Thursday, September 30, 2010

OBAMACARE IS CONSTITUTIONAL
Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution reads that "the Congress shall have power ... to regulate commerce … among the several states" and provides broad regulatory powers to the federal government. To find that the federal insurance mandates and regulations in Obamacare a...re illegal would require a radical rethinking of the intent and meaning of the Commerce Clause. Dom Armentano, PhD, is professor emeritus in economics at the University of Hartford (Conn.)
'Some wartime economic regulation was abandoned in the 1920s but regulation grew exponentially during the New Deal and World War II. Today, many hundreds of industries face many thousands of rules and regulations propagated by many dozens of governmental agencies concerning just about anything. The massive Obamacare legislation (2,400 pages) that is being court challenged is only the latest example in a long regulatory trend line.'
The power of the Congress to collect taxes was created by Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the Constitution
It allows Congress to “collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived.”
YOU IDIOTS, OBAMACARE IS CONSTITUTIONAL
Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution reads that "the Congress shall have power ... to regulate commerce … among the several states" and provides broad regulatory powers to the federal government. To find that the federal insurance mandates and regulations in Obamacare are illegal would require a radical rethinking of the intent and meaning of the Commerce Clause. Dom Armentano, PhD, is professor emeritus in economics at the University of Hartford (Conn.)

Excessive Delegation. The Constitution “vests” legislative authority in Congress. Congress is not permitted to delegate that authority to the executive branch. This is another realm in which the modern Supreme Court has been lenient, while affirming that there are limits.

Thus, in Schecter Poultry Corp. v. United States (1935), a unanimous court struck down a delegation of authority that looked much like the delegations in some current health care proposals.

Substantive Due Process. The Substantive Due Process doctrine was not contemplated by the Founders, but the courts have engrafted onto constitutional jurisprudence. The courts employ this doctrine to invalidate laws they think are unacceptably intrusive of personal liberty or privacy.

The most famous modern Substantive Due Process case is Roe v. Wade, which struck down state abortion laws that intruded into the doctor-patient relationship. But the intrusion invalidated in Roe was insignificant compared to the massive intervention contemplated by schemes such as HB 3200. “Global budgeting” and “single-payer” plans go even further, and seem clearly to violate the Supreme Court’s Substantive Due Process rules.

Tenth Amendment. Technically, the Tenth Amendment is merely a declaration that the federal government has no powers beyond those enumerated in the Constitution. However, the modern Supreme Court has cited the Tenth Amendment in holding that Congress may not “commandeer” state decision making in the service of federal goals.

Some wartime economic regulation was abandoned in the 1920s but regulation grew exponentially during the New Deal and World War II. Today, many hundreds of industries face many thousands of rules and regulations propagated by many dozens of governmental agencies concerning just about anything. The massive Obamacare legislation (2,400 pages) that is being court challenged is only the latest example in a long regulatory trend line.

Recently in U.S. v. Lopez (1995), the high court accepted a slightly narrow reading of the Commerce Clause when it struck down a regulation that forbade gun possession in close proximity to schools. Yet these cases are clearly the exception to the general rule that “almost all federal regulation is ‘legal.’" pessoa fisica sim nao tem direito
Dacyl Acevedo 1 MILLION Strong AGAINST the Arizona Immigration Law SB1070: Even these guys get it.

Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg Give Congressional Testimony On Immigration Reform
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WASHINGTON — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, a man with his own immigration story, told Congress Thursday that securing the U.S. borders must be matched with efforts to ensure that employers can't hire people who are here illegally. Murdoch and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg testified before a House i...
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‎21 States have filed lawsuits against the unconstitutional mandate to purchase health insurance......

Deborah Freeman Let's pass a law mandating people stop eating donuts and join gyms. Let's mandate they exercise and keep a record of food intake and some federal employee can come around and "grade" the citizen on there progress. Let's get to the root of the problem, let's mandate people take better care of themselves so they don't need as much insurance. Can we also stop sending scooters to people who need to WALK to solve their mobility problems?
SO STRIKE DOWN ALSO SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND ROMNEYCARE
‎"21 States have filed lawsuits against the mandate to purchase health insurance" = the court will strike down the whole crap, no chances
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‎"Worse than the president that squandered the surplus and returned us to deficit spending, sent us to a massive war based on lies, appointed unqualified cronies to every position he could, ruined our relationship with multiple allies, encouraged people who could not afford to do so to buy houses, and sat and did nothing for 7 minutes while the country was under attack? Really? Idiots." Shelly Swanner
I'm waiting for all the anti-immigrant conservatives to boycott Fox News now ... just waiting ... [crickets chirp in background]Of course not, only teabaggers and idiots disagree with you

they wont deport themselves, never

TROLLS = ALICE IN WONDERLAND Totally oblivious to the sarcasm and humor in my message Totally oblivious to the sarcasm and humor in my message to logic and reason Health-care reform: Calif. Gov. Schwarzenegger signs 7 bills aligning state with federal law
I don't know any anti-immigrant conservatives. I know plenty of anti-invasion by illegal alien conservatives. I'm all for legal immigration, I'm all for amnesty for the people who are already here and have opened businesses and purchased homes, those who have had children here who yes, ARE American citizens. We've been talking about stopping the flow of illegals for 50 years, PLUG THE DAMN HOLE.....
Trolls are oblivious to logic and reason
LGBT: Why are so many gay teens dying? www.salon.com
Tyler Clementi's suicide showed the darkness of Internet bullying. But a new online project could save lives

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What if there were two Chinas on the mainland due to the ill-conceived actions of US Secretary of St www.todayinah.co.uk
In 1949 on this day in the city of Changchun, the Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Tse-tung proclaimed the Peoples Republic of China. Whilst the partition was a devastating setback for the Nationalist Government in Peking, responsibility for the reversal lay not with General Chiang Kai-shek himse... I'm waiting for all the anti-immigrant conservatives to boycott Fox News now ... just waiting ... [crickets chirp in background] SS

Deborah Freeman I don't know any anti-immigrant conservatives. I know plenty of anti-invasion by illegal alien conservatives. I'm all for legal immigration, I'm all for amnesty for the people who are already here and have opened businesses and purchased homes, those who have had children here who yes, ARE American citizens. We've been talking about stopping the flow of illegals for 50 years, PLUG THE DAMN HOLE.....
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Trolls are oblivious to logic and reasonWhat ? Good, of course, he is a Republican@ Maria, a Republican who does what the Democrats tell him to do because that's the only way he'll get any kind of support

GOP increases deficit more than Obama

How the World Works: Austan Goolsbee, tax cuts, and "big red balls" www.salon.com
Larry Summers, he isn't. Obama's newly promoted economic advisor makes the populist case with ease
ShareI don't know any anti-immigrant conservatives. I know plenty of anti-invasion by illegal alien conservatives. I'm all for legal immigration, I'm all for amnesty for the people who are already here and have opened businesses and purchased homes, those who have had children here who yes, ARE American citizens. We've been talking about stopping the flow of illegals for 50 years, PLUG THE DAMN HOLE.....
o I'm waiting for all the anti-immigrant conservatives to boycott Fox News now ... just waiting ... [crickets chirp in background] ‎"Worse than the president that squandered the surplus and returned us to deficit spending, sent us to a massive war based on lies, appointed unqualified cronies to every position he could, ruined our relationship with multiple allies, encouraged people who could not afford to do so to buy houses, and sat and did nothing for 7 minutes while the country was under attack? Really? Idiots." Shelly Swanner GEORGE BUSH = THE WORST FINANCIAL CRSIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, THOUSANDS OF CIVILAIN CASUALTIES
REGAN RUINED THE COUNTRYShelly Swanner Worse than the president that squandered the surplus and returned us to deficit spending, sent us to a massive war based on lies, appointed unqualified cronies to every position he could, ruined our relationship with multiple allies, encouraged people who could not afford to do so to buy houses, and sat and did nothing for 7 minutes while the country was under attack? Really? Idiots.
Another landslide hits southern Mexico; 16 killed
A fresh landslide in rain-weary southern Mexico killed 16 people on Wednesday in the largely indigenous and rural state of Chiapas, and the death toll from an earlier landslide in Oaxaca state rose to six, reported the state news agency Notimex (link in Spanish). The Chiapas slide hit in the town of Amatan, and rescuers continued to search for at least four others reported missing....
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Iran sanctions: U.S. issues penalties under Iran sanctions - latimes.com www.latimes.com
The Obama administration rolled out its first penalties Thursday under the new U.S. sanctions on Iran but carefully avoided any challenge to Russian and Chinese companies that would have risked diplomatic fallout.
GEORGE BUSH = THE WORST FINANCIAL CRSIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, THOUSANDS OF CIVILAIN CASUALTIES
REGAN RUINED THE COUNTRY

