Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Barack Obama I made a pledge to the American people as a candidate for this office—and tonight the American combat mission in Iraq has ended.

A Pyrrhic victory is a victory with devastating cost to the victor; it carries the implication that another such will ultimately cause defeat

As President Obama marks the end of combat operations in Iraq with a speech to the nation tonight, he will acknowledge the ongoing challenges in a country still facing insurgent violence and political turmoil. But Obama also will say he has fulfilled a pledge to the American people.

Obama: "Our troops are the steel in our ship of state" "We must earn victory through the success of our partners and the strength of our own nation" "Part of ending a war responsibly is standing by those who have fought it"We must "put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work" "Because of our dra...wdown in Iraq, we are now able to apply the resources necessary to go on offense""No challenge is more essential to our security than our fight against al Qaeda''We have met our responsibility. Now, it is time to turn the page" Obama: Consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, all U.S. troops will leave by the end of next year "The Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country" "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over" "I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended"
Obama Declares End to U.S. Iraq Combat nyti.ms President Obama declared tonight that "it is time to turn the page" away from Iraq to pressing problems at home.

Barack Obama I made a pledge to the American people as a candidate for this office—and tonight the American combat mission in Iraq has ended.

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A Pyrrhic victory is a victory with devastating cost to the victor; it carries the implication that another such will ultimately cause defeatRemove
Norton James Obama: "Our troops are the steel in our ship of state" "We must earn victory through the success of our partners and the strength of our own nation" "Part of ending a war responsibly is standing by those who have fought it"We must "put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work" "Because of our dra...wdown in Iraq, we are now able to apply the resources necessary to go on offense""No challenge is more essential to our security than our fight against al Qaeda''We have met our responsibility. Now, it is time to turn the page" Obama: Consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, all U.S. troops will leave by the end of next year "The Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country" "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over" "I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended"

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Bailouts were initially Bush against Republicans wishes and with much urging from the Dem. House. Reps came on board after "discussion". What about the more recent bail-outs and stimulus? I do not want to play the blame game on either si...de. I just want the government spending and bs to stop. As for quitting everything....fix what you got and don't bring on another government program until you learn how to manage the ones you have. Don't write blank checks without balancing your checkbook. I am not against all government or government programs. I am for follow the constitution and quit spending money we don't have. I am also for smaller federal government and giving some authority back the the States

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OBAMACARE = SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY, REFORMED CAPITALISM
BUT ROMNEY CARE IS MORE LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE THAN OBAMACARE.
PROMISE KEPT
EBDLES WARS = ENDLESS COSTS WITH ENDLESS COSTS
NOW WE WILL HAVE MONEY TO FINANCE OBAMACARE Obama tells nation 'we need to rebuild our nation here at home'SB1070 is BS

Barack Obama I made a pledge to the American people as a candidate for this office—and tonight the American combat mission in Iraq has ended.Obama Declares End to U.S. Iraq Combat nyti.ms

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling the nation in a prime-time Oval Office address that the U.S. is officially ending its combat role in Iraq , a final turning point in one of the country's longest wars.

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Obama: "Our troops are the steel in our ship of state"
cnnbrk Obama: "We must earn victory through the success of our partners and the strength of our own nation"
Obama: "Part of ending a war responsibly is standing by those who have fought it"
Obama: We must "put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work"
Obama: "Because of our drawdown in Iraq, we are now able to apply the resources necessary to go on offense"
Obama: "No challenge is more essential to our security than our fight against al Qaeda
Obama: "We have met our responsibility. Now, it is time to turn the page" Obama: Consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, all U.S. troops will leave by the end of next year
Obama: "The Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country"
Obama: "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over" http://on.cnn.com/dmFqqZ

Obama: "I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended"

‎Live Tonight: Obama's Oval Office address on Iraq voices.washingtonpost.com
Obama: "Our troops are the steel in our ship of state"
"We must earn victory through the success of our partners and the strength of our own nation"
"Part of ending a war responsibly is standing by those who have fought it"
We must "put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work"
"Because of our drawdown in Iraq, we are now able to apply the resources necessary to go on offense"
"No challenge is more essential to our security than our fight against al Qaeda
''We have met our responsibility. Now, it is time to turn the page" Obama: Consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, all U.S. troops will leave by the end of next year
"The Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country"
"Operation Iraqi Freedom is over"
"I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended"
Obama: "Our troops are the steel in our ship of state"
cnnbrk Obama: "We must earn victory through the success of our partners and the strength of our own nation"
Obama: "Part of ending a war responsibly is standing by those who have fought it"
Obama: We must "put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work"
Obama: "Because of our drawdown in Iraq, we are now able to apply the resources necessary to go on offense"
Obama: "No challenge is more essential to our security than our fight against al Qaeda
Obama: "We have met our responsibility. Now, it is time to turn the page" Obama: Consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, all U.S. troops will leave by the end of next year
cnnbrk Obama: "The Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country"
cnnbrk Obama: "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over" http://on.cnn.com/dmFqqZ

cnnbrk Obama: "I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended"
Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country." What did you think of tonights speech?
RETURN ARIZONA TO MEXICO BEACUSE IT WAS STOLEN BY ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM THE UNITED STATES
I AM A MAN OF PRINCIPLE

Norton James REPUBLICANS LOVE ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM CUBA AND THEIR POLITICAL SUPPORT
GOP'S DICTIONARY
ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM CUBA = POLITICAL REFUGEES
ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM MEXICO = CRIMINALS
NOAA, SeaWeb Partner to Communicate the Value of Coral Reefs | Ocean Power Magazine
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NOAA and SeaWeb have entered into a partnership to enhance understanding of the nation’s valuable but increasingly vulnerable coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. Sometimes referred to as the ‘rainforests of the sea,’ coral reefs provide services estimated...

Promise kept. Mission accomplished. Barney Frank and Ron Paul join hands to call for Military Budget cuts.

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As President Obama marks the end of combat operations in Iraq with a speech to the nation tonight, he will acknowledge the ongoing challenges in a country still facing insurgent violence and political turmoil. But Obama also will say he has fulfilled a pledge to the American people.
PROMISE KEPT. MISSION ACOMPLISHED. ENDLESS WARS = ENDLESS PROPAGAND WITH ENDLESS COSTS. NOW WE LL HAVE MONEY TO FINANCE OBAMACARE.Obama on Afghanistan: 'Open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the Afghan people's'
Obama on military: 'I am awed by their sacrifice'
Obama calls end of Iraq combat mission "historic moment," notes "time of great uncertainty."
He tells nation 'we need to rebuild our nation here at home'Obama Declares End to U.S. Iraq Combat nyti.ms President Obama declared tonight that “it is time to turn the page” away from Iraq to pressing problems at home. CONGRATS; PROMISE KEPT. ENDLESS WARS = ENDLESS PROPAGANDA WITH ENDLESS COSTS. NOW WE WILL HAVE MONEY TO FINANCE OBAMACARE REPUBLICANS LOVE ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM CUBA AND THEIR POLITICAL SUPPORT
GOP'S DICTIONARY
ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM CUBA = POLITICAL REFUGEES
ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM MEXICO = CRIMINALS
Israel, Palestinians: 4 Israelis killed in West Bank as peace summit nears - latimes.com www.latimes.com
THEY WANT their country back, BACK IN 1848

REPUBLICANS LOVE ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM CUBA AND THEIR POLITICAL SUPPORT
GOP'S DICTIONARY
ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM CUBA = POLITICAL REFUGEES
ILLEGAL ALIENS FROM MEXICO = CRIMINALS
OBAMACARE = SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY, REFORMED CAPITALISM
BUT ROMNEY CARE IS MORE LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE THAN OBAMACARE.
‎'Mission accomplished'. Barney Frank and Ron Paul join hands to call for Military Budget cuts

Judy Suleta Beck is merely an emotionally disturbed junkie! However his followers continue to drink the kool-ade! What does he know about "honor" lol!. He was a draft dodger during the Viet-Name war!

As Israeli and Palestinian leaders headed to Washington for a much-anticipated peace summit, four Israelis were killed Tuesday in a shooting near the disputed West Bank city of Hebron. Hamas has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Israel, Palestinians: 4 Israelis killed in West Bank as peace summit nears - latimes.com www.latimes.com
The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the consensus solution that is currently under discussion by the key parties to the conflicTroops To Obama: Glad To Be Back From Iraq www.npr.org

The American press does not know what to do when neutrality, objectivity, balance and "report both sides" reach their natural limits. And so journalists tend to deny that there are such limits. But with this denial they've violated the code of the truth-teller because these limits are real. See the problem?
THE ECONOMIS...TCONGRATS, PROMISE KEPT .....ENDELSS WARS ....ENDLESS PROPAGANDA WITH

Human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor: New Humanitarian Approach Needed for Long-Lasting ConflictsGovernor stresses need for humanitarian approach in disasterAdopt humanitarian approach,"An approach to the immigration debate informed by the riches of the Catholic tradition respects the human dignity of our fellow human beings, does not scapegoat them for our social problems, and does not pit one community against another." Calling the immigration issue "primarily a humanitarian one"
Cardinal urges 'humanitarian' approach to immigration. "An approach to the immigration debate informed by the riches of the Catholic tradition respects the human dignity of our fellow human beings, does not scapegoat them for our social problems, and does not pit one community against another" said Cardinal Mahony Because immigration impacts on the well-being of millions of people, "it has moral implications and must be viewed through a moral lens," said Cardinal Mahony in his presentation. The nation's "enforcement-only" approach to immigration, he said, is "an approach which has failed and led to more human suffering.

