor at the Dartmouth Institute and in the university's Community & Family Medicine program. The reason? Expensive yet safer technologies and hospital...
  • Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss

    08/31/2014 2:29:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/31/14 | AFP
    Paris (AFP) - Sea levels around Antarctica have been rising a third faster than the global average, a clear sign of high meltwater runoff from the continent's icesheet, scientists said on Sunday. Satellite data from 1992 to 2011 found the sea surface around Antarctica's coast rose by around eight centimetres (3.2 inches) in total compared to a rise of six cm for the average of the world's oceans, they said. The local increase is accompanied by a fall in salinity at the sea surface, as detected by research ships. These dramatic changes can only be explained by an influx of...
  • Timeline: Border Surge Began a Few Months After Obama's First Executive Action on Immigration

    08/05/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/5/14 | John Sexton
    President Obama's executive actions on immigration did not begin with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in mid-2012. It began in 2011 with his announcement of "prosecutorial discretion" on deportations. A few months later the border patrol noted the first uptick in unaccompanied children at the border. There has been an ongoing argument in the public sphere over whether or not President Obama's executive action known as DACA is responsible for the current surge of unaccompanied children at the border. GOP members have claimed it is a contributing factor and some note that the June 15, 2012 announcement seems to...
  • Reports from the “Immigration Surge” Protests

    07/20/2014 8:39:53 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7/20/2014 | Leslie Eastman
    Reports are beginning to surface from the 300-plus citizen-organized protests on July 18-19 focused on deep concerns about the immigration surge of supposed “refugees” swamping our border control resources, under the banner of the “National Days of Protest against Immigration Reform Amnesty & the Illegal Immigration Surge”. With a coalition of more than 50 groups and organizations of various sizes, protests against illegal immigration and the Obama inspired surge of illegals at America’s borders took place in more than 300 locations. The protests were highly visible and some were small with a handful of people on overpasses with others being...
  • Florida State Surgeon General Letter to HHS Regarding Unaccompanied Children

    07/18/2014 9:56:11 AM PDT · by Politico2isBack · 72 replies
    Florida Department of Health ^ | July 18, 2014 | Dr. John H. Armstrong
    July 18, 2014 Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201 Craig Fugate, Administrator Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security 500 C Street SW Washington, DC 20472 Secretary Burwell and Administrator Fugate: The Florida Department of Health has received unconfirmed reports that the federal government is bringing unaccompanied minors from the border to Florida today. On July 17, we received unconfirmed information that dozens of children were being brought by plane into Miami on Friday. This same day, ABC news reported that "the federal government is so...
  • The List: The "Obama Amnesty Surge" file

    07/07/2014 4:40:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 7/7/2014 | Nachum
    Obama Amnesty SurgeThis file begins in late April/Early May 2014 as specific mention is made by the administration not to uphold US immigration law, leading to the massive surge of Illegal Aliens7/7/2014La Raza Brown Shirt Thugs Appear in Murrieta, CAStand Your Ground: Protesters Divert 3rd Round of Buses from MurrietaMurrieta Mayor: Feds Never Contacted Us About Dumping Illegals in Our CityMurrieta Residents Preparing for Riot Squads, Ready to 'Be Detained'Border Patrol Union Official Under Gag Order, Says No Agents Securing BorderAnalyst: 300 Border Agents in Corruption ProbeLetter: Illegal Aliens Who Exposed Border Patrol Agents to Scabies May Have Been Released...
  • Demonstration for a Special Session in Texas (Border Crisis)

    06/28/2014 10:42:01 AM PDT · by magna carta · 12 replies
    Stop the Magnet ^ | June 26,2014 | Liz Theiss
    Sovereignty loving patriots from Stop the Magnet joined with Overpasses SE- Texas to call for a Special Session since Governor Perry has never managed to successfully usher immigration enforcement bills through the legislature. The never-ending tide of primarily Central American OTM's (other than Mexicans) minors, many of whom are gang-bangers or cartel lackies, mothers with children and even unaccompanied toddlers will bring a huge strain on our Texas infrastructures and budgets.
  • Demonstrators Urge Perry to Call Special Session