Richard. You are deeply mistaken and have no understanding of history. Our conservative views are the same views that the "revolutionaries" of the colonies had. These are the founding fathers who created our govt. and want it limited. Also, the Dems were the pro slave party. Look it up....
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Maria Helena WE CAN NOT DEPORT 12 MILLION PEOPLE THATS IMPOSSIBLE IN LEGAL TERMS
ing the administration of President George W. Bush, Congress used reconciliation to enact three major tax cuts. These tax cuts were set to lapse after 10 years to satisfy the Byrd Rule.
"Take their job's away, HOW take their use of Social Services away HOW, don't rent or sell to them they will leave on their own HOW, or move to Canada."‎'I got whacked big time'
Cancer and money meltdown: the travails of Michael

‎'I got whacked big time' - NYPOST.com www.nypost.com
Michael Douglas doesn’t look like a man facing the toughest battle of his life. He’s a little thinner perhaps, but surprisingly upbeat despite having been diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer, for
NEOCON: is part of a U.S. based political movement rooted in liberal Cold War anticommunism and a backlash to the social liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s. These liberals drifted toward conservatism: thus they are new (neo) conservatives
"Worse than the president that squandered the surplus and returned us to deficit spending, sent us to a massive war based on lies, appointed unqualified cronies to every position he could, ruined our relationship with multiple allies, encouraged people who could not afford to do so to buy houses, and sat and did nothing for 7 minutes while the country was under attack? Really? Idiots." Shelly Swanner
‎2 freight trains collide in northeast Minnesota; crew members hurt

It would costs way too much money to deport said 12 million undocumented people.
Bush was just trying to fix what Clinton screwed up, Clinton trying to fix what Senior screwed up and so forth, when are you all going to stop blaming parties and start pointing the finger at ALL POLITICIANS? It's got nothing to do with party affiliation any more, it's ALL POLITICIANS.
Bush was just trying to fix what Clinton screwed up, Clinton trying to fix what Senior screwed up and so forth, when are you all going to stop blaming parties and start pointing the finger at ALL POLITICIANS? It's got nothing to do with party affiliation any more, it's ALL POLITICIANS.
It would costs way too much money to deport said 12 million undocumented people.A Brief History Of Electronic Music: Keith Fullerton Whitman In Concert www.npr.org
At the Theatre Project, Keith Fullerton Whitman, aka Hrvatski, stood center stage, hovered over four synthesizer units in a perfect 2x2 formation. Rapid-fire popcorn electronics took a turn into Stockhausen-esque trance at the High Zero Festival.
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Post Got debt? Well, if you do, the federal government has made it more difficult for unscrupulous or sham debt-settlement companies to make false claims that much of your debt can be easily erased.

New federal rules take aim at shady practices of debt-settlement companies
Post Got debt? Well, if you do, the federal government has made it more difficult for unscrupulous or sham debt-settlement companies to make false claims that much of your debt can be easily erased.

New federal rules take aim at shady practices of debt-settlement companies "Worse than the president that squandered the surplus and returned us to deficit spending, sent us to a massive war based on lies, appointed unqualified cronies to every position he could, ruined our relationship with multiple allies, encouraged people who could not afford to do so to buy houses, and sat and did nothing for 7 minutes while the country was under attack? Really? Idiots." Shelly Swanner
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What if Bobby Jindal declared his candidacy at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference? www.todayinah.co.uk
In 2012, in the Q&A session that followed a campaign speech in Texas promoting greater self-government for the States, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wisely refused to comment on the recent appearance of Davy Crockett on the $100 dollar bill. For the February 2011 issue, Treasury Secretary Timothy ...
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Another landslide hits southern Mexico; 16 killed
A fresh landslide in rain-weary southern Mexico killed 16 people on Wednesday in the largely indigenous and rural state of Chiapas, and the death toll from an earlier landslide in Oaxaca state rose to six, reported the state news agency Notimex (link in Spanish). The Ch...iapas slide hit in the town of Amatan, and rescuers continued to search for at least four others reported missing....
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Take their job's away, take their use of Social Services away, don't rent or sell to them they will leave on their own, or move to Canada.
BNDES libera R$ 400 milhões para novo estádio em Manaus I'm waiting for all the anti-immigrant conservatives to boycott Fox News now ... just waiting ... [crickets chirp in background] Dacyl Acevedo"
Dacyl Acevedo Even these guys get it.

Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg Give Congressional Testimony On Immigration Reform
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WASHINGTON — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, a man with his own immigration story, told Congress Thursday that securing the U.S. borders must be matched with efforts to ensure that employers can't hire people who are here illegally. Murdoch and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg testified before a House i...

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Rupert Murdoch, Michael Bloomberg Give Congressional Testimony On Immigration Reform
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WASHINGTON — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, a man with his own immigration story, told Congress Thursday that securing the U.S. borders must be matched with efforts to ensure that employers can't hire people who are here illegally. Murdoch and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg testified before a House i...
Sharron Angles New DC Handlers: Our Candidate Lied to R-J Editorial Board | HarryReid.com www.harryreid.com
In response to a powerful new ad released by the Reid campaign today criticizing Angle’s extreme and dangerous position to eliminate all insurance coverage mandates, Angle’s new DC handlers have issued a statement saying the facts were incorrect. This is literally only possible if Sharron Angle has...
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She is an absolute tool and has no business representing anything, let alone the State of Nevada. I'll say this though Senator. I have the utmost respect for your accomplishments and your distinguished record. Democrats need to grow a set, quit apologizing for being liberal and get after it. Nevada needs you and Senator underpants now more than ever to find a way to diversify this states economy. Please tell us what you're gonna do. I can't stomach another ridiculous tv commercial...
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At the Theatre Project, Keith Fullerton Whitman, aka Hrvatski, stood center stage, hovered over four synthesizer units in a perfect 2x2 formation. Rapid-fire popcorn electronics took a turn into Stockhausen-esque trance at the High Zero Festival. Got debt? Well, if you do, the federal government has made it more difficult for unscrupulous or sham debt-settlement companies to make false claims that much of your debt can be easily erased.
WE CAN NOT DEPORT 12 MILLION PEOPLE
What President has stopped a Social Program? The line of blame for were we are today is long. In the end it fall on the Voters. So many crooks in offices for so long. I don't the current state of America, was started in our lifetimes.
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Pelosi on criticism from other Democrats: 'I just want them to win' thehill.com
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) dismissed Democratic members who have distanced themselves from her this election cycle.
In a growing number of labs around the world, hypnosis is being used as an experimental tool to allow researchers to temporarily unpick our normally integrated psychological responses to better understand the mind and brain.

Hypnosis reaches the parts brain scans and neurosurgery cannot www.guardian.co.uk
No longer a mere vaudeville routine, hypnosis is being used in labs to cast light on the innermost workings of the brain

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India mosque ruling: Court divides mosque site between Hindus and Muslims - latimes.com www.latimes.com
In a long-awaited legal decision involving the destruction of a mosque — an act that sparked deadly rioting in the early 1990s — an Indian High Court ruled Thursday that two-thirds of the disputed site should be given to Hindu plaintiffs and one-third to Muslims.

RONNIE and SADDAM, LOVES IN THE AIR. Shaking Hands: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983. I don't care about your Beck, or your Rush, or your Hannity, or your O'Reilly!!!"
I don't care about your Beck, or your Rush, or your Hannity, or your O'Reilly!!! This is what gets me about these idiots who continue to suggest that the "Obama regime" has "bullied through their socialist agenda." Um, NO, they haven't. Maybe if they had, they'd have more widespread Democratic support, especially from their base, going into the midterms. Instead, they've continued to try to appease... the GOP without getting anything in return, and it's cost them. They're like a dog doing tricks for a treat they're never given. Over and over again, continuing to believe they'll be rewarded, but... nothing. What was that poetic G.W. Bush quote? "Fool me once, shame on... shame on you.... Fool me.... uh... You can't get fooled again."A young, rosy-hued hippopotamus was spotted in September along the banks of Kenya's Mara River. The young Kenyan hippopotamus has leucism, a condition in which the skin produces less pigment than usual.Falling Waterfalls in Richland Creek Arkansas | Ozark Mountain Region www.ozarkmountainregion.com
Falling Beauty Waterfall also known as Falling Water Waterfall is a natural wonder that requires absolutely no hiking. It is literally roadside in the Richland Creek area of south Newton county in north Arkansas.