Obama Declares End to U.S. Iraq Combat nyti.ms President Obama declared tonight that “it is time to turn the page” away from Iraq to pressing problems at home.
PROMISE KEPT. OBAMA' LL END BUSHS WARS AND SO WE WILL HAVE MONEY TO FINANCE OBAMACARE
Local security forces are well prepared
Obama says Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept

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After abandoning the message that Obamacare would reduce health care costs, California insurers meet threshold to increase rates.

Tammy Cochran ......Yeah, but there weren't 100,000 there.. unless of course, you're including BLOW UP DOLLS AND HOLOGRAPHS ;-).
James Roy Cena....... Talk about the ultimate perversion of the Spirit of MLK....I guess Honor and Integrity is ...not part of your Psychological makeup?
'Mission accomplished'. Barney Frank and Ron Paul join hands to call for Military Budget cuts
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Journalists should do everything they can do to provide the facts, balanced & objective, straight out. They should not report on classified or any information that threatens life or national security, that is unnecessary for the public welfare.
‎'Mission accomplished'. Promise kept. Now we wll have money to finance MedicareBarney Frank and Ron Paul join hands to call for Military Budget cuts ONLY IN AMERICA
The guy is communist, fascist, muslim, kenyan, capable of all varieties of political malevolence. Glenn and Rush are SAINTS OF THE CHURCH. What a joke

Can journalism be impartial ? I really think so. But people like Rush, Glenn, O Reilly and Lou Dobbs are not journalists, but entertainers

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On July 2, 2010, a fuel tanker crashed and exploded in Sange, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Up to 269 were killed and countless injured. MSF has been providing much-needed support at Uvira Hospital. Here, survivors talk about their traumatic experiences and what MSF's assistance...
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The San Francisco Fed is wading into the contentious debate over whether immigrants help or hurt employment for American citizens, in a paper that asserts new entrants help make almost everybody wealthier.
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PROMISE KEPT ....ENDLESS WASRS = ENDLESS PROPAGNADA WITH ENDLESS COSTS ... OBAMA WILL END BUSHS WARS AND SO WE WILL HAVE MONEY TO FINANCE OBAMACARE
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Amid the controversy and international outcry sparked by the stoning sentence handed down to a 43-year-old Iranian mother of two, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, Iran's supreme court reportedly has sentenced two more people to stoning on charges of adultery.The court's decision came just days after the Iranian judiciary revealed fresh details about Ashtiani's case. According to Iran's Human Rights Activists News Agency, the court approved on Aug....

Concerning the Klan: that was very long ago, he was just a kid, and Byrd asked for forgiveness several times. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was born in the presidency of John F Kennedy who was elected president in 1960. The U.S. divorce rate declined to its lowest level since the early 1970s. Infidelity is down, too. http://on.wsj.com/do0gUN Do you think the recession is a cause?
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Egyptian political activists are furious at fellow democracy and human rights campaigner Saad Eddin Ibrahim after the sociologist signed a petition urging President Hosni Mubarak's son, Gamal, to run in the 2011 elections. A vocal critic of Mubarak's regime and one of the first to warn of possible hereditary succession plans, Ibrahim has been living in a self-imposed exile in the U.S since 2007 to escape lengthy court battles against lawsuits accusing...
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Should being born in the USA make you a citizen?
EGYPT: Opposition bemused by dissident's support for president's son

Justice Department sues Arizona school system - Scott Wong - POLITICO.com www.politico.com
A Phoenix-area college system is accused of discriminating against non-citizens in the hiring process.Brazil and Turkey should say something

In Mexico's drug kingpin landscape, who will replace 'La Barbie'?
Federal police in Mexico on Monday captured a notorious drug kingpin, Edgar Valdez Villarreal, also known as "La Barbie."

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The New Museum will present “The Last Newspaper,” a major exhibition inspired by the ways artists approach the news and respond to the stories and images that command the headlines. The exhibition will animate the Museum with signature artworks and a constant flow of information-gathering and proces...'Mission accomplished'. Barney Frank and Ron Paul join hands to call for Military Budget cuts

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Troops at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, share what they would tell President Obama, if given the chance. Some look forward to settling down with family, while others can't wait to redeploy -- to Afghanistan. Obama will speak at Fort Bliss on Tuesday to mark the formal end to combat operations in Ira...
People are more apt to buy false claims if they focus on differences between themselves and the president, new research shows.
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Beck says 500,000, CBS News less than 100,000. Science is on the side of the CBS New estimate.

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Post Vice President Biden met Tuesday with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and other senior politicians on the second day of a visit to the Iraqi capital and the last official day of U.S. combat operations in the country.

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BAGHDAD - Vice President Biden met Tuesday with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani and other senior politicians on the second day of a visit to the Iraqi capital and the last official day of U.S. combat operations in the country.

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After emergency surgery at a military outpost, one Marine is airlifted to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany on a special cargo plane. Since 2004, nearly 13,000 U.S. service personnel wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq have been evacuated there.
Journalists should do everything they can do to provide the facts, balanced & objective, straight out. They should not report on classified or any information that threatens life or national security, that is unnecessary for the public welfare.

The guy is communist, fascist, muslim, kenyan, capable of all varieties of political malevolence. Glenn and Rush are SAINTS OF THE CHURCH. What a joke