    06/26/2014 5:52:28 PM PDT · by magna carta · 8 replies
    NewsFix ^ | June 26,2014 | NewsFix
    HOUSTON, TX – The recent flood of immigrants into South Texas has created a storm surge that has made its way to Houston. The call went out on social media to show up on the north street overpass at I-45 for a “Man the Overpass” demonstration. Organizers want Gov. Perry to call a special session of the legislature to address what they say is a “self-created humanitarian crisis.” Read more:
  • John Boehner Slams President Obama for ‘Taking a Nap’ on Iraq

    06/12/2014 4:48:41 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 12, 2014 1:16pm | John Parkinson
    As al Qaeda-linked terrorists wreak havoc across Iraq, House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on President Obama for ignoring the escalating crisis there, contending that the president has been “taking a nap” while the situation rapidly deteriorated. “It’s not like we haven’t seen over the last five or six months these terrorists moving in, taking control of Western Iraq. Now they’ve taken control of Mosul. They’re 100 miles from Baghdad,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said during a news conference at the Capitol. “And what’s the president doing? Taking a nap!” Earlier this year, on Jan. 9, Boehner publicly urged Obama to “maintain a...
  • Beef Prices Surge Most In A Decade As Food Inflation Soars

    03/19/2014 9:06:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/19/14 | tyler durden
    Just a month ago we warned that food inflation was on its way. Today we got the first confirmation that problems are on their way. While headline data washes away the nuance of what eating, sleeping, energy-using human-beings are paying month-in and month-out, the fact, as WSJ reports, that beef prices surged by almost 5% in February - the biggest change since Nov 2003 - means pinching consumers and companies pocketbooks that are still grappling with a sluggish economic recovery. "Things are definitely more expensive," exclaimed on mother of three, "I can't believe how much milk is. Chicken is crazy...
  • Right Wing’s Surge in Europe Has the Establishment Rattled

    11/09/2013 6:04:27 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 8, 2013 | ANDREW HIGGINS
    HVIDOVRE, Denmark — As right-wing populists surge across Europe, rattling established political parties with their hostility toward immigration, austerity and the European Union, Mikkel Dencker of the Danish People’s Party has found yet another cause to stir public anger: pork meatballs missing from kindergartens. A member of Denmark’s Parliament and, he hopes, mayor of this commuter-belt town west of Copenhagen, Mr. Dencker is furious that some day care centers have removed meatballs, a staple of traditional Danish cuisine, from their cafeterias in deference to Islamic dietary rules. No matter that only a handful of kindergartens have actually done so. The...
  • Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

    10/21/2013 5:22:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    hot air ^ | 10/21/13 | Allahpundit
    Sebelius told Congress this afternoon that she will indeed agree to testify about the O-Care rollout — just not this week, as she has a scheduling conflict. Here’s a question for her when she does via Byron York: How are they paying for this all-hands-on-deck salvage operation of, which even The One himself described as a “tech surge” in the Rose Garden today? I’m not asking that rhetorically, either. Appropriations can be very confusing; plenty of people watching the “defund” pageant play out assumed, I think, that a shutdown would mean choking off funding for ObamaCare until it was...
  • There Goes Iraq--Again, or: Depart in Haste, Repent at Leisure

    05/03/2013 2:49:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | May 3, 2013 | Paul Greenber
    This week's news from Iraq isn't good, though when has it ever been? Well, maybe during those exceptional times when Washington was paying close attention and American troops were being given the support and leeway to do their job right. Indeed, superlatively. As they can be given their head and led by field commanders like David Petraeus, a thoughtful leader who had prepared himself -- and our whole military culture -- for a new kind of warfare called counterinsurgency. Gen. Petraeus would later become a-cropper about a matter quite outside the military realm but all too common among the male...
  • Actions Speak Louder