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Falling Beauty Waterfall also known as Falling Water Waterfall is a natural wonder that requires absolutely no hiking. It is literally roadside in the Richland Creek area of south Newton county in north Arkansas.
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During the administration of President George W. Bush, Congress used reconciliation to enact three major tax cuts.[6] These tax cuts were set to lapse after 10 years to satisfy the Byrd Rule.shame that anyone even has to educate folks about what SHOULD be a well known fact, norton. but thank you for doing so as it sheds light on the childish argument that teahadists use whenever this possibility is brought up by nancy pelosi or reid just to have the chance to enact badly needed legislation.



Lack of regulation the cause of the crisis, says the IMF
March 7th, 2009

Months ago, we wrote a host of entries here about insufficient regulation of the financial system, stemming from what we called ‘market fundamentalism’ (an ideology tha...t sees free markets as the answer to every problem, without taking on board how real world markets actually work). Sometimes, it’s just nice to get some confirmation from higher up. This time, the International Monetary Fund, although the Economist is not totally convinced.

What went wrong
From Economist.com

The IMF blames inadequate regulation, rather than global imbalances, for the financial crisis

IN RECENT months many economists and policymakers, including such unlikely bedfellows as Paul Krugman, an economist and New York Times columnist, and Hank Paulson, a former American treasury secretary, have put “global imbalances”—the huge current-account surpluses run by countries like China, alongside America’s huge deficit—at the root of the financial crisis.

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 economist, 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. This kept interest rates low and fuelled the credit boom and the related boom in the prices of assets, such as houses and equity, whose collapse precipitated the financial crisis. A workable long-term fix for the problems of the world economy would, therefore, involve figuring out what to do about these imbalances.

But the IMF argues that imbalances could not have caused the crisis without the creative ability of financial institutions to develop new structures and instruments to cater to investors’ demand for higher yields. These instruments turned out to be more risky than they appeared. Investors, overly optimistic about continued rises in asset prices, did not look closely into the nature of the assets that they bought, preferring to rely on the analysis of credit-rating agencies which were, in some cases, also selling advice on how to game the ratings system. This “failure of market discipline”, the fund argues, played a big role in the crisis.

As big a problem, according to the IMF, was that financial regulation was flawed, ineffective and too limited in scope. What it calls the “shadow banking system“—the loosely regulated but highly interconnected network of investment banks, hedge funds, mortgage originators, and the like—was not subject to the sorts of prudential regulation (capital-adequacy norms, for example) that applied to banks.

In part, the fund argues, this was because they were not thought to be systemically important, in the sense that banks were understood to be. But their being unregulated made it more attractive for banks (whose affiliates the non-banks often were) to evade capital requirements by pushing risk into these entities. In time, this network of institutions grew so large that they were indeed systemically important: in the now-familiar phrase, they were “too big” or “too interconnected” to fail. By late 2007, some estimates of the assets of the bank-like institutions in America outside the scope of existing prudential regulation, was around $10 trillion, as large as the assets of the regulated American banking system itself.

Given this interpretation, it is not surprising that the IMF has thrown its weight strongly behind an enormous increase in the scale and scope of financial regulation in a series of papers leading up to the G20 meetings. Among many other proposals, it wants the shadow banking system to be subjected to the same sorts of prudential requirements that banks must follow.

Sensibly, it is calling for regulation to concentrate on what an institution does, not what it is called (that is, the basis of regulation should be activities, not entities). It also wants regulators to focus more broadly on things that contribute to systemic risk (leverage, funding and interconnectedness), the significance of which was probably under-appreciated until the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent chaos. And there is much more to be done, it suggests, involving cross-border banking, disclosure requirements, indices of systemic risk and international co-operation.

Yet there is an underlying inconsistency here. The IMF’s version of “how it all happened” is a classic example of institutions gaming the regulatory system. It is impossible to anticipate all the possible ways in which regulations can be evaded. And while the wisdom of hindsight may make it appear blindingly obvious that non-bank financial institutions could become large enough to pose a risk to the entire system, clearly this was not apparent to policymakers at the time.

Increasing the scope of regulation may well prevent the precise problems that led to this crisis from recurring in the same way, but nothing stops financiers from finding ways to evade the plethora of regulations that the fund is proposing. It is hard to shoot a moving target.

And what about those pesky imbalances? The IMF’s view, broadly speaking, is that without excessive risk-taking by financial institutions, which was aided by the absence of regulation, imbalances would not by themselves have caused the meltdown.

But equally, without the flood of money seeking returns, the risky financial instruments that the IMF is blaming for increasing systemic risk may not have grown and posed the risk that they did. Some blame the IMF’s policies during the Asian crisis for spurring countries in the region to build up enormous reserves. That may offer part of the explanation for why the Fund has come down so strongly on one side of the debate.

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NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - To the outside world, the Federal Reserve is an impenetrable fortress. But former employees and big investors are privy to some of its secrets -- and that access can be
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President Carter leaves hospital; medical center says he will resume his schedule with a meeting this week in D.C.
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To do what’s right . . . even if you are afraid. To listen to the inner wisdom of your soul . . . and not the random opinions of others. To be kind . . . and remember that sometimes the person you need to be kindest to is...
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Federal prosecutors ask Calif. judge to drop charges against brother-in-law of Osama bin Laden's bodyguard - AP
When the Pilgrims and others came over to escape religious persecution from the "one true church", little did they know that would be forgotten and there would be a new "Party" formed to force their "values and beliefs" down citizens throats and partake of religous persecution of others for their faith.
Justice is hard won in this 17-year-old case.

The West Memphis Three, and the Two Women Fighting to Free Them www.politicsdaily.com
The Arkansas women say Damien Echols, now on Death Row, and two other men are innocent of the murders of three boys in 1993. A hearing is Thursday.
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Measures to reduce impact of fiscal consolidation on economic recovery could include linking statutory retirement ages to life expectancy (photo: Newscom)

com Wow, how Big Brother is this?
Beware The U.S. Cyber Command Perfect Citizen Program | Before It's News
Could the NSA's new "Perfect Citizen" actually be used for spying on every citizen in the U.S.? The next step: no more privacy? If Perfect Citizen really is a series of sensors that monitor cyber-attacks, it's easy to envision how this same network could be used for monitoring everyday citizens....
Novartis to pay $422.5 million to settle drug-marketing charges - Dow Jones
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Pelosi on criticism from other Democrats: 'I just want them to win' thehill.com
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) dismissed Democratic members who have distanced themselves from her this election cycle.


Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) A patent pool for medicines has the potential to increase access to patented medicines for people living with HIV in the developing world, by creating a structure for patent holders to share their HIV drug patents and receive royalties in return. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today it will license a patent for an HIV medicine to the patent pool, we are calling on more drug companies to follow suit.

NIH Entry Into Medicines Patent Pool is a Welcome First Step, Drug Companies Must Now Follow Suit www.doctorswithoutborders.org
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today it will license a patent for an HIV medicine to the Medicines Patent Pool, a mechanism designed to boost access to more affordable AIDS drugs in the developing world.
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Rupert Murdoch testifies for amnesty, massive immigration (using ... - [ Traduzir esta página ]As members of Congress prepare to leave Washington, what do you think are the most pressing problems they failed to address this session?

Opinion -- Departing Congress leaves piles of unfinished business www.usatoday.com
It's worth taking a moment to tally the high human cost of the lawmakers' failure.
Pure Lie. Clinton Admin with democrats controlling congress pushed to make banks give loans they couldn't afford. This started the boom that went bust beginning the economic downfall.
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Christopher Johnson NEOCON: is part of a U.S. based political movement rooted in liberal Cold War anticommunism and a backlash to the social liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s. These liberals drifted toward conservatism: thus they are new (neo) conservatives
Not too hot, not too cold. Juuuust right: Scientists express excitement after finding of potentially habitable "Earth-Like"planet.

Potential "Goldilocks" Planet Discovered www.cbsnews.com
Scientists Express Excitement after Finding of Potentially Habitable "Earth-Like" Planet
The Dow Jones Industrial average had its strongest September in 71 years, rising 7.7% this month: http://on.wsj.com/bZsF0k

Dow Rises 7.7% in September
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The Dow industrials fell 47.23 points, or 0.4%, to 10788.05 on the final day of September, a period in which blue chips rose 7.7%. The measure rose 10.4% in the third quarter.
ShareNothing to do with your critical part in the Frannie/Freddie mess & the financial collapse...just blame everyone else for your actions & call them homophobes if they state facts.