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Attorney General Eric Holder is continuing his more than one year investigation into whether Arpaio's policies and law enforcement sweeps discriminate against illegal aliens.
DiA: Should journalists strive to be neutral, disinterested observers?
Mr Rosen: This is complicated. I do not think journalists should "join the team". They bridle at that, for good reason. Power-seeking and truth-seeking are different behaviours, and this is how we distinguish politics from journalism. I think it does take a certain detachment from your own preferences and assumptions to be a good reporter. The difficulty is that neutrality has its limits. Taken too far, it undermines the very project in which a serious journalist is engaged.
Suppose the forces that want to convince Americans that Barack Obama is a Muslim or wasn't born in the United States start winning, and more and more people believe it. This is a defeat for journalism—in fact, for verification itself. Neutrality and objectivity carry no instructions for how to react to something like that. They aren't "wrong", they're just limited. The American press does not know what to do when neutrality, objectivity, balance and "report both sides" reach their natural limits. And so journalists tend to deny that there are such limits. But with this denial they've violated the code of the truth-teller because these limits are real. See the problem?
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Doug Pascover wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 1:41 GMT
Very good interview, although I'd be curious about Rosen's comments on the right. I don't know what extreme centrism would be, other than fiercely clinging to the mean. If I want to be a centrist fanatic, how do I go about it? What should I, as a centrist terrorist, shout before setting off my vest? What is my fourteenth amendment itch? ¿Quien akbar?
To some degree, that portion of the interview sounds like Rosen's critique of "report both sides" with one side being the sides and the other side being not the sides. So, in all seriousness, are "centrists" whoever they are really as prone to dogma and extremism as the left and the right? I doubt it but I'm willing to listen.
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Tzimisces wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 2:13 GMT
Doug,
Guessing more from Congressman than journalists, I'd guess the ideology of the center has come to mean taking whatever idea makes one side or the other scream the loudest and clinging to that with ideological purity. Since neither side is always so insane as to scream louder at the better ideas from the other side than the worse you get an ideological grab-bag of the worst ideas from both sides of the aisle clung to with a religious certainty that the cacophonic howling on both sides of the aisle at this appalling combination of ideas in fact represents the sweet music hailing the knowledge of the one True centrist policy found by the sure method of sounding out which policies elicit the loudest yelps by idealogues of either political persuasion.
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Banjo12 wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 2:22 GMT
"Suppose the forces that want to convince Americans that Barack Obama is a Muslim or wasn't born in the United States start winning, and more and more people believe it."
Mr. Rosen assumes two things here: first that Obama was born in the U.S., and secondly that "forces" hope to persuade the public otherwise. If the first is wrong -- I don't assume that it is -- the contrary view arose because no presidential candidate in modern history received less scrutiny from the media than Obama. I am not aware of any news organization that actually looked into the allegations Obama was not eligible to run on grounds he was born in Kenya the son of a British subject. The very idea was ridiculed and the proponents dismissed as "birthers," which was meant to conflate them with the loons who believe George Bush arranged the World Trade Center catastrophe or at least knew about it in advance. The long form birth certificate has never been produced that would prove his citizenship. A public official in a state that has been blue as long as it has been in the republic says he "saw" it. We're supposed to take his word on the subject, and now Hawaii refuses even to answer any questions on the subject. The classified ad announcing his birth that appeared in the Honolulu newspapers could have been placed by a mother who foresaw at least the possibility of future difficulty regarding his citizenship. Obama has spent around $2 million in legal fees to prevent this matter from coming to court. Is this the action of a man with nothing to hide? All of this could easily be dispelled -- and indeed would never have arisen in the first place if the media had done its job -- if documents were provided and individuals in a position to have information were interviewed. By "powers" I supposed Rosen means Republicans. But they have shown no interest in pursuing this. Who then? If Rosen has knowledge of this, he should tell us. A study the other day said 89% of the journalists who donated money to the 2008 political campaigns gave to the Democratic Party. An early one said 95% voted Democratic. If trust in the media has crated there are ample grounds for this.
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Tzimisces wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 2:22 GMT
On a serious note, I did enjoy this, particularly the answer to the second question. The rest of it was good also, I'd agree that journalists have too often taken the easy route of simply reporting both sides without comment, which would be fine if journalists had no independent ability to form opinions. But they do, since seeing opinions in print lends them a degree of authority (however small or large depending person to person) that they would not have if it was simply some fool speaking from a soap-box. This means the journalists bear responsibility as a truth-teller and not just as a recording device.
Of course, digging deeper to find the truth is difficult. I noticed that Mr. Rosen's good sources of journalism are mostly (completely? I'm not certain where every source he mentioned is published) slanted towards the US and British press. A question for those that read foreign papers more regularly (I've been trying to but only irregularly), how effective do you find this for checking against bias? If you do find it useful, could you do me a huge favor and recommend good sources with English language editions I could add to my own daily news read?
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Yankee Kid wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 2:46 GMT
This is a good article because you have an interest in it. Everything seems to be going to hell now in a basket and there is no way to get the news. So let me elaborate.
I now only read The Economist print edition because I have been doing so for a long time. I also read and comment on the internet because Of lack of time and lost interest in other sources.
The problem with TV is that it is impossible to watch because of the wasted time of commercials and the constant repeat of the same thing over and over. So I happen to be a New York Yankee baseball fan and this and the weather is all I watch on a daily basis.
I also read the newspapers but not like I used to when I was working in New York I read five daily all the way through. I now sometimes scan them and newspapers don't report like they used to. They all report on the same thing like they all get their news from the same sources.
Young people are where the problem is and my grand children are leading the crowd. They spend all of their time talking with each other whom they work with. I don't think they ever take time off and they are always at work with very high productivity. They don't have time to read. Maybe that is what the newspapers should do; hire young people if they can find a way to manage them. But maybe they will grow up some day as they get past thirty five and get married and have children.
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Jaylat wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 2:51 GMT
Another lefty-loon journo prof offers his fair and balanced view of the media. Rachel Maddow and Victor Navsky are exemplars of the "right kind of journalism"?
No wonder no one trusts the press. Unfortunately we can now add the Economist to that list.
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JamRock wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 3:10 GMT
I was with him until Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart. Really? That's the best America has to offer?
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AnterraCon wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 4:29 GMT
@ Jaylat.
Really? Is that your most cogent critique? Are you not going to tell us why Rachel Maddow disqualifies him?
Did you even read the interview with any depth? Or Like a tag cloud did the words "Rachel Maddow" jump out at you in 30 point font to dominate your view?
Perhaps it's because she doesn't fall into the trap of believing that eliciting screams from either side, is a journalistic end in and of itself.
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Brookse wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 5:35 GMT
As I just commented on another post, I spent last week with family and friends in San Diego, which is quite conservative -
And, I was struck at the parallel universe that the country seems to live between the data-rich analysis of The Economist (and those who comment on its blogs), for example, and -
The parallel "news" of Fox, radio commentators, et al.
That is, in the conversations I observed, what one side assumed to be true had little to no connection to what the other side assumed to be true, like parallel lines which never meet.
It was kind of weird to experience.
I guess that's the genius of a democracy with strong laws protecting free speech, in that good decisions will hopefully work it's way through the noise, and with good policy decisions ideally made using the information that is most relevant, and accurate.
But still, I didn't leave with a particularly good feeling...
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Yankee Kid wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 6:40 GMT
I would like to touch on this Obama and being a Muslim thing by asking how many people (none) get to decde who their parents are and where they are born? Most likely Obama does not have a record of his birth but we can accept that he was told where he was born by his mother's parents, and that is good enough for me. It happens a lot of times.
The biggest mistake that Obama makes is that he claims to be an African-American and he difinitely is not in the eyes of many Americans, both White and Black, and that starts them asking who he really is. For those of us who have seen a lot of Arabs in Africa, he definately looks like an African-Arab and his name is definately Arab. And if we read his book he did go to an Islamic School in his youth. But none of this was his choosing, and I, for one, can accept that but be truthful about it.
When he came to live with his mother's parents they informed him of who was and he responded and by good luck and being very inteligent over came his past, and almost like a miracle was elected President of the United States.
His past is not our problem. His future is our problem and one of the reasons he was elected is that our government is rottern to the core and needs fixing. But Obama seems to lack the ability to fix it with out destroying our freedom which we deem sacred. And that brings up his past which our news medea claims is so revolting, and they might be correct. But Obama seems to think that this gives him and advantage in dealing with these people who are bringing on a war and he might be correct.
This is where the medea should come in and use their brains to try to sort these things out instead of using their egos to prove they are right.
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Katie10 wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 6:43 GMT
Every one "with half a brain" in this country today knows that the main stream media is heavily tilted to the left. A survey was taken of journalist in newspapers and found them to be 90% Democrats. Are we getting fair reporting? I don't think so. Rachael Madow is not doing a good job nor is Atlantic. Maddow can be vicious in her attacks to any view that is not liberal and the Atlantic is definitley to the left, I know because I subscribe to it. The public which is and always has been center right has gone to Fox news which now has more viewers than all the other cable networks put together to get both liberal and conservative views. They are only network that is even trying to be balanced.
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g cross wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 7:19 GMT
I used to trust the Economist, back when it wrote articles with which I agreed. However, ever since it gave into the dark side and started writing articles with which I do not agree, I realized that it was no longer telling me the truth, and so I immediately ended my subscription.
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Doug Pascover wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 7:21 GMT
Katie, I think you hinted at a good definition for good journalism. The process of informing the public what people with whole brains know.
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Jer_X wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 7:27 GMT
A young apolitical friend of mine asked me recently after their first encounter with Glenn Beck if he was real or just a strange satirical act. I wished I could have answered 'comedy', but it is more like tragedy...
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Brookse wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 7:55 GMT
Doug, by-the-by, I passed over your community last week at 30,000 ft., and tipped a cup of Diet Coke to you as I flew over, while listening to Carlos Santana who, while unfortunately not a complete child of the Golden State as is Merle Haggard, I figured was close enough.
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Heimdall wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 8:27 GMT
The "ideology of the center" is particularly dangerous in that it tends to be defined as the midpoint between the "right" and the "left" on any given issue, rather than as a static set of beliefs that aren't subject to redefinition as the political winds blow. And blow they have...
I frequently see articles and comments (thankfully not many here...) that characterize the current administration as "leftist" or "socialist" or "Marxist" (?) or "communist" (!) or looking to "take over the country" (?!?) And this from folks who aren't your garden variety tin-foil hat wearing freaks, but who are considered to be fairly "normal".
Part of it strikes me as a serious drift "rightward" of American political discourse. Remember Nixon? A Republican, he created the EPA and Clean Air Act. He advocated universal health care. He created OSHA. 40 years ago, he was considered on the "right" side of the political spectrum. Now, he would be "far left".
Part of the change strikes me as a serious drift away from the moorings of reality. Words like "communist" have generally agreed-upon meanings. Yet some folks bandy them about to mean essentially "anyone who has political opinions *anywhere* to the left of mine".
Some folks don't think Social Security or Medicare is socialist, because they benefit from them. But they do think that mandated private health insurance is socialist, because they don't benefit from it.
Both changes strike me as dangerous to the well-being of our country, but the latter change more so.
Although the meanings of words evolves over time, when two people ostensibly speak the same language but ascribe different meanings to common words -- at the same point in time -- communication and collaboration become impossible. People naturally cleave into groups with shared definitions.
The fragmentation of modern media not only creates new content, but it also creates warring tribes of ideological purists rather than a cooperative community of citizens who may disagree on some things, but are willing to work together to make the country (and indeed, world) a better place.
May the deity of your choice help us all...Obama Marks End of Iraq Combat Mission | News | English www.voanews.com
Later Tuesday, Mr. Obama will deliver a nationally broadcast speech from the White House to discuss the end of the combat phase of the mission as well as the new advisory and training role for the U.S. military.
Concerning the Klan: that was very long ago, he was just a kid, and Byrd asked for forgiveness several times. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was born in the presidency of John F Kennedy who was elected president in 1960.

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President Obama will declare the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, but his speech is likely to focus on challenges that remain rather than any suggestions of victory. Some 50,000 U.S. troops remain in the country -- and in harm's way -- advising and training Iraqi forces and guarding U.S. inst...