    02/02/2013 2:17:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | | Paul Greenberg
    Washington continues to talk, but only talk, about the danger of Bashar al-Assad's increasingly desperate regime in Syria distributing its arsenal of high-tech or even nuclear weapons to terrorists throughout the Mideast. Meanwhile, the Israelis continue to act. Five years ago, they took out a nuclear reactor the Syrians were building without seeing any need to noise it about, realizing that action speaks louder than words -- and that much of the world, especially the Bush administration back then, would discreetly approve. This time the Israelis aren't saying anything official about what seems to have happened to a convoy of...
  • In Ohio, Romney pushes message of ‘big change’ - crowd "electric"

    10/25/2012 10:53:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2012 | Philip Rucker
    CINCINNATI — Mitt Romney assumed the mantle of change agent here Thursday, promising over and over again to bring “big change” to the White House as he opened a two-day campaign swing across the critical battleground of Ohio. .....Although Romney’s crowd of about 3,000 was smaller than many of the other rallies he has staged this week, the throng packed inside a Cincinnati warehouse was electric. Every time Romney spoke of “big change” — a phrase he used at least a half-dozen times — his supporters’ screams were nearly deafening, a sign of the growing enthusiasm among Republicans.....
  • Romney’s Rust Belt Surge Threatens Obama’s Firewall

    10/18/2012 8:13:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies ^ | Published October 18, 2012 | Chris Stirewalt
    “I hear Pittsburgh is very nice this time of year.” -- A senior Romney campaign staffer talking to Power Play about the strategy for the closing weeks of the campaign. Two weeks ago, Mitt Romney trailed in five Rust Belt battleground states by an average of 6.9 points in the Real Clear Politics Average of polls. This morning, his average deficit was just 3.2 points. While all 11 swing states have moved his direction since the Republican nominee’s boffo performance in his first debate with President Obama, Romney has seen the most significant improvement in the core column of the...
  • As Election Draws Near, Romney Crowds are Surging(AP)

    10/12/2012 5:07:51 PM PDT · by HannibalHamlinJr · 9 replies
    AP ^ | Oct 12, 2012 | Steve Peoples AP
    SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) -- The crowds tell the story. As Election Day nears, Mitt Romney is drawing large and excited throngs. Look to dusty Iowa cornfields, rain-soaked Virginia parks, the muddy fields of the Shelby County Fairgrounds, where a crowd of 9,500 - almost half of this western Ohio town - gathered among the barns and stables on a frigid October evening this week to glimpse the Republican presidential contender. "Where else would we want to be?" ...
  • Obama Campaign Tells Supporters: Steady On (Damage Control)

    10/10/2012 2:30:35 AM PDT · by HannibalHamlinJr · 9 replies
    NYTimes ^ | October 9, 2012 | By JIM RUTENBERG and JEFF ZELENY
    A day after some national polls showed President Obama’s edge over Mitt Romney evaporating, he responded first thing on Tuesday with a new commercial featuring Big Bird of “Sesame Street” and Mr. Romney’s debate-night vow to cut financing for PBS. It did not exactly take flight ....
  • The Romney Surge: He delivers a "confident" foreign policy address as the polls get even better.

    10/09/2012 12:29:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/09/2012 | Rick Moran
    The world is slowly returning to its proper axis after being out of kilter for a while. San Francisco is once again the best team in the NFL. The Chicago Cubs lost 100 games. Hockey players are locked out, causing the fourth work stoppage in 20 years. NBC is the number one TV network again. Nucky Thompson [1] is back and is as slimy as ever. And Nicholas Brody [2] has also returned, teasing us with the prospect that he really isn’t an American terrorist, just some poor, misunderstood Muslim convert who may be the next vice president of...
  • Congressional Intelligence Leaders Say Taliban Has Grown In Strength Since 2010 Troop Surge

    05/06/2012 9:18:48 PM PDT · by Son House · 6 replies
    Daily Reporter ^ | May 06, 2012 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    The leaders of the congressional committees said Sunday they believed that the Taliban had grown stronger since President Barack Obama sent 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in 2010. The pessimistic report by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., challenges Obama's own assessment last week in his visit to Kabul that the "tide had turned" and that "we broke the Taliban's momentum." Feinstein and Rogers told CNN's "State of the Union" they aren't so sure. The two recently returned from a fact-finding trip to the region where they met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. "President Karzai believes...
  • PA is overdue for its second president as Santorum surges