How did marblesmouth ever get elected in the first place?
Barney Frank on mid-term race: Right wing media targeted me - Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com
Despite reports from local Massachusetts media, Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, remains confident he will win his re-election in November against his Republican opponent Sean Bielat.

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Lack of regulation the cause of the crisis, says the IMFMarch 7th, 2009 Months ago, we wrote a host of entries here about insufficient regulation of the financial system, stemming from what we called ‘market fundamentalism’ (an ideology that sees free markets as the answer to every problem, without taking on board how real world markets actually work). Sometimes, it’s just nice to get some confirmation from higher up. This time, the International Monetary Fund, although the Economist is not totally convinced.What went wrongFrom Economist.comThe IMF blames inadequate regulation, rather than global imbalances, for the financial crisisIN RECENT months many economists and policymakers, including such unlikely bedfellows as Paul Krugman, an economist and New York Times columnist, and Hank Paulson, a former American treasury secretary, have put "global imbalances"—the huge current-account surpluses run by countries like China, alongside America’s huge deficit—at the root of the financial crisis.
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Months ago, we wrote a host of entries here about insufficient regulation of the financial system, stemming from what we called ‘market fundamentalism’ (an ideology that sees free markets as the answer to every problem, without taking on board how real world markets actually work). Sometimes, it’s just nice to get some confirmation from higher up. This time, the International Monetary Fund, although the Economist is not totally convinced.

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The IMF blames inadequate regulation, rather than global imbalances, for the financial crisis

IN RECENT months many economists and policymakers, including such unlikely bedfellows as Paul Krugman, an economist and New York Times columnist, and Hank Paulson, a former American treasury secretary, have put “global imbalances”—the huge current-account surpluses run by countries like China, alongside America’s huge deficit—at the root of the financial crisis.

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 economist, 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. This kept interest rates low and fuelled the credit boom and the related boom in the prices of assets, such as houses and equity, whose collapse precipitated the financial crisis. A workable long-term fix for the problems of the world economy would, therefore, involve figuring out what to do about these imbalances.

But the IMF argues that imbalances could not have caused the crisis without the creative ability of financial institutions to develop new structures and instruments to cater to investors’ demand for higher yields. These instruments turned out to be more risky than they appeared. Investors, overly optimistic about continued rises in asset prices, did not look closely into the nature of the assets that they bought, preferring to rely on the analysis of credit-rating agencies which were, in some cases, also selling advice on how to game the ratings system. This “failure of market discipline”, the fund argues, played a big role in the crisis.

As big a problem, according to the IMF, was that financial regulation was flawed, ineffective and too limited in scope. What it calls the “shadow banking system“—the loosely regulated but highly interconnected network of investment banks, hedge funds, mortgage originators, and the like—was not subject to the sorts of prudential regulation (capital-adequacy norms, for example) that applied to banks.

In part, the fund argues, this was because they were not thought to be systemically important, in the sense that banks were understood to be. But their being unregulated made it more attractive for banks (whose affiliates the non-banks often were) to evade capital requirements by pushing risk into these entities. In time, this network of institutions grew so large that they were indeed systemically important: in the now-familiar phrase, they were “too big” or “too interconnected” to fail. By late 2007, some estimates of the assets of the bank-like institutions in America outside the scope of existing prudential regulation, was around $10 trillion, as large as the assets of the regulated American banking system itself.

Given this interpretation, it is not surprising that the IMF has thrown its weight strongly behind an enormous increase in the scale and scope of financial regulation in a series of papers leading up to the G20 meetings. Among many other proposals, it wants the shadow banking system to be subjected to the same sorts of prudential requirements that banks must follow.

Sensibly, it is calling for regulation to concentrate on what an institution does, not what it is called (that is, the basis of regulation should be activities, not entities). It also wants regulators to focus more broadly on things that contribute to systemic risk (leverage, funding and interconnectedness), the significance of which was probably under-appreciated until the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent chaos. And there is much more to be done, it suggests, involving cross-border banking, disclosure requirements, indices of systemic risk and international co-operation.

Yet there is an underlying inconsistency here. The IMF’s version of “how it all happened” is a classic example of institutions gaming the regulatory system. It is impossible to anticipate all the possible ways in which regulations can be evaded. And while the wisdom of hindsight may make it appear blindingly obvious that non-bank financial institutions could become large enough to pose a risk to the entire system, clearly this was not apparent to policymakers at the time.

Increasing the scope of regulation may well prevent the precise problems that led to this crisis from recurring in the same way, but nothing stops financiers from finding ways to evade the plethora of regulations that the fund is proposing. It is hard to shoot a moving target.

And what about those pesky imbalances? The IMF’s view, broadly speaking, is that without excessive risk-taking by financial institutions, which was aided by the absence of regulation, imbalances would not by themselves have caused the meltdown.

But equally, without the flood of money seeking returns, the risky financial instruments that the IMF is blaming for increasing systemic risk may not have grown and posed the risk that they did. Some blame the IMF’s policies during the Asian crisis for spurring countries in the region to build up enormous reserves. That may offer part of the explanation for why the Fund has come down so strongly on one side of the debate.

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‎"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 o...f 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."
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.

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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.

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The euro zone's trouble spots

BILL HICKS, a chain-smoking comedian, loved to ridicule the “eternal-life
fantasy” of the non-smokers in his audience. “Non-smokers die every day,” he
jeered. “And you know what doctors say: ‘If only you smoked we’d have the
technology to help you. It’s you people dying from nothing that are
screwed.’”
This twisted logic seems now to apply to one of Europe’s most troubled
economies. Ireland looks like an abstemious jogger that has suffered a heart
attack. The yield on its ten-year government bonds neared 7% on September 29th,
a record spread of 4.7 percentage points above those of Germany. Ireland has
tried hard to fix its problems. Public-sector wages have been slashed and new
taxes raised. The economy is already flexible. As its troubled banks eat up ever
more cash, it now seems short of options to return it to health.
Contrast that with Greece’s flabby economy. It acted belatedly to address its
troubles, and only then as a condition of a €110 billion ($145 billion) bail-out
by the European Union and the IMF. But at least it can now tell a story of how
the country’s ambitious reforms will bring it redemption. Greece is on target to
cut its deficit to 8% of GDP this year. Spain too can point to a shrinking
budget deficit and less stressed banks. Portugal, however, is slipping back: its
budget deficit is likely to be bigger than last year, when it was 9.3% of GDP.
The opposition is refusing to back the minority government’s 2011 budget (it
wants spending cuts, not more taxes), making bond markets nervous.
For now, though, Ireland holds their attention, thanks to growing clarity
about the scale of banks’ property-related losses and the amount of public money
needed to rescue them. In March Ireland’s central bank said that the country’s
three biggest banks must raise €28.4 billion of equity to meet a new requirement
of 8% core Tier-1 capital by the end of the year. It said Anglo Irish Bank, a
hugely reckless property lender that had been nationalised in January 2009,
would alone need €18.3 billion. The reckoning took account of the likely losses
from transferring the banks’ worst loans at a discount to NAMA, Ireland’s “bad
bank”.
The Irish government injected €8.3 billion of capital into Anglo in the form
of a “promissory note”, essentially an IOU. In August the value of the
promissory note was bumped up to €18.9 billion, only a bit more than had been
indicated in March but enough to make markets fret that bank-rescue costs were
still rising (see chart).
On September 30th the bill did indeed increase. The central bank determined
that Anglo needed another €6.4 billion in capital, to take account of bigger
losses on NAMA assets. It doubled the cost of recapitalising Irish Nationwide
Building Society (INBS), a small but troubled state-owned lender, to €5.4
billion. Ireland’s finance ministry said Allied Irish Banks might find only half
of the €10.4 billion extra capital it needs by selling assets abroad. The rest
will be raised by a rights issue, underwritten by the National Pension Reserve
Fund (NPRF), a pot of money set aside to fund future welfare costs. At least
Bank of Ireland, the country’s biggest lender, has enough capital to meet its
new requirement.
Ireland’s government had hoped to keep this year’s budget deficit to around
12% of GDP. But the extra cost of fresh capital for Anglo and INBS will raise
that to 32% of GDP, increasing public debt to 98.6% of GDP. On plausible
assumptions Ireland’s gross debt may exceed 115% of GDP before it stabilises.
Even that relies on a sustained economic recovery which is far from assured.
Figures published on September 23rd showed that Ireland’s GDP fell by 1.2% in
the second quarter. Recent data are more encouraging, says Gillian Edgeworth at
UniCredit. But there is no sign yet of a convincing pickup in tax revenues.
The government plans a further €3 billion of measures to cut the deficit when
it announces its 2011 budget later this year. Some are calling for more drastic
action, though that would stiffen the headwinds blowing against a fragile
economy. An alternative would be to force some bank losses onto creditors. The
blanket guarantee on all bank debt and deposits made by the Irish government in
September 2008 has now expired (though a separate scheme for new debt issues is
being extended until the end of the year). That creates some limited scope to
share the banks’ losses. Ireland’s finance minister, Brian Lenihan, ruled out
imposing losses on senior creditors, but said he expected subordinated
debtholders to take a hit. One option would be to buy back Anglo’s €2.4 billion
of such debt at a heavy discount to its face value. Such a trick has been used
to boost Anglo’s capital before.
Ireland hopes that ending the uncertainty about the cost of bank rescues will
drive a wedge between itself and the euro zone’s other troubled countries. Being
bracketed together does not just scare away risk-averse lenders. Investors
seduced by Greece’s 11% yields may wish to hedge their bets by selling the bonds
of other euro-zone countries with weak public finances and poor growth
prospects.
There is speculation that, if bond yields rise further, Ireland and Portugal
might soon be forced to borrow from the European Financial Stability Facility
(EFSF), the €440 billion fund established in June for struggling euro-zone
countries. That is unlikely. Ireland has already raised enough money to finance
this year’s borrowing requirement (it will spread the cost of bank bail-outs
over several years) and has a big cash buffer besides. Portugal, too, is not
anything like as desperate for cash as Greece was in the spring. But if Ireland
were eventually forced to borrow from the EFSF, the fund might find it hard to
impose conditions harsher than the ones it has volunteered for already. You
cannot ask a non-smoker to give up cigarettes.
Finance and Economics Two people close to Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he will resign as White House chief of staff on Friday, and will begin his campaign for Chicago mayor by meeting with voters in the city on Monday.