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The guy is communist, fascist, muslim, kenyan, capable of all varieties of political malevolence. Glenn and Rush are SAINTS OF THE CHURCH. What a joke CONGRATULATIONS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
PROMISE KEPT INDEED
Some folks don't think Social Security or Medicare is socialist, because they benefit from them. But they do think that mandated private health insurance is socialist, because they don't benefit from it. ECONOMIST
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Doug,
Guessing more from Congressman than journalists, I'd guess the ideology of the center has come to mean taking whatever idea makes one side or the other scream the loudest and clinging to that with ideological purity. Since neither side is always so insane as to scream louder at the better ideas from the other side than the worse you get an ideological grab-bag of the worst ideas from both sides of the aisle clung to with a religious certainty that the cacophonic howling on both sides of the aisle at this appalling combination of ideas in fact represents the sweet music hailing the knowledge of the one True centrist policy found by the sure method of sounding out which policies elicit the loudest yelps by idealogues of either political persuasion.
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Banjo12 wrote:
Aug 28th 2010 2:22 GMT
"Suppose the forces that want to convince Americans that Barack Obama is a Muslim or wasn't born in the United States start winning, and more and more people believe it."
Mr. Rosen assumes two things here: first that Obama was born in the U.S., and secondly that "forces" hope to persuade the public otherwise. If the first is wrong -- I don't assume that it is -- the contrary view arose because no presidential candidate in modern history received less scrutiny from the media than Obama. I am not aware of any news organization that actually looked into the allegations Obama was not eligible to run on grounds he was born in Kenya the son of a British subject. The very idea was ridiculed and the proponents dismissed as "birthers," which was meant to conflate them with the loons who believe George Bush arranged the World Trade Center catastrophe or at least knew about it in advance. The long form birth certificate has never been produced that would prove his citizenship. A public official in a state that has been blue as long as it has been in the republic says he "saw" it. We're supposed to take his word on the subject, and now Hawaii refuses even to answer any questions on the subject. The classified ad announcing his birth that appeared in the Honolulu newspapers could have been placed by a mother who foresaw at least the possibility of future difficulty regarding his citizenship. Obama has spent around $2 million in legal fees to prevent this matter from coming to court. Is this the action of a man with nothing to hide? All of this could easily be dispelled -- and indeed would never have arisen in the first place if the media had done its job -- if documents were provided and individuals in a position to have information were interviewed. By "powers" I supposed Rosen means Republicans. But they have shown no interest in pursuing this. Who then? If Rosen has knowledge of this, he should tell us. A study the other day said 89% of the journalists who donated money to the 2008 political campaigns gave to the Democratic Party. An early one said 95% voted Democratic. If trust in the media has crated there are ample grounds for this. ECONOMIST
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Seven questions for Jay Rosen
Aug 28th 2010, 13:23 by R.M. | WASHINGTON, DC
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JAY ROSEN is a professor of journalism at New York University and an insightful critic of the media. Earlier this year he wrote an essay on "the actual ideology of our political press", which we praised and discussed on this blog. Mr Rosen has a blog of his own, PressThink, and his work has been published in Columbia Journalism Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others. He has also written a book, titled "What Are Journalists For?", about the rise of the civic-journalism movement. This week we asked him some questions over email about the press and its failings.
DiA: What is the biggest problem with the news media in America today?
Mr Rosen: The cost of changing settled routines seems too high, but the cost of not changing is, in the long term, even higher. A good example is the predicament of the newspaper press: the print edition provides most of the revenues, but it cannot provide a future. I know of no evidence to show that young people are picking up the print habit. So if the cost of abandoning print is too high, the cost of sticking with it may be even higher, though slower to reveal itself. That's a problem.
Another example is the decline of trust. In the mid-1970s over 70% of Americans told Gallup they had a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the press. Today: 47%. Clearly, something isn't working. But revisions to the code of conduct that has led to this decline would be seen by most journalists as increasing the risk of mistrust. I've tried to argue that the View from Nowhere—also called objectivity—should be replaced by "here's where we're coming from." That strikes most people in the American press as dangerous and unworkable. But the current course is unsustainable: trust continues to decline, with a big acceleration after 2003. When I mention this to journalists, they say: "Trust in all big institutions has declined, Jay." Which is true (except for the military). But is that really an answer? You're supposed to be the watchdogs over dubious actors. Why aren't you an exception?
I could go on, but I think you see the pattern. Change is too expensive; the status quo is unsustainable.
DiA: You've written a book titled "What Are Journalists For?" Looking at political coverage in America, how is your answer to that question different from the job journalists are actually doing today?
Mr Rosen: No one has ever asked me that. I will let this instance stand for the whole. A very typical pattern is when journalists fall into horse-race coverage, where they ask: Who's going to win? What's the strategy? Is it working? Focusing on those things helps advertise the political innocence of the press because "who's winning?" is not an ideological question. By repeatedly asking it journalists underline that theirs is not an ideological profession. But how does this pattern help voters make a decision? Should they vote for the candidate with the best strategy?
My own view is that journalists should describe the world in a way that helps us participate in political life. That is what they are "for". But too often they position us as savvy analysts of a scene we are encouraged to view from a certain distance, as if we were spectators to our own democracy, or clever manipulators of our fellow citizens. Weird, isn't it? So that's why I wrote my book and gave it that title.
DiA: Should journalists strive to be neutral, disinterested observers?
Mr Rosen: This is complicated. I do not think journalists should "join the team". They bridle at that, for good reason. Power-seeking and truth-seeking are different behaviours, and this is how we distinguish politics from journalism. I think it does take a certain detachment from your own preferences and assumptions to be a good reporter. The difficulty is that neutrality has its limits. Taken too far, it undermines the very project in which a serious journalist is engaged.
Suppose the forces that want to convince Americans that Barack Obama is a Muslim or wasn't born in the United States start winning, and more and more people believe it. This is a defeat for journalism—in fact, for verification itself. Neutrality and objectivity carry no instructions for how to react to something like that. They aren't "wrong", they're just limited. The American press does not know what to do when neutrality, objectivity, balance and "report both sides" reach their natural limits. And so journalists tend to deny that there are such limits. But with this denial they've violated the code of the truth-teller because these limits are real. See the problem?
DiA: In Washington a lot of reporting takes the form of left v right. As you say, "The two party system and the journalist’s method of pushing off from both sides to generate authority fit perfectly together." How does this lead to poor journalism?
Mr Rosen: Many ways. When both parties are closed to certain ideas, the news system becomes closed to them, too. Not good. When journalists get attacked from the left and the right, they take it as confirmation that they're doing something right, when they could be doing everything wrong. There's a certain laziness that creeps up too, which you can hear in phrases from the commentariat like "extremists on both sides". No attempt to actually examine centre and margin and compare them across parties; instead, this sorry act of positioning, in which the political centre is associated with truth, common sense and realism. This is a very common prejudice in political journalism.
Victor Navasky, the former publisher of the Nation, likes to say that there's an ideology of the left, an ideology of the right, and an ideology of the centre. The news system is on guard against too much left or too much right. It is defenceless against any excesses in the ideology of the centre. There you can be as extreme or didactic as you like.
DiA: Media is a business, and many of the media outlets that are doing the best business are those that tell their audiences what they want to hear, and those that pursue the politics-as-horse-race model. So how do we change the incentives in order to make the media more informative? Or does the public simply get the media it deserves?
Mr Rosen: Is The Economist in the business of telling its readers what they want to hear? Is that how the magazine is edited? I doubt it. But I hear the business is doing pretty well. So how is that possible? Look: the alternative to chasing clicks is building trust and an editorial brand. "What people want" arguments don't impress me. I think anyone with a half a brain knows that you have to listen to demand and give people what they have no way to demand. You have to listen to them, and assert your authority from time to time, because listening well is what gives you the authority to recommend what is not immediately in demand.
DiA: What are some examples of newspapers, magazines or news shows that are practicing the right kind of journalism, in your opinion?
Mr Rosen: Particularly good at what they do: Advertising Age. Gawker. Wired. Voice of San Diego. The New Yorker. The Economist. (Disclosure: You're The Economist!) Rachel Maddow. Frontline. The New York Times. West Seattle Blog. Texas Tribune (Disclosure: I'm an advisor there). "To the Point" with Warren Olney. The Atlantic. "This American Life". The Guardian. Jon Stewart. There are probably some regional newspapers doing a great job that I simply don't read, but fewer than before.
DiA: Are new technologies leading to an improved media establishment? Or are the lower barriers to entry allowing for shoddier journalism to sneak through and the loudest, shrillest voices to dominate?
Mr Rosen: Neither proposition do I endorse. The media establishment is being shocked into awareness of how fragile its authority and franchise are. Through the fallen gates stream bad actors, good people with no talent, young people who won't wait, smart people who don't need anyone's permission to publish, the people formerly known as your sources, assorted charlatans, paranoids, shysters and fools, and the obsessives who will probably discover the next press. Almost everything remains up for grabs, but the traditional players have not been swept away and so they are in position to grab a lot of it. Some new players will do well too. Ninety percent of everything is crap, but that's nothing novel. There's just more everything now.
conspiracy theorists often get a bad rap only to sometimes be found years later to have been on the right track. Case in point ... did Lee Harvey Oswald kill JFK with 2 deadly hits out of 3 shots on a moving target from a bolt action rifle in 8.4 seconds from 140 feet? We are always left to wonder when former FBI agents say, "no he did not". See video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJB7X65cnqI

Ex FBI agent claims Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill John F. Kennedy, Joseph Milteer, FBI involved www.youtube.com
Former FBI Agent Don Adams reaffirms what we already knew - Lee Harvey Ozwald DID NOT assassinate President John F. Kennedy Ex FBI Agent believes extreme right-winger Joseph Milteer was behind the tragic shooting of John F. Kennedy http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Ex-FBI-agent-claims-Lee...
Obama has personally coaxed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to talks, even as some advisors questioned the wisdom of him linking so visibly to an intractable conflict.
Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks - latimes.com
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Netanyahu is bad for Israel and the peace process The U.S. administration is committed to Israel's security but not to hanging on to the territories or the Jewish settlements. Netanyahu accepts a very limited Palestinian stateCBS News Poll: 59% of Americans overall think that Sarah Palin could not have an effective presidency. Among Republicans, 40% said she could not be an effective president. What do you think? (via Political Hotsheet)

Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Say Palin would be an Ineffective President
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‎60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Most Americans, and Many Republicans, Give Low Marks to Former GOP VP Nominee Read more by Stephanie Condon on CBS News' Political Hotsheet.
BUSH'S DEREGULATIONS AND TAX CUTS = WORST FINANCIAL CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION

According to the Koran, Jews and Christians are the "People OF THE BOOK'' not infidels; non-Muslims are not kafir and kafir doesnt mean infidel
Don't judge any religion by radicals in ranks.
Dont judge a religion by its followers!Jihad is Not Holy War
According to the Quran, Jihad is the internal spiritual struggle of the Muslim toward submission to Allah.
According to the Koran, Jews and Christians are the "People OF THE BOOK'' not infidels; non-Muslims are not kafir and kafir doesnt mean infidel
Muslim and communist is a contradition in terms
Muslim = theist
Communist = atheist
Private ownership in Islam is absolutely respected

This grayish-brown lumpy degraded oil found in the Mississippi Sound has tested positive for ingredients found in Corexit dispersant, even though government and BP officials have maintained that no dispersant products have been used near shorelines in Alabama or Mississippi, the Press-Register reports.
Degraded oil in Mississippi Sound tests positive for dispersants, says lawyer blog.al.com
Officials with the federal government and BP PLC have maintained throughout the oil spill that no dispersant products have been used near shorelines in Alabama or Mississippi.
A new study says those who suffer from chronic pain may find relief and sleep better by smoking pot 3 times a day.