    02/21/2012 5:41:39 PM PST · by writer33 · 57 replies · 1+ views
    The Morning Call (Lehigh Valley, PA) ^ | 02/21/12 | Paul Carpenter
    How can it be that Pennsylvania, the state with the most precious historical legacy of all, has produced only one president? This is the land of Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin, the Declaration of Independence, George Washington crossing the Delaware, Valley Forge, the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights, the most pivotal battle in the Civil War, three cities that served as the nation's capital, etc. And the best we could do in 223 years is James Buchanan, widely considered to be one of worst presidents America ever had? Robert P. Casey Virginia has had eight presidents, including three...
  • Gingrich and Reagan (Newt's repeated personal insults of Reagan and his successful policies)

    01/25/2012 9:52:02 AM PST · by T. Jefferson · 96 replies
    National Review ^ | January 25, 2012 4:00 A.M. | Elliot Abrams
    In the increasingly rough Republican campaign, no candidate has wrapped himself in the mantle of Ronald Reagan more often than Newt Gingrich. “I worked with President Reagan to change things in Washington,” “we helped defeat the Soviet empire,” and “I helped lead the effort to defeat Communism in the Congress” are typical claims by the former speaker of the House. The claims are misleading at best. In the Reagan years I was an assistant secretary of state — Mr. Gingrich voted with the president regularly, but equally often spewed insulting rhetoric at Reagan, his top aides, and his policies to...
  • Obama deseves credit for the Iraq "surge"!

    01/23/2012 11:10:31 PM PST · by Frankusa · 9 replies
    No doubt about it, President Obama deseves credit for the Iraq "surge". The AP reported on Tuesday that, "Attacks in Iraq have 'surged' since the U.S. troops left. [Because Obama refused to leave a residual force of U.S. troops in Iraq.] More than 160 people have been killed since the beginning of the year." Clearly, Obama deseves credit for the "surge" in Iraq.....
  • Panetta said Bush living "in another world"?

    01/08/2012 3:35:44 PM PST · by Frankusa · 8 replies
    ... In November of 2011, the Washington Post reported that the Iranian government had mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon after receiving assistance from foreign scientists. The Post went on to say: An intelligence update will be circulated among International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] members... It is expected to focus on Iran's alleged efforts towards putting radioactive material in a warhead and developing missiles... Julian Borger of the Guardian-UK reported in November of 2009: The UN's nuclear watchdog has asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design......
  • Why Santorum’s Surge Has Staying Power

    01/02/2012 11:34:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Commentary ^ | 01/02/2012 | Alana Goodman
    The latest polls out of Iowa confirm two things as we head into the caucuses: Ron Paul has peaked, and his support is now on the downswing. And Rick Santorum is surging, going from single-digits to third place in a matter of days.If the Des Moines Register survey holds true, Santorum may just be getting started: The poll, conducted Tuesday through Friday, shows support at 24 percent for Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts; 22 percent for Paul, a Texas congressman; and 15 percent for the surging Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.But the four-day results don’t reflect...
  • The Santorum Surge In Iowa and Beyond (How long can he last?)

    12/30/2011 9:04:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/30/2011 | Nate Silver
    The extent to which Rick Santorum has gained in Iowa polling is not entirely clear. Although two polls have him with 16 percent of the vote, two others that were in the field at the same time have him at 10 and 11 percent, respectively.Nevertheless, Mr. Santorum can make the most credible claim of any candidate about having momentum in the state. Our forecast model actually tries to quantify momentum by looking at the trajectory of each candidate’s polling and assigns him a small bonus or penalty based upon it. Right now, Mr. Santorum is benefiting from that adjustment, while...
  • Strange Newt Respect (He's surging because many love the fact that he isn't bullied by the press)

    12/06/2011 7:35:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/06/2011 | James Taranto
    SNIP SNIP It seems to us that Gingrich's appeal to the primary electorate is best explained by reference to an earlier period in his career: 1989-94, when he was House minority whip. He was an extremely effective insurgent leader, helping to bring down two Democratic leaders, Speaker Jim Wright and Majority Whip Tony Coelho, by calling attention to their ethical problems. As the Orlando Sentinel reported in May 1989, just after the latter announced his departure: "House Democratic whip Tony Coelho said Sunday that Republican whip Newt Gingrich was trying to destroy the Democrat-controlled House in order to rebuild it...
  • WHY MICHELE BACHMANN IS SET FOR A SECOND SURGE: Biblical Precedent for Electing a Woman President