AP Sources: Emanuel leaving White House on Friday
AP Sources: Emanuel to resign as White House chief of staff Friday, to begin Chicago mayor bid
In the 1960 presidential election campaign John F. Kennedy argued for a new Civil Rights Act. Despite Kennedy's assassination in November of 1963, his proposal culminated in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson
Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."
~Mark 12:17
>> thats why judge Susan Bolton blocked SB 1070
IMMIGRATION IS AN EXCLUSIVE FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITYGOP'S DICTIONARY
SOCIAL JUSTICE = FOX AND GLENN WITH $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

In the 1960 presidential election campaign John F. Kennedy argued for a new Civil Rights Act. Despite Kennedy's assassination in November of 1963, his proposal culminated in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson
Scientists reported today they had developed a technique that can quickly create safe alternatives to human embryonic stem cells, a major advance toward developing a less controversial approach for treating for a host of medical problems.

Scientists overcome hurdles to stem cell alternatives
RAID RIOT

B4IN Publisher's Commentary - Ultimate Bailout: The $100 Trillion Cram Down

Ultimate Bailout: The $100 Trillion Cram Down | Before It's News
If you've never heard of a "Cram Down", you are about to get a first hand lesson on the receiving end of the biggest one in history. The words "Cram Down" used to be reserved for companies in bankruptcy or smaller venture backed companies that run out of cash and are recapitalized by "cramming do...


Scenarios: Obama staff changes may signal fresh start | Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The exit of top aide Rahm Emanuel and other staff changes give President Barack Obama a chance to signal a fresh start as he tries to boost his weak poll numbers and prepare for
‎"Income distribution has always been a central concern of economic theory and economic policy No social justice, no christianity, no democracy, no rule of law. We need social market economy now. European way" [2]
@Maria : move to europe .. if you watch the news these days you will see major cutbacks in services because these programs are no longer sustainable . If you want to be like Europe .. then tell Obama to stop spending mostly gifts to his friends ( unions ) .. otherwise matching in the streets will be coming to a town near you
CARTER AND BILL = CHAMPIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS
OBMA IS DOING THE BEST HE CAN UNDER THE CIRCUNSTANCES, HE IS DOING A VERY GOOD JOB BUSH ALMOST DESTROYED THE COUNTRYDon't Frack With New York's Drinking Water PA State DEP Targets Cabot Oil and Gas

Pa. DEP targets Texas driller for tainted water - Yahoo! Finance
finance.yahoo.com
DIMOCK, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania s top environmental regulator says the state will sue a Houston-based drilling company unless it agrees to pay nearly $12
22 minutes ago · Comment · Like · SharePensions for Rizzo, 40 other Bell employees will be larger than first estimated - latimes.com www.latimes.com
The former city administrator, who is facing corruption charges, will receive a pension of nearly $1 million a year from a plan he designed for himself and the workers. The plan circumvents retirement limits set by California.

Los Angeles Times World
Afghanistan opium: Fungus cuts Afghanistan opium production - latimes.com www.latimes.com
Opium production in Afghanistan this year plunged by nearly half from 2009 levels, the United Nations said in a report Thursday. But the steep drop was attributed to a fungus that wreaked havoc on the poppy crop, not to Western anti-narcotics efforts.

AT LEAST SB 1070 CONFLICTS WITH THE US COSNTITUTION
Actor Tony Curtis dies at 85 - latimes.com
http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/l...
Tony Curtis , the dashingly handsome film star of the 1950s and `60s who is best remembered for his hilarious turn in drag in Billy Wilder 's classic comedy "Some Like It Hot" and for his dramatic roles in "The Defiant Ones" and "Sweet Smell of Success," died Wednesday night. He was 85.


Rupert Murdoch and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg explain the economic benefits of immigration reform in an effort to build momentum for the first broad rewrite of immigration laws since 1986.Murdoch Says Immigration Overhaul Would Help Economywww.bloomberg.com
They are doing the best they can under the circuntances. No social justice, no democracy, no christianity, no rule of law, we need social market economy now. 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam si ok, 1 trillion dollars to save lives no. Bush was more interested in Iraq and spent 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam but he didnt have WND an Army and never attacked the US

McMahon: Congress should consider lowering minimum wage dscc.me
East Hartford -- Republican Linda McMahon accepted the endorsement of a prominent business interest lobby on Thursday, but her campaign staff abruptly shut down a press conference in which McMahon was

Rupert Murdoch and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg explain the economic benefits of immigration reform in an effort to build momentum for the first broad rewrite of immigration laws since 1986.Murdoch Says Immigration Overhaul Would Help Economywww.bloomberg.com


DEMAGOGY >>>>>> Rupert Murdoch and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg explain the economic benefits of immigration reform in an effort to build momentum for the first broad rewrite of immigration laws since 1986.Murdoch Says Immigration Overhaul Would Help Economywww.bloomberg.com
Halabja poison gas attack >>>> 1987/1988
Saddam Hussein's government officially blamed Iran for the attack.
AMERICANS DIDNT FIND WMD IN 2003 2004 YOU IMBECILE
STOP BULLSHIT, YOU MORON RESPECT THE VITICMSFormer guerrilla Dilma Rousseff poised to be Brazil's first woman president
She's a former Marxist guerrilla who was jailed and tortured during her country's long military dictatorship. Now she is poised to be elected the first woman president of the economic powerhouse of Brazil. Dilma Rousseff, 62, is the chosen successor of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is barred from running for a third term and is leaving office with a sky-high approval rating. Brazilians vote on Sunday and a poll...
Source: L.A. Times - Latin America Blog
Published: 2010-09-30 19:14:23 GMT
Former guerrilla Dilma Rousseff poised to be Brazil's first woman president
She's a former Marxist guerrilla who was jailed and tortured during her country's long military dictatorship. Now she is poised to be elected the first woman president of the economic powerhouse of Brazil. Dilma Rousseff, 62, is the chosen successor of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is barred from running for a third term and is leaving office with a sky-high approval rating. Brazilians vote on Sunday and a poll...
Source: L.A. Times - Latin America Blog
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 turned the Democratic Solid South into a Republican bastion. Nixon and B Goldwater did a very good job

Racial resentment was the apple in the garden for Republican conservatives: Both Goldwater and Nixon
JFK received over 70% of the black vote. More recently, in 2000, 90% of black voters chose Al Gore
The South, which had started to vote increasingly Republican beginning in the 1930s, continued that trend and became majority Republican in the 1990s.[26]
‎"The bill was called for by President John F. Kennedy in his civil rights speech of June 11, 1963,[2] in which he asked for legislation "giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments," as well as "greater protection for the right to vote."
Southern democrats lifted the filibuster
Southern democrats lifted the filibuster
JFK received over 70% of the black vote. More recently, in 2000, 90% of black voters chose Al Gore