GOP'S DICTIONARY
SOLID JURISPRUDENCE / RULE OF LAW = LIBERAL ACTIVISM/ SUSAN BOLTONS RULING
CONSERVATIVE ACTIVISM = RULE OF LAW / ARIZONA LAW
CORPORATIONS ARE CITZENS
BILL OF RIGHTS = 2 th AMENDMENT
THE REST = LIBERAL ACTIVISM OBAMA = HONOR RESTORED
GLENN BECK = CLOWN
NO SOCIAL JUSTICE, NO CHRISTIANITY
CHRISTIANITY = SOCIAL JUSTICE
GOP'S DICTIONARY
SOCIAL JUSTICE = FOX and GLENN WITH MONEY


OBAMA = HONOR RESTORED
GLENN BECK = CLOWN
NO SOCIAL JUSTICE, NO CHRISTIANITY
CHRISTIANITY = SOCIAL JUSTICE
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SOCIAL JUSTICE = FOX and GLENN WITH MONEYAsk those who showed up at Glenn Beck's rally in Washington this weekend and they'll likely tell you that in their dream world, Beck would run for president. And he would do so on a ticket with Sarah Palin.
Is Glenn Beck Running for Office? | Newsweek
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At rally near the Lincoln Memorial, the Fox host positions himself as simply a reasonable and tolerant patriot.
Can Three Women Really Change the Supreme Court?
The Female Factor | Newsweek
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Beyond the fact that the court will be slightly more representative of the American people, and the possibility of yet more white lacy scarves from on high, what does the difference between having one, two, or three women at the court really signify?

Market, state and the crash: Government at the heart of the crisis http://bit.ly/9yE96G
Market, state, and the crash: Government at the heart of the crisis | The Economist
I'M FINDING the exchange on the financial crisis illuminating in a number of ways, but especially as it lays bare the ideological assumptions and motivations we each bring to these questions.

Twenty-two American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan over the past five days.

Five U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan www.washingtonpost.com
KABUL - Twenty-two American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan over the past five days, a sudden end-of-August spike that follows record-high death tolls for U.S. troops in June and July.
Democrats say Bush forgot Afghanistan. Endless wars = endless propaganda with endlesss costs. Afghan Air Force members will become even more self-sufficient. Obama will end Bushs wars and so we will have money to finance Obamacare

In Opinion, David Brooks writes, "The U.S. venture into Iraq was a war, but it was also a nation-building exercise."
PROMISE KEPT. Obama will end Bushs wars and so we will have money to finance Obamacare. Endless wars = endless propaganda with endlesss costs. Democrats say Bush forgot Afghanistan. Afghan Air Force members will become even more self-sufficient.

Don't judge any religion by radicals in ranks.
Dont judge a religion by its followers!Jihad is Not Holy War
According to the Quran, Jihad is the internal spiritual struggle of the Muslim toward submission to Allah.Economics by invitation: What explains the strength of the German recovery? Join our invited guests to debate this topic and share your views http://bit.ly/c8MS3L

Economics by invitation | The Economist
PRIOR to the second quarter of 2010, the German recovery was very impressive in terms of job creation, and very unimpressive in terms of real GDP growth. I presume the job creation story has something to do with fiscal stimulus aimed at subsidising work-sharing. I’d like to focus on the sudde...

As U.S. troops exit, Iraqis are bracing themselves for conflict.

As U.S. ends combat operations, Iraqis move to protect themselves from violence www.washingtonpost.com
Scores of Iraqis feel they must depend on themselves for protection as the U.S. military has drawn down to just under 50,000 troops and ends combat operations on Tuesday.

THERE ARE 2 MOSQUES IN THE AREA AND FIVE CHURCHES
I reported on maggots, frogs, and 8-foot manure piles this morning. Thanks, egg farms.

FDA reports numerous violations at egg farms www.cnn.com
Rodents, piles of manure, uncaged birds and flies too numerous to count were found by investigators at Iowa farms at the heart of the recall of more than half a billion eggs, the Food and Drug Administration reported Monday.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bad translation makes fundamentalists of us all

Home being given away for 'free' www.fox5sandiego.com
ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- A vacant 1920s Craftsman Escondido home is being offered for
I support the Constitutional right of any religion in this Country to build a
house of worship on private property wherever they please. There Has Been a
Mosque Near Ground Zero Since 1970 “ Same Year the World Trade Center Opened A
mosque,. Masjid Manhattan, has been holding services on Warren Street, four
blocks north of the World Trade Center, for the last 40 years. (Its about a
block west of the Tweed Courthouse, if you know the area.) "418 ft to be exact,
I looked it up yesterday! My friend Randy said this about the subject and he has
served two tours in Iraq."It doesn't matter if it's across the stre...et. We
defend all of Americas grand ideas or none of them. As a Rural Midwestern White
Military member who served during the current conflict, I say build the
Mosque. i am not Muslim, but I will defend the rights of every American. You
have no right to not be offended, but you do have religious freedom in this
country. Everybody who is fighting to stop this Mosque from being built is a
traitor to the ideas of freedom and democracy laid out by our founding fathers.
Thomas Jefferson is probably spinning in his grave." I couldnt agree more!"
Tracy Hall Simrell. WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF BUSHS WARS ? THOUSANDS OF CIVILIAN
CASUALTIES "Masjid Manhattan and its members condemn any type of terrorist acts.
In particular, the attacks of 9/11 where non-Muslims as well as Muslims lost
their lives. Islam always invites for peace; therefore Islam is not responsible
for the actions of some ill individuals who, independently from what Islam
advocates, have hatred against humanity. As Muslims and as Americans, we will
never forget the beloved ones who perished that terrible day of September 11

She blocked a part of Arizona's law that would require police to check the immigration status of anyone they stopped whom they suspected of being in the country illegally, and a second provision that required legal immigrants to carry proof... of residency. Bolton said the national system of immigration laws is complex and has various purposes that the state law couldn't take into account. She also struck down part of the law that said police may not release those they have arrested without first checking on their immigrationstatus. Arizona argued that was meant to apply to those for whom there is reasonable suspicion that they are in the country illegally, but Judge Bolton said the law isn't written that way. 'Judge Susan R. Bolton, sitting in Phoenix, in a preliminary injunction sided with the Obama administration by ruling that the law would overwhelm the federal government and could hurt legal immigrants and U.S. citizens. The judge's ruling could put the brakes on efforts in a number of other states to pass similar laws. Requiring police to check the immigration status of those they arrest or whom they stop and suspect are in the country illegally would overwhelm the federal government's ability to respond, and could mean legal immigrants are wrongly arrested. "Federal resources will be taxed and diverted from federal enforcement priorities as a result of the increase in requests for immigration-status determination that will flow from Arizona," she wrote in her 36-page injunction order '

Is Hurricane Earl going to affect your weekend plans?
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Hurricane Earl, with 135 mph winds, could threaten the East Coast from the Carolinas north by Thursday evening, dampening Labor Day weekend.


The Germans proudly label their economy a "soziale Marktwirtschaft ," or "social market economy," to show that the system as it has developed after World The social market economy (German: Soziale Marktwirtschaft) is the main economic model used in West Germany after World War II. It is based on the political philosoph...y of Ordoliberalism from the Freiburg School. Ordoliberal ideas were most prominently developed in the academic journal ORDO and implemented in practice by Ludwig Erhard, Minister of Economics and Vice Chancellor under Konrad Adenauer's chancellorship (from 1949 to 1963) and afterwards Chancellor himself (1963 - 1966) W The German Social Market Economy is one of the most famous political and economic strategies of this century.
‎9/11 Widower Ted Olson: Obama Was Right On Cordoba House tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com President Obama's position in support of the right of a Muslim organization to build a community center near Ground Zero in New York is now picking up the endorsement of a very prominent 9/11 widower: Former Bush administration Solicitor General Ted Olson.
Obama urges Mladic capture on Srebrenica anniversary. Obama urges Mladic capture on Srebrenica anniversary US President Barack Obama has described the Srebrenica massacre as a "stain on our collective conscience"
'The Germans proudly label their economy a "soziale Marktwirtschaft ," or "social market economy," to show that the system as it has developed after World The social market economy (German: Soziale Marktwirtschaft) is the main economic model used in West Germany after World War II. It is based on the political philosophy of Ordoliberalism from the Freiburg School. Ordoliberal ideas were most prominently developed in the academic journal ORDO and implemented in practice by Ludwig Erhard, Minister of Economics and Vice Chancellor under Konrad Adenauer's chancellorship (from 1949 to 1963) and afterwards Chancellor himself (1963 - 1966) W The German Social Market Economy is one of the most famous political and economic strategies of this century.'
WThe chief problem with evolutionary explanations is that the success of such explanations also undercuts science and the scientific method. If beliefs are onlyaccepted and passed on due to their evolutionary advantage, then what of science? It too must only be 'true' due to an evolutionary advantage. This also suggests that sciences explanation of religious belief has no special standing. It is merely the explanation that has an evolutionary advantage at the moment.