    11/23/2011 8:39:07 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 41 replies ^ | 11-24-11 | Jerry McGlothlin
    Many people forget that Michele Bachman had a first surge that briefly made her the GOP Presidential Primary frontrunner. But that may have been because many Bible believing Christians loved her values and spunk but quickly had 'buyer’s remorse' as second thoughts kicked in, wondering if it biblically correct to have a woman president. So, the question is: Is there a biblical precedent for a woman President? Yes. In a word: Deborah. The book of Judges, chapter 5, explains an eerily similar pattern to today's political and economic state of America. Ancient Israel had fallen on tough times. They had...
  • America’s hidden industrial ‘surge’ weakness

    09/21/2011 6:10:05 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 21 replies
    Wednesday’s brief by two of DC’s top defense analysts included another interesting element besides their endorsement of an “industrial strategy” to protect the defense sector: If the U.S. got into a desperate national pinch and needed to “surge” its stocks of weapons or equipment, it probably could not do it, they said. Barry Watts and Todd Harrison, of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, explained that there are many reasons why the U.S. could not switch on a major industrial effort like the one that built the “arsenal of democracy” in World War II: • You can’t just simply...
  • Gold, Silver Surge After John Taylor Predicts Gold To Hit $1,900 By October

    07/20/2011 9:29:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/20/11 | Tyler Durden
    In the past few minutes both gold and silver have seen a dramatic rally of buying on seemingly no news. The reason for this rally are remarks from a Bloomberg TV interview with FX Concepts' John Taylor, who just predicted that Gold will extend its rally to $1,900 by October, or in three months, coupled with a rally in the Assuie and Loonie as the EU debt crisis eases. But not for long: this record price will be promptly followed by a plunge down to $1,100 following liquidations as the latest and greatest recession grips the world, which he believes...
  • Obama gains foothold; GOP autumn surge behind him

    05/31/2011 9:48:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/31/11 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON – Six months after Republicans alarmed Democrats with a midterm election wave, President Barack Obama has shaken off the jitters and found his political footing despite sluggish economic growth and deep public anxiety about the direction of the country. The White House now displays an air of confidence, bolstered in part by achievements such as the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. commandos and the financial success of an auto industry that Obama bailed out over the objections of many. Obama is also benefiting from the absence of negatives. The economy, while lethargic, is growing. The private sector...
  • Egypt: Reports of "surge in disappearance of Coptic girls"

    05/20/2011 6:52:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    jihad watch ^ | 5/20/11 | Marisol
    Again, what better subterfuge is there than to accuse your enemy of what you yourself have engaged in for years? And the fabricated stories of Muslim women (or alleged converts to Islam) being abducted by Christians in Egypt have indeed provided a handy cover for a new string of disappearances. They are nothing new, as Coptic Pope Shenouda III observed even in 1976 that "there is a practice to convert Coptic girls to embrace Islam and marry them under terror to Muslim husbands." And our own archives are full of over seven years of such reports. Meanwhile, the world looks...
  • Poll Shows Palin Surge in GOP Primaries

    05/05/2011 8:16:22 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 117 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/5/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    In the last several months there has not been a solid frontrunner in Republican polls for the 2012 nomination. While Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney have been near the top, neither has been dominant. Donald Trump was able to surge last month, although where his polls go now is unclear. With much of the attention reverting away from him, he may see a dip in his vote share. And it appears that may have already happened-- and Sarah Palin has picked up the slack. Palin has reduced her profile over the last several months, cutting back on public speaking events....
  • Food stamp surge in Illinois