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Steve Coll
The New Yorker
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...The [CIA's] Afghanistan plan is to immediately collaborate with the only armed group in the country, the Northern Alliance, which is itself a coalition of militias that has been at war with the Taliban steadily since about 1996. The plan is that the CIA in the lead, but the Pentagon as well, will go into northern Afghanistan, connect with the leaders of the Northern Alliance, offer them money, equipment, political support, and with them drive against the Taliban in Kabul and in some other cities that they control in the north.
And who do they bring to the table to execute the plan?
Well, the man that they chose to lead the first trip into northern Afghanistan is a guy named Gary Schroen who was a career CIA officer in the Directorate of Operations who had developed an expertise on Afghanistan and in particular had gotten to know the Northern Alliance leaders quite well from previous trips into Afghanistan and from his work during the anti-Soviet war in the 1980s.
How big a risk was what they were trying to do, and how great a success was it really?
... There were considerable risks. ... They were cut off, isolated. They had no reliable transportation once they got into the country. They were basically going to be on their own until they either fought their way into Kabul or somebody came in and extracted them. There was some uncertainty also about the reception they were going to receive, because the Northern Alliance had just had its own leadership decapitated two days before Sept. 11, when Ahmed Shah Massoud was assassinated by Al Qaeda. So they were coming in to meet a group that was itself in some disarray and that, as it turned out, was going to require a little bit of persuasion to operate the way the CIA and the Bush administration wanted them to operate.
Was the outcome ever in doubt?
Of course it was. ... The CIA and the Pentagon didn't have any reason to be confident that the Taliban would melt away in the face of American military action. To the contrary, the Taliban represented tribes and militias in Afghanistan that historically had sliced and diced every foreign invading army that had ever come their way; the British twice, the Russians. So the United States went into this campaign concerned that they could get bogged down. ... The whole idea of working with the Northern Alliance was rooted in a desire to avoid putting American combat troops into a position analogous to that which had destroyed two British armies and decimated the 40th [Army] of the Soviet Union.
What's the assessment at the time, and even now, about how successful we really were in Afghanistan?
Well, there are two objectives in the war in Afghanistan in the fall of 2001. One is to defeat the Taliban, which is the government of Afghanistan, and to take power in Afghanistan, to control the cities, the mechanisms of government. That campaign was extraordinarily successful. It happened very quickly. It happened with very few casualties among the Americans; it happened with relatively few casualties even among our Afghan allies. The Taliban melted away and retreated to Kandahar, which was their heartland, and then were fairly quickly rooted out of Kandahar as well and forced to flee across to Pakistan and into the hills of south central Afghanistan.
So two objectives: First, defeat the Taliban -- that's enormously successful; second, to defeat Al Qaeda and to deprive it of a physical sanctuary that it had been using prior to Sept. 11 to carry out attacks. The campaign against Al Qaeda has a more mixed success. The movement does lose access to Afghanistan as a source of training camps, as a source of meetings, as a source of planning, as a source of recruits, but its leadership escapes more or less intact. Only one significant leader of Al Qaeda we now understand was killed in the war of late 2001, and Osama bin Laden and his number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, as well as dozens of senior volunteers in the organization, managed to get away.
Why?
The full history of how Al Qaeda's leaders got away in the fall of 2001 isn't available to us yet because none of them have talked about it, but from what we know, it seems that in the late stages of the war, bin Laden and a lot of his senior Arab and Chechen and Uzbek and Southeast Asian volunteers had gathered in a mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan well known to them from their involvement in the anti-Soviet war of the 1980s. They were under attack from the air by American forces, and they were under attack on the ground from Afghan allies of the United States. They decided to retreat into Pakistan, and they succeeded into escaping, essentially, over the hills into Pakistan.
Why? There was no blocking force on the Pak-Afghan border large and effective enough to stop them as they retreated, and it may have been impossible to establish a large and effective enough blocking of a force to stop such a retreat. These are remote mountains, very underpopulated. To the extent there is a local population, it's all hostile to the United States. The Pakistan paramilitary forces that are the main guards of the borders are themselves tribal levies from the same groups that are sympathetic to Al Qaeda. The Pakistan regular army, which might have been more reliable than some of these tribal levies, was in December of 2001 being drawn away from that border to face India because of a war scare with India at that time.
So the conditions for Al Qaeda's retreat were quite favorable, and the United States did not do the one thing that the Pentagon had within its power to do, which was to move regular U.S. troops into a blocking position behind these mountains. And of course, the commander of this operation, [Gen.] Tommy Franks, was later criticized for not ordering, in particular, the 10th Mountain Division, which was then largely at a base in Uzbekistan and which was trained to fight in conditions such as it would have encountered on these hills, down into a position to block the Al Qaeda retreat.
It's interesting: In his memoir and in interviews, Franks has been asked, "Why didn't you put American troops into position to block this Al Qaeda retreat?" What he said is that he was afraid of the very thing we talked about a few minutes ago: He was afraid that he would inflame local Afghan opinion by putting a big, heavy, occupying American footprint in the heartland of Taliban country and that he was afraid he was just going to make everything worse at that stage. ...
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Divided Dems head home thehill.com
Caucus fractures burst into the open on Wednesday after party leaders decided against a last-minute vote on expiring tax cuts.

Carter Ritchie is glad that my birthday month starts on Friday. Mrs. Ritchie enjoys following my every command during birthday month. That makes me smile.
Policy Basics: Where Do Our Federal Tax Dollars Go? — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities www.cbpp.org
Non-partisan research and policy institute working on federal and state fiscal policies and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income Americans
Tea & Crackers | "How Corporate Interests and GOP Insiders Built the Tea Party Monster www.rollingstone.com Vast forests have already been sacrificed to the public debate about the Tea Party: what it is, what it means, where it's going. But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I've concluded that the whole miserable ......narrative boils down to one stark fact: They're full of shit. All of them."
Yesterday, The Netherlands got a new conservative government. The negotiators of VVD (free market conservatives), CDA (christian democrats) and PVV (that's Geert Wilders' Freedom Party) have reached an agreement on a new coalition.

Their plans include:

- an € 18 billion cut in government expenditures and tax reductions t...o stimulate the economy, less civil servants, more market (for my American friends: this all means less socialism)

- stricter immigration laws, stricter enforcement of immigration laws

- on request of US General David Petraeus: 400 to 750 military personnel to support the war on terror in Afghanistan
Tea Party = Zombie Neocons in disguise because the Bush administration caused the worst finacial crisis since the Great Depression. Where were the teabaggers during the Bush years ? The original movement was a libertarian one and Ron Paul is its real leader but the Neocons (Sarah and Beck) have hijacked it. What a shame. Republicans changed their official name to the Grand Old Bag Party >>> 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam is ok 1 trillion to save lives no. Only in America

crise pior 70 neeswee noa pagam 70 dos repubçicanos 2/3 interessado 46 43 divide corporações money


Tea Party = Zombie Neocons in disguise because the Bush administration caused the worst finacial crisis since the Great Depression. Where were the teabaggers during the Bush years ? The original movement was a libertarian one and Ron Paul is its real leader but the Neocons (Sarah and Beck) have hijacked it. What a shame. Republicans changed their official name to the Grand Old Bag Party >>> 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam is ok 1 trillion to save lives no. Only in America
Tea Party = Zombie Neocons in disguise because the Bush administration caused the worst finacial crisis since the Great Depression. Where were the teabaggers during the Bush years ? The original movement was a libertarian one and Ron Paul is its real leader but the Neocons (Sarah and Beck) have hijacked it. What a shame. Republicans changed their official name to the Grand Old Bag Party >>> 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam is ok 1 trillion to save lives no. Tea Bag is all about money and power. Only in America


Should Israel halt West Bank Settlement construction?

U.S. to Israel: Halt West Bank Settlements www.cbsnews.com
Palestinians Close to Walking Away from Latest Round of Peace Talks If Israel Resumes Building; U.S. Scrambling to Intervene

Gallup: 25 percent hike in depression along Gulf www.abcactionnews.com
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Before the BP oil spill, the Gulf Coast was a place of abundant shrimping, tourist-filled beaches and a happy if humble lifestyle. Now, it's home to depression, worry and sadness for many. , Tampa Bay News, Weather, Radar, Sports and Entertainment


AltaPointe's clinic is seeing twice as many new patients as in 2009, an increase it blames on the spill. In Gulfport, Miss., 42 percent of the patients surveyed at the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center said they were sad or depressed because of the spill.