Of course believing in God was advantageous for evolution right up until the point we started developing science and grasping an understanding that the sun is not a supernatural force, and we are not the center of the universe. God was always used as an answer for the unknown, or as a tool to control the population through fear. Unfortunately religion is still used as a tool to control the masses, and yes God is still feared.
ACCORDING TO CAPRA, GOSWAMI, MAHARISHI AND CHOPRA, QUANTUM PHYSICS PROVES GOD.

DEBATE ... Francis Collins and DAWKINS

http://richarddawkins.net/articles/4047

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1555132,00.html

Is Believing In God Evolutionarily Advantageous?
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In the history of the world, every culture in every location at every point in time has developed some supernatural belief system. And believing in God may have been evolutionarily advantageous to humans as it provided a framework for promoting social good.
Is Believing In God Evolutionarily Advantageous?
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In the history of the world, every culture in every location at every point in time has developed some supernatural belief system. And believing in God may have been evolutionarily advantageous to humans as it provided a framework for promoting social good.
Update: Edgar Valdez was captured alive near Mexico City; faces indictment in US for cocaine smuggling - AP Is Hurricane Earl going to affect your weekend plans?

Hurricane Earl threatens East Coast - USATODAY.com www.usatoday.com
Hurricane Earl, with 135 mph winds, could threaten the East Coast from the Carolinas north by Thursday evening, dampening Labor Day weekend.

US widens North Korea sanctions
The US imposes new financial sanctions on North Korea after the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
She blocked a part of Arizona's law that would require police to check the immigration status of anyone they stopped whom they suspected of being in the country illegally, and a second provision that required legal immigrants to carry proof...... of residency. Bolton said the national system of immigration laws is complex and has various purposes that the state law couldn't take into account. She also struck down part of the law that said police may not release those they have arrested without first checking on their immigrationstatus. Arizona argued that was meant to apply to those for whom there is reasonable suspicion that they are in the country illegally, but Judge Bolton said the law isn't written that way.
‎'Judge Susan R. Bolton, sitting in Phoenix, in a preliminary injunction sided with the Obama administration by ruling that the law would overwhelm the federal government and could hurt legal immigrants and U.S. citizens. The judge's ruling could put the brakes on efforts in a number of other states to pass similar laws.... Requiring police to check the immigration status of those they arrest or whom they stop and suspect are in the country illegally would overwhelm the federal government's ability to respond, and could mean legal immigrants are wrongly arrested. "Federal resources will be taxed and diverted from federal enforcement priorities as a result of the increase in requests for immigration-status determination that will flow from Arizona," she wrote in her 36-page injunction order '

What a wonderful victory in Arizona
God bless America, the home of the brave the land of the free
Susan Bolton a giant of our time
This is America not nazi germany
AZ Law = garbage
Is Research Into the Oil Spill's Impact Skewed? - Newsweek www.newsweek.com
The program designed to assess the environmental effects of the BP spill may be skewed by the legal process, say scientists struggling to get funding for independent research.

Administration Solicitor General Ted Olson. I support the Constitutional right of any religion in this Country to build a
house of worship on private property wherever they please. There Has Been a
Mosque Near Ground Zero Since 1970 Same Year the World Trade Center Opened A
mosque Masjid Manhattan, has been holding services on Warren Street, four
blocks north of the World Trade Center, for the last 40 years. (Its .about a
block west of the Tweed Courthouse, if you know the area.) "418 ft to be exact,
I looked it up yesterday! My friend Randy said this about the subject and he has
served two tours in Iraq."It doesn't matter if it's across the street. We
defend all of Americas grand ideas or none of them. As a Rural Midwestern White
Military member who served duri...ng the current conflict, I say build the
Mosque. i am not Muslim, but I will defend the rights of every American. You
have no right to not be offended, but you do have religious freedom in this
country. Everybody who is fighting to stop this Mosque from being built is a
traitor to the ideas of freedom and democracy laid out by our founding fathers.
Thomas Jefferson is probably spinning in his grave." I couldnt agree more!"
Tracy Hall Simrell. WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF BUSHS WARS ? THOUSANDS OF CIVILIAN
CASUALTIES "Masjid Manhattan and its members condemn any type of terrorist acts.
In particular, the attacks of 9/11 where non-Muslims as well as Muslims lost
their lives. Islam always invites for peace; therefore Islam is not responsible
for the actions of some ill individuals who, independently from what Islam
advocates, have hatred against humanity. As Muslims and as Americans, we will
never forget the beloved ones who perished that terrible day of September 11,
2001" Muslim and communist is a contradition in terms
Muslim = theist
Communist = atheist
Private ownership in Islam is absolutely respected
Media Monitor's trends report for the first four weeks of August shows BP spent $2.7m in the main US advertising markets. In one week alone, from August 10-16, it spent $947,041 buying up slots in the top 87 radio markets and 50 television areas and selected cable channels. BP brands to boycott include Castrol, Arco, Aral, am/pm, Amoco, Wild Bean Cafe Boykottiert ARAL
BP to admit $1m-a-week advertising spree www.telegraph.co.uk
BP is set to come under renewed fire from US politicians this week as it reveals it has spent more than $1m (£644,000) a week on television and radio advertising since the April 20 oil explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Economist The president and the peace process: A thankless task, but at least Barack Obama seems to be trying http://bit.ly/dy4QLt

Lexington: The president and the peace process | The Economist
WHY, you have to wonder, do they bother with it? The “peace process”, that is. The present conflict between Arabs and Jews in Palestine has been going on for about a century. And yet every American president is implored upon entering office to bring the quarrel swiftly to an end.

Media Monitor's trends report for the first four weeks of August shows BP spent $2.7m in the main US advertising markets. In one week alone, from August 10-16, it spent $947,041 buying up slots in the top 87 radio markets and 50 television areas and selected cable channels. BP brands to boycott include Castrol, Arco, Aral, am/pm, Amoco, Wild Bean Cafe Boykottiert ARAL
BP to admit $1m-a-week advertising spree www.telegraph.co.uk
BP is set to come under renewed fire from US politicians this week as it reveals it has spent more than $1m (£644,000) a week on television and radio advertising since the April 20 oil explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Muslim and communist is a contradition in terms
Muslim = theist
Communist = atheist
Private ownership in Islam is absolutely respected

My principles, democracy, freedom, justice, the rule of law, pluralism, human rights and social market economy.
Newsweek: Estimates Say Fewer Jobs, Larger Deficits if Republicans Were in Charge

Ensuring the rights of forest people in REDD+ programmes www.cifor.cgiar.org

Politics Daily We've done the best we can and now, please, no more Iraqs.

What I Want to Hear From President Obama on Iraq: Never Again
www.politicsdaily.com
As the Iraq combat mission ends, President Obama deserves to savor the moment. But he should make clear that nothing like this will ever happen again.

Politics Daily Terrorism and the scales of justice.

War on Terror in Courtoom Grinds to Political Halt, Like WWII 'Sitzkrieg'
www.politicsdaily.com
Wheels of justice grind slowly in the legal war on terror. Why the political battle over terror suspects has materially halted action in courtrooms.

US widens North Korea sanctions
The US imposes new financial sanctions on North Korea after the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
My principles, democracy, freedom, justice, the rule of law, pluralism, human rights and social market economy.
Newsweek: Estimates Say Fewer Jobs, Larger Deficits if Republicans Were in Charge
Obama says Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept
Newsweek: Estimates Say Fewer Jobs, Larger Deficits if Republicans Were in Charge
Entrepreneurs are making gear and garb for those who use their bikes for casual commuting, shopping trips and social rides.
Small business: Urban cycling spawns its own peddlers - latimes.com
Entrepreneurs are making gear and garb for those who use their bikes for casual commuting, shopping trips and social rides
Obama's reluctant populism irks left - Carol E. Lee - POLITICO.com'Palin's Perfect-Pitch Populism'Quindlen: Obama Must Get back to Real Populism - Newsweek

Obama reveals more of his bad faith towards Israel
15 Apr 2010... our troops in Afghanistan (or to a very limited degree now in Iraq) ... lack of a Palestinian state, then Obama's bad faith makes him a ...

Netanyahu accepts creation of limited Palestinian state Jerusalem Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for creation of a limited Palestinian state for the first time

Afghanistan's attorney general denied Sunday that a prosecutor investigating allegations of corruption in the upper reaches of the government had been fired, saying the official simply had reached the point when retirement was mandatory.
Afghan corruption: Official says Afghan prosecutor not fired - latimes.com

Entrepreneurs are making gear and garb for those who use their bikes for casual commuting, shopping trips and social rides.
Small business: Urban cycling spawns its own peddlers - latimes.com
Entrepreneurs are making gear and garb for those who use their bikes for casual commuting, shopping trips and social rides.