    01/16/2011 1:20:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/16/11 | Francine Knowles
    Even as the economy grew and the unemployment rate began to shrink, the number of Illinois households getting food stamps hit record levels in December, showing no signs of an economic recovery, and area food pantries say they’ve continued to see more people asking for help. (Snip) Job losses caused by the recession drove numbers up over the year in all seven counties in the Chicago area. The biggest percentage increases were in DuPage, Kendall, Kane and McHenry counties. “Since the fall of ’08, we’ve had an increase practically every month” statewide, said Jan Freeman, director of the SNAP program
  • Oil's surge in 2010 paves the way for $4 gasoline,

    01/02/2011 8:34:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/2/111 | ap, Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer
    Price of oil rises 30 percent in 2010; gasoline prices could hit $4 a gallon in 2011 NEW YORK (AP) -- The price of oil is poised for another run at $100 a barrel after a global economic rebound sent it surging 34 percent since May. That could push gasoline prices to $4 a gallon by summer in some parts of the country, experts say. Flying, shipping a package and ordering a pizza all likely would get more expensive in the new year if that happens and companies pass along higher energy costs. Some economists say rising energy prices will...
  • Gold hits new record, oil and silver surge

    11/08/2010 9:01:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Gold hit an all-time record while silver and oil both touched multi-year highs on Monday, supported by the Federal Reserve's move to spur the U.S. economy and by growing worries about inflation. A rally in the dollar trimmed early gains, but commodities still found support across the board as investors considered the outlook for the currency as the United States pumps $600 billion into its economy and money markets. "Investors are looking for real assets, and almost all commodities are benefiting from that as a class," said Carsten Fritsch, a commodities analyst at Commerzbank. "Chinese growth, inflation and the declining...
  • A Surge in Democratic Spending (RAT groups waste some more loot)

    10/29/2010 11:39:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/29/10 | MICHAEL LUO and GRIFF PALMER
    A Surge in Democratic SpendingBy MICHAEL LUO and GRIFF PALMER Published: October 29, 2010 Groups aligned with Democratic candidates have unleashed a last-minute paroxysm of spending in competitive House races in the final days of the campaign that has them outpacing Republicans, reversing the trend of the past few months, according to an analysis of campaign finance data by The New York Times. It appears that the groups, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, had been conserving their resources for the final week or two of the midterm election season, calculating that a final burst was the only way they...
  • Taleban On Verge Of Collapse After Surge Success, Allies Insist

    10/14/2010 12:42:50 PM PDT · by SMARTY · 35 replies · 1+ views
    London Times | 10-8-10
    Taleban On Verge Of Collapse After Surge Success, Allies Insist Top-level figures say the battle has developed 'irreversible momentum', Anthony Loyd reports from Kandahar The best Taleban commanders are dead or captured. Their men are harried and subject to constant attack and betrayal. They are under-equipped, overwhelmed and demoralised. In a word, the Taleban are losing. In Britain and America there may be doubt and confusion over the future of the Afghan war, but in southern Afghanistan the description of the Taleban insurgency by senior figures at the forefront of the fighting is bold and unequivocal. The troop surge is...
  • Democrats Wouldn't Know a Surge If It Bit Them in the @ss

    10/13/2010 8:29:11 AM PDT · by toma29 · 1 replies
    Useful Info Nation ^ | 10/13/2010 | Thomas Bryan
    Democrats are now talking about a surge in the run up to the midterm elections while Joe Bite Me and Pelosi keep touting Democrats will keep the House and Senate. Let's take a look at the Democrats' record on surges. April 19, 2007 - Harry Reid about the surge in Iraq: "this war is lost" and that it ""can only be won diplomatically, politically and economically". December 03, 2007 - Harry Reid again: "The surge hasn't accomplished its goals."Now let's look at what Jim Geraghty has to say about a Democrat surge: A Democratic Surge? This Pollster Doesn’t See It...
  • Obama’s Surge Was Never Intended to Win the War in Afghanistan

    09/22/2010 12:22:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies ^ | 9/22/10 | john
    The quote that jumps out of this Washington Post teaser story is the one where Obama says We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger. There’s already debate about what this means. On the one hand, it’s not as if Obama is shrinking back from our defense. In some ways (drone strikes in Pakistan), he’s actually been more aggressive than President Bush. On the other hand, Ace is right that this formulation only makes sense...
  • VIDEO: Rep Mike Castle (R-DE) Vote With Democrats Against Iraq Surge