Steve Barrileaux, a psychologist at the Gulfport center, said some of the problems ...leading to mental health issues are obvious, like the loss of work by a person who rented chairs on the beach. Others are more subtle.

Many people are deeply worried about the environment, for instance, or lament the lost moments they would have spent fishing recreationally with loved ones. Others are still afraid to eat seafood, even on the coast where livelihoods depend on it.See More

Gallup: 25 percent hike in depression along Gulf www.abcactionnews.com
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Before the BP oil spill, the Gulf Coast was a place of abundant shrimping, tourist-filled beaches and a happy if humble lifestyle. Now, it's home to depression, worry and sadness for many. , Tampa Bay News, Weather, Radar, Sports and Entertainment

In the context of journalism, objectivity may be understood as synonymous with neutrality. But FOX News is not a news channel! Fox News is not a news source. It's a political propaganda operation.In the context of journalism, objectivity may be understood as synonymous with neutrality. But FOX News is not a news channel! Fox News is not a news source. It's a political propaganda operation.


Tea Party = Zombie Neocons in disguise because the Bush administration caused the worst finacial crisis since the Great Depression. Where were the teabaggers during the Bush years ? The original movement was a libertarian one and Ron Paul is its real leader but the Neocons (Sarah and Beck) have hijacked it. What a shame. Republicans changed their official name to the Grand Old Bag Party >>> 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam is ok 1 trillion to save lives no. Tea Bag is all about money and power. Only in America. Obama ll end Bushs wars and so we ll have money to finance OBAMACARE and SOCIAL SECURITY
Don Clark "Let's see. I finally got to social security age and now I can watch the Republicans cut it. My grandson with a preexisting condition medically can be excluded from health insurance thanks to the Republicans. And Lord knows why we would want to give supoena power to the committee investigating the BP oil spill. At least if I listen to the Republicans, there is no need to investigate BP since they are the "GOOD GUYS".
CLINTON ADMNISTRATION = GOLDEN AGE OF PROSPERITY
BUSH ERA = 3 TRILLION DOLLARS TO ARREST SADDAM, THOUSANDS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AND COLAPSE
REPUBLICAN POPULIST PLAN FOR AMERICA =
PHASE 1 DAN QUAYLE
PHASE 2 GEORGE BUSH
PHASE 3 SARAH PALIN
PHASE 4 A GORILLA
PHASE 2 IS PHASE 4 IN DISGUISE
O Donnel = simpleton, illiterate, imbecile, nutjob, Sarah Palin mini me. Thats why Europeans consider America a joke a country of hillbilies and morons.

Muslim (theist) and Communist (atheist) is a contradiction in terms
Muslims dont smoke, dont drink alcohol, dont eat pork, are circumcised
[sarcastic mode on] Bushs wars and 31 million people without HCI = very christian [sarcastic mode off ]‎'GOP says tax cuts stimulate the economy, but spending doesn't. GOP wants to increase the deficit by almost a trillion dollars in order to cut the taxes for the super rich' Michael Boynton
GOP's 'Pledge to America' Would End Up Privatizing... Social Security | The Nation
www.thenation.com
Either the "Pledge to America " is an outline for massive new debts and deficits or it is a roadmap to the privatization of Social Secuity, Medicare and Medicaid.
BP to Create New Safety Division in Wake of Spill http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F&h=c71f7
BP said it will set up a global safety division and make management changes as it seeks to absorb lessons from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Tea Party = Zombie Neocons in disguise because the Bush administration caused the worst finacial crisis since the Great Depression. Where were the teabaggers during the Bush years ? The original movement was a libertarian one and Ron Paul is its real leader but the Neocons (Sarah and Beck) have hijacked it. What a shame. Republicans changed their official name to the Grand Old Bag Party >>> 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam is ok 1 trillion to save lives no. Tea Bag is all about money and power. Only in America. Obama ll end Bushs wars and so we ll have money to finance OBAMACARE and SOCIAL SECURITY
Don Clark Let's see. I finally got to social security age and now I can watch the Republicans cut it. My grandson with a preexisting condition medically can be excluded from health insurance thanks to the Republicans. And Lord knows why we would want to give supoena power to the committee investigating the BP oil spill. At least if I listen to the Republicans, there is no need to investigate BP since they are the "GOOD GUYS".
Christine O'Donnell, the Sarah Palin-backed Republican Senate candidate in Delaware, has just been caught for the third time dishonestly inflating her academic achievements.
Christine O'Donnell's Elitism: Fake Credentials From Fancy Universities | Newsweek www.newsweek.com
The Republican senatorial candidate from Delaware has been caught fibbing about her academic credentials. Isn't that more elitist than having actually gone to those schools, which Republicans always attack Obama and his circle for?
Egypt diva death: Tycoon sentenced to prison in singer's death - latimes.com www.latimes.com
In a murder case seen as a test of whether the wealthy escape justice, a court sentenced an Egyptian real estate mogul to 15 years in prison for ordering the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, a Lebanese pop diva. He had previously been sentenced to death.
Economist Robert Reich On The 'Aftershocks' Of America's Income Disparity www.npr.org
Economist Robert Reich argues the economy isn't going to get moving again until we address a fundamental problem: the growing concentration of wealth and income among the richest Americans.

O Donnel = simpleton, illiterate, imbecile, nutjob, Sarah Palin mini me. Thats why Europeans consider America a joke a country of hillbilies and morons. Tea Party = Zombie Neocons in disguise because the Bush administration caused the worst finacial crisis since the Great Depression. Where were the teabaggers during the Bush years ? The original movement was a libertarian one and Ron Paul is its real leader but the Neocons (Sarah and Beck) have hijacked it. What a shame. Republicans changed their official name to the Grand Old Bag Party >>> 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam is ok 1 trillion to save lives no. Tea Bag is all about money and power. Only in America. Obama ll end Bushs wars and so we ll have money to finance OBAMACARE and SOCIAL SECURITY
Don Clark "Let's see. I finally got to social security age and now I can watch the Republicans cut it. My grandson with a preexisting condition medically can be excluded from health insurance thanks to the Republicans. And Lord knows why we would want to give supoena power to the committee investigating the BP oil spill. At least if I listen to the Republicans, there is no need to investigate BP since they are the "GOOD GUYS". REPUBLICAN POPULIST PLAN FOR AMERICA =
PHASE 1 DAN QUAYLE
PHASE 2 GEORGE BUSH
PHASE 3 SARAH PALIN
PHASE 4 A GORILLA
PHASE 2 IS PHASE 4 IN DISGUISE

Tea Party = Zombie Neocons in disguise because the Bush administration caused the worst finacial crisis since the Great Depression. Where were the teabaggers during the Bush years ? The original movement was a libertarian one and Ron Paul is its real leader but the Neocons (Sarah and Beck) have hijacked it. What a shame. Republicans changed their official name to the Grand Old Bag Party >>> 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam is ok 1 trillion to save lives no. Tea Bag is all about money and power. Only in America. Obama ll end Bushs wars and so we ll have money to finance OBAMACARE and SOCIAL SECURITY
Don Clark "Let's see. I finally got to social security age and now I can watch the Republicans cut it. My grandson with a preexisting condition medically can be excluded from health insurance thanks to the Republicans. And Lord knows why we would want to give supoena power to the committee investigating the BP oil spill. At least if I listen to the Republicans, there is no need to investigate BP since they are the "GOOD GUYS".

Spain's strikes: Sideshow in the streets http://bit.ly/cCMYvE

Spain's strikes: Sideshow in the streets | The Economist
EUROCRATS putting the finishing touches to euro-governance rules in Brussels today could probably do without the distraction of up to 100,000 trade unionists marching up the Rue de la Loi to protest against austerity measures. But the Spanish government appears to have a rather more relaxed attit...