Local security forces are well prepared

As U.S. troops exit, Iraqis are bracing themselves for conflict.

Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks - latimes.com www.latimes.com

Los Angeles Times World Obama has personally coaxed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to talks, even as some advisors questioned the wisdom of him linking so visibly to an intractable conflict.
ANALYSIS / Obama has ways and means to check on Netanyahu

Afghan corruption: Official says Afghan prosecutor not fired - latimes.com www.latimes.com
ENDLESS WARS, ENDLESS PROPAGANDA and ENDLESS COSTS
Washington Post As U.S. troops exit, Iraqis are bracing themselves for conflict.

As U.S. ends combat operations, Iraqis move to protect themselves from violence www.washingtonpost.com
Scores of Iraqis feel they must depend on themselves for protection as the U.S. military has drawn down to just under 50,000 troops and ends combat operations on Tuesday.
FEDERAL TROOPS AGAINST ARIZONA. CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE ARREST OF JOE ARPAIO and HIS DEPUTIES.Local security forces are well prepared

Obama: GOP Holding Small Biz Bill Hostage - CBS News www.cbsnews.com
President Urges Congressional Republicans to "Drop the Blockade" Against Small Business Legislation

‎1......OBAMA WILL END BUSHS WARS AND SO WE WILL HAVE MONEY TO FINANCE OBAMACARE, MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY .....
2......BUSH ADMNISTRATION CAUSED THE WORST FINACIAL CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION .....
3.....2 TRILLION DOLLARS TO ARRES...T SADDAM IS OK
1 TRILLION TO SAVE LIVES NO .....
4......ROMNEYCARE ARE IS MORE PROG...RESSIVE THAN OBAMACARE ....
5.....OBAMA IS A MUSLIM BUSH IS SATAN .....
MUSLISMS DONT DRINK ALCOHOL, DONT SMOKE AND DONT EAT PORK
OBAMA IS NOT CIRCUMCISED
GOP'S DICTIONARY
SOCIAL JUSTICE = FOX AND GLENN WITH MONEY MONEY
TEA BAG PARTY = ZOMBIE REPUBLICANS IN DISGUISE
OBAMA = HONOR RESTORED
GLENN BECK = A CLOWN
NO SOCIAL JUSTICE NO CHRISTIANITY
CHRISTIANITY = SOCIAL JUSTICE
Barney Frank and Ron Paul join hands to call for Military Budget cuts
Afghanistan's attorney general denied Sunday that a prosecutor investigating allegations of corruption in the upper reaches of the government had been fired, saying the official simply had reached the point when retirement was mandatory.
Afghan corruption: Official says Afghan prosecutor not fired - latimes.com www.latimes.com
How Many Muslims Died In The 9/11 Attacks?
crosswordbebop.blogspot.com

Could Palin Be President? - Swampland - TIME.com bit.ly
A new poll suggests not. Only one in four Americans consider her qualified to be commander in chief, with 60 percent sure that she is not qualified. Those are awful numbers and I'm one who thinks the prospects of a Palin presidency are, for the moment, quite unlikely.
Netanyahu is bad for Israel and the peace process The U.S. administration is committed to Israel's security but not to hanging on to the territories or the Jewish settlements. Netanyahu accepts a very limited Palestinian state


Afghanistan's attorney general denied Sunday that a prosecutor investigating allegations of corruption in the upper reaches of the government had been fired, saying the official simply had reached the point when retirement was mandatory.
Afghan corruption: Official says Afghan prosecutor not fired - latimes.com
www.latimes.com

Populism is not necessarily a good thing for the Republican party Obama says Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept

Populism is not necessarily a good thing for the Republican party
Iraqis say a postelection political deadlock has given free rein to terrorists, but no one knows who they are or how they choose their victim.

Iraq: Mysterious killings spur panic in Iraq - latimes.com www.latimes.com


Tea Bag Party
Ron Paul is its real leader
SARAH PALIN and G BECK = NEOCON, DEMAGOGY, POPULISM

What Does Bitches Brew (The Beer) Taste Like? www.npr.org
To celebrate 40 years of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, Dogfish Head Brewery will release Bitches Brew ale. In order to verify its Brew-ness, our jazz bloggers decided to taste the imperial stout and honey beer fusion for themselves and compare it to

Local security forces are well prepared
Obama says Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept Saddam didnt have WMD, an Army and never attacked the US and Bush spent 2 trillion dollars to kill him
ENDLESS WAR or endless Propaganda ? Winning war is rarely the end in itself. The War on Terror is a Hoax. BUT ITS ENDLESS COST IS REAL
Local security forces are well prepared
Obama says Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept

In Opinion, Paul Krugman writes, "The last time a Democrat sat in the White House, he faced a nonstop witch hunt by his political opponents."

Obama has personally coaxed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to talks, even as some advisors questioned the wisdom of him linking so visibly to an intractable conflict.
Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks - latimes.com www.latimes.com
As U.S. ends combat operations, Iraqis move to protect themselves from violence www.washingtonpost.com
Scores of Iraqis feel they must depend on themselves for protection as the U.S. military has drawn down to just under 50,000 troops and ends combat operations on Tuesday.
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Obama: GOP Holding Small Biz Bill Hostage - CBS News www.cbsnews.com
President Urges Congressional Republicans to "Drop the Blockade" Against Small Business Legislation


Playing consequences: Did attempts to make America a more equal place fuel the financial crisis? http://bit.ly/biwSpS
Democracy in America | The Economist
I'M FINDING the exchange on the financial crisis illuminating in a number of ways, but especially as it lays bare the ideological assumptions and motivations we each bring to these questions. In his latest assay, my esteemed colleague seeks to absolve government from any significant responsibilit...

USA ECONOMISTEntrepreneurs are making gear and garb for those who use their bikes for casual commuting, shopping trips and social rides.

Small business: Urban cycling spawns its own peddlers - latimes.com
Entrepreneurs are making gear and garb for those who use their bikes for casual commuting, shopping trips and social rides.
. Obama says Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept Populism is not necessarily a good thing for the Republican party

‎1 in 6 Americans now participate in gov't anti-poverty programs ranging from Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance and welfare. Tell us, do you think these programs provide vital support or will they cause problems after the economy recovers?

Record number in government anti-poverty programs - USATODAY.com
www.usatoday.com
Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans.

Times President Obama's evolution from antiwar candidate to leader of the world’s most powerful military will reach a milestone on Tuesday when he delivers an Oval Office address to formally end the combat mission in Iraq while defending his troop buildup in Afghanistan. http://nyti.ms/af8NrS
In Opinion, Paul Krugman writes, "The last time a Democrat sat in the White House, he faced a nonstop witch hunt by his political opponents."

Afghan corruption: Official says Afghan prosecutor not fired - latimes.com www.latimes.com
ENDLESS WARS, ENDLESS PROPAGANDA and ENDLESS COSTS
Washington Post As U.S. troops exit, Iraqis are bracing themselves for conflict.

As U.S. ends combat operations, Iraqis move to protect themselves from violence www.washingtonpost.com
Scores of Iraqis feel they must depend on themselves for protection as the U.S. military has drawn down to just under 50,000 troops and ends combat operations on Tuesday.

Endless wars, endless propaganda and endless costs

Entrepreneurs are making gear and garb for those who use their bikes for casual commuting, shopping trips and social rides.

Small business: Urban cycling spawns its own peddlers - latimes.com
Entrepreneurs are making gear and garb for those who use their bikes for casual commuting, shopping trips and social rides.


Obama has personally coaxed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to talks, even as some advisors questioned the wisdom of him linking so visibly to an intractable conflict.
Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks - latimes.com www.latimes.com
Obama urges Republicans to drop the blockade against small business legislationnon-Muslims are not kafir and all kafir are not infidels.According to the Koran, Jews and Christians are the "People OF THE BOOK'' not infidels, non-Muslims are not kafir Is this correct: all kafirs are non-Muslims but not all non

Afghanistan's attorney general denied Sunday that a prosecutor investigating allegations of corruption in the upper reaches of the government had been fired, saying the official simply had reached the point when retirement was mandatory.
Afghan corruption: Official says Afghan prosecutor not fired - latimes.com www.latimes.com
Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks - latimes.com www.latimes.com


Los Angeles Times World Obama has personally coaxed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to talks, even as some advisors questioned the wisdom of him linking so visibly to an intractable conflict.

In Afghanistan, Buying Friends Doesn't Buy Loyalty www.npr.org
Gen. David Petraeus makes fighting corruption a fundamental part of his strategy to turn Afghanistan around. But while he warns his troops about striking financial deals with potentially unreliable allies, the CIA is prosecuting its part of this war by doing exactly that.


TIME Could Palin be President? | http://bit.ly/doBRqt

Could Palin Be President? - Swampland - TIME.com
bit.ly

A new poll suggests not. Only one in four Americans consider her qualified to be commander in chief, with 60 percent sure that she is not qualified. Those are awful numbers and I'm one who thinks the prospects of a Palin presidency are, for the moment, quite unlikely.