    09/14/2010 2:27:35 PM PDT · by WaterBoard · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Video Youtube ^ | February 2007 | Rep Mike Castle (D-DE)
    Video of Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) supporting the Democrats in voting against the surge in Iraq. The resolution was approved 246 to 182. Seventeen Republicans joined 229 Democrats in support of the resolution. Mike Castle was one who joined the Democrats. VIDEO LINK
  • John McCain: Obama Showed “Real Lack of Generosity of Spirit” in Not Crediting Bush – Video

    09/01/2010 6:29:45 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 42 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 1, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Sen. John McCain reacting to President Obama’s Iraq Speech, where he blasted Obama for a “real lack of generosity of spirit” in not giving President George W. Bush credit for the Surge Strategy that brought victory in Iraq. McCain said about Obama’s Speech: “The part that really disturbs me the most – I’m not surprised that he wouldn’t give George Bush credit. That’s just in the DNA of the individual, apparently. But when he said, ‘Our withdrawal will be conditions based,’ and then contradicted that by saying ‘We will begin to withdraw (from Afghanistan) in the...
  • Obama on Iraq: Enough about Iraq, let’s talk about the economy

    08/31/2010 7:33:49 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 30, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    It grieves me to say it, guys, but Olbermann nailed this one. For your viewing pleasure, behold The One trying to atone for neglecting economic priorities last year while Democrats diddled with ObamaCare by awkwardly shoehorning two and a half minutes on the subject into a speech about war. You can practically see the gears turning in his and Axelrod’s heads: On the one hand, this is his chance to crow about keeping his campaign promise to “end the war” even though the war’s far from being over. On the other hand, that kept promise won’t do jack to spare...
  • White House pressures GOP leaders for stance on troop withdrawal

    08/31/2010 8:43:08 AM PDT · by Qbert · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/31/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    The White House sought on Tuesday to put the pressure on top Republicans to say whether they support the withdrawal of 90,000 troops this month from Iraq. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs questioned GOP leaders — in particular, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) — to say where they stand on the change in mission in Iraq that resulted in the withdrawal of tens of thousands of U.S. troops from the country. "I think what the American people would like to know with Congressman Boehner is: Do you support the withdrawing of 90,000 troops that the president is marking...
  • (From Nov 2008) All US forces will leave by 2011, (George Bush) and Baghdad cabinet agree

    08/31/2010 7:02:44 AM PDT · by xzins · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 17 November 2008 | Martin Chulov in Baghdad and Richard Norton-Taylor
    The US and Iraq will formally commit to a pact that withdraws all American forces from the country within three years, ... President George Bush had opposed setting a timetable for a troop withdrawal, saying combat forces would leave only when Iraq was stable enough for them to go. However, the US embassy in Baghdad yesterday hailed the decision as a "positive step".
  • A Brief History of President Obama and the 2007 Surge of Troops in Iraq (Jake Tapper)

    08/23/2010 1:21:07 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 4 replies ^ | 08/23/2010 | Jake Tapper
    “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.” - then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., January 10 2007, discussing then-President Bush’s proposal for a surge of troops in Iraq "I don't think there's been any doubt that if we put U.S. troops in that, in the short term, we might see some improvement in certain neighborhoods because the militias are going to fade back into the community. That's one of the characteristics of what we've seen. The problem is that we don't see...
  • Petraeus to the Rescue

    06/25/2010 12:56:59 PM PDT · by Ancient Drive · 16 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | Jun 24th, 2010 | Matt Gurney
    President Obama yesterday accepted the resignation [1] of his headstrong four-star commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal. Despite being handpicked by the President himself just over a year ago, as a sign of the administration’s commitment to win in Afghanistan by putting in place a well-respected leader with counter-insurgency experience, McChrystal is out, a victim of intemperate comments to a reporter who knew a good story when he heard one. The President, no doubt aware of the optics of sacking his own chosen general, has replaced him with General David Petraeus, the Commander in Chief of the Central Command. Petraeus,...