CLINTON ADMNISTRATION = GOLDEN AGE OF PROSPERITY
BUSH ERA = 3 TRILLION DOLLARS TO ARREST SADDAM, THOUSANDS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AND COLAPSE
Tea Party = Zombie Neocons in disguise because the Bush administration caused the worst finacial crisis since the Great Depression. Where were the teabaggers during the Bush years ? The original movement was a libertarian one and Ron Paul is its real leader but the Neocons (Sarah and Beck) have hijacked it. What a shame. Republicans changed their official name to the Grand Old Bag Party >>> 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam is ok 1 trillion to save lives no. Tea Bag is all about money and power. Only in America. Obama ll end Bushs wars and so we ll have money to finance OBAMACARE and SOCIAL SECURITY
Don Clark "Let's see. I finally got to social security age and now I can watch the Republicans cut it. My grandson with a preexisting condition medically can be excluded from health insurance thanks to the Republicans. And Lord knows why we would want to give supoena power to the committee investigating the BP oil spill. At least if I listen to the Republicans, there is no need to investigate BP since they are the "GOOD GUYS". REPUBLICAN POPULIST PLAN FOR AMERICA =
PHASE 1 DAN QUAYLE
PHASE 2 GEORGE BUSH
PHASE 3 SARAH PALIN
PHASE 4 A GORILLA
PHASE 2 IS PHASE 4 IN DISGUISE
O Donnel = simpleton, illiterate, imbecile, nutjob, Sarah Palin mini me. Thats why Europeans consider America a joke a country of hillbilies and morons.
Christine O'Donnell's Elitism: Fake Credentials From Fancy Universities | Newsweek www.newsweek.com The Republican senatorial candidate from Delaware has been caught fibbing about her academic credentials. Isn't that more elitist than having actually gone to those schools, which Republicans always attack Obama and his circle for? The 'Palin Effect': Not All Young Republican Women Are Buying It www.politicsdaily.com
D.C. workers have America's highest salaries money.cnn.com
Washington, D.C.'s workers enjoy the highest salaries of any major city in U.S., with a median household income of $85,198.
Tropical Storm Nicole forms over Cuba; all warnings, watches for Florida canceled
U.S. to Israel: Halt West Bank Settlements www.cbsnews.com
Palestinians Close to Walking Away from Latest Round of Peace Talks If Israel Resumes Building; U.S. Scrambling to Intervene


Tea Party = Zombie Neocons in disguise because the Bush administration caused the worst finacial crisis since the Great Depression. Where were the teabaggers during the Bush years ? The original movement was a libertarian one and Ron Paul is its real leader but the Neocons (Sarah and Beck) have hijacked it. What a shame. Republicans changed their official name to the Grand Old Bag Party >>> 3 trillion dollars to arrest Saddam is ok 1 trillion to save lives no. Tea Bag is all about money and power. Only in America. Obama ll end Bushs wars and so we ll have money to finance OBAMACARE and SOCIAL SECURITY
Don Clark "Let's see. I finally got to social security age and now I can watch the Republicans cut it. My grandson with a preexisting condition medically can be excluded from health insurance thanks to the Republicans. And Lord knows why we would want to give supoena power to the committee investigating the BP oil spill. At least if I listen to the Republicans, there is no need to investigate BP since they are the "GOOD GUYS".

CLINTON ADMNISTRATION = GOLDEN AGE OF PROSPERITY
BUSH ERA = 3 TRILLION DOLLARS TO ARREST SADDAM, THOUSANDS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES AND COLAPSE

REPUBLICAN POPULIST PLAN FOR AMERICA =
PHASE 1 DAN QUAYLE
PHASE 2 GEORGE BUSH
PHASE 3 SARAH PALIN
PHASE 4 A GORILLA
PHASE 2 IS PHASE 4 IN DISGUISE
O Donnel = simpleton, illiterate, imbecile, nutjob, Sarah Palin mini me. Thats why Europeans consider America a joke a country of hillbilies and morons. Does the next generation of GOP women see Sarah as all sizzle and no steak? by Eleanor Clift

The 'Palin Effect': Not All Young Republican Women Are Buying It www.politicsdaily.com
A visit to a small Southern college made me wonder if Palin's biggest constituency is actually the media, not voters, and whether she makes a better story than she does role model.

Con Sus Mejores Tangos Arrabaleros
29 September 2010 Last updated at 17:00 GMT

European cities hit by anti-austerity protests

Made Every Day. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1493> Christopher Columbus leaves Cadiz, Spain on his 2nd voyage to the new world. 1513> Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovers the Pacific Ocean. 1789> Congress votes to create a US army. 1932> A 5-day work week is established for General Motors workers. 1943> Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf is published in the US >>For more This Day In History visit http://bit.ly/d6sqvK

An al-Qaeda plot to carry out co-ordinated attacks in the UK, France and Germany has been uncovered, Western intelligence sources say. http://ow.ly/2LEt7

'Al-Qaeda' terror plot uncovered
Western intelligence agencies track a significant al-Qaeda plot to carry out commando-style raids on cities in the UK, France and Germany.


TAXES: Warren Buffett - Rich Taxed Too Little, Poor Too Much www.youtube.com
‎11.14.07 Senate Finance Committee hearing
U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) says we should NOT raise taxes in a weak economy. He's speaking today at Heritage, and you can watch live right here on Facebook at 10 AM EDT. "Like" this post if you agree we shouldn't raise taxes, then post YOUR QUESTIONS on taxes for Sen. Nelson, below.

Click here to watch U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) live on Facebook at 10 AM EDT. Source: herit.ag
U.S. Senator Ben Nelson has offered consistent support for reducing the tax burden on American families, believing that “taxpayers know what to do with their money better than government bureaucrats.” Since coming to the Senate in 2001, Nelson has played a... key role in passing several major tax cuts, including providing the lynchpin of Democratic support for both the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush. In September, Nelson announced that he would again break ranks with his party and support the continuation of the 2001/2003 rates, noting that raising taxes in this economy could impair recovery and “hold back economic development across America.” Nelson often works across party lines, forging agreements with a particular focus on policies that reduce both spending and taxes, adhering to his belief that it is important to rise above Washington’s partisan environment.

In Afghanistan, Midwives 'Are Like Guardian Angels For Infants And Mothers' www.npr.org
In Afghanistan, midwifery has become a more widely accepted path for women to take. They serve an important role in a country where pregnant mothers and newborns face huge risks.

The Seychelles: Emerald isles of the Indian Ocean
http://on.cnn.com/cNDXbf
Scattered across the topaz blue waters of the Indian Ocean, floating between the east coast of Africa and India's southern tip, are 115 immaculate islands that together encompass the Seychelles.

Why Ken Livingstone still wants to be mayor of London www.guardian.co.uk
Two years after losing the mayoralty to his nemesis Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone is campaigning to run London for a fourth time

Christine O'Donnell's Elitism: Fake Credentials From Fancy Universities | Newsweek www.newsweek.com The Republican senatorial candidate from Delaware has been caught fibbing about her academic credentials. Isn't that more elitist than having actually gone to those schools, which Republicans always attack Obama and his ...circle for? The 'Palin Effect': Not All Young Republican Women Are Buying It www.politicsdaily.com

Obama: Fox News Has A Point Of View That 'Is Ultimately Destructive' For America www.huffingtonpost.com
President Obama hit out hard at Fox News in an interview with Rolling Stone. In the interview, which was released Tuesday, Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner asked Obama

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O Donnel = simpleton, illiterate, imbecile, nutjob, Sarah Palin mini me. Thats why Europeans consider America a joke a country of hillbilies and morons.
What if the assassination at Dallas was a southern affair? www.todayinah.co.uk
In 1963 on this day Lyndon Baines Johnson, President of the Confederate States of American, is assassinated in Dallas whilst travelling in a presidential limousine along a designated motorcade route.
It's Silvio Berlusconi's 74th birthday. Read more about him and nine other older leaders.

Silvio Berlusconi - Top 10 Old Leaders - TIME bit.ly
Position: Prime Minister of Italy Age: 74 Time in Power: 8 years (collectively) Berlusconi is one of the most controversial of the European heads of state. The former businessman and media magnate...
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Income distribution has always been a central concern of economic theory and economic policy No social justice, no christianity, no democracy, no rule of law. We need social market economy now. European way

AltaPointe's clinic is seeing twice as many new patients as in 2009, an increase it blames on the spill. In Gulfport, Miss., 42 percent of the patients surveyed at the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center said they were sad or depressed because of the spill.

Steve Barrileaux, a psychologist at the Gulfport center, said some of the problems ...leading to mental health issues are obvious, like the loss of work by a person who rented chairs on the beach. Others are more subtle.

Many people are deeply worried about the environment, for instance, or lament the lost moments they would have spent fishing recreationally with loved ones. Others are still afraid to eat seafood, even on the coast where livelihoods depend on it.See More

Gallup: 25 percent hike in depression along Gulf www.abcactionnews.com
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Before the BP oil spill, the Gulf Coast was a place of abundant shrimping, tourist-filled beaches and a happy if humble lifestyle. Now, it's home to depression, worry and sadness for many. , Tampa Bay News, Weather, Radar, Sports and Entertainment