REPUBLICAN POPULIST PLAN FOR AMERICA
PHASE 1 DAN QUAYLE
PHASE 2 GEORGE BUSH
PHASE 3 SARAH PALI, PhD / TRAILER PARK UNIVERSITY
PHASE 4 A GORILLA
Obama: GOP Holding Small Biz Bill Hostage, Urges Congressional Republicans to "Drop the Blockade" Against Small Business Legislation

Obama: GOP Holding Small Biz Bill Hostage - CBS News
President Urges Congressional Republicans to "Drop the Blockade" Against Small Business Legislation
REPUBLICAN POPULIST PLAN FOR AMERICA
PHASE 1 DAN QUAYLE
PHASE 2 GEORGE BUSH
PHASE 3 SARAH PALI, PhD / TRAILER PARK UNIVERSITY
PHASE 4 A GORILLA


As U.S. ends combat operations, Iraqis move to protect themselves from violence www.washingtonpost.com
Scores of Iraqis feel they must depend on themselves for protection as the U.S. military has drawn down to just under 50,000 troops and ends combat operations on Tuesday.

Referring to the "People of the Book", (Jews and Christians)

According to the Koran, Jews and Christians are the "People OF THE BOOK'' not infidels; non-Muslims are not kafir and kafir doesnt mean infidel

Could Palin Be President? - Swampland - TIME.com bit.ly
A new poll suggests not. Only one in four Americans consider her qualified to be commander in chief, with 60 percent sure that she is not qualified. Those are awful numbers and I'm one who thinks the prospects of a Palin presidency are, for the moment, quite unlikely.
''In the year 2000, Congress passed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, and single stock futures could soon be sold again in US markets. However, many of the issues were left unresolved, and trading the product at a retail level was prohibited until August of 2003. The Commodity Futures Modernization Act did not specify which exchange would be allowed to trade this instrument, and initially, many of the exchanges were set to offer a market for this product. Today, however, single stock futures are primarily traded on the OneChicago Exchange, a joint venture between the Chicago Board of Options Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade.'' http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-commodity-futures-modernization-act.htm

Obama goes out on a limb for Middle East peace talks - latimes.com www.latimes.com



Los Angeles Times World Obama has personally coaxed the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to agree to
Obama says Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept

Netanyahu is bad for Israel and the Peace Process. Netanyahu is an enemy of
peace according to all Israeli peace activists. He said that he deos not believe
in a two-state solution.Obama says Iraq war is ending, his promise is kept
Commodity Futures Modernization Act.

Over half of these subprime loans came from mortgages companies not covered by CRA.

Did Liberals Cause the Sub-Prime Crisis?
...
Conservatives blame the housing crisis on a 1977 law that helps-low income people get mortgages. It's a useful story for them, but it isn't true.

ROBERT GORDON | April 7, 2008 | web only

The idea started on the outer precincts of the right. Thomas DiLorenzo, an economist who calls Ron Paul "the Jefferson of our time," wrote in September that the housing crisis is "the direct result of thirty years of government policy that has forced banks to make bad loans to un-creditworthy borrowers." The policy DiLorenzo decries is the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to lend throughout the communities they serve.

The Blame-CRA theme bounced around the right-wing Freerepublic.com. In January it figured in a Washington Times column. In February, a Cato Institute affiliate named Stan Liebowitz picked up the critique in a New York Post op-ed headlined "The Real Scandal: How the Feds Invented the Mortgage Mess." On The National Review's blog, The Corner, John Derbyshire channeled Liebowitz: "The folk losing their homes? are victims not of 'predatory lenders,' but of government-sponsored -- in fact government-mandated -- political correctness."

Last week, a more careful expression of the idea hit The Washington Post, in an article on former Sen. Phil Gramm's influence over John McCain. While two progressive economists were quoted criticizing Gramm's insistent opposition to government regulation, the Brookings Institution's Robert Litan offered an opposing perspective. Litan suggested that the 1990s enhancement of CRA, which was achieved over Gramm's fierce opposition, may have contributed to the current crisis. "If the CRA had not been so aggressively pushed," Litan said, "it is conceivable things would not be quite as bad. People have to be honest about that."

This is classic rhetoric of conservative reaction. (For fans of welfare policy, it is Charles Murray meets the mortgage mess.) Most analysts see the sub-prime crisis as a market failure. Believing the bubble would never pop, lenders approved risky adjustable-rate mortgages, often without considering whether borrowers could afford them; families took on those loans; investors bought them in securitized form; and, all the while, regulators sat on their hands.

The revisionists say the problem wasn't too little regulation; but too much, via CRA. The law was enacted in response to both intentional redlining and structural barriers to credit for low-income communities. CRA applies only to banks and thrifts that are federally insured; it's conceived as a quid pro quo for that privilege, among others. This means the law doesn't apply to independent mortgage companies (or payday lenders, check-cashers, etc.)

The law imposes on the covered depositories an affirmative duty to lend throughout the areas from which they take deposits, including poor neighborhoods. The law has teeth because regulators' ratings of banks' CRA performance become public and inform important decisions, notably merger approvals. Studies by the Federal Reserve and Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, among others, have shown that CRA increased lending and homeownership in poor communities without undermining banks' profitability.

But CRA has always had critics, and they now suggest that the law went too far in encouraging banks to lend in struggling communities. Rhetoric aside, the argument turns on a simple question: In the current mortgage meltdown, did lenders approve bad loans to comply with CRA, or to make money?

The evidence strongly suggests the latter. First, consider timing. CRA was enacted in 1977. The sub-prime lending at the heart of the current crisis exploded a full quarter century later. In the mid-1990s, new CRA regulations and a wave of mergers led to a flurry of CRA activity, but, as noted by the New America Foundation's Ellen Seidman (and by Harvard's Joint Center), that activity "largely came to an end by 2001." In late 2004, the Bush administration announced plans to sharply weaken CRA regulations, pulling small and mid-sized banks out from under the law's toughest standards. Yet sub-prime lending continued, and even intensified -- at the very time when activity under CRA had slowed and the law had weakened.

Second, it is hard to blame CRA for the mortgage meltdown when CRA doesn't even apply to most of the loans that are behind it. As the University of Michigan's Michael Barr points out, half of sub-prime loans came from those mortgage companies beyond the reach of CRA. A further 25 to 30 percent came from bank subsidiaries and affiliates, which come under CRA to varying degrees but not as fully as banks themselves. (With affiliates, banks can choose whether to count the loans.) Perhaps one in four sub-prime loans were made by the institutions fully governed by CRA.

Most important, the lenders subject to CRA have engaged in less, not more, of the most dangerous lending. Janet Yellen, president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve, offers the killer statistic: Independent mortgage companies, which are not covered by CRA, made high-priced loans at more than twice the rate of the banks and thrifts. With this in mind, Yellen specifically rejects the "tendency to conflate the current problems in the sub-prime market with CRA-motivated lending.? CRA, Yellen says, "has increased the volume of responsible lending to low- and moderate-income households."

Yellen is hardly alone in concluding that the real problems came from the institutions beyond the reach of CRA. One of the only regulators who long ago saw the current crisis coming was the late Ned Gramlich, a former Fed governor. While Alan Greenspan was cheering the sub-prime boom, Gramlich warned of its risks and unsuccessfully pushed for greater supervision of bank affiliates. But Gramlich praised CRA, saying last year, "banks have made many low- and moderate-income mortgages to fulfill their CRA obligations, they have found default rates pleasantly low, and they generally charge low mortgages rates. Thirty years later, CRA has become very good business."

It's telling that, amid all the recent recriminations, even lenders have not fingered CRA. That's because CRA didn't bring about the reckless lending at the heart of the crisis. Just as sub-prime lending was exploding, CRA was losing force and relevance. And the worst offenders, the independent mortgage companies, were never subject to CRA -- or any federal regulator. Law didn't make them lend. The profit motive did.

And that is not political correctness. It is correctness.

But the IMF disagrees. It argues, in new papers released on Friday March 6th, that the “main culprit” was deficient regulation of the financial system, together with a failure of market discipline. Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s chief economi...st, said this week that global imbalances contributed only “indirectly” to the crisis. This may sound like buck-passing by the world’s main international macroeconomic organisation. But the distinction has important consequences for whether macroeconomic policy or more regulation of financial markets will provide the solutions to the mess.

In broad strokes, the global imbalances view of the crisis argues that a glut of money from countries with high savings rates, such as China and the oil-producing states, came flooding into America.

http://shareholdersunite.com/2009/03/07/imf-regulation/

How did we get here?

''That's pretty easy to answer, too. His name is Phil Gramm. A few days after the Supreme Court made George W. Bush president in 2000, Gramm stuck something called the Commodity Futures Modernization Act into the budget ...bill. Nobody knew that the Texas senator was slipping America a 262 page poison pill. The Gramm Guts America Act was designed to keep regulators from controlling new financial tools described as credit "swaps." These are instruments like sub-prime mortgages bundled up and sold as securities. Under the Gramm law, neither the SEC nor the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) were able to examine financial institutions like hedge funds or investment banks to guarantee they had the assets necessary to cover losses they were guaranteeing.

This isn't small beer we are talking about here. The market for these fancy financial instruments they don't expect us little people to understand is estimated at $60 trillion annually, which amounts to almost four times the entire US stock market.

And Senator Phil Gramm wanted it completely unregulated. So did Alan Greenspan, who supported the legislation and is now running around to the talk shows jabbering about the horror of it all. Before the highly paid lobbyists were done slinging their gold card guts about the halls of congress, every one from hedge funds to banks were playing with fire for fun and profit.''

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-moore/a-nation-of-village-idiot_b_127340.html